Monday, November 15, 2010

One Carrier. Plenty of Uses.

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I’ve shown you guys this Cupcake Courier before. It’s been awhile, but I still love it and I wanted to show you a couple more ways you can enjoy it.

Christmas Cupcakes

First and foremost, it carries cupcakes.

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It can hold 36 cupcakes. Or 24 or 12 or any amount in between. Just remove the stackable trays to suit your need.

Perfect for larger batches of cupcakes or taking them to a holiday party or get together.

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And if you remove all three trays…

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Then you can use it for cakes. And pretty big ones, too.

But here is the best part. The real reason I have fallen deeper in love with this carrier. It allows me to do much more when it comes to carrying my baked goods.

Christmas Tree Cake Pops

I am talking specifically about cake pops here. Yep, because the courier is so tall, it triples as a handy dandy cake pop courier, too.

It serves multiple purposes. One… it simply allows you to store them upright without having to wrap them in treat bags.

And two… it allows you to carry them more easily to happy recipients. With or without treat bags.

Here … let me show you what I mean.

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Tah dah. Perfectly protected pops. Of course you’ll have to imagine them made for full effect. I just used sticks and styrofoam to illustrate the idea.

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If you use 6-inch paper lollipop sticks (8-inch sticks would be too tall) and some styrofoam, it will fit just fine in the base of the courier.

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Styrofoam blocks come in many sizes and one of the common sizes is 4 x 12 x 2 inches high. Grab two of them and place them side by side on the base and then make 12 holes in each block. You can then easily carry 24 cake pops. And if you can’t find the styrofoam in that size, then cut down a larger piece of styrofoam to 8 X 12.

Either way it’s a great way to get more out of an already handy product. You can find them on amazon.com.

Hope that helps all you guys that are cake popping and cupcake making… and of course, carrying.

And to celebrate finding ways to do more with less, here’s a fun giveaway.

  • This giveaway starts November 15 and goes until November 29, 2010. Time’s Up! Winner Announced below.
  • To be entered in the giveaway, just leave a comment on this post and describe something you’ve found to be more productive or some way you do more with less. That’s it.
  • One winner will be chosen at random using random.org and announced on this post at the end of the contest period following verification. See complete rules for details.
  • The prize is one (1) Windows Phone 7 (all features and details of the phone will be determined by the Sponsor.)

Okay, here’s the winner, chosen at random.

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Congratulations Wendy! Have fun with your new phone.

And thank you everyone for so many great ideas to do more with less. You guys are really resourceful. I’m impressed.

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lgw said...

i try not to use so much dishsoap. i dislike the idea that all those chemicals just drain into the water supply. hot, hot water and elbow grease remove it all!!

November 15, 2010 12:33 PM
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Rebecca said...

I use old plastic containers for drawer compartments in my bathroom. I use old paper catalogs in my apartment decor; I use different sizes of butterfly-shaped stencils to cut out butterflies from the pictures in catalogs for my butterfly wall.

November 15, 2010 12:33 PM
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Megan said...

I use my extra ice cube trays to store earing and rings.

November 15, 2010 12:35 PM
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Jessica said...

when i dont have time to work out, i walk around as much as i can, like on my lunch break, to make up for it!

November 15, 2010 12:35 PM
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Candice said...

I am more productive once the kids have gone to bed and the hubby is working late! ;)

November 15, 2010 12:35 PM
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Danielle Beh said...

We reuse decorations from year to year. I always purchase items when they are on sale, store them for the next year, and save some cash!

November 15, 2010 12:36 PM
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Hanna Erickson said...

I make my own laundry detergent it takes maybe 20 minutes but it makes ALOT it lasts me a long time and it only costs me 5 bucks to make it

November 15, 2010 12:36 PM
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Domestic Diva said...

I have that same carrier, although I got mine from Costco (love that place). So good to know about the cake pops – maybe I will get brave and make some for my daughter for her birthday to take to school!!!

November 15, 2010 12:36 PM
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Natasha P. said...

I’m most productive when I come home from the gym. Weird I know!

November 15, 2010 12:36 PM
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Shirley said...

I’m most productive when I multi-task some tasks together. For example, I like to knit while catching up with all my favorite TV shows.

November 15, 2010 12:36 PM
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Rachel said...

Post-its!! I write myself reminders all of over the house. They are also great for leaving cute notes for your husband or textbook page markers.

November 15, 2010 12:36 PM
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FAYE said...

I dont have anything off the top of my head, but i bake cupcakes and put them into 6-pack containers as home made gifts for everyone during the holidays.

November 15, 2010 12:36 PM
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Kylie said...

Lists make me much more productive. Shopping lists, to-do lists – something about being able to cross something off a list gives me the motivation to get things done. Plus, I avoid that nasty out-of-sight, out-of-mind thing!

November 15, 2010 12:36 PM
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Meghan @ Domestic Sugar said...

I use old milk bags in place of zip-lock bags. I just cut the tops off, and wash them, then use twist-ties or to close them up. These are great for lunches – they fit a sandwich nicely, and you can wash them up to 10 times!! I love them!

November 15, 2010 12:36 PM
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Melita F said...

It is definitely more productive to have a variety of Emile Henry loaf pans than just 1. lol… i just bought a second one in a different color and want more still!

November 15, 2010 12:37 PM
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Rosemamie said...

Less waste, more craftiness…we reuse ‘garbage’ for craft projects….egg cartons, cereal boxes, plastic berry containers…all of it can become art or handy art storage!! thanks for the chance to win…and we love you and your cake pops!

November 15, 2010 12:37 PM
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Elizabeth Garcia said...

I keep plastic chinese containers to bring leftovers to work in. I also keep the trays you get when you order a cheese or meat tray, I use it all the time to transport goodies wherever I need to go. I used it this past weekend to transport mini cupcakes, blondies, and rice krispy treats to a church function. Its big enough to fit all of that! Super handy!!!

November 15, 2010 12:37 PM
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Anonymous said...

I use a 5 gallon bucket way more than I ever thought I would. I first used it for brining a turkey, but I also turn it upside down and use as a step in the pantry. If I need to carry a bunch of small stuff upstairs in they go and I’m not struggling to balance my arm full of stuff and the stairs.
Thanks for a chance to win.

November 15, 2010 12:38 PM
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Beth said...

You know what I realized is great about not having enough money to go shopping all the time? It forces me to stay home and play with my kids. Ultimately, I know going without cute clothes, accessories and housewares is going to be a worthy trade-off for endless good memories to look back on when I’m old.

November 15, 2010 12:38 PM
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Jes said...

If I get get both kiddos to nap at the same time I turn into wonderwoman in my amazing ability to get things done!

November 15, 2010 12:38 PM
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Jessica ML said...

This was my post without a name: I use a 5 gallon bucket way more than I ever thought I would. I first used it for brining a turkey, but I also turn it upside down and use as a step in the pantry. If I need to carry a bunch of small stuff upstairs in they go and I’m not struggling to balance my arm full of stuff and the stairs.
Thanks for a chance to win.

November 15, 2010 12:39 PM
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katie said...

I find that I get more done when multitasking.. I find that I can do 2 things at once faster than I can do each separately. I think it may have something to do with all the coffee I drink :)

November 15, 2010 12:39 PM
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chatelaine b said...

i love my reusable recycling bags!

November 15, 2010 12:40 PM
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Rachel O. said...

I use my Crockpot at least once a week! And a I use a rectangle laundry basket to throw in my “catch-all” from the day or pick up the house at the end of the day so I can go from room to room to sort stuff out!

November 15, 2010 12:40 PM
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Cheryl Upshaw said...

I find I’m really productive under a shorter-than-I-think-it’ll-take deadline. It forces me to work super hard to get things done, even if I don’t think I can do it. :)

November 15, 2010 12:40 PM
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Lauren W said...

I am most productive when I surround myself with other working people!

November 15, 2010 12:40 PM
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KATE MEAD said...

Lately I am trying to use up my stash without buying anything new. That goes for knitting, crafting, decorating and baking! Things don’t always come out “perfect” but I feel great knowing I didn’t have to buy a thing!

November 15, 2010 12:40 PM
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Nancy in MN said...

I recently found out that my crock pot can make some awesome cakes!! that has been fun.

November 15, 2010 12:40 PM
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carmen said...

i only go to the grocery store once a week – i plan my menu carefully and get everything i need in one trip. this helps me save time, reduce waste and save money (no impulse purchases).

November 15, 2010 12:41 PM
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Katie K. said...

Lists, lists, lists…that sync to my phone so I always have them with me!

November 15, 2010 12:41 PM
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Alexandria said...

Excel spreadsheets are a lifesaver! I use them for everything. For example, I have a monthly bill spreadsheet to keep track of my bills and when they are paid. With a baby its so easy to forget.

November 15, 2010 12:41 PM
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Sarah DeLeo said...

I often take these types of carriers and flip them upside down, fill them with cookies layered with wax paper. It still needs to be balanced, but they tend to hold more cookies than anything else. :)

November 15, 2010 12:42 PM
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Susan Dixon said...

When I spend less money on myself for manicures, haircuts and focus on using that money on others in need, I accomplish a whole lot more with a whole lot less.

November 15, 2010 12:42 PM
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Shelly said...

When the dryer eats one of my socks, I tie the left over sock in a knot and have a great dog toy that is not only free but harder for my dog to destroy.

November 15, 2010 12:42 PM
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Sonia Troche said...

Lists, lists and more lists!!!! Bad memory! :)

November 15, 2010 12:42 PM
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Bethany said...

My Wilton cooling racks fit perfectly in my Rubbermaid cooler.

I put a 3″ tin foil pan in the bottom, put old dish cloths in the pan, pour boiling water over top, cover in tin foil, put in the first rack with legs down to support it and not crush the tine foil pan. This become my hot pack.

Then I put food in more tin foil pans and place between/ on top of the other two cooling racks- creating a stack system that keeps the pans from getting crushed, and keeping the food warm in my “cooler”.

In essence, I use my cooler to create a “hot box” to transport hot dinners for friens who have babies, family gatherings, and people who are sick. The cooling racks are the support system. The added benefit is that nothing spills in the car during transport, and the cooler is easy to clean out if somehting spills inside it!!

November 15, 2010 12:42 PM
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Bethany said...

I use my springform pan for everything– cinnamon rolls, sheet cookies, etc. Anything where getting it out of the pan might be difficult, I just use the springform pan. Many more uses than just cheesecake, as I had originally thought!

November 15, 2010 12:42 PM
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Rae said...

I try to make sure everything has a “home”. When it comes time to clean up, everything is easy to put away back where it belongs. It makes the house function so much better!

November 15, 2010 12:43 PM
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kristine said...

Ive been coveting one of those! My kitchenaid mixer is my all-in-one appliance. I used to hate having it take up counter space, but now I find im always using it so I don’t mind!

November 15, 2010 12:44 PM
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Cheyenne Alspaugh said...

I have been shopping for a carrier like the one pictured~! I love to make cupcakes! Someday I want to open a store front called “Peace & Cupcakes”!!

November 15, 2010 12:44 PM
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Tarisa said...

My Aunt Lynn uses empty kleen-ex boxes to hold recycled (read washed and dried) sandwich/freezer baggies and plastic shopping bags. They fit nicely in drawers so they’re out of the way but easy to get to.

November 15, 2010 12:45 PM
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Candice said...

A way to do more with less – I actually reuse all the aluminum foil I have. I recycle aluminum soda cans so why not aluminum foil? I would feel so bad just throwing the aluminum foil away without trying to reuse or recycle it.
Also I love making pies to share but hadn’t found a good way to transport it without wasting alot of plastic wrap. So recently I’ve been using a large bamboo steamer basket tied up with a thick ribbon like a present. It works great and looks neat too :)

November 15, 2010 12:45 PM
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Alicia said...

I just love the carrier! One way to be productive for me is to keep it simple – make TO-DO lists. Works everytime and I feel like I have accomplished something each day.

November 15, 2010 12:45 PM
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cindy cockburn said...

My most productive time is when phone and computer is off and oldies rock is playing.

November 15, 2010 12:46 PM
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Intisar said...

Menu planning. Since having my daughter, if I don’t have any idea what I am making for dinner once I get home for work, then I either don’t eat or have bowl of cereal.

November 15, 2010 12:46 PM
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Natalie Adams said...

The fewer dishes I keep in my cupboard, the fewer dishes there are that can pile up in the sink! Same with clothes!

November 15, 2010 12:46 PM
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Meagan said...

I, too, have tried doing more with less in the form of omitting sleep, but found that the resulting crankiness make me sustantially less popular. :)

November 15, 2010 12:47 PM
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Tina B said...

I try to get up with only hitting snooze once. Hitting it another 2 or even 3 times does give me enough time to get everything done, but the extra hecticness just adds too much stress.

November 15, 2010 12:47 PM
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Marianne said...

I make a weekly dinner “Menu” for my mom!

November 15, 2010 12:48 PM
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Jennifer D. said...

Coupons help me get more for less $$$!

November 15, 2010 12:48 PM
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Gail said...

I do more with less by getting rid of items in the house I do not need or use. This eliminates a lot of clutter and cuts down on the amount of time wasted , searching for the items I really need to use.

November 15, 2010 12:49 PM
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Laura said...

I love ziploc bags! So versitle.

November 15, 2010 12:49 PM
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Catie said...

How about an anti-productivity? I have found that the more time i spend on facebook, the less work i get accomplished :)

November 15, 2010 12:49 PM
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Brenda said...

I have a similar cupcake carrier except it like a big container on the bottom with a lid. I take the cupcake holders out and it’s a giant container for taking snack mix or popcorn somewhere. I’ve also used it to carry pies.

November 15, 2010 12:49 PM
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Heather M. said...

I get almost all my clothes from thrift stores. Many of them come straight from dry cleaners. A quick wash and/or dry and they’re as good as new.

November 15, 2010 12:50 PM
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Gina said...

First… is it totally lame of me to be a tiny bit torn… I wanted the carrier to be the giveaway! But, internet phones are awesome, too!

I actually simplified my blog reading recently by finally caving in and using Google reader. It lets me break my blogs into categories and get the most out of my blog-reading time. That way, I only read the “bored and killing time” blogs when I really have time to kill, not when I’m supposed to be vacuuming.

November 15, 2010 12:50 PM
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LittleMissEclectic said...

Having three little girls means a lot of laundry. To keep the kids down to one outfit a day we pick out our clothes the day before and then I lock the closets shut- they don’t get open until bedtime.

November 15, 2010 12:50 PM
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Sandy said...

I discovered a speader via Pampered Chef that I love. It has a ridged edge which serves as a bread knife too. So instead of dirying a spreader and a knife when I make a sandwich, I use the same tool for both spreading and cutting. I kow. It’s the little things that do it for me! LOL!

November 15, 2010 12:50 PM
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Tammie said...

I plan and list everything that I do.

November 15, 2010 12:50 PM
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Lisa said...

Such a great idea! I love when one thing can be used for multiple purposes. I don’t think this is an original idea at all, but when I am cooking, I always try to make extra to freeze. For instance, I brown twice the amount of ground beef I need and freeze half of it for another time.

November 15, 2010 12:50 PM
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Aubrey Archuleta said...

Ummm….AWSEOME! I have given up on magazines & I just maximize on blogs to get the same content :0)

November 15, 2010 12:50 PM
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angela said...

no more tv… except my weekly dose of biggest loser. i’m so much more productive without subjecting myself to the smut that’s all over the tv!

November 15, 2010 12:51 PM
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ashley said...

I use baking soda and vinegar to clean. Few bottles under the kitchen sink and no concern about poisoning my fur-babies.

November 15, 2010 12:51 PM
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Kayla said...

I make my weekly menu in advance so I just have to make one trip to the grocery store…this really saves time when I don’t take my little one with me :)

November 15, 2010 12:52 PM
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Rose said...

My mother in law uses a tin can for making guacamole, I started using it as well, then my sister in law pointed out we could use the tin can as a pastry cutter! It totally works.

November 15, 2010 12:52 PM
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Sarah said...

I got rid of my squeeze-type sifter and just use a small-mesh strainer. Less clutter and a new multi-tasker!

November 15, 2010 12:52 PM
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Kati said...

I get my son to help out with chores he can actually do (he’s only 4). It helps keep him busy while I scurry around to get stuff done and he does help a little bit. :)

November 15, 2010 12:52 PM
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Beckyc. said...

I find that I am more productive the better shape I am in. Love that cupcake carrier!

November 15, 2010 12:53 PM
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Meredith said...

This would be much better than carrying around my cupcakes in a cardboard shirt box.

I’ve learned that when I am cleaning house, give an old swiffer to my toddler and let her go to town. She actually does a pretty good job and saves me time!

November 15, 2010 12:53 PM
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Lauren said...

I find that scheduling a chunk of something fun in the day, like going to the park and swinging on the swings, helps me to focus on the tasks of the day and be more a productive in addition to a happier worker.

November 15, 2010 12:53 PM
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Corey said...

I use libraries instead of buying books!

November 15, 2010 12:53 PM
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Danille said...

I used to use tons and tons of post it notes for to-do lists and reminders… now I use my new phone so I save those little pieces of paper. It was a ‘duh’ moment, really.

November 15, 2010 12:53 PM
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Jodi Jenson said...

The best way to get sparkly white teeth is to use baking soda…no bleaching trays and no whitestrips. I think baking soda is an amazing thing in a small package.

November 15, 2010 12:54 PM
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Jessica D. said...

To be more productive, I try to follow the 30/30 rule. The 30/30 rule is that I concentrate solely on work or things I need to accomplish for thirty minutes then take a break and do something fun for thirthy minutes. This keeps my mind energized and helps me break down tasks into smaller, easier-to-accomplish goals.

November 15, 2010 12:54 PM
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Shana said...

I find that I am more productive when I clear the clutter around me first. So before I cook something I put away all the unecessary items around me first.

November 15, 2010 12:54 PM
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Donna said...

We reuse Christmas cards received by turning them into tags for Christmas gifts. We get to remember the card and giver from the previous years and cut out pretty designs for this year’s giving.

November 15, 2010 12:55 PM
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Nadia Pereira said...

I use baby powder to absorb oil stains on clothes. It works wonders and is inexpensive!!

November 15, 2010 12:55 PM
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Julia said...

Love love love the cupcake carrier! When I bake, I usually try baking a bunch of things all in the same day…I’m most productive when I plan that out. So, that’s what I’ll be doing for my sister-in-law’s upcoming baby shower….baking the cake, cupcakes and cookies all at the same time. Then I put them in the freezer and they’re ready to go if I also put them in what they will be transported in. I should get me one of those carriers!!

November 15, 2010 12:55 PM
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sarah said...

it probably sounds lame, but i re-use my kids sandwhich bags (unless there is peanut butter on them) :) and this year I’m going for more homemade/thoughtful gifts :)

November 15, 2010 12:57 PM
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Magen said...

i love to try new recipes. When I find a recipe that I want to try online or in a magazine, I print/cut it out and put it in a plastic protective sleeve and then put it in a binder. When I am ready to use the recipe, I take it out and use a magnate to stick it to the vent hood above the stove. That way the recipe won’t get messy and it’s at eye level!

November 15, 2010 12:57 PM
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Sandi D said...

We recently moved and have yet to hook the satellite TV up (three months ago). Has eliminated a lot of sitting on the rears and haven’t missed a thing I do not think!

November 15, 2010 12:57 PM
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pawdua said...

Can’t live without my heavy duty craft scissors, they open everything.

November 15, 2010 12:57 PM
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Nicole said...

flylady has done wonders for me…

November 15, 2010 12:57 PM
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Gencie said...

I use my phone for everything! Taking notes on things I need to remember, keeping track of events on my calendar, recording my fiance’s sermons, I even have an app for tracking my period so I will know when I’m going to be moody!

November 15, 2010 12:58 PM
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Ericka Nelson said...

I try and do one cleaning project a day, so that when Friday or Saturday comes around, I’m not doing EVERYTHING that day! I try, it doesn’t always work out, but it sure does help when I do!

November 15, 2010 12:58 PM
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Whitney said...

I find I’m more productive when I’m organized.

November 15, 2010 12:58 PM
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Allison said...

I keep a large calendar on the fridge and write everything down… projects/homework due, my husband’s work schedule, dinner plans,etc. It helps me keep sane!

November 15, 2010 12:58 PM
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Steph said...

I’ve started paying attention to shopping at stores that donate to our schools, clipping all those box tops for education, saving our Coke rewards to send to school and also saving soup labels! Almost everything we buy on a regular basis will in turn help our kids’ futures! Since I’m going to use the items anyway, I might as well take the extra couple minutes to save the information or label!

November 15, 2010 12:58 PM
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Satpreet Kahlon said...

I am definitely more productive when I get up earlier and avoid my computer! I don’t have a TV at my place, and that definitely helps with productivity, too!

November 15, 2010 12:58 PM
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Cat said...

To keep a my toddler busy while I try to organize the house, I let her play with plastic cookie cutters. She either traces the shape, makes a shape out of playdough or she even wears them as bracelets!

November 15, 2010 12:58 PM
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Heather said...

I use a garden knee pad for myself when I give my kids a bath. It makes the bathroom floor so much more bearable as I’m reaching over the tub side to wash shampoo out of someone’s hair!

November 15, 2010 12:59 PM
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nicole said...

i use our extra sets of bowls to hold items such as teabags, clips, sugar packets, etc in our pantry so they don’t spill everywhere. Plus I always have the bowls within easy reach for when company comes over!

November 15, 2010 12:59 PM
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Melissa G said...

Thanks to a little DIY I saw online I can now reuse my tank tops as ‘green’ bags for carrying stuff!

November 15, 2010 12:59 PM
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Sherry said...

I store my overripe bananas in the freezer. I put three in each zip top freezer bag and when I am ready to make banana bread I just take out a bag, defrost it, mush the bananas in the bag & pour into the batter.

November 15, 2010 01:01 PM
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Amanda Q said...

I put cleaning supplies in a closet or cabinet of every room so that they’re right there. Whenever something needs to be cleaned, I can’t get sidetracked on my way to get the supplies because they’re right there. And I’m less likely to procrastinate if grabbing the Windex or duster is just one stretch of my arm away.

November 15, 2010 01:01 PM
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Becca said...

One thing that I’m doing this holiday shopping season is pledging to make homemade gifts — I think that they’re more personable and eco-friendly. That’s how I’m doing more with less!

November 15, 2010 01:02 PM
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Jessi said...

I save old shoe boxes and use them to store pictures, jewelry, art supplies, ribbons, etc. They easily slide under my bed and are completely out of the way. Makes a lot of difference when you live in a tiny apartment!

November 15, 2010 01:02 PM
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Kathie said...

Productivity seems to elude me most of the time! Too many distractions :-) However, my favorite “tool” of the moment is my calendar on my phone – I always have it with me so I always know instantly about any conflicts, where I and my family need to be, etc.

November 15, 2010 01:02 PM
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Jen said...

Nothing that most people don’t do already, but I schedule everything on my cellphone calendar, otherwise I would forget. So a new phone would definitely be put to good use :)

November 15, 2010 01:03 PM
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Melissa said...

If I plan to bake a lot (say at christmas time), I figure out all the recipes and measure out all the dry ingredients and put them in labeled plastic bags. This keeps me from having to pull my large containers of flour and sugar out of my closet over and over each time I make a recipe.

November 15, 2010 01:04 PM
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