Free Kindle Books, LAMO Boots, How to Can Corn, Amazon Subscribe and Save, Fire Pits and More

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martialWord of the Day: Martial Definition: War-like, resembling military movement Used in a sentence: His feat began to move when the band struck up a martial tune.

So many sweet deals today!!! Be sure and check back throughout the day as I will be updating this post. RAIN is in the forecast…3 days worth! Hopefully this will help the fire fighting efforts over in Eastern Washington.

I’m heading home and can’t wait to check the status of my tomatoes. Fingers crossed I have a big harvest waiting for me when I get there. Have a great day everyone!

Peace Out Girl Scouts,

Mavis

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Amazon Gold Box Deal of the Day – Dremel 12-Volt Max Cordless Rotary Tool $74.99 shipped
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Amazon Bonus Deal of the Day – Canon PIXMA MX922 Wireless Color Photo Printer $67.99 shipped.

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Available Kindle Books I think are cool…

The prices on Kindle Books can change quickly, so grab them while you can. Don’t have a Kindle? Download the kindle app on your other devices. It’s easy! :)

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Amazon Subscribe and Save Deals

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Crazy Pants Alert!!! Amazon has Dinamit Women’s Printed Form Fitting Leggings on sale and priced $3.99 – $4.99 and ship FREE with Amazon Prime! Thanks Thrifty Northwest Mom

DIY-Dishwasher-DetergentWashing dishes is already terrible enough, add to that the high cost of dishwasher detergent and it’s downright miserable. Check out this DIY Dishwasher Detergent recipe and you’ll be washing dishes for just pennies. Find more cool projects on my DIY Pinterest Board.

LAMO Queue Wrap Boots

Rei Outlet has the LAMO Queue Wrap Boots on sale for $22.73 {was $75}!!! I bought a pair of these last fall and LOVE THEM. Super cozy and great with jeans.

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More REI Outlet Deals:

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Get ‘er done…. Cabela’s has their Cabela’s Premium Powder Coated 7-in-1 Cooker/Smoker on sale for $129.99 shipped {was $199}. Pretty much guaranteed to keep your guy out of your hair for MONTHS! 😉

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Get a 4-Pack of BYBlight – Super Bright 9 LED Mini Aluminum Flashlights with Lanyards for $8.99 {ships FREE with Amazon Prime}. Awesome ratings and perfect for the Emergency kit!

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Today only, stop by your local Edible Arrangements and score a FREE 3-Piece Pineapple Daisy Edible Pops. Saweeet!

How to Can Fresh Corn

Corn season is here and I couldn’t be happier. Find out How to Can Fresh Corn and enjoy your bounty all year long. Get the recipe HERE or Pin it for Later. Find more recipes on my Canning Pinterest Board.

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Fall Garden Essentials:

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Cents of Style has Pineapple Shirts, Shoes, Pendants, & Pillow Covers on sale for 40% OFF & FREE SHIPPING when you use code PINEAPPLE at checkout. Everything is under $15.00, so that means their sneakers and t-shirts are a great steal this week! Shop Cents of Style.

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Today Only The Home Depot is offering UP TO 48% OFF SELECT PAVERS & PLANTERS

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Walmart Value of the Day – Ematic  Ultra-Slim 2.1-Channel Wireless Soundbar with Bluetooth and LED Display $39.98 shipped {was $99}.

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Yesssssss!!!! You know you want these. :) :) :) :)

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Today Only Gymboree is offering 50% select styles for School. Shop Gymboree HERE.

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Amazon has the Clif Bar Mini Nutrition Bar, Chocolate Chip/White Chocolate Macadamia Nut, 1.0 oz. Bars, (Pack of 18) on sale for $12.42 shipped. Perfect for kids who cannot finish a larger bar and GREAT for lunch boxes/after school sports. 

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Amazon also has the 50-Pack of Dorito Nacho Cheese Chips on sale for $11.90 and ships FREE with Amazon Prime. 

canon camera deal

If you’ve been waiting for a good deal on a camera, Amazon has the Canon EOS Rebel with a Complete Deluxe Accessory Bundle on sale for $549.95 shipped. This is the same camera I use everyday {and I LOVE MINE!}. 

amazon prime

Are you an Amazon Prime member? If so you can save an additional 30% off select toys on Amazon when you use promo code TOYS2015 thru August 24, 2015, through September 6, 2015 11:59 p.m. Don’t have Amazon Prime? GoHERE to get a FREE 30 day Trial.

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Don’t miss the Amazon Summer Magazine Sale. All the titles above are just $5! Many more available for just a few bucks more.

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Enter to win the Amazon Fall Sportsman Sweepstakes presented by Bushnell. One lucky winner will receive a prize package worth over $3,000.

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Crock Pot Chicken Chipotle Stew

Crock Pot Chicken Chipotle Stew

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There are very few meals my husband gets excited about let alone comments on, but this recipe for Crock Pot chipotle chicken stew? Holy canolies people, he WOULD NOT stop saying this is good… this is really good.

He even asked where I got the recipe from {this NEVER happens!}. The funny thing is, Monkey Boy gave me a Crock Pot Cookbook for Christmas and this was just one of the many recipes I’ve been wanting to try since December. It’s a keeper, that’s for sure.

Ingredients

1 pound chicken breasts, cooked and cut into cubes
1 can navy beans, rinsed and drained
1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 14oz can diced tomatoes undrained {or 2 cups fresh tomatoes, chopped}
1 onion, chopped
1 chipotle pepper in adobo sauce, minced
1 1/2 cups chicken broth
1/2 cup orange juice
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cumin
1/4 teaspoon dried basil
1 bay leaf

Crock Pot Chicken Chipotle Stew

Directions

Toss everything into the crock pot and cook on low for 6 hours or high for 3 hours. Remove bay leaf before serving. Garnish with guacamole, sour cream or cilantro if you have it.

This soup is PERFECT for leftovers and freezes well too.

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Thrift Store Finds, The Amish Bakery, My Farmer’s Market Purchase and The Best Lunch Ever

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thrift store furnitureYou probably already know this… but I LOVE shopping at thrift stores!!! Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose, but when you are looking for inexpensive items to furnish your house, the prices can’t be beat.

Yesterday I scored a twin bed frame, 2 dining chairs and a picture for the guest bathroom all for a little over $19.  I plan on painting the chairs and bed frame white. I still need to find 2 sets of bed rails for the twin bedframes {I found another twin bed frame a few months ago} and then all I need is a floor lamp for the living room and 3 more chairs for the dining room and I am finished furnishing this place. Giddy up!

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Oh, and I also picked up a stack of magazines for $0.25 each {to read on the plane ride home} a seasucker sheet $0.50 {which I plan to use as a quilt back} and a wooden masher $0.75 I’ll be using for a future craft project.apple pie cutouts

Let’s talk about the Amish bakery, shall we? It’s not a bakery in the sense there is a store front, but rather a small room alongside the “buggy shop” down a long road. The hidden treasure offers home baked goodness and the occasional fresh vegetables. I stop by EVERYTIME I’m here and load up. If I had to guess, 10 customers on any given day, would be a very busy day for the shop.

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It makes my heart happy to buy from the Amish lady. And, she bakes the best bread on the planet. This time, she was telling me how to save the pepper seeds so I could grow them in my garden next summer. I already know how to save seeds…. but I listened anyway and told her about my heirloom Lakota squash {which she had never heard of} and promised to mail her some seeds when I cracked it open. Gaaa! Maybe I’ll have a new pen pal.

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And then there was my trip to the Farmer’s Market on Saturday. All homegrown, all organic and all for $9. I WANT TO LIVE HERE 24/7/365.healthy lunch

Homemade butternut soup, homemade bread, home grown peppers and fresh mozzarella.

Seriously. Does it get any better than this?

~Mavis

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It’s Time to Get Your Cover Crops Planted

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planting cover crops

A couple of years ago, in the height on my growing two tons of produce, I depleted my soil to the point of trouble.  It was a really good lesson, actually, on the importance of not taking, taking, taking from the soil.  Since then, I really try to pay attention to the health of my dirt.

I started crop rotation and planting cover crops to make sure that I give back to the soil whatever my previous crop might have depleted.  Of course, now that we are in the new house, I haven’t really had a chance to suck the dirt dry, so there’s no way of knowing if it is working, but hopefully, this time I can keep up an ounce of prevention instead.

cover crop seedsCover crops are basically crops that you plant with zero intention of harvesting.  You plant them solely to let them enhance your soil.  If you have a big enough space, you can do it during the height of the growing season and just not use that area for anything else–but for most of us, without the luxury of giving one of our garden boxes a rest during the peak growing season, fall is the time to lay down a cover crop.

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Not only do cover crops enhance the soil {usually by fixing nitrogen to it}, but they also help squelch out weeds and manage pests and disease.  The beauty of cover crops is that you have to do very little other than plant and provide occasional water until winter sets it.

Once the cold weather really sets in, the cover crops will stop growing significantly, but they will remain there, slowly releasing valuable nutrients to the soil–and acting like a winter blanket.  In really cold areas, you might only be able to grow cover crops like rye and wheat.  In my area, I have tried Fava beans with quite a bit of success.  Peas and oats are also great cover crops.

To start a cover crop, you’ll want to follow the basic instructions on the seed packets.  Water in the seeds with a light mist pretty regularly until you see the green start to poke through the dirt.

cover crops

If you have covered a large area with a cover crop, mow them down during the active growing season.  For all cover crops, let them die back in early spring {or even very late fall}.  In the spring, several weeks before planting season, chop them up and/or till them into the soil.  Some crops need to be tilled in or pulled out at least 3 weeks prior to planting a new crop, because they actually prohibit germination of other crops.

For smaller crops, you can just pull it out like a weed.  It kind of feels counter-intuitive to let the cover crop die back and then pull it out, but it really is the best thing for the soil.  Plus, if you pull it out, you can always toss it into the compost bin–and you won’t have to wait as long to plant your next crop.

Do you plant cover crops?  What do you plant?

~Mavis

Amazon sells this 5lb Bag of Fall Cover Crop Seed Mix

 

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Free Kindle Books, Zuke’s Dog Treats, Hawke & Co, Carrot Cake Bread Recipe and More

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Word of the Day: Irrevocable Definition: Cannot be changed, unalterable  Used in a sentence: The Judge proclaimed that his decision was irrevocable.

Well helloooooo there! Have you ever slept with a ceiling fan running all night? BEST.SLEEP.EVER. Seriously, how is it I can get 9 hours of sleep each night on the east coast and only 5 at home? Hmmm…. I am beginning to think ceiling fans are the answer.

Have a great day everyone, I hope you day rocks!

Mavis

*This deal post will be updated throughout the day so be sure and check back for deals. 

Adobe Photoshop Elements

Amazon Gold Box Deal of the Day – Up to 55% Off Adobe Photoshop Elements $44.99 shipped

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Available Kindle Books I think are cool…

The prices on Kindle Books can change quickly, so grab them while you can. Don’t have a Kindle? Download the kindle app on your other devices. It’s easy! :)

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Amazon Subscribe and Save Deals

Homemade Windshield Washer FluidI’m big into making my own instead of buying. This DIY Windshield Washer Fluid works like a charm and will keep those windshields squeaky clean. Find more cool projects on my DIY Pinterest Board.

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Today only Best Buy is offering the Dynex AAA Batteries (48-Pack) and/or Dynex AA Batteries (48-Pack) for only $7.99!

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6pm has the b.o.c. Nuevo Leon Mini Crossbody bag on sale for $20.99 shipped!

zulily deals

Zulily has great deals on Omaha Steaks, Clothes for Gymnasts, Essential Oils and Farmhouse Rugs.

Carrot-Coconut-BreadEver made Carrot Coconut Bread? This stuff is the carrot bomb dot com. Get the recipe HERE or Pin it for Later. Find more recipes on my Carrot Recipes Pinterest Board.

Hawke  Co Mens Packable Down Puffer Jacket II

Amazon has the Hawke & Co Men’s Packable Down Puffer Jacket II on sale for $69 shipped. According to the HH this is an awesome deal! {The reviews rock, so he must be right}. 

Hurtta Cooling Dog Coat

REI Outlet Deal of the Day – Hurtta Cooling Dog Coat $23.73 {was $50}

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More Deals for our furry friends:

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Zuke’s Subscribe and Save Deals {This is Lucy’s favorite brand of treats}

selfie stick

Grab the #1 Rated MOST Selfie Stick with Bluetooth Extendable Monopod and Built in Wireless Remote for $15.99. We bought one of these for my Dad for Father’s Day and it was a hoot!

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The Home Depot Special Buy of the Day – Milwaukee M12 Lithium-Ion 3/8 in. Drill/Driver Kit with Blue Tooth Speaker $99 shipped!

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Get the Metropolis Train Table & Set for $139.16 shipped! 

  • The train set is loaded with fun features and interactive pieces while the high-quality wooden table take playtime off the floor and closer to eye level. What a combination!
  • Train table with espresso finish and solid wood frame
  • Large rolling trundle for convenient storage
  • 100-piece train set
  • Two-tier bridge

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Are you an Amazon Prime member? If so you can save an additional 30% off select toys on Amazon when you use promo code TOYS2015 thru August 24, 2015, through September 6, 2015 11:59 p.m. Don’t have Amazon Prime? GoHERE to get a FREE 30 day Trial.

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Don’t miss the Amazon Summer Magazine Sale. All the titles above are just $5! Many more available for just a few bucks more.

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Zaycon Fresh is now taking orders for their upcoming events. Below are their offerings and prices in my area.Go HERE to find out if this deal is available in your area.

  • Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts $1.89/lb $75.60/case
  • Fresh Ground Beef, Lean {93/7} – 40 lbs $3.99/lb | $159.60/case
  • Frozen Wild Sockeye Salmon Fillets 25 lbs
  • Frozen Premium Alaskan Cod $5.49/lb $137.25/case
  • All Beef Hot Dogs $3.29/lb 10 lbs $32.90/case
  • Polish Kielbasa Sausages $2.79/lb 10 lbs  $27.90/case
  • Meaty Back Ribs $3.99/lb | $143.64/case
  • Bacon-Wrapped Pork Fillet $3.79/lb  36 lbs 136.44/case
  • Pork Sausage Links $2.79 ln 20 lbs $55.80/case
  • USDA Choice or Higher Chuck Roast $5.79/lb  $208.44/case
  • USDA Choice or Higher Patio Steaks $6.49/lb  $214.17/case
  • Smoked Pulled Pork – 20lbs $4.49/lb  $89.80/case

Check out the post on how we process so much Zaycon meat at one time.

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Cooking From Your Pantry | Menu Plan Ideas, Freezer Meals and Simple Recipes Week 34 of 52

Cooking From Your Pantry  Menu Plan Ideas, Freezer Meals and Simple Recipes

Cooking From Your Pantry  Menu Plan Ideas, Freezer Meals and Simple Recipes

Even though I don’t make a weekly menu plan, I still love the idea of having a bunch of recipes right in front of me to choose from. Here are a few recipes from my recipe collection I thought you might like:

apple coffee cake3 Breakfast Ideas

Broccoli, Bacon and Cheddar Quiche – a Sunday morning quiche is one of life’s must-experience indulgences.  {Pin it for Later}

Banana Bread with Walnuts, Coconut, and Chocolate Chips – I am always looking for ways to change up regular banana bread.  Adding walnuts, coconut and chocolate chips is one of my favorite ways to do it.  {Pin it for Later}

Apple Coffee Cake – Coffee cake implies that you should eat this for breakfast.  So, I gladly oblige.  {Pin it for Later}

Mediterranean Quinoa Salad4 Lunch Ideas and Dinner Ideas

Our Favorite Barbecued Salmon Recipe – BBQ season is getting shorter everyday, if you haven’t tried this recipe, make sure to give it a whirl before you put the barbecue away for the season.  {Pin it for Later}

Cheesy Beef Tortilla Casserole – This casserole is stupid easy to whip up, and always makes mouths happy {in my family, at least}.  {Pin it for Later}

Homemade Sloppy Joes – Sloppy Joes are one of those rare meals that EVERYONE loves in our house.  And good thing too, because I usually make a big enough batch that we can all have one for lunch the next day.  {Pin it for Later}

Mediterranean Quinoa Salad – Have you jumped on the Quinoa bandwagon yet?  This stuff is hearty and filling, without making you feel bloated.  What more could you ask for?  {Pin it for Later}

cheesecake-brownies3 Sweet Treats 

Blueberry Peach Cobbler – I could eat this stuff for breakfast, lunch and dinner.  And I have.  {Pin it for Later}

Cheesecake Brownies – It’s like the two best desserts decided to collaborate on a deliciously sweet project.  {Pin it for Later}

Lemon Ice Cream – I know lemon seems like a strange ice cream choice, but seriously, this stuff is like silk in your mouth.  {Pin it for Later}

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Beef Enchiladas – These were perfect last year when I needed to feed two hungry boys.  It didn’t hurt that they were so easy to put together, either.  {Pin it for Later}

Easy Refrigerator PicklesFeatured Canning Recipe 

Easy Refrigerator Pickles – If you have cucumbers on the vine, you should try a batch of these easy pickles.  Plus, home canned pickles don’t have yellow dye in them {Why the heck do they have to put that crap into the store bought stuff?!  Ugh.}.  {Pin it for Later}

What are YOU planning on making this week?

~Mavis

Find more recipes on One Hundred Dollars a Month as well as on my Pinterest Recipe Boards.

 

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The Great Toilet Seat Debate

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Toilet seat up or down

So this is not the typical toilet seat up/down debate. We’re not talking leaving the bottom toilet seat up that has potential to have us crashing into cold water on the off chance we take a bathroom trip in the dark of night. That’s the stuff divorces are made of. That toilet seat always stays down. Period.

Today we’re talking about the lid. Which, in my opinion, should also stay down. I have no idea why but when the lid is left up it just gives me the heebeegeebees. It drives me crazy. Not everybody sees it that way though and I feel like I am a crazy person for putting the lid down when I use the loo at other people’s houses.  But somehow it makes the {my} world right again.

Now I need to know if this is the norm or if I’m a minority lunatic. Do you leave the lid up or down? Picture on the right or the left? Please weigh in oh wise readers.

~Mavis

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21 Ways to Reuse Plastic Bags

21 Ways to Reuse Plastic Bags

21 Ways to Reuse Plastic BagsIf you aren’t a reusable or paper bag user, chances are you probably have a bunch of plastic grocery sacks lying around your house. Here are 21 ways to reuse them, upcycle them and re-purpose them:

  1. Scoop up your pet’s business. We’ll get the groody ones out of the way first. Use those bags to scoop out a cat’s litter box or stuff one in your pocket to clean up after you dog on a walk.
  2. Luggage helpers. When traveling, wrap all cosmetics up in a spare plastic bag to prevent any nasty luggage leaks. I also like to store a few empty bags so I can put all dirty laundry or wet swim suits. etc. in them before we head back home.
  3. Bubble wrap replacer. Bubble wrap should be for popping, not for packaging! Stuff packages with bags before shipping them off. You can also wrap glasses and dishes in bags when packing for a big move.
  4. Kid’s parachute fun. With just a little floss or string, an old plastic bag turns into a cool new toy. Just cut a large square out of the bag and then tie a string to each corner. Then attach all strings to a small toy to give it some weight. Wallah.
  5. Donate them. Food pantries, kindergarten classroms and libraries often use plastic bags often. Call around and ask if any local branches/schools could use them.
  6. Trick-or-Treat bags. Let your kids go to town with some festive colors, paint, markers and glitter, and make some fun bags to gather all that candy!!
  7. Car trash cans. I like to keep a few in my glovebox and am always glad I do. I use them to gather all car trash on road trips. Keeps the car looking clean and tidy. Just how I like it.
  8. Paint brush saver. If I’m in the middle of a painting project and the day gets away from me, I just place a plastic bag over the wet paint brush and place a rubber band around it to seal it. Keeps the brush like new overnight so I can resume my project in the morning.
  9. Lunch box alternative. Plastic bags make for a great lunchbox for all those school and work lunches. No need to cough up money for those pricey packs!
  10. Endless trash bags. Plastic bags make the perfect trash liner for smaller trash cans in your office or bathroom. You won’t have to pay another dime for little trash bags.
  11. Recycling sorter. Hang plastic bags near your trash can to divide and sort your recycling. One bag for paper, one for plastics, etc.
  12. Ripen fruit faster. Place tomatoes, pears, peaches, etc. in a plastic bag to ripen them up a little faster. The bag traps the natural gas released by the ripening fruit, which helps it ripen faster.
  13. Protect your plants. Use bags to cover smaller outdoor plants when you know an overnight frost is coming. Use the handles to tie them closed at the base of the plant or the bottom of the pot. Just make sure you remove them in the morning.
  14. Stinky diaper deterrent. Wrap up those smelly diapers before you toss them in the trash to keep your whole house from smelling. No need for an expensive Diaper Genie.
  15. Arts and crafts applicator. Use a plastic bag as a paint, wax, stain, or polish applicator. Makes for a fun and funky paint brush alternative.
  16. Mini drip cloth. If you have smaller paint project, plastic bags work as perfect little drip cloths. Just lay them out on tables, under furniture, over carpet, etc. They work great to catch all those stray drips.
  17. Water park pal. Wrap up your wallet, car keys, or phone to keep the water out when you head to the beach or the water park.
  18. Trunk protector. You know how much I love new plants and flowers. I also like a nice clean car. So I throw down some plastic bags and line my trunk before I pile in the new pots in there. Keeps all that dirt and muck off my nice clean floors.
  19. Shape keepers. I stuff plastic bags in winter boots to help them keep their form when I’m not using them. I’m not a big purse girl, but I know a lot of my friends will stuff their flimsy purses with them to keep their shapes as well.
  20. Easy ice pack. Soak a rag in water and wrap it in a plastic bag before tossing it in the freezer. Makes for the perfect moldable ice pack.
  21. Recycle them. Many stores will pay you a bit to turn in your plastic bags, or they have bins at the front of the store where you can turn them in.

Do you use your plastic bags in any fun and inventive way?

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