Green Tea Body Scrub

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It is the end of May and that means it is the end of school. Now is the perfect time to let your kids’ teachers know just how much you appreciate them.  We are blessed with great teachers at GCA, and we believe that it is important to honor the people who pour themselves into our kids’ development.

Here is one gift option that I have done in the past: Green Tea Body Scrub. I love this stuff and it is super easy to make. Continue Reading…


Double Baby Blanket and Burp Cloth

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I gave this gift to a mom who had a 2 year old girl so I made a matching one for her babies :-)

Yesterday I explained how to make a single blanket. Today I will explain how to make a double. The pictures are actually a burp cloth and not a double blanket, but they are made the same exact way and are much smaller and easier to photograph. I make my blankets out a snuggle flannel fabric from JoAnn’s. I made the burp cloths out of two different types of fabric. One side was a snuggle flannel that matched the blankets and the other side was a more absorbent fabric like terry cloth.

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Baby Blankets

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Cousins :-)

This past weekend I got to spend some time with my sister and her new baby. I was quickly reminded about all that you have to do to take care of an infant. The most obvious thing you have to do is laundry, constant laundry! I remember those days when you could go through multiple outfits a day – and not only outfits for the baby but also for you. Thankfully my little newphew is not a spitter so that has cut down on the amount of laundry she possibly could do. It also reminded me of the amazing blankets I used with my boys. When I had Luke I was given a homemade receiving blanket as a gift and I was sold. The store bought ones are actually worthless once the baby hits their first growth spurt. These homemade blankets however can be used well into toddlerhood. The single blankets allow you to swaddle the baby securely and completely. The double blankets are versatile and can be used as a blanket, a cover for a car seat or a floor blanket for them to wiggle on. Since being exposed to these wonders I haven’t turned back. They are a regular in my list of items to give moms who have just had babies. I buy my fabric at JoAnn’s when the snuggle flannel is $2.99 a yard. This typically happens the day after Thanksgiving and a few times throughout the year. When it goes this cheap I stock up on different boy and girl fabrics. I typically will make 1 single blanket and 1 matching double blanket per gift unless you are my cute nephew and I can’t stop myself 🙂

I am no sewing expert, but I can get the job done. Here are the directions on how I make these wonderful, big blankets. Continue Reading…


Homemade Gifts: Cards

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My second standard card.

Christmas is one of my favorite times to make homemade gifts. A standard gift that I make every year is a package of homemade cards. They are cute, easy, and a perfect gift for almost every female on your list. I use these as a simple thank-you gift for my kids’ teachers, for the neighbors, or an add-on gift for a family member.

Last year I made a packages of 13 different cards out of 3 different, coordinating 12×12 pieces of paper. This was a lot of fun but a lot of work. I made the packages in the summer so I had plenty of time to get them all done. This year I wasn’t quite so on top of it. So instead I made two different, coordinating packages of Thank-you or blank cards that can be used for all occations. I broke out my Cuttlebug and embossed a few to add some extra character. Continue Reading…


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