Mason Jar Sewing Kit DIY {Practical + Cute Gift!}

Mason Jar Sewing Kit DIY

Jamie here!  I’ve always got guys losing buttons, ripping seams and generally needing a mend.  I made this Mason Jar Sewing Kit to keep in the kitchen drawer, and it is the cutest and handiest little thing!  The top is a pincushion and the bottom holds the day-to-day essentials I may need for mending. (Including a couple spare buttons).
Here’s how to make one for yourself, or a cute gift!

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Leftover Halloween Candy Recipes



I don’t know about you, but our neighborhood was sadly lacking in trick or treaters this year.  I have about 4 bags of leftover candy  (yikes!) and I’m too weak-willed to have it around for long.  Here are some leftover Halloween candy recipes to use up that stash in a creative way!


Turkey oreo 3-3

Oreo Turkey Cookies

Save your candy corn, whoppers and peanut butter cups – you’ll want to use it on these cute Turkeys for Thanksgiving!

Candy Cookie Cake

Have a birthday coming up?  Bake up a cookie cake and instead of chocolate chips, chop up lots of chocolate candy, throw in m&m’s and whoppers, and make it a super treat!  Here’s how to make a cookie cake. (Refrigerated cookie dough makes it crazy simple!)



Rice Krispie Pumpkins for Thanksgiving 

Save up those tootsie rolls!  Pumpkins are NOT just for Halloween – make these easy Rice Krispie Treat Pumpkins for the kids on Thanksgiving, because not everyone likes (or due to certain allergies can eat!) pie :)

Ice Cream Sundae Toppings

Announce a special ice cream sundae night with all kinds of candy toppings (make it a celebration of good grades, or just no reason at all)


Cake Mix Cookie Bars

Bake up these easy cake mix cookie bars and sprinkle liberally with candy.   Great for a class treat!

Pinata Party

Another way to get rid of the candy is to make a pinata and fill it with your Halloween surplus.  Then throw a little party!  Find out how to make a pinata for cinco de mayo here!


Fall Candy Popcorn

Plan ahead for a family movie night and get some Fall Candy Popcorn ready to roll out.

Thanksgiving Candy Bark

Just like the Easter Candy Bark we made here – you can easily buy colored candy melts in Fall colors and add candy to make Fall Candy Bark.


Frugal Christmas Gift: Cookie Mix in a Jar

Put aside the chocolate or m&m’s for later and when it gets closer to Christmas you can make up this Frugal Christmas Gift of Cookie Mix in a Jar as teacher or coworker gifts!

Save for Gingerbread Houses

Lots of the candy will keep until December – so save it to decorate your Gingerbread cottage!

Freeze for Later

Don’t have any pressing reasons to bake?  Just freeze your candy and it’ll save until a rainy day when  you’re in a baking mood.

NOTE: During the freezing process, the paraffin wax in the chocolate sometimes separates from the chocolate a little, which is what causes it to look white when you open it.  As long as you’re cooking with it it won’t matter, but if you’re gifting the candy it’s not going to look pretty.



Do you have any creative uses for your leftover Halloween candy?  We’d love to hear them!

Disaster Preparedness 101: How to Assemble a Disaster Supply Kit

As we all know, a natural disaster can strike at anytime. You may not always have a day or two notice when severe weather is on its way, in fact you may just have a matter of minutes. Because such severe weather and disaster can occur at the drop of a dime, it is important to have an emergency supply kit on hand at all times. Most people are aware they need emergency supplies on hand, but are not sure exactly of what those supplies in their entirety may be. Below, you will find a comprehensive list of how to assemble a basic disaster supply kit and keep your family prepared in the case of an emergency!

Don’t be caught unprepared. Take a look below at the items that agencies such as Red Cross and FEMA deem necessary for surviving a disaster. It is ideal that you have enough to last 72 hours, or at least three days, so keep that in mind when making your own list and assembling your kit. Here is how to get started.

How to Assemble a Disaster Supply Kit:

Here is what you need, why you need it, and  how much you need of it.


You are going to want one gallon of water per person per day. You should have enough for at least three days. Remember you will not only need it for drinking but for sanitation reasons as well. Save your gallon milk jugs to store water and keep it fresh for sanitation, and opt for bottled water or spring water in the gallon jug for consumption. In the case that your water is still unsanitary, you will want a water purification kit.

A Life Straw is a HUGELY helpful piece of equipment to keep in your kit for an emergency situation that outlasts your water supply.


You will want at least a three-day supply of food. All food items should be non-perishable. You don’t want to need your food stash only to see it is spoiled, so be sure your items have a lengthy shelf life. Examples include canned fruits and vegetables, canned meat products for protein such as canned ham or Spam, dried goods such as beans and rice, etc. Opt for foods with high fiber and protein contents. Don’t forget, to open these items you will need a manual can opener as well.  Energy Bars are great short term emergency food items.

If you have pets or young children, don’t forget you should have a supply of canned pet foods and baby formula you can use. In the case of an emergency, they won’t be able to make due on the canned food products and will need their own specialized food items.

Battery-powered Radio:

A radio will be your link to the world, so you will want a reliable one as well as plenty of batteries to keep it operating. You can’t count on having electricity so a battery or hand crank, or even solar powered radio is a must. You can find these anywhere electronics are sold and many makes are models are recommended by the National Weather Association.

Flashlight and extra batteries:

Electricity may not be available and if you should find yourself in the dark, you will want a flashlight and plenty of batteries to keep it operating. Disaster can strike at any time of day, so a reliable light source is a must.  Once you have a flash light, feel free to add candles and matches (kept in a container to stay dry) to the kit as well.

Again, this LED Flashlight doubles as a weather radio, smart phone charger and power bank with cables.  It’s also handcrank and solar powered to survive when the batteries run out!  If you’re going to be able to work on anything with your hands free – might be a good idea to have an LED helmet in your bugout bag.

Household linens:

There is no telling how long you will have to wait out this emergency, so keep a water proof tote full of blankets, warm bedding, and changes of clothing. Don’t worry about them matching or being pricey or fancy. You just want to aim for practical. You can keep them in a protective tote with a dryer sheet for freshness. Plan on one change of clothes per person for three days.


So where do you store all of these items? You can find waterproof, airtight containers at many retailers and on Amazon. These are ideal for storing all of these supplies. For an added measure of safety, you can choose to put your supplies in a plastic zip bag before putting them in the containers. Container should then be stored off the ground on simple shelving in your basement, cellar, closet, or wherever your location in an emergency would be.

You don’t need to feel anxiety about disasters happening. Instead, take that energy and make sure you and your family are prepared. As we have already seen, you may only have a moments notice, so a disaster kit such as this is essential.

FREE Pumpkin Carving Patterns

Picture courtesy of Martha

Most of us haven’t started carving our pumpkins yet – but you might be looking ahead for the perfect pattern!  Here are some sites offering free pumpkin carving stencils/patterns.  Enjoy!


Hershey’s Pumpkin Stencils

Martha Stewart Pumpkin Carving Stencils (Also Pumpkin Carving Tips)

Make your own Pumpkin-Stencils at BH&G


To find a pumpkin patch near you – check out this Pumpkin Patch Finder!

Princess Pumpkins {Using Dollar Store Jewelry!}

Princess Pumpkins

Jamie here, my friend Amanda had posted this picture on her facebook page of the princess pumpkins her daughters made – SO. FUN.

How easy does this look?  TOTALLY better than scooping out handfuls of gunk and getting carpal tunnel scraping the sides with a spoon at an impossible angle!

Anyway, I thought it was just the CUTEST idea – and a great way to decorate your pumpkins in a way that they won’t rot too quickly.  Plus – if you don’t have some princess props in your Costume Chest you can easily gather the props for your princess pumpkins at the Dollar Tree for just a buck or two.  (You know that’s extra awesome because they can play with it afterwards) ;)

Think of it like a Mrs. Potato Head project – just stick any accessories you want to it!  Here are some suggestions to get you started.


  • Yarn (or old wigs)
  • Plastic costume jewelry
  • Paint or Sharpies  (or Paint Sharpies - these can be used for lots of other crafts as well, like DIY Sharpie Mugs!)
  • Optional: Google Eyes
  • Optional: Mrs. Potato Head parts


And check out these DIY Halloween Costumes on a Budget and Homemade Halloween Costume Ideas