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20 Household Uses for Baking Soda + free printable

Baking soda is a wonderful thing.  No, seriously!  It has so many uses, and is quite literally one of the cheapest cleaning products on the market.  Here are 20 household uses for baking soda that I think will have you stocking up on your next trip to the store!

20 Household Uses for Baking Soda

You can right click on the image, or click on the 20 household uses for baking soda title to open a printable pdf in a new tab.

You may also like my 20 household uses for vinegar printable.

Did any of the uses for baking soda surprise you?

I’d love to hear how you use baking soda!

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M is for Monster

By a show of hands, how many moms (or dads) out there have a hard time finding good, age-appropriate, educational activities for young children?  Me too.  I’m a stay-at-home mom to three little girls, and I’m no better today at providing my toddler with educational activities that are fun for her than I was when I was a first time mom who was totally out of her element!  I think we can all agree that it’s exhausting to constantly feel as though we need to do something more for our kids to give them the edge scholastically.  Seriously…how did society function when I was a kid at no one went to preschool or went into kindergarten not knowing how to read?  That is a soapbox for another day though…

There are products out there designed to help parents easily pull together fun, educational activities for their young children.  M is for Monster is one of those products.  M is for Monster is a monthly subscription service that sends parents a box full of activities on a regular basis so that we can help educate our kids, using arts and crafts as the medium.  There are two age options: Toddler (ages 2-3), and Preschool (ages 4-5).

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I got my M is for Monster box in August thinking it would be great for Ms. A (21 months), however in hindsight I realize she is definitely not old enough to even enjoy the activities that we found inside.  Personal takeaway: follow the age recommendations.  Ms. A just wasn’t interested in trying to identify letters, nor is she coordinated enough to glue, place stickers nicely, or paint.  I ended up doing the projects, while she played with the trash.  At least she thought the end results were cool.

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Aside from my gross misjudgment, this product is COOL!  The box comes with 4 individually packaged, themed sets of activities inside (one for each week of the month).  It also comes with a set of instructions, additional learning aids and activity ideas to help parents teach their children, and a full bottle of Elmer’s glue.  The box for August included activities related to insects, pirates, the ocean, and the zoo.   Ms. A and I cracked open the week 1 activity pack (insects), and began working!  First activity was a bingo board, of sorts, that asked kids to identify, and mark with a paint pen, all the I’s on the board (I for Insect).  Cute.  The second activity was more of an art project: using a bottle with a yellow glow stick inside, a pipe cleaner, paper, and eyeball stickers to construct a glow in the dark insect.  This was WAY out of Ms. A’s scope of abilities, but she LOVED the end result and thought it was amazing to be able to stand in the dark bathroom with her glowing insect!  The remaining three activities for the month included paint books, reading books, coloring, a treasure chest with coins that we painted, and games.

This is a very cute, very practical product and I’d highly recommend it (so long as your child is old enough to use it!)!  Prices are dependent on how many months a person subscribes to: a one-time toddler box costs $39.95, while a monthly subscription costs $36.95 a month.  Not bad for 4 fully-supplied activities, complete with instructions and educational resources!

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20 Household Uses for Vinegar + free printable

Did you know that white vinegar has many (many) household uses?  It is truly a versatile product that you should consider keeping on hand at all times.  Here are 20 household uses for vinegar that I think will convince you to pick up a bottle the next time you’re at the grocery store…

20 household uses for vinegar - free printable from @thatbaldchick

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Did any of the 20 household uses for vinegar surprise you?

Do you have an awesome household use for vinegar that I didn’t mention?

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How to Make Luau Invitations Using PicMonkey

So you’ve learned how to plan a luau… now it’s time to make the invitations!

Make Luau Invitations Using PicMonkey

Choose your size in PicMonkey. The cheapest to print is going to be 4×6. So, click “Design” and then “4×6″.

Make Luau Invitations Using PicMonkey

Choose your backdrop. I selected an image from DollarPhotoClub. I just searched “luau” and found this one, but there are several others available. You can make your own with shapes/colors as well, if you don’t want to buy the images. They’re only $1 each, so for me it was worth it.  I also get images from iCLIPART.com, which I have a one year membership to.

Make Luau Invitations Using PicMonkey

Start adding text by selecting the “T” option. You can use their fonts, or use ones you’ve downloaded. Learn how to upload your fonts to PicMonkey. Make Luau Invitations Using PicMonkey

So, now it’s time to add your details. I put the time, date, address, and how to RSVP.

Make Luau Invitations Using PicMonkey

Another way to make your own luau invitations using PicMonkey is to add flowers, shapes, etc to a blank canvas. I chose these flowers, and then used a circle to make something that resembled a sun or sunset. Make Luau Invitations Using PicMonkey

See that?

Make Luau Invitations Using PicMonkey

What party invitations would you make with PicMonkey?

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DIY Duct Tape ChapStick Holder #tapeon

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With school starting back up for many, and homeschool lessons and co-op resuming soon for us, I can’t help but think about all the things my kids need to keep them comfortable this school year. One of the things that we go through like crazy is ChapStick. We use, and lose, a lot of the stuff. My 5yo has been known to “use” an entire tube of ChapStick in one day. She’s also been known to lose more than a few tubes in the space of a week. In effort to keep tabs on her tubes of ChapStick, I thought it’d be cool to make a DIY Duct Tape ChapStick Holder to go on her backpack.

DIY Duct Tape ChapStick Holder

Isn’t that cute? Here’s how you can make your own  DIY Duct Tape ChapStick Holder.  You will need a pattern roll of Scotch Duct Tape, a complimentary solid color roll of duct tape, a pair of scissors, an o-ring (i.e. key ring), a measuring tape (or ruler), and a tube of ChapStick.

How to Make a ChapStick Holder from Duct Tape

  1. Cut a 16 inch piece of solid color duct tape.  This will be the base of your holder.
  2. Fold it in half, sticky sides together, to make an 8 inch piece.
  3. Cut a 6 inch piece of patterned duct tape. This will be the pocket of your holder.
  4. Fold it in half, sticky sides together, to make a 3 inch piece.
  5. Place your ChapStick on the 8 inch piece, and fold a length up and over the tube, to form the bottom of the pocket.
  6. Cut a small piece of duct tape to adhere the 3 inch piece cross wise to the 8 inch piece of duct tape, leaving half inch overlapping on either side of the long piece.
  7. Turn the piece over, and use a 2 inch piece of duct tape to secure the flaps of the pocket to the back of the holder.
  8. Turn the holder back over and place the ChapStick inside.
  9. Cut a 3 inch piece of pattern duct tape and place it crosswise above the pocket, about a half inch above the tube of ChapStick.
  10. Using a tape measure, or ruler, measure 1/2 inch into the top pattern piece (about two inches from top) on both sides and snip using scissors.
  11. Using a tape measure, or ruler, as a guide, cut from the top of the holder to the snipped sides and remove the pieces you cut off.  You should now have a one inch wide by two inch long piece at the top center of the holder, like a luggage tag strap.
  12. Thread the your O-ring over the narrow piece and fold the narrow piece down toward the back of the holder.
  13. Turn the holder over and secure the tag into place with a 2 inch piece of duct tape.

You now have your own DIY Duct Tape ChapStick Holder. With all the cool colors and patterns that Scotch Duct Tape has, the possibilities are endless!  My son wants a superhero one with bright colors.  I can do that!

Scotch Duct Tape is hosting a Back-to-School contest that asks teens to create an original back-to-school craft with duct tape and submit a photo that shows how they’re going back to school in style for a chance to win $1,000. The Tape On Back-to-School contest just launched and lasts until August 18th on the Scotch Facebook page.

Teen Vlogger, Sarai Jones, will be judging the contest and has a created a fun video with locker decorations for inspiration. The contest will include prizes for the top four winners with first place receiving $1000, second place receiving $500 and third and fourth place receiving $250.

What crafts do you like to make with Scotch Duct Tape? What is your favorite color or pattern?

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