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How to Dry Shave without Hurting Yourself

I hate shaving. Every time I do it I’m thinking how little time I have to be doing it. I’m a mom… so I frequently feel like I don’t have enough time to get things done. Can you relate? Sometimes I don’t have time to […]

Incredible Activated Charcoal Beauty Hacks

Incredible Activated Charcoal Beauty Hacks

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How to Turn a Coffee Maker into a Fish Bowl

How to Turn a Coffee Maker into a Fish Bowl

I’m not sure if you are aware, but I love coffee. In fact, I can’t go more than a couple of hours without coffee (I’m aware of how sad that is.) So you can imagine how upset I was when my old faithful coffee pot broke down.

My first instinct was to throw it out because I was so angry and I had no idea what I wanted to do with a broken coffee pot. Because y’all know I wasn’t about to throw it out because I am The Creative Recycler!

After going through the 5 stages of grief (and after purchasing a new coffee maker), I got over myself and started brainstorming what I could do with my former love.

This is how my thought process went down…

  • Spray paint it, fill it with something heavy and make a book end
  • Fill it with dirt and make a planter
  • Turn it into a chicken waterer
  • Incorporate it into some modern art
  • Let my teenager take it apart for his collection of electric parts
  • Turn it into a water fountain
  • Give up and recycle the parts

Then it came to me… I had recently turned my son’s old fish bowl into a terrarium for my succulents. And we are an animal-loving household. So I decided that our kitchen needed its very own fish bowl in the shape of a coffee pot.

A coffee pot dwelling pet?!

coffee maker into fish bowl

YES! I named him Latte.

latte the betta

Here’s how I made a new home for my beautiful betta fish, Latte:

  • I cut the cord off the coffee maker and stuck the entire coffee maker into the dishwasher.
  • After it came out I painted over all the dull off-white with an eye popping blue acrylic craft paint. (I love, love, love bright blues!)
  • Next I coated the acrylic paint with some good old ModPodge Hard Coat.
  • Once that had dried, I rinsed some aquarium gravel and little plants and arranged them just so in the carafe part of the coffee maker.
  • I filled the carafe with filtered water and added our little red guy, Latte.
  • I keep Latte’s food and supplies in the water reservoir of the coffee maker.
  • I feed him once daily.

He seems pretty happy in there swimming around. And I’m happy watching him.

Tell me what you think… would you keep a fish in a coffee maker?

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It’s the Best Time of Year to Find Wild Blackberries

All along the East Coast of the United States something remarkable is happening.  From mid-May to the beginning of June white flowers pop up along fence lines and along edges of wooded areas.  They are a gleaming marker of one of my favorite parts of […]

Unsolicited Review: Pioneer Gluten-Free Gravy

**Disclaimer** I was NOT provided any compensation or products to try by the company reviewed. All opinions are my own.  This blog contains affiliate links.  That means if you choose to click on a link to a product and purchase it, I earn a commission […]

How to Plan Your Own Seed Exchange

Earlier this week I showed you How to Find a Seed Exchange in your area.  Seed exchanges are a fun, easy, and free way to diversify your seed collection and ensure the older seeds you have get planted.  But what if you cannot find a seed exchange in your area? Chances are, other people would be interested in participating in a seed exchange, too. 

plan your own seed exchange

Here are some steps you can take to organize your own, successful seed exchange:

  1. Make sure you plan your seed exchange at least one month out.
  2. Find a venue: Your local library is a great place to hold a seed exchange. It’s free, central location.
  3. Advertise!
    • Hang flyers in the local library, at the post office, and on community boards in grocery stores and coffee shops.
    • See if the local paper will list your event for free in the weekly events listing.
    • Contact the local cooperative extension office and let them know about the exchange.
    • Create an event on Facebook. Invite family and friends who might want to come.
  4. Plan on people coming without containers for their seeds. Bring a box of Ziploc bags or small envelopes.
  5. On the day of the exchange arrange a couple of tables with signs. You can either organize the seeds by type (cukes, tomatoes, herbs, melons, etc.) or alphabetically.
  6. As people arrive, encourage them to leave their seeds on the tables.
  7. Don’t let people start grabbing seeds, yet. To give everyone a fair chance to see all the seeds available, have everyone start at the same time after the seeds are arranged.

seed tables

Don’t be discouraged if only a couple of people show.  I did this for a couple of years and only had a handful of participants but we all still benefited.  It was fun, we got to talk gardening and exchange tips. 

Happy growing!!!


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How to Find a Seed Exchange

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Unsolicited Review: Coco Stainless Steel Drinking Straws

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Leftover Salad

I love recipes that begin as leftovers. The average person wastes 244 pounds of food each year—roughly the same weight as a refrigerator!  Let that sink in… 244As a person who hates to waste, I use most of my leftovers in new recipes.

For the week of Earth Day Green is Universal is sponsoring a #NoFoodWasted campaign to educate people how they can reduce food waste in their own homes.



This is an issue near and dear to my heart. Below is a blog post originally published September 23, 2013.

Last week one of my Facebook followers posted this:

Sarah M. – Oh I need ideas for leftovers. Sometimes Blake & I are stuck with fridge full of food but tired of [eating] it the same way we fixed it.

Ok Sarah, here is one of my leftover favorites!  I hope you and your family enjoy it.

Leftover Salad

Leftover salad is great for lunch or a light dinner late in the day.  It’s a simple recipe:

  • salad greens
  • your favorite fruits and/or veggies
  • leftovers
  • dressing (optional)

The possibilities for Leftover Salad are endless.  Today at work I enjoyed a Steak Taco Leftover Salad made with leftover steak, leftover bean dip, tortilla chips and salad greens.  Look how yummy it is! Don’t you want a taste?

 Leftover Salad

Some of my other favorite Leftover Salads are:

  • Chinese – salad greens, stir fry w/ stir fry sauce, crispy noodles
  • Hamburger – crumbled up hamburger, salad greens, diced tomatoes, canned corn or fresh cooked corn (we eat corn with our burgers), potato chips, and thousand island dressing
  • Baked Chicken Dinner – shredded chicken, diced baked potatoes, salad greens, cold cooked veggies (Any of the following: peas, corn, green beans, asparagus), ranch dressing

The best ingredient in Leftover Salad is creativity.  Just open your cabinets and your refrigerator and enjoy.

Now it’s your turn!  If you have a great idea for a Leftover Salad or you have a leftover you’re struggling to reinvent simply leave a comment and I just might feature it in an upcoming post!


Make sure you share #NoFoodWasted this week with your own ideas to reduce food waste.

Here’s a list of more ideas to reduce food waste:

  • Freeze food that is almost expired in order to preserve it.
  • Minimize food waste by eating leftovers. You could save up to $175 per month!
  • Compost your food waste. Many cities and towns have community drop off points or municipal pickups.
  • Cooked too much food? Share extras with friends, family or co-workers. They’ll thank you and your food won’t go to waste.
  • Eat before you shop. Food shopping on a full stomach can help you avoid impulse purchases, which often wind up as food waste.
  • Create a menu for the week and purchase only what it requires.
  • Can’t finish your meal? Save it for later! You could save up to $175 per month!
  • Did you know? Some 14 percent of all the trash produced in America consists of food scraps! Why not try composting?
  • Keep cilantro and parsley stems, onion peels, celery leaves, mushroom stems and other veggie scraps in a bag in your freezer. When you have enough, simmer them into a stock for soup.
  • Use stale bread for French toast, bread pudding, croutons, fondue, meatballs or French onion soup.
  • Combine small mixed scraps of cheese to make fondue, macaroni and cheese, salad or sliced fruit toppers.


25 Savory Asparagus Recipes

  I’m sure you’ve noticed an abundance of Asparagus in grocery stores this week. Asparagus is one of the first Springtime veggies to come out of the ground. They are fresh, in season, and you can find them easily from local markets and growers. That […]

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