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DIY:How to make your own Photo Canvas

Diy photo canvas how to make

  Photo canvases are a great way to decorate your walls with family pictures and pictures with special moments. A single large canvas can be used all alone or multiple canvases can be used to create a gallery wall full of precious memories. It is also an amazing personalized gift idea. In fact I think it is an evergreen gift idea. No matter what the occasion is, if it is someone’s a birthday, anniversary, wedding, Thanksgiving,  Christmas, new year’s, valentine’s day or any other festive occasion. This gift  would never fail. Just take a picture of your loved ones and create a photo canvas. The person receiving gift will surely be swayed by your gift and touched by the personalization in it.


 When we moved into our new house few weeks before, I was looking for some ideas for home décor that could be personalized. I wanted something that would work as a décor and at the same time I could feel some connection to it. At Walmart I saw photo canvases, but the price was starting from 30-70$ each, That felt too pricy for such thing, at least for me. So I thought to make these myself. The benefits for doing this at home is that the result comes out to be very professional, quick to do and easy. It does not require any special skills or talent, and it is much  cheaper than you would buy at the store. For the price of one at a store, you will be able to make 2-3 at home. It is very simple to make and would not take much time. Below I will show you how to make these step by step with pictures. So let’s start with the instructions on how to make photo canvas at home.



Materials required-


1.Blank Canvas- Any size

2.Photo print-  same size of the Canvas

3.Acrylic Paint- Any color you like. I used gold

4.Foam brush

5. Modge podgy


Step 1

Apply paint carefully on the corners of the canvas and let it dry


Step 2

Apply a thin layer of modge podge with the foam brush on the top of the canvas.


Step 3

Place the photo Print on the applied modge podge layer and press it gently  to stick it onto the canvas. Then rub slowly to avoid any bubbles or creases and let it dry. Do not apply pressure as it could leave fingerprints. You can also use a cloth or wear gloves to avoid the same.


Step 4

Apply Modge podge on the photo Print with the help of a foam brush in a thin layer. Do not get intimidated by the modge podge on the photo leaving it white in color. When modge podge dries out completely the photo will be visible again. Move the strokes horizontally first  and then vertically. Let it dry. Repeat applying modge podge for the second time on the photo after the first application dries. After the modge podge dries apply it again for the third and the final time.


Finally the photo canvas is ready. It will be very much similar to the canvas you would buy at any store and much cheaper. Use different sizes of canvas you like. You can also create a lovely picture gallery with several different sized photo canvases or give it as a gift to friends or family.









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10 best tips on how to travel with a baby or a toddler.



  Flying with a baby can be overwhelming for both parents and the baby. Specially when it is for the first time. When I took my daughter first onboard she was just 8 months old. It was an international flight and the total Journey was around 20 hours, with one halt/ stop. So the journey was split for 8 hours first, then a two-hour stop and again followed by 8 hours. I had no prior experience with the baby and had no other support person or my husband with me, so I was all on my own. I did some mistakes, figured out many things that helped me to learnt a lot while this travel. Hence, I thought to share my 10 best travel tips and advises for mothers and parents to make their flying with the baby comfortable and stress free.


1.Booking seats and bassinet- Always try to book your seats as early as you can and the most important part to book or request for the bassinet at the earliest. Some airlines require you to call and reserve for the baby bassinet and for some its first come first serve basis. So do check with your airlines. Try booking seats with bassinet facility with them. If you are lucky enough to get the bassinet provided by the airlines during your travel, then the journey will be much relaxing and comfortable for you and the baby.

   Try reaching as early as you can if it’s a first come and first serve basis. Once you are in the plane you can request the staff to get it. They usually will fix the bassinet next to your seat after 10-15 minutes of the takeoff.


 If you have booked a seat for your baby like I did, be sure to carry FAA approved car seat with you. Sometimes you don’t get a chance to get the bassinet, so it’s good to  have a seat for your child too. Some people carry their child in lap, but it is very uncomfortable for parents and also for the baby to hold the baby for a 20 hour-long flight. For car seat carry I bought an attachment from amazon that made it easier to drag. Trust me it will make your life very easy. With the baby in the hand and your carry on bag with you it will not be possible to carry car seat without this thing. You needed your hands free for other stuff.

 Try to book the front seat. They have more leg room and space that has a lot of pros to it. After the flight takes off you can place your carry bag or diaper bag besides your legs, that would avoid the hassle of getting up again and again to take out your bag from the overhead compartment. Also you can stretch your legs, hold your baby and avoid bumping into any seat in front. If you are not able to do that, then try to book aisle seat for you so that you can get up easily to go to the lavatory with baby for diaper changing, or just for the walk in the plane with the baby to calm the baby down or for any other needs without disturbing others.

  1. Traveling: Try to keep your baby awake till your flight takes off. Try to book flights that fly during nights or are closer to your baby’s sleep time. This way your baby would be asleep for most part of the journey which would be relaxing for both parents and the child. Wear comfortable loose clothes. Don’t forget your nursing cover if you plan to breastfeed during flight.

  3.Packing less- One important thing to keep in mind while packing should be to only pack stuff that cannot be left. You already will be carrying your baby in your hands,so avoid overpacking. Take baby ergo carriers, Bjorn, sling or any baby carrier with you that your baby is comfortable with.Your hands will be free for luggage and it will be easier while changing flights. If you are carrying strollers you can check them on the gate while boarding.One good rule of thumb would be to pack your and baby’s  stuff in one carry bag and that too in a bag pack. So that when your baby is cranky on the airport and you need to hold your baby, then you can put your backpack on your shoulders without worrying where to keep your luggage or misplacing it  and your hands are free to grab your baby. Else you would be stuck with deciding what to grab luggage or your baby and you can’t miss either.


  1. Important Carry on baby packing stuff:Pack extra diapers, wipes, pacifiers; bottles, use and throw bibs and diaper changing sheets. One advantage of use and throw stuff is that these can be trashed after use and good for maintaining hygiene and avoid baby to come in contact with any germs. Carry extra plastic bags, sanitizer,sanitizing wipes,tissues,first aid kit, baby lotion, hair brush, one to two set of extra clothes for baby incase you need to change them. If the baby is breastfed then pack your nursing cover, if baby has started solids then pack some extra as airlines won’t provide any. Take out formula and baby food at security clearance to save time and to avoid any issues. Pack liquids in ziplock. Pack some travel friendly toys for entertainment and to keep the baby busy. After all that said I would still remind you to pack less and only essentials when traveling with the baby.
  1. Important Carry on for Mothers Again follow the rule to pack minimal without leaving important stuff. Try carrying a backpack rather than other bags that you need to hold. Backpacks can be easy as they free your hands and the weight is on your shoulders. That makes it easy when you have to hold your child/stroller/car seat. Carry your basic toiletries, makeup,  one set of extra clothes, travel documents,sanitary pads, liners,plastic water bottle, pen etc. Please do not overpack. Remember as said earlier good thumb of rule would be to try to fit  your and baby’s stuff in one bag.
  1. Weather and flight friendly clothes for both you and baby: During a long journey you would be changing diapers at least a minimum of twice. Make sure your child is dressed  up in simple clothes that would take less time to undress or remove while changing diapers. I would suggest you to not use full covering onesies or jumpsuits as it won’t be easy in plane lavatories to completely undress your child or take the legs out. Make the baby wear simple pants or pyjamas. Just remove the bottoms, change the diaper and you would  be good to go. Babies are already apprehensive in the new environment. So try and keep things simple and easy. Also keep in mind the weather while dressing for you  both. If you are breastfeeding then wear clothes accordingly so that it’s easier to nurse the child. Avoid wearing dresses, jumpsuits etc.that would hinder nursing. Wear easy and comfortable  clothes and shoes and do not forget your nursing cover.


  1. Keep hydrated and relax: Try to keep yourself and the baby hydrated all the time. Long journeys are exhausting. If you are breastfeeding carry an extra bottle of water with you. Relax and do not stress out if anything is not under your control, or if your child is not cooperating. Do not panic and handle the situation  easily and remember the journey will end and won’t be forever.


  1. Avoid any negative  comments or vibes: Do not get stressed out  or embarrassed if your fellow travelers are giving you strange looks or negative comments with your baby. Babies will be babies They don’t have a sense of what is wrong or right. If your child is cranky, do not get nervous it is totally fine and normal. Prior to seating or takeoff, you could also request people sitting next to you to  cooperate and not mind if your child gets cranky while the journey.
  1. Talk to your pediatrician about your traveling plans. If there is any concerns let your doctor know. Ask for suggestions, take prescription medicines. Some pediatricians  would assign a travel clinic for your child. Do not forget to take all important medications.
  1. Ask for help: last and most important advice I would like to give you would be never hesitate to ask for help or any assistance. Flight and Airport staff are always there for their travelers within permissible means. For some flights they give priority boarding to women with kids. If you have any trouble with your luggage, seating arrangements or you have any doubts or fear be sure to clarify it with the flight attendants or to the staff at the airport. Many flights also provide assistance with carrying luggage for the women who are traveling alone with small babies. Be sure to request or ask if they have such facility.

These all tips will make your trip easy and comfortable for you and your child. If anything goes wrong, do not panic. Stay composed, the journey will end eventually and till then do what’s right.

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I had been looking around for some good soap dispensers for our kitchen and bathrooms for quite a while, but all failed to live up to my expectations. Few were very beautiful and looked antique, but not worth the price and others were low priced but weren’t that appealing. We moved into our new house some time before and I wanted all my décor and accessories to be modern and classy at the same time. I stumbled upon glitter Mason jar accessories on etsy and decided to DIY these. These turned out to be very beautiful and sparkly. I made 4, each for my 3 bathrooms and one for my kitchen. These worked as wonderful accent pieces too. You could remove the pump and just use the jars with flowers in them as an amazing décor piece. These glittery Mason jars were really eye catching and trust me you need no other décor piece if you have these on your countertops. One downfall of these was that they were a bit messy. These look more beautiful under the light. Now let’s start with the instructions on how to make your own glitter Mason jar soap dispenser. The steps are very simple and quick.


Materials required






Modge podge

Mason jar dispenser pump

Mason jar

Newspaper or rough working sheet

2 Foam brushes

Acrylic gold paint

Top coat or sealer spray


Step 1-

Spread the newspaper or rough working sheet on the work surface to prevent spoiling it from paint and glitter particles. Color the dispenser pump with gold acrylic paint with help of a foam brush and let it dry.


Step 2-

Apply Modge podge with another foam brush all over on the outer surface of the Mason jar.


Step 3-

Quickly sprinkle glitter all over the applied modge podge or Mason jar surface. Sprinkle glitter directly from the bottle or glitter container onto the Mason jar. Do not spread glitter on paper and roll the jar over it that would not come out to be even. Let it rest for some time (around 10 mins or till the modge podge dries).


Step 4-

Tap the Mason jar by holding it from above to remove excess glitter. Do not touch at the surface where there is glitter. Take all the excess glitter for the newspaper or working sheet and put it back in the container for future use. Spray top coat or sealer on the applied glitter surface. And leave it for some time. This helps to minimize shedding of the glitter and avoids the glitter to stick on your hand


Step 5-

Place the dispenser pump on the Mason jar and you are then done with making a glitter Mason jar soap dispenser.