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The Power of Simply Saline™


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While in Chicago this past summer I received a sample of ARM & HAMMER™ Simply Saline™ Children’s Cold Formula plus Moisturizers (that’s a mouthful) and now that cold and flu season has reared its ugly head I wanted to share with you why I think it’s a great product. Please consider that my disclosure statement.

ARM & HAMMER™ Simply Saline™ products offer a drug-free way to moisturize dry, irritated nasal passages while relieving congestion and pressure. Personally I tend to be a bit skeptical of many over the counter medications, especially those for colds. Anytime I’ve taken them I either can’t stay awake or I’m fighting off an anxiety attack because my heart feels as if it’s going to jump out of my chest. Which is why I prefer using neti-pots and the kits in the Simply Saline™ line actually minimize the burning and stinging associated with nasal irrigation. Also ARM & HAMMER™ baking soda from Church & Dwight, Co., Inc. has been a fixture in homes, like my own, for more than 165 years and it’s a name I trust.

ARM & HAMMER™ Simply Saline™ Children's Cold FormulaAs much as I recommend using neti-pots, getting the kids to use one efficiently is nearly impossible which is why I’m so impressed with the ARM & HAMMER™ Simply Saline™ line of products geared towards babies, toddlers, and children (see picture above). Like I said before I personally received a bottle of the Children’s Cold Formula plus Moisturizers. The first time I used it was actually near the end of the summer with my six year old daughter who had a dreaded summer cold. It worked perfectly!

The spray is suitable for kids two years old and up, it’s affordable, you can use it as often as needed, it contains no zinc, and it’s non habit forming. In fact, according to ARM & HAMMER™ “The extra-strength, child-safe formula contains homeopathic ingredients that are established in the HPUS (Homeopathic Pharmacopoeia of United States) to be used for temporary relief of sneezing, runny nose and sinus congestion.” The bottle itself has a child safe nozzle that ensures one way flow, keeping the contents free of contamination and general ickiness.

If you’re looking for a way to battle colds and flus this season, especially when it comes to your kids, I highly recommend trying ARM & HAMMER™ Simply Saline™ products.

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Recycled Shirt Pillows


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My living room is very khaki greenish. I hate it. I know I’ve said it before but the whole World Market look we’ve got going on is well past it’s prime and so colorless. Over the last five or six years I’ve been coveting materials, shirts, and even sweaters to one day turn into pillows to liven up our bland furniture.

Last Friday I started rummaging through the stash trying to decide which wool sweaters would become DIY cloth diaper covers and which would be pillows. The kids got in on the fun and started pulling out felt pieces to make their own pillows.

I started off with the ruffled shirt, not shown, by cutting it across the body right below the arms. I pinned it together, making sure the ruffles wouldn’t get caught in the seam. Next up was the sweater; I didn’t want the bottom band to be a part of the pillow so I used a square craft mat along with a ruler as a guide.

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I flipped the sweater inside out, lined the square up with the cables on the sweater, measured an inch and a half past the mat, and then cut with a rotary cutter. NOTE: Once I was done cutting I carefully pinned the pieces together immediately. Don’t try to pick them up, it will be nearly impossible to line it up again. I know from experience with other sweater projects! Sweat Pillows 4

Sew everything up being sure to leave an opening for stuffing. I know I probably should have made these covers so I could wash them easier but I didn’t. Anyway, we took the filling from some of our older, ugly pillows, gave it a little re-fluff and started stuffing.

Stuffing Pillows

I’m not so great at sewing pillows shut with the machine so I hand stitched them closed.

Sewing up pillows

They look great on the couches! And yes, the irony that the first two pillows I make were beige (i.e. the blahness I was trying to get away from) was not lost on any of us!

Beige Pillows

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#NUO2013 – Christmas Vignette Ornaments




And so it begins…

For the past two Novembers, I’ve dedicated myself and this blog to sharing homemade ornaments that aren’t UGLY! The first year I went on this journey with just one other blogger; last year I recruited an entire month’s worth of guest crafters; and this year I’m switching it up again.

The first week of November I’ll be sharing an ornament every morning and in the evening I’ll recap the works of other creative bloggers taking part in the series! In other words, I’m condensing what would normally take place over a month into one week! Giving you plenty of time to gather supplies, set aside an afternoon, and get crafty well before it’s time to set up your Christmas tree!



Here’s a sneak peek project!
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Washi Tape Frame –Washi Tape Fun!


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Have you ever received a promotional item that you like but you’d actually use if it wasn’t plastered with a brand name? I found myself in that position with a picture frame that I really liked the shape of but I hated the logo right in the middle of it. SO, I brought out the washi tape and had a little fun!

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I used an X-acto knife to trim the edges and after I finished the frame I let the kids play with the washi to make a picture to fill it!

#pictureframe #washitape via My Very Educated Mother

#washitape #fun #kidscrafts via My Very Educated Mother

I’m considering using the frame as a dry erase board the kids can use to write the date on during our lessons. Or I could put a picture in it…eventually!

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25 Must Try Cookie Recipes




Tis the season of cookie exchanges, school parties, potlucks, and chilly nights that beg for a glass of milk and a cookie. Here are 25 recipes for bars, brownies, and cookies for any occasion!



  1. Peanut Butter No Bake Cookies
  2. Gluten Free Peanut Butter Cookies
  3. Chocolate Peanut Butter Cracker Cookies
  4. Sweet and Salty Peanut Butter Balls
  5. Candy Stuffed Chocolate Cookies
  6. Cookie Dough Fudge
  7. S’more Brownies
  8. Cocoa Haystack No-Bake Cookies
  9. Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars
  10. Lemon Meringue Pie Bars
  11. Pumpkin, Cinnamon, Chocolate Chip Cookies
  12. Pumpkin Sandwich Cookies
  13. Salted Nutella Chocolate Chip Cookies
  14. Twix Cookies
  15. Oatmeal Thumbprint Cookies
  16. Mint Chocolate Chip Pudding Cookies
  17. Double Chocolate Marshmallow Cookies
  18. Quick and Easy 6 Ingredient Sugar Cookies
  19. White Chocolate Cheesecake Cookies
  20. Oreo Pudding Cookies

  21. M&Ms, Candy Corn, White Chocolate, Macadamia Nut Cookies
  22. Hazelnut Meringue Cookies
  23. Swirled Sugar Cookies
  24. Bumble Bee Sugar Cookies
  25. Orange Blossoms
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