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Homemade Sidewalk Chalk

Oh my gosh I wish I had found this post from Mad Maggie Designs earlier this summer! Sidewalk chalk is a home run at my house! I’m thinking I may start making some now so we’re stocked up for next year, of course there’s always hope that there will be a few more nice October days…

Mad Maggie Designs: Homemade Sidewalk Chalk.

Someone just suggested this could make a great gift idea, I’d love to hear more!

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Garden Hack: DIY Toilet Paper Roll Seed Starter

Recently, I discovered You Grow Girl, an online destination for the modern gardener. Other than composting and collecting Starbucks’ Grounds for Your Garden, I’ve done little this winter to ensure my readiness for the upcoming gardening season. Enter You Grow Girl, and her brilliant idea of replacing peat pellets with – wait for it – toilet paper rolls. Start collecting now, and you’ll be prepared when it comes time for spring, which is hopefully right around the corner.

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Around the Play Yard: January Roundup

Each week or so I’m posting my favorite baby-related finds from around the web:branchorganicmbr

  • I usually don’t include products in the roundup, but I had to share this mint and brown organic onesie from My Baby Rocks.
  • Making your own Vanilla Extract, from Bethany Actually. Obviously you wouldn’t use this in your baby’s food, but nice gift, nonetheless.
  • Ok, another product website, but Sticks and Stones site has really inspired me to look more closely at the environment around me and create one of these photo alphabet projects for Baby K. This family run business specializes in photo gifts, with photos of letters taken in nature and architecture. Check it out, this would be a cool project to start as our babies start to learn their letters. I’ll post mine as it progresses!
  • I’ve collected several newpapers from this year and 2008, mainly election and inauguration news for to show Baby K all of the historical events that took place in the year that she was born and during her first year. How to preserve them? This article from Columbus Dispatch tells how.¬†Whatever you do, don’t laminate!
  • Gardening season is just around the corner. Have you thought about Growing Your Own? As in food and herbs? It’s much easier than you think, visit Seeds of Change¬†to get started. More on organic gardening for baby and your family to follow.
  • The recall on peanut butter products seems to grow every day. Stay up to date using the FDA’s searchable site.

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DIY Baby Wipes, Week 2: Soft and Lotion-y

Over the next few weeks, I’ll be trying out some of the homemade baby wipe instructions (recipes?) that I find. I’ll post back with my comments, and I encourage you to do the same! Do you know of any tips for making your own baby wipes? Let me know by posting below!

I apologize that I don’t know who to credit for this tutorial, since it was sent to me by one of my co-workers, who used it when her babies were little. Please let me know if you know who I should credit!


  • Roll of paper towels, my co-worker recommended VIVA
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1 tbs baby lotion
  • 1 tbs baby soap
  • 1 tbs baby oil
  • container


  • Cut paper towel roll in half horizontally, using an electric knife, or large kitchen knife
  • Remove the cardboard roll
  • Combine boiling water, baby lotion, baby soap, baby oil (boiling water helps all ingredients bind together)
  • Mix well
  • Place one of the paper towel halves in container
  • Pour solution over paper towels

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DIY Baby Wipes, Week 1: Power Up

Over the next few weeks I’m going to try a few instructions (recipes?) for homemade baby wipes. After I get a chance to try them out, I’ll post back on my favorites. Do you have any favorite methods? Have you tried any of these recipes? Please leave in the comments.

Not sure that the power tools are absolutely necessary, but blogger Bryan Horling details his method here, and makes a good case for the power tools. Bryan, my husband thanks you for turning a domestic task into a manly shop venture. In summary:

  • Roll of paper towels, cut in half horizontally
  • 1 tbs baby soap
  • 1 tbs baby oil
  • 2/3 cup water
  • plastic container

Details at Bryan’s blog.

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