DIY Rainbow Rice

Happy Wednesday, people! I know it’s been wayyyyyy too long since I had a “real” post up. Oh well. I’m really, really going to try to do better! Today I want to share with you this super easy project to put together for your toddler!

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I was needing a new, “big boy” activity for my son to play with while I cook supper in the afternoons. He’s pretty much given up his afternoon nap, so I have to get pretty creative to keep him out under foot. Up until recently I was letting him watch a movie (Thomas, Bible stories, ect), but I don’t like him having screen-time everyday, so I knew I had to come up with something.

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I wanted some kind of sensory play, so I decided on rainbow rice. Before having a child, I always thought it looked fun, so we took a quick trip to Dollar General (we took Grandmomma along with us!) to get the stuff I didn’t have on hand. Here’s what you’ll need:

-white rice (I got 3 bags for $.80 each)
– plastic box with locking lid
-food coloring
-plastic zipper bags
– small things to play in the rice with

All I did was put the rice in 4 different plastic bags and added food color to them. Then I just mixed and combined the rice with the color. I did a green, red, blue and a purple{ish}. Then I put them on paper plates to dry. Once it was dry, I poured it into the tub for Caleb to mix up and play with! 🙂

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I ended up getting some measuring spoons, a wooden spoon and some small party cups at DG plus I had some popsicle sticks on hand for Caleb to use for the activity. Let me tell ya, it kept him occupied for over an hour!!!! Momma score! Everytime some rice came out of the box I just told him, “oh no! Keep the rice in the box so you don’t run out!”, and he did his very best at keeping it in. After he was done, I just swept the floor in 5 minutes and was all cleaned up. 🙂

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Tell me, how do you keep your toddler occupied while cooking? Do you think rainbow rice would be a hit for your little one?

Sincerely,
Hannah Diane
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DIY Christmas Curtains

Almost 3 years ago I made all the curtains in our home. I had so much to do, so little time and lots of curtains to make, I definitely made a few mistakes. But I loved my curtains and so I’ve kept them up every.single.season in these 3 years {see them here, here and here}. I’m not replacing them anytime soon, but I just could not let them be up for Christmas again. I mean, seriously! Floral in December? No thank you.

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I also didn’t like the price of already-made curtains. Ouch. So I decided I’d go get some fabric at Hobby Lobby and whip up some curtains for Christmas. Well, long story short, I was only half done with my errands when Little Man decided he wanted his nap early. I spotted the perfect design I wanted- as a tablecloth in Target. My mom once made me & her matching skirts and a dress for my sister out of sheets, I could make curtains out of a tablecloth, right? And the price….$15.99? I couldn’t have gotten 2 nice yards of fabric for that. And the best part? The width was the exact width I needed! It was meant to be. Now, I just had half a table cloth to use up.

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So, after Little Man was down for his nap, I got to cutting. After starting to hem up and make the curtains, I realized I hadn’t sewn since I made curtains 3 years earlier! I couldn’t believe it. Now, I’m not going to tell you exactly how to make curtains- make them fit your windows! Since I used a tablecloth, I was able to only sew half of the seams since they were already half done.

So what did I decide to do with the other half of the cloth? I made up a valence for my kitchen window- and now they matched! I still had some more fabric, so I’m planning on making a big throw pillow to go with the curtains; but that’s a project for another day!

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Do you put up Christmas curtains or leave your old ones up?

Sincerely,
Hannah Diane
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Old Books and Flowers….a His & Her Shower

Happy Wedding Wednesday! It’s been a really long time since I did one of these….and I’ve definitely missed it! Even though I’m not here sharing about my personal wedding, I want to share an easy set-up for a bridal shower on a budget!

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I was in one of my friend’s wedding this past weekend and threw her a His & Her Shower a couple weekends ago. It was a lot of fun for me & my mom to put together! Some of us had never met her now-husband before, so it was a great way to meet him and shower them with love & gifts! ❤

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We served lots of fruit- grapes, strawberries and watermelon, homemade pinwheels (making them yourself saves money), homemade mini muffins, nuts, carrots & dip and cheese cubes.

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For the decorations I just put together what “fits” the couple- old books & music with a vintage feel. And a way to make a big impact with little stuff? Lots of flowers!

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I was so blessed & honored to do this shower for my dear friend! What are your tips to throwing a pretty & easy shower?

Sincerely,
Hannah Diane
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Cleaning My Baby’s Toys

I’m not a germaphobe. Really, I promise. Letting your child be exposed to some germs is perfectly fine. I mean, you can’t hide them away forever! I personally don’t disinfect all my child’s toys or anything they put in their mouth…plus, bleach? No way. I haven’t ever owned any in my life!

Why I Clean My Baby's Toys

So, what do I use? I use this amazing stuff called Thieves Cleaner! It’s so awesome, I’m in love!

I absolutely love that it doesn’t have any nasty chemicals or fragrances that could hurt my baby. It’s just another part of having a chemical-free, healthy home!

So, how do I clean the toys? If it can be in the water, I just put some thieves dish soap & warm water in the sink, soak the toys, rinse and let dry. Easy peasy! If the toy needs to be “spot cleaned”, I just put some thieves cleaner on a rag, and clean the toys. I usually do this before & after I have other children in our home.

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I am so thankful for all of Young Living’s products that help me keep my home toxin free, while supporting our immune system! Would you like to know more about Young Living? Check out all the info & other posts that I’ve shared HERE, or to sign up with the Thieves Kit go HERE. You definitely won’t regret supporting your family’s wellness!

Sincerely,
Hannah Diane
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Super Easy DIY Cloth Baby Wipes

Happy Monday! Did you know I started using cloth diapers on Caleb a couple months ago? We’re loving it! I love that we’re using less chemicals, easier on the environment, and they are better for his skin!

DIY Cloth Wipes

But then, we ran into a problem. What do we do about wipes? You’ll have to have a separate bag for the disposable wipes and the cloth diapers….and it just wasn’t fun! So, my friend who taught me all about cloth diapers helped me out with making my own wipes. It’s so cheap, easy and chemical free!


You’ll need:

24 baby washclothes

Wipe container

Epsom salts

Young Living Lavender Oil

Water

Quart Jar

Directions:

Mix 6-10 drops of lavender oil & 2 tablespoons Epsom salts in a quart jar. Slowly add 2 cups hot water and stir until dissolved. Put 6 washcloths in the bottom of the wipe container, then pour 1/2 cup of the mixture over the 6 washcloths. Continue with the rest of the washcloths. You might have to play around with the amount of water for your desired “wetness” of the wipes.


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It’s that quick, easy & affordable!

And now through June 30, 2016, the Premium Starter Kit (which includes lavender!) is 10% off! You can sign up HERE, or learn more HERE.

Sincerely,
Hannah Diane
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Valentine’s Vignette

Happy Wednesday! I’m finally back to posting- I’m hoping to do at least one a week, but we’ll see how that goes.

Today I want to share with y’all one of my favorite little areas of the house….my little vignette.

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I love the neural colors with the pops of pink and red!

Valentine Pictures

I love the little pot/lantern from the Target dollar section, and my bulb from Aldi. These are two of my favorite pictures of our little family. My dear friend, Katie, took them for us! 🙂

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That figurine was our wedding cake topper, and the M sign is from Hobby Lobby, but a friend gave it to me.

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Do you decorate for Valentine’s Day? Stay tuned for my Valentine Mantel!

Sincerely,
Hannah Diane
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DIY Pregnancy “Belly Oil”

Everyone knows that with pregnancy comes stretching, changing skin. It’s no fun- even if it is for a good cause….like growing a precious little baby. Today I want to share with you how I make my own belly oil to rub into my stretching skin twice a day. It’s so wonderful!

DIY Pregnancy Belly Oil

For this DIY oil, you are going to need a jar to store your mixture in, coconut oil, Young Living’s Lavender Oil, and Young Living’s Gentle Baby oil.

This is a super easy recipe! First, you want to scoop (or pour, if it is warm) the coconut oil into your jar. Depending on the size of your jar, add 5-10 drops of each essential oil. Mix well. If your coconut oil is staying liquid and you want a more “cream” feeling, keep the mixture in the refrigerator. Runny oil doesn’t bother me, so I just keep it on the bathroom counter. This mixture of oils is SO wonderful for healthy skin!

Have you ever made your own belly oil? What did you do for stretching pregnancy skin?

Sincerely,
Hannah Diane
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