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Mother. When you are young, you think the world of her. As a teenager, you think of her as horrifically out-dated, old-fashioned. As adults, you begin to realize that maybe she does know something. And, by the time you truly, fully understand what she is all about, it is too late. Grab hold of the opportunity before it slips through your fingers and thank your mom for all she did, does, and will do for you because without her, you wouldn’t be here.
Some of the Things my Mom Taught Me…
- Logic- "Because I said so, that’s why."
- Foresight- "Make sure you wear clean underwear, in case you’re in an accident."
- Irony- "Keep crying and I’ll give you something to cry about."
- Weather- "This room of yours looks as if a hurricane hit it."
- Hypocrisy- "If I told you once, I’ve told you a million times. Stop exaggerating!"
- Behavior Modification- "Stop acting like your father!"
- Envy- "There are millions of less fortunate children in this world who don’t have wonderful parents like you do."
- Medical Science- "If you don’t stop crossing your eyes, they are going to freeze that way."
Summer is finally here and you know what that means- hot weather and of course Popsicles!!! Ever noticed how many Popsicle sticks you can collect in just a short amount of time? If your family loves Popsicles as much as mine does, you are now going to love the sticks even more. Learn how creative you can be with those sticks once thought to be so annoying.
1) Plant marker
If you’re anything like me, let’s just say you have a hard time remembering which plant is growing where in your garden. Nothing to worry about, it is just that we have a whole load of other things to on our minds. Is that plant parsley?… or maybe it’s thyme? Let the Popsicle sticks do the remembering for you by using them as plant markers. Simply mark the stick with the type of seed you planted and stick it into the ground.
2) Paint Stirrer Say good-bye to paint/glue marked fingers. Use the Popsicle sticks instead of your fingers to spread white glue or paint. You can also use it to stir paint when you want to mix colors or just need to stir some paint in a container.
Ever stop and think what life would be like if there were no ovens, refrigerators, kitchen gadgets and food prep machines? Although kitchens have been around just about forever, kitchen appliances and gadgets came to be over the years and are still being upgraded as we speak. Here are a few of the most important kitchen inventions by the most brilliant inventors. We are forever indebted to them.
2800 BCE- Soap-like material is found in Babylon in excavated cylinders.
600s- The Chinese invent porcelain.
900s- Restaurants, known as catering food establishments, came to be. Guess where? Thanks again, China.
1679- Cookware takes a giant leap forward when a French physicist and mathematician, Denis Papin, invents the cooker pressure. Dutch ovens are brought into England and the Colonies only a few years later.
1742- Ben Franklin invents the open stove, which uses a smaller amount of wood than the fireplace. In addition, it is by far safer than the fireplace, as it is in a closed-in area, rather than having an open fire.
1802- The gas stove came to be, but unfortunately does not become accepted until the 1880s, when cities begin setting up gas pipes.
Red eyes, sneezing, and runny noses. No, it’s not the flu. It’s that yearly nuisance come back again. Hay fever! If it is not actually caused from hay nor does it cause a fever then just what is hay fever?
Hay fever is the frequently used name for the seasonal allergic rhinitis. There are some people who suffer from allergies on a daily basis that are caused by things such as dust, animals, or feathers. However, hay fever is seasonal and is most commonly caused by pollen from various plants. Outdoor allergens are the most difficult to control since they are all over, especially at the time of year when you spend most of the day enjoying the fresh air.
Hay fever is more widespread in Western countries; in fact, according to statistics, it’s the most common allergy in the US. Why do some people suffer from hay fever so badly, others mildly, while others don’t suffer at all? Doctors believe that it may well be hereditary. It also seems that those who suffer from asthma or eczema are more prone to develop hay fever or other allergies.
These cookies definitely take a bit of effort, but the beautiful results will encourage you to make them again and again. They are very well worth the extra effort!
¾ cup + 2 ½ tablespoon (7 oz.) margarine
1 cup confectioner’s sugar
2 packages vanilla sugar
Pinch of salt
4 egg yolks
3 cups flour
8 tablespoon finely ground pecans
This spring, when you think about cleaning, reflect on Mother Earth and your wallet. Instead of using the chemical filled household cleaning products, use the “green” products. The natural cleaners are just as effective and definitely are safer. Vinegar and baking soda take first and second place as the safest, most effective cleaners.
A bit of white vinegar mixed with water cleans the counters, floors and windows beautifully and even kills mold, mildew and bacteria. Baking soda is great for the kitchen and bathroom since it cleans metal and plastic and will even absorb odors. Liquid castile soap makes an excellent choice for general cleaning.
Let’s get started in the kitchen.
Using 1 ½ cups of white vinegar with 2 quarts of water and ¼ cup of baking soda wipe down the cupboards, counters, backsplashes, walls, appliances and light fixtures. As for cutting boards, wipe them down using baking soda and then spray them with either lemon juice or vinegar. Rinse them off with water after about five minutes. For the tougher stains, heat up water and white vinegar 1:1 and scour.
Stainless steel sinks can be cleaned by pouring some baking soda on a wet sponge. Buff it with a cloth to make it shine again. Find out how to keep the drains clean by viewing our post on unclogging drains. To keep you chrome faucets shining, combine 2 tablespoons of salt plus a teaspoon of vinegar and rub it over the faucets.
You just selected a file and deleted it on purpose. Great, no one will ever be able to retrieve it. Well, sorry to disappoint you, but that cannot be furthest from the truth. Ever wonder what happens to files when you delete them, be it by mistake or on purpose?
The only thing that happens when you press that delete button is that the file(s) is sent to the computer’s recycle bin or trashcan. Therefore, in order to complete the process, you must open up the recycle bin, highlight all files that you want to really get rid of, and then either hit the ‘delete’ key on the keyboard or right click on the file and then left click on ‘delete’ from the drop down list. Some systems also have an option whereby you can simply right click on the trash icon
and select delete trash. For the commoner, the file is then considered "deleted".
However, for those who are familiar with “computer biology", the file is actually still in the system and you have really only begun the deletion process. This is good news if you deleted a file by accident. In order to retrieve the file, you simply have to open the recycle bin, select the file you deleted and click on re
store in order to retrieve the deleted file(s)
The reason for this is - when you delete a file from the hard drive, the file still exists there for a short while. What you actually did was simply tell your computer that it can now put new data in the place of the old file and overwrite it. The concept is very similar to recording over VHS tapes with new programs. The old data is still there, even if you don’t want it to be, until it’s been recorded over by new data. Short of putting a great deal of new information into your computer to completely erase all old, deleted data, there is a better solution for completely erasing it.
In today’s economy, aren’t we all willing to go the extra mile to save ourselves a buck or two? How does saving close to a thousand dollars a year sound to you? Creating an energy efficient home will slash your utility bills by 30%. An added bonus - you will lend a helping hand to improving the world we live in by reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The following are some steps you can take to creating a more energy efficient home.
1. Central Air- In the summer, the higher the thermostat setting, the more energy you save. Since most people are out of the house for a good part of the day, make sure to set the thermostat to a higher degree while the house is unoccupied. In the winter months, the opposite holds true. Be sure to lower the temperature for the greater part of the day when nobody will be home.
2. Habits- Simple habits such as making sure to turn off the light switch when exiting a room can end up saving you a nice amount of money. Before leaving your house, make sure to turn off the TV, computer, radio, boom box, light switches etc.
Think Easter, think eggs. Easter eggs can be decorated in many different ways, be it coloring, dyeing or rubber banding. Wondering where the custom of decorating eggs came from? The truth is that nobody really knows.
Before you start decorating your eggs, you can either hard-boil them or blow them.
To make a blown egg, poke a tiny hole at the top and bottom of the egg using a large needle. Push the needle into the egg and break the yoke. Holding the egg over a bowl or a sink, blow into the egg until it is completely emptied out. Whether you boil the eggs or blow them, make sure the egg is 100% dry before starting.
The most popular technique to decorate eggs is by food-coloring. Just combine 2 teaspoons of vinegar with 1/2 tablespoon of food coloring and add some water. Then, ever so gently, add the eggs. The darker you want the eggs to be, the longer you have to leave the eggs in the dye. When you get to the desired shade, remove the eggs and pat it dry.
To add some stripes to the eggs, use rubber bands. Wrap the rubber bands around the eggs, and drop them into the dye. Once you reach the preferred shade, remove them from the dye, pat them dry and take off the rubber bands. Now you can either leave it at that or you can paint the stripes using a different color dye.
If you are more of the natural type and don’t own food coloring, you have no reason to fret. You can dye the eggs with some natural ingredients found in your kitchen. To make red dye, use cranberries. For green, use spinach. For blue, blueberries should do the trick. As for yellow, turmeric will do. Brown, use coffee. Purple, use beets. A second way of creating color naturally is by using different flavor teas.
It’s another one of those mornings- you know the ones when you can’t find anything that you are looking for and time has no intention what-so-ever of waiting for you? You find only one shoe, you never sewed the button back onto your shirt, you can’t find a clean pair of socks, your hem is down etc… According to statistics, your typical individual spends approximately 52 minutes a day trying to find misplaced items. No matter whether your closet is a hole in the wall or a walk-in, an organized closet is the key to starting your day off on the right foot.
Can’t seem to find room in your closet? You have two options: 1) You can organize and rotate your clothing by season. Whatever is not in season, store elsewhere i.e.: underbed storage bins, or 2) Move some of your clothing into a spare room.
Not sure how or where to start? First things first – empty your closet to the bare walls. Then, arrange your clothing, shoes and accessories into piles of good, garbage or give-a-ways. If you find that you have a hard time separating your clothes into these piles, there are professional organizers out there to give you that extra push.
What many people don’t realize is that the color of the paint in your closet makes an enormous difference. The lighter the paint, the airier and more spacious the closet will appear. If you aren’t in the mood of painting, additional lighting can be of help.