When we first started using Essential Oils one of my goals was to have more natural products for Madeline. One thing we use almost daily is diaper rash spray. Madeline has sensitive skin, and her tush is easily irritated. I hate lathering her up in messy butt paste (even though FYM Sherrie swears by the bum brush!)! So when I came across a diaper rash spray, I was excited to try it out!
Here’s what you need:
2 oz spray bottle.
20 drops tea tree oil
20 drops lavender
Fractionated Coconut Oil
It is important that you always use a glass container for holding your essential oils! The oils can break down plastic- so you’re better off safe than sorry! I add 20 drops of each oil and then just fill it to the top with fractionated coconut oil. Once the top is securely on, just be sure to shake it delicately back and forth a few times to be sure it’s all mixed.
I have made a habit of keeping two of these, one on the changing table and one in the diaper bag. Any time she has a little redness I spritz her and it clears up with the next change. Since we started using it, she has yet to get a big, sore rash like she used to! And as a plus- her diaper smells a little better! We love having a natural solution for her that works! Do you use a natural diaper rash spray? How does it work for you?
After you leave the hospital almost every mom will save their baby’s first outfit, blanket, hat, bracelets, etc. We sure did! Instead of just throwing those keepsakes in a box or inside a baby book, you can put them in a shadowbox to be out on display. We both spotted this project on Pinterest and just couldn’t resist recreating this for Logan and Madeline (and now Finn)!
First things first, you need to gather all of the things you saved from the hospital. This may include hats, blankets, going home outfits, bracelets, foot prints, birth announcements, name banners from the bassinet at the hospital, etc. Here’s what it looked like when Emily got all of Madeline’s things together:
What You Need:
Shadowbox (we suggest 8×10 or larger)
Scrapbook paper (for background, embellishments, etc.)
For the background Emily made the hard choice and decided to use Madeline’s blanket. Let me tell you, cutting that blanket almost killed her, she was in tears! But in the end, it turned out really well! For Logan and Finn’s background Sherrie went with a piece of scrapbook paper.
After you have your background, it’s just a matter of arranging and rearranging until you find a layout that you love.
Emily really wanted to get Madeline’s going home outfit in, but it didn’t fit so instead she used a hat that was given to Madeline. There’s a few women who knit and crochet hats for all the new babies born at Bellevue Women’s Hospital where Madeline was delivered and she showed up back from her bath in this cute purple hat! Emily had made a name banner for Madeline’s bassinet at the hospital (Thanks Pinterest!) the whole thing wouldn’t fit, but a piece of the gold bunting was reused to hold Madeline’s birth information.
For Logan and Finn’s shadowbox Sherrie made a name banner using scrapbook paper, stickers and small clothes pins. She added their hats and their hospital bracelets, as well as the stamped footprints the hospital did when they were born. I used more stickers to write out their date of both and weight/height stats.
Once all your pieces are in and you add your embellishments/stickers and whatever you wan, simply close the shadowbox up ensuring that everything is nice and secure! Here’s the finished products from ours!
They make great additions to the nurseries and are keepsakes the kids will have when they get older!
Some people like to take their kids to get their photos taken with the Easter Bunny. For us, getting our kids dressed and out of the house at a time that’s not during breakfast, lunch, or nap time is a chore! So we decided again it would be much easier to make our own photoshoot. Here’s how we did it!
Easter Bunny Template (we just printed one)
Easter Ego Template (again just printed)
Colored Rin on (we got ours in the Target one spot)
Spring Clips (Target one Spot)
Carrot Clips (Target one spot)
Egg Clips (Target one spot)
Plastic Easter eggs
Start off by cutting out your bunny and egg templates. Trace them on the Cardstock, we chose pastel colors. Once you cut out your eggs and bunnies, line them up and clip to your bakers twine. We added cotton balls as little bunny tails – super cute!
Next, cut your ribbon to the desired length and fold over the bakers twine, pulling the ribbon through. Reapeat that step as until it’s your desired width and you’re done! Hang on the wall with decorative clips.
Place a kids chair in front of the banner and sprinkle Easter eggs around for decoration. Add cute babies and take the photos!
We love how they came out and it really was a quick and easy project. We rotated the babies in and out as naptime and feeding required and it was a (relatively) painless process. Much easier than lugging all the kids to the mall! 🙂
Do you take your kids to the Easter Bunny? Or do you do photos yourself with a different theme? We’d love to see ’em in the comments!
We love baby showers!!! Why?! Because baby showers mean a baby is on the way! YAHOO! We always aim to create themed gifts (look for a post coming soon!) so when we had a Harry Potter themed baby shower to attend, we knew we wanted to do something big!
Cue- the diaper cake!!!
Here’s what you need:
Toilet Paper Rolls
Shredded Paper Filler
*We used a 36 count of newborn and a 100 count box of size one to achieve four tiers*
First things first, you start with the diapers. It is a good idea to determine the approximate circumference you’re shooting for in each tier. To make this easier, you can measure and cut out cardboard circles to use as a guide or you can just keep adding diapers until each tier reaches your desired size.
All of the tutorials we had seen said to roll each diaper and rubber band them individually. Diaper cakes we had been gifted were made this way, but it was time consuming to unroll all of those diapers! So we chose a different route and found that it came together much more quickly and easily!
We stumbled across this new way to make the tiers. You start off by laying the diapers down in an overlapping fashion and then using a toilet or paper towel roll, you simply just roll them up! Once you have the biggest roll you can manage with your hands, place a rubber band around the entire thing. If you then need to make the tier larger, you can add diapers, in an overlap, around the outside by tucking them in the rubber band.
Once all of your tiers are done you will need to stack them. We suggest that you use some sort of support in the middle, whether that is a poster roll, a dowel, paper towel rolls, something that allows for stability.
After that comes the fun part – decorating it! We had a Harry Potter theme to work with so we chose colors and trinkets to match. We wrapped each tier in red and yellow ribbon and in between the tiers we put black and white shredded paper filler. You can find this filler at any craft store, dollar store or Target.
We then added some more trinkets for extra fun. 🙂 We cut out black felt glasses and a yellow lightening bolt scar to put on the top tier. For the second and third tier we printed out the baby’s nickname in Harry Potter font and taped it on. The final touches were homemade pacifier clips and a snowy white owl to top it off!
It was a hit at the shower! It even got a special mention by the hostess! And we think it is adorable!
Are you a diaper cake pro or newbie? Share with us how yours have turned out in the comments!