Save $5 to $15 Off at Schwan’s Home Service! (coupon code)

Save $5 to $15 Off at Schwan’s Home Service! (coupon code)

Disclaimer: In exchange for this post and my honest review of their products, I am receiving a gift card for Schwan’s.


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I Tried It: Meadow Kids

I Tried It: Meadow Kids

I was given items for free in exchange for my honest review. These opinions are my own. 

I Tried It Product Review

The Product: Meadow Kids Jigsaw book and Pop & Play bath toy

Pop and Play bath toy

The Short-Sighted Owl puzzle book


My Experience: When I showed Mango the jigsaw book, he jumped up and down and squealed with delight! Two of his favorite things in one! We read the book over and over and he worked on the jigsaw on the first and second pages. He did get frustrated that there were interior puzzle pieces with straight edges. It was probably that confusion that influenced him to end his puzzle session. Overall, though, he loves the puzzle book and still asks me to read it to him regularly.

Adorable artwork

Adorable artwork

I was a little concerned about how he’d react to the bath toy, because it seemed a bit young for him (though the packaging says that it’s for 3+ years). He has actually enjoyed them a lot. In fact, he just played with them in the tub tonight. Instead of doing it as a simple, 2-piece puzzle, he prefers to pop the animals out and play pretend games with them as they float in the bubbles. 

Likes: These toys are not like anything else I’ve seen in any store. Both items were really interesting to Mango immediately because of how different they are from anything he has. The artwork on both the book and the bath toys is absolutely precious. Both items held Mango’s attention for a really long time.

Lining up his animals

Lining up his animals

Popping and playing

Popping and playing

Dislikes: I don’t like jigsaws that have a straight side that’s not an edge piece. Mango is just learning how to look at both the shape of each piece and the picture on it to solve the puzzle, and he finds this very confusing. The book arrived damaged, and if I had purchased it as a gift, I’d be upset if it arrived in that condition. The Pop & Play had a strong chemical smell out of the package, which seemed to dissipate after airing it out for a day or so.

Slight damage

Slight damage

Overall: I would definitely recommend Meadow Kids products for high-quality, interesting, and truly unique items. I’m really excited to see what else they have to offer, because Mango is really enjoying these items. 

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Oh, Hey, Y’all!




So, yeah, it’s been a minute since I’ve seen you around these parts. I assure you, it’s because I’ve been busy lately and not because I’m slacking. Well, I am slacking, but the thing that doesn’t pay the bills (yet! You just wait!) is always the first thing I have to drop.

But I’m making some time to get back into this blogging thing, and I definitely have some new ideas to bring to the table. Soon there will be a new look and user experience. And I’ll be rolling out some new content. I have a new feature lined up called That’s So Pinteresting, where I’ll be trying out DIYs and life hacks from Pinterest to let you know if they work out. I also have a whole bunch of product reviews in the hopper, so I’ll be posting quite a few of those in the coming weeks.

Thanks for hanging in there, friends! See you soon!

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Tutorial: Hemming Jeans the Professional Way (Using the Original Hem)

Tutorial: Hemming Jeans the Professional Way (Using the Original Hem)

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Have you ever been lucky enough to buy jeans right off the rack and have them fit perfectly? Yeah, me neither. I’m on just this side of 5’4″, so petites are too short, but regulars are wayyyyy too long. It doesn’t matter the brand or how much I pay (this might be why I refuse to pay a lot). I always have to hem them. If you, too, have a hard time with jeans length, please read on to see just how easy it is to hem them yourself and have them look like you bought them that way. And bonus: you’ll save yourself a bunch of money by hemming jeans yourself.

tutorial How to hem jeans the professional way using the original hem

Learn this easy trick!

The supplies you’ll need are normal sewing items: a measuring tape, iron, pins, sewing machine. A seam gauge is optional, but it’s my preferred tool. Make sure you’re using the appropriate needle and thread for denim. I use a Schmetz Jeans needle. It’s heavy enough to pierce the multiple layers of tough denim.

Gather your (few) supplies

The first thing you’re going to do is measure your inseam. That is the length from your crotch down the inside of the leg to just under the ankle bone (or however long you want them). Then, measure the inseam of the jeans. The difference of those two measurements is how much you’ll need to hem. For me, that was 4″. Divide that number in half. That’s the number you’ll be working with.


Jeans inseam 31.5″
My inseam 27.5″
Difference 4″
Divided in half 2″

Cuff the jeans up toward the outside and measure that length from the cuff to the bottom of the hem. Do not include the actual hem in your measurement.

Measure half the length you need to shorten

Pin your hem carefully. Measure and pin the whole way around the cuff, trying to line up the side seams as well as you can.

Pin the cuff

If your machine has part of its table that is removable for sewing sleeves, go ahead and remove it and slip your pant leg over it. If it doesn’t, just be careful not to sew the leg closed. Be careful, and sew slowly. Using a straight stitch, sew just along the hem all the way around.

Drop your needle right next to the hem line

At this point, if you have a lot of fabric like I do, and you are fairly certain that you’ll never have to let the hem down like I am, you can cut the excess fabric off and serge or zig-zag stitch the edge to prevent fraying. If your excess is not very much or you’re sewing for a child, just leave it in there.

Flip the cuffed portion to the inside and press. Here’s what that should look like.

Press to get a nice flat appearance

Some people feel that the next step is optional, but I think that’s only the case if you never plan to wash your jeans or intend to press them before each wearing. So yeah, I think it’s important to do. Stitch right up next to the fold. Hide your stitches in that spot as best you can, but trust me, no one will look twice at the bottoms of your jeans.

Don’t drop your needle as pictured. Sew along the red line, hiding the stitches as best as you can.

And there you go – all done! Repeat on the other leg, and you’ll have jeans that will be unclockable as altered.

The finished product




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The MaMade Blog Hop #8

The MaMade Blog Hop #8

The MaMade Blog Hop
The MaMade Blog Hop is a place for you to share your latest posts (or even old!) of anything you’ve made! That could be crafts or DIY, printables, recipes, etc. Pretty much anything goes here!

MaMade Blog Hop

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The MaMade Blog Hop will have four co-hosts each month! If you are interested in co-hosting please complete this Google Form and The MaMade Diaries will e-mail you to get you scheduled.

MaMade Blog Hop Week 7 Features
1. Michelle’s Pick: 5 Helpful Blogging Tips from Lady Blogger
2. Roberta’s Pick: Package Pals – What I sent. {Make Something Beautiful} from Daisies for Violet
3. Heidi’s Pick: Sidewalk Chalk Paint from Cookie Crumbles
4. Debbie’s Pick: Panda Cookies from OF MICE AND raMEN
5. Sarah’s Pick: Mini Taco Salads from Finding the Path for Me

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The MaMade Blog Hop

Each week there will be five featured posts from the week before. The MaMade Diaries and each co-host will go through all of the posts linked up and pick their favorite one! All features will also be pinned to The MaMade Blog Hop Pinterest Board. Make sure to come back and join us each week for your chance to be featured.

Follow The MaMade Diaries’s board The MaMade Blog Hop on Pinterest.

Don’t forget to share the hop! The more people who join, the more it helps us all :).

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Now onto the MaMade Blog Hop!

Please link up no more than 2 posts below, then check out the posts of people ahead of you and leave some meaningful comments! That is the point of a blog hop after all, to hop around and support each other :).

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