DIY Travel Tic Tac Toe

DIY Travel Tic Tac Toe

This DIY Travel Tic Tac Toe post is sponsored by Oriental Trading. All thoughts and opinions belong to Drugstore Divas.

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I love games that don’t buzz or beep, and I try really hard to make sure to not buy electronic toys for our nephews and our friends’ kids. I would rather give them something where they need to use their brains and imagination. That’s how I feel about road trips too. When kids are in the car, so many parents want to just turn on DVD players. And sure, that probably works, but I remember my mom always making games for us to take on trips. So, from that inspiration, I created a DIY Travel Tic Tac Toe game. It was actually pretty quick to make and I love it. Pete and I have taken it on trips and actually played it in the hotel instead of just watching television.

DIY Travel Tic Tac Toe

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What You’ll Need:

What You’ll Do:

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Cut a piece of felt the size of the unfinished wood coaster and use the glue gun to glue it to the back of the coaster. This will create a little friction if you’re using this in the car. That way, you can still drive, but this won’t slide off your lap.

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Stick a piece of Washi tape on the back of a glass bead. Cut it to fit the size of the bead.

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Make five of one pattern and five of the other.

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Paint the board (with a pound sign or hashtag, depending on how old you are). Let it dry completely.

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Put all the pieces into a plastic bag and close the bag so it’s ready for your next trip.

I made this red, white, and blue because it’s close to July 4th and I had a bunch of supplies from Oriental Trading’s patriotic page. You can find a ton of July 4th party and craft supplies there as well.

If you don’t want to make an Americana version of this using patriotic Washi tape, you can actually pick up any Washi tape, as long as you choose two that are different enough to act as X’s and O’s.

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What To Pack In Your Gym Bag

What To Pack In Your Gym Bag

This What To Pack In Your Gym Bag post is sponsored by Mirum Shopper, but opinions expressed are my own.

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I used to go to the gym at night, after work. It would be about midnight or so, and I would meet my friends there. I worked my mouth chatting more than I worked my body on the machines, but still, at least I was there. Pete used to be completely different. He used to go first thing in the morning, before work. He would then shower at the gym. Of course, we had to pack very different gym bags.

If you’re one of the shower-at-the-gym people, this what to pack in your gym bag list is for you.

What To Pack In Your Gym Bag

Shampoo and conditioner.
After working out, you definitely want to wash your hair, especially if you’re heading to work after. Pack a bottle of shampoo and conditioner in your gym bag. Personally, I would pack a pair that you got a good deal on. That way, if you accidentally leave it behind, you won’t feel too bad.

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Soap.
Of course, you’ll need soap to wash your body. Personally, I like body wash, but packing three large bottles will make your gym bag really heavy. So, either take your shampoo, conditioner, and body wash and put it in three small trial-size containers, or pack bar soap since it’s lighter.

Wash cloth.
You’ll need a wash cloth for your shower. Don’t pack your favorite one, just in case it gets left behind. 

Bath towel.
Just like your wash cloth, don’t pack a great bath towel. Pack one that will dry you completely, of course, but not one of your favorite towels. 

Flip flops.
Gym showers are cleaned by the staff, but any time there’s a public shower, I always wear flip flops in it. You don’t want to worry about athlete’s foot.

Change of clothes.
If you’re heading to work after, you’ll want to pack your work clothes. If you’re headed out for the day, just pack a regular outfit. But whatever you do, the last thing you want is to change into your sweaty gym clothes.

What else do you pack in your gym bag?

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30+ Onion Recipes (Where Onions Are The Star)

30+ Onion Recipes (Where Onions Are The Star)

I love onions. I would add them to every meal, if I could. A lot of times, though, they cook down and get lost in your dish. I still feel like I have a hidden vegetable in there, and the more veggies the better. Sometimes, though, you need a few good onion recipes where onions are the star. 

If you’re looking for recipes for your onions, look no further than this post. I put together a list of standout onion recipes for you to try.

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30+ Onion Recipes (Where Onions Are The Star)

  1. Soul-Warming French Onion Soup
  2. Crispy, Crunchy Shoe String Onions
  3. Easy Creamy Onion Dip
  4. Pickled Onions
  5. Balsamic Thyme Whole Roasted Onions
  6. Onion Curry
  7. Bacon Cheeseburger Stuffed Vidalia Onions
  8. Copycat Outback Steakhouse Blooming Onion Recipe
  9. Onion Gratin with Rosemary and Thyme
  10. Hot Caramelized Onion Mushroom Dip 
  11. Grilled Onion Bombs
  12. Pork Onion Gravy
  13. Bacon & Gruyere Sliders with Beer Caramelized Onions
  14. Bacon Onion Butter
  15. Onion Soup Spectacular
  16. French Onion Soup Casserole
  17. Caramelized Onions
  18. Mexican Stuffed Onions
  19. Sweet Vidalia Onion Salad With Tangy Lemon Dressing
  20. Creamy Onions Au Gratin
  21. Onion Bhajis
  22. Vermouth Whole Roasted Onions
  23. Sumac Onions
  24. Dilly Pickled Onion Rings
  25. French Onion Bites
  26. Onion Bharta
  27. Skinny Caramelized Onion Dip
  28. Onion Coconut Stir Fry
  29. Balsamic Onion And Beetroot Bake
  30. French Onion Palmiers
  31. Onion Pakodas
  32. Caramelized Onion Hummus
  33. Beer Battered Onion Rings
  34. Slow Cooker Caramelized Onions
  35. Fried Onion Straws
  36. Cucumber Onion Salad
  37. Baked Parmesan Gluten-Free Onion Rings
DIY Painted Patriotic Coasters

DIY Painted Patriotic Coasters

This DIY Painted Patriotic Coasters post is sponsored by Oriental Trading. All thoughts and opinions belong to Drugstore Divas.

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We have a lot of coasters in our house. Some of them were taken from bars, some of them were given to us as gifts, and we have a really nice set that we got for review once upon a time. What we lack, though, are DIY painted patriotic coasters. And with the amount of America-themed BBQ’s we host each year, we really could use some. So, of course, I did what any normal person would do. I made them. They were pretty simple, so you could make them in an afternoon before your July 4th barbecue.

DIY Painted Patriotic Coasters

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What You’ll Need:

What You’ll Do:

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Cut a felt circle the size of the wood coaster.

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Then, glue it the bottom of the coaster using the glue gun.

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Use the pencil to draw two circles on your coaster. Drawing two will make three for you to paint.

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Paint the outer ring red. Then, paint the inner circle blue.

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Finally, paint the center circle white.

Let the coaster dry completely before using.

You can get a ton of July 4th party supplies and craft necessities at Oriental Trading. Be sure to check out the brand’s patriotic page to see what you can pick up to make these or any other patriotic crafts you can think of!

Want more patriotic ideas?

Patriotic Fruit Flag
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Patriotic Pound Cake
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What To Do If Your Cat Gets Fleas

What To Do If Your Cat Gets Fleas

This post is sponsored by Fetch My Meds and the BlogPaws® Pet Influencer Network™. I am being compensated to create awareness about the Fetch My Meds pharmacy discount program for pets, but we only share information we feel is relevant to our readers. Fetch My Meds is not responsible for the content of this article.Did you cat start itching? If it has fleas, definitely read this post from www.drugstoredivas.net to find out what to do if your cat gets fleas.

I was taking a walk a few weeks ago, when I was cat-sitting my parents’ cat Sox, and I came across a feral cat. For a moment, I thought about taking it home to give my parents’ cat a friend. Pets need friends too! I leaned down to pet the feral cat, and then thought better of it. The cat could have fleas … and fleas was not something I wanted to deal with while I was cat-sitting.

If you happen to end up dealing with fleas, it’s not fun. But it is something you can take care of at home without having to call in professional help.

What To Do If Your Cat Gets Fleas

Spray your home.
You can pick up a flea spray at your local grocery store. As soon as you realize your cat has fleas, purchase that and spray it on your sofas, rugs, pillows, etc. Follow the instructions on the back of the bottle to find out how frequently you need to spray.

Comb the cat.
Hunt down your feline culprit and comb it. I know, it sounds silly, but you actually should comb your cats on a regular basis anyway. You’ll remove a bunch of hair from him or her, which is great. That means less hair for you to sweep up and less hair for your cat to lick off, which means less hairballs. For now, if you keep your cat’s fur tidy, you’ll be able to better see the fleas and see if everything else you’re doing is working.

Apply flea medication.
You definitely want to apply flea medication as soon as possible. If you have an outdoor cat, you’ll actually want to apply it on a regular basis, not just when there’s an infestation. Check with the medication on how to apply, but most will tell you to pull up the skin on the back of your cat’s neck and apply it on the skin.

If you do need flea medication (or things like tick or heartworm relief also) on a regular basis, check out the veterinary prescription discount card Fetch My Meds. Enrollment is completely free and can help pet parents save up to 70% off of their pet’s medications too. Speaking of pet meds, did you know pet parents can ask their veterinarian for a written prescription? Definitely bring that up with your vet next time you’re there.

Get a flea collar.
It’s a good idea to have a flea collar on your cat when there’s an infestation going on. If you have multiple cats, but only one is dealing with fleas, you’ll still want to put flea collars on all of them to be safe. Most only last for a certain amount of time, so as with everything else, be sure to read the package to make sure you are using it properly.

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Carry On Must Haves

Carry On Must Haves

This Carry On Must Haves post is sponsored by Grande Cosmetics and brought to you through ShopShare Network. All thoughts and opinions belong to Drugstore Divas.

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I had a long distance relationship for a really long time, and that meant quite a few trips flying back and forth. I sort of got really good at changing from comfy shorts into a cute dress in an airport bathroom. Because when you’re on the flight, you want to be comfortable. And when you’re off it, you want to be cute. Doing so involves quite a bit of planning and making sure you have the right items in your carry on. Even now, I make sure to pack everything I could possibly need in a carry on because, well, that bag stays with you at all times and your luggage sometimes it gets lost along the way.

Carry On Must Haves

There are a few items you must have in your carry on, even if you’re checking luggage too.

Sweatshirt: It’s always cold on a plane. No matter what season you’re flying in, it seems like the air conditioning is always on full blast. Unless you’re on the tarmac. When you’re sitting there, the plane gets so hot. So having a light sweatshirt in your bag for when you’re actually flying — and being able to take it off when you’re waiting — is a necessity.

Book or tablet: I used to pack magazines when I flew until I started working for myself and needed to work as often as possible. If you can actually take time off, pack a book to read on the plane. If you’re like me and need to work all the time, pack your tablet so you can get some work done. (Last flight I was on, I got five blog posts done! It’s amazing how much you can accomplish when you don’t have WiFi to distract you!).

Headphones: If you’re using your tablet for your playlist or an audiobook instead of work, bring headphones with you and plug them into your device. You don’t want to play DJ for the plane, and your fellow passengers might not want to hear your novel.

Contacts and solution: I often wear glasses to fly, especially on international flights. Going to Japan is a 14 hour flight, and that means I’m going to sleep at some point. If you wear contacts, you know that sleeping in them is just awful. It’s not great for your eyes, but sleeping in them also dries them out. And when you wake up, it’s not a good experience. So wear your glasses, pack your contacts and solution in your carry on (making sure it’s a travel-sized contact solution) and pop them in your eyes in the airport bathroom.

Makeup: When you’re in the bathroom putting in your contacts, you’ll probably also want to freshen up your makeup … especially if you’re meeting someone exciting when you exit the airport. You want to look your best, and that often means a little makeup. I’m not saying you need to go overboard. Plus, your favorite BB Cream is probably not carry on friendly (mine isn’t). So pack the minimum: face wipes, a travel-sized mascara, and GrandeLIPS.

The GrandeLIPS Hydrating Lip Plumper comes in 12 colors, plus a clear gloss, and is available at Sephora.com. What’s fun about it is the paraben-free lip plumper is clinically proven to increase overall lip hydration, volume, softness, and firmness in 30 days of usage (when applied twice daily). So if you’re meeting someone special when you get off the plane, start using this a month before your trip and your lips will be plumper and kissably soft by the time you get there.

Empty water bottle: You’re not allowed to bring full water bottles through security, but you are able to bring empty ones. So, pack an empty water bottle (with the cap) in your carry on. Once you get through security, find the closest water fountain and fill it up. If you fill it up before security, you’ll be asked to toss it, so wait until you’re through.

Snacks: Airport snacks are really expensive. I’m always so surprised at how much they charge for things like granola bars and single serve bags of chips. These are the things I like to eat when I’m waiting at the gate, though. So I make sure to pack them in my carry on bag. They’re a lot cheaper to buy at the grocery store when your have a coupon than the airport’s convenience store.

What other carry on must haves do you have? Be sure to comment below!

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And be sure to find GrandeLIPS at Sephora! Shop now here. Small aside: I’m actually wearing the clear coat as I type this. It’s only been a few days, so my lips look the same, but I’m loving the fact that it’s vanilla-flavored (since vanilla is my fave!). It does give my lips a little temporary heat as it’s being put on, but none of the tingling I’ve felt from previous lip plumper products.