Sunday, July 19, 2009

How to Make Homemade Baby Wipes

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Homemade baby wipes is nowhere in the league with silver or gold as a shower gift. There are some homemade baby gifts that last forever and are destined to take up space in the family time capsule or cedar chest. And then there are practical baby gifts like disposable wipes and other homemade baby stuff that are just made to use everyday.

Of all the handmade items that I have made to tuck into a basket full of goodies, I am perhaps best remembered for my baby wipes. Is it because I pick pretty paper towels to make them with or because I personalize the recycled plastic box with the baby’s name and some cute stickers or drawings on the outside? Actually, neither the personalized container nor decorations were as impressive nor have drawn as much attention from the guests as the contents and even more so, the attached recipe.

Here are the instructions for how to make your own homemade baby wipes to give as shower gifts or you can always use your low cost baby wipes to care for your own baby.

My Recipe for Homemade Baby Wipes

2 Cups of Boiled, Cooled Water
1 Roll of High Quality Paper Towels
1 serrated edge bread knife with a long blade
1 Tablespoon of Johnson’s and Johnson’s Baby Oil
2 Tablespoons of Johnson’s and Johnson’s Baby Wash
1 Empty Baby Wipes Box with a Tight Sealing Lid

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Cut a roll of good quality paper towels in half with the knife or see if the woodworker in your home might use his shop’s circular saw to make a really professional looking cut. Combine the cool water, baby oil and wash or shampoo. Position your paper towels in the container. Pour the water, oil and wash mixture as evenly as possible over the roll of paper towels and let everything rest for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes turn the roll over to insure the best distribution of the liquids and pop on the lid to keep everything moist.

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Monday, July 06, 2009


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My beach gift basket ideas for beach birthday parties and baby showers after the 4th of July get really creative. You might be wondering what it is about the holiday that sets the crazy lady who maintains this blog in motion. The answer to that question is the discount sales.

It has always puzzled me to no end that the stores rush to mark down the prices on beach toys, swimsuits and all the fun stuff that is associated with a day spent playing in the water. Not that I’m complaining about being able to fund my beach gift basket ideas for such a cheap price but do these people not pay attention to thermometer? I don’t see the mercury dropping in correlation to their pricing practices but so long as their premature discounting of their swimwear and beach toys works in my favor, I’m cool with it.

The day after Independence Day I put on a pair of comfortable shoes and head out to the mall with my eyes open for markdowns. I’m pretty organized when it comes to sale shopping and I have a basic procedure that I follow which I will share with you.

First of all I scout for beach buckets for to load up with baby beach gifts as well as older kids’ gifts and pretty, woven picnic baskets to use for adults. What I find in this section tells me what direction my beach gift basket ideas should take so far as color scheme is concerned.

Second, depending on the age of the recipient, I look in either the department specializing in home and garden decor or the toy department. The patio and pool section is generally where I find the most inspiration for my beach gift basket ideas for my adult friends and family members. Festive margarita glasses and a pitcher surrounded by colorful napkins in a picnic basket make a lovely presentation. I usually pick up teeny weeny baby beach wear and swimsuits for half price or less, some baby sun protection and a beach hat to add to the bucket full of beach toys that I bought early in the shopping extravaganza with the next beach theme baby shower in mind. I always buy extra buckets and baskets if they are cute and offered at a good price because you just never know when you might have need of one to hold matching beach gift basket ideas and party decorations.

Saturday, July 04, 2009


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A limited baby shower budget is an excellent reason to learn how to make a baby gift bouquet. If you are not an old hand at making your own baby shower decorations you not know exactly what that may be much less how to make one. If this is the case an explanation is in order in addition to some instructions on how to make the various types of this special arrangement that is sometimes referred to as a “baby bunch” by some of the boutiques that sell this clever creation ready made.

A baby bouquet is an arrangement made up of artificial silk flowers in addition to some very special homemade flowers that you make out of items that are traditionally given as baby shower gifts like baby socks, personalized baby onesies, baby hats or other items of baby clothing that are soft enough to work with as per the video that will show you how to make a baby gift bouquet that is taken from a segment of the Martha Stewart Show.

One great thing about this homemade decoration is that it is much more decorative than a gift box sitting on a table. For the same amount of money, you have a lovely floral arrangement and a very creative baby gift. Busy moms can always order one online, but the beauty of learning how to make a baby gift bouquet yourself is that you can handpick your gifts to go with the baby shower's theme, by color or according to the gender if that detail is known.

After you watch the video, return to Unique Baby Gifts Baskets, Decorations and Party Decorating Ideas to pick up more creative baby shower ideas.

Friday, July 03, 2009


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Anytime is a good time to decorate with red, white and blue party decorations. There is little or no reason to wait until the 4th of July back yard barbeque to enjoy this winning color scheme that is literally chock full of decorating possibilities.

The best reason that I can think of to use party supplies in red, white and blue has nothing to do with patriotism; I simply like the colors. Red and white alone looks a little bit too much like Christmas decorations and blue and white just lacks the personality of the three color combination.


The 4th of July holiday is traditionally a holiday when dad gets to wear the new apron that he got for Father’s Day while cooking hotdogs and burgers for the family on the grill. For this type of get-together, the atmosphere is casual. The red, white and blue party decorations and supplies should be purchased with that in mind. Paper plates, plastic forks and glasses that can be tossed in the trash or recycling bin are attractive and yet make for an easy cleanup process that mom will appreciate. Mylar balloons, patio lights and tiki torches can also be used to add to your party’s decor and don’t forget the fireworks or you may have an out and out rebellion on your hands that even the most stunning red, white and blue party decorations can’t fix.


Red white and blue supplies that are more elegant by design can be used for formal affairs that take place close to Independence Day or for any celebration where patriotic decorations would be in good taste. This would be a wonderful time to decorate the porches, windows and balconies of your venue with bunting and to display our country’s flag which is one of the most beautiful patriotic decorations to be found anywhere. This would be the best time ever to pull out your collection of red cranberry glass, white or navy blue linen napkins and bone china to use as part of your red, white and blue party decorations.


The beauty of red, white and blue party decorations is that they are gender neutral as well as appropriate for all ages. In fact, a great gift for the guest of honor of a patriotic baby shower theme might be a red, white and blue patriotic baby bedding set if the little one is expected near the date of Independence Day or if daddy is serving in a branch of the military.

From birthday parties to wedding receptions, patriotic colors will always be in good taste no matter what month of the year that your celebration is planned.

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