Learn this easy 5 minute trick to keep your vegetables fresh for months! Gone are the days that I throw away rotten produce :)
Learn this easy 5 minute trick to keep your vegetables fresh for months! Gone are the days that I throw away rotten produce :)
I’m guilty of not storing my veggies properly. I’m also guilty of not EATING my veggies soon enough. Each week at the grocery store I have the best intentions of an upcoming week of healthy meals, often to find that my produce goes bad before I get to them. Needless to say I need more veggies in my diet (for another post)! But for veggies such as onions, garlic & shallots that often come in a large bag (when I only need one!), it can be hard to keep these lasting long if they’re not stored properly.

Fortunately, there’s another solution outside of downing the bag of garlic like you’re in the world championships. There’s a contest for everything nowadays, huh? All you need is 5 minutes and a couple supplies around the house.

Supplies needed to keep your vegetables fresh

  • Paper bags (I use the lunch bag size, but you could use larger ones)
  • Black sharpie
  • Paperclips
  • Hole punch

Learn this easy 5 minute trick to keep your vegetables fresh for months! Gone are the days that I throw away rotten produce :)

Fold your paper bag length wise and punch holes one inch apart. This step is a MUST as this provides air circulation for the veggies. Contrary to how meticulous I was punching the holes EXACTLY one inch apart, Joe (my husband) pointed out that the produce doesn’t actually last longer if the holes are perfectly even! 🙂 Just make sure you don’t punch holes on the bottom. Also, leave about an inch on the top with no holes.

Learn this easy 5 minute trick to keep your vegetables fresh for months! Gone are the days that I throw away rotten produce :)

Turn your bags upside down and write the name of the produce with your sharpie. You could be much more specific with your labels than I was (red onions, yellow onions, etc.). Admittedly when a recipes calls for a specific color onion, I just use whichever one I have!

Learn this easy 5 minute trick to keep your vegetables fresh for months! Gone are the days that I throw away rotten produce :)

Store these bags in a cool dark place (kitchen drawer, cabinet, or a pantry) for up to a few months!
Learn this easy 5 minute trick to keep your vegetables fresh for months! Gone are the days that I throw away rotten produce :)

 

 

Learn this easy 5 minute trick to keep your vegetables fresh for months! Gone are the days that I throw away rotten produce :)

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Getting a ring professionally cleaned is great, it can take time and money! Try out this DIY ring cleaner for a quicker, but equally beautiful solution!

Getting a ring professionally cleaned is great, it can take time and money! Try out this DIY ring cleaner for a quicker, but equally beautiful solution!

Although I do take very good care of my engagement & wedding ring, I’ve yet to have them professionally cleaned. I kind of hate the idea of leaving it with someone else, although I’m sure it would be safe and come back to me sparkly clean. Fortunately I’ve got a DIY ring cleaner option that does well to compete (and saves so much time)!

Supplies:

  • 1 tbsp. salt
  • 1 tbsp. baking soda
  • 1 tbsp. dish soap
  • Aluminium foil
  • Old toothbrush
  • Small bowl
  • Scissors

Cut a piece of aluminium foil to cover bottom of bowl. Fill with warm water. Mix in salt, baking soda and dish soap.

Getting a ring professionally cleaned is great, it can take time and money! Try out this DIY ring cleaner for a quicker, but equally beautiful solution!

Place rings in the bowl for 2-3 minutes.

Getting a ring professionally cleaned is great, it can take time and money! Try out this DIY ring cleaner for a quicker, but equally beautiful solution!

Use a toothbrush to gently scrub extra dirty jewels. Rinse the ring in warm water. If you’re rinsing over the sink, secure the drain or be very careful not to drop it in! That’s it! It’s that simple. Watch your ring sparkle!

Now if you’re like me, you’ll likely need a manicure to go with that new sparkly clean ring 🙂 .

Getting a ring professionally cleaned is great, it can take time and money! Try out this DIY ring cleaner for a quicker, but equally beautiful solution!

May your rings always look as sparkly as the day you got engaged!

Getting a ring professionally cleaned is great, it can take time and money! Try out this DIY ring cleaner for a quicker, but equally beautiful solution!
Getting a ring professionally cleaned is great, it can take time and money! Try out this DIY ring cleaner for a quicker, but equally beautiful solution!

 

 

Getting a ring professionally cleaned is great, it can take time and money! Try out this DIY ring cleaner for a quicker, but equally beautiful solution!

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Have you ever tried Mary Kay 'Satin Hands' scrub? It's AMAZING! This homemade sugar scrub recipe is a great DIY option that takes only 5 minutes!
Have you ever tried Mary Kay 'Satin Hands' scrub? It's AMAZING! This homemade sugar scrub recipe is a great DIY option that takes only 5 minutes!

I love a new beauty product as much as the next person, but what I love even more is being able to make a pretty great alternative right at home. For those of you who have used Mary Kay Satin Hands, you’ll really appreciate this one! For those who haven’t, it’s a really awesome hand scrub that seems to work magic and make your hands feel like … well satin. While I doubt Mary Kay uses Dawn & sugar to make their fabulous scrub, I think this homemade sugar scrub recipe is a pretty good and super quick alternative!

Supplies

Have you ever tried Mary Kay 'Satin Hands' scrub? It's AMAZING! This homemade sugar scrub recipe is a great DIY option that takes only 5 minutes!

Simply add sugar to the container. I like to fill 1/2 full. Then slowly add the Dawn and stir.

Have you ever tried Mary Kay 'Satin Hands' scrub? It's AMAZING! This homemade sugar scrub recipe is a great DIY option that takes only 5 minutes!

You want the consistency to be of a paste (think peanut butter). Don’t get nervous about quantity because you really can’t mess this up.  If you use more sugar the scrub will be grainier on your hands and if you use too little sugar it will just be a bit silkier.  So really no matter what there will be a nice result.

Have you ever tried Mary Kay 'Satin Hands' scrub? It's AMAZING! This homemade sugar scrub recipe is a great DIY option that takes only 5 minutes!

Just use a spoon or your fingers to scoop a bit out, rub over your hands and wash! One of the best parts of this oh so simple recipe is that it lasts a really long time! One batch I made lasted over a year.

May your hands feel like satin in less than 5 minutes!

Have you ever tried Mary Kay 'Satin Hands' scrub? It's AMAZING! This homemade sugar scrub recipe is a great DIY option that takes only 5 minutes!

Have you ever tried Mary Kay 'Satin Hands' scrub? It's AMAZING! This homemade sugar scrub recipe is a great DIY option that takes only 5 minutes!

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Have you ever tried Mary Kay 'Satin Hands' scrub? It's AMAZING! This homemade sugar scrub recipe is a great DIY option that takes only 5 minutes!

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This DIY lavender linen spray is my newest trick to help me fall asleep at night! It smells fabulous & has a calming effect. It's quick & affordable!
This DIY lavender linen spray is my newest trick to help me fall asleep at night! It smells fabulous & has a calming effect. It's quick & affordable!
I’ve tried everything to fall asleep at night: warm milk & honey, reading, listen to light music, glass of wine, dim the lights in the evening and likely dozens of other tricks. ‘Winding down’ isn’t really my thing. Nor is relaxing. These qualities definitely serve me well in productivity, but not so much in quality sleep.

That’s why I’ve realized I need more than one trick to put me to sleep each night. (I also realized that having my phone attached to me 24/7 is likely negating most of my efforts, but that’s for another day!)

My latest trick that I’m loving is lavender linen spray on my pillows. Lavender essential oil is supposed to help you relax and help manage stress & frustration. At minimum it smells fabulous & has a calming effect. You can definitely buy linen spray pretty much anywhere, but it’s WAY more economical to make it yourself. I never pass up an affordable DIY!

Supplies for lavender linen spray:

  • 1 oz (2 tbsp) witch hazel, vodka, isopropyl alcohol OR Epsom salts (any of these will help combat the separation of oil & water in the bottle)
  • 10 drops lavender essential oil
  • 3 oz (6 tbsp) water
  • 4 oz spray bottle
  • Ribbon (optional)
  • White label sheets (optional)
  • Printable label (optional)

Directions:

Mix the lavender essential oil & your choice of hazel, vodka, isopropyl alcohol OR Epsom salts in the spray bottle. Give a good shake. Why? The essential oil won’t distribute into the water on its own, but when diluted in the hazel, vodka, isopropyl alcohol OR Epsom salts, it will mix into the water.

Add water to the bottle until it is almost full.

Screw on the cap and shake the bottle to disperse the oils evenly throughout.

When making these for gifts I tie a ribbon around the top and stick this lavender linen spray label on using printable white label sheets.

This DIY lavender linen spray is my newest trick to help me fall asleep at night! It smells fabulous & has a calming effect. It's quick & affordable!

Voila! Your homemade lavender linen spray is complete. Shake lightly before each use.

May you put down your phone & be asleep in no time!

This DIY lavender linen spray is my newest trick to help me fall asleep at night! It smells fabulous & has a calming effect. It's quick & affordable!

This DIY lavender linen spray is my newest trick to help me fall asleep at night! It smells fabulous & has a calming effect. It's quick & affordable!

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This DIY lavender linen spray is my newest trick to help me fall asleep at night! It smells fabulous & has a calming effect. It's quick & affordable!

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Don't spend all your hard earned cash on expensive makeup remover .... I promise this recipe is just as good as department store versions!

Don't spend all your hard earned cash on expensive makeup remover .... I promise this recipe is just as good as department store versions!
I love ‘fancy’ (aka expensive) makeup remover. The more I spend, the more I seem to like it. And as much as I’m down for cheap DIY alternatives, never did I think I would make my own makeup remover. I assumed anything I make would either be way too greasy causing my face to break out or not work at all causing me to obsessively rub my eyes. Well, the last two years have proved me wrong, as I’ve been using & loving my own makeup remover daily … and well saved a lot of money.

How much money you ask? After spending 20 minutes and one fabulous spreadsheet later, I determined that my recipe costs $0.35 per ounce. This compared to my favorite Clinique Rinse-Off Eye Makeup Solvent at $19/4.2 ounces is a steal.

Don't spend all your hard earned cash on expensive makeup remover .... I promise this recipe is just as good as department store versions!

That creates a savings of $4.17 PER OUNCE!

With just a few readily available items (especially if you have a baby or toddler round), you can make a batch of these in a jiffy. Under 5 minutes, I promise!

What You Need:

* Optional to make make up remover PADS

To make the makeup remover, first wash out your empty makeup remover container. Then simply mix the water, baby shampoo & baby oil together in to your empty makeup container container. Tada!

Don't spend all your hard earned cash on expensive makeup remover .... I promise this recipe is just as good as department store versions!

To use shake it up right before each use. Pour a little on a cotton pad or balls, or even your fingers to remove the makeup. I prefer cotton cotton pads which I cut into 4 pieces.

If you want to get fancy and make makeup remover pads, combine the water, baby shampoo & baby oil in to a small mason jar. Pour enough solution to cover the bottom of your small mason jar. Add about 10 pads, allowing them to soak up the solution for a couple minutes. Continue adding 10 more pads at a time, pouring enough solution over each set to cover. Seal with lid when finished. (add a cute label and it would make a great gift!)

Hoping your wallet is a little heavier and your makeup comes off a little easier!

Don't spend all your hard earned cash on expensive makeup remover .... I promise this recipe is just as good as department store versions!

Don't spend all your hard earned cash on expensive makeup remover .... I promise this recipe is just as good as department store versions!Some of the links in this list are affiliate links. It doesn’t cost you any extra, but I earn a little commission if you decide to purchase. Regardless of whether or not I receive a commission, I only recommend products that I personally use and genuinely recommend!

 

 

Don't spend all your hard earned cash on expensive makeup remover .... I promise this recipe is just as good as department store versions!

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There's ONE item that keeps our entire house clutter free and has single handedly changed the way we pick up and organize our home!

There's ONE item that keeps our entire house clutter free and has single handedly changed the way we pick up and organize our home!
I try to keep our place free of unnecessary house clutter laying around, putting things back where they belong when I’m finished and keeping organized. Yet, when I look around, I always find one or two small things that need to go back to its place. Walking up 3 flights of stairs in our townhouse to put something little away, such as my nail polish, seemed silly and exhausting (although it definitely counted as a workout).

Enter: Decorative Baskets

I bought these 3 matching baskets, one for each floor of our townhouse, to store any clutter in that needs to be put away. Initially I debated whether to do this or not, as the baskets were actually additional clutter themselves. But within no time, these baskets were used on a daily, if not hourly basis. Anytime there was something to put away on a different floor, I just drop it in the basket. Then when I do need to go up or downstairs, I bring the basket with me and drop off all the clutter to it’s home.

There's ONE item that keeps our entire house clutter free and has single handedly changed the way we pick up and organize our home!

With the baskets all matching, it’s easy to swap these out as I bring one basket upstairs for a delivery and another downstairs.

Added benefit: it’s the best for a quick clean before guests come, literally throwing everything away in the baskets!

Another idea is to give a basket to each member of the family to put their items in, but since it’s just Joe & me (and really most of the clutter is mine), one basket on each floor worked best for us.

Here’s some PERFECT stairs baskets that I’m loving


UPDATE: Although Joe & I don’t have separate baskets, I decided that Reagan, the newest member of our family, needed a DIY version just for her!

Now that I’m not walking up and down the stairs as much, I should probably get a gym membership!There's ONE item that keeps our entire house clutter free and has single handedly changed the way we pick up and organize our home!
There's ONE item that keeps our entire house clutter free and has single handedly changed the way we pick up and organize our home!

 

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There's ONE item that keeps our entire house clutter free and has single handedly changed the way we pick up and organize our home!

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Quick and easy homemade streak free window cleaner, just two ingredients! No more expensive name brands when you can make it yourself!

Quick and easy homemade streak free window cleaner, just two ingredients! No more expensive name brands when you can make it yourself!Because this Fast Fix Friday is SO fast, there’s two today!

Homemade Streak Free Window Cleaner AND an All-Purpose Cleaner

I like these not only because it’s so easy & cheap, but also I LOVE the idea of matching labeled spray bottles instead of different shaped ones regular cleaning sprays come in (more on that at the end of the post).

Streak Free Window Cleaner

  • 2 cups water
  • 1/4 cup vinegar
  • 1 tsp. blue Dawn dish soap (I’ve used other kinds, but Dawn seems to work the best!)

All Purpose Cleaning Spray 

  • 2 cups water
  • 1/4 cup vinegar
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tsp Borax natural detergent (find this at your local grocery store in the laundry aisle)

Quick and easy homemade streak free window cleaner, just two ingredients! No more expensive name brands when you can make it yourself!

For both recipes combine the ingredients in a spray bottle and shake to mix.

Now on to my favorite part: matching bottles & labels.

I found these spray bottles on Amazon and really liked them. They’re sturdier than the typical spray bottle. The tall and narrow design fits under my sink better than traditional bulkier odd shaped sizes. You could put any type of labels on these bottles, but I prefer these waterproof ones. Now I question whether these would last if I submerged in to water, but I can tell that they’re made of a stronger more ‘plastic-y’ material. I’ve used them daily (well… maybe 🙂 ) for over a year and the labels still look like new.

Now there’s no excuse not to clean the windows!

Quick and easy homemade streak free window cleaner, just two ingredients! No more expensive name brands when you can make it yourself!
Quick and easy homemade streak free window cleaner, just two ingredients! No more expensive name brands when you can make it yourself!Some of the links in this list are affiliate links. It doesn’t cost you any extra, but I earn a little commission if you decide to purchase. Regardless of whether or not I receive a commission, I only recommend products that I personally use and genuinely recommend!

 

 

Quick and easy homemade streak free window cleaner, just two ingredients! No more expensive name brands when you can make it yourself!

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How can velcro help in organizing appliance cords? This simple 5 minute project will have your appliance cords organized easily!

How can velcro help in organizing appliance cords? This simple 5 minute project will have your appliance cords organized easily!
My husband asked me if I was running out of things to organize when he saw this project. First, did he really think I was going to run out of things to organize? But in all seriousness, I hate the way cords tend to get in the way.

This quick and easy Fast Fix Friday simply requires a ‘cordy’ appliance and velcro! (I used this one, which comes in white OR black and can be easily cut to fit perfectly.)

How can velcro help in organizing appliance cords? This simple 5 minute project will have your appliance cords organized easily!

Make sure your appliance is clean before attaching any velcro on it. I just spray a little all purpose cleaner and wipe off with a paper towel.

Then wrap the cord around the appliance as you normally would. Add a piece of velcro on to the plug-in and the other to the appliance, avoiding any spots that could be warm when plugged in.

How can velcro help in organizing appliance cords? This simple 5 minute project will have your appliance cords organized easily!

Note that I only use velcro on appliances that heat up IF there’s a part of the appliance that stays cool while plugged in (such as my curlers).  I get nervous that the velcro may start on fire, so I skip this for things like my crock pot and straightener.

May tangled cord now be a thing of your past!

How can velcro help in organizing appliance cords? This simple 5 minute project will have your appliance cords organized easily!

How can velcro help in organizing appliance cords? This simple 5 minute project will have your appliance cords organized easily!

Some of the links in this list are affiliate links. It doesn’t cost you any extra, but I earn a little commission if you decide to purchase. Regardless of whether or not I receive a commission, I only recommend products that I personally use and genuinely recommend!

 

 

How can velcro help in organizing appliance cords? This simple 5 minute project will have your appliance cords organized easily!

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