When my kids were babies, I knew that I would regret not having something that had their hand and footprints. Somehow, in my baby hormone-induced mind, I managed to come up with a cute idea that I still treasure today. A “Cup Of Love” was created in a pottery painting studio. I chose the cup I wanted, chose my colors, then brought my babies in (my 21 month old and 1 month old at the time). I took my oldest’s hands, painted them, and had her hold the cup on either side.
I painted a heart in the bottom of the cup and wrote on the outside of the cup, then I painted my baby’s foot, pressed it on the bottom of the mug and put the date. I came back to put the glaze on it, then the pottery studio took it from there!
I did the same project for grandparents, but wrote a “Cup of Love For Nana”, “Cup of Love For Papa”, etc. Cute little gifts that people will save forever. I drink from this mug once a year – on Mother’s Day!
Note: In my warped sense of humor, it could be funny to do this again with my TEENAGERS’ hands and feet! Of course, I would have to wrestle them down to do it!
Getting ready to tackle the big spring cleaning jobs around your house, but don’t want to spend a fortune on commercial cleaners that may, or may not, work? Consumer Reports ShopSmartMag.org (April 2013) recommends three, tried and true, homemade recipes for cleaners that are inexpensive and easy to make!
All-Purpose Vinegar Cleaner: Good For Counters
1 cup white vinegar
1 cup water
1. Combine the vinegar and water in a spray bottle.
2. Shake well to blend
All-Purpose Soapy Ammonia: Use on Walls and Floors
It can feel impossible to keep track of a busy household, when kids, parents, even the dog, are running in different directions! Try a Chalk Board Wall Calendar to keep track of everyone’s coming’s and going’s.
This great idea comes from the blog, OurFifthHouse.com. Click the photo below to see the step-by-step guide.
When Simple Solutions Diva sees a brilliant use for simple things, she has to share it! Check out the blog from Bargain Hoot, which shows eight ways to use tension rods! So smart! Click on the photo to see all the wonderful ideas!
If you have 10 minutes and a can of non-petroleum based lubricant, you have all the tools you need to do a simple maintenance project sure to save you big money down the road. If you are like me, you take your garage door for granted — that is until is stops working and your car is trapped inside! (Just happened to me!) According to Harold from AAA Overhead Door (my guy on call!), he recommends every 6 months, use a non-petroleum based lubricant (WD 40 or teflon spray product) to maintain your garage door. Here’s how:
Before starting, move your car out of garage, so it doesn’t get sprayed.
Spray all the joints on the inside of door.
Spray all the wheels on the side of the door that move the door up and down.
Spray the bar/track that runs from the motor to the door.
Spray the giant coils above the garage door.
That is it! A little maintenance goes a long way!
Harold also recommends doing this if your door starts getting really squeaky or noisy. In addition, if you close your door and it pops back up, be sure to check the safety sensors at the bottom on either side of the door to make sure they are aligned. He says that is the number one reason he gets called out, and it is an easy fix — But costs $ in labor charges to have him come out to do it!