Balsam Cinnamon Christmas Tree Sachet

Sometimes you see things when you are shopping, and you instantly get a crafty inspiration. Well, at least, it happens to me.   I have loved the Vermont Country Store ever since I visited the real store while in Vermont one autumn.   When I saw their Natural Balsam Fir Needles in their catalog, I knew what I wanted to make.  A felt pillow.  It would be a little bit like my Lavender sachets that I made for the Monkey’s teachers, but have an embroidered holiday design.  After the fir needles arrived, I thought some more, and realized that I could quickly add a Cinnamon Stick Christmas Tree to the felt pillow… and then I saw these perfectly sized burlap bags in Target.  I thought that I could quickly combine all of the elements and get a rustic Balsam Cinnamon Christmas Tree Sachet and get a handcrafted holiday gift that took me less than fifteen minutes to create.

Here's a quick and easy holiday craft that you can make in under 15 minutes. It makes a great gift, and smells like the holidays. This rustic Balsam Cinnamon Christmas Tree Sachet!
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Preparing for a New Arrival with Huggies Little Snugglers

I participated in an Influencer Activation Program on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Huggies & Target. I received samples for this review and a promotional item to thank me for participating.

I don’t know if you saw my announcement on Facebook the other day, but we’re expecting a new little man around here. That’s right, around Valentine’s Day, the Little Monkey will become a Big Brother to a little Brother. We are very excited and very nervous, as I have never had two kiddos in diapers at once. Come February, I’m going to be going through a fair amount of diapers (not that we don’t go through quite a few already!)  When I buy diapers, I generally buy one of the two main disposable diaper brands. I have friends who have used cloth diapers, but I have enough of a challenge keeping up with my almost 2-year-old. I cannot imagine keeping up with cloth diapers for a newborn and a toddler. (I do applaud those mothers who can manage this better than I.)

My Mom Made That: Baby Announcement Huggies
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Summertime Giveaway

Guess what? I heard the humming of cicadas this morning. They were doing their buzzing crescendo, and it made me smile. Then tonight I walked out to my car at 9:00pm, and it was the earliest part of dusk where the sky is a silvery grey. The lightening bugs were just starting to blink in the yard. All these things can only mean one thing– summer is officially here. (In case the constant heat and humidity of Georgia left any doubt in my mind!) Today, to help you celebrate summer, I am delighted to be able to present an exciting summertime cash giveaway.

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10 Travel Items for Flying with a Toddler #NubyUSA

I received a product to review from Nuby USA in exchange for this post. All opinions expressed in this post are 100% my own.

The Little Monkey has taken his fair share of trips.  We have done longish car rides (nothing more than 8 hours yet!) and quite a few plane trips.  Even though flying with a toddler gets you to your destination quicker, to me, it’s far more stressful.  To all of the childless readers of My Mom Made That, let me assure you that I am more stressed by sitting next to you with my toddler than you are sitting next to me.  Flying with a toddler is a situation where my parenting skills are tested in a multitude of different ways.

Again, if you don’t have a toddler, imagine traveling with a squirming, demanding, tiny-but-heavy, strong-willed little person through check in, TSA, waiting at the gate, boarding, flying, walking to baggage claim, getting bags, and then getting the bags and the impatient little person to our transportation.  It’s a lot of stress, and my biggest fear is that something will go wrong, and my airport travels will be extended due to something going wrong.  Even worse, my checked luggage will get lost, and suddenly the Little Monkey won’t have all of his supplies.  To reduce this anxiety, I have started to pack a number of items to insure that even if we get delayed or our luggage gets lost, the family will survive.

My Mom Made That: Items to Pack When Flying With Toddlers
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Personalized Duck Tape® File Folder

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School supplies can get really pricey, and every year Frog has a long list of things that he is supposed to get to start the year off right. I tend to try to wait until the last week in July (school starts early around here), and go to a great one stop shopping place, like Walmart, to get all of the back to school supplies my now fifth grader needs. They had some awesome sales on school supplies this year! What I really want in school supplies are things that last the entire year, so I don’t have to go back for more. I’m looking for durability. On his shopping list were “Folders with Pockets” for different classes, and while they are very inexpensive, they are also very flimsy. I was initially planning on buying several for him, but when I was at Walmart, I noticed that they are carrying a great line of colorful and patterned Duck Tape®, so I decided to make him a personalized file folder.  photo DuckTapeFileFolderTitle_zps2ef4170a.jpg It’s a really easy project to do, here’s what you need:

  • Duck Tape® rolls and sheets
  • Card Stock
  • Scissors
  • Basic Manilla File Folder

 photo DuckTapeFileFolder1_zps8b06e384.jpg Find your favorite Duck Tape® from Walmart to cover your manilla file folder. I used the red Duck Tape®, as the primary color. I used the cute one with the mustaches for an accent.  photo DuckTapeFileFolder2_zpsd182b9ea.jpgFirst, I cut strips of the red Duck Tape®, and covered the entire file folder, front and back with the Duck Tape®. I then trimmed around the folder, so that the entire folder was now a red Duck Tape® folder. Next, I covered the center seam with the darling mustache Duck Tape® to cover where the pieces of red tape meet. I also took the mustache patterned Duck Tape® to go around the outside edges of the folder.

 photo DuckTapeFileFolder3_zpsf591374c.jpg Did you know that the Duck Tape® line even includes these really cool sheets of Duck Tape®, so that you can cover more area for your large projects! I took the black Duck Tape® sheets and covered the chip board with them. I cut the chipboard to size, and attached them to the bottom of the folder to create two pockets. I trimmed the edges of the black chipboard with the mustache Duck Tape®.  photo DuckTapeFileFolder6_zps7d4ee239.jpg

The last thing I did was create a “W” for the front of the folder in the mustache patterned Duck Tape®. I thought it would be good to personalize the folder with the Frog’s initial. This folder will be great for all of his class notes, and the Duck Tape® makes it durable enough to last the entire year. With all of the varied Duck Tape® patterns that Walmart sells, I have so many options for additional file folders. When we stopped by Walmart, look at all of the choices we found:  photo DuckTapeFileFolder4_zpsaf0b22c5.jpg Which pattern would you use first? In case, you happen to need to make a file folder, be sure to buy Duck Tape at Walmart. Using Duck Tape® for all sorts of decorative home projects is very on-trend right now, and if you’d like to find more great inspiration, be sure to follow Duck Tape® on Twitter @TheDuckBrand.

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