Weekly Tips for April 26, 2010

Posted on 25. Apr, 2010 by in Uncategorized

Tips from RockIt Mom:

1. GREEN – What to do with old comfy t-shirts that are not fit to wear anymore? Turn them into pillows!  This is easy and a way to keep those vintage tees around.  Another great idea, take you child’s baby bumper and baby sheets, turn them into pillows for their bed.  This was done for a little boy’s surfer nursery and surfer bedroom. What a way to use that expensive bedding more than once!

Pillow Pattern


• fabric of your choice, sufficient to cut two squares the size that you want, plus half an inch seam allowance all around

• matching thread

• pillow form, polyester fiber filling or chopped foam

• scissors

• sewing machine or glue gun.

How to Sew a Square Pillow


Decorative pillows are the perfect way to add a personal touch to any room. However they can be quite expensive. Luckily, it is quite easy to learn how to make a pillow. In high school, our sewing class required 12 items, there were 12 pillows made and a “A” on the report card.

The first step to making a pillow is to select your fabric and trims. You will also need to select a filling for your pillow, decide what shape you want your pillow to be, and whether you want your pillow to have a removable cover.

Most decorative pillows are made without removable covers and can be stuffed with polyester fiber filling or chopped foam.

The easiest pillow to sew is probably a simple square pillow without any cording. To make your pillow, cut two squares of fabric that are one half inch bigger than your finished pillow measurement on each side. Place the two squares so that they are on top of each other and so that the brighter side of each square faces the other square’s brighter side. (People who work with fabric call the brighter side of a piece of fabric the right side.)  http://www.allfreecrafts.com/sewing/pillow.shtml

Last week, one of the GREEN suggestions was to see Disney Nature Oceans.  A quick review of it, AMAZING, beautiful and breathtaking!!  Go see it!  For tickets and locations, go to www.disney.com/oceans.

2. HEALTH - You don’t need to go on a fad diet, eat only cabbage soup,  cut out all cards, remove all sugars from your diet to become healthy.  There is no magic pill, no special plan.  The only action you need is to be aware of what you are eating, evaluate your foods and cut 200 calories of the bad food from one meal a day and replace with healthy food.  Once you have mastered one meal, try to adjust your lifestyle to do this at each meal.  Check out what 200 calories looks like at Wisegeek.com.  If you can change cut 200 calories from one meal a day, in one year you could lose up to 10 pounds.  That is better than eating cabbage soup, right? Besides, this easier to make a lifestyle change, rather no carbs in your life.  No carbs makes a person the scariest dinosaur — CRANOSAURUAS!

3. RECIPE- Zucchini Pancakes, you may say “YUCK!” However, these are real yummy and a favorite among a number of families and kids! Jump over to FOOD tab for the full details.  As always, try it and let us know how you like it or NOT!

Best wishes for a phenomenal week.  Keep your thoughts, feedback and suggestions coming.  Love, love, love to hear all of them! Remember to recite your positive phrase or mantra during times of stress  — deep breathing is good for any situation!

2 Responses to “Weekly Tips for April 26, 2010”

  1. Kerry 28 April 2010 at 8:01 pm #

    Hi there-
    I love this site and all the great information provided. I recently read this article and thought how appropriate it would be in conjunction with all the great tips RockIt Mom posts. So check it out: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/35710230/ns/health-diet_and_nutrition/from/ET
    And give your input, too!

  2. Kerry 29 April 2010 at 9:06 am #

    A few comments. I’ve also seen race t-shirts made in to quilts, so after mastering a pillow, maybe a quit is next. The photos on Wisegeek really put portion size into perspective. Love all the great tips and information on this website!

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