Tuesday, April 30, 2013


From the messy countertop of the Lazy Housewife...

Ziploc. Saved the best for last? Eh. Z isn't the most friendly letter to work with! But I do love Ziploc bags, maybe more than Swiffer! We use them for tons of storage, but here are some additional uses for Ziplocs:
  • Travel - I always put any bottled liquids or powders in ziplocs, had too many spill in the suitcase! Gallon size
  • Buy big and make your own snack size, saves lots of money
  • Leftovers - especially meat. I hate throwing food away, but meat is not usually served within the alotted time, so I end up throwing most of it away anyway. When I ziploc it right away, throwing it out is easier and cuts down on bugs
  • Crumbling - need graham cracker crumbs? frozen chocolate chipped down? etc? Put it in a ziploc and hammer away!
  • Money - especially for kids to bring to school for book fair or what have you, better than an envelope
  • Have to ship something fragile? Blow up a ziploc bag or two and put them in the box with it!
Z Special! - Puzzles! You must go visit Clarissa Draper and have your brain teazed! It's zany fun! And your thinking muscle needs exercize too!

Editing Tips

Zero, Zilch, Zippo.
I have no more to teach you, young padawans. Just go write!

Well, we made it through the challenge! Hope you enjoyed all the tips. And I hope you come back for the Reflections Post where I will share the stats from the over 800 blogs I visited during the challenge. PS - I kept track of my visitors and will be catching up with you in May! Thanks so much!

Find more A to Z posts here.


Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

Whoo hoo, we did it! :)

And I use Ziploc bags a lot, although I'm trying to use more washable tupperware type containers in terms of recycling etc.

Fida Islaih said...

Thanks for the tips and fun link!!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Hammer away - funny! Yeah, we never buy snack size anything. Big bags and boxes and then we make our own sizes.

Al Diaz said...

I use ziploc too. They're great and safe for storage!

Heather M. Gardner said...

Love me some Ziploc bags!

800 blogs! You maniac!

Great theme, Tara. I learned a lot of cool tips and fun advice.

Oh, and I giveth to youeth the Zombie Rabbit Award. More details on today's Z post.


Jeremy [Retro] said...

you made not cleaning or cleaning much more fun... for now i am going to zip it... zip it good!

Jackie said...

Love your ziploc tips! ;)
I put the book fair money in a ziploc baggie and tape a paper to it with my child's name, amount, teacher's name, and room #. Overkill probably, but it works. :)

Rachel Schieffelbein said...

Great ideas. :) Gotta' love Ziploc. :)

mr seckman said...

I had thought of all of the uses for the ziplocks...all but for shipping. Wonderful idea!

Laura S. said...

I love it that Ziplocks come in so many sizes for all your needs!

Congrats on finishing the Challenge, Tara!!

Happy A to Z-ing! from Laura Marcella @ Wavy Lines

Rena said...

Yes, the ziplock bags!
I've actually had so many explosions in my suitcase that I double bag the shampoo.

and I keep trying to come up with good z words that get misused, and I got nothing.

M.J. Fifield said...

I love my ziploc bags. Never thought of using them as packing material though.

Julie Flanders said...

Congrats on another great challenge, Tara. Yay! :)

Dana said...

Thanks for the Ziploc tips!

Congrats on making it through the A to Z. ☺

Unknown said...

I'm a Ziploc-a-holic! I travel with them, I re-use them, I find the ones with the best closing mechanisms! I'm such a fan.

Good for you on your Z word. It's the last day and I need my Z ...

Bradley Charbonneau's Pass the Sour Cream A-Z Challenge.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations in completing the A to Z Challenge.


Carrie-Anne said...

The concept of Ziploc is yet another foreign thing to my ex's dysfunctional family. His parents really had no concept of the importance of putting food in some kind of container or sealed bag so it wouldn't get stale or be exposed to the elements.

Christine Rains said...

Congrats on making it through the Challenge! I loved your tips. I hope to still see them regularly on your blog.

VikLit said...

Hurrah for making it through the challenge and well done on visiting 800 blogs!

Carol Kilgore said...

Congrats on a great A-Z! I loved coming here because you gave me lots of tips. Ziploc bags are awesome.

Sheena-kay Graham said...

Nice ideas. Congrats on making it to the end Tara.

Nick Wilford said...

They're called something else in the UK but I know what you mean. I'd never have thought of all those uses!

Mark Means said...

I've had a great time visiting and, honestly, your blog has been one of my favorites during this entire challenge.

Great tips and a great attitude to go with it. Well done and congrats on completing the challenge! :)

Anonymous said...

Congrats on making it all the way through!

Trisha said...

YAY, it's over and we made it!! Congrats to you, now let's party! hehe

Seriously, I don't have Ziploc bags but I think a lot of people make great use of them. :)

Unknown said...

I love ziploc bags, in fact, I used them this past week when I was away....it kept all my cosmetic & hair products nicely contained....no leaking!

Congrats on finishing the A to Z. I'm so glad it's done.

A Dose of Jules

Barbara White Daille said...

You picked a great Z word.

Like Madeline, I'm trying to use more plasticware to store things.

But we have a lot of leftovers that wind up in the trash, so I love your idea that putting them in plastic bags makes that easier!

Congrats on a fabulous A to Z, and thanks for all the tips.

Z is for Zzz-z-z... and an SOS
The Daille-y News

Fe said...

Congrats on finishing the A-Z.

Thanks for the really useful tips...

Rhonda Albom said...

Not keeping track of my visitors, that's where I think I went wrong. I wouldn't even know where to begin. I guess I could write their names down, cut them out and store them in ziplock bags.

We made it through AtoZ!

Rhonda from Laugh Quotes

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Tara .. I've loved your tips and tricks during the A - Z .. and am going to start using your Showercize ones ..

Ziplock - I use plastic bags a great deal .. especially if spills are likely to occur ..

Congratulations on ze ending!

Cheers Hilary

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