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Celebrating 1,000 Posts With More “Good Things” By YOU!

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About a month ago I was working on doing one of my daily posts when I happened to notice in the upper corner of my WordPress dashboard that the total number of posts I have done since I started this blog was actually getting very close to ONE-THOUSAND!!! WHOA!  I could hardly believe it, although logically I shouldn’t have been surprised. After all, I have been doing this blog 7 days a week since June of 2011, so the math makes sense (even to a math-challenged person like myself!)

Well, a milestone of this magnitude deserves a BIG CELEBRATION, don’t you think? Me too! :-) So for today’s post I’m RE-sharing some of my favorite reader tips and tricks AND giving away a special prize package worth……..(drumroll please!)………$1,000.00!!!

But before we get to the awarding of prizes……take a look at some of my favorite “Good Things” that have been shared by readers over the last 2 1/2+ years. Like I always say……I have the SMARTEST, MOST CREATIVE readers in the universe! :-)

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Favorite summer tip: Save your kids’ clothes (and yours!) from mustard, ketchup, chili, and relish stains by spiral-cutting those hot dogs before grilling. Just poke a bamboo skewer lengthwise through the hot dog and make one long spiral cut, rolling the hot dog across the cutting board as you slice. Pull out the skewer and grill. You can slice an entire package of dogs in less than two minutes. The spirals in the dog ‘hold’ the condiments on the dog in the bun.

Cooktop cleaner. I have a glass cooktop and when food gets cooked on/boiled over, I sprinkle on baking soda, then use a spray bottle filled with vinegar and squirt the baking soda until it’s foamy, but not diluted. I let it sit for about 5 – 10 minutes and then it wipes away clean with no scrubbing :)

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Iced water bottles. I have 4 boys at home in sports. In the summer we go through water like crazy. I have about 15 reusable water bottles. I fill them 1/3 full with water and place in the freezer. When the kids are headed to practice or the park they can grab a frozen one and just add water. No messing with getting cubes in the bottle at the last minute while looking for cleats, hats, and gear. The one big “cube” melts slower also.

Using dryer sheets in the kitchen! I keep a box of cheap dryer sheets under my kitchen sink and when I have a particularly hard baked-on mess, I fill the pan with warm water and drop a dryer sheet in the pan. I usually let it soak overnight and by the next morning I can just wipe the mess out!! It works so well!! (P.S. Using a dryer sheet in the kitchen and to wipe down baseboards to keep them dust free for longer are the only times I use dryer sheets now that I am making my own…thanks to Jillee!)

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When browning ground beef use a potato masher instead of a spoon. It breaks up the ground beef into small crumbles and especially helps if there is still some frozen hamburger that hasn’t completely thawed.

Dry, scaly hands, BE GONE! In your hand, pour 2 tsp. sugar, 1 – 2 tsp. olive oil and two pumps hand soap. Rub together into cuticles, and in between fingers until sugar is mostly dissolved. Rinse. Apply a bit of your favorite lotion.

When washing outside windows add a little Jet Dry to your washing liquid and then just hose off the windows. The water just sheets off – and no streaks!

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For neck and/or shoulder pain, fill a tube sock with regular rice and tie a knot. Put the rice sock in your microwave for a minute or two, then put it around your neck. It stays warm for quite a while and if you have stiff shoulders or arthritis pain it feels like heaven. You can also put it in the freezer for an ice pack.

More manageable hair. My hair is fine and typically falls flat no matter what I do on hot, humid days. A few weeks ago I began to add one teaspoon of baking soda to my handful of shampoo along with a few drops of conditioner. Mix it up in your hand and shampoo as usual. The results are body, lift and control that stay all day!

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Halloween Jack-o-Lanterns tips: First, cut the bottom of the pumpkin instead of the top. It interferes less with the design that way. Instead of making your base perfectly round, make a triangle shaped notch at the back to make it easier to tell which way the pumpkin will sit on it. To prevent your carved pumpkins from withering up, float them in a bathtub full of cold water until it is time to display them. Last but not least, right before lighting the candles, liberally sprinkle the inside of each pumpkin with pumpkin pie spice or cinnamon. The heat from the candles will warm the spices and pumpkin flesh up to create a heavenly pumpkin pie smell!

Summer time hair tip! After spending days in the pool, strip the chemicals from your hair by adding 1 to 3 tablespoons of baking soda to your regular shampoo! This leaves hair free of pool chemicals and silky and shiny! You can also use this to get rid of product build up! Do this once a week!

Cleaning the front loading washer. Take a magnet clip from and find your favorite absorbent cloth. Clip a cloth with the magnet clip then attach it to the side of your washing machine. It’s within easy reach to wipe down the rubber seal after each load. Keep happy about your fancy new washer actually smelling clean because you always have a rag within reach that hangs dry. And it’s right there to toss in the load once a week or so. So simple but makes laundry-life easier! Check the $1 store for the magnet clips. I found 3 for $1 that are strong enough to hold up a nice thick cotton rag!

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To remember birthdays and anniversaries, buy several cards at once from the dollar store. Put the name of the intended recipient and the date of the event in the upper right corner of each envelope, where the stamp will cover the writing when you are ready to mail the cards. File in a basket in chronological order. Set your computer or phone calendar to remind you about 4 days before each event. Address the card, add my personal sentiment, stamp it and place it in the mail box for the mailman to pick up.

Avoiding container stains. Spray the inside of plastic storage containers with cooking spray before putting tomato-based sauces like chili and spaghetti inside. The spray keeps the container from getting stained.

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Homemade “Magic Shell.” Mix Coconut Oil and Nutella together in 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.

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.

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Vinegar Socks. I know this is going to sound strange but it works. 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 until socks have dried, if fever is still high repeat. I’ve never had to do it twice, once has always done the trick.

Terry cloth teethers. 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 unworn booties and thought “teethers!” By wetting the toe area and freezing in a plastic storage 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.

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SUPER easy homemade caramel sauce, perfect for dipping food into or drizzling onto ice cream. Melt a half cup of butter in a saucepan on low heat. Add 1 1/2 cups brown sugar, 3/4 cup corn syrup and a 14-oz can of sweetened condensed milk. Stir until it comes to a boil. Remove from heat and whisk in one teaspoon vanilla and 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon. You can serve it hot, room temperature, or cold! It’s addicting!

To remove grease, oil, use LARD. I use a lot and make sure it covers the oil spot and the surrounding area of garment. Then wash with regular detergent. Lard breaks down oil, detergent breaks down lard and its all down the drain.

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Sore feet relief! If you have plantar fasciitis or tired, achy feet, fill a plastic water bottle 3/4 of the way with water, freeze it and use it frozen after a workout or long day to roll the bottoms of your feet to reduce inflammation.

Natural carpet freshener. Combine 1 part dried bay leaves to 3 parts baking soda and pulverize it all in the blender. Pet and Child Safe! You can also do this with cloves, cinnamon, rosemary, depends on your scent preference! Store in an air-tight container, punch holes in the lid for sprinkling. One added benefit is that most pungent herbs and spices are natural bug and rodent repellents!

Tried and true tip for making juicy pork chops. Spread a light layer of mayo on the chops and then pile on italian bread crumbs. Bake in the oven and they come out delish everytime!

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Easy way to shuck corn! To avoid shucking corn and trying to get all of the silk off, just microwave your corn 4-5 minutes in the microwave for one ear; or 10 minutes for 3 ears. The husks keep the moisture in and help steam the corn. Cut an inch off the wide end and the corn slips right out…no silks!

Clever cake tip! Before you frost a cake, place it on a serving plate wrapped in plastic wrap. That way, when you eat half of the cake, you can just lift the ends of the plastic and wrap it up. It’s also make it easy to transfer the cake to another plate without messing anything up.

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DIY gravy separator. When you make a turkey and you want to make gravy, take your baster and suck up the turkey juices and put them in a plastic zipper bag (after it’s cooled a tad of course.) Let it sit for about 10-15 minutes. All the fat will rise to the top and then all you do is cut a hole in the bottom corner of the zipper bag and release only the good stuff on the bottom. No fancy gadget needed.

Handy recipe organizer. I put convert all my recipes into .PDF files and then send them to my Kindle Fire (one document per category, like “breakfast” or “pies”). I now have all my recipes with me at all times and it is very handy in the kitchen – I don’t have to drag out my cookbook.

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DIY water globe. I love the convenience of water globes for plants and in my larger plants instead of a couple of globes I just use an empty wine or coke bottle!

Kitchen time-saver. This is a tip I use every time I make potato or macaroni salad. I like to put eggs in my salads but rather than boil the eggs separately, I just put them in the pot with the potatoes or the macaroni and they all get done at the same time. Plus, it saves me from having to clean another pot!

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Use a hot cast iron skillet for the BEST ever cornbread! Preheat your oven and place your cast iron skillet in the oven along with the amount of oil that is called for your recipe. After the oil is hot and the skillet is heated, remove skillet from oven and pour the heated oil into the batter, mixing and transferring the batter back into the skillet. Place in oven and bake for desired time. This greases your pan plus makes a crust like edge on your best ever corn bread!

A tip for better baking: buy a scale and weigh out your solid ingredients. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve given cake recipies and such out, only to have people complain it won’t work for them. The usual culprit is too much flour, which is easy to over do using volume. One cup of regular white flour weighs 125 grams. Also, don’t over mix! Unless the recipe specifies otherwise, stopping when the dry and wet ingredients are just incorporated gives a very tender product. Pie crust is not bread. The less you can mix, the better.

For a quick desserts, use cake mix batter in the waffle iron. Make enough for dessert that day and freeze extras for drop-ins. When needed just toast or microwave & top with ice cream or fruit & whipped cream.

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Stretch your baby soap! I have three little ones and we used to go through liquid baby soap like crazy. I found an old foaming soap bottle and put about an inch of baby soap in then topped it off with water and shook gently. My last bottle of baby soap lasted about 6 months using this method! The kids think its fun too!

Use baking soda in your flowerbeds and garden. I sprinkle baking soda around my flowerbeds to prevent rabbits and deer from eating my plants. I also sprinkle it on my garden in the backyard for the same reason and as a bonus, by sprinkling baking soda on the soil around your tomato plants, it actually sweetens your tomatoes!

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AND LAST BUT NOT LEAST………..

Make sure you tell others that you love them… OFTEN. And if you have furry family members, make sure they know, too. Although it isn’t one of those super helpful hints, I think it goes along with some of Jillee’s other posts that remind us about paying it forward and how to be happier. I know it makes me happier when those around me know they are loved.

This list really is “the tip of the iceberg” when it comes to the wealth of information that has been shared by YOU on this blog. Regular readers, I’m certain, would attest to this being true.

I wish I could have shared MORE….but after reading over comments for more than half the day yesterday, I had to draw the line somewhere. :-)

I can’t thank all of you enough for reading and commenting and sharing in this community for the last 2 1/2+ years! YOU are what makes this blog successful and I hope you will continue on this journey with me for years to come!

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  • I just found your site. I love all the many “Tips” you share. I have found if you spray the inside of the pot in which you are going to boil your potatoes for mashed potatoes or any peeled potatoes, it makes cleaning the pot so much easier because the starch from the potatoes doesn’t coat the inside of the pot.

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  • Picking one idea was tough. At my age, I thought I’d heard them all, and was pleasantly surprised by so many new ones.
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  • I am going to try the tip of using baking soda with my shampoo to tame my hair. Maybe it will prevent bad bed hair in the mornings, too. Thanks for all of your tips.

  • I just recently discovered the wonderfulness that is Nutella, so my favorite tip from this post is the Nutella magic shell ice cream topping. I love the original, and can’t wait to make it myself.

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  • I live in the north where it’s too cold to wash outside windows, and probably will be for quite some time, but I am so excited to try the Jet Dry trick! I am always disappointed in how my windows look after just using the window cleaner. Maybe I can finally get rid of the streaks!!! :) Thanks!

  • I have been using the dryer sheet to clean backed on pots, but I
    have found that putting the sheet in the bottom of the pot, then a small squirt of dish detergent, then fill pot with hot water helps.
    Also if someone has a problem with ear wax, put a couple of drops
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    Really love what you have listed above!

  • The vinegar socks is something I’ve never heard of! My family’s always done Vix Vapor rub and socks, but the vinegar is something I’ll have to try! Also, that birthday card idea is GENIUS. I just bought cards from Joann’s yesterday and now I know exactly how to use them!!

    BUT in all honesty, ALL these tips are fantastic, I’ve read a lot of them before from when you originally posted them, but I’d forgotten about most! This page has now been BOOKMARKED :) so I can access these great tips whenever I need to!

    Thanks so much!

  • I love the vinegar sock idea for bringing down a fever….who knew?? My husband has an illness that makes him susceptible to illness and infections, so having one more tip in our illness-busting arsenal is wonderful!! Thank you for all you do to help us get through this thing called life :)

  • I love the tip about using a potato masher when browning ground beef! I’ve always thought it took way too long and way too much effort to break up the beef (or sausage, for that matter) into the size I wanted. I’ll definitely pick up a potato masher the next time I’m out.

  • You have the most amazing tips! I love the hotdog spiral cut idea! My son ADORES hotdogs but is always getting ketchup EVERYWHERE! Thank you so much!! Rebekah

  • The spiral hot dog and the baking soda mixed in shampoo are two I’ve tried and like. I will be trying more on the list. The jet dry for windows will be next.
    This giveaway is so generous and exciting!

  • Congrats on your 1000 posts, how awesome!
    I love the vinegar socks idea, everyone should know this. I am expecting my first grandchild soon and will definitely keep this idea around. Hopefully it won’t be needed, but just in case. Thanks

  • I love your posts…. somehow missed the one about Vinegar socks (sharing w/ my daughter for her infant daughter w/ frequent ear infections). I’m on a coconut oil binge currently…. use it for EVERYTHING- hair, skin, food…. great stuff!

  • Hey Jillee, congrats on 1,000 posts…how time flies! My favorite post is the water bottle ice cube…I have been doing that for many years, I keep it on my night stand every single night for at least 10 years now.

  • I love your blog! I loved the idea of wrapping the cake in plastic wrap and then being able to easily wrap it up again. I also loved the tip for dry, scaly hair. Your blog always has soooo many great tips. Here’s to another 1000, then another 1000, then repeat again!

  • I can’t wait to try out the hot dog trick with the grandkids this summer. Congratulations, Jillee, on the 1000 posts! I love what you do and look forward to reading your posts every day!

  • Congratulations on 1,000 posts! You are wonderful.
    I would have to pick the homemade caramel recipe as my favorite. Drizzle it over some diced apples…….Mmmmmm!

  • I love the baby soap idea! The cost of baby products adds up so quickly so it’s good to have such a great idea to help it last longer! I love the foaming feature too!!! Thank you for this giveaway! I’m hoping to win because the prize is perfect for my want to make my little ones baby food at home for healthier and money saving options!

  • I’m going to try the vinegar socks! I’ve never heard that before. But I do rub Vicks on the bottoms of our feet and cover them with socks when we are sick. It totally helps with coughs

  • Hello Jillee.

    I’ve been fallowing you for about a year or so When I became a Pinterest pinner. Oh how I love your blog. First off you have inspired me…all your cool ideas excited me. I’m kinda going thorough or getting to the empty nest syndrome. I was depressed and now I’m trying to be prepared. It all started when she learned how to drive last year, no need to be a taxi any longer. My mornings were totally changed. I had to find something else to fill my time. Then I discover you and your crazy wonderful blog.

  • I’ve been looking for answers that four of your tips covered! Excited to have more managable hair, for cards that I’ve already purchased well in advance to have a hope of getting there, for small kids to have less meds for fevers and to *finally* be able to use my foaming soap dispensers without buying pricey refills! Thanks Jillee, and thanks to your readers!

  • My favorite tip was the vinegar socks….I am babysitting my first grandchild….she’s 14 months and just had her first “cold” (luckily, no fever!!) I will remember this for future reference!!!

    I also love you Epsom salt bath post….just bought some to try.

    Many thanks for lots of interesting ideas and inspirations for those of us starting our second phase of life!!!

    Lori

  • I am anxious to try the vinegar/sock method the next time my grandchild has a fever. The last time I babysat my grandson when his parents were out of town little Harrison got a 102 temperature. Wish I had known about this trick. Thanks for sharing

  • Love your site! Have to say the DIY water globe is such a great idea. My kids collect bottles. I can’t wait to try this.
    Tip I would like to add is let the people around you know how important they are to you. Let them know they are loved. You never know what tomorrow holds.

  • I love the idea of the vinegar socks. I had a 1 year old 2 weeks ago spike a 106 fever while
    in a diaper. And it would come back before he was up for a dose of Tylenol or Motrin. Will try this next time. Also the magic shell with Nutella and coconut oil. Yum!

  • WISH I’D KNOWN ABOUT THE FAT SEPARATING TRICK WITH THE PLASTIC BAG DURING THE HOLIDAYS – I ENDED UP TRYING TO SEPARATE THE FAT USING A MEASURING CUP AND GUESS WHAT? ALMOST ALL THE FAT WENT RIGHT INTO THE GRAVY! EEEEK! I HAD QUITE A MESS ON MY HANDS! LUCKILY THE FLAVOR OF MY TURKEY WAS AWESOME AND THE GRAVY DIDN’T END UP TOO BAD, BUT I SURE AM GOING TO TRY THE PLASTIC BAG TRICK NEXT TIME!

  • The potato masher for ground beef is a great tip. I never think I’m getting the pieces small enough. I also like the spiral hotdog idea. My 4 year old will love it.

  • I love the idea of adding JetDry when cleaning windows!! We are pastoring a church which is all windows on 2 sides and we are about to do a spring cleaning…you’ve just saved me a ton of time!

  • Great tips, keep them coming, sooner or later we all can glean money saving and healthy useful tips from your website. Yours is one of my go to ones a few times a week!!! Ckay

  • I like the corn shucking tip.
    I also want you to know that I ordered some Jeddy’s Blend from Sparks Naturals. IT WORKS! I can hardly believe it, but it really does help me stay focused. THANK YOU SO MUCH!

  • I love the frozen water bottle ideas for drinking. I also stick them in lunch boxes to keep food cold and then to drink with lunch. Congrats on your awesome blog!

  • Sooooo difficult to choose a favorite comment! You share such useful tips! I especially liked the gravy separator….one of those “!!DUH!!” ideas, lol. I would love a chance at some of the prizes. I’m just beginning to learn about using Essential Oils. As a retiree on very limited income, it would be wonderful to add to my supply of oils with that Amazon card! Keep up the good work and know how much you have helped your readers. Thank you!

  • So I LOVE tips – seriously LOVE! And love even more that you have listed your best all in 1 easy spot. My favorite – although it seems small and a No DUH tip is your “Iced water bottles”. I have a son with sensory issues. We try to help him to be as independent as possible. Getting him ready for soccer practice is a very difficult task. But having iced bottles ready for him to just add water is a MUST for a more easy transition to practice & game times. It seems like a small thing – but it really is huge in our home. THANK YOU JILL!

  • I love the potato masher idea for ground meat. Its amazing when you read something and you think, how simple and brilliant of an idea. Jillee, you’ve inspired me to use eo’s. I get excited with your ideas. Thanks for sharing these with us.

  • I love the corn husking idea (those silks make me nutty!), the DIY magic shell (can you do this with anything else besides Nutella?) and telling your furry friends you love them (my kitties are my fur babies!). Jillee you are amazing and such an inspiration! Thank you so much for all of your ridiculously awesome tips and money savers! And thank you for being so generous!

  • Actually I am fairly new to the blog and found many ideas listed here new and helpful. I especially like the tip for a feverish baby, the recipe organizer, the ground beef/potato masher idea, and the corn shucking tip useful.

    One of the interesting subjects of a past blog was soaking your feel in vinegar and Listerine (I think). I haven’t tried it yet but I’ve saved the blog to try at some point!

    Always interesting!

    Kathi

  • Just having come out the other side of a week-long bout of fevers with my littlest one, I wish I had known about vinegar socks. Adding this tip to my arsenal of things to try.
    Congrats on this milestone!

  • I love the idea of using a cake mix in the waffle iron for an instant dessert and then freezing them. I also love the corn bread in a cast iron skillet.

  • Jillee, I love your blog! You inspired me to try so many new things like essential oils and making my own cleaners, lotions etc. My favorites tips from this post are the iced water bottles and using baking soda for my garden. Congrats on 1000 blog posts! You rock!

  • So happy to have met you! Love your blog and have been catching up from missing out. So many things I am going to try now. Thanks for the giveaway too! Sending out vibes to the universe to win. xo San @ A Dash of Sanity

  • While Nutella is a winner every time I have to go with the Jet dry for the windows! It amazes me that I never thought of it as I am crazy for the stuff in the kitchen, I use it when I wipe down the glass in the kitchen cabinet doors.

  • My favorite tip is the stretching baby soap one. I do the same thing with dish soap and a foaming hand soap bottle. It lasts FOREVER!

    Congrats on 1000 posts! I love your site.

  • How do you pick just one? I think the vinegar socks for my grandbabies, because there seems to always be one that is running a fever. And when one has it, it gets passed on to the others. Thank you Jillee.

  • I am fairly new to your site but I already love it. Of course most of the tips above I haven’t seen before but I love the card idea. I always call myself getting a head start but I forget to mail or where I put them. Thanks for your blog and inspiration! Your DIY cleaning recipes are my fav!

  • Really liked the ‘good thing’ of putting water bottles in the freezer (1/3 full) then adding water for the outdoors. My husband works outside a lot and likes for me to bring him ice water. This will be much easier than making ice water every time. I use lots of your ‘good things’ every day. I love seeing what you add each day.

  • Vinegar socks! My little one is always getting fevers. I will try this remedy the next time it happens. Thank you so much for all the helpful tips and posts.

  • I loved the tip about the baking soda and vinegar for ceramic stove tops. I have a bit (that’s putting it mildly) of an issue when it comes to making a mess while cooking. Plain baking soda works well, but the vinegar may be what I need to get the really stubborn spots!

  • I love the rice-filled sock for easing aches and pains! I’m also looking forward to trying the jet dry when washing my windows this spring! Congrats on 1,000 posts! And thanks so much for all the wonderful information that you’ve shared!!

  • Wow, I like so may of the tips from today…the vinegar socks, the magic shell, the laundry one. Jillee, thank you so much for sharing your tips with us and making our lives easier….it is so much appreciated!!!!!

  • I like the corn bread tip. I love cornbread…..the cold wTer bottle for your feet will be very handy during soccer season. Thank you for such a great website.

  • Absolutely great comments and ideas. I personally enjoyed the shampoo and baking soda tip to reduce buildup! Now I no longer have to buy the clarifying shampoo! Absolutely love these. Thank you and here is to 1,000 more!

  • I thought one of your best ideas was how to use a baggie, pour the juices off the meat you cook into a baggie or freezer bag and the fat floats to the top. I am always looking for ways to cook healthier for my family. I have to tell you, I love ALL of your ideas and looking through this email when it came brought them all back to my mind again. I tell all my friends about this website and also my mother who does a lot of cooking.
    I don’t care if I win anything, I just want you to know that your website offers money saving tips every single day and I could not be happier that I found you and I look forward to seeing what idea you come up with next. Keep the ideas coming, I am a big fan.
    Take care :)

  • What a wonderful celebration and occasion! Congratulations! Your volume of posts and dedication to your blog is impressive, to say the least. Keep up the amazing work!

  • I love the homemade magic shell with coconut oil. I also really liked the tip about putting the cake on the serving plate with plastic wrap around it before icing it.

  • I love the idea of attaching a cloth to the washer! so simple but sooo necessary.

    My tip: I save the netted bags that citrus fruits or onions come in and use them when I have to squeeze lemons and do not want the seeds.

  • Hi Jillee! I absolutely LOVE your blog! What literally changed my life is the pototo masher for ground meat. I also love your coconut hair treatment (blow dryer in shoe is genius). I will always be an avid blog reader. Xoxo thanks!

  • I love all the helpful hints, but my favorite was the last one. Always let those most dear to you know how much you love them.
    thanks for the 1,000 hints.
    Sandy

  • I love the idea about lard removing grease! So many wonderful things were tossed out before I learned this from your site. Thanks for sharing all of the wonderful tips.

  • I loved the tip with the rice and sock. I’m twenty three and just had a spinal fusion, so that really helps relieve some of my pain and is really comforting when laying down at night to go to sleep!

  • My favorite idea is boiling eggs and potatoes/macaroni at the same time to save time when making a salad. It was a…duh…moment! Why didn’t I think of that? : )
    Thank you to the person that presented this idea and thank you to you, Jillee, for giving of your heart everyday to make this a wonderful blog. Congratulations on 1000 blogs! I’m looking forward to 1000’s more!

  • I made mental notes with many of the good ideas but I ran to get a recipe card to jot down the homemade caramel recipe. For some reason the sweets section of my recipe box if much larger than the others!

  • I love the cook top cleaner tip! I’m so going to go and try that right now! I hate having to sit and scrub the stove top after something is crusted on! I also love the dryer sheet in a dirty pan idea! Another tip I’m going to try! Thanks for posting these! I’m a cleaning tip junkie! Haha

  • I love the jet dry/washing windows tip, as well as many others. I’ve seen a lot of tips, but this list had several new ones to me. Have it bookmarked, will pin it & fb it! Love your daily blog, which I receive by email. My only! Thank you. pat

  • I love the tip about recipe organizing– so smart, and definitely what I’ll be doing when I get my new kitchen! Thanks so much for all of your amazing tips and your uplifting blog! You’ve helped so many lives :)

  • I love the post about the pumpkin, can’t wait till Halloween so I can try
    I just found your blog and love everything about it so far! Keep up the good work! <3

  • There are lots of great tips to choose from, but I can’t wait to try the cornbread in a skillet! Sounds great! Thanks for all of the great ideas!

    Laura

  • The tip about shucking corn is genius! I have used it and so many others that you have posted. My laundry detergent recipe came from you! Thank you so much for what you do!

  • Love the diy magic shell, frozen water bottles for feet, and cornbread in an iron skillet. This is the only way I make corn bread, the way I was taught to make it by my mom and grandpa!

  • I love the corn tip about microwaving it and avoiding having to deal with the silks! Thanks for such a wonderful giveaway and the tips, and congratulations!

  • My favorite post was the vinegar socks to reduce a fever. Did you know that if you have a rodent problem you can use dry sheets to keep them away. Put them under the stove or fridge even around openings and they’ll stay clear.

  • This is an amazing post not to mention the giveaway! I need to bookmark this post for all the great ideas. I think my favorite is the homemade hard shell because who doesn’t love that?!! Thanks so much for all you do!

  • Congratulations on your 1000 blogs! I use vinegar for so many things, but hadn’t heard about the vinegar socks. I’m definitely going to have to keep that one in mind for a try. Thank you for all the great ideas.

  • What? We have to pick just ONE! That’s a hard one. I guess I’d have to go with the potato masher today.

    A friend of mine doesn’t use the internet so I’m compiling a list of these tips to put in a binder to give to her. She’s going to love it!

    Congrats on 1,000 and thank you for sharing with us.

  • So many great ideas! I’m actually really digging the vinegar socks. I love natural remedies, so this will be great to try next time someone comes down with a fever at our house!

  • Thanks Jillee for your ever informative blog. Today, I am so glad that you chose to repost the use of Lard to remove grease stains. I own a restaurant and have so many t shirts that have grease stains.

    CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR 1000TH post.

    Christi

  • I love the gravy separator. I hate making gravy because of the fat seperation. Can’t wait to try this. I also love the vinegar socks, I have a grandson that doesn’t like to take medicine. Thanks for the great ideas!

  • What great tips! I am anxious to share the “vinegar socks” tip with a friend who has a son going through chemo and fevers are a real issue for them. Thanks for the great blog and here’s to many more posts!

  • What a load of great ideas! I don’t know where to start! I want to try the Jet-Dry windows, corn husking, and I’ve GOT to remember the vinegar socks! Jillee, you’re the best! : )

  • Oh Jillee! How FUN! I loved every single tip . . . I was surprised by each one and excited to learn them! Especially cannot WAIT to try the cake batter in the waffle iron – yummo. So love reading your blog!!

  • I really like the how to bake cornbread in a cast iron pan!
    Thank you for all of the diy cleaning recipes you have shared! It has saved our family so much money by making our own cleaning supplies and it makes me feel good knowing I made it simply by using household items I have on hand or can purchase inexpensively at the store or online.

  • I love the tip about using a waffle iron for cake batter. I’ve always wondered if this would work! My preschoolers would love doing this in the classroom for a fun snack!

  • My favorite tip is money related, “get serious about getting debt free, it opens opportunities you would never guess and is the all time best gift you can give your children. Teaching your children to live below their means will give them a sense of peace and serenity few know.” Do whatever it takes but do it. Little things like dropping your cable, shopping only the loss leaders on the front of your weekly grocery ads, and not living up to the “Jone’s” Using Jillee’s recipes for detergent, cleaners and so on, will save you a bundle.

  • My favorite tip, above all others… “Tell others that you love them, OFTEN.” It’s just a few simple words that have a world of meaning behind them. Our loved ones are what is important in life (furry and human) – and we should never miss an opportunity to share that with them. :)

    Congrats on 1,000 posts! Your daily tips make my life better!

  • I love the tip about using baking soda to keep rabbits and deer out of gardens. I have been looking for a natural way to do this for years, but haven’t ever seen this tip before. I’m really hoping it works to keep the bunnies from eating my vegetables and strawberries!