diy: simple christmas tree craft

It seems that every year we end up spending money on decorations for our tree. Now there is nothing wrong with that- getting into the holiday spirit is fun and infectious. Plus, having a few new ornaments gives you something to look forward to.

However, like the rest of the world we have spent even more time than usual at home this year. I, for one, have noticed how we were able to save more and spend less in doing such. So, in keeping with this year’s theme of saving some money and getting creative, I decided that any new ornaments to go on our tree would be made from our hands and hearts.

Inspired by the cutest snowman ornament that I came across on Instagram, the kids and I set about one evening collecting pinecones and twigs.

The following morning I grabbed the remaining supplies from our craft room. This included:

– a hot glue gun
– google eyes
– red, orange, and black pipe cleaners
– twine
– white paint

The first thing I did was paint half of the pinecones white. I chose ones whose tops fit together nicely. Then I set those aside.

Next, we set about making the reindeer. We glued the eyes on, followed by the red nose and antlers. Finally, we topped them off with twine.

For the snowmen, we glued their tops together. Then we fitted them with eyes, a nose, and a scarf. Lastly, the twine for the tree.

Remy and Wilder loved making them and hanging them on the tree. Over and over again (they keep rearranging the ornaments). Most of all, they cost nothing and provided us with an evening and entire morning of entertainment, and lifetime of memories. Best. Craft. Ever.

If you are wanting more Christmas DIYs, be sure to visit this post!

Emory

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diy: bath salts

This year, Valentine’s Day falls on a Wednesday. That might just equal a cozy night in. What could be cozier than a romantic soak in the tub, solo or not, with scented bath salts? You can make them more feminine or masculine smelling, depending on which fragrance you choose! This simple DIY is the perfect gift for any significant other.

Bath Salts for Your Valentine

Ingredients: 

3 cups Epsom Salt
2 cups sea salt
⅓ ounce essential oil

Steps:

1. In a large bowl, add all three ingredients together in the order that they appear. Mix well.

You can put the salts in a glass jar to make them that much more appealing. Enjoy!

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indoor/outdoor succulent basket – diy

Many weeks ago, I had gone to one of my favourite local greenhouses to buy a hanging succulent basket. I thought that the front of our house desperately needed one, and I had seen these types of hanging planters when I had gone there previously. I had never thought of filling a basket with succulents instead of flowers, and after leaving empty handed that day, I couldn’t get them out of my mind. So after days and days of pining over them, I decided to go back and buy one!

I wasn’t sure how much they cost, but I was hoping that they wouldn’t be more than $50. When I had arrived, I found the first basket and flipped the tag over. It was $75. My heart sank. I did the same for the others and they were all the same price. Darn.

Remy and I walked around the greenhouse for the next 20 minutes hoping to find smaller succulent baskets. There were none. Knowing that all of their plants were reasonably priced, my next thought was to make my own. 

I picked out a beautiful basket and quickly gathered up all of the same type of succulents that were found in it. Then we paid for everything and left. The total was only $23!

Next I asked Geoff to meet me at the dollar store. He was between shifts and so he sat in the vehicle with Remy while I ran inside and grabbed a hanging basket for $2. After that, he drove to his second job and we drove home.

That evening I spray painted the basket and switched out the rope for twine. Then I added the succulents one by one.

After playing around with the arrangement, I grabbed a ladder and drill and went outside. First I hung the iron bracket. Finally, I hung the basket.

Remy helped! Kidding, she kept going in and out of the house and closing the door on me. Brat.

All in all I’m more in love with my version of the succulent basket than what I saw at the greenhouse. It was really fun to make. Additionally, I saved $50! 

This is something that will last the entire year, as you should bring it inside during the colder months. Then, its back outside for the spring and summer. For $25, how can you go wrong?

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Emory

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hanging geode terrarium kit

terrarium-kit-3A few weeks ago, I ordered this Hanging Geode Terrarium Kit from Urban Outfitters. We had a space on our wall where it would fit perfectly.

terrarium-kit-1terrarium-kit-2I wasn’t sure what to expect with the kit. Geoffrey had bought me a terrarium kit two years ago, and unlike the package had promised, nothing grew. That was a Sedum + Moss kit. This one’s main feature was a geode. It is more or less for decoration, so already I had higher hopes for it in that nothing was expected to grow.

terrarium-kit-5This kit also came with a cute glass vase. It was incredibly easy to put together, and it looks just like the one on the website!

terrarium-kit-7Overall this was a really great purchase, in my opinion. I definitely want a few more to hang around our home. Maybe I’ll get some in April. ;-)))

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1st birthday: tips for a successful party

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Hey guys. Prior to even thinking about throwing Remy a first birthday party, I researched several ways on how to throw a successful one. Small children can obviously be unpredictable, and so finding ways to increase their happiness and avoid things that might set them off is imperative. We are lucky in that Remy hasn’t yet thrown a tantrum. However, with her first birthday fast-approaching, I’m sure that they are just around the corner. Until then, I will include a list of surefire ways to have a (somewhat) successful party for a one year old! These are taken from what I have found online, in addition to my own knowledge as a new mother.

1. Keep it short. Babies can get overwhelmed quite quickly, so try to have the party run for no more than 2 hours.

2. Invite people that your children know and like, and not those who they make strange with or are guaranteed to cry around. However, this can’t always be avoided.

3. Avoid balloons and any other party favours that are choking hazards or are potentially dangerous.

4. Dress them in clothes that they are comfortable in. Remy hates anything on her head, so although I wanted to make her a feather crown to wear, I know that trying to keep one on her head would end in a disaster.

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5. Don’t go Pinterest crazy. If you’re going to DIY a lot yourself, make sure that it’s well in advance and things that are manageable to create.

6. Also, don’t go all Top Chef for the party. Buying ready-made food or desserts is a great way to eliminate stress for yourself. I ended up ordering cupcakes for Remy’s party nearly a month in advance, and we are serving chips as a light snack.

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7. Hire a photographer if possible. Just like Remy’s birth, I didn’t want to worry about capturing the perfect moments, nor about editing any photographs afterwards. I also wanted plenty of pictures of us as a family. We have hired someone to photograph her party.

8. Bring a few of their favourite toys along. Because we’re having her birthday in a rented room at the library, I’m going to set up an area for large blanket and several of her toys. This way, she will have a place to play that feels familiar, and the other children can easily join in.

9. Don’t try to set up everything by yourself. Because I’m planning on having Geoffrey watch Remy all morning, I’m going to enlist in the help from a few friends to come to the library and assist me in decorating the room.

10. Schedule the party around naps. This one is for obvious reasons.

11. Finally, if you’re feeling especially adventurous, include some fun details for your guests, such as a photo booth or colouring books!

That’s all that I can come up with. Do you have any tips to add? If so, please write them in the comment section.

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