Deoxidize your headlights for less than $5!

You know when you’ve had your car for awhile and the headlights aren’t all shiny and nice anymore? That’s called oxidation — I don’t want to explain that word. Try nifty trick to deoxidize your headlights without paying a company $70+.

Drumroll… toothpaste! From what I’ve read, it’s best to not use the gel kind. I forgot to take a photo of the toothpaste, but that’s unexciting anyway. So, here is the headlight before toothpaste:
Deoxidize your headlights for less than $5!

Put about a teaspoon of toothpaste on a dry washcloth and wipe it on the headlight until it seems dry. Elbow grease is a plus. Your headlight should look something like this once the toothpaste is “dry.” Get the non-toothpastey side of your washclotch wet, and wipe of the headlight.
Deoxidize your headlights for less than $5!

Viola! My car is 10 years old so I don’t think it’s possible for it to look perfect, but this is significantly better!
Deoxidize your headlights for less than $5!

Just so it’s easier to compare, here’s a before and after collage to pin 😉
Deoxidize your headlights for less than $5!


Maxwell’s homemade sweater vest.

While pretty much everyone I know watched the Seahawks take on the 49ers, I was finding ways to entertain myself while semi-listening to the game. This isn’t exactly something that I found on Pinterest, but I’ve been wanting to do it and I’m going to pin this… so that’s close enough, right?

Maxwell is among the cutest beings to ever exist, and I made him a sweater vest! … thing! I had leftover fabric, draped it over him and decided that, with a little velcro, it could be made into something he could wear.


What to do with an extra pile of fuzzy fabric?

After draping the fabric over Maxwell a couple times I decided where to put the arm holes and where to cut off extra so it didn’t hang over him weirdly. There was very little science, I just kind of did it.


Working on seams.

Added some edges, a little velcro…


Now, for the moment of truth…

And THERE YOU HAVE THE CUTEST DOG IN A SWEATER VEST. It’s a tad snug, but I fully intend to make him another out of red plaid fabric, and I’ll get enough rather than using some leftover fabric.


The best pupster ever. In a sweater vest.

This was a super fun project that most people who are new to sewing could probably do. If you’re not confident in your ability to sew round edges, your dog won’t care if it’s not perfect! Give it a shot 🙂


Just look at his feet and legs and ears and eyebrows and everything!

Past activities!

To kick off this blog, I’d like to recount a few pins of the past that I enjoyed making! Here they are, in no particular order…

Eat. Play. Sleep. Repeat.: I made this blanket for my boss’ baby shower a couple years ago. I didn’t have a sewing machine at the time, so my best friend helped me along the way. It was a super fun reason for the two of us to hang out, and blankets are a fun gift to give!
Black Bean Enchiladas: A failed resolution of 2012 was to cut meat from my diet one day a week. I tried to do Meatless Monday’s, but as soon as grilling season hit I failed horribly. Before we started grilling, I found this recipe. So. Good.

American Flag Tank Top: This was incredibly easy to make, and the perfect tank to wear on July 4 when it’s really hot and you want to look like an angry American.

Rosemary Olive Oil Bread: I had this pinned for about 2 years before making it, and man is it tasty!

Broccoli Cheese Quinoa Casserole: I made this the first time for a baby shower (for the same lady who got the blanket). Easy and delicious! And quinoa has a ton of protein, so it’s a good meatless option, if you’re into that kind of thing.

Biscuit Doughnuts: The easiest thing on this list. Maybe tied with the tank top. Cut up biscuits into whatever shape you want, fry them, cover in cinnamon and sugar, and you’ve got yourself a tasty little doughnut.