How to Create a Grocery List for One

created at: 08/12/2010


Thanks Curbly for this wonderful opportunity to share some insights and inspiration.  For my last post this week…I thought I would share some info for Foodie Friday on how I am solving my issues with grocery shopping.  I find that I was spending too much on food that isn’t very healthy and lasting long enough.  I know all of the basics of grocery shopping:
– Create a firm budget
– Create a grocery list
– Stick to list
– Coupon clip and shop sales
– Don’t shop hungry

My issue was with creating a good grocery list and purchase items that last for a week, two weeks or a month? Continue Reading

The Top 100 Craft Tutorials of 2009.

One last visit to the successes of the final year of the last decade…2009-tutorials

The Long Thread has assembled 100 great tutorials published in 2009.”It was a good year in the online crafting world. Here’s a list of 100 craft and sewing tutorials of 2009, not ranked in a particular order. I made a similar list last year that continues to be popular. This year I decided to include my own tutorials! Feel free to comment and link to your favorites, as I’m sure that I’ve left many off the list. Continue Reading

12 Surprising Uses for Vicks VapoRub.

Vick’s has been making it’s mentholated topical ointment – VapoRub – since 1905, and it’s covered the chests and ticklied the nostrils of North America ever since.

And, like most good things, it’s plenty good for all other sorts of uses. Dumb Little Man has assembled a fine list of twelve.

1.  Decongest Your Chest

2. On Your Tootsies

3. Achy Breaky Muscles

4. Get Rid of Nasty Nail Fungus

5. Stop Your Cat from Scratching

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Ten Unusual Uses for a Colander.

The colander. It drains liquid away from solid stuff you don’t want soggy, and, well, not much else.

Except, apparently, it does! DIYLife has assembled ten clever uses for this seemingly at-first-glance multi-tasker.

1. Grease splatter reducer.
2. Warm a serving bowl.
3. Berry storage.
4. Bathtub toy scoop.
5. Play accessory.
6. Craft template.
7. Bug tent.
8. Wind chime.
9. Lamp shade.
10. Holiday display.


All your craft and diy questions answered!


created at: 2009-08-13

I happened upon this remarkable list of just about every craft and diy question you could ever have on Wise Geek yesterday. Ever wonder what Summi-E is? The list knows. How about Scoubidou*?These and many, many other burning questions can be answered by following this link. 

*Although it looks like it, it is not what Scooby Doo says. 

Awesome Scooby Doo balloon text generator can be found here.

13 Things You Haven’t Cleaned in 6 Months

Many if not all of these 13 things on Barbi’s list are easily forgotten on cleaning day. Embarrassing to admit but true!

  1. The top of your refrigerator.
  2. Under the bathroom and kitchen sink.
  3. Your keyboard. 
  4. Your mouse. 
  5. The outside of your trash can.
  6. The inside of your light fixtures. 
  7. Your kids’ backpacks. 
  8. Picture frames hanging on walls. 
  9. The drawer under the stove.
  10. The tops of your bookcases. 
  11. The produce/crisper drawers in your refrigerator.
  12. Your purse or handbag. 
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30 Modern Valentine’s Gifts for Under $50.

Creede from Grassroots Modern has outdone himself. He’s gathered 30 mod and pop Valentine’s Day gifts that anyone with fine taste would be happy to give OR recieve. Check ’em out here! Lovely.


Top Row, left to right: Josh Jakus Wine Pocket, Fauna Pico Pillow, 2d:3d Letter Holder, Hybrid-Home Print, Heath Ceramics Bud Vase
Bottom Row, left to right: Giclee Print by Jenn Ski, Cupcake Canisters, Clocky, QUEUE 2-tone Stick Lighter, Hug Salt + Pepper Shakers

80 How-To Sites Worth Bookmarking.

The internet has been so integral to the DIY and handmade revolution, its no surprise to find an enourmous collection of how-to websites from around the world. has assembled a solid eighty, in areas like home decor, crafts, dining, business, and personal finance. Though, there’s no Curbly. Write in and make it eighty-one!!!!

Also, check out this collection of fifteen from DumbLittleMan.



25 Eco-Chic Ideas for Your Home.

Green decor is everywhere, but this list of twenty five provides actual inspiration for using your recyclables in your decor. Interesting…

Ideas include:

  • Mixed Glass Centerpiece: Take old glass bottles and jars, fill with
    leaves and flowers and group the glassware together to make a
    centerpiece display
  • Sweater Seats: Reupholster chairs with old sweaters
  • Rustic Candles: Melt down the bits of old burned down candles and pour the wax into small flower pots to make candles
  • Cork Trivet: Save corks from wine bottles to make a trivet to set hot dishes on
  • Oxford Napkins: Repurpose worn cotton button down shirts into cloth napkins
  • Glass Jar Storage: Use old mason or sauce jars to hold cotton balls, q-tips, washcloths, etc.
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