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Crafting with Kids: A Freezer Paper Tutorial

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It’s summer time here and I love having more time to craft with my kiddos. Plus, as they age, they can do more every year. This was a craft I did with my son last year and am just now sharing it with you. (So, yea, his hair is a lot longer and he looks so young!) Perhaps we need to make a new shirt this year and let his sister join in the fun too. But, enough about that, let’s get going to a fun tutorial you can do with your kids – freezer paper graphics!

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DIY Maternity Tank

Well the secret is out…I’m pregnant! Baby #4 is coming this way in September and we are thrilled. We’ve always wanted a big family and so blessed by God that we’ve been able to have this many children. And since I’ve been sewing more, I feel a lot more confident to sew my own maternity wardrobe!  DIY Tank Tutorial Header 1

Today I’m sharing a simple tank and you can find out how to make your own over at DIY Maternity today! So thrilled to have the opportunity to guest blog over there. Go check it out if you’re needing some new tanks yourself (the tutorial really is great for any tank top, not just maternity!).

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The tank I copied is a Liz Lange Maternity Tank from Target that I got on clearance for $3 and worn so much it’s wearing a bit thin. But I love wearing it under other shirts that aren’t quite long enough. So I paid $3 for a great tank AND a free pattern! The elephant tank cost me a little more than $10 to make.  I don’t mind that it cost more than the original shirt because the material is much nicer with more stretch and durability to it.

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Homemade Face Wash

This blog will be dedicated mostly to sewing, but here lately I’ve been dabbling in making other homemade goodies as well: frappuccinos, loaf bread, coffee creamer, yogurt, granola, and most recently… homemade face wash!

The motivation behind making my own is that I have a better idea about how the product is made with the hopes of reducing my slavery footprint. Lately, I have been doing a lot of research on where and how products are made, and the results are not something that I can live with comfortably. So, while I am extremely overwhelmed with what to do, I am slowly making more things at home. Making my own clothes comes naturally for me, but homemade food and household products are a whole other beast.

Well, the other day I was running out of face wash. So, instead of rushing to the store and buy another $8 bottle, I researched and found several recipes online.  This is the one I ended up with since I wanted to use oatmeal and didn’t want to use more than 2-3 ingredients. I’m lazy.

Want to give it a try? It’s super simple.

~1/2 cup of oats
1 package powdered (dry) milk


Step 1: Grind up oats to a fine consistency

Step 2: Mix 1/2 c of the ground oats with 1 package of powdered milk. You can add more oats if you’d like depending on how much scrub you want. Since this will be my main cleanser, I wanted it to be more milky and less scrub-y.



My kids wanted to watch me the first time I washed my face with it, so that was amusing. And it felt great! I just put some water in my hands and mixed in about 2 tablespoons of the powder. Washed and dried. Afterwards my face felt amazingly soft and very clean.  {I tend to have dry skin, so what works for me may not work for you}.

Here’s the breakdown:


Have you ever made face wash or another household product? I’m excited to try something else next!