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It’s almost 2013!

Happy New Year!

I’d love to be heading to a glitzy party tomorrow night…perhaps next year.

Or even better, how about throwing one? The ideas above would definitely come in handy. Add in a few fireworks and you’d be all set.

I hope your New Years is fantastic no matter how you are celebrating – a cozy night in with the kids and some new year’s board games is just as high on my list as a fancy party.

What are your New Year’s traditions?

Ideas to Make Life Easier

Why didn’t I think of that?!  You’ll be uttering those words more than once at these ingenious little tips, tricks and ideas that solve everyday problems.

Hull strawberries easily using a straw.

strawberries Ideas to Make Life Easier
Rubbing a walnut over scratches in your furniture will disguise dings and scrapes.
furniture Ideas to Make Life Easier

Remove crayon masterpieces from your TV or computer screen with WD40.

wd40 Ideas to Make Life Easier

Stop cut apples browning in your child’s lunch box by securing with a rubber band.

apple Ideas to Make Life Easier

Overhaul your linen cupboard, store bed linen sets inside one  of their own pillowcases and there will be no more hunting through piles for a match.

sheets Ideas to Make Life Easier

Pump up the volume by placing your iPhone & iPod in a  bowl. The concave shape amplifies the music.

iPhone Ideas to Make Life Easier

Re-use a wet-wipes container to store plastic bags.

wet+wipes Ideas to Make Life Easier

Add this item to your beach bag.  Baby powder gets sand off your skin easily, who knew?

baby+powder Ideas to Make Life Easier

Attach a Velcro strip to the wall to store soft toys.

velcro+strip Ideas to Make Life Easier

Use wire to make a space to store gift wrap rolls against the ceiling, rather than cluttering up the floor.

gift+wrap Ideas to Make Life Easier

Find tiny lost items like earrings by putting a stocking over the vacuum hose.

stocking Ideas to Make Life Easier

Make an instant cupcake carrier by cutting crosses into a box  lid.

cupcakes Ideas to Make Life Easier

For those who can’t stand the scrunching and bunching: how to perfectly fold a fitted sheet.

Fitted+Sheet Ideas to Make Life Easier

Forever losing your bathroom essentials?  Use magnetic  strips to store bobby pins, tweezers and clippers, behind a vanity door.

bobby+pins Ideas to Make Life Easier

Store shoes inside shower caps to stop dirty soles rubbing on your clothes.  And you can find them in just about every  hotel.

shower+cap Ideas to Make Life Easier

A muffin pan becomes a craft caddy.  Magnets hold the plastic cups down to make them tip-resistant.

cupcake+tin Ideas to Make Life Easier

Bread tags make the perfect cord labels.

bread+pins Ideas to Make Life Easier

Bake cupcakes directly in ice-cream cones, so much more fun and easier for kids to eat.

ice+cream+cones Ideas to Make Life Easier

Microwave your own popcorn in a plain brown paper bag.  Much healthier and cheaper than the packet stuff.

popcorn Ideas to Make Life Easier

Install a tension rod to hang your spray bottles.

tension+rod Ideas to Make Life Easier

Turn your muffin pan upside down, bake cookie-dough over the  top and voila, you have cookie bowls for fruit or ice-cream.

cookie+bowls Ideas to Make Life Easier

Freeze Aloe Vera in ice-cube trays for soothing sunburn relief.

aloe+vera Ideas to Make Life Easier

Create a window-box veggie patch using guttering.

window+box Ideas to Make Life Easier

Use egg cartons to separate and store your Christmas decorations.

egg+carton Ideas to Make Life Easier
The above are not my pictures, this was a public email.
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Mocktails for kids

Having a New Year’s Eve Party?
Fancy drinks all around?
But, what about the kids?
Both of my kids are old enough to stay up till the ball drops so I thought they’d like to have a fancy drink as well.
Here are a few mocktails for kids. Be creative, rim the glass with some Pop Rocks or Pixi Sticks, freeze gummi worms for ice cubes.
Use your imagination!
Epic+Lemonade Mocktails for kids
Steven and Chris


3 ounces pink lemonade
½ cup frozen raspberries (thawed)
1 cup ice
1 ounce pineapple juice

Place all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth. Adjust the amount of ice depending on the thickness desired.
(adapted from Steven & Chris)

200406602 Mocktails for kids


Chill a wine goblet with ice. Add 2 oz. cranberry juice and 4 oz. chilled apple cider. Stir to mix. Garnish with a cinnamon stick.
(adapted from Squidoo)

200109206 Mocktails for kids


In a blender, combine 1 cup ice, 1 whole banana, 5 fresh strawberries, 5 oz. pineapple juice and 4 oz. coconut milk. Blend until smooth and strain into a glass. Garnish with a slice of banana or strawberry.

(adapted from LCBO)

Coco+Colada Mocktails for kids

In a blender, add 1 cup ice, 4 oz. pineapple juice and 2 oz. cream of coconut (or 6 oz. pina colada mix). Blend until slushy and strain into an old fashioned drinking or margarita glass. Garnish with an orange wheel.
(adapted from LCBO)

Cool+Frost Mocktails for kids


To a blender, add 1 cup ice, 1 scoop mint chocolate chip ice cream and ½ cup milk. Blend and pour into a martini glass. Drizzle 1 tsp. chocolate sauce on top and garnish with a candy cane.

(adapted from LCBO)

Countdown Mocktails for kids

To a flute, add ½ oz passionfruit juice, ½ oz cranberry juice and ½ fresh strawberry, sliced. Top with 4 oz chilled sparkling water.
(adapted from LCBO)

christmas drinks smore mocktail Mocktails for kids



5 ounces milk
1 tablespoon chocolate syrup
1 – 2 tablespoons Kraft Jet-Puffed Marshmallow Creme
graham cracker

1 chocolate bar piece

Add milk into a mug or glass.
Stir in chocolate syrup until combined.
Spoon marshmallow creme on top of the cocktail.
Wait for a couple of minutes and the cream will settle forming a smooth topping.
Insert the graham cracker and chocolate bar piece into the creme topping and serve.
(adapted from celebrations.com)

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