Thursday, April 29, 2010

Starting Something NEW!

Over the next month, I'll be featuring my top 30  + "Aha Moments"  These are ideas or concepts that have changed my life in one way or another. They may be practical or philosphical. As you read these perhaps you will be prompted to think of your own Aha moments and hopefully share them in the comments.

The photo? ....This is my husband and me about to take a buggy ride on Christmas Day a few years ago, in Central Park NY. We became empty nesters that year and were escaping a lonely empty house for the holidays and this was on my Bucket List. (It didn't work, Christmas is nothing w/o family at Christmas!)  The photo is my corny way of symbolizing the journey...of life, from being a new mom and trying to figure out home management things, child raising and education issues to just growing and learning about myself and others.

I hope you will enjoy some of the things I've learned over the years.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

No more cryin' over spilled...... salt?

We get so used to how some things are packaged that we never wonder if there is a better way. Well here is a better way to store...SALT.

We always pour it out of that little silver slider thing and its easy to pour too much or spill, right?

Well..since we measure salt with measuring spoons why not just scoop it from a jar instead of pouring it from a box ??? It's really a no-brainer!   (courtesy of "making this home")

read about it here!

Monday, April 26, 2010

Cute little cheap notebooks

No more little bits of paper to lose! Thanks Martha!

Instead of writing messages on easily lost slips of paper, make notebooks to keep by the phone. Cut scrap paper and a piece of decorative paper about 1/2 inch larger on all sides for the cover. Stack with cover on bottom. Fold in half, crease, and open flat. From inside, push a needle threaded with waxed twine through the center of the crease. Bring back through the crease about 1/2 inch from one end. Pass through the center hole again, and bring up about 1/2 inch from other end of crease. Pass the needle through the center hole to complete a figure 8 of thread. Knot ends together.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Ant Control

I 'm doing this for sure...beware the cider vinegar you little creeps. This is from small notebook

Posted: 21 Apr 2010 05:17 AM PDT
A few years ago when I was trying to sell my home, the realtor called and said that a potential buyer was coming in fifteen minutes. As I raced around doing a last-minute pickup, I saw a ten-foot long ant parade marching across the center of my kitchen floor. I about died.
We know to keep kitchen sinks and counters clean and dry to prevent ants, but Marcy Tate from Networx shares other natural ways to keep ants out of your home in this guest post.

With spring in full force, tiny ants across the country are building their ant farms and reproducing by the millions. Spring brings upon a feeling of renewal, but it also brings upon a feeling of fear as ants successfully make their way into homes. A few ants here or there aren’t a problem, and most people aren’t afraid of an ant or two. However, when the ants living in the anthills on your front walkway start coming in the front door, you’ll need to do something about it.
The good news is that there are many simple, effortless and inexpensive ways to naturally control small ants in and around your home — and they actually work. In fact, the ingredients for natural ant control can be found right in your pantry. Keep in mind that if you have a major ant problem (or ants other than small brown ants), then chances are these natural tips won’t help the problem go away entirely. In that case, you may need to hire a professional pest control expert to handle it for you.
If you notice ants coming into your home and they are bothersome, try following some of these tricks:

Cinnamon Sticks & Garlic Cloves

Place cinnamon sticks or garlic in areas where you have seen ants enter, such as in window tracks, by doors and in corners around your home. While garlic cloves aren’t as aromatically pleasing as cinnamon sticks, they work really well. Just peel and slice a few cloves and place them where you notice the ants. Last year we had some unexplained ants that kept invading my daughter’s dresser so we placed the cloves on the dresser. After a day or two, we replaced them with fresh cloves and the ants never returned.
You can also place cinnamon sticks around the pantry for extra protection. Once, I ran out of cinnamon and used cloves instead – it worked just as well. I actually witnessed ants crawling away from the cloves.


Place white vinegar or apple cider vinegar in a spray bottle and spray on areas where you have seen ants. The fungicidal and insecticidal properties in the vinegar help prevent ants.

Black Pepper

Sprinkle black pepper where you see ants. The ants will immediately scatter. Pay attention to where they run; chances are they will be exiting your house and you’ll be able to treat the entry area with pepper too.

Boiling Water

For serious anthill problems in your yard or walkway, pour boiling water over the anthills. It sounds a bit cruel, but pesticides can be equally, if not more, cruel.


Mint destroys the smelling capabilities of ants and prevents them from entering your home. There are several ways to use mint to prevent ant infestations. First, plant mint around your home, especially near doors and close to areas where you have seen anthills. Second, place mint leaves in and around windows. If ants are entering your pantry, place some mint leaves on the shelves and in the corners.

Other Plants

Here is a list of some other plants which have been known to be effective at warding off ants. The idea is the stronger the smell, the more likely the plant is to keep the ants away:
  • Basil
  • Chili peppers
  • Eucalyptus
  • Garlic
  • Lavender
  • Peppermint
  • Rosemary
  • Thyme
Persistence is the key when trying natural ant control remedies. If one of these methods doesn’t work for you, then try another. You may need to repeat it a few times.
How have you gotten rid of ants in your home?
Marcy Tate is a blogger at Networx, the Home Improvement Network. She has been working with ant control experts for over a decade on ways to naturally control ants.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

T-shirt jammie pants

What a GREAT idea. Apparently these super soft jammie pants or shorts are a zip to sew up. The hem of the t- shirt is the hem of the pants.  A fab use for those super soft old (unstained) t-shirts of dad or big brother! ...and free! ...except for the elastic. See photos and turorials  HERE

Thursday, April 8, 2010

SNOT SUCKER - a product way overdue!

Right now I'm in Rexburg Idaho with a darling, crawling grandson who has a nose problem and HATES to be wiped. Mommy needs to buy the amazing snot sucking NoseFrida nasal aspirator ($15 on amazon) or this other thingy... I hear they work a lot better than those blue bulb things. Cool, non?

Saturday, April 3, 2010

This...I'm doing!

I like to keep a dish towel hanging on the cupboard door below my sink. It's there so that when any one rinses their hands, a towel is right there to wipe hands dry. Makes perfect sense. My husband and son are constantly pulling the thing out and leaving it on the counter. It drives me crazy! It's put there to stay there and for drying hands ONLY - not mouths and counters.

Then I found the answer to a "stay where I want it towel" !