Since I’m not working outside of the home anymore I’ve had a little bit of time to work on some projects that I have had to put on hold for a while. Last week I pulled out and dusted off the old sewing machine. It’s an old sewing machine but still works. It’s the very same one my mom had when I was growing up and made many outfits, curtains and so much more on. I even learned to sew on this machine as well as paid for sewing lessons and this sweet little ladies house. She had a whole trailer set up for just her sewing. That is when I fell in love with the serger. I loved how professional it made the finished edges look. Of course back then I couldn’t sew a straight line for nothing. I’m certainly much better now but a little out of practice since it had been so long.
Anyway, back to my story…. I pulled out the sewing machine, dusted it off and oiled it up and ran through some practice pieces. Then I put together this project I wanted to do. I had been given some clothes from a friend and co-worker and saw this dress. I loved the pattern on it and the shape. However, it has just been hanging in my closet. Why? Because it’s a halter. I just don’t like how the halter part fit on me. So I decided I would make it into a skirt for our upcoming Christmas in November luncheon. It took all of an hour to get it done and now I have an adorable skirt.
Another friend suggested a cute little red sweater and some red heels to make it really cute, classic and ready for the holidays. So I guess I’m off to find a cute sweater and some red heels. Oh well a good excuse to get a couple new things and I’ll be ready for some holiday parties. Who wants to go shopping?
It’s so funny. I was on Pinterest today and checking out some different home styles and it is so funny how my taste is leaning more and more to cottage style. I love the light airy feeling of it and it just fits my personality so well.
So when I took the Better Homes and Garden’s Decorating Style quiz I was not surprised by the results.
If I could find a cute cottage that had the space we need I would try my hardest to get it. Over the years my “style” has changed. Although I like a lot of different styles I really like the light and relaxing feeling of a cottage style home.
What styles and colors you lean towards says a lot about your personality. And I think this style just agrees with me the most.
What decorating style do you lean toward? What do you think it says about your personality?
Did you take the BHG.com quiz? If so what result did you get?
If you are like me and like saving money then you will like this idea. I’m talking about re-using those plastic lunch meat containers that you buy at the store. There are a ton of things you can use them for. But, maybe you’re asking why you should reuse them. Here are a few reasons why.
- You already paid for them.
- You are recycling.
- The lids fit tight.
- They easily stack.
- They are clear so you can easily see what’s inside.
- They are inexpensive so if you lose them its ok. You’ll probably purchase more lunch meat later anyway.
First thing you need to do is make sure to wash them and I also remove the labels. Second you need to figure out what you want to use them for. I use them for many things.
- office supplies
- sauce packets
- packing lunches
- storing leftovers in the fridge
- small toy’s (polly pockets, mini My Little Pony’s, etc.)
- sorting Lego’s
There is no end to what can be done with these things. You are purchasing these products anyway so why not get the most bang out of your buck.
Do you have anymore ideas on how to use these containers. If so comment below. I’d love to hear what you use them for.
Most women like jewelry. You can correct me if you don’t but most of us do. Am I right? Well how many of you have filled your jewelry boxes but just either don’t have the money for a floor standing jewelry box or don’t have the room? Well I have fallen into both of those categories at some point. When you have kids all your money seems to fly out the door for them. Not that I am complaining because I LOVE to spend money on my kids.
A year ago I completely ran out of space in my jewelry box. I was getting frustrated at my necklaces getting tangled all the time. So I started looking around the house to see if there was anything I could use to either repurpose or make a new jewelry holder. I came up with this:
I found this small wooden shelf that was not being used. And I took some hooks that you can find in any hardware section of your department store. My husband helped by drilling five holes into the bottom of the shelf. I had him drill them in a pyramid shape to keep the necklaces from getting too close and getting tangled with each other. I screwed the hooks into the bottom and hung the shelf up and I had a new jewelry organizer. The decorative boxes on top were given to me and I use them for earrings and bracelets.
I spent $0 on this item. I had everything already. I spent about 15 minutes actually putting it together. It’s not a difficult project and yet it works wonderfully.
Another Laundry Tip:
I don’t know if your like me but there are days when I have tons of laundry to do. Well, many times I would get a load out of the washer and put it in the dryer to dry and go ahead and start another load in the wash machine. Well because of the many other responsibilities we mommy’s have to deal with around the house I have forgotten aobut the load in the wash and then it ends up smelling all musty. That means that I have to wash it again just to get the smell out. Well that is definitely a waste of water. So I started doing this. I put the second load of laundry into the wash but I don’t start it until I get the other clothes out of the dryer. This ensures that I don’t have to worry about forgetting to put the clothes into the dryer to dry and the second load can be washing while I am folding a putting away the first load. Usually by the time I have folded them and put them away its time for the second load to go into the dryer. The result: I use less water and my clothes smell clean.
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We’ve heard it all our lives our parents reminding us to turn off the lights when we leave a room. Surprising enough this will actually cut down on your electric bill if you remember to turn lights off when they are not needed. Like when you leave a room make sure you flip the switch. If you have a lot of windows that bring in a lot of natural light there is no need to use a light. My girls bedroom is on the front of the house where the sun rises in the mornings and its really nice and bright, so during the day they don’t need to turn on the lights. In the afternoon and evenings the sun is on the back side of the house where my office is and then I don’t need to use the lights until dark. Our living room has nice big windows and allows a lot of light in the main rooms during the day and again I don’t need to turn on the lights until late afternoon and evenings. Again it will surprise you how doing a little thing can save you money on your energy bill.
That Crazy Missing Sock:
Are you tired of trying to find that crazy sock that always ends up missing when it goes into the dryer? Well one suggestion I have is to buy giant safety pins and pin the matches together before you throw them in the wash. When you pull the stuff out of the dryer you will not only have clean socks but they will be matched already as well. It will save you time from having to sit and match them and money from having to buy new socks. Click the link above to find more tips from other mom’s.
Ellaroo Recalls Infant Sling Carriers Due to Fall Hazard
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. (To access color photos of the following recalled products, see CPSC’s Web site at www.cpsc.gov.)
Name of Product: Ellaroo Ring Sling Baby Carrriers
Units: About 1,200
Manufacturer: Ellaroo LLC, of McKinney, Texas
Hazard: The aluminum rings on the sling carriers can bend or break. This can cause the fabric to slip through the rings and infants to fall out of the carrier.
Incidents/Injuries: Ellaroo has received four reports of the rings bending and two reports of rings breaking. No injuries have been reported.
Description: This recall includes Ellaroo Ring Sling baby carriers with item numbers 2101 and 2102 printed on the outside of the product box. The Ellaroo Ring Sling has a fabric carrier with two aluminum rings that is worn by the user to carry an infant up to 35 pounds. The carriers are sold in mahogany, mango stone, brasilia and malay color prints. Only sling carriers with lot numbers 03/07 and 07/04 printed on a label, under the size label, inside the Ring Sling are included in the recall.
Sold at: Juvenile product and department stores nationwide and online, including BabiesRUs.com, from June 2007 through February 2008 for about $100.
Manufactured in: India
Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the sling carriers and contact Ellaroo for instructions on returning the carriers for a repair or replacement of the Ring Sling.
Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Ellaroo at (800) 483-4902 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m CT Monday through Friday or visit the firm’s Web site at www.ellaroo.com.
Hey everyone, we are getting back into the cleaning challenges for the new year. My friend, over at Thoushaltclean.com has posted a new challenge for this year. We are doing the bathroom from Jan 21st – 28th. Join in on the fun and check out the challenge here.