Tips for a Chemical-Free Clean Home

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Hey there Mine for the Making readers! Bernice here from The Oily Bee, and I want to share something pretty awesome with you. I’m all about cleaning out the chemicals in your home. A healthy home=healthy life. So today I’m going to share tips for a chemical-free, clean home.

Do me a HUGE favor. Download this free app. It’s called Think Dirty. Its FREE, and opens up your eyes! Ever wonder what exactly is in the everyday products you use? From shampoo, to dish soap, to your deodorant! Holy smokes, it’s actually kind of, well, really crazy. Even most of your “all natural” products contain high levels of toxins. So what in the world do we do??

It feels like a losing battle sometimes when we have companies feeding us lies in order to sell a product. Well I have some simple solutions! It doesn’t take much to start changing out some of the products you are using in your home I’m going to give you my ultimate favorite product I use in my home, that does not require you to spend an arm and a leg! Are you ready?

My favorite cleaner in the world… Theives cleaner and I get mine from Young Living.   

For years I have been using other cleaning products, and even attempted to use the “natural” labeled cleaners. This is where the app came in handy- Think Dirty rates products from 1-10. 1 being non-toxic, and 10 being toxic. Many of the natural products showed as being 8 or 9, so I decided that I needed to find something out there that would replace my original household cleaner, but also able to clean the germs. Try it out on your cleaners at home!

Thieves cleaner has been in our home for over 2 years now. I use it for ALL of my surfaces. Mopping the floors, cleaning my granite counters, stainless steal appliances, mirrors, and I use it in my bathrooms. #winning! One, safe cleaner for all of that! 

It is a 14.4 fl oz bottle, and one bottle of Thieves cleaner has last me a little over a year. Why and how does it last so long? Well, it’s because it is so concentrated and a little goes a long, LONG way. Now, how do I mix it? It’s super simple. The recommended ratios are also posted on the bottle, but what I do is get a spray bottle, fill it to about 32 oz of distilled water, and then add your capful size of Thieves cleaner! There ya go! Throw out that old cleaner, because this one is about to rock your socks off!!

Some questions you might be asking yourself…is it kid safe? pet safe? safe to use when pregnant? YES to all! I have a pup, I have a 3 year old boy, and I’m pregnant with baby number 2. I’ve never felt so safe and good about using this cleaner around my home.

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It’s the easiest and most effective household cleaner I have ever used. I can clean my home safely and efficiently. Having that control over what you use in your home is a beautiful feeling!

Thank you all for stopping by! I look forward to sharing more healthy living tips with you.

Bernice Parker, The Oily Bee

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Patriotic Outdoor Decor

Hello makers and welcome to another week of Must Have Craft Tips and More. Kara from Mine for the Making here to bring you more fun craft tips. 

We’ve been sharing all things patriotic this month, so I thought I would share some really fun Patriotic Outdoor Decor with you! Let’s get our patios and backyards ready for the upcoming holidays. 

Star Spangled Flower Pots

Red, White, and Blue Bandana Banner

Tin Can Luminaries

Painted Lawn Stars

Rustic Ribbon and Lace USA Flag

 

DIY Patriotic Tiki Torches

Red, White, and Blue Bandana Pillows

Painted Flag Picnic Table (source unknown)

Patriotic Jar Luminaries 

 

Outdoor Patriotic Tassel Garland

Burlap Patriotic Stars

Stick American Flag (source unknown)

Wooden Fireworks

Flag Placemat Pillows

Patriotic Patio inspiration

Such fun ways to dress up your outdoor area for the upcoming patriotic holidays! Now you’re ready for BBQs and fireworks with friends and family. 

Thanks for joining us for another tips-filled-Friday. I’d love to hear how you decorate your outdoor space for Memorial Day and Independence Day!

 

 

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Fabulous Patriotic Sewing Projects

With Memorial Day and July 4th just around the corner – it’s the perfect time to start some patriotic sewing projects! I’ve gathered up some inspiration for you – I think there are so many fun things to make here!

There are fun home projects, cute things to wear and sweet party decor! Let’s dive in!

Scrappy Flag Pillow

Vintage Bandana Bowl Covers

Vintage Bandana Bowl Covers

Scrappy Flag Quilt Block

finished scrappy flag day quilt block

DIY Bandanna Tablecloth

How to Make an Easy DIY Bandana Tablecloth - This easy patriotic red, white, and blue DIY Bandana Tablecloth is a fun and frugal Summer and 4th of July patriotic idea, with a full tutorial. So cute and festive!

July 4th Ruffle Skirt

American Flag Quilt

American Flag Quilt Tutorial

Bandanna Cushions

Soften outdoor chairs with no-sew pillow covers crafted from contrasting bandannas. Sandwich one cushion between two scarves, then join each corner together with a rubber band and hide bands with thin ribbon, as shown.

Bean Bag Toss Game

bean bag toss game

Cute USA T-Shirt

DIY Pocket Tee for the 4th of July - includes templates for the pocket and outline of the USA

Ruffled Burlap Wreath

Rustic Ribbon and Lace Flag

DIY Rustic Ribbon and Lace USA Flag

Bandanna Skirt

Old Glory Pillow

Stars and stripes pillow6

Which is your favorite? I think I want to make that scrappy pillow or the American Flag pillow. So cute!!

Come back next week for more fun patriotic projects!

Your hostesses,
 

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Patriotic Food Ideas

Hello, friends! Welcome to a new month of our fun series, Must Have Craft Tips & More!

You can catch up on past Craft Tips here!

This month we are bringing you sorts of red, white, and blue ideas to get you ready for upcoming patriotic holidays! I don’t now about you, but I love to celebrate and decorate for July 4th from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

Get inspired for summer entertaining with these patriotic food ideas!
This week I’m focusing on patriotic food ideas. I have found 15 easy, festive recipes that you can whip up for summer barbecues and 4th of July celebrations. They range from snacks and appetizers to side dishes to fun dessert ideas and even a fun beverage idea.

Get inspired for summer entertaining with these patriotic food ideas!
American Berry Pie from Land O Lakes

Get inspired for summer entertaining with these patriotic food ideas!
Fourth of July Deviled Eggs from Singing Through the Rain

Get inspired for summer entertaining with these patriotic food ideas!
Patriotic Popcorn from The Scrap Shoppe

Get inspired for summer entertaining with these patriotic food ideas!
Lightened Up 7-Layer Dip from Mariah’s Pleasing Plates

Get inspired for summer entertaining with these patriotic food ideas!
Red, White,  & Blue Layered Drinks from Like Mother, Like Daughter

Get inspired for summer entertaining with these patriotic food ideas!
Easy Flag Fruit Dessert from Family Fresh Meals

Get inspired for summer entertaining with these patriotic food ideas!
Patriotic Pretzels from The 36th Avenue

Get inspired for summer entertaining with these patriotic food ideas!
4th of July Star Cookies from The BakerMama

Get inspired for summer entertaining with these patriotic food ideas!
Fruit Cubes from Pip & Ebby

Get inspired for summer entertaining with these patriotic food ideas!
Patriotic Popsicles from Oh, the Things We’ll Make

Get inspired for summer entertaining with these patriotic food ideas!
Patriotic Cupcakes from Wilton

Get inspired for summer entertaining with these patriotic food ideas!
Patriotic Rose Cake from I Am Baker

Get inspired for summer entertaining with these patriotic food ideas!
Red, White, and Blue Pie from Smart School House

Get inspired for summer entertaining with these patriotic food ideas!
4th of July Glittery Candy Apples from Rose Bakes

Get inspired for summer entertaining with these patriotic food ideas!
Red, White, and Blue Gumdrops from Hungry Happenings

 

Don’t these look perfect for summer?

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Stay tuned all month long for more patriotic ideas!

 

 

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Fabulous Floral Ideas

Welcome to the last Must Have Craft Tip Post for April! Allison of A Glimpse Inside here today to share some Fabulous Floral Ideas… perfect for spring!
 
 For a girl that loves ANYTHING with flowers, it kills me to not see gorgeous spring blooms at this point in the year, especially since I grew up in the South, so today I wanted to share with you fabulous floral ideas to bring to spring to your next of the woods even if it doesn’t really want to appear yet by you. 

Get ready for all things floral!
There are so many cool ideas out there and now I want to really bring spring inside!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 For Kids:
 
 
 
 
 
 
Aren’t those all just super fun?!
I love it all!Stay tuned next month for a whole new topic!

 

 


Your hostesses,

 


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Creative Fairy Garden Ideas and Tips

Hello friends and Happy Friday! Welcome to another week of Must Have Craft Tips! Kara from Mine for the Making here and this week I’m sharing Creative Fairy Garden Ideas and Tips with you!

My daughter and I have a slight obsession with fairy gardens and have created a couple of our own.  They are so fun and magical and they can be as simple or extravagant as you want! 

Tip 1: Pick a place to create your fairy garden! The options are truly endless. Let’s take a look at some of my favorites…

Fountain Fairy Garden

Barrel Fairy Garden

Fairy Garden Table

Tea Cup Fairy Garden

Fairy Door Planter

Fairy Garden Basket

Beachy Fairy Garden

Flower Pot Fairy Garden

Basin Fairy Garden

Wagon Fairy Garden

Wheelbarrow Fairy Garden

Tip 2: Purchase or make fairy garden accessories. You can find fairy garden accessories at your local craft stores, Easy, and Amazon. There’s also lots you can create and make on your own. 

DIY Salt Dough Fairy Garden Accessories

DIY Polymer Clay Fairy Garden

DIY Fairy Garden Accessories from Nature

Tip 3: Choose, purchase, and plant the plants for your fairy garden. I love using small flowers, succulents, and mosses for my gardens, but really there’s a plethora of options. I’ve seen adorable fairy gardens in veggie gardens and right up against a giant, shady tree. 

Best Plants for Miniature Gardens

That’s it! You’re ready to create your very own magical fairy garden. And I hope you do! It’s such a fun spring activity. 

Join us again next Friday for another Must Have Craft Tips and More!

 

 


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Colorful Spring Crochet Projects

Hello all – it’s Bev from Flamingo Toes here with you for today’s Must Have Craft Tips post! I’ve gathered up some of my favorite Spring Crochet Projects for you today. There are so many cute projects here and a lot of them are perfect for beginners. Spring is a great time to start a new hobby!

Let’s dive right in shall we?

Spring Blossom Coasters

Rainbow Ruffle Blanket

Dainty Daisy Bookmarks

Colorful Nesting Baskets

Happy Flower Coasters

Crochet Lovebirds

Pretty Pastel Cushions

Little Crochet Roses

Ruffle Bag (wouldn’t this be great in a mint color for Spring?)

Crochet Heart with Daisy Center

Colorful Dishcloth

Crochet Jellyfish

Clamshell Throw

Sweet Crochet Daisies

Aren’t they all so sweet?!

Come back next week for more fun projects for Spring!

Your hostesses,

 

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Delicious and Creative Easter Foods

Welcome to the final Must Have Craft Tip and More post for March. Easter is only a few weeks away and it is never too early to start planning your menu. Today, I am sharing some delicious recipes you can include in your Easter dinner as well as some fun creative foods that are perfectly festive for other times of the day.
 
 
 We’ve got everything you need for breakfast, brunch, treats, and hearty eats! Click the links to for the how-tos and recipes.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
What are your favorite recipes to include in your Easter meal?
 
 
Be sure to join us again next month when we begin a whole new topic of Must Have Tips. 
 


Your hostesses,
 

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Creative Easter Wreath Ideas

Hello friends and Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Welcome to another week of Must Have Craft Tips! Kara from Mine for the Making here and although today is my favorite Irish holiday, this week I’m here to share Creative Easter Wreath Ideas with you! 

I love spring time and I love Easter… there’s something so fresh and happy about this time of year! And I would love a pretty way to greet my guests as they approach our front door this spring. Let’s check out ten creative ways to decorate your front door that are perfect for Easter!

Spring Pom Pom Wreath

Spring Baby Grass Wreath

Rain Boot Spring Wreath

Spring Chevron Wreath

Spring Tulip Wreath

Spring Monogram Door Decor

Boxwood Easter Bunny Wreath

Easter Chicks Spring Wreath

Garden Hose Spring Wreath

Boxwood Easter Wreath

 

So many creative ways to decorate your door this spring for Easter! Which wreath is your favorite?

Thanks for stopping by today! Join us next week for more Easter tips! 

 

 

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Adorable Easter Sewing Projects

Hi all! It’s Bev from Flamingo Toes here with this week’s Must Have Craft Tips!

Sewing is such a fun way to show off your style and make custom things for your decor and for gifts – and Easter is a great time to do that! I’ve gathered up some of my favorite, adorable Easter sewing projects for you – I know I’ve added a ton of these to my “to-make” list!

Roly-Poly Easter Bunnies

Roly Poly Fabric Easter Bunnies:

DIY Easter Basket Totes

Simple and Sweet Wonderland Pillow

Simple and Sweet Wonderland Spring Pilllow:

Quilted Easter Topper made from selvedges

Easter Selvage Table Topper by Let's Eat Grandpa

Canvas Bunny Tote

Wear The Canvas: DIY Bunny Tote Bag :: try using fabric markers if you don't want to do the embroidery:

Scrappy Bunny Wall Hanging

ticker tape reverse applique bunny by nanaCompany

Bunny Backpack

Easter Bunny Backpack Sewing Pattern by Sew Much Ado

Bunny Kitchen Towels

DIY Spring dishtowels

Drawstring Bunny Bag

Drawstring Bunny Bags...fun for Easter, or ALL year long! | Make It and Love It

Sweet Bunny Lovey

How to Sew a Bunny Lovey

Spring “Peeps” Embroidery Hoop Art

Spring Peeps Embroidery Hoop Art

Snuggle Bunny

Little Softie Bunnies

Try this super cute Bunny Pattern - FREE and easy bunny pattern to make. So cute!:

Fabric Easter Eggs

Fabric Easter egg tutorial by Retro Mama Peeps Plushies

marshmallow bunny plushie pattern and tutorial

Spring Bunny Pillow

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Aren’t they all so cute?? Which will you make first?

Make sure you come back next week for lots more fun Easter inspiration!

Your hostesses,
siggie Signature signature allison
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