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21 Ways to Keep Your Cool When Everything Hits the Fan

Stress happens. Whether at work or school, some days you’re pushed to the edge, you feel the tension all over your body, and you aren’t sure whether to punch something or cry. We’ve all been there. We’ve all had bad days. But it’s not the end of the world (yet), and there are plenty of wholesome and pleasant ways to center yourself again. Here’s a list of 21 ways to keep your cool. Diffuse a soothing blend of essential oils. …

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7 Ways to Re-Purpose Old T-Shirts

The t-shirt is probably one of the most ubiquitous articles of clothing in American society. People like them because they are comfortable, easily customizable in terms of graphic design and color, and inexpensive to manufacture. Ninety percent of my husband’s wardrobe consists of t-shirts given to him by his old employer. As such, they tend to accumulate, as I discovered a few years ago when we were moving house. Why did we have so many? How many t-shirts does one human …

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No-sew blanket instructions.

DIY No-Sew Waterproof Picnic Blanket

Can’t sew? No worries! A bit of fleece, some scissors, and a little patience are all you need for a one-of-a-kind blanket. This no-sew blanket is perfect if you’re looking for a quick, easy project for yourself, the kids, or grandkids. Now, this idea isn’t new; plans abound for knotted, no-sew blankets. For my own no-sew blankets, I like this picture tutorial from Instructables.  I used two 60″ x 82” pieces of fleece for a final blanket that measured about 48×80”. Simple …

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Learn to quilt.

Quilting: Wrap Your Family in Love

When my 14 year-old was a newborn, I chose to resign my teaching position and become a stay-at-home mom.   After three months I found myself in need of a hobby.  My husband suggested I learn how to quilt. It has become a beloved and favorite pastime ever since. The process of quilting is basic and straightforward.  Using a few basic rules, you’re only limited by your creativity and imagination. Quilts come in all sizes: baby, lap, twin, queen, king, or any …

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Helpful notions for knitting and crochet. www.TheSurvivalMom.com

6 Necessary Knitting and Crochet Notions That Won’t Break Your Budget

Over the years I have found that just a few, small items help me with my knitting projects. You can find these at stores like Jo-Ann, Michael’s, Hobby Lobby, and similar stores. I’ve included Amazon links here so you can see what I use and for price comparison. My favorite knitting and crochet notions Stitch Markers — I like brightly colored markers like these because they’re easier to spot on whatever I’m knitting. These are necessary when working on more …

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