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Keeping Track of Your Child’s Medicine Doses~ Good Advice During the Winter Season

I love pretty much everything about Fall and Winter.  I think I can count on one hand the things I dislike about the cold months; heating bills, icy roads, and kids getting sick every time you turn around.  Honestly, with multiple kids it sometimes feels like someone in our home is sick constantly the whole season!  Don’t get me wrong, I feel blessed that they are small illnesses.  Colds, ear infections and sinus infections mostly.  But with our hectic life, and sometimes multiple children on medicine at the same time, it is easy to lose track of whether or not someone got their dose that morning/evening.  And then if you add 2 parents in there, what if one of us gives the medicine not realizing that the other one already gave it to them?

Here is the solution: Use a sharpie, or put a small label on the bottle of the medicine.  I tried the Sharpie, but with the red bottle, I didn’t feel like my oldish sharpie was dark enough. My son is taking his medicine for 10 days 2 times a day starting on the 12th.  I made 2 columns, one for am and one for pm and listed the dates down the side.  Now my husband and I can keep track of  when we gave him his medicine to make sure neither of us are double dosing him and that the child is actually getting all of the doses of the medicine so it can be most effective.

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Cube Minecraft Party Invitations

These super simple invitations are great for your child’s Minecraft party!  Everything in the Minecraft world is squares or cubes, so why not make the party invitations the same way?

If you have a Minecraft fan, and haven’t seen this website, you need to go check it out!  There is so many blocks, characters and awesome stuff to check out.  I am thinking this is a great activity this summer to print them out and let the kids assemble them!

For these invitations you will need:

White card stock

printer

scissors

glue stick

First, pick your block from the above website.  Open it up in your computer program (I used my Silhouette program, but you could open it in Picasa, or word even.) and edit it by adding your party information to each section of the soon to be cube.  You may want to include the child’s name and age, address of the party, rsvp information, and any other pertinent information.

Once you have your cube with all of the details on it, you will want to print it and cut it out.  Be sure to cut around the white tabs, you will need those on there.

The greatest part of using my Silhouette program was that I was able to trace it, create it and then cut it with the machine instead of having to cut each one out with scissors.  It is really awesome!

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Before you start gluing you want to fold all of your sides.  Fold all of the white tabs in and then fold where the sides of the blocks will be.

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Now that you have it cut out you need to glue it.  Put glue stick on all of the white tabs and then begin assembling your block by folding and pressing the white tabs on the inside of the cube.

Now you just need to deliver your invitations!  If you need to mail these, you could mail them flat and then let the child assemble them when they get it.

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Free Printable Valentines, Just Add Hair Ties!

Valentine’s day is just around the corner, and what could be easier than free printable Valentines?!  All you have to do is add hair ties that you can either buy, or make on your own!  There are so many cute elastic ribbon selections out there!  This set right here is a great deal!

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Ok, there are your printable valentines.  To use them, you will want to right click on the above images and save them to your computer.  That is it!

Once you have saved them you will want to go into another program to print them.  So,open up a program (I used Microsoft Publisher).  Open them, resize because right now they are a little large, and print!  I would recommend you shrink them to 4 to a page.  In fact, I think that you will want to leave them a little smaller than that, but not a lot.  So just leave a good space between the two.  I would give measurements,but Microsoft Publisher doesn’t have them so it isn’t much help!  If you don’t like that idea, or would like to just order them and save your ink, send them to a local store in a wallet size.  May be a little on the small size,but would still be a great option!

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Print them off on card stock, cut them out and you are ready to attach your hair tie.  For one of my styles I just wrapped it around and for the other I taped it to the side.

There you have it,a super simple yet adorable idea for your child’s valentines!

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Cupid Arrow Valentines, Quick, Easy, Great For Class Parties!

It is that time of year again, time to get those Valentine’s ready for your child’s class.  These are a great option, with very little work and inexpensive as can be!

You will need:

Skewers

Heart candy ( I used Palmer’s chocolate ones)

Paper

Hot glue

Begin by poking your skewer in the top of the heart candy.  Doesn’t have to go in very far, just enough to secure it.  After you have done that begin warming your hot glue gun.

Cut the paper into diamond shape like so.

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Once you have cut the paper into diamonds, you will want to cut the outer edge to give it a fringe.  Just like the top of an arrow.

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I realize that on the one I took photos of I messed up and cut the one side upside down.  Oops!  Oh well, it still looks cute, and the kids will probably not even notice!

Now you want to hot glue that on to your skewer.  Use a thin line of glue to prevent it from showing and squeezing out the sides.

That is it!  This would be great to tie a tag with a saying around the middle to personalize for each child.  Or keep it simple like I did and make them generic so that your child can hand them out to whomever!  I love that these are cute, and more fun then a boxed card, yet still inexpensive and easy to throw together.

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How to naturally clean and deodorize a microwave in less than 5 minute, simple cleaning tips, cleaning hacks, Natural Cleaning recipesMy daughter was heating up her heating pad and she cooked it way to long so it smelled burnt. It smelled up the whole kitchen and smelled burnt every time we used the microwave.  Lets face it microwaves can get pretty “funky” smelling, and can be a chore to clean as well.  But I have a great tip that will allow you to both deodorizer and clean your microwave in less than 5 minutes.  No harsh chemicals or cleaners needed, just three things that you probably have in your kitchen already.

You will need: Baking soda, lime or lemon and water.  In a microwave safe bowl, add half a lime, 2 tablespoons baking soda mixed with 1/2 cup of water.  Put in the microwave on HIGH and heat for 3-4 minutes.  The baking soda with deodorize the microwave and the lemon with leave a nice clean scent.  The water and lime will also steam, and soften up all the cooked on “bits” on the inside of your microwave. So when you open the door you can take a cloth and easily wipe down the inside and it will be clean without to much scrubbing.

Be careful when you remove the bowl with the lime and water, it will be hot.  It is best to just leave it inside till it cools down a bit.  Once it is cooled you can toss it in the trash… BUT I prefer to put it in the garbage disposal and grind it up to freshen the disposal as well.

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