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Friday, January 3, 2014

Top Tens Pins I Want to do this Year

Jules here-

I, too, do not have an official New Year's Resolution, but I always am striving to improve myself.  Similar to a few of my friends, (ahem, Tanya & Lori) I have a pretty awesome pin-hoarding problem on Pinterest.  Honestly, without that website I doubt I could cook, homeschool, or prepare for any holiday/party.  Anyway, my goal this year is to use some of those long-forgotten pins:
MAGIC! I've been doing this all over my carpet, it works on old stains, new stains-- basically EVERYTHING!
Magic Carpet remover
I have THE WORST carpet stain from an unnamed 3-year-old who stole a bottle of green food dye.  I just have to get motivated to dig out my iron and make this handy-dandy solution.

Car Ice Remover

 I have had several incidences of frozen doors, windows, and barely visible driving conditions.... I won't even mention the "suddenly-unfrozen-passenger (toddler-side)-door-opening-while-going-45MPH"  incident.   I definitely need to make this ice-melting solution. 

Mock Wendy's Frosty: 80 calories, .5 g fat
Imitation Wendy's Frosty  
I have 60+ drink recipes in my Drinks pin-board, and I have tried none of them. I would really like to sample some of the smoothies, milkshakes (healthier ones), and even some unique mixed drinks this year. See, my New Year's Resolution includes drinking MORE!


whole wheat pita bread
Whole Wheat Pita Bread from Annie's Eats
I do make a fair amount of pizza doughs and homemade breads, but I'd like to branch out and use some of my more unique pins like Pita bread and honey oat rolls.  Yum.

DIY Coffee Table. You can buy these crates at any craft store.
DIY Coffee Table out of Craft crates    

 I haven't price-checked these craft crates, but I have quite a few pins that feature them from entry units to shelving storage.  If they are cheap enough, I plan to make this coffee table. And by that, I plan on nagging my husband to make one.

mittens from outgrown (or shrunken) sweaters- easy to sew!! Will I ever do this? No. But it's sure nice to know I can.
Sewing mittens from old sweaters

 This is actually three pin ideas in one--- first, my 5 year old wants to learn to sew this year (I think she has a vision of making a poofy pink dress for herself); however, I am looking for more basic ideas.  PLUS, this will inspire me to clean out my closet at get rid of the dozens of old sweaters/shirts that I don't wear anymore (many have survived since high school).  Finally, if I can learn to sew a bit more myself.... I could do LOTS of pin ideas.

25 gifts to make under $5 (that people would actually like to get!)    - There is also a part 2 for 50 gift ideas!  Can't wait to try some of these
25 Gifts to give under 5 dollars

 These gifts are cute, inexpensive, and can be used for any occasion. So my goal is to give "cheer" to some friends this year.  I don't often celebrate friend's birthdays, but this would be a simple, affordable way to tell them that "I'm thinking of you!"


32 Random Acts of Kindness to do with kids.     We are going to an assisted living this week!
Random Acts of Kindness
 I love the idea of teaching my children generosity, kindness, and selflessness by performing thoughtful deeds for people.  Using some of these ideas this year, I hope to plan something once a month to cheer someone up!

This is a fabulous idea! A friend took small glow sticks and put them in plastic eggs. Then hid them in the house and turned off the lights for the hunt. Must remember this!
Glow in the dark Easter Egg hunt

 O.k. This one Grace added.  I let her peruse my Kid Friendly Activities board, and she chose this glow in the dark Easter egg hunt.  She also wants to do balloon rockets on a string (but I don't have everything I need for this one yet).  Both of these activities MAY pass the time this winter..... this long, just-getting-started winter....


12 Hearty Fall Crockpot Recipes that leave out the Condensed Soup!
12 Crockpot Recipes, Condensed Soup Free

 Finally, I would like to utilize my brand-new CROCKPOT (thanks MOM!) more this year. Every time I use my crockpot, I feel so calm for the day as dinner is "taken care of".  I like the simplicity, the smells, and the leftovers. 

Let's hope I can add ORGANIZING my pinboards to the list of "THINGS TO DO" this year as this post took me FOREVER to write....
Instead of cleaning and organizing my house, I pin ideas on how to clean and organize my house. The irony is not lost on me.

Easy Rule #13399  Look back on LAST year's goals and ideas for inspiration for this one!




  1. Some good pins here! I love the random acts of kindness idea especially...

  2. are you calling me a pinterest hoarder? :) Alright, I admit it! It's the first step, right?

    1. I think you surpassed me in pins awhile ago... however, you do get the dubious honor of COMPLETING more pins than I...