These are some really great uses for Unpaper Towels!

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A collection of fans on my Someday Sarah Facebook page got together and thought about all the different ways that they use their unpaper towels in their homes.   An  “unpaper towel” is basically a Re-usable cloth that can replace the use of disposable paper towels around the house.   With three kids in the house, we go through a number of cloths each day and use them in all kinds of ways.  This list is not complete in any way.   This dialogue  began because I actually don’t use my unpaper for making bacon.  But some do.   

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And here is the reason this conversation got started.   I couldn’t bring myself to put bacon on my pretty cloths so, I used a left over birthday napkin.

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I’m happy to say that I won’t be needing paper napkins for parties anymore too because I now have these are am so excited to have them for our upcoming February birthday parties!  

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Have you tried using Unpaper towels yet?  As you can see with my Bacon dilemma, it doesn’t have to be an all or nothing adventure!


We’ve had some fun OUTSIDE!

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Happy New Years!!!

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We made some ice for the kids to play with today by our outdoor fire pit.  They made patterns and used them as blocks with their dad (while I hid inside the warm house sewing up a new project for myself).    Last night, I braved the cold and roasted marshmallows with the kids and they had a lot of fun playing on their icy slide for their New Years Eve Party!

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Eeek!  I tend to burn my marshmallows!

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Someday Sarah Now Stocking On Hyena Cart!

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I had a great time needle felting some soakers this week.  I’m not sure which one I like the best!  The “Monster” soaker was designed by my 5 year old son and he is so excited about it.  It is pretty amazing to capture his art in wool.  He’s done a few more ready for me to work on.   He came home for school asking if I’d finished the next one yet. The second one is all of my favourite things combined (and some of your from a poll I did on my FB page).   I am a huge fan of woodland creatures and gnome homes.     Of course, there are some knits and some footies.  Can you believe my littlest doesn’t have footies!?   His poor feet are so cold tonight.  It’s definitely on my “to do” list.   These are all available on my Someday Sarah shop on Hyena Cart


600 Fan Giveaway on Make It Canadian, Eh!

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600 Fan Giveaway

We are so excited to have reached 600 fans on Make It Canadian, Eh!   I have always wanted to have a shop.   Since as far back as I can remember.   When I first met my DH, we used to talk about the shop that we would have one day.  I was going to make crafty things and he was going to sell vinyl records.   I named my shop Someday Sarah, even back then in 1995.   Come forwards a few years and I’ve learned that shops aren’t that easy to come by.   It takes a lot of work and dedication and over the last few years I’ve learned it takes the support of many others online!   I’m am so happy to be “surrounded” by so many amazing WAHM’s all across Canada who have come together and built this new amazing Congo with me.   We have all done it together with lots of work and dedication.    So after six months and 600 fans we are ready to give back to the fans with a huge giveaway!!!!  

Giveaway opens on Monday, October 7th 2013 and will Close on Friday, October 11th, 2013

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Wordless Wednesday – Pizza Wednesday – Dairy Allergies.

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It can be hard for kids with food allergies when schools have “food events” so we’re making it fun today!  It’s pizza day at school and this means that we buy pizza the night before.  It’s a yummy potato pizza slice.

 

And for a closure it just folds over –



Cloth Wipes for Noses and Faces

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Cloth Wipes for Noses and Faces

Cloth Wipes for Noses and Faces

As a family of 5 we go through sooooo much paper!  We use paper for crafts, paper for bums, tissues for noses and paper towels for hands and faces.   My ongoing goal is to reduce our use of paper.  So far, we use – recycled paper for crafts, cloth wipes for baby bum and now finally I have completed my stash of cloths for faces and noses.   Even  though cleaned well, we use separate wipes for the babies bum and for faces.  I looked forever to find a container for my cloths and finally yesterday I got it at Michaels Craft Store.    How do you reduce paper use in your house?


It’s Birthday Time Again!

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 I have the benefit of having 2 birthdays at the same time.   Not the same day, but close enough.   So, every year I try to come up with some eco-friendly form of loot bag or gift for the kids to take home or play with during the party.   One year I did capes – those were awesome and some of the kids still play with them. I highly recommend those!  For the capes, I sewed a loot bag for each to match with the child’s initials on them.

Last year I did crowns for the kids to decorate themselves.  For the crowns, I put them in brown paper bags.  

This year, I did crayons!  I see so many awesome crayons on Etsy and thought, “Easy, I can do that!”  Well, not so easy!  I’ve been working on this on and off for about 2 weeks and I’m finally done.  I started off by pealing the crayons with my finger nails – ouch!  Then I switched to a knife – scary dangerous!  Then a carrot peeler – um, still dangerous.  Finally, my hubby says, “why don’t you just put them in water?”  He’s so smart!   And for the record – rubber ice cube trays do melt!   Not exactly what I had envisioned, but done!   This year I’ve chose another Etsy WAHM to make my loot bags for me.   We’re going to give out re-usable sandwich bags from The Straight Stitch this year and I’m so excited to see how they turn out!  Do you have an eco-friendly idea for loot bags?  Please share!


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I will do almost anything to get my kids to sleep!

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I sew and knit while they sleep, I NEED them to sleep!

Do you remember my blog post No Sleep?  Well we’ve got the littlest of the littles going to sleep a little better than his brother and sister.   The bigger two on the other hand, DO NOT LIKE TO SLEEP!

For quite a while, I was able to make little polymer clay buttons to bribe my two oldest to go to bed quietly but after a month or so, they got more and more creative with the types of buttons that they wanted and were making it more and more difficult (and time consuming) for me to reward them…. “I want a green monkey, wearing a green hat on a green pillow on a button” and  “I want a princess with a bow in her hair wearing a pink dress with blond hair but she has to have braids and they have to go all the way around her….”

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This was some of my earlier bribery….

After the button bribery was all done (and no longer effective at all), we did stars on the fridge.   If you get 10 stars, we will buy you a movie. Well we didn’t think that out so well because the movie chosen by my 6 year old, involved a certain doll character and left a lot to be desired.  I really don’t like to play it for her which makes it a lousy example of what happens when you go to sleep nicely.  Does she want to earn any more stars – NOPE!

So tonight as I’m putting the littles to sleep,  in the sweetests of voices the oldest of the littles says, “Mama, will you make Barbie some jammies?”   Well, really, do I want to spend my night making fashion accessories for my, not so favourite character? – NO!  So, knowing that this little one of mine NEVER goes to sleep without a fuss, (so I won’t actually have to do it) I agree to make her a sleeping bag.   And then …. 5 minutes later…. silence.   And here it is.  So I guess this is the new bribery.   She has 7 Barbies; sewing these will buy me 7 nights of silence.

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What crazy things have you done to get your littles to sleep?