DIY Fizzing Toilet Bowl Cleaning Tablets

DIY Fizzing Toilet Bowl Cleaning Tablets

Cleaning the toilet bowl is probably one of life’s most unpleasant tasks.  I know I hate cleaning my toilet bowl and am always looking for ways to make the task easier, faster, or at the very least a bit more pleasant.

That’s why I decided to try this DIY Fizzing Toilet Bowl Cleaning Tablets.  They’re pretty easy to make and doesn’t really need a bunch of costly ingredients.  In fact most of the ingredients are already in your kitchen or can be purchased inexpensively at Walmart or other discount store.

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After trying these toilet bowl cleaning tablets I can safely say that they aren’t really going to leave your toilet bowl spotless without any effort (elbow grease) on your part.  They will however leave the toilet bowl and the bathroom smelling very nice.

These toilet bowl cleaning tablets work best if your toilet bowl isn’t super dirty and have rings around it.  Trust me if you have built on rings inside the toilet bowl no tablet, spray, or cleaner will magically remove them.  The only way to get rid of those rings in my experience is a good old fashioned scouring with a pumice stone!  I prefer using a Pumie, that’s a pumice stone attached to a handle so you can scrub without getting your hands too close to the toilet bowl surface.  So before you toss in one of your DIY fizzing toilet bowl cleaning tablet don a pair of disposable gloves , grab a Pumie and scrub!

Once you’ve got the rings out of your toilet bowls these DIY Fizzing cleaning tablets will easily keep the bowl clean and fresh when used weekly.  In short they’re a great way to maintain the freshness of your toilet bowl and bathroom!  I keep a jar in each bathroom and toss them into the toilet every few days just because I love the smell!  I used Neroli essential oil to scent my tablets because I love the citrusy scent of Neroli, but you can scent your tablets with your favorite oils!

Other essential oil scents that would give your bathroom and toilet bowl a fresh scent would be: bergamot, lemon, and orange blossom for a citrusy scent; eucalyptus, tea tree, and peppermint for a minty pine scent; or lavender, ylang ylang, or rosemary for that calming scent like you find at the spas. Or you can mix and match these and other oils to get the scent that you love!

To make these fresh smelling Fizzing Toilet Bowl Cleaning Tablets here’s what you’ll need:

2 Glass bowls – 1 large and 1 small

2 Cups Baking Soda

1/2 Cup Citric Acid powder (you can find this in the canning section of most markets or order it from Amazon)

1 Tsp White Vinegar

2 Tbs Hydrogen Peroxide

30 drops of essential oil – your choice – I love Neroli Essential Oil

Candy or soap molds – I prefer silicone molds that come in various shapes and sizes like hearts and roses. (I usually use the baking or candy molds but keep a set to be used just for making non-food items and one set I use strictly for food like the wine gummy bears I love! –  I guess you can use a set to make everything just be sure you thoroughly wash them between uses.)

Once  you’ve gathered your supplies it’s time to make your fizzy tablets!  Here’s how!

  1.  Place baking soda in the large glass bowl and using a fork or whisk  break up any clumps.  You want the powder to be fine and powdery not hard and clumpy.
  2. Stir in the citric acid powder and set the bowl  aside for n ow.
  3. In the small glass bowl mix the vinegar and hydrogen peroxide.
  4. Slowly, and I mean slowly like one drop at a time, add the vinegar mixture to the baking soda mixture.  Again do this very slowly, just a little liquid at a time.  If you add too much of the liquid mixture you the baking soda and citric acid will react and you will have a big mess on your hands and no cleaning tablets.  That situation is not salvagable!
  5. Add the essential oil of your choice and mix gently.  Again add oil drop by drop.
  6. Scoop powder into your molds.  Don’t overfill the mold as the powder will expand as it dries.  So fill it about 3/4 full and gently press the powder into the mold with your finger.
  7. Let dry overnight.
  8. Gently pop  out each tablet and store in a sealed glass jar.  Be sure you label them and keep them out of children’s reach!  Keep the jar in your bathroom and pop one in your toilet whenever you want to freshen it up!

 

 

6 Outdoor Crafts for Kids

6 Outdoor Crafts for Kids

I’m so excited about the beautiful weather we are having lately. I want to get outside and do fun educational things with the kids. Here are  6 Outdoor Crafts for kids!

Warmer weather is coming, and with all the awesomeness of vacation come the inevitable whines. Create endless spring and summer fun with these 6 outdoor craft  you can do with the kids.

 

1. Nature Collage

To start, we squirted a few colours of paint onto a piece of white cardboard. We then placed the cardboard into a plastic bag and smooshed the paint to create a colourful “canvas.” As the paint dried, The Hooligans collected plants, seed pods, leaves and flowers from around the yard and garden. They then glued their garden treasures onto the canvas to create a beautiful work of art.

I hope these ideas have inspired you to get outside and discover the joys of nature-play with your little ones. If you’d like more ideas for good, old-fashioned crafts and activities, pop over and visit us at Happy Hooligans!

 

2. Shaving Cream Twister

Twister is already a hit, but add shaving cream to the mix and this feels like an instant party – good clean, messy fun.

Shaving Cream Twister

 

3. Fairy Garden

Fill a plant pot with gardening soil, and encourage kids to add pebbles, moss, small figurines, twigs and greens from the garden to create a miniature “fairy garden.” Succulent plants like hens and chicks and sedums work well, as they require very little maintenance, and will survive for quite some time in your small fairy garden.

 

4. Yard Yahtzee

Just like Yahtzee – only bigger, more colorful and suitable for your yard.  Also, this project only costs $5.

Yard Yahtzee

 

5. Activity Stones

Activity stones can provide hours of open-ended play opportunities for your children. Take a stroll along the beach or lake or in the park and collect smooth rocks. Back home, decorate them with acrylic paints to create dominoes, letter and number stones, X’s and O’s or story stones. For a bit of shine, polish with bees wax or add a coat of craft varnish.

 

6. Gutter Canal

You don’t need a fancy water table to make a splash with your kids.  Try this trick using a piece of gutter and create an awesome water way for toy boats.  Just be sure to protect wee ones from any sharp edges.

Gutter Water Fun

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6 Baby Showers Themes

6 Baby Showers Themes

Should your baby shower have a theme? Here we’ll help you find the perfect theme to kick off your new life with your baby as you explore dozens of creative baby shower theme ideas.

Picking a baby shower theme should reflect the personality and interests of the parents, but narrowing down all of the options can be a hassle. Depending on if your shower is a neighborhood potluck, a gender reveal or a simple Sunday brunch, we’ve gathered hundreds of baby shower theme ideas that will delight any parent-to-be.

 

 

 

Boy Baby Shower Theme Idea by 5 - Shutterfly.com

This gender neutral baby shower theme features vintage toys, sweet baby’s breath flowers, and white decorations.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Girl Baby Shower Theme Idea by Petite Party Studio - Shutterfly.comElephants make great baby shower themes for girls that your guests will never forget!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Your favorite iconic children’s toy is great inspiration for a baby boy shower theme, like the classic sock monkey.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Girl Baby Shower Theme Idea by Brooke Images - Shutterfly.comSkulls and cactii from the desert are the ultimate decor for a modern chic themed baby shower right now.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This yellow vintage boy baby shower will make you feel nostalgic for times gone by.

An amazing boy baby shower always includes adorable decorations, sweet printable details, a delicious assortment of desserts (cake, cookies, and candy) and charming details. This yellow vintage baby shower features the cutest duck printables, old children’s books, gingham checks and vintage glassware. You will be smiling over all of the bright, cheerful details.

 

 

 

This confetti-themed boy baby shower is a great reason to bring out the polka dots and lanterns.

A new baby definitely calls for tossing some confetti in celebration! This confetti baby shower is a unique theme and fun way to honor an expectant mother. Recreate the look by incorporating plenty of confetti inspired dots throughout the decorations and treats. You can DIY paper circle garlands by punching circles of varying sizes in party colors and sewing them into strings for hanging. Wrap boxes in polka dot paper to display a variety of delicious treats like cookies, cupcakes and cake pops.

 

 

 

Star Wars Crochet Patterns – Round Up of Free Patterns

Star Wars Crochet Patterns – Round Up of Free Patterns

May the Fourth be with you!  Today is, you guessed it, Star Wars Day!  Disney’s acquisition of the Star Wars franchise back in 2012 pretty much ensured that there will be many more Star Wars films in our future.  Along with installments of the final trilogy of the Star Wars saga we’ve been treated to a couple of stand alone movies such as Solo and Rogue One.   Of course this has sparked a new generation’s interest in the franchise and is creating many new fans.

The new Star Wars movies have sparked lots of conversations and speculations in our family, such as “is Rey somehow how related to Luke and Leia?” or “who is Finn?  Is he Landau’s son?”.  I’m sure these conversations are occurring in many households, after all every household has at least one Star Wars fan, right?

As a rule Star Wars has always been popular pretty much since it first opened 40 years ago.  But the new  movies make the Star Wars franchise soar to even higher levels.  Specially given that Disney now owns it and has been marketing each movie months before they premier.

This past Christmas we ran into many Star Wars toys, puzzles, shirts, and other merchandise.  In fact we bought some for the boys.  I thought with the renewed popularity of Star Wars it would be a great idea to round up a few crochet ideas for Star Wars themed projects.  There are many out there!

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So if you’re a big Star Wars fan, or knows someone who is, these ideas will come in handy.

I love this blanket by Not All Who Wander Are Lost 32!  I’m sure it’s a labor of love!  But what Star War fan wouldn’t love it?    Click here for pattern.

Star Wars Crochet Ideas

Courtesy of Pops de Milk

This Death Star Throw Pillow from Pops de Milk is another one of my faves!  It would be awesome with the blanket!       Click here for pattern.

Star Wars Crochet Ideas

Courtesy of Unwrapping Mommy

If you don’t want such a big project this cute Yoda Coffee Cup Cozy from Unwrapping Mommy is a quick project.  All Star Wars fans will love it!     Click here for pattern.

 

Star Wars Crochet Ideas

Courtesy of Crochetverse

Your little Star Wars fan (or maybe not so little) will love this BB-8 Hood by Crochetverse!          Click here for pattern.

Star Wars Crochet Ideas

Courtesy of Mia’s Atelier

Everyone loves R2D2!  Here’s an amigurumi of our favorite droid from Mia’s Atelier.    Click here for pattern.

R2D2 is a popular guy, here’s a beanie by Jen Spears on Ravelry.     Click here for pattern.

Star Wars Crochet Ideas

Courtesy of Dearest Debi

Here’s something practical for Star Wars fans, a Light Saber Pencil case from Dearest Debi.

Click here for pattern.

Star Wars Crochet Ideas

Courtesy of Dearest Debi

Another idea from Dearest Debi are these Light Saber Hilts, perfect for holding light saber ice pops! Great idea for a Star Wars themed party!       Click here for pattern.

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Storm Trooper Throw Pillows are super cool!  Here’s a pattern by That Farm Girl Teacher on Ravelry.     Click here for pattern.

Your little Luke Skywalker or Darth Vader will love this Light Saber by Alli Hartley on Ravelry!

Click here for pattern.

Star Wars Crochet Ideas

Courtesy of The Happy Hooker

One of my favorite characters is Yoda.  I love this baby Yoda hat from The Happy Hooker!  Click here for pattern.

Star Wars Crochet Ideas

Courtesy of Alu Ka on Ravelry

Here’s a cute Yoda baby blanket to go with the hat by Alu Ka on Ravelry.  (They call it a blanket, I would call it a snuggly)  Whatever you call it, it’s still super cute!     Click here for pattern.

Han Solo Amigurumi from Geek Central Station for Star Wars fans of all ages!  Click here for pattern.

You can’t have Han without Leia!  Here’s a Princess Leia Amigurumi also by Geek Central Station.

Click here for pattern.

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Mother’s Day Crafts Kids Can Make – FREE Printable

Mother’s Day Crafts Kids Can Make – FREE Printable

 Mother's Day Crafts

Mother’s Day is fast approaching, this year it’s Sunday, May 12th.  If you’re planning to take mom out for breakfast, lunch, or dinner you should make reservations now if you haven’t made them already; Mother’s Day is one of the busiest days for restaurants and reservations fill up fast.

Along with taking mom out for a meal the kids like to give her a gift as well, and what better gift to give mom than something made lovingly for her. Here are some really unique ideas that kids can make with just a bit of help from dad, aunties, or older siblings.  Moms can make them too for grandmas, friends, and aunties!

 Mother's Day Crafts

This is one of my favorite gifts, my grandson Devon made it for me a few years ago.

His mom, my daughter, helped him make the hand print tree and write the poem.  She then had it framed and Devon presented it to me on Mother’s Day.  It proudly hangs in our family room.
 Mother's Day CraftsHere’s the poem, feel free to use it for your projects.

For FREE printable click here

 

 

 Mother's Day Crafts

This cute idea from Her Split Ends recycles baby food jars.

Learn how to make it here!

Give mom some of these yummy strawberry bath salts by Crafts Unleashed. And Cute Gifts for new moms.

Learn how to make it here!

 Mother's Day CraftsThe Keylor Family made this lovely framed silhouette.

Learn how here!

 

 

 

 

 

 Mother's Day Crafts

Cover terracotta flower posts with fabric.

Learn how from Shelterness.

 

 

 

 

 Mother's Day Crafts

Kids will love making these Chevron Stripe painted kitchen towels by B-Inspired Mama.

Click here to learn how.

 

 

 

Mother's Day CraftsLearn how to make this Mason Jar Picture Frame Vase from Home Stories A to Z click here!

 

 

 

 

Mother's Day Crafts

This cute planter recycles tuna cans decorated with clothespins.

Learn how to make it from Family Chic click here!

 

 

 

Mother's Day Crafts

A Boy His Sister make these super cute photo flower pots.

Learn how here!

 

 

 

 

 

Mother's Day Crafts

I love this idea of taking a picture in a frame, my daughter did this with her kids last fall!

This pic was done by Moose Photography, professional photographers and posted by Cool Mom Picks  But you can DIY it!
You’ll need the same frame in 3-4 sizes depending on how many generations you want to include.  Take a photo of the smallest member, the baby, frame that.  Take a photo of the next, mom, holding the framed picture of the baby, frame that.
Continue with each generation, grandma, great-grandma, etc.
Be sure the pictures are all taken using the same background.

 

Mother's Day CraftsThis is too cute!

This idea came from Tips from a Typical Mom.
Just take photos of your child in 5 different poses, each pose holding a letter to spell “Mommy”.  Mat and from the photos.  Easy peasy!  Great gift for Moms and Grandmas!

 

 

 

 

Mother's Day Crafts

These photo flowers in a card stand are adorable and easy to make.

Learn how from Better Homes and Gardens.

 

 

Mother's Day CraftsHere’s a unique way to use a picture frame from Making the World Cuter.

Not only is it cute, it will help organize mom’s bathroom or dresser.  Learn how to make it click here!

 

 

 

Mother's Day CraftsAny grandma would love this family tree by Homemade by Jill.

Learn how to make it click here!

 

 

 

Mother's Day CraftsEven young kids can make these hand dotted tumblers by Pop Sugar.

Learn how click here!

 

 

Mother's Day CraftsPhoto coaster also from Pop Sugar.

Learn how to make them click here!

Mother's Day CraftsKids will love to make these fizzy bath bombs and moms will love soaking in them!

Learn how to make them from Playdough to Plato.

Mother's Day CraftsSalt dough heart footprints by Roaming Rosie on Hub Pages are a cute idea.  Kids can help mix they dough!

Click here for instructions.

 

 

For more Mother’s Day craft ideas follow my boards on Pinterest.


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Mother’s Day Breakfast in Bed – FREE Printables

Mother’s Day Breakfast in Bed – FREE Printables

Breakfast in Bed
Courtesy of donalskehan.com

Mother’s Day is fast approaching; but you still have plenty of time to think of something to give Mom this year.  If you’re thinking about taking her out to brunch or dinner you better make reservations now!  Mother’s Day is one of the busiest days for most restaurants, that’s probably because Moms don’t want to cook on Mother’s Day, I know I don’t!

Instead of taking her out this year why not make Mom breakfast in bed?  You don’t have to be a great cook, it can be as simple as bringing her a bowl of cereal or even a pop tart and a glass of orange juice.  The idea is to make the day special by doing something for Mom instead of how it usually works,  Mom getting up and doing for everyone in the house!

Here are some ideas and recipes for Mother’s Day breakfast in bed.  I hope it will inspire you this Mother’s Day!

How to serve it?

 

Breakfast in Bed
Courtesy of Buckets of Burlap

First things first!  It all begins with a tray, you’ll need to put her food on something to carry it to her room.  Even if it’s just a pop-tart it will look yummy dressed up plated on a nice dish and served on a pretty tray with a flower from the garden.

Buckets of Burlap up-cycles pallet wood to make this pretty breakfast tray table.

Click here to learn how!

Breakfast in Bed
Courtesy of Mother Earth Living

Mother Earth Living makes this cute tray from an old suitcase lid and bits of wallpaper.

Click here to learn how!

Breakfast in Bed
Courtesy of So You Think You’re Crafty

For a multi-purpose tray try this up-cycled cabinet door by So You Think You’re Crafty.  You can serve her breakfast and wish her Happy Mother’s Day on the chalkboard tray!

Click here to learn how!

If you don’t have an old cabinet door you can paint an old metal or plastic tray with chalkboard paint and add a couple of cabinet pulls from the hardware store to make a similar tray.  Or just paint the frame of a chalkboard and add the cabinet pulls for handles.  Lots of possibilities here to show off your craftiness!

What to serve?

 

Breakfast in Bed
Courtesy of Donal Skehan

Now that your “stage” is set you’ll need to move on to the main event, FOOD!  Whether you’re a top chef or a kitchen klutz I’m sure you’ll find something yummy to serve Mom.  Just remember presentation is everything; even a store bought donut can look special plated on fine china with a paper doily from Walmart.

Want to impress Mom with your culinary skills?  Cook her up some of these yummy things from Donal Skehan.

Click here for recipes!

Breakfast in Bed
Courtesy of Buzzfeed

Ok, so you don’t cook, you can still impress her with a yogurt parfait topped with fresh fruit and granola.  You can buy it all from the market or go ahead try your hand at some homemade granola.

Click here for granola recipes!

Breakfast in Bed
Courtesy of Stepable

Somewhere in between chef and klutz?  How about these “Love” pancakes from Stepable?
It’s done using boxed pancake mix, you basically just add water and stir if you get the quick pancake mix!

You can fry up any letter you want to send your own special message.

Click here to learn how!

Breakfast in Bed
Courtesy of Hungry Happenings

If you really want to impress Mom with your craftiness and culinary abilities whip up this edible arrangement from Hungry Happenings.

Click here to learn how!

Breakfast in Bed
Courtesy of Always With Butter

Oh, right!  You’re banned from the kitchen because you’re the burn the kitchen type of cook!  No worries, pop on over to the neighborhood coffee shop and pick up a couple of pastries and her favorite tea or coffee.  Slip them out of the bag and plate them on a doily covered dish and pour the hot drink in a pretty cup or mug, she’ still love it!

 

What about the beverage?

 

Breakfast in Bed
 

Courtesy of Wine & Glue

You can serve mom her favorite tea or coffee in a pretty cup or mug and a pitcher of OJ or her favorite juice.  If you want to make it really special whip up one of these morning beverages.

Wake her up with a fruity Sunrise Mimosa from Wine & Glue.

Click here for recipe!

 

Breakfast in Bed
Courtesy of Pieces of a Mom

Mom prefer something spicier?  How about this Perfect Bloody Mary from Pieces of a Mom?

Click here for recipe!

Breakfast in Bed
Courtesy of The Kitchn

If Mom’s not into booze mix up this refreshing non-alcoholic Citrus Rosemary Spritzer from The Kitchn.

Click here for recipe!

Breakfast in Bed
Courtesy of No Fat No Whip

Serve your beverages, hot & cold, in pretty carafes and tea or coffee pots so she can have refills.  Saves you from going back and forth to the kitchen for them.

Still need a GIFT?

 

Breakfast in Bed
Courtesy of B. Lovely Events

If you still feel breakfast in bed is not enough then make her a keepsake and pop it on the tray.

Spruce up the breakfast tray with a card or mini banner.

Click here for Mother’s Day FREE Printables from B. Lovely Events!

Breakfast in Bed
Courtesy of BHG.com

Serve her coffee or tea in this Hand-Warming Mug from Better Homes and Gardens.  It will surely warm her heart!

Click here to learn how!

Breakfast in Bed
Courtesy of Home Stories A to Z

Or put the flowers in this Mason Jar Picture Frame by Home Stories A to Z. 

Click here to learn how!

 

 

 

Breakfast in Bed
Courtesy of Lolly Jane

If Mom prefers potted plants to cut flowers then give here these succulents in a Mason Jar from Lolly Jane.

Click here to learn how and for FREE printable!

Breakfast in Bed
Courtesy of BHG.com

Mom doesn’t have a green thumb?  Combine flowers and photos with this Flower Tree from Better Homes and Gardens.

Click here to learn how!

Whatever you decide to give Mom this Mother’s Day rest assured that she’ll love it specially if it comes with a great big hug!

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