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Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Time to Repair the Christmas Decorations

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The Christmas rush is over for another year.  Now is the time to take advantage of those sales on Christmas decorations and to spruce up anything that looks a bit worn.

My mom bought a wreath to place at my dad’s grave for Christmas, 2012.  It held up well and was placed at the cemetery, again, for Christmas, 2013.

When retrieving it, I noticed that a dove---part of the original Before--damaged wreath  wreath decor---looked like it was in a scene of the Alfred Hitchcock movie,"The Birds".  It hadn’t fared well as you may be able to tell in the first picture.  

I then went to After-Christmas sales at local stores and found  items to replace the dove.  They are similar to these dove ornaments.

The second picture is the finished result.  Now, the wreath is After--repaired wreath ready for next Christmas!  A few minutes of TLC in the calm of January will prevent another task from being written on the Christmas, 2014 to-do list.



Sunday, December 8, 2013

Bulk Cooking: My Search for the Easy Way to Cook

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For years I’ve heard of variations of bulk cooking.  I even bought bulk cooking books, but I didn’t attempt to tackle the beast.  I always had an excuse, but I think the true reason was that I didn’t know if my family would like the meals. 

As the kids have become older, I’ve lost interest.  Something recently renewed that interest, though, without making me feel confined to following the book.   It allowed me freedom…The ABC's of Freezer Cooking by KM Logan.  <a href="https://www.e-junkie.com/ecom/gb.php?cl=206845&c=ib&aff=261984" target="ejejcsingle">Click here to visit KM Logan.</a> KM'’s e-book provides tips, (yes, in ABC order),  to make bulk cooking easy and enjoyable.  I’ve been implementing some of her tips along the way and it’s made bulk cooking not be intimidating to me. 

She has included recipes by her readers (as this is a second edition of her book), including one by Yours Truly! 

Take a few minutes and visit KM's listing of other books she’s written.  She covers a variety of topics and you may find one that is just what you need.  Remember, they can be given as gifts, too, so browse with that in mind. 

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Easy Cleaning for the Holidays and Everyday

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About 18 years ago, I started frequenting  The Homeschooler’s Curriculum Swap.   Members share not only about homeschooling, but also about managing our homes.  At one point an item that was spoken of, often, was the Sh-mop. It’s used for mopping floors in a more sanitary way than a regular mop.  I bought one and  liked it so much, I bought more and gave them out as Christmas presents.

The Sh-mop has a rectangular base that pivots 360 degrees for easy maneuvering in difficult-to-reach areas---like under furniture.   http://www.bonniesheartandhome.com/2013/12/easy-holiday-and-everyday-cleaning.html There are two types of Sh-mop covers:  Those for dry Sh-mopping (Dusting the floor and picking up those minute bits of dirt and dust that a broom often misses) are made of a microfiber and called Sh-Micro. For wet Sh-mopping, which I’ll share about later, there are terry cloth covers called Sh-Wipes. 

Now, my kids prefer to  use our Dyson vacuum cleaner prior to wet Sh-mopping  (it saves a step because they also use the vacuum for vacuuming the couches and other pieces of furniture).  We have used Dyson products for years and have been pleased.  An interesting observation I’ve made about Dyson products:  I’ve never seen them in thrift stores like I do other brands of vacuums.  That tells me they are so good that people aren’t getting rid of them.  Through Cyber Monday,  Amazon is having a 25% off sale on select Dyson products so you may want to check that out if you are in the market for a vacuum cleaner.   

To wet Sh-mop, one simply dampens a terry cloth Sh-mop covers with water, rings it out and then places it over the base.  As a cleaning product, we  mix Young Living Essential Oils Thieves Household Cleaner (It’s a natural cleaning product…no nasty chemicals) in a spray bottle with water, spray the mixture on our tile floor and start Sh-mopping.  (Please remember to use a cleaning product that is appropriate for your kind of flooring)

As a side note…When it comes to spot cleaning, I’ve been known to put one of the terry cloth covers on my foot, spray the dirty area with Young Living Essential Oils Thieves Household Cleaner mixed with water and then wipe up the mess. 

Clean-up of the cloth covers is easy and sanitary.  We simply remove the cover and toss it into the hamper to be washed with a load of laundry.  Cleaning your floors this way removes the process of dunking a mop into a bucket of dirty water, for rinsing, and then reapplying the dirt from the water onto your floor. No more puddles of water that you or others in your household may slip on.  Another plus…replacement covers can be ordered as needed and I’ll be ordering more, tomorrow, Cyber Monday.  

Hopefully, what I’ve shared can help make the cleaning process simpler at your house.  While cleaning can be therapeutic to some people, no one wants to be a slave to it. 

Friday, November 29, 2013

Amazon Limited-Time Deals for Friday 11-29-13

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Black Friday has arrived and here are today’s Amazon Limited-Time Deals!  Set those reminders so you don’t miss out.  Have fun!

Sale begins at 7:00 am CST

AeroGarden Classic 7-Pod with Gourmet Herb Seed Kit, Black

Sale beings at 8:00 am CST

Cricut Mini Cutting Machine SINGER 7256 Fashion Mate 70-Stitch Computerized Free-Arm Sewing Machine with Automatic Needle Threader Michley Sewing Kit with Sewing Basket, 41-Piece

Back to the Roots Aqua Farm

Sale begins at 8:40 am CST

Jillian Michaels Body Revolution

Sale begins at 9:20 am CST

Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer Planes

Sale begins at 9:50 am CST

Monsters University (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy) Monsters University (Blu-ray Combo Pack) Monsters University (DVD)

Sale begins at 10:20 am CST

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (Single-Disc Edition)

Sale begins at 11:00 am CST

Lindt Milk Chocolate, Santa, 4.4-Ounce Packages (Pack of 18)

Sale begins at 11:20 am CST

Brave (Three-Disc Collector's Edition: Blu-ray / DVD) The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 [DVD + Digital Copy + UltraViolet]

Sale begins at 12:00 pm CST

Darice ArtyFacts Portable Art Studio, 131-Piece Deluxe Art Set With Wood Case SINGER 14T968DC Professional 5 5-4-3-2 Thread Capability Serger Overlock with Auto Tension Ghirardelli Peppermint Treasure Gift

Mccann's Steel Cut Oatmeal, 28-Ounce Tin (Pack of 4)

Sale begins at 12:20 pm CST


Sale begins at 1:00 pm CST

Caza Trail Kona Blend, 50-Count Single Serve Cup for Keurig K-Cup Brewers Grove Square Hot Cocoa, Milk Chocolate, 24 Count Single Serve Cup for Keurig K-Cup Brewers

Sale begins at 2:00 pm CST

Ghirardelli Signature Sampler Basket

Sale begins at 2:20 pm CST

Despicable Me (Single-Disc Edition)

Sale begins at 3:00 pm CST

Numi Organic Tea Flowering Gift Set in Handcrafted Mahogany Bamboo Chest: Glass Teapot & 6 Flowering Tea Blossoms

Sale begins at 4:00 pm CST

ZICO Pure Premium Coconut Water, Natural, 33.8 Ounce Container (Pack of 6) Packaging May Vary

Sale begins at 4:20 pm CST

The Wizard of Oz: 75th Anniversary Edition The Wizard of Oz: 75th Anniversary Edition [Blu-ray] The Croods (Blu-ray / DVD + Digital Copy) The Croods

Sale begins at 6:20 pm CST

Horton Hears a Who (Single-Disc Edition) Frozen Planet: The Complete Series (David Attenborough-Narrated Version)