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Who needs a chip clip when you have a clothespin?


Erin Go Braugh

17 Mar

I have no idea what that means!  We’re not Irish, but we do like to have fun.  Every year I try to do something silly/fun for the kids for St. Patty’s Day and pretend like a leprechaun did it.  Turn everything green with food coloring (milk, toilet water, etc), leave gold chocolate coins by the bedroom door, fun things like that.

Tonight at dinner I realized I didn’t prepare myself for tomorrow being St. Patty’s Day.  I discreetly told my husband that I needed to run out after dinner.  I ran to the grocery store and found that the only St. Patty’s loot they had left were a couple of men’s t-shirts, overpriced hats, some sort of weird drinking device, and a couple of cheesy green pom poms.  I walked right past that section to the toy, candy, and gift wrap section.

For about $20 this is what I got…

Everything green – Peeps, generic Silly Putty, Play Doh, chocolates with green mint inside, shamrock cookies, balloons, and gold star confetti.

I also got those green lunch bags, and I just drew their names on them with a giant first initial.

Everything fit in well.  Here are the bags before I put the cookies in…

The cookies.  Well, a lot of them were broken.

Soooooooooo I may have had to sample one.

It was really good.  The intact ones were so pretty.

I blew up the balloons and placed them along a path of the gold star confetti.

Close up of the loot bags…

Pot O’ Gold?

I had to leave a note for the big guy because I wasn’t sure what I was going to do with everything before he went to sleep.  He’s an early riser and I didn’t want him tripping over things in the dark on his way out to get coffee.

Not bad for last minute.  I can’t wait to see their faces!

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!!

PS Don’t forget to hide the evidence!

Some great tips and tricks!

4 Feb

I got this email in my inbox today. Some of these ideas I already knew about or have seen on blogs and Pinterest, but some are new to me. I wanted to include them in a post so I can come back and reference them.  Thank you to whomever compiled this list!  It’s fantastic!

DISCLAIMER:  These are not my ideas!  If one of these ideas originated with you or you know where it came from, please let me know so I can give proper source credit.

Ideas to Make Life Easier

Why didn’t I think of that?! We guarantee you’ll
be uttering those words more than once at these
ingenious little tips, tricks and ideas that solve
everyday problems.

Hull strawberries easily using a straw.

Rubbing a walnut over scratches in your furniture
will disguise dings and scrapes.

Remove crayon masterpieces from your TV or
computer screen with WD40.

Stop cut apples browning in your child’s lunch box
by securing with a rubber band.

Overhaul your linen cupboard, store bed linen sets
inside one of their own pillowcases and there will
be no more hunting through piles for a match.

Pump up the volume by placing your iPhone & iPod
in a bowl. The concave shape amplifies the music.

Re-use a wet-wipes container to store plastic bags.

Add this item to your beach bag. Baby powder
gets sand off your skin easily, who knew?!

Attach a Velcro strip to the wall to store soft toys.

Use wire to make a space to store gift wrap rolls
against the ceiling, rather than cluttering up the

Find tiny lost items like earrings by putting a
stocking over the vacuum hose.

Make an instant cupcake carrier by cutting
crosses into a box lid.

For those who cant stand the scrunching and
bunching: how to perfectly fold a fitted sheet.

Forever losing your bathroom essentials? Use
magnetic strips to store bobby pins, tweezers
and clippers, behind a vanity door.

Store shoes inside shower caps to stop dirty
soles rubbing on your clothes. And you can
find them in just about every hotel.

A muffin pan becomes a craft caddy. Magnets
hold the plastic cups down to make them

Bread tags make the perfect cord labels.

Bake cupcakes directly in ice-cream cones, so
much more fun and easier for kids to eat.

Microwave your own popcorn in a plain brown paper
bag. Much healthier and cheaper than the packet

Install a tension rod to hang your spray bottles.

Turn your muffin pan upside down, bake cookie-dough
over the top and voila, you have cookie bowls for fruit
or ice-cream.

Freeze Aloe Vera in ice-cube trays for soothing
sunburn relief.

Create a window-box veggie patch using guttering.

Use egg cartons to separate and store your
Christmas decorations.

Make it yourself…Cheez-its

27 Jan

I love Cheez-its – they’re so yummy, but I’m trying to eliminate as much processed food as I possibly can.  Hydrogenated oils, added sugars, none of that is good.  So here’s my take on Cheez-its.  I didn’t create this recipe so I’m not taking credit for it, but I do enjoy it.  And it could not be easier to make.

Two ingredients…saltines and shredded cheese.  You can use both low fat crackers and low fat cheese. I didn’t do that this time.

Preheat oven to 500 degrees.  While that’s heating up wrap a cookie sheet in foil and spray it with cooking spray.  

Spread crackers in a single layer on the cookie sheet.  Sprinkle cheese over the top.  

Once the oven is heated to 500 turn it off.  Stick the crackers and cheese in the oven and leave it there overnight.  


It’s not pretty. It’s SO not pretty.  But it sure tastes good!

In the morning break it all apart and store in a ziplock back.  Easy cheesy!