Fantastic Deodorant Powder

By kristinabjornbak | Category: Healthy Living | Posted Monday, June 28, 2010

by Kristina Bjornbak

While looking for some new skirt tutorials to try out, I came across the Polka Dot Cottage.  I was in love with the place, which is full of crafts, tutorials, and life.  It had a perfect skirt tutorial that I tried and it worked out great.

While perusing through her site, I came across a recipe for deodorant powder.  Now, I’ve never found a deodorant/antiperspirant that I can say I really like.  It was just something that I had and used.  Nothing too great about that.

But, having found this recipe, I have to say I really do love it.  It couldn’t be easier to make or use.  Just put the ingredients in a jar, shake it up, and apply with cotton ball or powder puff.  And so far, no problems with it whatsoever.

A quick note, though, for the sake of clarity: deodorant and antiperspirant are two different things.  Deodorant keeps you from smelling, and antiperspirant keeps you from sweating.  This is a deodorant.

Go ahead, click here and give this deodorant recipe a try.  I bet it works for you!

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How to: Homemade drain cleaner

By Heather Ledeboer | Category: Creating a Home, Recipes & Kitchen Tips | Posted Monday, June 14, 2010

This tip was shared by Mom 4 Life Jessica Allen, thanks Jessica!

Hey Heather,

I was looking through your blog at your Going Green household cleaners. I am working on eliminating harmful chemicals in my house too!  I have been using your glass cleaner and “comet” scrub and love them both.  In fact I use the vinegar water for everything!  I wanted to share another homemade cleaner with you and you may want to share it with your readers too. It is drain cleaner and super easy.

You pour some baking soda down your drain then some white vinegar and cover the drain if possible.  Let that sit for a few minutes then rinse with HOT water.  Ta Da! You have a clean drain. I add a few drops Tea tree oil before rising and then a splash of lemon juice after for a nice clean smell.


Jessica Allen

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I am a Christian, wife, mom and the original founder of Mom 4 Life. Now that Ashley owns Mom 4 Life, I am focusing my energies in homeschooling and asking God to use me in other areas.

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DIY craft project: Make a Family Scrabble Board

By Heather Ledeboer | Category: Home Crafts | Posted Wednesday, June 9, 2010

This fun and easy art project was inspired by Angela (our amazing customer service assistant at Mom 4 Life).  The last time I was at her house, I noticed a customized Scrabble board hanging on her wall.  It was filled with words like “Hope”, “Pray” and “Believe”.  These are words that speak to them as a family and help describe things they want to strive toward.

(click on any of the images below to see them in a larger size)

I loved this idea of customizing a Scrabble board in a way that is personal to your family.  Angela told me that she also recently made one as a gift for her brother and sister-in-law as a wedding gift and sent me a photo of it.  This board lists fun things that were special to her brother and sister-in-law as a couple such as “Horses”, Broncos” and “Novel”.  Isn’t that a creative and personal gift?

I really love to write but to be totally honest I am not a fan of the game of Scrabble.  In fact, my computer spell checker is my BFF.  I simply am not a very confident speller.  The last time I played the game of Scrabble was with Hunter when I was pregnant with Sawyer.  We took a photo of the board when we finished because we were both pretty proud of ourselves.  You can see it here:

I am pretty sure that may be the first and only time I have even cracked open my Scrabble board game and knowing how I dislike spelling, it was not likely to be used again anytime soon.  I decided that it would more fun to turn the board into a craft that we can enjoy on the wall rather than sitting all alone in our game closet.  Here is how I made mine:

Materials:

-Scrabble board, letters and one wood letter tray (you can often find these at yard sales or thrift stores for less than $2.00)
-wood glue
-frame (optional)

I started by asking Trent and the older kids each for 2 words that come to mind when they think of our family.  I wrote these down and added two of my own.

Then I began working on intersecting these words with the Scrabble tiles.

Once I had them arranged in the way I liked, I glued them down with wood glue.

Finally, I put our last name on one of the letter trays and glued it down as well.  After letting the tiles fully dry, I mounted the board inside my frame.  I mentioned this frame in a previous post.  It is actually for 12×12 scrapbook layouts, but it works nicely for this purpose too.  The framing is potentially the most difficult part of this project because the size of the game board isn’t really a “standard” size for frames plus the 3D nature works better for shadow box frames or frames without glass.  Angela had her Scrabble board cut down to a size that would fit in a frame and left out the glass, so that is also an option.

The thing that I like about this project is that it is flexible.  You can make it a fun fit for your family in a number of ways.  Below are just a few more ideas on where you could go with this:

-Intersect all the first names in your family (I was going to do this at first but was having a really hard time getting our names to all intersect in a way that would work).
-List family favorites (foods, hobbies, books, sports teams, etc).
-List one word goals that you have for your family.

What do you think?  Is this a project you could have fun with?  How will you personalize your board?

And just a warning, I have been bit by a crafting bug. . . be on the lookout for more craft posts coming down the line.

Heather Ledeboer

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Homemade Hand Lotion

By kristinabjornbak | Category: Healthy Living, It Worked 4 Me, Recipes & Kitchen Tips | Posted Monday, September 14, 2009

LotionpicSome time ago, I wrote a post on some solutions for dry mommy hands.  Since then, I've continued to  look for the perfect lotion, but have not been able to find it.  Don't get me wrong, the suggestions I gave do work, but I would love to have something in lotion form.

One day, I got curious and went looking for a homemade lotion recipe, and found a simple one that uses only three ingredients!  You can find the recipe here.  The woman who came up with this recipe also goes into detail about shelf life and preservatives.

I made this recipe the other night, and I must say, not only is it super easy to do, but it is probably the best lotion I have ever had.  I added some lavender essential oil to it and it smells fantastic.  And because it is pretty inexpensive to make, I don't feel bad about how many times I've had to wash lotion off my hands after just putting it on because I had to change a diaper or put in laundry, and therefore wasting money.

Try this recipe.  You won't be disappointed!

*A couple of important notes on this recipe*: The author of the recipe says you can microwave the water in order to boil it.  Never, ever, ever microwave a liquid to boil it!  There is a serious risk of what is known as "superheating."  Basically, the liquid gets really, really hot but doesn't boil, and as soon as you add anything to it, the liquid will erupt and could burn you.  Always use the stove to heat liquids.  Also, make sure you use the waterbath method she describes to melt the wax.  Wax is flamable, so don't do something silly like stick it in the microwave.  And trust me, this recipe may sound complicated, but it is really super easy.

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