Tip Tuesday

 

 

Tired of your dirty microwave? We’ve got a simple solution for you. Boil water for 5 to 10 minutes in a dirty microwave, and it will all wipe clean. Put slices of lemon, lime or orange in the water to give your microwave a fresh, clean smell.

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Tip Tuesday – Spot Remover

 

Have you ever opened the dryer and pulled out the clothes only to find an entire Chap Stick has melted into your clothing? Do you ever cook bacon and the grease pops right on to your sweater? How about a mystery spot that just won’t go away?? Well we all have, and often times we give up hope on ever making that mystery spot go away.  Before you give up hope, we have a new product you should try.

Grandmas Secret Spot Remover!  You won’t find this in your grocery store. Most times it is found at fabric shops like Hancock fabric and Joann’s.  We found ours at Hobby Lobby. You can also purchase it online at Amazon.  Many items of clothing have been saved with this secret spot remover. It may not remove every spot, but it has worked for some suborn stuff. So give it a try and you might be able to bring back your favorite shirt.

 

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Got the Monday Blues??? Well Ready This!

 

 

Do you have a case of the “Mondays”? Well join the rest of society. Disliking Mondays is not only common; it’s got some scientific backing. People will spend 34 minutes complain today compared to 22 minutes other days. Many people don’t even crack a smile until after 11am on Mondays! And to top it all off, most people only get 3 1/5 hours of productive work in on Mondays.

So why do people hate Mondays? Well on top of the fact that it’s the first day of the workweek, most of the time sleep plays a part in the issue.  Often times we try to squeeze a lot in to our weekends.  We do yard work, projects and stay up far to late.  Changing our sleep schedule makes it very difficult to get up and adds to fatigue….especially on Monday morning. Changing our eating habits also makes a difference. Over eating or over drinking will play a part in how you feel and your energy levels come Monday morning.

The best way to have a great Monday is to try and get some needed rest over the weekend! Be sure to continue with your exercise routine and eating habits. Another great way to make your Monday and the rest of your week go smoothly is to spend the first part of Monday creating a plan for the week. Often times people are depressed on Mondays thinking about all the things they need to get done that week.  Designating small goals and tasks each day will prevent you from getting overwhelmed and keep you motivated daily.  Remember to leave a little extra time in each day to allow for projects that take longer than planned or for that extra task your boss throws in last minute.

Another way to keep Mondays exciting is to create something to look forward to. People usually take their lunch each day and go out to lunch on Fridays. Try reversing that and make Monday the day you treat yourself to lunch.  It will also give you a little extra time to get ready Monday morning.

Remember, it’s all about your attitude.  Starting the week off with a positive attitude will help your Monday and the rest of your week to be productive and go smoothly! So smile….before 11am  :)

 

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Food Friday – Baby It’s Cold Outside!!

 

Unless you’re lucky enough to live in one of the beautiful sates of Florida or California, most everywhere is cold right now.  For the rest of us…let’s get warm! On cold days we love getting the crock-pot out and making some great soups that warm the home and smell great.  Todays recipe if for Taco Soup!

 

 

 

 

Ingredients

1 onion, chopped

1 (16 ounce) can chili beans

1 (15 ounce) can black beans

1 (15 ounce) can whole kernel corn, drained

1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce

1 (12 fluid ounce) can or bottle beer

2 (10 ounce) cans diced tomatoes with green chilies, undrained

1 (1.25 ounce) package taco seasoning

3 whole skinless, boneless chicken breasts

shredded Cheddar cheese (optional)

sour cream (optional)

crushed tortilla chips (optional)

 

Directions

1. Place the onion, chili beans, black beans, corn, tomato sauce, beer, and diced tomatoes in a slow cooker. Add taco seasoning, and stir to blend. Lay chicken breasts on top of the mixture, pressing down slightly until just covered by the other ingredients. Set slow cooker for low heat, cover, and cook for 5 hours.

2. Remove chicken breasts from the soup, and allow to cool long enough to be handled. Stir the shredded chicken back into the soup, and continue cooking for 2 hours. Serve topped with shredded Cheddar cheese, a dollop of sour cream, and crushed tortilla chips, if desired.

 

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Thrifty Thursday – Super Bowl Party

 

We know how hosting a party can start to add up. The food, beverages and decorations can all get pretty expensive. Here are some thrifty tips to make your Super Bowl Party the best party on a budget!

 

 

 

 

I.     Potluck, Potluck, Potluck!!! Do not try and do everything yourself.  Create a menu with a main dish that you prepare, and then dish out assignments!

II.     Take it easy on the decorations. Don’t go nuts buying a ton of super bowl décor. Most of it is branded for this year and you’ll be stuck with a bunch of dated items.

III.     Get the kids involved! Have your kids help you make party decorations! Brown construction paper and a piece of white chalk is all you need to make a whole lot of footballs.  You can tape them to the windows, hang them from the ceilings and string them together for banners. If you want to get a little more creative or have older kids, grab a hole punch and some string or ribbon to actually lace the construction paper footballs.

IV.     For some fancier decoration ideas, check out theses great sites.

  1. http://camillestyles.com/uncategorized/diy-superbowl-cupcake-toppers/
  2. http://www.celebrations.com/content/easy-diy-super-bowl-party-decorations
  3. http://blogs.babycenter.com/life_and_home/super-bowl-party-inspiration/

V.     Make it fun! It’s all about the memories not which brand of chips you served. Here are some ideas to make the game more memorable.

  1. For the kids – Use some tissue paper in their favorite teams colors to create pom poms.  Instructions Here: http://wemadethat.blogspot.com/2012/02/super-bowl-pom-poms.html
  2. For the ladies – How about commercial bingo.  Create bingo cards with items like “fast food, talking baby, snickers, go daddy, Doritos, Ford, Budweiser, Justin Bieber” Then when a commercial comes on use a marker, your favorite snack, or bottle caps to mark your card. Visit www.bingocardcreator.com to make your own cards.
  3. For the guys – Set up a pregame white board with some friendly bets like overall winner, total points, half time points etc… Of course we are not encouraging gambling, just some friendly competition to make the game watching more interesting.

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Tip Tuesday – Getting Rid of Leftovers

 

Does your family hate leftovers? Sometimes it’s hard to get them eager to eat something they ate the night before, but it’s even harder to throw away all that food.  Next time you want to clean out the fridge try making it fun.  Create a quick restaurant style menu that has all your leftovers on it.  We had great success and our families thought it was fun.  Sure we wouldn’t encourage anyone to “cook to order” on any other night, but this is actually pretty easy.  Just have them circle what they want off the menu about 10-15 mins before dinner.  Most everything on your menu will be a quick reheat in the microwave! If you wanted to make it really fun you could even take turns being the waiter and actually go around the table and take everyone’s order.  Even dad and the kids can prepare a microwaved meal every once in a while!

 

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Martin Luther King Jr. Day

 

Today represents a time in history that reminds us to stand up for our rights, and what is right. It reminds us that our voices do make a difference.  Although it may sometimes feel like our efforts are small and unrecognized, it is important to continue working towards the “right” thing.  Equality is still lacking out there.

This cartoon depicts how sometimes we site of what we are complaining about.

To read more about the story behind this cartoon, check out this link to the LA Times:

 

http://articles.latimes.com/2012/jul/12/nation/la-na-tt-breastfeeding-moms-20120705

Have a great MLK day.

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