Well, frankly, I don’t know. And yes, it is actually New Year’s Eve. This is a funny holiday for me. I’m not one to stay up and party and I really never have been. Continue reading
So what is an occasional environmentalist to do with all that leftover wrapping paper? Here are a few ideas to get rid of the paper and the guilt!
1) It’s hard to get the “unwrappers” to do it neatly. Between the 10-year-old boy and the 87-year-old father there is not a lot of pristine wrapping paper left. However, sometimes there are some salvageable pieces. Cut away the crinkled part and keep what you can. Even if it is a small piece, sometimes you need that perfect size.
2) Keep some of the more crushed or unresusable pieces to use for packing packages throughout the year or for next years’ presents. Your family will love getting their presents packed with festive wrapping paper instead of packing peanuts.
3) Use lots of gift bags. It might cost a little more but you get lots of uses. (Make sure you hit those 50% off sales this year!) However, you have to make sure you give a gift to a person who will reuse it.
5) Finally, give yourself a break! If you are reusing at least a portion of your paper, you are doing a good thing and saving some money too!
Hey everybody, It’s almost Christmas! Actually (as the headline might have led you to believe) it IS Christmas at my house. We celebrate here on the eve morn and then again at my in-laws on the 25th morning. It’s one of those funny situations only an Ill-Prepared Housewife would get into, but for us it really works.
So, on this occasion, I thought I’d share my take on some of our holiday traditions.
Now I am sure you have read many articles, lists and hints about the various uses of baking soda. I am not going to give you a list of “25 Ways to Use Baking Soda”. However, I am here to tell you three very specific ways I used baking soda (and vinegar) that were lifesavers for me. I probably had read some of those articles so when faced with three dastardly, seemingly unsolvable problems, I turned to my old pal baking soda. Continue reading
Here at IPHW, we like to see our friends and socialize but “entertaining” can be a little daunting. First, realize that everyone feels self-conscious about having even ones’ closest friends over for a dinner party (and don’t even mention the stress of having the family over!) My husband and I used to think we just weren’t getting invited places when it turns out they are just too intimidated to host! So here are a few tips on having a great party, with low stress, and your friends will be saying “It always seems so effortless when you have people over!” Continue reading