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DIY Organizer

Check this ouuutttt!!!! I took empty formula containers and made them into organizers!

Formula Cans

I’m currently in Romania visiting my best friend – she works at an orphanage as a psychopedagogue (educational psychologist) and I get to go to work with her…which, for me, consists of playing with children while she does all the work work!!! And I also got to help her move her office into a different room and reorganize along the way.

She had saved these formula cans for me because she knew I would do SOMETHING with them…so I did! 

There’s a video at the end if something doesn’t make sense…enjoy!

Here’s what you need to do this:



  • Empty formula cans (or something similar)
  • Towel
  • Duck tape
  • Glue Gun
  • Scissors – optional, but I use them because you get a cleaner finish on the tape instead of tearing it. 

Ok, so first you have to take off the labels!


Then you gotta rinse those little things…well, you can wash them with soap, but I just rinsed them out well. 

Now, time to dry them! Dry them WELL!!


And now you should have a good little collection…


Now, pick your tape and START TAPING!!


I found it easiest to put between my knees and line it up with the bottom, then take it around. Then do another layer on the other part, making sure to line it up against the lip of the container. 



Now, lay them out how you want them to be glued, and get out that hot glue gun!!


Can you see the clear/white line of hot glue between them?? That’s right where you glue it. Wherever the cans touch, add glue. I just did it on the taped part, not on the lip/edge. That way, you don’t see the glue when you look straight at it. 

I found it easiest to set flat on the table and glue it, that way you can ensure that it’s straight.

If that doesn’t make sense, then watch the video at the bottom. If you just want to watch the video at the bottom, then watch the video at the bottom. 

Check them out! I even make some baby ones. 

Here is the video that shows more of the process and better explains the gluing!

Now, go forth and create!!!

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Smiles & A Name

Today was our first day volunteering at the hospital. We go to certain floors and ask the nurses “Aveți copii fără mame?” (Do you have any children with no mothers?). Sometimes they see us coming and just say “Nu avem” (We don’t have). If they do have any, then we hold or play with the baby or child, and change their diapers if they need it. Fun, right? Exactly!


Today we were in a room with a beautiful baby, probably 3 months old. In Romanian hospitals, multiple children will share a small room. So there were two mothers in there with their children as well. We were holding our baby and playing with her. Neither of the mothers there knew much English, and we know very little Romanian.

The mother who was there with her baby had her other child with her, whom we also played with. She loved us. It was so fun! And her baby was laughing and smiling pretty much the whole time we were there. The mother looked ecstatic. After about 15 minutes, the mother said to us “She no smile in 2 week, now today.”

It’s never felt so good to make a baby smile.

A Name

The baby we were there to hold was so sweet! She had the cutest smile. Then the same mother mentioned above said “boy” and we were like “What?! It’s wearing pink!” But I guess you just wear what you have. Then we kept playing and enjoying the baby and she said “have no name” and we suddenly understood why he didn’t have a nametag above his bed.

We couldn’t leave that baby without a name. So we were trying to think of boy Romanian names and Mihai was all we could think of on the spot. The other mother said “Antonio” and we weren’t feeling it. Every name we tried out, the other mother said “Antonio.” Then the first mother said “Think English name”, and right away we said “Joseph.” It just felt right. And the mother who was insistent on Antonio gave a little smile.

When we go back on Monday, we are going to bring a nametag and put it above his bed. He doesn’t have a mother to name him, and it’s been about 3 months and the nurses haven’t named him, so we did the honors. It’s the first baby we’ve ever named. Joseph. Sweet Joseph.

Every baby deserves a name. 

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Olfactory Sensations

Smells. Scents. Olfactory.

I love the smell of crayons – but not just any old crayons – it must be Crayola crayons.


I love the smell of rain.


Especially in green wooded areas, like Washington.


I love the smell of red, ripe, juicy strawberries.


I love the smell of a juicy orange (even though I don’t eat them because I can’t stand the texture).


I love the smell of warm oatmeal (even though, once again, I don’t eat it because I can’t stand the texture).


I love the smell of freshly baked cookies.


I love the smell of old books.


I love the smell of berries…black-, rasp-, straw-, blue-, etc.


I love the smell of a clean little infant.


I love the smell of a campfire (especially the way the clothes you wore smell the day after, and the day after that, until you wash them.)


I love the smell of a candle store, particularly Yankee Candle Co.


I love the smell of a freshly clean house.Female hand wiping dining table

I love the smell of warm pecan pie.

pecan pie

I love the smell of most warm pies, actually.


Ok, I love the smell of most baked goods. You got me.

baked goods

I am forever grateful for the sense of smell.

I am grateful for my nose.


It’s the little things that

make life beautiful.

**first 16 images were obtained from Google image search**

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