Hi everyone – here’s a belated, but heart-felt, wish for a very Happy New Year!
And when I get my decorations away (ahem – true – they’re all still up, and no, we are not Eastern Orthodox), I’ll be back to regular blogging.
I’m suffering from slight celebration overload ~ with Christmas, birthdays, 35th wedding anniversary surprises (oh such sweet times!), a wedding, New Year’s – and more to come this week, including a 60th wedding anniversary dinner for my dear parents-in law.
phew . . . fun but exhausting!
I wanted to drop in today, say hi, and share this forward I received in my email. Lots of wonderful, innovative yet practical tips and ideas. I added some commentary in italics. I’ll be interested to hear what you think of them.
Ideas to Make Life Easier
Why didn’t I think of that?! We guarantee you’ll be uttering those words more than once at these ingenious little tips, tricks and ideas that solve everyday problems.
Hull strawberries easily using a straw. (so simple – I’ll let you know how it works next strawberry season!)
Rubbing a walnut over scratches in your furniture will disguise dings and scrapes (did not know this!)
Remove crayon masterpieces from your TV or computer screen with WD40. (don’t have any little crayon monkeys running around the house now . . . but soon I will – YAY!)
Stop cut apples browning in your child’s lunch box by securing with a rubber band. (Wish I had known this one when I was packing 5 lunches a day!)
Overhaul your linen cupboard, store bed linen sets inside one of their own pillowcases and there will be no more hunting through piles for a match. (check! already doing this)
Pump up the volume by placing your iPhone & iPod in a bowl. The concave shape amplifies the music. (hmmm – I need to get me one of these iphones so I can try this out and also this app for recording the blessings! Yay for Ann with a V – did you hear the news?? One Thousand Gifts won an award in Christianity Today’s Books of the Year!! Definitely worth a post all on its own. And I will be posting about it soon- our study of One Thousand Gifts, which resumes next Tues evening, is one of the best I’ve ever done!)
Re-use a wet-wipes container to store plastic bags. (a great idea!)
Add this item to your beach bag. Baby powder gets sand off your skin easily, who knew?! (oh my goodness! Where has this idea been all my life??? I can’t believe that I, beach- loving, sand-covered girl that I am, never heard of it. Baby powder is going straight into the beach bag!)
Attach a Velcro strip to the wall to store soft toys. (cuteness!! Not sure that it would have worked with my girl – she had to sleep with ALL her dollies and teddies tucked up beside her)
Use wire to make a space to store gift wrap rolls against the ceiling, rather than cluttering up the floor. (I’ve used the garment bag storage trick for wrapping paper, but this one is good too)
Find tiny lost items like earrings by putting a stocking over the vacuum hose. (I’ll keep this one in mind – unfortunately I usually discover lost items as they are rattling up the vacuum tube!)
Make an instant cupcake carrier by cutting crosses into a box lid. (too bad I didn’t know about this idea when we had Sarah’s fundraiser!)
For those who can’t stand the scrunching and bunching: how to perfectly fold a fitted sheet. (very cool – I don’t know if I’ll ever do it but I admire those who do)
Forever losing your bathroom essentials? Use magnetic strips to store bobby pins, tweezers and clippers, behind a vanity door. (this is a very useful idea – I’m adding magnetic strip to my shopping list!)
Store shoes inside shower caps to stop dirty soles rubbing on your clothes. And you can find them in just about every hotel. (Love this! and I’m planning some packing for a little anniversary trip in a couple of months Whee!!!!)
A muffin pan becomes a craft caddy. Magnets hold the plastic cups down to make them tip-resistant. (moms and grandmoms – a great idea!)
Bread tags make the perfect cord labels. (clever!)
Bake cupcakes directly in ice-cream cones, so much more fun and easier for kids to eat. (heard of this but I’ve never tried it. have you?)
Microwave your own popcorn in a plain brown paper bag. Much healthier and cheaper than the packet stuff. (healthy and cheap – sounds like a good January resolution!!)
Install a tension rod to hang your spray bottles. (adding tension bar to my shopping list along with the bathroom magnetic strip – love a neat under-the-sink space)
Turn your muffin pan upside down, bake cookie-dough over the top and voila, you have cookie bowls for fruit or ice-cream. (ooh fun fun fun!! love this idea!)
Freeze Aloe Vera in ice-cube trays for soothing sunburn relief. (Roger and I may need this idea a little earlier than summertime this year! 😉
Create a window-box veggie patch using guttering. (very cool – I wonder if I put these on the south side of our barn, under plastic, would it have a little bit of a greenhouse effect?)
Well . . . there you are! Some helpful tips for a new year.
Which are your favourites? If you have already tried some and know they work well, let us know in the comments.
Happy first Tues of 2012!