HGTV PRESENTS: THE COUSINS TOUR IN ASIA

ANTHONY CARRINO AND JOHN COLANERI MAKE THEIR FIRST APPEARANCE IN THE PHILIPPINES TO PROMOTE AMERICA’S MOST DESPERATE KITCHENS.
Many say that the kitchen is the heart of the home, but with all the cooking, chopping and eating that goes on in there, many kitchens need an overhaul. Enter “The Cousins”, John Colaneri and Anthony Carrino, who rescue desperate homeowners by surprising them with stunning kitchen makeovers.

PHILIPPINES,  17 APRIL 2016 – Home and design enthusiasts like me was able to get up close and personal with co-hosts and best friends, Anthony Carrino and John Colaneri as they made their first appearance in Asia. More popularly known as “The Cousins”, John and Anthony was in Manila to promote Asia’s first and exclusive premiere of America’s Most Desperate Kitchens on HGTV.

READ MORE

Advertisements

Re-purposing Magazine Files

A magazine file is one of my favorite organizing tools. You can use it for more than just printed materials or office folders.  Here are some uses I found for it.

A magazine file makes a good can food keeper or dispenser just like what I did here!

image

It is also a great place to keep kitchen items like foil, wax paper, plastic wraps and the like.

image

If you attach this to the back of one of your kitchen cabinets, just imagine how much drawer space you can save!

image

I found someone who did the same thing but used it for her blow dryer instead. Such a space saver!

image

Christmas is just around the corner. A magazine file makes a great container for a gift basket. Here’s a sample of what I prepared.

image

My favorite use for a magazine file is for my shoes. I was able to fit 8 pairs of shoes in this one and was able to save a ton of space inside my shoe closet because of it.

image

You can use it for flip flops, too!

image

Let me know if you find other ways to re-purpose a magazine file.  Until next time, stay OCfied!

Remove Food Stains from your Chopping Board

For your family’s health, you should regularly clean and disinfect your plastic or wooden chopping boards.  Especially because these can be easily stained by various food.

To get your chopping boards looking like new again, give them a once a month spa treatment.  I’d like to share something that works for me.

All I need are lemons and salt.  Calamansi works, too! 

Here’s what I do:

1.    Sprinkle salt on the chopping board.

2.    Using lemon, squeeze the juice and scrub the surface of the chopping board.

3.    Leave for 20 minutes, and then scrape away the grey dirty liquid.

4.    Rinse the chopping board with a clean sponge.

The acid of the lemon works on the tough food stains while the salt helps exfoliate the surface.

Chalk Labels

Look what I found at National Book Store! Chalk label stickers! I guess some of you will find my excitement weird but you see, I used to order these abroad online because I couldn’t find any locally so I’m just so happy that they are now available here.
If you’ve seen my video on my 5 basic organizing tips, then you’d know that labeling is an organizing fundamental. If you haven’t seen the video, well you can watch it here! 🙂
What I love about these stickers is that they are reusable and come in so many cute shapes!
Use liquid chalk on your labels since it will make your labels last longer than powdered chalk.
Chalk labels are perfect for kitchen bottles and jars.  When you need to reuse the container for something else, you just need to wipe the chalk label with a damp cloth and you’re good to go again.

Egg Tray Egg-citing Upcycle Ideas

Don’t throw those egg trays away! There are many uses for them.

Too many accessories? That’s okay, it’s a girl thing! To keep them organized, you can repurpose a plastic egg tray just like this.

You can also use an egg tray as a sewing kit.  See how you can easily separate buttons, pins and spools with it?

At home, I use egg trays as paint palettes.

The bottom of an egg tray can be used for a preschool stamping activity.

Cover a used egg tray with craft paper from National Book Store and you’ve got yourself a nice gift box!

For parties, an egg tray can become a useful appetizer serveware.

Now if you are feeling a bit crafty, here’s a decorative project you can do with your old egg trays!

With just a little bit of imagination, you will find your own egg-hilirating uses for egg trays, too.

Bread Clip Life Hacks

Bread clips, those little plastic devices used to seal sliced bread bags, have a lot of uses so don’t throw them away!

First, I use it as a tape holder.  Do this and you never have to spend more than a second looking for where your tape ends ever again!

Next, I use it as a book marker.

I sometimes clip it on the side of my book just right by the last paragraph I read.  This makes it easier for me to continue exactly where I left off.

I also use bread clips as a key tags.

These are also great earphones keepers.

Finally, bread clips are great flip flop fixers!

So keep those bread clips and give them an afterlife with any of these tips! Stay OCfied!