Uncolor and Recolor Your Easter Eggs

(There is also a 41 second video at bottom of post where I remove the color from egg.)

I was coloring eggs and decided that I didn’t want the color that I put on the egg.  I thought it would be so cool to uncolor the egg and recolor it.  So, I thought about all the experiments that we do for homeschool science experiments and came up with a cool idea to take the color off the egg.  Of course, you don’t want to uncolor all of your Easter eggs, but perhaps you make a mistake and want to start over.  Or, perhaps you want to thrill the kids with this little technique.

Ingredients:

  • vinegar
  • cup or container
  • food coloring or egg dye
  • water

To color my eggs, I used food coloring since I had lots of it on hand.  (You can use the regular egg dying kits.) When I dye my eggs with food coloring, I put a little bit of vinegar into the food coloring. For example, I used 1/2 cup water and mixed in about 1/4 teaspoon of vinegar. 

Directions:

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Boil and color your eggs as you do normally.  I colored my eggs in plastic bags since I didn’t have paper cups.

Uncolor and Recolor Your Easter Eggs

Pour one cup of vinegar into a container.

Uncolor and Recolor Your Easter Eggs

Place the egg into the cup of vinegar.  It will start to fizz or form bubbles around the egg.  The vinegar is actually eating away some of the outer shell which will help to remove the color.  Let it sit in the vinegar for about 8 minutes.

Uncolor and Recolor Easter Eggs

After 8 minutes or so, remove the egg from the vinegar.

Uncolor and Recolor Your Easter Eggs

While running under cool water, use your hand to wipe away the color.

Uncolor and Recolor Easter Eggs

The color should easily come off of the egg. Remember, that since the egg was sitting in vinegar, a tiny layer or parts of the shell was also removed when taking off the color.

Uncolor and Recolor Your Easter Eggs

Now, you’re back to a light-colored egg.  There will be a slight tint of coloring remaining on the shells but it is not that noticeable.  You can now recolor the egg.

Uncolor and Recolor Your Easter Eggs

When you recolor your eggs (using normal method of coloring an egg), they will come out SPECKLED.  Since vinegar removed little parts of the outer layer, it will only color the egg a speckled-look.  It is so pretty! I love the blue and the red one that is speckled.

(short video demonstration of removing color from egg)

Uncoloring (I don’t actually think that is a word.) and recoloring is a fun idea when you want to entertain the kids or change a color on an egg.  It’s a different way to color eggs.  What unique ways do you use when coloring eggs for Easter?

You may also want to check out how I colored eggs last year with vinegar and a necktie in my post, How to Dye Eggs with a Necktie and Vinegar.

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Whenever I watch TV, it’s always a DIY, Cooking, or a show from the “olden days.” So, I was definitely excited about watching Home Made Simple TV that comes on OWN network. Home Made Simple TV airs on Saturdays at 9:00 a.m. EST and is hosted by Soleil Moon Frye. I knew I would love the show. Why wouldn’t I? I’m a Do-it-Yourself girl. I love making, creating, and remaking items. So, this is my kind-of-show. I watched the episode on April 12th. It was titled, Daddy School of Design. I loved the show! If you’re looking for neat and inexpensive ways to add changes to your home, this is the type of show that you want to watch.

This particular show was about a couple named Lynette and Derek Justin. The show was centered around turning the family’s garage into a Daddy School. Derek is a special education teacher and he also helps his children at home with their work. So, the show was working toward turning the garage into a place that Derek could work with the children. These were some of things that were done to the garage: (Pictures; Home Made Simple.)

The couple had an old coffee table with a glass top. The glass was already broken in the top part of the table. So, it was remade into a 3-in-1 game table. There was an air hockey table on the bottom, a checkers and backgammon table on top of the air hockey and a regular top overlaying both of those. So neat! I have a regular coffee table so it might be kind of hard for me to remake that project, but I still love it.

Another project that was done on the show was turning an old globe into a chalkboard. The family did not use the globe anymore. It was very old. I’ve seen many people turn items into chalkboard and I’m itching to try one of these projects. I could definitely use some type of chalkboard near the kitchen. This was cute.

My favorite project that was done was the Custom Art Piece of Derek when he was in school. My husband ran track and now coaches track. This would be so neat for me to do. Adhesive paper was used to trace the image of Derek onto the wall. Of course, you will need a projector to enlarge the picture.

Another item was the Magnetic Wall Word Game. Who wouldn’t love a magnetic wall word game! There were so many different things that were done for the Garage Makeover.

Of course, Lynette wasn’t left out. The kitchen was redone. There was a pretty yellow color on the wall and new appliances. Yep…new kitchen appliances. And, you know a big reveal was done at the end. Everyone loved the new changes…..

You definitely want to watch an episode and see the great things happening on Saturdays at Home Made Simple TV. You can see more about the show here. Plus, there is an opportunity to join in on their Twitter Party on Thursday, 4/17 from 8-9 pm EST with the hashtag #homemadesimple.

Home Made Simple is my new Saturday morning routine and design destination! Be sure to tune in on Saturday mornings at 9am/8c, only on OWN.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Home Made Simple TV. The opinions and text are all mine.

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Homemade Carpet Freshener

I have been using Homemade Carpet Freshener for years.  So, today I decided to include it on my blog.  Whenever I make carpet freshener, I will sometimes make air freshener.  I use most of the same ingredients with a little special addition for the Homemade  Air Freshener.  I really like this homemade carpet freshener.  Plus, I have a dog and I really don’t like using the store-bought carpet freshener due to the fact that she’s always sniffing around on the floor.  It’s really simple to make and you can use any type of essential oil to add fragrance.  If you don’t want it scented, just go with plain baking soda. (Baking soda has so many uses!)

Ingredients:  (Just increase or decrease the amount if you want less or more)

  • 3 cups of baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons of essential oil (more or less depending on desired scent)
  • bowl to mix ingredients

Homemade Carpet Freshener

 

Directions:

Homemade Carpet Freshener

Pour 3 cups of baking soda in a bowl.  I normally purchase a large box of baking soda to store at home.  I use it for so many different things at home.  It’s always good to have a nice supply on hand.

Homemade Carpet Freshener

When it comes to freshening the baking powder, I start with adding 1 teaspoon and continue until I have the desired scent that I want.  With this amount of baking soda, I will usually average about 2 teaspoon or more of essential oil.  Today, I used a Lemon Eucalyptus.  There are lots of scents to try.  My favorite is just Lemon.  I wanted to try something different. This oil has more of  a soap smell than a lemon smell.  How much oil to add will depend on how strong you want the scent.

Homemade Carpet Freshener

Using a plastic spoon, mix the oil into the baking soda.  Sometimes, little balls will form in the baking soda.  Just mash them down with the spoon.

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I have some container that I’m going to reuse.  I like the first one because it has a nice flip top and wide mouth that will make it easy for pouring in the baking soda.  Plus, it will hold quite a bit of homemade carpet freshener. The second container is nice because it’s like a shaker.  A little neat tip: When you’re trying to remove labels from a container and the glue or some of the paper remains on the container, put some vegetable oil on a paper towel and rub across that area.  It works like magic.

Homemade Carpet Cleaner

To fill the container, I made a makeshift funnel out of paper. It works great.  That’s all there is to it! You now have Homemade Carpet Freshener! If you like this, you may also want to check out my Homemade Air Freshener and Homemade Gel Air Freshener.

Have you tried making your own carpet freshener? What scent do you like to add to your carpet freshener?

 

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Growing Potatoes in a Bag!

I’m so excited to try my hand at growing potatoes in a bag this year! I have a raised garden bed, also. Due to the amount of space, I decided to try growing the potatoes in a bag this year.  My other vegetables that I am planting will be grown in the garden bed.  I’m planning on planting onions, tomatoes, squash and……a blackberry bush (somewhere in the backyard). I normally plant the vegetables or fruits that we eat on a regular basis and lots of it.  Last summer, we even planted watermelons.  We did a lot of traveling last year during the summer, so I didn’t plant a lot of vegetables.  Just watermelons.  For some reason, I didn’t know that potatoes are so easy to grow when it comes to planting.  They’ll grow in any containers with the usual ingredients.  So, I can’t wait to see how they turn out.  I’ll definitely post pics as they continue to grow.  Here is what I did to start the planting phase.  Thank goodness the snow has finally left.

Items needed:

  • bag (I’m using the bag that held the soil. 56.6L)
  • soil
  • water
  • seed potatoes

Directions:

Growing Potatoes in a Bag

I bought some seed potatoes.  In this pic, my seed potatoes were already sprouting nicely.  If not, you can let them sit out until they start sprouting.  (As you know, when you buy potatoes and don’t eat them in time, they start sprouting also.)  I didn’t try growing them from store-bought potatoes since this is my first time.  I read where others had tried growing potatoes from store-bought potatoes and they didn’t produce a good harvest.  For some reason, the potatoes were very small when they were ready to harvest.  So, I’m sticking to the seed potatoes for this trial.  Cut them if they are too large.  Just leave an eye on each part that you cut. Then, let the cut parts sit out for a couple of days before planting. These were not that large, but I cut a few and kept some whole.

Growing Potatoes in a Bag

Empty bag of soil or use whatever bag of your choice.

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Fold the bag down.

Growing Potatoes in a Bag

Fill the bottom of the bag with 3 inches of soil.  The soil I used had a fertilizer in it.

Growing Potatoes in a Bag

Using some type of pointed object, poke holes in the bag to allow drainage.  Put holes all around the bag. I used a screwdriver.

Growing Potatoes in a Bag

Put your seed potatoes in the bag.  Try to keep the eyes that are sprouting facing up. I put five in the bag.  I probably should’ve placed about three in the bag, but I’m super excited about growing them in a bag. (Whenever I plant something for the first time, I tend to overdo it.)

Growing Potatoes in a Bag

Cover seed potatoes with about 2 inches of soil.  You want to make sure that you fully cover the seed potatoes but not too deep.

 

Growing Potatoes in a Bag

Water the seed potatoes.  Now, I just need to wait for nature to take its course.  When the seed potatoes  start growing and gets about 5 inches above the surface of the dirt, I will put about 2-3 inches of dirt on it.  I’ll keep repeating that process until the stalks are about 5 inches above the top of the bag.

These are some of the photos of vegetables that I have grown in the past and from my raised garden bed:

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I have my fingers crossed that my fruits and vegetables grow nicely this year, especially my potatoes and blackberry bush.

Have you grown potatoes? What are some of the fruits or vegetables that you have grown?

 

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Neat Way to Remove Lotion Remaining at Bottom of Containers

Why does so much lotion remain at the bottom of the containers? The pump stops pumping, but you can tell by the weight of the container that there is still a lot of lotion in the container.  Obviously, the pump is not long enough or designed in such a way that it will pump up all the lotion.  So, in our house, we do the obvious.  At least, I do.  You know…take the pump off and hit it in your hands to force the lotion down.  Either, the people in my house are taking way to many baths or drinking the lotion.  We’re spending too much money on lotion. However, I thought there must be a better solution for removing as much of the lotion from the bottom as possible.  So, here’s what I came up with for the problem.  Guess what? It actually worked.  This tip works best on lotion bottles that screw on.  (We have plenty of not-so empty bottles in our house.)

Remove Lotion Remaining at Bottom of Containers

I went by Home Depot and purchased a piece of tubing. I knew I needed some type of tubing that wouldn’t close completely when bending.  I tried using a straw at first, but when a straw bends it completely folds and closes off.  I needed something that would bend but remain open and allow the lotion to flow through. Of course, I didn’t need this much but it’s already pre-cut.  However, it only cost $3.  I can use it later.

Removing Lotion Remaining at Bottom of Containers

Select a tubing size that will snugly fit over the pump.

Removing Lotion Remaining at Bottom of Containers

This tubing size was a perfect fit.  It will only allow the pump to fit this far down.  However, it was a tight fit.

Remove Lotion Remaining at Bottom of Containers

Just clip off a piece.  I used 4  1/2 centimeters.  You want to cut a piece that will fit comfortably in the bottom of the bottle.

Removing the Lotion Remaining at the Bottom of Containers

This is how it looked.  It’s really simple and you could cut a couple of pieces ahead of time if you purchase the same size lotion all the time.  Then, you could just pop them on the new lotion pumps when they stop pumping.

Removing the Lotion Remaining at Bottom of Container

Tested it. Ta-Da! It works. The lotion at the bottom of container came through the pump. I made sure to empty the pump completely before inserting back into the container.  I wanted to make sure that there was no lotion already in the pump.  Plus, it’s still pumping.

Whenever the pumping stops, just remove pump and adjust it so that the tube attachment faces the other way in container to make sure that it removes as much of the lotion at bottom of container as possible.  This little tip will help to not waste money and lotion by throwing away the lotion before it’s completely emptied.

Removing Lotion Remaining at Bottom of Containers

This is the size of the lotion container that I use.

So, next time you’re tempted to throw away the lotion and there’s still so much lotion in the bottom of container, you might want to try this little nifty tip.

 

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Who needs plain hash browns when you can have this delicious Cheesy Hash Brown Con Queso Loaf. I was mulling around in the kitchen while trying to come up with a 5-Ingredient recipe for Simply Potatoes. This is what my imagination led me to create. It only has 5 ingredients. Simply Potatoes is having a 5-Ingredient Recipe Contest. The Grand Prize is $3,000! Plus, there are other prizes. You can find more details here. Unfortunately, I won’t be able to participate. However, don’t let that stop you from getting in on the contest. You’ll want to get your recipe in before March 31, 2014. Remember, you can only have 5 ingredients in your recipe and at least one of the ingredients has to be Simply Potatoes Cut Potatoes (any variety) Simply Potatoes Mashed Potatoes (any variety) or Simply Macaroni & Cheese. What did I include in this recipe? Well read on….

Ingredients:

1 package of Simply Potatoes Shredded Hash Browns
1 package of shredded cheese (any kind that you like)
1 pound of ground beef
1 jar of any type of salsa con queso
vegetable oil

Optional toppings: parsley, tomatoes, red pepper flakes

Directions: (Preheat oven to 425)

Pour enough vegetable oil in bottom of frying pan to cover bottom. Pour in entire bag of Simply Potatoes Shredded Hash Browns. Spread evenly in pan. The directions on bag states to cook for 6-10 minutes. However, I’m going for a crunchy taste, so I cooked them for about 20 minutes. (Or, until they are crispy enough for you.) Turn over when they have browned or crisped enough. Let crisp on that side. Remove and place on paper towel to drain. These are really nice hash browns. We’ll be testing these out again as plain hash browns for breakfast.

Brown ground beef. Drain.

While the ground beef and hash browns are cooling, heat the salsa in the microwave. I put the salsa in a plastic container and heated for about 2 minutes. The plastic measuring cup came in handy for pouring salsa.

Using a loaf dish, put in a layer of hash browns. Notice the crispiness of the hash browns. (Keep in mind that you will use two layers of hash browns in this dish when layering.)

Put in a layer of shredded cheese. Don’t put in too much. You only need a thin layering to cover the hash browns. It will help to bind the hash browns together.

Put in a layer of ground beef.

Pour a layer of salsa to cover ground beef.

Then, cover with another thin layer of shredded cheese. You will now repeat the following steps: a layer of hash browns, shredded cheese, ground beef, salsa and top off with another thin layer of shredded cheese. Put in oven for 12-15 minutes. This will allow the cheese to melt and bind ingredients together. Remove from oven and allow to cool. (Allow enough time for it to set. Perhaps, 30 minutes. This will make it firm enough to slice.) Pair this dish with a side of vegetables and you have a full meal. Hash browns are not just for breakfast, anymore…..

For rules on how to enter the Sweepstakes click here.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Simply Potatoes. The opinions and text are all mine.

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Homemade Flavored Butter!

I was making oatmeal today and decided that it would be a great thing to have flavored butter to put into it.  Well, actually, when I make oatmeal, I put in a little cinnamon, nutmeg, and butter to liven up the taste.  So, I decided to just combine my favorite flavors into a homemade butter.  I always wanted to make homemade butter and this was the perfect time to give it a try.  It’s the same routine that I use for making whipped cream except that I just keep beating until it becomes the texture of butter.  Plus, it’s the easiest thing to make.

Ingredients:

  • 1 pint of heavy whipping cream
  • ground cinnamon
  • nutmeg
  • garlic
  • salt (optional)

Directions:

Homemade Flavored Butter

Pour heavy whipping cream into a bowl.  Beat for about 10 minutes.  It will stiffen as you continue beating.

Homemade Flavored Butter

At about the 5 minute mark, you will have whipped cream.  Just a thought to keep in mind in case you’re making butter and want to take some out and use for whipped cream.

Homemade Flavored Butter

Keep beating and you will soon see the butter separating from a watery liquid; buttermilk.  At this point, drain the butter.

Homemade Flavored Butter

This is how it will look.  Just like store-bought butter.  Form the butter into a ball while you squeeze out as much of the buttermilk from the butter.

Homemade Flavored Butter

After working the butter into a ball, pour ice cold water over the butter.  This will clean off any of the buttermilk that may be on it.  This will allow the butter to keep for longer.

Homemade Flavored Butter

Then, I flattened the butter and poured more cold water over it to remove any remaining buttermilk.

Homemade Flavored Butter

To flavor, I mixed cinnamon and nutmeg together and blended into butter with a spoon.

Homemade Flavored Butter

Make sure that it is blended nicely.

Homemade Flavored Butter

I also made a separate batch of butter with garlic blended into it.  You can also add salt to your plain butter if you want a salty taste.  As a matter of fact, this would be the time to add any type of flavor that you like.

Homemade Flavored Butter

Using candy molds, I made cute shapes for the butter.  I made a variety of butter; plain, cinnamon/nutmeg and garlic.   Then, put the candy molds of butter into the freezer.  When frozen, just pop them out and serve them whenever needed.  Easy as pie…

Homemade Flavored Butter

 

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Cabbage with Chicken Stock

Whether you like cabbage as a side dish or as a main dish (which is how I like it), you’ll love it even more if it’s cooked in a tasty chicken broth or stock.  Sometimes, I will have a meal with just greens and cornbread, cabbage and cornbread or any type of beans with cornbread.  Today, I wanted cabbage.  To really enjoy cabbage, I cook it in chicken stock/broth.  It gives it that savory flavor.  So delicious!  If you want tasty, flavorful and delicious cabbage, then you must cook them in chicken stock or broth. For this recipe, I’m making my own chicken stock.  It allows me to control the amount of sodium that’s in the stock.

Ingredients:

Chicken Stock:

  • 2 leg quarters (great for making chicken stock)
  • 1 onion
  • 1 bell pepper
  • salt/pepper to season
  • 1 tsp ground sage
  • 1 tsp poultry seasoning
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning (optional)

Making Cabbage:

  • 1 cabbage
  • 1 1/2 onions
  • 1 bell pepper
  • 2 TB vinegar (optional)
  • 2 TB vegetable oil
  • olive oil

Directions:

First, make your chicken stock.  You can make it ahead of time if you want and use later.

Cabbage with Chicken Stock

Put the chicken leg quarters, onion and bell pepper in a pot, along with the seasonings. Let it cook until chicken is done. It should take about 45 minutes to 1 hour, depending on the size of the leg quarters.  Leg quarters make great chicken stock because the thighs are fatty.  When done, remove the chicken and vegetables from the stock.  You may have to strain the liquid if small pieces of chicken and vegetables remains in the stock.  Set aside.

Cabbage with Chicken Stock

Chop onions and bell pepper to saute.  I normally use 1 1/2 onions. I love a lot of onions in this dish.

Cabbage with Chicken Stock

Pour olive oil in pot.  Enough to cover the bottom; about 3TB. It depends on how large the onions and bell pepper.  Saute until the onions become translucent. You don’t want the onions and bell peppers to get too soft.

Cabbage with Chicken Stock

Put cabbage into pot with sauteed onions and pepper.  Just stuff them into the pot.  They will boil down.

Cabbage with Chicken Stock

Pour in chicken stock.  Cabbage does not need a lot of water or stock to cook because it is a vegetable that contains a lot of water already.  Pour in enough stock to come up half way to the level of the cabbage.  You can pour out some if it is too much water while it is cooking.  Pour in the 2 tbs of vegetable oil. The vegetable oil is optional.  I think putting in vegetable oil may be a Mississippi thing that I picked up while learning to cook. Season with a little salt. Let the cabbage cook for about 15 or 20 minutes on medium heat.  Cooking times will vary according to heat level.  How long to cook can vary with the person cooking.  If you like your cabbage with a slight crunch or if you prefer it soft, you can adjust the cooking time.  Season to taste.

When done, dish up a nice size serving of cabbage and a slice of homemade cornbread. Sometimes, I sprinkle a little red pepper flakes on top of cabbage to give it a kick.  Words can’t describe how tasty this dish turns out….

Do you have a favorite side dish that you eat as a main dish?

 

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Homemade Sock Drawer Divider

How many of you are tired of your junkie (unorganized) sock drawer? I was folding clothes and was about to put away the socks and I realized that I was totally tired of having a junkie sock drawer.  It was so hard to find a pair of socks to put on each day.  Not to mention, the socks were never paired up to its match.  (I must admit that I throw them in the drawer without a match, too.)  So, today I decided to get organized.  Of course, that means making something homemade.  By making it homemade, I’m able to have a divider that’s the exact size of the drawer.  You can make these dividers without spending a dime if you have a large piece of cardboard box at home.  If not, purchase the project boards that the kids use for school.  They’re only $1 at the Everything’s A Dollar Store.

Items Needed:

  • cardboard box or (2) project boards
  • ruler
  • box cutter

Measure the inside of your drawer. You want to measure the length, width, and height of the inside of the drawer.  My drawer measured 14in x 20in x 5 in .  Five inches in height will allow me space to store 2-4 socks in each slot. I’m happy about that part.

Directions:

Homemade Sock Drawer

Find a cardboard to use for making the dividers.  This project board has a nice thickness that works perfectly.

Homemade Sock Drawer Divider

Measure the divider pieces according to your drawer measurements.  You will make two sets of divider pieces.  One set will be for the width measurement and one for the length measurement of the drawer.  In this pic, I am drawing for the length of the drawer.  Both sets will be the same height.  For instance, these pieces are 20 inches long and 5 inches high.  I am making 3 to 4 pieces.  I only used three of the 20 inch pieces.

Homemade Sock Drawer Divider

Next, I made the smaller divider pieces.  This one is 14 inches long and 5 inches high.  I made 4 pieces.  I used all 4 pieces.

Homemade Sock Drawer Divider

To make the inserts or slots on each board, go down 4 inches. Then measure down about 3 1/4 and about 1/2 inch apart.  Make a little loop at the end.  The 3 1/4 inches is based on my 5 inch drawer height.  You will have to make it shorter or longer depending on the height of your drawer.  (Whatever length you’re cutting for the slots, just make sure to leave about 1 1/2 in at the bottom of the divider piece.) Measure down 4 inches from the slot you just drew and repeat the step until you get to the end of the board.

Homemade Sock Drawer Divider

Using a box cutter, cut the slot part first. It’s easier that way.  Then cut out the entire divider parts.

Homemade Sock Drawer Divider

This is how they looked. Notice how the end part of smaller.  That is fine.

Homemade Sock Drawer Divider
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Put the divider together by inserting the smaller divider piece into the larger divider piece slots or inserts.

Homemade Sock Drawer Divider

This is how the finished product looked before I assembled it inside the drawer.

Homemade Sock Drawer Divider

Begin assembling the dividers into the drawer.

Homemade Sock Drawer Divider

Ta Da! Now you have your very own handmade sock drawer divider.

Homemade Sock Drawer Divider

This is how my sock drawer looked before I organized it.

Homemade Sock Drawer Divider

After using the divider, look how neat and organized my socks are now! I was able to get 4 socks in some compartments. Most of the compartments would hold 3 socks.  With this divider, I have 15 large slots and 5 tiny slots. I will use the tiny slots for such things as knee-highs or tights.  Now, I need to make a couple more sock drawer dividers for other rooms in the house.  This divider can be used for organizing a lot of different things in the house. I’m loving how organized my socks are now!

Have you made or bought a drawer divider to use at home?

 

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This is not the first time I’ve made a bucket list. I made a bucket list a very long time ago. I’ve always wanted to do certain things in my life. I don’t have a certain time limit for completing the items on my bucket list. I’m just interested in getting them crossed off my list at some point during my life time. Why? It’s really a fun thing to do. I think everyone should have a bucket list, even if you call it something else. It’s nice to look back at that list and see what things you have crossed off of it. So, it was just totally nice when Bufferin asked me to compile a bucket list. Did I mention that they sent this cute little blue bucket for me to use? (Didn’t need to do a lot of thinking, since I know the things I want to do and how many I have done.) What are they? Well…

One of the things on my bucket list is to run a 26.2 miles marathon. Here I am. Pretty good stride there. Yep. Cross that off my list. Won’t have to do another one of those. Could’ve used a little Bufferin after that marathon. Bufferin would have helped since it’s tough on pain and gentle on the stomach. Plus, it keeps aches at bay while you perform such activities. Trust me, I had lots of aches after making it through 26+ miles. However, I feel so proud to have crossed that one off the list.

Well, of course, a bucket list is not official unless you make it to Paris, France. Yep. Cross that off my list. Such a wonderful time in Paris. (10 days)

Now, some things that I need to work on to cross off my list…

I have wanted to play the piano since I was a little girl. Have this big keyboard at home. Will learn to play some day. Plus, I want to learn how to speak Spanish. Have taken a class before but have yet to learn how to speak it. I will, though. I just bought a book to conquer this bucket list item.

I’ve got to work on filling up this bucket. I need to get to the Grand Canyon. I need to learn how to swim…. So many things to accomplish. Some of those things will take a little time since it will cost a little money. You probably have things on your list too that will cost a bit of money. I’ve got a solution for that.

Bufferin has come to the rescue. Before I tell you how they can rescue the situation, let me tell you where you can buy this product. Some of the places to buy Bufferin is Walmart and Walgreens. More information can be found here. Now on to some really good news!

Bufferin has a sweepstakes! It’s called the Bufferin Bucket List Sweepstakes. It will run from February 18 to March 14, 2014 and Bufferin will be giving away a $1,000 Amex Gift Card and a bottle of Bufferin to three winners. You can enter here. You’ll have to share your top 3 bucket list items. Winners will be announced on Bufferin Facebook page along with their bucket list items. The winners will be chosen Feb 28, Mar 7 and Mar 14. Just imagine the bucket list item(s) that you’ll be able to cross off with that $1,000. Crossing my fingers that I win. I can use that money to go to the Grand Canyon.

Now, last but not least, I want to know what is your top bucket list item? I bet you have a ton of items that you’re trying to cross off your list.

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