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How to de-pit a cherry

For the past couple years I have tried to avoid buying fresh cherries. Don't get me wrong! I absolutely love cherries. However, when your a mom of young kids you know that your kids "have" to eat whatever you are eating and cherries are just not that great for 2 year olds. With the large pit in the center it is easy for a child to choke.
I've tried cutting them in half and removing the seed but since there is a seed in the center you can't just slice the cherry in half. You have to cut all the way around the seed and then try to rip the flesh from the seed. This always resulted in a huge mess for me and I always ended up with large chunks of flesh still stuck to the seed.
My other options were to hide the cherries in the back of the fridge and only eat them when the kids were napping, outside, or after they went to bed. Or just not buy them at all.
On our recent trip to the grocery store we discovered cherries on sale and couldn't pass them up. From the moment the girls saw them go in the cart they were begging to have some. Once we got home I tried once again to cut them in half and remove the pit but after 4 cherries resulting in a pulpy mess I thought there had to be another way. Then I got an idea.
Using a silly straw we had in the pantry I was able to push the pit out of the cherry. It was actually a lot easier than I had expected and left very little mess.

More Duct Tape Fun

If you missed my first duct tape post you can view it HERE.

My oldest is learning to write her letters and will go through a stack of paper in a day if I let her. 
To save on paper I decided to make a dry erase board that she can practice on and then erase and start over whenever she wants to. 

Duct Tape Fun

I recently received a package full of some fun patterned Duct Tape.
I was so excited but was soon overwhelmed with the amount of amazing projects that you can make with Duct Tape. 
I finally settled on creating some fun storage boxes.

 I've been using a couple of old boxes for toy storage. They fit perfectly inside our cubbies and where the perfect size for holding our legos and puzzles.
However, they were far from pretty.

The Magic of Hairspray!

I am so excited to share this tip with you!! 
You can get permanent marker off of almost any smooth surface with one simple ingredient.


We are redoing our floors and we use permanent marker to mark our cuts. The boards have a smooth surface and I know that with dry erase boards you can color over the permanent marker with a dry erase marker and it will wipe off so I wasn't too worried about making a mistake. Of course, it wasn't too long after we started that I was able to test my theory.  We ended up marking the wrong end of a board. I quickly grabbed a green (the only color I could find) dry erase marker, colored over the permanent marker and wiped it off.  Well the permanent marker faded but was still visible, and the dry erase marker left some nasty green smudges that would not come off.

I thought back to a recent post I wrote on how to remove permanent marker from almost anythingI remembered that hairspray was one of the items that popped up a lot in the post. I ran to the bathroom, grabbed the hairspray and gave the are a few sprays. Like magic, the marker (dry erase and permanent) started to liquify and dissolve before my eyes. With one quick wipe of the paper towel, it was gone. I was simply amazed!!

Benefits of 100% natural Florida Orange Juice

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Florida Orange Juice for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.
For those of you who are trying to eat healthier, I highly recomend 100% natural Florida Orange Juice. After drinking a glass of florida orange juice I always feel energized and ready to take on the day. It is also packed full of nutrients so I can enjoy it when ever I want without feeling guilty. Not to mention that it is packed full of vitamin C so I can give my immune system the boost it needs before cold and flue season starts.

Top 17 crafts to do this SUMMER!!

Build a fort

Forts are a fun way to keep kids entertained indoors and out. Next time your kids start yelling that they are bored, grab some sheets, clothespins, move the furniture, or head outside. Once the fort is complete, put together some sandwiches and have a picnic, grab a book and enjoy some reading time, or just sit back and enjoy your child creative mind as they play house (or whatever else they come up with).
Here are a few other fun forts that may take a little more work but are definitely worth the effort.

Benefits of 100% natural Florida Orange Juice

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Florida Orange Juice for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.
I am a HUGE orange juice fan. One of my favorite way to drink orange juice is to pour a cup or two into a blender with a handfull of frozen strawberries, half a frozen banana, and a scoop of vanilla yogurt. I also love to have a tall glass with a bowl full of cereal in the morning. I drink Florida Orange Juice just about every day.

For the love of pets!!

Many families do a lot of traveling during the summer months.
Although some of them take their furry friends with them, many do not. 
Let the little fur ball in your life know that he is not forgotten with a sweet homemade toy or brand new bed.

Here are some fun DIY tutorial for the furry kids in your life.

Backyard Botanical - Review

I honestly have to say that out of all of the reviews I have done here on DIY Home Sweet Home, this one is by far my favorite. The Backyard Botanical Complete Gardening System comes complete with 20" high raised beds. This means no stooping down while planting, maintaining or harvesting your garden. It really is a back saver. The garden beds form a U-shape which allows for maximum gardening space in a small area. On the back of the garden is a built-in trellis perfect for beans, tomatoes, peas, ect... And the double doors on the front work great for keeping out pets, pests, and curious little 2 year olds.

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