Even when you have a house full of party guests for Christmas/holidays (or any occasion), suddenly the TV is a dead spot in the room when normally it's the center of attention...When this happens, simply pop a movie into the DVD player with the sound on mute...For the holidays, play a Christmas classic movie, or a scary movie for a Halloween party...For an evening with friends, how about movies from your teenage years or your friends' favorites...And if it's a birthday party,… Continue
Added by Janet Visloski Strang on November 30, 2010 at 9:00am —
Having trouble getting a watering can to reach the tree stand of your live Christmas tree?...Throw several ice cubes into the base every day to keep your live tree watered...No more messy water drips/puddles under your tree!
Added by Janet Visloski Strang on November 29, 2010 at 9:00am —
Instead of purchasing gifts this Christmas/holiday season, how about creating an "experience" such as inviting a friend over for an afternoon of coffee and conversation in front of the fire...Or teach kids/grandkids/nieces/nephews an age appropriate skill such as cooking, sewing, crafting, woodworking, gardening, fishing etc...Create an "experience" and a lifetime of memories!
Added by Janet Visloski Strang on November 28, 2010 at 9:00am —
If your gift list is longer than your imagination, try giving everyone the same gift...Save shopping time, shipping costs and energy!
Added by Janet Visloski Strang on November 27, 2010 at 9:00am —
When purchasing decorations or making handmade gifts/cards, please skip the "glitter"... It's a headache to clean up and it's something that cannot be recycled.
Added by Janet Visloski Strang on November 26, 2010 at 9:00am —
Try something new for this year's Christmas morning gift fest...Ask "Santa" to hide the kids gifts around the house and give them clues as to where they can find their gifts...No wrapping needed...Kind of prolongs the fun for the parents and the kids...Don't forget to take photos/home movies!
Added by Janet Visloski Strang on November 25, 2010 at 9:00am —
Here's a kid-friendly project to recycle last year's Christmas/holiday cards...Turn them into this year's Christmas/holiday cards...This is also a great idea to recycle cards for year round occasions and celebrations...Start with construction paper/brown paper bags, add scissors, glue stick, crayons, marking pens and their imaginations...If you're mailing them out to family and friends, make sure that the size meets Postal regulations...You don't want… Continue
Added by Janet Visloski Strang on November 24, 2010 at 6:00am —
If you have vintage/collectible Christmas ornaments or ones handed down from your family, you don't want to hang them on your tree for fear of breakage...But how can you display them?...If you have a glass/crystal bowl, gently place them in the bowl mixed with small sections of fresh tree cuttings to cushion them (be careful with any tree sap!)...Great as a conversation starter at your dining room table or on your coffee table!
Added by Janet Visloski Strang on November 23, 2010 at 9:00am —
Instead of going all out for that BIG Christmas/holiday party that your business is well known for every year, why not gather business clients, employees, friends and donate your time at the local food bank or shelter giving an afternoon of service to the community...And about the money that you would have spent for your BIG bash, take that with you and donate it in person.
Added by Janet Visloski Strang on November 22, 2010 at 9:00am —
When wrapping/unwrapping gifts for the holidays (or any occasion), in additon to recycling gift wrap, try to reuse the ribbon and bows, too...Bows can be stored in plastic storage containers to keep them from getting crushed...Wrap the ribbon around paper towel cores cut to size.
Added by Janet Visloski Strang on November 21, 2010 at 9:00am —
If you're searching for simple, old fashioned looking decorations, how about making paper snowflakes?...Simply take used wrapping/tissue paper cut into a square or paper doilies, fold the paper and make intricate nicks and cuts in the folds...When you're done cutting, gently open your one of a kind snowflake...Great way to use up all those odd size pieces of holiday gift wrap!
Added by Janet Visloski Strang on November 20, 2010 at 9:00am —
Nobody likes cold mashed potatoes and trying to keep them hot while getting the rest of your holiday meal ready has never been easier...Make your mashed potatoes then place them into your slow cooker to keep them hot until "dinner is served"...Works great if you're serving a buffet, too.
Added by Janet Visloski Strang on November 19, 2010 at 9:00am —
Now about that leftover stuffing (dressing) and gravy...Pour the gravy into muffin pans and freeze...Use an ice cream scoop and scoop the stuffing into serving size portions and flash freeze on a cookie sheet...Store the frozen stuffing portions in a zippered freezer bag until ready to use.
Added by Janet Visloski Strang on November 18, 2010 at 9:00am —
Cook two smaller turkeys instead of a large one...The two smaller turkeys take less time to cook...And you can have one turkey carved "traditionally" at the table, the second one sliced ahead of time ready to serve.
Added by Janet Visloski Strang on November 17, 2010 at 9:00am —
With Thanksgiving right around the corner, here's a tip for making sure that you get ALL the stuffing (dressing) out of your turkey...The key to getting this done is a cheesecloth "bag" that you put into the turkey cavity to hold the stuffing...You'll need a piece of cheesecloth about 20" to 25" square...Fold the cheesecloth square in half and stitch up two sides creating a "bag"...Tuck the cheesecloth "bag" inside the turkey cavity...Make sure… Continue
Added by Janet Visloski Strang on November 16, 2010 at 9:00am —
If you're looking for a gift for the grandparents (or even a keepsake for Mom and Dad), here's a wonderful way to remember that little ones can't stay little forever...How about making a hand print on art quality parchment paper (with non-toxic finger paint)...Place this verse with the hand print for a special "handmade" gift (pardon the pun)...
Sometimes you get discouraged…
Added by Janet Visloski Strang on November 15, 2010 at 9:00am —
Trying to save money when purchasing Christmas/holiday gifts can be challenging even when there are sales...Have you ever thought of buying used (or recycle) items?...Now I'm not talking about someones cast offs from your local garage sale...How about vintage or designer clothing/products (some with original tags!) from thrift stores or consignment shops in the upscale parts of town?...Not only will you save money, but look at it this way, what you purchase has… Continue
Added by Janet Visloski Strang on November 14, 2010 at 9:00am —
There's nothing like having a crackling fire in the fireplace to warm the holiday atmosphere in your home...A green alternative to burning real wood is to use a product called Duraflame (R)...The company has been around since the 1960s and they recycle wood waste from a family pencil business saving over a million trees from use as firewood...Duraflame (R) burns cleaner than real wood fires and it's eco-friendly...So cozy up in front of that glowing fire and help the… Continue
Added by Janet Visloski Strang on November 13, 2010 at 9:00am —
If you're trying to save money on the holiday dinner, don't be afraid to make it potluck...Most guests love to bring a dish that shows off their cooking skills or a new recipe and those that don't can bring the wine...Less work for you and more time to spend with your guests!
Added by Janet Visloski Strang on November 12, 2010 at 9:00am —
We have all heard about how there is an over abundance of plastic water bottles for recycling or going to land fills...Not to mention the added cost to manufacture them...If you're looking for an eco-friendly, last minute gift, how about a "stainless steel water bottle"...They come in a variety of colors and are reuseable and durable...A practical gift for anyone on your gift list!
Added by Janet Visloski Strang on November 11, 2010 at 9:00am —