Archive | May 2016

Sparkle fun – kids room decor

My kids love to use tape and when I stumbled across a handy tape dispenser at my local Dollar Tree store I had to get a few for the house.  My eight year old daughter’s latest obsession is using rhinestone gems for her crafty projects.  I though it would be great to decorate the tape dispenser with the sparkly gems for her room.  In an instant her tape holder that was only a dollar became a stylish new desk accessory.  She also had the great idea to decorate her switch plate with the gems forming a ‘Rudolf The Red Nosed Reindeer’ image.  The sticky jems are sold in many places inluding Michaels, ToysRUs, Amazon and Ebay.



Dollar Tree store finds – Ideas for the home

The Dollar store has plenty of storage boxes for sale.  However, in the kitchen section you can find handy container boxes such as these:


Sometimes they even carry these containers in holiday themed designs.  I have seen these in Easter and Christmas themed and they look adorable.  My mother who lives in Europe always ask me to bring some with me when I visit for her own kitchen because the lids are so good and they are useful for many things around the house.  These practical containers are plastic, light weight and the lids close easy but most of all tightly.  They can be used for many small items that come in a box from kids toys to craft supplies.

I use it for holding my different dry pasta.  As soon as I come home from buying dried pasta I pour them into these containers from the cardboard boxes they come in and voila…I have nicely organized pasta in my kitchen cabinets where I know always how much I have left.  Plus, my dried food is definitely more pleasing to the eye than the boxes they originally came from.  Stay tooned for more Dollar Tree finds with ideas…

Tazo Chai black tea filter bags – How do you take your black tea?


While I was shopping at Target I spotted a huge selection of Tazo tea boxes and I decided to give it a try at home in a variety of ways.  I brewed the vanilla caramel flavored tea in a tall mug for 5 minutes and poured it in three different cups to sample each, adding different things to it.  I wanted a creamy version of the tea, almost like a latte.

  1. Tea, milk, honey – great taste, the vanilla caramel has a pleasant kick of flavor
  2. Tea, sweetened condensed milk – not great, the tea lost its flavor
  3. Tea, vanilla creamer – not bad, has a strong vanilla flavor and sweet


Overall I liked the tea with the creamer or with honey and milk.  However If I had to pick it would be with honey and milk because health wise it would be a better option than with the creamer and the flavor is nice.  I am definitely going to try other Tazo tea flavors.  I like the fact that they come in a variety of flavors making the traditional black tea interesting.