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Wood Butter – The perfect thing for your wood bowls and utensils.

Wood Butter – The perfect thing for your wood bowls and utensils.

The Start of a Smash Book Have you ever heard of a smash book? They are kind of a new thing and definitely growing in popularity. What is a Smash Book? Smash Books are basically books that are turned scrapbooks. You can buy official Smash Books that are filled with different Scrapbook Papers. Or create an Up-cycled Smash Book out of an actual book. I have never made a Smash Book before but I love looking at other Smash Books on Pinterest so I wanted to give it a go. Awhile ago I was at DI (a local thrift store) and came across this old book whose title was the same as my name. What I love about this book is that it is old. Here are some sample layouts of some other Smash Books that I love. Do you have a Smash Book? Related Top 10 Posts of 2012 It seems that the older I get the faster time flies and 2012 was no exception. 2012 is over so I thought it might be fun to look back over… In "Round Up" Guest Post: Scrapbook 2-Page Layout I am excited to introduce you to my guest today! In "Guest Post"

How To Make a Coffee Body Scrub— Skin Care Treatment - StumbleUpon The coffee we all love so much has many uses beyond just waking us up in the morning. One of those uses is to create a coffee body scrub. It’s usually just the high prices that deter us from enjoying the benefits of exfoliating body scrubs. Since most of us have a canister of coffee grounds in the kitchen, creating this scrub will be easy, beneficial, and most of all, cheap! Before we go into any recipes, let's discuss why a coffee body scrub is so much more beneficial than the everyday scrub. No more cellulite. Now that we know why the homemade coffee body scrub is so useful and such a great natural beauty product, we can move on to the recipe. 2 cups of coffee grounds (Brand does not matter--in fact, the cheaper the better.)1/2 cup raw sugar or sea salt2/3 tablespoon of massage oil (Any plain, cheap massage oil will do.)Mix these three items together in a bowl. When the scrub is complete, be sure to apply it to wet or damp skin. Pure cane sugar - Excellent as a gentle exfoliator.

Go On A Blind Date... With A Book They say you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover — but what about the title, author and plot? In a bid to lure customers back from the ebook market, one plucky book store has begun selling novels that are completely wrapped in brown paper. A few vague words are your only hint to what lies within… It’s no secret that book stores are doing it tough, with Collins, Angus & Robinson and Borders all shutting up shops in recent years. “A lot of people who come into our store don’t know what they want to buy so they just browse or ask for a recommendation,” explained Ryan, an Elizabeth’s Bookshop employee from the Pitt Street store in Sydney. “One of our staff members thought it would be a good idea to set up a kind of lucky-dip table where you get to pick a book at random. All ‘blind date’ book covers are completely covered in brown paper — with just a few vague word cues scrawled on the front to give you an idea about the book’s content. Would you buy a book completely unseen?

"One Good Thing" by Jillee: Whitening Whites...Can This Cami Be Saved? My post about getting armpit stains out of t-shirts apparently struck a nerve or something. It has received almost 100,000 pageviews and is the 2nd most viewed post of all time! Apparently I’m not the only one obsessed with concerned about white clothes being WHITE. While getting the armpit stains out of my sons’ t-shirts and out of my camis was very satisfying indeed…my quest to salvage perfectly good articles of clothing from the trash merely because they have lost their lustre, continues. This past weekend however, I feel like I made a breakthrough of sorts and feel compelled to share. Once again I drag out my poor stained, dingy camis as my “makeover” victim recipient. In my numerous field trips to the laundry section of the grocery store, searching for answers to this age old dilemma…I spied the Rit dye section. Long story shortened…I bought it home…used it…was fairly impressed with the results…but wanted more! Here are the “after effects”: And that’s today’s….

Test Of Three In ancient Greece (469 - 399 BC), Socrates was widely lauded for his wisdom. One day the great philosopher came upon an acquaintance, who ran up to him excitedly and said, "Socrates, do you know what I just heard about one of your students?" "Wait a moment," Socrates replied. "Before you tell me, I'd like you to pass a little test. It's called the Test of Three." "Test of Three?" "That's correct," Socrates continued. "No," the man replied, "actually I just heard about it." "All right," said Socrates. "No, on the contrary..." "So," Socrates continued, "you want to tell me something bad about him even though you're not certain it's true?" The man shrugged, a little embarrassed. Socrates continued, "You may still pass though because there is a third test - the filter of Usefulness. "No, not really..." "Well," concluded Socrates, "if what you want to tell me is neither true nor good nor even useful, why tell it to me at all?" The man was defeated and ashamed and said no more.

How to Make Lavender Sugar Scrub It’s not all power tools with me. I have my girlie girl moments too. One of the ways I like to pamper myself is with a nice sugar scrub. When I found out that my favorite spendy sugar scrub was nothing more than olive oil and white sugar, I decided to make it myself. I’ve been experimenting with sugar scrub recipes ever since. Lavender Sugar Scrub makes a wonderful moisturizing exfoliatant! Lavender Sugar Scrub Recipe The key is to make the scrub in small batches and don't let it sit around too long because it doesn’t have any preservatives and the olive oil will go rancid (just like the olive oil in your cupboard) if you one of those folks who lets things sit for years on end because it is too pretty to use. IngredientsAn empty jar with a lid (a small jelly or condiment jar works great for this project)Granulated white sugar (the amount will depend upon the size of your jar)Olive oil (the amount will depend upon the size of your jar) Lavender buds (fresh or dried is fine. Make it 1. 2. 3.

More Useful Household Life Hacks • Masshole Mommy Remember a while back I did a post about all sorts of useful household life hacks (shortcuts)? I got a lot of positive feedback about it, so I decided to share a few more: 1. If you run your hands under cold water before pressing Rice Krispie treats in the pan, the marshmallow won’t stick to your fingers. I make a lot of Rice Krispie treats and it works. 2. You can remove grass stains from your clothing by rubbing Karo corn syrup onto stain. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. So now you know…and knowing is half the battle. 10 Homemade Laundry Soap Detergent Recipes Here is a nice stack of different recipes for making homemade laundry detergent that I’ve collected over the years. Do they work? Yes, I’ve had good luck with them. At the time I was using them, we had a relative who was in trade school living with us. Every day he was mechanic grease from head to toe–the clothes still cleaned up nice! Making your own is a discipline and it’s not for everyone, but it definitely saves money–sometimes just costing pennies a load! For the bar soaps required in the recipes, you could try Fels-Naptha, Ivory, Sunlight, Kirk’s Hardwater Castile, and Zote. Here are ten different recipes you can try, I’ve also added a very useful Frequently Asked Questions section at the bottom of the page. 1 quart Water (boiling) 2 cups Bar soap (grated) 2 cups Borax 2 cups Washing Soda Add finely grated bar soap to the boiling water and stir until soap is melted. Hot water 1 cup Washing Soda 1/2 cup Borax 1 Soap bar Grate the bar and add to a large saucepan with hot water. Ugh!

I Did Not Know That! Clever Tips To Make Your Life Easier I Did Not Know That! Clever Tips To Make Your Life Easier Welcome to yet another round of “I Did Not Know That!” This is our ongoing quest for clever and simple tips to make your life easier. By the way: should you thirst for more genius ideas, be sure to check our other Life Hacks: -More genius like making a temporary tattoo and studying tricks -Genius ways to hide eyesores in your home: from laundry rooms to cracked flooring -Genius cooking hacks that make you look like a master chef -Brilliant parent hacks from handwriting to temper tantrums -Brilliant girlie life hacks -“Brilliant” parenting hacks from Gamer Dad Be Socialable, Share You Might Also Like Comments

French Vanilla Coffee Creamer Please check out the updated version of this coffee creamer with more than 2 dozen flavors you can make yourself, and some great hints & tips! Coffee is my best friend in the mornings. Sometimes it is even my best friend in the afternoon. I take mine with cream & sugar while my husband takes his sugar & cream with a little bit of coffee. Needless to say, coffee creamer is as much of a necessity in our house as a loaf of bread. Making my own coffee creamer has long replaced the store bought here. Interested? Combine it all in a jar, and shake vigorously to combine. French Vanilla Coffee Creamer Ingredients Instructions Pour all of the ingredients into your mason jar. *To Make it creamier, substitute the milk for heavy cream **I use the milk/cream that I use expiration date as a guide to how long my homemade creamer is good for Like what you see here on the Mrs?

10 Reasons To Use Apple Cider Vinegar Every Day I love sharing home remedies that have various uses and Apple Cider Vinegar happens to be one of them. Made by the fermentation of apple juice, it’s smell is potent but it’s benefits are endless. Apple Cider Vinegar is rich in phosphorus, potassium, calcium, magnesium, copper, fluorine and sodium. It also contains vitamins such as A, B1, B2, C, E, pectin and bioflavanoid. So what does this mean – Apple Cider Vinegar is useful for your skin, hair, home and even for your pets. 1. You can use Apple Cider Vinegar in place of any household chemical products. 2. Use Apple Cider Vinegar as a hair rinse to boost body and shine. 3. Apple Cider Vinegar not only tones your skin, it also helps in removing acne scars,age spots and warts. 4. Apple Cider Vinegar is rich in acetic acid – this helps to reduce abdominal fat and overall body weight. 5. Better than any whitening strip, Apple Cider Vinegar will restore your natural white color of your teeth. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. ~ ~ Winky Boo. 4Google +

DIY Suds Update: If using a HE washer, our readers have suggested throwing the mix directly into the wash load, rather than the soap dispenser. Please read through the comments for more Q&As, as you have all been so wonderful to share your experiences! And if you’re looking for even more information on our DIY suds, see our sudsy update to this post, right here. The last time I purchased laundry soap, I threw a fit in the cleaning aisle and spent the drive home moaning over the high coast of detergent. First mentioned here (whew, I was on a rant that day), I decided to heck with it all, and I went and did something about it. I kid you not, the steps are even easier than getting in your car, driving to the store, and buying the 3 ingredients. While we could’ve left the mixture in the tupperware, I spruced up the display by using an on-hand Ball jar instead. Here’s the kicker – there’s enough Borax and washing soda to make something like 5 batches of this, uh, stuff.

Moon Sand Recipe (with play sand) Fried Ice Cream I'm sure you are thinking about Cinco de Mayo this very minute. You should be because it's in two days. We look for any excuse to celebrate. We look for any excuse to celebrate with food. I'd share a recipe for deep fried ice cream. This would be considered one of my "BIGS". You will need a good quality Vanilla ice cream, corn flakes, flaked coconut and cinnamon. I just happen to find New Simply Cinnamon Corn Flakes. You can, of course, use regular corn flakes. You will need to make 5 scoops of ice cream from a quart size container. Drop the scoops of ice cream onto a baking sheet lined with waxed paper. Let me tell you what you don't have time for...PICTURES. The ice cream melts too fast. Put the corn flakes in a plastic bag. Pound the corn flakes with a rolling pin or crush the corn flakes anyway you'd like...just crush them. Put the crushed corn flakes into a shallow bowl. Add 1 cup coconut. Add one tablespoon cinnamon. In shallow bowl add 2 eggs and 1 tablespoon milk. Fried Ice Cream 2 eggs