Tip Tuesday: Choosing A Paint Color

Deciding on a paint color is tough

Mike and I are having a difficult time settling on colors for our master bedroom and bath. We recently moved our furniture around to give the room a fresh look and I realized that it was the wall color that needed to be changed. Besides Lily’s pink bedroom, the rest of our walls are painted in warm earth tones. I want to lighten up the bedroom with a shade of light gray and blue for the bathroom to tie in our Pottery Barn Malika rug.

Today’s tip will give you two ways to reduce the stress of choosing paint colors! After researching for awhile online, I wrote down a few color options and headed to the store to pick up samples. I was able to cut down my choices, as the swatch colors were much different in person then online.

Tip number one: Cut the swatches to only have the color you want in front of you. Most swatches have three to four color options. Trying to concentrate on only the specific color you want while surrounded by others that are so similar is confusing!

Tip number two: Paint the options on more than one wall in the room. As light filters into the room during the day, the color can change depending on where the light hits. You might be fond of a color you tried behind your bed, but might see different hints of colors you don’t like when you view it in an area with more or less light.

We were able to quickly decide on a color for the bathroom, but still puzzled on what to do for our bedroom. Option one is Stonington Gray and option two is Revere Pewter (both from Benjamin Moore). Stonington Gray has an icy feel to it with a bluish tint. Revere Pewter is darker than it’s competition and feels warmer. Because we did a sample behind our bed and closer to natural light we were able to pick up on shades of blue and didn’t like the icy feel. We are leaning towards Revere Pewter, but I think I need to check out more options to be confident with the decision.

In the end using these two tips can help narrow down paint choices and hopefully reduce color confusion! Does anyone have a favorite shade of gray??

 
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Our First Giveaway

** CONGRATS to Susan O’Bryant for winning this Emily Ley giveaway! We will contact you via the email you left with details! Thank you everyone for participating! **

It’s no secret that I am a HUGE fan of all of the amazing goodies Emily Ley creates. I’m lucky that she is also a dear friend and Lily gets to have her charming son, Brady, as a buddy. I am tickled to announce that our first giveaway is not one but two Emily Ley products! Enter to win a Great Day Plate™ and a Simplified “Thank You” Notepad from her new online shop!

Emily and I share a passion to keep our lives organized in a simple way and her Simplified “Thank You” Notepad let’s you just that! Keep track of birthday gifts, presents from showers, holiday presents and kind gestures so you can send a thank you!

Lily has recovered from her ear infection and Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease so today I’m serving all of her meals on her very own Great Day Plate™. Have a child celebrating a birthday, achievement or been on good behavior?? Acknowledge it with a Great Day Plate™! These aren’t just for kids…mommy and daddy can be celebrated too!

So how do you win these awesome goodies?? You have four ways to enter; pin it on Pinterest, tweet it on Twitter, share it on Facebook or Instagram. Once you have shared, pinned, or tweeted the giveaway leave a comment to let us know you did and how you shared it. When you share the giveaway be sure you link it back to this post!

A winner will be selected by random.org and announced this Thursday by 8 pm eastern time. Remember winner is selected by random by the comment you leave, so don’t forget to leave one! The winner will be contacted via the email given when you leave your comment.

So share it to win it and good luck friends!!!

 
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  1. Jen commented:
    July 30, 2012 Reply

    Love you and love Emily Ley products!

  2. megan durling commented:
    July 30, 2012 Reply

    I tweeted! pinned it and facebook’ed about your give away! Makes me feel great knowing I am not the only “crazy” list maker. Love making lists. My husband makes fun of me all the time! 🙂
    Megan

  3. Jami commented:
    July 30, 2012 Reply

    I shared your post on FB, tweeted about the giveaway (I’m hockeyfan928 on Twitter), and pinned it too! Thanks for the giveaway! Love your blog!

  4. Ellie commented:
    July 30, 2012 Reply

    Pinned it for all my “Pin-Crazy” Mama Friends to see 🙂 Huge fan of EL and getting ready to now explore your blog!

  5. Tamara Sims commented:
    July 30, 2012 Reply

    Well, I shared the link on Facebook with a kick a– shout out but I’m not sure how to tweet just yet so that’s a no-go for this slow learner. I’m off to pin it as well as soon as I can figure that out again. How did I become so clueless?! Love me some Lily&Bliss & Emily Ley!!!!

    • Amy Romano commented:
      July 31, 2012 Reply

      Ha you are sweet and funny! It is scary to think how much more technology will change when our girls are in high school!!!

  6. Elizabeth commented:
    July 30, 2012 Reply

    I pinned, tweeted and facebooked it

  7. Emmilee commented:
    July 30, 2012 Reply

    I pinned it and shared it on facebook! I think everyone needs a “great day” plate!

  8. Jessica commented:
    July 30, 2012 Reply

    Love this! I pinned it on my pin board “For the Littles.” http://pinterest.com/jessicafmpls/for-the-littles/

  9. Cheryl Enlow commented:
    July 30, 2012 Reply

    I am so glad I found your blog, it is beautiful! I love Emily’s products and would love to win!! I tweet it, pinned it on Pinterst and posted it to FB.

    • Amy Romano commented:
      July 31, 2012 Reply

      Thanks Cheryl! I took a “happy hour” break and loved reading your blog, and I adore the name!!

  10. Gabrielle Roche commented:
    July 30, 2012 Reply

    I repinned this to 2 different boards on pinterest 🙂 is that all I had to do to be entered? Thanks can’t wait!!!

    • Amy Romano commented:
      July 31, 2012 Reply

      Yep! There are four ways to win–> pin it, share it on Facebook or Instagram or tweet it. Thanks for sharing the giveaway!

  11. Katelyn Landreneau commented:
    July 30, 2012 Reply

    Tweeted, pinned, and shared on facebook 🙂 I love finding new blogs & thanks to emily ley i found yours!!!

  12. Amanda L commented:
    July 30, 2012 Reply

    I did all three! I just recently discovered your blog and these products are so cute! I can’t wait to see more!

  13. Amy commented:
    July 30, 2012 Reply

    I pinned this! Love Emily Ley products!

  14. Gabrielle Roche commented:
    July 30, 2012 Reply

    Ok I tweeted as well!!

  15. Jenn commented:
    July 30, 2012 Reply

    I tweeted and pinned! Fingers crossed!

  16. Kimberly Romano commented:
    July 30, 2012 Reply

    facebook – DONE, pinned – DONE, blogging about it….in process!

  17. Amber M. Phillips commented:
    July 30, 2012 Reply

    I posted this on facebook!!!

  18. Cami commented:
    July 30, 2012 Reply

    Love this giveaway! I just tweeted about it!

  19. Caitlin commented:
    July 30, 2012 Reply

    I facebooked it and pinned!! I love your blog and Emily’s stuff!!!

  20. Elizabeth W commented:
    July 30, 2012 Reply

    Tweet, tweet! Yes, I tweeted! Instead of looking forward to Friday, I’m not looking forward to Thursday! YES!

    • Elizabeth W commented:
      July 30, 2012 Reply

      I guess I’m too excited to type. *I’m now looking forward to Thursday!

      • Amy Romano commented:
        July 31, 2012 Reply

        this made me giggle! I totaly got you the first time- been there!!!

  21. Stacy Brown commented:
    July 30, 2012 Reply

    Such a cute giveaway! I shared it on FB, Tweeted about it on Twitter, and Pinned it on Pinterest! xo

  22. Nancy Austin commented:
    July 30, 2012 Reply

    Just discovered Emily Ley last week. Sigh. Think I’m in love! Posted on facebook.

  23. Nancy Austin commented:
    July 30, 2012 Reply

    Pinned it on pinterest too!

  24. Heather Acosta commented:
    July 30, 2012 Reply

    I shared on Facebook!

  25. Katie O'Keefe commented:
    July 30, 2012 Reply

    I tweeted…thanks so much for this giveaway!

  26. Courtney Hill commented:
    July 31, 2012 Reply

    I pinned it! Look how many comments you have on here! The blog is growing! Love it!

  27. Susan O'Bryant commented:
    July 31, 2012 Reply

    What a sweet giveaway! I pinned it here: http://pinterest.com/pin/7036943138589700/ and, I tweeted it here: https://twitter.com/susanaudrey/status/230305584585515008 ~ Thank you! 🙂

    • Amy Romano commented:
      August 2, 2012 Reply

      CONGRATS!!! I used Random.org and you are the lucky winner of this lovely Emily Ley giveaway! We will shoot you a email with the details!

      • Susan O'Bryant commented:
        August 2, 2012 Reply

        Thank you! 😀 😀 😀 I’m beyond excited! What a sweet giveaway, I appreciate it so much.

  28. Bianca Andrea commented:
    July 31, 2012 Reply

    I would love to win this giveaway plate for my nephew! I pinned & re-tweeted!

    http://pinterest.com/pin/49821139598523280/

    https://twitter.com/BiancaAHammond

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  30. Carrie Jarecki commented:
    July 31, 2012 Reply

    I pinned it! 🙂

  31. Elisa Runyan commented:
    August 1, 2012 Reply

    I Facebooked it! Love, love, love Lily and bliss and Emily Ley! You know if I win, I’ll have to buy 2 more plates;) XOXOXOXOXOXO

  32. Elizabeth commented:
    August 1, 2012 Reply

    I pinned, tweeted and facebooked (is that even a word?!). Oh, and Instagram too! I love emily and her products!

  33. August 1, 2012 Reply

    I pinned all about this! I adore this giveaway. Thanks so much for doing this! Hope to win..
    EOJ

  34. Ruthie commented:
    August 1, 2012 Reply

    I pinned and shared on facebook. I love love love all of these beautiful things!

  35. Shay Cochrane commented:
    August 1, 2012 Reply

    Inspired by both of you ladies! Shared on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/shay.cochrane

  36. Shay Cochrane commented:
    August 1, 2012 Reply

    Also tweeted it via @shaycochrane 🙂 I would LOVE for Vera and Chloe to have these precious plates!!!

  37. Ashlee Proffitt commented:
    August 1, 2012 Reply

    I pinned and facebooked! Such a sweet giveaway! I LOVE Emily Ley and all her amazing products. 🙂

  38. Megan Dennis commented:
    August 1, 2012 Reply

    I pinned, Fb’d and Instagrammed!!! Hope Lily is feeling better and P needs to meet her soon!!! xo Meg

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A New Way To Eat Spaghetti

Being married to an Italian man we frequently eat pasta and I only knew a few recipes prior to meeting him. This one is so simple and has only five ingredients! This makes a good amount, so if you are only making this for two, you can cut it in half and still bake it in a 9×13 or in an 8×8. Or keep it how it is and have it for lunch the next day like we do! I’m not very particular when it comes to marinara and typically we use Classico’s Tomato & Garlic. I have made sauce from scratch a few times and it just takes way too much time. For this recipe I buy one of the best store bought sauces, Rao’s marinara. This stuff is ridiculously expensive for pasta sauce… I’m talking 9 bucks for a jar. BUT I always have the other ingredients on hand, so a $9 meal is pretty good if you ask me! Hope you enjoy a new way to eat spaghetti!

Enjoy!

Spaghetti Squares

16. oz of spaghetti (I use angel hair)
27.5 oz jar of pasta sauce
2 eggs
1 cup skim milk
1 and 1/4 tsp garlic salt
2 cups part skim mozzarilla

-Preheat oven to 425 degrees and coat 9×13 baking dish with spray.
-Break noodles in 2 inch pieces and cook according to the instructions on the box and drain. Do NOT overcook it.
-Beat the eggs, milk and garlic salt. Mix this and the pasta together, slowly adding in 1 and 1/2 cups of the cheese.
-Put the pasta mixture in the dish and bake for 15 minutes.
-Take out of the oven and lower the temp to 350 degrees. Pour the pasta sauce all over the top and sprinkle with the remaining cheese.
-Bake for 30 minutes.
-Let it cool for few minutes and cut  it in squares to serve!

 
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My First Mod Podge Project

I have had a few people email me asking about Lily’s birthday party and where I found the letters spelling “one”. Those letters were a DIY project that was SUPER easy and also pretty darn cheap!

The letters are found at Joann for $2.99 and so was the Mod Podge (in matte) for $5.49. There are some other projects in the future that I will use this glue, so I justified spending that much on glue! To keep in the color scheme of the party I used colored tissue paper that I already had (free!).

The tissue paper was cut in small pieces making it easy to apply around any curves of the letters. To start I poured a small amount of the glue on a paper plate and laid out some wax paper to work on. Using a small foam brush (I already had one, but they are dirt cheap) I applied some of the glue to a small area of the letter.

I quickly started to apply the tissue paper before the glue would dry. After the tissue was on I would brush over it with more glue to help smooth out any bumps. Bumps and creases are inevitable because tissue paper is so delicate. After the first color of paper was glued on I turned the letter upside down to dry and started on the next one. By the time I was done with the “E” the “O” was dry enough for me to start the next color! I applied two layers of tissue paper for each color and three for the yellow so you didn’t see through to the cardboard.

I love these cardboard letters from Joann! Spell out a name, hang your monogram or first initial on a gallery wall or hang a letter with a thick ribbon on your front door after you cover it in moss! There are so many fun projects you can do with these letters and I LOVE that they are so cheap, come in many different sizes, and can stand on their own!

photo cred: Kimberly Photography

 
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  1. Elizabeth commented:
    July 28, 2012 Reply

    Great idea! I don’t remember seeing this in your birthday pics, but I love it!!!

    • Amy Romano commented:
      July 28, 2012 Reply

      Thank you, I wanted to try something different with these letters!

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Having Fun With Vase Fillers

source: Pottery Barn

I enjoy switching out fillers for vases periodically to give new life to my rooms. With new seasons and holidays it’s fun to be playful with your home’s décor. Over the years I have amassed an embarrassing collection of glass vases, mason and apothecary jars filling two large shelves in my garage! Every once in awhile I will purge a few, but it’s empty place gets filled later on with a new find from Pottery Barn or Home Goods.

August is just around the corner so the holiday season will be here before you know it! This year I’m going to have more fun with all my glass pieces and the their fillers. I haven’t decided what I will do so I started putting together a list (I told you before I am a compulsive list maker!) of various objects.

There are simple items from the pantry like pasta, beans and rice that you can fill apothecary jars with and display them on your kitchen counters or above cabinets. I have three glass containers in my bathroom that hold Q-tips, cotton balls and face pads. It gives the bathroom a simple and clean appearance (plus it gives me more space in my drawers!). Have a game room or a den just for the boys? How about filling an empty glass bottom lamp with golf balls or tees? The possibilities are endless! So enjoy this list and have fun!

 

 
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  1. Elizabeth commented:
    July 28, 2012 Reply

    I think I pinned this! What a great list, Amy!!! I know you told me before, but I can’t recollect what you said about what program you use for things like this. Illustrator? Photoshop? I’ve been thinking about purchasing one for this purpose (making pretty graphics for my blog) but I’m clueless. Any insight would greatly be appreciated!
    ~elizabeth

    • Amy Romano commented:
      July 28, 2012 Reply

      Thanks Elizabeth! I use Illustrator to create these graphics and thankfully have been given some pointers from my friend, Emily. This program can do so much and I am slowly learning all the amazing features!

  2. Cindy commented:
    September 11, 2013 Reply

    We have a game room with a ping pong table so I have a canister filled with colored ping pong balls and then we also have a microwave so another has the microwaveable popcorn packets in it. Something to possibly add to your list. 🙂

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A spoon full of sugar….

My poor baby girl is having a rough time right now. Lily has been dealing with teething pain, an ear infection and things got even worse! Seeing some red blisters and a rash forming, I got nervous that she was allergic to her medicine and took her to the doctor again.

Turns out she has Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease on top of everything else. Her doctor says that it is running rampant all over Tampa and that she had seven cases last week alone. There is a 3-7 day incubation period so she could have infected in Tampa or while we were in Puerto Rico. So not knowing exactly where we are during this illness, Lily and I are staying inside for a few days.

The sores in her mouth are what bother her the most, so that calls for cold fruit and popsicles! To stay positive I soak up her constant need for hugs…it makes me melt. On healthy days my little tot wants to climb over ottomans, pull out my Tupperware, and dance to music. But over the last 48 hours she wants to stay in my arms and demands repeat readings of “Brown Bear, Brown Bear” while she rests her head on my arm or lap.

There were more smiles today, so I savor those happy moments while they last.

I leave you with some photos from Puerto Rico before all the trifecta crept in! On our last night there we dined at Il Mulino, a famous italian restaurant from New York. IT WAS AMAZING…and a good story. To make it short…Lily took a late and very long nap so we thought it was safe to assume that she bedtime would be later and we could enjoy a longer meal (I think the sun fried our brains- what were we thinking!!!??).  Lily had a field day screaming (a happy scream to get attention), tugging at the table cloth and flinging my scallops…yep she is not a fan of seafood! Dessert was doggy bagged and we had a family picnic on our hotel floor….which turned out to be a sweet little family moment. And the dessert was orange sorbet (served in a hollowed orange peel) that was one of the best I have ever had!!

I guess I read something funny

 

 
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A Breakfast So Good You Could Have It As Dessert!

You are gonna think I am crazy but this breakfast treat is so delicious that I have had it for lunch, dinner and dessert (but not all in one day!).  It is filling, healthy and tastes like one of my favorite desserts….banana foster! Any dish with warm banana anything is a winner.

This recipe comes from a marvelous food blog, Annie’s Eats, that I discovered via Pinterest. This blog is racked with fantastic recipes. Tired of making your kid the same thing over and over?? Annie has some great ideas here. Looking for more healthy meals or a new menu for the holiday season?? Annie has great ideas as well!

The best part about this dish is that it includes ingredients that I always have, making it a very easy meal. You can also swap out fruits to change it up! I did make one small change to make it a tad healthier and omitted the butter! I have had the dish with and without it and you can’t taste a difference!

So get ready to add a new recipe to your personal favorites people….this dish is that good!

Enjoy!

Baked Oatmeal with fruit
From Annie’s Eats

1 cup old fashioned rolled oats
¼ cup chopped pecans (or walnuts)
½ tsp. baking powder
¾ tsp. ground cinnamon
Pinch of salt
¼ cup light maple syrup
1 cup milk
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2-3 ripe bananas
1 cup blueberries (fresh or frozen), divided

  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and grease a 8×8 baking dish.
  • Mix the oats, half of the nuts, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon and set aside.
  • In a small bowl whisk your egg and then add the milk, vanilla, syrup.
  • Peel and cut your bananas about ½ inch thick and then lay them on the bottom of the dish.
  • Top the bananas with half of your blueberries and then sprinkle with your oatmeal mixture.
  • Next pour your liquids over the oatmeal making sure you stay even.
  • Top with the remaining blueberries and nuts.
  • Bake for 35 minutes (until the top is light brown) and let it cool for 5 minutes.
 
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  1. Courtney Hill commented:
    July 25, 2012 Reply

    Sounds so good!!! I’m going to have to try that!

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Tip Tuesday: Tracking Medication

My poor little girl had her first horrible fever on the flight home from Puerto Rico. She has had small fevers but they have quickly passed and were never over 100. Sunday morning she awoke with a 101.3 fever and after giving her Tylenol we headed for breakfast. I chalked it up to teething and didn’t think much about it as she was still smiling and having a ball flirting with the servers…everything changed a few hours later while on the plane back home.

As she was sleeping on my chest (ah I miss those days!) I could feel her body temperature rise through her pajamas. She would wake up and look up at Mike and me with flushed cheeks and fall back on my chest. She took a few sips of water but didn’t want her lunch. She would fall in and out of small cat naps. She became lethargic and I was freaking out inside. Not being able to get a rectal reading on the thermometer we took it via her armpit and she was at 102.5 (she was not happy and it was so hard to do this!). We tried a cold compress and she ripped the towel off. All we could do is hold her and keep taking her temp. It is unbearable to watch your child fight a sickness and there is nothing you can do. Up until this point I have never really felt needed by Lily. Of course she needed my milk, diaper changes, food and baths….but all she wanted was me. Mike tried to hold her, but tears fell down her cheek and she reached back out for me. As she laid on my chest and rubbed her fingers on my arm it was the first time I felt that Lily knew she needed her mommy.

Towards the end of the flight she started to come around and became a little more playful, which was relieving. As soon as we got of the plane I made a bee line for the bathroom to get a rectal read. I was shocked as it read 103.3 because she didn’t feel as hot, her cheeks were no longer flushed, she was not lethargic and was making her usual noises. I knew then that on the plane her temperature had to be much higher than we thought. We called the on call doctor and took Lily to an urgent care that specializes with children care. Forty-five minutes and two prescriptions later we were on our way home with an ear infection diagnosis.

So today’s tip came to me last night as I placed her medication (Amoxicillin) in the fridge. Remembering this pin I took a sharpie and wrote on a white label sticker the numbers 1 to 10 (she has to take this every 12 hours for 10 days). I then had two columns for am & pm for when I give her each dose. Each day I give her the medicine I will place a check mark in the appropriate spot making it easy for Mike and me to remember what day/dose we are on. Now on her medication bottle there were printed labels all the way around. I wanted to keep the important prescription information and that is why I opted to just stick a sticker on there rather than try and find space on the bottle like the pin showed.

Whenever I would get sick I would always use a Post-it or blank paper and keep track of my dosing. By keeping track on the actual bottle you don’t have to worry about losing the instruction papers. To keep it easy I leave a sharpie next to the plastic syringe so I can mark the bottle after I measure out the medication.

This is the first time we have had to put Lily on any kind of meds so I set up a little nurse station (pic below) next to the fridge where her medication has to be stored. Here is a breakdown:

1. Ear drops (only for pain).
2. Cotton balls to help with the ear drops.
3. Syringes for Amoxicillin and Motrin. I have these placed in a small dish to keep them clean.
4. Thermometer. I took a Sharpie and labeled it with an “R” to stand for the “rectal thermometer”, you don’t want to stick that one in your mouth!!
5. Infants Motrin (I used CVS brand, same ingredients but cheaper).
6. Sharpie for tracking medication and under that are printed information sheets for both meds from the pharmacy (kept these for side effect info).
7. Dosing breakdown from urgent care. They gave us a print out for correct dosing for your child’s wieght for Tylenol and Motrin. This was awesome and something I will keep!

So I hope you do not need to use this tip anytime soon and fingers crossed that my little Lily recovers from this icky thing!

 
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DIY Sweet Favors

photocred: Kimberly Photography

 

The sugar scrub favors created for the baby shower for a dear friend were adorable and super easy to make! Inspired by this pin on Pinterest and with this recipe (from One Good Thing by Jillee), the other lovely ladies who co-hosted with me got together and whipped up these favors in less than two hours!

The simple recipe only called for two ingredients, sugar and Dawn’s hand renewal soap. There were over 50 favors made so we purchased the items in bulk at a wholesale store to help with costs. The Ikea ‘Korken’ jars were big enough to have the baby’s vinyl monogram applied and small enough to fit by the tub, sink or in the shower.

Missy, one of the co-hosts, was able to make the vinyl monograms for free at her husband’s work! With her experience Missy applied the monograms herself prior to us filling them with the sugar scrub, so allow for that time to be included! Her husband’s work doesn’t sell the monograms so look on Etsy as there are many vendors who sell personalized vinyl signs including monograms!

So with a bottle of wine we sat around a table and mixed the sugar and soap in large bowls to the consistency we liked and then scooped the sugar scrub into the jars. Yep…it was that easy!

 
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  1. melissa commented:
    January 6, 2013 Reply

    could this work for a boy baby shower??

    • Amy Romano commented:
      January 6, 2013 Reply

      Sure it could Melissa! I personally would keep the sign the same as I really loved the shower saying! The sign for the favors read: Thank you for attending. From Alisha’s(momma-to-be) shower to yours, please take home a sweet sugar scrub!

      I would tie in whatever color(s) or theme for the boy shower to the favor. We had the baby’s monogram used throughout the party, so we used it on the favors. Using whales or boats and you could use the image on the favor sign or on a piece of paper with a punch hole that’s tied onto each favor.

      So yes you could use this favor for a girl, boy or a neutral baby shower! Hope this helps!

  2. Joannie commented:
    March 12, 2013 Reply

    Hi! i love this idea! i have already the ingredients. i have plain white soap and lots of sugar. would blue food coloring work to make it blue for aa baby boy shower? 🙂

    • Amy Romano commented:
      March 15, 2013 Reply

      Hey Joannie,
      You know I didn’t have to worry about coloring this since the soap already had a light pink tint. I might try a very small batch (like 1/3 cup) and test out how food coloring would work. If you put too much I would be worried how it would work on the skin?? I’m thinking as long as you only use a small dollop to make it a pale blue it would work!!! Or you could keep it white and attach a blue note? Have fun making them!

  3. Tiffanie commented:
    May 6, 2013 Reply

    How big are they jars you used?

    • Amy Romano commented:
      May 7, 2013 Reply

      Hello Tiffanie! These Ikea jars were 17 oz. and just an FYI these jars are no longer sold online, you have to check with your local store!

  4. May 26, 2013 Reply

    Love this idea but where did you get the cute jars and what was the cost? Thanks a million, Denise

  5. May 26, 2013 Reply

    Love this idea but where did you get the jars and what was the cost? Thanks a million! Denise

    • Amy Romano commented:
      May 28, 2013 Reply

      Hi Denise! I purchased the jars from Ikea and they were call the “Korken” jar and cost $2.99. I have a link to the product in the post above. I know the jar is no longer sold online, so check with your local Ikea store to see if they have it in stock!

  6. Debbie Krueger commented:
    October 2, 2013 Reply

    My sister, nieces and I made these for a Saturday baby shower for the other niece…talk about easy and SOOOOO smoothing. We also did a variation just for ourselves with sea salt…also wonderful but it definitely loses a bit of the scent. Thanks for the great idea!

  7. Charlene commented:
    November 4, 2013 Reply

    How much sugar did you use to the soap like what were the measurements

    • Amy Romano commented:
      November 18, 2013 Reply

      Hey Charlene- Since we were making so many favors we made it in bulk with no measurements! I poured some sugar in a bowl and would add small parts of the soap until I reached a consistency I liked. If you are making this for one I would pour sugar in the container you are going to use to measure that way. Then pour that sugar in a bowl and mix in the soap until your desired texture…then scoop your scrub back into the container! Hope this helps….don’t let the “no measurements needed” throw you off…this was the easiest shower gift I have ever made!

  8. Claudia commented:
    January 14, 2014 Reply

    Such a cute idea! I’m planning a baby shower for my sister-in-law and this would be perfect. Just wondering – does it have to be the Dawn Hand Renewal soap or would any other work? Just curious because my sister-in-law is having a boy and was thinking of maybe trying a white soap? And I know this will probably sound dumb considering we use this on our hands all the time – but is it safe to use it as an all over body scrub? Lol

    • Amy Romano commented:
      January 29, 2014 Reply

      Hey Claudia!Like any soap or scrub, I would not use it on any “open” areas if you catch my drift 🙂 or near any open sores or scabs. If you are like me and have really sensitive skin I would suggest using something like Dove’s body wash…and BTW Target’s UP brand has a much cheaper body wash that is exactly like Dove’s!

  9. Jacque commented:
    January 29, 2014 Reply

    I love this idea. Jw, this should work just as well with brown sugar and an actual body wash right? I know I won’t be able to do the color with brown sugar. But I had some brown sugar body scrub before and I loved the smell.

    • Amy Romano commented:
      January 29, 2014 Reply

      Jacque you are totally right! I think if you found a great almond body wash and mix it with brown sugar you would have a great combo!!!

  10. Rebeca commented:
    February 21, 2014 Reply

    Hi,

    I love the monogram and jars you used. Can you tell me where you had the monograms made, size, etc?

    Thank you!
    Rebeca

    • Amy Romano commented:
      February 23, 2014 Reply

      Hey Rebeca- I lucked out with the monograms…one of the other co-hosts works for a company that makes vinyl decals so she made them for FREE!! If you do a quick search online you can come up with tons of companies that can make them for you. The best deals are on Etsy! I would measure out how big the space on the container where the monogram would go and then see if the retailer can make them that size. There is a store on Etsy called Decal Monograms that I know makes & sells very small vinyl monograms. Hope this helps!

  11. cherie commented:
    March 1, 2014 Reply

    we can do

  12. kynda commented:
    October 16, 2014 Reply

    What was ur mixer for the sugar scrub

  13. Jennifer commented:
    November 14, 2014 Reply

    Hi! Love this idea and want to make itk for. My bridal shower. How did you get the mongrsm on the jar?

  14. Sophie commented:
    December 20, 2014 Reply

    does it have to be that soap or can it be any hand soap??

  15. Kathy Pierce commented:
    April 10, 2015 Reply

    I thank you for posting this.They are so cute. I made them for my daughters babyshower.
    I believe our friends and family will really like this scrub. I did tweek it just a bit.

  16. Maureen commented:
    April 22, 2015 Reply

    Can you please tell me the dimensions of the monogram? I’ve not purchased the jars yet…need to order the monograms now.

    Thank you!

  17. alyssa commented:
    December 28, 2016 Reply

    hey i love these! I’m going to make them for my sister in laws shower– i have to make about 80! i was wondering how many you had to make and how much of everything you bought? like for every 20 jars how many bags of sugar and bottles of soap did you buy? Thanks so much!!

  18. Angela Hogwood commented:
    April 23, 2017 Reply

    We did this recipe and it seperated after 3 hours. What did we do wrong?

  19. Dawn commented:
    July 5, 2017 Reply

    Love these favors. I was just curious if you used any scent in these scrubs.

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