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Christmas - Cricut

DIY Disney Ugly Christmas Sweater Garland

December 5, 2018

This Disney ugly Christmas sweater garland can’t get any easier. Use your Derwent Academy acrylic paint to achieve a custom colorway and then attach them together using your Xyron adhesive. See how easy it is to make this sweater garland below.ugly Christmas sweater garland

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Derwent acrylic paint suppliesI love using my Xyron to adhere small pieces of cardstock. It’s a game-changer when you’re scrapbooking tiny details on your cards or layouts. For this Disney Christmas sweater garland, I used my Derwent Academy acrylic paint to create a custom colorway for my ugly sweater garland.

But really, are these actually ugly? I love them in garland form but I wouldn’t be caught dead actually wearing a full-size sweater.

Supplies for your Disney Ugly Christmas Sweater Garland

Begin by loading your Derwent Academy Acrylic Paper into your Cricut machine and then cut out the larger sweater pieces out of it. Then cut the other pieces in coordinating cardstock. Cut the base sweaters out of white cardstock so that it has a contrast to your marbling.

Now use your Derwent Academy Acrylic Paints and put some coordinating colors into your bowl of shallow water. Mix them however you want. You can make a marbling effect by using one color and then swirl in a contrasting color but don’t mix completely. Just lay your cut sweater into the water and allow it to dry.

I used a towel to blot my papers as they came out of the water and just laid them to the side to dry. After you’ve made your ugly sweater garland, use your Xyron Creative Station and run your small pieces through and the other parts of your sweater and adhere it to the base.

Use your twine as your garland string and just some tape to tape the string to the back of the Disney Christmas Sweaters.

What setting do you use for art paper on Cricut?

I use the cereal box setting and a deep cut blade when I’m cutting the acrylic paint art paper on my Cricut. After your cut is complete, do not unload it. Instead, just hit the C again and it will cut in those exact same areas. If you unload your mat from the Cricut and then try to cut the same canvas, it will not line up. Hang your paper ugly sweater garland wherever your heart desires. It looks super cute on a mini tree and you can even just make them as ornaments. Have a magical holiday!

Cricut - Holiday Parties - New Years

New Year, Same Mess & More FREE SVG Files for New Years

December 4, 2018

Ring in the New Year but also don’t forget that you’re still a complete mess! Grab this and many other free SVG files for your next handmade New Years shirt. 

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Celebrating New Years is always something I look forward to. My husband is from Tonga and they’re right on the International Dateline so they’re the very first ones to celebrate the New Year.

We ring in New Years in Tonga at our local church meetinghouse. We grab lots of balloons and string and have the most fun time dancing around the sports court.  No lie, it’s one of the most fun nights we have on the island. Here is our Christmas tree that we have in Tonga and we had a craft night where all the kids cut paper snowflakes and we blew up more balloons for the tree. I remember my husband telling me that some Christmases all they got were balloons and they were so excited. Here is the family a few years back on our trip. We try to go to Tonga every few years but it’s getting expensive since we all require seats on the plane. It’s definitely a humbling experience going there and I tell you all about our trip to Tonga in this post.

But enough about Christmas lets talk about New Years and how you can get 12 free New Year SVG files!

Like I said above, New Years is always a fun time of year for us. But believe me, when I say, I’m the same mess that I was in 2017. I can’t get my act together so this New Year, Same Mess SVG file is perfect in describing me.

Supplies for your New Years shirt

Click on the link above to the free SVG file and save it to your computer. You’ll then upload it into your electronic software. To upload an SVG file into Cricut Design Space, follow these instructions. To upload an SVG file into your Silhouette software, Persia Lou has a great step-by-step tutorial on how to do that.

Next, cut your free New Years SVG file with your electronic cutter. Remember to mirror your image so that it cuts properly. I prefer using my Cricut and that’s just because I’m used to it. I haven’t used a Silhouette in a few years but they cut the iron-on vinyl just as good.

After you’ve unloaded your vinyl from the cutter, you want to remove any of the images that you do not want to go on your New Years shirt. Use a weeding tool or a safety pin and take off the vinyl. You now have your entire New Year, Same Mess image still attached to the carrier sheet.

Being by preheating your fabric to the suggested settings. Lay your iron-on vinyl on top of the shirt and then press for the recommended amount of time. Turn the shirt over and press again. Depending on what material of HTV you use, you want to check if it is a warm peel or cool peel.

Use this handy Iron-On Vinyl Guide to know what setting you should be using with your HTV.

What does it mean to cool peel or warm peel heat transfer vinyl?

It’s simple, cool peel means to allow your HTV to come back down to room temperature before you peel off the carrier sheet. Warm peel means to pull the carrier sheet off of your material while it is still hot.

A lot of foil iron on is cold peel. You want to allow it to cool down so that your foil HTV doesn’t wrinkle. You’ll have to use a little bit of force to take the carrier sheet off of the cool HTV but it won’t peel off your shirt.

What if I don’t want a workout shirt?

Easy, put this on any shirt you own to let your friends, family, and strangers know you are one hot mess! It looks super cute on this baseball shirt and quite frankly, you can wear it all year round.

You can use these free SVG files on anything. Make yourself a mug like I did last month with our Christmas SVG file hop. Follow the links below to grab your own and make whatever your heart desires.

Now for your other FREE SVG files, just click on the link and you’ll be taken to the blogs to download their own files.

Pop! Clink! Kiss

That’s So Twenty Eighteen

Champagne Squad and Rose Squad

Midnight Kisses, New Year Wishes

New Year, Same Mess

Kiss Me Now, Midnight is Past My Bedtime

New Years Resolution: Be Just as Awesome as I Was Last Year!

Kiss Me… at Midnight

This is My Year to Sparkle

Available for Midnight Kisses

Happy New Year 2019

Cheers Y’all

free New Years svg file

Christmas - Clothing DIY - Cricut

Toddler Christmas Shirts for the Holidays

November 26, 2018

We all love Christmas but we love it more when our kids look the part. Create this children’s Christmas shirt using the FREE Christmas SVG file. free Christmas svg on shirtThis post contains affiliate links. Thank you for your support.

Malakai has been all over the place lately. I often wonder how I ever did parenting with three kids, not in school and my house was clean. I blame the cleanliness on one thing – we have too much crap laying around here. While cleaning out drawers of old clothes I came upon this red baseball tee. I figured it was perfect to make Malakai a cute Christmas alphabet shirt with this free Christmas SVG file.

Supplies for your Kids Christmas T-Shirt

So now that Malakai is in preschool, he’s starting to learn his letters. I made these letters in the shape of a tree to bring in more excitement for Christmas.

This free Christmas SVG file doesn’t need to be used for a toddler shirt. Place it on a wood plank or even a shirt for you.

toddler red Christmas shirt

Where can I find FREE Christmas SVG files?

The best places I have found to get FREE Christmas SVG files is blogs. Use Google, use Pinterest, use Etsy as inspiration. Just search for free SVG files and the item you’re looking for and things will pop-up like crazy.

I also like to buy my SVG files. Etsy is awesome, there are also blogs like Hey, Let’s Make Stuff, Happiness is Homemade, Pineapple Paper Co., and Everyday Party Magazine are all sites I like to buy my SVG files from.

Cricut - Thanksgiving

The Cutest Turkey Napkins You’ve Ever Seen, and You Can Make Them Yourself

November 14, 2018

There is nothing better than having a Cricut on hand to make your own gold foil napkins. These DIY Thanksgiving napkins will be perfect for a farmhouse Thanksgiving tablescape. make your own gold foil napkinsThis post contains affiliate links. Thank you for your support.

I made some Thanksgiving Place Cards the other day and I wanted some napkins to help bring the whole set together. I wanted something that was going to be classy, so I thought I’d just whip out my Cricut Maker and make some gold foil napkins. These DIY Thanksgiving napkins are so easy and beautiful.

Supplies for your DIY Gold Foiled Napkins

gold foil turkey on grey napkinI found this awesome Turkey in Cricut Design Space but it was a negative image in a square. I just made an additional square, selected both images and sliced it. It left me with a positive image that I was able to make this gold foil napkin.

Head to the Design Space link above and cut the image out of gold foil iron-on. You want to be sure to mirror your image before you cut.

Some use vinyl that they’ve customized and placed it on their Cricut machines to help them remember to mirror their images before they cut iron-on. If you forget to mirror your image often, I suggest you do this.

diy thanksgiving napkins with turkey and gold foilPreheat your EasyPress to 295°F for 30 seconds. Weed out your image and warm up your napkins for 5 seconds. Place the image on the napkin and press for 30 seconds. Wait at least 1-2 minutes to take off the carrier sheet of the gold foil iron-on vinyl. If you remove it too early, the foil will be wrinkled and not smooth. It took me a while to learn that.

After your carrier sheet has been removed, your DIY Thanksgiving napkins are ready to use. 

Christmas - Cricut

Baby, It’s Freaking Cold Outside – FREE Winter SVG Files

November 6, 2018

Who doesn’t love free? Grab these FREE Christmas SVG files available to download below. This post contains affiliate links. Thank you for your support.

To follow along with our free Thanksgiving SVG files, we’ve now made you 16 FREE Christmas SVG files for you to make your own Baby, it’s cold outside Christmas coffee mug using some vinyl. Head to the bottom of the post to learn how you can win your very own 12X10″ Cricut EasyPress.

Supplies for your DIY Christmas coffee cup

Easy peasy to get this DIY holiday mug. Cut your vinyl using your electronic cutter. I prefer to use the Cricut machine. I just feel like my cuts are a lot cleaner and it cuts through material better compared to my Silhouette. I haven’t had the opportunity to use a Silhouette machine for about 3 years now so they may have gotten better.

Now weed out the excess vinyl. You can use a weeding tool or a safety pin to pull up the extras. Just remove whatever you don’t want as your image you’re transferring.

How do I apply vinyl to a cup?

After the image is weeded, cut your transfer tape to fit the image. Lay the transfer tape onto your image and then use your scraper tool to get it adhered. Do not press it too hard because you want the vinyl to come back off. Peel the transfer tape off. You should have the image onto the transfer tape.

Lay your transfer tape and image on your coffee mug and then use your scraper tool to transfer your image. Use your scraper tool to press on top of the transfer tape over your shape. Slowly lift the corner of the transfer tape and pull up. Your vinyl will remain on the mug.

Sometimes it helps to pull your transfer tape in a rocking motion and that will help loosen it off the vinyl.

Where can I find FREE Christmas SVG files?

grab tour FREE Christmas SVG files at the like below. They’re perfect for aprons, towels, shirts, and bags. Use your EasyPress, Heat Press or iron to apply the Iron-On Vinyl. And don’t forget to head to Creative Family for a 12X10″ EasyPress Giveaway! 

  1. Elf (Movie) Quote
  2. Hallmark Movie Watching Shirt
  3. Merry Christmas Y’all
  4. Baby’s 1st Christmas
  5. Farm Fresh Christmas Tree Sign
  6. Cookies for Santa Plate
  7. You Serious Clark?
  8. 3D Paper Ornament
  9. Baby, It’s Really Freaking Cold Outside
  10. Baking Spirits Bright
  11. My Favorite Color is Christmas Lights
  12. The Stars are Brightly Shining
  13. Christmas Calories Don’t Count
  14. It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Shopping
  15. You’ll Shoot Your Eye Out (Christmas Story)
  16. I’m A Christmas Songs Kinda Girl

free christmas svg files to cut on your Cricut or Silhouette

Cricut

Cricut Maker vs. Cricut Explore Air 2 – Should you upgrade?

October 31, 2018

Should you upgrade your Cricut Explore to the Cricut Maker? The short answer is yes. I’m going to show you all the capabilities you will have and more opportunities you have to create when you upgrade your Cricut machine. 
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What’s the biggest difference in the Cricut Maker vs Cricut Explore Air 2? You can cut so many more materials and it’s just not a machine for crafters anymore. So many uses and so I’m going to show you why you should take your Cricut Explore Air 2 and upgrade it to a Cricut Maker.

What Cricut Machine should you own?

I have both machines. I started originally on the 6″ Cricut and then wanted to try the Expression so badly because I wanted more opportunity with my machine. The attached screen to show what your were designing was confusing so I never took the plunge. I waited a long while to get a new electronic cutter because I had to compare all makes and models before taking the plunge.

A few years later I won a Silhouette off of the internet and so I was Team Silhouette for a while. I would get so frustrated with the dang thing because the software wasn’t newbie friendly and then it would always tear the paper or not cut through the material and I was frustrated, to say the least. 

After I had all but thrown it in the bin, I got the opportunity to start working with Cricut and they provided me with their first Cricut Explore. I was so happy with the cuts and so thrilled I could cut more materials with the Explore. And then they released the Cricut Explore Air 2, and in mint no less. I had all the opportunities to do the same work I had been doing but now I wasn’t tied down to wherever my computer was, I could craft on the go and it was fun!

I didn’t start having real fun or pushing my capabilities as a crafter until I started using the Cricut Explore Air 2. I was finally trying new things and different materials and I thought it couldn’t ever get better. And then in August 2017, they announced the Cricut Maker.

The Cricut Maker can do all the same things your Cricut Explore can but more! You still have the classic blades like the Fine Point Blade and the Deep Cut Blade that the Cricut Maker can use. But now you have the Rotary Blade (which is included), a Cricut Knife Blade and the new Scoring Wheel. Let’s break down what each of these blades can cut that you won’t be able to cut on your Cricut Explore Air 2.

What fabrics can the Cricut Maker Rotary Blade Cut?

Bamboo Fabric
Bengaline
Boucle
Broadcloth
Burlap
Burn-Out Velvet
Calico
Cambric
Canvas
Cashmere
Challis
Chambray
Chantilly Lace
Charmeuse Satin
Chiffon
Chintz
Corduroy
Cotton
Cotton, Bonded
Crepe Charmeuse
Crepe Paper
Crepe-back Satin
Damask
Denim
Denim, Bonded
Dotted Swiss
Double Cloth
Double Knit
Duck Cloth
Dupioni Silk
Eyelet
Faille
Faux Fur
Faux Suede
Felt
Flannel
Fleece
Flex Foam
Foulard
Fusible Fabric
Fusible Fleece
Fusible Interfacing
Gabardine
Gauze
Georgette
Gossamer
Grois Point
Grosgrain
Habutai
Heather
Homespun Fabric
Insulbrite Batting
Interlock Knit
Jacquard
Jersey
Jute
Khaki
La Coste
Lame
Leather
Light Cotton
Light Cotton, 2 Layers
Light Cotton, 3 Layers
Linen
Linen, Bonded
Lycra
Matelasse
Melton Wool
Mesh
Microfiber
Moiree
Moleskin
Monk’s Cloth
Muslin
Neoprene
Nylon
Oil Cloth, Bonded
Oilcloth
Organza
Ottoman
Oxford
Panne Velvet
Peau de Soie
Pima Cotton
Pique Cotton
Plisse
Plush
Polyester, Bonded
Poplin
Printable Fabric
Quilt Batting
Ramie
Raschel Knit
Rayon Lyocell
Rib Knit
Rip-Stop Nylon
Sailcloth
Satin Silk
Seersucker
Sequined
Shantung
Shantung Santeen
Silk China
Silk, Bonded
Slinky Knit
Spandex
Suede
Tafetta
Terry Cloth
Tulle
Tweed
Ultra Firm Stabilizer
Velour
Velvet Upholstery
Velveteen
Viscose
Voile
Waffle Cloth
Wool Crepe
Ziberline

What can the Cricut Knife Blade cut?

Acetate
Balsa – 1/16 in
Balsa – 3/32 in
Basswood – 1/16
Basswood – 1/32
Birch, Permanent Adhesive
Cereal Box
Corrugated Cardboard
Craft Foam
Cricut Cutting Mat Protector
EVA Foam
Flat Cardboard
Foil Poster Board
Gel Sheet
Heavy Chipboard – 2.0 mm
Kraft Board
Leather -Garment 1-7 oz
Leather – Tooling 1-7 oz
Light Chipboard – 0.37mm
Matboard 4 Ply
Metal Gauge
Plastic Canvas
Plastic Packaging
Poster Board
Stencil Film

What is the Cricut Scoring Wheel?

The Cricut Scoring Wheel works with the Cricut Maker and the Smart Tool Adaptive System. You can only use the Cricut Scoring Wheel in the Cricut Maker. You can use the Cricut Scoring Tool in both Cricut Maker and the Cricut Explore.

The Cricut Scoring Wheel comes with the .01 wheel which will produce a single scoreline. You have the option to buy the scoring wheel with both the .01 cap and the .02 cap. These caps are easily interchangeable. You just press the button on the top round area of the Cricut Scoring Wheel and then it will release allowing you to change to the other cap.

The .02 cap has the capability to produce two scorelines which are great for creating 3D objects. The Cricut Scoring Wheel .02 cap allows scoring of thicker materials so that they do not break or rip when you’re folding them along the scoreline.

The Cricut Maker uses more force so that you’re not lost as to why you can’t see the scoreline. In the picture below, I’ve shown you an acetate box that I’ve scored with the .01 and the Scoring Tool in my Cricut Explore Air 2. You can absolutely see the difference and I haven’t even folded the acetate at all when I took these pictures. showing score lines on acetate

Which Cricut Maker tool is your favorite?

I have really loved all of them but the Cricut Scoring Wheel is my favorite. It has made making my own party goods that much easier. I have all the things in the world at my home to make boxes but I couldn’t get a deep enough score or cut to really to create them. When the Cricut Scoring Wheel and the Cricut Knife Blade were released, I’ve been able to use more of my own products and not going to the store because I need that one thing. I can make them all with my Cricut Maker.

Why should I buy a Cricut Maker?

I’m here to tell you that you will do more than you thought you could with your Cricut Maker. I’ve been able to create nursery signs with basswood, I’ve made my sons Halloween Maui costume, I’ve made an awesome front porch using all things Cricut Maker and I’ve loved every second of it.

Just to show you some versatility, I scored these boxes with each a scoring wheel and the scoring tool. You’ll see in the picture above that the scoreline wasn’t very visible with the scoring tool so the dad box is folded by hand and the seams are messy.

I’m a perfectionist so the Cricut Maker helps aide in my OCD by creating perfect projects every time. If you’re wondering when is the best time to buy a Cricut Maker is, usually Black Friday has the best deals because everything is in a bundle rather than the machine alone. It’s worth every penny of investing so I suggest you grab one today!

how to score acetatecricutmas acetate gift boxes

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Birthday Parties - Clothing DIY - Cricut - Movies

Harry Potter Socks | Harry Potter Party Favors

October 30, 2018

These DIY Harry Potter socks are perfect for your next Harry Potter party. Create the perfect Harry Potter party favor and attach the free Harry Potter printable.  Harry Potter socksThis post contains affiliate links. Thank you for your support.

I’ve partnered up with LEGO to bring your next Harry Potter party to a whole new level. Create your very own Harry Potter socks and attach the LEGO Harry Potter printable to the top of the bag. Manage your own Mischief with these Mischief Managed socks made with your Cricut.

I don’t know if I’ve ever admitted that I’m addicted to any LEGO game and LEGO Harry Potter is my favorite of them all. I can’t decide if I like the Harry Potter years 1-4 or Harry Potter years 5-7 but they’re amazing. They’re even more amazing when you can be the only player in a family of 6. But now you can buy them both at the same time and you know I bought it again for my XBox One.

supplies for Harry Potter socks

Supplies for your DIY Harry Potter Socks

lego VoldemortTo make your Harry Potter party favors, cut the Mischief Managed picture with your electronic cutter. Be sure to mirror your image before it cuts. Lay your socks upside down on your surface. The opening will be on the table and the hole will be away from you. Pay attention to your sock position so that you can get your Mischief Managed socks facing the correct way.putting itv on socks put iron on vinyl on socksI use an EasyPress Mat but you can also use a folded towel. Use a surface that will help distribute even heat and won’t bend. Ironing boards are not ideal to use with the EasyPress. The middle easily bends and won’t allow you to get an even pressing. I use a wood board because that is what I have for my blogging backdrops. You can use your countertop but some materials will pull the heat from the EasyPress and the temperature will drop. using the small EasyPressPress your iron-on vinyl according to manufacturers instructions. Cricut has a new interactive guide to what kind of heat setting you need and how long to press it using an iron or the EasyPress. If you’re going to use an iron, read this post on how to really get your iron-on vinyl to stay.

Once you’ve pressed your Mischief Managed socks, go ahead and fold them and place them into your cellophane bag. It’s easier if your cellophane bag is flat so that you won’t have issues when you go to staple your Harry Potter treat topper on.  Harry Potter bag topper

More Harry Potter Party Ideas

I love LEGO’s and they’ve been a favorite of my boys. Malakai even loves the smaller LEGO’s and that works great for his small motor skills. I have yet to figure out a LEGO storage situation in our house though.

These Harry Potter socks are the perfect party favor. I’ve been having lots of Harry Potter fun with my Luna Lovegood confetti and I’m working on more felt ornaments for our Harry Potter Christmas tree to go along with Hedwig. Grab the free printable for personal use only above.  Harry Potter movie confetti  felt Hedwig ornament

Cricut - Sewing

Easy DIY Rice Heating Pad for Cramps or Back Pain

October 27, 2018

Add this simple Rice Heating Pad to your companion list on those cold winter nights. Warm these DIY heating pads in the microwave and simply reuse them for whenever you need a heating pad that doesn’t use electricity.rice filled heating pad

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Just this past week I got a call from my oldest son that he had thrown out his back. This was like de-ja-vu to the time when I started getting back pain when I was younger. He said he twisted to stretch his back and it just gave out on him. He had the hardest time in the car on the drive to take him home. I gave him some Aleve Back & Muscle Pain that I had on hand and told him to go lay flat on the floor on his back with this DIY Rice Heating Pad. 

I started getting back pain around age 13. I’ve seen specialists, physical therapists, alternative medicine doctors all to try and get my spine to act the way it’s supposed to act. I still have good days and bad but, taking Aleve Back & Muscle Pain when I have a flare can help neutralize the pain that my back causes me.

I know this is the same route my oldest son is headed. It’s a good thing for me as a mother to have experienced this same issue so that I can assist him in him finding what medicines and routines work for his own back pain.

I know that for him and I, heat works the best to help calm down the back and muscle pain. Find what works best for you and if ice is better for you, do that in conjunction with some OTC medication or prescribed medication.

Supplies for your DIY Rice Heating Pad

Cricut Maker
Cricut Design Space File

or

Rotary Cutter
Cutting Mat
Acrylic Ruler

and

Flannel Fabric (1/3 yd cuts)
Long Grain White Rice
Heat N Bond Iron-On Adhesive Tape

buffalo check flannel pouches filled with rice

I’ve decided to make us some rice-filled heating pads that will warm up in a few minutes and can be taken with you wherever you may be. Just warm these homemade rice heating pads in the microwave and it will retain its heat for around 15 minutes. That’s the perfect amount of time for heat therapy that works for me.

How do you make a Rice Heating Pad?

To make your DIY rice heating pad, you’re going to need a few things. I used my Cricut to cut the flannel but you can just use a rotary cutter if you do not own a special crafting tool.  I’ve included the special file for the rice heating pads that you can cut with your electronic cutter or just cut your fabric to be 8”X11”. how to put fabric on the Cricut mat remove fabric from Cricut matYou’ll lay right sides together and sew a ¼” seam around the edges. Reinforce your first and last stitch so that the fabric won’t unravel as you add your rice. Leave a 3-4” opening at the top. Grab a small plastic or paper cup and remove the bottom so that this will act as a funnel for your rice in your rice heating pad. matching seams of fabricFill your DIY rice heating pad with the rice and then use some Heat n’ Bond tape to seal the edges. You can top stitch if you’d like but that’s just one extra step for me. Use your iron to seal the edges by pressing for about 30 seconds. turning fabric pouch ride side outsealing flannel fabric together

That’s it for automatic relief and it’s inexpensive. Heating pads at the store have cost me upwards of $30 and so if I can make this for pennies, why not you either?

How long do you heat Rice Heating Pads?

Start heating your rice-filled heating pad at one minute. Two minutes in the microwave if you want your DIY rice heating pad to be extra warm. Keep an eye on your heating pad so that it doesn’t smoke. Just warm your heating pad at one-minute intervals in the microwave. diy rice heating pad

I’m dedicated to helping heal my son and I want him to have a fulfilling life free of back pain. He is a lover of sports and I’m so happy to see him at his happiest on the field. 

Making this homemade heat pack is so easy and you’ll be on your way to an all natural health kick. Turn this into an aromatherapy heating pad by using a few drops of essential oils.