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Recycling Properly

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Recycling is a civic responsibility and is more important now than ever. You may be thinking, “But I recycle!” Well, you might be recycling but are you doing it in the proper way? For a long time I thought I had it all figured out and was apart of this positive and almost effortless movement, but as of recently I had discovered that I was recycling several things that I shouldn’t be, as well as recycling things that would be denied at a plant, and it was really discouraging. It may bum you out for a second making that realization, but take this moment as a time to reflect and take the next step into making a difference. This post is made to break down, educate and promote a reduce, reuse, recycle lifestyle in the easiest way possible.

Before we get into what you shouldn’t be recycling, it’s best to learn more about some current events involving recycling, and some history to put things into an even larger perspective.

Back in the beginning of 2018, China had announced that it would not be accepting certain types of imported garbage that included a lot of different varieties of plastic and paper. The guidelines for which ones they accept and don’t accept have become much more strict than it used to be. If the item does not meet the material criteria or is more than 0.5% impure, they will be denied. Which has turned into a nightmare for loads of waste managers who say that these standards are impossible to meet. Even the smallest imperfections on items can make a whole batch of recyclables useless (The New York Times).

Before this ban the United States alone was sending 4,000 shipping containers filled to the brim with plastic recyclables DAILY to China (USA Today). Some countries have found it difficult to find an alternative to use instead of the Chinese market including Canada, Australia, Britain Germany and some other European countries. The Western side of the United States has been dealing with the repercussions a little heavier than most areas. Parts of Oregon, Idaho, Washington, Alaska and Hawaii have began refusing to recycle most plastics, glass and certain styles of paper and urging customers to put them in the trash. Some plastics that used to be recycled just fine are now being denied. Things like yogurt containers, tubs of butter and oil bottles. Which most of us wouldn’t even think twice about recycling regularly. As you can assume, recycling plants are taking an extremely rough hit from all of this. These companies used to get paid to sell off recyclable items, but it has turned into them having to pay people to take the items off their hands (The New York Times).

Landfills are unfortunately in an extremely rough place and it’s disheartening knowing that 80% of the items in landfills could be recycled, but a lot of people think that oceans are being hit the heaviest with the largest and most rapid negative repercussions. A study that was done at the University of Georgia had concluded that 18 billion pounds of plastic waste end up in the ocean EVERY YEAR (Rubicon). By 2050 if this type of unacceptable issue continues, the World Economic Forum has concluded that there will more plastic in the ocean and seas than fish (The Washington Post). A great reference point on how bad pollution in the water has gotten dates back to August of 1997, when Charles Moore discovered the Great Pacific garbage patch (Charles Moore). This “garbage patch” is now at least 87,000 tons worth of 99.9% plastic rubbish. Full of toys, electronics, bottles, nets, etc. You name it, it’s probably smothered within this disturbing vortex of trash. It is about four times the size of California, and has an estimated amount of 1.8 trillion pieces of waste within it. This is sixteen times bigger than what researchers had estimated. The main fear that comes from this is that these plastics will continue to disintegrate into micoplastics. Microplastics are extremely hard to remove from the ocean since they are smaller than 5mm, which is not visible to the human eye. They already make up 94% of the patch, and are being found in an abundance of marine life. It has entered just about everything under the sea from plankton to whales. In households, it has been found to have contaminated things like salt, honey, sugar, beer, fertilizers, dust, tape water and even bottled water. Since these fish are digesting these particles, that means that they are leisurely entering our food chain without us even realizing it.  (Journal of Medical Toxicology).

Now that we have discussed how alarming this monstrous issue is, we have some little tips to guide you towards a more green lifestyle.

1. Disposable Cups

Some disposable cups are recyclable, but even people who use them daily wouldn’t even be able to tell the difference from one you can recycle and one you cannot recycle. Some are lined with polyethylene and this makes the cup liquid proof. Unfortunately, it’s hard to reprocess at recycling facilities and also extremely costly (The New York Times). If you were to ask a waste manager, they would suggest that you just throw it into the trash or to invest in a reusable cup!

2. Pizza Boxes/Takeout Containers

When you dispose of your pizza box do you observe how much grease is on the box, or do you just dispose of it into your recyclables without any thought? If so, be sure to be more cautious next time. The oil from your pizza unfortunately can’t be separated from the fiber of the cardboard, which makes the cardboard less desirable to buyers. If there’s only a few crumbs and a little bit of grease, don’t stress! If it’s minimal, they can still be sold. Same goes for takeout containers. They can be tricky because if they fit the plastic requirements, then you automatically would assume it’s something you can recycle, but you need to take one extra step to get it ready for the recycling process. Make sure you discard all of the food scraps left in your to go container before recycling it. You don’t need to make sure they’re completely spotless, but make sure to make that extra effort since the littlest of faults can make or break the material (The New York Times).

3. Plastic Bags

Unfortunately when I discuss this planets recycling issue with anyone, a majority of people seem to not know that you CANNOT RECYCLE PLASTIC BAGS! This is something that I myself have recently found out as a shock. Waste managers have lots of issues with them when they arrive at their facilities since they plug up the machinery. Some areas offer places to drop off your plastic bags, where they are sent to a special recycling plant that accepts nonrigid plastics. You should always avoid plastic bags as much as possible though, considering that they dissolve into microplastics (The New York Times).

4. Shredded Paper

When items arrive at a recycling facility, they then must be separated to find out what materials came that are non-recyclable, and shredded paper poses as a problem in this way. It is extremely difficult to separate them, and can also clog up the machinery just like the plastic bags do unfortunately. You can reconsider recycling your shredded paper and instead putting them into a compost pile (Livestrong)!

Since recycling guidelines range, please research what your local restrictions are to make sure you are accurately recycling, and not adding to the chaos! As a planet, we need to focus not just on the recycle, but the reduce and reuse too. Plenty of plastic is intended and used in a single use, and that just isn’t right to invest in when it is much more ethical and quick to invest in simple alternatives. Start by minimizing your plastic use, purchase reusable straws and bags, buy products made of recyclable material, buy boxed items instead of bottled and donating old clothes to charity are all little things you can start doing to make a big difference.

Best Charities to Donate To

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Donating to any charity is without a doubt an extremely gratifying feeling, but always be wary. Just because you are donating to a charitable cause, doesn’t always mean that the charity to which you are donating is ethically using your money. Good morals aren’t always a priority when it comes to certain charities if they don’t have their eye on what’s really important here: giving back. You also should consider that unfortunately there are scammers that will take advantage of a tragedy to steal your money.  The Better Business Bureau, Charity Navigator and Charity Watch are all great resources when trying to find out which charities you should be donating to, and which you should be staying away from. Good news though, plenty of them are in fact looking to improve the world, and we don’t want those charities to go unnoticed. We put together a list of the top charities we believe truly pursue their cause and should have your support!

1. American Humane

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American Humane is focused on the health and safety of animals for over one hundred years.  They seek to help grow the bond between animals and people nationally, while also making sure they protect and serve any animals in need. They don’t just rescue/rehabilitate traditional house pets, they even have programs which help out all different types of wildlife. These programs help with ensuring the proper treatment of farm animals, animals used in productions, animals used in the military and animals placed in conservation centers of all sorts (American Humane).

2. ChildFund International

 

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Changing the world, one child at a time. Helping children all across the globe, ChildFund International has a mission to help out kids living in extreme poverty live a happy and healthy life. They believe that not only should they help children survive, but to thrive. When growing up, you typically want to have things surrounding you like loving caregivers, clean water, health care, nutrition, opportunity, protection and education to blossom into a successful adult. Unfortunately for 570 million children, this isn’t easily accessible. ChildFund is all about helping children be able to achieve this in their lifetime. ChildFund is now even accepting Bitcoin, making it easy for just about anyone to donate (ChildFund International)!

3. Mental Health America

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MHA was founded in 1909, and is still the leading non-profit community based charity all centered around mental health in the United States. They heavily promote their B4Stage4 philosophy, which presents the idea that people should be concentrating on treating mental health before they get to a critical phase of their life. Once somebody starts seeing signs of any sort of physical issue, they tend to address it as soon as they’re able to, but with mental health sometimes people fall short when acting on symptoms. They really focus on wanting to put an end to that unfortunately typical reaction. Their website is not only useful if you are curious about volunteering or donating, but it also features valuable information for anyone who is suffering or knows someone who is suffering from a mental illness (MHA).

4. The National Wildlife Federation

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Protecting the planets natural resources is one of the most important topics and issues of this generation. The National Wildlife Federation fights to give wildlife a proper voice to be heard when it comes to the detrimental issues it’s facing in such a fast paced society. NWF works with restoring and maintaining habitats, lands and waters, conserving wildlife and addressing environmental threats. It is America’s oldest and largest conservation organization to date. They give you the option to donate or simply sign whichever petition you stand by. If you want to make a difference and you can’t donate, you still can be apart of the change! They even post about upcoming events for you to lend your helping hand to such a powerful cause (NWF).

5. Direct Relief

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Charity Navigator, a useful and free guide to help you decide on which charities to donate to, gave Direct Relief a perfect 100 overall score. The website rates thousands of charities, and less than one percent have earned a perfect 100. They also have appeared on their list of consecutive charities with 4 star ratings, and best charities to pick from (Charity Navigator). And that’s all just recognition from one website! With all of these awards and accomplishments, it just shows how ethical this charity is when breaking everything down piece by piece. Direct Relief’s mission is to help all types of people globally, with no specific standards being met. Some of the things that they do currently are giving doctors and nurses in underdeveloped communities necessary equipment and medicines, as well as helping out medically in emergency response situations. They have donated over 1.2 billion dollars in medical aid, as well as 15.4 million pounds of medicine and supplies worldwide (Direct Relief).

6. City of Hope

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City of Hope helps you be apart of turning innovative ideas into powerful new treatments. They are an international charity based on compassion. City of Hope is home to discovering and improving treatments for serious diseases like cancer and diabetes. They make it a priority to strongly nurture their values; compassion, urgency, integrity, curiosity, excellence and collaboration. They have an extremely trustworthy and remarkable history, and are consistently putting forth the effort to continue savings lives (City of Hope).

Available at H & H Wholesale are CharityChoice gift cards. The card donates $25 to benefit a charity of your choosing.  All of the charities mentioned above are part of the list of possible causes for you to pick from, or you could even further your research and pick one of the other hundreds of charities they have to select from on their website.  After all, It is up to us to make a difference in the world!

Best Selling Products of 2018 at H&H

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Here at H&H, we like to satisfy all types of consumers. That’s why we like to have a broad spectrum of products readily available. We don’t just offer pharmaceutical and diagnostic items, we also offer vitamin supplements, nutritional products and general merchandise! We wanted to share with you the TOP 5 most purchased products of 2018 by OUR consumers. This will give you an idea of what types of products you could get your hands on for 2019.

1. Blue Lizard Australian Sensitive Skin Sunscreen – SPF 30, 8.75 oz Bottle

Formulated with dermatologists to protect sensitive skin from damaging sun rays, Blue Lizard Australian Sunscreen’s mineral-based “Sensitive” sunscreen formula provides SPF 30+ protection that’s water resistant for 40 minutes without parabens, fragrances or skin-irritating chemicals. With Smart Bottle Technology, the BPA-free bottle changes color in UV light to remind you to apply sunscreen. Broad spectrum UVA/UVB, chemical free, paraben free and fragrance free.

 

2. Medic-Air Back Cushion – 18″ x 15″ in Blue

The patented design of this back pillow provides a custom fit to everyone’s lordotic curve. Three interconnecting air chambers mold around and cradle the back giving firm, yet tender, pressure to relax back muscles. Comes with an adjustable elastic strap to provide secure positioning and is guaranteed for one full year

3. Diastar Accu-Pressure Mat

The Diastar Acupressure Mat is for anyone who wants to have more energy and increase his or her general well-being. It is also for those who are stressed out, have low energy, or simply in need of a better and more complete relaxation. All you need is a few minutes a day with the Diastar Acupressure set to feel its effects. You could choose to target specific problem areas of your body, or you could follow our suggested wellness routine, so that you could maximize the mat’s capabilities and promote total body relaxation and feel healthy all over.

4. Steadyrack Classic Bike Rack – 2 Pack

The Steadyrack Classic Rack is a revolutionary new bike rack. It can be mounted to virtually any wall and its patented design allows it to swivel almost 180° to either side. There is no heavy lifting required. Designed by a bike enthusiast to help alleviate the bike storage system in his garage, it is easy to install and easy to use. Bikes fit snugly into bike rack with virtually no risk of bikes falling out of rack.

5. Tip2Toe Professional Electric Callus Remover

Get smooth skin fast with the Lure Tip 2 Toe Professional Electric Callus Remover. Now you can power your way to smoother, healthier-looking feet in minutes. This high-powered foot file includes 6 fine and 6 coarse disks. Use the fine attachment to remove mild to dry skin. Use the coarse attachment to help remove corns, rough calluses and hard dry skin. Adjustable speed control allows you to customize your treatment.

We have thousands of items just waiting for YOU to find them. Check out our websites, H&H and CBG to uncover some more valuable gems!

Focusing on Personal Development

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Personal development is something that every single person should be continuously working on. We are a work in progress and it’s okay to have setbacks every once in a while, but keeping your eye on the prize when it comes to coming into your own is the main goal here. We’re going to be focusing in on the steps you should take to create hopefully what will be a smooth ride towards a better you that you wear loud and proud.

1. Take Time for Yourself

It seems like a lot of the time human beings tend to be afraid of being alone since there is a comprehensible, yet saddening misconception that being alone means that you’ll feel lonely. When in reality, being alone is the perfect time for you to reflect and grow. With personal development, the most important thing to master is the parts of yourself you’ve yet to understand so you can recognize your strengths and weaknesses and see where you need to evolve. With alone time, this is something that comes a lot easier. Surrounding yourself with people who push you in a positive direction is a wonderful thing too, but having just you and your thoughts in a raw state is another necessary thing to embrace. When you’re alone you can be so much more productive with all aspects of yourself with nothing holding you back. It is a special time for you to unwind and just be.

2. Keep up on Physical Health

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Personal development may be perceived as something that is mainly a mental thing, but your physical health is essential to focus on as well. When you’re making changes with your physical health, it intertwines with your mental state. If you are continually treating your body poorly, then you’re ultimately setting yourself up for disaster. Your body is a fragile frame that you must nourish and treat properly to have it return the favor. You can start by incorporating as many natural and whole foods as you can into your diet so you always feel on top of your game. Food is our fuel and we should be treating it just like that. Exercise is another thing that people can sometimes let slip away due to a busy lifestyle, or just purely because it’s a lot of work most of the time. Strength and motivation towards working out is a hard thing to develop, but it’s worth it! Good news too, the possibilities on how to work out leisurely are endless. Going to the gym, doing yoga, strolling around your neighborhood, taking your pet to a local park, etc. You can make anything a pleasurable workout if you have the desire to do so. People shouldn’t just focus in on working their body to the bone either, you do need to give your body downtime. Relaxation and rest is something that we cannot live without. We need to let ourselves have this time so we don’t overdo it and completely ware ourselves out. Our bodies are not made to be constantly pushed over the edge. We have to treat our body like the temple that it is!

3. Create New Goals, Always

You want to make sure that while personally developing you don’t let yourself get stuck in a routine because of comfort. You want to forever be thinking of new ways and ideas to push yourself out of your comfort zone and to new heights so you can consistently become a better you. Having goals in development is a great tool for motivation too. Sometimes it’s hard to keep motivation when you have life throwing curve balls left and right, but if you document something on top of setting your mind to it, that’s all the motivation you need right there! A psychology professor from Dominican University in California named Dr. Gail Matthews actually had done quite a bit of research on this exact topic. She did a study surrounding the art and science of goal setting, and discovered that you become 42% more likely to complete a goal if you write them down (The Huffington Post). I don’t think there’s really any harm in simply writing down your goals now, do you?

4. Reflect on Progress

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Start writing down your progress, no matter how minimal it may be. Every accomplishment is something to celebrate when you’re attempting to go towards a brighter future. Even if it’s as small as waking up a little bit earlier to get a hardier breakfast in, YOU did that and YOU made it happen. Taking small steps is just taking steps towards something much bigger, and that is definitely something worth documenting for future reflection. So, smile about that and keep on accomplishin’!

If you’re not satisfied with life, or do not feel fulfilled, you have the chance to make a change every single day. Don’t feel pressure from time or people around you when it comes to coming into your own. Personal development is something that is a nonstop transformative journey and this is YOUR journey. Enjoy the ride!

Living More Sustainably

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Living a sustainable lifestyle is something that ethical humans dream, if not strive, to achieve at some point in their lives. Even though it is definitely a struggle to live as self-sufficient person in this day and age, just by incorporating more “green” decisions here and there will make an enormous difference. When going towards a more sustainable lifestyle, know that you will not only be saving money and boosting your self satisfaction, but you will also be helping out with the downsize of landfills, reduction of your carbon footprint, promoting energy efficiency (HuffPost) and even more unarguably rewarding things that also give back to the planet. We are here to help bring awareness to some steps for you to consider bringing into to your daily life to help out your girl, Mother Nature.

1. Cut Down on Electricity

Electricity is something that a lot of us probably don’t focus on too often. We leave a light on here and there, fall asleep with the television on, keep our cell unnecessarily charging all night, but realistically things like this can cause a giant negative impact since a majority of people are living this way. If you are prone to accidentally leaving the lights on, look into purchasing LED or CFL bulbs instead of incandescent lights. LED and CFL bulbs last much longer and are more energy efficient. Even just opening up your blinds more often during the day and using natural light instead of the artificial nonsense is an significant change. Laundry is something else around the house that you can start modifying that will be largely beneficial. If you’re not in a rush to wear something, forget about throwing the garment in the dryer, hang it up to dry! No astronomical sacrifices here, just have to stay a tad bit more patient when it comes to your clothes drying. When the chilly nights start, be sure to bulk up on clothes instead of running your heat at an excessive temperature. Nothing two pairs of fuzzy socks and a comfy hoodie can’t fix!

2. Changing Food Habits

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Food is something that most people seem to have the hardest time altering due to comfortable habits. Having to constantly be super conscience of what you’re consuming regularly is a hefty hurdle, but it’s well worth it. Going vegan isn’t for everybody, but it is something that has a really monumental impact on our environment and ourselves. A lot of people don’t realize that what they’re putting into their bodies is harming not only the animals, but the planet as well on a monstrous scale. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations did an assessment and concluded that the livestock industry is contributing more to greenhouse gases than transportation is (Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations). Even if you don’t follow a strict vegan diet, incorporating some form of a Mediterranean, pescetarian, vegetarian or vegan diet is useful for reducing greenhouse gas emissions immensely. A study done by Nature, the international journal of science, had found that if across the globe we all followed an equal combination of these types of diets, an 80% increase of greenhouse gas emissions from the food industry can be steered clear of (Nature). If you start maintaining your own garden, that could be a huge lifesaver as well. When you have your own garden you can start canning your own in-season fruits and veggies, be more motivated and inspired to home cook meals and even compost. Composting is material that can be used in your soil that will ultimately help your plants thrive. 30% of what we throw out in our trash to be sent to the dump is food scraps and waste from our yards, which could be used to benefit the earth all this time (EPA). No need to waste perfectly good nutrient and soil enhancers! If composting is something you’re interested in, check out this useful and easy to follow beginners guide.

3. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Repurposing within your home, or even prepping it to be repurposed once it leaves your home, is an essential part of becoming self sustainable. A huge thing that consumers use an abundance of is plastic bags. No matter what type of shopping trip you’re planning on taking, it’s more than likely you’re going to be using a plastic bag provided by the company at checkout. Next time you’re about to go shopping, don’t forget to grab a handy reusable tote bag. Good news too, most stores are starting to provide purchasable reusable bags if you forget yours at home. If you use lots of plastic bags in your daily life for things other than shopping, look for other alternatives for other types of bags as well. They have an eco friendly bag for just about anything, even pet waste bags that are biodegradable! Another thing that a lot of homeowners tend to have in their house is takeout containers. Plenty of takeout containers now are made of plastic and are pretty sturdy compared to some old school to-go boxes. They are usually dishwasher safe, and something you’ll be able to use for meal prepping, storage containers and even DIY projects! Recycling is something that you should try out even if you don’t have a recycling bin in close proximity to your home. Just because there might not be something super close by, the trip to a nearby recycling bin is worth the trip. Recycling helps reduce the pollution put into the air caused by waste, and we want to keep our air as clean as possible for us and future generations to come, am I right?! The fun thing about recycling is that you may never know where your recycled material is going to end up, but you do know that it is being put towards something brand new. It could be backpacks, phone cases, beanies, bikes, toys, soaps, clothing, equipment, picnic tables, toothbrushes, kitty litter, birdhouses, shoes, etc. The list goes on and on and these things can be made from YOUR recycled material. You just have to simply make the effort to contribute!

There you have it, now you’re ready to start your journey to becoming more environmentally friendly. These steps seem to be a lot to handle when viewed on a large scale, but remember that breaking it down into small daily changes can make a massive difference over time. Be prepared to become physically and mentally healthier, more self-reliant and overall much more satisfied with life, all while sending earth in a more positive direction.

How to Have the Best Barbecue on the Block

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Barbecues are one of the best simple pleasures of summertime, and having all the essentials is something you don’t want to forget if you’re planning on throwing one. Not only are your guests looking for a stress free and fun time, so are you! It’s hard sometimes to not feel a lot of pressure when you’re the host, but we’re here to help. We don’t want you to keep worrying about possibly forgetting anything, so we made sure you wouldn’t. If you just go over this quick and easy checklist, we are sure that your barbecue will be the talk of the town for years to come.

1. Skin Protection

Barbecues are something that are usually an all day outdoor event. You and your guests will more than likely be soaking up the sun all day, and it is important to feel comfortable and protected while enjoying your time outdoors. Any sort of sun protection is crucial. Whether that be some eye-wear or some sunscreen, providing little extras like this for your guests will have them feeling content and safe. Supplying them with some bug spray too is useful to help keep away pestering bugs that cause quite the annoyance.

2. Swim Activities

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If you have the option to swim at your barbecue, that’s awesome! Just another thing to amplify your guests’ experience. Having some pool toys, trendy inflatable pool floats and safety gear is always a plus. Just in case kids are coming to your barbecue, you having that extra safety gear for them already on hand is a super thoughtful thing to do. Various water toys and activities are fun for the kids, as well as the adults who are just big kids at heart!

3. Festive Decor

Having an aesthetically pleasing vibe at your barbecue will be a great conversation piece, and will make this an even better environment for your guests. Adding little things like a summer themed table runner or table cloth are small pieces that will make a huge difference for your guests experience. You can even go one step further by adding things like twinkling lights, placing floral arrangements on the tables, having coordinating napkin and plate sets, etc. The list is endless, and you can make it all your own by adding your flare and style to the party. People love to see their friends and loved ones creative side, so take advantage of the opportunity and start designing this unforgettable festivity!

4. Thirst Quenching Beverages

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Beverages are definitely something you don’t want to forget at a barbecue. Anything from some pure orange juice to a refreshing cocktail will be something that your guests will appreciate on a scolding hot summers day. Going back to the decor factor of all of this, putting the beverages in a unique dispenser will be a trendy and fun addition to your party. If you even just want something simple and easy to fill up with water at your event as well, you can purchase a large BPA-free plastic water bottle to fill up for your guests! If you want to go a step further, spruce up your bar tending skills by using some mesmerizing liquid activated LED pour spouts. This will surely get your guests even more excited for what else is to come of your get-together.

5. Grill Tools

The whole point of the barbecue is to grill up everyone’s favorite summertime classics, so these are probably the most important check list items of them all! You want to be sure that you have all the right grilling tools in front of you when you’re ready to start cookin’. To make things easier, you can grab a non-stick grill to put over your own grill or a fire of some sort so you don’t have to worry about a huge mess when you’re ready to clean up. Whatever you’re grilling is more than likely going to have to be marinated somehow. No one wants dry veggies or meats on a hot summer day, so what better way to marinate them than with a basting brush and pot? I’m sure some of your guests will want some melted cheesy goodness on their food too, so why not show off a little and melt some cheese on their burgers and hot dogs with a fancy chef’s torch? You could of course just have the cheese melt on there while you’re grilling, but what’s the fun in that? Once everyone’s all uncomfortably full from eating all of the delicious goodies you made, be sure to clean off the grill! You don’t want to leave anything on there that will crust up and start ruining your grill, so be sure to get a grill brush so you can thoroughly clean everything up.

Repurposing Everyday Items

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Repurposing is a great way to save money and possibly even earn money. If you associate repurposing just with furniture pieces, then you’re wrong! You can repurpose just about anything you want, if you set your mind to it.

1. Toys

Once kids start growing up, it’s inevitable that they are going to grow out of their toys, but GOOD NEWS! That doesn’t mean you have to throw them out just yet, just means you have to put a little bit of time and effort into transforming them into essentially something entirely brand new. Just because a child grows out of certain toys, doesn’t mean they necessarily grow out of certain themes that they’ve enjoyed during their childhood. When your child starts growing up, have their toys grow with them. If a child enjoys dinosaurs, but isn’t into their dinosaur action figures anymore, take those action figures and give a twist to them. Make them into wall art, drawer handles, bookends, magnets, etc. Children’s toys can surprisingly even be beneficial to adults as well. Lego’s can be super useful since they are so diverse and interchangeable. Making holders for your counter tops and walls, bases to lamps, and quirky jewelry designs, are just a few of the countless amounts of ways even YOU can benefit from Lego’s. But hey, if you’re an adult, don’t shy away from using those dinosaur action figures for decor around your own personal spaces either!

2. Textiles

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Fabrics on items we have lying around aren’t something we normally think twice about. For example, taking the fabric from a bassinet you haven’t used in years isn’t probably something that crosses your mind. Usually that’s something you’re more than likely just planning on throwing out, but it actually can be used as something that repurposers can take advantage of. Making clutches, cushions, table runners, blankets, ponchos, scarves, bookmarks, headbands, and stockings just to name a few. JUST ABOUT ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE! With even a little bit of sewing practice and skills, these can all be easy things to create using old fabrics. Sometimes you won’t even need any sewing skills to create astonishing repurposed pieces out of fabric. Fabrics are extremely versatile, so don’t let them go to waste.

3. Glassware

Using glassware is a unique way to create head turning displayable storage. You can use this for anything from makeup brushes, silverware, office supplies, faux flowers, etc. Realistically it can be for anything that you need storage for that you’re willing to put on display. When it comes to glassware, most of the time people buy them in sets. This means you can create a personalized matching set with your desired design! A great way to spice up glassware is with paints, ribbons, twine, dried flowers, glitter, etching, etc. The possibilities are endless when it comes to glassware.

4. Pill Bottles

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One of the many things you can do with old pill bottles is turn them into travel size containers. It is a pain already having to stress about what you are able to take on certain trips, and how you are going to transport them. Whether it be because you need to save space, or there is a maximum on how much you can take with you, old pill bottles are an easy solution. They do have certain travel size containers you can purchase at the store, but if you are going on a trip, saving money in any way possible is ideal. Just grab a sharpie and simply label them as desired. You can of course customize them too in any way that you want with other crafting products. Add some stickers, paint, or even just go in with that sharpie and make it look all your own.

 

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At HHwholesale.com, we don’t just sell pharmaceuticals, medical supplies, and chiropractor equipment; we sell everything!

H & H Wholesale is a lead distributor in general merchandise including toys, games, decor, electronics, housewares, lawn and yard products, as well as nutrition & supplements and organic and natural beauty care products.  Below are some of the newest brands we distribute.  When you would like to know more about pricing and availability, just give us a call! We are here to answer your questions and provide you with the products you need for your business.

Our Partners

Baylis & Harding Gift Sets for Him & Her

Celebrate with Baylis & Harding 2018