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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Suzy said...

I’m totally in love with that cupcake carrier!

I’ve been using my old candy molds to make new cool shaped crayons out of! That way, I get rid of the old broken ones and my kiddo gets to enjoy crazy shaped coloring fun!

November 15, 2010 02:30 PM
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Alysia said...

We had a baby shower at work last week. I was going to make the corsage with flowers from Wal-Mart. but they all looked yucky!! So the morning of the shower at work, getting a corsage had totally slipped my mind. I took baby print ribbon, a pacifier, a garbage bag twist tie and a paper clip and made a corsage. And, amazingly, it didn’t look like a 3 yo made it. lol

Thanks for your blog! Love reading all the time!

November 15, 2010 02:30 PM
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Leslie said...

I think it helps to make a list, and prioritize what needs to get done. Then work through the list and cross things off as they get done!

November 15, 2010 02:32 PM
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Melinda B said...

I am more productive when I have background noise. I can be cleaning, working, sleeping, anything…it just helps!

November 15, 2010 02:34 PM
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Monette said...

For me putting together the folded bed sheet, fitted sheet, and pillow cases, as a set so it will be ready to be use when I change the dirty sheets for the week!

November 15, 2010 02:34 PM
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Liesel said...

Yes!! I love that carrier too! I picked up mine from Williams-Sonoma. I even overheard my husabnd commenting to someone that he rolled his eyes when I bought it thinking it would never get used but that we use it all the time. 10 points for me!

November 15, 2010 02:34 PM
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Serena said...

I needed a container large enough to brine my turkey yet small enough to fit in the fridge. Last year, I finally found my perfect solution – a 6.5 gallon Rubbermaid bin that I had used to store clothes. Just needed to wash it out well before and after.

November 15, 2010 02:34 PM
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Rachel said...

I use my KitchenAid blender for everything from baking to mashing potatoes! I’d love to get all the attachments that go along with it especially the ice cream maker :)

November 15, 2010 02:35 PM
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Lurel W said...

I have a cookbook called ‘The Big Cook’ that has amazing frozen dinner recipes. And not those nasty fake meat microwave ones- these are legit. You save money by buying in bulk, put it all together on a day you have time, and when you are super busy, you can just grab one and throw it in the oven or slow cooker and you’re set!

November 15, 2010 02:35 PM
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Avital said...

I love how well my old bead organizers now serve me doubly well to store all my sewing supplies! It makes cross-stitching so much simpler and faster when all my thread is neatly labled and wound, and my scissors, favorite pencil (lame, i know), and fabric are all right at my fingertips. It goes on all trips with me!

November 15, 2010 02:35 PM
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Macey B said...

I reuse my grocery bags for the bathrooms…simple

November 15, 2010 02:36 PM
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Jen K. said...

My daughter chews everything (she’s 14 months). I put the crib guard rails that didn’t fit on her crib properly, and used them on the window sills.

No more bite marks in the window sills!

November 15, 2010 02:37 PM
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Melissa said...

I use an old cleaning caddy for all the kids homework supplies, works great to hold all the markers, crayons, pencils, scissors and what-nots that are needed to complete homework in the afternoons, it’s all in one place and super handy to carry to and from the table.

November 15, 2010 02:37 PM
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Amie said...

When cleaning, focus on one room at a time. It’s so easy to get distracted- when you find something that doesn’t belong in that room, you take it to the room in which it does belong then you see something there and forget all about what you were doing in the previous room. Take an empty laundry basket & anything that doesn’t belong in the room you are cleaning, put it in the basket. Once you have finished with that room, start putting things back in their place.

Also, you can donate greeting cards to:
Helpers of the Mentally Retarded
2626 Fulton Street
San Francisco, CA 94118-4026

November 15, 2010 02:37 PM
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Stacie said...

I use an ice cube tray to hold all my daughter’s different colored pony tail holders. Keeps everything seperated and easy to find!

November 15, 2010 02:37 PM
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Akhuna said...

I really hate cleaning house. I hate scrubbing floors on my knees, dusting, cleaning windows – but those are things that have to be done, especially if you are a full time housewife… And whenever I am especially lazy, I turn on music – really loud hard rock or something else to sing along loudly – and just pick my lazy butt off the couch and do it. It’s much easier if you try to add a little music to your chores. When I was little, my Grandmother (who died last Tuesday, may she rest in peace!) always sang – during cooking, cleaning, doing dishes, knitting… the whole day long. She was a very cheerful woman, and I try to copy that whenever I can. It really makes life more fun.

November 15, 2010 02:37 PM
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Sara Elizabeth said...

I’m a college kid and I recently started cooking to have leftovers rather than cooking small meals. Saves me time, energy, and money!

November 15, 2010 02:37 PM
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Emily F. said...

I’ve really enjoyed Google Calendar lately. I used to have a planner in my purse, calendar at work, calendar at home, etc. Now I combine all my paper calendars into Google Calendar and it’s all together whenever I need it.

November 15, 2010 02:38 PM
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Shelley said...

My phone? Why? I save all my recipes on there so I have “go to” grocery lists when I need them.

November 15, 2010 02:38 PM
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Mel said...

I’m probably the worst person when it comes to using something to it’s full advantage and more. When it comes to baking, I make a huge mess and use way more dishes than probably need be. I try to recycle as much as possible, and my grandfather uses many glass jars that jelly, etc. comes in for many uses around the house and little odds and ends. Everything in this house has at least three purposes, big or small, no matter what was in it before. Less waste in our garbage can!

November 15, 2010 02:38 PM
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Janice said...

I use ziplock baggies to put my kids puzzles in. I cut off the picture and put it in there and they take up much less space than those big boxes!

November 15, 2010 02:38 PM
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Rhonda V said...

We gave up cable/satellite TV years ago, and instead either record our favorite network shows on the computer or watch them online. We can watch when it fits our schedule and skip 90% of the commercials.

November 15, 2010 02:38 PM
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Heather LeDoux said...

I have found that I am most productive when I call in sick to work and stay home when the kids are at school!! Its amazing how much mommy can do when I have no help!!LOL!!

Just gotta say I LOVE your website…have found TONS of great ideas for treats for the kids’ school parties…mine usually don’t look near as pretty as yours, but usually 5 and7 yr olds don’t really care as long as they taste good!! Thanks for all the great tips!! And I would LOVE LOVE LOVE the cupcake carrier…have one that holds 27, but it is difficult to get the cupcakes in and out of, this one would be AWESOME!!!

November 15, 2010 02:39 PM
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Sarah W said...

I recently started using an old expandable file to hold stickers, craft sheets, coloring paper etc for my two boys. There’s even a little compartment at the top of mine to hold small “prizes” (bouncy balls, stamps…) It’s a start to getting organized.

November 15, 2010 02:40 PM
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Allie said...

I’m more productive if I get away from my computer or TV! If I turn on some music then things start getting done!

November 15, 2010 02:40 PM
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Emily said...

i’v just been very productive and read everyone elses tips on being productive to see if i can catch up on the productive…ness….
^.^

November 15, 2010 02:41 PM
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Heidi said...

We like to use old Christmas cards to make little boxes. Fun to put truffles or small gifts in.

November 15, 2010 02:41 PM
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annabelle said...

A way to be more productive is to get up early instead of sleeping in on weekends and getting my kids to help me out.

November 15, 2010 02:42 PM
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Emily said...

I have the Cupcake Courier in turquoise and use it ALL the time! Love it! As far as productivity, I find making phone calls while doing things like laundry and dishes is a great way to multitask!

November 15, 2010 02:42 PM
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kristen j said...

I recently started reusing my plastic zip bags. I’ll just wash them, let them dry and use it again. I don’t reuse it if there was something in it that might contaminate other items, but for snacks such as pretzels, there’s no point in throwing it away after one use! I don’t know why it didn’t occur to me before. D’oh!

November 15, 2010 02:42 PM
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Anay said...

I clean almost everything with vinegar… it’s cheap… cleans, deodorizes and disinfects at the same time… and it’s environmentally friendly!

November 15, 2010 02:42 PM
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Sheree said...

We also have a $25 limit on Christmas presents. It forces you to be creative- like finding something sentimental on Ebay or something the person has always wanted at a thrift store.

November 15, 2010 02:44 PM
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Vanessab said...

I have started using coupons at the grocery store. You would be amazed at how much use save with coupons & the bogo deals.

November 15, 2010 02:44 PM
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Kimberly Hui said...

we didn’t have a tortilla press or a rolling pin when making tortillas so we just used an unopened wine bottle. Didn’t quite come out as well as we would’ve liked but it worked!

November 15, 2010 02:45 PM
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Tracy said...

I use my Longaberger basket with a divided protector (I think it’s for utensils, plates and/or napkins on the desk in our study. I use it for pens, pencils highlighters, markers & small tablets. It keeps everything organized and looks cute too!

November 15, 2010 02:45 PM
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Teffany H. said...

There’s nothing like a good list to help me stay productive. Being able to cross off a task when it’s done keeps me motivated to do more.

November 15, 2010 02:45 PM
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Lisa said...

I have a cookie scoop I use for everything…cupcakes, meatballs, cookies (of course!)…I love it!

November 15, 2010 02:45 PM
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jenna laughs said...

I am more productive when I put things in proper order, according to importance. At work, I have 3 piles: have to get done today, have to get done this week, can wait until next week… It helps me get the important things done and not be totally overwhelmed by the rest of it.

I would love this phone!! :)

November 15, 2010 02:45 PM
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Debbie said...

I use the large (2 1/2 gallon) ziplocs when I am knitting a project. When I start the project I put the skein of yarn in the bag and place it on the floor next to my chair. As I knit the yarn comes out of the bag and stays off the floor. When I take a break or stop for a while I put the piece I’m working on and the needle in the bag, zip it up and put it in my work stash. Works great for me, as I usually have several projects going at once. I always have what I need for each project all together, in case I want to grab one to take with me for working on somewhere other than home.

November 15, 2010 02:46 PM
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Tina said...

I’m a stay at home mom, so I started mystery shopping with various companies. By doing this, I can still afford to take my family out to eat once in a while – by simply reporting how my visit went.

November 15, 2010 02:47 PM
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Candice Nutter said...

That is the best carrier I have seen! Great job with using so many different ways….

Now for my many uses on one item – Diaper wipes….Of course they are used for my two girls diaper changes…but when they fall asleep in the car and I am left listening to them sleep, I use a baby wipe to clean up my car. Those work great on cleaning up juice spills or wiping off the dust that has built up on my dashboard :)

November 15, 2010 02:48 PM
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Nicki said...

I use citris fruits – lemon, orange, lime, grapefruit – to “wash away” stains and dirts on the kitchen counter.

November 15, 2010 02:48 PM
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Mollie said...

I don’t multi-task. I make a list of everything I need to do in the order of importance and do one thing at a time.

November 15, 2010 02:48 PM
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Heather Stevens said...

I definitely don’t cut corners but I am ALWAYS looking for ways to save time. I kill many birds with one stone haha.
I have been drooling over one of these for a while now! I hope I win!

November 15, 2010 02:48 PM
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Tiffany said...

I do not open facebook or start reading my blogs until I am halfway done with my to-do list at work. It keeps me from getting distracted and makes me work faster bc I cant wait to visit Bakerella!!!

November 15, 2010 02:48 PM
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Mandy R said...

I find if I make realistic to do lists, I’ll get more done. I start the day with a short list of things to do and am always amazed at how much I can get accomplished if I don’t overwhelm myself.

November 15, 2010 02:49 PM
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Jennifer said...

My husband has been unemployed for 10(!!!) months now, so we’re working hard at doing more with less… One thing I’ve loved is tearing dryer sheets in half- a box will last twice as long, and my clothes don’t come out with that strong potpourri smell they sometimes used to get.

November 15, 2010 02:49 PM
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Rory said...

I use a seam ripper to remove rubber bands from my daughter’s very complex hair styles. Saves time and minimizes doing any damage to her hair! :-)

November 15, 2010 02:50 PM
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Kami said...

When I feel like cheating in baking… using a can of sprite and boxed cake instead of making from scratch! Half the fat and full of boxed tasty goodness.

November 15, 2010 02:50 PM
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Christine said...

Whole wheat flour. You need a grinder, but if you have wheat on hand 1 cup of it will grind into 1.5 cups of flour. That little tidbit makes us happy and healthy!

November 15, 2010 02:51 PM
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Maura said...

I know it’s not unique, but I use a vinegar/water solution in a spray bottle to clean almost everything in my house (windows, counters, toilet, tub). It works great and the smell of vinegar dissipates quickly.

November 15, 2010 02:51 PM
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Kristine said...

i listen to the harry potter audio books when im in the kitchen. it has become a routine now. i find i get distracted and some times confused if im not listening to my harry potter audio books!

by the way i have that cupcake carrier too! but mine is a martha stewart blue color! as is everything else in my kitchen!

November 15, 2010 02:51 PM
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Heather said...

Hard to choose, I am not a stuff person, so I use lots of things for multiple uses… I would say my kitchen aid blender is one that I have been using a lot lately for different things, grinding, chopping, mixing… I love it!

November 15, 2010 02:51 PM
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Nicki said...

My husband has been enjoying gardening lately. Whenever I cook veggies, the parts that don’t make it to the meals, get thrown into a bowl for the garden to help the worms and soil grow. Does that make sense? :D We also have been using the seeds from the fruits and veggies that we eat instead of us buying seeds from the store and growing them.

November 15, 2010 02:52 PM
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Amy in SC said...

I have started doubling or tripling my dinner recipes, and using one meal that night, and freezing the rest. I have found so far this works really well with soups. I even freeze them in some individual portions so my husband and I can just grab one out of the freezer for lunch that day. :)
(LOVE the carrier!!! That thing is amazing!)

November 15, 2010 02:53 PM
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LaDonna said...

I keep a small steno pad by the phone and take it with me wherever I go. That way I don’t forget something and I have to make two trips to town.

November 15, 2010 02:54 PM
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Sarah T. said...

i’m throwing a small party for the new ‘harry potter’ movie/my birthday, and i wanted something cute and special to give the people who come. but i’m a college student with no budget and no time! so i found an online tutorial for making magic wands using only paper, glue, and paint. they are look SO good they could be real! here is the tutorial: http://www.instructables.com/id/Make-an-awesome-Harry-Potter-wand-from-a-sheet-of-/

November 15, 2010 02:54 PM
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ECho said...

Conditioner to shave my legs. I don’t need to buy another product and it leaves my skin nice and soft.

November 15, 2010 02:54 PM
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Kae said...

I do more for less when I blowdry my hair and skip the flat iron by putting my warm hair in a bun for 30 mins. When I take it out I have natural curls!

November 15, 2010 02:54 PM
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Michelle said...

I do all of my weeks’ cooking on Sundays. Its soothing, time saving and I don’t have to think again for a whole week what I’ll be taking for lunch or making for dinner.
And that cupcake carrier featured is amazing. I use mine for anything that will fit into it. If you don’t have it I recommend you get it.

November 15, 2010 02:55 PM
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stacy said...

I found that I can be alot more productive when I ask for help. My kids and husband make the mess, eat the food and dirty the clothes, it’s only fair that they help out.

November 15, 2010 02:55 PM
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Christy said...

I use a baby bottle brush to clean water bottles out and tall coffee travel mugs. Works great!

November 15, 2010 02:55 PM
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Melissa B said...

i love using my cookie scoop for anything that involves scooping like meatballs, muffins, cleaning out seeds. it is a great tool!

November 15, 2010 02:55 PM
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Jeneen A said...

It’s been a tight year so I decided a few weeks ago to make holiday gifts as I love to craft and bake so a no brainer :) However, I didn’t have a ton of dough for supplies but I was recently given a box with a ton of my great grandmother’s costume jewelry. I have been having a great time deconstructing the clip earrings and necklaces and salvaging those beads to make beautiful gifts for the lovely ladies in my life.

November 15, 2010 02:56 PM
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Rachel said...

I am becoming a coupon queen. My boyfriend teases me because every time he wants to do something or needs something, I’m like “wait, I have a coupon for that!” Most recently I got him a full arsenal of get-better supplies for $13 (kleenex, DayQuil, Orange Juice, Welch’s grape juice, Progresso soups, and some other things). I guess he’ll stop teasing now!

November 15, 2010 02:56 PM
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Kristen Perschon said...

blocking out all distractions helps me be more productive. like blogs (I’m obviously not being productive now).
where can I buy one of those cupcake carriers? The link just has wholesale info.

November 15, 2010 02:57 PM
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SQL said...

I’m most productive at night, when everyone else is sleeping and can’t bother me!

November 15, 2010 02:57 PM
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prisca said...

5 gallon water bottles. My husband hides them around the house (empty ones waiting to be filled) and has my daughters play hide and seek with them (ages 3 and 1). At least a good 20 minutes of fun/distraction while I get the dishes done!

November 15, 2010 02:58 PM
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kathy said...

Until I got my cupcake carrier, I used to use the boxes that soda came to the grocery store in to transport my cupcakes.

November 15, 2010 02:59 PM
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chyk said...

since my husband lost his job, i have become very surprised at the variety of ways one can eat rice and beans.

November 15, 2010 02:59 PM
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Jackie said...

I’m more productive when I spend less time on Facebook ;)

November 15, 2010 03:00 PM
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Kara said...

I find I am way more productive when I am happy. Scheduling time for fun and excitement, or even doing something creative really helps me plow through the work.

November 15, 2010 03:00 PM
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Nicole SK Miller said...

Pretty awesome post! I am going to run and get me that traveling cakedome asap! You are so smart Bakerella!!!

I recently purchased the “Flytta” kitchen island from Ikea and use it for papercrafting. It’s perfect because it stores my accucut die cutting system and dies (which are huge) but I can push the cart behind my door when not in uses. And then pull the island out when I need it. Completely functional storage!!!

November 15, 2010 03:00 PM
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Sara said...

Vinegar! I use it instead of fabric softener in the laundry, I make my own all-purpose cleaner with it, it can be used with baking soda to clear clogged drains, it cleans windows streak free and it cleans jewelry to all sparkles! It’s a must in my house!

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

My crockpot helps me make better use of my time and with two small kids, saves some of my sanity around dinner time.

November 15, 2010 03:02 PM
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Rachael B said...

I’m trying to learn how to make things out of tshirts. I have a billion of them, and so far, I’ve made a necklace and several headbands. Next up is a hat for my baby boy, and maybe even a tshirt for him? We will see…

November 15, 2010 03:04 PM
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Kirsten Keane said...

Not sure if it’s much of a short-cut, but I using fishing line to cut desserts like cheesecake. It makes for a clean presentation, no dirty knives, etc. It’s just so much prettier!

November 15, 2010 03:04 PM
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suzanne said...

I use inexpensive flexible cutting boards found at the dollar store to make indestructable templates for my cookies. Just trace the design on it and cut it out. Use template to cut out cookie shapes and then just wash with hot water and store for next time. One large sheet of cutting board makes many templates.

November 15, 2010 03:04 PM
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Anita K said...

I do all my shopping on one day to prevent overspending and impulse buys!

November 15, 2010 03:04 PM
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++MIRA++ said...

less is more! organizing and spring cleaning every other month lol, makes me feel lighter and i get more done!

November 15, 2010 03:05 PM
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Rachel said...

I let a friend move in with me to save us both money. We are both learning to make do with less space!

November 15, 2010 03:05 PM
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June said...

I save yogurt and apple sauce cups. They are especially great for arts and craft projects for my son and my nursery kids. They are the perfect size to divide up materials for each kid, and for paint and glue, etc. I also use them as little snack cup on the go. Their uses are endless.

November 15, 2010 03:05 PM
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Vana said...

When I was younger, I used to laugh at people who kept lots of lists. Ha! The joke was on me. Now I can’t live without my lists. Lists and zip lock bags.

November 15, 2010 03:05 PM
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Michelle said...

Who makes this carrier. I think I would like to add it to my Christmas wish list. I have a cupcake carrier now, but at most I can only carry 18.

November 15, 2010 03:06 PM
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deanna said...

The library. I can check out cookbooks before buying them, stay current on my favorite mystery series, even find favorite movies. And free is definitely less!

November 15, 2010 03:06 PM
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Melissa Collins said...

I use my laptop in many ways! I speak to other adults in the outside world, check email, follow fun recipes, do finances, get cleaning ideas, watch movies, and shop of course. I would be lost without my laptop! :o)

November 15, 2010 03:06 PM
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Sandra Elkins said...

I have a large, flat deviled egg plate (holds 18). I use it to serve stuffed mushrooms, small stuffed tomatoes and various other appetizers. My favorite thing is to see the face of my guests light up when they see that I thought outside the box (or egg)!

November 15, 2010 03:06 PM
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Brooke said...

It sounds silly, but since I bought a Roomba (robot vacuum) I have a lot more time to do things other than vacuuming!

November 15, 2010 03:06 PM
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Stephanie said...

Wow! I recently found the idea to use a normal photo frame, wrap some cord around it and put your earrings on it – Looks great and is awesome to help you organise your jewelry. This is a beautiful way to make more out of a normal frame, I think, and I’ll do it in just a little time.

November 15, 2010 03:07 PM
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Morgan said...

I cook about 3 meals worth of meat at one time. I only use 1/3 of it that night and put the rest in the fridge, saving it for some other meals that I will prepare in the next couple of days! It saves time and money!

November 15, 2010 03:07 PM
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Jeaneen said...

I use the cardboard tube from my foil as a dough roller…….free!! and disposable

November 15, 2010 03:07 PM
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Kellie Choi said...

I’ve made a ribbon holderj/dispenser out of old shoe boxes by placing wooden dowels inside (lengthwise) and poking small holes out of the sides. It allows me to see all my ribbons in one organized, color categorized way!! :D

November 15, 2010 03:08 PM
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deveney jensen said...

i do best when i can jam out to music and then i blow through household chores and have a bit of fun!

November 15, 2010 03:08 PM
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trish said...

okay… so it’s probably a no-brainer. but kitchen shears are the best thing ever. i cut everything… meat, cheese, green onions, spices, twine, and so much more.. and then just get to throw them in the washing machine. i guess most people already knew about how fabulous these things were… but they changed my life when i was given a pair as a gift! lame right?

November 15, 2010 03:08 PM
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Lynne said...

I’m forced to do more laundry when I have fewer clothes. I used to hate it when i can easily let the laundry pile up so high because i rarely run out of things to wear- so i purged my closet!

November 15, 2010 03:08 PM
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Mrs. Schmid said...

It’s not profound, but I purchase large bags of nuts from Sams Club and I chop them myself for recipes. I just chop up the entire bag at one time and measure them out into cup-size bags to pull out from the freezer when needed for recipes. Saves time and money in the end!

November 15, 2010 03:09 PM
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Aimee said...

I’ll go with the others with the music bit, but with my own personal spin on it.
Not only do I love to cook, I love to sing and write my own songs as well.(: Just listening to random songs blindly will pique my creativity and act as a muse, which makes me write or start fathoming recipes, which I can later use to make others smile and/or (be) happy.
How’s that for getting more for less? :P

November 15, 2010 03:10 PM
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April said...

I put on my MP3 player to block all the distractions out and get to work. Works wonders.

November 15, 2010 03:10 PM
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Chonte' said...

i run a small business from home and whenever i get a cookie order i never cut the recipes. i always make full batches and freeze the extra dough. i have an 11 month old so when i get last minute orders it’s hard to get things done, this way i have several kinds of cookie dough already ready. all i have to do is bake and decorate!

November 15, 2010 03:10 PM
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Cassie said...

One thing I like to do is put a bunch of frozen chicken breasts in the crockpot with some barbeque sauce. Then I shred it up and use it for dinners and lunches for the next couple of days! Makes mealtimes super easy!

November 15, 2010 03:11 PM
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