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Get Your Car Ready for Summer

Disclosure: This post has been sponsored by Cars.com. All opinions are based on my own experiences. 

Summer is right around the corner and if you are anything like me that means you’ll be spending a lot of time in your car whether you’re travelling to the beach, the park, on a family vacation, or taking day trips to soak in the sun. The last thing you want is car troubles to spoil your fun. It’s important to properly maintain your car, especially at the start of the season.  You can take your car to your local mechanic or service center, or you can save yourself a few bucks if you’re the DIY type and check cars.com for some awesome tips and instructions to keep your car running smoothly. I’ve put together this simple list of things to check before hitting the road.

  1. Check your battery. It may need charging or replacing.
  2. Check all fluid levels.
  3. If you live where there’s snow, be sure to give your undercarriage a good cleaning from all the salt build-up.
  4. Check your tire pressure. Remember: Tire pressure changes with the temperatures.
  5. Get an oil change. You want your engine to run smoothly. Check your owner’s manual for your car to see how often you should change your oil.
  6. Replace Windshield Wipers and check Washer Fluid. There’s nothing worse than dirty, streaky windows in the bright summer sun.
  7. Check your brakes.
  8. Check your Air Conditioning. It’s best to have a professional do this! No one wants to be stuck in traffic with no AC!

In addition to making sure your car is properly maintained, it’s also important to pack a few things in your trunk for “just in case!” I always make sure we have a tool kit, a first aid kit, and a flashlight. Of course, you’ll want to make sure the outside of your vehicle is squeaky clean too! And last, but not least, if your precious cargo likes to destroy the inside of your vehicle, you need to check out these tips to manage a messy car.

Be safe out there!

-Denise

 

 

Easy Spice Jar Makeover

I decluttered my entire kitchen last week. Every cabinet is organized and the countertops are empty again – except for the things that need to stay out. I kept looking at my spice rack and thinking that it should just go. You see, I’ve had this metal spice rack for about 5 years and I just love how slim and decorative it is, but the jars it held came from a popular brand that, quite honestly, I can no longer afford to purchase. On top of that, I just don’t use them very often. I’m always reaching for my 99 cent grocery store spices, but the jars aren’t very pretty. They are all different sizes and the labels don’t match. So rather than toss the spice rack, I thought I should try to put it to good use. Maybe it would make me feel better about it sitting there. I mean, I am pretty crafty, so this shouldn’t be too hard! ; )

First, because I’m a little frugal, I dumped the stale, unused spices from the original jars and then soaked them in a pot of water with some dish soap to try to loosen the labels. After they soaked, I scraped the labels off and let the jars dry out .

Next, I headed to computer and created a label for each jar. I chose to make them 6.75″ long (just long enough to wrap with a teensy overlap) and 2″ high. I just inserted a background and typed a text box and BAM! Done. Took all of about 30 seconds. (I used Photoshop, but really any program would do – you could even use Word.)

 

Once I had my labels created – and I just printed on regular white copy paper, nothing fancy – I neatly cut each one. Then I cut a strip of Transparent Peel & Stick adhesive covering and placed it over the labels. I left about 1/4″ all the way around for some extra “sticky.” I wrapped each jar with the label and VOILA!

I am in LOVE with my “new” Spice Rack and it didn’t cost me anything except the hour it took me to make it over. Even if you don’t have a Spice Rack, you could totally jazz up your jars! I’m already thinking of what I can make labels for next!

 

 

 

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