Tuesday, April 15, 2014

DIY “Polaroid” Picture Banner

DIY Polaroid Banner

I love the look of the classic “polaroid” instant print photos and I love decorating with banners! Happily, I found a really cute project that combines the two! I decided to hang it in my office, but it would also be great for a birthday, bridal or baby shower, graduation, or just about any kind of celebration! Featuring photos is always fun!

Since I didn’t want to shell out $100 for a Polaroid camera, I decided to come up with my own “instant photos” for a fraction of the cost. As you can see, they are a slightly smaller version of the original instant photo, but I actually like that about them. :-)


Monday, April 14, 2014

A Festive And Affordable Easter Dinner Celebration!

Easter Dinner

A few weeks ago, Britta, Kaitlyn and I decided to put our heads together and come up with a simple, tasteful (as in, full of taste!) Easter dinner celebration that was both affordable and doable. I love celebrating ANY holiday, but sometimes I think we get carried away with all the frills, flourishes, and festooning! :-)

This celebration is something that you can easily put together for your family and feel great about doing so.


Sunday, April 13, 2014

My Top 20 Must-Have Kitchen Tools + A Giveaway!

Kitchen Essentials

I am not a professional chef by any stretch of the imagination, but I HAVE been cooking for my husband and kids for 25 years now (including a begrudging switch to gluten-free cooking 4 years ago), and I think that gives me at least some ‘hands-on’ kitchen cred. :-) Over the last quarter century I have bought (and gotten rid of) probably hundreds of kitchen tools. Through the process of elimination I have narrowed down my list to what I consider to be my absolute kitchen “must-haves.”

This list is definitely not all-inclusive, but it’s not bare bones either…it’s somewhere in between. Hopefully it will be useful and possibly even introduce you to something new.


Saturday, April 12, 2014

Homemade Wipes – 3 Different Ways

homemade wipes

WELCOME to “Save My Sanity Saturday” at One Good Thing By Jillee….where I attempt to avoid having a nervous breakdown by actually giving myself a day off from blogging once a week!

So pull up a chair and sit back and enjoy an “oldie but goodie” from the One Good Thing By Jillee archives.

—-Originally posted on September 13, 2011—-

If you’ve read my blog lately…you’ll know I’m kind of on a “homemade” kick. Not necessarily homemade cookies, cakes and buns….but more along the lines of cleaning supplies, beauty products, etc.

I haven’t gone off the deep end and started making my own dishes or shoes or anything like that (of course, never say never!) but more and more I find myself looking for alternatives to the high-priced, over-packaged, chemical-filled stuff. Sure it’s economical, sure it’s the “green” thing to do…but quite frankly…I like the feeling of accomplishment, and sticking it to the big corporations that market this stuff, more. :-)


Friday, April 11, 2014

Getting Oily Stains Out Of Dark-Colored Clothing

Oily Stains

A few weeks ago I bought a new pair of cropped pants in a gorgeous coral color (coral is my new color crush!) Of course the first time I wore them I decided to make tacos and ended up inadvertently getting grease on them! Boo!!

Normally I would be quite worried about this predicament because getting grease stains out without fading the colors can be tricky. Fortunately I figured out the answer to this problem awhile ago and it has been my go-to oily stain fighter every since. I have used this method so many times with such great results, I figured it was time I shared it with all of you.


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