Coolest fish tank ever

Have you seen this? It’s called the AquaFarm

aquafarm

The AquaFarm is a self-cleaning fish tank that grows food! Grow organic produce like basil, lettuce and wheatgrass right from the comfort of your own kitchen or classroom. This closed-loop ecosystem uses the fish-waste to naturally fertilize the plants above and in turn, the plants clean the water for your pet fish.

• Self-cleaning fish tank that grows food. Fish waste feeds the plants. Plants clean the water.

• Includes everything you need to get started as well as organic seeds and a discount coupon for a Betta fish (Fish not included in kit).

• Sleek and attractive design with 3-gallon capacity.

• Perfect for your kitchen or classroom. Also makes a great gift.

• Designed and manufactured in California.

How awesome! I think this would be the perfect gift for someone who has everything, or for the small child who wants a pet but who isn’t quite ready for the responsibility of feeding a fish every day. I seriously think I may get this for my dad and step-mom, who are the hardest to shop for, ever!

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Washable Fleece Dusting Mitt

Today I was in productive clean mode (yes, the Christmas tree and the decorations came down!). While I hate cleaning them, I noticed our blinds were a little too dusty to leave alone and they can be such a pain to clean too! I then remembered something I had seen online; fleece dusters. I was thinking of this:

From Dollar Store Crafts

However, in the midst of my cleaning storm, I did not consult the interwebs and developed my own dusting friend with the inspiration of the above photo; a washable fleece dusting mitt!

Two scraps of fleece, sewn on 3 sides, then cut in strips - super easy!

If the picture isn’t explanation enough, here are the instructions:

  1. Take two pieces of fleece, bigger than your hand
  2. Sew on 3 sides (leaving the bottom open) enough room to fit your hand inside
  3. Cut the sides (do not cut into the seams) into strips, rounding the corners if you would like
  4. Get to dusting!

This mitt worked fabulous for picking up dust off those pesky blinds! You can wear it on any side – the smooth or the strip side. Plus, with the fleece on your hand instead of another tool, you have much more control around those small corners and edges. Then when you are done, throw it in the wash! I won’t post the after pictures because the amount of dust I picked up was a bit scary!

*UPDATE:

I found an even better use than using your mitt for cleaning blinds: Cleaning a ceiling fan!

I coaxed my husband the other day to finally dust the darn thing and since my mitt was dirty, I whipped up another one in about 2 minutes. He sprayed one side with cleaner, and kept the other side dry (double duty) and it worked great! The dust clumps didn’t fall off and fly everywhere which is what happened the last time we cleaned our fan.

Best 2 minute, minimal sewing, super cheap, craft cleaning product I have made so far!

Tips for making the perfect smoothie

I love smoothies. I often have a smoothie for breakfast because it’s quick and easy and super tasty. My favorite is coconut milk, almond butter, and banana smoothie!

Tropical Green Smoothie Recipe at bottom of blog post

Here are my top 3 tips for successful smoothie making:

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For the ladies: alternatives to disposable menstrual products

I use to spend a lot of time on Craftster. I would go through pages and pages of sewing tutorials, decor revamps, and clothing reconstructions. One day I came across a highly popular sewing project on cotton menstrual pads. Currently there is 70+ pages of comments. When I first read the post I thought it was pretty innovative. Never in my small world had I even considered any alternatives to the norm. Everyone else I told thought it was gross, but the idea still stuck with me. I felt I couldn’t do them myself though, because I was in college and my roommates probably wouldn’t appreciate me soaking them in the sink.

After I got married I finally revisited the idea of cloth pads. I’ve been making and wearing my own cloth pads for some time now and I would never go back.

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