Suburban Pioneers

The Adventures and Misadventures of Homesteading in 21st-Century America

T2T: the humble box February 2, 2014

The best fun is free!

The best fun is free!

Blocks are the best.  Forts, castles, roads, bridges, ramps, houses, train tracks, and hours of imagination can come from a good set of blocks, and toddlers seem to love the large sized blocks.

Sure.  You could buy these for $42.99.

You can find these blocks on Amazon from various sellers.  There are several different companies that make them.  These are from Smart Monkey Toys.

You can find these blocks on Amazon from various sellers. There are several different companies that make them. These are from Smart Monkey Toys.

Or you could just use what you already have in your house and are planning to recycle at some point anyway. It’s T2T (trash to treasure) in the best way!

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Little Bear discovered these building blocks all by herself in the grocery bags as we were putting things away. Voila! Instant fort.

 

T2T: Baby Dishwasher Basket October 24, 2013

T2T (Trash to Treasure) is a new series we’ll be featuring periodically to offer reuses for common household objects.

 

Before having Little Bear, I bought one of these (albeit at a thrift store), succumbing to the purchasing mania that precedes giving birth.  After actually attempting to use this for bottle parts and pump parts, I realized it was completely impractical: the smallest pump parts would’ve fallen through the basket holes anyway, and the larger pump parts could just hang out in the silverware basket that already came with my dishwasher.  Sooo….

My recent canning mania has given this plastic piece of junk new life.

My recent canning mania has given this plastic piece of junk new life.

Canning bands can either be sterilized in the dishwasher or in a pan of simmering hot water.  Why simmer when your dishwasher can do the work for you?  This basket keeps them from clanking around in the dishwasher and lets you pull them out all together to cut down on the times you have to touch them.

 

T2T: Kitchen Containers September 3, 2013

T2T (Trash to Treasure) is a new series we’ll be featuring periodically to offer reuses for common household objects.

 

Today’s T2T Pick: Kitchen Containers (plastic tubs, wooden spoons, spice jars, metal camping dishes)–who needs to buy plastic sand toys when the old containers from your kitchen are more fun?!

Old camping dishes, plastic cups and bowls, sour cream containers, and a strainer are perfect for the park!

Old camping dishes, plastic cups and bowls, sour cream containers, and a strainer are perfect for the park!

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Little Bear could play in the sand for hours!

 

T2T: Altoid Boxes August 28, 2013

T2T (Trash to Treasure) is a new series we’ll be featuring periodically to offer reuses for common household objects.

 

Today’s T2T Pick: Altoid Boxes (You don’t use crayons?  First of all, you’re missing out…but if you don’t have time to color, see if a preschool, church school, homeschool group, or kindergarten can use them!)

Perfect fit!

Perfect fit!

 

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This is how I reused them for our church kids!

 

 
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