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Thursday, March 29, 2012

Surprising Cleaning New Uses

New Uses
For Old Things

Surprising Cleaning New Uses

More hidden tricks to get your house sparkling in record time.

Newspaper as Refrigerator Odor Absorber
Absorb odors in the refrigerator’s vegetable drawer with a lining of newspaper.

Salt as Homemade Drain Cleaner
Get a slow-moving drain flowing again and pour a solution of ½ cup of salt for every quart of hot water down the pipe.

Olive Oil as Stainless Steel Cleaner
Buff streaks out of stainless steel with a little oil on a terry-cloth rag, then shine with a dry paper towel.

Baby Oil as Chrome Polish
Forget keeping skin soft, baby oil also polishes chrome. Apply a dab to a cotton cloth and use it to shine everything from faucets to hubcaps. You'll end up with shiny, happy surfaces from a medicine-cabinet staple. (Who actually owns chrome cleaner, anyway?)

Hair Spray as Lipstick Stain Remover
Kiss that smudge of Really Red good-bye. If the fabric is machine washable, saturate the spot with hair spray, let it sit for 10 minutes, then dab with a damp cloth or sponge to remove. Launder as usual to wash out any residual stain and spray.

Aluminum Foil as Glassware Scrubber
To get baked-on food off a glass pan or an oven rack, use dishwashing liquid and a ball of foil in place of a steel-wool soap pad, says Mary Findley, president of the cleaning-products developer Mary Moppins. It's one way to recycle those used but perfectly good pieces of foil you hate to throw out.

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Thursday, March 22, 2012

From Keurig K Cup Coffee to Jewelry Organization Holder

The Keurig K Cup Holder Organization. My niece was no longer using this and I thought I could re-use somehow. And yes I did! I was trying to help my daughter Organize her  jewelry and sunglasses and found this worked great for her!

I used the front,back and both sides!

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As your baby grows...3 months old

Ages and Stages - Baby Tristan is 3 months old!

My nephew Tristan

Early Signs of Teething 

Teething is not a fun milestone for your baby or for you. Know the symptoms (don’t you love the extra drool?), so when Baby starts cutting her first tooth you’ll be able to identify why she’s so fussy. Calm her with these simple soothers that will ease the pain which leads to a happier baby. 

Teething Symptoms 
Teething is part of your baby's development, and it can be one of the most painful parts of her first year. Most babies get their first teeth around 6 months, but they might come anytime between 3 and 12 months of age. According to pediatrician Lori Walsh, M.D. from Children's Memorial Hospital in Chicago babies tend to become more oral at this age, constantly putting things in their mouths. It's a normal part of their development to start exploring different objects with their mouths. Some parent might mistake this for teething, but don't jump to conclusions just yet. 

Before a tooth emerges, your baby is going to start drooling -- a lot. This may be attributed to the teething process, but it's also caused by this oral stage of development. This excessive drooling can cause an uncomfortable red rash on his chin. To prevent this, pat his chin with a luke warm washcloth or towel throughout the day. Pediatricians also recommend putting petroleum jelly on his chin to help ease the rash.

Teething Toys
Although teething hurts, there are many things to try before turning to medicine. Teething rings are popular toys for babies to chew on, as well as plush toys that are crunchy on the inside.

Babbling Baby 

From babbles to words to sentences, here's everything you need to know about your baby's language development. 

Baby Non-Talk
Long before your baby said her first word, she was already chatting you up. Establishing eye contact, imitating your facial expressions, babbling, cooing, gurgling, crying -- these are all forms of dialogue. So don't leave her hanging. Imitate her sounds or respond to her cries to let her know that you hear her and that she matters.

Talk Constantly to Your Child
You may feel silly saying to your child, "What's Daddy doing? He's opening the refrigerator. Oh, look. He took out the milk!" But we promise, the more you talk to your kid, the bigger her vocabulary will be. It also helps when you label things you pass on the street or throw into your cart at the grocery store.
And while it probably won't hurt to use your baby as a sounding board for your latest rant about your boss, it's better to focus on the things that actually interest her. If she's pointing at a cat but can't say the word, help her out by saying, "Kitty. What a soft, pretty kitty." The more you speak and expand on your baby's sounds, the more chance she has of picking up words.

Speaking to Baby
Those short sentences, that high-pitched voice: You know you do it! Even older children talk this way to younger kids. But never fear, there's a method to themadness. Speaking in a higher pitch helps gain baby's attention, and the simple sentences ensure that she'll be better able to understand what you're saying.

Have a great week!

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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

The Best Clutter Cures My Take On Pinterest Ideas

Don't sweat the small stuff; organize it. These fixes, using a few secretly brilliant household staples, will keep your life (and brain) in working order.
I will keep adding to this as I find new things to try

#1 -Spice Rack

I'm so excited I first saw this on Pinterest now it's my try!

A couple days ago while out for a walk with my husband, someone put some FREE stuff out at the road. Lol I was so excited to see a spice rack. Our course my husband thought I was crazy. I couldn't wait to get home and get to work. There was a few jars missing but that's ok I will just keep my eyes open for more.
Finally, a spot for beads, sequins, and all that other rainy-day lifesaving stuff. Now somebody pass the googly eyes, please!

1) This is what it looked like before I started.

2) Soaked them in soapy hot water, and than sprayed them with bleach cleaner to make sure they were nice and clean.

3) Next I wanted to cover up the spice names, so I glued ribbon over it to cover it up and add a little color.
4) Now I added all my goodies. I used it for buttons,sequin,rhinestones and jems.

It is such a great idea so glad I saw it on Pinterest!

So ideas for a spice rack:

Separate your nuts and bolts. And nails. And screws. Or, if you have furniture you assembled yourself, organize containers by item (coffee table, bedroom armoire, etc.) in case they need a quick fix.

A simpler, happier office. Get rid of the separate boxes of pushpins, rubber bands, labels, paper clips — doesn't a clean desk feel so nice

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Monday, March 19, 2012

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland Royal Ballet

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland: A Photo Gallery

Came across these amazing photo's today and had to share!
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, which has just returned to the Royal Opera House. 

See all the great photos at The Ballet Bag

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Sunday, March 18, 2012

Sophia Grace & Rosie's First Original Song! Video From The Ellen Show

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They've performed some great pop hits on the show, but they've never performed a song of their own! For the first time, Sophia Grace & Rosie performed an original number to thank Ellen for their trip to Disneyland. Check it out.

I love these two they are so wonderful. Enjoy
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Saturday, March 17, 2012

100 FREE THINGS to do with your kids this summer

A little break from our summer activity to bring you list of things to do this summer, that wont break the bank, and if you are handy they will actually be FREE.  If you are keeping up with our summer you know I am all about keeping the kids from being bored, but also about enhancing their education in the process and bringing them back to nature.  (update on Wild West Week tomorrow).... so here goes (if its blue its a link for more information)
1.  Library-check out books that have IDEAS - give reason for further hands on study (activity).  Reserve books through your online service at your local library that have items of interest for your childs age group, how to make paper airplanes, science experiments, craft projects, etc. even as we are learning about different artists we are practicing our learning by completing art projects...get creative with the books you can get...
2. Library-STORY TIME - something about a different setting breaks up the routine for the kids, gives them something to look forward to.
3. Local Park - go early, pack a lunch, bring a drawing tablet, enjoy the outside before its too hot.
4. Take a field trip.
5.  Visit a fire department. 
6.  Play in the water - but aside from the everyday play in the sprinkler, kiddie pool - make games with the water - use the water with paint brushes and paint the fence (it dries clear, lol)...put coloring in the water and stretch paper across a fence - fill water guns with this colored water and then they are really painting with water colors. 

7.  Build a fort, go to nearby woods, gather sticks, broken branches, etc. build a fort, or house this will provide days worth of enjoyment both in the gathering/building/playing inside.
8. Take a nature walk.. take along a journal, let the kids bring cameras, then go home, identify everything your photographed, create a nature book.  Thats a whole nother days activities (paper, photos, glue, scissors, notebook) this is especially good saved for a rainy day.
9.  Take an  "Alphabet tour"... again camera(s) in hand, journals - letter guides for younger kids - drive to town/city - begin with the letter a (Apple street) b (building) c (colosseum) d(dairy queen) e(eatery) you get the drift - when you are done - each child has a personal and creative alphabet memory book.
10.  Check out kids free days at your museums.
11.  Make homeade ice cream (if you dont keep heavy cream on hand you will have to buy it, but hey its still pretty cheap entertainment/enjoyment).  Make popcicles, smoothies, ice cream sundaes.
12. Go on a scavengar hunt
13.  Host a neighborhood carnival (we're talking bean bag toss, use the water gun to shoot the ducky, egg on the spoon, those kind of games)  - each neighbor hosts a game/activity and gives out a snack/drink - makes for a very fun day..
14.  Go to an outdoor concert (most towns/cities have a website where you can see what/when and which ones are free.)
15.  Check your movie theatre for free summer movies (usually morning showings)
16.  Go to the beach.
17.  Check out your local hardware store - they offer free kids club building projects.
18.  Cook with your kids (my kids are still loving to cook the evening meals with me) but let them plan it, be apart of the shopping, table setting - make dessert!)
19.  Host a cooking party - invite some friends (your kids arent the only ones home and wanting something to do) - have each mom bring a few ingredients and spend the day making cookies, treats, etc. (maybe you know someone who could use some extra love and attention - make a whole meal with these friends, let the kids make cards, and go make someones day brighter and happier).
20.  Teach the kids frisbee golf.
21.  Go fly a kite (why not make them first).
22.  Do a sewing project together.  Make a picnic or story time blanket, apron, or summer dress.
23.  Make sock puppets - put on a puppet shows.
24.  Go outside for reading time.
26.  Hide all the army men, mini animals, etc. in the sand pit - have a excavation. (even read a book about archeologists before hand).
27.  Play dress up.
28.  Have a tea party.
29.  Make an obstacle course out of your back yard and have races.
30. Play jacks.
31. Go fishing.
32. Go on a bike ride.
33. Camp in your back yard.
35. Visit a local state park.
36. Go bowling (a lot of the alleys offer students 2 free games over the summer).
37. Plant a garden using seeds from your vegetables/fruits.
38. Tour local historic sites.
39. Make a star gazing map.
40. Teach the kids to knit.
41. Check with a local farm - offer to help feed the animals.
42. Set up a lemonade stand.
43. Set up hotwheels races in the driveway. (my guys love this - they always want to see which of their 100's of cars is awarded 'the fastest" - have them make a trophy to give to the winning car - then next time  - the new winning car gets the trophy.
44. Have a LEGO building contest (using x# pieces, only using blue pieces, creating something a certain height, create something that moves, etc.)
45. Make a doll.
46. Hunt for animal tracks. (get a book from the library to help identify them).
47. Have a dress up party (doesnt have to be halloween to wear those costumes).
48. Learn bird calls.
49. Use magazines to make mosaics.
50. Check your craft stores for make and take craft projects (Michaels, Hobby Lobby, etc.).
51. Tour a factory.
52. Make musical instruments and become a 'home band' sensation! (think - pie pan tamborine, papertowl holder rain stick, string and cereal box guitar) - dont forget to dress the part!
53. Make tye die shirts. (play some groovy tunes, too)
54. Take a picnic to dad/mom/grandma/ etc... give them a nice break from their work day.
55. Make a tent in the living room.
56. Go to an Arboretum.
57. Make a bird feeder with pine cones & peanut butter (and bird seed of course).
58. Paint with fruit and veggies (and anything else you will let them paint with - think q-tips, old toothbrush, sponges, leaves.... etc.)
59. Play charades.
60. Have a "BORED" game day - pull out all those dusty games and let each child pick a game - if its nice outside - take em out on your picnic blanket.
61. Walk your neighbors dog.
63. Make sillouettes.
64. Check out local VBS offerings - a lot of time you can volunteer while your kids attend.
65. Learn/Go Orienteering.
66. Make a compass. (ties in to 65)
67. Gather friends and have a "clean" the park day - celebrate your good deed with a picnic and play time.
68. Sculpt with homeade SALT CLAY.
69. Collect Seashells. (then sort by color/size. etc. - make a seashell necklace or use the shells to decorate an empty jar - adults should use the glue gun).
70. Play "I Spy" as you walk around your neighborhood.
71. Go to a farmers market.
72. Check with a local pizzaria to see if you can come in for a tour (they will probably want you to buy a pizza - so it may not be "free" - but fun!)
73. Check your newpaper for local summer festivals.
74. Make school related activities fun - create your own matching cards (I make mine using these cute digital supplies found here and here). Use maccaroni for math reinforcement, make a clock with a paper plate, help with geometry by giving building tasks, etc.)
75. Learn (play) street games.
76. Make Taffy.
77. Make a checker board and your own checkers. then play for a bit...
78. Make your own board games.
79. Make a  Milk Carton Boat- and head to a pond.
80. Have a  Christmas in July party and ask all the guests to bring donations for your local food pantry.
81. Participate in a free activity at Bass Pro Shop.
82. Have a major league team in your area - call about free kids tickets this summer.
83. Take a trip to tour your state capitol, local courthouse, etc.
84. Gather, paint, make pet rocks.
85. Plan a theme week (keep checking back here for more details about our themes this summer).
86. Volunteer at a local charity/Habitat for Humanity.
87. Have a pajama day, enjoy movies and popcorn (great for a rainy day).
88. Color.
89. Make a Windchime.
90. Write your own poems.
91. Do a toy swap (pack up those forgotten toys and swap with a friend - kids love new "to them" toys as much as they love :NEW: toys.
92. "Play" school.
93. Make paper dolls for boysfor girls, or for the more advanced.
94. Travel around the world. Have English scones for breakfast, Chinese Stir Fry for lunch, Italian for dinner. Make a craft to go with each country, get a library book with photos of these places. (maybe even see if you have a friend your child can become pen pals with.)
95. Have a switcher-oo day, you send your kids to someone elses house and their kids come to yours... kids LOVE this... just plan a few activities (you can choose from some on this list) and give them a great day as your friend will do with your kidos.
96. Play tennis, soccer, kickball, football, etc.
97. Make slime.
98. Make glowing fireflies. we get our glowsticks at Target's $1.00 bins and they come with 10, so its practically free.
99. Make a sandcastle. If you dont have a sand box, gather up all sorts of containers and some water jugs and head over to your local park - spend the day building a great sand castle together -lots of kids will want to get in on the action so its a great social time, too.
100.  Enjoy an art lesson.
Most importantly remember the simplicity of childhood is found in the quality of the time spent together - enjoy each moment, create an environment of joy and excitement, learning and fun and I am certain this summer will be one we all remember for a very long time.

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