Baby Shower DIY: 3 Creative Ways to Give Diapers

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If there was a frequent flier card for baby showers, I could have traveled the world by now. With over 100 cousins between my husband and me, there are lots of baby showers on our calendars. Having thrown several showers myself, and becoming a mother to two boys, I feel I’ve learned a thing or two along the way. When it comes to baby showers, you can’t go wrong with giving diapers. And when it comes to diapers, you can’t go wrong with Huggies—specifically Huggies Little Snugglers Plus from Costco.

These diapers are the most absorbent diapers I’ve used and they are only available at Costco. The “Plus” in the diaper’s name indicates the  increased quality and softness. I have used these diapers exclusively with my youngest son and can tell you they are the best. We switched to the larger version, Huggies Little Movers Plus, with my older son when he was about 18 months old and I was amazed how well they worked. The biggest difference was that he finally stopped waking up from over-soaked diapers in the middle of the night because these diapers are so absorbent. This is all thanks to their Leak Lock® that offers 12 hours of protection.  Take my advice, better diapers = better sleep for baby and you.

Today I want to show you how diapers–a sometimes dull but always necessary gift–can be dressed up to be exciting and cute. After all, presentation is everything. All of the following crafts present diapers as seriously precious, yet still practical gift. And, of course, they are all made using Huggies Little Snugglers Plus. (You can also make them using Huggies Little Movers Plus if you ever attend an adoption shower for an older child.)

DIY Baby Shower Wreath

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*I spent a long time creating a wreath I hadn’t seen on Pinterest before.  I love how it turned out!  But I must add that without decorations, the diapers don’t exactly look new–so be sure to add some bling! ;)

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The next project is the DIY Diaper Bouquet.

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This bouquet would make a cute centerpiece for a baby shower and it’s great to send home with the expectant mother afterwards.

And finally, the classic Diaper Cake.

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The diaper cake is really quite easy to make.  I like to place the rolled diapers around a jar so I can place a little surprise on the inside.  It is made by placing the rolled diapers all around the jar, then tying them in place with a string.  I did two layers of this on the bottom, one on the middle tier, and then made the top tier (bottom right photo) to be placed over the top of the jar like a lid.  I made the diaper cake on top of a piece of white card board, and when I finished, I cut around it to create a base.  Then I used a hot glue gun to secure the jar onto the cardboard–making the cake more travel friendly.

The best part about these three crafts is that I made them all using the same box of Huggies Little Snugglers Plus diapers–and I had a ton of extra diapers to spare!  As I mentioned earlier, I found them at Costco.  At my location, they are placed towards the back just on the other side of the milk refrigerators.  The red box is used for sizes Newborn, 1, and 2, and the purple boxes hold sizes 3, 4, 5, and 6.

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Right now Costco is having a sweet deal where you can get Huggies Little Snugglers Plus for $31.49 after a $6 discount and FREE SHIPPING, and Huggies Little Movers Plus for $36.99 after the $6 discount also with FREE SHIPPING.  These deals go from 9/1 to 9/25.  And beginning in August, Huggies Little Snugglers Plus will also be available in size Newborn for $29.99 at select locations and online.  To find a Costco near you, use their store locator.

Once again, one box of Huggies Little Snugglers Plus (size 1) was able to make all three of the projects below with lots to spare.  I’m officially stocked up and ready for the next baby shower on my calendar (which is this week!).

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Have any other creative ways to give diapers?  I’d love to know!  Please comment below.

Jane Dress (continued)

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Wrap dress / Lace Dress / Floral Tee dress

First off, I know what you’re thinking.  Kara, did you just spend the past hour trying to compile three images of yourself into one?  Yes, yes I did.  Why?  Not quite sure.  I just thought it would be awesome plus look super impressive on my resume…

“…can hold breath for 45 seconds, once illegally crossed an international border (on accident) and can photoshop one person into the same photo multiple times.”

Let me know if you want me to do it for you too.  Senior pictures, newborns, engagements, send them my way and I’ll stick you in them again and again.  Impress people.  Win friends.  Pretend you have a legitimate twin online.

I’m thinking of charging like $5 an image.  Just email me if interested ;)

Onto other things, all of the dresses above were ordered from Jane.com.

A couple of weeks ago I showed you a side-by-side comparison of the center dress above from Jane.com and another similar dress that sold for more than twice as much from a different company (see more here).  After ordering the dress and two others I wanted to do a follow up report.

One dress is $88 and unlined, the other is $34.99 and lined. Almost identical!

The white dress is great quality.  It survived my 18 month old walking all over in his shoes while I was wearing it.  There wasn’t even a single tear in the lace.  The lining is decently thick and almost longer than the lace itself.  The only thing I added was a half tee that had cap sleeves since the lining is more of a tank top cut.

The wrap dress is super long, which I love since I’m 5’9.  It’s a mock wrap, meaning the skirt is sewn so it can’t open up all the way the way a real wrap dress can–which is good since I’ve had some incidents with wrap dresses in the past (wind is not my friend).

The t-shirt dress is super soft and comfortable.  It would work well for maternity too.

All the dresses are between $21.99 and $34.99 and are currently on Jane.com.  See below for the direct links.

Wrap dress

Lace Dress

Floral Tee dress

 

How to Wax Your Eyebrows at Home

How to shape and wax your own eyebrows

(Please note the “after” is immediately after removing the wax, which is why the pencil isn’t blended and the skin is a little red.)

The first time I ever shaped by eyebrows I was in 7th grade. My mom whipped out some eyeliner and traced where my eyebrows should be. She then instructed me to pluck the hairs that fell outside of that shape. The more I plucked, the better I looked (I thought). So I kept going. Ambitiously. Fervently. Until my mom came back in and said, “Oh. You should probably stop now.” But it was too late, and I had to live the next few months with the infamous “tadpole” eyebrows. Luckily, back then thin eyebrows were all the rage, so I didn’t look too out of place. Funny how times change. Nowadays when I do my eyebrows,they usually come out looking thicker than they did when I started (see above).

A few years ago, I got tired of plucking and decided to try out waxing. I got some Surgi-Wax from my local Sally’s and went for it. With some practice, it’s actually quite easy.  They have 4 stars out of 5 on Amazon.  It’s the best wax I’ve used as it’s great at pulling out the hair without sticking to the skin.

–This is not a sponsored post.  I just really like this wax.  I have included some affiliate links, meaning if you buy anything from sites I link to I may get a small commission at no expense to you.–

How to Wax Your Eyebrows at Home

Summary:

How to wax your own eyebrows

Extended explanation

1.Gather supplies.Supplies for waxing your eyebrows at home.

From left to right:
Surgi-Wax: for removing hair
NYX brow pencil: to outline desired shape and fill in sparse areas after shaping
popsicle stick: to apply the wax
mascara wand: to brush the eyebrow hairs during shaping, and to help with trimming
tweezers: to get any extra hairs
cuticle scissors: to trim long hairs
melaluca oil/ tea tree oil: helps reduce pain after waxing and remove residue

2. Begin with clean brows.

Waxing eyebrows at home.

**I also recommend not wearing huge, ridiculous eyelashes like I am.  I thought they would look good in the tutorial photos, but they don’t make much sense when it comes to waxing.  I had to be really careful not to get them in the wax. (They are the Iconic from House of Lashes if you are wondering.)

3. Outline desired brow shape.

How to wax your eyebrows at home-- outline desired shape first.

I’ve included some shaping tips at the bottom of this post if you need some pointers.

3. Trim eyebrows.

scissors

Using the mascara wand, brush your eyebrow hairs up.  Any hairs that go past the outline you have drawn should be trimmed by the cuticle scissors.  Do the same thing if there are any hairs that go far below the bottom line.

4. Wax eyebrows.

How to wax your eyebrows at home.

The trick with using Surgi-wax is to make sure that you get it hot enough.  It should be very liquidy.  I’ve found that I usually need to microwave it longer than it suggests.  I heat it until it flows almost as well as water, then I let it cool until it’s still hot, but not hot enough to burn my skin.  Using the popsicle stick, I carefully apply the wax in the direction of the hair growth (no muslin is needed for this wax).

Once it has hardened and completely cooled, I rip it off in the opposite direction of the hair growth.  Then I immediately apply tea tree oil to the area with a cotton ball.  This helps to relieve the sting, remove any excess wax, and care for the skin.

Done!

Shaping and waxing your eyebrows at home.

You will note the slight redness from the wax.  This usually fades after an hour and is easily covered by makeup, though I recommend leaving makeup off for a little bit to keep your pores clear.

At this point, I typically dye my eyebrows so I don’t have to fill them in as much.  I have an eyebrow tinting tutorial you may want to check out.

If you need some help with shaping, here are some very basic guidelines.

Basic guide for how to shape your eyebrows

How much does it cost to throw a 5k?

How much does it cost to throw a 5k? This race director opens up.The first time I realized people paid money to run I was baffled. Why would you pay to do something you can do for free? As someone who didn’t enjoy running at the time, I didn’t understand the motivation behind organized races, especially paying to race. I also thought the race organizers had to be making a ton of money by charging people to run–which should be virtually free.

How much does it cost to throw a 5k? This race director opens up.

Imagine my surprize when I decided to throw a 5k and I realized it would cost well over $1,000 just to throw the race.

I have since learned that when you register for a race, you aren’t just paying to run, you’re paying for a safe course, for a community experience, to help a good cause, and to have some fun competition.

With that said, I had a super hard time trying to find out how much a race would cost to put on, so I thought I would share it here for anyone else wondering.

How much does it cost to throw a 5k? A race director opens up.

How much does it cost to throw a 5k?

Answer: About $3,000

  1. City permit.  For the city of Lehi, I had to pay a $20 application fee and a $100 deposit (which I still haven’t gotten back).
  2. Insurance.  In order to attain the city special event permit, I had to buy event insurance.  For the Rescue Run, our policy cost us $585 through Farmer’s Insurance.
  3. Facility Use.  Our race started and ended at an elementary school.  It cost us $95 an hour to rent the parking lot.  Three hours meant $285.
  4. Restrooms.  We had two port-a-potties on site that amounted to $220.80 altogether.
  5. Police Assistance.  Our city generally requires at least 2 police officers for a minimum of 2 hours at $50 an hour each.  Luckily, one of our personal friends is a sergeant and he volunteered his time and received permission from the city to work the event alone.
  6. Shirts.  This item will vary based on the number of participants.  Our total was $853. (We used Prodigy Promos.)
  7. Bibs and Medals.  We gave the first 3 males and females 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place medals.  Children also recieved a medal, and the first 20 people after 1st, 2nd, and 3rd also received a medal.  Our total: $110.23  (We used Express Medals.)
  8. Race Equipment.  Race blow up arch, sound system, tables, etc. $300 ( I Run Utah and Plan-it Rentals.)
  9. Signage. We printed 20×30 photos from Costco and glued them to foam boards from the dollar store and stakes from Home Depot.  Total: $190.
  10. Water and bananas.  We got a $25 card from Costco, the total before the card was about $36.
  11. Advertising.  We spent $18 on a website, and then ordered shirts and mailed them out to several influencers.  We also posted signs around town and left flyers at many popular locations.  The total was about $300.

Rescue Run-37 Rescue Run-46 (1) Rescue Run-63 Rescue Run-68 (1)

I hope this list is helpful to anyone looking to throw a race.  While I listed most large expenditures, remember there will be various small items that can add up quickly like bags for race items, hundreds of  safety pins,  and so forth.  I cannot stress the importance of finding sponsors enough.  We were lucky enough to have several great sponsors like Foundation Chiropractic, Teton Toys, and Arches Foot and Ankle. We also received very large amount from an anonymous sponsor.  Because of the combined efforts of our sponsors, they more than covered our race expenditures, and we were able to donate every penny paid by our participants to Operation Underground Railroad and then some.  I consider us lucky though, because I doubt anonymous donations like that will happen for every race so you want to really start pursuing those sponsors as soon as you decide to throw your race. Overall, we were able to donate $5,892 to O.U.R. which felt amazing!

*All Rescue Run photos taken by DeAnna Adele.*

Steal: Almost Identical Dress for less than half the price

One dress is $88 and unlined, the other is $34.99 and lined. Almost identical!I still haven’t spent my birthday money from last month and today I stumbled across a gorgeous dress on Maskcara’s Instagram feed. I finally found it online and was dismayed that it was COMPLETELY unlined at $88 (find it here).  I still thought about ordering it and just sewing in my own lining.  So imagine my surprise when I found almost the exact same dress from Jane today, with lining already sewn in for just $34.99 (find it here).  I’m sure you can figure out which one I went with.
Beautiful lace dress on sale from Jane for $34.99

Oh, and did I mention they have it in 3 colors?

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