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Since July is the official “Go Plastic Free” month, I thought I would continue the love and share some more ideas of going plastic free.  Here are some ideas from Mason Jar Lifestyle’s customers who recently participated in a social media challenge we held recently:

“We just recently replaced all of our food storage containers with a good quality glass set, and I haven’t purchased any sandwich-sized Ziploc bags since our last box ran out in April. My son takes a lunch to his day camp this month, and all of it is going in reusable containers except the milk — cartons are recyclable.”

“Replaced food storage containers with glass, we use BeesWrap instead of plastic wrap and we use stainless steel or paper straws instead of plastic! “

“Used mason jars to pack everything in my cooler for camping 5 days. Condiments, grapes, butter, taco meat, milk, etc. Worked perfectly.”

“All small things but they add up! Remembering to bring my own real fork to work for my lunch, making my own mason jar coffee in the morning, and going to actually use all those reusable shopping bags we have!”

“I used to go through lots of Ziploc bags but now that I’ve invested in Bento boxes, I can’t remember when I bought them last.”

“We are doing the challenge and July is hard!!! We take our stainless steel cups, sporks, and other items but it is the eating out that is killing us. Twice this month ordering an ice cream cone we have been given a plastic spoon. I am documenting it all and even going to Beth Plastic-Free Terry for advice and it has been a challenge. Good challenge to recalibrate how we do our thing.”

“Not able to go out and buy glass containers I save every glass jar that food comes in. They are sterilized in the dishwasher..and I paint the lids a unifying color. Although its just for show and not use I also glue on decorative handles on the lids. I am very careful not to buy food in plastic containors but until they pkg. Everything in glass you have no choice. Leftovers go into glass bowls with a glass lid or glass jars that Ive saved for that purpose.Its not easy getting away from plastic but it can be done!!”

“I am slowly moving to all mason jar and glass storage. Plus we are using cloth napkins instead of paper. It’s a process but a worth it one. Good luck all.”

“Used mason jars to pack everything in my cooler for camping 5 days. Condiments, grapes, butter, taco meat, milk, etc. Worked perfectly.”

“I’ve been storing leftovers in jars instead of plastic containers. Works great-AND I can actually see what I have in the fridge!”

“I am only purchasing glass storage and drinking products.”

“Using parchment paper bags to replace zip lock bags and off course glass and metal water bottle”

“Not eating out!”

So many wonderful ideas to go plastic free this July, and I’m happy how much Mason jars play a part in most everyone’s strategy!

Please go to Plastic Free July website to accept the #choosetorefusechallenge – you will find some solutions for going plastic free this month, and beyond.

I suggest visiting the Case Studies section of the Plastic Free July website, as it offers many ideas for families, individuals, and workplaces to reduce your plastic use.

And in the Toolbox section it gives you access to all the logos and badges to start your own campaigns or challenges!

A lot of Mason Jar Lifestyles customers are interested in cooking and food storage ideas to go plastic free as was outlined in all the comments we collected from customers. The Plastic Free July website has some great ideas outlined in their Living Plastic Free section  – it offers up suggestions for all aspects of our lives.

 

Please make sure and check out Plastic Free July’s website for inspiring stories and ideas to go plastic free in July and beyond and #refusetochoose

And once you get all your wonderful plastic free ideas head over to Mason Jar Lifestyle to bring those ideas to fruition!

Is going “Plastic Free” on your family’s list to help the environment?  Does it seem like a huge task?  Well, I’m here to tell you that it is not!  A big step is to stop using plastic straws.  It’s as easy as that!  According to an article in the Washington Post, half a billion plastic drinking straws are used in America everyday.

If you carried your own reusable straws or only ate at restaurants that choose to use reusable straws, then you would be helping to decrease the amount of plastic that ends up in landfills and in the ocean.  Wondering where you can get reusable straws and how you can carry them around?  Mason Jar Lifestyle has the solution!

We carry an array of reusable straws along with straw sleeves.  These are easy to throw in your purse or stick in your pocket.  Keep a set in your car, and you will be covered on the go.  We’ve got everything–stainless steel, glass, silicone.  These are a great way to work towards your goal of going plastic free!  If you need a large number of straws for a party and don’t have enough reusable straws for everyone, consider using biodegradable paper ones rather than plastic.  The oceans will thank you!

To further your plastic free goal and expand it to styrofoam free, head over to the Surfrider’s website and check out their “Ocean Friendly Restaurant” movement.  On this site, you will be able to find restaurants that limit or do not use plastic or styrofoam, along with some other environmentally-friendly criteria.  It’s a great resource to help with your goal.

Remember: Every little bit adds up and helps.  With more and more people and restaurants having this same goal, we can all make a big impact! Here are a few other resources, courtesy of Surfrider Foundation.

http://www.beachapedia.org/Polystyrene

http://ecocycle.org/bestrawfree/faqs

https://www.swfwmd.state.fl.us/conservation/waterwork/checklist-restaurant.html

You might be wondering how you do Father’s Day with Mason Jars.  Well, I’m glad you asked!

Who has a Dad?  Who has a Dad that is also a superhero fan…?  If you answered “I do!” to these questions, then this Mason Jar craft is perfect for you.  I found this on the fun site Sandy Toes and Popsicles.  This is such a perfect craft to do with the kids!

The kids will have a blast making these Mason Jars with all of Dad’s favorite snacks and his favorite Superheroes.  Dad will be excited to eat all of those favorite snacks out of his favorite Superhero Mason Jars!

If you’re not feeling the whole craft thing, then head over to Mason Jar Lifestyle and pick up a fun gift like our Faux Leather Mason Jar Cuff.  It’s great for your morning coffee or a Moscow Mule on the patio on a beautiful summer’s day.

“Any man can be a father, but it takes someone special to be a dad!”

Happy Father’s Day from all of us over at Mason Jar Lifestyle!

Yesterday on Tuesday always has such great inspiration and crafts, and these Air Plant Mason Jars are just one of my favorites!  It inspired me to share with all of you some amazing Mason Jar Air Plants and Terrarium ideas.  With summer on the horizon, this is a great outdoor project to do with your kids because, let’s face it, it’s sometimes hard to compete with endless TV options and video games.  These are great crafts to inspire creativity and spark your child’s love for the outdoors and nature!

Yesterday on Tuesday’s Air Plant Mason Jar is a super cute way to help foster creativity and whimsy with your child.  These are very easy to put together, and with the popularity of fairy gardens there are a lot of fun fairies and gnomes to choose from! Find the full directions and printable tags here.

The Mason Jar Terrarium is great because you can either buy the supplies or have your kids go and hunt for them!  I found a quick and easy DIY Mason Jar Terrarium on Blue Bonnet Press.  Instructions are here.  Succulents are super hot right now, so you can find the real deal or fake us all out with the plastic versions.

Now go outside and get dirty!  And don’t forget to check out Mason Jar Lifestyle for all of your Mason Jar accessories and decor.

Graduations are in full swing, and we here at Mason Jar Lifestyle would like to raise a Mason jar to all of the graduates!  Graduations are a time of celebration and reflection on all the hard work it took to get to this joyous moment. You made it!  Here is a great Mason jar craft to make to give away as gifts, or use as centerpieces for your tablescapes.

I found this great craft on Jamie Lane’s blog, and you can find the full post here. So cute and so fun to create!

3D Mason Jar Graduation Hat This 3D Graduation Hat fits a Pint Size Mason Jar or any item with less than a 3″ diameter.  The file comes with the pieces to create the hat as well as the tassel.  All the pieces are compatible with both the 8×12 and 12×12 mats.  You can fill your jars with money for gifts or fill with candy and use these as centerpieces for your tables! 1.  Cut out the hat pieces.  Fold the tabs on the score line. 2.  Place glue on the side tab and adhere to the other side. 3.  Place adhesive on the edge of one of the circles. 4.  Place the tabs down toward your table and then place the circle, adhesive side down, on the tabs. 5.  Turn the piece over and place adhesive all over the back side. 6.  Adhere the last circle in place to cover all the tabs. 7.  Place adhesive on top of the circle. 8.  Adhere the square in the center.  Place a small foam adhesive on the little circle. 9.  Cut out the tassel strips in your school colors. 10. Fold the strips in half and tie a piece of twine around the folded end as shown. 11. Adhere the small circle in the center of the square and loop the tassel around, curving the ends.

This craft is a great way to incorporate your favorite thing (a Mason Jar) into the festivities!   Make sure to tag us when you make these little beauties for your Grad on Instagram or Facebook. And to your family from ours CONGRATULATIONS!!!

One of our founders Maggie with her cousin, who is now in her third year at the University of Utah!

 

“Oh the places you will go.  Today is your day!  Your Mountain is waiting, so get on your way!” – Dr. Seuss

By Kate Eelkema

This was a recipe my mother put in a 1950s church cookbook. The original recipe called for 2 cups sugar, which is way too much. I have been told by a few people that back in the 1950s the sugar companies advertised sugar as something healthy that gave you good energy, and parents were encouraged to give you lots of it, which is why we have all those fillings in our teeth now.

I think this is what adults drank before Arnold Palmer became famous and people started ordering his eponymous drink. I don’t actually remember drinking it much. Fresh lemons were not that plentiful back then, so they were saved for the adults or special occasions, and we children were served Kool-Aid (with lots of sugar, of course). Most kitchens had those green jars of lemon and lime juice in their refrigerators, something I never buy now.

My sister Ruth always had this recipe along with her during all the years she spent on the African continent, as she could get tea and lemons but not the variety of cold drinks we have here. She reintroduced it to us about the same time I started using Mason jars for more things, so I like to keep this tea in a quart jar with the gray lid seen in the photos.

 

Bohemian Tea Norma Goehle 2 cups boiling water (up to 2.5 cups if the lemons are large) 3 tea bags (black tea, such as English Breakfast) 1 cup sugar 3 lemons

Pour 2 cups boiling water over 3 tea bags and let steep 15 minutes.

Pour tea over 1 cup sugar to which the grated zest of 3 lemons has been added.

Let mixture stand 15 minutes.

Add the juice of the 3 lemons. Strain. Pour into a quart Mason Jar.

Store in refrigerator.

To serve, fill glass 1/4-1/3 with concentrate and then add ice cubes and water to fill

glass, depending on strength desired.

Homemade Bohemian Mason Jar Tea

Celebrating mothers has been around for a very long time, but it was not made an official holiday until 1914 by Anna Jarvis.  Before it became the secular holiday it is today, it was celebrated during Lent and was the time you went back to your, “mother church.”  Interesting fact, but I’m glad we’ve incorporated focusing on moms a little more because, let’s face it, they do a lot for us!

Moms not only wipe away the tears and kiss our boo boo’s, but they make sure our lives run as smoothly as possible.  Sometimes they do their job so well we don’t even see what a hot mess our lives would be without mom.  Moms are constantly seeing and doing so that she can be one step ahead of her family.  Sound exhausting?  It is. And because of that, moms deserve some downtime, some decompression time, some self care to help her fill her cup back up.

I’m inclined to say that mom needs more than one day, but let’s just make sure that her official day is one of the best!  A good start is to make sure she has plenty of time for herself (while she enjoys your thoughtful gifts).  The best thoughtful gift is a homemade gift, and the perfect homemade gift is Lavender Bath Salts!  Even better: enter mom in the $50 Mason Jar Lifestyle gift card giveaway through Yesterday on Tuesday.

Let’s break all this wonderfulness down.

Go to Yesterday on Tuesday’s website and get the recipe and instructions on how to make these beautiful and great smelling Lavender Bath Salts Enter to win a $50 gift card from Mason Jar Lifestyle via Yesterday on Tuesday’s site here Go buy more stuff for Mom on Mason Jar Lifestyle.com and receive 10% off through May 15.  Make sure and use code: tuesday10

And here are the printable labels courtesy of YoT.  You can also find them here.

Happy Mother’s Day from MJL to all the Mother’s out there!

Before we jump in to this week’s blog post, here is a final picture of my tissue holder.  I think this would be a great craft to do with the kids for Mother’s Day!

Now that I’ve got the Spring Fever, I thought I’d share some Mason Jar picnic ideas.  Mason Jars are really great for picnics because of their portability.

Drinks for example – both adult and children’s beverages are so much easier to pack when they’re in a Mason Jar.  You can make a fruit infused water for the kids and a yummy sangria for the adults.  Use the Mason jar lids to transport them, and once you get to the park or beach, change out the lids to one of our fun lids, pop in a reusable straw, and you’re good to go!  Find fun lids here and all of our reusable or paper straws here.

I love the gunnysack.com’s idea of a “Picnic in a Jar”.  This would be great for when you take the kids on a day outing and want to decrease waste!  Your salad, sandwich, chips and cookies all in one jar.  That saves on so much waste, as well as using a reusable glass Mason Jar.  Brilliant!  Don’t forget to grab one of our snack cups instead of using a plastic one.  Our snack cup can be found here.

Hopefully this gave you some good ideas to kick off your Spring and Summer picnics.  Using Mason jars is such a fun and easy way to pack a picnic and help minimize waste and increase portability.  And, let’s face it, they’re cuter than anything else out there.  Mason Jar Lifestyle has some fun accessories that make great picnic items.  Don’t forget to stock up for your outdoor adventures!

We have a fun new product, just in!  If you follow us on Facebook, you already got a sneak peek!  This is a Mason jar crafter’s dream, because it’s simple, but oh so versatile.  It’s Sheer Mod Podge that dries transparent, so your Mason jars come out like beautiful stained glass.   I tried a few of our colors and I’m excited to see how they come out.

One of the colors I chose because it matches my nail color – can’t go wrong with that!

I came across a super cute Mason Jar tissue holder craft that I think will work great with our new Mod Podge tint.  If you follow us on Instagram you saw the craft.  Can’t wait to pair it with the Mod Podge.

On sandandsisal.com they had a really great craft they paired with the Mod Podge tint.  Make-up organizers.  Brilliant!!  Can’t wait for my Mason Jars to dry so I can get to crafting.  This is a quick and simple craft that helps to get your bathroom organized and looking super cute!

There are so many possibilities with this fun new product.  I’m so glad Mason Jar Lifestyle has it available.  This definitely steps up the Mason Jar crafting game.  This is a fun way to add a pop of color to any home decor, tablescape, gifts, and so much more.  Would love to see what fun things you all dream up with the Mason Jar tints.  Head over to our Facebook or Instagram page and share the crafting love.  Make sure and tag us and add #masonjarlifestyle.  Happy Crafting!

Stay tuned for an update on my finished product!

We’ve all seen sprouted bread on the shelves or in the freezer section of our local grocery stores.  Now it is spreading to the snack and cereal aisles as well.  So what the heck is sprouting, how exactly do you sprout, and what benefits does sprouting have?  I’m glad you asked, because in this blog post we will explore just these very things.

First off let’s go into what exactly sprouting is.  According to Dr. Axe’s website sprouting is germinating seeds, which include grains, nuts, beans, and other seeds, to make them more digestible and nutritionally available to our bodies.

Now that we know what sprouting is, let’s take a look at some of the benefits of sprouting.

Sprouts contain digestive enzymes and high levels of antioxidants Blood sugar control Lower glycemic index (basically less starch in sprouted grains) Increase in vitamins and minerals…yeah! Eliminates the anti-nutrient phytic acid.  With this gone the body can more readily absorb iron and zinc, as phytic acid blocks the absorption of these minerals when present.

Now let’s go into the fundamentals of actual sprouting.  The only precaution when sprouting is the potential for bacterial growth. Here are some tips for preventing this as much as possible, which I found on the Daily Burn website.

The University of California Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources recommends buying certified pathogen free seeds.  These can be found from Burpee Seed Co. and Sprout People Heat your seeds on the stove for five minutes in a solution of three percent hydrogen peroxide, preheated to 140 degrees, recommends UC Davis. You can purchase the hydrogen peroxide from your local drug store. Use your kitchen thermometer to achieve the right temp. Rinse the seeds in running tap water for one minute, and place them in a sanitized sprouting container. A mason jar will work well, Caspero says. To sanitize the jar, soaked in 3⁄4 cup of bleach per gallon of water for at least five minutes, then rinse it with clean water. Fill the Mason jar with enough water that it covers the seeds, plus one inch. Skim off and throw away any floating seeds and debris, the UC Davis guide recommends. Cover the mouth of the jar with a sprouting lid. Place the container away from areas of food preparation, pets, and busy areas of the house. Depending on what you are sprouting, the soaking times will vary anywhere from three to 12 hours, she says. Now drain, pouring the water out through the sprouting lid. Then run fresh water through the lid and shake to rinse thoroughly. Drain and repeat again. Continue to rinse and drain two times a day until the food is done sprouting. The sprouts should be ready in one to four days. Enjoy sprouted foods within two to three days. Cook them before eating to kill any bacteria that may have snuck in during the sprouting process, she says.

If you follow these guidelines, you should prevent bacterial growth; just make sure and read through all of this before starting your sprouting adventure.  Mason Jar Lifestyle has some great sprouting lids to get you the best results.  You can find them here, so make sure a grab a few to get you started!