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Easy Tutorial, How to Hang Polka Dots on the Wall Evenly

Recently my daughter turned 12 and I wanted to give her room a small makeover.  It was painted lavender, which was her favorite color at the time and I wanted to grow it up a little so it would last into her teens.  We went with white on the walls (her choice, but a great one!) so that she could change out the other things such as curtains, bedding and other decor to change up as her tastes change.

Her favorite colors are pink and turquoise.  With highlights of gold I thought it would look great and I was not disappointed!

I didn’t have a lot of money for this makeover, but I wanted it to look great.  She got a new desk a few months ago and we painted it in a great turquoise color chalk paint.  I wanted to make sure it went with everything. Here is what i came up with; New fabric for curtains that are so simple! (Blog post coming on that!), paint her mirror to match, gold polka dot accent wall to liven up the room from the stark white and new comforter (which hasn’t happened yet but will soon).

This tutorial is all about the gold polka dots!  If you have wanted to hang up dots that is so on trend right now, don’t be intimidated!  Thanks to my husband and his great ideas, this was so easy and painless!

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To begin with; we ordered our dots on an etsy shop.  Our wall was 8.5 feet tall and 11 feet wide. So my husband made this graph and divided the room up into 1 foot squares.  The circle at the bottom of the photo shows our dot size.  They were 5 inches in diameter.  That is how they scale to the 1 foot sections.  It took a lot of playing around to make sure that our dots were evenly spaced and looked the way we wanted.  For the amount of dots we had this meant they needed to be spaced every 2 feet.  To create a template, we used two 12×12 sheets of card stock taped together.  We wanted them staggered so that they weren’t all in straight lines, but were instead in diagonal lines.

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Using the template, we placed a small dot in pencil where the center of each dot should go.  Once we had that on, we were ready to place the vinyl dots. I chose vinyl simply because if she decided that she didn’t want them they would be much easier to remove then having to paint over them!  To apply the vinyl, you remove them from the backing and rub them onto the surface you are applying them to.  It is great to use an old gift card, credit card or even a Pampered Chef scrapper to rub them onto the surface.  Rub them from the center out to help be sure there are no bubbles.

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There you go!  Once you have them on you are done! It is such an easy way to add some “wow” to your walls!

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How to Make Your Own Bath Bomb

Bath Bomb with Essential Oils

 

Bath Bombs recipe with essential oilsThere is nothing, well almost nothing more relaxing than taking a long hot soak. My husband recently installed a jacuzzi tub in our master bath. At first I really didn’t think I would like it at all. I’m not that into baths. In fact my husband had to fill the tub for me and convinced me to get in. Taking a bath is one thing, but taking a bath with bubbles and with a bath bomb is just awesome. I’m pretty sure its the combination of the jacuzzi and the bath bomb, but it could’ve been the fact that the kids were somewhere else being taken care of by my hubby. Having no worries when you take a relaxing bath is in my opinion the best thing – total relaxment!

Recently I came across this awesome recipe on how to make your own bath bomb. Sure you can buy your own bath bombs. But do you really want something fizzing away under you and not knowing what is in it? Making your own is the safest bet to guarantee that there are no crazy chemicals in it that you need someone help you pronounce them. It also saves you a ton of money too! You can make natural and safe Bath Bombs for a small fraction of what you could buy them for! And it takes no time at all to make them, and just let them dry overnight to harden up is the only thing.

Save money and make your own Bath Bombs with your own fragrance from natural essential oils. With essential oils you can make a bath bomb for exactly what you need it for. make one for when you are sick, or a relaxing one that will help you sleep. You can even make one for a good pick me up with a clean crisp aroma. Make your own Bath Bomb ingredients

Ingredients:

  • 8 ounces Baking Soda for your skin and the bath water
  • 4 ounces Cream of Tartar
  • 4 ounces Corn Starch
  • 4 ounces Epsom Salts
  • 3/4 tsp. Water
  • 2 tsp. Essential Oil for scent ( Lavender )
  • 2 tsp. Coconut Oil
  • Food coloring if you want colored bombs (Purple)
  • A decoration, like dried flowers, non-toxic glitter, or sugar cake decorations.
  • A small mini muffin pan

Procedure:

Mix all dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl (salt, baking soda, cornstarch and cream of tartar)

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In a separate small bowl, mix water, oil, and food coloring

Now go ahead and mix wet and dry

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At this point, your mixture should resemble wet sand. Adding the food coloring helps you figure out if it’s well-mixed, an even color means a good mix. When you squeeze some in your fist, it should hold together. If it doesn’t, add water a few drops at a time until desired consistency is reached.

Tightly pack it down into your mold

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Let dry 24 hours

I recommend not removing from the mold until the mixture is completely dry. However, depending on your mold shape, you may have success with early removal so you can reuse the molds more quickly. Cupcake and Flat shapes work great removing them from the mold early.

How to make Bath Bomb with essential oils easy recipe

 

How to make your own Bath Bomb
 
How to make a great smelling Bath Bomb, that also moisturizes your skin with all natural coconut oil.
Ingredients
  • 8 ounces Baking Soda for your skin and the bath water
  • 4 ounces Cream of Tartar
  • 4 ounces Corn Starch
  • 4 ounces Epsom Salts
  • ¾ tsp. Water
  • 2 tsp. Essential Oil for scent ( Lavender )
  • 2 tsp. Coconut Oil
  • Food coloring if you want colored bombs (Purple)
  • A decoration, like dried flowers, non-toxic glitter, or sugar cake decorations.
  • A small mini muffin pan

Instructions
  1. Mix all dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl (salt, baking soda, cornstarch and cream of tartar)
  2. In a separate small bowl, mix water, oil, and food coloring
  3. Now go ahead and mix wet and dry
  4. At this point, your mixture should resemble wet sand. Adding the food coloring helps you figure out if it’s well-mixed, an even color means a good mix. When you squeeze some in your fist, it should hold together. If it doesn’t, add water a few drops at a time until desired consistency is reached.
  5. Tightly pack it down into your mold
  6. Let it dry 24 hours
  7. I recommend not removing from the mold until the mixture is completely dry. However, depending on your mold shape, you may have success with early removal so you can reuse the molds more quickly. Cupcake and Flat shapes work great removing them from the mold early.

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Easy, DIY Curtains, So Easy to Make!

You guys, I apologize in advance because this tutorial is a little on the long side! These curtains are so easy to make and take very little sewing and/or cutting.  You won’t even believe it!  I was pleasantly surprised at how great they turned out.

When I decided to do a mini makeover on my daughter’s room for her 12th birthday, one of the first things I knew had to go were her hideous lavender curtains that I had made for her nursery as a baby and they were definitely showing their age. Not to mention that they were the first thing I ever sewed on my sewing machine and they showed my lack of skill badly!  She had long since been over the color and it was just time to move on.

She wanted her walls white, and I wanted to bring as much color as possible in other ways into her room.  The palate is pink, aqua and gold.  I had decided to make curtains out of bed sheets.  Not the most exciting, but since the budget was tiny I was going to have to be thrifty.  At Walmart I was able to find twin flat sheets for $5 a piece.  Which wasn’t bad, but I would need 4 of them to add ruffles, or some thickness so that they weren’t see through.  I wasn’t in love with them though.  The color wasn’t exactly what I had in mind and they just weren’t very exciting. I decided to walk through the fabric while I was there and found this gorgeous, damask print and was instantly in love!  This had to be her curtains!

It was $4.97 a yard.  Since it was already the same width as a curtain panel, the length was the only part I had to worry about.  I wanted panels that went to the floor.  The average length of curtain panels I looked at were 84 inches, so I went with that.  To get 2 panels in 84 inches I would need just about 5 yards.  I even had them cut it in half for me so they would be exact (any fabric store should be able to do this).  Remember to allow for sewing, so go a couple inches over your desired length for best results

You will need:

Fabric pieces in the desired length.

Thick ribbon (1.5 inches works great) in coordinating color

thread

sewing machine or needle and thread if you are daring

iron

ironing board

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Once I got them home I ironed them.  I know, who irons anymore, right?  Well, I do only when I sew.  This is a pretty vital step actually.  Once the wrinkles are ironed out of them, turn your edged in about an inch and iron that down.  This will give you a nice, crisp edge that will make it perfect for sewing and keeping the raw edge hidden.  Do this all the way around.  I didn’t do any cutting, it was purely ironing and sewing.  Once you have both ironed you are ready to begin sewing.  I used my ironed edge as a guide to keep my sewing lines straight which works great.  Go slow so that your lines don’t go crazy.  Sew all the way around the fabric.  Since this is just off the bolt, you could actually just sew the top and the bottom to save time.  My fabric had a thin white strip on one side of it, so I opted to sew it down.

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Now that you have the basic panel, cut off some strips of your ribbon.  This will depend on the thickness of your rod.  My rod was only about an inch thick, so I did my ribbon sections in about 3 inch sections. This gave me plenty of room to sew the edge over and still have room to get the panel on the rod.  I also cut mine with pinking shears to keep the ribbon from fraying, but this isn’t necessary.

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Once I had those cut, I pinned them onto my panels.  I folded my panel in half and put a piece right in the middle, one on both ends and then another in between the two.  That was 5 pieces of ribbon if you are keeping track.  If your fabric is heavy, you may want to do more, but I wouldn’t recommend doing any less.

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I let mine be a little lower then my raw edge to prevent them from being visible when the panel was hanging on the rod.  Sew each end so that the edge is under.  The photo above shows how I put the ribbon on to make sure the raw edge stays hidden.

I wish you could really see the beautiful color of this fabric.  The photos just don’t do it justice and there is no time of day that is great for taking photos in this room!

I love how it turned out and how they look like they cost a lot more then they actually did.  I have seen panels similar that sell for much more then I spent.

If you are on a budget and want to change up any room in your house, this is the way to do it.  Inexpensive,easy and high impact.  You can’t ask for much more then that!

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Teaching Kids About Money and Consequences

I have been at my wits end lately trying to find a punishment that gets my kids’ attention!  It seems like nothing was getting through!  Until I thought of this.

Now the struggle of getting them to mind as well as helping them learn about saving and spending money are being addressed at the same time and it is working out great!

To begin with, lets talk about the consequences side of things.  The way it works in our house is by getting quarters.  At the beginning of the month we add $5 in quarters for my younger two and $10 for my 12 year old.  As the month goes on, anytime they disobey, talk back, hit someone, refuse to do their chore, or anything else that we feel fits loses them a quarter (sometimes more depending on the behavior).  The quarters then get put in a separate jar and the only way to get quarters back is by doing an extra chore or going above and beyond.  This is usually something they don’t know they will be earning money for and isn’t something they expect.

So by the end of the month they could have nothing left, or they could have even more then the $5 they started out with.  I realize this isn’t a ton of money, and may seem super small to you.  If that is the case, by all means increase the amount you are putting in!  It is great for any budget!

We plan on using the quarters month after month and paying them with bills so that they aren’t bogged down with tons of quarters.

Now onto the teaching them about money side of it.  We are trying to teach them the importance of saving for something they want, paying a small 10% portion to our church for tithing, and buying things they want.  It is hard for some of them.  Sometimes they get that money and want to spend it right away and then are disappointed when they could’ve gotten something better if they had saved for a couple of months.  But it is all up to them. With gentle reminders from us when the money is burning a hole in their pocket about something they had mentioned wanting that costs more then they have. (In our case this would be a video game that right now is still $60 and our son isn’t up that far yet!) it is ultimately still their choice if they spend or not.

I feel like allowing them to make a few mistakes and buy something they may regret later it is teaching them a valuable lesson.

I have found that this has also been great on cutting down their asking for everything they see at the store.  They are learning that things cost money and that none of us have an unlimited supply of it.  I used to dread taking them to the store because I always got asked for something and it is frustrating! Now, they see something they want and then notice how much it costs.  They do sometimes still ask for it, but if it isn’t something they need, it is something they will have to spend their own money on it.  They don’t usually like that idea!

This has been great at our house. It has worked wonders on both lessons and has eased up some of the arguing, tension and frustration around our home!

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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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Well it’s Matt. My whole life I have been the type to try and figure things out for my self. I love trying to make things that many think is too hard. Well about 6-8 years ago I was watching a show on making cheese, and I thought – I can do that. So I searched the internet and found a kit to make cheese from home. It is actually pretty easy to make mozzarella cheese. Every now and then I break out the kit I bought 8 years ago and make a pound of cheese for pizza or cheese on tomatoes, or just for fun.

DIY - mozzarella cheese

DIY – mozzarella cheese

To make one pound of cheese you need one gallon of milk. We had two different milks that were both about half full that I added together. They were close to expiring and I had just bought new milk. So in the pot they went.

Here is how:

You need a cheese making kit. The one I have had I have made about 6 pounds of cheese and I haven’t even used 1/4 of the ingredients. It keeps well in the back of the fridge.

One cheese making kit - Rennet, Calcium Chloride, Citric Acid, Mild Lipase Powder, Flaked salt

One cheese making kit – Rennet, Calcium Chloride, Citric Acid, Mild Lipase Powder, Flaked salt

The one I used is from Leeners – $24.95
Leeners Mozzarella and Ricotta Cheese Making Kit
And there are many others to choose from as well.

Follow the instructions but basically you need:

  • pot large enough to hold a gallon of milk,
  • One Gallon of milk (whole milk is best – cheese needs high fat content)
  • One cheese making kit – Rennet, Calcium Chloride, Citric Acid, Mild Lipase Powder, Flaked salt
  • large spoon with holes for draining
  • 5 small bowls to have everything pre-measured
  • a large microwave safe bowl
  • thick rubber gloves (I used 5 pair of latex gloves but the thick rubber kitchen gloves would work too, clean)
  • one cooking thermometer

 

Start by pouring 1 (one) gallon of milk into the pot. Whole milk is best cheese is better with higher fat content. I have even made it from raw milk at Sarah’s parents house, they are dairy farmers. Some risk involved with raw milk.

Slowly warm the milk on low to medium heat. Slower the better, scalded or burnt cheese probably doesn’t taste that good.

While the milk is warming start preparing the additives

In one small bowl add

1/2 tsp of Rennet with 1/4 cup of distilled (I use tap) water

Next bowl :

1 tsp calcium chloride liquid mix with 2 Tbs of distilled (or tap) water

Next Bowl:

Measure 2 tsp of citric acid powder

Next Bowl:

Measure 1/2 tsp of Flaked salt. To be added while stretching the cheese in the last process

Next Bowl :

Measure 1/4 to 1/2 tsp of mild lipase powder. Optional if you are vegetarian.

DIY - Mozzarella cheese - Milk with Citric Acid, curd forming

DIY – Mozzarella cheese – Milk with Citric Acid, curd forming

Closely watch the temperature of the warming milk. Add the citric acid while it is warming. Stir the citric acid for 30 seconds.  You will begin to see the milk separate and form curds. Continue to  stir once every minute or so. Once it reaches 88 degrees F add the calcium chloride mixture and the lipase powder. Stir the mixtures slowly for 30 seconds. Let the mixture continue to warm to 105 degrees F.

DIY - Mozzarella cheese - 105 degrees, Citric Acid, Rennet, Mild Lipase Powder

DIY – Mozzarella cheese – 105 degrees, Citric Acid, Rennet, Mild Lipase Powder

Once 105 degrees F has been reaches cover and turn off the heat. Let the whey and curd mixture sit at 105 F for 15 minutes to allow the curd to fully develop. The curd is the white clumps and the whey is the greenish clear liquid in the pot.

DIY - Mozzarella cheese - Cover and let sit with heat off

DIY – Mozzarella cheese – Cover and let sit with heat off

After 15 minutes gently take out the curd with the slotted spoon. Put the curd into your microwave safe bowl. Try and remove as much curd from the whey as you can.

DIY - Mozzarella cheese - After 15 minutes remove the curd, place into microwave safe bowl

DIY – Mozzarella cheese – After 15 minutes remove the curd, place into microwave safe bowl

Gently press the curd mixture with your gloves on. Pore the whey back into the pot. Press and pour this step until not much is being squeezed out.

DIY - Mozzarella cheese - press out as much whey by hand

DIY – Mozzarella cheese – press out as much whey by hand

Now place the bowl with the curd mass into the microwave. Heat on High for ONE minute. Remove and press the mass to try and remove any more whey liquid as you can. Repeat this pressing and pouring till no more whey can be removed – about 30 seconds or so.

DIY - Mozzarella cheese - Place in microwave, cook on high one minute

DIY – Mozzarella cheese – Place in microwave, cook on high one minute

Place back into the microwave for ONE minute again. Remove the cheese and press and pull the cheese similar to making taffy. Add the remaining flake salt while you are pulling and stretching the cheese. The more you pull the firmer and stringing it will become.

DIY - Mozzarella cheese - Continue to squeeze the whey out, place in microwave again for one minute

DIY – Mozzarella cheese – Continue to squeeze the whey out, place in microwave again for one minute

DIY - Mozzarella cheese - Add the Flaked Salt and stretch and pull cheese

DIY – Mozzarella cheese – Add the Flaked Salt and stretch and pull cheese

This is where I stopped microwaving it, but for a more firm cheese repeat the microwave step again.

At this point the cheese is very hot and this is where thick gloves comes in handy. I wore 5 latex gloves on each hand and it was still VERY hot.  Stretch and pull the cheese just like taffy makers. The more you pull and stretch it the more stringing and firm it becomes. For a softer cheese only pull and stretch for a short time, maybe one or two pulls then form your cheese ball.

DIY - Mozzarella cheese - Stretch and Pull the cheese and work the curd together

DIY – Mozzarella cheese – Stretch and Pull the cheese and work the curd together

Form the cheese the way you want, place in an air tight container. In the fridge it is good for about one week, and in the freezer for about a month.

DIY - Mozzarella cheese - Form a tight cheese ball with the flat of your palm and press your fingers upward on the bottom middle of the cheese mass.

DIY – Mozzarella cheese – Form a tight cheese ball with the flat of your palm and press your fingers upward on the bottom middle of the cheese mass.

If the cheese is too soft to grate, place in the freezer to firm the cheese for grating. ENJOY!

How do you like your cheese?

 

DIY - Mozzarella cheese, Tomato, Olive Oil, Salt and Pepper, Basil

DIY – Mozzarella cheese, Tomato, Olive Oil, Salt and Pepper, Basil

 

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