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Minion night light toy

I am sure that you can tell we like minions around here! I just think they are so cute and funny! They are going to be huge this holiday season so I am thinking ahead. This night light is such a great idea!

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Fred and Friends chewed gum magnets

These magnets are so funny! Fred and Friends makes some funny, unique things and I think these are one of the best! These would be a funny white elephant gift, or maybe for a magnet board at home. I bet there are even some teachers that would love to get them for classroom gifts too!

These chewy little fridge magnets are dead-ringers

Easily stick your items on any metal surface with these creative magnets

Come in a variety of four colors; bubble gum, spearmint, peppermint and tutti frutti

Each set comes with 4 magnets, allowing you to stick your stuff on up to four separate surfaces

Fred design and quality make any place in your home or office fun

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Dry erase sticker boards

Wipe off boards are so great to have! They make good chore charts. to do lists. and are even great for kids to use while learning. or even just to play! I love the large one for hanging low for preschoolers to practice writing skills.  I also think it would be a great way to do spelling words, or math problems for homework! Something different to help make learning fun.

Easy to install just peel and stick

Functional dry erase decal

Repositionable and always removable. It can be cut into smaller sheets.

Safe for walls with no sticky residues

WallPops dry erase marker included, cap has eraser on the tip

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I was in my garage today and saw this ladder to an old loft bed that we don’t have anymore. It has been sitting in there for quite a while, and I am kind of surprised it hadn’t made its way to the thrift store or dump by now! I am sure glad it hadn’t though! Inspiration struck and my problem of a back yard pile of towels and suits was solved.

If you don’t have an old ladder, I would recommend checking craigslist, thrift stores, yard sales, or a Facebook yard sale type group. (If you aren’t in one of those, do a search for one in your town in Facebook.)

I wouldn’t recommend using a large ladder, or one that is super rickety as you will probably have a kid try to climb it and that could be bad! Look for a small size that has multiple rungs.

I plan on setting it on my patio where it is off the grass but still lets the heat dry the clothes before they get brought in to be washed.

Do you have any technique you use in the summer to keep the wet clothes at a minimum? Please share!

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Make your own pour spout for spices when you up-cycle a salt bottle

Make your own pour spout for spices, by up-cycling an old salt container

Every time I make something useful out of junk that should be tossed in the trash, I giggle a little.  Why, because it proves that the apple does not fall far from the tree.  Still confused as to what I am talking about?  Well my Mom can pretty much turn anything into something useful or pretty.  So when I take something destine for the trash and re-use it, I know it got at least a little part of my Mom’s creativity.

Make your own pour spout for spices when you up-cycle a salt bottle

One way to save money is to buy your spices in bulk at WinCo in the bulk in section. Or you can can by them in a bag instead of a spice container.  If I was to buy a spice jar full of cumin it would have cost we $2-$5 depending on what brand I buy.  But this bag was less than a dollar and has 2-3 times more the spice jar had.  But leaving it in a bag is not very convenient, it tends to spill and make a mess.  Plus it does not keep the smell in very good, your whole cabinet will smell if you keep it in a bag.

Make your own pour spout for spices when you up-cycle a salt bottle

So I often put the spices in a glass jar or an empty spice jar.  But the other day as I was getting the last bit of salt out of the salt container I had and idea….. What if I put the pour spout from this empty cardboard salt container and used it as the lid for a mason jar.  If it did not work, no harm done it was destine for the trash bin anyway.

Make your own pour spout for spices when you up-cycle a salt bottle

I took the top of the mason jar, traced a circle out for the right size.  Used a sharp knife to cut it out…. popped it into the ring of the mason jar and BAM…. I had myself my very own pour spout for my cumin.  No more messy bag, no more smelly bag …. I have a easy to use pour spout!  Love it!

Make your own pour spout for spices when you up-cycle a salt bottle

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how to freeze strawberries

One tip to saving money is to buy your produce in season at its LOWEST price point and store it for the rest of the year.  I got an 8 lb flat of strawberries  week.  I did 4 batches of jam, but put the rest in the freezer.  That way I can use them for recipes and smoothies  the rest of the year.

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If you toss them all into a bag they will freeze into a huge mass and you will not get them separated till they thaw.  I have found the BEST WAY TO FREEZE STRAWBERRIES is rather simple and can be done in 5 easy steps.

First ~ Wash and clean the strawberries, and take the green stem off.  If they are large berries you might want to cut them into halves or quarters.

Second ~ Put them on a towel to dry, you do not want them to be wet or they will stick to everything they are touching as they freeze.

Third ~ Once they are dry spread them onto a cookie sheet that has plastic wrap on it. Spread them into an even layer, and try to keep the berries from touching.

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Fourth ~ Put them into the freezer, you can take them out as soon as an hour but I normally leave them in there at least a few hours to get them good and frozen.   You can even leave them in over night. They will now be hard and separated and will NOT stick to the other strawberries.  Pull the plastic wrap up and they should fall right off with no sticking. ( I did try the silicone mat and they stuck  so I recommend plastic wrap.)

Fifth ~ Place them in a freezer bag seal it shut try and get as much air out as you can.  Put it back into the freezer… and take as many strawberries out as you need at a time.  Now go make yourself a yummy treat for your hard work :)

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