Category Archives: DIY

DIY Magnet Board

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Hey everyone!!!  I am a list freak and I have them everywhere.  Since I didn’t want to stick 9 million tacks in my beautiful wall (I really love the paint in here!) I decided to make a magnet board.  They have all those cute ones, but they are expensive and we all know I’m cheap frugal fiscally responsible!  So, here is a little tutorial so you can be fiscally responsible too!  LOL.
Let me start by saying, you can easily cover this with some cute material or even scrapbook paper to pretty it up, but I wanted mine to be plain.  I plan to keep it covered and don’t want to be bothered with wanting to see said prettiness behind my magnets!  😀  However, I will be making some adorable magnets to hold my non sticky note papers later!

First, pick up a sheet of metal at your local hardware store.  It only costs a few dollars and you can get whatever size you’d like.  Remember, there will probably be no cutting of it, so get the size you want!!!

Next, take it outside with a hammer, board and a nail.  Use the nail to hammer a hole in the metal so that you can hang it.  Remember that if you want pretty ribbon, you’ll want to use a large nail so that the hole is bigger.  I used a standard nail and some rubber bands.

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Finally, use some heavy duty string of some sort to make a way to hang your board.  I used a rubber band on each side then tied the ribbon through because my hole wasn’t big enough.  It actually worked out well as it managed to look good (yes, I WAS surprised!) and it seems to hold the weight efficiently.

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 What do you do to keep your notes, memos and lists in order???

 I’d love some extra tips!!!

Originally posted 2012-08-16 05:00:00.

Homemade Cleaners

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Hey Everyone!  We’re back with Thankless Tips and Tricks Thursdays!  I hope you are enjoying them!  I’d love to hear any ideas you have for them!  I’ll gladly do the research and find tips and tricks on whatever subjects you suggest!!! 
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Today I thought I’d share the recipes for laundry soap and window cleaner.  Both work very well.  One batch of the laundry soap will literally last for months, and I do 3-5 loads per day!

To Make Window Cleaner:
Get a spray bottle (the one I use came from Dollar Tree)
fill halfway with water
fill the rest with vinegar
Shake and use!
 
It’s best to use newspaper, but if you don’t have newspaper or don’t like using it, you can use whatever you like.  Just don’t use something that is going to leave behind particles.
 

Laundry Detergent:
1 bar fels naptha (soap found in the laundry section)
2 cups borax
2 cups washing powder
Grate/shred the bar of fels naptha into fine shreds, mix all together.  Place in jar for storage.  Use 1 tbsp (yes, you DID read that right!) for normal loads and 2 tbsp for absorbent loads.
 
I add scented stuff to my loads of towels and blankets so that they smell pretty.  😀

Originally posted 2012-07-19 05:00:00.

Kitchen Cleaning Guide

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This week: 

Kitchen Cleaning Guide!!!

These little tips will help you keep that kitchen in order with little effort!!!  Doing these when you have an extra few minutes should keep your kitchen shining without breaking your back everyday!!!  Remember, you don’t have to do this daily, just do it every now and then and you’ll be golden!!!  Feel free to print it off for your reference!  That way you can work it into your routine and not have to worry about forgetting it!

When you’ve got a few minutes
Soak and clean dish rack
Clean sink (this could need to be done weekly)
Wipe down inside of refrigerator
Clean under and behind refrigerator
Empty cabinets and drawers and wipe down
clean oven
clean small appliances
scrub burner grates (may need to be done more often!)
Monthly
wipe down moldings
wipe down walls
wipe down switch plates

Every 3 Months
 clean and degrease stove hood
replace baking soda in refrigerator

Every 6 Months
 Sweep/dust corners of ceiling
vacuum and dust refrigerator coils

Annually
rid pantry of expired food
wipe down pantry
 

Originally posted 2012-07-12 05:00:00.

Expiration Guidelines

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Hey Everyone!  Thought I’d start a new ‘thing’ for Thursdays!

Thankless Tips and Tricks Thursdays!!!

We all know being a wife and mom has it’s rewards, but we also know so much we do goes unnoticed.  These are tips and tricks that keep the magic going.  Hey, I appreciate you!  Thanks for visiting the Zoo!
 
I’ll focus on tips and tricks of all sorts, let me know if there is anything in particular you are looking for and I’ll be happy to research it!  As for today, I have a list of expiration guidelines for ya.  For that stuff that doesn’t really ‘expire’ but you KNOW has to go bad eventually!!!  Hope this is helpful!!!

Acne Treatments – 1 year
Anti-aging Body Lotion – 1 year
Bath Oil – 1 year
Shampoo/Conditioner – 3 years
Hair Gel – 2-3 years
Lipstick – 2 years
Mouthwash – 3 years
Perfume – 2 years
Shaving Cream – 2 years
Foundation – 2 years
Lip Balm – 1-5 years!!!
Mascara – 3-4 months
Nail Polish – 1 year
Toothbrush – 3 months

What would you like to see in Thankless Tips and Tricks???

Originally posted 2012-07-05 05:00:00.

Red Glitter Floor

 PinterestFail Red Glitter Floor

As part of our remodel, we decided to do the hallway floor in red glitter.  We wanted to have a red carpet look, as we decorate the hall with music posters.  It came out more like Dorothy’s red glitter shoes.  Pretty, but not very manageable…  We’ll discuss that later…  First, here is the how to!

Step 1
Completely, and I mean completely, clean the concrete floor of anything that may be on it.  You want the concrete to be spotless and dry.  Lots of sweeping.  Be prepared.  😀

 

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 Step 2
Using a garage floor coating kit, go around the edges first.  After you do the edges, you can go back and do the middle.  Make sure you do a thick coat.
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 Waiting and advertising for the glitter company: My Monkey

 

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 Step 3
Throw the glitter up in the air, allowing it to land as it may.  Don’t spread it like chicken feed, it needs to spread out.  It will clump if you aren’t careful.
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 Here is a close up of the finished product.  Be patient, you’ll get there!
 Step 4
Wait for the glitter to dry.  Give it at least 24 hours.  Sweep off the excess glitter.  There will be a LOT..
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Step 5
 Go over the glitter with poly.  It will need lots of thick coats.  Each coat needs a minimum of 4-6 hours to dry before the next coat.

 

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The Finished Product:
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 The finished product is very pretty, unfortunately after 5 coats of poly it is still rough.  It feels like sandpaper.  I have no idea how to fix it, or how to clean it.  We can sweep it but that doesn’t do much good.  Especially since Chief Zoo Keeper decided he’d try to use a regular mop on it and the floor tore the mop to shreds!  Another warning you may like to heed, if you have a crack in your cement, it WILL show through the glitter…
So, if anyone of you have tried this or decide to do it and have some sort of tip I’ve missed, please let me know!  Until then, I shall enjoy my pretty yet rough floor!  I’m also working on figuring out how to clean it…..

Originally posted 2012-05-02 05:00:00.

Super Simple Boy’s Room Decor Craft Inspirations

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Hey guys!  So, being an Okie, we love our Sooners!  Funny, I love them and care nothing for sports!  LOL.  Anyway, my dear friends have a son that just loves them so I decided to make him some room decor.  I haven’t gotten to see him, but I hear he loved them!  I thought I would share the decor with ya!Super-Simple-Boys-Room-Decor Super Simple Boy's Room Decor Craft InspirationsI used my Cricut to make the ones above, then took a sharpie and outlined them.  I cut them at 6 inches.The great thing about so many team mascots is just how basic they are.  It would have been just as easy to do just about any team, simply by making accents.  Here are some decor ideas that you might want to try.
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  • Make Paper footballs, soccer balls, baseballs, etc.
  • Collegiate letters, in team colors of course!  If you can’t get the logo to look good, use them to spell out a name
  • Pendant flags are super easy, then simply use team colors and put Go —–!!!  Super easy and fast!
  • If you have any worn out ball caps, old jerseys, tees, etc can easily be modified to be a 3D art wall hanging!
  • Order information from the universities and use the logos that are in those to make collages, etc or print them off.  This is also a really great way to inspire your Monkey to go to collegeSuper-Simple-Boys-Room-Decor Super Simple Boy's Room Decor Craft Inspirations!
  • If it’s a sport rather than a certain team you love, life gets way easier!  Simply use anything you can get your hands on for that sport, clean it up and make something! Yard sales are a great place to find these!
  • Baseballs, basketballs, any sports stuff can be used to line a borderSuper-Simple-Boys-Room-Decor Super Simple Boy's Room Decor Craft Inspirations or shelf to bring the sports indoors!

 Hope this gave you some ideas!  I’d love to hear what your inspiration brings you!

What’s your favorite mascot or DIY sports decor idea!?!

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Originally posted 2012-03-30 07:34:00.

All Natural Bathroom, Kitchen, & Floor Cleaner Recipes

All-Natural-Bathroom-Kitchen-and-Floor-Cleaner-Recipes-247x300 All Natural Bathroom, Kitchen, & Floor Cleaner RecipesHi there! I’m so happy to be invited here today to the “zoo”! A little about me…my name is Melissa and I’m an Aromatherapy Cleaning Business Owner turned Stay-at-home-mom.

For many years I operated a specialty Cleaning business …only using natural, aromatherapy cleaning products that I made in my home. The process to make the cleaning products I used successfully for many years in homes & businesses is simple & cost effective. I’m happy to be here today to share a couple of Aromatherapy Cleaning Recipes for you to try as you tackle your Spring cleaning! {aromatherapy is the use of essential oils}

The two recipes that follow are just 2 of the many Aromatherapy Cleaning Recipes found in my PDF e-book that can be found in my little etsy shop HERE

The first one I’m going to share with you is my recipe for an All Purpose Cleaner:

All Purpose Bathroom & Kitchen Cleaner

The Aromatherapy Cleaning Company Training Manual

Ingredients:
1tsp Borax (this can be found in the laundry section of your supermarket)
½ teaspoon liquid detergent (any natural dish soap)
¼ cup Vinegar
2 cups hot water
10-20 drops of essential oil of your choice. (Orange or Lavender are favorites)

How to use: Combine in a spray bottle and shake. Spray on counter surfaces, sinks, tubs
etc..and wipe clean. This is an excellent product to use on shower doors that have a lot of soap scum.
Spray doors, wipe, and follow with glass cleaner.

The second cleaning recipe is for my lovely Floor Cleaner:

Disinfecting and Uplifting Floor Cleaner

Combine the following in large container:
1-gallon bucket of warm water
A very small squeeze of liquid castile soap
10 drops of lemon essential oil
4 drops tea tree essential oil

If you haven’t made to switch yet to using all natural cleaning products – try one of these recipes out this year for your spring cleaning. I guarantee you will never go back to using chemical cleaners again!

Originally posted 2012-03-03 14:37:00.

Teen Room Decor: Magnet Strip

magnet.strip Teen Room Decor: Magnet StripHey Everyone!  I made this for Monkey for Christmas and thought I would share it with ya!  It was quick and easy and she really likes it!  😀  Also, for those of you turning green–> all re-purposed!  😀

I had taken apart two boards that were bound by this strip of metal.  A lovely gentleman helped me get all of the tacks out!  Anyway, I sort of somewhat flattened it out and covered it with some material I had laying around.  I used hot glue to secure the material and add on a bit of ribbon to hang it!  It’s pretty sturdy, I was honestly a bit surprised!  She uses it to put her favorite comics on right now, but I’m sure that will change!  😀

This could be made a bit sporty for a boys room as well!  I made the magnets out of some magnet rounds from some store or another!  They have to be heavier magnets than, say, advertising magnets!  They are embellished with some scrapbook tabs!  😀

Anyway, I hope you like!  Any suggestions about where to find  more around house metal items to re-purpose?  You could always flatten out cans, that would make an interesting piece of decor!  

Originally posted 2012-02-26 20:42:00.

Honey Facial

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Ever gone to the spa and treated yourself to one of those fancy facials????
****If your answer to the above question is for you, skip to the instructions!  :D****

THE FOLLOWING ARE NOT THE INSTRUCTIONS!!!  KEEP GOING!!!

Still reading, huh?  You must be like me….  Let’s go into dreamland, shall we…  Lying in a comfortable chaise lounge, all white and soft but who cares about stains, we’ll throw it out and get another!  Lying back, cucumbers over our eyes.  Egyptian cotton robe covering us as men that only exist in our depths of imagination feed us grapes upon command, warm facial doing it’s magic to our pores….  Okay, waking up….

If you had to skip that paragraph, you may now continue reading….  LOL


IMG_1079 Honey Facial1/4 c oatmeal (mine is ground)
1/4 c water
2 tsp honey

Now, the fun part:

  1. Remember the yummy imagined scenario….  Yeah……  Close your eyes and use that imagination!
  2. Apply mask to face, avoid eyes and hair!
  3. Live in your imaginary spa for 15 minutes
  4. Come back into reality, rinse with warm water.
  5. Pat face dry!  

***I make a whole jar, so we can use it whenever, but the instructions below are for a few applications.  If you’d like to do a jar, nix the water!  The honey and oatmeal will separate, so stir and apply to moistened skin.

I really hope your imagination is working when you try this!  It makes a great gift, but of course you should try it out first…  Ya know, to….uhh….make sure it’s worthy….


Originally posted 2012-01-06 03:53:00.

Girls Room Decor

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I cut some images using my Cricut to help decorate my room. Thought I would post them for ya! The images were cut at 4 inches and we used glue dots to adhere them. You could also use sticky tack. The letters are wooden from Hobby Lobby and painted purple. Hope you enjoy!

Enjoy the Zoo!!! Please don’t feed the animals!

Originally posted 2011-11-02 17:17:00.