Thrifty Thursday – DIY Kids Coffee Table

Do your kids use your coffee table as their own personal desktop or perhaps a road for their cars? The coffee table seems to be the perfect hight for our little ones, and we have a DIY solution for you. How about a table made just for them! Turn an old coffee, tea, or end table into a fun space for your kids to play. Spray paint the top with chalkboard paint and let their imaginations run wild.

For full instructions visit: http://iheartorganizing.blogspot.com/2011/10/organizing-legos-part-2-creating-table.html

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Tip Tuesday – Splinter Removal

Have you ever had a pesky splinter that you cant get out? Before you start digging at it and tear your skin, try this…..

Use a little Elmers glue to cover the area.  Let dry then peel away. The glue should pull the splinter right out!

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Summer Fun!

School is out for the summer! The kids are excited and want to play, but about a week into vacation they are already screaming “I’m bored”. Well we found a blog that has some great ideas to keep your kids busy all summer long. From a grass game of twister to DIY art projects, there is something for every age.

Click on the link for a full list of projects, games and fun:

http://www.buzzfeed.com/alannaokun/creative-
and-inexpensive-ways-to-keep-kids-busy

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Tip Tuesday – Cold Drinks In A Jiffy

Every so often company just pops in. Some times we have refreshments ready to go, and other times we don’t. It’s hard to keep all of your beverage options in a fridge. It just takes up too much space. If you have last minute company or just need a round of drinks for yourself, try this tip for cold drinks in 2 minutes.

Place your drinks in a large pot and cover with ice. Sprinkle 2 cups of salt on top of the ice and then fill the rest of the pot with water. Your drinks will be ice cold within 2 to 3 minutes.

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Food Friday – Quesadilla’s

Need an easy dinner for Friday night? Here’s a great idea! How about a quesadilla bar? Save all your leftover meat from the weeks dinners. Chicken, pork, beef…anything will work.  If you want to spicy it up, cook the meats in a little taco seasoning when reheating. Place the meat in individual cups and let your family members create their own delicious quesadilla. You can use a quesadilla maker, a frying pan, the microwave or large counter skillet to heat them up.

Have a fun Friday!  O le’

 

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Thrifty Thursday – Dryer Sheets

Stop buying dryer sheets….That’s right, just stop.  Did you know that a simple ball of aluminum foil will remove static from your clothes? It will, and it’s reusable. Just ball up some foil and throw it in. Reuse over and over for static free laundry.  If you want an extra softener, try soaking a rag in your liquid softener and letting it dry.  Throw the dry rag in the dryer with the aluminum ball for extra softness and smell. Reuse the rag until no longer effective. You should get several loads out of this. Re-soak and dry again!

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Tip Tuesday – Travel Tips

The kids are finishing up school and it’s time to vacation! We have put together a few tips that will help your trip go smoothly.

1. Keep it to 3 oz. Lotion, toothpaste, shampoo etc… all need to be in 3oz. containers for airport travel. This does not mean you can have 3oz. left of a 10oz. container.  The container must be 3oz.

2. Spill proof liquids – Of course you should separate those liquids in a plastic bag, but you still don’t want any spilling out in the bag. Remover the lid, place a square of plastic wrap over the container, then screw the lid back on. Now your items won’t spill even if the lids pop open.

3. Bring you’re own treats – This seams like a no brainer, but most of the time we bring the typical fruit snacks and crackers for the flight or drive. Most theme parks will let you bring food in. Buy something special and different like Mickey themed cookies or candy and stash them in your bag for later. Then when your child wants those specialty gummies or cookies you’ll have a special treat that they will love.

4. Make travel fun – There are several expensive travel size board games you can get and of course there is always the hand held video games, but we have a new idea….and its free. Create a scavenger hunt for your kids. It can be road trip or airport themed. Make the list long and you’re kids can be entertained for hours. Don’t forget one for the ride home!

5. Traveling with a large group? Take some walkie talkies! Its saves you on phone minutes, it’s free, and its fun. The kids will love it and it’s a great way to stay in touch with other members of your group.

6. Take a mini first aid kit – Use a small make-up bag and grab some band-aids, aspirin, triple antibiotic anointment, chewable pepto tabs, and ALLERGY medicine. Even if you or your kids don’t have allergies, sometimes traveling to a new place bring runny noses and itchy eyes.

7. Ponchos??? Yes thats right. Vacation doesn’t stop when it rains and even the warmest climates get summer storms. Ponchos at your favorite theme park cost $10-$30! Ponchos from your local store cost $1-$5. Grab a few and throw them in that diaper bag or back pack.

8. Cash – Although most places take a card. There will still be times when you need cash. You will need to tip staff and servers on your vacation. You want enough cash that you don’t have to go to the ATM, but not so much that you feel nervous to carry it. Spread the money out amongst the group. This way you have money even if the unfortunate event of a lost wallet occurs. Also be sure to scope out you current bank or credit union locations. Even if there aren’t branches near by, your bank might have partners that prevent very high unwanted fees if an ATM is needed.

9. Bring your water bottle. You can bring your own water bottle into almost any venue. Save money and the environment by refilling. If you can’t find a filling station, often times food stands will refill your bottle with ice and water for free.

10. Bring more than one pair of comfy shoes. You may have a favorite pair of tennis shoes, but after walking in them at a park for 15 hours you’re feet are going to hurt.  Alternating shoes every other day will help keep your feet happy. For women we suggest keeping a pair of ballet flats or flip flops in your purse or bag. Slip them on in the restroom at dinner time and give your footsies a break for an hour or so.

Happy vacationing!

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