I collect ribbons as do my  friends.  The ribbons that hang a dress in the store but get in the way when you wear them. The ribbons that are on the shoulder of a t-shirt for hanging. The ribbons from presents. They just pop them in a zip loc bag for when they see me.  I started collecting ribbons when I started making cards for donations, this keeps the $ factor down, but still make a nice card to donate.

Masking tape freezer labels

Masking tape, painters tape or paper tape, they are all basically the same thing. They come in a few colours with various widths, you can buy it anywhere.  With a permanent marker I like masking tape as a freezer label, it’s always the length you need, you get lots of it in a roll and it’s pretty cheap.  For the freezer I put masking tape labels on my click clack containers that I store left overs in.  The tape peels off the containers really easily for washing.  Name, date, large or small meal, what leftovers, 6 chops, 8 chicken tenders …

Lemon, Mint & Rosemary Lamb

Good for lamb chops or roast.

Flavoured Oats

When my boys were little they were happy to have plain oats with a little honey or golden syrup. Flavoured oats in packets and boxes later became the, “can we get those”  item in our house.  No.  So I started making my oats with chocolate or strawberry flavoured milk, or we’d grate some fresh apple with sultanas/raisins or cinnamon in, then there is no need for extra sugar.  I like whole oats best. I do them in the microwave and it only takes 5 minutes.  Your favourite flavoured milk can now be your favourite flavoured oats.

Make your own quick oats by putting them in a food processor and blitz, be careful not to to end up wit oat flour.

Table cloths

I’m a tablecloth sort of person. I think it’s easier to shake one out after a meal than clean place mats and a table.   We’ve always had a 6 seater table. Table cloths can be expensive and are not always made out of kid friendly sturdy fabric. Single bed flat sheets are the best and longest lasting table cloths I’ve ever owned.  You can nappy san/bleach a sheet if food falls on it. If you buy at the end of summer sales, sheets are cheap as chips, and there are also some wonderful bright colours to match your decor.  If they are too long for your table, cut one end off and hem (easy peasy) and you could also have 2-4 matching serviettes.  Fitted single sheets are good for a BBQ table as they curl under and won’t fly off as easily in a breeze.  I own only 2 actual purpose bought tablecloths and that is because our now rectangle 6 seater expands to a square 8 seater.

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