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Change is in the air….

Published February 23, 2015 by MisMandie

Things in my life have been changing fast this year.  Some changes are small some are large, some were planned, some were not.  Change is just a part of life so we will roll with it and make the best of things that have come.

That said, I have a dear friend who recently started using more natural methods for just about everything.  Normally I would politely listen to her ideas and be supportive because she was so excited about it, but this time, I actually started to think….that makes sense.  Now, don’t get me wrong, I am not going vegan, I am not 100% organic, and I am not going to turn my back on modern western medicine… BUT I am willing to give some of it a try.  1 small change at a time I will take you through my journey.

So here we go….

Today I made my own Fresh Orange Cleaning Spray.  It was so simple that is is actually sad that I have been paying for it!  First I made my little one her favorite after dinner snack… oranges!  This time though, instead of throwing away a big bowl full of peels, I took them and stuffed them into a spray bottle I got for $1 then poured some vinegar over top and closed it up!  All you gotta do now is give it a shake and wait…. in a few days it will be ready to to use!   REALLY, that’s all it takes!  It smells great, is virtually free and takes so little effort it is laughable… not to mention there are no chemicals so even the kiddo can help around the house without having to worry about her berating it in!

The other new thing I started today is just as simple, I promise!  I started saving my used k-cups instead of tossing them in the trash!   First off…why would I want to do this? Well there are a ton of things you can do with them if you check out this blog you can get some more ideas…  For me, I am going to use them as seed starter cups.  So first you will want to get a bowl or bucket with a lid.  Now starting at the puncture hole pull off and discard the foil top, then dump the used grounds into your bowl and reach in with your fingers to pull out the filter paper…toss that into your bowl as well.  Now just wash your hands and give that little plastic cup a rinse and you are done!  See, I told you it was easy!  You have now accomplished 2 things: 1 you have a cup that you can fill with soil and start yours seeds in, and 2 you have also started a compost pile and you haven’t spent a penny to do it!!  Y ou will eventually need to transfer the contents of your bowl to a compost bin, pile, or container outside in some fashion, but that is a blog entry for a warmer day… for now we will just keep the bowl going! 🙂

For a TON more information like this and all sorts of other natural ways of living, check back here often, and check out Shari’s Pure and Simple.  She is simply amazing!!!!  Find Her on Facebook here.


Treasure Box – A 5 min craft project for kids of ALL ages!

Published September 5, 2012 by MisMandie

What you will need:

  • Cigar Box or similar (most tobacco shops will give you one free of charge if you ask!)
  • Pretty Duct Tape or Contact Paper
  • Foam Stickers (or normal stickers)

What to do:

  • Cover the lid inside and out and the sides of the box with your duct tape or contact paper.  I Used a beautiful butterfly print duct tape, but after all the stickers were on, it looked a bit busy so a simpler base might be better, but she still loves it! 🙂
  • Now let your little on go nuts peeling and sticking all over to make it their own.  They will work on their fine motor skills while making something that is just for them.
  • Now fill it up with all your little one’s treasures and have a blast!

Play Shorts with Many Style Variations!

Published May 6, 2012 by MisMandie

Today I want to share with you a GREAT pattern set for making toddler and kid size shorts for playtime.  My girl is between a 2T-3T right now and the toddler pattern fits her very well (shortened the elastic just slightly but it has LOTS of stretch so she will get the full use out of them still!) they fall right below her knee when standing and above when sitting – pretty much perfect for playing outside!

Here you will find the tutorials for the various styles:

I made a few small modifications to the basic pattern and here they are:

  • Instead of using jersey/knit material I used a 100% Cotton.
  • Instead of a “ribbed band” for the pocket outline I used a coordinating grosgrain ribbon (1/8″ wide)
  • Instead of a direct sewn elastic waist band, I made a casing out of the same material as the shorts with the waist band pattern piece then folded it in 1/2 right sides out turning the unfinished sides under on the front and back and attached that to the unfinished top of the shorts leaving just enough of a gap in my stitches to insert the elastic and seal it back up.
  • Added a coordinating button to the front center of the waist band/ elastic casing purely for decorative purposes. (no actual button hole sewn!)

There you have it, in about 2 hours you will have an adorable and very comfortable pair of shorts for your little one!  Feel free to play with the patterns, after all no one is going to yell at you if you do it a little differently- that is the beauty of making your own pieces – they are what YOU want them to be!

Broken Party Horn = Race Track Car Wash

Published April 25, 2012 by MisMandie

What you will need:

  • Party Horn/Noise Maker
  • Strong Clear Tape (I used packing tape)
  • Scissors
  • A racetrack of some sort

What to do:

  • Cut the fringe off of your horn as close to the mouth piece as you can.  (mine was already ripped hence the inspiration for the project)
  • Decide where you want your new car wash to be. The Race track I have in the photo had a tunnel to nowhere that never really made sense, so that is where I decided to put mine.
  • Tape securely in place.  Try to hide it as best you can.  On mine I was able to attach it to the top of the tunnel and it is almost invisible.
  • Trim the bottom of your fringe if needed.  Mine was almost perfect so I left it go.
  • Let your little ones loose!  I would suggest taking them to a real car wash first if they have never been to one so they get the concept and can relate their own experience to make it more fun!





Plastic Easter Eggs turned into cute animal puppet toys!

Published April 12, 2012 by MisMandie
(This site is not in english, but if you use ie or chrome you can simply hit the translate button that comes up and you will be all set!)

Ok, so this one is not mine, and I haven’t done it yet but wanted to share this idea with you as part of my Easter Egg Collection! 🙂 How cute are they?!?! I wish I may have to learn how to crochet so I can do this one… 🙂 Enjoy guys!

Turn Maternity Top into Toddler Dress

Published April 6, 2012 by MisMandie

What to do:

  • Sew down each side parallel to the original hems to take the bodice in to the appropriate size of your child.
  • Trim the excess fabric away
  • Remove the shoulder straps with a seam ripper and shorten to the correct length and reattach a 1/2 inch or so in from each side.
  • For a long dress you are done.  For a short dress, once again sew a hem that mirrors the original at the length you want and trim.  The excess fabric and then be gathered and attached at the bottom as a ruffle if you like or keep it simple.

Easter Egg Garland

Published March 22, 2012 by MisMandie

What you will need:

  • Plastic Easter Eggs
  • Ribbon or Yarn

What to do:

  • First cut a length of ribbon or yarn to the length you want you finished project to be
  • Now decide on your color order and how you want them to hang. (all the same height or staggered)
  • Cut a piece to double the height you want for each egg
  • Run the strings through the holes in the top of your eggs so that you have 2 ends at the top
  • Now tie each egg to the long ribbon and space them how you like then hang.


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