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Mini Makeover: Making My Living Room Kid Friendly!

Monday, March 30th, 2015

I’m such a neutral-color-lover when it comes to my house, my clothes and even my car; but now that kids are on the seen, color is a must. Instead of trying to hide it, I’m slowly trying to embrace this new era, and delighting in the fact this living room isn’t just mine anymore!

Kid-proofing my bookcase was on my list of things to do this week, since the girlies are now on their feet. All breakables have been moved to new heights, and the bookcase that always catches their attention is now home to baskets of toys and a diaper station.

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Adding a ‘pop’ of color with my favorite books on the top shelf, helps blend in the color of the toys, and makes it look more intentional.

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 These durable baskets were a find from DI (local thrift shop), they’ve be perfect for housing the smaller toys. The metal structure has proved to be extremely kid-friendly, and still is intact after many many hours of abuse!

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 A pretty glass container can turn everyday objects into something special. These are toys I grab when I’m running out of the house, a little something for them to play with in the car.

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I really enjoyed this little exercise of making something functional and pretty. Never would I have thought I’d have a pair of red shoes on my bookcase, but we’re all happy how it turned out.

Any tips and tricks from you mummy’s. Do share!

PS. Nanny, don’t worry the bookcase is also anchored to the wall, safety first!

New Night Stand Lamps. On sale this month at Ikea!

Tuesday, February 10th, 2015

For those of you following us on Instagram (see HERE) you may have noticed that I started my bedroom makeover way back in October. It’s taken us longer than expected (we’re only half way into it) but I’m telling myself there is an up side…extra time to mull over details!

One of the little changes I wanted to make was new lamps on our nightstands. The original ones worked perfect, other than the fact they look up way too much space leaving our nightstands constantly looking cluttered and over worked. I knew I wanted something more ‘airy’.

We debated mounting something on the wall (like THIS), but found a similar look with this lamp from Ikea (see HERE) for less than half the price! The better news is that this month they are on sale for only $19.99!

That was all I needed. The thrifty option won, and I couldn’t be happier with the results.

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Offer ends March 3rd so hurry in if you’re interested!

I’m too excited at how the room is turning out. Hopefully full details and reveal soonish :)

Simple Heart Artwork and a Mini Makeover

Monday, February 2nd, 2015

This post was suppose to be a DIY of this heart artwork I whipped up for Valentine’s Day. But I literally drew a heart on a scrap piece of wood and painted it with white craft paint. It took about 5 minutes tops, so there was really no need for a tutorial.

I do think it’s fun. How about you?boxwood clippings_black and white powder room

Anyhow, lately I’ve been really really loving the whole Scandinavian look. They do simplicity and style at it’s best.

So I thought I’d have a little play around in our powder room to see if I could mimic the look.

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 Natural elements along with strong metals and lots of white space were key.

It’s still not quite there, but I’m enjoying mulling it over.

Any suggestions?!

Drab to (almost) Fab Bathroom

Thursday, January 29th, 2015

Our kids bathroom is awfully drab. There is no exterior light and it is pretty bare bones. We haven’t even hung towel rails yet!

Some major trim work is in need, but for now Valentine’s Day has given me an excuse to add a few pink accents.

It’s amazing how an ounce of color can brighten things up.

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I’m a girl that cannot pass up pretty glassware. This powder pink, faceted vase was a thrift store find for $1!

The floral hand towel is from World Market.

Mrs Meyers Peony soap is my absolute favorite, have you tried it?

So glad I brightened this space up while we’re figuring out permanent plans!

The Twin’s Valentines Nursery

Wednesday, January 21st, 2015

The girls nursery is one of my favorite rooms in our home (see more HERE). We purposely planned a neutral grey background so we could switch out a “pop” colour depending on our mood or girls preference when they get older.

To spruce it up for valentines, I’m simply pulled out their books with red, pink or purple covers and all their white and pink soft toys. By grouping like items together, you can create a display without having to go out and buy festive items. Putting existing things to use is always a good thing because it feels and looks and IS effortless!

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My mum bought our little valentine babies these adorable Haba heart toys (click HERE) when they were born. For the longest time they were hanging from their stroller basinets, but this valentine’s they’re all grown up and using them as a teething toy.

Do you or your kids have a birthday near a holiday? I only think it adds to the festivities and so far we’re loving it!

DIY Peg Coat Rack

Monday, January 19th, 2015

The twins turn one next month. Gone are the babes swaddled safely in my arms, here are independant little explorers roaming free and keeping me on my toes!

Baby proofing has gone beyond safety gates, as we realize a safe home is a relaxed home. At this stage everything is going in their mouths so it’s essential things are out of reach, but still totally accessible to Brock and me.

This past weekend, Brock whipped up this new peg coat rack. Not only does it look totes adorbs (he he) but it holds much more than coats. We’ve been hanging everything in sight, from shoes to recycling to mail and keys. It’s so handy and looks great! We’re wondering why we didn’t think of doing it before, and it only cost about $11 to make!

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I had every intention to shoot the process, but my hands were full with the ladies, so I’ll just have to explain it!

You Will Need:

1 plank of wood, 3.5″ width (primed, cut to desired length)

1 or 2 dowels, 1″ diameter (number of dowels depends on desired length)

Saw

Drill and 1″ drill bit (same size as dowels)

Wood glue

Sand paper

Paint

Wood screws (for mounting to the wall)

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How To:

Measure out your space and decide the length of the peg rack and the distance you want between each peg. The Shakers did their pegs 6″ apart, so we went with their school of thought, along an 8-foot rack (16 pegs). Measure out the distance between each peg along the wood plank, making sure to measure from the middle of the plank (so you don’t end up with a peg only one inch from one end and 6 inches from the other end).

Mark the center point where each peg should go, making sure to keep all pegs along the centerline of the plank. Brock made a template out of an old scrap of wood the same width as the plank to make sure the distance between pegs and distance from the edge was uniform.

Next, drill 1″ holes for each peg, making sure not to angle the drill (if you know someone with a drill press, this would be the best way to do it; otherwise, just use a steady hand). Brock drilled all the way through each hole, but if you’re using a drill press, it would be best to drill only 3/4 the distance through the plank to allow more surface area for the wood glue to bond. Whichever way you do it, it needs to be uniform to make sure the peg lengths are the same across the plank.

Cut the dowels to your desired peg lengths (ours were 5″). Dry-fit the pegs in the holes to make sure they fit snuggly. If they are loose, don’t worry; you can use a household caulk to fill in the extra space prior to painting. Glue one end of each peg into place using a very strong wood glue and leave for 24 hours to fully cure.

Sand any sharp or splintered edges as needed, making sure to remove any excess glue, then paint (and caulk if needed). Once the paint has dried, you are ready to mount your new peg coat rack! To do this, use a stud-finder to find the studs behind the wall, then simply drill small holes into the plank for your screws. Use a level to make sure your new rack is positioned correctly, and then screw it to the wall. Lastly, use some caulk to hide the screws, and the re-paint over the screw holes, and you’re done!

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 Ours is placed between our garage door and kitchen. Even in narrow hallways it works great and helps maximize the space.

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 Here’s how the hallway looked before. Functional and tidy, but not baby friendly.

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Has January been an organizing month for you, too? We love a fresh space for a fresh year!

5 Mommy Time-Savers!

Thursday, January 15th, 2015

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There are never enough hours in the day, right? This year I am working on maximizing time doing things I love and becoming more efficient at the things I don’t love (cooking, cleaning etc). Here are a few things that have been helping…

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No.1 Clorox Detergent

There is nothing I hate more than stained clothing. Ugh! THIS detergent is amazing! No more spraying everything before it goes in, soaking or re-washing. Time saver! This is on coupon at Costco right now so I make sure to stock up!

No.2 Dry Shampoo

There have been a few times since having Jane, I am simply too exhausted to get in the shower to wash, dry and style my hair. THIS product that Melanie at My Sweet Savannah recommended buys me one more day. Works wonders and is so inexpensive.

No.3 Gel Nails

Having a lick of nail polish on my fingers helps me feel a little more put together when I am covered in drool. I am loving the 2-step gel polish from Sally Hansen which I can do at home. So much quicker, cheaper and easier to maintain than going to the salon. It lasts about a week and comes off with regular acetone! ‘Blacky‘ and ‘Birthday Suit‘ are my current faves.

No.4 Double and Freeze

Cooking healthy, fast, thrifty and delicious meals is something I am working on this year. Lately I’ve been doubling whatever I’m making and throw half in the freezer. Nothing beats zapping a meal in the microwave and having dinner on the table in 5 minutes flat. Freezer bags are essential to keeping food at its prime. Ziplocks are also on coupon at Costco right now.

No.5 Quick Cleaning Sessions

Cleaning the house is the never-ending job right? Rather than getting overwhelmed I’ve been trying to do 30 mins a day and make sure to pick up and do the dishes before bed each night. Two separate 15 minute sessions are working pretty good. I set the timer on my phone and see how much I can get done. Lovely Mrs Meyer’s products really help me enjoy cleaning. THIS lavender all-purpose spray is my favorite.

Do you have any great time-saving tips? Please share!

Sarah’s Christmas Decorations 2014: Living Room + Dinning

Wednesday, December 24th, 2014

This year we’re happy to have the challenge of two lil ladies crawling all over the place.

To protect the tree and other delicates we did a bit or rearranging of furniture. Everything behind the couch is not baby-friendly, everything in front is! Not the best placement of furniture for looks, but it sure beats baby gates.

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Four stockings this year! FINALLY!!!

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I never tire of our simple nativity, this year adorned with some fresh greenery.

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 The ottoman doubles as baby gate when we move it!

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Here are just a few deatails from the Dinning Room + Kitchen.

Again, baubles on a string makes a really nice garland. boxwood clippings_christmas decorations

 

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 And just a few bits and bobs for the pendant lights.

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In England the official “take down day” of decorations day is January 7th. We abide by that tradition, but even then sometimes I don’t feel ready!

Sarah’s Christmas Decorations 2014: Downstairs Bath

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2014

We’ve had such spacey “mummy” brains the past couple of weeks, we forgot to show you most of my decorations. My living and dinning look pretty much the same as past years (I’ll share a few pics tomorrow), but my little half bath got a touch of glam, inspired by Em as always!

I actually bought her a set of black and gold baubles in the clearance last year, but she has a new strict rule about no breakable ornaments (hilarious and tragic story for some other time). So I went ahead and used them for myself.

Up on a shelf, I don’t think they can come to any harm.


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 This year I’ve been rocking the whole “bauble on a string” thing. Sooo easy and a great way to work baubles that I have a plethora of.

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A thick black ribbon is everything I want and more!

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 Hope you likey!

Happy Christmas Eve Eve!!!

Sarah’s Christmas Decorations 2014: Twin Girl Nursery

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014

You know when you’re single, or childless you can find yourself daydreaming of random “one day” moments. No? That was just me?!

Well I’ve been dreaming of decorating a nursery for years, and I feel so blessed this year to finally have two little ladies to decorate for.

White, blush, gold and silver were the color choices, and I just love how soft and magical it feels in there.

Are you ready for a total photo overload?

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I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect “1st Christmas Ornament” so I was VERY excited when Tiny Prints asked us to look at their line of personalized ornaments (click HERE). It didn’t take me long to find the perfect match for their nursery.

I added a cream ribbon, but the color scheme of a black and white image, silver frame and pink text was really perfection.

They are so adorable, they even made me tear up a little when they arrived. Such a special year to make a keepsake to have forever.

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Do you have a favorite room you’ve decorated this season?

We’d love to see, tag us #boxwoodclippings instagram so we can see!

Em’s Christmas Decorations 2014: Kitchen and Family Room

Monday, December 1st, 2014

I couldn’t wait to get a head start on decorating this year! Have you started yet?

I used the simple fall decor we put up for Jane’s blessing (see HERE) and just added a little sparkle to get an extra cozy and wintery feel.boxwood clippings_christmas decorations, pinecones

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Can’t wait to show you the living room…stay tuned!

Food Station for Babies

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

Feeding two young babies at the table can be challenging. When Brock’s home, he has one and I have the other, but it’s a constant battle of ‘please pass this” and “are you done with that?”. To help relieve some of the crazy I put together this food station that has helped us out tremendously!

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I got a tray that fits nicely on our lazy Suzanne, and then stocked it with all of the essentials. Our goal is to never have to leave the table mid-feed once we’re there with our homemade baby food (link HERE).

Our Go-To Items Are:

Bowls

Spoons

Bibs

Wipes

Snacks

Oatmeal

I must say this system has been WORKING!!! We’re getting the feeding down like magic!

Have you guys been re-organizing or tweaking a problem area in your homes? Do share!

Baby Girl Closet: Headband Organization

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

Double of everything looks like a lot in one little closet, so it’s also doubly important to keep it nice and organized.

After our recent post (see HERE) where we made our own headbands, you can say I went a little crazy and decided the girls needed at least one each in all the neutrals (yes, pink is a neutral when it comes to baby girls!). Good thing they are cheap and easy!

Which was exactly what we were looking for in a storage solution. Naturally we headed to Ikea and found these awesome rails ($2.99), bins ($.99) and hooks ($.99).

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Using all available space is key in a small space. In most cases that means putting your wall space to use.

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It looks pretty, but most of all it’s very functional. As always, creating a home for something helps your home run more smoothly with way less stress. No longer are we on the hunt for two matching bows, they’re right there next to each other…see less stress!

We also love that the rails, hooks and bins can be handy for all sorts of odds and ends when the bow phase is over. Honestly, I think I’ll be adding a lot more of these around the house. Are you tempted?

Click HERE, HERE and HERE for product links :)

 

Simple Solution: Coat Rack for Hanging Wet Clothes

Monday, August 18th, 2014

The laundry room has become a busy room in the Faubus house since the girls arrived. Two little ladies sure know how to dirty clothes!

Usually I throw most of the clothes in the dryer, but recently I’ve noticed the baby clothes have been shrinking even when we wash on cold. So the room has been covered with wet clothes hanging from anywhere I could find. Usually, the ironing board and cupboard doors!

We nipped into Ikea to see what solutions they had, and this coat rack (found HERE) won me over with a modest price tag of $12.99. Holler!

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Now when the clothes come out of the washer, they go straight on a hanger until dried, then either into the dryer for a “fluff up” or into the ironing pile.

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This simple and cheap solution has been working so well. Most of the time the room is looking quite decent and tidy.

See, no staging for this pic!

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Another thing I liked about this option is that it’s not permanent. That rack will come in handy whenever we have extra house guests. :)

Functional Carts

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

When we came home from the hospital we set up camp in our master bedroom, it became major ‘baby central’ as EVERYTHING happened in there: sleeping, eating, nappy changing. Everything! We were in survival mode and it was just easier to keep everyone and everything in one room.

The twins migrated to their nursery when they were 8 weeks old, but we still found it very handy to keep a set up in our bedroom. It isn’t the prettiest, but having a baby station near by still helps big time in the middle of the night, and pretty much all day long.

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If I’d had my time again (and maybe next time round) I think a cart would work perfectly for this job.

If you find yourself with too many essential but messy items, you may want to get a cart too, things look so much tidier when they are contained.

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Here are a few budget friendly ones:

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Crate and Barrels all business with this, but I always love the industrial look (click HERE).

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PS. Did you notice my snack bin next to the baby bottles!?

BEST. IDEA. EVER.

It may just stay forever!!!

Em’s Gift Closet Organization

Monday, July 14th, 2014

Hands down my favorite thing about our home is storage space! After years of apartment dwelling, adequate closet space is heaven on earth!

I recently turned our guest room closet into a gifting station:

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Here are five things I did to organize the space:

1. Our trusty white Ikea boxes keep light-weight gift wrap and ribbons on the top shelf. I used the same boxes at the bottom of the closet to organize my stock pile of gifts into four categories: ladies, gents, kiddos and baby.

2. Rubbermaids keep Christmas wrapping and craft supplies close in case I need them.

3. I used the clothing rails to drape tissue and packing paper. These can easily be combined or totally removed when guests arrive for hanging space.

4. A little stainless caddy holds wrapping essentials: tape, pens, gift tags and stickers.

5. A handy calendar hung on the inside of the closet door helps me keep on top of important dates.

How do you keep your birthdays and gifting organized?

Holler Dollar: Lifesaver Tub Scrub

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

My least favorite household task is hands down scrubbing the tub, talk about manual labor! I absolutely despised this task, until my friend, Nicki introduced me to this fab Pinterest find:

Lifesaver Tub Scrub

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You Will Need:

One scrubber from the Dollar Tree

1:1 ratio of Dawn and white vinegar

Simply wet down the shower and tub down and gently scrub this mixture into the tub. Next, let soak for a few minutes and then rinse away.

It is seriously insane how easy and how great this works! I absolutely love having a sparkling tub greet me at the end of each day!

Thanks for the tip Nicki! If anyone else hates scrubbing your tub…you have to give this a try!!!

Kitchen Organization Tips

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

Kitchen’s can be a nightmare to organize and keep clean, but there are a few things I’ve found have worked for me, that have been my saving grace, I thought they’d be handy to share today.

No. 1: Customize what works for you. 

You probably won’t get to design or change the basic layout of your kitchen, but you do get to choose where the knifes are kept! Think about how you cook and prep meals, unload the dishwasher. You don’t want to be walking clear across the room every time you need a spoon. Keep things close, and if say your cutlery drawer is way across from where you need it to be, be creative and think outside the box like keeping spoons in a jug on your counter right were you need them.

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No. 2: Buy like items.

Although individual pieces can be so beautiful in a tablescape, they are an organizing nightmare. Keep them in a rubbermaid for occasions, but for everyday think assembly line. Having 20 white plates the same size will help with storage and be a breeze when you’re loading the dishwasher.

You can still have variety by buying in groups, and then allotting that group a certain space in your cupboard. Anyone who is living with you should know, blue glasses go here, milk ones here… then you will ALWAYS have a space that looks organized like this!

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No. 3: Place Items you use Rarely up High

This is kind of obvious, but we see it more than you’d think when we help people organize. Don’t take up your valuable accessible space with items you rarely use. Ask yourself how often you use that egg cup, and if it’s less than a weekly or fortnightly shelf it up high or in another space. For items I only pull out for Christmas, I keep in the basement, out of the way.

In this pic you can see all my random bits and bobs, too little to bother storing but can be up high for when I need them.

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No. 4 Make use of All Space. 

If you don’t have enough cupboard space EVEN with all that organizing and taking things down to the basement you may want to consider making use of that wall space to hang some shelfs. Vertical space is underused in most homes, and not only is it functional, it can also look really pretty.

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No. 5 Practice makes Perfect. 

No one moves into there house and gets everything right straight off the bat. Recognize what is and isn’t working frequently, and go ahead and make the changes needed. Rome wasn’t built in a day, neither was your home! I’m still working at being more functional, one room at a time, or one cupboard at a time, but it’s so satisfying to have working systems in place, small victories make me smile!

Good luck, email with questions if you’d like our help!

Hollar Dollar: Country Dishes

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

Last time I visited The Dollar Tree, I spied these dishes that I just couldn’t pass up. They screamed summer to me, just like the kind you’d find in an old country farmhouse and I just had to have them.

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Aren’t they just perfect?! Pass the corn and watermelon, summer’s here and I’m ready!

9 Ways to Use a Mason Jar

Monday, June 30th, 2014

We know mason jars have been on-trend for a while now, but they are so versatile we literally use them in every room of the house!

Here’s just a few of the many things you can do with a mason jar:

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1. Bathroom storage: Toothbrush holder, bobby pins, and q-tips.

2. Glass: so perfect for a summer barbeque, or if you want to keep your kitchenware super casual. See our refreshing flavored water recipes HERE.

3. Small office supplies: Paperclips, pins, pencils and crayons. These look especially great all lined up in a row on a shelf or along a desk.

4. Cupcake liner holder: A mason jar is absolutely perfect to hold your cupcake liners and keep with all the rest of your baking ingredients and supplies.

5. Food storage: Obviously mason jars are great at keeping food air-tight and fresh. We love using them for dried spices and nuts to extend shelf-life and freshness.

6. Party decor: When we were in college, we would decorate for parties all the time with jars filled with water and a tea light. We would then add color with fruit or colored ribbon. So inexpensive, easy and effective!

7. Laundry room storage: buttons, threads that come with clothing are always hanging around. Why not give them a more permanent home?!

8. Craft room storage: We always save ribbons we get on gifts, rolling them up and sorting them by colour make them easy to find and reuse.

9. Loose Change storage: Having a jar in the closet makes emptying your pockets easy. We use our pennies for little treats like sodas, but it’s fun to also see the jar get full!

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Do you love mason jars as much as we do?

What do you use them for?