Archive for June 22, 2012

Canning Jar Soap Dispenser

My canning jar soap dispenser turned out so cute!  And it was so easy to make. The supplies you will need are:  a canning jar with a zinc lid, the cleaned out pump from a bottle of Suave lotion (which has a similar zinc color), hot glue gun, marker, nail, hammer, pliers, scissors, ruler and liquid hand or dish soap.  Now, let me show you how……

First, using a ruler, find and mark the center of your lid –

  The underneath side of the lid is made of ceramic –

With the lid right side up, and using a hammer, tap a nail through the lid on your center mark –

Carefully remove the broken ceramic from underneath the lid (it can cut you).  I used the nail to help pry out the pieces –

On the underneath side of the lid, mark an X roughly the same size as the base of your pump –

Using pliers, gently bend back the edges of your center hole –

Insert the pump into the hole –

 Hot glue the pump to the underside of the lid and let it cool –

Using scissors, trim off the excess length of the straw part of the pump so that it is about 1/4″ from the bottom of the jar –

Fill the jar with liquid hand soap, screw the lid on and that’s it!  I made this one for the bathroom, but I love it so much I think I’ll make one for the kitchen with dish soap, too.

Thanks blissfullycontent.

posted by Shelley.

The Dirty Dozen and Clean 15

I saw organic bananas in the produce section and wondered, “Why would I buy organic bananas if I’m just going to peel them anyways?  Wouldn’t all the bad chemicals be on the peel? Which fruits and vegetables should I be buying organic?”. Then, the other morning as I was hitting the snooze button on the alarm for the umpteenth time, a news story came on KOMO news-radio about the “Dirty Dozen and Clean 15”.  The Dirty Dozen are the top twelve fruits and vegetables that had the highest pesticide residue, meaning you should buy these organic or grow them yourself.  The Clean 15 are fruits and vegetables that had little to no traces of pesticides and don’t need to be bought organic.

The Dirty Dozen –

  • Apples
  • Celery
  • Sweet bell peppers
  • Peaches
  • Strawberries
  • Spinach
  • Nectarines (imported)
  • Grapes
  • Lettuce
  • Cucumbers
  • Blueberries (domestic)
  • Potatoes

The Clean 15 –

  • Onions
  • Sweet corn
  • Pineapples
  • Avocado
  • Cabbage
  • Sweet peas
  • Asparagus
  • Mangoes
  • Eggplant
  • Kiwi
  • Cantaloupe (domestic)
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Grapefruit
  • Watermelon
  • Mushrooms

To read the full article, go here. .

My $5 Jar

Times Square

My daughter, Kelly, and I just got back from a week long vacation in Connecticut, where we visited my oldest sister, Sharon, and my niece, Alyse.  We got to stay in an adorable little cottage on the coast of Rhode Island for a weekend, saw New York City for the first time, and ate EVERYTHING in sight!  The food… oh it was obscene the amount of food we ate.  But the pizza and the Italian food on the east coast is so, so good we had to get our fill.  We’ve been back a week and I’m still full!

Pepe’s Pizza

The Hot House Sandwich from Southford Pizza

Months before we left for our food orgy, I started a $5 jar so we could have some extra “fun money”.  I lined the inside and bottom of a large pickle jar with paper, made a slit in the lid and hot glued the lid on.  Every time I got a $5 bill, I put it into this jar. I was a little concerned as to how to break the jar open and sift through all the broken glass to get the money out, but then Kelly gave the glued on lid a twist and off it came – so much for security. After only a few months, I had saved $320.  Saving $5 here and there was really easy. I glued the lid back on the jar and have started to save my $5 bills again – I’m not sure what I’m going to use them for – maybe Christmas shopping?  a vacation next year?

Make your own $5 jar and start saving for whatever you like.  You’ll be surprised at how fast it adds up.