Saturday, February 21, 2009

Homemade Cleaner & Wipes

I recently started babysitting a little girl who is just 2 months younger than Nicholas.  On her first day here, her mom handed me a Rubbermaid container with what looked like a toilet paper roll on the inside and told me it was homemade wipes.  I thought that was a little strange, but gave her the benefit of the doubt.  Now I love them!  We have started making our own baby wipes for much less than the cost of regular wipes.  Here's the instructions:

1/2 c. baby wash
1/2 c. baby oil
2 c. water
1 roll paper towels, Bounty works the best and is worth the extra money over a cheaper brand!
2-3 plastic containers

I use three 7c. Rubbermaid containers for mine.  I then cut the roll of paper towels into thirds so that it looks like you've got three TP roll sized sections (you can also just cut the roll in half, but need to have two taller containers).  Place one of each of those in your containers.  Mix the baby wash, oil, and water together.  Distribute the mixture evenly over each of the rolls, which will quickly absorb the liquid.  When the cardboard is wet in the middle, you can easily pull it out and then dispense your wipes from the center.  They pull out really easily and are nice and soft of little bums!  Make sure to put the lid back on the container after you are done using them so that the wipes stay moist.  So easy and works really well!

I don't know about you guys, but I'm obsessed with using Clorox Anywhere spray!  Love it!!  It's also so darn expensive to buy when I go through it so quickly.  I decided to look up online if anyone has figured out the proportions of bleach to water that is used in it, and I found this article.  Here's the recipe:

1 1/2 tsp. bleach
22 oz water (that's the size of one regular Clorox Anywhere bottle)

I think I'm just going to make this from now on because I use it to sanitize the high chair, table, door knobs, counters, sinks, toilet handles, etc.

Have a great day!

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Easy, inexpensive signs

For quite some time I've wanted to make a sign and bow holder for Rachel's room, but I didn't want to spend any money. I came up with this idea and I was surprised at how much I liked the result. I found scrap wood in our shed and painted it with craft paint I already had. I used my sizzix machine to cut the letters out. I glued them on (using a glue stick), then sealed it all with liquid varnish. I nailed ribbon to the top so I could hang it, then nailed in the white ribbon at the bottom. I tied the ribbon in a knot to hide the nails. Then I just clipped her bows and flowers onto the white ribbons.

Friday, February 13, 2009

My Favorite Blogs

I love all sorts of fun easy, CHEAP crafty tutorials.  I love that I've found so many of them on crafting blogs!  Here's a list of some of my favorites:

What are some of your favorite blogs or DIY websites?  Also, I'm looking for some great websites that give ideas about teaching toddlers and educational activities.  I am now babysitting a girl who is two months younger than Nicholas, and I would like to be able to do some educational activities with them.

Happy Crafting!

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Two Peas Videos and Congrats to Lori

First - congrats to Lori on her wonderful baby news. And now I guess we will have to wait until an ultrasound to know if Max will be having a baby brother or sister. Any guesses! I'm not going to guess right now - although I am leaning towards a girl but that is not my official guess!

Anyway - I have always gone to to get quotes and ideas, etc. However today I realized that they have videos of different things. If you go to their web site - on the tool bar is the word education - click on it and then you will find various "classes" you can attend by watching the video. They have some on scrapbooking, card making, using photoshop elements, etc. Any some of them are monthly classes. They are fun - some new ideas. I can't believe I haven't noticed that before. I guess it was one of my duh! moments.