Tuesday, September 04, 2012

Baking Soda Air Freshners

A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to make five gifts for five amazing friends.  I wanted to do something practical, yet frugal, so I chose this Baking Soda Air Freshener from Smashed Peas and Carrots website.

It's not only super-duper easy, but fun and you can customize it many ways.  You'll need baking soda and some sort of scent.


I used massage oil from Bath & Body Works, but you could use anything- I'm sure there's tons of options.  


I found my wide-mouth mason jars at Target, but you can find similar ones on Amazon.


It's so simple....  mix baking soda with the essential oil of your choice and add to jar.


Remove the circle lid part of your jar- not the ring- and add a  piece of scrapbook paper.  Punch holes in it with a tapestry needle.  I'm so sorry I forgot to take pics of this before I gave the jars away, but you can see the original post on Smashed Peas and Carrots for that part.

How amazing would it be to make some with a fall or Christmas scent?  My wheels are turning.....

Here's to good smelling homes!
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Sunday, September 02, 2012

My GoodWill Shopping Trip Score!

I am in LOVE with Goodwill stores.  I've always had an affection for all thrift stores, but since moving to Florida three years ago, I've learned to appreciate Goodwill stores here.  I don't know about your city, but around here, Goodwill continues to be the best second-hand store around town.  I really am impressed with the friendliness of their staff, the cleanliness of their stores, and the quality of their items.  Sure, there area always exceptions and "junk" areas of the store, but overall, they appear to be the "top of the line" when it comes to thrift stores.  I have three that are within a 15 minute drive of my home, and for that, I am certainly grateful.

Here's a few of my most recent favorite finds-



I've developed a love for vintage bakeware.  This small white and blue dish caught my eye, and for only $3.99, I couldn't leave it on the shelf.  I'm considering taking a few doors off of my kitchen cabinets and displaying some vintage dishes like this, but haven't made a final decision on that yet.



I was especially excited about this 1970's Corningware dish.  This is the exact same pattern that my parents received as a wedding gift, and my mom still has many pieces that they use today.  She doesn't have this size dish though, so I grabbed it at $4.99 and will give it to her next time we're together.  It doesn't have a lid, but I'm hoping to find one on another Goodwill trip soon.


I have a love for green glass, and have many pieces on display in my kitchen and family room.  This pitcher seemed perfect for my kitchen windowsill, and a picked up half a dozen roses at Aldi yesterday.  I can't remember the price of this pitcher, but I'm sure it was under $5.

    

Those who know me well would know that I can't go to Goodwill without spending a large amount of time in the linen section.  This trip was no different, and sure was productive as well!  I found two pillowcases (each for $0.99) and two fitted sheets (each for $2.99).  I love the bright colors in these bed linens.

Where do you love to shop for thrift items?  Do you love Goodwill like me or do you have another favorite? What section do you head to first?

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