the maternal lens 25 (more) clever ideas to make life easier . We heard you loud and clear. When we published our first list of clever ideas to make life easier last year, we received an overwhelming response. So without further ado, here’s another 25 ingenious household tips and organisational tricks that will have you saying, “Why didn’t I think of that?!” Source: chezerbey.com Got an empty kitchen shelf? Source: maillardvillemanor.com Wall mount cutlery trays and add a cup hook in each compartment for brilliant jewelery storage. Source: apartmenttherapy.com Avoid messy dresser drawers by “filing” your clothing side-by-side instead of stacking items on top of each other. Photo: William Warby on flickr.com Has putting Toy Story on constant repeat finally taken its toll? Source: realsimple.com Packing tip: Protect breakables such as wine bottles or food containers with children’s inflatable floaties. Source: whatiwore.tumblr.com Rather than bundling them in your drawer, loop tights over a coathanger and store them in your wardrobe. Source: bakedbree.com
Pantry Pretty: Dollar Store Pantry Makeover After my first visit to Trader Joe's a couple of weeks ago (seriously, how can we NOT have TJ's in Canada- the place is INSANE!), I realized that I needed to up the ante on my pantry prettiness. The vintage graphics and nostalgic packaging of many of Trader Joe's house brands just filled me with complete and utter glee. First things first, I needed more containers. Instead, I headed to the dollar store (Dollorama to be precise) and here is the cost break down: 8 xVintage Looking Square Glass Containers $1.50 each = $12 6 x Large Plastic Bulk Containers $2.00 each: $12 6 x Glass Round Containers $2.00 each: $12 20 x Clear plastic "disposable" containers $2 for 10 = $4 4 x White Plastic Baskets $2 Each: $8 Total Cost: $48 Not bad, hey? I'm not going to lie, sometimes I walk over to the kitchen and open up the cabinet and just stare... and smile. These plastic lunch containers above are not the best quality around... at all. The baskets that I used in the fridge are amazing!
BEST-EVER Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies Readers, whatever you're doing, stop. Right now. Make these cookies NOW. I promise you won't be sorry. I know (well, I've heard) there are people out there who like crispy cookies. I already had a really great chocolate chip cookie recipe, but I wanted to give these a shot. Best-Ever Chocolate Chip Cookies Ingredients: 3/4 c. unsalted butter, softened 3/4 c. brown sugar 1/4 c. granulated sugar 1 egg 2 tsp. vanilla extract 2 c. all purpose flour 2 tsp. cornstarch 1 tsp. baking soda 1/2 tsp. salt 1 c. bittersweet chocolate chips Directions: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. three years ago: Greek-style turkey burgers with lemon-mint tzatziki
Helpful Hints, Home Remedies - Texas Gardening Forum Found this on another forum: 1. Budweiser beer conditions the hair 2. Pam cooking spray will dry finger nail polish 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25. 26. 27. 28. 29. 30 To keep goggles and glasses from fogging, coat with Colgate toothpaste 31. 32. 33. 34. 35. 36. 37. 38. 39. 40. 41. 42. Cake postcard tutorial Supplies Materials needed to make two cake postcards: 1 large sponge (yellow paints the best)Serrated knifeX-Acto or utility knifeSpray paint (brown, yellow, pink or white)1 tube acrylic latex caulk (brown, cream or white)Spray adhesive (3M Super 77 works great!)Cardboard, kraft paper or scrapbook paper Instructions Cut sponge into wedge shape With a serrated knife, using a sawing motion, cut a sponge into two, cake wedge shapes. Cut a center groove into sponge Using an X-Acto or utility knife, cut a section of foam from the center of the sponge. Paint the sponge wedges in desired color. Trace the slice of cake When the sponge wedges are dry, trace around them on a piece of cardboard, kraft paper or colorful scrapbook paper. Spray glue the postcards to the solid, flat sides of the sponge wedges. Using a caulking gun and your desired caulk, fill a plastic disposable piping bag with half of the caulk. Pipe the center of the cake Pipe the icing on the top Note from the editor This totally works!
25 Ways to Talk So Children Will Listen A major part of discipline is learning how to talk with children. The way you talk to your child teaches him how to talk to others. Here are some talking tips we have learned with our children: 1. Before giving your child directions, squat to your child’s eye level and engage your child in eye-to-eye contact to get his attention. 2. Open your request with the child’s name, “Lauren, will you please…” 3. We use the one-sentence rule: Put the main directive in the opening sentence. 4. Use short sentences with one-syllable words. 5. If he can’t, it’s too long or too complicated. 6. You can reason with a two or three-year-old, especially to avoid power struggles. 7. Instead of “no running,” try: “Inside we walk, outside you may run.” 8. Instead of “Get down,” say “I want you to get down.” 9. “When you get your teeth brushed, then we’ll begin the story.” 10. Instead of hollering, “Turn off the TV, it’s time for dinner!” 11. “Do you want to put your pajamas on or brush your teeth first?” 12. 13.
33 Meticulous Cleaning Tricks For The OCD Person Inside You DIY Faux Snow Cone Party Garland & Gift Embellishment As soon as the snow cone shack in our neighborhood opens up, we know that Summer is officially here! The bright candy colors and the sparkle of glittery ice makes the eyes light up of both young and young-at-heart! What better way to capture the essence of summertime fun and bring it indoors, than with this sweet DIY Faux Snow Cone Garland and Gift Embellishment. Bonus: these ones won’t melt everywhere! Follow below for the simple steps. This would also be a fun project to do with kids…they will have a blast mixing up the paint and pouring on the glitter (just be sure to give little ones a hand with the glue gun). This DIY post was sponsored and made possible by Method…”Clean Happy.” This month Method is hosting a fun contest and asking fans (like you) to guess how many bottles of Method hand soap it took to build the spectacular rainbow light installation in this month’s video. Visit Method’s guessing contest page on Facebook to enter. DIY Garland – Supplies needed: Steps 1 and 2 1. 2. 3.
Less is the New More: Making the Most of Small Spaces Good Design For Living in Small ApartmentsAs people migrate to smaller spaces, good design helps a lot. This is something they figured out in Europe long ago, that if you don't have a lot of horizontal room you can go vertical. Tumidei in Italy makes some of the nicest stuff, like this unit with lots of storage under the bed. This unit just raises the floor high enough for beds to slide under. This one looks a bit clinical, but has two single beds plus a pull-out double bed in between. None of this stuff is cheap, nor, as far as I can tell is it available in North America, but there are ideas here that demonstrate how people can share a space and still get a little privacy, a good place to work and a lot of storage in a very small envelope. Like this?