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In a few weeks I am going on a mission trip to Africa and the kids will be with my in-laws. This trip has been years in the making and having my in-laws step in with the kids has made it possible sooner than expected. As a token of appreciation, I have been putting together a care package for my in-laws filled with things they like and can use.
My mother-in-law taught me a lot of what I know about homemaking, cooking and home decor. Over the years every time she’s come over, she’s never come empty handed. She always brings something I need for the home, something I can use for myself, food or gifts for the kids.
That habit made a major impact on me and is something I try to do in return. Gifting is my mother-in-law’s love language. Whether bringing it to someone or bringing them something they need, she’s always been so thoughtful and generous in that way.
This week I’m adding some fun stuff to my mother-in-law’s box that will help her in the kitchen. She’ll get the new SoftSoap® Hand Wash Plus Lotion™for her kitchen sink and a D.I.Y. Clothespin Planter for her window sill. My mother-in-law’s kitchen is the hub of her home. She’s cooked three plus meals a day her whole life, taught me to cook and loves gardening so I know she’ll love these two gifts.
The new SoftSoap® Hand Wash Plus Lotion™comes in three new scents. I bought the Shea and Cocoa Butter for me and Aloe Water and Lime for her. They both have an amazing scent, and hydrate while washing because they are made with lotion. I’m pairing the Aloe Water and Lime hand wash to my mother-in-law along with a Lime Basil herb plant. If you’ve never smelled and tasted this basil, you must. It smells just like lime and pairs perfectly with refreshing Aloe Water Lime scent of the SoftSoap® Hand Wash.
D.I.Y. Clothespin Planters
To make the clothespin planter, you’ll need a few simple items you may already have around your house. The planter is small and fits perfectly on the sill of a window. Make one or group a few together to create a unique herb garden right on your windowsill.
1 empty tuna can
Hot glue gun
Unhinge the 14 clothespins and set the hinges aside. Use a nail and hammer to create 3 drainage holes in the bottom of the can. Paint the clothespins and can, then let it dry. Wash your hands immediately to prevent paint from staining your hands or nails.
Begin gluing the clothespins to the can, with the flat side of the clothespins facing the can. Be sure to glue them as close together as possible. I placed the narrow end of the clothes pins at the bottom of the can and the wider end toward the top of what will be the rim of my planter.
Continue gluing the clothespins until the can is fully covered. Wash your hands to remove any glue that stuck to you.
Now, fill the planter halfway with soil and add your plants. Pack more soil down into the planter until the soil reaches the top of the planter. By now your hands are probably dirty again, so take a moment to wash them.
Wipe any excess soil from the outside of the planter and place in a sunny window.
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