Category Archives: Home and Garden Stuff

Radon Gas: Your Home’s Silent Killer

I received the guest post below from BJ, ‘lil Burghers fan and
head radon professional at Home Radon Pros. He asked if he could share some information regarding the dangers of 
radon gas and the harmful effects it has on families in the Pittsburgh area. Although this post is contains sponsored content, I was interested in sharing this important message with you. All opinions are that of the author. keep reading

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Star Wars Crafts for Kids

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Tomorrow is May the 4th, better known to most of us as Star Wars Day! If you’re looking for fun crafts to do with the kids (or let’s be honest, yourself after they’ve tired out), we’ve rounded up some awesome Star Wars crafts for kids that you’re going to want to get working on! Follow the tutorials in the links below, then come back and tell me what your favorite(s) were. Oh, and May the Fourth be with you!

Star Wars Crafts for Kids

1. Lightsaber Christmas lights from Desert Chica
2. Darth Vader Craft from Kidz Activities
3. Yoda paper bag from The Joy of boys
4. R2D2 luminaries from Diy candy
5. Yoda puppet from Coffee cups and Crayons
6. Star Wars R2-D2 Craft for Kids from Mom Inspired Life
7. Paper Plate Darth Vader Puppet from The Chirping Moms
8. Light Saber Sensory Bottles: Star Wars Activity from Little Bins for Little Hands
9. Star Wars Craft: Chewbacca Puppet from JDaniel4’s Mom
10. Star Wars Lego Mosaic from Childhood 101
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Filter Easy (Home Tip!)

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This post is brought to us today by Filter Easy.

When it comes to home maintenance, I’ll admit – I’m pretty slack. Things just take a back burner to living life, you know? Things like replacing the solo cup that holds the toilet lever just right on flushing simply don’t stand a chance against extra snuggle time with a sleepy baby. We use lists and calendars, but things don’t always go as planned.

That’s why I was excited to hear about Filter Easy – a service that delivers air filters to your home. We suffer from some pretty rough allergies from dust, mold, and pet dander. Add that to six humans living in an older home and you get a good dust layer on your air filters which then just defeats the purpose. Add that combo to the slack home maintenance list and you get more sneezes and coughs than necessary.

With Filter Easy, we don’t even have to think about the state of our home’s air filters. After placing our first online order, they knew the exact size(s) and amount of filters we needed (yet another tedious task – constantly trying to remember our exact air filter size). Then three months later, right when it’s time to replace again, your next set just comes to your doorstep.

Yes, home maintenance to-do-list items can really be checked off that simply! Take a look at what happens when they aren’t:

Nope, that filter was not that brownish color when it was installed. And goodness knows when we last put them in. (“Pro” tip, write the filter dates on the cardboard part of the filter on installation so that if you don’t go with a service like Filter Easy for your air filters you still know when the last time they were changed was.)

Then when the new filters arrive on your doorstep…

You simply unbox and install then wait 90 days with clean air before the next subscription arrives! Check out the (nasty!) difference:

Filter Easy makes it so easy to manage your home’s air filters. Their products are made in the USA and help save 5-10% on your energy bills. There are three different grades of filters offered (LiteAllergen, MicroAllergen, and SuperAllergen – which we tried). The price points on all three are comparable to big box and hardware stores but they take out the time to shop and remember to add them to your list. Win-win!

Tell me – what’s your nagging item on your home maintenance list?

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Top Five Lawn Care Tips

This has been the summer of gardening here around our house. Greg’s been handling most of it, but we’ve both learned some pretty good lessons about how to take care of our lawn. Granted, soil in Pennsylvania is far better than the sandy soil of South Carolina (where he grew up), but it still has its challenges. These are the top five lawn care tips we’ve learned this summer and would like to pass on to you (that you can even implement NOW!). keep reading

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Coffee Cookies and Coloring

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Tonight we were supposed to go to The Lantern Fest, but hopefully everyone who snagged tickets (THANK YOU!) realized it was postponed until June 4. Instead, the kids and I spent the evening inside with some coffee, cookies, and coloring.

Okay. They didn’t have coffee. They had cookies. And…they didn’t color. They watched me. And they asked a lot of questions.

Like…

What kind of crayons are you using? I wasn’t using crayons. I was using Crayola Twistables Colored Pencils. They are like my favorite leggings, buttery smooth.

Can we have a cookie? Sure, but just the Thin Mints. Mommy only has a very tiny stash of four lonely Samoas left and they’re all mine (two remain).

Why are you coloring in your Bible? Is that really allowed? I’m sure your Pappy would have a good reason why it “wouldn’t be allowed”, but Mommy is doodling when a Bible verse speaks to her (like she did with chalk yesterday). This is a special journaling Bible and I draw in it.

What does that verse mean? I John  5:14-15 are about fervent prayer, asking for things to be done in God’s will. I’ve been doing this lately. There are big things I want for my family. Big things that would likely mean a few changes but a happier Mama. When we pray that God does for us what is in His will, those big things happen. Sometimes they are scary, but when we realize they are exactly what we asked for, they are right and good.

Can you use the teal to color soul? Oddly, yes. The teal is calling to me, so I am going to color with it.

Why aren’t our coloring books that neat? Actually, kids, they are. They are so neat that adults have now starting using adult coloring books to make them feel better, more like a kid. I’m jealous. And yes, I’ll color in your coloring books with you tomorrow.

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His Strawberries

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More than once this week I came home to my ‘lil guy tending to his strawberries.

Really though, he was checking on worms. His strawberries are pretty amazing, but when there are worms to creep your mom out, c’mon!

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Sweet Tea Sugar Scrub

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 I’d love for you to be able to make your own Sweet Tea Sugar Scrub and Lemon Whipped Body Butter, so I’ve included some links to help you find exactly what you need!

When I was away in Myrtle Beach a few weeks ago, I had a chance to get the most divine pedicure I’ve ever had. It involved almost 90 minutes of scrubbing my piggy toes and a sweet tea sugar scrub. I couldn’t help but think that those of you who’ve come here for the “Mama’s Moment Detox Bath” tips would also thoroughly enjoy this treat for tired feet. As a bonus, I’m throwing in the recipe for a follow-up lotion, Lemon Whipped Body Butter!

Both of these recipes are adapted from ones I’ve found on the internet, but I made them my own with trial and error. I may have burnt a tea bag in the process! *wink*

Sweet Tea Sugar Scrub

You’ll need:

  • 3/4 cup coconut oil, in liquid form
  • 2 tea bags
  • 2 cups sugar
  • Lemon Essential Oil (optional)
  • Tea Tree Essential Oil (optional)

I heated the liquid coconut oil (I’ve found Fractionated Coconut Oil works best) and added in the tea bags. This was the part that was most tricky. You want to steep the tea, but you don’t want  to burn it. Do this on your stove over low heat. Have patience, and don’t let the bags burn. I suppose you could just dump the tea from the tea bags in the oil as it warms, but I’m not sure it will have the same effect of “brewing” in the bag.

Once this mixture is warm and brown-ish, remove from heat (and remove the tea bags) and add in the sugar slowly. You don’t want this to be like sand, but you also don’t want it to be oily. You may not need all the sugar, you might need more! It’s an eyeball test.

Once you have a nice consistency (test it on your hands – do you feel the benefits of the oil?), add the tea leaves from the tea bags to the sugar mixture. If you like your tea with a little bit of lemon (Arny-Palmers, anyone?), add in about 5 drops of lemon essential oils. I added 3 drops of tea tree oil to mine, too.

Scoop the mixture into a pint size glass jar with a lid.

Use the sweet tea sugar scrub in the tub or as your own at home pedicure fix. If the sugar dries out, stir in a little bit of liquid coconut oil until back to original consistency.

I highly recommend you follow up with…

Lemon Whipped Body Butter

You’ll need:

  • 1 cup coconut oil, in liquid form
  • 1 cup shea butter
  • Lemon essential oil
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    Wordless Wednesday: Gerber

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    My Succulents

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    I took (and posted) three selfies over on Instagram yesterday. When trying to find a photo to write about for this post, I was like, oops…share one of my succulents instead?

    And then I got thinking about my succulents. They survive in drought and heat. They retain water for when they need it. They overcome (everything except for being eaten by a big, silly dog, RIP my first crop of Hens and Chicks). Wouldn’t you want to be like a succulent?

    Not all are prickly like the commonly known cacti. Many flower or are beautiful shades of green and blue. I even found a variety that grows cobwebs. Diverse and beautiful, my succulents.

    Kids, I hope you become like succulents. Physically, there are many benefits to drinking water (and your body will handle that what and when to do with it if you treat it right). Mentally, drink from the water of life and take in all you can, storing it until you need to use it. Be beautiful on the outside, yet with some roughness to ward of the enemies this world is sure to send your way. But most of all, be uniquely you, my succulents.

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    10 Toilet Paper Roll Crafts (You Won’t See Me Making)

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    Let me be honest with you. Pinterest has me hooked and addicted, but as a mom of four, there really isn’t time to do everything I’ve been pinning. But every time I sit down squat quickly over the toilet [before one of the four starts to cry] to take a pee, I can’t help but wish I could turn my collection of empty toilet paper rolls into something more. Today I bring to you the list of 10Toilet Paper Roll Crafts (You Won’t See Me Making) except for in my dreams.

    (I know a lot of you are visual learners, but give some love to the original posters and visit their links or my Pinterest Board to see what I’ve gathered. Stealing ideas is not my game.)

     

  • If your kids have a zoo trip planned this summer, follow it up with making their favorite animal (60 are available on this round-up at Hative.com).
  • In early spring, get your garden started with Burlap and Denim’s Toilet Paper Roll Seed Starters.
  • Thrive 360 Living lists five activities kids can do with empty toilet paper rolls. My favorite of this bunch is the bowling set…because I have enough rolls I could probably make one for each of my four kids and still have leftovers to make all the other ideas listed here.
  • My big kids like to dress up, so I’m sure they’d love to make Reading Confetti’s Super Hero Cuffs.
  • There are plenty of fun ideas over at Kids Activities Blog, but I love the Toilet Roll Ninjas. I’d pair it with a reading of Evan’s favorite book of current, Nighttime Ninja.
  • How about some noise for Hand Made Kids Art’s DIY Kazoo’s? Great to pair with a lesson on sound, yes?
  • If I had been thinking, I would have used Crafts By Courtney’s idea to make Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles as centerpieces for Evan’s 4th birthday party. (Who am I kidding? I was so pregnant and tired from moving that I barely was able to order the cake and pizza for that day!)
  • Arianna might not like piñatas (still), but how cute are these from Hideous! Dreadful! Stinky!? Right?
  • The teacher in me simply adores Chicka Chicka Boom Boom and would make these trees in a heartbeat if only I had a spare one to give. (Source: Life, Crafting, and Teaching.)
  • These Confetti Launchers from Piikea Street have to be my favorite. They are patriotic and make a mess. I just might have to bend a little and make some for 4th of July.
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