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December 6, 2016

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Frugal and brilliant

First of all, Happy Birthday to my brother Mark!

A little while ago I was browsing some ‘frugal’ posts on a website and came across a brilliant idea from a lady who needed a place to set her snow boots in her office so they wouldn’t get water all over – she just used a paint tray from the dollar store.

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Well, we just had our first snow on the new playground, and the staff has been talking about snow gear and ways to store it. At the old place, we had a strip of tape along the wall with the children’s names and tried to get them to set their boots in the right spot. It really cut back on the wrong boots going home with the wrong child. Well, someone mentioned that they might get boot trays. I remembered the post and asked Lloyd to go to Dollar Tree (where items are actually sold for one dollar) and clean out the paint tray section!

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(There are a few around the corner, too, since 22 wouldn’t fit.)

They aren’t quite as nice as the tray the lady posted about – I wish they were a bit more solid on the edges, but they’ll work just fine. Today I had the children make a label for the inside.  I had so many people – especially parents – say what a great idea it was.

Thank you for the inspiration, internet stranger!

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Oh, Taco Fortnight update: Regular tacos for Lloyd, soft tacos for me. Both beef.

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Lauren Sommerer is a preschool teacher who likes to build prototypes, grow cats, cook things once, save money, reduce, reuse and recycle.

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2 Responses to “Frugal and brilliant”

  1. Brad Said on:

    It’s interesting that you have to figure out where to put snow gear. Around here, when it snows we don’t go to school.

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  2. Deborah Said on:

    Hmmmm. . . I may have to steal this idea.

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December 6, 2016

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Frugal and brilliant

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First of all, Happy Birthday to my brother Mark! A little while ago I was browsing some ‘frugal’ posts on a website and came across a brilliant idea from a lady who needed a place to set her snow boots in her office so they wouldn’t get water all over – she just used a […]

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December 5, 2016

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Taco Fortnight

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1) Lloyd turns 47 in two weeks. 2) A couple of months ago my sister was on Facebook talking about celebrating Taco Fortnight – eating tacos for two weeks straight. 3) Lloyd was overcome. He requested Taco Fortnight for his birthday. 4) I forgot to have taco stuff on hand. After eating leftover lasagna tonight, […]

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December 4, 2016

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The rodent on her face

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EDIT: If you are an early riser, I haven’t been forgetting to post these. Something is going wrong during the night and it’s not posting when scheduled. I’ll get my tech guy right on that. Emme sits on my lap when I’m at the computer, so pretty much whenever I’m awake at home. The other […]

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December 3, 2016

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A little bitty bookstore and a little snow

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There was an auction in Lincoln but there wasn’t anything he was interested in buying, so we ran some errands. (Really, they were my errands, but I made Lloyd go along.) It was snowing throughout the day and it looked just like we were driving in a snow globe. We pulled over when I saw […]

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December 3, 2016

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Saturday

I fell asleep in front of the couch and around what felt like midnight I got up to go upstairs. It was 9:45. Woo-hoo! Happy Saturday, everyone!

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December 1, 2016

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BeesWrap

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I wrote three things down on my pocket list to remember to do tonight at home, and I actually did them. (That’s always chancy. When I get home, I’m kind of dead to the world.) I remembered to grab matches for the Advent wreath, I printed that thing, and I tried an experiment! A long […]

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