DIY Hand Sanitizer

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In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, with shortages on essentials at the grocery store and a more urgent need to keep things clean, I found an easy way to make your own hand sanitizer using just a few ingredients.

For this recipe, you can use any essential oil you like. Although some are better for their cleaning your hands than others. I used tea tree oil, which has antibacterial, anti-fungal, and antiseptic therapeutic properties. Below, I have listed other essential oils that are great for keeping your skin clean.

Essential Oils

Chamomile: antibacterial, anti-infectious

Lemon: anti-infectious, antimicrobial, antiseptic, antiviral, astringent

Lemongrass: anti-fungal, anti-infectious, antimicrobial, antiseptic, astringent

Lavender: antibacterial, anti-infectious, antimicrobial, antiseptic

Peppermint: antibacterial, anti-infectious, antiseptic, antiviral

Sweet Orange: antibacterial, antiseptic

Spearmint: antiseptic

Tea Tree: antibacterial, anti-fungal, antiseptic, antiviral


  • 1/3 c. aloe vera gel
  • 2/3 c. Isopropyl Alcohol 90% (or more)
  • 5 – 10 drops essential oil of choice
  • 2 3oz. plastic bottles


  1. Combine aloe vera gel, isopropyl alcohol, and essential oil in a bowl.
  2. Pour mixture into 2 plastic bottles.

These hand sanitizers are small enough to carry with you in your purse or bag. The bottles shown in the photo are 3 oz. silicone bottles.

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Spicy Roasted Chickpeas


If you’re looking for a healthy alternative to greasy fried snacks, give this recipe a try! These Spicy Roasted Chickpeas are healthy and irresistible! This recipe has only 4 ingredients and was easy to make. I found the recipe on and decided that one can of beans wasn’t enough so I doubled the recipe. Although the cayenne pepper gives the roasted beans a good kick, I would like to experiment with chili power and other spices in the future.

Ingredients:                                                                    IMG_3220

2 – 15.5 oz. cans chickpeas (garbanzo beans)

2 Tbsp. olive oil

1 tsp. cayenne pepper

salt (to taste)


1. Heat oven to 450 degrees. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil or parchment paper.

2. Drain and rinse the chickpeas. Mix the chickpeas in a bowl with oil, salt, and cayenne pepper. Spread the chickpeas in an even layer on the baking sheet.

3. Roast the chickpeas in the oven for 15 minutes. Shake or stir the chickpeas in the pan and return the pan to the oven for another 15 minutes until brown and crunchy. Enjoy!IMG_3223

Creamed Spinach Pastry Cups


I made these Creamed Spinach Pastry Cups this Christmas and they turned out to be a tasty little appetizer. I found the recipe on MyRecipes. The frozen pastry cups were easy to make, and I love the low-fat cream cheese! For my variation, I used Pepperidge Farm Pastry Cups instead of Athens, which might be smaller than what’s called for. Although I used more of the pastry cups, there was no spinach mixture left over. To save on cost I used shredded Parmesan cheese instead of Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese.

Ingredients:                                                                             IMG_3192

2 Pkgs. Pepperidge Farm Puff Pastry Cups (24 ct.)

1 Tbsp. olive oil

2 tsp. minced garlic

12 oz. baby spinach (coarsely chopped)

1/4 tsp. salt

2 Tbsp. heavy whipping cream

3 oz. 1/3 less fat cream cheese

1 oz. shredded Parmesan cheese (for topping)


1. Prepare the puff pastry cups according to package directions.IMG_3193

2. Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add oil and garlic. Cook garlic 1 minute or until fragrant.

3. Coarsely chop spinach. Add half of chopped spinach to pan. Cook for 2 minutes or until wilted, stirring frequently. Add remaining spinach and cook for an additional 2 minutes or until wilted, stirring frequently. Sprinkle mixture with salt and toss.                                                       IMG_3198

4. Stir in heavy whipping cream and cream cheese. Cook for one minute or until cheese is melted. Remove pan from heat.

5. Spoon about 1 tsp. spinach mixture into each pastry shell. Sprinkle with shredded Parmesan cheese and serve!


DIY Key Fob Wristlet


This Christmas, I wanted to make a small gift for everyone that was not only handmade but useful. These key fob wristlets were the perfect solution. Who isn’t always looking for their keys or a way to keep track of them?

I found the cotton webbing and key fob hardware sold together on Ebay.  I bought each roll of ribbon for $1 and Stitch Witchery at Michael’s. Putting it all together required dusting off the sewing machine and brushing up on some simple sewing, but, it was fairly easy!

The cotton webbing I used was 1.25″ wide so I chose ribbon that was 1″ wide, so there would be a border on both sides of the ribbon. My key fob hardware was also 1.25″ wide. The key fob hardware should be the same width as the cotton webbing.

Materials:                                                                                    IMG_3171



sewing machine



cotton webbing

Stitch Witchery

key fob hardware


1. Measure and cut the cotton webbing. I measured mine to be 12″, but feel free to make yours as long or short as you would like.


2. Measure the Stitch Witchery and ribbon to be as long as long as the cotton webbing.

3. Follow the directions on the Stitch Witchery to bond the ribbon to the cotton webbing. After ironing the ribbon on to the cotton webbing, allow time for it to cool or dry.

4. With a sewing machine, sew a straight line down both sides of the ribbon for the entire length of the cotton webbing.


5. Trim any stray threads from the ends of the cotton webbing. Fold the cotton webbing in half so the ends are even. Using the sewing machine, sew the two ends together.



6. Evenly place the sewn ends of the cotton webbing into the key fob hardware. Use pliers to firmly clamp the hardware onto the cotton webbing. You may choose to use a cloth to cover the hardware when you are using the pliers. This keeps the hardware from being scratched by the pliers.

7. Attach a key ring.


DIY Crate Pet Bed


My cat had been sleeping in a cardboard box for years and was due for an update. I came across this DIY crate pet bed on Pinterest from a blog called Meet the B’s. This blog was about The Great Crate Challenge, where several bloggers purchased the same crate from Michael’s and came up with different ideas for repurposing the crate. I decided to give this one a try myself.



wooden crate

wooden pegs (for the legs)

paint brush

wood glue

gray wood stain

Americana Decor chalky finish

permanent marker



Using a hammer, remove the top two pieces of wood to create the “front” of your pet’s bed. Next, paint the crate with wood stain, let the stain sit for about 10 minutes, and wipe away excess stain with paper towel.

IMG_3022 I also followed the “white wash” technique from this blog. Just mix 1/3 paint with 2/3 water.

Paint the crate with the “white wash” and wipe away excess with paper towel. Don’t forget to use the same techniques on the legs.

Once the paint is dry, glue the legs to the bottom of the crate. Allow time for the glue to dry.



To get the design on the front of the crate, I chose a font from Microsoft Word and typed the word Kitty (choose anything you would like for your pet) in large letters onto a blank document and printed the document. To get the scroll design, I searched “scroll typography” online, and chose a design I liked from “images”. Print out your image also.

I learned this wonderful transfer technique from the blog as well. First, cut out your words and designs to fit your crate.

1. Using a pencil, scribble on the back of the word and design, covering the entire area the you want on the crate.

2. Place the scribbled side down on the crate, positioning the design where you would like it to be.

3. With a pencil, trace the outside edges of your words and design. This will press the scribbled pencil onto the crate and give you an outline of your design.

4. Lastly, fill in your words and design. I used a black Sharpie, but feel free to use paint as well.

For the finishing touch, place a blanket or pillow in the crate and you’re done!

How to upcycle soup cans for storage and organization


Instead of throwing away or recycling soup cans, save them for storage and organization. Old soup cans can be used for organizing and storing supplies for the office, crafts, art, you name it! Whether you choose  to display them, or use them in a box or drawer is up to you. Make sure the cans are clean and dry, without any sharp edges.

Supplies:                                                                                                                                                   IMG_2113

soup cans

craft paint

ribbon, yarn or twine

paint brushes

decorative paper


IMG_2116Step 1:

I covered one of the soup cans in decorative paper. This was quick and easy! Choose the paper you would like to use and lightly trace the size of the can onto the paper with a pencil. It is also helpful to wrap the paper around the can to make sure you have enough to go around. Cut the paper to fit the can.

Step 2:

Next, I used a paint brush to paint tacky glue onto the can. Carefully place the paper onto the can and press or smooth lightly to adhere the paper to the can. Allow to dry.

IMG_2115Step 1:

For the other two cans, I used white craft paint on one, and bronze on another. Feel free to choose any color you would like. I needed two coats of the white paint and three coats of the bronze to make sure there weren’t any see-through spots on the can. Allow to dry between coats.

IMG_2118Step 2:

For a finishing touch, I wrapped a silver/white piece of twine around the bronze can and a deep purple twine around the white can. Just measure out enough to wrap around the can several times, and then tie in a bow. You’re finished!

How to frame calendar pictures


If you’ve ever saved an old calendar because you like the pictures, now is the time to get those out and make them useful! Calendar pictures can make inexpensive decorations for your wall. If you don’t have an old calendar lying around, you could try looking for a discounted calendar from a previous year at a store. For my picture, I used an old calendar that I saved and a cheap frame that came with matting at a craft store.




old calendar






Step 1: 

Choose the picture you want to use from your calendar. Use the matting to center the part of the picture you want to use.


Step 2:

Lightly trace the outside of the matting on the picture. Cut along the lines you traced.


Step 3:

Place the matting back into the frame. Fit the picture into the frame and replace the back of the frame. You’re finished!


How to scent candles with essential oils



Candles not only give off a warm glow, but they can add fragrance to any room. Put those boring unscented candles to good use by adding essential oils.  Scenting an unscented candle can be quick and easy.

As a safety precaution, do not add oils to the candle while the candle is burning.

Step 1: 

Light the candle and allow it to burn until there is a pool of melted wax in the candle.

Step 2:

Blow out the candle and wait for the wick to stop smoking.

Step 3:

Add several drops of your favorite essential oil or a combination of essential oils.

Step 4:

Allow wax to cool.

The next time you light your candle, it will fill the room with beautiful fragrance! This process may need to be repeated as the scent diminishes.

How to make shoe boxes into decorative storage boxes




Save those shoe boxes taking up space in your closet and upcycle them into something useful! Empty shoe boxes can be great for organizing clutter, and with just a little paper and glue, they can made into decorative storage boxes. I bought wrapping paper from a dollar store for two of the boxes shown above. For the third box, I clipped my favorite pictures from old magazines for a tropical theme.



wrapping paper, magazine clippings, or other paper

glue stick


shoe box






Step 1:

Measure out and cut enough wrapping paper to wrap just the bottom of the box. Set the top of the box aside for now. Keep in mind that you won’t need to wrap all the way around the box. Leave about 1″ to 2″ extra paper around the top of the box so you can fold the paper and glue the edges on the inside of the box.



Step 2: 

Apply glue to the sides of the box one at a time and firmly and evenly press the paper to the side of the box.




Step 3:

Glue and fold in the ends of the paper as you would if you were wrapping a present.




Step 4:

Fold the top edges into the box and glue.



Step 5:

Repeat the same instructions to wrap and glue the top of the box.



To decorate your box with magazine clippings, you will need the same supplies. For this one, I used Mod Podge instead of a glue stick. You can decide to carefully lay out each piece, or you can make a collage.