A Little Bit of This & That

The Random Things We Love to Make and Do

Medicine Tracker March 19, 2012

Filed under: Tips — Lizz @ 9:34 am
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A few weeks ago, my kiddo got strep throat.  She was, of course, given some medicine to take (everyone’s favorite “pink stuff”).  Unfortunately, I am one of those people who can’t seem to remember to take medicine, especially once I feel better.  I don’t want to do that to my daughter, so I used a little technique I saw on Pintrest.

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How smart!  I wrote the dates she needed to take her medicine, and since she was to take it twice a day I included an AM and PM column.  Just check it off when it’s done, and voila!  A fully completed medicine regimen.

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And a healthy child!

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Once again, thank you Pintrest!

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Lizz

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P.S.  I noticed that I currently have a lifetime total of 999 comments on this blog.  Meaning…the first person to comment here makes 1,000 comments!!  Woo Hoo!! I love reading all the wonderful things everyone has to say about our activities here, and I can’t wait to hear more!

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A Car-Load of Fun November 2, 2011

Filed under: Tips — Lizz @ 11:03 am
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Is it just me, or is Pintrest taking over your lives too?  I have gotten so many ideas from that site that I created a whole board of things I want to make.  And I’ve actually been making them!  I feel a Pintrest post coming on soon, but first I have a great little tip I picked up that has worked wonders in my car.

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All parents understand the horror that is a long car ride.  Anything over 15 minutes, and you start getting “Are we there yet?”, “I’m bored”, “I’m hungry”, “Are we there yet?”.  Blood pressure rises, deep breathing begins, and bam!  The car ride has turned into a horrible experience. 

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It doesn’t need to be this way.  Kids just need a little entertainment.  Here’s a fantastic solution that you can just leave in the car, so you never forget to bring stuff with you…

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(Clockwise from the top left): Sunglasses, empty tissue box for garbage, coloring books, composition notebook, Wooly Willie, reading materials, colored pencils, regular pencils, pens, crayons, Nintendo DS, tissues, and wet wipes.

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All of this is packed into one of those handled containers you can find in the cleaning aisle.  This way it can easily be carried to the trunk when you need some space, or inside to switch out the goodies. 

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My daughter hops in the car, and immediately starts pulling out things to entertain herself.  She loves the notebook, and likes to write her “secrets” in it.  She also knows that she needs to put everything right back where it was before we get to our destination (I give a 5 minute clean up warning).

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I love the tissues/wet wipes/garbage areas.  How many times do you have to reach your arm into the backseat to take care of those issues?  I’ve made it a habit to empty the garbage box while I fill up my gas tank.

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I Love Love Love this car activity basket.  It’s made my car trips so easy.  Happy Child = Happy Mommy.

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I’m always looking for different things to put in our container.  What would you put in a car activity basket?

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Happy Wednesday everyone!

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Lizz

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P.S. Are you curious what a Woolie Willie is?  You can’t really see it in the picture above, but it’s that magnetic game where you try to put hair on the bald guy?  Great for car rides!

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Upcycling to Organize Wires September 15, 2011

Filed under: Tips — Lizz @ 10:56 am
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I was doing a little cleaning and organizing the other day, and came across this mess:

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I’m sure you all have a pile of wires like this around your house too.  These were actually already organized once before (see how some of them are wrapped up?).  This just wasn’t cutting it for me.  So I used a little tip I found on pintrest (my new favorite website), and used….brace yourselves…

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Toilet paper rolls!  Oh yes I did!

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I re-rolled each of the wires, and put them into their own tube.  I made sure the ends were facing up so you can easily see what sort of wire it is.  All of the tubes were placed into a nice box, and I used the extra space for larger wires and chargers that are too big for the tubes.

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And there you go.  No more wire mess!  And, you can get these boxes from IKEA for just a few bucks!

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Man, I love organizing.

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Tell me…have you gotten anything organized in a cool way recently?  I’d love some new suggestions.

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Have a wonderful day everyone!!

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Lizz

 

Organizing Reward Cards August 18, 2011

Filed under: Things To Do,Tips — Lizz @ 9:59 am
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I’ve seen this done a few times, and have wanted to do this for quite a while.  My store rewards cards are a mess.  There’s so many of them, and I never seem to have the right ones with me when I need them.  I thought this idea would help me take advantage of all those reward programs, even when I make unplanned trips to the stores.

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Start by gathering all of your rewards cards.  You can have a mixture of full sized cards and key chain cards.  I prefer the key chain cards, when available, because they already have a hole in them.  You will also need a hole punch and a book ring.

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Take all of the full sized cards, and decide where you can punch a whole without punching through any barcodes, ID numbers, important info, or magnetic strips on the back side.  For me, it was to one side, close to the middle.  You will then need to punch those holes.  It’s a little difficult to punch through the plastic cards, so I actually used a pair of pliers to get my punch to work.  I also used an already punched card as a template for the next one, so they all matched up.

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Once all the cards have holes, use the book ring to keep them all together.

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Now the whole thing can be tossed into my purse, and pulled out when needed.  It takes up a lot less space than the extra wallet I was carrying them around in before.  Simple and Easy!!

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Happy Organizing!

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Lizz

 

Gluten Free Friday – Creating a Safe Spot August 5, 2011

Welcome back to Gluten Free Friday!!

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This week’s GF tidbit will be pretty short, as we will be spending the weekend roaming around downtown Chicago at Lollapalooza!  (If you don’t know what this is…it’s a huge 3 day music festival).  It’s our first time going, so we’re really looking forward it.

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I have a tip for those of you that are working on creating a mixed household (both glutened and gluten-free):  Create safe spots for all of the gluten free foods.  We created several.  There’s one lower cabinet that already has all of Skylar’s cups, plates, ect.  I decided to also put her own toaster, strainer, and other non-food items in there as well.  The fridge has a spot for her food, and her canned food in the upper cabinets. is separated.

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The majority of her food is kept in the pantry, where we have a dedicated shelf for her.

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This really helps her to know what she can grab for snacks, and for sitters to know what food is safe to give her.

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I found that when I started reorganizing to accommodate her food, I was also able to do a little cleaning up in all of the areas of kitchen.  In the end I had a well organized, separated kitchen.

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Have a great weekend everyone!  I know I will!!

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Lizz

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Who wants one year of Parenting Magazine for $4? July 8, 2011

Filed under: Tips — Lizz @ 10:22 am
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As a Purex Insider, I am occasionally privy to some very exciting information.  This new tidbit is a great one!  Purex has partnered with Parents Magazine, and they are offering an amazing deal to celebrate. 

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You can get a one year subscription to Parents Magazine for just $4!!

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That’s a whopping 33 cents and issue!

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If you would like to take advantage of this special deal, only offered through Purex Insiders, here’s what you need to do…

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 *Click Here* to be directed to the Purex/Parents special offer website

Use promo code PX1148 get this amazing deal.

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This offer is going on until July 22nd, so don’t wait!

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Have a great weekend everyone!

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Lizz

 

Upcycling – A “New” Craft Supply Container June 22, 2011

Filed under: Art Projects,Tips — Lizz @ 12:20 pm
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Hooray!  I learned something new today: the difference between recycling and upcycling.  Some of you may already know this, so bear with me, ’cause I’m new to this bandwagon.  Apparently:

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Recycling is altering, adapting, treating, or processing something in order to reuse it (i.e. processing plastic bottles to create new products.  They cannot be made into plastic bottles again)

Upcycling is reusing something without changing its composition. (i.e. what I have done below…)

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This whole thing starts with one of our favorite summertime drinks, lemonade! While making fresh lemonade is generally preferred, the best quicky way is Country Time Lemonade Powder.  I found them on sale for $1 a container (which is amazing!!).  So I bought (ahem) 10 of them.  Now we are not only swimming in lemonade, we are swimming in lemonade containers like this one:

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I actually really love the shape of these containers, so, I thought of a great way to re-use them as we polish them off.  They can hold our crafting supplies!  And our first order of business was to collect up all of the beads we have.

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All you have to do is peel off the label and give the container a washing.  I went simple with decorations, and just used a purple permanent marker to write what the contents would be.  I will probably have Skylar decorate these a bit more later, but first we just need to get organized!

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I love how the container is just clear enough that the colors of the beads come through.

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Then I put all of the strings into a ziplock bag.  I was able to just fold up the bag and put it in the container on top of the beads.  (Sidenote:  I love using ziplock bags to store things for kids, but I prefer to use the ones with the slider.  I know they cost a little more, but then the younger kids can open and close them without any help)

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Another great thing about these containers is that the top can be used like a bowl to hold the items when in use.  This way you can see the beads when you’re trying to pick some out.

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I plan to use more of these for other tiny craft supplies that need a good home like gems, sequins, pom poms, ect.

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Another great way to use these containers would be for painting.  The curved top of the container would help keep drips and spills under control, and the lids could be used for mixing colors.  Then when the paintin’s done, you can just screw on the top and keep the paints fresh for next time.

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What would you use these containers for?  I’d love to hear some suggestions!

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Have a great day everyone, and I hope you learn something new today too!

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Lizz

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