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Recycle Christmas Cards!!

So this is a post I wrote last year, but I thought I would share it again this year :). I have done this for 2 years now and I enjoy it a lot!

Hey everyone Jenn here!!

I hope that all of you had a wonderful Christmas! We had such an amazing time, this has definitively been the most fun Christmas yet for Kaitlyn! It has been so much fun watching all her excitement this year from Santa, to cookies, to shopping and presents-it has been all so wonderful!

One of my favorite things is sending and receiving Christmas cards! I just think it is so exciting to go to the mailbox and finding a card (of course I like that anytime), but there is something so nice about getting Christmas cards…..and this year Kaitlyn has LOVED opening them and looking at all the pretty pictures.

Last year I had read an article about using leftover cards for name tags on presents, it didn’t have any pictures or instructions but I loved the idea though! I always disliked throwing them away and this way I could use them and enjoy the pictures next year!

This year I started out using regular name tags for presents, but in running out of those….I remembered the article and that I had saved some cards from last year.

I simply took my old cards and cut them into squares and rectangles and used those as my gift tags :). For some I tried to get specific pictures cut out-one of my nephews is santa’s face and another is a fireplace and some more are snowflakes…..but some are not any particular picture, and they are still pretty and look great on the gifts. After cutting out what I wanted I just punched a hole in them, wrote the to and from, and attached it to the gift via ribbon. Soo simple and cheap, but very pretty! And one of the best parts is that Kaitlyn helped cut them out and punch the holes, so it was something we got to enjoy together!

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I am definitely using this years cards as tags for next years presents!

I am also hoping to use some to make some other things…..I am thinking magnets and bookmarks….we shall see….and if it goes well, I will share it with y’all!

I hope that you have had a wonderful Christmas and have a Happy New Year!

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DIY Days: Ditch the paper, Use cloth

Hola all! Jenn here with a new DIY day!

Today’s topic is: Ditch the paper, use cloth!

If you are like me you have become painfully aware of how many rolls of paper towels your house goes through in such a short period of time. It was truly nagging at me.

Saving money has not been easy for me….well I guess that is better stated finding ways to decease spending has been hard for me. One of the things I noticed was how many paper towels we were using, I was going through an alarming amount! Between using them for cleaning, using them at meals, and using them to wipe up messes….it was ridiculous! I talked to my hubby about it and told him I wanted to switch to using cloth for cleaning and meals which lets face it, he’s a guy…he doesn’t really care.

I happened upon a dollar store that was going out of business where I found packs of washcloths which were only 0.75 each. I instantly bought them and started using them for my cleaning. At another dollar store I found the purple cloths in the picture below. They are more absorbent and more abrasive (they those “super” absorbent cloths). I prefer to use them on the toilet, and eventually will switch to using just those on everything as I buy more. They were 2 for $1.00.

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I LOVE it! It takes a little more wiping because they do not absorb like paper towels, but I have found it totally worth it! I use the same one to clean both bathroom mirrors, then one for each vanity, and one for each toilet. I use one rag for dusting which I can use 3-4 times before it needs washing. Once they have been used I just simply wash them with my whites so they get bleached 🙂

I found 4 pack of cloth napkins at the goodwill for less than $1.00 (sorry I don’t remember the exact amount). Then when talking to a woman about my new endeavor, she said she had some cloth napkins she didn’t use so she gave me 6! They do not always get very “used” at meals, so I can reuse them, sometimes…..depends on the meal. Once they are dirty I just simply wash them! Added bonus is they look nice on my table!!

-I still use paper towels for cleaning my granite countertops because I found the rags streaked them.

Let me tell you, within a month of using cloth I could tell how much less we used paper towels! I was so excited! A 6 pack roll of paper towels lasted us over 6 months!! I average less than one roll a month…..that is a huge difference than when I was using them to clean both bathrooms, dust, and for meals!

I have never been a fan of using paper plates for everyday meals, I always thought that was a waste of money. (Yes I know not having to wash dishes is nice, but how cost effective?) So I have never done that, but if you do I would suggest looking at how much you spend, compared to a little extra time washing or loading the dishwasher.

So if you are tired of having to use paper towels and tired of the frustration of realizing you are out….ditch the paper and switch to cloth! Your bank account and the environment will thank you!

**EEEKKKK I have to add I recently found DIY reusable fabric papertowles on Pinterest! They are fabric and you can use snaps or Velcro to fasten them together and you roll them around an empty paper towel tube and stick them on your paper towel dispenser……so excited!! Can hardly wait to try making these!

Don’t forget to do something to make some smile today!!

Until next time,
Jennifer