Hotel Freebies – What Do You Take Home With You… If Anything?

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The HH had a weeklong business meeting in Seattle {of all places!} this past week and since spouses are encouraged to go, I went along for the free food, entertainment and fun. HELLO… free staycation… why not? Right?

Anywho, when it was time to pack up and go home I took a few things with me:

2 Bottles of free water
2 Tazo tea bags
2 Sugar Packets
2 Unused travel cups
4 Travel size shampoo/conditioner/shower gel
1 Mini soap

Heck ya, I took the free loot. I’m not afraid to admit it.

Am I weird? Do you think it’s appropriate to take the unused stuff home home with you? Those cute little shampoo and lotion bottles are great for camping {not that I camp, but…} and the little bars of soap, they are great to set out for houseguests. Don’t you think?

I mean if you paid for the room {or in this case the HH’s company paid for it} it is included in the cost of the room, right?

Am I crazy?

Why does $1.00 worth of freebies make me SO HAPPY?

Do you do this too?

What do you take home with you from your hotel stays? Or do you leave it all behind?

~Mavis

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Have a great weekend everyone

Mavis & Lucy

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Seattle Tilth Chicken Coop and Urban Farm Tour – Saturday, July 11th

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chicken coop tourIf you live in the Seattle area and LOVE chickens and gardens, then this is your chance to visit folks who are keeping chickens and creating urban farms in the Seattle area. Head to the Seattle Tilth’s Chicken Coop & Urban Farm Tour on Saturday, July 11th from 10 am – 4 pm.

pablo picassoHere’s what the Seattle Tilth had to say about the awesome event:

In this self-guided tour, you will see simple chicken coops built in an afternoon and elaborate finely-crafted coops that took weeks of planning and building. See what accommodations are needed for keeping miniature goats, ducks, mason bees, honey bees and bunnies. There are sites all around Seattle, including NW, NE, West Seattle, SE, and Central. Enjoy a unique and inspiring urban adventure!

Seattle Chicken Coop and Urban Farm TourThe girl and I have been going for a number of years and loving it! It’s totally worth the small fee to get in.

Seattle Tilth’s Chicken Coop & Urban Farm Tour
Individuals = $12
Seattle Tilth members or bicyclists = $10
Youth {ages 4-15} = $5
Groups/Family {3-6 people} = $35
Ages 3 and under = Free

If you are in the area and you have some extra time to kill, you should totally check it out! You won’t be disappointed.  Make sure you share all your chicken coop pictures if you do head that way!

~Mavis

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How to Ship Home Canned Goods

How to Ship Home Canned Goods

How to Ship Home Canned GoodsI recently sent my mother-in-law some homemade jam.  After the amazing Costco gift card she sent me for my birthday, I wanted to show her a little love and gratitude…and what conveys that more than jam?

I wanted to make sure to get the jam to her in one piece, because let’s face it, no one wants to receive a box of delicious smelling sticky goo.  And because I am like a public servant blogger, I thought I would share my tried and true method, in case you ever want to share the canned good love too.

How to Ship Home Canned Goods

First, the flat rate boxes at the post office are where it’s at when it comes to shipping canned goods.  Otherwise, you’d pay a fortune if you ship based on weight.  Grab yourself one of those flat rate boxes, some bubble tape, some ziploc backs, and tape.

How to Ship Home Canned Goods

Start by lining the bottom of the box with bubble wrap.  Then, insert each jar into its own individual ziploc bag.  Zip that sucker up, making sure to get all of the air out of it as you do.  Now, wrap the bubble wrap around the jar and tape it down.  Place jar into box and repeat for remaining jars.  If your jars don’t fill up the entire box, make sure to add additional bubble wrap as padding.  Also, it’s a pretty darn good idea to reinforce the box with tape.

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You see how there are several layers of defense in place?  It’s all to ensure the jam gets it there safely.   Anyway, that’s my method, it may be a little overkill, but so far, it’s always gotten the job done.

~Mavis

How to Ship Home Canned Goods

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Change Your Shopping Habits and Reduce Food Waste

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You all know how much I detest food waste.  It. Really. Bugs.  It is such a waste of time, money, resources, etc.   Everybody has their thing—and I guess this is mine.

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I’ve written countless tips on reducing food waste.  BUT, while perusing the world wide web the other day, I came across an article on treehugger that quite literally blew my mind. It suggested changing the way you shop to reduce food waste—and not just the basics, like buying less, menu planning, etc. {which for the record, are all really good practices}.   Instead, it suggested that you start shopping more often.

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Instead of hitting bulk food stores once or twice a month, which doesn’t always allow for life to happen {going out to eat to celebrate an unexpected something, or ordering in because of a late work day, etc.—all of which can contribute to food waste}.  Yes, it is absolutely cheaper to buy in bulk, but how much of our bulk purchases go to waste because life happens unexpectedly before we have a chance to use them up?

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The general idea is that if you are not a strict-stick-to-the-plan menu person, you could move to shopping only for a handful of days at a time {time permitting}.  Shop for what you need for breakfast lunch and dinner for say, Monday through Wednesday, and then hit the store again on Thursday to carry you through the weekend.  This is exactly how they do it in most of Europe—AND, I think it would totally reduce food waste, because if for some reason you can’t get to one of the meals in those 3 days, you have a cushion of time to eat it in the next three days.

How about it?  Do any of YOU already do this?  Any of you willing to try?  If you do try, report back on how time consuming it is to shop more often…

~Mavis

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Hello Thursday.

Last night I stayed up waaaaay to late watching old episodes of Downton Abbey {it’s free for Prime members}. Last week I decided I wanted to watch the series all over again from the beginning and right now I’m about halfway through the second season. It’s tough to watch when you know what’s going to happen {poor Matthew} but it’s also kind of fun to see the things you missed the first time around too. :)

I hope you have a great day,

Mavis

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Grandma’s 7-Up Orange Jell-O Salad Recipe

7-Up Jell-O Salad Recipe

7-Up Jell-O Salad Recipe

Growing up, my grandmother served Jell-O with practically every meal. It didn’t matter if we were eating meatloaf or a turkey dinner, there would always be some sort of Jell-O concoction on the table. Her recipe for 7-Up Orange Jell-O Salad is one of my favorites.

It’s perfect for picnics and potlucks. :)

7-Up Orange Jell-O Salad RecipeIngredients

1 6 oz box orange Jello
2 cups boiling water
1 cup cold 7-Up
1 cup  crushed pineapple, drained
1 cup canned mandarin oranges, drained
1 cup miniature marshmallows
1/2 cup shredded coconut {I use sweetened}

Directions

Pour orange Jell-o into a large glass or ceramic serving dish and set aside.

Bring water to a boil in a saucepan then carefully pour hot water over gelatin and stir until it is all dissolved.  Add 1 cup cold 7-Up.  Stir well. Refrigerate for 1 hour or until partially set. Add crushed pineapple, mandarin oranges, marshmallows and shredded coconut, stir well and then refrigerate until set.

7-Up Jell-O Salad Recipe

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6 Baby Registry Tips for New Moms

6 Baby Registry Tips for New Moms

6 Baby Registry Tips for New Moms

Awhile back I wrote a post about creating a wedding registry.  When I mentioned to a friend of mine in passing that I’d written it because of how clueless I felt when I had gotten married about what I’d need, she mentioned that that is how she had felt when she had her first baby.  I couldn’t agree more {in fact, it has kind of made me reflect on how clueless I’ve been over a lot of life’s major events, but what can you do?}.

Since babies don’t come with manuals {they totally should, though}, and lots of first-time moms live hundreds of miles away from their own moms, I thought I’d put together some baby registry tips:

  1. Babies grow…FAST.  When you are registering, remember that they won’t be teeny tiny for very long and before you know it, they will be mobile, teething, etc.  Think sippy-cups, teethers, and toddler safety.  All of those items can go straight onto the registry.
  2. Like the wedding registry, register at more than one store {maximum of 3}, and try to make one a “box store” that out of towners can easily shop from.
  3. Register for a variety of the smaller items.  Chances are, your baby will take one specific kind of pacifier –having a couple of different brands to try out until one takes can be heaven sent at 3 a.m. when you are exhausted.
  4. Create a checklists before you go.  Diaper bag items, clothing needs, diapering needs, bathing items, feeding items, nursery items.  That way,  you have a method to your madness and cover all of your bases.
  5. Don’t feel pressured to get things you won’t use.  Maybe you live in a small space or just don’t like clutter–the pioneers raised babies with way less than we do, and did fine, so if you don’t want a johnny jumper, swing, bouncer, and tummy time play center {even though your neighbor swears by them} feel free to pass.  Your baby, your rules.  You can always purchase it yourself later if you change your mind.
  6. Register for a wide price range of items from a pair of socks all the way up to the crib.  That gives everyone options, and if they don’t want to buy it, they don’t have to.

What are your tips for first-time parents creating a baby registry?

~Mavis

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