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Grating Butter

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Nov 1, 2011 | Food, Tip Tuesday | Tags: , , ,

I use butter often, but I don’t like trying to cut the butter into small bits in order to get every square inch covered.  Then I had an “ah-ha” moment – why not grate the butter?  It worked perfectly.  The bits were just enough to add a butter flavor and I was able to get the butter to go further that way.

Another great use of the grater for butter – making pie crusts.  With great pie crust recipes (like this one on allrecipes.com), you have to have a food processor to process the butter very finely while it’s cold.  Instead, you can freeze the butter and then grate it and add it to the flour for pie crust.  Works perfectly without the need for a costly appliance that takes up self space!




Laura

Potty Talk Part 2

So before I tried to potty train my daughter, I didn’t understand why potty training was ALWAYS a hot topic of conversation among mother’s who are in the midst of it.  Now I do.  You might remember our last efforts to potty train our daughter.  Well, after a week, she got the basics, but just didn’t seem ready and to be honest, neither were we.  A friend of mine had successfully potty trained her son a few months ago with a method she recommended so she sent me the link to this blog post.  I have to say that it has been successful.  What we were completely lacking the first go around were incentives for staying dry.  Since we started doing that, she seemed to really get it (she turned 2 on Aug 5).  (more…)




Laura

Refill Swiffer Wet Jet Bottles

I love my Swiffer wet jet.  I don’t like the cost of replacement cleaning solution.  For the longest time, I thought they were impossible to open, refill and close again.  But one day, I was able to unscrew it without a problem.  So now I refill my wet jet bottles with Pine-sol and water.  If you need a little help opening the bottle, try this method on YouTube. (more…)




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Remembering Important Dates

If it weren’t for my organizational skills, I’d be just as forgetful as my right-brain sister.  So I’ve learned that Google Calendars is a great way to keep track of important dates.  My husband and I both have Google Calendars that we share with one another.  We have multiple categories such as Church Events, Family Life, Finances, Important Dates, etc.  When I put it on my calendar, it shows on his calendar and vice versa.  (more…)




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Mint.com

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Jun 21, 2011 | Saving Money, Tip Tuesday | Tags: ,

When we returned to the states, I wanted a good budgeting software without the hefty price and that’s when I stumbled on Mint.com.  Not only is it good, it’s free!  Intuit purchased it at some point so there’s also a good name behind it.  It’s easy to use, keeps us on budget, sends us alerts when we’re spending too much and downloads all of our account information into one place.  Best of all, it’s on the internet so I can access it from anywhere.  There’s also an Android and iPhone app.

So if you’re looking for a great way to manage your money, check out mint.com and see what you think.




Laura

Coconut Milk

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Jun 7, 2011 | Food, Tip Tuesday | Tags: ,

I’ve always loved coconut.  My husband, not so much.  A few years ago, I decided to see what would happen if I used coconut milk in Blueberry muffins instead of milk and let me tell you, yumminess happened.  My husband even agreed.  From that point on, if a recipe called for milk and I wanted to make it extra special, I used coconut milk.  Go ahead, try it. (more…)




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Rainchecks

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May 24, 2011 | Saving Money, Tip Tuesday | Tags: , , ,

When I started couponing, I didn’t know about rainchecks.  Of course, I had heard of them, but I had no idea how to use them.

So here’s how to use them and keep in mind that not every store will issue a raincheck, but it never hurts to ask. (more…)




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It’s okay to fail

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May 10, 2011 | Sewing, Tip Tuesday | Tags:

Failure hasn’t been in my vocabulary for much of my life. But recently, I realized, it’s okay to fail. Perhaps I learn more from failure than success. So if you’re just learning to sew, you will fail and you will most likely throw away more clothes than you wear. But that’s okay. I can count on one hand the number of things I still wear that I’ve made, but I cannot count the number of things I’ve thrown away. Just last week, I sat down to sew a dress and it now graces the inside of our trash can. I just didn’t have the energy to make it work nor did I think I’d even wear it if I could make it work. (more…)




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Snack Cups

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May 3, 2011 | Saving Money, Tip Tuesday | Tags: , ,

When our daughter was about 4 months, a mother of a toddler gave me our first snack catcher.  I can’t tell you what a life saver this thing has been!  If you have a toddler and don’t have one of these, buy one.  (more…)




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Airline travel with a Baby / Toddler

My daughter has been on 13 different flights and she’s about to take her 14th.  We’ve purchased tickets to fly to FL at the beginning of June to visit my parents.  Since she is under 2 years of age, she is still considered a lap child.  I think over the last 13 flights we’ve flown with her, she’s had her own seat and sat in her own car seat for 10 of those flights.  But we didn’t pay for a single seat for her – we’re too cheap. (more…)




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