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I saw this on Pinterest and had to share with you all!  A fun way to hunt for eggs in the dark...check it out...


-Plastic Easter Eggs

-Glow Sticks (found in the dollar section at Target, Michael’s, Dollar Store)




1. Snap glow sticks so they are glowing and insert into eggs along with some candy. Tape shut and HIDE.



  1. Clean a Coffee Maker.  Get rid of stains and mineral deposits by filling the reservoir with 1 part vinegar, 2 parts water and brewing.  Repeat every 3 weeks.
  2. Prevent Colors from Running.  To keep new clothes and towels from losing color, soak them in 1 part vinegar, 1 part cold water for 15 minutes before washing.
  3. Kill Grass and Weeds. Pour vinegar on upshots between bricks and flagstones.  The acidic component kills young weeds in one dousing.
  4. Freshen Wilted Vegetables.  Perk up soggy leafy vegetables by soaking them in 2 cups cold water mixed with 2 Tbsp vinegar for 10 minutes.  Rinse, dry and serve.
  5. Avoid Moldy Cheese.  Soak a cloth in vinegar, wrap it around hard cheese and seal in an airtight container or ziptop bag.  Done!  The vinegar prevents mold spores.

Ziptop Backs

  1. Make Changing Mat.  Tear open the seams of a gallon-size bag and lay flat for an emergency diaper-changing area.
  2. Pack Accessories.  Organize by category (jewelry, scarves, hosiery) so they're easier to find in your suitcase.
  3. Knead Dough.  Use two quart-size bags as gloves to avoid getting your hands sticky.  You can also also use a bag to store extra dough.
  4. Create a Temporary Funnel.  Improvise a funnel  for anything from shampoo to children's beads and glitter.
  5. Clean a Showerhead.  Pour a little white vinegar in a bag, rubberband it to the showerhead and soak for a half-hour.

Wax Paper

  1. Protect Pans.  Put a sheet between cast iron pans when stacking them.  The thin coat of wax prevents rust.
  2. Store Candles. Roll colored candles in sheets of wax paper and twist ends to seal.  They won't get nicked or scuffed when they are placed in drawers.
  3. Shine a faucet.  Rub chrome fixtures after cleaning to prevent water spots and finger smudges.
  4. Clean a Handheld Can Opener.  Run a piece of wax paper through the gears; it loosens dirt and coats them so they can run smoothly.
  5. Unstick Pages.  Insert paper between wet pages of a book.  When they dry, they'll be good as new.


  1. Remove Stains.  Mark a ring-around-the-collar stains heavily with chalk before washing.  The dust helps absorb the oils, making the stain easier to clean.
  2. Stop Tarnish.  Wrap chalk in cheesecloth and store with silverware.  It absorbs moisture and helps prevent tarnishing.
  3. Steady a Screwdriver.  Rub chalk over the handle of a screwdriver to prevent slipping.
  4. Keep Ants Out.  If ants are trotting into your house, draw chalk lines around their entry points.  Many chalks contain calcium carbonate, which ants don't like.
  5. Hide Cracks.  Cover hairline clacks in walls until you're ready to paint by rubbing over them with a matching color.

Petroleum Jelly

  1. Protect Your Pet.  If your cat's or dog's paw pads are cracked and dry, rub a little petroleum jelly on them to soothe the discomfort.
  2. Wipe Away Water Marks.  Dab with petroleum jelly and let sit for 24 hours.  Wipe off the excess and and polish furniture as usual.
  3. Loosen Up Outdoor Lightbulbs.  Dirt and dust can cause outdoor bulbs to stick.  Rub a little petroleum jelly on the threads of the bulb before you screw it in and it won't stick in the future.
  4. Sideline A Squirrel.  Coat the pole of a bird feeder - squirrels won't be able to get at the food.
  5. Neaten Your Nail Job.  Dab it on the skin around the nails before polishing.  If you make a mistake, the polish will easily wipe away. 


  1. Veggie Wash.  Remove dirt from greens like spinach, arugula and kale by swirling them in a bowl of salt water.
  2. Keep Windows Frost-Free.  Rub the inside of the windows with a sponge dipped in salt water, and frost won't collect.
  3. Banish Bubbles.  Get rid excess suds when hand washing garments in the sink or doing the dishes by sprinkling them with a pinch of salt.
  4. Clean A Greasy Pan.  Shaking a little of salt on the pan before washing absorbs most of the grease.
  5. Fix A Sticky Iron.  To remove gunk spots, sprinkle a little on a piece of brown paper and run the hot iron over it.  Repeat if necessary.
  6. Remove Water Marks From Wood Surfaces.  Make water marks disappear by making a paste of salt and cooking oil.  Gently rub the paste onto the ring with a sponge; let sit for a few minutes.  Wipe with a soft cloth and polish as usual.

Coffee Filters

  1. Clean Mirrors, Windows, and Wine Glasses.  Put your hand inside like a mitt and wipe.  Filters are lint-free and leave no streaks.
  2. Catch Drips and Crumbles.  Have kids use for cookies and other messy foods.  Pop ice cream sticks through the hole in the bottom.
  3. Line Flowerpots.  Put a filter inside the pot to stop soil from leaking through the drainage holes on the bottom.
  4. Protect Your China.  Keep your best dishes chip and scratch-free by putting one between each piece when stacking. 
  5. Save The Wine After You've Broken the Cork.  If you pour the wine through a filter, you'll catch the pieces of cork.

Disposable Cups

  1. Raise Your Centerpiece.  Don't loose it behind the roast!  Turn four small cups upside down to elevate it (push them together to hide them)
  2. Make A String of Lanterns.  Have kids decorate plastic cups.  Then take a strand of lights and pop each light through the bottom of the cup.
  3. Save Yourself Dishwashing.   Put out  a permanent marker and have guests write their name on the cup to keep track of it.
  4. Set Jell-O Fast.  Follow the speed-set instructions on the box, pour into small paper cups and refrigerate.  It'll be ready in 20 minutes.
  5. Make A Sifter.  Poke holes in a cup bottom to sprinkle powdered sugar on desserts.  Just toss it when you're done
  1. Deodorize Shoes.  Tuck a dryer sheet into smelly sneakers or shoes.  (gym bags and suitcases too.)  overnight to eliminate odors.
  2. Clean stuck on gunk.  Put a fresh sheet in a pan with baked on food and fill with water.  Let sit for a few hours and the food will easily wipe away.
  3. Freshen up the shower.  Rub shower doors and walls with a wet sheet to remove mineral deposits and soap scum.
  4. Ease sewing.  Run a threaded needle through a sheet before sewing: it helps keep thread from tangling.
  5. Tame Hair.  Calm static electricity and Einstein-esque flyaways by quickly running a dryer sheet over unruly hair.
  6. Car deodorizer.  Put a sheet under one of the front seats for a fresh smell in your vehicle.
  1. Get rid of winter clothing static.  Put a small amount on your hands and rub them over your your clothing or pantyhose.
  2. Polish shoes.  In a pinch, a little of lotion buffed with a cloth salves the leather and makes shoes shine.
  3. Moisturize under your gloves.  Store a tube of it near your gloves, and smooth some onto your hands everytime you pull them on.
  4. Get rid of fuzz.  Spread a little over fingertips  (not directly on hair)  and scrunch your fingers through the frizz.  A great ladies room trip
  5. Shave.  Has that can of foam sputtered out?  Grab a bottle of lotion as a stand-in.  Bonus...you legs stay moisturized afterward.
  1. Remove crayon marks or wax spills.  Blow dry the stain on high heat until the wax melts, then wipe it up with a sponge.
  2. "Iron" out plastic tablecloth or shower curtain.  Hot air on plastic releases pesky wrinkles.  Be sure to hold 12 inches away.
  3. Set frosting or icing.  Want your cake or cookies to look perfect?  Cool air helps harden icing; hot air brightens a dull glaze. 
  4. Unstick a photo.  Blow warm air on the back of the photo album page while working the photo on the other side free.
  5. Dust hard to reach places.  Point a dryer set on cool at those shelves and corners, and blow the dust right off.
  1. Slide rubber gloves off and on.  Sprinkle inside of gloves before you put them on
  2. Freshen your feet.  shake a bit into every sock to  absorb moisture And help prevent blisters.
  3. Get cooking grease off a wall.   Put on a clothe and rub spot until the mark is gone 
  4.  Squelch a squeaky floor.  Sprinkle a litlte between the boards to quiet it down
  5. Detangle a knot.  Rub some into stubborn knots in shoelaces, string, chain necklaces, etc.  Works like magic.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
For the next few posts on the Great Idea Series, I will be posting some cool tips for everyday uses of ordinary items that you already have in your home.  When you read these, and you know some other uses for these items...be sure to leave a comment and let us all know what they are.  (as a side note...please encourage your friends to check out the site and join it)  If you have just been coming and reading...I'm so thankful for you, and I ask that you join as well...I want this to have a real community feel to it!  Enjoy the tips!


  1. Remove Crayon marks.  Squirt a small dab of non gel toothpaste on the wall where the mark is .  Rub gently with a soft cloth, then rinse with warm water.
  2. Deodorize hands. Can't get garlic or onion odor off your hands?  Wash them with a blob of toothpaste.
  3. Whiten Sneakers.  Clean rubber soles by rubbing scuff marks with an old tooth brush and non gel toothpaste.
  4. Buff a DVD.  Get rid of light scratches by squeezing a little non gel toothpaste onto a cotton ball.  Wipe over the DVD from the center out to the edge.  Rinse with water and dry with a non abrasive, lint free cloth.
  5. Defog goggles.  Coat the inside of swimming goggles with toothpaste, then wipe off.

Nail Polish

  1. Secure a screw.  Tighten loose screws on cabinets or pot handles by brushing some clear nail polish on screw threads.  Insert screw and let dry before using again. (Bonus...polish also keeps them from rusting)
  2. Stop Tarnish.  Keep costume jewelry from turning black with a coat of clear polish.
  3. Seal an envelope.  Worried about whether the glue will hold?  Brush polish on the underside of the flap.
  4. Mend a screen.  Stop a small hole (no bigger than 1/3 inch in diameter) from getting any bigger by brushing a little clear nail polish over the spot.
  5. Smooth a hanger.  If there are rough edges on wooden or plastic hangers that could snag clothes, don't throw the hangers out.  Just brush polish over nails. 

Rubber Bands

  1. Identify a bottle.  Wrap a rubber band around a shampoo bottle and you'll be able to tell it's not conditioner, even if your eyes are filled with suds.
  2. Neaten thread.  Keep spools of thread from unraveling by wrapping them with a rubber band.
  3. Hold a lid.  Prevent a potluck disaster - secure the lid of a dish by stretching a band over the top.
  4. Grip a tool.  Wrap a rubber band around the handle of a hammer or screwdriver for a firmer grip.
  5. Extend your pants.  Hook a rubber band through the button hole and secure the other side to the button for an extra half-inch breathing room.


  1. Protect Your Wall.  Put a small piece on the spot where you're going to hammer in a nail.  This keeps paint from chipping.
  2. Tame Scratchy Clothes.  Annoyed by a shirt label rubbing the back of your neck?  Tape down the label so it lies flat.
  3. Save a button.  If threads are becoming loose, put a small piece over them to hold the button in place.
  4. Unstick Plastic Wrap.  Can't find the end of the roll?  Lift it up with a piece touched to the edge.
  5. Steady a candle.  Fit it snugly in the holder by wrapping a few layers around the bottom to secure it.
Mandy Clay, a great friend of mine from work, is a new mother to Moxy...a precious little girl.  I must say Mandy is becoming a terrific mom...she just has a natural motherly instinct.   Moxy is so laid back and will give you the most serious look...but then she will smile and melt your heart.  Mandy has always been concerned that she give her baby every advantage (even while she was pregnant with her.)  She is breast feeding Moxy and pumps to be sure that there is never a time when her sweet pea goes without the nourishment that comes from breast feeding.

There was never a doubt that when Moxy got old enough to start eating baby food...Mandy would make her own.  She knew that this would be much healthier and cost effective. She has sent several recipes and I am including them all.  I am sure you could vary them in any way that you would want to.

Vegetable steamer
small mesh strainer
food processor
ice cube trays
freezer bags 

bag of frozen carrot
steam the carrots till tender. place in a food processor (or blender).
process till smooth.
add the cooking liquid 1 tablespoon at a time

bag of frozen peas
steam the peas till tender.
place in a food processor (or blender).
process till smooth.
add the cooking liquid 1 tablespoon at a time.
push the peas through a fine mesh strainer (this can be omitted as they get
use to the textures, I stopped doing this after the 1st month on solids)

5 apples (Macintosh, Gala or Braeburn)
Wash & peal & core apples.
cut into chunks.
steam the apples till tender.
place in a food processor (or blender).
process till smooth.
add the cooking liquid 1 tablespoon at a time.

5 pears
Wash & peal & core pears.
cut into chunks.
steam the pears till tender.
place in a food processor (or blender).
process till smooth.
add the cooking liquid 1 tablespoon at a time.

Banana & Avocado
Both of these you don't have to cook, all you have to do is mush them
up. I find adding a little breast milk helps with the consistency

The above foods are great for introducing you baby to solids

*Sweet Potatoes:
2 large sweet potatoes
Wash & peal sweet potatoes.
cut into chunks.
steam the sweet potatoes till tender.
place in a food processor (or blender).
process till smooth.
add the cooking liquid 1 tablespoon at a time

3 zucchini
Wash & peal zucchini.
cut into chunks.
steam the zucchini till tender.
place in a food processor (or blender).
process till smooth.
add the cooking liquid 1 tablespoon at a time (I now leave the skin on)

bag of frozen squash
steam the squash till tender.
place in a food processor (or blender).
process till smooth.
add the cooking liquid 1 tablespoon at a time

bag of fresh or frozen spinach
steam the spinach till tender.
place in a food processor (or blender).
process till smooth.
add the cooking liquid 1 tablespoon at a time

bag of frozen mango
steam the mango till tender.
place in a food processor (or blender).
process till smooth.
add the cooking liquid 1 tablespoon at a time

bag of frozen blueberries
steam the blueberries till tender.
place in a food processor (or blender).
process till smooth.
add the cooking liquid 1 tablespoon at a time

/The above foods are great 2nd stage for your baby

As they get older don't be afraid to mix the food. Moxy LOVES spinach and sweet potatoes. Also the fruits mix well with her oatmeal or yogurt.

Storing food
Get a ice cube tray and fill each cube to the top with food (the ones with a (*) can be frozen), each cube is 2 table spoons. Put the tray in the freezer for 24 hours. Pop out the cubes and place in a labeled freezer bag (food and date). When starting food 1 cube is a serving then it moves up to 2 cubes.

These are some simple and basic recipes for baby food. I have more if you want them.

If it’s one thing every parent enjoys is seeing a sign that says: “Kids Eat FREE!” To give you a head’s up on your next family meal out on the town, check out this awesome list of restaurants offering FREE Kids Meals. *Remember – it’s always best to ask first, as participation may vary.

Applebees – Kids eat for free on Monday Nights. 1 free kids meal per adult entree purchase but additional kids are only $1.00. Participation may vary.

Backyard Burger – Kids eat free on Tuesdays and Thursdays after 4 pm with adult entree purchase.
Beef ‘O’ Brady’s – Kids 10 and under eat free from 4-8pm on Tuesdays with adult entree purchase.
Bennigan’s – Kids eat free on Tuesdays with one adult entree purchase.
Bruster’s Real Ice Cream – Kids who are under 40 inches tall receive a free baby cone.

Captain D’s – Kids eat free restaurants offer the deal on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Limited to 2 free kid’s meals for each adult dinner purchased.
Champps Americana – For every paying adult two children can eat free.
Carrow’s – Kids 10 and under eat for free on Wednesdays and Thursdays.
Chik-fil-A – On Tuesdays when you purchase a combo meal you get a free child’s meal.
Cici’s Pizza – Kids 3 and under eat free 7 days a week.
Culver’s – Children receive a free cup of custard with their meal.

D’amico and Sons – Kids eat free on Sunday Evenings.
Damon’s Grill – Kids 12 and under get a free kid’s meal on Thursdays. 1 free per adult entree.
Denny’s – Kids eat free on Tuesdays and (some locations) Saturdays. From 4-10 PM.
Dickey’s Barbecue Pit – Kids 12 and under eat for free on Sundays. 1 adult entree and a child’s drink is a required purchase.

Famous Dave’s – Kids eat free on Tuesdays (could vary by location).
Friendly’s – Kids eat free on Tuesdays (adult meals have discounts on Tues, as well). Can vary by location.
Firehouse Subs – Kids 12 and under eat free from 4-9pm on Wednesdays and Sundays. One per each adult purchase.
Fuddruckers – (not free but cheap) 12 and under can eat for .99 (drink is included) from 4-9pm on Mondays and Tuesdays. Locations my vary.

Gatti Town Buffet – Kids 10 and under get a free kid’s buffet on Wednesday. 1 free child per adult buffet purchase.
Godfather’s Pizza – Kids 10 and under get a free buffet from 11am – 2pm and 5-8pm on Tuesdays.
Golden Corral – Kids eat free on Tuesday Nights.

Holiday Inn – Adults always have to pay, but they do have kids eat free restaurants. Call your local Holiday Inn for details.

IHOP – Kids eat free everyday. Not valid at all locations.
Islands – Kids eat free on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Jason’s Deli – Kids eat free at Jason’s Deli on Sundays.

Lonestar Steakhouse – Kids 12 and under eat free on Tuesdays – all day. 2 children per adult entree.

Macaroni Grill – Kids get a free drink and ice cream with their meals.
Moe’s Southwest Grill – Kids eat for free on Mondays with the purchase of an adult entree.

O’Charley’s – Kids 12 and under eat free every evening.
On the Border Mexican Grill – Free sundae with kid’s meal purchase.

Perkins – Kids eat free at Perkins all day on Tuesdays.
Piccadilly – Kids 6 and under eat for free Monday – Saturday.
Pizza Hut – Kids eat free on Tuesday Evenings – may vary per location.
Pizza Street – Kids 9 years and under eat free from the buffet on Tuesday from 5-8pm.
Planet Sub – Kids eat free on Tuesdays and Sundays with each adult meal purchased.
Ponderosa Steakhouse – Kids eat free from 4pm to close on Tuesdays.

Qdoba Mexican Grill – Kids eat free at Wednesdays (some locations) and Sundays (some locations) .
Quaker Steak and Lube – Kids eat for free 5pm to 10pm on Mondays.

Red Robin – Kids 10 and under can eat for free on Monday and Tuesday from 5-9pm
Rock Bottom Cafe – Kids 12 and under eat free on Mondays and Tuesdays
Ruby’s Diner – Kids 12 and under eat for free Ruby’s Diner after 4pm on Tuesday (call to make sure your Ruby’s is participating.

Salsarita’s – Kid’s eat free with purchase of an adult entree.
Shari’s Restaurant – Kids eat free on Saturdays and Sundays from 4-9pm.
Shoney’s – Kids 4 or younger eat free everyday with an adult entree purchase.
Souper! Salad! – Kids 4 and under at free and kids 5-12 eat for $2.49 on Sunday.
Space Aliens – Kids 10 and under get a free kids pizza along and 10 game tokens on Tuesdays with the purchase a regular price adult entree.
Steak n’ Shake – Kids can eat free (12 & under) with a purchase of an adult entree valued at $8 or more.
Sweet Tomatoes-Kids under 2 eat free

Texas Roadhouse – Mondays or Tuesdays (check your location) kids 12 and under eat free.
Texas Land & Cattle – Kids 12 and under eat free on Saturdays from 11am – 4pm. 2 free kid’s meals for each adult entree.
TGI Friday’s – Kids 3 and under eat for free on Mondays and Tuesdays.
Tropical Smoothie Cafe – Kids eat free on Sundays (participating locations).
Tony Roma’s – All of Tony Roma’s Kids Eat Free Restaurants offer the deal for 12 and under on Tuesdays.
Tumbleweed Southwest Grill – Kids 12 and under eat free on Sundays. 1 kids’ meal free for each adult entree.

Zebbs Grill & Bar – Kids 10 and under eat free on Sundays with each adult meal purchased.

Thanks, FamilyFrugalFun!