Mother’s Day Gift Idea: Mom Survival Kits

mom mason jarStill not sure what to get those Moms in your life for Mother’s Day? Here is an easy, budget friendly idea that they are sure to love – Mom Survival Kits!

Take a large mason jar and decorate as you desire, or print a pretty label with “Mom’s Survival Kit” on it. Then, fill the jar with little knick-knacks that every Mom could use, especially since Mom’s are always on the go. The items can range from gift cards to restaurants and spas to little things like hand sanitizer, lotion, tissues, lip gloss, mini wine/alcohol bottles, chocolate, pain killers, Tide pens etc. You get the idea!

Make sure to include a heartfelt note or card to complete the jar and that Mom in your life is sure to absolutely love and use all the items provided!

What items would you want in your survival kit?

Miss Martha Nadia

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DIY Flower Wall Art

Would you be surprised to hear this floral masterpiece was made of coffee filters? Yup, that’s right – coffee filters! Here’s how you can re-create it.DIY Flower Wall Art Nadia

Supplies:

  • Hula Hoop
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Package of Coffee Filters
  • 1 Muffin/Cupcake Liner
  • Gold Spray Paint

 

Directions:

Remove the coffee filters from their packaging and flatten them out by laying a heavy object on top of them. For example, I used an old Dictionary to straighten them out.

While that’s happening, in a well ventilated area, lay the muffin liner on newspaper and spray with the gold spray paint from a safe distance. Make sure its covered evenly and leave to dry thoroughly.

Next, lay the hula hoop on newspaper and begin to hot glue the coffee filters to the center of the hoop and follow it all the way around. Once you’ve covered the hoop, begin to circle in and glue the next set of filters to the center of the first round. Continue to circle/spiral in until you get to the center and have nothing but a small hole remaining. This is where you will hot glue the gold muffin liner to make a center for your flower.

Leave laying down to completely dry and set. To hang, simply use 2 thumbtacks. Voila!

 

How did yours come out? Send me pictures!

Miss Martha Nadia

 

Moving Made Easy!

We all know moving can be daunting and very overwhelming. Personally, when I get overwhelmed, I make a plan of action. So when I moved at the beginning of this month, I was ready. Well, as ready as I could be. Here’s how I did it:

Research: That’s right I researched where and how to get my power and water turned on, cable companies servicing the area, grocery stores nearby, and got price quotes for movers.

Make Lists: I moved from a room to a house, which means I needed a LOT of stuff. Which also means I had multiple lists going on, and still do. There are so many more things you need then you think, and the only way to keep track of it all is to make lists. Then you can slowly work your way through them as you have time and funds, based on necessity.

Plan Your Time: I cannot stress this enough, you will run yourself ragged if you don’t plan your time to be used the most efficiently. Don’t wait until the last minute to look for movers or to get your power turned on, because you could be stuck without power for days. Nobody wants that.

What tips do you have for dealing with moves? Let me know!

DIY Olympic Rings

Recently, my company decided to have an Olympics-themed luncheon and games day. Being an ex-event planner, I loved this and couldn’t wait to figure out what cute decorations I could whip together. Behold the DIY Olympic Rings!

What You’ll Need:

  • 5 Pool Noodles
  • PVC Pipe or something of similar material (I used plastic test tube sized shot glasses)
  • Duct Tape
  • Clear Tape
  • Appropriate Colored Streamers
  • Fishing Wire

I was lucky and able to get the majority of this at my local dollar store so my total was a whopping $12 for this project and about 30-45 minutes of my time.

Directions:

Insert the pipe (or test tube shot glass) into one end of the pool noodle, then circle the other side around insert the other end of the pipe into that side of the pool noodle. You will probably have a little gap in between the 2 end of the pool noodle touching so tightly wrap it with duct tape, which will also secure your circle in place.

Then use the clear tape to tape down one end of your streamer at a diagonal. Then continue to wrap the streamer around the noodle until you’ve covered the whole thing and are back to where you started. Secure the end with more of the clear tape.

Once you’ve done this for all 5 of your pool noodles, place them in the formation you’d like them to be in. Use your fishing wire to secure them in place and ta-da, you’re done!

If you try this project, let us know!

DIY No-Sew Blankets

Looking for an easy DIY project for the home? One of my favorites is the no-sew blanket! I made one for my husband covered in the logo of his favorite football team, but you can do whatever you’d like!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 2 pieces of felt (2 yards of each) – For example, I used a Buffalo Bills logo patterned felt and a coordinating felt in plain blue
  • A pair of scissors

This is so simple! All you have to do is lay the two piece of felt on top of each other (make sure you keep the correct sides exposed!) and then cut 1 inch x 1/2 inch slits down the sides of the fabrics. Once you have cut slits down each side of the fabric all you have to do is start tying double knots! Just keep tying until you get all the way around.

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This is such a fun project to give as an easy gift or for snuggling on the couch and requires no sewing ability whatsoever! Check out your local craft/fabric store – they have tons of different patterns to choose from. And if you have your heart set on something that isn’t at the store – you can always order it through their website or have them order it for you.

What are some other tricks for those of who can’t sew?

Summer Gardening Tips!

Want to spruce up your lawn and garden this summer but not sure what you should do? Here are a few gardening tips to put into practice this summer!

  • Watering: The summer heat can be deadly to your grass or flowers if you aren’t watering them frequently enough. If you have sprinklers, be sure to check that they are hitting the right areas and not watering your driveway or wasting water. This is not only great for your water bill, but for water reserves as well.
  • Plant Bulbs/Vegetables: Summer is the perfect time to plant your annuals or vegetables so that they are ready to bloom come fall. What better addition to your fall feasts, like Thanksgiving, than homegrown veggies!
  • Summer Flowers: If you live in a warmer climate, it’s not too late to plant some summer flowers. Hibiscus, daisies, birds of paradise, calla lilies, and chrysanthemums are just a few bright and beautiful flowers that like the summer heat and sunshine.

I hope these tips help you with your summer gardening, do you have any tips you’d like to share?

DIY 1 Year Anniversary Gift

Have you been with your sweetie for a year and searching for the perfect way to show him how much you love him? Here’s a great, easy, inexpensive, AND heartfelt DIY project that he is sure to love! 

It’s called the “52 Reasons I Love You” book and is such a cute idea! I recently celebrated my 1 year wedding anniversary and my husband really loved this DIY present! It was so easy and even fits with the anniversary-by-year gift guide (year 1 is paper/plastic depending on if you’re looking at a traditional or modern list).

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • a deck of cards
  • a permanent marker (i used a gold paint pen)
  • 2 binder rings (1″)
  • a hole puncher

Start by punching two holes in the side of the cards – this is where the binder rings will go to turn this deck of cards into a “book”. I used the “Joker” card has the “book cover” and titled it “52 Reasons I Love You” and signed it “Love, Your Wife of 52 Weeks”. Next, just use the permanent marker to write down all the things that you love about your mate. You can use things like “you’re smart”, “you’re funny”, “you have beautiful eyes”, etc. but don’t forget to throw in a couple inside joke things, too!

 

How do you like to celebrate your anniversary?