Painting hack

I can’t possibly be the first person to think of this. But this little trick just saved me hours of cleanup after painting:

Painting Hack
At first, I planned to use press and seal, but when I went to apply it, it turned out the roll was almost empty. The next thing in the drawer was Saran wrap.

So I used that and the best painting tape ever, Frog Tape and now I don’t have to worry about drips on the wood!

If only repairing the chips in the shower floor was this easy!


HFM relief bath

Our poor Miss A recently had the dreaded Hand, Foot and Mouth disease. She was really miserable. Our pediatrician suggested a salt and oatmeal bath to help with the itchiness and I improved on that suggestion with an oatmeal, coconut oil, Epsom salt and lavender essential oil bath. It was really easy to make and Miss A seemed to get some relief from it.



  1. about a tablespoon (or more) oatmeal (if using a washcloth, don’t bother grinding)
  2. coconut oil, about a tablespoon
  3. about a teaspoon regular table salt
  4. about 1/4 cup Epsom salt
  5. few drop lavender essential oil

Combine at least the first three ingredients (you can combine all five, we just had the lavender essential oil and the Epsom salt in the bathroom already) into a washcloth and tie with string to close.
Draw a warm bath and place the satchel under warm running water. If you didn’t add the Epsom salt and the lavender essential oil to the sachet, add it to the bath now.

Fun fact: adults can get HFM too and it’s just awful.

Removing stickers

sticker ruined shirt
It was bound to happen. Toddlers love stickers, which means stickers end up on everything. I also love stickers, so it should not come as a surprise that the first time a sticker went through the washer and the dryer was on one of my dry-fit athletic race shirts.

J was convinced I’d ruined the shirt. I was less convinced.

I was less convinced because we used to label Miss A’s bottles with label maker stickers. Even the plastic ones would eventually fail after multiple washings and we would be left with the sticker residue on the outside of the bottle.

Someone really smart (if it was you, please say so!) once told me to use a stickier item to remove stickers. I immediately thought of duct tape. When it removed the sticker residue from the bottles in one try. I guessed the same process would work for my race shirt. Or I’d destroy it forever. Worth a try!

Items needed:

  • Ruined shirt
  • Duct tape

Cut a length of duct tape at least twice as long as the sticker residue. place duct tape on top of the sticker and rub.
Removing sticker residue from shirt
Lift the duct tape and peel the sticker off.
Removing stickers from athletic shirt
Repeat using a clean area of the duct tape until all of the sticker residue is removed.


Sticker residue removed

Apply to Host a Healthy Baby Home Party


As a member of Seventh Generation’s Generation Good community, I was invited to blog about Healthy Baby Home Parties and let my readers be among the first to know about the latest round Healthy Baby Home Parties of and how to apply to be a host. As the mom of a 15-month old we have used all of the items available to party hosts. We particularly like the Plum Organics (Miss A started on the Just Fruits and Veggies and is now all about the Mighty 4 pouches!) and the Zarbee’s Naturals cold remedies. They are staples in our house.

A Healthy Baby Home party is a great way to get acquainted with the brands. You can read more about the HBHP and the application process below.

What is a Healthy Baby Home Party?

Seventh Generation’s home parties are powered by people like you who are focused on creating a healthy environment for the next generation. Developed with input from non-profit partner, Healthy Child Healthy World, they are a great way to get together with friends, share helpful information, and make an impact!

Healthy Baby Home Party kits are provided to all selected hosts and are filled with educational info about our environment, helpful tips, a fun game, and samples and coupons from Seventh Generation and other favorite family-friendly brands like bobble, Plum Organics and Zarbee’s Naturals.

What is the Application Process?

  • Sign up at to join the Generation Good community, or log in if already a member.
  • Accept the Healthy Baby Home Party Application offer on your Generation Good dashboard and complete the application.
  • Applicants will be notified by end of March if they have been selected to host a party, via an email to the email address assigned to their Generation Good member profile.
  • All selected applicants will then need to confirm their participation by accepting the Healthy Baby Home Party Mission in Generation Good and confirming their shipping address.
  • 1,900 FREE Party Kits will be distributed in this round.
  • Hosting spots are open to US residents only at this time. Canadian parties are planned for later in 2016!
  • Full terms and conditions are available within Generation Good in the “Healthy Baby Home Party Application” offer.

*Although this post is sponsored, all opinions are my own. As a Generation Good community member sharing details on HBHP and the application, I will be entered in a sweepstakes to win 1 of 100 Healthy Baby Home Party Kits reserved just for bloggers.

Easy Toddler Valentines

Toddler Valentines finished

I love parties. I love hanging out with A in her classroom. I love seeing her interact with her friends. But I don’t love the idea of toddlers exchanging Valentines. I think it’s a bit early to start this merry-go-round, but I also don’t want A to be the only one not participating or feel left out because her mother was being a grinch. I was just going to do the regular plain cardboard Valentines but then another mom and I talked about how the toddlers are likely to just eat the cardboard. Then I overheard another mom talking about the Pinterest inspired Valentines she was making for the class. I decided to try to find a happy medium.

Luckily, this Valentine “craft” looks fun, is toddler appropriate and does not take hours or actual creativity.  Since I couldn’t find the goldfish bowl-shaped bags the original poster references, I just used snack bags.

Toddler Valentine Kit

In less than 10 minutes, I printed the template, cut them out and added the goldfish. I’ll bring the rest for snack during the party.

Here’s hoping this didn’t set an unattainable president for the rest of Miss A’s time in school!

Toddler Fish Bowl Valentines