Monday, June 27, 2011

Reduce Reuse Recycle

It has been a crazy weekend here, we re-arranged rooms a little bit because Thing #5 is no longer in a crib, and in doing so cleaned out big time. My kids had way too much stuff - it was insane.

But today I have something way cool to show you. I have to give my mom credit for this, because I basically just took these from her to use at my house. She was using these when we visited her a couple of weeks ago and everyone was there, which translates into a lot of cups that kids are using and she is having to wash. This is her solution. They are cup label bands.

I've seen was to many label cups that you write right on the cup or stick something on the cup - but my experience shows me that these come off in the wash. These bands come off, but you can just put them back on the cup!

And they are super easy to make. You know those rubber bands that you get on your broccoli or other produce? You know, the nice thick ones. Grab those and wash them up. Let them dry and take a sharpie and write the name on it. Grab the cup you are using for the day and place the band on the bottom of it, and done. You can take it off at the end of the day and stick the cup into be washed, and then the next day just put it on a new cup.

She has even been collecting them for long enough that she had blue for boys and pink for girls - easy for the kids. See how easy this is - just stretch it over the bottom of the cup and you are good to go!

We lost a few on the way home, but I am working on getting more. I was at Sam's Club the other day and saw these great water pitchers. I got one in an effort to get my kids to drink more. And guess what?! It works! We call it our water cooler. ;)

These little bands have made my dish work go down greatly. They used to go through a cup each time for a drink, or they would use a water bottle and leave it open and Thing #5 would find it and dump the majority of it on the floor. But now, there are just their cups and the water cooler. Perfect! I hope that you all have a great day!
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  1. What a brilliant idea!
    When I first saw these, I thought they were those arm band things.
    I'll have to search for some thick rubber bands and try it out.

  2. great idea!!! so fun:)

  3. Brilliant- anything that cuts the dish load down, is brilliant! Time for a garage sale or a goodwill pick up-eh?!

  4. What a good idea... have a great weekend!

  5. Wow, great idea! Now following you, please pop by, karima x

  6. Love it. Simple yet effective. Thanks so much for linking up!

  7. I featured this @ WorkShop Wednesday! Tanks for linking to the party!

  8. Hi, friend! I'm admiring all your creative posts here. Can you please share them at the Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop? Hope to see you there at the party :)


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