Don’t Throw It Away! Here’s How To Reuse That Basket Stuffing!

Hello, My Gals!

Two posts in one day?? ๐Ÿ˜ฑย This probably won’t be a regular occurrence. ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜…

But since Peter Cottontail is just around the bunny trail corner, I figured I’d put something up on recycling plastic Easter grass. ๐ŸŒฑโ™ป


โœGrowing up, I always thought Easter was a beautiful holiday. Not only because of what it represented in my faith, Jesus dying on the cross and coming back to life, but also because of the beautiful imagery and colors. Bunnies, ducklings, chicks, pastel eggs, etc. ๐Ÿฃ๐Ÿ’–

I also really liked the look of the strips of soft-colored cellophane that padded the contents of my Easter baskets for years. But of course, it was all for aesthetics, and after all of my Reese’s eggs were devoured, those tiny strips of colorful plastic would be discarded along with the candy wrappers. ๐Ÿšฎ

๐Ÿ˜จI shudder to think of how many lawns you could cover with the amount of that grass sitting in the landfill, from my family alone…

Thankfully there are more environmentally-friendly alternatives to this filling now, like shredded paper that can easily be recycled, biodegradable grass, and even edible grass! Though more often than not, the tried-and-true OG plastic grass is cheaper and easier to come by.

But this doesn’t mean there has to be so much of it choking up the environment! Here are some things you can do to repurpose the stuff, and keep it out of the landfill (at least for a little bit longer if anything).

๐Ÿ“ฆPacking Away Fragile Items๐Ÿฅ‚

Everyone loves bubble paper. There’s something so satisfying about popping those little plastic pockets of air.๐Ÿคฉ๐Ÿ˜Œย  And of course they’re quite useful in protecting fragile knick knacks from breaking when packed away.

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It could also be a pretty good alterative to getting more of those styrofoam peanuts

But consider hanging on to plastic grass to do the same thing! If you have a lot of baskets to fill with it, you can use what would otherwise be thrown away to cushion any ceramic Easter decorations you have until you need them again next year! Or, you can hang on to the stuff for the next time you need to store fragile valuables.

๐ŸžMake A Scene๐ŸŽญ

If your child’s school or your home school curriculum should everย call for a diorama as part of a lesson, that Easter grass could come in handy in setting the stage for a natural habitat scene! ๐ŸŒณ๐ŸŒฒ๐Ÿฆ”๐ŸฆŒ

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Found this on Google Images. Whoever made it did a good job! And they used paper Easter grass, otherwise known as “crinkle”

๐Ÿ–You could also hang on to it and incorporate it into various crafts, using it as hair, nest material, you name it! Let your child’s imagination run wild (maybe even yours, too)!

๐Ÿ›Stuff It๐Ÿงธ

For those who like to make DIY toys and stuffies for their little ones, Easter grass could make the perfect filling for certain doll furniture! ๐Ÿ›‹

A tiny bean bag chair or a bed, for example, could be stuffed with the grass.

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Doll furniture found on Google. Picture the beanbag stuffed with leftover grass ๐Ÿ’ญ

๐ŸšผYou could also DIY some sensory baby toys using socks without mates and Easter grass! Your baby will benefit from the crinkly sounds the grass makes inside of the soft socks! Be sure to supervise play in case of any leakage.

๐ŸดOh Hay!๐ŸŒพ

Most Easter grass you see is green, and therefore would make the perfect pretend grass for toy horses! Yellow Easter grass would make great play hay as well!

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Feed your little ones’ horses some fresh cut Easter grass ๐Ÿ˜‹

And if you have blue, purple, pink, or all of the above grass, it would makeย some magically tastyย unicorn food! ๐Ÿฆ„

๐Ÿ‘€Be sure to supervise play with small children, and find a means of storage for pretend livestock food to avoid messes!

๐ŸŒฑReduce, Reuse…๐ŸŒŽ

Recycle! โ™ป If you have a space for craft and gift wrapping supplies, put the grass in a Ziploc bag and save it until you need to stuff your next Easter baskets!


 

These are justย a fewย examples I could come up with, but the possibilities are really endless when it comes to repurposing! What are some other ways you could reuse grass? Let us know in the comments! ๐Ÿ’ฌ

Thanks for reading, my gals! ๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜

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Save Money and the Environment Next Christmas!

Hello, my Gals!

I hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas ๐ŸŽ๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽ…๐Ÿผ or whatever else you may celebrate, and that going into 2๏ธโƒฃ0๏ธโƒฃ1๏ธโƒฃ9๏ธโƒฃ has been full of fun and happiness and good things to come! ๐Ÿ˜Œ๐Ÿ˜Œ

A couple of posts ago, I said I’d share what I’ve been doing to keep things low cost this Christmas, so here ya go! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

That DIY label, tho. ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ #nailedit

Just a quick photo of some Keto Honey Roasted Peanuts I made for my Dad with Type 2 Diabetes. ๐Ÿฏ๐Ÿฅœ Sugar free and still delicious! ๐Ÿ˜‹

I used ingredients we already had, with the exception of brown sugar substitute and peanuts. Recipe linked in the top picture!


โค๏ธDespite being Introvert AF, I know and am pretty close with a lot of people. I have my biological family, my blended family, my in-laws, and my own growing family. Not to mention my diverse circles of friends.

That being said, I have a lot of people to shop for. Which I’m sure I don’t need to tell you can be stressful, both socially (wth do I get this person this time??) and financially.

In the past I could wild tf out on Christmas shopping with my “disposable” income, but with a mortgage, kids, and life expenses, I definitely don’t have that luxury anymore. ๐Ÿ˜…

I refuse to go into debt over the pressure of commercialism, but at the same time I do want to do or give something to my loved ones to show how much I appreciate them๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿฅฐ

So how have I managed to cut down on this stress this year? I’ll tell you! ๐Ÿ˜™๐Ÿ˜™


๐Ÿ›Stop Shopping Altogether๐Ÿ™…๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ

In recent years, amongst my in laws we’ve all agreed to stop buying gifts for each other entirely, ๐ŸŽโŒ opting instead to enjoy each others’ company and maybe baking/cooking for each other.

This has been AMAZING. ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป Now we just get the kids gifts, which is honestly so much more fun! ๐Ÿ‘ถ๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ‘ฆ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‘ถ๐Ÿป๐Ÿ˜โค๏ธ

๐Ÿ’ฐSo obviously this is the best way to save money, and it encourages appreciation for what you already have. This would probably work best if you have a group of people that doesn’t need anything or who are impossible to buy for.

And if you don’t feel right not having anything to offer on Christmas Day, agree to make each other baked goods or freezer dinners or something of that nature. Everyone loves cookies and not having to cook! ๐Ÿ’ฏ

Not to mention, time spent together is so precious. The best gift we can give each other truly is ourselves. โค๏ธ๐Ÿ’ฏ

๐ŸงฎSet A Strict Budget๐Ÿ‘

If you don’t think any of your family members or friends would want to go the no-gifts approach, the next best thing is to set a strict spending budget for each person on your list. ๐Ÿ’ต

This year for my immediate and blended family, I set a budget for $10 per person. And you’d be surprised what you can find for under $10. ๐Ÿ’Ž๐ŸŽฏ๐Ÿคฉ

๐Ÿ’ญI’ve found that setting these spending limits forces me to be more creative and thoughtful with what I give. For example, I know my younger stepbrother is a guitar player ๐Ÿ‘จ๐Ÿปโ€๐ŸŽค๐ŸŽธso I’ve bought for him this year and last a different guitar accessory he doesn’t have, but would be useful, that was under $10!

I did something like this with each person, thinking hard about their interests and needs and going Amazon hunting for the best items within my range. ๐Ÿ‘€

It can be helpful to perhaps look through your expenses and see realistically how much you can afford to spend on Christmas shopping. Then make a physical list of who you have to shop for, and do some…

For instance, if you can afford to spend $200 on gifts that season, and have 15 people to shop for, the price cap would be about $13 per person (dividing 15 by 200…Or is it 200 by 15? ๐Ÿ˜…๐Ÿ˜… Math was never my strong suit).

Think long and hard about what each person needs or what would really make them happy, and set your sights on stores and websites that work with your ideas and your budget.

You could also coordinate with other family members to see what they are buying for others to see if you could contribute an add-on to their gift. ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป

For example, if you have a niece who is obsessed with LOL Dolls and you know Grandma is buying her an LOL Dollhouse, you could buy her a piece of furniture or whatever goes with that thing. ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

Don’t feel the need to break bank over these fad toys. Chances are she’ll be over it in a year or two. ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿผ

๐Ÿ’กI’ve also seen on Facebook to start a fund in the New Year set aside for gifts for the next Christmas Season. So maybe every other paycheck set aside $5-10 or whatever you can swing and put it in a shoebox, open a new account, or whatever will help you not touch it until you start your shopping. ๐Ÿ’ต๐Ÿ’ฐ

๐Ÿ“œGive Them An IOU๐Ÿ˜˜

So this is my favorite because it combines repurposing with saving money and forces you to think outside the box. ๐Ÿ“ค๐Ÿ“ฆ

And it is helpful if you really can’t think of anything to get a person on your list that would be useful or appreciated within the budget you just set. ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ˜…

As you can see, my DIY skills could get me a spot on Netflix’s Nailed It! ๐Ÿ’ฏ๐Ÿ˜‚

For my close friends this year, I got the idea (although I never checked to see if it was a case of parallel thinking but I like to believe this was an original idea ๐Ÿ˜…) to create “IOU Jars.”

๐ŸฅœI buy Teddy’s peanut butter for my family, which comes in a glass jar. In the past I have used these jars for storing food items, loose change, and even for other holiday-related things like hot cocoa and cookie mixes for Yankee Swaps.

This year, I took my collection of peanut butter jars and lids and filled them with my friends’ favorite candy that I purchased from the dollar store, a packet of hot cocoa that I got in bulk, and enclosed a personalized note telling them how much they mean to me and why I appreciate them individually. โค๏ธ๐Ÿฅฐ

On this note I also included an “IOU,” or something that I would get/do for them in the upcoming year.

๐ŸทSo instead of spending a chunk of change on a bunch of hastily picked out stuff for the sake of getting a gift (I go into panic mode if I don’t know what to get someone and I end up just grabbing stuff that they might vaguely like), I included in my note that I owed them either a matinee to see a movie they’re excited about coming up, a brunch date to a cute but affordable restaurant, or a night in with a bottle or two of wine for them to “cash in” at some point during the year.

This way, I still feel like I’ve gotten all my special friends a good gift, but didn’t have to stress about the extra expense all at once.

Not because they’re not worth it. They deserve that and so much more. โค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธWe just happened to have a bit of unexpected expenses come up just before to Christmastime and money was getting a bit tight, so this idea came to light as a result.

๐Ÿ“ฆGo Ahead And Horde (Responsibly!)

Lastly as a bit of an afterthought, I save almost everything. Which as a recovering pack rat and someone who is trying to convert to minimalism can be a challenge, but in cases like this it helps!

๐Ÿ›๐ŸŽI have amassed a collection of gift bags and tissue paper over the years for birthdays, showers, and of course Christmas, so I actually haven’t bought any of the stuff in a couple of years. If you have the storage space, I highly suggest starting a big “bag of bags and tissue paper” you can visit for your gift-Giving needs.

I used to spend a ridiculous extra amount on gift wrapping… ๐Ÿ’ธ๐Ÿ’ธ๐Ÿ’ธ

Also, save those candy canes!! Most people don’t like to eat them, and I feel like a lot of them get thrown away, but they make super cute decorations for things other than the tree!

My Insta Pic skills arenโ€™t the sharpest, but just an example of what you can do with those cute candy canes! ๐Ÿ˜

๐ŸŽจAnd instead of spending extra money on decorations, make some with your kids! It will keep them busy and happy during cold days and your house will be festive and adorable!

Not to mention the priceless keepsakes you’ll have afterwards. ๐Ÿฅฐ๐Ÿฅฐ๐Ÿฅฐ

๐ŸŽ„๐Ÿ‘ฃMy little Vinnyโ€™s Christmas Tree Foot๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ญ

๐Ÿ’ฌDid I miss anything? What tips do you have for saving money over the holidays? Leave them in the comments!

Thanks for reading, my gals! โค๏ธ๐Ÿ˜

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