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Anonymous posted in DIY Sunday

SAHM suggestions on Etsy shop?

I’m recently a stay at home mom looking to scrap together any money I can, I’m very crafty but lost my imagination years ago so looking to anyone out there with suggestions on what they’d buy? I’d like to make binky/pacifier clips I’m also a pretty good artist and thought of doing monogrammed nursery pantings/illustrations of animals but I just feel like people don’t buy art really much and ..... More

  • Ithza

    Everything you listed sounds awesome to me! People seem to go nuts for onesies specifically milestones and bday tops. But you seem to have a good selection of things to make! Hope you make a ton of money!!

Anonymous posted in DIY Aug 05

Anyone ever try washing their fisher price backpack diaper bag in the washing machine?

Thinking of hand wash/delicate cycle - but instructions say surface wash only, should I risk it?

  • Anonymous
    Aug 05

    Not sure how long it will be, but while we haven’t started any official training, my little guy seems interested in the potty bc he sees sees his older brother, so here’s hoping it’s not too long! Although I know in some crazy way I’ll be sad when it’s all over too. The days are long but the years are short! 💙

  • Angel
    Aug 05

    Awwww i feel u on that lol

Anonymous posted in Clothes Aug 04

School Uniform with logo

What money saving tips are available for purchasing school uniforms with logo? Polo Shirts with logo (embroidery)cost more than $35 a piece at Land’s end.

  • AdamAnt
    Aug 05

    You could try contacting families who have already attended that school, and their children have grown up significantly. They might have uniforms that their kids have outgrown.

  • Anne
    Aug 05

    Yep start a used uniform exchange at your school if there isn’t one already. You can also see if you can make iron-on patches instead of embroidery and buy the basic polos from Old Navy instead.

Anonymous posted in DIY Jun 26

DIY Teethers

Anyone have some ideas on making a temporary teether? My LO has a pack of them but I accidentally left them at my mom's place which is really far from where we live. We won't be visiting until this weekend and I don't want to spend money on new teethers.

  • Britnay
    Jun 27

    Depending on the age (mine is almost 9 months) but we buy a bag of frozen fruits (strawberries, apples, etc as long as they are decent size pieces) and let him chew on it. The coldness helps his gums and because it's fruit it gives off a tasty but healthy flavor but because it's frozen he can't bite of any so it's not a choking hazard. Also take an ice cube tray and freeze formu... More

  • Katrina
    Jun 28

    My LO preferred a regular metal spoon when he was teething. Easy peasy if baby likes it.

Easy outdoor activity idea for kids ☀️

I saw this on Facebook and just had to share because it's brilliant! It's an outdoor obstacle course made out of pool noodles. Such a good idea, and if it's too hot outside, you could always add a sprinkler 😊

Victoria posted in DIY Jun 18

1st birthday decoration ideas for a boy (Elmo theme)?

Birthday outfit ideas and gift ideas?

Ashley posted in DIY May 23

Anyone else obsessed with Starbucks Pink Drink? Finally found out how to make it at home!

🥤 Iced passion tea 🥥 Coconut milk 🍋 Lemon juice 🍭 Sugar, honey or other sweetener 🍓 Freeze-dried strawberries First, make the tea and cool completely. Put about 1/3 cup of coconut milk in a cup over ice and fill it up the rest of the way with cold tea, then add 1-2 teaspoons of lemon juice (your mileage may vary) and sweeten to taste. You can make it extra fancy and add some strawberries too :)

  • Vicki
    May 26

    Just as a heads up you wont get the same caffeine boost if you use this recipe! Theres no caffeine in Passion tea but there is a bunch in the Starbucks refresher used with the pink drink!

  • Ashley
    May 30

    That’s good too, no caffeine for breastfeeding anyways!

Elizabeth posted in DIY May 17

Weighted blanket

Anyone ever tried to DIY a weighted blanket for a child? I’m not super crafty, and just wondering if it’s worth time/effort to try to make, or just buy one? Thanks!

  • JJ
    May 18

    I bought one for myself and I’m in love with it! Seems difficult to make... need some sturdy thread!!

  • Jesika
    May 26

    I got lucky and found some on a bst board super cheap and it happened to be there exact weight for my child and it has made a world of difference for him!

DIY office lactation room

Don't just wish the new working moms in your office a happy mother's day. Support them in the workplace! There's really no excuse for not having a private lactation room. Go team Winnie! 🙌🏼

  • Jenn
    May 11

    Although my old job didn’t have space for something like this, they did try to make the conference room comfortable for me and the one other mom. They also provided menstruation products - actually a part of the annual budget in office supplies. Granted, the organization was 75% women and all women administration.

  • Ameera
    May 11

    This is great. A friend of mine is a CEO of small business and is about to have his first breastfeeding mom on the team, followed shortly after by two more! They are very excited for all these babies!

Anonymous posted in DIY Apr 17

I have a friend that just found out she’s expecting. It’s still early but she is very excited to find out the gender. She said she wants to find out the gender with her husband first but then wants to announce it to friends and family in a cute way. Anyone have any cute and maybe different ideas for a reveal? She doesn’t know yet if she wants to have a party or maybe just cute photo ideas

  • Erin
    Apr 18

    If it’s warm where your friend is at & if the get together will continue into evening...they have gender reveal fireworks now:)

  • Brittany
    Apr 22

    Box with the gender balloon color. Shoes lined up with the next shoe being a girl/boy shoe. A bunch of gender reveal ideas on Pinterest as well:)

Bailey posted in DIY Mar 27

Creative but easy birthday party themes for 3 year olds? He loves Mickey Mouse and paw patrol but I’ve seen it done so many times, it’s starting to get overplayed.

  • Carmen
    Apr 05

    Three years old is old enough for him to tell you what he wants!

  • Courtney
    Apr 10

    A different take on a Mickey Mouse party would be to do a roadster racer theme...he can see his fav characters but you can play up the racing part with checkered patterned tablecloths and Oreos stacked up like tires on a snack table....toy cars in the treat-bags I could go on but I’m sure Pinterest would have some good ideas....if not let me know, best of luck!!

Andy posted in DIY Feb 22

This is something every parent needs to know about. Spill mitigation for kid drinks on the go.

  • Sally
    Feb 26

    A good clean with a baby wipe would be a better option.

  • Mindy
    Apr 03

    I do this all the time. Pen or pencil works the best

I am looking to make a sensory board for my baby. Any ideas for items to put on the board?

  • Elle
    Jan 31

    Check out pintrest, there are loooads of inspiration for this! Shoe laces to practice tying shoes Clock with movable clockhands Slide locks Combination locks Maze Gears that turn each other Etc etc

  • Ginelle
    Apr 10

    Go to a fabric store for different textured fabrics. Check out the remnants section for discounts. Also things like pompoms, felt, bubble wrap, etc

Anne posted in DIY Dec 10, 2017

My 4yo is super into cooking lately but we never have time in the evenings to really bake anything together. Then he asked to make applesauce and it turns out you can make it in the microwave! I let him peel and chop the apple, then put the chunks into a bowl with some water and microwave about 6-9 minutes. Then add honey and cinnamon and mash up with a fork. Simple and he loved it!

  • Stephanie
    Dec 10, 2017

    My 5 and 3 year old love to bake. Here’s how we can bake when ever the mood strikes. Baking bins. Pre measure all ingredients and place into containers storing them in a bin. Place all baking utensils in 1 bin. When the mood strikes pull a pre-made bin out and have fun. Life saver with three kids. I also do this with arts and crafts. I spend 30 mins a night, checking bins, making bins,... More

  • antigrav_kids
    Dec 11, 2017

    That's awesome! You probably already know, but Parks&Rec offers a cooking class during the day at Bernal Heights Rec Center. Our kids loved it!

Does anyone know how to make a spray cleaner for teething toys and things that babies put in their mouths? I’d like something I can keep in my diaper bag to keep with me at all times in case I can’t wash it in a sink.

  • Elizabeth
    Dec 04, 2017

    Ditto force of nature. They usually have discount codes! I love it so much. You don’t have to wipe it off either.

  • Hazel
    Dec 09, 2017

    I used pacifier wipes and would wash toys or anything that my son plays with. I considered the white vinegar and water solution but as he gets older (he’s 18 months now) i got tired of him throwing everything and me picking up each time, wiping and washing. 😅 i just wipe it down with cloth now, little germs and dirt wont hurt the baby, we need a bacteria to boost our immune system 😉. Just maybe... More

Anne posted in DIY Nov 20, 2017

Time to assemble IKEA table: 1 hour Time to assemble IKEA table with two “helpers”: 4 hours and a sizable chunk of your sanity

  • Chaya
    Nov 21, 2017

    I put together a dresser... it took two days with one “helper” 😂😂

  • Jacqueline
    Nov 21, 2017

    Three days with two adults, a teenager and a two year old taking “shifts” to put together a toy! 😂

Maria posted in DIY Nov 16, 2017

Sooo I started making my own homemade cloth wipes with water,coconut oil, baby soap, & tea tree essential oil and put them in my wipe warmer but I’ve noticed that the wipes stink like mildew. Any suggestions on what I should’ve added or what I should do to get rid of the smell or the bacteria that’s forming in it?

  • Whitney
    Nov 19, 2017

    Tea tree oil can degrade if exposed to light (and maybe air). When it degrades it can cause more problems than it helps. It is basically an astringent, so unless there is a need I’d avoid it all together. Also it can sting on sensitive skin.

  • Stephanie
    Nov 21, 2017

    We used a really similar cloth wipes solution, and my first thought was that the heating element might be affecting it. Mine also got mildewy smelling sometimes but I realized I just had to make them in smaller batches, or as someone else mentioned above, just spray them as you’re about to use them. Even with the mildewy smell, we never had any skin issues due to the wipes (one of my kids did h... More

What’s some fun & easy crafts to do with toddlers (ages 1-4)? I’m not good at coming up with them but i sure love doing them with the kids. I’m an at home mom & would love some ideas for around the house fun!

  • Jason
    Nov 16, 2017

    If you are looking for something unique and artsy you could check out They sell premium finger painting kits that are easy to use, fun, and have a great result! We have our 18 month old's painting up on our wall :)

  • Gabby
    Nov 29, 2017

    Making homemade pizza with funny faces

Sara posted in DIY Oct 25, 2017

I have completely failed as a parent and need a last minute Halloween costume for my 2.5 year old. Ideally something I can order online or make really really easily (I don't sew!) My only requirement is that it isn't one of those really hot stuffy costumes for cold weather since my daughter will be wearing it in warm weather and indoors. Ideas??

  • Cara
    Oct 26, 2017

    I made an owl costume that only used felt and a hot glue gun! It is a cape and hat combo and if you Pinterest “baby owl costume” you can find tons of tutorials

  • Yoyo
    Nov 03, 2017

    My friend taped glow sticks on her kid's plain top and bottom, so he looked like a stick figure

April posted in Cute Oct 15, 2017

Fun, healthy-ish lunch on this beautiful Sunday. (Fresh organic zucchini, fresh organic butternut squash noodles, fresh organic baby spinach, little cuties, ranch and peanut butter and jelly sandwich)

  • April
    Oct 16, 2017

    Yeah tandem nursing definitely helps reduce the engorgogment. Nursing 3 littles? Girl, you ROCK!

  • Kelsey
    Oct 16, 2017

    The girls only nurse twice a day but I pump and give them some in there Sippy cups. They've tried cows milk and hate it 😂

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