Friday, October 31, 2014

Make your own foaming hand soap refill

Every year I get sucked into buying foaming hand soap at Bath and Body Works.
The promotion they run isn't that great, but they do have some pretty amazing scents to choose from and for some reason I can justify spending $4 a bottle on the soap.
I don't know why, because I can make my own foaming hand soap for pennies!

The catch is, you will need a container that has the foaming pump.
I'm using one that I had that just ran out.
You will also need only a small amount of regular soap
{this jar was bought at the Dollar Tree and would make about seven refills for the foaming hand soap bottle you see on the left}
and if you want, you can also use a few drops of essential oils.
I'm using peppermint.

Take the lids off of your soap containers, 
and pour your liquid soap into your foaming soap container.
You won't need much, just around 1/3 of a cup.
Add 5-7 drops of your essential oils

and slowly 
{this is key so that your soap doesn't foam up like crazy as you fill it!}
fill your bottle full with water.
Put the lid on and give your soap jar a shake.

Easy and inexpensive!

For less than a quarter I have made myself a foaming soap refill.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Top 10 Silhouette projects

One of my favorite crafting tools by far is my Silhouette machine.
{followed in a close second by my glue gun}
I received it about four years ago as a Christmas gift from my in-laws and I use it all the time.
I've shared a lot of tutorials over the years.
I've gathered up a list of my top 10 favorite silhouette projects.
Since Christmas is just around the corner, here are a few of my favorite Christmas crafts that I made using my Silhouette machine.

I think the thing that I have made most with my Silhouette has been custom t-shirts.
These are just a few of my favorites.

I've made paper dolls and tons and tons of custom invitations.
These library card ones are by far my favorite!

I've even made some things for our home,
like this initial button art and this gold chandelier.

My machine may be old and I am starting to get enticed by the fancy new features of other cutting machines, but my silhouette and I go way back.  I have her all figured out {most of the time}.  I love all of the different things my machine can do that it feels like the possibilities are endless sometime.

Do you have a silhouette?
What's your favorite project?
Share the link below, I would love to see it!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Jammie day

Last week, my elementary aged son had school conferences.
That means three days off of school for the little guy 
while the older kids still attend classes as normal.

We were looking for things to do, just the two of us and decided to have a jammie day.
You know, a day where you don't change out of your pajamas and you try not to leave the house no matter what.
This is hard for me to do because I am not a homebody at all!

We have had a long standing rule in our family that if there is a movie that is adapted from a book,  the kids have to read the book first before seeing the movie.

My kids think that this is an actual life rule.
Like as in, the cops will give you a ticket if you don't read the book before watching the movie.
{they also think that they can't officially turn the next year older until they have their well child check at the pediatrician's office}

Last year we read Pippi Longstocking, so when we saw it on Netflix, we knew we had to watch the movie!  My little guy and I sat all snugly and close and enjoyed watching the words that were once on the page come to life.

It's always fun to compare the way that we imagined the book to be in our heads and how the movie ends up on the screen.  And I always like to point out the differences in the movie vs the book in case any of my lovely offspring decide to go the lazy route on a book report sometime and watch the movie instead of reading the book.

Netflix has all kinds of books turned movies available which makes it easy for us to get our kids reading a good book so that they can sit back and watch the movie.

My older son loved the Hunger Games series and I know I could get him to love The Lord of the Rings.  Last year in English he read One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest and To Kill a Mockingbird, both available on Netflix.

My daughter loves historical fiction and really enjoyed The Boy In the Striped Pajamas.
And while it's a tear jerker, it's well written and provides a great perspective of that time in history.

And as I mentioned, my youngest son loves Pippi Longstocking.
He's also looking forward to watching Old Yeller.
Pretty sure when the older two kids were his age we went through a box of Kleenex during the book and another during the movie!

When I was a kid, my most favorite book in the whole world was Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs.

It's fun to see books that we love turned in to movies.

What are some of your favorite books that made the big screen?

Monday, October 27, 2014

Large art for cheap

One of my favorite home decorating projects has been this
The store version was $550.
My grand total was under $5.

It started out at this large canvas that I purchased for $1.
Most people don't see the potential and wonder why anyone would want this old super 70's painting for their home.

I am always on the lookout for large pieces of artwork that I can transform.
They are getting harder to come by, but I did happen on to this landscape scene for $7.
The frame is what drew me in.
I purchased it at an estate sale and the lady was surprised that I wanted to purchase it.
She told me that her mother painted it years ago.
She said to me "I'm so glad that someone can take this and appreciate it."
Little did she know what my plans were!

I ended up sanding down the paint on the picture to make a smooth surface and painted over the whole picture with a few layers of chalkboard paint.
While I'm not appreciating the picture the way that it was intended, I think I actually like the end result 1000x's better!
Can't you just see fun quotes, grocery lists, drawings and chalkboard art all over the new version?
What do you see potential in that maybe others don't?