I started a new feature here on the blog called Jo’s Favorite Finds. In these posts, I’m going to share some things I’ve discovered. You might already know about them…and some you might not. Here are today’s featured items.
I love strawberries…but I hate strawberries. I love to eat them but I feel like the moment they leave the store they are on a death spiral with a destiny to be rotten before I can eat them.
Seriously. I can buy strawberries one day and the next, they are all spoiled. UGH. I have tried washing them when I get them home. I’ve tried refrigerating them. I’ve tried not refrigerating them. It seems no matter what I do, they spoil.
Kalissa shared this idea with me.
When I get the strawberries home I wash them.
I take the stems off and cut them up. I put half a pack of sweetener on them and shake them up.
They are good in the refrigerator for several days. The last batch was in the refrigerator for four days. Still good…they might have lasted longer but we ate them before they went bad.
On top of that, the strawberries are all clean and I eat them quicker. So it’s a win all the way around. I had gotten to where I didn’t enjoy strawberries anymore because I didn’t buy them because I felt like the second my hand touched the package in the store, they were starting to rot.
Since I’ve discovered this…I’ve not had a single bad strawberry. WINNER!! So excited about this.
Next…something simple and something everyone else probably knew except me. Wasps. We have so many wasps around here. You might remember that I’ve had trouble in the past. They have made little nests behind the door and window trim. It was so bad at one point that I had to have an exterminator come.
One of the times I tried to take care of them myself and this happened. UGH.
Well lookie here…a new year and a new nest. BLAH! In light of getting stung last time, I thought maybe I’d call my bug guy…but darn, that’s expensive. I looked around the house and didn’t see any other nests so, maybe it was worth getting stung to rid of it myself.
Kalissa said that she used Hot Shot Wasp and Hornet. She said it was easy. She said I could stand on the ground a few feet away and the spray would reach them. I was a little skeptical, but I’m a cheap skate and didn’t want to pay an exterminator. $5 for the can sounded much better.
I sprayed the nest. I was about seven feet away and the spray was still able to get to the nest. The wasps crawled out and died.
I knocked the nest down…end of story. No wasp stings…nothing. It was the best experience I’ve ever had with wasps. Don’t hesitate to use this spray. It’s so easy and much better than calling an exterminator. You can find it HERE on Amazon.
I found another nest and used it again. This time it was at the peak of the garage roof. The spray was able to get it from the ground. WOW.
Kelli and I were messaging the other and I wanted to know what she was doing. She said checking out this really cool thing. I asked what it was. She said a battery tester. She went on to explain that she was cleaning the junk drawer and found random batteries in the bottom and wondered if they were good. She ended up buying this little tester. You pop the battery in and then slide the orange part to trap the battery in place and the device tells you if your battery is good. WIN!
I immediately went and found one and bought it. For $8-ish this will save me some money. I often go to the thrift store and buy a kids toy and don’t know if the toy is broken or the batteries are bad.
Also remember I had the smoke detector incident in the basement. I ended up throwing out about three batteries thinking the batteries were a bad batch.
You can find the battery tester HERE.
Those are my latest finds. While I was writing this I just went outside to take Rosie, my dog out. Guess what I saw? Another wasp nest. Looks like this one will need a ladder and possibly Craig. UGH. This house has been terrible for wasps.
Do you have finds you’d love to share? I things that save money or help make my life a little easier.