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Do It Yourself – Fly Paper (Fail)

Last week I had a swarm of flies enter my home. I decided to finally do this quick DIY project I had seen by one of my favorite bloggers, One Good Thing by Jillee and another blogger Going Home to Roost.

What do you need? 
  • A paper grocery bag
  • Scissors
  • A single hole punch
  • Twine
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup honey or corn syrup
  • 2 Tablespoons water
What to do: Cut the grocery bag into strips. Punch a hole and string through some twine. (Or like me, I used a pen to punch a hole and used some very thick thread). On your stove in a pan add sugar, honey, and water. Put it onto low heat and let the sugar completely dissolve. Then add it to a shallow bowl and slide your strips through and let dry. 

This sound like a great idea! Super easy peasy. Unfortunately,the mixture never stopped dripping or dried. Plus the flies were not interested in it at all, as they were drying in the kitchen. After the third day of “drying” I called it quits and tossed them out.

I’m sure this works for lots of other people, but it didn’t do it for me. Back to the drawing board. Anyone have fun ideas to catch some flies inside the home?


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NEWS – New DIY Experiments Forth Coming

Lately, the posts I have been putting out there are from my “notes” on Facebook that I would publish for my friends. So technically none of these experiments are really “news”

That is about to change very soon!

I have an agenda this weekend to try some very simple techniques and experiments that I hope will solve some problems I’m having . Here are some things to look forward to.

  1. Ant control / Ant killer 
  2. Bug control for my plants
  3. Bug Skin Repellent
  4. Mildew Killer
  5. Slug deterant/killer
  6. Homemade Reed Diffuser
  7. Homemade Drain Cleaner

I hope to come back to some very successful experiments! I have ants invading my bed room, bugs eating my herbs and plants (I think some are slugs), mildew on my pocket shower curtain that needs to go away. Reed diffusers are much cheaper than a glade plug in and my bathroom sink is draining super slow. Tomorrow we have a cook out to attend and those pesky bugs think I’m as sweet as sugar; so I think it’s a great time to try some things out!

Until Next Time! Have a wonderful Weekend!!!

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Do it yourself – Wipes (*Multiple Kinds Including Sanitizer & Make-up*)

Do it yourself wipes! I love these things and I’m not spending a small fortune anymore on baby wipes. The simplicity to create this is fantastic AND versatility. You can make sanitizer wipes to make up wipes out of these recipes and baby wipes. I’m going to list them all right here!

They ALL need the basic ingredients number one being a storage container and number two bounty single roll paper towels.

The following list is from websites and blogs with recipes I have tried and I will also add my personal favorite recipe.

DIY – Baby & Personal Refresher Wipes

The Living Well Network

The Sensible Mom Blog

Saving Addiction

One Good Thing By Jillee

The winner? The Sensible Mom Blog (with tweaks)

What you need: 

– 1 container suitable to store 1/2 or a whole roll of paper towel (I use a Sterlite plastic box that’s often used for shoes. It fits two halves squished.)
– 1 single roll of Bounty paper towels
– 2 & 1/2 – 3 cups of warm water
– 2 tablespoons of olive oil
-2 tablespoons of baby body wash
– Optional: Some essential or scented oils to your preference.

What to do: It’s pretty basic. First use a very sharp knife and cut your roll of paper towels in half. In a bowl add 2 cups of warm water, oil, body wash, and essential oil. Mix it up and pour it into your container then add your paper towels. Let it sit and absorb for about 5 minutes, then flip the towels over to the next side adding you 1/2 to 1 cup of extra water as needed to the bottom. At this point you can take out the center roll. It works much easier while wet. Begin the unravel from the center and store.


Q: This mixture has a yellow tint to the towels is that supposed to be there? A: Yes; you used olive oil it happens.

Q: Do I have to use olive oil? A: No; you can substitute for mineral oil, Bert’s Bees body oil, almond oil, etc. Coconut oil I personally found it a little slicker and didn’t like it for cleaning my kiddos bum.

Q: Do I have to use baby body wash? A: No; you can use regular body wash or liquid castile soap or 1/2 teaspoon of grated castile soap bar (melted).

Q: What scents to you use in your wipes? A: I mix it up. The most typical is Lavender oil for Nathan and Citrus scents for personal wipes.

Q: Can you use other brands of paper towels besides Bounty. A: I have read that people have used just a very strong paper towel. I have no found a brand or off brand that I liked better than Bounty (plus I always find coupons for them!)

Q: I don’t have a container that will fit a 1/2 roll or whole roll. Any recommendations for a substitute? A: I’ve seen people use a Folgers plastic coffee canisters! The large on is perfect for a 1/2 roll. See it featured here.

DIY Sanitizer Wipes

The Living Well Network

One Good Thing By Jillee

Stacy Makes Cents

Home Jobs By Mom

Moms Confession

The Winner? One Good Thing By Jillee (with tweaks)

What you need:

-1 box for wipes (see blogs listed for examples including travel size)

-1/2 roll of Bounty paper towels or napkins

-1 & 1/2 cups of very warm water

– 1 tbs of coconut oil

-1 tablespoon of witch hazel (my tweak) OR 1 teaspoon of rubbing alcohol (her version)

-5 drops of lavender essential oil (my tweak) vs 3 drops of lavender oil

– 3 drops of lemon oil (or 2 drops tea tree oil)

What to do: Mix all the ingredients and then pour it into your container, set in your towels or napkins and let the it soak. Flip over the towels to soak the other side and use.


Q: Why do you choose witch hazel over rubbing alcohol? A: I find it less drying and it is still anti bacterial.

Q: I looked at other recipes and this one is very different from the majority. Why do you choose this? A: I chose Coconut Oil over Aloe because Coconut Oil is more moisturizer to my skin. Coconut oil also has a lot of anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties. Match that up with the essential oils and witch hazel you’re good to go!

Q: What type of container do you use? A: I use Jillee’s travel kit idea AND a baby wipes container at home.

DIY Make-Up Remover Wipes

Passion For Savings

One Good Thing By Jillee

The Cox Quads

Marrie Dinmn

Mommy Needs Her Coffee

The Winner? Jillee wins this one again! Cox Quads was close second. The water ratio in Jillee’s I like better.

What you need:

-1/2 roll of Bounty paper towels

-1 Air tight container

-4 cups of warm water

-1-2 tablespoons of coconut oil (I use 2)

-3 drops of lemon oil (as needed)

-Optional, 1-2 tablespoons of baby wash. (I don’t use it)

What to do: Mix your ingredients. The warm water should melt your coconut oil if it isn’t already. Pour it into your air tight container and put in your Bounty roll, flipping it over after 5 minutes. Pull out the center cardboard piece.

Q: EWWWW I have mold on my wipes. What happened? A: people have reported mold. Most of these reports are for a couple of reasons. One, the wipes sat for a long period of time. Two, you live in a high humidity state. Three, you stored them in your bathroom.  To solve this it’s very simple, add lemon oil or lavender oil even baking soda. A couple of drops will keep the mold away. Making a smaller batch helps if you are not a daily make up wearer. Lastly keeping things like make up, vitamins, and medications in your bathroom is actually not good for products because of the build up of humidity. I do it anyways, but I’m just putting that out there.

Q: Will this wash my face too? A: No; it is designed to take off your make up not to wash your face and clean out oil and dirt from your pores.

Q: Can I use regular body wash instead of baby body wash? A: I don’t recommend using regular body wash simply because it can sting your eyes. Baby body wash is designed not to sting.

DIY Clorox Wipes

Live Renewed

One Good Thing By Jillee

Tips From A Vegan

Crafty When You Can

The Winner? CONFESSION! I haven’t tried any of these, but I think they’re nifty! I always use a spray and a rag. It’s just how I roll, but other’s maybe interested in some of these ideas! 🙂

Well that is it for this section; feel free to comment, tweak, or share more ideas!

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