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DealDash Teacher Gifts That Won’t Break the Bank

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There are lots of people to buy for this holiday season, don’t forget your child’s teacher. Here are some quick, easy, and cheap ideas from DealDash.

No one has more of an impact on our children’s lives than their teachers. Teachers spend more time with our kids than anyone else. As the holidays come, it’s nice to remind teachers how important they are and how much we appreciate them. That doesn’t mean that you need to go broke doing it. Here are some ideas from DealDash that won’t break the bank.

Pens and Stationary on DealDash

To begin with, you can get a wonderful gift for your kid’s teacher on DealDash. There are stationary and pens a-plenty up for auction. These pens are brand name and high-quality. You will find single pens as well as sets of 4, 10, and 20. This is helpful if your child has more than one teacher in their classroom. DealDash also has notebooks, journals, and other office supplies available. Just click here and see the school and office supplies up for bid today.

Homemade Recipe Box

First, try something that adds a little family tradition and usefulness to their lives. Take some of your favorite recipes, put them on card stock and put them in a box. It’s something that literally gives some of your family back to the teacher and it can benefit them. And bonus – your child can draw the teacher a picture on the box as well!

Personalized Reusable Bags

If you’d like to gift something that’s useful, look at reusable tote bags. Teachers are always trying to carry around supplies, and a tote bag is a perfect way to do it. You can let your child add a little flair of their own whether they paint it or just add some foam lettering. It’s the perfect mix of unique and useful. Also, be sure to get a tote that is on the sturdy side, all of those books and papers are heavy.

Chalkboard Flowerpot

It’s another DIY option up next! Grab an every day terracotta style flower pot and paint it with chalkboard paint. Some people even paint the top “band” to look like a ruler. This is something simple that can add to the décor in any home or classroom. It’s the perfect gift to use at school or to take home.

Coffee on Me

I’m a big coffee drinker so a simple reusable coffee mug or cup (like a Tervis) is something I frequently buy for people. Try to find some of the interests that your child’s teacher has and match a coffee mug to their taste. These can be sports, Harry Potter, etc. I typically throw in a gift card for Starbucks or Dunkin’ as well. It’s something simple that can offer a bit of a pick-me-up on a rainy day.

Thanks for Reading

I hope that you found this DealDash article on gifts for your child’s teacher helpful. Remember that you don’t have to spend a lot of money on a gift for it to be special.

DealDash has auctions for office supplies. DealDash has notebooks, journals, and other office supplies available. Visit now to check out the auctions. Have fun and happy bidding everyone!

This sponsored DealDash blog article was written by Dawn E, a mother of 3 who loves DealDash. Dawn was compensated for writing this article. This blog is written by real DealDash customers. The opinions and advice shared here represent our customers’ views and not those of the company. Read even more on DealDashTips.com, or on her own blog, DawnBlogtopus.

DealDash’s Interesting Tips on Aluminium Foil

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Aluminum foil – we all have some, but what else can you do besides wrap leftovers? Read these interesting tips from DealDash and find out!

Aluminum foil is something that almost everyone has in their kitchen. This multipurpose kitchen tool is able to take on many jobs. Thus, it is worth adding to your kitchen inventory. Here are some interesting ways to use aluminum foil, from DealDash.

Clean Your Grill

You can use aluminum foil to clean your BBQ grill. Many times when you are cleaning a grill you can end up contaminating your food with tiny pieces of your grill brush. When you use aluminum foil to clean the grill you will be able to scrape and clean the grill without any contamination worries. Even better, it’s much less expensive than buying a new grill brush each grilling season.

Protect Pie Crusts

Aluminum foil can protect pie crusts. When to cooking not everyone has all the cooking tools that they need. This includes a pie protector. You can use this type of foil to protect pie crusts while you are preparing things like pies. It is very simple to create a makeshift pie protector to shield your pie crusts. This will save you a lot of frustration when you are baking in your kitchen.

Create Foil Cooking Packets

You can also make foil packets to cook food in. You can use it on the grill or in the oven. It will assist in making clean-up much simpler.  It also helps cook food that may not stay together on the grill or in the oven. All you need is a little bit of aluminum foil to make a foil packet to cook your food in.

Make Your Own Pan

You can customize the size of your pan by using aluminum foil. This is great news if you need a larger pan but do not have one. It is a very simple procedure to change the size of your pan using this type of foil. When I needed a certain size of pan to bake a cake a few months ago I created one using aluminum foil and it worked like a charm.

Thanks for Reading

These are just a few of the cool things that you can do with aluminum foil. It offers you so many different uses and is very affordable to purchase. So if you do not have this type of foil in your kitchen you need to think about getting some.

Thanks so much for reading this DealDash article on interesting ways to use aluminum foil. Don’t forget to check back every day for new articles here. Also read our sister blog, DealDash Tips. We love to hear from our readers, just leave a comment down below.

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DealDash This sponsored DealDash blog article was written by Dawn E, a mother of 3 who loves DealDash. Dawn was compensated for writing this article. This blog is written by real DealDash customers. The opinions and advice shared here represent our customers’ views and not those of the company. Read even more on DealDashTips.com, or on her own blog, DawnBlogtopus.

DealDash: Create A Craft Space at Home

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Love crafting? Having a dedicated craft space in your home makes things so much easier. Let DealDash help.

I’ve been a crafter all my life, but I’ve only had a dedicated craft room for the past two years. It was a must when we were looking at houses to buy. If you don’t have space for an entire craft room in your home, you just need a little corner all to yourself. It’s easy to make a small space the perfect little crafting area if you do things with organization in mind. Here are some ideas from DealDash to help you get started.

Where Can You Craft?

Anywhere! However, I suggest a nice little cozy corner in your kitchen, dining room, or family room. It’s best if there is a window for some natural light. You’ll definitely need at least one outlet, preferably more, depending on your craft of choice. Be sure that you get yourself a power strip surge protector as well. If you have a storage room, finished basement, or even a walk-in closet those would be even better. You don’t need a lot of space, just work with what you have.

What Do You Need in Your Craft Space?

It depends on the craft, of course! If knitting and crochet are your crafts of choice, then you most likely just need a comfy chair and somewhere to store your yarn and other supplies. Scrapbookers, on the other hand, will definitely need a desk along with lots of extra storage for all of their supplies. Think about all of your crafting supplies and how you can organize them nicely to fit into the space that you have available. You’re obviously the creative type, so get thinking!

Shelving, Racks, and Pegboards Oh My!

After you have started setting up your crafting space you’ll want to re-evaluate your storage situation. Almost every craft that I can think of would benefit from shelving, racks, or a pegboard – or possibly a combination. Shelving can be made inexpensively with brackets and painted 2X4s, and racks can be the cheaper plastic kind or you can spring for the nicer metal ones. Let your needs and your budget dictate what you install in your craft area.

Small Storage

Once the big items are taken care of in your crafting space, it’s time to think about the little things. Most crafting involves lots of tiny pieces, from needles, pins, thread, stickers, staples, markers, etc. Do yourself a favor and buy 5-10 matching small storage tubs for all of your different small supplies. Label them and fill them with your things. Arrange them on your shelving that you just put up, and enjoy your new crafting space!

Thanks for Reading

Thanks so much for reading this DealDash article on making a crafting space. Don’t forget to check out sister blog, DealDash Tips. If you have any requests for specific articles, please feel free to leave a comment below. We love to take your requests!

DealDash is an excellent place to buy storage. Check DealDash for all of your shelving needs and more. DealDash has everything. Visit DealDash now to see how much you can save. Good luck and happy bidding everyone!

 

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This blog was written by Dawn E, a mother of 3 who loves DealDash. Read even more at DealDashBlog.comDealDashTips.com, or on her own blog, DawnBlogtopus.

Enjoy Egg Decorating with DealDash

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Having kids or grandkids means that you’ll be decorating some Easter eggs this weekend. Here are some tips and tricks from DealDash to make the process go more smoothly.

Decorating eggs is a fun pastime that kids and adults can enjoy together. You don’t have to be a regular churchgoer to enjoy the secular parts of Easter. There are so many great things about decorating Easter eggs. It’s fast, fun, and the best part is you can eat them when you’re done!

Decorating With a Kit

Decorating Easter eggs with a kit is, of course, the easiest way of all. There are a variety of egg decorating kits at any big box store, supermarket, and drug store. Just pick one out and follow the directions on the back of the box. However, I don’t find that the kits produce dark or vibrantly colored eggs. If you don’t care too much what your end result looks like and are decorating them purely for fun, then a kit is the easiest way to go.

Decorating With Food Coloring

Using food coloring to decorate your Easter eggs is almost as easy as using a kit, and produces more vibrant and beautifully colored eggs. Here are some simple directions to dye your eggs using food coloring

Ingredients:

  • Water
  • Vinegar
  • Food coloring

Directions:

  • Mix 1/2 cup boiling water, 1 teaspoon vinegar and 10 to 20 drops food coloring in a cup to achieve desired colors.
  • Repeat for each color.
  • Dip hard-boiled eggs in the dye solution for about 5 minutes.
  • Use a slotted spoon or tongs to add and remove eggs from the dye.
  • Double-dip some of the eggs to make new and interesting colors, or make them half-and-half.

Decorating With Shaving Cream

The newest innovation in egg decorating is to use shaving cream! Yes, the fluffy stuff you use to shave your body. Try out this fun, new way to decorate your Easter eggs this year.

Ingredients:

  • White shaving cream (not gel – and get this from the dollar store, you don’t need anything fancy.)
  • Food coloring

Directions:

 

  • Spread your white shaving cream out on a cookie sheet.
  • Squirt a little food coloring across the surface of the shaving cream.
  • Use a chopstick to swirl the colors around in the shaving cream.
  • Take your dry and cool hard boiled egg and roll it around in the shaving cream.
  • Put shaving cream eggs on a paper plate and allow them to dry for 5 minutes.
  • After 5 minutes, wipe off the shaving cream and rinse with water, and voila! Beautiful swirly colored Easter eggs.

Thanks for Reading

Thanks so much for reading this DealDash article on decorating Easter eggs. Don’t forget to check out sister blog, DealDash Tips. If you have any requests for specific articles, please feel free to leave a comment below. I welcome your suggestions!

Kitchen items are essential to this recipe. Check DealDash for all of your kitchen needs and more. DealDash has everything. Visit DealDash now to see how much you can save. Good luck and happy bidding everyone!

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This blog was written by Dawn E, a mother of 3 who loves DealDash. Read even more at DealDashBlog.comDealDashTips.com, or on her own blog, DawnBlogtopus.

DealDash Uses Activated Charcoal

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Activated charcoal has many uses for your body as well as household uses. Here are just a few from DealDash.

Are you familiar with activated charcoal? It’s not the type of charcoal you use to barbecue. This charcoal is a special type has been used for hundreds of years for uses such as reducing odors, water purification, and poison control. Here is some great information about activated charcoal from DealDash.

How is Activated Charcoal Made?

Activated charcoal is made by burning items such as wood or coconut shells to a char. Then, it is further heated to extreme temperatures along with certain gases to make the surface area of charcoal more porous.

How Does Activated Charcoal Work?

Since the activated charcoal is so porous it means it can absorb material over 1,000 times its weight. Isn’t that amazing? There are not many materials on Earth that can make that claim.

Activated charcoal doesn’t absorb things like a sponge. It acts more like a negatively charged magnet attracting positively charged compounds (think free radicals) to stick to its outsides and then sweeps it out of your system.

How Can You Use Activated Charcoal?

As a Tooth Whitener

Activated charcoal is non-abrasive but great at sweeping away plaque and stains on the teeth. Thus, activated charcoal will leave you with a brighter smile. You can use it alone or mix it with other ingredients like baking soda, coconut oil, or even clay to cleanse your teeth.

As a Purifying and Cleansing Face Mask

Since activated charcoal has such strong absorption properties, it’s great for the skin. Activated charcoal can pull out dirt and oils, leaving you with a fresh, clean face. You can mix activated charcoal with a bit of water to make a simple paste. You can also add ingredients such as aloe for a more soothing effect on the skin or bentonite clay for even more ‘pull’ of toxins from your skin.

There are just a couple of ways that you can use the amazing properties of activated charcoal. There are many other ways to use activated charcoal on your body or even around the house.

Thanks for Reading

Thanks so much for reading this DealDash article on activated charcoal. Don’t forget to check back every day for new articles here are well as on our sister blog, DealDash Tips. If you have any requests for specific articles, please feel free to leave a comment below.

Now that you have health and beauty on your mind be sure to go check DealDash for health items, pampering items and more. DealDash has all of the items that you need. VisitDealDash now to see how much you can save. Good luck and happy bidding everyone!

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This blog was written by Dawn E, a mother of 3 who loves DealDash. Read even more at DealDashBlog.comDealDashTips.com, or on her own blog, DawnBlogtopus.