Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Quick Tip Tuesday - "Coding" Wrapped Gifts

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If you happen to have little snoops digging under your tree, shaking gifts & trying to figure out what is in theirs, consider this - instead of putting gift tags on the gifts for your immediate family, code them with wrapping paper. Each person's gifts will be wrapped in their own pattern of paper, with no gift tags, so you'll know whose are whose but they won't! Of course, you may need to write down your wrapping paper "code" somewhere, if you think you might forget.  :-)

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Quick Tip Tuesday - Winter Survival Kits

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It's that time of year again....if you live in a "northern" climate like me, you know what I'm talking about. Winter. Which means snow. And sometimes a lot of it.

It's important to have a Winter Survival Kit in each of your vehicles, in case you happen to get caught in an unexpected snowstorm or simply slide in to the ditch on an icy day & have to wait for a tow truck (or, around here, a friend with a tractor!).

I was going to make up my own list of items you should put in your kit, but then I stumbled across a great list put together by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, so I'll just use that instead!  (So the credit goes to them, really, not me!)

What to put in your Winter Survival Kit:

You easily can equip your vehicle with essential survival gear for winter. Here's what you'll need:
  • A 2 or 3 pound metal coffee can (punch 3 holes at the top of can, equal distance apart). You'll be storing the other items inside the can.
  • 60-inch length of twine or heavy string (cut into 3 equal pieces - used to suspend can).
  • 3 large safety pins (tie string to safety pins and pin to car roof interior to suspend can over candle).
  • 1 candle 2" diameter (place on lid under suspended can for melting snow).
  • 1 pocket knife, reasonably sharp (or substitute with scissors).
  • 3 pieces of bright cloth 2" wide x 36" long (tie to antenna or door handle).
  • Several packets of soup, hot chocolate, tea, bouillon cubes, etc. (mixed into melted snow to provide warmth and nutrition).
  • Plastic spoon.
  • 1 small package of peanuts and/or a couple protein/energy bars, some dried fruit (such as dried cranberries, which come in nicely sealed snack packs), and even a little chocolate, to provide you with some energy or comfort in stressful times.
  • 1 pair of socks and 1 pair of gloves or glove liners, depending on what will fit in the can (cotton is not recommended because it provides no insulation when wet).
  • 2 packages of book matches.
  • 1 sun shield blanket or 2 large green or black plastic leaf bags (to reflect body heat).
  • 1 pen light and batteries (keep separate).
When complete, place stocking cap over kit and carry in passenger compartment of car. If you have a 3 pound can, you will still have additional room for band-aids, aspirin, small radio, etc. If there is still room left, increase the quantity of any of the above items or improvise items you feel might be necessary.
Other items you may want to keep in the vehicle:
  • A charged cell phone.
  • Large plastic garbage bag.
  • Pencil stub and paper.
  • Plastic whistle.
You may want to keep the survival kit in the passenger compartment in case you go into a ditch and can't get to or open the trunk.

Friday, December 9, 2011

Friday Favorites - Christmas Songs

These songs aren't in any specific order, nor is it a complete list of my favorites, just a list that I came up with this morning of songs that I've been especially loving lately!  Hope you enjoy them as much as I do!

What are some of your favorite Christmas songs?

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Love Me Some Pegboard

Hubby recently installed a piece of pegboard for me, behind the door that goes to our basement. Our basement door is off the kitchen and there's a small landing at the top of the stairs. To the right is our deep pantry, and the left side (where the door swings) has always been where we stashed the broom, mop, etc. An okay solution, but not a great one, because it sometimes interfered with being able to open the door all the way, or things would tip over & fall down the stairs. 

A couple months ago I read a magazine article about different organizing uses for pegboard, and decided that's what we needed in that space!  (I would cite the article, but I can't remember what magazine it was from anymore!)

It's the perfect amount of space to store the broom & dustpan, my mop and it's accessories (and yes, I realize the blue mop pad needs to be washed), my dusting mitt & all of my cleaning cloths. The few other cleaning supplies I have are stored in the laundry room, which I'll be showing you soon!

Here's another shot, from down the stairs a bit:

I love my new pegboard.  My favorite part is that it gets everything up off the floor, so we can open the door all the way!

Have you used pegboard for any organizing projects in your home or garage?  Please share!