Monday, April 22, 2013

Updated Baby Wipe Recipe

When I first started out making my own baby wipes I used a combination of  baby soap, olive oil, and water. I have changed my recipe quite a bit over time. I even used only water for a while. I found that using baby soap would cause my wipes to have a musty smell just after a few days of sitting in their container. Here is a new recipe that I really like and it is just as simple as before.

Homemade wipes 2

l airtight container 
Big enough to fit 1/2 roll of paper towels. I found mine at the 99 cent store.
1 roll of paper towels
2 cups filtered or distilled water
1 Tbsp. coconut oil
few drops of Tea Tree oil
You could substitute lavender essential oil

Mix wet ingredients in airtight container. Cut paper towel roll in half with a bread knife and remove center cardboard by placing your fingers in between the paper towels and cardboard roll and gently separating the two. Place halved paper towel roll into container, pour solution into the center of paper towels. After a few minutes the wipe solution will be evenly distributed throughout all of the paper towels.

I like to use these wipes for so much more than just changing diapers. Coconut oil has antimicrobial and antibacterial properties and so does tea tree oil. The two paired together make a great multi purpose wipe. You could even put this mixture into a spray bottle and use cloth wipes. So why not give this simple recipe a try?

Thursday, April 18, 2013

World Wildlife Zoo Fieldtrip

We recently went on a fieldtrip to the World Wildlife Zoo with our church homeschool families. We had a great time even though the wind was blowing like crazy. The whole zoo was unlike any zoo I have ever been too. You can get a real close up look of the animals. I would highly recommend this zoo to anyone visiting the area.

Some highlights of the zoo were... the wallabies, which were out in the open just hoping right past us. We even got a glimpse of a baby in it's mother's pouch. It was so cool!!! Guinevere was chasing a baby wallaby around (so typical of her).  We were also able to feed some Lory Parrots as they landed directly on our hands and arms. It is a sort of exercise for them. I couldn't get a parrot to land on my hand so my friend let me tempt her parrot onto my hand with an apple. It was the first time I have ever had a bird eat from my hand.

All in all it was a fun time and memories were made. I just wished I would have taken more pictures...

 asleep right above our heads
 mama wallaby
 Glory being silly
looking at the duckies

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Sewing Tips for Beginners

I wanted to do a post on some tips and hints that will help you if you are new to sewing. If you have a sewing machine and just wonder where to begin, maybe this will help.  First, learn to thread you machine and bobbin by going to you tube and typing in the model of you machine. A lot of times you will find just what you need to get started. A bonus is that you can learn visually and pause the video as needed.

Next thing is to start out simple. Don't go out and buy a pattern that seems more than you can handle. The first thing that I would try to make is a bag, pillow case, or simple skirt. They make patterns for beginners (click the links). So, when you are at the fabric or craft store pick one up. After you get the pattern ask someone at the store to help you find what you need to make that particular item. They can help you find everything, all the way down to the thread.

If you are still not comfortable with attempting this new adventure, find someone who sews and ask them to join you. Sewing is fun and can be a great way to spend quality time with your friends.

Another thing that will really help you along is to practice sewing straight lines. You can use scrap fabric or an old piece of clothing. What you will want to do first is find a focal point on your machine. 

 This focal point will be right before the fabric enters under the presser foot.

Normally machines come with lines to mark 1/4 inch, 1/2 inch, 3/8 inch and so on. My focal point is that line. If my fabric lines up with that line, I mostly look there while sewing. I stop as needed to adjust the fabric and check the stitching.

Hope that helps you start out on your sewing adventure.  It is sew rewarding to create things on a sewing machine, I promise it's worth practicing. The more things you sew the easier it will be to make things you really love.  Happy sewing!!