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Mother’s Day Gift Idea ~ Personalized Flower Pail

A few years ago, my Mother in law gave me this flower pail.  I loved that it was personalized by my kids.  It may have been a simple gesture, but it is still one of my favorite gifts of all time!  While I can’t claim to have actually made it, I thought it was such a good idea I wanted to pass it along for anyone looking for an inexpensive, personal, creative Mother’s day gift this year.

You will need

A small pail

sharpies or other permanent marker, or paint marker

kids to color on the pail

Something to fill the pail (My Mother in law picked Gerber daisies, my favorite!)

Really it doesn’t take a lot of explanation for this. You have your child draw on the bucket with the permanent markers. Easy enough, right?

It is so simple and easy to make this. My kids are older now, and draw much differently, but I love that I have this little snippet of a time when they were so little!  My favorite part is that all of my kids added something to it and I have a small piece of each of them that I will treasure always.

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How To Make a Paper Daisy ~ Mothers Day Flowers DIY Craft

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DIY Ring Holder ~ Thrifty Mother’s Day Gift Idea

Looking for a thrifty Mother’s day gift that is guaranteed to be loved and used for a very long time?  This is a great idea!  And even better, the supplies are inexpensive and mom doesn’t have to know!

You will need

A small photo frame (Mine is from the dollar section at Michael’s)

Small scrap of scrapbook paper

Thumbtack

Hot glue

Sticky jewel for the front of thumb tack

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Begin by taking out the piece of paper that comes inside your frame.  Also remove the clear plastic or glass inside.  Now, use the paper from the inside to trace the shape on the back of your scrapbook paper and cut it out.

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Add that paper into your frame.  Take your thumbtack and put the sticky gem (also from the dollar section at Michael’s) to the front of it.  Poke the thumbtack through the cardboard backing of the frame.  If desired you can secure it on the back with a little super glue or hot glue.  Just to make sure it isn’t going to fall apart on Mom!  This is perfect to keep by the kitchen sink to use while washing dishes, the bathroom for shower time, or even next to the bed so she can hang her rings while she sleeps.

That is it, a complete Mother’s day for your Mom!  If you want to earn a few extra brownie points, you could always add a ring too!

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Tips eliminating litter box smell, 7 ways to cut cat box odor #Cat, #cats, #PetTips, #LitterBox, #Pets

Our family has two cats, I LOVE my family and they all LOVE the cats, while I just “like” the cats. Since I love my family I allow these “fur balls” to live in my home.  Don’t get me wrong I am nice to them, and think they are cute and would never allow any harm to come to them.  I do however have a real issue with their hair, and the cat box being in my home.  I seem to be the only one that “smells” the litter box and I am totally paranoid that my house will smell like cats.

Here are a few tips I have found to keep litter box odor to a minimum:

1) The brand of cat litter you choose can make a world of difference.  They come in all different varieties, I have found I HATE the scented ones.  They are made to help “hide” the odor but I find I then just associate the smell  of the scented litter to a messy box even if it is clean.  So I personally prefer a scent free litter.  Plus my Mom’s vet told her that  the scented litter was causing her cat to have UTI’s (urinary tract infections) so a scent free litter might just be healthier for your cat too.

2) The brand of cat food you choose affects the smell of their urine and poop.  My husband loves to spoil his cats and buy them wet canned food, the cats LOVE it but oh my word…. it is like they pigged out at an all you can get restaurant.  As soon as the cat goes poop you can smell it throughout the whole house (yuck).   So I had to put a limit to how often the cats get wet food, due to the smell.  I also noticed that different brands of dry food make a HUGE difference in the  smell of the cats urine.  Some of them make the cats urine very STRONG…. I personally really like the Friskies brand dry food.  The cats like it, price is middle of the road and it seems to help the cats have a “mild” urine odor.

3) Scoop the box daily, or even twice a day.  As much as my kids think I am nuts, scooping the box OFTEN is huge to keeping odor down and keeping a fresh smelling box.

4) Use a box liner, we use a heavy duty black garbage bag to line the litter box.  This makes for easy changing of the litter box and also helps keep the box itself more fresh. The box is plastic and will absorb smells… so even with a liner I suggest to get a whole new box once a year.

5) Baking soda, can help cut down on odors.  I like to sprinkle it on top after scooping the box.

6) Change the litter at least once a week, with two cats at least twice a week.  Yes this is on top of scooping daily.  I know some people will put a lot of litter in and only change it every few weeks.  But I prefer to use less litter (about 2-3 inches deep) and change it more often.

7) Put the box in a well vented area.  An ideal room is one with a vent fan and a window that you can open to the outdoor.  Fresh air is your friend when…. after all most of us want a well vented bathroom.  Having your cats “bathroom” in a well vented area is ideal as well.

Bonus tip: to get the cat hair off the furniture I really like the Pledge Fabric Sweeper for Pet Hair, Empty and Reuse.

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replace a worn out trampoline safety pad with pool noodles ~ Easy DIY, #diy, #trampoline, #poolnoodles, #homeimprovement

Here is a quick and easy safety tip that can be done on a budget…. Replace A Worn Out Trampoline Safety Pad With Pool Noodles .  Plus it looks really cool, I love how the bright colors POP and make the trampoli look bright and cheerful.

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We have had a trampoline for a few years now and I think we take pretty good care of it.  We take it down for the winter, and try to avoid the kids “abusing” it.  Unfortunately, I can’t say the same thing for the weather!  All it took was a few bad wind storms last year and the poor net and safety pad were trash!  I am sure I am not the only one who got pinched by a trampoline spring or two as a kid. It doesn’t feel good!  I was hoping to avoid that with my kids. Since I am thrifty, I didn’t want to spend a lot on a replacement.  These pool noodles were from the dollar store.  I bought 10 but only ended up needing 9.  Can’t beat $9!  Not to mention, I think it looks fun and brightens up the back yard!

You will need:

Pool noodles

box cutter

A tool to remove the springs (we got one with our trampoline that we saved. but I found a replacement here for super inexpensive if you need one!)

Begin by measuring your spring and deciding what length you would like your sections to be.  Then measure and cut your pool noodles into as many sections as it will provide.  You will probably end up with little pieces off the ends, save them, they will work for summertime crafts for the kids!

Once you have them all cut, it is time to put them over the springs. Using your nifty tool, remove one spring at a time, sliding the pool noodle onto the spring before replacing it.

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This isn’t hard, just monotonous.  Thankfully I had my husband do it for me and it took him just a few minutes.

There you have it!  A bright, cheerful trampoline makeover that will be fun all summer long!

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Floppy Disk Pen Holder ~ Easy, DIY, Recycled Craft

Earth day is April 22nd this year.  Why not celebrate by making something new out of some old items that would just end up in the trash?  I came across these gems a few days ago, who remembers floppy disks?  My computer won’t take them, but they are so fun and “retro”  I couldn’t resist making something out of them!

You will need:

Hot glue gun/ sticks

floppy disks

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This is so easy and would make a great gift for any “nerd” in your life!

Begin by warming up your hot glue gun.  Start by putting a thin line on one edge of a disk and attaching another disk to it.  Some of mine still had labels on them,but I just put the label side on the inside where it wouldn’t be seen as easily.  Continue to glue the sides together.  Once you have your sides glued together, take your floppy disk that will be on the bottom and put a line of hot glue around the whole outside of it.  Set your 4 “walls” on top and press firmly to set it.

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That’s it!  Add some pens, markers or pencils and you have a cute, new pencil holder!  I am thinking these would be cute for a school computer teacher, an IT professional, or just to use on your desk at home.

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Paper Flowers With Straw Stems ~ Great Kid Craft

These cute, paper straws are a perfect rainy day craft to do with the kids!  Give them to Grandma for Mother’s day, or leave them on someone’s porch for May day.  No need to worry about them dying, and they can be admired all year long!

You will need:

Patterned or colored paper (great way to use up scraps!) Or order these, great size and spring prints that are so cute!

Green flexible straws

glue

scissors

hole punch

I tried to freehand my flowers, but I just wasn’t talented enough!  They looked more like sad clouds.  I got a flower template off the internet by searching for “flower clip art black and white outline”.  I printed it out and used that to trace on the back of my papers to make a nicer shape.  I also made sure I had a different patterned paper circle for the center of each one.

Once your flowers are traced and cut, punch a hole in the center of the center circle before gluing them together (your flower shape will be too big to get the hole punch in the center).  I then used my scissors to poke through the flower shape once the two layers were glued together.

Slide your straw through, and rest the flower on the flexible grooves.  Then, trim the top portion of the straw (the part you would drink out of) off just before the flexible bends.  Add to a nice vase and there you go!  Cute decorations that are so much easier to keep then live flowers!

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