20 Fun Ways to Upcycle Honey Bottles

20 Fun Projects to Upcycle Honey Bottles. Those cute bears make for darling projects!
20 Fun Ways to Upcycle Honey Bottles

I love to buy my honey in the cute little bear shaped bottles.

But, with as much honey as we use (love it in hot tea!), it makes sense to buy a bigger bottle. So I’ve actually taken to buying a jug of honey and using it to refill the same bear. And yes, that is a sticky project!

However, once I started seeing all the cute honey bottle upcycle ideas on Pinterest, I decided I need to buy more honey bears!

If you also enjoy the cute little bear honey bottles, you must check out these 20 fun ways to upcycle them!

Baby Shower Invites from From Glitter to Gumdrops
Beararium from Rancho Cocoa
Button Container from Capture the Details
Honey Bear Bubble Favors from Katarina’s Paperie
Honey Bear Book Ends from Pretty Providence
Honey Bear Bottle Lamp  from The Pink Doormat
Honey Bear Candy Favors from Sweet Eye Candy Creations
Honey Bear Center Piece from Ruffled Blog

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Beary Sweet Valentine from Lolly Jane
Honey Bear Concrete Vase from Shelterness
Honey Bear Frosting Dispenser from Blah to Tada
Honey Bear Makeup Container from Woods of Bell Trees
Honey Bear Sensory Bottle from The Pleasantest Thing
Honey Bear Soap Dispenser from Ginger Snaps
Honey Bear Summer Sipper from Urban Flowerpot

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Honey Bear Chalk Paint from Smart School House
Honey Bear Vase from Michaels
Gummy Bear Favors from Bliss Bloom Blog
Gummy Bear Juice from Make Bake Celebrate
Snow Cone Syrup Holders from Blah to Tada

If you are into upcycle projects, I love this project to Upcycle Glass Bottles

20 Awesome Projects to Upcycle Wine Bottles

20 Awesome Projects to Upcycle Wine Bottles

The next time you empty a wine bottle, save it! There are so many awesome projects to upcycle wine bottles!

Really, there is no need to empty the wine bottle yourself. If you aren’t a drinker, you can ask at any restaurant if they would be willing to let you take some empty wine bottles home.

I’ve gotten to the point where I will actually buy wine based on the color of the bottle! Sometimes I want a green tinged bottle, sometimes clear glass works best for the projects I have in mind.

Check out all the awesome ways you can upcycle wine bottles:

Beach Bottles from Carolyn’s Homework
Bees Wax Candles from Happy Hour Projects
Book Page Bottles from The Wicker House
Dish Soap Dispenser from Living Well Spending Less
Gilded Bottles from a A Subtle Revelry
Holiday Centerpiece from The Preppy Planner
Hummingbird Feeder from The Chilly Dog
Lamp from Turning the Clock Back
Ribbon Wine Bottles from The Real Thing with the Coake family
Wine Bottles Upcycled into Tiki Torches
Tiki Torches from The Arm Chair Sommelier
Self Watering Planter from Cheap Crafts
Silver Vase from Style Sidebar
Sun Catchers from Condo Blues
Terrariums from Saved By Love Creations
Twine Wrapped Vases from View from the Fridge
Wedding Table Numbers from Sew Much Sunshine
Wind Chime from RecyclArt
Wine Bottle Bird Feeder from Down Home Inspiration
Wine Bottle Jewelry Display from Protea Wines
Wine Bottle Trays from Home Talk

My favorite project is to Upcycle Glass Bottles into a Garden Border. I always get lots of comments on this border. So pretty. So simple. So unique!

The Best DIY All Natural Dog Shampoo Recipe for Your Dog

DIY All Natural Dog Shampoo Recipe

My dogs are like my children. So when they need bathing, I go for all natural, non-toxic ingredients, like you’ll find in this DIY All Natural Dog Shampoo Recipe.

If you are a dog owner, then you know every dog needs to be bathed at times. Even dogs that don’t shed.

Oddly enough, my dogs tend to need bathing in the winter more than they do the summer. The snow leaves my backyard, the streets, and our hiking trails muddy.

I swear my dogs are just like toddlers – completely attracted to the mud!

When making a DIY All Natural Dog Shampoo, you want to pay attention to your dog’s skin’s pH balance.

The main ingredient in this shampoo is Castile soap (This is the unscented Castile soap I use.) Castile soap has a high pH balance of around an 8. Since most dogs have a skin pH balance of between 6 and 8.5, the high pH balance is suited for their skin.

The Castile soap is then combined with a few drops of dog safe essential oils. Please make sure you only use the specified amount of drops keeping in mind a dog’s sense of smell is 40 times more powerful than a humans.

You will need following essential oils:

Lavender essential oil – soothing to your dogs nervous system.

Peppermint essential oil – both anti-inflammatory and antiseptic.

Eucalyptus essential oil – this ingredient is good as a flea repellant.

Rosemary essential oil – this ingredient is also a good flea repellant and it gives your dog’s coat a healthy shine.

If you haven’t already, you may want to check out how I get my essential oils for a discount online.

DIY ALL NATURAL DOG SHAMPOO RECIPE

Natural Dog Shampoo Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups purified water
  • 1 tablespoon Castile soap
  • 2 drops lavender oil
  • 2 drops peppermint oil
  • 2 drops eucalyptus oil
  • 2 drops rosemary oil

Instructions

  1. Mix all ingredients in a bottle.
  2. Shake bottle vigorously before using.
  3. Use enough shampoo to lather your dog well.
  4. Rinse thoroughly.
http://naturalgreenmom.com/best-diy-natural-dog-shampoo-recipe-dog/

How to Bathe Your Dog at Home

To Bathe Your Dog At Home:

Make sure you wash them in a warm room.

Give them a good wet down using body temperature water.

Lather only once and avoid the face and ears.

Blow dryers can dry out your dog’s skin. Have several large towels ready and towel your dog dry as much as they will let you.

Do you tackle bathing your dog at home?

Homemade Dog Pill Pockets

Homemade Dog Pill Pockets made with just 5 ingredients. No baking required.

Copper is our 12 year old Vizsla, and he is our true fur baby. We adopted him from a rescue organization when he was 2 and to be perfectly honest, he’s run our household ever since. (Can you say spoiled????)

About 6 months ago he went to get up out of his dog bed and couldn’t. It was like his entire rear end wouldn’t work. My heart broke into pieces.

At the vet’s office they did x-rays that revealed painful inflammation from arthritis. They prescribed a capsule pill twice a day.

Copper HATES these pills.

This is quite unusual because Copper eats everything.

The only way we could get him to take the pill was to purchase pill pockets and tuck his pills into them.

Then he learned to eat the pill pockets and spit out the pill.

Grrrrrrrrr.

So I took to the Internet and did some research on homemade dog treats. Most treats I found were baked and hard and would not work to tuck a treat into.

I needed to find a soft treat but I also wanted to integrate some ingredients I knew would benefit his joints and his dandruffy butt.

Homemade dog pill pockets made with coconut oil
Be prepared to have an audience while you make these homemade dog pill pockets.

This recipe has vet approved ingredients including beef gelatin for his joints (This is the beef gelatin I order) and coconut oil for his coat. (This is the coconut oil I order).  If you have a natural grocery store nearby, you should be able to pick up these ingredients there.

To make oat flour, simply grind oatmeal in your blender.  It’s that easy.

To make sure these aren’t full of sodium, try making your own organic chicken stock.

These homemade pill pockets don’t require any baking, so I can easily whip up a batch in minutes.

Since they are perishable, I put a week’s worth into the refrigerator and freeze the rest. Line your pill pockets on a wax paper lined baking sheet. Freeze them for about an hour before transferring them to a freezer safe container.

Be sure to label your pill pockets before putting them in the fridge so no one mistakes them for energy balls.

Homemade Dog Pill Pockets with Coconut Oil

Homemade Dog Pill Pockets with Coconut Oil

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup oat flour
  • 1/4 cup gelatin powder
  • 3 tablespoons peanut butter
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup chicken stock

Instructions

  1. Mix all ingredients until well blended.
  2. With wet hands, roll dough into small balls. Line up on a wax paper lined baking sheet. Use a chopstick to poke a hole into the center of each ball big enough to hold a pill.
  3. Store in an air tight container in the refrigerator. Balls can also be frozen.
http://naturalgreenmom.com/homemade-dog-pill-pockets/

Copper loves these homemade dog pill pockets. I can make them large enough to completely tuck a treat into, which keeps him from spitting them out. Every batch I also make just a few small balls to give to our other dog, Nina. No one likes getting left out when it comes to treats.

homemade dog pill pockets

Graduation Gift Ideas for High School Girl

Graduation Gift Ideas for High School Girls
In just a few short days I’ll have a high school graduate!

With graduation just around the corner, I’ve been trying to come up with graduation gift ideas for high school girls.

My daughter has been invited to sooooo many parties. Some of the parties are for friends she has had since kindergarten. Others are for friends she sees in her classes but maybe not outside of school.

Anywho, I’ve come up with gifts for all the girls. Some I’ve spent more money on than others – dependent upon her relationship with them.

First, I headed over to the Vera Bradley Zip ID page. Click on the sale colors to get the best price. Then head to the luggage tags and do the same.

For her closest friends, we picked out the zip ID cases.

Then, I folded together a $20, a $10, and a $5 to form a 2015.

class of 2015

Next, I put them in the view window of the zip case with a small piece of paper with a handwritten “Class Of” like so:

high school girl graduation gift idea

While I love the Class of 2015 idea, if you happen to have a graduate in a different year, it can be fun to write a check for the year. For example, you may give them a check for $20.16.

For a less expensive alternative, I’m also using gift cards.

graduation gift idea

For the least expensive idea of all, and for those girls she is friends with, but not close friends, I picked up a selection of luggage tags.

I included a handwritten “Oh the Places You’ll Go” note.

Gift Idea Luggage Tag

At just $5.88 for the luggage tag, this was an affordable way to recognize those sweet girls while still maintaining some sort of budget!

This year I made these gifts again, but I also made some Study Session Survival Kits based on the recommendation of my college kid.

graduation gift ideas for girls

DIY: How to Fold a Napkin Into a Heart the Easy Way

DIY Fold a Napkin into a Heart

Here’s a fun way to celebrate Valentine’s Day! Learn how to fold a napkin into a heart!

Folding napkins into festive shapes is a fun way to set the table. You can add flair to your table with a minimum amount of effort.

This project is so easy to do, you can enlist the kid’s help. In fact, any kid into craft projects will love to learn how to do this.

The napkin I used measures 18 inches by 18 inches.

Step 1 Fold a Napkin into a Heart

In Step 1 you’ll start with your napkin folded in half.

Step 2 How to Fold a Napkin into a Heart

In Step 2 you fold your napkin in half a second time to make a long rectangle.

Step 3 Fold a Napkin into a Heart

In Step 3 you find the center of the napkin with your finger, and grab one side and bring it upwards to fold.

Step 4 Fold a Napkin into a Heart

In Step 4 you bring the second side up to meet the first side.

Step 5 Fold a Napkin into a Heart

Step 5 is perhaps the trickiest folding. You simply tuck the corners under until you’ve created a heart shape.

Step 6 How to Fold a Napkin Into a Heart

Ta-Da! You did it! Your napkin is now folded into the shape of a heart.

And in case you want to see it on video:

Table Set with Napkins Folded into a Heart

How will you and your family celebrate Valentine’s Day?

Upcycled Glass Jars Projects

Upcycled Glass Jar Projects

I have a complete addiction to glass jars. Not only do I have scores of canning jars, but often times I’ll buy a product simply because I want the glass jar once it is gone! (like these frappacino ones or these candle jars where I remove the wax ).

There are so many creative ways to use glass jars. I wanted to share a few of my favorite upcycled glass jars projects with you.

Upcycled Glass Jars Collage

Which project is your favorite? I really want to try each one!