Reduce, Reuse Post

Waste Not – Want Not

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Reduce, Reuse Post

 Keeping with this weeks theme of Fix it up, wear it out, make it do, or do with­out’. I have some ideas for reusing every day items:

  • Envelopes of all sizes can be reused by putting  a label over the top of the previous address, or used as a file folder
  • Plastic bags from the store have endless possibilities, such as:  garbage can liners, wrap around cords or other loose things to secure and hold them in place, use to discard pet waste from litter box or when walking a pet, and my favorite is to put a treat in it for someone and hang it on their door handle with a second wrap to secure it
  • Empty glass bottles can be cleaned and used for vases, jars for treats and homemade goodies, painted or decorated (click HERE for an idea) for your home or to gift, even great to store odds and ends
  • Empty plastic containers such as yogurt and sour cream cartons are terrific to store leftovers, to send home food, or to pack lunch in particularly if the container doesn’t always come home, lol
  • The shower caps you get at hotels are perfect bowl and food covers
  • Purchase the ‘reusable’ bags at the store to give gifts in.  Now they have two gifts!
  • Old clothing can be used as rags and for cleaning
  • Used gift wrap can be shredded for stuffing in packages and gift bags
  • Gift bags and tissue paper can be neatly folded up and used again.  Make a new tag out of an old card
  • Paper ran through your printer that is not what you wanted give to the kids to draw on or use as scratch paper
  • Dryer Sheets:  Use them to remove static cling from pants legs, shirts, skirts and even your hair by running a used fabric softener sheet over the area, also pet hair by rubbing it on your clothes
  • Clothing:  There are endless possibilities here, but to start, sell kids outgrown clothing, give to shelter or homeless agency, take to thrift store to support employment of less fortunate, sell at consignment shop
  • Old Blankets and sleeping bags:  Keep extras in the car for warmth and to wrap fragile items.  To sit on at parades, concerts, games and outdoor activities.
  • Many items can be sold, traded or donated to give them a second life – be creative and try to think outside of the box to save money and waste.


Here are THREE basics that will save you trouble and frustration.

Cleaning with vinegar will save you $ on cleaners.   Mending will save you money as you will be able to fix you own minor repairs.   Knowing how to manage your money and to teach it to your children, will serve you well for the rest of your life – and that of your family too.

Vinegar is a WONDERFUL cleaner and saves you $$$ as it can be used for so many purposes, click HERE

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Mending 101 –

How to Thread a Needle, click HERE

How to Sew on a Button, click HERE  (I learned a trick or two about tying off the back and how to be sure the fabric won’t pucker or be too tight.)

Need a quick hem, or to keep your blouse in place?  Click HERE

      money in trap Teaching Money, Part 1, click HERE

Teaching Money, Part 2, click HERE

Teaching Money, Part 3, click HERE

Teaching Money, Part 4, click HERE  

Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2015

Recognize a blessing and be a blessing today    

For More On This Topic:

A Mother’s Shadow’ a novel by Carrie Groneman (available on Amazon), click HERE

Does the Brand Define YOU, click HERE

Wonders of Vinegar

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My mom Connie, LOVES vinegar, I mean, I believe the woman  keeps the industry thriving, single handed.   You can click on the picture for easy ordering or this word VINEGAR  When she was buying a case, or 8 or 10 (each case holds 2 gallons mind you) on a joint shopping trip, I asked her what in the world she did with so much vinegar, seeing there is just her and dad at home. She was so very kind to make us this awesome list of the many things she uses vinegar for. Here’s my mom—– There are so many uses for this “white magic” I can’t list them all, but here’s a few:

I rinse my hair with it . It will strip any old shampoo, conditioner and swimming pool chlorine that is left in my hair.

  • I put in in every batch of laundry I do . It disinfects anything there , and will neutralize bad odors. It works as well as bleach, without causing the clothing to fade or change colors.
  • I am the dish washer at my house (none of those new fangled electric things for me no sir), and vinegar kills any ickies that happen to be left on the pots and pans and dishes too.
  • I always have a spray bottle with vinegar (half vinegar half water )to spray the kitchen counters with to kill germs, particularly after working with poultry.
  • I pour it straight in the toilet and the tub and spray the sink with it . It really makes taps shine and removes water spots .
  • When I bring fruit and veggies from the store, I always wash them and I put a splash of vinegar in the slightly soapy water.
  • Vinegar is great for washing windows, just add a little in the wash water.
  • I pour vinegar in the carpet shampoo in my carpet cleaner when doing that chore.
  • When the new puppy or kitten has an accident (either kind) on the carpet, I soak or pick it up with paper towels and then pour straight vinegar on the soiled spot, brush it good , clean it up, dry it up with paper towels and then “dump” 2 to 4 cups on the effected spot. I have never had a “ring” left on the carpet and the pet has never gone back to that spot for a repeat / encore.
  • For accidents caused by pets on flooring, clean it up then I spray the spot with vinegar and use paper towels to dry.
  • I spray vinegar straight onto unwanted weeds and it kills them dead. I like this since  I don’t have to use chemicals on my ground risking injury to my pets.
  • Vinegar is good to put on sun burns .
  • I run and rerun vinegar thru my coffee pot to get out the hard water build-up.
  • I got rid of my toe nail fungus by soaking my toes in straight vinegar for 30 minutes or so, several days in a row

The following Recipe Works GREAT!

How to Unclog A Drain With Baking Soda and Vinegar

• Pour a pot of boiling hot water down your drain.

• Dump in about 1/2 c. baking soda. Let that sit for a few minutes.

• Then, pour a mixture of 1 c. vinegar and 1. c very hot water down on top of the baking soda.

• Cover with a drain plug (to keep the reaction down below the drain surface) if you have one and let it sit for 5-10 minutes.

• Flush one more time with a pot of boiling water. Why this works: The baking soda and hot water treatment will loosen up any grimy sludge that’s hanging out at the bottom of your drain, and the explosive chemical reaction with the vinegar will jolt it all loose. Then one final super hot-water rinse will make all the bad stuff go bye-bye. Thanks Mom! 

Copyright A Mother’s Shadow, 2014, 2016

Recognize a blessing and be a blessing today.

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