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Recently, Infinity Jars, reached out to me to ask if I would review their products. Since I am very interested in getting rid of plastic containers and instead using glass jars for storage I was more than interested. After looking through their catalog I knew just what I would choose to review. It wasn’t easy to limit my selection as they offer over 70 different styles. Each infinity jar has an airtight seal and is made from premium imported European glass. The dark color blocks out light and helps to preserve the ingredients for over six months. These are the three jars I decided to review:Infinity Jars

 

15 ml Pocket-size Glass Jar

 

In the past I have shared the recipe I use for my own hand lotion. Usually I store the lotion is a small canning jar. Often I wish I had a smaller container to be able to carry with me when I travel. This 15 ml pocket-size jar is just the perfect size. With the screw top I don’t have to worry that the jar will open and spill in my bag. I can now carry a small amount with me when I go away for the weekend. This size jar would also be perfect for gift giving. I may have to stock up for Christmas!infinity jars

 

200 ml Glass Soap Dispenser Bottle

 

I enjoy having a small bottle of my own hand soap next to my kitchen sink. I had been using a pint size-canning jar with a metal lid. As you can imagine after years of use the lid was getting rather corroded. hand lotionThis 200ml glass soap dispenser bottle is the perfect replacement. It sits nicely next to the sink and dispenses the perfect amount of hand soap.infinity jars

 

500 Ml Square Glass Bottle with Oil Spout

 

I cook with a lot of olive oil and enjoy having a small bottle close to my stove. This 500 ml square glass bottle has an airtight seal and with the ultra violet filtering I can be assured that the oil will stay fresh. Plus it looks much more elegant than that a large bottle of olive oil sitting on the counter!infinity jars

 

I am so thankful that Infinity Jars reached out to me. Be sure to check out their website and take a look at their awesome collection of  jars! The next time I’m making a batch of hand lotion or lip balm you can be sure that I will be placing an order with them! The small jars would make perfect gifts of my homemade lotions! Check their out page on Instagram as well for other ideas on how to use their wonderful jars!

 

I was approached by Infinity Jars to review their products in a post and was sent several jars to review.  The views and opinions expressed on this blog are purely mine. For more information check out my disclosure page.

 

I have been decluttering and cleaning out for months! In cleaning out my pantry I had several jars of applesauce, which I had canned, and what better way to use it up than to make some Applesauce Muffins? These delicious applesauce muffins make a double batch and use two cups of applesauce which was perfect for my goal of working on cleaning out the pantry!home canning, prudent living, applesauce

 

These muffins are delicious with a cup of tea in the afternoon, to enjoy with your breakfast or to pack in your child’s lunch. Applesauce muffins travel well and they also freeze well. Plus it’s a great way to use up applesauce! The recipe makes a double batch of muffins so you will definitely have some leftover to stick in your freezer!Applesauce Muffins

 

Applesauce MuffinsApplesauce Muffins

 

Ingredients:

 

1 cup butter, softened

2 cups sugar

2 eggs

1 tsp homemade vanilla

2 cups applesauce

4 cups flour

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp allspice

¼ tsp ground cloves

1 cup chopped walnuts (optional)

Cinnamon-sugar (optional)

 

Directions:

 

In a large bowl cream together the butter and sugar. Add the eggs and vanilla and mix well. Stir in the applesauce. Combine the flour, baking soda and spices; stir into the creamed mixture and fold in the nuts.

 

Fill paper-lined muffin cups three-fourths full. Bake the muffins at 350 for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool the muffins for five minutes before removing from the pans to wire racks.Applesauce Muffins If you like you can sprinkle with cinnamon-sugar. Muffins sprinkled with cinnamon-sugar sounds like a wonderful idea but I’ve yet to remember to sprinkle them with the sugar and they are perfectly delicious without it! Makes about two dozen muffins.Applesauce Muffins

Let the muffins cool before packaging them up to put in your freezer. I freeze them in groups of four which is then perfect for my husband and I. Of course I’ve now used up the applesauce I had, but my freezer is now filled with muffins! Luckily we have company coming next week and these will be perfect to serve with our breakfast or of snacking on with a cup of tea in the afternoon!

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Recently we traveled to Guilford, Connecticut to visit my mother-in-law. She had a bathroom she wanted painted so we decided to help her out. It is always fun to head to Connecticut from Vermont especially this time of year. We left warm temperatures and melting snow and arrived to bare ground and even warmer temperatures!Guilford, Connecticut

 

Not only does my mother-in-law live within walking distance of everything but living in town means I can get my ten thousand steps in and see so much! I’ve shared pictures of Guilford before; remember the pictures of the town agricultural fair that I took? Today the streets are quiet, not much going on. Being school vacation week I imagine many families have headed further south to enjoy some really warm weather.Guilford, Connecticut

 

Guilford, Connecticut was founded in 1639 and is considered by some to have the third largest collection of historic homes in New England, with important buildings from the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries. There are five historic house museums including Dudley Farm and the Henry Whitfield House (1639), the oldest dwelling house in Connecticut and the oldest stone house in North America. The Comfort Starr House (1645–46) is one of the oldest wooden framed private dwellings in Connecticut, and one of the few houses remaining of the original signers who settled Guilford.. The majority of these old homes are built within walking distance of the town green. I love these beautiful old homes. Many have been updated but the original features are kept intact. The older homes in town all have a plaque on them with the date the home was built.Guilford, Connecticut So much history as you walk around town.Guilford, Connecticut

 

My favorite place to walk is down by the water. No activity on the water today it was flat and calm. I grew up in Guilford, Ct so I have many fond memories. My grandparents lived in town on the water and my summers were spent sailing and swimming. One thing I miss living in Vermont is the salt water.Guilford, Connecticut

 

There is also wonderful hiking in Guilford and an extensive trail system called Westwoods Trails. The trail system has approximately 39 miles (63 km) of trails with features such as: caves, lakes, streams, rivers, and interesting rock formations. The preserve extends across land owned by the Guilford Land Conservation Trust. The trails are accessible for walking, running, and mountain biking. My mother was very involved in the Guilford Land Conservation Trust and helped preserve many acres of land which is now enjoyed my many.Guilford, Connecticut

 

This was a wonderful town to grow up in and it is still a wonderful place to live and to visit. I am so thankful that my mother-in-law still lives here and we can come visit. I’m going to take advantage of the spring like weather and get as many walks in as possible before heading back to Vermont where we still have snow!Guilford, Connecticut

We are about to re-list our home with a new realtor. Hopefully this is the year we see a sale! Setting the right price and making an excellent first impression are both essential to attracting buyers so we can sell our home. Here are 10 tips to sell your home more quickly.Selling Your Home Quickly

 

10 Tips To Sell Your Home More Quickly

  1. The most important tip is to price it right from the start. After interviewing three realtors we chose the realtor that we thought would do the best job and price the house to sell. We don’t want to list high with the thought that we can lower the price later. If we price it too high many buyers may stay away thinking we’re not serious or we’re not willing to negotiate.

 

  1. We want to make a good first impression from the minute they drive in the driveway. It’s still too early to plant flowers or make sure the lawn is mowed but we can make sure the snow is shoveled and the path to the house is clear and the deck is free of snow.

 

  1. The Interior and Exterior should be clean and updated. We painted the exterior of the house in the fall and repainted the steps to the house. All the walls on the inside have been freshly painted and the carpeting was new two years ago. We have updated the light fixtures in the bathroom to give it a more updated look. The only thing we didn’t do is update the kitchen but the new owners will have to have something to do to make the house their own!10 Tips To Sell Your Home More Quickly

 

  1. As you know we have been packing and de-cluttering since the house first went on the market. The fewer things that are in the house the more open it will look. We have removed all the knickknacks and excess furniture. We have also taken down all the family photos so prospective buyers can envisions their family in the house. The only thing left to do is hire a cleaning service to do a deep cleaning.

 

  1. The rooms are all staged to show how they are supposed to be used; the office looks like an office, the family room looks like a family room. We do not have any odd rooms in our house where someone might wonder what it could be used for. The rooms are clean and spacious.10 Tips To Sell Your Home More Quickly

 

  1. We plan to make the property easy to show. We will be flexible and allow the prospective victors to visit when it is convenient for them. We also plan to leave the house when it is shown so the would be buyers can feel free to move about without feeling like intruders. This will give them the opportunity to discuss the pros and cons between themselves.

 

  1. We no longer have any pets but if we did we would remove them during a showing. When a prospective buyers is looking at a house they shouldn’t even know that a pet lives there.Pugs, dogs

 

  1. Before we even hire our new realtor we will discuss with him where the house will be listed. We want to make sure the house is listed on Zillow, Trulia and Realtor.com and that the realtor will make good use of Facebook as well. The more exposure the house has, the more likely that we’ll find the right buyer.

 

  1. The listing should have top-notch photos. We actually rented a camera lens to take excellent interior shots. The realtor is welcome to use them or take shots of their own. Most homebuyers start their search online and decide which homes they want to look at based on the photos.10 Tips To Sell Your Home More Quickly

 

  1. Make sure the listing also includes photos of nearby recreation and area attractions. We have to remember that we not only selling our home we are selling a lifestyle.10 Tips To Sell Your Home More Quickly

 

By following these tips you should be able to sell your house more quickly. Of course real estate markets vary drastically depending on where you live. Here in Vermont sales are slow and it is a buyers market meaning there are lots to choose from.

 

Spring is the most popular home-buying season. The weather is good, and families with children can make a smooth transition before the new school year starts.

 

Welcome to the Simple Homestead Blog Hop!

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Tracy at Our Simple HomesteadFacebookTwitterPinterest

Nancy at On the HomefrontFacebookTwitterPinterest

Dash at Bloom Where You’re PlantedFacebookInstagram

Delci at Heritage Club StablesFacebookGoogle+PinterestYouTube

Sandra at Clearwater Farm – FacebookPinterestInstagram

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Kitchen Organizing – a hanging basket changed my life!

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The Clothesline – A Simple Pleasureclothesline

 

 

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