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Coffee Filter Hacks – Without Using Coffee

Need more time in your day? Do you like short cuts or cheats?  We do too!  Our coffee filter hacks will have you looking at your coffee filters differently from now on.

 

Hi Y’all!

Welcome to The Hard Hat Belles little world on the web.  We are all about doing DIYs, LIYs, Crafts and Recipes with a great deal of laughs and fun.  So grab that cup of coffee (just because it is coffee filter hacks today and I LOVE my coffee!), pull up a seat and learn how you can use those coffee filters to make and take some short cuts to leave you more time for your busy life.

Tea for two

When I was younger I really wasn’t much of a coffee drinker so I really had no need to learn about coffee or those paper coffee filters. I would drink it occasionally while socializing, but I can honestly say that I don’t really remember liking it much then either.

I can’t remember when I began to enjoy coffee.  I think it was somewhere between my husband, Bill, who was a truck driver and drank coffee by the truck loads and my need to fill it full of sugar and milk.  Somewhere down that road I started drinking coffee every morning and throughout the day……..I do draw the line at drinking it after six because I really can’t afford to stay awake until four in the morning. So I learned more about coffee and coffee filters.

Eventually, I began to look forward to my coffee.  Now I take it with flavored creamer (yea, tons of sugar there too).  My favorite is International Delight Hershey Chocolate Caramel Creamer.  What’s your favorite way to drink it (leave a comment below)?  For me it is the only reason to get up in the mornings……yea for coffee! Seriously, I am not a morning person and I need that cup of Java for a boost. However, I do have to drink decaffeinated though or you can just wait  and peel me off the ceiling and walls later.

Today we are publishing a video and this blog dedicated to the almighty coffee filter.  Did you know that the difference between the white and brown coffee filters is that the white ones have been bleached. For more information on that and the history of coffee filters (interesting story) stop by the driftaway.coffee website.  White or brown – coffee filters have a lot of uses that they can be used for besides brewing that special cup-of-stuff for you. We’ve listed several ideas for you, but let your imagination go and see how many different uses you can come up with.  Remember you can also check out Pinterest and Google for more ideas. Let us know in the comments below.

Coffee Filters

  • Wipe down windows and mirrors lint free (wet & dry)
  • Wrap cut celery stalks in a coffee filter before putting them in a plastic bag to store in the refrigerator – keeps them fresh longerSprouting Seeds
  • To sprout seeds, dampen a coffee filter, place seeds inside, fold it and place it into a zip-lock plastic bag
  • Clean hands of dirt if you forget your garden gloves
  • Doing something to get sweaty? Awesome to wipe sweat, dirt and oils off your face.
  • Keep some in your pocket when walking your pet for quick clean upsPlanter strainer
  • Use in the bottom of a planter to block holes that allow dirt to trickle through
  • Use as disposable bowls for individual snacks
  • Great for holding hot dogs and tacos together (especially for little hands)
  • Keep a package in your car in place of napkins or paper towels (and they are sturdier)
  • Wrap Christmas decorations inGlasses Sunglasses
  • Get those finger prints off your glasses/sunglasses lint free (my fav)
  • Use in place of cotton balls removing nail polish (lint free-no more strings of cotton)
  • Use as a disposable cover in the microwave
  • Use as a potpourri holder for dressers and closetsSpice bag
  • Put flavorings (bay leaves, woody herb stems, etc.) in a coffee filter, tie with string, and stick in soup while cooking for quick and easy removal later.
  • Multi purpose camping tool (every camper should have them on hand)
  • Use as a strainer (for tea, pulp & seeds from juice)Compost
  • And finally they not only work great on the bottom of the compost container to keep it all together, but the coffee filters are earth friendly (biodegradable)
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Install Floating Vinyl Floor Planks Yourself In A Snap

Psalms 86:11

Hi Y’all –

Thank you for gracing us with your presence.  We are so happy that you stopped in for a second or two here at The Hard Hat Belles.  Grab that drink and a seat and let’s see what Wiebke has been up too.

Tea for two

Well…. Wiebke and her family decided it was time to rip out their old linoleum floor in the kitchen and also the carpet in their living room and dining room.  I’m telling you they really got ambitious because they decided to replace it themselves!!!

They did their research to find the best bang-for-theLumber Liquidators-buck and decided to replace their floors with floating vinyl planks that they purchased at Lumber Liquidators. The flooring they chose comes with a 50 year warranty – how cool is that!

They also picked up their supplies there as well, which included the underlayment, and masking tape.  That simple … well you will need a couple of tools, but not much more. Supplies To get the full PDF instructions on “How To Install” the floor they installed check the link out here.

Wiebke and her family are so happy with their floor – how easy it was to install and how it looks.

Dining Room Floor

Wiebke was so very happy that she created a special poem about the flooring.

The Summer of Floor Surgery

By Wiebke

There once was a family with old carpeting floor.
It was dirty and grimy and they wanted it no more.
Their kitchen floor was a vinyl base worn.
They also wanted for this to be reborn.
Vacuuming FloorSo in the summer of the year 2015.
They ripped it all out with the help of two teens.
They cut and they ripped, they ripped and they cut.
Until they had exposed their house’s gut.
But now they had to make a decision quick.
Of the flooring choice they had to pick.
They chose a 50 year warranty floor in Sycamore.
Lumber Liquidators supplied the new vinyl planking floor.
The underlayment they with scissors cut off.
And side by side they laid it – just enough.
Then they clicked the vinyl planks into place.
They kept on going until they had filled the whole space:
The kitchen, the dining room, the living room they completed.
Even the hall way they finished until the planks were depleted.
The vinyl plank flooring they edged, clicked and taped.
The husband with a roller blade saw some corners shaped.
The family got the whole floor done in two weeks or less.
It wasn’t too difficult for them they’ll confess.Living Room Floor
If you want to see what they used and how to do this real quick.
Click on the Lumber Liquidator link or on this pic!
Of course The Hard Hat Belles did their part as well,
So go to their video and try doing this project with a pal!

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If you have any comments about your replacements or other ideas, please let us know below in the comments.  We’d love to hear from you – truly.

Love & Hugs,

Denine & Wiebke

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Easy Steps to Organizing Your Cupboards or Kitchen Cabinets

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Hi Y’all!

We are just so excited here at The Hard Hat Belles to be rolling out our third blog and YouTube video.  Thanks to all our subscribers for signing up and keeping us here and going.   If you haven’t already subscribed, please do so.  This allows us to give you a heads up when we post new videos and blogs to the internet.

This particular episode of Organizing Cupboards is near and dear to Wiebke and me.  When we decided to do this YouTube/Blog thing we were in the middle of organizing Wiebke’s kitchen cupboards.  It was then that we decided “why not.”  We felt strongly that we had something of value to share with others and decided to do something about it. Seriously, who doesn’t like to laugh and have fun while learning?  We certainly did and do.  Go grab your coffee or tea and come join us, we’re glad you’re here!

Tea for two

OUR VERY, VERY, VERY BEGINNING

You might ask, “How did Wiebke and Denine get to be such good friends?”  Well, you see, our friendship really hasn’t been a long one, but it has developed into a strong friendship through our many crazy schemes.

Seriously, we had been friendly acquaintances through our church, The North Branch Wesleyan Church, for several years.  You know those people you see every Sunday and say “hi” to without actually getting to really know them.  You care for them, but you just don’t have time to develop a real friendship even when you want to.

After a long battle with aggressive prostate cancer, my husband, Bill, went home to our Lord in September 2014.  I didn’t know it at the time, but Wiebke had kept me and my family in her prayers during our hard times.  When Bill passed away, Wiebke felt very strongly about the bible verse (James 1:27) that speaks about tending to the widows.  She felt God wanted her to be with me. You see, she had experienced a similar loss in her early twenties that also left her a widow and she had just lost her mom the year before Bill.  So she knew from experience how hard it was going to be for me and wanted to be there for me.  I tried to tell her thank you, but no and at that time if I would have known different languages – I would have said “no” in those as well. I’ll let you in on a little secret ……. that woman can be persistent as all get out and boy am I grateful to God that she was.

During the first couple months after my husband passed away I was very grateful for her help, but even more important than that an amazing thing occurred – a wonderful friendship blossomed.  As our relationship grew closer together we experienced a lot of healing tears, but there was also laughter (oh, was there) while we each were trying to figure life out.

THE STORY BEHIND THE ORGANIZING CUPBOARD EPISODE

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In the beginning – Yes, in our beginning, not God’s; it was my turn to be over at Wiebke’s house and she was complaining that she was so disgusted with her lid, bowl, and whatnot cupboard (seriously, whatever she could shove in her cupboard) and her pan, skillet and baking cupboard.  She was so frustrated she just blurted out, “I can’t take this anymore DDDenine.  It’s disgusting and I’m tired of not finding what I am looking for.”  Then she pointed to her kitchen table where a few items she picked up were stacked and said, “These are the racks I got at Walmart and the Salvation Army… And I already had this dish rack I dug out.  Can we please do this today?”

Messy to Clean Cabinets

So that is what we did.  We tore into the job of organizing her cupboards and in the process we had a lot of fun and laughs at what we found and what we did. At one point while we were busy organizing and working I remember lying on the floor in a fit of giggles thinking that we really need to share this with others. It was then that we both felt God leading us on a path to becoming The Hard Hat Belles.

WHAT YOU NEED

There really is no rhyme or reason for what you can use to organize your cupboards with.  What worked for Wiebke didn’t work for me as our cupboards are different shapes and sizes.  However, to start – you can search your own home and look at your own items differently.

A CD rack or dish rack can become a plastic lid holder or small pan lid holder.org cpb pp rack pic (5)1

A wired magazine/file holder can become a cookie sheet organizer.

Different sized baskets can become utensil holders or used for larger items like soup ladles, frying spatulas or wooden spoons.

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The key is to use your imagination and think outside of the box on how you can use different items in different ways.  Look at a potential item and brainstorm over what it could possibly become for you.  For example take a wired or plastic dish rack – it can become a lid organizer, or hold pan lids of various sizes, or keep your plates in an upright position in your cupboard.  Keep going until you find what works for you.

Some of the places you might also consider when looking for organizing items (remember think outside of the box) are Salvation Army or Goodwill stores, thrift stores, resale shops, Dollar stores, Walmart, Meijers, Bed, Bath and Beyond, Target, Ace Hardware, Aco Hardware, local hardware’s (they can have some really neat items), the list can go on and on, but you get the idea.

And remember Pinterest is Wire Racksalso a great go-to place to get several ideas on organizing your cupboards.

We recommend that you wait to organize your cupboards until you get your organizers together.  Once you are ready you will need to unload your cupboard completely.  Then put in the newly purposed organizers and get started.  We found that it took us a few times of putting things in and taking them out before we were happy with the outcome.

Once we completed Wiebke’s cupboards she was so happy.  She still raves six months later about how much easier it is to find things now that the cupboards are organized.  Even her family puts things where they belong now.

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We pray you have been entertained while you learned a thing or two. We’d love to hear from you – Do you have any neat ideas for organizing and having fun?  What would you like to learn?  We’d love to hear from you!

Love & Hugs,

Denine & Wiebke

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