Housewarming Gift Basket | Home Supplies “Cake”

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If you’re looking for a great housewarming gift basket idea – this one takes the cake!  In fact, it really reminds me of the diaper cakes people give at baby showers … but in this instance it’s comprised of all the things you need to start really “living” in a new place.

The 10th installment of our Themed Gift Basket Ideas series is possibly my favorite…

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Homemade Firestarters | Dryer Lint & Candle Wax!

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I’m re-posting this tutorial I wrote previously on how to make homemade firestarters because camping season is HERE again!  (Check out some good tent deals here)

This weekend I took my 4 boys out for our first ever family camping trip.  It was all I could’ve hoped for – they were thrilled to cook hotdogs over the campfire, make S’mores, tell silly ghost stories, and listen to old John Denver songs on the guitar.(Well – maybe not so thrilled about the last one ;) )

There was one thing, though, that I wished I had remembered to bring along – something to make the all-important campfire even easier to get going: these HomeMade FireStarters.

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Homemade Brown Sugar Coffee Scrub

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Homemade Brown Sugar Coffee Scrub

Wake your skin up for Spring and slough off the dry winter flakes with this homemade brown sugar coffee scrub!  I try to put aside some leftover grounds (or a couple used K-Cups) so I can do this scrub once a week – it works wonders when I remember to do it ;)

Did you know:  The caffeine in the coffee is a powerful anti-inflammatory?  Yep!  It helps to get rid of puffiness and redness – so if you’re prone to blemishes on your back or anywhere else… this should help some with that. :)

To make this Homemade Brown Sugar & Coffee Scrub you’ll need:

  • 1 Tbsp Leftover coffee grounds 
  • 2 Tbsp Brown Sugar
  • A drizzle of olive oil 
  • A couple drops of essential oil (IF you have some on hand and would like to!  Otherwise, olive oil’s just fine.)

Mix together the ingredients and keep by the bathtub for your next  little chunk of “me” time :)  After exfoliating, rinse off the paste with warm water and pat dry – the olive oil leaves your skin feeling silky soft and a little dewy.

Interesting Fact: Incorporating used coffee grounds into your soil enriches it.  So throw the rest in your garden or any potted plants you have around the house!

Check out these other variations on Homemade Sugar Scrubs:

Easter Egg Dye Ideas

 

 

Getting ready for Easter by dying eggs?  Here are a few helpful Easter Egg dye ideas that will make this family activity a little more fun and a little less mess!  Of course – you could skip the dye altogether and get artistic with these Sharpie Easter Eggs

But if the traditional colored eggs are calling your name – here are our top tips:

1. Lay down paper bags or newspaper

One thing I always do is save my paper shopping bags from Aldi to lay out in front of each kid – like an egg dying placemat.  It controls the drips and drops that are bound to happen.

2. Dry off eggs before dying – it will help the color stick

For tips on hard boiling, check out how to make perfectly hard boiled eggs every time

3. Have a place ready for the dyed eggs

For drying the eggs – use empty ice cube trays!  Once the eggs are completely dry, store them back in their carton until you want to display/eat them.

Easter Egg Decorating Ideas

For some fun twists on the tradition dye kit – see this post on 25 Easter Egg Dying Ideas

 

You might also like our post on 14 Easter Dessert Ideas!

 

Sharpie Easter Eggs | Easy & Mess-Free!

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If your family’s getting tired of the same old Easter dye kits, try using Sharpies for fun new way to decorate this year’s eggs!

Sharpie Easter Eggs can be as artsy – or a simple – as you want.  It’s something my older teens would enjoy, since they love to draw more intricate designs.  But so easy that my 8 year old would have fun too.  While doing a trial run, I traced a chevron pattern with a pencil and went over it with black sharpie.  My silver oil-based paint sharpie was great for shiny accent dots.

Another way to approach this project is to dye the eggs first and then use Sharpie as an added layer of personalization :)

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