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How to Make a Baby Memory Box

How-to-make-a-baby-memory-box-1I am a photo-taking, scrapbook-making, sentimental person! I love to look through my photo albums, scrapbooks, and treasure boxes and reminisce on the happy times in my life. Remembering back on our family vacations, birthday parties, and just every day life! I have collected treasures from my childhood, high school, college, our wedding and so much more. It is so wonderful to have reminders of the many special times!  So, of course, when I found out I was pregnant with our first child, I began stashing away special little mementos to remember back on this very special time of my life!

When I am saving special items, I don’t want them to be tossed all over the house, stashed here and there in random places. I want to ensure that everything is neat and organized. That way, my house stays organized and not cluttered AND everything is in one place-So that when the sentimental moment strikes that I want to look through my treasures, I know right where to find them!

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Of course, you can make a memory box for any type of occasion. You may want to create a memory box for your wedding, a family vacation, or from a time period in your life-like childhood or college. No matter the time or occasion-creating a memory box is a fantastic way to collect and organize your treasures to keep for years to come!

Today I am sharing how I made my Baby Memory Box for my first baby!

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First of all, you want to find a pretty box to fill with your memories! I chose a photo box which you can purchase at any craft store like Michael’s or Joanne’s. There is always a variety of colors and patterns, so choose one that goes along with the theme of your box. These usually only cost a couple of dollars. But you can use any type of box. For a more frugal option, you could use a shoe box wrapped in pretty, themed wrapping paper. I chose a light blue, polka-dotted box since I had a baby boy!

Then I gathered all of the items that I want to save as keepsakes!

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What types of items to include in your baby memory box…

Ultrasound Pictures
Cards from Baby Shower
Baby Shower Invitation
Baby Shower Games
Baby Shower Napkin
Hospital Bracelets
Footprint Cards
Deflated Balloons
Newspaper from the day baby was born
Include any other additional items that you would like to have as a keepsake for your baby! You can continue to add items to the box throughout your baby’s life.

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I wanted to ensure that my box was also organized, so I bundled like items together with a pretty ribbon (like the stack of cards I had from my baby shower). Also, for my newspaper, I rolled it and tied it with a ribbon. You can use any additional items that you may need to make your box pretty and organized. You could use decorative envelopes, ribbons, paperclips, or containers! (Target’s dollar section always has cute office supplies that you could use for this!) My last step was to neatly place all of the items inside the box.

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And there you have it, a beautiful baby memory box that you will have to treasure and look back through for years to come. Someday, you can share all of those special mementos with your little one and share stories and memories of those special times!

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Homemade Window Cleaner

Homemade Window Cleaner

Earlier this week, I shared my first recipe for natural homemade cleaners: Homemade Furniture Polish. Today, I am sharing my recipe for homemade window cleaner. I shared how important it is to me that I am using natural products in my home that are safe for my family and pets. So here are a few other reasons why I’m hooked on homemade cleaners.

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The first reason that I love to make my own cleaners is because of how easy it is. Making your own natural household cleaning products is a very simple process and doesn’t take much time at all. Adding a few ingredients to a spray bottle and shaking them together is not only simple but it is completely worth the small amount of effort that you are putting into it.

You all know that frugality is very important to me. So of course, another reason to make your own cleaners is because you will save so-o-o-o-o much money!! Most recipes that I use are extremely inexpensive to make. The main ingredients for most cleaning products are cheap and easy to find, things like white vinegar, baking soda, water and essential oils. I purchase my white vinegar in a 2 pack of 1 gallon jugs at Sam’s Club for under $5.00. And those 2 gallons make a lot of cleaner! The most expensive ingredient is typically the essential oils, however, you use such a small amount that this method is still very cost-effective.

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Homemade Window Cleaner

1 cup white vinegar
2 cups water
8 drops of citrus essential oil (optional-I personally do not add this but if you want a fresh scent you can add this too!)

Combine these ingredients in a 32 oz spray bottle (I also purchase these at Sam’s Club). Shake well and get to cleaning those windows!;)

Homemade Window Cleaner

Homemade Furniture Polish

Homemade Furniture Polish

I think there is one thing that most of us can agree on when it comes to products that we use in our home, we want them to be safe for our family and pets. We want them to be made from natural ingredients and void of harmful chemicals. I think another thing we can agree on is that we want frugal options, we don’t want to break the bank by buying these natural products.

So in an effort to be both frugal and natural in my cleaning, I have started using homemade cleaners. I am fairly new to making my own products, so I have started with basic cleaners. The first recipe I will share with you is for homemade furniture polish. I personally have been using this polish for 2-3 months now and I love it! It of course cleans dust away but it also brings out the beautiful shine in all of my wood furniture!

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I am thrilled that I have a product that I know exactly what is in it, all of the ingredients are safe for use with my family and pets, and it is so inexpensive to make! Frugal, healthy and super simple to make….What else could I ask for? I can use this product and feel good about it!

(This recipe is enough to fill a 32 oz spray bottle-I bought a 6 pack of spray bottles at Sam’s Club for around $5! The ones I purchased are a little larger than 32 ounces. The “32 ounces” is measured to the bottom of the neck of the bottle. If you are using a different kind of bottle or a smaller size, you can cut the recipe in half!)

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Homemade Furniture Polish

4 cups white vinegar
1/4 cup olive oil
10 drops of citrus essential oil (I use grapefruit or lemon)

Place all of the ingredients in the spray bottle and shake them well. Always label your bottles to ensure that you don’t forget which is which. And voila’ you have your very own homemade furniture polish!

Happy dusting!!

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Homemade…

Happiness is homemade! This quote is so true! One of my favorite hobbies is using my creativity to make homemade items. Whether to use myself or to give away as gifts to family and friends. I get so excited when I get a new pack of colorful pens, a new pad of scrapbook paper or a roll of burlap to make a new wreath! When I walk into Joanne’s or Michael’s, I am like a kid in a candy store! I could easily heap a cart full of new supplies!!:)

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My love for the artsy, creative side started early in life for me. As a child, I was forever drawing in my sketch pad, coloring in a coloring book, or cutting out construction paper snowflakes. It didn’t stop there, in high school I took graphic design classes and my college major was visual design so I definitely have creative juices flowing through my veins. I am a little rusty on the graphic design as I haven’t actively pursued that profession in the past 8 years however, I do plan on sharpening my skills back up in the near future!! Some outlets that I like to express my artistic side are painting, scrap-booking and crafting. Lately I have not dedicated very much time to these hobbies, however, this year I am making it a goal to spend time on a weekly basis using my artistic abilities. It is something that brings me true joy but has quickly taken the back burner to all of the other daily tasks that life throws at you.

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Homemade happiness doesn’t just have to come in the way of arts and crafts…it can be anything you make with your own two hands. It can be soaps, candles, and more! I absolutely love making homemade items as gifts! I feel like gifts are so much more meaningful when I have spent my own time and efforts to custom make an item for a family member or friend! Keep an eye out for a future post on how I make homemade peppermint tea bags for my mom! And homemade baking mixes for gift baskets!

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I look forward to sharing my creative & homemade projects on the blog!