Smelly Poo: How to Make Your Own Spray to Mask Your No. 2

Smelly Poo: How to Make Your Own Spray to Mask Your No. 2

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Sh*t happens. It just does. It can happen at home, at work, on a first date or when you least expect it. You’re human. Most people don’t talk about it – that makes me laugh. I’m soooooo not the type of person to be embarrassed about potty talk but I also don’t want the reality of people knowing when I did it.

How many of you non-potty talkers are squirming right about now? Are you reading this in a Starbucks or at work and constantly looking over your shoulder to see who is seeing you read this?


Well, I’m writing it in a Starbucks. Make you feel better?

Back to topic…

poo pourri crap shooter

For Christmas, my in laws bought me a spray called “Poo-Pourri” that masks the stinky poo 100%. It’s seriously the most amazing thing ever invented! I went online to buy out every scent available but it’s some pricey stuff. Remind me to thank my in-laws, again, for dropping $15 on poo spray. It has saved lives. I’ll let them know that, too.

When on a budget, resort to DIY.

We are now sharing with you our version of poo spray called SMELLY POO!

It’s so easy, it’s ridiculous. You need essential oils, a small spray bottle and some water. We have included all supplies (with a bunch of options) in our store HERE so you can have it all sent to your house at once. We’re doing this because you can make an infinite number of scent varieties for so little. Christmas presents, anyone?

In more detail…


Use a 5 oz-ish bottle to follow the “recipe”. As you can see, this is very specific.

Aluminum Spritzer2. WATER

I’m choosing to use distilled water. The “recipe” calls for 8 oz.

distilled water


The actual “recipe” suggest 10 drops each of Bergamont, Grapefruit and Lemongrass oils

holiday essential oils



What about a holiday blend? You can go all fall-like and spice it up or create a perfect Christmas scent. No, I’m not kidding. How amazeballs would that be?

Who, me? No, I was just in the restroom freshening up.

You’ll notice the fresh holiday scent.”

We also have summer scents, a box of “favorites” and more in our STORE.


When you head into the restroom to…um… “freshen up” spray one or two spritzes of your new SMELLY POO!


Here’s the deal: When you go to the bathroom and flush, the particles escape the toilet and dissipate into your air. Your BREATHING air. Gross, right? The scent goes with it. If you create a solid barrier (whether it’s SMELLY POO, your rear or the lid of the toilet), stop those particles from escaping. Don’t let the world know your secret – you are human and you actually poo.

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DIY Push Up “Glue” Pops

DIY Push Up “Glue” Pops


My son just started kindergarten which means he had to say “goodbye” to his Pre-K classes and incredible teachers.

I found this how-to on School “Glue” stick push up pops. It was cute but I wanted to make some changes. That’s my answer to everything, by the way. I never take anything at face value. My project is what you see in the pictures.



  • Push up pops (Michaels)
  • Candy (white)
  • Ribbon (orange in two different sizes)
  • Cardstock
  • Glue dots
  • A Lifetime movie playing in the background
  • Your favorite drink
  • Time to yourself


This is the easiest freaking project on the face of this planet. Here’s how:

  1. Click HERE for the “glue” tag printables. Print on cardstock and cut out.
  2. Stuff the Push up Pops with white candy (just like glue – get it?)
  3. Wrap the thick ribbon around the top and adhere with glue dots. Do the same at the bottom with the thinner ribbon
  4. Stick the rectangle label on the front.
  5. Call it good.
  6. Appear amazing and pretend like this was really hard. When people compliment you, don’t blow it off like it was nothing. Be enthusiastic as if this took the better part of a week.

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Nothing Says Lovin’ Like Homemade…For Your Dog

Nothing Says Lovin’ Like Homemade…For Your Dog

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Awww…We all love our puppies, but with our lives so crazy busy and the need to establish routines, is your dog in a rut? You get the kids ready for school, make breakfast, feed the dog, fly out the door, pick up the kids, make dinner, let the dog out, get ready for tomorrow, then fall into bed and repeat. Booor-ing. We all need a break from our routines, so how about shakin’ things up a bit for Rover too? We’ve found some easy ideas that will remind your “best friend” how special he/she is to you…


Homemade Fleece Tug Toy

Dogs will be dogs and they love to play, but the cost of dog toys these days is nuts! Use up your left-over fleece (remember those no-sew knotted blankets you were going to make?) and whip up a few of these tug toys. For step-by-step instructions, go to My Dog’s Life

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Photo: My Dog’s Life



Homemade Dog Biscuits

Homemade treats allow you to use ingredients that contain less fat than store bought snacks, and fewer chemicals. Your dog likes a variety in food just like you do, so making your own let’s you change things up a bit and have more control over what Fido’s eating puts in his mouth. We found this recipe at Decor and the Dog

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Photo: Decor and the Dog


  • 1 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup Old Fashioned oats
  • 1/2 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons applesauce


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a medium bowl, mix together all of the dry ingredients. Add the wet ingredients. Mix thoroughly. Place the dough onto a piece of wax paper and then add another sheet on top. Roll the dough out so that it is about a 1/4 –1/2 inch thick. Remove the top layer of wax paper and use a cookie cutter to cut out shapes. Use a spatula to help remove your shapes to a cookie sheet for baking. Continue reforming and rolling the dough until it is all used. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown. Allow to cool and serve.


 Homemade No-Sew Dog Bed

We all need our own special place to unwind, think about our day, dream about tomorrow. Dexter needs one too! Make this cute little dog bed using two standard size bed pillows and a yard of fleece. Gather the below supplies, then go to Curbly for full instructions.

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Photo: Curbly


  • 1 yard of fleece
  • 2 standard bed pillows (2.99 each at a local superstore)
  • scissors
  • ruler, chalk
  • fabric paint, stencils and sponge brush



Homemade Sweet Potato Chew Toy

This will keep Jake busy for hours! For step-by-step instructions, go to Instructables.Their website says this “Indestructible” dog toy can be made in one hour using rope and a sweet potato!

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Photo: Instructables


Homemade Oatmeal Dog Shampoo

Oatmeal will combat Penelope’s itchy skin, and help eliminate her ‘dog smell’. The rosemary will help give her coat a healthy shine and make her smell nice!

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  • 1 cup whole natural oats
  • 4 cup of warm water
  • 1 tsp Castile or other gentle soap or oil
  • 1 TBSP fresh rosemary (optional)
  • 1/4 cup baking soda (optional)


Place all the items into a blender and blend until smooth. Place blended mixture in a mason jar and store in the refrigerator. (it doesn’t store well in a soap dispenser or regular shampoo bottle). When ready to bathe your dog, wet your dog’s coat with warm water, pour on oatmeal dog wash and rub into the coat. Let it sit on the dog’s skin for a few minutes, if possible. Rinse thoroughly with warm water.


Homemade Healthy Dog Food

According to Dog Training CentralCommercial dog foods contain soy, corn, and wheat – all common allergens for dogs”. When you make your own, the general consensus is that the recipe should contain about 50% protein, 25% vegetables, and 25% grain. Bowser will think he’s died and gone to heaven when you mix this in with his Kibbles!

Recipe adapted from All Recipes by SheKnows

Serves five

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Photo: SheKnows


  • 2 cups brown or enriched white rice, cooked
  • 2 cups water
  • 1-1/2 cups steamed chicken, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons egg powder
  • 1 cup cooked vegetables (broccoli, carrots, potatoes, green beans), finely chopped
  • 1/2 tablespoon kelp powder
  • 1/2 tablespoon carob powder


  1. Mix rice, chicken, rosemary, egg powder and vegetables in a large mixing bowl. Gradually add water, 1/2 cup at a time, until mixture is moist, but not sitting in water. You want it to be wet enough so it’s easy for your pet to digest.
  2. Serve immediately or keep refrigerated for 3-4 days.

Do you pamper your dogs with any homemade treats? We’d love for you to share your ideas with our readers in the comment section below. Thanks for sharing!

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Easy DIY Waterproof Striped Beach Bag

Easy DIY Waterproof Striped Beach Bag

I found the cutest little red and white striped beach bag on Spoonful. The instructions were clear, there were very few supplies needed, and it looked pretty easy. We’re always a little skeptical with DIY projects because a lot of times our end result looks nothing like theirs, only to discover a key step was missing from their instructions.  But that wasn’t the case in this tutorial. It was so easy to make, and fun, fun, fun! I loved how mine turned out! (The photo of the bag would have looked much better on a beach in Hawaii, but ya’ gotta work with what ya’ got).


These are the supplies you’ll need. I used a huge piece of cardboard as my work surface, which worked out perfectly! (This image shows a blue Flair pen, but I switched to a regular black Sharpie so I could see my lines more easily).


Step #1

I cut along one side and the bottom of my garbage bag, taped it to my cardboard, then drew my 16×30 rectangle. I taped the hell out of my bag with just regular scotch tape to keep it laying flat on the board. It behaved well and stayed right where I put it. In fact it kind of static-ic itself to the board making it easy to smooth out and tape.


Step #2

I started taping in alternate colored duct tape, overlapping just a hair with each stripe. I thought this part would be a pain, but it was so simple. If you screw up your stripes and have to reposition the tape, it easily lifts from the garbage bag without tearing it.


Step #3

When I was done with my stripes, I cut along my rectangle lines all around. I had covered up the lines when I started doing my taping, so I just grabbed my ruler and Sharpie’d a line over the top of the tape to use as a guide. Easy peasy.

I flipped my rectangle over, measured down an inch on both short ends, and folded the end over my cords. I taped the folded-over ends in place with scotch tape to keep them down, then taped over them with the duct tape. I wasn’t picky with the duct tape placement…I just pushed the cords up toward the fold and then started the top edge of my duct tape just below.


Step #4

After my ends were taped, I flopped the bag in half and taped the sides. I started the tape just underneath the cords with half the width of the tape on the bag and the other half hanging toward me off the bag. Then I turned the bag over and stick the hanging out length to the opposite side of the bag. I used the same color tape to close the sides as the color of the end stripe so the side tape seam was less noticeable. Check it out below – you can barely see it!



The last thing you need to do is knot the cords. Work on one side at a time. Take the two top cords and knot them together. Then knot the two bottom cords together. Do the same on the other side. Make sure the knots are tight. To cinch the bag, grab the top of the bag on one side and pull both the cords on that side.

Cute, cute, cute! It only took a little over an hour to finish, it’s the perfect size, it’s waterproof, and it folds up small enough to tuck into your purse or pack easily.

Thank you, Spoonful, for the great tutorial!

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DIY “Tumbling Blocks” Wall Art

DIY “Tumbling Blocks” Wall Art

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I’ve always been a fairly crafty person…sewing, crocheting, stamping, etc. etc. A few years ago, it seemed that everybody I worked with was into quilting. So, I decided this would be my next passion. I now have a pile of unfinished quilts. I sadly had to admit that quilting wasn’t my thing. Because I lean heavily toward ADD, I need to have projects that I can do quickly, and quilting just isn’t one of those crafts. The OCD in me though is intrigued by the symmetry of quilting patterns.

If you don’t have OCD tendancies, this may sound insane to you, but seeing these blocks all lined up makes me feel tidy and calm…similar to the feeling you get when you finish cleaning your kitchen. Your welcome for the glimpse inside the mind of an OCD person. So anyway…


This pattern, “Tumbling Blocks” is my all time favorite. I love that when you look at it long enough, you get different perspectives of the boxes. Try it. Stare at the boxes thinking of the patterned piece as the top of the box. Now look at it as the pattern being the bottom of the boxes. Jumps right out at you, doesn’t it? Love it!


After attempting several quilts and not being able to stick with the project long enough, it occurred to me to simplify things by recreating the pattern using scrapbook paper glued on canvas.This project is so easy and so versatile. You can use any combination of patterns, colors, etc., but the combination that I’ve found gives the blocks the most depth is using one piece that has a pattern, one piece with a dark color, and the last piece a lighter color.

To create this wall art, all you need are these few supplies:

  • Scrapbook paper
  • Scissors
  • Mod-Podge
  • Canvas (any size)

You can get all of these at any craft store, or you can order the supplies from Amazon HERE


  1. Download the block templates below and print on card stock.
  2. Cut out the three template pieces.
  3. Using the scrapbook paper you’ve chosen, decide the pattern for your blocks.
  4. Using the #1 template, cut pieces from the paper you’ve decided on for the left side of the block.
  5. Using the #2 template, cut pieces from the paper you’ve decided on for the right side of the block.
  6. Using the #3 template, cut pieces from the paper you’ve decided on for the top of the block.
  7. Start anywhere you’d like on your canvas, and just start gluing the pieces on, in the block pattern (see template below for the pattern).

That’s it! You can stop the blocks anywhere you want (I wanted the contrast of the white canvas to show in some places because I like the way it defines the boxes)…or you can fill up your whole canvas. You can taper the “Pile” of boxes from high to low and end with a single block.

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I’m obsessed with this. I’ve also thought it might look really cool to cut the pieces out of images. Would it give the blocks the same depth? Or what about just white pieces outlined in black? Hmmm…

We’d love to see what you came up with. Send us pictures at " class="broken_link">organized CHAOS online!

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Inexpensive Outdoor Makeover

Inexpensive Outdoor Makeover


I’m on a mission to make my small back patio welcoming without spending much. We’re sprucing up the front but the back leaves so much to be desired.

I will post this DIY project in sections. The first, is the umbrella with stand. The second, will be how we added a little flair to the chairs and table top.

For $35, you can have an outdoor umbrella and base

that’s ACTUALLY cute!

(compared to a minimum of $110 for both)

When we moved into our house, we didn’t have any patio furniture. The owner offered to leave what she had but it was pretty ratty at the time. It sat for awhile. The lawn was kind of a mess and we have a retaining wall that holds back a weed factory. In a week, you can have a full-blown rainforest on your hands, they grow so fast.

Our summertime project is to completely overhaul the lawn/grass. I’m impatient and don’t want to wait until that project is complete to start on my own “stuff”. That being said, I don’t have an extra $700 lying around for the outdoor set (complete with a screened-in area) that I want. So, to improvise, while mom was in town, the two of us obsessed and DIY’d our way to a “brighter-looking” outdoor area.



We took a ratty-looking outdoor set (which looks really white in the image – it’s not) and added a pop of color for, literally, $35.


1. Market Umbrella for outdoor (found at Dollar General for $20). If you don’t have a Dollar General nearby, search for this brand. It’s not a cheap-o feeling/functioning umbrella, either. SCORE!


2. Head to a hardware store and grab:

  • Quickrete – $3ish
  • PVC pipe – $2ish (make sure you measure the circumference of your umbrella pole. It should fit inside the pipe)
  • Planter – $5ish (we got ours at WalMart)
  • Bucket – $3ish (to stir concrete)

Total: $33ish (including umbrella)



Follow the directions on the concrete for the concrete to water ratio.


Mix the concrete.

We used the handle of a mop and a shovel. We’re super-classy like that.


We put a bit of concrete at the bottom of the pot. Then, we plunked the PVC pipe into the middle-ish part of the bucket and surrounded it with concrete. It’s so freaking hard to mix and sets quickly. We’re talking, like, completely set within 40 minutes.


Obviously, we stood the PVC pipe upright once we put more concrete in the pot. We also should tell you that wearing cropped yoga pants and flip flops is required. OH, and you should start on this project at about 11:30pm.

Or is that just the way we do EVERYTHING?

Pat the concrete a bit so you feel like the project is complete.


Once you’re ready, wait until sunrise because you won’t be able to see anything on your back patio 40 minutes after you started this project.

Simply place the table over the pot and line the PVC pipe up with the hold in the table. Add your inexpensive awesome umbrella and you have this:


We can’t stop there.

The chairs need some love (new ones are around $25 each and pads are anywhere between $12 and $30 each). Now that I’m on a DIY kick, there’s got to be a quick, cheap and easy way to finish this project.

Here’s a little teaser.


Do you have any DIY suggestions on how to make this project possible?

tawsha connell