Twas the Night Before Christmas Box is a terrific family tradition that helps the kids get to bed, look nice in the morning and kick off Christmas day with JOY!

‘Twas the Night Before Christmas Box: A Family Tradition

As I am writing this post it is 47 days until Christmas. Life is coming at me pretty fast this year and I haven’t been on top of Christmas presents. I am set with my Night Before Christmas Box. This is one of my favorite Christmas Traditions. It sets the tone for Christmas day and helps my kids get to bed the night before Christmas.

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Door Knob Silencer. Quick and easy sewing project for nursery. New moms would love this functional gift to keep your door latch quiet when the door opens and closes.

Door Knob Silencer: To Avoid Waking a Sleeping Baby

This door knob silencer is an easy sewing project for yourself or to make for any new mom. I also find it helpful when wanting to have less slamming doors for families that are on different sleep schedules, toddlers that lock themselves into rooms and for animals trap themselves into rooms. It comes in handy on the days that the windows are open and a gust of wind swings the doors shut.  This sewing project takes about 15 minutes to create and the result can give you years of quiet closing doors.

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DIY art smock is an easy craft to complete from an upcycled t-shirt. A frugal sewing project that is quick and functional.

DIY Art Smock from a T-Shirt

Do you have drawer of old t-shirts? So do I. I also have two boys who are starting school one had an art smock on his supply list. He really didn’t like the plastic one I pulled out of the art bin in the basement. To be honest, I didn’t either. So I got to thinking, what could I use for a art smock that I won’t have to go out and buy? It’s just going to get paint and whatever else all over it. I can upcycle a t-shirt and make it work as an art smock.

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Natural bug repellents are a great alternative to using DEET. These plants and essential oils can ward of mosquitoes and other biting insects so you can enjoy your summer without all the toxins

Top 3 Natural Bug Repellents

As I was picking out my plants for my garden this spring I came across a few natural bug repellent plants. That got me thinking about making myself an all natural bug spray. I live in the state of Wisconsin in the summer our state bird changes from a robin to a mosquito. Just kidding, but really we have an onslaught of mosquitoes during the summer and fall. Our family uses a bunch of bug spray so that we can enjoy the outdoors during the warm months without becoming totally irritated by the little biting menaces.

I wanted to try to make my summer less full of toxins and chemicals while still enjoying the outside. I have three homemade, homegrown and sure fire ways to make your own natural bug repellents. As proof I am using one of the repellents as I work on my post. It’s August 7th and the sun is going down after a warm day. For anyone that lives in this part of the county you know that it’s the prime time for the  blood suckers to come out. Continue reading “Top 3 Natural Bug Repellents”