Alana’s Tuesday Tip: Kale Yeah!

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You already know we LOVE kale!  This week, Alana’s Tuesday Tip will help keep your kale fresh even longer than you can imagine.  It’s super easy, too.  But first, you need to know that it’ll take up a significant amount of space, so clear out those leftovers ahead of time!

Ready?  Wash your kale and dry it THOROUGHLY in your trusty salad spinner. Then, add a small amount of clean water to the bowl of the spinner, put the basket of washed and dried kale back in the bowl, cover it with the spinner lid, and pop it in the fridge.  BOOM!  That’s it.  It’s important to make sure that the water in the bottom of the bowl doesn’t touch the beautifully cleaned and spin-dried greens in the basket, though.  Speaking of greens, this method will probably work with leafy vegetables other than kale, too.

Let us know how this works out for you, and please feel free to share your kale storage tips in the comments, because of course WE LOVE THIS STUFF!

-Alana (via Viv)

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Bangle Key Ring

imageWe LOVE clever ideas that make daily life easier!  Whenever I hang out with Jen, I notice that she often has to dig through her large purse to find her keys.  This is not criticism, by the way.  She usually puts her keys in her pocket, but not all outfits have pockets, you know?  Plus, as mommy to a 5-year-old boy, she needs everything in that large purse, so kudos to her for simplifying by keeping just one or two absolutely necessary keys on her key ring. Unfortunately, on no-pocket days, that means her keys disappear into the abyss.

So, I came up with this idea when I was Christmas shopping recently and stumbled on this.  It’s a bracelet that allows you to wear your keys, but unlike those generic ones that look like old school phone cords, it’s actually stylish.  Another advantage is that it’s large but not bulky, so it won’t weigh down your purse, but it will help you find your keys in the sea of lip balms and Altoids you keep in there.  Anyway, I thought it was such a smart and cute way to solve the problem of buried keys, and I knew I could figure out a DIY version.   It turned out to be an inexpensive, fun, and easy project!  Read on to find out how you can make one too.

-Viv

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Unusual Sources for Craft Supplies

We LOVE craft supplies! Ummm ok, we’re aware we might have an obsession.  But we do want to point out that you can be creative about acquiring materials for crafting.  The first photo below shows a recent purchase from a hardware store.  All those supplies cost us about half as much as the craft store items in the second photo.  We’re going to use all of them to make jewelry, so stay tuned for a post or two about DIY bracelets soon.  in the meantime, if you’ve ever shopped for craft supplies from an unusual source, let us know!

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New WLTS Feature: TUESDAY TIP!

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We LOVE clever hacks that make life easier, so we’re adding something new at WLTS!  My gal pal Alana recently came up with a fun idea to share some helpful kitchen tips here, and we’ll be posting them as quick bonus blog entries on certain Tuesdays.  (Why Tuesdays?  Because alliteration.)  We’ll keep them short enough that you don’t even have to click through for the full post.  Enjoy!

And now, here’s our first ever Tuesday Tip:  Alana has tried lots of methods for keeping a cut avocado from browning when storing it, but this one was new to her (and us too).  If you’re only going to use half of an avocado, leave the pit in (as you probably always do), and cover the half you’re saving with the empty shell from the half you used.  Then store in the fridge as you normally would.  Easy!  And the great news is, we know firsthand that this one works!  Alana discovered this herself when she took out an avocado half that her friend had put away for her one day using this method.

Let us know if it works as well for you, and feel free to share your own avocado storage tips in the comments, because you know WE LOVE THIS STUFF!

-Alana (via Viv)

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Holiday Shopping Ideas

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Awesome donut and wine journals from Juniper & Scout. Click image to visit their site.

We LOVE the holidays!  However, braving the mall or any big business this time of year can feel like sadomasochism.  Not that I’m judging if you’re into that ;).  I just don’t always find the commercial experience to be as full of joy as the holiday season usually promises.

I don’t want to brag, but I’m almost done shopping for gifts already.  So to help you out, today I’m sharing some creative ideas for places to find gifts.  Of course, since this is a mostly-DIY blog, I should remind you that you can easily make a lot of STUFF your friends will LOVE and cherish.  If you need to mix it up though, keep reading for my tips on finding thoughtful and unique gifts from small businesses.

-Viv

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