Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Cinnamon in the Sandbox--- Did anyone else know this????


Cinnamon in the Sandbox--- Did anyone else know this????
Now that its getting warmer, the kids are going to want to play in the sandbox.
Cinnamon in the Sandbox keeps the bugs away! I knew cinnamon repelled ants... but I never thought of this! Brilliant! I've also heard it will keep the cats out.
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The best things in life are free….


The best things in life are free.

And it is important never to

lose sight of that. So look

around you. Wherever you see

friendship, loyalty, laughter &

love….there is your treasure.

Neale Donald Walsch


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Monday, April 29, 2013

DIY Lemon Sugar Scrub

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This post was created by Crafting Blogger Erin, from A Bird and a Bean


Doesn’t that DIY Lemon Sugar Scrub look good?  Just wait till you feel it!

Your hands, feet, elbows, legs, arms….EVERYTHING will be so smooth.  It’s luxurious!

And I love the light yellow color that the olive oil and lemon oil makes this scrub.

This stuff feels so decadent and expensive.  No one will know this is a “Dollar Store Project”.  :)

Sugar Scrub makes a fantastic homemade Mother’s Day gift

and the perfect Teacher Appreciation gift!

Every teacher and mama needs a little extra love and pampering now and then!  What teacher or mother isn’t constantly on her feet or using her hands?  I’m both a teacher and a mother, and I know I would love to get this gift!   My hands and feet are always a wreck!  (You can use this scrub all over your body though, it’s not just for the rough areas.)

You could even tie a gift card to a spa on the top for an extra special gift!

Lemon Sugar Scrub

What you need:

  • Glass jar  (Dollar Tree.  $1.00)
  • Sugar  (Dollar Tree 1 pound for $1.00 or Dollar General 2 pounds for $1.50)
  • Olive Oil (Dollar General $2.50)
  • Lemon Essential Oil  (Online – Retail $13.33  or Wholesale $10.00…making each drop about 5 cents)

What you do:

  • Mix 2 cups of sugar with 1/3 cup of olive oil.  Stir until it’s a crumbly, but wet consistency.  You can add more olive oil as needed to get the consistency that you like.
  • Add a few drops of Lemon Essential Oil.  I used about 6 drops for this jar.  (There are 250 drops of lemon essential oil in the bottle, so each drop is about 5 cents, what a bargain!!)
  • I really like to use lemon oil in this scrub because it’s a powerful aromatic, topical, and internal cleanser.  It cleanses air and uplifts the mood.   (A little background.  For years, I used to get all of my essential oils at the grocery store or health food store.   But I’ve found that the quality of DoTerra oils are seriously unmatched.  I’m so glad I made the switch.  These are cold pressed and certified therapeutic grade oils.  Even the 100 percent organic oils that I bought previously have “external use only” written on the bottles.  WHAT?  This means they contain fillers, chemicals and have been over processed.  DoTerra oils are so pure that you can even ingest them.  If you’d like to learn more, or have any questions at all,  please contact me.  I love sharing about my experience. It’s the best decision I’ve ever made for the health of my family.  I know that sounds totally dramatic, but it’s true!  bahaha)   erin(at)abirdandabean(dot)com
  • Give away to your favorite teacher or mama.
  • Or use it yourself!!
  • To use, take about a tablespoon of the scrub and rub all over feet or hands.  Massage in for a few minutes and then rinse.
  • Enjoy your smooth luxurious skin and the lovely uplifting lemon aroma!  :)





If you like this craft.  Come on over to my blog A Bird and A Bean.  I have more where that came from!  :)

Erin is a middle school teacher and mother of two. She is passionate about kids and crafts, projects and parties, food and fun! She blogs about her adventures with all things DIY at A Bird and a Bean. She loves making every day creative and every holiday special. Check out her blog to see more fabulous ideas. You’ll be glad you did.

Thanks for this goes out to WeUseCoupons.com

I may try this in lavender or vanilla.



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Thursday, April 25, 2013

Sugar Hand scrub - love scrubs like this!


Sugar Hand scrub - love scrubs like this!
GREAT GIFT IDEA! - make, put in mason jar, tie with bow, add a tag!
Fill mason jar 3/4 of the way full with sugar.Then add dawn dish soap (I use the pink one that has the olay in it, smells good and moisturizes) until it reaches just below the mouth of the jar.
Stir the sugar and soap together until it is paste like. If it seems to be too runny, add a little sugar at a time until it is the desired consistency.You can tie with a jute twine or ribbon and give as a gift, or do like me and hog it all for yourself!! So cheap and easy!!
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These are the new valances that I have purchased for most the rooms in our new home. They will be in our master bedroom, 2 in our living room, 1 in our dining room, 1 in our master bathroom and last in our kitchen.  We should be moving in early in May. Our walls are a light brown called sand dollar and all the fixtures in our home are black. Once we get settled I will be posting some photos. These are called Kettle Grove Primitive Black Tan Plaid Window Valance.



S’more Crack Dip



S’more Crack Dip
1 cup of milk chocolate chips
2 tbsp of milk
1 1/4 cups mini marshmallows
Graham crackers for dipping

In a medium sauce pan add chocolate chips, milk and 1 cup of your mallows.

Mix continuously over medium heat until melted and smooth.

Using a rubber spatula, scrape chocolate mixture into a small casserole dish.

Top with remaining mallows.

Place dish under you oven broiler for approximately 60 seconds or until the top has started to brown.

Dip your graham crackers and enjoy!!

Just a hint: If you are taking this to a pot-luck, party, or other event, double the recipe. You will bring home an empty container, and lots of requests for the recipe.

This is not my recipe it was shared on Facebook



Friday, April 19, 2013

Halloween Wreath ..DIY Craft..


I am posting this early but found it online today and thought this would be great to make!

October is right around the corner and I'm finally embracing

all those Halloween decorations I started to pull

out way too early.

Feeling inspired and seeing that we were expecting a few days of rain, 

Aidyn & I made a trip with my sister to the 

Dollar Tree in search for crafts to keep us busy.

Our candy corn wreath is now adorning

our front door with all it's festively bright colors. :) 

Here's how we made it.

I pulled out all the materials we would be needing for the wreath

and plastered the family room table with them.

I started by painting the wreath form with black acrylic paint.

One coat was enough to cover it nicely.

Once the paint dried I applied a layer of Mod Podge

since our plan was to hang it outside.

Aidyn's favorite part!

We used 1 1/2 bags of candy corns 

{and that's including all those "broken" and "destroyed" pieces we ate.}

I alternated hot gluing the candy in layers pointing in the same direction.

I glued just enough to cover the front but left

the back clear so it would lie against the front door flat when we hung it.

I brushed on a thick layer of Mod Podge to the entire wreath to seal it.

For a final touch, I took out my Cricut and cut 6 different sizes of the 

same flower out of black paper to layer.

I Mod Podged the leaves, added a black rhinestone

to the middle of each flower, and hot glued them to the wreath.

I looped the twine around the top to hang the wreath to finish it off.

It was easy, fun, and only ended up costing me $3!

This picture and post is thanks to http://www.sevinfamily.com/



Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Saturday, April 13, 2013



So easy to make
So simple! Layer cheap plastic beads in cake pans (no lining required), melt at 400 for 20 minutes,let cool, & then just flip them out. Drill a hole in it to make it a suncatcher! Great "craft" for kids (choose the colors, arrange them in the pans) to make as gifts for grandparents or teachers. Oooh - could small ones be used as coasters? Look like glass but not breakable!
NOTE: Keep windows open for good ventilation :)

This post is thanks to a group on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/groups/loosingtogether/


P.S. My spin on this would be to try some pans with shapes for the coasters like a heart, star etc!



Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Picture Mason Jar…..


I have not tried this but looks amazing!
Put a picture in a mason jar and add olive oil.

This is from My Honeys Place



To Meet Such A Man…..


I sat, with two friends, in the picture window of a quaint restaurant just off the corner of the town-square.. The food and the company were both especially good that day.
As we talked, my attention was drawn outside, across the street. There, walking into town, was a man who appeared to be carrying all his worldly goods on his back. He was carrying, a well-worn sign that read, 'I will work for food.' My heart sank.
I brought him to the attention of my friends and noticed that others around us had stopped eating to focus on him.. Heads moved in a mixture of sadness and disbelief.
We continued with our meal, but his image lingered in my mind. We finished our meal and went our separate ways.. I had errands to do and quickly set out to accomplish them. I glanced toward the town square, looking somewhat halfheartedly for the strange visitor. I was fearful, knowing that seeing him again would call some response. I drove through town and saw nothing of him I made some purchases at a store and got back in my car.
Deep within me, the Spirit of God kept speaking to me: 'Don't go back to the office until you've at least driven once more around the square.'
Then with some hesitancy, I headed back into town. As I turned the square's third corner, I saw him. He was standing on the steps of the store front church, going through his sack.
I stopped and looked; feeling both compelled to speak to him, yet wanting to drive on. The empty parking space on the corner seemed to be a sign from God: an invitation to park. I pulled in, got out and approached the town's newest visitor.
'Looking for the pastor?' I asked.
'Not really,' he replied, 'just resting
'Have you eaten today?'
'Oh, I ate something early this morning.'
'Would you like to have lunch with me?'
'Do you have some work I could do for you?'
'No work,' I replied. 'I commute here to work from the city, but I would like to take you to lunch.
Sure,' he replied with a smile.
As he began to gather his things, I asked some surface questions. Where you headed?'
' St. Louis
'Where you from?'
'Oh, all over; mostly Florida '
'How long you been walking?'
'Fourteen years,' came the reply.
I knew I had met someone unusual. We sat across from each other in the same restaurant I had left earlier His face was weathered slightly beyond his 38 years. His eyes were dark yet clear, and he spoke with an eloquence and articulation that was startling. He removed his jacket to reveal a bright red T-shirt that said, 'Jesus is The Never Ending Story.'
Then Daniel's story began to unfold. He had seen rough times early in life. He'd made some wrong choices and reaped the consequences. Fourteen years earlier, while backpacking across the country, he had stopped on the beach in Daytona. He tried to hire on with some men who were putting up a large tent and some equipment. A concert, he thought.
He was hired, but the tent would not house a concert but revival services, and in those services he saw life more clearly. He gave his life over to God
'Nothing's been the same since,' he said, 'I felt the Lord telling me to keep walking, and so I did, some 14 years now.'
'Ever think of stopping?' I asked.
'Oh, once in a while, when it seems to get the best of me But God has given me this calling. I give out Bibles.. That's what's in my sack. I work to buy food and Bibles, and I give them out when His Spirit leads.'
I sat amazed. My homeless friend was not homeless. He was on a mission and lived this way by choice. The question burned inside for a moment and then I asked: 'What's it like?'
'What? '
'To walk into a town carrying all your things on your back and to show your sign?'
'Oh, it was humiliating at first. People would stare and make comments. Once someone tossed a piece of half-eaten bread and made a gesture that certainly didn't make me feel welcome. But then it became humbling to realize that God was using me to touch lives and change people's concepts of other folks like me.'
My concept was changing, too. We finished our dessert and gathered his things. Just outside the door, he paused. He turned to me and said, 'Come Ye blessed of my Father and inherit the kingdom I've prepared for you. For when I was hungry you gave me food , when I was thirsty you gave me drink, a stranger and you took me in.'
I felt as if we were on holy ground. 'Could you use another Bible?' I asked.
He said he preferred a certain translation. It traveled well and was not too heavy. It was also his personal favorite. 'I've read through it 14 times,' he said.
'I'm not sure we've got one of those, but let's stop by our church and see'. I was able to find my new friend a Bible that would do well, and he seemed very grateful.
'Where are you headed from here?' I asked..
'Well, I found this little map on the back of this amusement park coupon.'
'Are you hoping to hire on there for awhile?'
'No, I just figure I should go there. I figure someone under that star right there needs a Bible, so that's where I'm going next.'
He smiled, and the warmth of his spirit radiated the sincerity of his mission. I drove him back to the town-square where we'd met two hours earlier, and as we drove, it started raining. We parked and unloaded his things.
'Would you sign my autograph book?' he asked. 'I like to keep messages from folks I meet.'
I wrote in his little book that his commitment to his calling had touched my life. I encouraged him to stay strong. And I left him with a verse of scripture from Jeremiah, 'I know the plans I have for you, declared the Lord, 'plans to prosper you and not to harm you; Plans to give you a future and a hope.'
'Thanks, man,' he said. 'I know we just met and we're really just strangers, but I love you.'
'I know,' I said, 'I love you, too.' 'The Lord is good!'
'Yes, He is. How long has it been since someone hugged you?' I asked.
'A long time,' he replied
And so on the busy street corner in the drizzling rain, my new friend and I embraced, and I felt deep inside that I had been changed. He put his things on his back, smiled his winning smile and said, 'See you in the New Jerusalem .'
'I'll be there!' was my reply.
He began his journey again. He headed away with his sign dangling from his bedroll and pack of Bibles. He stopped, turned and said, 'When you see something that makes you think of me, will you pray for me?'
'You bet,' I shouted back, 'God bless.'
'God bless.' And that was the last I saw of him.
Late that evening as I left my office, the wind blew strong. The cold front had settled hard upon the town. I bundled up and hurried to my car. As I sat back and reached for the emergency brake, I saw them... a pair of well-worn brown work gloves neatly laid over the length of the handle. I picked them up and thought of my friend and wondered if his hands would stay warm that night without them.
Then I remembered his words: 'If you see something that makes you think of me, will you pray for me?'
Today his gloves lie on my desk in my office. They help me to see the world and its people in a new way, and they help me remember those two hours with my unique friend and to pray for his ministry. 'See you in the New Jerusalem,' he said. Yes, Daniel, I know I will...
If this story touched you, forward it to a friend!
'I shall pass this way but once. Therefore, any good that I can do or any kindness that I can show, let me do it now, for I shall not pass this way again.'
My instructions were to send this to four people that I wanted God to bless and I picked you. Please pass this to four people you want to be blessed.
This prayer is powerful and there is nothing attached. Please do not break this pattern.. Prayer is one of the best gifts we receive. There is no cost but a lot of rewards. Let's continue to pray for one another. God bless and have a nice day!
'Father, I ask you to bless my friends, relatives and e-mail buddies reading this right now. Show them a new revelation of your love and power. Holy Spirit, I ask you to minister to their spirit at this very moment. Where there is pain, give them your peace and mercy. Where there is self-doubt, release a renewed confidence through your grace, In Jesus' precious Name Amen.'
I sent this to more than four, but this story is so touching I felt each of you would enjoy it greatly.

This was shared on Facebook today and I loved it so I wanted to share it with all of you…I found it from a man named Brian Donovan in Appleton, Wisconsin you may want to follow him on Facebook Smile



Monday, April 8, 2013

Flip Flop Wreath…….


Buy flip flops at the dollar store, bling them up, then make a wreath for summer to put on your door.

This post is thanks to ** Everything Holiday **