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It’s Friday, Reuse, Recycle and Reduce….Paper Towel and Toilet Paper Rolls!

Brilliant Ways To Use Paper Rolls (Paper Towel & TP Rolls)

There are few items that nearly everyone will have in their home.

I think it’s safe to assume that the majority of homes in American have either Toilet Paper or Paper Towels in their home, or Which means, there are plenty of Paper Rolls being thrown out daily. I wanted to find out if there are ways we can reuse these paper rolls.  I’m all about repurposing!

Paper Roll Organizer By Craftionary

paper roll organizer

Cord Organizer Box By Instructables

toilet paper roll upcycle

Gift Wrap Saver

use for toilet paper rolls

Pillow Box

diy gift container

Campfire Starters

resuse paper rolls

Mini Album

diy mini album

DIY Bird Feeder

diy bird feeder

Who Would’ve Thought So Many Cool Things Could Be Made From Paper Rolls? Do You Have An Idea To Reuse Toilet Paper Or Paper Towel Rolls?

Let Us Know!

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Give Old Wine Corks New Life With These Super Simple Crafts!

As the Holiday Season is fast approaching here are some tips for Wine Corks!

*Magnets

Magnets

Spice up your refrigerator’s face with these neat letter magnets.

*Fire starters

 Fire starters

Soaked in alcohol, these corks can get a campfire started in no time.

*Drawer knobs

Drawer knobs

*Vase

Vase

Ditch boring glass vases for these cork containers.

*Herb garden labels

Herb garden labels

Never lose track of which plant is which with these cork garden labels.

*Jewelry organizer

Jewelry organizer

Keep your jewelry in order with this clever craft.

*Birdhouse

Birdhouse

My Favorite..The birds in your backyard will appreciate your love of wine.

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It’s Friday..Reuse, Recycle and Reduce…..THANKSGIVING LEFT OVERS!!!

Important Things To Do With Thanksgiving Leftovers

Black Friday can suck it. Hereby and henceforth proclaiming this day Leftover Friday.

“Some of my favorite recipes from the Years”

1. Make a sandwich (ASAP).

Make a sandwich (ASAP).

It must include turkey and cranberry sauce to qualify; other components such as stuffing or mashed potatoes are optional but highly encouraged.

This brilliant double-decker specimen from Spoon Fork Bacon uses a slice of bread soaked in gravy (I repeat: SOAKED IN GRAVY) as a middle layer. That sounds like a really good idea.

2. Mix a cranberry sauce cocktail to go with it.

Mix a cranberry sauce cocktail to go with it.

You can find this drink (The Scarlet Letter) and two more BuzzFeed original recipes.

3. Okay, now make another sandwich.

Okay, now make another sandwich.

Never too many. This one’s from CHOW. There’s even a smashed dinner roll in the middle!

4. A few cranberry orange muffins make a great Leftover Friday (or Still Eating Leftovers Saturday) breakfast.

A few cranberry orange muffins make a great Leftover Friday (or Still Eating Leftovers Saturday) breakfast.

Otherwise, you know that bag of cranberries is just going to sit in the fridge until it starts spawning tiny organisms. Get the recipe at Branny Boils Over.

5. So does this spicy hash made with turkey, potato, and Brussels sprouts.

So does this spicy hash made with turkey, potato, and Brussels sprouts.

Get the recipe at From Away.

6. So do pumpkin pancakes.

So do pumpkin pancakes.

This recipe is from Full Fork Ahead.

7. Next, start a big pot of soup to have for lunch.

Next, start a big pot of soup to have for lunch.

You can make stock out of your turkey carcass to use in this recipe for Creamy Turkey and Wild Rice Soup from A Farm Girl Dabbles, or regular old chicken broth will work just fine.

8. You’d better grill a few sandwiches to go with it, obviously.

You'd better grill a few sandwiches to go with it, obviously.

Grilled Brie, Turkey, Cranberry & Avocado Sandwich recipe at Foodie Crush.

9. And/or bake these leftover-sweet potato biscuits.

And/or bake these leftover-sweet potato biscuits.

Get the recipe at Home Cooking Memories.

10. Turkey pot pie could also be a really good move.

Turkey pot pie could also be a really good move.

Get this recipe (with cheddar biscuit crust, yum) at Just a Taste.

11. Or you could have this turkey club salad if you’re feeling a little guilty.

Or you could have this turkey club salad if you're feeling a little guilty.

Don’t worry, it has plenty of bacon in it. Get the recipe at Framed Cooks.

12. Don’t forget to continue making and eating sandwiches throughout the day.

Don't forget to continue making and eating sandwiches throughout the day.

Get the recipe for Turkey & Cranberry Panini With Goat Cheese Aioli from The Messy Baker.

13. Experimental sandwiches are encouraged, like banh mi.

Experimental sandwiches are encouraged, like banh mi.

Get the recipe at Bon Appétit.

14. Or pulled turkey with cranberry BBQ sauce.

Or pulled turkey with cranberry BBQ sauce.

Get the recipe at Pink Parsley.

15. When you’re finally nearing sandwich saturation point, this turkey & mushroom risotto makes a lovely dinner.

When you're finally nearing sandwich saturation point, this turkey & mushroom risotto makes a lovely dinner.

Get the recipe, from the one and only Sam Sifton, at Bon Appétit.

16. Turkey shepherd’s pie could be nice, too.

Turkey shepherd's pie could be nice, too.

Get the recipe at CHOW.

17. But whatever else happens, make sure you save enough turkey for One Last Sandwich.

But whatever else happens, make sure you save enough turkey for One Last Sandwich.
This beast from Bon Appétit uses a special recipe for Cran-Pepper Jelly.
Happy Left overs!
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It’s Reuse, Recycle and Reduce Friday……….Coffee Grinds!

If you drink a lot of coffee, put those spent coffee grounds to use by recycling them in these useful ways.

1. Use it to scrub burnt pots and pans. Not only are coffee grounds mildly abrasive, they’re also great at cutting grease. This power combo will make scrubbing burnt pots and greasy pans an easy task. Pour a few spoonfuls of used coffee grounds into your problem pan and use a sponge, scouring pad or dish brush to make cleaning a breeze. On an extremely greasy pan, I used coffee grounds with the coffee filter and all to start the scrubbing job.

2. Boost your brunette hue. Coffee grounds can bring new life to dark tresses. Boost your color and simultaneously add shine by rubbing used coffee grounds into the hair and scalp. You can also achieve similar results by brewing dark coffee and spraying it onto the hair.

3. Conceal scratches on wood furniture. Use coffee grounds to darken scratches on wooden furniture by swabbing the affected area with used coffee grounds and letting it sit for 10 minutes. Scratches on darker furniture may need to sit a bit longer.

4. Beauty enhancer. Used coffee grounds can be a cheap trick to add to your list of beauty secrets. Use as an exfoliant in a homemade facial/body scrubs and in homemade soaps. Some believe that coffee grounds can be a way to diminish the appearance of cellulite. If you want to try the cellulite-concealing scrub combine coffee grounds with olive oil and rub onto thighs. Let sit for a few minutes and rinse off. Try at your own risk, however. And if it works – tell me – I’ll do it every day. 😉

5. Conceal kitchen odors. Coffee can mask bad smells in the kitchen. Place used grounds at the bottom of a new trash bag to conceal ripe scents, or place a small bowl in the fridge to mask unpleasant smells from spoiled foods or spills.

6. Frugal garden helper. Coffee grounds are a natural power-house in the garden. Use coffee grounds to deter slugs from your plants or add into soil to create the right condition for certain plants. There are plenty more uses for coffee grounds in the garden that this article will do a way better job at explaining than I can.

7. Natural dye. If you need to add a darker hue to a craft or homemade project, use steeped coffee grounds to add a rustic color to fabric or paper.

If you have any more tips for recycling used coffee grounds please share them in the comments below. I always enjoy learning from you guys!

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The Benefits of Green Tea

Benefits of Green Tea

11 Benefits of Green Tea That You Didn’t Know About

I’m a green tea drinker.

Not for the love of the taste — no way! I drink it because I’m told it’s good for me…or, to be honest, the real reason I drink it is because I believe it helps keep me healthy. But recently I decided to look into it a bit deeper and see what are all these other benefits of green tea people talk of.

Why Green Tea?

Green tea has been used as a medicine for thousands of years, originating in China but widely used throughout Asia this beverage has a multitude of uses from lowering blood pressure to preventing cancer. The reason that green tea has more health benefits attached to it than black tea is (apparently) due to the processing. Black tea is processed in a way that allows for fermentation whereas green tea’s processing avoids the fermentation process. As a result, green tea retains maximum amount of antioxidants and poly-phenols the substances that give green tea its many benefits.

Here’s a list of some of its amazing benefits — benefits that you may not have been aware of. Some of these benefits are still being debated, so please do your own research if you want to use green tea for medicinal purposes.

  1. Weight Loss. Green tea increases the metabolism. The polyphenol found in green tea works to intensify levels of fat oxidation and the rate at which your body turns food into calories.
  2. Diabetes. Green tea apparently helps regulate glucose levels slowing the rise of blood sugar after eating. This can prevent high insulin spikes and resulting fat storage.
  3. Heart Disease. Scientists think, green tea works on the lining of blood vessels, helping keep them stay relaxed and better able to withstand changes in blood pressure. It may also protect against the formation of clots, which are the primary cause of heart attacks.
  4. Esophageal Cancer. It can reduce the risk of esophageal cancer, but it is also widely thought to kill cancer cells in general without damaging the healthy tissue around them.
  5. Cholesterol. Green tea reduces bad cholesterol in the blood and improves the ratio of good cholesterol to bad cholesterol.
  6. Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. It is said to delay the deterioration caused by Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. Studies carried out on mice showed that green tea protected brain cells from dying and restored damaged brain cells.
  7. Tooth Decay. Studies suggests that the chemical antioxidant “catechin” in tea can destroy bacteria and viruses that cause throat infections, dental caries and other dental conditions
  8. Blood Pressure. Regular consumption of green tea is thought to reduce the risk of high blood pressure.
  9. Depression. Theanine is an amino acid naturally found in tea leaves. It is this substance that is thought to provide a relaxing and tranquilizing effect and be a great benefit to tea drinkers.
  10. Anti-viral and Anti-bacterial. Tea catechins are strong antibacterial and antiviral agents which make them effective for treating everything from influenza to cancer. In some studies green tea has been shown to inhibit the spread of many diseases.
  11. Skincare. Green tea can apparently also help with wrinkles and the signs of aging, This is because of their antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activities. Both animal and human studies have demonstrated that green tea applied topically can reduce sun damage.
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It’s Friday, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle…..Dryer Sheets

10 Ways to Recycle Household Items: Dryer Sheets

Recycle: It Saves Time And Money.

You can recycle household items for uses within you home. Dryer sheets are one household item that has many uses. Dryer sheets have many uses after they have been used in the dryer. These are 10 tips to recycle your used dryer sheets around your home.

1. Make a fire!

Place used dryer sheets in empty paper towel and toilet paper rolls. Make sure that the dryer sheets stay in the rolls by filling the roll and folding the edges in. Place under the wood and light, and presto! You have a fire!

2. Got stinky shoes?

No problem! You have used dryer sheets. Placing a dryer sheet or two in a stinky shoe will help reduce or eliminate any mild odors present. * Note: This may not work on really stinky shoes

Recycle household items hamptons house cleaning3. Keep your clothes and linens smelling fresh!

A great way to recycle a used dryer sheet is to place a few in your closet. This will keep your clothes and linens smelling fresh for longer. Depending on the size of your closet you may need more or less. Place a dryer sheet on each side of your dresser drawer as well.

4.  Does your luggage smell musty?

Before storing your luggage place a few dryer sheets inside. It will help keep the musty smell away. Bring a few dryer sheets along on vacation as well. Place them inside your laundry bag to keep a barrier between clean and dirty laundry.

5. Gym Bags. Enough said.

Washing your gym bag regularly is a necessity, especially if you use it every day. By placing a used dryer sheet in your gym bag it will help in between visits to the washing machines. See tip 2 for your gym shoes.

6. Pet Hair

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You can recycle dryer sheets instead of using a lint roller to remove pet hair from any clothing. This trick also comes in handy with removing pet hair from cloth furniture. The anti-static properties will help keep the hair off your clothes and furniture but you may have one determined pet! I know we do!

7. Send fragrance around your home!

Place a dryer sheet in a new vacuum bag. This will distribute the scent around your home as you vacuum. It’s killing two birds with one stone.  Be sure not to block airflow or place in an area where it could cause a fire.

8. Dust your baseboards:

Use a dryer sheet to remove dust and pet hair from your base boards. The anti-static properties will also help repel dust and hair from the baseboards in the future. This makes cleaning your home easier.

9. Fresh pillows forever!

Place a used dryer sheet in your pillow case; or leave the one that managed to get inside during the dryer cycle.  This will give you the fresh out of the dryer smell every night. *You should still wash your pillow case.

10. What’s that smell!?!?

Put dryer sheets on the bottom of your garbage bin. They will absorb any spills that leak out of the bag. If you recycle plastic shopping bags for your bathroom garbage, they tend to form little holes and can leak. Your bin will also smell fresh.  Replace the sheets when you replace the bag.

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It’s that Time of Year…DARN FRUIT FLY’S!

Fruit flies are the bane of many homeowners existence. They have a crazy short life span, going from egg to adulthood in 8-10 days, which means they reproduce at a ridiculously fast rate. They thrive in moist, damp places, such as sink/garbage disposal drains, and are attracted to fruits and other foods-particularly ones that are fermenting or rotting (they clearly have no taste.) To get rid of the nasty little buggers, try these 5 homemade fruit fly traps & methods to clear out your home.

Here are 5 of our best natural traps for you to use!

1. Apple Cider Vinegar Trap

Before you panic about your fruit-fly invasion, start with a simple trap and some apple cider vinegar. Fruit flies can’t resist the smell of fermentation, and since apple cider vinegar is from fermented apples, it’s a dream drink to them. Heat the vinegar beforehand to release more of its irresistible fragrance.

You will need…

-A mason jar or something similar
-A funnel (you can make one yourself)
-Apple cider vinegar, about ½ cup
-A drop of dish soap
-A piece of ripe or overripe fruit (optional)

apple cider vinegar ingredients

Directions

Heat up a half cup or so of apple cider vinegar and pour it into your jar- it just needs to be deep enough for the flies to drown-and add a drop or two of dish soap. The dish soap will break the surface tension of the liquid so the flies can’t just sit on top and fly away when they’re done.

2. Jar-Type Trap with Fruit

Fruit flies like fruit, so what better to lure them into a trap than…fruit?

You will need…

-A glass jar
-Plastic wrap
-A toothpick
-Some very ripe or overripe produce
-Soapy water

rotten fruit

Place several pieces of very ripe or almost rotting fruit in the bottom of a glass jar, and cover with plastic wrap (using a rubber band works to secure it well.) Poke holes in the wrap with a toothpick, and set these jars strategically throughout your house where you notice fruit flies seem to come from or congregate. Also set one outside the doorway on a warm sunny say. The flies will be drawn into the trap but won’t know how to get out. At least they can enjoy a nice little feast until you decide the jar is full enough. At that point, submerge the jar in a bucket of warm soapy water and let it be for about 10 minutes to ensure the flies won’t be coming back. Rinse out, refill, and repeat! This is a great way to get rid of produce that you accidentally let sit too long. I prefer to cover the jar in a nice tissue wrapping so I don’t have to look at it!  🙂

poking holes

3. Merry Fly Trap

A drunk fly is a strange thought, but they can get intoxicated just as we can. They are very drawn to red wine and will congregate to it if any is left out. They will either drown, or you can use the freezer or soapy water technique to finish the deed.

You will need…

-Just a little bit of red wine left in the bottle (you can use red wine vinegar or balsamic in a pinch)

Directions

Leave a little bit of red wine at the bottom of the bottle and let it sit out. The flies will flock to it, and die a very merry death. You can also put it in a separate container with plastic wrap and holes poked in the top if you wish.

wine bottle trap

4. Tried and True Trap

This recipe comes from the Old Farmer’s Almanac, and has been handed down and used since 1850 in New England to get rid of fruit flies. I don’t know how someone thought it up, but it’s a good thing they did!

You will need…

-1 pint of milk
-1/4 pound of raw sugar
-2 ounces of ground pepper

milk, sugar and black pepper

Directions

Combine all of the ingredients in a saucepan and simmer for 10 minutes. Pour the mixture into shallow dishes and place these dishes around the house. For some peculiar reason, fruit flies are drawn to the mixture and will quickly suffocate/drown in it. You can try adding a drop or 2 of dish soap if they seem to be landing and flying away.

milk and black pepper

Bonus: Lemongrass Spray

Lemongrass essential oil won’t kill fruit flies, but sure can keep them at bay (along with a number of other pests.)

You will need…

-10 drops of Lemongrass essential oil
-A clean spray bottle
-2 ounces of hot water

Directions

In a spray bottle add 10 drops of lemongrass essential oil to 2 ounces of hot water and shake well. Spray along windowsills and doorways, directly on flies when you see them, or anywhere else you see fit. It leaves a nice refreshing scent as well.

natural fly spray

Getting rid of these little pests doesn’t have to be such a daunting task. It’s simple to make your own fruit fly traps at home, and while some of them may be gross to clean out, they sure beat using horrific chemical sprays to kill the flies.

Tips

-Fruit flies breed in drains. Pour a mixture of half white vinegar half boiling water down the drain daily to stop them at the source. Keep the area around the drain dry.
-Of course, keep all fruit stored away and don’t leave any food of any kind sitting out.
-Keep the garbage covered.

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