Friday, 18 August 2017

How to create your own air freshener

If you are tired of aerosol air fresheners that besides being polluting, they may be toxics, today I share with you a way of creating your own homemade air freshener.

Homemade air freshener

It's a really easy recipe and the result is great, but I have to say that it don't last a lot.


The ingredients are just three, water, baking soda and essential oil.

Ingredients Homemade air freshener

We put in a sprayer a glass of water, two baking soda spoons and two drops of essential oil (I've used a Loto Flower oil)

We shake it well until the baking soda gets well dissolved and taste it, if we think that it leaves low aroma, then we may add a bit more oil.

Talking about the sprayer, firstly I mixed it in the blue sprayer that you may see in the ingredients photo, but finally I put it into an empty perfume sprayer I had because is more comfortable to use and also it makes smaller drops and spread it better.

As said, the recipe is quite fine and by now I haven't appreciated any spot left by it, but it doesn't last a lot, any idea?


EDIT: it works fine over clothes and fabric in general but it leaves rests of baking soda over other surfaces...

I should improve this recipe...

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Homemade Apricot Jam

Summer is here and with it have come the most tasty fruits of the year.

Today I'm going to show you how to prepare a delicious apricot jam at home.

Homemade Apricot jam

Ingredients:

 - Ripe apricots
 - White sugar
 - Half lemon

How to prepare it:

I must say that I made the jam to avoid the apricots get ruined, I had so much of them and they were so riped that I shoud do anything with them or I should throw them to the garbage...

Apricot

First of all you should start cleaning the apricots and then divide and pit them, and then put them in a big pot.

Apricot

Cover them with water and bring them to boil.


Apricot boiling

Leave them boiling for 8 minutes and then drain.


Apricot draining

Grind the apricots with the help of a blender. And weigh the amount of purée you have.


Apricot purée

The way of making jam is easy, the same weigh you have of the fruit you should use of sugar.
As you see I had 653 gr. so, I needed the same amount of sugar.


sugar

Now, put the sugar over the purée in the pot again, take a strainer and add the lemon juice (for this amount of purée I had, I finally used the complete lemon to make the juice, but if don't have so many apricots, probably with half lemon would be enough)

Apricot jam

Heat the pot again (medium temperature), and stir until the sugar dissolves and you will see that it gets to a liquid state, so, you should keep stirring until it thicken, my point is when you lift the spoon and it has a sticky texture a bit dense.

Apricot jam

And when it's a bit less thick than a commercial jam, take it out from the heat, put it in glass jars, and let it cool (it would thicken)

Et voilà, you already have a homemade apricot jam.

Apricot jam

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Activities workbook for summer - DIY

Summer has come and with it has come too the leisure time for the kids, I like to buy kids entertaining activities workbooks just to keep the knowledge acquired during the last course.


Adrian will turn 6 this year, so I've bought him one of those activities books with a bit of all, but Daniel is in that point that he wants to do the same that his brother does, but he doesn't know how to do it yet (he will turn 3 in October)

So, I've decided to make him his own activities workbook:


DIY Summer activities workbook


We only need the printed files, the binder, covers and a beautiful paper to act as cover, I've used gift wrapping paper.


DIY Summer activities workbook - materials

If you don't have a binder you may go to a copy store, I bought this one years ago in the Lidl store, and I think that I will use it a lot in the future.


We cut the gift wrapping paper with a cutter at the same size that the covers.

DIY Summer activities workbook

And die-cut the sheets and the cover, I should advice you that when cutting the wrapping paper, it will be better to put it between other sheets, it's so thin that may bend and it would not be well cut.

DIY Summer activities workbook

Then we place the cardboard at the end, the wrapping paper and the protector to cover and we may bind it.


DIY Summer activities workbook

And voilà, activities workbook finished:

DIY Summer activities workbook

As Daniel is preschooler, I have just added drawings to paint, but if you want to make a custom book, this may serve you as a base, you just have to look for printables adapted to your kids ages.

For instance, I've found some interesting free printables here:
- Education
- All Kids Network
- Jump Start

And for those who are learning English:
- British Council

Friday, 16 June 2017

Leather shoes maintenance

Well, I think that we may assume that the fresh has finished in the north hemisphere and it's time to change the closet and put away the autumn/winter accessories.


But, how should we storage the leather shoes and boots? Have you ever found that a pair of boots you left in a good state the next winter were totally cracked?


To avoid this you just have to make them a bit of maintenance work.

Leather shoes maintenance

During the winter I use to have my boots in a shoerack, but I keep in a closet the boxes with all the fillers that they brought to maintain the shape.


So when the summer comes, I just have to look for the boxes and start filling the boots with the foam and papers to maintain well the shape, mainly with those tall, that are which deform more (I also do this with the Hunter boots, anyway they are so bulky that is the same to keep the boots than the whole box with the fillers)

caja almacenaje botas

After that, I clean them with a sponge or a dry cloth to take out all the dirt and dust over them and when they're clean and dry, I spread over them horse fat with a cloth rubbing well.


Mantenimiento calzado piel

Once finished, I put them in their respective boxes and storage them, until the next autumn.


And you? Do you use any treatment to preserve your boots?

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

You are an incredible person

today I want to share with you a pintable, is really simple but is also something that most of us should remember everyday.

Feel free to save the image above or download the pdf file.

Friday, 31 March 2017

DIY Constellations projector

This trimester in the school, kids were investigating about the Space and I did for mine a little constellations projector that could be used as a visor, putting it in the eye and looking to a light, they can see the stars that form the constellation, or using a flashlight they can project the constelation in a wall.


My kid loved it :)

DIY constellations projector

You will need:

- a Pringles box
- black cardboard cut with the size of the Pringles box aperture
- a sharpie with a color that could be seen over black
- a punch
- constellations images
- wrapping paper and glue to cover the Pringles box (I finally covered it with black masking tape)

Materials projector

There are some constellations images in Internet, I used these:

constellations

You just have to print and cut them to separate, you don't need to do it over the spots lines, because you are just going to use it as a pattern to do the holes with the punch.


making holes constellation


Try to do it over a padding and resistant surface, such as a carpet, trying to do it over the hand is awful.

Put it as centered as you can, and after doing the holes is a good idea to take the paper out and try to make them a bit bigger moving the punch. And write too the name of each constellation with the sharpie.

constellations

Now you have to make a hole in the metallic bottom of the Pringles box (better with a drill, and better in the center..., ahem...)


constellation projector



Now you just have to decorate the Pringles box as you want to and you already have your projector


constellation projector

Now put one of the disks inside the Pringles lid, close it, et voilà, here you have the Leo Constellation:

constellations projector leo

I'm sorry for the photo, it is difficult to do it with the mobile objective....


Friday, 17 March 2017

How to remove musty smells from clothes

Doesn't it happen to you that, specially in winter, some clothes take a musty smell? Well, in that case, don't worry, because it's quite simple to fix, today I bring you a few tricks to recover those clothes.

remove musty smells

The musty smell in clothes may be due to different reasons, sometimes it is simply a thick garment that has not dried well at all, it can be a piece that we've forgotten wet in a corner, or simply that the clothes have been in the washing machine longer than due.
 
Sometimes when washing the garment again that smell doesn't go away, if is your case, try these tricks:

- If you forgot clothes in the washer and now you have musty smell in them, you just have to go back washing programming by adding a cup of baking soda in the detergent compartment.

- If the towels have not dryed well and smell musty, you have to wash them again in the washer with two cups of white vinegar , then tend them and make sure they get completely dry (in addition to removing the smell they will be softer by the descaling effect of vinegar)

- If you have clothes with a very strong odor, put them in the washer and replace detergent by a glass of apple cider vinegar . If you want to increase the effectiveness, you can also add half a cup of lemon juice and a cup of baking soda .

By now, it has been enough for me to wash clothes with a glass of apple cider vinegar to remove smells, and don't worry, the laundry will not smell like a salad ;)