here. Over the last year, it has quickly become one of my very favorite and useful life hacks and I've used it repeatedly! You know how you purchase a really great scented candle, only to burn it down and toss it out with a rim of unused wax all over the inside when it's all over? Doesn't that seem so wasteful? The idea is: purchase a few wicks from a craft store and then when your candle is finished, pluck the remaining original wick from the bottom, put the candle into a pot of water, melt the wax back down, then pop your new wick in, let it harden, and voila, new candle!
I love the Volcano scented candles at Anthropologie. (I may actually be a little obsessive about these candles.) They are far and away my all time favorite scent. But their candles are so pricey. My husband bought me a nice big one last year, and I think it was about $25-30. Well, I want that baby to last as long as possible and be as responsible as I can with a splurge purchase like that! I've melted the wax down once before and used the same big candle holder with a new wick, but this morning I went for round two if you can believe that. I still had enough leftover melted wax to fill two entirely new candle holders!
let that harden around the new wick. I use a chopstick to hold it in place. Once the wax at the bottom is hardened, you can add the remaining melted wax to fill it. The wick wont move on you at that point.
last a whole year and I still have two brand new candles out of it as of this afternoon. It's like the gift that keeps on giving.
busy mom of teens. I want to feed my kids well, I want to spend minimal amount of time doing it and I want to move on to the next thing the night holds. It's a tall order but I believe it can be done!
Boxed soups. One evening I was rushing, I had two boxes of trader joe's butternut squash soups in the pantry. I pulled them out and started thinking. My boys are super into having meat. So I knew I had to add meat somehow! Boys! I quickly cooked a package of mild Italian sausage, drained it and added into the soup, then I doctored the rest of it with spices. I added a handful of chopped fresh sage, 2 tsp curry powder, 1/2 tsp each of cumin and tumeric. You can add more or less to taste. This soup was so good. So fall-flavorful and took less than ten minutes. I served them all bread on the side and they want it again so I consider it a win.
fresh sage and hung it upside down to dry. I'll use that through the winter, so nothing wasted.
dark and dreary days. Take a battery-powered light string and drop it into any glass vessel. Even better if it's got a self timer and can come on at the same time each day. (I haven't gotten one with a clear battery pack so you can see it at the bottom. If you've got a great tip for hiding these please share in comments. I went so far as to fill the bottom with sand, rip the guts out of a battery powered candle and tuck the battery pack up inside the candle. I wasn't a huge fan of that look and I like less fuss so it's just like this for now and I'm okay with that because the lights are so fun. The glass pumpkin is $8 at Target right now.)
often used ones. I frequently need to do a quick touch up to my kitchen cabinets or trim, because I swear I live with children who are actually little bulls in a china closet. Ha! One day, I poured a bit of paint into a mason jar, and used a rubber band to attach the tiny artist brush I often use. It's been so handy for quick dings and scratches, and I keep it in my laundry room so the paint is always at room temp and nearby!
some pretty. My friend Kim, showed up to bible study with a platter of these little white pumpkins. (She hollowed them out, added some soil and succulents and they are tiny perfection!) The whole platter was adorable and I think these would be the cutest place card holders for a fall table. Or a long row of them could be a great centerpiece. She said after the pumpkin rots, move the succulents into another container. Awesome.
wintry print to my shop for purchase. (I know it's a bit early but y'all are all buying up the Christmas tree-topped vintage camper watercolor and several other Holiday prints so I can get away with adding this, right?) (wink)
Are there any fun life hacks you can't live without? It would be so fun to read about yours in comments!