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Expiration Guidelines

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


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.  😀


 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.
 Waiting and advertising for the glitter company: My Monkey


 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.
 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..
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.


The Finished Product:
 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

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!I 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.

  • 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 college!
  • 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 border 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!?!

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

All Natural Bathroom, Kitchen, & Floor Cleaner Recipes

All Natural Bathroom Kitchen and 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

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

Hey 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

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****


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

1/4 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

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.

Ruff Day Survival Kit

A very, very dear friend was having a rough patch and I felt like she needed a little pick me up. So, I made her a rough day kit. It turned out super adorable, but I forgot to take very many pics. Here are the ones I have. I attached a paper to it, folded into a scroll that told what each item was for. I modified them to fit our personalities a bit. I’m going to say, I was so pleased to see that it really did help make her feel better. As much as it meant to me that it made her smile, hearing her beautiful baby girl read it was probably the icing on the cake! It was adorable listening to her, and it made the words mean so much more!
I used cardboard letters and cut the bones and pup from Everyday Paper Dolls at 3”. The pup was cut on real dial size, but the bones were not.
All of the items were put in with glue dots or scotch tape (some things wouldn’t stick to the dots, like the eraser!).  Also, the energy thing in the upper corner is a notepad I made, I’ll do a tutorial for that eventually.  I sat it on top of the stuff in the box, as I wanted her to be able to use it.


In order to get the paw prints in the background of the page, I found some online and copied and pasted them to a document, changed them to a watermark and printed. Then I used the same sheet to add the Ruff Day Kit explanations on it. I did the font over the watermark in brown ink.
Here are the words I’ve got printed on the paper:
For when you have those
RRRRUFF days!!!
A Rubberband to help you be flexible and not to break, as God has it under control!
Romans 8:28
A Paper Clip to help you hold things together.
Piece of String to help you tie up loose ends.
A Penny to give you extra “cents” that everyone needs.
A screw, because you know yours are loose!!!
A Pin to pinpoint problems
Cotton Ball…for times when you can’t hear yourself think and to cushion the hard days
Eraser…so everyone can start each day with a clean slate: God forgives us, so we must forgive others!
Aspirin…for when all else fails…take two
A tissue: For drying tears
A toothpick: To “pick out” reminders of your blessings
Matthew 7:1
A flower: In the “garden of life” each friendship is
beautiful and unique. I’m so thankful for our new friendship!
Jewel – because you are as valuable as any precious stone!
Popcorn – Even if we haven’t talked yet today – you have already “popped” into my thoughts .
Notepad: a place to list your blessings!

Ephesians 1:3

Tea Bag: to remember to relax and go over that list of blessings!  1 Thessalonians 5:18
A Match – To light your fire when you’re feeling burned out
A Snowflake: To remind you that there is a season for all things!

Ecclesiastes 3

I’d love to say these were my own creations, but I’d be lying! SO, here is a link to the wonderful site I found them at. I did modify some and add scripture. I didn’t type the scripture, as I wanted her to have the distraction and time with God to find them herself. I know we all need it!
Hope you enjoy! Here are some other projects that can be great pick me ups for someone you love!

The Ruff Day Kit was featured here:

Serenity you

Originally posted 2011-10-11 13:04:00.

Charm Keeper

I really should get a jewelry box, but the kind I want and the price tag I’m willing to pay never matches! I have a lot of charms that I switch around on my chain, and they have been hanging on one chain to keep me from losing them for a while. I HATE that! It’s a pain to get the charm I want, as I have to sort through all of them and frankly, I don’t like wasting the time! I’ve been wanting to do something for a while to sort them but I couldn’t think of how to do it using stuff I had laying around.
Then, voila! Medicine holder! PERFECT size for the small charms, and I have a larger one that can be used for larger charms! Yay!

 Since it isn’t see through, I made labels for each one so that I could quickly find the charm I am looking for.

I decorated the side using scrap paper I had left from another project. I used glue dots to keep the paper on and it is working out great! No issues with gravity trying to pull it down!

On the back, I stuck magnets so that I can stick it to a board as soon as I get to that project!  I suggest using large magnets so your stuff doesn’t outweigh the magnet strength!
Hope this is a great addition to your projects! Sorry my posts have been late so much, I’ve been crazy busy with trying to buy a home, dealing with lendors and such. All prayers are solicited and appreciated as we go through this process!!!

Originally posted 2011-09-14 16:30:00.

Window Cleaner & Laundry Detergent Recipes

I never know what to give as wedding or housewarming gifts. I think back to when the Chief and I got married and quickly realize our most used gifts: a wok and cleaning supplies!!! It seemed silly to get and give cleaning supplies, until those rough times came and we needed them!!! Ahh, the joy of being young and in love and broke!
I decided to hook up a wedding gift using homemade cleaning supplies, along with instructions on how to make and use them for future use. I prettied up a jar for the laundry detergent (recipe below) and re-used, and of course re-decorated, an old carpet powder bottle for the carpet cleaner. Found the recipe for carpet cleaner over at Mrs. Happy Homemaker.
I’ll be adding homemade glass cleaner to it as well (windex is so expensive AND it leaves streaks!), but I didn’t want to make it and leave it sitting in the bag awaiting it’s new home as I’m afraid it will leak.
Another addition will be fabric softener (recipe below), homemade reed diffusers, Hand Scrub, and who knows what else I will come up with! LOL. I am happily travelling down a journey of all homemade chemicals! No more purchasing laundry detergent, body soap, cleaning supplies. They have become insanely expensive and more often than not they are inadequate! I’ve been giving ‘samples’ to friends and family and they all love what I’ve tried so far, so I’m quite pleased with the results!
To Make Window Cleaner:
Get a spray bottle (the one I use is came from Dollar Tree)
fill halfway with water
fill the rest with vinegar
Shake and use!
Fabric Softener:
1 cup your favorite scent of conditioner
2 cups water
Mix in a spray bottle, shake, spray into the dryer when you begin your load of clothes.  Voila!!!
After some experience, I am going to say that the fabric softener was a bust.  Don’t waste your time & money.  😀
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.
We would love to hear your suggestions about making soaps, cleaning supplies, etc. I’m honestly too lazy to do the in depth, time consuming ones, but I LOVE the simple stuff!!! I welcome links to any of DIY cleaning or hygiene ‘recipes’, so long as they are on topic! 😀 Hope you’ve had a great time at the Zoo!!!
Come back tomorrow for Wednesday Zoo Discounts: Saving Money!!!

Originally posted 2011-08-30 11:10:00.