I have been working along side Dr. Maggie for a couple years now. She is technically one of my bosses, but has become a mentor and a friend over time. I am so excited for her as she is about to embark on her journey as a mom in the next few weeks. It is a tad bit bittersweet, because as soon as that precious boy arrives, that means she will not be working with us for some time, but I have no doubts that he will be cute enough that it just won’t matter! I was trying to think ‘outside the box’ as far as baby gifts go…I knew that they already had been given a plethora of baby blankets, and an excited grandmother had purchased pretty much everything off the registry list. Seeing as I know her quite well, I figured getting her ready with home made baby wipes would be right up her alley of all natural baby products! I headed to Walmart and purchased the stuff that I needed (plus some extra goodies as well), you can see my shopping trip HERE.
I looked up several recipes and they were all basically the same with a few variations. Since this was my first time doing this, I went with the easiest one:
Homemade Baby Wipes
1 1/2 cups of water
1 tsp of baby oil
1/2 tsp of baby wash or shampoo
1/2 roll of paper towel
1 container with tight sealing lid
First you add all of the liquids into your container. I started with the water.
Then I added the baby oil.
Lastly I added the baby wash. It was already smelling so good…Some of the other options were to add lavender oil, or tea tree oil, but I honestly don’t think they need that.
Gently ‘swish’ the liquids together. You don’t want to stir them and make it all bubbly, so I just moved the container with my hand enough to mix them together.
Now for the most difficult part (which really isn’t all that difficult at all)! Cutting the Scott Paper Towel Roll in half! Make sure you use a really sharp knife. I ended up using my serrated knife because in my mind that made sense. However, I am seriously wondering if using a regular knife would have worked better.
Back and forth, back and forth…it also made just a little bit of a mess.
Here is the roll after I split it. I tore off a few of the loose ends and then placed half of the roll into the container with the mixture. I know for sure that you will want to use the heavier duty paper towels, the cheap ones will just fall apart. The Scott Paper Towels fit the bill easily and are going to work great!
It said to wait 10 minutes and then flip the roll in the container, but I found that it went a lot quicker than that!
After about 3 minutes, I flipped the roll. It had soaked up all of the liquid in the container and it only went part of the way up the roll. No longer than 5 more minutes and the roll was completely soaked through. I easily removed the cardboard center…
I then had no problem whatsoever pulling up the first wipe from the center of the roll! Start to finish it took about 10 minutes total. Plus I felt SO accomplished and proud of myself!
My daughter let me use one on her cheek…she said they smelled wonderful and then took it from me and proceeded to use it to wash her entire face!
My son came in the kitchen as we were finishing up and was like, “Hey, what are you making that smells so good?” I told him baby wipes and showed him. He was very impressed and said, “We can totally use these if we eat something messy! Make us some!” I wrote the recipe right on the lid so that it would be easy for Dr. Maggie to make more when she ran out. Due to the fact that there are no preservatives, I kept the ones that we soaked and wrapped up the container with a dry roll in it plus all of the stuff she needs to make more when she runs out. I even cut two more rolls in half for her to save her having to do the ‘difficult’ part! I am sweet like that…
Baby Gift…CHECK! Now for my gift! The $4 credit on VUDU. I went to the website that they stated to go to on the coupon… I was able to redeem TWO coupons because I also purchased Scott Toilet Paper! Check out your local Walmart and look for the packages of Scott Brands with the $4 VUDU coupon on them! You won’t be disappointed!
I easily added an account by linking my Facebook (and just for signing up got 10 FREE rentals)! How awesome was that? Here is what I ended up putting in my proverbial cart…No judgments, I watch all kinds of stuff. I am partial to the original “Red Dawn” however.
I would love to stay and chat with you guys, but I have some movies to watch! I am having dinner with Dr. Maggie tomorrow and will be giving her the gift…I will let you know what she thinks! Oh, they also said that you could just use the liquid mixture as a diaper spray, OR even use cut up cloth diapers and have ‘reusable’ wipes!
This year has been about pushing myself outside of my comfort zone and as a nerdy, computer-cradled-in-my-lap person, sometimes outside my comfort zone is right outside my door.
That’s right- my yard. When I was contacted about a series focusing on the outdoors I felt intimidated at first. Those of you who know me personally and have been to my house know that the people before us had the greenest thumbs around and we’ve slowly destroyed their garden of eden over the last few years. Last year my “gardening” success was to pick stubborn weeds out of a flower bed from 1980 and make a wood-chip pathway to my driveway since we were already killing the grass by walking there.
It’s time to reclaim my yard. As an adult. I want my house to have some curb appeal and not to be “that house” between two exceptionally well groomed homes, but have felt at a loss as to how to transform my yard and go a step beyond paying someone to just spray the weeds. Both of my boys loved being outside and on nice days I just send them out for the day, bringing meals to them to eat on our porch. This year my goal is to go a little further outside- to spend quality, family time doing necessary, home improvement projects. I’ll admit, I have a probably overly optimistic vision in my head of doing gardening projects with them; me helping them pat dirt around a pretty, delicate flower with them beaming up at me with pride… carefully handling worms dug up from the ground in their chubby hands…
Yeah… the reality, especially if you know my 2 sweet but crazy boys, is that there will be spilled dirt on the pathway, something broken and kids trying to crawl into the plastic landscaping bags. I’ll share it all- the beauty, the bad and the “did he really just pee in the flower pot?” stories.
I’m excited, heart pounding a little faster in some apprehension but I’m comforted that I’m not being left alone to fail. Partnering with the Home Depot means that I will have some HELP and advice on how NOT to use the wrong dirt (dirt matters!), plant the shade flowers in the sun or kill my plants with too much fertilizer among other things. (All of which, I have done…)
The opportunity for improvement in my FRONT yard- I need to create a flower bed (top left picture) and then re-take the overgrown flower bed in front of my front door. I think a few potted plants would make a huge difference as well.
This is my back yard- Really anything would be helpful at this point! We have really let the boys take over this space but we are having a large party in mid-May and I need this area to look like something from a Pottery Barn catalog. I know- I really have my work cut out for me but the good news is that ANYTHING is an improvement!
The cool thing is that this information is not just for me working with them- they are there to help you as well either in person or on the Home Depot Website- their Garden Club which is World’s Largest Gardening Community. The tools and resources are all there whatever your project is and if you aren’t a gardening whiz yourselves, it’s just convenient to have everything at one place. When you sign up for the Gardening Club you get over $300 in email savings as well as:
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- *8 new projects to help you #DigIn to spring
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- *Expert advice
- *How-to videos
So, this is the introduction. Please stay tuned this spring as I share stories of outdoor beauty and getting my hands dirty in the soil (the technical word for dirt, as told to me by my landscape architect brother-in-law). If you have advice or are doing any spring outdoor projects yourself, please comment and share a link! The weather is getting nice and warm and I love inspiration from real people.
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