6 Ways to Clean Out the Medicine Cabinet

With spring cleaning season officially here, I’m up to my ears in small {and big} organizational projects.  You know, in my spare time…  I’ve been slowly photographing all of my kids’ artwork so I can thin out the massive pile of drawings, paintings and handprint art that’s accumulated.  I’m hoping to create a Shutterfly photo album for each kid featuring my favorites of their creations.  Another big project that has been on my back burner for a long time, is to clean out the medicine cabinet.

logoHow to Safely Clean Out Your Medicine Cabinet and Dispose of Expired MedicationOk.  Confession time.  About 10 years ago {insert sheepish face here}, I inherited a bunch of my late great aunts’ household items.  Included in those items were two plastic containers filled with band aides, gauze, and other basic first aid supplies.  I was excited to have a ready-made first aid kit, so I stuck it at the top of our linen closet and promptly forgot about it.  When I was cleaning out the other day, I realized that most of the items in these old bins were no longer usable.  The bandages have lost their adhesive abilities, and all of the topical treatments have {really} expired.  And since I had long ago forgotten about those supplies, I had already bought duplicates of almost everything anyway.

How to Safely Clean Out Your Medicine Cabinet and Dispose of Expired MedicationWe have a storage cabinet over our master toilet that houses all of our medications and {current} first aid supplies.  But again, over the years, we’ve collected so many bottles and boxes of stuff, that there really isn’t any rhyme or reason to the cabinet.  Because of the disorganization, it’s easier to just buy new rather than searching for what we have already.  So we have many duplicates of over the counter items.  Not to mention the prescriptions that we’ve acquired after numerous medical and dental procedures, including birthing three children!  Some of these I can’t remember what were used for, and some were already expired.  Time to clean out the medicine cabinet.

And how do you dispose of un-needed or expired medication anyway?  The American Recall Center has  the following tips on how to safely clean out the medicine cabinet.

1. Check with your local pharmacies and police stations for any “take back ” programs they may offer.  It’s a great way to safely dispose of prescription medication.

2. If you have to throw away your pills, do not flush them down the toilet or simply push them in the trash.  If you empty the medication into a sealed bag filled with used coffee grounds or kitty litter before putting in the trashcan, it will make the drugs unrecognizable to anyone who may be searching for them illegally after disposal.

3. Be sure to rip off or black out information on the prescription label.  Blacking out the name of the medication, your personal information and the doctor’s information will make the medicines unidentifiable and will protect your personal information.

4. Check expiration dates! Expired medical products can be less effective or harmful due to a change in chemical composition or decrease in potency.  For example, a humid bathroom cabinet can contribute to decreased effectiveness in medicines.  And never share prescription medication with other members of your household, you never know what medication allergies or reactions you may have.

5. When disposing of EpiPens, injectors, or other needles, be sure you have FDA approved needle disposal containers, which are made of heavy plastic and won’t puncture.  You can get these from your doctor, pharmacy or online.  Call your recycling center or medical facility, they will know where you can dispose of them.

6. Visit the website www.recallcenter.com to learn about recalled meds, and sign up for the patient safety alert to get an alert if something pertaining to your medication is recalled.  And as always, be sure to ask your doctor plenty of questions about medications, side effects, etc.

How to Safely Clean Out Your Medicine Cabinet and Dispose of Expired Medication

I started out by taking EVERYTHING out of my medicine cabinet.  I wiped down the shelves and doors really well, and separated the expired and old medical stuff with the current.  Then I sorted everything into types of use.  My categories ended up being “Bandages” {Band Aides, Gauze and Neosporin}, “Cleaning” {Hydrogen Peroxide, etc.}, “Pain” {Aspirin and Ibuprofens}, “Allergy” {Benadryl and itch creams}, “Cold” {Nyquil, etc.}, “Eyes/Nose/Ears/Cough” {Nose Spray, Cough Drops, Eye Drops}, “Skin” {Bug Bite Relief, Sunburn, Warts}, “Feminine Care” {Self Explanatory…and I put them in a bin so they are more discrete}, “Thermometers/Dosage Cups” {I saved just a few medicine cups since most medications come with a new one}, “Foot Care” {gel soles, odor eaters}, “Kid” {with each other category that had children’s medication as well}, and “Gastro” {for belly issue meds}.

How to Safely Clean Out Your Medicine Cabinet and Dispose of Expired Medication

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I found some cute little canvas bins at Ikea that were perfect for separating categories, and holding  little stuff like rolls of medical tape and tubes of cream.  I also liked how all of my feminine care items could be a little more discrete in the cabinet.  Then I simply chose an area on each shelf for each category.  I placed categories that may overlap next to each other {i.e. “Pain” is next to “Allergy,” which is next to “Cold” so my Tylenol, Benadryl and Tylenol Cold & Flu can be near each other}.  I was sure to place somewhat safer items on the bottom shelf,  just in case one of the kids got into the cabinet.  I used wash tape and a permanent marker to label my categories on the shelves {and give a little pop of color}.  The other nice thing about using the Washi Tape, is that it’s easily removable, so I can reorganize later if needed.

 How to Safely Clean Out Your Medicine Cabinet and Dispose of Expired Medication

I also repurposed the old plastic bins that I had inherited, and filled them with emergency supplies for the car.  I included clean washcloths, bandages, cleanser spray, Neosporin, bug bite and sunburn relief, scissors, medical tape, a couple of tampons/pads, a couple of Q-tips in a tube to keep them clean, some anti-bacterial Band Aides,and a little chart I’ve had forever that gives you the basics of first aid {CPR, Heimlich Maneuver, etc.}.  I think I also might throw in a diaper/wipes, and a trash bag.

How to Safely Clean Out Your Medicine Cabinet and Dispose of Expired MedicationI’m quite pleased with the finished product.  And I’m so embarrassed about how much expired stuff we had {and were still using!!}.  So it’s a big weight off my shoulders to know exactly what supplies we have currently, and know that they are safe for my family.

How to Safely Clean Out Your Medicine Cabinet and Dispose of Expired Medication

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Girls’ Small Bedroom Reveal

This post has been a long time coming.  We’ve been slowly “renovating”the rooms in our house.  I say “renovating” because, can you really renovate a 3 year old home?  Anyway, we’ve been doing the finishing touches in each room.  So far, the only room that has been completed is Lincoln’s nursery.  It’s amazing how a 9 month time line and a cranky preggo mama can move things along!!  Since then, we’ve been in the process of updating the girls’ bedroom too.  When Lincoln came along, we moved the nursery into the front bedroom, and moved Jayna into Millie’s room with her.  It’s a slightly smaller bedroom, but has more wall space that could accommodate two twin beds plus a dresser.

Girls' Bedroom Reveal-Functional and Pretty in a Small Space

Our main challenge with this bedroom was space.  The best way to utilize the small space was to build beautiful but functional beds for the girls.

Girls' Bedroom Reveal-Functional and Pretty in a Small Space

One of our favorite DIY sites is Ana-White.  She has fantastic furniture building plans, that are step-by-step and have detailed shopping lists.  Dave used her site to build my craft table too.  For this project, we wanted a farmhouse-style bed with lots of storage.  Dave found the Farmhouse Storage Bed on Ana-White, and modified it from the queen-sized plan to twin.

Girls' Bedroom Reveal-Functional and Pretty in a Small Space

The beds actually have three drawers on each side of the bed…but since they have to be up against the bedroom walls, we are currently only using three.  I bought the drawer pulls at Hobby Lobby…Jayna’s are turquoise and Millie’s are light pink.  I found the Shabby Chic bedding at Target.

Girls' Bedroom Reveal-Functional and Pretty in a Small Space

I love the thickness of the headboard and footboard.  Millie uses the footboard to climb into bed, and the headboard is the perfect spot for the patchwork animals that Loo found for the girls at Hobby Lobby.  They were what inspired the color theme of the room, and happen to be the same animals as the girls’ Lovies.

Girls' Bedroom Reveal-Functional and Pretty in a Small Space

Girls' Bedroom Reveal-Functional and Pretty in a Small Space

So I had these big beautiful beds…and LOTS of wall space above them.  It took me a year.  A year! To decide what to hang on the walls.  Pathetic, I know….but I have a hard time making decisions anyway, and I was starting from scratch.  But then, I decided to host my Big Baby Giveaway, and found Venezia Art for Kids on Etsy.  Carrie was generous enough to not only donate one of her gorgeous wall hangings for the giveaway, but to send one to me as well!  So I’m super embarrassed that it has taken me this long to get the girls’ room done in order to show y’all her beautiful work!

It works perfectly in my little montage on Jayna’s wall.  Venezia Art can come in 10X10 square with an initial, or a 10X20 rectangle with a full name.  They are printed on watercolor and mounted on canvas, so they arrive ready to hang.  I had such a hard time deciding what combination of colors, background print and letter embellishments for Jayna’s hanging.  Here’s what I finally chose:

Girls' Bedroom Reveal-Functional and Pretty in a Small Space

I love how she incorporated a bit of pink into the flowers and star too!  Head over to Venezia Art for Kids’ Etsy site to see many, many more examples.

Girls' Bedroom Reveal-Functional and Pretty in a Small Space

I also included shelving for Jayna’s little treasure box, her handmade piggybank and her porcelain cup that she got from her great-grandmother as an infant.

Girls' Bedroom Reveal-Functional and Pretty in a Small Space

Millie’s wall was even more of a challenge to fill, since it was so much bigger than Jayna’s.  I found a few things at Hobbby Lobby to hang, including a pretty chevron bulletin board.

Girls' Bedroom Reveal-Functional and Pretty in a Small Space

I’m still looking for a little something perfect to hang next to Millie’s “A”…that’s left from her name hanging above her changing table when she was a baby.  Jayna has a bulletin board where she keeps pictures and bookmarks.  Millie was just dying to have one too!

Girls' Bedroom Reveal-Functional and Pretty in a Small Space

Jayna’s bulletin board sits on top of their bookcase, along with their headband holder.  Dave and I are firm believers that bedrooms are for sleeping, so all of the children’s toys are downstairs in the playroom.  However, we do allow them to read in their room, so they have a bookshelf that houses books and bins with their shoes in them.

Girls' Bedroom Reveal-Functional and Pretty in a Small Space

Girls' Bedroom Reveal-Functional and Pretty in a Small Space

And two little Southern girls are bound to have a bow or two, right?  All of our bows and clips are on handmade bow holders made by Betsy.  It’s the perfect, but functional way to dress up their teeny, tiny closet’s door!

Girls' Bedroom Reveal-Functional and Pretty in a Small Space

And last but not least, we got a stand-up dresser from Ikea to house the girls’ clothes.  The top two little drawers are storage for knick-knacks, and the top big drawer is too tall for either girl to use yet, so I store other seasonal clothes in it.  And somehow we manage to fit everything else in the other three drawers!

Girls' Bedroom Reveal-Functional and Pretty in a Small Space

So, there’s the girls’ small bedroom.  It’s little, but we’ve managed to make it very functional and pretty.  Upcoming projects for the room include adding moulding around the window and updating the door frames to match Lincoln’s {eventually the whole house will have matching moulding!}.  What do you think?

Girls' Bedroom Reveal-Functional and Pretty in a Small Space

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{From the Archives} Custom Name Blocks DIY

I love, love, love making things for new babies.  As much as I know those mamas truly want something that they registered for, I just cannot resist creating something of my own to give to those babies as well!  And one of my favorite things to give are these adorable custom name blocks.  They take some time and planning to make, but are so worth it!

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You can buy the blocks {which I believe are 4 inches in height} at Michaels or AC Moore.  Use a coupon!  I also use a variety of scrapbook paper sheets for the background, stickers and letter pads for the letters, numbers and embellishments.  The hardest part is finding different things to put on each side, while keeping with a central theme of colors and embellishments.

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First step is to paint your blocks a solid color.  I almost always use brown.  Make sure they are completely dry before doing anything else to them.  Meanwhile, trace and cut out a piece of cardboard to fit onto the side of your blocks, you’ll use this to trace squares onto all of your scrapbook paper to create backgrounds.

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Go ahead and cut out your letters and embellishments.  You’ll need letters for the first name, ABC’s in chronological order, numbers in order, and then either random letters or letters for the last name {if it happens to be the same number of letters as the first name}.  Plan out all of your sides for your blocks. I line mine up under each block, so that I can find good matches for background/letter/embellishments, so it all flows.  Two of your sides will just need scrapbook paper, because you will be adding photos to those sides later on {it makes a great 1st birthday addition to add photos from throughout the year!}.

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As you are “mapping” out each side of your blocks, take into consideration where each letter will be located on the blocks, and make sure your colors are evenly spaced.  You also want to make sure you are glueing on the letters in the correct direction.  You may think that’s a no brainer, but it’s easy to mess up if you don’t have a system.  I use post it strips to help plan {and make sure everything is facing the correct way too!}

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I line all mine up and modge podge one side of the entire set at a time.  I do all of the backgrounds first, making sure that they are completely dry.  Then I start modge podging the letters/numbers on, one set at a time.  So 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.  Let them dry. Flip all of the blocks {in the same direction}, and modge podge R, O, S, I, E {in this case}.  Let them dry.  Flip all of the blocks {in the same direction}, and modge podge A, B, C, D, E.  And so on.  I like my letters and numbers to be on opposite sides of the blocks, my first and last names {or random letters} on opposite sides, and then I just modge podge backgrounds on the sides, so the new Mama can glue on pictures of the baby later.  Again, make sure all of the letters/numbers/pictures on each side are facing the same way!

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See in the picture above that I did a horrible job paying attention to letter location?  Now that E just bothers me!  Learn from my mistakes people!

Once you get everything glued on and it’s significantly dry, use some rough sand paper {or a sanding block} to sand down the edges of the blocks, and the sides of the background papers.  You want it smooth and seamless!

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DIY Custom Name Blocks from Palmettos and Pigtails

Then, use a painter’s sponge to dab a little of the same color paint over the edges…covering the edge of the block and the edge of the background paper.

You can see in the picture below that I was a little heavy on the paint around the pink 1 side, but it was a little better around the green words side.  So err on the side of less paint on your sponge.  See my blank side on the left?  That’s for mama to modge podge pictures of baby onto later.

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And that’s it!  Let your paint dry, and your custom name blocks are ready to give away!  Here’s some of the others I’ve made….notice my letter placement and if the direction of each side matches!

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DIY Custom Name Blocks from Palmettos and Pigtails

DIY Custom Name Blocks from Palmettos and Pigtails

If you end up trying this, link up your post or picture, I’d love to see yours!

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Shrimp and Grits Kids and Chicks

*I received the Shrimp and Grits Kids Sunshine Ruffle Dress mentioned in this blog post for free, in exchange for a review on my blog.  As always, all opinions are 100% honest and my own!

Last week was so exciting for us.  The weather was beautiful {and the pollen didn’t seem as bad}, and it’s not too hot yet.  I’m totally soaking up these few weeks of Spring that the LowCountry has.  We started the week off celebrating our risen King on Easter, watching Jayna play “Sue the Smelly Pirate” in a local play, and finally getting to have a soccer game {first time that the fields have been dry enough to play in weeks!}.

Easter at Ashley Ridge Church

And to finish off our week, we gained two new family members.  Starburst and Lemon Merengue are on loan to us from Legare Farms for two weeks.  Then, when they aren’t cute and cuddly anymore, we can return them and get the eggs that they lay as adults.  The perfect pets!

Rent A Chick Program from Legare Farms #rentachick #shrimpandgritskids

Jayna insisted on wearing a pretty dress for the occasion.  So I thought it would be the perfect opportunity for her to wear her new Shrimp and Grits Kids dress.

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I just loved all of the coordinating outfits in the Sunshine Collection…I had a hard time choosing one!  I ended up going with a size 8 Sunshine Ruffle Dress….it’s a little big, but she will be able to wear it for at least two seasons.  The material is a really light-weight cotton, so it’ll be perfect to wear during the hot summers too!

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We both adore it….she thinks it’s very “grown up” looking, but still has some ruffles and a beautiful big Southern bow in the back.

Shrimp and Grits Kids Review: Sunshine Ruffle Dress #shrimpandgritskids

Shrimp and Grits Kids Review: Sunshine Ruffle Dress #shrimpandgritskids

I just adore Shrimp and Grits Kids….especially their sale pages.  You can get all of the family collections there for almost half off.  And I love how their family collections include big girl and little girl {and boy} styles….so they can all coordinate, but not be wearing the exact same outfit.  My favorite of all time set that we had was part of their Mermaid and Shrimp Collection…they made perfect First Day of School Outfits!  Even Millie’s shoes were squeaker sandals {with the squeak taken out for her teachers’ sanity!}.

Shrimp and Grits Kids Mermaid and Shrimp Collection #shrimpandgritskids

They even have a new Frozen Collection called In Summer

Shrimp and Grits Kids new Frozen

Head over to their site and check it out….I’d love to know which collection you like the best!  Leave me a comment!  If you are local, be sure to stop by the annual Shrimp and Grits Sample Sale for some terrific deals {that’s where I go the mermaid outfits!}.  And follow me over on Instagram to see what Lemon Merengue and Starburst have been up to this week!

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1-2-3 Cake Recipe

We have a sweet tooth in our family.  If we have candy/cookies/cake/cupcakes available in the house…we eat it.  It doesn’t bode well for Dave and me, who have been on a mission to eat healthier and lose some weight.  No self control when it comes to sweets.  So, when my mom introduced my kids to 1-2-3 Cakes, it was the perfect compromise while still indulging our sweet tooth!

1-2-3 Cakes {Personal sized cakes for when you don't feel like sharing!}-ready in a minute!Ingredients: 
One box of your choice of cake mix
One box of Angel Food cake mix
Water
Tablespoon
1-2-3 Cakes {Personal sized cakes for when you don't feel like sharing!}-ready in a minute!
You will also need:
Small, microwaveable bowl
Assortment of sprinkles, chocolate chips, etc. for garnish
PAM
1-2-3 Cakes {Personal sized cakes for when you don't feel like sharing!}-ready in a minute!

1. Open both cake mixes and combine the two in a ziplock bag.

1-2-3 Cakes {Personal sized cakes for when you don't feel like sharing!}-ready in a minute!

*I used Strawberry Cake Mix for the remainder of the tutorial*

2. Put THREE Tablespoons of the cake mixture in the microwaveable bowl.

3. Put TWO Tablespoons of water in the bowl and mix well.

4. Garnish with sprinkles, chocolate chips, etc.

1-2-3 Cakes {Personal sized cakes for when you don't feel like sharing!}-ready in a minute!

5. Microwave your bowl for ONE minute.

6. Your toppings will sink to the bottom, and if you use sprinkles, they will melt into a rainbow of yumminess.  Use a fork or knife to separate the cake from the edges of your bowl.

1-2-3 Cakes {Personal sized cakes for when you don't feel like sharing!}-ready in a minute!

7. Carefully flip the bowl over onto a plate, and you are ready to eat your 1-2-3 Cake!  Perfectly portioned for one! 

I’m thinking about experimenting with this recipe to create a mini-layered smash cake for Lincoln’s birthday party…it’d be so nice to be able to make a 5 minute cake for him!!!

1-2-3 Cakes {Personal sized cakes for when you don't feel like sharing!}-ready in a minute!

We recently bought “Funfetti” cake mix….perfect since it already has sprinkles mixed in.  What flavor are you going to try?

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{From the Archives} Simple Spring Pleasures

Now that spring {and the pollen} have finally arrived in the LowCountry, I thought I’d do a little “Way Back Wednesday” to the spring of 2012.  I love looking at these types of posts….just a few little highlight pictures as a peek into our daily lives!  Enjoy!

We’ve had a busy week.  And we’ve been sick.  But, there is always a silver lining!  Sometimes I just have to focus on those simple pleasures…  Here are our highlights for the week:

Of course she wouldn’t show them for the camera, but Amelia sprouted two teeth this week!

Our Christmas Cactus that we got a couple of years ago from Aunt Linda, surprised us and bloomed again!

I had a Pampered Chef/Thirty One Bags Party and had some lovely Girl Time with good friends!

Jayna has almost been a pleasure to be around this week! =)

And we’ve had some very silly moments!

We had a fantastic time with friends at Veggie Tales Live!

 Honestly, I can’t take them anywhere…..

Spring is here and we are feelin’ it!

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April 2015 Cleaning Calendar

I have to say, even though I broke down and hired a cleaning company a couple of times a month….my house doesn’t seem to keep clean for very long!  The cleaning company does a fantastic job of keeping the grime to a minimum by scrubbing my showers, dusting high up places and mopping-all of which I hate doing…so they are well worth the splurge!  I wonder what they’d charge to cook dinner too…..

Here’s my April 2015 Cleaning Calendar!  Since my cleaning company doesn’t “do” windows…I’ll also be adding some window and sill cleaning throughout the month.

April 2015 Cleaning Calendar for all of your Spring Cleaning Needs

Click on the picture to download and print your own copy!

Want your kids to help out with Spring Cleaning?  Check out my list for Age-Appropriate Chores for Kids!!

Happy Cleaning!

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Cookie Butter & White Chocolate Covered Popcorn Recipe

Years ago, I went to a playdate at my friend Lara’s house.  She had several other moms there, and hoards of kids running around.  Each of us moms compensated for our noisy wound-up kids, by bringing a yummy snack.  I can’t remember what I brought, but I’m sure it was something totally non-creative and probably healthy.  But one mom brought this bowl of, only what I could describe as, crack.  Chocolate covered crack.  And it was so popular with us moms that I don’t think the kids even knew it was there!

Ever since then, I have been on a Pinterest quest to find said Crack recipe.  But to no avail.  This one, that I found at I Heart Naptime has been the closest yet.  Combining white chocolate and Trader Joe’s Cookie Butter is just genius, really.  So I figured that Bible Study night would be a good time to try it out.  Needless to say, it was addicting!  Even my friend who is a nutritionalist couldn’t keep her paws out of the bowl!!!

Cookie Butter and White Chocolate Covered Popcorn RecipeIngredients:

2 Tbsp oil for cooking popcorn
1/2c popcorn kernels
16oz tray of white/vanilla chocolate {I used Candiquik}
3 Tbsp Trader Joe’s Cookie Butter
3/4c M&M’s
2 Tbsp sprinkles {I used Wilton Spring Confetti sugar-sprinkles}
Cookie Butter and White Chocolate Covered Popcorn Recipe Instructions:
  • Pop the popcorn according to the package…heat up oil and popcorn in a 4qt pot with lid over medium, when the popping slows down {to about 5 second intervals between “pops”}, remove from heat.  Let cool.

Stove Top Popcorn

  • Follow the instructions on the Candiquik tray…heat up for a minute, adding 30 second intervals until completely melted.
  • Add the Cookie Butter to the melted chocolate and stir until completely mixed.

Cookie Butter and White Chocolate Covered Popcorn Recipe

  • Gently spoon the white chocolate mixture over the popcorn, tossing slowly as you go to ensure coating.
  • Sprinkle M&M’s and sprinkles into the mix and put the whole thing in the fridge for about 15 minutes to harden.

Cookie Butter and White Chocolate Covered Popcorn Recipe

  • * The original recipe also called for pink candy melts to be drizzled over the top to add more color*

I didn’t think it was necessary…it was very sweet and a little salty.  Perfection!

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Flowertown Festival 2015: An Anticipatory Post

This coming weekend will be the second year I participate in the massive Flowertown Festival 2015 in Summerville, South Carolina.  It’s three long, hot days of aa-mazing homemade crafts, clothing and artwork.  Hundreds of Thousands of people flock to the Lowcountry to wander the quaint streets of Summerville for the weekend, or participate in the equally famous Cooper River Bridge Run in downtown Charleston {held on Saturday morning.}.  And just like last year, I’m equal parts stressed, anxious, nervous and excited!!!

Flowertown Festival 2015: An Anticipatory Post

This year, I shook up my inventory a little bit by adding some new merchandise.  I am getting rave reviews about my new bibs.  They are adjustable in size, so they can fit babies or toddlers.  Soft cotton designs on the top, and absorbent terry cloth on the bottom to soak up…everything.  And you can get them with OR with out a pacifier holder.  The ones with the holders use a snap to keep that paci attached and ready…it’s been a huge help with Lincoln, who is just now figuring out how to FIND his paci to sooth himself.  These bibs don’t let it get far!  Here’s a sample:

Bibs with Pacifier Holders in Palmettos and Pigtails' Etsy Shop

Bibs with Pacifier Holders in Palmettos and Pigtails' Etsy Shop

And here are some of my newest prints that have matching burp cloth sets!

Bibs {also available with Pacifier Holders} in Palmettos and Pigtails' Etsy Shop

Burp Cloth Sets in Palmettos and Pigtails' Etsy Shop

Burp Cloth Sets in Palmettos and Pigtails' Etsy Shop

As always, my burp cloths are my biggest sellers.  They come in packs of 3 and are triple-ply cotton and flannel for extra soft absorbency.  Lots and lots of new prints this year, including some more modern fabric that was a little out of my comfort zone, but hopefully y’all will like them!!

Burp Cloth Sets in Palmettos and Pigtails' Etsy Shop

Burp Cloth Sets in Palmettos and Pigtails' Etsy Shop

Burp Cloth Sets in Palmettos and Pigtails' Etsy Shop

My pacifier clips have gotten a makeover this year.  They used to attach to the pacifiers with velcro, but now, they attach with either snaps or elastic.  The elastic ones work with just about any brand of pacifier I’ve ever seen, including the popular green hospital round pacis.  Just thread the elastic through the hole or the handle, and pass the rest of the “leash” through the elastic too to secure.  Easy Peasy!  Look for the oh-so-popular Fox and Mustache prints, as well as some new colored rosettes this year.

Universal Pacifier Clips in Palmettos and Pigtails' Etsy Shop

Universal Pacifier Clips in Palmettos and Pigtails' Etsy Shop

I have decided not to make the carseat carrier cushions any more, so I’ll only have a few of those out at the festival, as a last chance buy.  But I have plenty of Door Hushers this year!  These are some of my best sellers.  The elastic wraps around the door knobs on your kid’s bedroom door, and the fabric part covers the latch so the door closes silently.  It fits snug enough for the door to stay closed, but lets you sneak in and out of baby’s room without having to turn squeaky knobs!

Door Hushers in Palmettos and Pigtails' Etsy Shop

 I’ll also have an assortment of shabby flower clip that can also be used on headbands.  So, if you are going to be in the Lowcountry this weekend…come on out and see me!  I’ll be located on the sidewalk in front of the tennis courts {where I was last year}, right before you hit all of the restaurant vendors!  And for you, loyal readers, get 10% off your regular priced purchase with the secret code FLOWER.  Make sure you mention that you saw it on the blog!

Come find me! {Look for the YELLOW DOOR!} Follow #YELLOWdoor to see what I’m up to this weekend!

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5 Non-Candy Themed Easter Basket Ideas

Our Easter basket tradition is simple….after a winter full of candy corn, candy canes and chocolates, we ask the Easter Bunny to lay off the sweets as much as possible, and focus on the impending summer!  Don’t get me wrong, there are still a few Jelly Bellies and Reese’s Peanut Butter Eggs at the bottom of the basket, hidden under Biodegradable Easter Grass and summertime goodies!  But don’t tell the kids….



New bathing suits arrive each year in the Easter baskets.  New flip flops, sunglasses and hats too.  And if there is room, sunscreen and pool toys!  I love the simplicity of this tradition….easy, cheap and stuff they actually need! {For more info on any of the pictured items, click on the photo}

                   

Back when Millie was a baby, I thought I could be supermom and make handmade items for the kids’ basket.  I sewed weighted bunnies for Bunny Rabbit Bowling, and a taggie toy for baby Millie.  I’m not sure where I found the time to make all that stuff, but I’m over it now!  Bathing suits, it is!

So the bathing suit theme works for now, but I’ve been thinking about some other non-candy themed Easter basket ideas for the future.

               

You know me…I am all about some educational games!  I had the original Hot Dots in my classroom back when I taught.  The kids loved using the magic stick to chose their answers, since it talked and played music if they got the answer right!  I’m thinking the girls would LOVE this princess version!  And did you know that Shrinky Dinks are back in style?  Me neither, but it’s AWESOME.  I found some that you can make into jewelry too.  And last weekend my living room was transformed into a pillow and blanket fort.  The kids {including Dave} were dismayed when I dismantled it…I needed my coffee table, and pillows, and kitchen chairs back!  So I’m thinking that a Flexi-Fort is what they need…the sticks bend, so they can create all sorts of nooks and crannies.  And best of all….they can do it themselves, in the playroom!

                        

My kids literally have hundreds of books….but they just love to read!  One of my absolute favorites is The Day the Crayons Quit {grievance letters from each color crayon to a little boy! Super funny!}.  I’m thinking Jayna would love this Magic Treehouse Book, since she loves chapter books and is halfway through her soccer season too.  And Dear Zoo is another classic board book that teaches animal concepts with cute, interactive flaps.  Lincoln loves to “read” with me and is very hands on…so a flap book would be perfect for him.

                  

And if all else fails, jump on the Frozen bandwagon, right?  My girls love, love, love this movie {who doesn’t?!}.  I, personally, am not a fan of branded “stuff”…but I do have a few exceptions.  I’m fine with princesses being plastered on underwear if it keeps them dry {“don’t pee pee on Elsa!!”}.  Is it weird for the Easter Bunny to bring undies?!?!  I also found some classic board games {Monopoly, Chutes and Ladders, etc.} that got the Disney treatment and look way more fun to play now!  And I don’t mind non-traditional toys and activities being branded if it’s subtle.  I love these rollerblades because they are in the Frozen colors, but don’t have Elsa’s face all over them.  They’ll be able to grow with my kids for a long time after the Frozen craze has melted away.

What non-candy stuff ends up in your Easter Baskets?  Leave a comment…I’d love to have more ideas!

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