I am a single mother with a rapidly evolving career. My three-year-old and I have been living with my parents for almost two-and-a-half years now, and it's time to leave. I found a decent (read: not dangerous) apartment complex, and we will be moving in about a month.
This is Offbeat Families's archive of budget-friendly posts.
For some of us, comfy shoes are a BIG DEAL during pregnancy. I remember being surprised by how quickly my feet started aching during my first trimester, and it was to the comfy shoes that I trod.
One of the things I love most about this time of year is how excited so many people get to spend time with their families and friends over the holidays. In all the excitement, though, there are always some unexpected lulls. Whether you're their awesome uncle or their godmother from another state, here are some new ideas to help you have fun and connect with the children in your life. Make them in 30 minutes or less, toss them in your bag, and you'll be prepared no matter how unexpected the lull.
Today I'm going to show you how I make my upcycled mock gDiaper cover. This tutorial features a size medium diaper.
For this project you will need:
- A large knit shirt (or knit/cotton interlock fabric)
- One 1-1/4" sport knit elastic for waistbands
- 3/8" knit elastic for leg elastics
- Snap tape — these are compatible with the brand name liners and can be purchased here (the evenly spaced tape with 1 1/8" between each snap)
- 11" of hook and 5" of loop touch tape or Velcro
We have more than enough evidence that plenty of you are very talented at DIY. Since there are so many crafters in the house, we thought it only appropriate to include a budget-friendly DIY gift idea round-up — and this one includes ideas like vintage puzzle magnets, felted rattle balls, and making your own gift bows out of recycled materials.
I was in the middle of making a headband for my daughter when I started playing with the excess fabric and ended up making her a head scarf — I liked the result, but wanted to make a pattern so I could produce something a little more polished. Here's what I came up with.
When my son was born, I had the biggest distaste for baby bibs. I hated how "babyish" they looked, yet I knew how functional they were for drool, food, and so on. So, I came up with an alternative: bibs made out of upcycled shirts! So much better. You can make these with either adult graphic tees or toddler button-down shirts.