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When I was a kid, my father hired my cousin to help on the farm.  For several summers in the 1970’s, Grandma brought Steve from the city to our farm as soon as school let out.

Our go-to beverage back then was Kool Aid.  After a long, hot day on the tractor, Steve could not get enough.  Mom started placing a quart Mason Jar by his dinner plate.

She, by necessity, was a woman ahead of her time.

Since then, I have seen hip restaurants serving beverages in Mason Jars.  My coworker told me that he asked his wife to get rid of their glasses and replace them with Mason Jars for their large family.  I see everything from lemonade to cocktails served in various sizes and shapes of these versatile jars.  I drink tea from mine. 

If one Mason Jar should break, the set won’t be broken.   The age-old and proven style is not likely to be changed so it’s easy to replace a few.  The colorful lids and straws offered by Mason Jar Lifestyle reduce spills and help kids tell their glasses apart.  The Koozies and Faux Leather handles make it possible to have a coffee or tea while the kids drink their milk and lemonade.  The Cold Brew Coffee and Tea infuser allows you to make your coffee or tea right in your jar, in fact. 

Buy your Mason Jars local or online local.  Make them fun and useful with products from Mason Jar Lifestyle.  Summer is coming!

Spring is a time of renewal and revitalizing.  It’s a time of throwing open the windows and letting the fresh Spring air blow away the staleness of Winter.  It’s a time of planting seeds, seeds of intention for what you want the rest of the year, and actual seeds to grow beautiful Spring flowers.  Once you have your Spring bounty what are you do to with all that loveliness?  Grab a Mason Jar, some craft supplies, and read on for some ideas.

These are some of my favorites and are perfect for your first Spring Brunch.  To me Spring time signifies the beginning of Brunch season.  And these all scream Brunch tablescapes!

This is what I call simple elegance.  The blue tinted Mason Jars are one of my favorites to decorate with.  They are so beautiful with white flowers.  These just make you go….WOW!

In Colorado we usually can find some very beautiful wild flowers not too far from our front door.  These are a natural fit with any Mason Jar and always look great!  Finish the arrangement off with your favorite ribbon or raffia.

If you are like me you always buy the big bag of lemons at Costco with the intention of using them all before they go bad.  Well, that does not happen most of the time….until now!  Use some of those lemons to take your Mason Jar flower arrangement to the next level.  So beautiful and SO Spring.

These painted Mason Jar arrangements are so cute and so very Shabby Chic.  This is what I call comfy elegance.  These will really make your tablscape pop.

Want more ideas?  Check out all the fun ideas I found on Top Inspired – click here. And to make the arrange easier in your flower arranging head over to Mason Jar Lifestyle for our Frog Lid Glavanized Chicken Wire Lid.  It makes flower arranging a snap, and gives it a vintage look!

 

It’s almost that time!  Time to plan our Easter treats and Easter tablescapes.  I found some really amazing Easter treats and crafts for you all to try.

These Bird Nest Cupcakes are so cute and perfect for Easter lunch or dinner dessert.  A new twist on an old favorite!  The recipe can be found At The Picket Fence.  These are sure to be a favorite for years to come, and a recipe everyone will definitely want you to share.

You have to have a fabulous tablescape to go along with such cute Mason Jar cupcakes, of course.  These Carrot and Spring Flower arrangements are just the right amount of cute and elegant to pull your table together. The directions on how to put these together can be found on Kaleidoscope of Colors

How about an Easter Mason Jar instead of an Easter Basket…?  Yes please.  These are different and environmentally friendly.  Put a Mason Jar spin on all of Easter with these adorable Mason Jar Easter Baskets.  You can find these and some other fun ideas on the website Uncommon Designs Online.

Need a hostess gift for your Easter host, or just a fun gift to give your guests? How about Easter S’mores?  Oh yea….!  These are a fun Easter twist on everyone’s favorite campfire treat. Head over to Mommy Savers website for full directions on how to put these little master pieces together.

Now that you have some ideas on how to put your best foot forward this Easter head over to Mason Jar Lifestyle for lids, straws, koozies, sleeves, and all the other accessories to make your Easter treats and tablescapes even better!

With Starbucks serving their cold brew coffee in a Mason Jar, it made me think of the history of the Mason Jar and how it got to be where it is today.  Mason Jars were not always the design icons they are today.  These glass jars use to just be looked at as practical, utilitarian kitchen staples.  There is something so American and nostalgic about a Mason Jar.  I think that is why they have become more popular over the last several years.  People are wanting to go back to the simpler things.  The things that remind them of an uncomplicated America, and Mason Jars do just that.   Here are some fun facts about the Mason jar:

The Mason jar was named after its inventor John Landis Mason He invented and patented it in 1858 Mason, who was a tinsmith, actually invented the lid first Ball Canning is one of the most popular of the Mason Jar brands. They make 17 jars per second! Mason Jars are very collectible – one went for over $1000 on etsy If you laid all the Mason Jars that were sold in 2015 end to end they would circle the earth

Mason Jar Lifestyle’s main goal was to help make more use of this simple piece of Americana.  We have so many fun products, as we’ve shown through our various blog posts.  Here are a few of my favorite things:

Head over to Mason Jar Lifestyle to pick up one – no all – of these great Mason Jar accessories.  These items will step up your Mason Jar game, and make John Landis Mason very happy!

I’m not going to lie. Canning is a little intimidating, but it can be a great tool to keep you on the health train.  As I wrote about in the last blog post, the more you can prep your meals ahead of time, the more successful you will be.  Canning is the ultimate way to prep food.  It’s a great way to save money and eat healthier foods while decreasing your consumption of processed foods filled with chemicals.  Canning can be another great tool to cut down kitchen time, but maximize your meal’s nutritional value.

Our wonderful friend over at The Domestic Wildflower has put together a five day canning challenge to help you with all things canning.  Her five day program will help you become a master canner, and at the same time make it even easier to keep your health train moving in the right direction!  This is a great challenge if eating and feeding your family more whole and healthy foods was one of your New Year’s resolutions.  It will also be a great skill to have when you don’t know what to do with all the produce you’re going to have in your new spring garden.  Click here to join the challenge!

Before you sign up for the 5 day canning challenge, head over to masonjarlifestyle.com to get all of your canning essentials.  We’ve got all you will need to be ready for your five day challenge.  Check out all of our canning and fermenting accessories here.  With all of Mason Jar Lifestyles canning accessories and The Domestic Wildflower’s 5 day challenge on canning you will so be winning in the healthy eating department of your life!

 

We’re in the home stretch of winter and it’s almost time to get our summer bodies back.  Exercise is an important part of that, but diet is just as important.  You know the saying, “abs are made in the kitchen.”  One of the best ways to set yourself up for success is to prep your meals.  Meal prep can be daunting, but not when you have a Mason Jar.  Mason jar meals are not just the latest craze, they’re the quickest and easiest way to meal prep!

Mason jar meals can be prepared and kept in your fridge for up to a week.  These are a great way to get a low calorie meal packed with fruits and veggies.  I found several really great recipes on Fitness Magazine’s website.  Find them all here!

Don’t forget to check out Masonjarlifestyle.com for some great Mason Jar accessories to make your Mason Jar meals even more fun and easy!

 

So Tuesday was Valentine’s Day, and I have been seeing Girl Scout Cookies at every corner.  We are pretty deep in to our New Year’s resolutions and then we get hit with the Girl Scout cookie temptation.  I’m starting to waiver, I don’t know about all of you??

As I have Valentine sweets and Girl Scout cookies on my mind, it made me think of all the super cute Mason Jar cookies I’ve seen online.  Then I thought, “oh my, Mason Jar Lifestyle sells Mason Jar Cookie Cutters.”  As I was searching online for different recipes and Mason Jar cookie ideas, I came across some really cute Bridal, Birthday, Baby Shower, and a whole bunch of other party ideas where people used Mason Jar Cookies.

All you need to do is find your favorite sugar cookie recipe, royal icing recipe, and a set of our Mason Jar Cookie Cutters, and you’re good to go! It’s amazing how many different types of parties these are used for!  Check out a few ideas below.

 

Then I thought, why stop at cookies?  Mason Jar Lifestyle has super cute Heart Cut Out Lid Inserts. I should put together some cute Mason Jar Galentine Jars.  All I need is a Mason Jar, my girlfriend’s favorite candies and Mason Jar Lifestyle’s cute Heart Cut Out Lid Insets.  I found some really cute ideas on http://www.craftaholicsanonymous.net/ and not sure which one I’ll use, but Here are a few ideas I’m thinking of.

So many cute ideas, so little time!  We really should not limit showing family, friends, neighbors, significant others, co-workers, or whomever our love to just one day.  Take these ideas and surprise someone you love unexpectedly for no reason at all, well except that you love and appreciate them.  Let’s make 2017 the year of spreading L-O-V-E!!

Gratitude Mason Jar

Feb 01

Gratitude

With all that’s going on in the news I thought a gratitude blog post was in order.  A fun and easy craft to do to start practicing gratitude is making a Gratitude Mason Jar.  It’s a quick and easy craft.  All you need is a really big Mason Jar and all the ribbon and sparkles you can find!  Once you have your Mason Jar all glitzed out your ready to start compiling all the things you are grateful for.  Make sure you cut or buy some small squares of paper to write what you’re grateful for.  Each day, whatever time works for you write down one thing you are grateful for.

You can make this a 30, 60, or 90 day challenge or make it an annual tradition.  Once you’ve reached the end of your time frame make a fun event around it with your family to read all the things you are grateful for.  This simple act of writing down all the things you’re grateful for, from the awesome colors of the sunset, the smell of coffee in the morning, to being healthy you are reminded that there are more good things then bad things in the world.  What it comes down to is what you are focusing on.

Reminding ourselves of all the things we have to be grateful for will help us to see the positive in the world.  This feeling of positivity will help foster joy in us, and if we can show up to everything with joy in heart we will be able to tackle anything that comes our way.  We do not want to be weighed down by negativity and anger because that will not get us anywhere.  We would love to see all of your Mason Jar Gratitude Jars!  Head over to our Instagram and share the pictures of your Gratitude Jars and let us know some things you are grateful for.

We here at Mason Jar Lifestyle are grateful for all of you and being all moved in to our new building!!  We look forward to continue to grow with all of you in 2017.  XOXO, from Mason Jar Lifestyle

Well, even if your team isn’t going to the big game, you’re going to watch, right?  I’m sure you’re going to have a Super Bowl party with all the fun ideas we gave you in our blog post a few weeks ago. 🙂  The great thing about Mason Jars is their versatility.  They’re like that little black dress — you can dress them up or down!

So this post is going to expand on our post from a few weeks ago.  By now you should have gotten your Mason Jar Lifestyle Mason Jar Cocktail Shaker Lid and Long Spoon/Fork for Quart Mason Jars.  You’ll need a few other things for presentation and drinking purposes of course – faux leather cuffs, silicone koozies, cute decorative lids, reusable straws.  Then bust out that awesome Mason Jar Speaker and you’ve got a Super Bowl party!

Now I’ve got a craft from Mason Jar Crafts to step up your Mason Jar Super Bowl Party game.  Check out these really cute Super Bowl Mason Jars and click here to see how to make them.

These will help make your Super Bowl tablescape extra cute and extra festive, and they are a really fun weekend craft project.  With the weather the way it is for most of us now, we could all use a fun craft project!

You have your Mason Jar Lifestyle accessories, cute tablescape decor but something’s missing.  What could it be?  Chili, served in Mason Jars, of course.  I found this cute idea on evermineOcassions website where they also have fun personalized labels you can order to put on your Mason Jars.  What?!?!  Very cute, very portable, and low on the messy scale — a win-win for the party planner and the clean-up crew.

This is shaping up to be one amazing Super Bowl Mason Jar party!  Mason Jar party planning is truly endless.  Share with us some of your Mason Jar Super Bowl party ideas, or, better yet, head over to Instagram and tag us in your pictures.  Don’t forget to use #masonjarlifestyle.

In the bridal business they call this time of year “Bridal Christmas”.  Why?  Because so many people get engaged between Christmas, New Year, and of course Valentine’s Day.  Mason Jars are front and center for wedding decor, and Mason Jar Lifestyle knows this!  Over the years the shabby chic has grown exponentially.  We love that because Mason Jar Lifestyle has always seen the beauty and elegance of Mason Jars.

Here are some ideas of how to bring shabby chic to your wedding this summer, spring, or fall.

I love this kid’s table idea, and it was the inspiration for this blog post!  Each child receives some fun activities and treats in a Mason Jar with one of our SUPER CUTE Daisy Cut Straw Hole Lids that they can then use to drink out of after the wedding.

These Mason Jar Mimosa Bar is perfect for the main event or a brunch style bridal shower.  We’ve got all kinds of fun Mason Jar Lids and really adorable paper, glass, and stainless steel straws.  This is shabby chic at its finest.

Mason Jar tablescapes really give your wedding that shabby chic vibe.  We’ve got some great Mason Jar lighting items as well as some great Mason Jar candle holders and Mason Jar handles and caddies that will help you to achieve the ultimate shabby chic wedding.  Shabby chic is such a laid back, warm and inviting decor, which is exactly what you want on your big day!  Visit us a Masonjarlifestyle.com for all your shabby chic wedding needs.