Thursday, September 14, 2017

Why didn't I think of that?

Pinterest is the BEST place to go for hacks that seem to make life easier, and I love these simple things we can do to simplify!

THIS PIN had some of the best ideas!

Toilet Brush Drip Dry: Genius! Use the seat to hold your toilet brush in place. It is the perfect solution to avoid the NASTY water dripping all over.
Taco Stand: Who thought of using a muffin tin for a taco stand while assembling tacos? Genius!

Nail Polish clean up: If you catch your spill right away, you can pour sugar on your nail polish and it will clean up your mess. 
Band Aid Fitting: Don’t you hate that band aids aren’t the exact shape of your finger? Especially on the knuckle! Take some scissors and cut a slit on each side. The fit will be perfect!

Handy utensils: Don’t you hate it when they forget the fork in the drive through? A straw cut in half and used like chopsticks is the perfect substitute fork!

Corn on the Cob: Isn’t it a bummer that the corn is round, and the stick of butter is a flat square? Here is a good fix to that! Put a generous amount of butter on a piece of bread and use it to butter your corn. Why didn’t I think of that!?

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Back to School Tips

Back to School Tips

School is almost here and I am excited to share some of my favorite Back to School pins!

1. Organize your school lunch items, so they are easy to find and assemble!

Organizing your refrigerated and pantry lunch making items in a bin…brilliant!

2. Start going to bed early!
It is good to get started training your body to go to bed earlier. The AAP suggests that preschoolers get 10-13 hours of sleep a night, grade schoolers get 9-12 hours and teens 8-10 hours. Have your kids start training their bodies now for an earlier bed time and earlier wake-up time, so the first day of school isn’t awful! Use this time to establish a new bed time routine.

a. Routines provide a template for how to organize and manage daily life. It teaches kids to manage themselves while their brains are developing. 
b. Routines put some things on “automatic”...Expectations are clear, so there is no need for parental reminding, nagging, begging or scolding. When routines are on autopilot, everyone can have a happier time.
c. Routines help children become more independent….You can use one of this fun check off lists. I used a free printable from this pin.

School work can be a mess to store while at the same time be a great way to remember or to see the progress of your child's school work

Using one of these easy closet organizers (I got mine for $10) and labeling it with days makes it easier to just get ready while on automatic in the morning. 


Friday, July 28, 2017

Summer Home Remedies

Summer Home Remedies

Unfortunately,…cuts, scrapes, bruises, and bumps are all a big part of summer. These two ice packs are easy to make from things you have in your home!
Original Pin:
Dish Soap Ice Pack
Frozen dish soap makes for a good ice pack that is moveable when you take it out of the freezer! Just put dish soap in a freezer zip lock baggie and you are done!
Rubbing Alcohol Ice Pack
Rubbing alcohol also keeps water from freezing solid. Just add 1/2 cup of rubbing alcohol to 1 1/2 cups of water in a freezer zip lock baggie!
Did you know honey could…
heal wounds? It can! A thin layer of honey aids the healing process by drawing the fluid out of the wound. The acidity of the honey makes the wound less likely to get an infection. 
Original Pin:
Frozen Aloe Vera Cubes
Unfortunately, treating sunburns are a big part of summer! These frozen aloe vera cubes will feel good and help you heal. 

Items needed:
Peppermint… the original pin suggests that you use lavender to help soothe the skin. I didn’t have any, so I used peppermint. Peppermint is a natural pain killer. It helps soothe burnt areas by providing a cooling sensation. And it is addictive to put on those bad sunburns!
Aloe Vera… I used stuff from the grocery store here but buying a more pure form of aloe vera is always the best
Squeeze bottle…makes the mixing SO easy!
Silicone ice cube tray

Put the aloe vera and 20 drops or so of peppermint in the squeeze bottle. Shake it up to mix and put it in the ice cube tray. Freeze these bad boys, and you will be so glad later!!!