Top Ten “Good Things” From YOU!

Update:  Grand Prize Winner of the “One Good Thing By YOU” Contest is:

Tiffiny SandersThe Secret To The Fluffiest Baked Goods Ever!
You are the winner of a $100 Nordstrom gift card AND a $50 Best Buy gift card!
Please email with your mailing address. :-)

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one good thing contestI really didn’t think this through when I decided on doing this contest.

It was WAY HARDER than I ever imagined it would be! Choosing just TEN FINALISTS from the over 400 amazing tips, ideas, solutions, tricks, etc. was BRUTAL!! Seriously.

I had to edit and re-edit and then re-RE-edit the list! I even had knock-down, drag-out FIGHTS with my “panel of advisors” over who should make the cut! Not really.

But I did argue with my sisters at the very end when I had finally managed to get it down to 15 and had to cut it down to 10. Brutal I’m tellin’ ya!

I’ll tell ya what I’m gonna do! (said in my best Joisey used car salesman voice). Consider this “Round One” of this contest. I will feature another group of YOUR One Good Things in a future blog post and we’ll have another prize of some sort. I’ll have consult with the “junior” partner on what it will be. But no worries there, my nephew Scott comes up with great prizes! (ie…the recent Caribbean Cruise Giveaway!) :-)

So….in no particular order… are the TOP TEN Finalists in the “One Good Thing By YOU” Contest! (The FIRST of many more to come!)


NaDell – Baby Shower Gifting Tip

My best tip is that at your baby shower write the giver’s name on the clothing tags so you can remember who gave it to you when the baby gets to that size. I like to pair this with having the baby wear that outfit when the giver will see them in it. What’s better than giving a cute little baby outfit than seeing the adorable baby IN said outfit?
 I did this (on my own) right after my first baby shower with my oldest and have been sharing this tip with friends at their baby showers ever since.



Betty Bergeson – Vinegar Socks

Vinegar Socks. I know this is going to sound strange but it works, I know because my mother usedit on my brother, who was very ill as a baby; I’ve used this on my children when they had high fevers and they have used it on their kids. An old neighbor taught this wonderful treatment to my mom. She was from Germany. When you have a baby or small child who has a very high fever and medication just won’t bring it down. Take a pair of white socks, soak them in apple cider vinegar or white vinegar. Put them on the childs feet and wrap the feet in a towel. Wait till socks have dried, if fever is still high, repeat. I’ve never had to do it twice, once has always done the trick. Trust me ladies this does work.



Brenda Lerwell – Tea Tree Oil Toothpaste

My good tip is to sprinkle a drop of tea tree oil on your toothbrush along with your regular tooth paste. The taste isn’t the best, but you do get use to it and it soon won’t bother you! The benefits out way the taste! This makes your teeth so clean and smooth feeling. It is so good for your gums and heals them if you suffer from sore gums. Since we have been doing this the trip to the dentist is a breeze. When we get our teeth cleaned there is always a comment on how clean our teeth are and how they didn’t have much plaque to take off. I love tea tree oil!!!




Arlene – Better Than Go-Gurts

My one good thing is to use straws (big ones work best) to serve your children yoghurt. Just peel back the top just enough to insert the straw and let them suck. So little mess, and far cheaper than a Go-gurt!! My 2 yr old can feed himself without getting yogurt everywhere– now that’s a good thing, in my book. It’s a great healthy snack that works well in the car. Easy for the driver to eat (suck) too. :)
I loved your tip about making your own popsicles with yoghurt and will often do that if one of my preschoolers doesn’t want to finish their yoghurt. Just stick in a popsicle stick and pop it in the freezer to finish later. Yum!



Julie – Spiders Hate Peppermint!

So I guess my other favorite is finding out that spiders hate Peppermint. Guess what essential oil fills my garage and door frames??? You can put it in a squirt bottle with a little water or use it straight! Bye bye chemicals!!!




Tiffiny Sanders – The Secret to the Fluffiest Baked Goods Ever

For the fluffiest baked goods EVER, my secret weapon is…Lemon Juice!! Add a teaspoon or two to baked recipes that include baking soda or powder and BE AMAZED! The lemon juice SUPER activates the baking soda/powder and makes baked goods SUPER FLUFFY and yummy!!! 





Sharon Goetz – “Just Off The Grill” Frozen Patties

One of my favorite ideas for summer (or even other seasons) is to buy one of the bulk packs of good sirloin hamburger patties at Costco.  Grill them all off (no need to make multiple trips to the grill) at once.  After they have cooked, I place them in a 13×9 pan.  In a sauce pan, heat 2 cups water, 1 heaping tablespoon of beef base and several liberal dashes of liquid smoke.  Let that come to a simmer or until the beef base has dissolved.  Pour over the patties and stir them up so each absorbs a little of this broth.  Then, I pack them up in freezer bags containing however many my family would use per meal, divide up the broth and refreeze.  When it comes time for a quick burger, just microwave out of the bag, with the broth and you have a “just off the grill” tasting burger, with no extra fuss.



Cris saenz – Keeping Guac GREEN!

My one good thing is how to save leftover guacamole without it turning completely brown. All you do is place the guac in the container and spray the top of guacamole with non stick cooking spray and place in the refrigerator. The next day the guacamole will still be green.




Tammy Larsen – Soothing Nighttime Foot Treatment

My favorite personal tip is one that sits on my nightstand and I use it faithfully to keep my skin soft and healthy. I have a bottle of fractionated coconut oil and a bottle of grapefruit essential oil and I mix a little of the two together. I apply it to my feet and arms before turning out the light and it absorbs surprisingly fast. This is a healthy, natural and beneficial alternative to lotions that works beautifully and smells lovely. Blissfully soft skin and it costs pennies to make. I have been using the same two bottles for months now.



Heather – Biscuit Cinnamon “Rolls”

My one good thing is biscuit cinnamon rolls. If course I love my grandma’s recipe, but any will do. It’s so easy. First of all, you can make the biscuit dough in a food processor–no cutting in butter/shortening! Then, no rising needed. You just make the dough and go straight from making the rolls to putting them in the oven. And with only a 10 minute baking time, the family gets them quick. Last, they are so flaky and delicious…. If I didn’t have work in 15 minutes I would be making these right now!

Here is a yummy-looking recipe I found at Joy The Baker with a wonderful photo tutorial!


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These are the TOP TEN FINALISTS…..the GRAND PRIZE WINNER will be announced via this page AND on Facebook later today!

Thanks again for all the AMAZING ideas!  

I look forward to featuring many of them in blog posts to come!   



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  1. Kathy says

    These are fantastic!!
    I would absolutely love to see more of the tips that others have sent in even if they haven’t made the top ten list. What a wonderful way to share time tested tips!!
    Thank you for your blog!

  2. says

    Jillee this is such a wonderful idea. Everyone has one good thing that makes their life easier, and to share them with the rest of us is commendable.
    Thanks, Jilliee for the chance for all of us out here to see what others come up with that have made their lives easier. I LOVED the one about getting rid of spiders. That I will definitely try.

  3. Colleen says

    Those are some great tips! The vinegar sock is fascinating. I wish I’d known about that when my kids were little. Would love the know the rest of the tips, any way you can share them too? :-) The tea tree oil trick does work. In my house we use a drop in our ‘water pik’ unit to sanitize mouths and the water line. You can get tea tree oil toothpaste as well- a bit less messy. I love your blog, Jillee! It’s so great to have all these tips, all in one place.

  4. Amy says

    I have a couple of questions about the fractionated coconut oil and grapefruit essential oil. First, would you use equal parts of each? Second, can you substitute the fractionated oil for regular oil in any of Jillee’s other recipes for instance the body butter recipe, shampoo, etc… I have never heard of the fractionated form of the oil and I imagine it would help with the seperating process.

    • says

      I do know the coconut oil is very healthy and has many wonderful properties. Just give it a google search. I personally use sesame oil on my skin (has an SPF too) and grapeseed oil. I love to experiment.
      Julie (spider girl)

  5. says

    Great tips! But I have to wonder if it is the vinegar in the sock that does it, or just the fact of having wet feet. My kids are grown now, but I’d like to experiment with a water-wet sock, too.

    Thanks for your blog. I enjoy it tremendously.

  6. says

    Love them. Have no idea how u picked. Thanks for doing this for us. Hey, just found out peppermint in a bottle of water brings down body temp in this heat. Simply put in squirt bottle and most yourself to Popsicle status!

  7. Kristin says

    May I add a suggestion to the straw in the yogurt? If your little one often pulls the straw out of yogurt, or anything else, and flings the contents around I have a solution to that problem; the straw-lution straw! You can find it here: I know the inventor and she put a lot of thought into this product. Use it for drinks, yogurt, pudding, applesauce or anything else you can think of that will slide up the straw. The straws are economical, bpa free and reusable. :0) (I don’t get any kick back for mentioning her product, I just like to share the news.)

  8. says

    I’d love to know where you got those little salad dressing cups
    I too love lots of stuff on my salads…a person fav is toasted almond slivers and toasted raw sunflowers…yummo
    but I can never find the right size container.

  9. says

    As a dental hygienist I can tell you the Tea Tree Oil Toothpaste is awesome for great oral hygiene.

    In our family we use the toothpaste from (a very high quality tea tree oil from Australia). Melaleuca is a wellness company and many of their products have the tee tree oil in them – they’re excellent products – there are many benefits of tee tree oil.

  10. Missy says

    After I noticed that my gums were receding, I started rinsing with peroxide first (which also helps whiten teeth), then brushing with baking soda and a few drops of Dr. Bronner’s Tea Tree Oil soap! It takes some getting used to, but my gums have never been healthier!

  11. Maryann Johnson says

    What fantastic ideas, especially liked the one with peppermint oil for the spiders going to do the tomorrow morning. What a wonderful web site keep up the good work. Just shared your site with a bunch of friends and put it in my favorites list.

  12. NaDell says

    Didn’t you say something else in the first blog about this contest?
    “Just leave it as a comment below and me and my distinguished “panel of judges” (my nephew/business partner Scott, his wife Mickell, my daughter Britta, my daughter-in-law Kaitlyn, my Mom, and my 3 sisters – Becky, JoAnn, and Dori) will pick ten finalists that will each receive a $10 Amazon gift card and out of those ten finalists, I will personally choose the winner who will receive a $100 Nordstrom gift card AND a $50 Best Buy gift card! PLUS, I will feature YOUR “One Good Thing” on a future post! :-)”
    I was kind of expecting a little something…

  13. CynthiaT says

    Can’t get the last of the lotion out of the tall plastic bottle? I TAKE OFF THE TOP and stand it in the microwave- turn on for 4 seconds. The plastic gets VERY HOT so wait a minute before checking the lotion. If it doesn’t run out, do it for 4 more seconds., etc. Pour the runny lotion in a shallow container but DON’T TOUCH IT until you are sure it has cooled off. It should thicken up or use it as is.

  14. Erin says

    The vinegar fever reducer works wonders! Medications to reduce fever have never worked for my son; rather those medicines make him throw up. Thanks to Google at 3am when my son was younger, I discovered the vinegar trick on a “home remedy” site. Desperate to get his fever down, I tried it, thinking that “it’s just vinegar – it can’t hurt him!” and THANK GOD it worked! Fever was completely gone by 5am!

    I do “double duty” with the vinegar, though: soak a washcloth in vinegar, squeeze it out so it’s not dripping into the eyes, and apply it to the forehead (in addition to the vinegar socks).

  15. Tiffanie Murzyn says

    A fever can be caused by many different conditions ranging from benign to potentially serious. Some studies suggest that fever is useful as a defense mechanism as the body’s immune response can be strengthened at higher temperatures, however there are arguments for and against the usefulness of fever, and the issue is controversial. **-.

    Take a look at our blog page as well http://www.healthmedicinebook.comub

  16. Holly says

    Those of you who had used apple cider vinegar, how is your skin afterwards? I have a wart and read online to use that to eat the wart away. The sights suggest using a s cotton

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