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Homemade Cough Remedy

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Our house in the winter time is constantly full of coughs.  We have puffers for 3 of the boys, and a diagnosis of “possible asthma.”  That just means that they end up pretty sick from a common cold, and their coughing is constant.  Even throughout the night I hear them coughing and coughing.  The puffers seem to help sometime, but ... Read More »

Travel Toothbrush Holder Tutorial

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The first time I saw this pin for a travel toothbrush holder, I thought it was a brilliant idea.   Every time we go somewhere, I find a plastic bag, throw everyone’s toothbrushes in it, and they all touch and share germs.  The bag gets all sticky and I throw it out after because it’s so dirty.  With this genius idea, each toothbrush gets ... Read More »

Toilet “Learning” Strategy

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I’m so used to using the phrase toilet training,  but apparently the correct phrase is “toilet learning.”  Either way, we’re working with our 3-year old who has absolutely no interest in sitting on the toilet (“I’ll do it later, Mommy.”). I came across this guest post on the blog, I Can Teach My Child  I love this blog, and the idea ... Read More »

Reusable Wipes

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We have been doing cloth diapers for the past 6.5 years, most times having 2 in diapers.  Someday, soon, we’ll be done.  When we first started, I wanted some sort of reusable wipes to go with the diapers.  The easiest, cheapest solution was to make my own.  I started with any old recieving blanket (this is a good time to ... Read More »

Displaying Children’s Artwork

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Another thing I’ve loved on Pinterest is all the great ways to display and preserve your children’s artwork.  The ideas I liked the most were the ones where you could display a few pieces very professionally, and change them very easily.  I took a few thrift shop frames, painted them all white, and hung them up.  I put an extra ... Read More »

Mason Jars

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So with all the bad press plastic has been getting lately, I’ve been using my mason jars more and more.  I got rid of my old plastic canister set and used two sizes of mason jars.  I like the square-based jars, because they fit nicely in rows in the cupboards.  The wide mouth is great for scooping out measurements.  And ... Read More »

Good Tip for Parents of Little Ones

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Aside from its crafty, inspiring side, Pinterest has also been the source of many hints and tips.  From house-cleaning to organizing to home remedies, there are great tips out there, so I thought I’d share one. If you have a young child, it’s quite possible you will have to deal with them putting something up their nose: raisins, peas, anything ... Read More »

Organizing the Kitchen – Part 1

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 I like tea.  I like having a choice of tea.  Which means that the other day when I cleaned out my tea cupboard, I found no fewer than 13 different types of teas in 6 different sizes and shapes of containers.  That takes up a LOT of room!  So, I took a trip to Dollarama and bought a LOT of ... Read More »

The Clementine Candle

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So, I think a lot of people have pinned this pin about a clementine candle.  It looks really neat, and I’ve always wondered if it would work.  First of all, the link only took me to a picture, so I had to google the original post.  But there were very few instructions – only pictures.  In the comments section, someone ... Read More »

Home Made Mulling Spices

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When I discovered Epicure Selections, my favourite product quickly became the Mulling Spices.  A small scoop of this product can transform a normal can of apple juice into a festive, spicy, and incredibly delicious hot drink.  However.  Last year, on the eve of our annual Most Wonderful Time of the Year Christmas Party, I checked in our cupboard and alas!  ... Read More »