Karrie’s Favorite Inexpensive Kitchen Gadgets

A great list of Inexpensive Kitchen Gadgets that could make life much easier! happymoneysaver.com
I don’t know about you, but I seem to spend a lot of time in my kitchen.  I make breakfast, then clean it up.  Make lunches, clean it up. Prepare and make dinner, then clean it up.  Let’s not forget snacks, too.  We make a lot of homemade food at our house, so I like to use a lot of kitchen gadgets to help me get the job done in the easiest and best way possible.  Today we have my favorite inexpensive kitchen gadgets that I think every kitchen should have.

My Favorite Inexpensive Kitchen Gadgets

measuring cups
This is such a great set of measuring spoons.  Not only do I love the colors, but I also love the variety of measurements it has.  There are so many!  You will never have to guess on a measurement.  Of course, I love that these are dishwasher safe.  I mean, who has time to hand wash measuring cups?  I sure don’t!
scoop set
These scoops are so great for anything.  Of course you can scoop your ice cream, but I probably use them more frequently for cookie dough.  I have used them for scooping out cupcake batter as well.  It really cuts down on the mess on the muffin tin.  If you want to be fancy with your mashed potatoes, you could use them for that as well.  All three sizes of these scoops are a must in my kitchen.  This set is extra fun because it comes with the beautiful mini-spoon set as well.
applie slicer
This thing is awesome because it cuts the apples in smaller slices. 16 instead of 8.  Perfect size for little fingers for snacking.  This means more apples for dipping in peanut butter or caramel.
knife
I love my Rada knives. I have a few of them, and they are so sharp!  I have not had to sharpen them, yet I have worked them a lot!
peeler
Since I had some Rada knives, I thought I’d try their vegetable peeler. I love it!!!  I used to just  use a knife to peel potatoes or cucumbers, but after I got this peeler, it does it so fast and smooth, that I have not gone back to the knife for peeling.  High quality, but not a large price tag.
mister
Have you tried this?  I love it because I can use my own oil and even infuse it if I want.
pineapple slicer
This little gadget saves so much time and cuts your pineapple beautifully!  Easy to use and even a great gift idea!
cutting boards
I use lots of cutting boards.  The amount of homemade food that gets cooked in this house, means I need a good amount of cutting boards.  I love that these are colorful and also have little icons on them so you know which one to use for what.  Fabulous wedding gift idea.
herb scissors
Although I’m love to think I look like a trained chef while I’m chopping my herbs, it is so much easier to use these herb scissors.  Fresh herbs make such a huge difference in a dish, and these scissors will make a huge difference in how easy it is for you to cut your herbs.
dressing shaker
Homemade salad dressing is so much better for you than store-bought, let alone cheaper.  I love a good homemade salad dressing and this is the best shaker for making your own.  You can shake up the dressing without splashing and  it’s also easy to pour.
salad spinner
The pump and brake make this salad spinner so easy to use.  No wonder it is a #1 BestSeller.  I love to buy my lettuce and chop it myself, but washing it can be a pain.  Not with this salad spinner.  Not a pain at all!
avocado keeper
Avocados are so good for you, but it’s hard to keep them fresh. This little Avocado Keeper is so nice.  I can keep half of my avocado in there and it stays fresh so much more than anything else I’ve tried.
soap dispenser
When I use this brush, I can easily clean the dishes, and also not waste a lot of soap while doing it.
calphalon pan
I use this pan multiple times a week.  I swear by Calphalon pans, and this one does not disappoint.  It works perfectly for when I make scrambled eggs, quesadillas or grilled cheese.  This little 8 inch size is perfect.  This one is extra nice because it has a lid, too.
spatulas
This is a great set of silicone spatulas.  I use all sizes of these whether it be to get last little bit peanut butter out of the jar, to scrambling eggs.  I love that these are all one piece, so they don’t break, like some plastic spatulas would.
 bag holder
If you like to do make ahead freezer meals,  freeze vegetables from your garden, freeze homemade salsa, or pre-portioned meat…this is a must have tool.  It takes the mess out of trying to hold the bag up while you dump in your goods.  Love it.
mini spatula
I use this little spatula all the time.  I use it for cookies, chicken nuggets, brownies, fries, the list could go on.  It’s the perfect size and it just slides under the food perfectly.  Love it!
baking mats
For years I have seen all of the cooks on the TV shows use these silicone baking mats.  I finally broke down and bought some and I finally realized why they ALL use them.  They are so handy!  Your baked goods come out perfect, and cleanup is a snap.  For me, the cleanup part is so key, that I use them every time I bake now.
whisk
I love this whisk.  That’s all I can say.  It’s just the best whisk I have owned and I love it.
pastry bag
This bag is perfect if you are a master baker, or just starting out icing cakes and cookies.  This is a commercial grade bag, but at a price that is perfect.  I like this size of bag because if the bag is too small, the icing squirts out all over because I always want to put in more frosting so I don’t have to refill it.  Not a problem anymore once I bought a bigger bag. I know, genius, right?
tips
Once you have your cool new decorating bag, of course you need lots of tips to make your goodies beautiful.  This is the perfect starter set of tips that you will use hands down most frequently.  Other tips can be added to your collection later, but this set is a perfect starting place.
4 cup oxo
This angled measuring cup is so cool.  Don’t you hate it when you are trying to measure liquid and it’s so hard to see exactly where the line hits the liquid?  This measuring cup makes it so much easier to read, making measuring a breeze.
tongs
These tongs are great because I can use them on the grill, or I can use them in my non-stick pans and I don’t have to worry about them scratching anything.
I think it’s time to revamp your kitchen with my favorite kitchen gadgets. Also make sure to check out my freezer meal must-haves supplies for more amazing products.

Giveaway: Copper Still Kit to make Essential Oils, Moonshine & Whiskey

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When I talked with Kyle, the talented owner behind Clawhammer SupplyI was immediately intrigued with the idea of having my own copper still.  Of course the first thing my husband thought of was the Dukes of Hazards. He jokingly said if we’re making moonshine he gets a General Lee! I told him that would only happen if he wore the Daisy Dukes. Ha!

Many preppers and survivalists own copper stills to make their own homemade whiskey, moonshine, distilled water,  and even essential oils! It’s handy to have a still of your own for an emergency situation or if you’re a do it yourself-er. After reviewing the Clawhammer supply website I myself was immediately drawn to their how-to section and tutorials. They tell how distillation equipment can be used to make distilled spirits, fuel alcohol, and antiseptic which would be highly valuable in emergency scenarios when supplies start to run low. There is even an article on how to make your own fuel for cooking.  I am definitely going to need that if I ever get back to my 30-day Survival Challenge.  I am not a drinker but they have recipes for their different homemade moonshines and also sell their recipe kits.

For years I have wondered about the process of how essential oils are made and if I could ever make them myself.  I know and love the benefits of them so the idea of owning a copper still sounds really cool. I think it could be every homesteader’s dream to be able to walk out into the garden, pick some herbs or flowers and make your own essential oils for your family.

Kyle has generously agreed to give away to one lucky Happy Money Saver follower a one gallon 100% copper still kit. Pictured below is what this copper still kit looks like.  Clawhammer Copper Still Kit is perfect for survialists and preppers.

Specifications of this one gallon still kit:

  • Once built the boiler holds one gallon of liquid
  • 100% C-100 Food Grade Copper
  • It’s 2 feet tall with a 6 inch base
  • Price is $149 + FREE shipping

The website has many great videos that take you step-by-step to assemble it and it is estimated that it will take 4-6 hours to put together.  Honestly this is a job I would turn over to my husband since it requires a torch for the metal and that’s not a skill I have as of yet. Clawhammer has the one gallon still, a five gallon still and even a 10 gallon still you can choose from as well. I did my research, and their prices are lower than many other stills I have searched for online.

Clawhammer supply also offers a variety of spice kits. You know, to make whiskey and moonshine. :)

In Kyle’s own words:

“Our spice kits can definitely be used to make products like apple pie moonshine and fireball whiskey at a cost savings compared to store bought versions. The most popular versions of apple pie moonshine available over the counter (i.e. Ol’ Smokey Apple Pie Moonshine) cost anywhere between $20 and $25 per quart! With our kit you’ll be able to make your own for half that and we think it tastes way better than the store bought stuff.”

Here is where you can find the Apple Pie Moonshine Whiskey Spice. I’ll bet this smells amazing.

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Here is where you can find the brand spankin’ new Peach Pie Moonshine Whiskey Spice.

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Giveaway: One winner will get a Clawhammer Supply one gallon copper still kit ($149 value!) shipped to their home.

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How to Enter the Giveaway:

Mandatory to enter: Answer the question “What would you make if you won this copper still kit?” Moonshine, Essential oils, Whiskey, Distilled water, or something else? Leave a comment on this giveaway post with your answer and then use the Rafflecopter form below to get extra BONUS entries.

Giveaway ends on 4/3 at 12:00 am EST. The winner’s name will be displayed in the rafflecopter widget below and we will email the winner as well.  Good luck to all you good ol’ boys and girls!

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This is a sponsored giveaway from Clawhammer supply. All opinions are mine.

How to Organize Closet Space on a Tight Budget

Have you ever seen the closet of a really wealthy person? Me neither.  But I have seen the closet of almost every Real Housewife on Bravo.  Every item of clothing has its own personalized home.  There are doors and compartments and sometimes even a beautiful chandelier.  Yeah, that’s not my closet. :)

My closet is full of disheveled clothes interspersed with empty wire, plastic and wood hangers. I have piles of sweaters and sweatshirts mixed along with my summer clothes that I tried to shove in the corner shelf.  Now before you judge me too much, I should tell you, this USED to be my closet.  I don’t have the money to make my closet as fabulous as a tv star’s but I have do have great tips on how to organize closet space on a tight budget.

happymoneysaver.com|I love these great tips on how to organize a closet. #organization

 

How to Organize Closet Space on a Tight Budget

  1. Keep an empty bin in your closet for empty hangers. This could be a box from Costco or the old laundry basket with the broken handle!  When you take an item of clothing off of the hanger,  place it in the bin.  It makes the hangers easy to find on laundry day and also keeps a cleaner look in your closet.
  2. Store your most-used items at eye level, less-used items below, and least-used items up high because let’s face it–no one likes to reach all the way up in the top of the closet in the morning!
  3. Do your dresses fall off the hangers like mine do?  An easy solution is to wrap pipe cleaners around your hangers so that your clothes don’t fall off.  Speaking of hangers shop at garage sales or second-hand stores for them.  I love having matching hangers but buying them can get expensive.  Buying them used is a great way to get them a bargain price.
  4. Use command hooks on your closet wall for purses, bags or even jewelry. These hooks are cheap and sturdy and help the purses keep their shape without being smashed against one another.
  5. Always keep a laundry bin in your closet. Then as you are changing your clothes they instantly go into the laundry bin—and not on the floor!
  6. Organize your clothes into categories. For example short sleeve shirts, long sleeve shirts, dresses, etc.  This makes it easier to find what you are looking for on a busy day and also to stay organized when putting your laundry away.
  7. Get rid of old clothes no matter how attached you are to them.  You are never going to wear your old ratty high school basketball shirt so part ways and let it go.
  8. Add a lamp or battery-operated stick-on tap lights in those dark corners.  When your closet is well-lit you can make decisions faster and you are less likely to shove things in that dark corner.  C’mon we’ve all done that at least once…right?
  9. Make more room in your closet by storing out-of-season clothes in boxes up high or under the bed.  I love to save the bags that new comforters come in.  They are pliable and see through so you can see what clothes are stored in them in case you need to get an out-of-season item out of storage.  You can also use suitcases to store out-of-season clothes, blankets or sweaters.

Do you have any budget-friendly closet organization tips?

23 Secrets for Spring Cleaning And Home Organization

 

happymoneysaver.com | 23 Amazing Secrets for Spring Cleaning and Home Organization

Spring is coming and although that means Easter, flowers and opening your windows again, it also means Spring cleaning and home organization.  Over the winter, it seems we collect more clutter and dirt  around the house.  We have found 23 things that will help you start off your spring cleaning and home organization off right.

cleaning routine

1.  My ultimate happy home cleaning routine plus free printable checklist
So many chores, so little time, am I right?  This step by step guide will help you get organized and get those chores done fast!  I live by this, and it help so much!  My house isn’t perfectly clean all of the time but this sure helps me keep it as clean as possible.  I think you will find that you can’t live without this checklist either.

broom holder

2.  Mop and Broom Holder
Let’s start out with organizing all of our cleaning tools.  Mops, brooms, hand held brooms and dusters can really get out of hand.  I like to hang mine all together in this holder on the wall so they are out of the way, and not falling over if I lean them up in a closet.  This keeps everything in it’s place, which I LOVE!

hanger holder

3.  Hanger Holder
This little contraption has saved me space and time.  I like to take clothes out of the dryer and hang them right away to minimize wrinkles.  As soon as I put a load in the dryer, I go get the hangers ready to start hanging clothes right away out of the dryer.  This would also be so convenient right where you do your ironing.  It folds out of the way when not in use.  I love mine!

suede cleaner
4.  Homemade Suede Cleaner
Do you have suede couches?  If so, I have the BEST cleaner for you!  Don’t look any further.  And guess what?  It’s so simple!  You will be just as thrilled as I am!  Giving your suede couches a good freshening up will really give them new life and make your whole living room look cleaner.

over the door hanger
5.  Over the Cabinet Holder
I love this organizer because it gets all the stuff that you need off of the counter, and under the sink.  This is great for soaps or cleaners in the kitchen, or maybe for your brushes or curling irons in the bathroom.  I have one in my utility room with all of the shampoo and stuff to give the dog a bath.

organizer

6.  Better Houseware Large Organizer White
The kitchen is full of odd shaped items that make them hard to store.  This organizer has really made a huge impact in my storage and organization in the kitchen.  I have my cutting boards and cupcake pans all tucked away nice and neat with this organizer in my cabinet.  I can always find what I need, and it keeps them nice and organized.  Love that!

carpet

7.  Homemade Carpet Cleaning Solution
Spring time is the perfect time to clean all of your carpets.  Lots of dirt can get trapped in there even after regular vacuuming.  It’s important to shampoo every once in awhile.  Instead of buying a cleaner, this homemade carpet cleaner works like a charm.  You will NOT be disappointed.

pyrex

8.  Pyrex 18pc Glass Food Storage with Multi-colored Lids
I love my Pryex!  This is something I use every single day.  I love that they stack so well, and that I feel safe when re-heating my leftovers.  These keep so nicely in my cupboards, and I could not live without them in my kitchen.

spicy shelf

9.  Spicy Shelf Patented Spice Rack and Stackable Organizer
This is such a cool way to organize your spices.  This maximizes space, but also you can SEE everything.  Gotta love that!

homemade spray

10.  Keep Clean Easy 3 Ingredient All-Purpose Spray
If I can make a cleaner myself, I would rather do that then buy it.  This spray will change your life.  Only 3 ingredients, I tell ya!  You can’t go wrong with that!

drawer organizer

11.  Lipper International Bamboo Deep Kitchen Drawer Dividers, Set of 2
These bamboo drawer dividers are the best!  You can take a messy drawer and organize it to your exact needs.  Sometimes those pre-made organizers don’t fit just right.  These are so great because you can use them just how you need them.

dishwashaer

12.  Cleaning the Dishwasher
It seems like the dishwasher should be clean by nature because it’s JOB is to clean.  Well, sometimes the dishwasher might start to stink or not clean as well.  Here are some steps to help you clean your dishwasher so that your dishes will come out sparkly clean!

shelf liners

13.  Self Adhesive Shelf Liner – 2 Pack – Rugby Chevron Aqua Pop
Spice up the insides of your drawers and cabinets with this beautiful shelf liner.  This pop of color will make you love opening your cabinets.  It might also help you keep them clean because you will want to see that pretty aqua chevron.

swiffer

14.  Which Mop To Use?
Mopping has got to be one of my very least favorite chores.  BUT, I have finally found the best way to do it.   Find out my trick for the best mop.

car organizer

15.  Car Trunk Organizer
Usually when we think of spring cleaning, we think of our homes.  But, sometimes I feel like I LIVE in my car.  The vehicle deserves a spring cleaning too!  The back of my car gets cluttered so easily.  This little organizer would help so much with keeping things neat and clean back there.  This would keep that soccer ball from rolling around all over, or keep the groceries organized.  The kids could put DVDs or headphones in there on a road trip.   I love that it folds flat when it’s not in use too.  This is a must have for my van for sure!

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16.  Cleaning Your Closets
Spring is a great time to freshen up your closet and organize it.  Sometimes it seems like such a large task to clean your closets.  By following these simple steps, you will be organized in no time at all!

hanging shelves

17.  Hanging Accessory Shelves
One way to organize your closet, is to add these hanging shelves.  I love to use these for setting my kids’ clothes out for the week.  We try to set them out Sunday night so the mornings go much smoother.

drawer organizers

18.  Drawer Dividers Storage Boxes 4 Set
Neat and tidy dresser drawers make me so happy.  Sometimes my drawers can get so messy with all of the little “items” that are in those lingerie drawers.  This organizer will keep all of your unmentionables separate and right where you can see them.

scarf organizer

19.  Scarf Holder-18 Loop
Wearing a scarf can dress up an outfit, so I love to wear them.   They can sure make a mess in the closet, but not with this great holder!  I can see all of my scarves and they hang nicely and it doesn’t take up a lot of space.

dryer lint

20.  Clean Out the Lint
Even the dryer needs to be cleaned every once in awhile.  Did you realized that you get build up on your lint catcher? It might seem like air is flowing perfectly through that mesh/vent but what you don’t see is a clear film.  Read along how you can extend the life of your dryer  by doing one simple step.  It will also help it run more efficiently too!  Love that!

shoe organizer

21.  Over The Door Clear Shoe Organizer/Storage Rack
This is a great way to organize your shoes so they are out of the way, and off of the floor.  If space is an issue, this is perfect, because there is always room on the back of the door.  You could also use this organizer for all of your stockpiled cleaning supplies, or craft supplies for the kids.  I love that it’s clear so that you can see all that your are storing.  The possibilities are endless with this organizer!

tool organizer

22.  Rubbermaid Deluxe Tool Tower Rack with Casters
It’s about that time of year when it’s time to clean out the garage.  There are so many tools needed in the garage, and there always seems to be very little space to store it all.  This organizer will help you keep all of your rakes, brooms, shovels and tools together and organized.  I love an organized garage.  It makes me so happy!

welcome mat

23.  Welcome Doormat
After you get the house all cleaned up for Spring, how about a new Welcome mat for the front door to freshen up your doorstep.  This beautiful doormat is PERFECT for welcoming Spring.

I hope you have found lots of great ideas and tools to get your house ready for Spring cleaning and home organization in the coming weeks and months.  It always feels so good after the Spring cleaning is done.  So worth it!

 

 

5 Things I Do BEFORE I Shop Online

5 tips to shopping online

Why pay more when you can get it for less?  This mantra has been running through my DNA since before I was born. Lately, it’s more important than ever as I have been mastering the art of online shopping.  You can save as much as 50 to 60% on an online purchase if you just know the 5 tips for shopping online. Here are my secrets.

5 THINGS I DO BEFORE SHOPPING ONLINE

1 – Read Reviews.  Most of the time I know what I want to buy BUT I’m not sure about which brand I should choose.  That’s where reviews come in handy.  Amazon has great personal reviews that help me narrow down the choice to the best models and brands.  I also use BluePromoCode.com’s insider blog posts to gather information for tips on the best products.

2 – Check for Coupons.  I love to use BluePromoCode.com for online coupons.  They have a 1 million coupon database supplying promo codes, shipping discounts and sales on over 40,000 stores making it easy to compare prices between brands.  They even verify their promo codes work with their new “Deal Verified” feature which gives screens-shot proof that a promo code is valid.

5 tips to shopping online

Recently, I was shopping for a new laptop and found through BluePromoCode.com that the same laptop was sold at 8 different stores at 8 different prices.  Thankfully, they had all the sales and promo codes from those stores available at my fingertips so I was able to make a well-informed decision on an expensive purchase.

BluePromoCode.com also offers a really cool feature where you can follow your favorite stores and get a daily email or a push alert with updates on all the sales and promo codes arranged in one message.  You can also get deals on specific products in one email, too, if you know what you are looking for.  This year it worked perfectly for my Christmas shopping.  I just waited for the sales to come to me instead of hours of research myself.  Talk about making the holidays less stressful!

3 – Buy Used if Possible.  Before buying a new item, it is best to see what the used price is.  I like to check Ebay or Craigslist before buying my products.  Sometimes it confirms the decision to buy new and other times I am able to get the deal of a century on a slightly-used item.

4 – Take Shipping Costs into Consideration.  Add the shipping costs into your total bill before purchasing an item to make sure you aren’t paying as much for shipping as you are for the product.  BluePromoCode.com offers lots of free shipping codes and can even sort the stores so you can shop ONLY at the ones with free shipping.  I also love Amazon Prime for quick two-day shipping where I don’t worry about the shipping prices at all.

5 – Be Patient.  There is a continuous cycle of online bargains and promotions.  If you have time to wait it out, you can keep watching for the right deal instead of the “right now” deal.

Use these 5 tips for shopping online and save money every time.  Do you have any secrets for shopping online?

Disclosure: BluePromoCode.com has sponsored this post. However, all opinions here are 100% my own.  See my disclosure policy for more details.

Thrifty Tip: 10 Ways to Use Baking Soda Daily

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Baking soda is one of those things we all have in our home.  For some it is used often for cooking and for others it is shoved somewhere in their fridge hoping to keep the leftovers smells at bay.  I think I can honestly claim both of those.

But I bet you didn’t realize all the versatile ways you can use baking soda daily throughout your house.  Baking soda may look like a fine powder but it really is a chemical compound that releases bubbles of carbon dioxide when it interacts with an acid and a liquid. In baking it is as a leavening agent to make your bread and cakes fluffy.  But it is also a great cleaner around the home and is so affordable!  Who knows?  It may make you think twice when see that little box in your pantry.

Here are 10 Ways to use Baking Soda Daily.

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1. Clean your toilets.  Put a cup of baking soda in the toilet.  Let it sit for an hour and then flush.  It cleans the toilet and gets rid of any odors without any scrubbing.

2. Wash your hairbrushes.  Over time there can be build up of oil and hair products on your brushes.  Soak your hair brushes in 1 cup of warm water and 1 teaspoon of baking soda.  Rinse with clean water.  Leave it on the counter to dry.

3. Facial Cleanser. Add 1 tablespoon of baking soda to your usual facial cleanser or even just coconut oil and form a paste. Massage into your skin in circular motions to help exfoliate and leave skin feeling soft.  I do this about once a week and I swear it makes my face glow!

4. Clean crayons off of walls.  Apply baking soda to a slightly damp cloth and rub lightly.  Then use a dry cloth to clean off the crayon marks.  Yes, I know this works from personal experience.

5. Get rid of the itchy bug bites.  Make a paste out of baking soda and water.  I usually use about 1 teaspoon of baking soda to 1/2 teaspoon of water.  Apply it on the bug bite. The itchiness and redness is eased!

6. Remove oil and grease stains on your garage floor.  It’s inevitable that sometimes the garage floor is going to be dirty.  Simply sprinkle baking soda directly on it, let it absorb as much as it can and then scrub with a wet brush.

7. Baking powder substitute. In cooking  it can be used as a substitute for baking powder by mixing it with cream of tartar or vinegar.  I love being able to substitute crucial ingredients when I run out of them which happens a lot lately!

8. Scrub your tubs.  I hate to use harsh chemicals when I know we are at our most vulnerable!  Baking soda, a little water and a hand brush cleans and deodorizes your tubs in minutes!

9. Relieves sunburns.  Add 1/2 cup of baking soda to a warm bath.  Soak for at least 15 minutes in it to soothe the sunburn.  If you don’t have time for a bath combine baking soda and water and apply it to your skin with a washcloth or soaked cotton balls.

10. Neutralize your breath.  Sometimes you run out of mouthwash right before a hot date.  No worries!  Mix 1 teaspoon of baking soda in a glass of water. Swish it, spit it and rinse.  It’s an easy, inexpensive mouthwash to keep your breath fresh!

Do you have any special ways that you use baking soda in your home?

87 Thrifty And Fun Easter Basket Filler Ideas

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Easter is coming up…are you ready for it?  I know I need to get busy getting all of my goodies ready to fill the Easter baskets.  Today, we have a list of 87 thrifty and fun Easter basket filler ideas.   The basket can’t just have grass inside.  It’s nice to put a few things in there so the kids are excited Easter morning.   So look at our list, and I’m sure you will find lots of ideas to fill your baskets up this Easter.

Easter Basket Ideas for Babies (Age 0-2)

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New pacifiers are always a good thing for the babies.  It seems you can never have enough of them.
You can only use this once, but it’s a must.  Keep that Easter outfit clean with this bib to celebrate a first Easter.
Babies love keys.  These are perfect for your little one that might be teething.
Fun, colorful and great for bathing.
These are my favorite sippy cups.  We have gone through so many of these exact cups over the years.  Again, you can’t have too many of them!
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These teether toys are so great!  They keep your baby happy and occupied!
This little guy is so adorable.  Babies will love to play with little Mortimer the Moose!
Drawing all over bathtub is such a novelty.  Your kids will love these!
This is a great quiet book for appointments or church.  So cute and soft, too.
I love classic toys like this.  Babies love this stacking toy.
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Such a great gift for a toddler boy.
This is a perfect book for the ones learning to talk.
I love this set.  Such a cute little hay ride, don’t you think?
I love Llama Llama books.  So cute.  This board book is so great for your little one.
Little ones will love lifting the large, sturdy flaps in this sweet board book.

Ideas for kids Easter Baskets (Age 3-10)

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This will get you started filling the baskets.
I’m a sucker for a cute stuffed animal.  Especially in an Easter basket.   You gotta have a little rabbit in the basket!
My kids love Webkinz.  They like to play with with them, and then get online and play games with them too.
I know.  He’s an adorable little lamb.  Precious!
I’m not going to be able to resist this little dude.  I mean, the ears and the carrot?  And his name is CARROT!  The cutest!
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Decorating with sticky mosaics are so much fun for kids of all ages.
You can’t go wrong with anything involving Legos!  Legos and Easter = great combination!
Since Spring is right around the corner, the kids would love their own garden tool set.
A cute Easter book is a good gift to fill the basket with.
Boys love trains.  This is a great train if your child likes Chuggington.
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I am so in love with this adorable purse!  I don’t think I can pull it off, so I guess I’ll put it in my little girls’ Easter basket.
I can totally see a little boy carrying around this cute set of crayons.
Sidewalk chalk is a must in our Easter baskets.  Easter marks the start of Spring, so we all need new sidewalk chalk.
New bubbles are also a must for Easter.  This new bubble machine will be a big hit!
These pull back racer cars are so fun.  I can already see the races going on across the kitchen.
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We just love colored pencils at our house.  Don’t you?  A fresh set is always so nice.
Playing with dinosaurs is so fun for little boys.  This is a great set for a great price!
These would be fun to have in the Easter baskets.  Kids love to have stamps.
I’ve always love these little critters.  They have great stories that kids love too.
This classic game is welcome treat for kids of all ages.
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The older kids will get a kick out of this Easter basket filler.
This is the perfect activity for busy little hands to create a masterpiece.
The classic tic-tac-toe game in magnetic, travel-size form!  Yes, please!
My kids love these updated coloring books–and so do I!
I think we get Legos for every holiday at our house.  Easter is no different! This set is so cute and perfect for a basket!
Can’t forget the boy Legos!  Monster trucks for boys?  Of course!
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A new game is fun for Easter.  A great day to spend with family playing a new game together.
Do you have a budding scientist at your house?  There are lots of great ideas in this book.
So much fun for your girl to showcase her style and learn how to accessorize.
Do your girls love everything American Girl?  Yet another great product to add to your AG collection.
Dora is still as great as ever!  This cute charm case will make your girl very happy on Easter Sunday.
Such a fun craft idea that is also a little “science-y” too.  (I know that “science-y” is not a real word.  :))
This mouse is hysterical.  He never ceases to amaze me. I didn’t realize he had an Easter book too!  So great.
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Getting new bath toys just make a bath so much more fun.  It’s always good to rotate those bathtoys, and everyone loves Bubble Guppies!
I thought these might be fun to use as place settings at the kids table for Easter dinner.
Frozen is still so popular and kids love these activity books.
I just think Sofia the first is adorable, don’t you?  This movie would be so fun for an Easter basket.
Play-Doh is the best!  These My Little Pony stampers are so cute and a great price, too!
The boys need some Play-Doh too, don’t you think?  This has 3 year old boy written all over it!  Perfect!
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I know, I know.  You don’t WANT to buy this, but you know your kids will get a real kick out of this.  Lots of giggles too.
These slap bracelets never get old, and if they can be decorated…so much better!
This is such a great way for kids to keep busy and it’s great for all ages.
Sometimes you gotta make it easy on yourself by getting pre-filled eggs.  No judgements here…so easy and not candy.  Love that, too!
My kids think Alvin and the Chipmunks are so funny.  They would love this DVD!
This reusable sticker pad could be fun for hours for your little one.
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Melissa & Doug makes the best toys for those little ones.  These wooden cars are so fun.
These are always a big hit for the kiddos.  It’s a puzzle, toy AND eraser.
We haven’t seen this movie yet, but I hear it’s good.  Might be a great addition to the Easter baskets this year.
This is a beautiful kite.  My kids love to fly kites, and Easter is a great time to start for the season.
We have had these rocket balloons before, and there were many good times and giggles as we watch them fly and scream.  So much fun!
The kids can take these outside and have fun for hours and they watch the planes glide through the sky.

Teen Easter Basket Ideas (Age 11 – teen)

For me, the hardest to shop for is the older kids when it comes to Easter.  There has to be something cool in the basket to get their attention.  We have found some ideas I know you will love!
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Kids are never too old for a Mad Lib.  This is fun for all ages, really.
These babies are making a comeback.  It is a retro toy that kids are loving again.  It’s timeless.  Boys and girls will BOTH love a Rubik’s Cube!
My kids love these easy jokes.  Makes for a fun afternoon for everyone!
A slinky is a fun addition to the Easter basket.
I put this with the older kids, because they might be able to actually play a song.  If you give it to a younger child, go ahead and pick up some ear plugs for yourself.  :)
A new set of nail polish will make someone very happy.  I love these bright colors!
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Big Nate is great for boys or girls.  Kids love to read comics, and this is a greatest hits, so it should be a good one.
These necklaces make such a wonderful and personal gift for your girl.  She will love the added personal touch of the charms inside!
This will keep the kids busy for hours.  Nothing better than good, clean fun!
Do you know how to yo-yo?  I bet the kids would love to learn!  They might even let you have a quick turn with it too.
Have you tried kinetic sand yet?  It is SO cool!  Kids love it, but you might get to play with it a little as well.
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A puzzle is a great family activity that everyone can participate in.  This one looks like a fun puzzle!
I know it’s getting warmer, so we won’t need scarves, but it’s a always fun to do a craft and learn a new skill
80.  Ear Buds
These are #1 Bestsellers and a GREAT price.  I’m sure your tween could use a new pair of earbuds.  I know mine can!
This set is so adorable with the cute little Paris case.  I would love this set myself, come to think of it!
A new set of pens will make your girl happy, and these are adorable.  I love that they are called “totally taffy”.
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These lotions are great, and they are are already in Easter colors!
I love EOS lip balm.  This one even looks like an Easter Egg!  So fun!
I think the older boys love this movie.  I mean, it’s superheroes, but they aren’t babyish.  Perfect!
This is a GREAT movie!  I watched it with my tween girl, and we loved it.
Fun colored scarf for spring would be a perfect choice to add to the Easter basket.
I hope you have been able to fill your Easter baskets with all 87 of these Easter basket filler ideas.  Enjoy and Happy Easter!

10 Beautiful Little Girls Easter Dresses under $15

Can you believe it?  It is already time to shop for Easter outfits.  Easter Sunday is April 5th this year, so it’s time I get on the ball and get shopping for outfits for the little ones in my house.  Every year I stress about matching outfits and who will wear what.  This year, I’m starting early so that I am not running around like crazy the week before Easter trying to find that last piece to the ensemble.  There are so many great deals right now for free shipping or extra discounts, so I guess it literally pays to shop early!  Little girls Easter dresses are so fun to shop for, and today we have found the best deals on the web for you.

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1. George Girls’ Chiffon Dress 
I just adore this lovely little dress.  I wish I could wear it!  :)  The price can’t be beat at only $9.92 at Walmart.com. With shipping, you still only pay $14.89.  Such a great price for a dress I know your little girl will just love to wear for Easter this year.

chiffon dress

2.High Low Chiffon Dress
This dress is also just $9.92  at Walmart.com.  There is a fee for shipping of $4.97, which is a total price of just $14.89.  I’d say a great price for this beautiful dress!

flower chiffon dress

3. Ice Blue Lace Dress
I love this ice blue color!  Looks just like an Easter egg and one of my very favorite colors.  This dress has a little sparkle, lace, a bow in back and the cap sleeves are just adorable.  Pick up this dress for a great price at only $12!!  I love that for an Easter dress.  Free Prime shipping is included.

blue lace dress

4. Fuchsia Flower Dress
Glitter, organza, flocked and fuchsia!  This is a girls dream!  Such a pretty dress and perfect for Easter.  Only $13.08  and ships for free with a Prime membership.

pink flower dress

5. Little Girls Pink Embossed Dress
Such a beautiful, and sophisticated dress!  Only $13.87 for most sizes, and there is free Prime shipping for Amazon Prime members.  I love the little belt, and the soft pink color.  The tulle underlay is such a fun touch that I know your little girl will love on Easter.

pink belted dress

6. Pretty Pink FloralEmbroidered Dress
This dress is such a beauty!  If you have a girl that loves a fancier dress, this is perfect for her!  Only $14.61 and it has free Prime shipping at Amazon.

pink ribbon dress

7. Toddler Springtime Empire Dress
Target always has a great selection of dresses.  I am in love with this dress.  By far, this is my favorite dress!  This week, there is an extra 20% off of Cherokee brands on your Cartwheel app, so if you can find this dress in your local Target store before Saturday, you will only pay $12 for it, plus an extra 5% off for RedCard holders.  What a bargain!  Even if you have to have it shipped to you, you will only pay $15.  If you are a REDCard holder, you get free shipping, too.

spring dress

8. Sleeveless Glitter Dress
Little girls will love the glitter in this dress, but you will love the price tag.  Only $14 online at Target.  You will get it shipped to you for free if you are a REDCard holder, but if not, shipping is free over $25.  Target also has a deal that states: Buy 3 save 15%, buy 4 save 20% on select Kid’s clothing and shoes. Discount applied at Checkout. Offer available online only.  Offer expires 03/14/2015.  So, if you want to buy all of the kids outfits on Target.com, you could really save some big bucks!

purple sparkle dress

9. Cap Sleeve Flower Dress
I love Carter’s clothes for my kiddos.  This Carter’s Dress is so adorable.  JCPenny even has a matching one in toddler sizes if you would like to match your girls.  These dresses are only $14.99 and you can get an extra 20% off if you use your JCPenny card, or 15% off with any other card with code CRDEVNT2 until March 15th.  They also offer free shipping to your local JCPenny store for orders over $25.

carters dress

10. Dot Dress
This darling dot dress is only $14.99 at Crazy 8 online.  Shipping is $5, or you can search for it in your local store and skip the shipping costs.  I love crazy 8 clothing.  They have high quality clothes, and this is a great price.

dot dress

Are you in love with all of these little girls Easter dresses too?

Thrifty Tip: Freezing Green Onions in Plastic Bottles

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When I am gearing up for a day to stock my freezer with meals, I try to be prepared by cutting up most of my ingredients before the actual day and storing them in my fridge.  That’s a great timesaver, right?

Until you open the fridge and WHAM!  Strong onion vapors hit you like a ton of bricks!  You swiftly slam the doors shut but you know it’s in there lurking, festering and flavoring all the other food around it.  Instead of avoiding opening the fridge, here is a great solution so you can stay prepared and also keep the smelly onions at bay. I do this by freezing green onions in empty bottles.

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Thrifty Tip: Freezing Green Onions in Reused Plastic Bottles

First, you need to raid your recycling bin for an empty plastic water bottle.  Peel off the labels and clean it in hot, soapy water.  Let it dry completely.  Or if you are impatient like I am, get out your blow dryer and dry it in about a minute.  It must be as dry as can be because the moisture will freeze onto the onions.

Once the bottle is ready, chop up your green onions into the size you would like to eat and add them into your bottle.  You may need a funnel to get them in–or do as I do, and roll a piece of wax paper into a funnel shape to add them in!  Screw the lid on, keeping the onions and their smelly goodness inside the bottle and toss them into your freezer in the back where nothing else usually fits.  Then when you need the onions, reach back, grab the bottle, unscrew the lid and shake them into your recipe.  I love to use this method when I make casseroles, quiches or to add to my enchiladas.

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Any size bottle will work for this.  I prefer to use the small plastic water bottles because they fit nicely in my freezer and are easy to grab when I need them. You could even use a glass bottle if you don’t like to use plastic.  Both contain the smell and keep them fresh.  They last in the freezer for one month.

Nothing better than finding a simple solution to a really smelly problem. I love this simple easy tip of freezing green onions, don’t you?

The Top 10 Most Essential Gardening Equipment

A list of the most essential gardening equipment.  This is the perfect list of supplies to have for this upcoming garden season.

March is here.  Do you know what that means?  It means it’s time to start thinking about the summer garden.  Spring is around the corner, and before we know it, we will be out there in our gardens cleaning, weeding and digging.  Although we do a lot of the work in the summer for our gardens, some of the most essential work starts right now, BEFORE we even get planting and harvesting.  We need to plan the garden, and clean up the garden from the fall and winter before we can even get started on the real ‘GARDENING’.  I have found the most essential gardening equipment to get your garden started this year.

1.  Square Foot Gardening Book
This is the perfect book if you are a beginner gardener.  Square foot gardening is easy, cost effective, and did I mention EASY?  This will teach it all to you.  Great reviews, too!

2.  Oversize Leaf Scoops
Not only will you feel so cool with these huge scoops on your hands, they make cleaning out the garden a snap!  Before the garden gets planted, it needs to be cleaned up from all of the leaves, old plants and sticks from the fall and winter.   This could take hours if you use your hands alone!  Trying to use a rake and your hand holding all the leaves is so awkward.  These will make it way more efficient.

3.  Bag Butler
Now this is a genius contraption to help keep your bag upright and secure! It always seems like some sort of a bad comedy routine when you have your hands full of leaves or grass clippings and you try to stick them in a plastic bag that is laying on the ground.  Half of the effort of the whole cleanup process turns out to be just getting the stuff IN the bag.  The Bag Butler keeps your bag upright and makes it so easy to fill the bag.

4.  Women’s Garden Gloves
The worst part about gardening is the dirt that refuses to get out from under your fingernails. A problem no more if you have these gloves!  I love that these come in great colors and have silicone fingers so that they can wash off well, keep your hands dry and keep the thorns out.  This is a set of 6 pairs, which to me is must!  I seem to go through gloves like crazy, either losing them or ruining them, so it’s always nice to have extras on hand.

5.  Garden Tool Set
All three of these tools are essential to your garden.  Let me tell you, I have had my fair share of tools that have bent or have had the handle break off.  These are great quality tools.

6.  Pruning Shears
These are needed especially in the spring to cut back the older stalks or branches.  I use my pruning shears all season long.  Fiskars always makes a sharp blade, so you can’t go wrong with these!

7.  Garden Bucket Caddy
I love how organized this looks!  It makes me happy to be this organized.  There is no reason our garden tools should be a mess, right?

8.  Bogs Boots
These boots are so perfect.  They are so comfy, let alone waterproof and adorable.  If you are going to do some gardening, these are a must to keep that pedicure in check.

9.  Garden Kneeler Pad
I live by having a kneeler pad with me when gardening.  It literally saves my knees!  Also, when I get a little tired, I just sit down on it and have a little rest.

10. Kids Garden Tool Set with Tote
We can’t forget our little helpers.  My little ones have always liked to help dig and plant.  I wish they helped with the weeding a little more!  :)  Kids love to have their own set of tools to help, and these are perfect.

A list of the most essential gardening equipment.  This is the perfect list of supplies to have for this upcoming garden season.Here I am hard at work in my garden wearing my trusty Bogs boots and keeping my hands clean with my gloves. I can’t wait for gardening season to be in full swing and I get to see the fruits of my labor.  I hope you enjoyed this list of the most essential gardening equipment. What are some of your gardening must haves? Until next time…happy gardening!

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