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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Mason Jar College Survival Kit + Giveaway!

*This is a sponsored post. I was provided with product and/or compensation from Ball Jars for this post, however, all of the opinions are strictly mine.*


Friday is move-in day for my college freshman. She's so excited and also a little anxious. What a great time for a young person...a brand new chapter in their life. They can reinvent themselves if they choose, make lots of new friends, learn to live (somewhat) independently, and gain all kinds of new knowledge. My husband and I of course have mixed emotions about it all, but it's a good thing overall. We raise them to be independent, thinking young adults who make good choices. We hope that they'll not only survive but thrive when they fly the coop!


Mason Jar College Survival Kit ~ Postcards from the Ridge #masonjar #balljar #canitforward @ballcanning

A couple of weeks ago I was contacted by Ball Jars about doing a post featuring their mason jars in collaboration with their International Can-It-Forward event.  Who doesn't love Ball mason jars? I can't think of anyone. And although I don't do much canning, I do love a good mason jar project or recipe. I knew exactly what I wanted to use them for so I happily told them to go ahead and send me some of these gorgeous green jars and accessories to work with and review.




Anyway, I had told my daughter earlier in the summer that I wanted to make some kind of college survival kit for her and her college-bound friends, who are sometimes referred to by me as my other kids. These kids young people have been a part of our lives for 8+ years now and are like family. They've been at our home for sleepovers, weekday lunches, parties, and more. I would adopt any of them any day of the week.

I put together a little something to help out my "other daughters" and my own daughter in minor emergencies. And don't worry, I'm also giving some things to our favorite college-bound young men, but the ingredients are slightly different and the packaging isn't quite as cute, of course. :)

Even though they will be on their own for getting up and getting to class on time, making sure their laundry is caught up, and many other things, there might be times when they need something to help out in a pinch. 

Hence the college survival kit.




COLLEGE SURVIVAL KIT FOR GIRLS: 

You can customize the kits with anything you think might be needed. And spend as little or as much as you want. It's truly the thought that counts.



My high school freshman daughter helped me pick out the supplies and the scrapbook paper. She has excellent taste and knows exactly what her older sister and her friends like. 



We cut circles out of the scrapbook paper and glued them to the lid, but these Spring Green Ball Jars are pretty all by themselves.



We arranged all of the supplies inside the jars including a list of the contents. Then we attached a chalkboard gift tag with some twine. The mini lint rollers wouldn't fit inside the pint jars so I taped them to the outside. In case you're wondering, I had my oldest daughter do the writing. She loves to write and draw and is really good with things like that. Both of my daughters are!



I hope the girls like them or at least appreciate them! I know I would have loved something like this when I lived in the dorm MANY years ago!

Thanks, Ball Jars!!

So now I guess you're wondering, "What's an International Can-It-Forward Day"? Well, let me tell you. It's an awesome one-day event hosted by a judge of Bravo’s Top Chef Hugh Acheson! Now in its fourth year, Can-It-Forward Day will have several exciting ways to join in the fun. This year for the first time, Can-It-Forward Day will become International Can-It-Forward Day with special events taking place in Canada, Australia and South Africa! To learn all about it, go here. And here's a schedule of events:

    • 10:00am - Pepper Jelly demonstration by Chef Sara featuring the FreshTECH Automatic Jam & Jelly Maker
    • 10:45am - Tips on urban gardening & herb preservation
    • 11:00am - Peach Siracha Jam demonstration by Marisa McClellan of Food in Jars
    • 11:30am - Crafting in Ball jars with staff from Martha Stewart Living
    • 11:45am - Hugh Acheson Preserving and Mixology demonstrations
    • 1:15pm - Special Mixology demonstration with local mixologists
    • 1:30pm - Salsa Verde demonstration by Chef Sarah featuring the FreshTECH Automatic Home Canning System

Come back here on Saturday and you can watch all of the events LIVE! There will be a new blog post Saturday morning and you can view everything from there. 



Wouldn't you like to have some of these awesome vintage style Spring Green Ball Jars of your own and do whatever you want with them? These limited edition jars commemorate the 100 year anniversary of the Ball brothers’ “Perfection” Jar and come in a beautiful green tint.  They are being produced only in 2014 and are available in both pint and quart varieties. I'm teaming up with Ball Jars and offering everything you see here to one lucky winner celebrating the International Can-It-Forward event that's happening on August 16th.


For great mason jar recipes and craft ideas, visit and follow Ball Canning & Recipes on PinterestFacebook, and Twitter.


Here's a breakdown of what's included in the prize package:


  1. 1 case (6) of Quart sized Vintage Style Spring Green Ball Jars retail value $12.99
  2. 1 case (6) of Pint sized Vintage Style Spring Green Ball Jars retail value $9.99
  3. 1 case (4) 16 oz drinking mugs retail value $9.99
  4. 1 Wide Mouth Jar Infuser retail value $5.99
  5. Sip & Straw lids retail value $4.99


I KNOW! THAT'S AN AWESOME GIVEAWAY!!!



Here's how you enter to win this great prize package (US residents only):


a Rafflecopter giveaway


Best of luck to you!


Thanks so much for dropping by! 


For other handy tips and tutorials, go here.


XOXOX,

Angie


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58 comments :

  1. i would like to make something for christmas with my grand daughter

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    1. That's sweet. My daughter's would love doing something like that with my mom.

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  2. I would enjoy making some little spa kits.

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    1. That's a great idea. I might have to do that when it's time for final exams!

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  3. I want to learn how to can!, I would love to can a delicious mango salsa!

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    1. I've never done any canning but my mom has for decades. She says it's super easy!

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  4. I would use for meals in a jar...like salads,...refrigerator oatmeal, etc.

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    1. That's a great idea. I've seen some really good recipes for salads in a jar.

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  5. I would use the pint jars as soap dispensers, love the rustic look of these.

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    1. I love those mason jar soap dispensers too. Gonna have to add that to my to-do list!

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  6. I would love to learn how to make my mother's bread and butter pickles and her peach jam. Wouldn't the pickles look lovely in the green jars?

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    1. Ooh, yes. Pickles would look great in the green jars!

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  7. I like to make individual servings of fruit salad or banana pudding in mason jars .

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  8. Maybe care package ideas. But mainly mason jar lunches!

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  9. I just received my great aunt's green tomato relish and piccalilli recipe! She used to send them to everyone each Christmas. Now that she can't I am hoping I can take on the tradition.

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  10. I would love to start canning and maybe use for Christmas jar gifts.

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  11. I would like to make up some bath salts for gifts.

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  12. I make homemade jam, but I'm wanting to learn to can other things, like salsa & tomato sauce.

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  13. I'd like to use them for canning some salsa and pepper sauce!

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  14. This is such a wonderful giveaway... thanks for hosting it! If I won, I'd make salsa, pickled peppers, and pickles in the jars. My garden is providing delicious veggies, but I don't have enough jars to keep up with it.

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  15. This is such a great idea! I just love the idea of sending a little help and comfort to college students. My daughter will be a senior in high school this year. I love the idea of making this for her next year. I'd use the jars for crafts and gardening.

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  16. With figs in season I make a port wine fig jam that my husband loves. I also make my own homemade spice mix which I give as Christmas gifts.

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  17. I'd love to try and use for meals in a jar, like salads and fridge oatmeal, etc.

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  18. My guy and I plant a pretty big garden for just the two of us and we can a lot of it so that's what I'd probably use them for. More specifically sauerkraut. I hate to use the vintage anniversary jars to actually can in but we need them! I love all the ideas I read about especially your college idea, the sewing kit, first aid kit, etc.....I just love a ball jar for anything!

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  19. I would use them for canning or storing products.

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  20. I am a beginner, but love to try make crafty gift ideas with Mason Jars. I would like to make some fun Fall Halloween and Christmas gifties

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  21. I would use the jars to can apple sauce for my daughters, we eat a lot of it

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  22. I'd use the jars for Christmas gifts. Doing something like the college survival kit, but with winter items - tissues, cough drops, chapstick, etc.

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  23. I would use the gorgeous green jars in my art studio to hold brushes, markers, colored pencils, beads ...

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  24. Love this idea, my Grandson is heading to college next month. Plus, I never have enough mason jars, they're handy for so many things!

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  25. Every year for the holidays i give gifts in a jar to those special friends that I want to remember with a little homemade gift. One year it was hot cocoa mix, another mocha mix, then there was yummy soup mix and this year I'm still trying to decide. These green Ball jars will be perfect for what I decide to give this year. I'll fill them, add a pretty red or white bow and deliver them with my family. Can't wait!

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  26. Every year I give a homemade gift in a jar to special friends. One year it was hot cocoa mix, another year it was soup mix, then there was the year of the mocha mix and last year it was cookie mix. These green Ball jars will be perfect for this year's gift. I can't wait to fill them, add a beautiful red or white bow and deliver them with my family on Christmas Eve.

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  27. I would like to make lanterns for my outside areas.

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  28. Ooooooh! So many ideas floating around in my head. I would like to make a "Crafting Emergency kit." I'd put in some blank cards or tags, some colored pencils, a tiny set of alphabet stamps, a tiny ink pad, scraps of fun paper and various stickers, a glue stick and a pair of scissors. Sometimes, you just have to do something creative!! ;)

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  29. I would love to use them for Upcoming holiday gifts, like cake in a jar, or hot chocolate gifts and for canning the rest of what's coming in from the garden!

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  30. This craft for the pints and apple pie filling for the quarts

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  31. I would like to do some canning with my mother, and the other supplies would male some great teacher gifts! !

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  32. I do a lot of canning each year, I really want to try spiced pears this year. We have a great farmers market that has beautiful pears right now.

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  33. Right now, make Scuppernong Jam for Christmas presents. Love the college survival kits idea, would like to do some of those too.

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  34. Homemade canned pie filling. How cool!!

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  35. I would use them for craft storage!

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  36. I would make these emergency jars for all my grandkids. This is a cute idea!

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  37. my grammas recipe for sweet pickles is my favorite thing to can. They would look great in the vintage jars!

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  38. I would like to make survival jars for the Special Ed teachers in our school district.

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  39. I would pickle okra in some of the jars and make outdoor solar light fixtures with some of them. I 'd make survival mugs for my grandchildren's teachers. The infuser and sip/drink straws and lids would make nice additions to Christmas stockings this Christmas!

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  40. This week I've made spicy salsa, tomatillo salsa, spicy bloody mary mix, pickled peppers and bread & butter pickles.
    But I think I would use the lovely green jars for pantry storage, since I sometimes don't get my jars back from people when I give them canned goods.

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  41. I'd like to try canning tomatoes.

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  42. I want to learn how to can sauerkraut and other fermented foods.

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  43. I was thinking about making sewing kits and back to school teacher gifts with the Ball jars.

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  44. I would use this for canning some salsa or jams and then gift them!

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  45. I would love to do this for my son's teacher with stuff his teacher could use.

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  46. Would have to say that would love to use it for canning peaches- shaunie

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  47. I would make some spa packages for an upcoming baby shower!

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  48. I love wildflowers in mason jars, especially the new green jars!

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  49. My daughter has identical twin boys and for their first birthday we are going to combine the blue and green ball jars and use for drinking by adding lids and cute straws. Also will use for treats to send home with the mamas of all the "friends" that will be attending! Would love to win these!!

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  50. Love using mason jars, especially for canning (which has consummed me the last couple of weeks). I would love to fill these babies with delicious homemade salsa over the next couple of weeks as my tomatoes and peppers are winding down. Thanks for the chance to win!

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