Cold and Flu season are in full swing and even if you have took the flu shot (which you should have) you can still get the flu and winter colds. I know! I got the flu 3 times last year even though I had taken the flu shot as soon as it was available. I know the flu or a cold is no fun. You feel yucky, you’re tired, your skin and mouth can feel dry, and worst of all your nose is stuffy. That’s where these Vaporizing Shower Melts come in handy!
Think back when you were a kid and had a stuffy nose. Remember your mom or dad sitting you in the bathroom with the hot water running and the steam building up? They probably even put a dollop of Vick’s Vaporub or Mentholatum ointment in a bowl of hot water. Or perhaps they used a vaporizer in your room. Which ever one they used the idea was to create steam that released the caphor and other ingredients in the Vaporub or Mentholatum, these days we call it aromatherapy!
Well so far since last Christmas everyone in my family has has a winter cold. I swear no matter what I do or what medication I take my nose is still stuffy. That’s why in desperation I turned to my parents’ stuffy nose cure, the good old fashioned vicks in a steamy bathroom. But to bring it into this century I made these Vaporizing Shower Melts.
Vaporizing shower melts work on the same general idea, Vicks + Steam = stuffy nose relief! Only it’s a bit more PC in that you’re not wastefully running water down the drain whilecreating steam. It actually works with the water you’re using to take my shower. Talk about multitasking!
But best of all these Vaporizing shower melts really work! Yes, they will clear your sinuses. So they’re not just good for winter colds they’re great during allergy season as well. Whenever your nose is stuffy these Vaporizing shower melts will definitely help out. Now I’m not saying they’ll cure whatever ails you; they definitely won’t! But they will make you feel just a little bit more comfortable for a little while. In my case it clears my sinuses just long enough so that I can at least get to sleep.
My daughter told me that a while back these vaporizing shower melts were sold in stores but she hasn’t been able to find any recently. Why bother to find them when you can easily make them.
Really these vaporizing shower melts are super easy to make and use 4 ingredients you probably already have. All you have to do is mix them up, stick them in molds, freeze for an hour and they’re ready to use. Seriously it’s that easy!
I used silicone molds to make mine, they’re really ideal for making these vaporizing shower melts because you can push the finished melts out of the molds so easily. Not to mention there’re lots of cute molds out there and using them make the melts look so pretty. But don’t worry if you don’t have any molds you can use ice cube trays!
I also decided to color my melts a teal blue, you can color yours any color you want or leave them white. It’s totally up to you!
Once you’ve made the vaporizing shower melts you just have to store them in air tight containers, mason jars work well, and use them when you need them. They should last for about 3 months, so you may have to make more to take you thru both the flu and allergy seasons. By the way they make great gifts when you visit friends suffering from winter colds or allergies, they’ll love them!
To use them just place a Vaporizing Shower Melt in the shower with you when you’re taking your shower. Place it somewhere out of the way like by the drain so you don’t step on it and slip. The floor gets a bit slippery as it melts so be careful where you step.
Now again these melts are there to provide soothing relief from runny noses. They do not treat colds, the flu, allergies, or other ailments. If you have fever, sore throat, aches, pains, chills, and other cold and flu symptoms seek medical attention from your doctor or a health care professional. You definitely need to take care that a winter cold or flu do not develop into something more serious and only your doctor or health care professional can tell you what needs to be done and prescribe the correct medications you might need to get better.
So here’how you can make Vaporizing Shower Gels to help soothe your stuffy nose! If you’ve got a stuffy nose when you make this you’ll find that the scents will clear your sinuses as you mix! That’s an added bonus!
By the way use a metal or glass bowl to mix ingredients in. Plastic will absorb the smells and will more than likely you’ll never be able to get the smell out.
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1 3.53 oz. jar Vick’s Vaporub, Mentholatum, or other similar ointment
2 Cups Baking Soda
8-10 Tbs Water
Food Color (I use Wilton Gel based colors)
In a large metal or glass bowl mix the ointment into the baking soda. This make time some time for the ointment to mix well with the baking soda but keep mixing.
Add 4-6 tbs spoons water and continue mixing. If mixture is too thick add water 2 tbs at a time until you get the consistency you want. I ended up using all 10 tbs. Mixture should be like fine sand to the touch but should be pasty and be able to hold its shape if you form a small ball.
Add your food color and mix well to distribute color evenly in the mixture. You can add more color until you get the color you want, but if you’re using liquid color you don’t want to add t much as it will make your mixture wet. That’s why I prefer the gel based coloring. When you’ve achieved the color you want you’re ready to mold your melts.
Press mixture into your mold or ice tray. The amount you need will depend on the size of your mold or tray. I got 4 large hearts and 8 small ones from one batch. You don’t want to double the batch as it becomes harder to mix. If you need lots of melts make one batch at a time.
Place in the freezer to dry for at least one hour. Then unmold and store in airtight containers.
They look pretty good in Mason Jars, specially if you’re gifting them to a sick friend. Just add a tag with instructions on how to use them and you’re good to go!
Halloween is fast approaching, decking out your home in ghostly glory is half the fun. Who says you have to break your budget to have an awesome Halloween display. With a little creativity, items you probably already have at home, and a quick trip to the dollar store you too can have some ghoulish fun to fit any budget. Here are some awesome Halloween Decor made from dollar store finds!
Take a trip to the Dollar Store for some witches hats and other gruesome stuff for this Halloween Decor.
Floating witch’s hats, like these from brooklynlimestone.com , creepy crawly spiders, spooky skeletons, and bloody hands are no problem. With a bit of fishing line, some tape, black paper, twigs, paint, and some imagination your “haunted” house is sure to get raves from friends and family.
Here’s another cheap Halloween Decor idea using dollar store spiders!
Have plastic spiders crawl on doors and walls. To see more creepy ideas check out my blog about decorating with glow sticks.
Learn how to make this plastic tablecloth wreath from Mother’s Niche.
I’m sure you’ll find plastic table cloths at the dollar store to make this wreath part of your Halloween decor. It will definitely set the mood!
This Halloween Decor is a bit more elaborate than a wreath, but it’s pretty awesome!
All this Halloween decor can be found at the dollar store!
You can make all this Halloween decor with just one trip to the dollar store!
It’s Fall! That means Halloween is coming soon. I think Halloween is my favorite holiday after Christmas. I’ve always loved the costumes and decorations for Halloween. It’s such a fun holiday for kids and adults. I loved taking my kids trick or treating; these days I go with them to take the grandkids! And when we’re not trick or treating I enjoy handing out candy from my witch’s caldron I keep on a table at the top of my driveway. Of course we deck out the driveway with ghoulish props; we even set up a fog machine that spews fog all the way up the long driveway. The neighborhood kids love it!
But in our family Halloween isn’t just celebrated on the last day of October. We celebrate it all month long! We start decorating at the end of September, play the neighborhood game “You’ve Been Booed”, make Halloween related crafts, go to a haunted house or two, throw a Halloween Party, and dress the kids in Halloween T-Shirts in the week leading up to Halloween. Yes, it’s a month long celebration of spooky fun things!
This year I re-discovered the ease of iron-on transfers for DIY T-Shirts. It was perfect timing. Now that I’ve made Birthday Shirts for Jett and the twins, they have September birthdays, it’s time to turn my attention to Halloween. Since iron-on transfers are my current obsession why not combine it with my Halloween crafts. So I’ve been busy designing and ironing on all sorts of ghouls, monsters, and Halloween stuff to just about everything I can think of.
One of my favorite projects are these Halloween T-Shirts. They’re fun, easy, and very inexpensive to make. Sure beats paying top dollar for Halloween T-Shirts the kids will only wear for a day or two. In fact they’re cheap enough to make several Halloween T-Shirts for each kid, so he or she will have one to wear everyday leading up to October 31.
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I’d considered making appliques tees, but decided against it. I didn’t want to invest too much time making shirts that they’d only wear for a day or so; they’re sure to have outgrown them by the time Halloween rolls around next year. That’s why iron-on transfer are perfect for this project!
You iron on anything you want on the t-shirts. I made the Halloween Hello Kitty, and the witches’ feet for Harper, and the monster and jack-o-lantern for her twin brother, Sadi, and cousin Jett.
I even added their names to make their Halloween T-Shirts extra special. That’s what I love most about DIY T-Shirts, you can personalize them for free! The letters fit on the same transfer sheet as the image, no waste!
Here’s what you’ll need to make Halloween T-Shirts for the children in your life. They’ll love them!
T-shirt – They don’t have to be the best quality, remember they’ll only be used a few times. I found the colored shirts on clearance at Walmart this summer. They cost $2 each. The white ones are actually Hanes undershirts, you can pick up a pack of 5 for less than $10 depending on the size. In a pinch you can use any unprinted shirts you have at home.
Iron On Transfer Paper – There are several brands to choose from. I use Avery Iron On Transfers; they’re available for dark and light colored material. When choosing which transfer paper to buy consider the color of the t-shirt. For white and very light colors use the transfer sheets for light colored material; for dark colors use the dark colored transfer sheets. Read my article on how to use iron on transfers for more details. For my projects I used both types of transfer sheets.
Computer – You can design your Halloween T-Shirt on the online software of the company who makes the transfer sheets or you can upload images from from phone or online photo sharing sites. Be respectful of copyrights, not all images on the internet are free. You can find many images from sites like stockphoto.com, some are free others are not. If you’re looking for some cool fonts check out dafont.com, they have lots of free fonts you can download and install on to your computer.
Printer – Once you’ve designed your shirt you’ll have to print it on the transfer paper. Read my how to article for printing tips.
Scissors or craft knife
Iron – be sure it’s not on the steam setting
Hard Surface – NOT and ironing board. I iron on my counter which I cover with a fabric remnant used only for this purpose.
Parchment Paper – most transfer paper comes with sheets of parchment paper for ironing on the transfer. If yours doesn’t the parchment paper you have in the kitchen works just as well.
Wash and dry t-shirt before you begin. DO NOT use fabric softener.
Iron wrinkles out of the shirt and let cool completely before placing transfers on them.
Design and print your transfer
Cut out images and letters they way you want to. I used my Cricut Explore Air to design and cut my transfers, but if you don’t have an electric die cut machine you can use scissors or a craft knife to cut and trim your transfers.
If you’re using dark color transfer sheets peel off the paper backing.
If you’re using light color transfer sheets DO NOT peel off paper backing.
Position transfer on the cooled t-shirt.
For this shirt I used dark color transfer sheets so I peeled off the paper backing before I positioned it on the shirt.
It’s important the shirt is cool, otherwise the transfer will start to stick on and you won’t be able to re-position it without making a big mess!
I positioned the image and the letters on the shirt before I started ironing.
When I had everything placed the way I wanted I carefully placed a sheet of parchment paper on the entire transfer. Be careful when you place the parchment paper on, make sure the edges of the transfer are flat on the t-shirt. Otherwise the transfer will be wrinkled or its edges curled up after ironing.
Once you’ve done all that follow the manufacturer’s instructions; iron setting/temperature and time you need to press the iron on the transfer.
Be sure the iron is heated to the required temperature before you begin.
Starting on one end of the transfer press the iron firmly down on the shirt for the required time. Do not more the iron around. Apply as much pressure on the iron as you can to be sure that the heat goes thru the transfer.
Repeat this process until you’ve ironed the entire transfer.
Let the shirt cool completely before carefully peeling off the parchment paper (dark color transfers) or the paper backing (light color transfers).
If the transfer edges lift off the shirt replace the parchment paper or the paper backing and iron again. NEVER place iron directly on the transfer. You’ll end up with a shriveled up mess. Trust me on this!
When you’ve peeled off the parchment paper or backing you’re Halloween T-Shirt is ready to wear!
Have fun creating Halloween T-Shirts for your friends and family this year! They make awesome favors for your Halloween party!
I’d love to see the designs you come up with. Please share them with us!
My youngest daughter is having her second child any day now. I’m here at her house in Vicenza, Italy, waiting for baby’s birth. You might say I’m on baby watch. Anyway for her layette my daughter decided on a planetary or solar system theme. We ordered the crib set from Crate & Barrel complete with crib sheets, blanket, and changing pad cover. To complete the look I made her a crocheted solar system crib mobile.
You might be wondering how one goes about crocheting a solar system crib mobile. It’s really simple! After all what are the integral parts of a solar system crib mobile? Why planets of course! And definitely a sun in the center. So what are planets? They nothing but balls of varying sizes and colors.
That’s right think of that 6th. grade science project when you made a model of the solar system using styrofoam balls! In my case I made crocheted balls in colors to match the planets and varied the sizes, you know Jupiter represented by the largest red ball, the earth in blue and green, and so on. Of course the sun was yellow! By the way this was a great way to use yarn scraps from other projects. This mobile didn’t cost me more than the price of the hoop which was about $1.50 at Walmart.
Ok I didn’t make ALL the planets, just Jupiter, Saturn (with a crocheted ring tacked to the center of the ball), Earth, Pluto, and Venus. But feel free to add as many of the planets as you want.
To make the balls I used this wonderful free pattern I found on Craftsy. It gives directions on how to crochet 5 different sized balls and if you need a larger ball just follow the increase pattern and add as many rounds as you want.
After I made all the planets I attached them with yarn to the inside ring of a wooden embroidery hoop. The planets obviously hang down and to hang the solar system crib mobile on the ceiling I attached 4 equal lengths of yarn to the hoop and tied the tops together in the center and folded it the tips over to form a loop. Pretty much just follow the pictures, it’s pretty much self explanatory.
So here’s what you’ll need to make your own solar system crib mobile:
Yarn – you can use any color you want. I used Yellow, red, blue, green, orange, purple, black, and white.
1 inner hoop of embroidery hoop set – you can use either the wooden ones or the plastic
Pattern from Craftsy click here!
Hope you love this idea! Share your solar system crib mobile pictures, we’d love to see them!
The dog days of summer are upon us and we’re home with the kids wondering how to keep them busy. Listening to kids complain about how bored they are, or worse yet seeing them spend half the day playing video games is making me crazy. I know I’m just about ready for school to start again and for football practice to begin. So I decided it was time for some homemade slime!
Kids of all ages love homemade slime, even my grandson’s ever complaining friend Chase! They think that making homemade slime is super cool.
There are quite a few different recipes for homemade slime, some of them requiring borax. There’s even a recipe for glow in the dark slime and glittery slime. But my grandson Devon opted for just good old fashioned slime so the recipe we used is super simple.
Our homemade slime recipe has just 4 ingredients and borax isn’t one of them. Actually the 4th. ingredient is optional if you don’t what colored slime. And I’m pretty sure you have at least 2 of the other 3 ingredients, or all of them if you wear contact lenses.
So without further ado here’s our super simple recipe!
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1/2 cup Elmer’s Clear or White Glue (If you are going to color your slime use the clear glue for a more vibrant color. The white glue results in sort of a creamy colored slime)
1 Tbs. Contact Lens Solution
1/2 Tbs. Baking Soda
Food color in color of your choice
- Pour glue into a mixing bowl.
- Add baking soda and mix
- Add food color and mix. You can add more food color until you get the color you want. Just remember to mix it well.
- Add Contact Lens Solution and mix until slime forms and it begins to get harder to mix.
- Remove from bowl and knead to get the right consistency. If it’s too sticky add 1/4 tbs. more of the lens solution.
- Store in a sealed plastic container when not using.