Saturday, June 18, 2016

Fun with Cleaning

Woman Dusting
This might seem like a sort of silly post to you, but I thought I would share some of the little delights of cleaning I got today.

I was going through my bedroom this afternoon, cleaning things out and getting rid of things I didn't need, when I found a free sample of a Swiffer Duster that I had gotten some time ago.  I forget how I had gotten it, but there it was, in a yellow envelope, still fresh and new in its packaging.  I had actually been looking at this very item at the store earlier this week, thinking how it might help to clean our blinds that always collect a lot of dust and dirt, but decided to forgo the added expense.

We live in an area with a lot of sand, and it seems that no matter how we dust, we are always met with a new layer of dust the moment we turn around!  It is rather discouraging, and I suspect that if I could have the vents cleaned, it might cut down on our dust problem.

Anyway, enter the fluffy, Swiffer Duster.  I opened its package, and put the duster on the handle it came with, and set to "work".  I put work in quotations, because it was actually quite fun!  Having this fluffy duster on the end of a stick made dusting quite easy and enjoyable.  I could easily dust the walls, the door frames, the furniture, the bookshelves...everything.  And instead of having to run repeatedly outside to shake off a dust cloth, all that dust stuck nicely to the Swiffer Duster, which I just threw away when I was done.  I could much more easily dust things with this nice little duster than I could with my usual dust cloth.  I have also tried ostrich feather dusters and lambs wool dusters.  I like this duster much better though for how easy it is to use and for how the dust really sticks to it.

(I am not getting paid for sharing this with you--I just really liked it!)

So, I may just pick up some of these some time, if I can.  There were some in the Great Value brand--I wonder how well those work?  Please share in the comments if you've ever used them, and/or what your favorite cleaning tool(s) are.

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Friday, June 17, 2016

Practical Tips for Maintaining Your Garden with a Minimal Budget

Woman Gardening

Guest Post by Ella

If you really want to have a nice and stunning gardening space without putting excessive efforts into it, then you will need to work on doing more than simply making your curb appeal matter again. Maintenance will be one extremely important part of the job, so you will need to work on doing this on a regular basis. This should take some organizing but in the long run you will need to be aware of the smaller details of the job as well. You can find some really good landscaping companies out there that will give you a way to do this professionally without any damage. What kind of approach would be necessary is up to you, but you won’t have to deal with garden maintenance and lawn care alone.

Working together with a landscaping company should give you an edge you can use if you want to tie things together with greater success. You can do a lot of good that way since you won’t have to possess gardening tools or the knowledge to use them at all. Having a good lawnmower of your own can let you work on lawn care, not to mention with a string trimmer you will have a lot better chances to deal with the finer details of the job. You may not have the time to deal with this, but on the other hand you can work with a reliable landscaping company to make the efforts less of a problem.

Illustration of Woman Gardening in Backyard

If you have stopped your attempts at using complex designs for your landscaping work, then you will have to look toward ways you can use the more simple solutions in a creative way. Landscaping should make your place look even better, but the projects you want to work on will need to be maintained just as much as any other things out there. Look toward small projects you can use to implement into your daily routines and ideas. Gazebos, additional plant spaces around your garden and more will be a good addition. A company would let you see new ways and ideas you can handle this in a more creative way.

Once figure this out you will you should focus on trimming, mowing and more when you work on the gardening areas. Assuming you have the time to work on this you should make it happen on a monthly basis. It should be one simple solution to work on this every so often, as it will allow you to pull things off quite safely and without having to worry about your garden growing out of control when you’re not looking.

To make sure you have done your research into landscaping and gardening you will need to look at multiple companies on the market that offer the services you need. Look for the more specialized type of gardening services if you need them, just make sure you choose a company that has been on the market long enough to make things matter.

Read more gardening related tips on: Gardeners Hillingdon Ltd.

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Friday, June 10, 2016

The Beauty of a Changing Sky

I don't know about you, but I love to watch the sky and the sunsets.  I think we have some of the most beautiful sunsets here.  It makes me think of how wonderful our Creator is, to create and "paint" such majestic beauty in the sky every evening.

I wanted to share some of our sunset pictures with you.  These are all from the same evening, last July.  At times, half the sky was brilliant blue, while the other half was fire-y orange.  I would love to enjoy the sunset every evening, but sometimes other things get in the way.

I hope you will take a moment to enjoy these pictures and also to enjoy your own sunsets, wherever you are.  Enjoying the outdoors and God's creation can help you to feel peaceful and put your mind at ease, and give you a much-needed rest from the busyness of life.

God is an amazing artist and wonderful creator!














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Monday, June 6, 2016

6 Household Items You Did Not Know You Could Reuse



Guest Post by Ella

Do you have a junk collection that you are planning to throw away? Don't do it just yet. What may seem like an item worthy only for rubbish removal may be reused. There are many household items that you own that have the potential to made into something new, so do not be so fast with that junk removal plan. Hold off the junk disposal for now and first think about what you can use and what you cannot. Use your imagination above everything else – as Einstein said, all imagination is but a future invention.

That old basket that you have sitting around could be a recycling box. It would look nicer than an old plastic container too. It may even be used in the garage to store outdoor toys or garden tools.

Do you have broken dishes? Don't throw them out for waste removal. You could make a pretty craft or a new tabletop with the broken pieces. The mosaic look would be unique and creative!
 

Old toothbrushes can be used to clean those hard to reach places, such as the corners and edges of a bathtub or under a facet.

A vintage suitcase can be reused to make a coffee table or stack a few of them in the corner for decoration. They could be used for storage there too.

Empty tissue boxes can be reused to store plastic bags or to store random items in your desk drawer. They would also make a great trash can for in the car.


Old glass jars and containers can be reused to store craft supplies, buttons, candy, cotton balls, homemade salad dressing or another recipe. They look nice too. The possibilities are endless here. You can store almost anything in glass containers.

There are many other things in your home you can reuse too. Just look around at what you have and see what you can come up with. Don't just throw it out because you think it's already served its purpose. Before you toss something out with the rubbish, research repurposing ideas to see what it could be. It will save you money too.

The imagination can be a powerful force in such events and you should use it and apply it to get the best results. You want to use all the items that would otherwise go for rubbish removal, or at least do some proper waste recycling. The main point is to make sure everything is in use and that nothing will go to the landfill. There it will only pollute and harm the environment – and nobody wants that. So apply the imagination and help the planet while helping yourself.

More helpful and practical tips find at: wasteremovalislington.co.uk


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Friday, June 3, 2016

The Shut In

Sleeping Girl

 I have been sick all week with the flu, and have been The Shut In.   I don't want my children to get sick, so I've been mostly staying in my room!  Thankfully, I have older girls who can cook, take care of the younger ones, and bring me things.  This is a blessing for sure!  I remember when I was a mother of only little ones, and my feeling unwell meant me getting up anyways, and sometimes resting on the couch, keeping an eye on the little ones. Sometimes they would get to watch a video so I could take a little nap there on the couch.

My girls have been taking care of me, and doing okay with the house.  Sadly, it is not in the state it would be if I was out there checking up on them!  But hopefully I will be all better soon and will be back at being Mommy.  I do miss my children very much.  They say "Hi" at my doorway and blow kisses, and they still say their prayers with me at my door every night.  My younger ones have been upset that they have not been able to hug me, but I do not want them to get this!

I have been praying every day that they would not get sick from me, and so far, the Lord has spared them.  I am so very thankful.  I have had a few that have felt the beginnings of sickness come upon them--a funny feeling in their throat.  And I will let you in on what I do when that happens.  I give them up to 3 doses of Aconitum Napellus 200 at the first sign of sickness.  This is a completely natural medicine, and many times this is enough to stop the sickness in its tracks before it progresses, or shorten the duration or severity of it.  With homeopathic medicine, you stop giving the remedy as soon as there is improvement.  Some of them also like to make a drink out of water, raw apple cider vinegar, and raw honey.  As for me, my fever, fatigue, chills, and body aches are gone.  However, my throat is still bothering me quite a bit.  Hopefully I will be all better soon.

Even though I don't enjoy being sick, I know the Lord has allowed this for me.  I have been able to use this time to rest, catch up on some paperwork, and other quiet tasks in my room.  I am also so thankful that this week was not one of our big shopping trip weeks!  Thankfully, we have had enough of what we need here at home, so I haven't had to go out.

I hope you all are well, and appreciate your prayers ♥

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Wednesday, June 1, 2016

A Christian Mother's Life

Mother and Baby

Expecting mother, now with child great,
Thy gentle Shepherd with great kindness waits,
Thy faltering steps to settle in safe ways,
Thy every need supplying all thy days.

Learning mother, bending oh so low;
With heart that joy and sorrow overflows;
God gives to thee a work most hard and sweet,
Guiding little hearts and tiny feet. 

The Sick Child

Weary mother, by the sickbed sore,
Contemplating joys all gone before;
The Lord thy strength and helper still will be,
When life becomes so very dear to thee.

Worried mother of the wayward one,
Whether it be thy daughter or thy son,
The Lord great wisdom to thy need will give,
To teach them now for Jesus Christ to live. 

Boy Praying with His Mother

Careworn mother let God's joy and love,
Flood thy soul with blessings from above;
So as thy days thy strength from Him shall be,
With everlasting arms sustaining thee.

Praying mother on thy well-worn knees,
Thy faithfulness down through the years now sees,
Thy children raised upon the word of God,
Walking safe in paths the saints have trod.

By Mary Van Nattan
April 2004


2Timothy 1:5 When I call to remembrance the
unfeigned faith that is in thee, which dwelt first
in thy grandmother Lois, and thy mother
Eunice; and I am persuaded that in thee also.


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Monday, May 30, 2016

Great Family DVDs for Only $10!

Are you looking for some great, worthwhile, and safe DVDs for you and your family to watch together?  I have great news--there actually are some, and they are on sale today for only $10!  Join me today at Raising Homemakers for more information on this special sale!

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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.

Read more cleaning tips at: cleaners-docklands.com

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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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