mod podged glass container {a tutorial}

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There’s just something special about gifting (and receiving) baked goods for the holidays. It’s a thoughtful gift that is practically guaranteed to put a smile on the face (and belly!) of the recipient. And when you add a touch of creativity to an otherwise plain-jane container, it takes a great gift to the next level…

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Step 1: I wanted to add a creative and fun touch to my container, and what better way than to Mod Podge the recipe I used onto the outside? And because I know you’ll want to know, I used this Softbatch Cream Cheese Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe from Averie Cooks. They are so very delicious, and everyone who tries one agrees! Just print out your recipe onto plain paper, and mod podge onto the outside of your container. Let dry, and seal with two coats of Mod Podge.

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Step 2: While waiting for the container to dry, I traced my lid, cut out the paper, and mod podged the paper onto the lid and sealed with two coats of Mod Podge.

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Step 3: To add a bit of interest to the outside of the container, I wrapped it with sewing thread and secured each end to the back of the container with Mod Podge. For my second glass container, I wrapped it with twine, mod podged a holiday embellishment to the front, and mod podged a paper doily to the lid.

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And that’s it! A simple and festive container that your recipient will love (almost as much as they’ll love what’s inside)!

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Glittered Place Cards {a tutorial}

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Want to know a secret about me? I love, love, love browsing in craft stores–there’s always so much goodness to be found and I could browse for hours. While doing the aforementioned browsing the other day, some plain chalkboard and cork tags caught my eye. I knew that I could combine them with glitter and mod podge and make something amazing!

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Mod Podge
Tags of Any Shape
Twine for Hanging
Spouncer or Foam Brush

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Step 1: Tape off an area on your shape that you want to add glitter to. You can tape off a section (gives the shape a “dipped” look), add a stripe, or experiment with other ways. Use your spouncer to apply Mod Podge to your taped-off section.

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Step 2: Apply glitter to the Mod Podged area. For lighter colors (especially on the darker chalkboard), you may want to apply two coats (letting each coat dry fully before applying the second).

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Remove the tape and let dry.

The crafting possibilities here are endless. I love these tags for placecards, but I also think they’ll have home in my holiday gift wrap this year.

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So tell me, what’s your favorite way to decoupage with glitter? I’d love to know!


3 tips for a healthier home

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Everyone has a favorite season, and Spring is definitely mine. If you’re one of the millions, though, that suffer from seasonal allergies, Spring can definitely feel less like a friend, and more like a foe. Allergies and asthma symptoms can be aggravated, and it’s hard to know where to start to feel relief.

healthy home tips

For me, it makes the most sense to start in the home. So today, I’m sharing 3 easy tips for creating a healthier home. In that vein, I am so thrilled that Bona is introducing the NEW Bona Free & Simple® Hardwood Floor Cleaner, which is now certified and approved by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America.

This non-toxic, effective hardwood floor cleaner removes at least 93.33% of allergens from hard surface floors, and is free of dyes and scents. It cleans effectively and is hypo-allergenic, so it is safe for allergy-sensitive families.

Here’s a before shot of my floors. There’s definitely a buildup of pollen and other allergens in this part of the home, as the kids and I are in and out of the back door often.

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Just spray (or purchase the cartridge bottle that goes right into your Bona mop), wipe, and you’re done.


And that’s it! Floors are clean, shiny and, most importantly, free of allergens and residue.

healthy home tips

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Another easy tip to a healthier home? Compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs)! CFLs can save three-quarters of the electricity used by incandescent bulbs, and the cost to light your home with CFLs is less than one-third of the cost of lighting your home with incandescent bulbs. While CFLs cost more, they last longer and use less energy.


And lastly, another easy tip for a healthy home is to check the safety of your drinking water. You can do this either by calling your local municipality for water-test results, or purchase a water test kit at your local home improvement store. If needed, install a water filtration system to ensure clean and healthy drinking water.

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So tell me, what is your favorite tip for a healthy home?