Monday, September 30, 2013

Jelly Pineapple

How simple is this ?????? I was so impressed when I saw it that I had to share it

A quick easy way to make jelly pineapple lol

1. Open a can of pineapple, empty out juice
2. Make up jelly
3. Pour jelly into the can with the pineapple
4. let jelly set
5 pour set jelly and pineapple out of can and serve

Fake White Board

I saw this and thought what a great gift and how easy it is to make

1.take a photo frame
2.Put in some lined paper
3.decorate with a bow or bling
4.Tie a marker pen to the frame with string
and PRESTO you have an easy to clean fake white board. good to keep beside the phone or in the kitchen and they make nice home made gifts.

Hot Hair Straightners

How simple is this and kind of common sense and why did I not think of it

Fold a pot holder in half and sew down the edge. Now you can pack your hair straighteners even when hot.


This is amazing and the most amazing way to remove dead skin

1/4 cup Listerine any kind
1/4 cup vinegar
1/2 cup warm water

Soak your feet for 10 minutes and when you take them out the dead skin will practically fall off

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Natural Face Cleaner

The easiest way to remove oil form your pores is to mix baking soda and water into a paste and use as a face mask leaving it on for 15 minutes.
This is not only inexpensive it is chemical free and it works.

Really Clean Hair

Add some baking soda to your hair shampoo (maybe a teaspoon) when you have used enough to have some space in the bottle.

It makes the shampoo feel really light and the volume is crazy lol but it removes all product build up and is an easy way to keep your hair really clean.

Day Night Medication

this is a great way to remember if you have given yourself or your kids their medication
 and it is kind of idiot proof lol

Dryer Balls DIY

Dryer balls for lovelier laundry cheap natural and works so well

Drop 15 to 20 drops of Lavender essential oil onto the foot section of {one} sock. Ahhhhhh...just imagine how your fresh, clean laundry's going to smell!

Now tuck scented sock up inside the tube section of the same sock. Push this balled up sock down into the toe of the second sock. Twist the second sock to add a little bulk to the Dry Ball...then pull the opening of the sock down onto itself until you have a tight ball. The tighter the better because in addition to scenting your laundry, the Dryer Ball will fluff the load of laundry too!

* Two Dryer Balls would be absolutely brilliant for fluffing and freshening pillows in the dryer *

Removing Wax

Spray the inside of a candle holder with canola oil and when the candle has burnt down the wax will just side out.

Friday, September 27, 2013

Using a Broken Blender

I love this tip

I use this to whip cream lol however this is a handy tip should your blender jug break which it will only when you need it lol

Many detachable blade assemblies screw right into a mayo jar or small mason jar.
Dont fill the mason jar more than half full and don't use for hot liquids

Preserve Stove Tops

A great way to preserve your stove tops is to apply a thin layer of car wax, then wipe it off, Future spills will lift off easily.

Natural Cough Remedy

 Natural, inexpensive and works well

1/4 teaspoon cayenne
1/4 teaspoon ginger
1 tablespoon cider vinegar
2 tablespoons water
1 tablespoon honey

1.Dissolve caynne and ginger in cider vinegar and water
2.add honey and shake well

Take one teaspoon for cough

This is a potent albeit watery syrup and it doesn't dissolve perfectly. Always shake before using an this will keep in the fridge for months


Equal amounts of
apple cider vinegar

put in a jar, shake the hell out of it lol and take a teaspoon when needed.

Oven Cleaner

The best oven cleaner

Cover the bottom of your oven with baking soda the pour white vinegar so its all wet, leave it to sit for about 20 min then wipe off with a damp cloth If you see some white markets just wipe again. Leave oven door open while cleaning.
This is great

Making a paste to clean the sides of the oven
5 tablespoons of baking soda
4 tablespoons of white vinegar
3 drops of liquid soap
Mix to a paste apply to inside of oven then wipe clean and rinse

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Vaporub Make your own

Making your own vaporub is very easy

3 tablespoons coconut oils melted
3-5 drops tea tree oil
6-10 drops rosemary oil

mix together then allow to set.

easy cheap and natural and here is a very helpful tip to help you breath easier and sleep better when you have a cold, Put vaporub on the soles off your feet when you go to bed

DIY Window Seats

 This is such a wonderful idea and also  gives us extra storage which is always a good thing

I love having good looking seating out on the deck or under a window but I also like the shabby look as well. Cutting the legs off an old dresser, painting it and adding cushions makes a beautiful seat and gives you needed storage. This is up cycling of the best kind

DIY Fabric Softener

ne of the good things about fabric softener is that our clothes not only smell great they feel great.
The really bad thing about fabric softener is made with Formaldehyde which is associated with Cancer Risk and with it being on your clothing also seeps into your pores and is of course not good for you.

Here is a wonderful natural fabric softener that is cheap to make it is not harmful and it is good for the planet.

one bottle of white vinegar
add 25 drops lavender essential (or any oil you prefer)
1 teaspoon of rubbing alcohol for emulsion (I use Isocol as I always have it in the cupboard)

mix together and add half a cup to your rinse cycle

Shoe Storage

One thing with shoes is they are everywhere they shouldn't be and can never be found when they are needed lol. This is a great cheap idea for mud rooms or in the wardrobe and if you like you can get the kids to spray paint the outside. Glue them together and they will stack really well PVC pipes and they come in many sizes

Removing musty smells

The easiest way to remove musty smells from wardrobes and draws, suitcases etc is also cheap.

KITTY LITTER its that simple

pour kitty litter into an open container such as a bowl then place bowl in the wardrobe or case or draw, or if you wish just pour it in the case or draw leave it for a few days and the musty smell will be gone.

you will need the whole bag of kitty litter as it takes the whole bag to work

Monday, September 23, 2013

Single serve designer Icecream

We all have dinner parties or visitors and we often wish we had something cute and easy  to serve for dessert and more so something that is creative and has great presentation so how about this.

 cool icecream excuse the pun lol

here is an idea for those of who don't have enough to do in our day already ROFL

buy icecream (the cheaper the better) and let it melt a little then put into a shallow tray and freeze it. I will often add grated chocolate or broken up biscuits which I mix through ( what ever sweet biscuits are on sale) or tim tams and some times lollies then once it is frozen use a cookie cutter to cut out perfect and cute size portions, leave in freezer until needed for that special dinner.

no waste and everyone loves it and it makes you look very clever.

If you use a round cutter or a poached egg ring you can cut perfect round serves of ice cream which fit wonderfully between two biscuits making the best ice-cream pie and yes these can also be frozen.

Car Tissues

Dont we all hate tissue boxes that get crushed in the car  and if you are like me you put the box under the front seat so it doesnt get crushed which of course also means it doesn't get used lol

This is a great solution and is cheap to make.
How clever is the woman who came up with this idea

Buy a plastic container that will fit your favourite size tissue box

Of course you need your box of tissues

Mark the top of the plastic container where the opening will be then carefully cut the section out

and presto you have an almost indestructible tissue box

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Garlic Honey

I use garlic a lot in my cooking and I also eat garlic and honey when I am not feeling well but of course the smell of garlic can be over powering lol Soooooooo  if you marinate garlic in honey the clove will no long smell on your breath when you eat it

YOU will need

Garlic cloves pealed
honey (any kind)

make sure you use a clean jar.

1. Fill jar with garlic cloves
2. Top up with honey and make sure you take your time as it takes a while for the honey to get around all the garlic.
3. Put lid on jar. (and decorate) lol

You need to leave the mix stand for no less than 2 week before you use the garlic honey although it will last for months and months.

I often add fresh rosemary sprigs to the mix as well when I am making it as it makes a great base when marinating meat AND if you take a couple of table spoons of the mix add some apple cider vinegar or vinegar of your choice and you will have the most amazing healthy salad dressing

let me know what you think.

Applying sunscreen

This is such a good idea and kind of idiot proof and I wonder why I never thought of it lol
Using a slim paint roller you can apply sun tan lotion or skin cream to your back . Nice ,easy and cheap tip. It also works when using self tan although I am not of fan of those products.

Book Corner

This is a great way to save space or to make a reading nook. This also works using the dead space on walls of a wardrobe or behind doors. You can use PVC guttering as the shelves.

Making Rain

sometimes it is hard to sleep and we all know that the sound of rain often relaxes us and kids will often fall asleep to the sound of rain so now you make your own.

You will need

1.Plastic drink bottle
2.lots of tooth picks
3 rice

a. Fill a dry empty old drink bottle with toothpicks
b. add uncooked rice to the bottle of toothpicks
c. leave about 1,1/2 inches space from the top

turn the bottle up side down and the rice falling through the tooth picks sounds like rain.

Canned Tomato Paste

one of the cheapest ways to buy tomato paste is by the can however even an Italian couldn't use all the paste before it expires so here is a handy tip

Freeze the unopened can of Tomato past then open both ends of the can, the paste will slide out and you an them cut it into portions and refreeze it for use at a later date

Love this and it is great way to keep the paste fresh as well as making it cost effective because now you can buy the larger cheaper cans and have no waste.

WINE rack TOWEL rack

For those of us who have wine racks that we don't use for wine I have found this to be a good idea and any wine racks work well as a towel holder and what a great look they have in the bathroom.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Chocolate Strawberries

Fill an ice tray with melted chocolate, put in the strawberries and refrigerate until set.


Chicken and the Egg

This is such a nice way to display eggs on a table and so easy to do with a little carrot and seeds
Resting the eggs on a bed of salt will make then stand up.

Dressing and Salad

I like to pack a lunch and go out for the day with my dogs and I like the freshness of salad when I have been driving.
I dont like limp or wet salad which happens when you leave salad with dressing for a few hours before you eat it sooooo

I put my salad dressing into its own little bottle and add it to the salad when I am ready to eat. I will also freeze my dressing and put the frozen bottle in with the salad so it keeps my salad fresh, crisp and cold and the dressing has melted by the time I want to eat. This is also good for kids lunches.
I also use these little bottles for sauces if I decide to buy takeaway when traveling and soapy water so I can wash my hands on the side of the road lol
I buy these little bottles from the cheap shop and they are the ones now used for people traveling on planes who want to carry on liquids. They usually come in packs of four or six bottles and I use the pump bottle for rose water which I spray on my face when I am tired or hot and I carry a pump pack with a disinfectant and water mix for those oops moments lol and they are so small you can pop them in your bag or pockets as well

Baby Carrots

It may shock you that baby carrots do not come out of the ground that way. There is no little baby carrot garden lol.
These carrots are the result of taking all the broken and ugly big carrots, grinding them all up, processing them into the baby carrots then giving them a bath in chlorine to give them a bright happy orange colour.
These carrots are killing you., they do not save you time and they do not save you money

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Making Condensed Milk

Making Condensed Milk

3/4 cup of powdered milk
3/4 cup of sugar
1/2 cup hot water
Blend until smooth
this is the same as condensed milk and much cheaper

Love this and of course this is a very handy tip

Onions and Potatoes

Onions and Potatoes only go well together when you want to eat them,
storing them together makes both go off faster.

Storing Onions

If you store onions in pantyhose (and hang)  the onions will last up to 8 months

CRAZY Hair colour

Kids as well as big kids love to crazy colour their hair and this is an easy cheap to colour hair which can be easily washed ou..
Put coloured chalk in some water and when it breaks down you use the water to colour your hair.
This is fun to do and you can really make some crazy hair colours
Instant colour and washable 

Separating Eggs

How easy is this.

Break egg into bowl or cup or what takes your fancy , get a soft drink bottle and squeeze it then place over the yoke and let the air suck up the yolk when you stop squeezing the bottle.
Simple , easy and perfect separation.

Fridge Mats

Keeping your fridge clean is always a pain so this is an easy option and  place mats are easy and cheap to find.

Place place mat on the fridge shelf and your ready to go.

Keeping Drinks Cold

I love this idea for wine, juice or soft drinks and even water.

Freeze grapes then use instead of ice cubes and the good thing you get to eat the grapes when you finished the drink.

Puts a  whole new meaning on drinks and nibbles lol

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Drinking Bicarb of soda

Drinking baking soda, or bicarbonate powder, dissolved in water is a folk remedy that has been used for many generations to alleviate the symptoms of indigestion, heartburn, infections and arthritis, among other problems. Baking soda is an alkaline compound that reduces acidity in the body. The typical American diet is highly acidic, which allows many diseases and conditions to develop and flourish. Baking soda, taken in moderate amounts and at appropriate times, promotes healthy biochemistry.

Recycled herb garden

This is such a good idea for people who live in small places and it is great to  hang on a wall near the kitchen. It is a great way to recycle which of course is my thing.

URINARY Tract Infection

This is a great easy remedy for those who get Urinary tract infection try this as it works really well.

2 Tablespoons of Apple Cider Vinegar

1 teaspoon bicarb soda

mix the two in a glass of water and drink.

repeat every few hours until the symptoms are gone

double needle thread hack

I don’t have a lot of experience with a double needle. If you do, you probably know how great they can be when it comes to making double...