Contest Jan15-Feb14-2020

Mess Prevention

I always seem to get the box of baking soda or salt, or sugar, or barley that leaks.

Rather than pouring everything into another container, I pop a CoverMate Stretch-to-Fit on the bottom of the container. I also use these on half used cans of lemonade or orange juice in the freezer.

Since they are washable and reusable and come in a variety of sizes in one package, they make a quick simple solution to conquer the potential mess.




Sturdy Cool Backpacks

My sons had terrible trouble with backpacks. Even the expensive ones would not last an entire school season—that’s how hard they were on them. Then one day we went into the Army/Navy surplus store.

We found military backpacks (rucksacks) that wore like iron! In fact, the boys carried them for years—all the way through college. They thought they were very cool.

Sanitize Your Inflight Space

As soon as you enter the airplane, find your seat and have a package of anti-bacterial wipes handy in your purse or carry on. Immediately wipe the tray button, tray,  both sides, the video screen, and controls, and the back of the seat in front of you, the safety instructions card and whatever else is in front of you with a wipe.

Wipe the arms of the chair on both sides and bottom and the reclining button.  Wipe the upper buttons, lights, call, etc. If you are on the window seat, wipe the window and its surroundings. Wipe the headrest. Wipe everything with a wipe that you know someone else has touched. Use more than one wipe for this cleaning. Ask your seat partners if they would like a wipe.  Hopefully, they will think it’s a healthy idea too.

Better than Waxed Paper

Use the waxed paper liners from cereal boxes instead of buying waxed paper, as it is much stronger.

I use it to separate pancakes,  hamburgers, and to individually wrap chicken parts before freezing in a ziplock bag.

They also keep your counter clean when you are kneading dough.

If you have little ones visiting, it will protect your table from crayon marks, paint drippings, and play dough.

I open my liners so they lay flat, rinse them, dry them, and wrap around a paper towel tube.  I secure them with a rubber band, gotten from a bunch of broccoli or a blueberry box.

Free Dryer Balls

Since we live in the U.S. Midwest, we all wear wool socks. When they are too worn to wear, I roll them into sock balls and use them in my dryer, free woolen dryer balls!

Use Your Phone to Find Your Glasses

If you’re nearsighted, it can be challenging to find your eyeglasses. Use your phone to find them.

Pull up your phone’s camera and use it to get a clear view of all the stuff around you. You’ll be able to spot them quite easily as you walk about bringing different areas into clear view on the camera’s screen.



“CAN” Party Theme

A simple and inexpensive way to decorate for a children’s party or a ladies banquet is recycled cans!  There’s a variety of party games that can be made from cans….an old-fashioned tin can telephone (two cans attached with a string at the bottom), a hanging beanbag toss (featured picture), a pyramid of stacked cans to knock down …

bean bag toss

Brightly painted cans to be bowling pins and knocked down with a tennis ball.


A milk can to toss ping pong balls into…

A blue suitcase

…and a balancing game with soda cans!  (Fill a large bowl with water, place a plastic plate to float in the bowl, then stack at least 5 cans and balance them for 3 seconds!)

stacked coke cans on a table

Gifts (door prizes) can be wrapped in the large #10 cans, too!

A group of items on a shelf

Let’s not forget about table decorations made from painted tin cans. Plus, party favors fit easily in washed & decorated tuna cans.   It’s easy to decorate the cans with paint, lace, etc.   Let your imagination go wild!



Get to the Bottom of It!

I discovered this method when I came to the end of my favorite, and quite expensive, tube of lotion. This works on any thin, plastic tube of product that you are able to cut through with scissors (toothpaste, face cream, lotion, hair products, medications…)  Never throw away an “empty” tube of product without doing this first.


Once the container appears empty, stand the tube on end, as though you’re trying to drain out every last bit of product.

Using scissors, cut horizontally through the tube about 2-3 inches above the cap end, cutting the tube into two separate, not necessarily equal, pieces.

Notice how much product is hiding in the tube!

Use your fingers to transfer all of the product into the cap end of the tube.

To reseal, simply place the top half of the tube over the original cap end.  It may not be a perfect fit but you will be able to squeeze them together securely.

Push the new “lid” down as far as possible onto the cap end of the tube, creating a much shorter “mini” tube, as pictured below.

To use any remaining product do not use the original cap but remove the new “lid, or tube half” to reach in with your fingers.

You can get your fingers right to the bottom of the tube for several more days, or even weeks, of product use.

No more wasted product!

You’ll really be able to “get to the bottom of it”.