My Very Educated Mother

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Bringing Bling to an Old Trunk

A Fun Furniture Flipping project featuring Country Chic Paints.

Time again for a Fab Furniture Flippin Contest® entry! This month's theme is "Bling, Bling" and features Country Chic Paints. I received product in exchange for this post, but like always, the views expressed are my own. 

This old Bombay Company trunk is about to get a furniture flippin' makeover!

Once upon a time there was a magical place called Bombay Company and they had a outlet store in the same mall that I worked in circa 2000. Anyway, I bought this faux trunk/box for a mere $35. After multiple moves one of the latches on the front broke but other than that it had crazy sturdy handles and held up nicely. Unfortunately, we abandoned the 'World Antiquities' decor look so it never really fit in anywhere; making it ripe for flippin'. 

Monday, May 16, 2016

Packing for a Float Trip

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Going on a Float Trip? Be sure to bring these Essentials!

In a few short weeks our local rivers will become weekend destinations, and outside of fishing the one activity everyone loves is a good, relaxing float trip. In our house, I like the fast moving currents while my husband prefers the meandering waters, thankfully we usually get a bit of both on our excursions. If you’re new to spending the day on the water you’ll want to be sure to pack these essentials.

First and foremost, when you’re floating it’s really important to only bring those thing you’ll really need. Unless you’re also camping, leave your change of clothes and valuables in the car, and you can get to them when you get OUT of the water. Here are a few more things you'll want to bring along.

Monday, May 9, 2016

A Father's Day Gift Idea - DIY Beard Oil

Father's Day Gift Idea - DIY Beard Oil, Easy enough for the kids to make themselves.

In our house good night hugs mean getting scratched up by Dad’s beard. He uses a beard balm but since it goes on in the morning by the time he gets home he’s back to being a mountain man. So, the kids and I decided to make beard oil for him this Father’s Day. 

You know what makes this an awesome gift idea? It’s a Craft Lightning project which means it only takes 15 minutes to create! 


Basic Essential Oil Set
Carrier Oil - such as almond
small empty containers 
medicine dropper

Father's Day Gift Idea DIY Beard Oil, first you have to start with a carrier oil.

First step we measured 1 full ounce of the carrier oil and put it into our empty containers with the medicine dropper. 30ml equals 1 oz also we used recycled sample sized containers but you can usually find new ones at the dollar or craft store. 

Father's Day Gift Idea DIY Beard Oil The kids picked out the scents.

Second we added our essential oil, I recommend sticking with 18-24 drops. It really depends on the strength of the oil. I let the kids have free reign on their mixtures, thankfully they did pretty good; I don’t know that I’d recommend that for everyone. 

Father's Day Gift Idea DIY Beard Oil, thankfully the kids worked at finding the right scent.

Finally, we made labels!

Father's Day Gift Idea: DIY Beard Oil and the kids are making the labels.

And very carefully placed them onto our bottles.

DIY Beard Oil So easy the kids can make it! Father's Day Gift Idea

I know my husband is going to love this gift! 

Special thanks to this month’s Craft Lightning hosts, The Country Chic Cottage, 30 Minute Crafts, Busy Mom's Helper. For more Father’s Day ideas be sure to visit one of them by clicking the image below. 

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Give Your Little One a Voice with an Emoji Pillow

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #MyLittleRemedies #CollectiveBias

I’m a worrier, but I’m also a parent. On most occasions those two titles don’t go so well together. Sure, many of my parenting paranoias have dulled with experience but when my kids don’t feel well I get just as worried about my youngest as I did my oldest. 

One of my major causes for concern is making sure I’m giving my children products that help ease their pain and/or discomfort without introducing their young bodies to harsh ingredients. Over the years Little Remedies® has answered that concern and become a brand I know and trust to be a safe choice for my family. Little Remedies Gas Relief Drops were a life changer! 

They’ve recently introduced Little Remedies Probiotic Plus Electrolytes, a Dietary Supplement that helps keep the digestive system in balance and supports immune function, while also providing vital minerals and nutrients to help keep little ones hydrated.* For my toddler that's a good thing, especially now that allergy season has begun to reek havoc on his little body. 

It's super easy to mix up a cup of Little Remedies® Probiotic Plus!

Have you ever tried to take a picture of a toddler… on purpose? Des refused to take a drink until I put the camera away but once he started drinking the great berry flavor must have distracted him and I was able to get a few shots. 

Friday, April 29, 2016

Do You Get Monthly Subscriptions? Here's a Project for All Those Boxes!

Sometimes I do little projects around the house and don't think of them as being creative enough to share here. This would be one such project.

These beauty subscription service boxes are super easy to decoupage and upcycle into stylish storage.

Do you get subscription boxes? I've gotten a few of the Target boxes this year and I couldn't bring myself to throw that sturdy box into the recycling bin. Instead I decoupaged it and turned it into a card box. You know, to either hold cards you get or cards you plan on giving. Either way, it's pretty handy. 

Here's a quick visual and a couple more ways you can use the boxes you might have stacking up from subscription services. Also, remember these boxes can be wrapped, decoupaged and even painted so it's always fun to try to upcycle them before you recycle them.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Potty Time Races: A Potty Training Strategy

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From one parent to another, here's a potty training strategy that's working for me! Potty Time Races #PottyTrainTogether ad #Collective Bias

“We have done this before; we can do it again.” 

Even as an experienced parent, I have to psyche myself up when it comes to this stage of toddlerhood. Potty training is not for the faint of heart. It may be cliche but, every child develops at their own pace and there is no better example of that then when it comes to learning to go to the bathroom.

This is definitely a time for embracing all the little quirks that make our kids unique and using their personalities to work out a potty strategy. Pull-Ups® Learning Designs® can help you find out which potty training character your child is, just follow this link

Our little Des is such a Squirrel; he’s always flitting about from one activity to another; it can be hard to get him to focus and slow down enough to give the potty a try. He does, however, do well with sensory activities and games that keep him engaged so I decided to get a little creative.  

Friday, April 22, 2016

Returning Furniture to its Original Elegance with Pure Colors

I received product in exchange for this post, as always, the views expressed are my own. This post also contains affiliate links*.

Another fun project for the Fab Furniture Flippin Contest™! This month's theme is Pure Colors, Original Elegance

It's time again for a Fab Furniture Flippin' Contest™ entry! This month the theme is Pure Colors, Original Elegance and the sponsor is Pure & Original Paints. Around our house we're always looking for ways to bring the original elegance back to long neglected pieces. For this particular project we went pink, Old Rose to be exact, to redo an old bedroom set.