Thursday, February 20, 2014

How to Keep Your Fruit Fresh

Good afternoon ya'll!!  I hope it's been a great week for everyone.  Our boys will be out of school tomorrow so we will have a long weekend.  We don't have anything exciting planned since it's supposed to be super cold but they love being out of school anyway.

Today I wanted to share a product that I've been using for a while now to keep my fruit fresh.  I know it's not a great project reveal or an awesome kitchen reveal but when I find a product I like I want to share it with you. 

Levi alternates taking his lunch to school and having the school lunches.  Jax always takes his lunch to school since he doesn't have a school provided lunch option.  So back when school started last fall I did some searching around the good ol' web to find ways to keep their fruit fresh.  I came upon this product called Ball Fruit-Fresh Protector.

I don't remember the exact price but I found this at Walmart and I want to say it was no more than $3 or $4. 

The boys love apples and so I figured I would try this out and see if it would keep their apples from browning in their lunch boxes.  If it worked this would be a cheaper alternative than buying those pre packaged apple slices.  I could buy a big bag of apples along with the Fruit-Fresh and get more for my money??  Sold!!

For scientific research purposes I figured I would show you a plate of apples.  One side has the Fruit-Fresh and the other doesn't.  I let these apples sit out for 30 minutes.

Get ready for Pinterest worthy life changing pictures....


Here is another look at the apples.

You can see that the apples without the Fruit-Fresh are brown and that's only after 30 minutes.

So you can thank me later for saving you money on fruit and your child's school lunch.

Have a great weekend!   

Friday, February 14, 2014

Teacher Valentine's Gift

Happy Valentine's Day everyone!  I hope your day has been filled with lots of love and kisses!

I know this is super late but I wanted to share what I made for teacher's gifts this year.  Maybe someone can save it for next year.  Heck, you could give this teacher's gift anytime really.  My inspiration for this came from A Night Owl.  I did a few things different so I'm sharing how I made these.

Aren't these super cute??  I just loved them plus they're really easy to make and put together if you are a procrastinator like me.

So here's what you will need:

mason jars with lids
graham cracker sticks (or Goldfish Crackers)
chocolate candy (I used m&m's and Hershey's Mini Milk Chocolate bars)
mini marshmallows
scrapbook paper
Valentine ornaments (Mine are from Joann Fabric 60% off)


Once you have all the supplies you can jump right in and get started. 

Fill your jar with graham cracker sticks, marshmallows, and m&m's.  Gently shake your jar so everything is mixed up or you could do it all in layers.  I liked the mixed up look so that's what I went with.  I picked out the mini milk chocolate bars from the bag and put those on top of everything in the jar.

Trace your jar lid on the back of the scrapbook paper.  Cut out the circle(s) and glue it to the lid.  I filled my jars first then screwed the lids on.  This secured the paper and kept it from moving around.  I left them to dry overnight.

Once the lids were on I cut the string off the ornament and used a longer string to tie the ornament around the jar.

The cute tag you can find over at the blog I mentioned above.  Print that out on cardstock and cut them out.  Punch a hole in the tag and use more string to tie around the jar.

That's it!!  You're done!

I made 5 of these in about an hour.  All of the teachers loved them and thought they were so cute.

Enjoy and have a great weekend!