Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Spot Cleaning Tips for Carpets

Housewife Cleaning Her Carpet with Vacuum Cleaners


Guest post by Ella

Before you decide you can’t deal with this and you call in a cleaning company to take care of a mess with professional level carpet cleaning, you should first consider the fact that you can handle this alone. The following examples will explain what you can do to make your carpet cleaning easier and safer for the environment as well:

Vinegar

Using vinegar for spot treatment and cleaning for your carpets is one of the most flexible ways you can do this. You can use it by rubbing it on the surface of the stains with a bit of salt added or dissolved into the mix. You can also mix it with borax for an equally good solution. Mix it with cornstarch and you have an excellent, non staining compound that gets the dirt between the fibers of your carpets and helps remove stains. If you need to you can let it stay out for about a day or so before you rub the stain off and vacuum the remains. If you have managed to spill paint, then you will need to use a mix of laundry detergent, water and vinegar to get rid of the paint before it manages to set in and dry off. Rinse it with cold water when you’re done cleaning and you will have no trouble at all, depending on the type of paint of course.

Using shaving cream

Spilling juice or other sugary drinks on your carpets can be a serious issue, especially due to the fact it will make a nasty, sticky mess you need to wash away before it sinks in and becomes worse. There are ways you can solve this and all with a pretty unexpected substance – shaving cream. Just blot the stain right away and follow that up with shaving cream on top of the water. Once you are done with this you will need to allow it to dry off, wiping it with a soft damp cloth.

Making use of cornstarch

To make cleaning easier for ink spots, you will need to make use of cornstarch and milk to make a fine paste. Use that and apply it to the ink stain to lift it. The mix needs to dry off and it will be on the carpet for a few hours and then brush and vacuum the location to free it up. Do that and your carpet cleaning will be much easier to handle overall.

Utilizing salt

You should never panic if you spill red wine on a light carpet. Even though this may look like a strange decision, the truth is you can use it without any issues at all. Clean the spot with cold water and a sponge by blotting it then sprinkle some salt on it and let it stay for about ten minutes. Once that is dry you can vacuum it. If you have greasy food stains on the carpet then you should use salt and rubbing alcohol to get rid of them. Simply rub the mix into the grease stain and that will eliminate it after a while.

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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Eight Organic Lip Balms for $1

Two Lips

 Knowing that our skin is the largest organ we have, and how what we put on our skin goes through to our insides, I like to use the most natural ingredient skin care and body products that I can.  We make several of our own personal care products like toothpaste, deodorant,  and hand soap.  These are all quite easy to make, and are also pretty inexpensive.  And, best of all, I know exactly what goes into them!

In light of all that, I can't believe the deal I just got in my email, and I wanted to share it with you. Lip balm is something I have yet to try making on my own, and I stopped buying the Chapstick brand awhile ago.  We have tried several different brands of natural lip balms, and we have actually had reactions to several of the brands.  I am not quite sure what it is, but our lips got dried out and itchy from these natural brands.

So here is a great deal I want to try, and I want to share it with you too!  Up until May 25th at 10 a.m. Pacific Time, you can get eight organic lip balms for only $1.  These lip balms have only a few ingredients, and the set of eight includes many different flavors to try.  My girls will like that.  And the set also includes an unscented lip balm which is great for the little ones--then they won't be tempted to eat the lip balm :) .  If we like these, they are a great deal even at regular price!

Here, you can see the  ingredients in the Sierra Bee lip balms compared to some other popular brands:


So I definitely want to try these at this amazing offer!  You can get this deal from iHerb here.  If you are a new customer to iHerb, you will save an additional $5!


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Monday, May 16, 2016

Today: Cut Your Grocery Bill in Half!



Part of our job as homemakers is to buy food for our family and stay within our budget.  How well are you doing with this?  I know I could always use some help in this area, especially with rising food prices.  My food budget has not gone up along with the rising food prices, unfortunately!  So I am very excited about the Grocery Budget Makeover course from Erin Chase!  For some reason, the rest of my post will not show up right now, so for course information and to sign up, click on the picture above to be taken to that info, and enjoy!

The Grocery Budget Makeover is a 10-week course that will change the way you shop for groceries…forever.  Erin will lead you on a journey into the depths of your mind, your heart and yes, the grocery store too. Sounds dramatic, because it is. Any and every makeover you experience is dramatic, and this one will be too.

Each week, she’ll email you with videos to watch, worksheets (yes, she expects you to fill them out!), free resources to use that week, plus fun tips and tricks and of course, a weekly challenge.
Oh, and she’ll throw in some cooking demos and other fun surprises too!

Here’s the very basic outline of the course and what she’ll be talking about:

Week 1 – Setting the Table
Week 2 – Family Pow-Wow
Week 3 – The Art of the Creating a Shopping List
Week 4 – A 5 Dinner Meal Plan, not the $5 Dinner Meal Plan (Maybe)
Week 5 – Outsmarting Yourself, and Someone Else Too
Week 6 – Stockpiling for Normal People (Not for Hoarders)
Week 7 – Meal Planning 201
Week 8 – Stretching Your Coupon-Buck As Far As You Can
Week 9 – Time Saving Kitchen & Cooking Hacks
Week 10 – How to Score Freebies Every Week
Finale – Mantras & Report Your Savings Time!

If you think you need a little help and guidance in any one (or two or three or nine) of these areas, then I would highly recommend that you join in the makeover fun!

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Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Learning Hand-Sewing Skills

Sewing
My oldest daughters and I are going through a big book I got a few years ago in preparation for them being homemakers (Titus 2).   We are in our sewing unit, after deciding we would not have the money to purchase our gardening supplies for this year that we had wanted to purchase.  We had wanted to do a real square foot garden--all according to the Square Foot Gardening method.  It's really not too expensive to do, but I don't even have the spare money to make the proper garden box, and I don't have a drill anymore to drill the box and other materials together.  So we will just use the garden bed we have and make do with that again this year.  Maybe next year we will be able to get the needed materials to do our square foot garden!  We can always hope.  But we do have some fabric scraps and other basic sewing supplies, and I have a gift card to Joann's that I was given quite some time ago.  Hopefully we can get most of our other supplies with that.

The book we are using for our homemaking skills is Training Our Daughters to be Keepers at Home.  Isn't that a lovely title?  And it is something that is so needed for our daughters.  They learn all sorts of other things in their homeschooling, but do they learn what they need to know to be keepers at home?  This book is actually a seven year curriculum and helps you to teach Godly character, cooking skills, nutrition, sewing, knitting, finances, and so much more.



We started (but didn't finish) our hand-sewing lesson today.  We are learning four basic stitches.  Since I was not taught these basic skills at home, I had to look up some of the stitches myself.  There is a section that describes the stitches in the book, however there weren't any pictures, which would have been helpful.  We are learning the running stitch, the slip stitch (which gave us some trouble), the overhand stitches and whip stitches, and the back stitch.  I found some videos that were helpful in their demonstration of these stitches, and they might be helpful to you too.
Hand sewing is a very helpful skill to not only be able to complete small projects, but to also finish up other projects done on a sewing machine.

Have any of you ever used the book, Training Our Daughters to be Keepers at Home?  Please let me know if you have!  How are you giving your daughter(s) the skills she needs to be a keeper at home?

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Sunday, May 1, 2016

Homemaking Helps & Giveaway (Last Day!!)



I just love to increase my learning and knowledge about all sorts of homemaking skills.  Don't you?  I have lots of books on our bookshelves that are about homemaking, cleaning, organizing, and the like.  (There are lots of other books too).  I have definitely not read them all, but the nice thing is, they are there for when I want to reference something, and also, I will find my girls picking them up and reading, learning some new things.  One of my daughters is very interested in gardening, so she has read several gardening books that we own that I have never had the time to read!  Now she has been the main person taking care of our garden for the past few years.  Not only has this been a blessing to us, but it will bless her and her family when she grows up and gets married.

Just because we own a book doesn't mean we have to read it right now.  Sometimes we save things for later, or even for our other family members to use like my example above.

Do you have a "library" of books available to pick from when you want to learn something new, or even for your growing children to pick up a new skill from?  I just wanted to mention an easy way you can get a sort of "library" for your home, to pick and choose books off the "shelf" when you want to look into them.  If you didn't know already, Monday is the last day to purchase a whole bundle of homemaking helps, for one very low price.  This is the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle for 2016, and there are a lot of great resources!  Just think, you can purchase it now, and then have many ebooks, ecourses, and more things for you and your family available for whenever you are ready to use some (or all) of them.  You can pick and choose what you want to use and when you want to use it--you don't have to use it all, and it's still a great deal!  The sale ends on May 2, 2016 at 11:59 pm EST.

And also...I think this is a perfect Mother's Day present for all of us moms (hint, hint)...



There are resources to help you learn about budgeting, DIY and homemade projects, helps for your faith, helps for holidays and traditions, helps for in the kitchen, helps for marriage, helps for motherhood, help with organization and routines, many recipes, self care, and even for working at home.  There are also several bonuses included.


This bundle of resources is very helpful and also very encouraging.  What's not to love for the homemaker?  I think it is a blessing that others have written reliable resources to help us along the way and sharpen our skills and also encourage us.

So please go ahead and check out all the wonderful resources that are included in this bundle of homemaking helps!  If you decide to purchase through my link, you will not only have a full package of great homemaking helps at your fingertips, but you will be helping out the Blessed Homemaking family (and we really need it right now).

Here is your timer to see how much time you have left to purchase, (and so you don't wait until the last minute.)

motionmailapp.com

Also, right now you can enter to win $100 towards any curriculum you choose!  Just go here to enter.

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Friday, April 29, 2016

What Mothers Need


Hello Dear Ones,

I have been pondering a lot lately what goes on day to day in a home with many children (or even few).  We all have so much to do, in so little time, it seems.  As we walk, day by day, as homemakers, it is important for us to have something.

Please join me at Raising Homemakers today to find out more...

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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

How to Make a Chedworth-Style Shoe Locker



Guest Post by Ella
 
If you have a need for a good shoe locker for your many shoes, then this project will really work out for you. To avoid the need for excessive clearance of your shoes, you will need to work hard to make sure you keep them organized. As some of us have a whole army of shoes, we need to work on keeping them under control by doing some decluttering and clearance every once in a while. To make the finished shoe rack you will need the following materials:
  • 2 wooden 1x4x8’s for the legs
  • 6 wooden 1x3x8’s for the shelves 
  • 1 wooden 2x2x8 for the shelf supports 
  • A good number of screws, specifically 1-5/8” ones
You can use general purpose lumber, whether pine or something else doesn’t really matter. The sizes are meant to be commonly available in most lumber yards, so you won’t have to worry about it.
  • Preparation work
The fastest and best ways you can do this type of project is to pre-cut the materials in a good size and sorting them accordingly. The following sizes are what you need to cut:
  • 4 pieces at sizes 1x4x28”
  • 12 pieces at 1x3x36” 
  • 6 pieces at 2x2x12”
The next step is assembly, which is the most important one of course. Start at the ends and work your way toward tying it all together with the shelves. You would do well to keep the tolerances small to ensure you make the final project as square as you can.
  • Legs
Gather all pieces for one of the ends, and then set them on the ground in the right assembly, having the 2x2 on the bottom and the 1x4s on top. Then you need to position the bottom side of the 2x2 to the edge of a 1x4. This should help keep it in a horizontal alignment. Set the bottom side of the 1x4 to the top of a 2x2 and you will have things ready. Once you measure the length of the other side of the 1x4 you can have a good alignment to place a screw on the outer end. This will help keep it in place, then check the alignment and put in the second screw. You need to do the same for the other leg, and then install the top 2x2 measuring from the top of the 1x4 to the top of the 2x2. Make sure the alignment is right before you deal with inserting the screws. Install the middle 2x2, making sure the top of the middle 2x2 is centered on the upper and lower parts. Keep the distance between 11-1/2”. Repeat the other side and you will be done.
  • Shelving
This will be much easier for you if you hold a leg when you install the shelving pieces. While you have a leg up, position the shelf on either the front or the back and make sure it is tight against the leg before you insert the screws into the 2x2. Repeat those on each end, then install the opposing slat in the same manner, making sure you have flushness and ends that are butted up. Install the middle slats and ensure even placement, then repeat for the middle and top shelves and you’re done.

In the end, if you don’t think you have the patience or experience to deal with this, you can always hire a handyman to get the job done. Look for local handymen either online or through someone you know, as they can deal with furniture assembly, craftsman jobs and any other odd-jobs such as this project. Make use of the chance to do some house clearance as well to make maximized use of your shelving space. If your home has way too much, then you will need to get some professional help for clearance purposes.

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Thursday, April 21, 2016

How to Make Over Your Evenings (with Special Discounts, Today Only)



I have always found that the next day always starts better when I have made a good end to the previous day.  The evening before the next day can help us prepare for the new day tomorrow.  I am learning lots of ways to make better use of my evenings in Crystal Paine's new course, Make Over Your Evenings.

This 14-day online course is designed to help you end your day calm and relaxed, streamline your routines, invest your time in things that truly matter, and find more joy and peace in the process.

That is definitely something we homemakers could all use, isn't it?


This downloadable course offers daily video lessons from Crystal, a downloadable workbook with a daily motivational chapter, and also daily projects. And since our time is valuable and limited, Crystal and her team worked hard to keep things very simple and inspirational -- with the goal that each day's lesson would take only about 15 minutes from start to finish.

The course — including all the videos, the workbook, and the projects — will regularly retail for just $17. However, because Crystal wanted to do something really special on launch day, she's launching this course with the following special prices —some of these are the lowest prices you will ever see on this course, ever. So get the best price while you can!

The Crazy-Can’t-Miss-Low-Low-Low Launch Sale Prices (for Thursday, April 21, 2016):
7 a.m. to 12 p.m. ET – just $7-- that's $10 off!!
12 p.m. to 5 p.m. ET – only $10!
5 p.m. – 12 a.m. ET – only $13!

P.S. Crystal says:  this course is not about following a one-size-fits-all system (because every woman and family is different). Instead, it's about creating an evening that is in line with your life, your strengths, your family’s needs, and your unique situation. 

If you purchase it and find it's not what you expected or doesn't live up to your expectations in any way, Crystal is offering a 15-day money-back guarantee, no questions asked!

This course is proving to be very helpful to me, and I'm sure it will be for you too!

Go get the course here (the sooner the better for your pocketbook).
Bonus:  My family and I are very much in need of financial help right now.  If you purchase through my link, you will help us a little bit.  Thank you ♥


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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Trials and Testing

Bible

Hello Dear Readers,

I wanted to write and apologize for not being around much lately.  I have been going through a hard few months.  There have been (and continue to be) many various trials in my life.  This has not left me with much time, or ability to write.  And also, I have just plain been worn out.

But the Lord, He is faithful, to use our trials and sufferings for good.  I believe He will do it, and I have already seen Him do it.

If you wouldn't mind praying for us, I would so much appreciate it.  What a blessing are the prayers of Christian brothers and sisters!

Tonight, I will try to rest in peace, meditating on these verses:

My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from him.
He only is my rock and my salvation: he is my defence; I shall not be moved.
In God is my salvation and my glory: the rock of my strength, and my refuge, is in God.
Trust in him at all times; ye people, pour out your heart before him: God is a refuge for us. Selah.
~Psalm 62:5-8


For many years, I have slept with my Bible next to me in my bed.  There were many times I would wake up and read from it to comfort me.  Many times when I could not sleep, but I could fall asleep reading the Psalms.  And it was always a comforting reminder that God was with me too, just like His Word was close by, within arms reach.  How God's Word is a comfort.

I hope you all are well ♥

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Monday, April 4, 2016

Creating a Healthy Home Environment



Guest post by Ella

If you want to have a home that is both healthier to live in and practical in every way, then you will need to be extra careful with the way you approach things. The following examples will give you what you need to do to make your home healthy:

  • Start the job by doing a bit of downsizing and clearance around your home. This will give you a hand when you need to handle the rest of the job, so either deal with the clearance alone or work with a professional clearance company to do it for you. If you handle it right you will have a great time in a healthy environment as much as possible.
  • You should make an indoor air quality test. You can do so with a professional lab that will give you a performance metric for all your rooms so you can compare the results. Test for mold and particulates as well since this will give you more information on the subject. 
  • Provide distributed and balanced energy recovery ventilation. Balanced ventilation with a MERV (Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value) filtration is extremely important for air quality and better comfort. This will ensure you have no pressure imbalances in the house, since exhaust only ventilation types will require you to bring that air from somewhere. If your home is small, then you will need to ensure you have the air filtered and distributed correctly. 
  • You would do well to ensure your walls are modeled using a WUFI tool for better dry out capability. WUFI basically means heat and moisture transiency, a hydrothermal modeling tool that is used to check the exact building assembly with details about your climate. That way you will have better idea about moisture and potential mold risks. 
  • You can install a radon vent under the basement slab that vents through the roof. A passive radon vent that goes through the roof will be an easy and cheap solution. Radon mitigation is an important part of the ventilation system, so you would do well to consider making use of it. 
  • Working on eliminating condensation is equally important, as letting it go can lead to excessive mold growth. A lot of the valuable surfaces should be installed in such a way as to keep condensation to a minimum. This is a good rule of thumb when it comes to colder climates, as it will allow you to keep your home healthy and safe. Making sure you have good exterior insulation should be a priority to ensure the surfaces on the inside will not become a condensing area. Anything left after a renovation should go, so do some junk clearance while you’re at it. 
  • Keep to the use of natural materials whenever you can and ensure you avoid plastics, as well as non-VOC paint as it would bleed bits of gases into the air and you will find a great way to keep yourself safe from toxins in the air and the rest of your environment. With clearance out of the way you will have a much easier time handling these. 









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