Archive for ‘crafts/diy’

January 20th, 2014

my favorite DIY body scrub recipes

DIY scrub

If for some reason you live under a rock and haven’t tried body scrub, you simply must. I like it on my legs and feet the best: it makes them so fantastically smooth and soft. There are a lot of good body scrubs you can buy from the store, but they’re $15+ a pop. I’m all for splurging on things from time to time, but I can think of a lot of other things to spend $15 on if I can make body scrub with ingredients in the pantry.

Body scrubs are fast and EASY to make. I use the recipes more as a base, sometimes adding more or less of an ingredient until I get an consistency I like (e.g. more or less oily). As far as which oils you use, the best ones are coconut, almond, and grapeseed because of their high vitamin E content (I wait for coupons or sales and buy them up). If you don’t have those, use olive or mineral or baby oil.

For an ultra-moisturizing version, try

Coconut Oatmeal

1 cup coconut oil
2 cups raw brown sugar
1/2 cup ground oats (dump rolled oats in a blender to grind up)

For a sweet smelling version, try

Body Wash Scrub
6 tablespoons oil
2 cups white sugar
6 tablespoons body wash/shower cream


  1. Keep accessible so you remember to use it
  2. Rinse your shower/tub thoroughly when you’re through (the extra cleanup is worth it)
  3. Use up or throw out in 3-5 weeks
April 6th, 2012


A few weeks ago I woke up and decided to make David little bean bags to throw around. These would have taken me only a few minutes to do, but, like the over-achiever I am, I decided to put numbers on them, too (which ended up taking a lot of time because I made it complicated).


I used some fabric scraps and dry beans I’ve had around for quite some time, so they were FREE.

I made enough 4×4 squares for numbers 1 through 10 in various colors (20 squares, 2 for each bean bag). I printed the numbers on cardstock and then traced them onto some iron-on adhesive I also had around (if you make some, trace the numbers BACKWARDS onto the webbing so they will be right when you iron them to the fabric). I followed the iron-on directions and ironed them onto contrasting fabric, cut them out again, and then ironed them onto the front of 10 of the 4×4 squares.

I stitched around the edge of each number (which is what made it complicated and take forever), and then sewed right sides together around three of the sides of each bean bag. I filled each with 1/4 cup dry beans (which ended up being exactly a one-pound bag of beans to fill all the bags). I finished sewing the fourth side.

Viola! Free new “toys” for David.

February 8th, 2012

great bathroom cleaner

I bought this cleaner because I read somewhere online that it is good for taking scuffs off of white ceramic plates (which we have). I have yet to use it on our plates, but I did use it on almost every surface of our bathrooms and love it.

Meet Bar Keepers Friend

I found it sold online and at our local ACE Hardware for $2.99.

Do you have stubborn toilet bowl lines that other toilet bowl cleaners only fade? Sprinkle some Bar Keepers Friend on them and buff them off with a Scotch Brite green scrubber pad. Our toilet bowls are so white now that sometimes I go into the bathroom just to admire them.

Rust stains from your shaving cream can? Sprinkle, buff, rinse.

Water buildup on your faucet fixtures? With some elbow grease: gone, and your stainless steel fixtures will shine like they’re brand new.

It says it also cleans fiberglass, glass stoves, copper, tile, plastic, and brass so I need to find more dirty things around here.


January 18th, 2012

printable church abc quiet book

After seeing a few ideas posted on other sites, I decided to take the time to make my own church ABC quiet book for David — one that was a little more my style. It includes all the letters of the alphabet with a corresponding picture and scripture or Primary song.












The Church website recently changed their Terms of Use, basically saying that blogs and websites can no longer redistribute artwork owned or licensed with, so I can no longer share the original ABC book that I made that includes the artwork.


HOWEVER, individuals are still free to use artwork found on for their own personal, family, and Church use, so I made a clear template that you can use over the artwork or photograph of your choice. Basically you find a picture that you would like to represent A – Atonement in your book, scale it to 4×6 and open the clear template that has the text (the letter, gospel principle, and scripture) and place it over your picture and export or save it as a new jpg and voila you have an ABC page (more detailed instructions found below).



Download the clear alphabet templates HERE.


How to use the template:

Download the template zip file containing letters A-Z and corresponding gospel-related theme and description.

Open the computer program of your choice. With programs like Photoshop, open the picture you want to represent the letter and scale to 4×6 then place the corresponding template file over the picture from your computer, OR open the template and then scale the picture of your choice to fit. Export the file as JPG and you’re done. The letter templates are already 4×6, no scaling or changing the size needs to happen.

For MS Word Users:

After downloading the zip file, open MS Word and make the page size 4×6 (File, Page Setup, 4×6), then set all margins to 0 (a dialogue box will pop-up, click okay and continue). Open the picture you want for the letter you’re working on and scale it to fit your 4×6 page or use the Height and Width adjuster found on the Format Picture tab (mine appears as a purple tab when I have the picture selected). Then open the template file  you want to use and drag it over the picture (you may have to adjust the Text Wrap and Order (bring to front/send to back), all found on the Format Picture tab). MS Word doesn’t save/export to JPG formats, but if you can save as a PDF and then open the PDF and save as a JPG. It’s a little tedious, but works. In MS Word, the final image will have a thin white border around it (like the picture below), so far I haven’t been able to find a fix for that, but it’s a minor thing.

*A Note About Scaling: If you scroll back up to the beginning of the post, you’ll notice that for the C – Commandments page the picture of Moses is cropped. The original picture is much larger and when scaled normally to fit a 4×6, didn’t fit well and looked disproportionate. To make it not look “stretched” or “squished” I scaled the picture down a little and then moved the focal point of the picture (in this case Moses) into the 4×6 frame and the rest of the picture overlaps the edges. When it’s printed, only what appears in the 4×6 frame shows, thus Moses fits nicely on the 4×6 page without being all squishy. I hope that made sense.

For my ABC Book, I used pictures from the LDS Image Libraries and personal family photos. Browse the gallery and find the pictures you want and save them to your computer. Use the template to its full potential and use personal pictures for Baptism, Family, Missionary Work (picture of dads, moms, uncles, etc or ward missionaries), Parents, Grandparents, etc. There are a lot of ways to make this unique for your children.

Be aware that when you upload your JPGs to have them printed, the photo lab may ask you for a copyright release for the artwork (this seems to be the case mostly with Walmart). Taking a copy of the Terms of Use from will be helpful to have in your pocket (highlight the pertinent section to speed things up).

The 4×6 photos fit nicely in the clear, plastic photo albums you can buy at most Walmarts, Targets, Walgreens, and some dollar stores.

A note about printing: If you have a local Walgreens, sign up on their website for their weekly ads. Walgreens has some pretty great monthly photo deals, especially if you plan on having more than one book made (they regularly have buy 25, get 25 free deals or off 40-50% off prints). I’m not affiliated with Walgreens in any way, I just wanted to share the deals. 

March 23rd, 2011

blog series: martha mondays

My life’s ambition right now is to be my own, law-abiding version of Martha Stewart.

In honor of the queen of domesticity, I started Martha Mondays: twice a month I do some kind of project to improve my domestic talents and make our home more beautiful (they aren’t always projects from Martha Stewart and they almost never happen on Monday, I just liked the alliteration).

In February I made a paper heart garland to drape over our TV. The best part? It was completely FREE.

I got the idea and template from Martha’s website (found here), and just used old paper I had lying around.

Matt got me 101 cookie cutters for Valentine’s Day, and even let me open them early so I could make heart cookies for Valentine’s Day. I made hot pink heart cookies, chocolate X cookies, and baby pink O cookies (the X cookies weren’t quite chocolatey enough so they tasted kind of like what I would guess doggie treats would taste like … we’ll work on that).

Last weekend I made gourmet cupcakes from scratch (using a recipe from Cake Boss — my all time favorite show). Cupcakes will never be the same, they were amazing.