Homemade Felt Hair Bows

Looking for something cute and easy to make for your little Valentine? These homemade felt hair bows are perfect!

If you have never used homemade felt, you are totally missing out. The flat, lifeless polyester stuff at the store can’t hold a candle to it. And even the wool stuff you can buy isn’t always 100% wool.

The crazy thing is that homemade felt can often be cheaper to make than buy and it is so easy. If you can ruin a wool sweater in the wash, you can make your own felt. You can learn how to do it on my post “How to Make Easy Homemade Felt From Sweaters.”

One of my favorite things to do with felt is to make homemade felt hair bows or felt flowers. The end result is so much warmer and has a lot more character than using store-bought felt. I love how they turn out. In the winter I love to dress my little girl in a denim jumper dress, tights, boots, cardigan, and a little homemade felt flower in her hair. Adorable!

However, when doing something small like homemade felt flowers there are some thing you want to keep in mind. Continue reading

Easy Stuffed Animal Storage

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I used to love stuffed animals when I was little. I kept my beloved collection lined up on my bed. I remember before we had kids I talked to this mom who said that stuffed animals were not allowed in her house. I was shocked. I could not believe a mother could have such a cold, dead heart.

But then I had kids and the stuffed animals started to pour in, literally pour in, and I totally understood. Not only is figuring out an easy solution to stuffed animal storage a nightmare, but you also can’t help but wonder if it is even worth it. Continue reading

Kitchen Island Plans – Make it Using Granite Scrap

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Years ago when we remodeled our kitchen there was a fairly decent piece of leftover granite. The granite guy was about to just carry it away when I said, “heck no!” There was no way that this crazy supply hoarder was going to let a perfectly good piece of granite go walking out the door. But then it ended up just sitting in our garage for years while my husband and I prayed that it wouldn’t accidentally fall over and kill one of our children. Continue reading

Starbucks White Hot Chocolate Copy Cat Recipe

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When I was a teenager we used to get the most amazing white hot chocolate at a little coffee house in La Jolla called the Living Room. I have never been able to find it better any where else, but Starbucks makes a pretty good runner up. And when I want to switch up my nighttime steamer routine (I can’t sleep without drinking something warm first no matter how hot it is outside!), this is a fun go-to drink. And you know me, I am cheap and lazy so if I can make it at home I will. Continue reading

Round Up: Homemade Christmas Presents

I have been dying to share all the homemade Christmas presents I have been working on this month, but haven’t wanted to ruin any surprises. But now that everything has been gifted, I can share, share, share!

For me homemade presents are always the best. They are unique, heartfelt, and intimate. Before I had kids, I would make most of my gifts, but now I just don’t have the time. But now it gets way too stressful. Christmas is already a challenging time for my tightly wound children and adding a bunch of mommy stress wasn’t helping. By the time Christmas rolled around I was so resentful about not being allowed to finish anything, that I didn’t even want to give the kids their gifts. It kind of ruined the whole purpose of doing it in the first place. So I have cut back. I figure one of the best gifts I can give my kids at Christmas is a non-crazy mommy. Continue reading

Visiting Teaching Christmas Message, Ornament and Printable

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Last week I sat down and made a visiting teaching Christmas printable for the people I visit teach, but when I was getting everything ready to deliver it just didn’t feel like the right message to send.

Instead I ended up spending a couple of hours reading more about the birth of the Savior and I was struck by the reference to Christ being wrapped in swaddling clothes. I had been praying that I would have more time to learn about the birth of Christ this Christmas, and it occurred to me that this was an answer to prayer. While I definitely didn’t have the time for this little tangent, I was so grateful for it. It was the first time this month that I had really felt the spirit of Christmas. Maybe it isn’t so much about finding time to come closer to our Savior, but making time. Continue reading