Advice♪ Mother's life Hacks 101 (Pro-tip level: over 9000!)

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Do you even use a glue gun? Well, if you don't please read on about why you should! Advice from a loving mother with experience making life easier for her family!

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Hi and thank you for visiting my column!
This column is dedicated to recommended daily life hacks for busy mothers. With budget in mind I am also demonstrating that these ideas and DIY can be done utilizing items from your local dollar store (got your attention?). Because I love to work with my hands and create things, I’d like to show you some creative ways to make stuff using everyday products.
Now let me first introduce to you the products we will be working with today.
Here, shazam!!
A glue gun!

 

A Glue Gun!?

Although hardcore DIY-fers and handicraft workers may think they already know, I’m breaking it down for people who don’t know. Glue guns are used as an adhesive for attaching smaller handicrafts such as beads to fabric, among other places. The glue works well because it hardens quickly and uses resin, a substance which isn't dissolved in water. The glue gun can be used on anything from paper, plastic, (although there some substances stick better than others) cloth, packaging and wrapping, construction, and even electrical wiring. 

While it's very convenient, it can even be found in the 100 yen shop ($1 store).
This glue gun goes for 200 yen, with refill glue sticks for 100 yen (DAISO)

Colorful options

The refill glue sticks, may only be 100 yen but they offer many colors.
transparent white, white, brown, and black. Today we will give you an introduction into the art of the glue gun. For all mothers out there you can probably empathize with my plight, a child's slipping sock problem...

Smaller childrend that have non-slip pads on the backs of their socks are lucky but what can you do as they get older?

 

 

Rubber Solution

Although it is hard to see in the picture, the written portion on the socks is actually made of rubber. This is one addition that makes a big difference. Especially when your child begins to walk and can't keep proper footing. If you have hardwood floors like us, it's almost like a skating rink. To stop the sliding with just a little change to the socks is truly a blessing that'd I'd like to share. Let' walk through putting it together!
  • Preparations
    Preparations
    -Glue gun
    -Glue stick
    -Socks
    -Cooking sheet (also DAISO)
    -Extension cord

    The extension cord is actually required! A plug converter is necessary as well.
    This is because the glue gun is cheap, and the code is short! (look at the pictures and you'll see the length. LOL)
    The use the cooking sheet for practice using the glue gun, because it's a bit trickier than it looks. If it does not stick, then it's not ready to apply just yet.
  • Practice makes perfect or well..kinda good
    Practice makes perfect or well..kinda good
    Since the 100-yen shop glue gun doesn't have an on/off switch, while plugged in, it's always on.
    Once I left to do something and the glue continued to spew out the gun in a nice puddle below
    Please be careful not to leave it plugged in. Once you've decided what you want to draw on the socks,
    wield your glue gun and cut loose.

    -Though it may look like a toy, the glue gun tip is very hot so keep your kids away.

The wonders of Glue

After applying, the glue hardens in less than 30 seconds. Pretty easy right!? ♪ There's a whole new world of glue gun ideas, which we'll gradually introduce as time goes by so keep posted! !
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Hi and thank you for visiting my column!This column is dedicated to recommended daily life hacks for busy mothers. I am also a mother working full-time so I understand the benefits of finding ways to do things cheaper and effectively. I  also I love to work with my hands and create things, so I’d like to show you some creative ways to make stuff using everyday products.

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