This Southern California weather has me sweating!!!  I’ve run out of cute stylish tanks and this heat has me refusing to go out shopping for more.  How do you beat the heat, stay indoors, and get some new tanks!?!  Why, revamp some tees into tanks of course!

Honestly, I love all of the shirts I revamped and I would wear them more if they were tanks.  However, for the sake of keeping the length of this DIY blog short, I’ll just show you one tee.  Technically, I did the same to all of them, they’re all just different prints, but you’ll get the gist of what I’m doing.

As you can see below, it’s just a regular crew neck t-shirt.  This one is actually big on me, but the outcome is the same.

Folded TeeSnip t-shirt:

1. & 2. Cut both sleeves off just along the inside of the seam

3. & 4. Cut off the folded over ends of the sleeves

5. Cut off top, just below the crew neck

See Below:

Cut patternOnce all snipped, fold over the top cuts (front and back, not together), pin and sew into place.  Remember to allow room for straps to be pushed through. 

To create straps, cut open the strips of sleeve you removed and sew one end to the other, making one long strap.  Thread through both sides of the top of the shirt.  Once both sides are threaded, you can sew the other two ends together, making your tank top straps. 

I loved it so much, I recently wore this on our day trip through Yosemite, have a look:

Transformed Tee at YosemiteIt’s a good thing I mostly wear long sleeves and sweaters in the winter, because I have a feeling I’ll be turning more tees into tanks this summer!  What are you favorite tee transformations, maybe I’ll try one of those too!?!

-Sandra
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I found these great water bottles called Infruition while back to school shopping and I just have to share with you all!

Back-to-school shopping in July!?!  Well, considering my kids start mid-August, it’s never too soon to shop for school.  Anyways, I always feel so guilty having my kids buy water out to the vending machine at school, or worse, using the water fountain.  Not that they’re spoiled, because they’re not, but they have lost so many water bottles over the years, I decided to stop forking out money that’s just going to get lost anyway.

Hoping that they’ve learned their lesson, I decided to get them pretty little bottles for school this year.  However, I wanted something that they were going to make it their mission NOT to lose.  Boy did these little bottles make them happy when they arrived!!!

Not only can you infuse fruit into your water, they can have a mid day snack too!

My kids are in love.  I keep trying to hide these to save them for when school starts, but no such luck there.  As you can see below, one bottle we tried cucumbers (yes, cucumbers are a fruit) and lemons and the other cherries.  It works much better if you chop up the fruit so it releases all its juices, but pitting the cherries worked just as well.

These bottles come in different sizes, the mini, the sport, and the jug size; I opted to go with the sport size to last all day for my kids. But I’m sure since they love these so much, I’ll be buying the jug size for the house.

Because I love amazon so much, I got them here: http://www.amazon.com/Infruition-Sport-Fruit-Infused-Bottle/dp/B019IZMGHM/ie=UTF8?m=A2UUZC0XBM235R&keywords=fruit+infuser

They’re made from BPA-free plastic, which makes this momma happy.  The website has delicious recipes and it’s so simple, the kids can prep these the night before or in the morning before school.  All it takes is chopped up fruit in the center chamber and water in the bottles, put it together and Violá!  Fruit Infused water.  The kids love this.  The teachers will love this.   I love this.  It’s not juice, it’s not sports drinks, it’s not plain ol’ water….it’s fruit infused water.  What’s not to love!?!

What are you drinking today?

-Sandra

**Disclaimer: I was provided with a free product in return for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions expressed herein are my own and not influenced by the company, and/or its affiliates in any way.

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I don’t know about you, but I love men’s buttoned up dress shirts.  However, they don’t translate into “stylish” wear for women.  On my quest to find something similar without the fuss, my daughter found a website called Closet Tree that up-cycles clothes, making them stylish along the way.  We were floored that a simple DIY solution was starring us in the face!  How did we not think of taking a man’s dress shirt and making it our own!?!

Because we weren’t willing to fork out the non-up-cycle price of the website, we ventured out to DIY one of our own.  We took a trip to the local vintage shop and found a pristine, cheap, buttoned up shirt for less than $4.00.  Brought it home and chopped it up.  After all, we didn’t want to take a brand new $30 shirt and make an up-cycled dress, especially if this was our trail & error experiment!

Here’s our shirt before DIYing:

Here’s what we lopped off:

DIY Cut Pattern

First, we chopped off across the top of the shirt, placed elastic across the front and back of the shirt, folded it over and sewed it up.  For the shoulders, I didn’t place elastic in them because I wanted it to be versatile.  We wanted the dress to go over or across the shoulders without looking scrunched up.

Next, the cuffs had to go.  I cut them off, but saved them to be used after I shorted the sleeves.  Once I shorted the sleeves, I cut along the inside of the dress, slimming it down to fit my daughter and giving it a more feminine shape.

Last, I reattached the cuffs to the sleeves to give it a finished buttoned up shirt look. Violá!

Finished up-cycled dress:

What do you think? Love it or leave it!?!

-Sandra

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Before my daughter was diagnosed with Celiac disease, I had never heard of it, nor gluten, probiotics, vili, etc.  Needless to say, we had a huge learning curve and boy did we research.  Reading labels was something I had never done before then and learning just how many different names “gluten” is hidden in was just the beginning.

Shopping trips consisted of veggies, fruits, and protein.  Nothing processed, nothing made.  I don’t know about your kids, but telling a 4 year old she can’t have all those things she was accustomed to eating was no small feat.

Doctor’s Recommendation

One of the best things her pediatrician recommended for us, was to find a great probiotic to help with digestion.  So, back to some research.  We had some hits, but mostly misses on our mission to find one that suited her dietary needs.  Not to mention, she is Autistic and had oral texture issues as well.  So gummies, although ideal, didn’t always work and forget trying to get her to swallow pills.

Which brings me to these yummy gummies:

We found these gummy probiotics by Nutra, and although I feared the same result as all those other gummies we tried, these are different.  For one, their texture a more solid type of gummy.  The taste isn’t as “sweet”, but they’re not bland either.  They are slightly powdery, but it’s not overpowering.  My daughter loves them!

Best thing about these is that they fit the bill.  It helps with her digestion AND it’s gluten and sugar free.  We love them!  Anything that helps her tummy function better and I don’t have to fight her to take is a plus in this mom’s book.  Here’s a link of where I ordered these: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01I02T9B0/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1498168308&sr=1-1&keywords=probiotic+gummies+kids&m=

So, what’s your favorite probiotic?  I’d love to her about those as well.

-Sandra

**Disclaimer: I was provided with a free product in return for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions expressed herein are my own and not influenced by the company, and/or its affiliates in any way.

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