Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Household Tips I have learned over the years, Part #7

Hello Sweet Friends,
Happy Tuesday to ya,

Hope you all had a nice weekend,

and sometime for reflecting on
the true meaning of 
Memorial Day.

We had a good but quiet day
 ourselves.........no fuss, no

Our church service on Sunday
 included a segment to honor
all our fallen military men and
women, and  they had people
 from the congregation send in
 the names of relatives or friends
 ahead of time who had died in
 service to our country. So those
 men were honored by name, 
which I am sure was special to their
 loved ones. One of our part time
Pastors, used to be a Navy Chaplain, 
so he is always involved with these
 special patriotic events, and does
an awesome job..........

well, I had departed from my 
household tips series as I wanted
to do some different posts for a
while.  This could be the final
post for now, unless I think of 
more this next week.........lol

So on with the tips!!  

Ever wonder what else you
could do with gift bags beside
using them as gift bags.....

* Use them as trash cans, you can
 cut the handles off if you want.

* Use them to put flowers in to fill
 a corner or empty place or even
 in a vignette like you see below.

* Use them as a night light by
 putting a small lamp inside
or twinkle lights, then cut
  a whole or slit in the back of
the bag for the cord,so you 
can plug them in.

* As luminaries for your walk
    way........ or for a tablescape
 like the ones below.
  These were actually precut bags,
 but I have used others in the 
same way. You could actually
 take a pin and poke some holes
 in them if you wanted.

* use them like shopping bags
 to carry things somewhere.

* use really pretty ones to hang
on shelf hooks.......it makes for
inexpensive art.......

Both the pink and this bag both had
glitter on them which makes them even
prettier, but doesn't show up in the pics.

* Use them like framed art by
simply cutting and fitting it
to a frame of your choice.

Need to Clean the top of the fridge
Just found a quick way this week.....
I had been cleaning and had already
 been using my swiffer and had 
disposed of one already, so decided
to clean the fridge and since it was
 so dusty, I got the used swiffer out 
of the trash and went over the top
 of the fridge and it got all the dust, 
 so all I had to do was take a wet
sponge and go over it, and dry it...
  Took  me less than 5 mins...........
and that included removing and
 returning the stuff  that was on top
of the fridge.  This will be my
way of doing it from now on.

Having overnight guests or
company for longer??

Make sure to stock your guest
bathroom with plenty of bath-
room tissue, and then check it 
every morning or night when 
your guests are still sleeping
to see if it needs replenishing.
Don't know about
you but that is the one thing
I really feel a bit awkward
having to ask for.........
Silly me, but think there just
might be more folks that
feel the same......... lol

Need to smash some food 
that is  messy like blackberries
or strawberries??

Get a piece of paper towel and tear
 a small hole in the center, so that a 
fork handle will fit through it, then
 stick the fork handle in it, and put the
 item to be smashed in a cereal bowl 
and the paper towel will lay over the
bowl while you are smashing and 
catch all the splatters, so.........
 No more messy stains!

 Thinking of/or maybe you just pur-
chased some dark colored towels?
Make sure you do not wash them 
with any lighter colored towels or
 they will get light colored lint all
 over them, and look like you have
had them for years.........
Learned this the hard way a few
years back with some deep purple
 towels I bought. They would have
looked really great, too, with my
recent purple hued guest bath.

Anyone in your home with bad
allergies??.......you might want to
try an air purifier.  It helped me
immensely years back when I was
having severe headaches daily,
and sinusitis and earaches. Just
make sure you purchase one with 
a Hepa filter (very important).
Ours has a hepa (that you don't
 change)and a charcoal filter (that
you do change every couple of
months).  We have a Honeywell,
Envirocaire unit and it is our
2nd one and the only brand we
have used, and we have had
excellent service from it.
(Just so you know I get no
compensation of any kind for
saying that....it has just been
such a blessing to us, so just
want to pass it on in case some-
one else needs that sort of help)

They are nice to have for other
 reasons as well.  If you get any 
bad smells in your home, like use
 of cleaning products, or the yuk
 smell that sometimes comes from
 the vac cleaner, just turn it on and
 clean the air, and away goes the 
smell, unless it is a smell that is
really overpowering, but even 
then it will help some. 
  Also, if  you happen to have
 barking dogs or noisy neighbors
it will drown out sounds as well,
and we also use it when lil
darling is napping so she sleeps
If you want to try one without
purchasing one, you might be
able to rent one at a medical
supply store, that was what
we did at first.........we rented
it for one month...........
Can not tell you how much better
 I felt after using it for a month,
it just got better and better each
Then when our month was up 
hubby took it back as we were
gonna look into having one put
on our whole A/C unit,  but I
had a headache within 2 days
and an earache by day 3, and
sinusitis by day 4 so, I said go
back and get it I don't care if
I have to carry it around from
room to room,  it works!! So
we bought it from them. Also
being portable has it's up side,
  I can use it in the other parts of
the house if need be, then carry
 it into the bedroom at night.
I use it more for the latter things
I mentioned, than for allergy 
symptoms, these days.  Which
is a great thing I have to say...


Well, hope you find a tip that

might help at your house.

If you missed Part 6 and would
like to see it, then  click here.  

Glad you stopped in,  and

hope you have a lovely
evening with your family/
or friends (human or furry)

with equalized affect.

Love, Hugs and

Last Day of May Blessings,


Sharing at:

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Art and Sand with Carol and Friends

A Stroll thru Life with Marty

McCall Manor with Holly and Friends

Shabby Art Boutique with Kerryanne

Walking on Sunshine with Lois and Friends

Life with Lorelai with Lorelai and Melissa

The Craftberry Bush with Lucy and Friends

Designthusiasm with Lory and Friends

Dwelling with Cindy

A Tray of Bliss with Mimi

Life and Linda with Linda and Friends

The Dedicated House with Kathyrn


  1. The use of gift bags is so great - I've always wondered what I can do with all the bags I have. I need to make a vignette

  2. Lots of great tips! I reuse gift bags all the time.

    Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  3. Hi Carol.........
    I always think how pretty so many of them are.......and I reuse them as gift bags all the time, but figured there must be other uses too. Dollar tree stores have gift bags any size
    for $1.00, so the pink one and the one with the white heart were from there.........
    If you do a vignette, let me know when you post it so I can see. Thanks for coming by and
    for your comments.

    Blessings, Nellie

  4. Hi Carol,
    Thanks for stopping by and for your kind comments.
    I think gift bags were probably invented by some harried Mother who was tired of being
    up half the night on Christmas eve wrapping presents!! lol Such..... an awesome invention, as it has surely saved me a lot of time and $$$, as I reuse my gift bags all the
    time too, as well as repurposing them.
    Have a good rest of the week hon,
    Blessings, Nellie

  5. Nellie, I love all of these, and I love your comment to Carol about the gift bags...lol! I couldn't agree more! Funnily enough, I was inspired by my teenaged daughter to start putting together a list of things Momma shoulda told ya. Much like yours only more eye opening..hehehehe! Thanks for the wonderful tips and thanks for sharing with me at Five Star Frou-Frou. Lotsa love, Mimi xxx

  6. Nellie, great ideas. I especially like #40. Thanks for sharing at Your Inspired Desgin Link Party.

  7. These are great tips. I use gift bags for all sorts of things, they come in such pretty patterns! Thanks for linking up to Dishing It! & Digging It!

  8. Thank You Carol, glad you liked #40, it does work well.
    Thanks for letting me share at Inpsired design and also for hosting, I always enjoy it.
    Blessings, Nellie

  9. Thanks Jenny, yea, gift bags are a good thing as Martha Stewart says! lol
    Thank for allowing me to share at Dishing it and Digging it and also for hosting this fun
    Blessings, Nellie

  10. Thanks Mimi,
    Sorry I am so late answering this, somehow I thought I already had....
    guess I was thinking about your comment on another post. That is neat
    that your daughter is inspiring you to do a Momma shoulda told you list.
    Yes, that would definitely be interesting coming from any Mom if they are
    honest...a lil more eye opening for sure.....lol

    Hope you are doing well and that you have a lovely Friday and Weekend.
    I have thrown my back out.......so annoying,and painful!! But it is
    what it is, just gotta wait it out.........by being a slow moving vehicle. lol

    Take care hon,
    Blessings, Nellie

  11. Nellie, you make me laugh!! I have featured this great post at Five Star Frou-Frou this week Hon. Rest up with your injured back Sweetie! Mimi xxx

  12. Hi Mimi,
    I am very happy to know I make you laugh.........cause I have to make myself laugh,
    gotta have a sense of humor or we could be whining all the time as this getting older
    stuff is certainly not for cowards........

    Thank you so much for featuring me this week, that is so sweet of you and makes me happy
    to hear that someone has enjoyed my post enough to share it. lol

    Resting is about all I have done.......other than we had to take our sweet kitty in on Friday to have her put to sleep, we think she had a bladder infection and she was meowing a lot and could tell she was in pain.........so it was sadly time........we never want to have to do that again, not that it was a bad experience, but just so hard to make the decision, but I do feel it was the right one due to the circumstances. We had a different Vet that we never met before but he was such a sweetie, and really helped to makes us know with all her problems that it was the right thing.......so helpful at a time like that.

    Well, thanks for coming by and letting me know you are featuring me. Hope you are doing
    well hon.........You are such a blessings.......

    Love and hugs,


Special thanks to all who take the time to leave comments..........They are very encouraging and very appreciated. I enjoy every one of them so much!!
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