Showing posts with label Tips of the Day. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Tips of the Day. Show all posts

Monday, March 21, 2016

The Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar

Over the past year, I've really grown to have an obsession with apple cider vinegar and swear by it for various reasons. WHY do I love it so much you might ask? Well let me fill you in on a few of the benefits of this miracle liquid!

1. Cures toe nail fungus - Soak feet daily
2. Acts as a natural facial toner AND dries out present pimples - Spray on at bedtime and let work overnight
3. Rids warts - Apply morning & night with a band aid overtop until cleared
4. Wards of flu and helps with sore throat - Shot glass full mixed with spoonful of honey
5. Relieves heart burn & chronic reflux
6. Soothes itchy bug bites & sunburn - Apply right to affected area
7. Natural appetite suppressant - Aids in weight loss
8. Dissolves kidney stones - and if you've ever had them, you know just how painful they are!
9. Vanishes bacterial infections from the inside - out
10. Cures nausea quickly
11. Reduces Arthritis
12. Proven to kill and/or slow down the process of Cancer cells
13. Relieves migraines
14. Regulates Glucose levels - Attention Diabetics!
15. Lowers blood pressure
16. Natural mouth wash - Do not ingest afterwards

So what is better than an all-natural supplement you can purchase for a couple dollars at the grocery store?! I know quite a few adults who have taken a shot of ACV each morning and are healthier than most - myself included! Try it for yourself and make sure to share the information with friends and family.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Alternative Uses for Cat Litter

Cat litter has so many more uses than just keeping your kitty’s litter box odors under control. Here are several more uses you may have never heard of:

1. Use cat litter in the bottom of your trash cans, especially outdoor ones to keep odor and moisture at bay. Just change it out about once a month.

2.Cat litter can be a saver for you in the winter if you keep some in your car trunk. It can help your tires grip if sprinkled near them when you are stuck in the snow.

3. If you have smelling ashtrays around, sprinkle some cat litter in them to help rid yourself of ash odor.

4. If your refrigerator has a terrible odor and you are at your Witt’s end, try emptying your fridge and placing a cookie sheet with Maxx Scoop cat litter in it. Wait a couple days and the odors should be gone.

5. If you have spills in your driveway or garage that are oil based (motor oil, paint etc.), cat litter can help soak up the mess. Just sprinkle some on and wait for it to work its magic, and then sweep it up.

6. Stinky work boots got you down? Fill old socks with litter and place them in your shoes overnight.

7. If you have plants that are moisture-sensitive, adding a small amount of cat litter to the potting soil that you plant them in can help keep the right amount of moisture in.

8. Do you have mole or prairie dog issues in your fields? Wet some cat litter and fill in the holes. Most animals that dig homes hate it and will evacuate.

9. Dried flowers are so beautiful, but can be a pain to dry out beautifully. Try place a small layer of cat litter in an airtight container and then placing your flowers on top of it. Seal it and wait a week.

10. Antique items are fun to own, but often come with a musty or moldy smell. To get rid of this odor, place a small amount of litter in a zipper style bag and place the items in it. (This works great for books!). The smell should be gone after about a week.

11. Instead of buying expensive fake flower steadying items like foam, arrange them in some litter in a pot. It will allow you to set an arrangement up beautifully, and allow you to change it out easier as well for cleaning or making a whole new arrangement.

12. BBQing is fun, but waiting for the fires and coals to go out can be annoying. Instead, use some cat litter. It is also good to use when starting up your bonfires by placing as a base to start your campfire on.

13. Aquariums are a pain to maintain, especially if you keep getting algae. A tablespoon per 10 gallons will help clear up the problem.


Friday, January 3, 2014

Tip of the Day: Cleaning your Stove Hood

As we cook everyday, buildup is bound to occur; especially in places that you may not take notice of. One of my biggest pet peeves is the grime that accumulates on top of our stove hood! Because for many of us, our hoods stand taller than us, we tend to not pay attention to it much. For me, I make it a habit of cleaning this area every few days by doing the following:

1. Pour either vegetable oil or mineral oil on a cloth and wipe the area vigorously. It is also good to wipe down the surrounding cupboards or walls as splatters frequent those places as well! and can be difficult to remove if left for too long!

2. Once all debris is removed, take another clean, damp cloth and wipe down the area again.

3. Finish by drying and buffing to shine.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Tip of the Day #332: Cleaning Window Blinds

Many of us swear when we got a home that we would never put up blinds because we all remember growing up having to help our mom clean them all the time--and it wasn't the easiest of jobs! Nonetheless, somehow they ended up everywhere in our house. Well, over the years, I have found some easy & unique ways to dust and clean blinds to keep me from going crazy.

1. Wrap a sock or cloth around a ruler to clean thin, narrow blinds easily. This is especially good for metal blinds that are fragile and easy to bend.

 2. To keep dust at a minimum, rub a fabric dryer sheet onto both sides of the blinds. This will not prevent dust but it will cut down on the amount of dust that clings to your blinds as well!

3. Slip socks onto both hands and rub between each blind - - this cleans both sides of the blinds quickly at the same time. You can also add cleaner to the mix to remove any debris--spray vinegar or a mild soap mix (can even be laundry detergent & water) onto the sock, then clean accordingly.

4. If blinds have been neglected and are very dirty, lay an old sheet or cloth under the blinds before cleaning. You do not want to transfer the dust and dirt from the blinds onto the floor - - then you have to clean the same dirt twice.

5. When you are vacuuming your floors, use the brush attachment to clean blinds. This is great for removing dust from hard to reach blinds in tall windows.

6. If your blinds are really dirty, use a paintbrush to clean them. You can dip the paintbrush into soapy water, oil soap or plain water for extra cleaning power. Make sure to use a dry cloth to remove excess cleaner and clean the brush often to prevent transferring dirt.

Hope that helps all of you as much as these tips have helped me! :)

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Tired of scraping your car windows in the winter???

Fill a spray bottle with three parts vinegar to one part water and spray on your car windows at night. In the morning, they should be clear of any icy mess! Hooray for clean windows and getting to work on time :)

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Tip of the Day #331: Help Your Bows Keep Their Shape


Untying a bow or ironing out creases can damage some ribbon (especially those that have stuck around for quite some time). Avoid both by storing bows intact: to make sure the loops don't crimp while in storage, cut cardboard tubes and wrap them with paper towels so that they fit snugly inside each bow loop. Store flat in a shallow box.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Tip of the Day #330: Long-lasting fresh scent!

Here is a great tip for keeping your home smelling nice and fresh all winter long! Just sprinkle a few drops of VANILLA EXTRACT onto your furnace filter. Now everytime your furnace kicks on, you will get a blast of beautiful scent ;)

Friday, November 22, 2013


Since many of you know, I love tackling DIY projects over the holiday season to save money! I recently came across the blog Shanty 2 Chic and I am in LOVE! As I searched her wonderful site, I came across a blog post about creating your own banners. Now being a photographer, I knew this would come in handy when making my own props! Yesterday I went out to the local fabric store and purchased 3 yards of burlap to get started on some christmas banners this weekend (note: burlap is VERY inexpensive if you choose to use it...I paid $1.59 a yard!) Below is a photo taken from Shanty 2 Chic's blog of a christmass tree banner she created:

Here is the link to print out your own letters: is my creation for a Maternity Session this past weekend!

Let me know how you all made out and be sure to share your own photos on my page! :)

Monday, June 24, 2013

Tip of the Day #329

Create memories for your children or grandchildren by keeping the lights off at bathtime (just obviously be careful) and throwing glow sticks in the bath water! They light up the tub and room :)

My kiddos LOVED it tonight! <3

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Tip of the Day #328: Cleaning up Nail Polish Spills

Did you know if you spill nail polish, immediately sprinkle sugar on top and you can sweep the clumps right up!

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Tip of the Day #327: Removing Candle Wax

The best way to remove stuck-on (melted) wax from any surface is to place a towel over the wax, then iron over the towel--the wax should peel right off onto the towel and once cooled, you can remove!

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Tip of the Day #326: Dealing with Cockroaches

If you ever run into problems with cockroaches, try cucumber peelings to exterminate them. It is said the cucumber acts as poison to the roaches!

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Tip of the Day #324: Cleaning your Rings @ Home!

I have been getting the question "what is the best way to clean my rings, especially diamond ones?" a lot lately, and the answer is TOOTHPASTE--but it must be the paste and not the gel. Use a clean, SOFT toothbrush (this will NOT scratch your ring) to lightly scrub. I just bought kids brushes from the Dollar Store. Once the piece is completely covered, take a soft cloth or towel to polish.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Tip of the Day #323: Planning a New Garden Design

Defining the best contour for a new or expanded planting bed doesn't have to be a frustrating process of trial and error that leaves spade scars in the lawn. A rubber garden hose is an ideal tool for laying out the lazy curves of a flower garden. Shape and reshape the hose along the ground until you're satisfied with the design!

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Tip of the Day #322: Lightweight Pot Filler

To conserve soil when planting up large containers, consider how much soil your plants really need, then fill the bottom of the container with lighter-weight materials. An upended plastic nursery pot does a fine job of taking up space; fill in alongside it with Styrofoam peanuts.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Tip of the Day #321: Removing a Splinter

NEVER initially squeeze or use tweezers on a splinter as you can do more damage than good.

1. Instead, add water to about 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda to make a thick paste. 

2. Spread the baking soda paste onto a bandage, then apply the bandage to the affected area and leave for 24 hours.

3. At this time, the splinter may be sticking out of the skin. If it's visible, pick it off with tweezers, and rinse the skin gently. If the splinter is sticking out but not visible, this may wash it away without further complications.

4. Repeat the method with new paste and another bandage every 24 hours until the splinter is gone.

Friday, May 17, 2013

Tip of the Day #320: Cleaning Pots & Pans

Every metal has different properties and requires special care. Stainless steel is prone to stains from heat and hard water. To remove them, apply white vinegar with a soft cloth and rub. Always dry thoroughly after washing to prevent a film from forming. Never soak stainless steel cookware; this will result in pitted surfaces.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Tip of the Day #319: Easy Furniture moving

To avoid scuffed floors when rearranging heavy pieces of furniture, fold two clean towels (dirty ones can scratch floors), place one under each end, and slide the piece across the floor.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Tip of the Day #318: Best Mold-Killer

Fill a spray bottle with white vinegar, and add about 3-4 drops of tea tree oil (a little goes a long way) Spray on all areas, let sit for approx 1.5 hours, then wipe away!