Tuesday, August 30, 2011


Do you find yourself purchasing individual bottles of tea, water, or other cold drinks?  For years I have made my own individual bottles of drinks and the family loves it.

I originally purchased a pack of tea in glass bottles.  I personally didn't even enjoy the brand tea I purchased but I was after those glass bottles!  I then began filling the jars each day with iced tea and capping them.  Yum!  They taste as good as the day the tea is made. 

Lemonade is wonderful when it is iced cold and at your fingertips!  Just grab a jar and go!   Kool-aid?  Water?  Gator-ade?   You are saving money by making your own drinks but have the convenience of the grab and go!  They fit nicely into a cooler too.

I use all kinds of glass jars to store the drinks.  Pint size mason jars work great as do pickle jars, gravy jars, spaghetti sauce jars and more.  You get the picture, right?  

These glass jars are easy to clean in the dishwasher.  I have been using some of these over and over for years now and they are still in perfect shape, lids and all. 

Saving money and trash in our landfills is a win-win!   Cheers!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011


I attended an auction Saturday and purchased a sleep number bed and a dresser.  I was very pleased to win the bid, however I never dreamed it would cause me to have to work so hard this week.

Dale and Scott moved my dresser in on Monday afternoon and the work began.  I am rearranging bedrooms to make everything fit!  I have cleaned out drawers, causing me to get real about what I wear and don't wear, and what I use and don't use.

I also had to find a place to put a lot of books that I stored on a bookshelf because the shelf cannot stay in the room.  So far I have emptied three dressers and chest-of-drawers and one book shelf.  I plan to donate items to a homeless shelter in St. Louis.  It may take a truck to get all of this "stuff" to them.

Even Sidney got in on the action by going through a large assortment of his books and letting them go.....
He also is letting his pellet gun go after all these years.   It's hard because we get so attached to "things", but they are just that; things!

On Saturday an elderly woman told me that she told her children, "We spend the first half of our life try to accumulate things and the last half of our lives trying to get rid of it".  How true! 

The more I get rid of the easier it is to take care of my home.  Don't wait too long to start simplifying your life.  Start today, one drawer at a time!