DIY Homemade Deodorant

Who loves aluminum? Not me!

Plus, it’s bad for your body! {Has been linked to breast cancer in women}

And who wants to spend lots of money each year on chemicals that can hurt your body? Not me!

What’s aluminum in? Deodorant! So I am going to show you how to make your own deodorant at home that will last you just as long as your regular deodorant for a fraction of the cost. And you should already have all this in your home {especially if you’ve been making all of my other DIY stuff!}.


2-3 tbsp of coconut oil

1/8 cup baking soda

1/8 cup arrowroot powder or cornstarch



Mix dry ingredients together in container then slowly add coconut oil until you get a paste. You can either use as a paste or pop it in the refrigerator and it will get hard like your normal deodorant. Just take it out of the container and rub it on!


Coconut oil has lots of antibacterial properties! Thats why it works so great for deodorant.

You can sub the coconut oil for shea butter or cocoa butter and add tea tree oil or another essential oil for the antibacterial property if you’re allergic to coconuts.

Great for men too!

You will not smell like coconuts all day, I promise!

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Cranberry Sauce Recipe

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday of the year. I love it {so much} because you’re surrounded by family, giving thanks, and there is no obligation of giving or receiving gifts. Its just precious time with your family eating delicious food.

Everyone has their own traditions for the day, whether it be the traditional turkey dinner and giving thanks or hanging out in the living room watching football and BBQ’ing up some delicious meal {sounds like my kind of holiday!}. Mine was always a combination of the two when I was still at home with my parents. Through the years after leaving the nest and creating a nest of my own, I’ve tried to establish some sort of tradition with Bry in the home. Some things have changed, some I’ve brought along from my childhood, but one thing stays the same: my homemade cranberry sauce.

With this simple recipe you will never buy canned cranberry sauce again.. trust me!


2 cups of fresh cranberries

1 cup of sugar

2/3 cup orange juice {with pulp}

2 tbsp grated orange rind

pinch of cinnamon

pinch of nutmeg


Combine orange juice and sugar together in a large pot and bring to a rolling boil

Throw in remaining ingredients and bring to a boil

Reduce heat and simmer, stirring often, until thick

Remove from heat

Serve warm or cold as desired

*I like to add a dash of cinnamon and nutmeg on top when I serve it

What is your go-to Thanksgiving dish? How do you and your family celebrate Turkey Day? Share with me in the comments below!

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Happy cooking!

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DIY Lip Balm

Many lip balms out there contain ingredients that can be harmful to your skin and lips causing more damage. Isn’t the reason you use lip balm is to help with chapped lips? Why cause more damage by using a product claiming to do just that?

You could go out and buy an all natural lip balm and lip balm that doesn’t contain phenol, menthol, salicylic acid, vitamin e or alcohol. Or you could just make your own!

It’s really easy and only takes a few ingredients. Ingredients you may already have!


Coconut Oil

Petroleum Jelly


A pack of kool-aid {yes, Kool-aid!!} in any color {we used cherry}

Small container for the lip balm. I found mine at Forever21; they came in a beauty kit with some bottles in a cute bag. Even came with a funnel!

Shave one tablespoon of beeswax into a microwave safe bowl

Add 4 tablespoons coconut oil and 4 tablespoons of petroleum jelly

Heat in microwave for about 45 seconds or until melted

Mix in as little or as much of the kool-aid as youd like until dissolved. We used cherry, but as you can tell, it turned it a nice plum color. We got it for flavor purposes more-so than color preference.

Pour into the container and let set for a couple hours. Or put in the fridge for about an hour. Then use and enjoy!

The containers came with cute little spatulas too.

Loving the plum color too! When you apply the lip balm there is a slight hint of the color.

I added a cute little label to them

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Kindle Fire Sleeve | Tutorial

Last Christmas I got a Kindle Fire from my honey. I was so excited I got on Amazon, set up my account, and in about one hour spent the $50 credit I had from my boss for Christmas. In the mass of what I had purchased I got myself a nifty little cover for it in a really cool orange color. It was perfect and I loved it… for like a couple months. Then I wanted something that represented myself and I wanted to make it myself.

But then I had baby and got busy sewing and opening my Etsy shop Oliver’s Treasure Chest and I forgot.

I was looking in my ‘future projects’ binder when I came across the scribble – Kindle Fire Sleeve – and since I was bored and had some free time, I made one!

After I posted it, I got 4 custom orders! Plus an iPad sleeve order. I had no idea sleeves would be this popular. So I thought I would share with you how to make one for yourself!


-fabric {i used melody miller – duh}

-fleece {i used organic bamboo fleece}




Cut your fabric and fleece into 9×12″ pieces. Make sure that if your fabric is directional that you cut the length {12″} with the pattern.

Cut your elastic 4″.

Put fabric and fleece right sides together.

Fold the elastic into a loop and tape {or pin} in between the fabrics 3″ in from the end of your layered fabrics {doesn’t matter which end} along the top.

Pin and straight stitch across the top.

Unfold your fabric

Then fold in half so it measure 6×18″

Pin around the three raw edges, making sure to leave about a 3″ opening on the fleece side to pull your fabric through. I put the pins where the opening is in a different direction so I knew where to start and stop.

Sew around leaving that opening.

Trim edges and pull fabric through.

Fold edges in at opening about 1/4″ and stitch closed.

Tuck fleece into fabric to make the sleeve.

Top stitch around the top about 1/2″ for a more finished look.

Slip Kindle inside and fold elastic over to measure where the button will go. Take a marking pen or pencil and mark it.

Hand sew button on.

Slip Kindle in sleeve and enjoy!

People will be asking all over where you got your sleeve at, trust me!

If you have an iPad, adjust measurements accordingly. {The width should be double + seam allowance. Length would just be + seam allowance.}

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Sewing Basics | What You Need to Get Started

A friend of mine had asked to come over and get some information on sewing basics and what machines are the best starter machines so she could get something put together for her man for Christmas. Her asking inspired me to put together a very basic post on what you would need to get started and some of the best rated machines out there to purchase in a wide price range.

First things first… Sewing supplies

You can either purchase a great starter kit on Etsy, Amazon, or Ebay. These are great resources to be able to get everything you need and even some extra fun things. You could also purchase everything separately and put together your own kit.

-fabric cutting scissors

-mini thread scissors

-thread {cotton or polyester} in several colors

-pins {several}

-needles {several}

-buttons {a few for mending}

-measuring tape

-pin cushion

-thimble {one will do, but is also not necessary}

-threader {a couple}

-fabric marking pen or pencil

And if you want to get serious {and make your life so much easier when cutting fabric} you should get:

-rotary cutter

-cutting mat

-6″ clear cutting ruler

And of course, one cannot sew with out fabric!

Here are some great places to purchase fabric from:


JoAnn Fabrics


There are lots of different types of fabrics out there {refer to the book linked below Fabrics from A – Z} to sew with, but for beginner projects you should get quilting weight cotton.

That is about it as far as basics go for supplies.

You’re going to need a machine to utilize all of these supplies and create some cute little projects. There are so many machines out there to choose from and depending on how serious you are about your sewing adventure, you really have to be careful on what your first purchase will be.

For me, I went to Walmart and purchased a Brother LX-3125. It wasn’t the least expensive, but it was a basic model for a great price. I believe I purchased it for around $70.

It has a lot of the basic features and has been a great machine. I bought this because I was sewing only a couple styles of bags and did some normal hemming. This machine has been great for me and still gets the job done! Walmart ratings are 4 3/4 stars. 119 5 star ratings out of 158 – I would say thats a great rating!

There are other good basic models to buy in other brands. Good housekeeping has a great article on the best beginner machines. For that article.. go here.

What you need to consider when purchasing a machine is what your budget is, if you want to purchase local or online, and what exactly it is you want out of your machine. Here are three basic models with good ratings to start you out with:

Brother CS5055PRW – Project Runway, Limited Edition

Currently $129.99 on Amazon {click picture to take you there}

This machine has:

-50 built-in utility, decorative and heirloom stitches, each with multiple stitch functions.

-Sew fleece, elastic and other stretchy fabrics with the built-in stretch stitches.

-One-step bobbin replacement with quick set drop-in bobbin.

-Embellish or join quilt blocks with the built-in quilting stitches.

Janome 2212

Currently $149.00 on Amazon {Click picture}

This machine has:

-Easy turn dial pattern selection

-12 built-in stitches including a four-step buttonhole

-Stitch width adjustment and length adjustment ensures ease of use

-Drop feed for free motion sewing and quilting

Singer 7258 Stylist

Currently $164.99 on Amazon {Click picture}

This machine has:

-SINGER Stylist 100-stitch pattern sewing machine

-Adjustable sewing speed

-Push button stitch selection

-Automatic needle threader

These are all great machines to have as first sewing machines. As long as you keep up with maintenance on them {your book that comes with your machine will tell you how to keep it cleaned out, etc.} your machine will last you a very long time. I would search around online for any local sewing machine places that sell and/or service machines. That way if anything breaks and it’s outside the manufacturer’s warranty, you can take your machine in to get fixed and serviced. I’m fortunate enough to have a place here in town that does that. In fact, I bought Bry a used, refurbished sewing machine for $60.. and it’s just about better than my own machine!

Now that you have the supplies, fabric, and machine you are just about set. Oh, but what to sew for your first project?

Mine was a box bag! My friend Breana and former co-blogger of Sew Basted I Wanna Purl showed me how to sew a box bag and that one night with that one bag took me to where I am today!

So I have compiled a list of projects that you could start out with that are very easy!

One Hour Skirt

Lavender Bag

Wash Bag

Pillow Cover

Zippered Pouch

Pleated Headband

Box Bag!!

Those projects should get you up and running and each teach you basic sewing structures that you can take in to creating projects of your own or incorporating what you have learned into more advanced projects.

Check out my post on sewing vocab and their meanings!

Books to invest in:

1 -2 – 3 Sew!

Fabrics from A – Z

Seams to Me 

24 Sewing Projects to Welcome Baby

Alright, now that you’ve got the basics, lets get some projects started {and maybe even finished?}

If you’re new to sewing and have completed your first project and would like to share, leave me a comment.

If you’re a seasoned sewer and would like for me to add anything to this post or change something, let me know!

Happy Sewing!

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Thankful Thursday

November is the month of being Thankful. And with Thanksgiving right around the corner I wanted to focus on our family recognizing the things we are thankful for. So I made a ‘Thankful’ jar. We write what we are thankful for on a piece of paper and slip it into the jar. Then on Thanksgiving while we are sitting around the table with our families, we will each read off what we wrote. I am even encouraging people who come over to visit to write something and put it in the jar!

It was really easy to make, too!

Grab a jar or container {I used a left over half pint mason jar from various projects}, a pen, and some paper. I used some rub-ons that I got from Heidi in the huge scrapbooking stash {I also used the paper for this} she gave me to decorate the jar.

We plan on each writing something at least once every day to put in there. It could be anything – something someone did for you that day that you were thankful for, or that week. Or something in life or in general you are thankful for. It can be anything from something sentimental to something silly like ‘I am thankful for cookie butter from Trader Joes’. Anything!

Then on Thanksgiving read off what everyone is thankful for!

I’ll be doing a weekly ‘Thankful Thursday’ post for this month, listing off the things I have been thankful for the past week. Since it is the first day of the month and it just so happens to be on a Thursday, I am going to share with you one thing I am thankful for..

My amazing kids.

What are you thankful for?

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Guest Post | Shopping Bag Apron

Hi there. Im Jaime. I don’t belong to a blog, I don’t have an Etsy shop {yet}, my Twitter and Facebook are private, and I have never done a tutorial before. But I am starting to get into this whole sewing/crafting thing and I have a really genius idea to share so I’m hijacking Ashley’s blog to tell you all about it!

Okay, so I made this seriously cute apron in about 5 minutes!! And if you shop at TJMaxx or Marshalls like I do and get their ridiculously cute shopping bags, you’ll definitely have everything you need to accomplish this apron {or two} already in your house.


-TJMaxx, Marshalls, or a similar in size/shape/material shopping bag


-Sewing Machine


I took an apron I already had and laid it on the bag as my template and cut the shape of the apron

I cut the sides of the bags out and unfolded the bag

Next I cut the apron on the fold line where the bottom of the bag would be – making it into two aprons!

I took the excess bag from where I cut the apron template out and made a pocket then sewed it on using a straight stitch.

I took the ribbon and sewed one piece on each side where it would tie around the back.

And there you go!

Thank you for letting me share! Enjoy your new apron!

DIY Washi Tape Pumpkin

With Halloween just a couple days away it’s time to get in your last minute Halloween decorations and supplies ready to spook and haunt your trick or treaters.

Here is a quick way to decorate your not-so-traditional pumpkin in lieu of carving that will leave all of your visitors wishing they had done the same. And it will only take you about 5 minutes to make!


-washi tape

-ribbon or tulle


{ribbon/tulle not pictured}


Starting at the stem, take strips of washi tape and place them vertically on the pumpkin

Continue all the way around your pumpkin, in any order and amount you prefer

Take the ribbon or tulle and tie a bow on the stem

There you go! Easy peasy.

We all have decided to nix the pumpkin carving this year and stick to decorating out lil’ pumpkins. This one is mine, Bry has spider webs and hair and looks a little like Frankenstein, Richard is spray painting his, and Oliver will take a sharpie to his to create a masterpiece.

Look for our pumpkins tomorrow and another great DIY post!

{P.S. Share your pumpkin photos with me! I wanna see how you all decorated/carved yours!}

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DIY Makeup Remover

After reading an article yesterday that scared the crap out of me, I decided I needed to make a few more natural products at home, especially ones to use on my face.

I don’t wear much makeup, but when I do I usually end up sleeping with it on my face because I can’t seem to find a makeup remover out there that isn’t all natural that won’t break my bank. And after that article {you seriously need to click on that link!}, I’m not sure I want to buy much of any type of cosmetic in the stores anymore. So I set out to solve my makeup remover problems with three ingredients! The great thing about this stuff is you pretty much know what the heck is in it!


-jar with lid

-olive oil or coconut oil

tear free baby shampoo



Pour 1/2 tablespoon of baby shampoo into jar

Pour 1/4 teaspoon olive oil or coconut oil

Pour in enough water to fill the jar

See all the oil float to the top

Put lid on jar and shake it thoroughly

Put a cute label on

And you’re ready to use it!

As with any makeup remover, always shake the liquid before use. Store at room temperature in the bathroom or beauty closet.

If you do purchase cosmetics in store, online, or anywhere else, always check the package or bottle to make sure it says ‘Not tested on animals’! Buy natural when you can and save the lives of little critters {and save your skin from abrasive ingredients!}.

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An Elegant Spider Web

Last week while browsing diy Halloween crafts, I came across a pin on Pinterest of a doily spider web. It was a darling doily stretched out on an embroidery hoop adorned with a little itsy bitsy black spider. It was so adorable! Unfortunately, I’m horrible at ‘pinning’ things so I just kind of made a mental note of it as I was being distracted by my kids’ cuteness.

Today when thinking about which craft I’d like to do, that popped up in my head so I gathered my materials and got to crafting. Bry even helped too, taking over the workload of the smaller loop.

All you need is a crocheted doily, a embroidery hoop, and a itsy bitsy spider. Stretch the doily on the smaller loop, placing the larger loop over the smaller one, tighten, and add spider.

I didn’t have any extra craft loops so I borrow two of my own.

They both look so pretty, except that top spider is creepin me out!

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