Thursday, 23 January 2014

Great Value Valentine's Crafts

Yellow Moon is a crafting website that schools, clubs and charities can register with to get commission on any sales - organisations give out catalogues to parents, members, carers etc or people can order online.  There's a sale on site at the moment, so it is well worth a look to stock up on some crafty bits.

I always think it's so much nicer to give (and be given!) homemade gifts and, as Valentine's Day is coming up, I thought it would be nice to have a look at the site to see what's on offer.

First of all, I've spotted these cute Love Scratch Art Decorations which would be perfect to create something unique for a parent or special person.  They're reduced from £2.99 to £1.99.  My children would have so much fun making these!

These 'Design a Heart' keyring packs are lovely too, reduced from £3.99 to £2.99.  Again, kids could make something really individual, different and sweet for the occasion.

Finally, these Mosaic Heart coaster kits aren't on offer but they are awesome and can be treasured forever - and they're only £3.99.  I love the style and colours of them, kids will love making them and they are practical and pretty.

So find out your school or organisation's code so they can get some commission and get ordering!

Tuesday, 7 January 2014

Funny Top Tip!

Have you ever had one of those days at work?  I did - today - and didn't make it...

Monday, 6 January 2014

Unclogging a Drain

Firstly, boil some water.  While this is being done, pour a bunch of bicarbonate of soda (also known as baking soda) into the drain.  I use enough to go in to the plughole and pretty much cover it.

Then pour on some vinegar, an amount a bit less than the baking soda.  Some places suggest white vinegar but I find malt vinegar works just as well.  You'll see it all start to work, with the mixture bubbling up nicely and satisfactorily!  This is the clog breaking down.

Next add some salt on top of the vinegar to make it even more foamy and work even better.

Let it sit for a while to gurgle away - 15 minutes or so, until you're ready to clear it all out by pouring in the boiled water.  This should do the trick easily and naturally.  And look!  Pretty sink with no clogs, environmentally-friendly and naturally.

If necessary, repeat for those more stubborn clogs.

Sunday, 5 January 2014

Saturday, 4 January 2014

Cleaning Steel Cutlery

Have you noticed how cutlery can get stained quite easily?  I'm sure it's quite safe, but it doesn't look great and it doesn't seem to get clean when washing normally either by hand or in the dishwasher.  But a top tip is to use a lemon!

Chop a lemon in half and wipe on the stained cutlery.  For more stubborn stains, wipe a little harder!

Then rinse under the tap, dry and voilĂ !  Unstained cutlery!

Friday, 3 January 2014

Ripening Bananas

Do your bananas ripen too quickly?  Or not fast enough?  Top tip - they ripen fastest when they are in a bunch, so if you want to slow them down, separate them!  Simple.

Bananas ripen quickly when in a bunch
But more slowly when they are separated