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Hospital Survival Kit :: For a New Mom by Laura
June 10, 2011, 8:52 am
Filed under: Do-ables / Tutorials

Everyone loves buying, gifting and crafting things for a new baby – it’s natural. But much like everyone buys stuff for the bride at weddings, why not think about the new mom? She actually gave life to a new and very cute little human.

So…weirdly enough I stumbled upon this tutorial as if it was fate. I asked a friend of ours how her “peanut was roasting” since she has been full term for a number of days. 4 hours later? Her water started breaking!

So anyhoo – onto the crafting! A Hospital Survival Kit for the mom? Love it!

I took a “money shot” before I put it all together to show how easy, fun and cheap this is to do. I did this all in one stop to a Family Dollar.

Little cookies, blue gift bags (set of 2 for $1), facial wipes, beeswax chapstick (Burt’s Bees ripoff), BIG Hersheys, lotion, and hair bands. All for slightly under $10.

 

 

 

 

 

Check out the tutorial HERE!

She also has free printables, which can be easily modified for any gift bag!



Conserve :: Saving Energy and Money with a Socket by Laura
June 9, 2011, 2:41 pm
Filed under: Product Reviews

 

Belkin, makers of some fun electronics for your home, ipod, laptop, whatever you need has now come up with another fun gadget we all need. Their new “Conserve” line of products includes a socket, a valet pad, monitor and surge protector. All of these items are energy and money saving products that are designed to help you track, monitor and control energy use in your home. Use less, save more!

Save energy with timed power. Timed power, you say? Let’s just think about your morning activities: curling iron, coffee maker and phone charger. Let’s say you use these for 30 mins or so every morning. It’s a pain to keep them unplugged (yes, appliances use energy when they’re not in use!) and re-plug in every freakin’ morning. What if we had Conserve Socket? There are three settings, 30 minutes, 3 hours and 6 hours. Plug the curling iron in, choose the 30 minute setting, and the socket automatically shuts off after 30 minutes. This also reduces the fire hazard! ¬†Same as with anything we use on a casual basis. Want to charge a phone overnight? Set it on the 3 or 6 hour timer, and boom. Use it to shut off standby power after your electronic devices are fully charged. Shut off lights, fans and heaters to avoid leaving them on indefinitely.

Try to resist buying about 100 of these!



Free Door Hangers! :: How-to by Laura
June 5, 2011, 8:00 am
Filed under: Do-ables / Tutorials, Freebies, Giveaways or Great Deals

I had 3 orange paint chips sheets left. Can’t let those go to waste right? They have this odd circle that punches/falls out. I’m guessing to peek at the wall color to compare or something. They’re big swatches of just one color – I got them at Wal-Mart if you’re looking to repeat this tutorial.

Punch out the circle near the bottom, turn and slice a cut towards the corner of the sheet. Making a doorhanger! Pfew, wasn’t that difficult?

What I did, so she could switch up the messages, was slice some white post-it notes (so it didnt have the logo on it) to fit the little paint swatch. So she can write on it, take off the post it note, and switch it for another use.

Clever, no? Teeheehee



How to make a paper bouquet :: For almost free by Laura
June 4, 2011, 8:00 am
Filed under: Do-ables / Tutorials, Freebies, Giveaways or Great Deals

To continue my “orange” themed 2-person soire party planning – I decided I wanted to have a small flower bouquet. I had office supplies around, some paper towel rolls and some leftover paint chips. Well, why not combine all of these?

If anyone has tried, cutting out big flower shapes are a PAIN. How do I make flowers without killing my hand? Ah-ha! I have a circle cutter (previously mentioned in prior posts as the circle cutter of death) and I have a small 1″ circle punch (one of my 3 punches I own). I used the circle cutter and made 4 varying sizes from about 4″ – 2″. I then cut a TON of circles out. All from 1 sheet of fluorescent orange paper I had around from another office project. Slice the circle and make it 3D, then glue 1″ circles around the edge of the circle – bam – you have a flower.

Next was the “vase” – take part of a paper towel holder, cover with pretty paper. Easy-peasy. I used some strips of the paint chips.

Making them stick in the vase? Paper clips. Yup. Straighten those boogers out (or opt for the super nice floral/jewelry wire) and bend just 1/2″ inch at the end to stick through the middle of the flower. Tape that 1/2″ to the flower. How to hide the tape and wire? A 1″ punch of yellow paper (of if you’re hard up, use a color pencil or highlighter to color some white paper) and Elmer’s the circle over the tape/wire. Then, just tape or glue the wires to the inside of the tube.

Done! Practically done for free with resources around an office desk!



Don’t Waste the Long Weekend: Tips for a low or no waste picnic by Laura
May 27, 2011, 8:00 am
Filed under: Do-ables / Tutorials

Is everyone looking forward to the long weekend coming up for Memorial Day? I know I am!

Want some easy tips and great ideas for a low or no waste picnic? Why not enjoy Mother Earth and treat her well this weekend!

Check out Ebay Green Team’s 10 Easy Steps to a Zero-Waste Picnic.

Learn how to make your own bug repellent! Lavender is a natural repellant for mosquitoes – woohoo!



Sit..Buy: Good Dog! by Laura
May 26, 2011, 8:22 am
Filed under: News / Great Finds, Product Reviews

I know, I know. Where’s all the wedding posts? I’ll get to it soon enough – I need some recovery time!

A great find from Meghan, the World’s Best MOH!

I know how it is, you go into those big box pet stores and you ‘awwww’ at all of the cute leashes, collars, toys…but think for 2 seconds. Where is this stuff made? What is it made of? The second question is VERY important in my mind, since our dog loves to digest everything she chews on.

And that’s where “The Good Dog Company” comes in. Made in the USA, they make earth-friendly (and doggy friendly) goods for our fur-kids. Check out their cool store!

How cute is the “Man’s Best Friend” collar pattern?



HOW TO: use paint chips to continue a party theme by Laura
May 25, 2011, 9:20 am
Filed under: Do-ables / Tutorials

As I mentioned in my last post, I have a handful of these free paint chips in a variety of shades of orange. I have found another use for another set! I had some larger ones (about 3″ x 6″) that was one big swatch of 1 color. I had printed out just 3 little cupcake toppers to add to the Orange Creamsicle Cupcakes I will be making for the soiree. I had yet to figure out how to stiffen them up and attach them to a stick – voila!

I cut the chips in half (about 3″ x 3″) and pasted the little printouts onto them. I even left the paint chip color codes/color titles on them. Who wouldn’t with cool names like “Ripe Tangerine” and “Orange Sherbert” – or my fav: “Zesty.”

To tie it into everything else? Use the scraps to punch out some alternately colored little flowers.

The result? Super cuteness that Meghan can use a take home reminder of our night of sugar and booze (and most likely throw into a cool scrap page).