Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Easy Way to Fold Sheets

I do not like folding sheets. I'm terrible at it, really.

I do like being mentioned on other people's blogs (in a positive way, of course). And I also like winning contests. Today's post is the best of both!!

Check out my friend Sandy's organization blog. It's awesome! I have used, and plan to use more, of her amazing organizing ideas. And today, she mentions me in her blog because I won a contest by describing how I organize my sheets in the linen closet. It also works for stuffing them in a drawer or under your bed, if you prefer.



Visit her blog and leave a message to let her know you stopped by.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Fun with Shaving Cream

While I'm sure some adults would enjoy this too, I'm specifically speaking of fun for kids with shaving cream.

Rainy day? Too hot to play outside? Just plain bored? Struggling for bathtime? Give the kid a can of shaving cream, strip 'em down and plunk them in the tub. Instant fun!

I gave my little one a $0.79 cent can of shaving cream and free reign to "play" in the tub. She covered herself and every surface she could find, including a cup, spoon and 3 barbies. About 45 minutes later, she was rinsed, clean and smellin' great. She later told me that this was "the best day of her life!". With feedback like that, you can't go wrong.

Shaving cream. They are already half way to a bath!
Trust me. Worth every penny....

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Contest Winner!

The winner of the crock pot liners, as chosen by random.org (so you know I didn't cheat), is comment #8!


You've got some liners coming your way girlfriend. And I fully expect a comment here after you try one out. Got it?

Congratulations, and thanks for all of your entries (as few as they were)....I appreciate your support! :)

Monday, June 15, 2009

Crock Pot Liners Saved My Life

Well, I'm exaggerating a little. They didn't really save my life exactly. But they sure made clean-up a lot easier...which makes my life easier. And who doesn't like easy?!?

I've been using Reynolds Slow Cooker liners for a while, they run about $4 for a box of 4...so $1 each. Expensive, yes. But totally worth it.

Then one day, I stumbled across a similar product that changed my life. Ok, exaggerating again, but seriously trust me on this one!

EZ Pans slow cooker/crock pot liners. THE BEST!

You've heard of crock pot liners, right? Basically, plastic-type "bags" you put into your slow cooker before you dump in the food. Then after cooking, you simply lift out the bag and toss it. Wipe down the inside of your crock pot with a damp towel (I use vinegar & water) and you're done. Simple, fast clean up. It makes me want to use the crock pot more and more, which is a huge time saver.

So here's another great thing about the EZ Pan liners. They cost about .30 cents each! I found a seller on Ebay who had them, but they are also available on Amazon.com....here's a link....free shipping too! You may not *need* 100 of them, but at this price you can either stock up for the year or share with friends.

Check them out and let me know what you think if you try them!

Let's do a contest, shall we? I'll choose a random number and the person with that number post in today's comments on this entry will WIN 5 of these crock pot liners. Yippee! My first contest. Post entries must be entered by midnight EST 6/15/09.

ps- please remember to either put your email in the comment or be a registered user so I can contact the winner! check back tomorrow for the winner's name. :)

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Oatmeal Packets

It's summer. In an attempt to lure my 5 year old away from PBS, I needed a craft. And we needed breakfast. These Homemade Oatmeal Packets accomplished both!

It's really simple and delicious (and inexpensive!). What else would you expect from me?!?


3 cups oats
brown or white sugar
baggies or some container (you'll need about 8 per batch)
small blender/chopper/Magic Bullet
mix-ins for the oatmeal (dried fruit, powdered creamer, chocolate chips, etc)

Blend up 1 cup of oats and set aside in a bowl. Next, portion out 1/4 cup servings of the remaining whole oats (not the ones you just blended) into airtight containers like baggies or other small containers. To each packet, add 2 tablespoons of the powder oats (it's a thickening agent). Some recipes call for a dash of salt, but I didn't find it necessary. If you like, add a teaspoon or so of brown/white sugar or powder sweetener of choice. The final step is to add the mix-ins...

  • dried fruit (raisin, blueberry, cranberry, cherry, apricot)

  • spices (cinnamon, nutmeg)

  • powdered creamer (for a fruit & cream variety)

  • chocolate chips

  • chopped nuts (walnuts, pecans, almonds)

  • colored sprinkles
Close up the bag and your custom made, healthier-than-store-bought, instant oatmeal packets are complete! You can even take the craft aspect of this activity a step further by making fun labels for the packages. Or, set up a "topping bar" and have some friends over to make oatmeal packets and let them choose their own mix-ins. The possibilities are endless.

To serve, just add approximately 1/2 c. boiling water to a bowl with one packet of oatmeal. Mix well and let it sit to thicken. You can play around with the water amount if you like thicker or thinner oatmeal.

My daughter loved making these, and because we used a combo of red/green sprinkles (leftover mix from our Magic Reindeer Food from last Solstice) her oatmeal turned blue! Be cautious, with the mix-ins added, you may not even need sugar or sweetener. Our had sugar added, but next time I'll leave it out if we put in sprinkles because she said it was too sweet. Huh!??! It's true!

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Homemade Bug Repellent - Deet Free!

Know what I don't love? Bugs. Namely mosquitoes. I have a bite on my ankle that is driving me crazy. Literally, crazy. So I needed a solution to prevent mosquito bites this summer, and I've found one that isn't going to harm me or my child with harsh chemicals. This bug repellent recipe is affordable and can easily be made in the kitchen without needing to buy a lot of crazy ingredients. And, of course, it's simple. I was given this recipe by a friend who found it in Family Circle. Thanks Brandi!

All you need are a few ingredients:

  • equal parts of apple cider vinegar & witch hazel (I used 1 cup each)
  • a few drops of citronella oil (for 1 cup and 1 cup, I used about 2 teaspoons of oil)
  • spray bottle (walmart, $1.57)

Mix it all together and funnel into a spray bottle, or just funnel it all in and then give it a good shake. I can vouch that it does work. My daughter went to camp 2 days this week and hasn't had a single bite. One of her instructors, wearing shorts and a t-shirt, tried it out today on her legs only. She was bitten by mosquitoes on her arms, but not on her legs. Success!

If you don't have citronella oil, today is your lucky day because I have a website for you to order from AND a $5 coupon to pay for it!!

use $5 off code KON547

I bought this citronella oil for $3.37.

While you're there, you can also pick up some wonderful sweet almond oil to make sugar scrub!

Friday, June 5, 2009

Good Deal!

I love a good deal.
But, you know that about me already don't you. ;)

Here's one for those of us who hate to pay full price on clothing.

Chadwicks - 50% off any 1 item
Code: CH21595
Expires: 6/18/09

Guess what? I just bought a new dress!