Ziplocs are a Mom’s Best Friend

Ziplocs are a Mom's Best Friend by Karen Campos

The answer to most of life’s daily challenges used to be duct tape. Now, it’s a Ziploc!

I’m being serious! My family has dubbed me “The Ziploc Queen” rightfully so because I am known to pull out a Ziploc in just about any situation for any of a myriad of reasons. Cookie to go? No problem. Wet swimsuit? No problem. Need your socks to stay dry while playing in the snow? No problem. Button fell off a shirt? No problem. Need a dry band-aid? No problem. Need to organize? No problem. Need to store food you bought in bulk? No problem. Need to switch out toys? No problem. Need to take food to friends? No problem. Need to keep a map dry while at a theme park? No problem. Toddler toys need to go to grandmas? No problem. Ziploc’s got you covered (and your stuff, too)!

A Ziploc can store a “treasure” for a long time or just until it’s “forgotten.” It can tote along snacks, (healthy or not) on any kind of outing. It can keep wet things from getting on dry things and dry things from getting wet! It can organize any kind of drawer or basket or tub in no time flat! It can hold items you may need again (extra screws for the big wheel) or things you hopefully never need again (weights to balance a ceiling fan.) It can keep items in your diaper bag, purse or kitchen sink (whichever it is you carry around with you) quickly within a hands reach with no messes! It can keep headphones from tangling, chicken from getting freezer burn, or permanent markers out of little hands! It can keep science experiment materials at the ready when the need arises, or flour fresh for those “snow day” cookies! It can contain a paint mess or be used to decorate a cake!

Honestly, I think Ziploc could SO use me in an advertisement because I LOVE their products. Here is the only warning I will issue: they are addicting! Once you have one or two sizes, you all of a sudden want a whole row of them on your shelf at home to choose from! To the untrained eye, the choices at the store can be overwhelming. There are snack size, sandwich size, quart size, pint size, gallon size, slider closers, freezer strength, double guard, fresh produce, zip ‘n steam and compostable! There’s also perfect portions, big bags, flexible totes, smart snap plastic containers or twist ‘n loc, a vacuum freezer system and their newest addition, glass.

Don’t toss a Ziploc bag just because it’s disposable. I only throw away a Ziploc after one use if it’s greasy or gooey. Otherwise a quick wipe or rinse and dry and it’s good to go again! You will always find some in my purse, bag or van console because Ziplocs really are this Mom’s best friend!

What’s your most unique use for a Ziploc? What else is “your best friend?”

Image courtesy of SuperParentMom in one of her cabinets.

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I am typically an exhausted forty something, Christ-follower, daughter, sister, wife, teacher, mom of one rambunctious son, mom of one gifted son, custodial step-mom to one totally teenage daughter, avid reader, wanna-be photographer, scrap-booker, endless dieter, coke zero drinker, suburban dweller, volunteer and friend.

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