One Good Thing By YOU – Volume Two!

Back in June to celebrate “One Good Thing By Jillee” turning 1 year old, we had a fun giveaway where people left comments telling us what YOUR “One Good Thing” would be if you were ME for a day! :-) It could be a “tried and true” tip, technique, recipe, craft, etc…or it could be something completely NEW!

The response was OVERWHELMING! It about KILLED me to pick just TEN finalists and then ONE winner!  Honestly! It was one of the hardest things EVER! :-)

I promised back then that I would post more of YOUR “One Good Things” because they are just TOO good not to share!  But this time I’m making it easy on myself and just randomly choosing some from the almost 500 submitted!

Eventually we will get to ALL of them….but for today….here is the SECOND INSTALLMENT of ………


 Homemade Magic Shell

Happy Blog Birthday! I just discovered an amazing tip I’d like to share with you. I mixed Nutella and Coconut Oil together in about a 2:1 ratio. By itself it’s amazing to snack on, but guess what?? You can spoon it over ice cream and it hardens within a minute, making a yummy alternative to store-bought crackle topping. I feel so clever! The 2:1 ratio is Coconut Oil to Nutella, in that order.

You can also do this with any flavor chocolate chips or chocolate bars and make homemade magic shell. I have several flavors and I store them in the cheapo mustard and katsup bottles from the $1 store. They also don’t need to be refrigerated. And if they get a liitle solid in colder weather, just nuke them for 10-20 seconds.


Teething Helper 

Joanne Stein
Happy Birthday! My one good thing, like so many of yours, is finding a creative way to use what we already have. My son had received terry cloth booties as a gift, but he rarely wore them. One day, as I was freezing washcloths to help with his teething discomfort, I looked at the clean-but-unworn booties and thought “teethers”! By wetting the toe area and freezing in a zip top bag, the baby gets a cold, soothing teether and we get a dry cuff to hold onto. Since there are 2 booties, there’s always one ready in the freezer. The first tooth came in yesterday, by the way (just after 6 months)…


Eight Glasses A Day

Crystal L.
I am terrible about fitness and eating healthy, and even more so about remembering to drink enough water throughout the day! However, if I put eight rubber bands around the bottom of my glass in the morning I can easily keep track of how many glasses I need to drink by taking one off each time I finish drinking. Just this one tip alone helps me lose water weight and uncomfortable bloat, even when my diet isn’t the best! Just ensuring you are drinking enough water can be enough to quench unsavory cravings.


 Homemade Face Powder

Sherry @ A Happy Valentine
My one good thing is my homemade face powder. I’ve discovered that cornstarch can be tinted with cocoa powder to match my complexion. It makes the perfect face powder and smells great too! My husband loves the scent on me too. :)

By the way, I use this for dry shampoo on my dark hair too. I just apply it at the roots with a makeup brush. It works great!



Razor Saver

My one good thing is drying off your razor everytime you shave. My husband and I started doing this and our razors last way, way longer! I don’t know why this keeps your razor from going dull but it works! Such a money saver!



Refrigerator Shelf Saver


My “One Good Thing” is: Cover your refrigerator shelf with Saran’s Press and Seal Wrap….then when it gets dirty you just peel it off and apply a new piece!!



Sibling Rivalry Solution

Happy birthday! My one good thing was a solution that came to me in a moment of desperation when my two children were small. They would constantly bicker over EVERYTHING. Who got to sit in the front seat, who got to pick the game we played, who picked the movie – you get the picture. It was so aggravating and exhausting trying to be fair and not have more arguments about whom I chose. One day it dawned on me that since my daughter’s birthday is on an odd date and my son’s is on an even, I would let the calender decide! On odd days she was able to choose and on evens it was his turn. Any small arguments could be solved this way without a lot of “but mom, it’s not fair! ” They quickly learned which day was theirs and the bickering was greatly diminished. Of course dad and I had final say on bigger issues and on the 31st – can’t have an extra odd day – it wouldn’t be fair!


 Laminate Flooring Cleaner


Lorna S
My OGT: Instead of using store bought floor cleaner to clean laminate floors, use 1 gal of warm water & 1 cup vinegar. It cleans the floors very well and leaves a NO STREAK shine!

 Amazing Corn Shucking Trick!

Alexandra L.
Love your blog! Here is my one good thing. . . To avoid shucking corn and trying to get all of the silk off, just microwave your corn 4-5 minutes in microwave for one ear; or10 minutes for 3 ears. The husks keep the moisture in and steams the corn. Cut an inch off the wide end and the corn slips right out…no silks!


 Toilet Paper Rolls As Cord Wranglers

Tanya Leavitt
I like to take the empty toilet paper rolls or paper towel rolls and use them to contain the cords to my appliances. Curling irons and craft tools that need to be plugged in



 Ants Hate WD40!

My “one good thing” for the day: Stop ants from entering your house by using WD-40. Just spray a line of it and ants will not cross it!!


 Super (Safe) Clog Buster!

Susie Sippel

Our basement sink had one heck of a wicked clog. Knowing that my husband would kill me if I went out to buy more liquid plumber AND tell my brother in law on me (I love my brother in law but he’s the kind of guy you want on your side! After all, he’s a plumber for goodness sake!!!) I got to work one day with 1 box of baking soda and 1 gallon of vinegar. After about an hour, 3 boxes of baking soda and 4 gallons of vinegar, I got the blessed “thuck” sound I was looking for and put a ton of hot water down the sink and the clog is and has been gone!!!! While I know that this isn’t typical and that you don’t normally need this much, I tackled that clog and I won!!!!


 Simple Chocolate Treat!

Mary Kearney
And an easy delicious treat to celebrate your birthday is a candy recipe I’ve been making for years. It’s 1 cup of chocolate chips, 1 cup of peanut butter chips, 1 cup of pretzel sticks broken into threes, and 1 cup of nuts, any type, I use cashews. Mix the chocolate & peanut butter chips in a microwave safe bowl, microwave to melt stirring every 25-30 seconds. Once melted add the nuts & pretzel pieces. Mix well. Drop by spoonfuls on to wax paper lined trays. Refrigerate to set. Store in an airtight container. Enjoy! Happy Birthday!!



Corn Tortilla Pizza Roll-ups! (GF)


It’s hot! Too hot to cook this summer. So at my house we have been eating a lot of wraps. Also, we are in the process of going gluten-free (one kid is, the other one and I are waiting on tests) so sandwiches have been out because we haven’t found a GF bread anyone likes. So for wraps, I just heat the griddle pan, put a corn tortilla on for a minute, flip it, add lunchmeat or leftover meat and cheese, and fold it in half when the cheese melts. (The tortillas I’ve been buying are too small to actually roll.) Then we add lettuce, tomatoes and whatever sauce we want.

Today I decided to try something new. So we made Pizza Roll-ups or Homemade “Hot Pockets” or Pizza Wraps. Call them whatever you want. They’re good, easy, fast, cheap and gluten-free. I just heated the tortilla (we use Mission white corn; flour tortillas would be good, too, if you can have them), flipped it and added a spoonful of pizza sauce (you could also use Prego), some shredded mozzarella, and some Hormel pepperoni. I wanted my pepperoni to actually be a little cooked so I cooked it on the griddle by itself for a minute before adding it to the wrap.

So simple I thought it should be One Good Thing. :)



How To Get Rid of Shampoo Buildup! 

Mary Kearney
To remove hairspray & product buildup from your hair in your hand mix a tablespoon of baking soda with your shampoo and shampoo & condition your hair as usual.



Camping Time and Money Saver!

Theresa Smith
My one good thing involves our favorite activity: camping. Now, we do not camp in the wild, oh no, I am too much of a spoiled suburbanite for that! We have a travel trailer that we leave at the beach during the summer. While a great grocery store is closeby, I do not like to be at the mercy of their weekly sales, so I plan and prepare our meats ahead of vacation time. I buy our favorite meats while they are on sale, separate them out, put in the appropriate marinades, then using my food saver, (or just good sturdy freezer bags) put them in my freezer. On our travel day, I fill our cooler with my frozen meats, throw in some ice and bottled water, and we are ready for a week’s worth of good grilling. Once we get our freezer in the trailer cooled down, I select my first meal of vacation to thaw in the fridge and put the rest of the packs in the freezer. Now, I only have to buy salad supplies and other veggies. This helps us not be so tempted to eat out because cooking at the campsite could not be easier. We still go out for shrimp one night and breakfast one morning, but this preplanning certainly saves time and money!



Sweeping Up STICKY Messes!


Happy birthday, and wishing you many more! My one good thing is an easy way to sweep up sticky foods such as cooked rice, oatmeal or raisins. Simply spray the area lightly with water and sweep as usual. The food sweeps right up without a struggle.



 Kid-Friendly “Hammer and Nails”


My nephew loves to hammer nails into wood but this can be quite painful at times. We gave him a styrofoam and golf tees for him to “hammer.” He loves it!



Rice Krispie Birthday Bundt Cake and MORE!

Happy 1st Birthday!!  My tip for One Good Thing:
The amazing versatility of the Rice Krispie Treats!
1. plain old original recipe
2. mix peanut butter in the melting part and top with melted chocolate
3. mix cocoa or melted choc chips into the marshmallow part and skip frosting with melted chocolate
(these ones taste like eating peanut butter cups…my favorite!)
4. use cocoa krispies instead of white ones
5. use fruity pebbles instead of white ones
(very very sweet!!!)
6. make rice krispie kabobs…square chunks on skewers with fruit or marshmallows in between. (I like chocolate dipped strawberries and bit white marshmallows)
7. last but not least…shape the “dough” into a bundt pan and use for a Birthday Cake like I did one year for my daughter! I did one layer cocoa krispies and one layer white normal recipe. NO BAKING required. Be sure to spray the pan with pam first. And chill well before removing from pan.



Greeting Card Center

Greeting cards

Robin Anders

Happy Birthday, and how excited you must be about the success of your blog. My one Good thing is that I keep a constant supply of either handmade (scrapbook style) or store bought “thinking of you cards” on hand, at my finger tips, organized by distance, not feeling well, just because, funny,haven’t heard from you in a while, and some blank. the envelopes already have stamps on them, so I don’t want to waste that money. Every week, on Tuesday, I pick a friend to send a card to. I could have seen them over the weekend, but they still might get a card. I have a program in my computer that helps me see who has gotten one and who hasn’t. Sometimes I may need to send two. My friends absolutely love these. Most of them are pretty funny, some are great timing for those hurting. Often I put confetti in them just to irritate those I know will make them laugh, as well as slightly curse me. Well, that is my one Good thing. once again. Happy Birthday!



A Gratitude Journal

gratitude journal

Gina Vesely

One Good Thing- Keep a Gratitude Journal. Write in it every day- even if on some days you can only be grateful for your pencil.


Thank you for that reminder Gina! When I was going through residential treatment that was something we were required to do everyday. Write SOMETHING in a gratitude journal. At first it was hard. I mean it’s hard to feel “grateful” when you are in that situation….but day by day it got easier and easier as you realized that there is ALWAYS SOMETHING to be grateful for….even if it IS only the pencil. :-)


Well….that concludes VOLUME TWO of “One Good Thing By YOU”.  I hope you have enjoyed! Stay tuned for VOLUME THREE!

And if you have MORE ideas you’d like to share….PLEASE feel free to add them to the comments below and I will include them in future volumes!


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  1. Mary says

    I love all the ideas above!! Now, to come up with a way to REMEMBER them….or somehow save them so I can refer back!!

    • Terri says

      I keep a file in my computer called One Good Thing. I have it subdivided into categories like Cooking, Cleaning, Replacing Paper, Easy Gifts and Fun Things to Make, etc. Folders like Cooking are subdivided into further categories such as Desserts, Chicken, Bread, etc. Each tip is a single document. This way I can know all the different tips at a glance.

      Can you tell yet that I am a compulsive organizer??? :-)

      Today as I was copying, I was thinking about all the good tips I’ve saved. I was wondering how I could put them into use rather than just cataloging them. Then *brainstorm*!! I decided to try one Jillee tip each week!

      I have a weekly cleaning chart. **Groan! There I go organizing again!* Mondays I vacuum, Tuesdays I dust, etc. I decided that every Saturday I’m going to try one Jillee tip.

      Today is Friday. I can’t wait for tomorrow!

    • Suzanne says

      I pin the ideas that Jillee has posted that I want to try onto my Pinterest boards. Then I have them neatly organized when I decide I want to look for a project to do.

    • Ro says

      Mary I send my special enmails I get and MOVE (on the top of your email screen you should see a place hat asks where to move to) them to my drafts this way of you lose your computer it is stored in your mail.

  2. says

    Great list! The teething tip reminded me of what I did when my boys were teething, chilled cucumbers cut into strips, they loved it helped with their teeth and a yummy snack.

  3. Kristy says

    Happy Birthday. I love you blog and look forward to it everyday. I know summer is over but there may still be some beach days left if we are lucky. I always keep a travel sized container of baby powder in my beach bag to help remove sand off of little feet before they come into the car. For some reason baby powder works like a dream in getting all the sand off without too much rubbing. It is also great around little (or big) girls bikini lines, much gentler than just a towel.

  4. Stacie says

    Seriously, I think you need to publish a book with all these awesome tips! I’ve used so many of your homemade remedies & suggestions…love to have it in book form (or kindle, hint hint). You’re just AWESOME!!! I bow to your greatness, lol.

    • says

      Stacie….we are working on one right now! So excited! I will keep you posted! :-) Thanks for the kind words! YOU are awesome. ;-)

  5. says

    How did I miss this or Volume One??
    I guess that is life going from homeschool mom to a mom with four children in school. Transition!!!
    Loved all the great things here.
    You do a great job Jillee!

  6. Becka says

    I really like all of these tips! My only thought to add is this: press and seal on the refrigerator shields can be a good thing, but the press and seal doesn’t always want to stick to the shelves. I did this a few weeks ago, and just ended up pulling it all off. (it was coming up anyway on its own)

    Thanks Jillee for all that you share with us! You are truly awesome!

  7. Catherine's not naturally crafty says

    Love, love, love these ideas! I had one last weekend that should be timely as we head into football season. Our families, both sides, are queso junkies. You know, Velveeta and Rotel with or without add ins? Well, the problem with queso is that it’s best kept warm and covered. You’d think a crock pot would be perfect but…it’s too hot and usually ends up scorching the queso. Yuck! So, I figured a double boiler would be perfect, but hated the idea of leaving a pan on our gas stove unattended for the whole game day. Scary stuff. I finally realized I could turn my crock pot into a double boiler. I filled a standard round crock with hot water and then nested one of my casseroles in it. It just suspended from the lip of the pot. But you could also use a mixing bowl or simply put the bowl in the water sitting on the bottom. Set for high to melt up the queso and then turn it down to low for perfect queso all night long. Bonus is that it would work for anything else you want to keep hot that is also a bit delicate like, hot dips, fondu, sauces, etc. Happy dipping!

  8. Gina says

    Thanks for the really great info and tricks! My OGT is making it easier to get more vegetables in my family’s diet; specifically in the morning. Place a onion, green pepper, spinach, tomatoes (remove seeds and as much moisture as possible), etc in a food processor and chop into small pieces. Spray an ice cube tray with cooking spray and fill with the mixture. Freeze for a few hours and remove to a gallon-sized freezer bag. After making scrambled eggs, breakfast burrito, omelette, etc. nuke a veggie cube for a bit before adding to your meal.

  9. Michelle J says

    Thanks for these! I mostly lurk, but this is one of my favorite sites to check daily and pin on Pinterest.

    I often look for ways to make things from scratch. It makes me feel like I am in control of things in my home.

    Is there a way to submit entries for the next round?

    I just recently discovered how to make my own gourmet coffee syrups. This morning I had a homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte that tasted like Starbucks but was much cheaper. I’m going to try peppermint and vanilla syrups next. I would really like to find a way to preserve these, as currently they must be refrigerated. I think a gift basket with homemade syrups and other coffee goodies would make an extremely nice gift for Christmas.