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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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BPA lunch container set with ice packs

Life is so crazy on school mornings and I hate packing up my kids’ lunches because they seem to always have the same things. Now, with these containers that have the ice packs included, they don’t have to! These are also great for grown up lunches, save you money on going out to lunch during your work day. They are on sale for 45% off!

Set of 6 complete containers (14 Piece Kit) provide you with a versatile range of options for packing healthy lunches for children. (2) 2-cup containers, (2) 1-cup containers, and (2) 1/2-cup containers.

Included (1) 2-cup and (1) 1-cup reusable ice packs snap into lids to keep lunches and snacks cool and fresh for hours until lunchtime.

Measurement markings on the side of containers help support healthy eating by making portion control simple.

Lids are tabbed to make it easy for children to open, and leak resistant to help prevent messy spills from occurring.

Containers are BPA-free, PVC-free, dishwasher safe, microwave safe and freezer safe.

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Boredom Buster, make your own books!

This was such a fun project for my kids! They got creative and had a chance to use their brains while thinking it was all fun, I’m sneaky like that. 😉

I found these awesome books at Target in the One Spot, but just in case they don’t have them at your Target, here are some that are similar, but in fun colors, which I really like.

Another great thing about these is that there aren’t a lot of products needed. Just the books, markers, crayons, or colored pencils and your imagination!

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School Lunch Idea ~ How to Keep a Sliced Apple From Turning Brown

I send apples with my kids in their lunches sometimes.
But the truth is, when I send them they rarely get eaten.
There is always some excuse as to why they didn’t eat it,
but I don’t know, maybe the cookies in the lunchbox next to them are too appealing,
or they don’t want to get it stuck in their teeth when they take a bite.

It all boils down to us, as parents, trying to help our kids make healthy choices most of the time and when the healthy choice comes home in the lunchbox untouched it is time for a new plan!

So I got creative.  I had tried slicing them for them, but they are yucky and brown by lunch, so they didn’t get touched that way either.  I got to thinking, if I could keep the air off of them while still having them sliced and easier to eat that would be great!  This works!

You will need

An apple

Apple slicer/corer

Clean rubberband

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These apple slicers sure do make life easier, don’t they?  We use ours all the time!  (If you don’t have one, you can get them at virtually any store in the kitchen section)

Slice your apple, but before you remove the slices, carefully slide the slicer back off trying to leave it still in shape.  If it doesn’t work, just get it off as close as you can.  Now that you have the apple off the slicer, use your hands to shape it back into shape so it still looks like a whole apple.  While holding it with one hand, wrap the rubber band around with the other hand.

Now you can put it in a baggie, or just in the lunchbox like it is.  Sometimes some of the skin rips off when I do it, so you may have some small brown areas by the time it is ready to be eaten, but it sure beats a whole apple wasted because it wasn’t pretty enough!

Now at least some of the sections are being eaten.  I love to include some peanut butter or even a little caramel that they can dip the apple in.  Makes a yummy treat, but they are still eating something that is great for them too!  Try it, maybe it will lessen your lunchbox battles too!

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Vonshef Frozen Yogurt Maker

It is crazy hot here right now! I am talking in the hundreds for more days than I care to think about. That isn’t really normal for us and we are melting! This looks so refreshing right now! Without all the guilt and calories of ice cream.

Creates fresh fruit desserts in a matter of minutes

The healthier way to enjoy a sweet treat

Quick and easy to use

Handy compact size

Simple to clean and assemble

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