holiday stocking

Decorate Holiday Stockings

The holidays came so quick it seemed this year and now it’s time to decorate. Over the years the Christmas decorations have gotten more pricier than ever. Like the trees,stockings,ornaments,and lights have just gotten more expensive. I’m definitely a Budget Mama when it comes to these things and try to shop around for cheaper. But I decided to save on stockings this year and find cheap plain ones and dress them up with my own designs. So I found gray and brown fuzzy furry stockings at Target for $2 each so I grabbed six for our family of 6. I actually bought them last year and I am ashamed to say I did hang them up plain jane…Eeeeeekkkkk!?! Never again. Maybe it’s because I’m the only girl in the house and my boys aren’t crafty and neither is my hubby.

I found this colorful paper at Michael’s Craft Store for $1 and used it to freehand style my own letters. It’s big enough to cut all six of my letters plus if I messed up their was a whole row for at least 3-4 more to cut out. But not bad for my first time freehanding letters without any stencils. Proud of myself because I’m not really craftsy but have recently taught myself to be but definitely I am not a perfectionist and have my own unique style. I found this crafty knife online here on Amazon and works great. But very sharp so it does come with a cap but make sure you keep up and away from kids. It comes with extra blades too so a plus in my book, worth the buy.

Now I’m a huge fan of these awesome Command hooks that come in a pack of 7 and are so great for walls counters and anywhere you wanna stick but comes off so easy. And won’t take off paint from wall or you don’t have to hammer a huge hole in the wall. They can hold almost anything they go on easy,strong and come off even easier. If you have never tried these your definitely missing out, and i’m new to these but I use to go and grab a nail for everything. But not anymore because it just looks so much cleaner and if you wanna move it take it off and no ugly hole or paint pulled off the wall. They also come in several sizes and colors for almost any home decor!

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I decided to get creative and found some assorted holiday shank buttons just like the one above here from Amazon as pictured above. Just adore the Christmas buttons and could not resist getting different packets so I had a variety. I handpicked the gingerbread, snowman, colorful lights, and also the jingle bells too. Don’t you just love the handpainted snowman jingle bells! My boys really had fun playing with them while I was putting them on the cord. My LO even took off with some of the buttons and decided to put them in the back of his truck(LOL)!!! So funny he really thought they were miniature toys for him.

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Not too shabby eh!?! Thanks to my precise cut crafty knife. It really comes in handy for almost everything in the crafty department, if you want it cut right and it’s easy to use.

Supplies Needed: Glitter foam holiday shaped(as many family members)

hot glue gun

hot glue sticks-2-3 sticks

craftsy knife and/or scissors

glitter colorful cardstock(1)

Christmas shank buttons-variety

Holiday cord, Christmas party gift trim

safety pins

 

We don’t have a fireplace so we just used hooks and put them in the entertainment center in our living room. I really liked the way they came out because their handmade. With that it means I have my own crafty artsy unique design handmade holiday stockings. They may not be hanging under the fireplace like the typical household but that’s okay. Also we had fun making these and my boys helped pick out the fun Christmas buttons.

The best part of this whole craftsy project is that I will hang them up every Christmas and have these memories of my boys helping…..I mean playing with the buttons,cord,trim,etc and being silly. Just proud of our first decorating stockings together because they turned out so fun and fun. Not perfect or store bought but our own style. Hopefully others will want to try and/or give them some great ideas here! And the kids will have fun as well, no doubt.

Left to Right: Tristan,Brooklyn,Mommy,Daddy,Lyric,& Kayden

 

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XOXO Tosha Lynn

Baby Bow

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Baby Floppy Bow Headband Tutorial 

Easy in 5 Minutes

 

Finding the best fabric and fun colorful great prints is the best part of making anything. Found all these wonderful fabric jersey knit at Hobby Lobby and Joann’s Fabric stores near me. For making cute headbands the best fabric that is lightweight and stretchy is the jersey knit that I adore. It’s not the easiest to work with but at the end makes an amazing gift or product.

 

Cut the fabric of your choosing I picked this wonderful fun camo print with gold sparkly dots all over. Baby size head 0-4 months is about 13-15 inches but feel free to measure the baby for accurate size. 5×36 make sure the stretchy side is the longer one so it can stretch around baby’s head.

Here you can see I hand sewed a few stitches to close it up after I cut the extra 2 ends after tying the knot nice and snug tight! You can also use a hot glue gun to glue together instead of sewing. Either way does the trick so pick your choosing. If sewing isn’t your thing then hot glue away. I also left the edges and they aren’t perfectly equal and maybe that’s because I’m an imperfection(is that even a thing)!

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Then just roll over the knotted fabric to hide the stitches easily. And there you have an easy fabric big floppy bow made in no time. This makes for a great gift for the holidays or birthdays! You can also make a fun matching top or outfit to complete the look and have one stylish baby!

Look how this off the shoulder top turned out to match the big bow headband! Check back soon for my tutorials on baby clothes…coming soon! The fabric is suede green with camo fabric print jersey knit off the shoulder baby top. I believe this will make a great holiday gift for a baby girl. P.s. By the way I enjoy making baby girl clothes because I have 4 boys so this is my girly fix. And the fabric is just so fun to work with and finding the fun designs.

Hope ya’ll enjoyed this easy to do baby fabric floppy big bow headband. That’s why I chose these easy to follow detailed pictures up close viewing for an easier step by step tutorial,for a faster process.

XOXO Tosha Lynn

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Stain Removal

Stain Removal DIY

Learning the ins and outs of motherhood comes with lots of searching for solutions on a daily basis. For the longest time I have searched high and low for stain removal that works on ink, melted crayon,ketchup,mustard,juice,dirt,grass, etc the list goes on and on but finding what actually works may not be as easy as you think! I’ve had success with the lovely Grandmas Secret Spot Remover for a numerous amount of stains and it’s great it comes in a spray bottle or a squeeze spot remover!

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I’ve also tried the Oxiclean Max Spray cleaner and the Oxiclean detergent powder that works pretty well for almost all mild stains but not the tough hard to get out stains.

Then there’s the Spray n Wash that has been around for ages but does it work? I’ve used it lots of times for all kinds of kid stains and have never gotten a full successful stain removal. I’ve sprayed let soak for hours and still hasn’t worked for me so definitely not on my list of products that I would recommend.

I Sometimes feel like my kids are just the messiest ever and they somehow get the tough caked on stains that are impossible to remove! Can anyone else relate?!? I have gotten so frustrated sometimes especially on a brand new white shirt or light colored shorts which shows up like Christmas during a Halloween party! And I will admit in the past I have thrown away brand new clothes because I tried and the stain was so horrific that I gave up 🙁 But I tried so many stain spot removals that I finally made my own DIY that actually works on the first wash. Yeeeeesssss!!!!??!!! No joke. Those tough hard to get out lovely pen inks explosion,pen marks, crayon melting,ketchup,chocolate ice cream, grass stains, and even the pretty marker drawing! I’m gonna warn you it’s not the best smelling spray to make but for me if it works I’ll try anything.

Supplies You Will Need:

(1)Spray bottle(empty),Vinegar(any brand white distilled),Soap(any brand I prefer Gain)

Step One-Fill up the empty spray bottle with Vinegar 3/4 (strong smelling odor feel free to use a mask).

Step Two-Add Soap(A good squeeze does the job!) & Shake Shake Shake.

Step Three-Spray stain until area is soaked. You will see stain foamy from soap!

Then throw in wash right away, you can let sit out for 15 mins. But works for me either way. Just choose your preference.

 

Results are right before your eyes. You can see the before where the red crayon melted in the dryer on many shirts and shorts but I only took pics of the tough ones. The after is incredible and since I started to make my own spot spray remover I have not bought anymore branded sprays! And why would I when my DIY does the trick. Good luck and hope this helps all the other Mamas out there with those tough hard to get out stains that with this easy to make 2 Ingredient spray you can be a happy camper like this Mama here! Please try and would love to hear from anyone that tries it and pics too! The results are endless. You can never have enough and the spray bottle comes in hand so easy to make and reuse anytime. Which for me with 4 dirty messy boys I am always finding every single stain you can think of on their clothes. Hope you Enjoy! Do Try!

XOXO Tosha Lynn

 

Ipsy Glam Bag Review

Pixi Mattelustre Lipstick

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October Ipsy Glam Bag Review

Some of the best brands here in this fun fall Ipsy glam it up bag! It Cosmetics & Tarte. Check out my review here and what I thought of all these beauty products this month!

 1. TONYMOLY Peach Hand Cream-Now I adore hand creams especially this time of year fall when it starts to get cooler and everything gets chapped and dry. So I think this was a score for this month of October and it’s small and pretty in pink to fit in your purse on the go!

2. Firma Beauty 201 Tall Blender Brush-I’m all go for brushes but goodness gracious can I get tired of getting a new brush every month in my Ipsy bag. Yes they all have different purposes and can be reused numerous times but i’m on overboard with the brushes already. I’ve used this one a few times and it’s soft and subtle on the skin for adding powder under the eyes or some eyeshadow on the lids and works great!

3. Tarte deluxe lights,camera,lashes 4-in-1 mascara-This is a good brand and pricey as well so I’ve never just gone to the store or online to purchase this brand because I wasn’t sure how good it was and didn’t wanna spend that much. I tried this fun cute sample size and it worked well as mascara can work. I like the bristles how soft and small they are so they glide the mascara on each and every lash.

4. Essence Cosmetics Satin Touch Blush in Satin Love-I did try this eyeshadow but wasn’t for me don’t like the color or how it doesn’t show up easily so to me not a great choice. Not sure if it’s the brand or just the shade of color choice but won’t be using this again. Not a fan of the brand as I try something and don’t like or love right away then goodbye! But good thing with Ipsy you can try a sample for $2 and either give it away to a friend who will like it or love it and then move on with other beauty products.

5. IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Pressed Powder-Now this brand is my all time favorites since this past year. I have the amazing pressed powder foundation I love and use always(replaced my old sephora brand with IT). Also have variety of the mascaras and eyebrow filler pencil that works wonders! Now this powder is for hiding pores which mine are so small and unnoticeable that maybe my review isn’t that good but from my perspective it works but hard to tell with pores. It goes on so soft and has a light scent to it but once on it feels like silk on your skin, which was nice. But I probably won’t be really using this product again because I’m not in need of it. But for people that have noticeable pores it may be perfect because I adore this brand it’s worth every penny if you ask me!

What I like about Ipsy Glam Bags every month?!?

Love getting a fun hot pink package in the mail every mid month with new samples of famous expensive brands that I can test out and use but also do the trial run. If I like I can buy again and if not then I can say I tried it! It’s only $10 bucks a month and you can do reviews on the products to rack up points towards monthly products that are free to get once you have enough points.

What I don’t like about the Ipsy Glam Bags?!?

Every month you can change your answers to your beauty likes and preference but not always does it match to your exact likings, it’s kind of a hit or a miss! Every month since I signed up about a year ago I have gotten a brush small large medium, different colors and shapes but the funny thing is I have a million of them now and probably don’t use but 3 on a weekly basis. So kinda annoyed that things I don’t use much or only need a few of them in total for years, they keep sending me them and it’s a waste of space.

 

 

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Motivation is the Key

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Being a mother of 4 boys and always using the excuse that I don’t have time to workout…was my answer every time. But not anymore because now’s the time to get my body back into shape and I’m not getting any younger. I’m 31 and have a busy life as a SAHM but that isn’t gonna stop me from becoming a stronger and healthier parent. I’ve bought many dvd workouts, workout products, and even tried the gym as an exercise outlet to jumpstart my life. Recently I’ve been so down and bummed out about being motivated to start working out. And being out of shape and so unmotivated can really put a damper on your everyday life. It can be overwhelming sometimes just being a full time Mama of 4 wildly active boys and everyday stress levels can really top my day off. But I realized that I can only change my everyday routine and find my inner Motivation that can shine from within to also hopefully pass on to others.

 

I recently started researching online to find new workouts that I can easily do in the comfort of my home, to fit in while kids are busy in school or Lo’s napping at home. I found some really awesome motivation advice and wanna share here with everyone. I didn’t have any motivation or willpower to get up and find the time to fit in exercises that can get me fit. I recently started working out daily in the past week and have never felt more alive than I do today. I know it’s just the beginning but I’m not giving up this time because I’m determined to put my tail in high gear as of now. It’s time to take control of my life and stop making Excuses for myself that make me feel sorry for myself. That’s just not gonna cut it anymore and I’m taking control, so can YOU! Find those people you can reach out to and make you feel motivated which is the key to starting a change that will make an imprint in your life. Reading that one Post that can turn your whole life around for the better is pretty great…am I right?!? That post that can put ur unmotivated tush into high gear and go from 0-60 in no time that puts your status at #Motivated. That’s me right now and I wanna share with you the inspirational motivational life changer for me that has finally opened my eyes up to a reality check!

Being motivated isn’t something you google to make a recipe on, and if it was that easy I’m sure nobody would have any excuses ever. But for me it’s been tough trying to find the time, the right products, the inspirational motivational wake up call that can get me going from unhealthy unfit mom bod to healthy hot mom bod. I mean come on nobody wants a flabby body that is not in shape and especially finding clothes to wear that makes you look slimmer is not realistic. So stop procrastinating and you have to make a change for your own happiness because nobody is going to make that happen but you.

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  • Healthy Eating Habits

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Finding what works for you won’t happen overnight and can only be found by trying new things,then sticking to what works best. What works for someone else doesn’t necessarily mean that it will work for you but it could so try new workouts, and see what fits in your lifestyle. If you try workout DVD’s and don’t like the exercise then try a new one don’t give up. You can look up youtube videos for get fit abs,booty,legs & thighs, or cardio to kickboxing and even yoga to pilates. And find the one or variety of routines that work for you but stick with it and never give up. Tell yourself that you can do this and Never give up because this is your life, your body, and won’t change by sitting or resting. So it’s now or never! Below are the people that motivated me to wake up and start a new life of healthy fit Mama!

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Jillian Michaels and Free workouts PopSugar Fitness featuring Anna Renderer & Christa DiPaolo!

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I have tried these women’s fitness workouts,healthy living choices and even their Motivational Inspiring stories are all amazing. It wasn’t until I read their blog stories that I opened up my eyes and just went for it. I stopped procrastinating and pushed myself to every limit possible. I want to thank them for helping me get my motivation to get my life back on track so please try their great workouts and they have some great recipes as well from snacks to finding healthy dinners in no time.

I feel good sharing my new jumpstart motivational and inspirational journey of this Mama getting in shape and back to feeling great inside and out. It’s just the beginning to my story and can be for you too so hopefully you can be inspired as well and pass it along. Stay tuned for more updates on my success from the beginning and hopefully not ending because on my journey there’s no stop for this Mama! If you feel ugly inside and outside, it’s time to change this and find your inner beauty and your outer beauty will shine within no time.

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1 2 3 Potty Train

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Potty Train in 1,2,3…

I’m sure you here to find some advice and tips to help your Kiddo in Potty Training! Well These tips are a must do in the process of training. If you Add these to your schedule for the weekend of training, You will get result!

Parents Must Do These 2 Get Positive Results To Successfully Get This Potty Thing Down! Good Luck.

  • No More Pull ups and Go Straight 2 Cool Undies! That means no pull ups at night either this is a Must Do!

  • No Liquids 1-2 Hours Before Bedtime! Must Do Or Accidents Will Happen Almost Nightly. Make This A Rule and Stick 2 This. Always!

  • Stay Home. Make This a Weekend in Home Fun. Do Not Leave, Which Is Very Important So We As Parents Can Focus 120% On Potty Time!

  • Have A Schedule Made From Weeks Ahead of Time of His Potty Times So You Can Sit Him on The Potty With A Fun Pic Book,Tablet or Phone(Ipod) w/ Games 2 Play. He Will Look Forward 2 This Every time. Make It Fun 2 Go Potty And He Will Be Excited 2 Sit & Do His Business!

  • Make A Chart w/ Stickers And Fun Rewards When He Constantly Goes Potty. It Can Be A Small Toy or What Works For My Son He Loves Play-Doh! So I Have It Put Up(Bc It’s Messy) and Reward Him with An Hour of Play-Doh Fun. Always Works As A Reward!

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Healthy Choices

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Why does eating healthier have to be called a “Diet”? For years women and men have started the big D word “Diet” and it is like torture to our ears! But what if we tricked our brain to start just eating healthier foods which meant changing our lifestyle. Without calling it a diet can change our body’s way of dreading the start of a so called diet. Hmmmmm….Well we can and you would be amazed by just changing a few things in your choices of foods,snacks,beverages, and anything we consume can make a world of a difference. For the 1st time in years, I have finally started seeing result on the scale and I stopped starting and stopping the “Dreadful Diet”. Not just losing weight,which everyone wants to do but also feeling better inside and out. I recently started choosing healthier foods,consuming ONLY H20 and also adding Vitamins to my daily routine. And I have never felt better at my age. “Thirty, Flirty, and Thriving” from my favorite all time movie “13 Going on 30!”

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Just about 2 months ago I was eating out almost daily at fast food restaurants and sodas like it was going out of style! But now I’ve changed my ways and I feel really good, and I am proud of myself. Not only for sticking with it in general but for also finally seeing pounds come off slowly but staying off. When I start a diet and finish, I usually pack all the weight and few more right back on weeks later. Such a bummer, but I have just changed my lifestyle for the better that I don’t and Will not call it a “Diet”. I refuse to call my Healthy Lifestyle Choices, anything more than a smarter way of living. To me I felt like every time I did a “diet” I dreaded it and didn’t fully do it the correct way. So by the 2-3 weeks it was over, I splurged into greasy fast foods and carbonated drinks.

If you follow these tips that work for me and make this a lifestyle change…Not a “Diet” I promise your mindset will work magical powers. I mainly did it for my health after researching so many ways to lose weight and figured I could try to just eat better overall for life. I have minimized symptoms of my stomach ulcer,IBS,bladder problems, and migraines. I don’t feel bloated and sluggish anymore so it’s definitely worth sharing. I always tell my kids “Sharing Is Caring” and I believe this can help others that don’t like diets. It’s all about discipline and changing your lifestyle for the better. Healthy is the way to be!

Healthier Lifestyle, Do Not Call this a Diet!

Take Vitamins Daily.

Drink Lots of H20 Daily.

Excercise Bike Ride or Brisk Walk.

Choose It 2 Lose It

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Stop Eating This and See Results in Weeks!

NO Fast Food, Fast Food, Fast Food! No Mcdonald’s,Sonic,Whataburger,Domino’s,Jack in the Box,Etc!

NO Greasy Fried Foods-Fried Chicken,Fries,Fried Pickles,Fried anything!

NO Breads-Pizza, Burgers, Tacos,Burritos,Sandwiches

NO Sodas, Sugary Drinks-No Dr P,Big Red,Pepsi(Slowly Ween)

NO Salty Foods-No Chips, Doritos,Fritos,Hot Cheetos,Potato Chips, Takis!!!


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