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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!

Easter Egg Doll Umbrella

Published February 29, 2012 by MisMandie

What you will need:

  • Bottom 1/2 of a Plastic Easter Egg (left over from the egg shell game)
  • 1 Pipe Cleaner
  • Hot Glue Gun

What to Do;

Fold your pipe cleaner in 1/2 and twist them around each other to add stability.  When you get to the ends bend them in so that they overlap and make a flat surface. (see photo) Add a generous dollop of hot glue to the inside center of the egg shell and push in the pipe cleaner flattened side down.  Now just curl the handle end to make a J shape or twist around the hand of your dolls.  Once it is cool you are ready to play!

Easter Egg Shell Game

Published February 28, 2012 by MisMandie

What you will need:

  • 3 Plastic Easter Eggs (not see through!)
  • 1 “Hidden Item” (Anything that will fit in the shell…Ball, PomPom, Hair Clip, Scrapbook Embellishments (what I used), etc)
  • Scissors

What To Do:

Simply cut apart the connector between the top and bottom of your egg shell (or even better use ones that your little one broke which is what gave me this idea).  You will only need the top 1/2 of each egg.

To play have your child watch as you place an object under 1 egg then shuffle them around (a lot of a little depending on age and ability)  and see if they can follow it and pick the right egg.

Please beware of choking hazards depending on the age and maturity of your child! 

Easter Egg Matching Game

Published February 24, 2012 by MisMandie

What you will Need:

  • 6 Plastic Easter Eggs
  • 1 Empty Egg Carton (I cut the top off mine)
  • 2 each of 3 different items to fill
Ideas for Fillers:
  • Scrap book embellishments (What I used)
  • Different colored pompoms
  • Candies
  • Hair ties
  • Small toys
  • Fruit Loops
  • Stickers
  • Temporary Tattoos
In other words, Just about anything that will fit in the eggs!  Just make sure you they are different enough that your kiddo knows the difference and that there are 2 of each kind.  Switch them out for a fun suprise every so often to keep it interesting for your little one!
As they improve their skills try getting more eggs and and a 2 1/2 dozen pack of eggs (they sell them at Sam’s club) If you don’t use enough eggs to go through them fast enough, maybe share with relatives and or friends 🙂

I won’t bore you with step by step instructions on this one since it is as obvious as it looks 🙂  Have Fun!

Please beware of choking hazards depending on the age and maturity of your child! 

(and since I STILL have tons of these eggs and the little trinkets left expect to see more ways to use them soon!)

Easter Egg Counting Game

Published February 13, 2012 by MisMandie

Very Simple Game to make for your little ones in just minuets! You can fill your eggs with any objects that will interest your kids and fit in the eggs. (Mine is obsessed with princesses right now!) I found these in the scrapbook section of the dollar store a while back for a party (we were decorating foam crowns) and had a bunch leftover!  You can change them out too to keep it interesting for them.

Please beware of choking hazards depending on the age and maturity of your child! 

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