Thursday's Chores

31 March 2010
I found this humorous so had to use it...hahha

Living Room/Dining Room
1) Vaccum
2) Clean hand prints again
3) Dust

Kitchen
1) Sweep
2) Clean counters
3) Thaw out dinner
4) Dishes and put away
5) Laundry to fold and put away

Bathrooms
1) Sweep
2) Clean tubs

Bedrooms
1) Make Beds
2) Straigten DS room
3) Straighten DD room

Errands
1) Mail stuff out
2) Buy stamps
3) Buy pound cake...hehe forgot to get it tonight
4) DD diapers
5) Call DD nurse
6) Call to buy day with thomas the tank engine tickets for DS! SHHHH he don't know yet!!

Wednesday's Chores

30 March 2010
Another day of more chores...does a housewife's job ever end?

Living Room/Dining Room
1) Clean handprints
2) Put DD medical stuff in her room
3) Work on cleaner recipes

Kitchen
1) Sweep
2) Thaw dinner-I'm think chinese for dinner :)
3) Dishes and put away once dry
4) Make coffee

Bathrooms
1) Clean tubs
2) Sweep

Bedrooms
1) Make beds
2) Get hubby to put dirty clothes in hamper
3) Get rid of trash

Errands
1) Grocery shop
2) Buy stamps
3) Work on kids easter baskets
4) Walmart...pull ups and diapers

Tuesday's Chores

29 March 2010
I have to say I love the coasters at cafepress.com...you all need to check them out!

Living Room/Dining Room
1) Clean off tables
2) Vacuum...come on there has to be more than vacuuming
3) Clean windows...yuck!

Kitchen
1) Clean out fridge
2) Wipe down fridge and freezer
3) Wash clothes and put dry ones away

Bedrooms
1) Make beds
2) Pick up dirty clothes that hubby can't put in the hamper
3) Other

Bathrooms
1) Clean mirrors
2) Clean tubs

Phone calls to make
1) Apria for DD
2) My PCM for BC refill
3) Other

More Household Cleaner Recipes

The pic came from cafepress.com again and the recipes came from http://www.eartheasy.com/live_nontoxic_solutions.htm you should check them out!

All-Purpose Cleaner: Mix 1/2 cup vinegar and 1/4 cup baking soda (or 2 teaspoons borax) into 1/2 gallon (2 liters) water. Store and keep. Use for removal of water deposit stains on shower stall panels, bathroom chrome fixtures, windows, bathroom mirrors, etc.


Another alternative is microfiber cloths which lift off dirt, grease and dust without the need for cleaning chemicals, because they are formulated to penetrate and trap dirt. There are a number of different brands. A good quality cloth can last for several years.

Air Freshener: Commercial air fresheners mask smells and coat nasal passages to diminish the sense of smell.

• Baking soda or vinegar with lemon juice in small dishes absorbs odors around the house.


• Having houseplants helps reduce odors in the home.


• Prevent cooking odors by simmering vinegar (1 tbsp in 1 cup water) on the stove while cooking. To get such smells as fish and onion off utensils and cutting boards, wipe them with vinegar and wash in soapy water.


• Keep fresh coffee grounds on the counter.


• Grind up a slice of lemon in the garbage disposal.


• Simmer water and cinnamon or other spices on stove.


• Place bowls of fragrant dried herbs and flowers in room.

Bathroom mold: Mold in bathroom tile grout is a common problem and can be a health concern. Mix one part hydrogen peroxide (3%) with two parts water in a spray bottle and spray on areas with mold. Wait at least one hour before rinsing or using shower.

Carpet stains: Mix equal parts white vinegar and water in a spray bottle. Spray directly on stain, let sit for several minutes, and clean with a brush or sponge using warm soapy water.

For fresh grease spots, sprinkle corn starch onto spot and wait 15 - 30 minutes before vacuuming.

For a heavy duty carpet cleaner, mix 1/4 cup each of salt, borax and vinegar. Rub paste into carpet and leave for a few hours. Vacuum.

Chopping block cleaner: Rub a slice of lemon across a chopping block to disinfect the surface. For tougher stains, squeeze some of the lemon juice onto the spot and let sit for 10 minutes, then wipe.

Coffee and tea stains: Stains in cups can be removed by applying vinegar to a sponge and wiping. To clean a teakettle or coffee maker, add 2 cups water and 1/4 cup vinegar; bring to a boil. Let cool, wipe with a clean cloth and rinse thoroughly with water.

Deodorize:

Plastic food storage containers - soak overnight in warm water and baking soda

In-sink garbage disposal units - grind up lemon or orange peel in the unit

Carpets - sprinkle baking soda several hours before vacuuming

Garage, basements - set a sliced onion on a plate in center of room for 12 - 24 hours

Dishwasher Soap: Mix equal parts of borax and washing soda, but increase the washing soda if your water is hard.

If you want to use a commercial dishwashing soap, try Ecover Ecological or Trader Joe's powders, which contain no bleach or phosphates.

Dishwashing Soap: Commercial low-phosphate detergents are not themselves harmful, but phosphates nourish algae which use up oxygen in waterways. A detergent substitution is to use liquid soap. Add 2 or 3 tablespoons of vinegar to the warm, soapy water for tough jobs.

Disinfectant: Mix 2 teaspoons borax, 4 tablespoons vinegar and 3 cups hot water. For stronger cleaning power add 1/4 teaspoon liquid castile soap. Wipe on with dampened cloth or use non-aerosol spray bottle. (This is not an antibacterial formula. The average kitchen or bathroom does not require antibacterial cleaners.)

To disinfect kitchen sponges, put them in the dishwasher when running a load.

Drain Cleaner: For light drain cleaning, mix 1/2 cup salt in 4 liters water, heat (but not to a boil) and pour down the drain. For stronger cleaning, pour about 1/2 cup baking soda down the drain, then 1/2 cup vinegar. The resulting chemical reaction can break fatty acids down into soap and glycerine, allowing the clog to wash down the drain. After 15 minutes, pour in boiling water to clear residue. Caution: only use this method with metal plumbing. Plastic pipes can melt if excess boiling water is used. Also, do not use this method after trying a commercial drain opener--the vinegar can react with the drain opener to create dangerous fumes.

Fabric softener: To reduce static cling, dampen your hands, then shake out your clothes as you remove them from the drier. Line-drying clothing is another alternative.

Floor Cleaner and Polish:

Vinyl and Linoleum: mix 1 cup vinegar and a few drops of baby oil in 1 gallon warm water. For tough jobs, add 1/4 cup borox. Use sparingly on lineoleum.

Wood: apply a thin coat of 1:1 vegetable oil and vinegar and rub in well.

Painted wood: mix 1 teaspoon washing soda into 1 gallon (4L) hot water.

Brick and Stone tiles: mix 1 cup white vinegar in 1 gallon (4L) water; rinse with clear water.

Most floor surfaces can be easily cleaned using a solution of vinegar and water. For damp-mopping wood floors: mix equal amounts of white distilled vinegar and water. Add 15 drops of pure peppermint oil; shake to mix.

Furniture Polish: For varnished wood, add a few drops of lemon oil into a 1/2 cup warm water. Mix well and spray onto a soft cotton cloth. Cloth should only be slightly damp. Wipe furniture with the cloth, and finish by wiping once more using a dry soft cotton cloth.

For unvarnished wood, mix two tsps each of olive oil and lemon juice and apply a small amount to a soft cotton cloth. Wring the cloth to spread the mixture further into the material and apply to the furniture using wide strokes. This helps distribute the oil evenly.

Laundry Detergent: Mix 1 cup Ivory soap (or Fels Naptha soap), 1/2 cup washing soda and 1/2 cup borax. Use 1 tbsp for light loads; 2 tbsp for heavy loads.

Lime Deposits: You can reduce lime deposits in your teakettle by putting in 1/2 cup (125ml) white vinegar and 2 cups water, and gently boiling for a few minutes. Rinse well with fresh water while kettle is still warm.

To remove lime scale on bathroom fixtures, squeeze lemon juice onto affected areas and let sit for several minutes before wiping clean with a wet cloth.

Marks on walls and painted surfaces: Many ink spots, pencil, crayon or marker spots can be cleaned from painted surfaces using baking soda applied to a damp sponge. Rub gently, then wipe and rinse.

Metal Cleaners and Polishes:

Aluminum: using a soft cloth, clean with a solution of cream of tartar and water.

Brass or Bronze: polish with a soft cloth dipped in lemon and baking-soda solution, or vinegar and salt solution. Another method is to apply a dab of ketchup on a soft cloth and rub over tarnished spots.

Chrome: polish with baby oil, vinegar, or aluminum foil shiny side out.

Copper: soak a cotton rag in a pot of boiling water with 1 tablespoon salt and 1 cup white vinegar. Apply to copper while hot; let cool, then wipe clean. For tougher jobs, sprinkle baking soda or lemon juice on a soft cloth, then wipe. For copper cookware, sprinkle a lemon wedge with salt, then scrub., A simpler method is to apply a dab of ketchup on a soft cloth and rub over tarnished spots.

Gold: clean with toothpaste, or a paste of salt, vinegar, and flour.

Silver: line a pan with aluminum foil and fill with water; add a teaspoon each of baking soda and salt. Bring to a boil and immerse silver. Polish with soft cloth.

Stainless Steel: clean with a cloth dampened with undiluted white vinegar, or olive oil. For stainless cookware, mix 4 tbs baking soda in 1 qt water, and apply using a soft cloth. Wipe dry using a clean cloth. For stainless steel sinks, pour some club soda on an absorbant cloth to clean, then wipe dry using a clean cloth.

Mold and Mildew: Use white vinegar or lemon juice full strength. Apply with a sponge or scrubby.

Mothballs: The common mothball is made of paradichlorobenzene, which is harmful to liver and kidneys. Cedar chips in a cheesecloth square, or cedar oil in an absorbant cloth will repel moths. The cedar should be 'aromatic cedar', also referred to as juniper in some areas. Cedar chips are available at many craft supply stores, or make your own using a plane and a block of cedar from the lumberyard.

Homemade moth-repelling sachets can also be made with lavender, rosemary, vetiver and rose petals.

Dried lemon peels are also a natural moth deterrent - simply toss into clothes chest, or tie in cheesecloth and hang in the closet.

Oil and Grease Spots: For small spills on the garage floor, add baking soda and scrub with wet brush.

Oven Cleaner: Moisten oven surfaces with sponge and water. Use 3/4cup baking soda, 1/4cup salt and 1/4cup water to make a thick paste, and spread throughout oven interior. (avoid bare metal and any openings) Let sit overnight. Remove with spatula and wipe clean. Rub gently with fine steel wool for tough spots. Or use Arm & Hammer Oven Cleaner, declared nontoxic by Consumers Union.

Paint Brush Cleaner: Non-toxic, citrus oil based solvents are now available commercially under several brand names. Citra-Solve is one brand. This works well for cleaning brushes of oil-based paints. Paint brushes and rollers used for an on-going project can be saved overnight, or even up to a week, without cleaning at all. Simply wrap the brush or roller snugly in a plastic bag, such as a used bread or produce bag. Squeeze out air pockets and store away from light. The paint won't dry because air can't get to it. Simply unwrap the brush or roller the next day and continue with the job.

Fresh paint odors can be reduced by placing a small dish of white vinegar in the room.

Rust Remover: Sprinkle a little salt on the rust, squeeze a lime over the salt until it is well soaked. Leave the mixture on for 2 - 3 hours. Use leftover rind to scrub residue.

Scouring Powder: For top of stove, refrigerator and other such surfaces that should not be scratched, use baking soda. Apply baking soda directly with a damp sponge.

Shoe Polish: Olive oil with a few drops of lemon juice can be applied to shoes with a thick cotton or terry rag. Leave for a few minutes; wipe and buff with a clean, dry rag.

Stickers on walls: Our children covered the inside of their room doors with stickers. Now they are grown, but the stickers remained. To remove, sponge vinegar over them several times, and wait 15 minutes, then rub off the stickers. This also works for price tags (stickers) on tools, etc.

Toilet Bowl Cleaner: Mix 1/4 cup baking soda and 1 cup vinegar, pour into basin and let it set for a few minutes. Scrub with brush and rinse. A mixture of borax (2 parts) and lemon juice (one part) will also work.

Tub and Tile Cleaner: For simple cleaning, rub in baking soda with a damp sponge and rinse with fresh water. For tougher jobs, wipe surfaces with vinegar first and follow with baking soda as a scouring powder. (Vinegar can break down tile grout, so use sparingly.)

Wallpaper Remover: Mix equal parts of white vinegar and hot water, apply with sponge over the old wallpaper to soften the adhesive. Open room windows or use a fan to dissipate the pungent vinegar smell.

Water Rings on Wood: Water rings on a wooden table or counter are the result of moisture that is trapped under the topcoat, but not the finish. Try applying toothpaste or mayonnaise to a damp cloth and rub into the ring. Once the ring is removed, buff the entire wood surface.

Window Cleaner: Mix 2 teaspoons of white vinegar with 1 liter (qt) warm water. Use crumpled newspaper or cotton cloth to clean. Don't clean windows if the sun is on them, or if they are warm, or streaks will show on drying. The All-Purpose Cleaner (above) also works well on windows. Be sure to follow the recipe, because using too strong a solution of vinegar will etch the glass and eventually cloud it.

Monday's Chores

28 March 2010
I got this picture from this wbsite...check it out you guys :http://www.cafepress.com/+retro-housewife+coasters

Well another weekend has come and gone which means more chores for monday...lol

Living Room/Dining room
1) Vacuum
2) Dust
3) Clean tv and front door (storm door)

Kitchen
1) Sweep
2) Put dishes away
3) Make coffee
4) Clean counters

Bedrooms
1) Make beds
2) Dust
3) Put clothes away
4) Get DS to help pick up his room...before he plays outside

Bathrooms
1) Sweep
2) Wipe surfaces down
3) Clean toliets
4) Clean tub after DS bath again...lol

Friday's Chores

26 March 2010
Well another day and well it's rainy outside so maybe I can get alot more done today then yesterday...Which I didn't get a whole lot done :P oh well.

Living Room/Dining Room
1) Vacuum
2) Dust
3) Clean the tv screen and laptop too!

Kitchen
1) Sweep
2) Clean base boards
3) Wipe down counters
4) Fold laundry and put it away

Bathrooms
1) Clean mirrors
2) Clean toliets
3) Sweep

Bedrooms
1) Make beds
2) Straighten DS room...and try to get him to help me
3) Straighten DD room
4) Other

Errands
1) Goodwill or thrift store
2) Commissary-pick up pasta for mac n cheese
3) Other

Thursday's Chores

25 March 2010

Living Room/Dining Room
1) Vacuum...seems that's what I do alot of
2) Clean the front door
3) Dust

Kitchen
1) Sweep
2) Dishes
3) Fold and put laundry
4) Clean base boards

Bathroom
1) Wipe surfaces down
2) Clean Toilets
3) Wipe down walls and base boards

Bedrooms
1) Clean window sills
2) Clean baseboards
3) Other

Hacking job making washable, reuseable swiffer pads

24 March 2010
All work and images are from kibblesnknits at instructables.com

step 1Materials List


An old t-shirt Woven wool blanket (or anything you have on hand that will stick to your mop head) Disposable pad that comes with your mop Pencil Freezer paper Iron Ironing board Scissors or rotary cutter Pins Sewing machine Thread

step 2: Trace Your Pattern

Trace your disposable pad twice onto the paper side of a piece of freezer paper. Trace your disposable pad once onto another piece of freezer paper.

step 3: Adhere Freezer Paper to Fabrics

Place the freezer paper plastic-side-down onto the fabric. Iron the paper to the fabric using a low heat and no steam. It will only take a couple seconds. Iron the freezer paper with two tracings to the t-shirt. Iron the paper with one tracing to the blanket. You could also pin the paper to the fabrics. I just find this to be much easier.

step 4: Cut Out Your Fabric

Cut along the lines. Remove the freezer paper after you have finished cutting. Remove all the paper (check the second picture in this step). You should have four pieces of t-shirt fabric and one piece of blanket.

step 5: Layer and Pin the Fabric

Layer them as such: 3 pieces of t-shirt, 1 piece of wool blanket, 1 piece of t-shirt. Pin along all of the edges leaving a 3-inch gap. You will not be sewing this gap at first. You need a spot to turn the fabric out-side-in.

step 6: Sew It: Take 1

Line the fabric up to the edge of the foot of your sewing machine. Sew along all the edges leaving a 3-inch gap of unsewn fabric (this is the hole you will turn the fabric through).

step 7: Turn the Piece Out-Side-In

Turn the single piece of t-shirt fabric over, pushing all the fabric through the gap and using your finger to poke out the corners. You should now have four layers of t-shirt fabric all stacked on top of one another with a piece of blanket fabric on top.

step 8: Sew It: Take 2

Pin the gap and sew once along all of the edges of the piece making sure you close the gap. Then, sew vertical lines approximately 1- 2 inches apart. Now, sew horizontal lines approximately 1 - 2 inches apart.

step 9: You're Done!

Hacking your swiffer bottle to make it refillable

Ok this picture is from a great website that teaches you to hack all kinds of thing to make better uses put of them...check em out here! http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-remove-the-cap-on-a-Swiffer-Wet-Jet-cleaner/

Written By: cpd_trigger

step 1: Removing The Cap

In a small pot, bring just enough water to cover the cap to a boil. Once you've brought it to a boil, place the bottle, cap first, into the water. After about a minute and a half, remove the bottle from the water, and give the cap a good, hard twist. It should pop right off as the boiling water will have softened the plastic cap.

step 2: Making the Cap PERMANENTLY Removeable.

When you get the cap off, you'll see that it has a number of prongs which cause it to catch on the bottle. With a pair of finger nail clippers, remove these prongs. You could also use an exacto knife, or even a razor blade, but I had a pair of clippers sitting around when I thought about doing this.

step 3: Refill the Bottle

Now you're ready to refill the bottle with your cleaner of choice. Vinegar and Water, Pine-sol, or anything else you may want to clean your floors with. Place the cap back on the bottle firmly and you're good to go. Hope this saves you some cash in the long run.

Another tip that was given is as follows

1. Get a pair of channel-lock pliers.


2. Adjust the pliers to the width of the bottle cap so that you won't crush it when you apply pressure.

3. Twist off the cap.

4. Fill the bottle with floor cleaner.

5. Replace the cap.

The cap will screw back on without a problem and you won't need the pliers to remove it the next time.

Homemade Laundry Detergent Recipes

23 March 2010
I used this image from the following website and they have recipes on their site too as well. check em out here: http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/la/how-to-make-homemade-laundry-detergent-049616

Well so many people are wanting to do things homemade and save money too...laundry detergent is a very cost efficiency to have yet people use way too much which cost them more in the long run. Here are some websites that have recipes to make your own. Try them out!

http://tipnut.com/10-homemade-laundry-soap-detergent-recipes/ - one of my fave sites plus they have both liquid and powder detergents
http://www.duggarfamily.com/recipes.html - I say this if she can save money and have 19 kids this muct be one hella of a recipe!
http://www.instructables.com/id/Homemade-Laundry-Detergent/ - Another great site, they even have how to reuse them swifer bottles so you don't spen 6-8$ on them.

I hope that you all find these helpful...I will let you know when I experiment on my own!

Wednesday's chores

Borrowed this simple little picture from a fellow blogger...check her out here: http://smalllivingjournal.com/author/mandasue/

Living Room/Dining Room
1) Clean front door again
2) Sweep front door area
3) Clean base boards
4) Vacuum
Kitchen
1) Sweep kitchen
2) Clean fridge out
3) Thaw out dinner
4) Put dishes away

Bathroom
1) Wipe down door handles and doors
2) Clean base boards
3) Scrub toilets
4) Wipe down surfaces

Bedrooms
1) Vacuum
2) Vacuum window sills
3) Make beds
4) Other

Tuesday's Chores

22 March 2010
Ahh another day and more chores to do...housework is never done. Here is the link for this cute chore sheet. http://www.merlinsbox.com/Do-Your-Chores-Pad-Chore-Checklist-p/13-12041.htm


Living Room/Dining Room
1) Dining room table...I really need to get cracking on this one
2) Clean baseboards
3) Vacuum out window sills

Kitchen
1) Sweep
2) Laundry
3) Dinner thawed out doing left overs tonight
4) Clean the fridge out
5) Wash dishes that hubby didn't do as usual
Bedrooms
1) Make beds
2) Put Laundry away
3) Get Dh to put dirty clothes in the laundry room

First chapter of a free gooseberry patch cookbook

25 Mac & Cheese Recipes by Gooseberry Patch

I hope you all enjoy this as much I enjoy their recipes!

Monday's Chores

21 March 2010
I will say that this site has such cute charts that are in PDF format she does such great work! http://www.theprojectgirl.com/2009/06/08/weekly-chore-schedule-free-download/

Ok I really didn't do anything cleaning wise except clean up after the mini-block party here at the house...it was great! Now the cleaning schedule begins again.

Living Room/Dining Room
1) Clean tv and front door
2) Vacuum
3) Finish the dinning room table

Kitchen
1) Sweep
2) Put dishes away and was remaining dishes
3) Scrub stove top
4) Clean microwave inside and out

Bedrooms
1) Make beds
2) Dust
3) Clean DS table off

Phone calls to make
1) T-conference to DD doctor to make an appointment
2) T-conference to my PCM
3) T-conference to OBGYN dr. to get a refferal to someone who can cut and burn my tubes


Homemade Hostess Cupcakes

I borrowed this pic from a fellow blogger...check her out here: http://dishingwithdish.blogspot.com/2009/02/homemade-hostess-cupcakes.html


Well DS wakes up at  8:30 am and begins about cupcakes...bout drove me nuts. So I will be going to commissary to get the supplies and a new frosting tip to suff these bad boys. Now the recipe comes from the site above mentioned...she got it from all recipes.com.

Cream-Filled Cupcakes from Allrecipes.com
3 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups sugar
1/3 cup baking cocoa
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
1 cup milk
1 cup vegetable oil
1 cup water
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Filling:
1/2 cup butter, softened
2 cups confectioners' sugar
3 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Pinch salt

1. In a mixing bowl, combine the first five ingredients. Add eggs, milk, oil, water and vanilla. Beat until smooth, about 2 minutes. Fill paper-lined muffin cups half full. Bake at 375 degrees F for 15-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool completely.

2. In a mixing bowl, combine butter, confectioners' sugar, milk, vanilla and salt; beat until fluffy, about 5 minutes. Insert a decorating tip into a pastry or plastic bag; fill with cream filling. Push the tip through the top of each cupcake to fill.

3. Frost tops with chocolate frosting or glaze, and pipe a white squiggly line on top.

I will add pictures of this adventure with a 3 year old.

*This is how they went at my house once cooled and frosted: I didn't eat any...too much chocolate for me, but hubby ate 3 and the rest went like this: DS had 1 along with a little friend, and my neighbors got 4 of them and her hubby dove right in...hahha they really liked them alot.*

Ok here's my picture of the 18 that me Buddybooboo made:
Enjoy drooling cos there ain't none left!

Ready Made

20 March 2010

Ok once I was in this doctors office looking at all these magazines they had and this one impressed me so much I asked for the copy. They have tons of things that us frugal women can make for our home.

 They have patterns and materials list so you know what you need to get and the best part is that others submitted the projects to Ready Made.

They have so many catagories it's awesome...You can build it, sew it, craft it, eat it, light it, organize it, wear it, plant it, celebrate it, and plug it. Check out the pattern archives to see all the wonderful things that you can make recycling and reusing to boot!

I had to share this awesome website with all of you...stop by http://www.readymade.com/ and see for yourself!

Today's Chores

I found these cute charts at the following site and you can download them for FREE! http://www.poshlittle.com/baby/downloads/217-organization/760-kids-printable-chore-rewards-chart.html

I got next to nothing done yesterday and man does my house show it, but it's another nice spring day so I am going to rock my MP3 player and get my house done or at least try!

Living Room/ Dining Room
1) Finish the dang table
2) Pay a bill
3) Vacuum...hey I have a 3 yr. old come on now!
4) Hope to shampoo it tonight
5) Clean DS train table

Kitchen
1) Sweep
2) Clean counters down
3) Get Rid Of Junk

Bathrooms
1) Sweep
2) Wipe sinks down
3) Clean mirrors
4) Empty trash

Bedrooms
1) Put dirty clothes in laundry room
2) Vacuum
3) Clean DS table in his room from him coloring on it



Lets see what gets done today..hahaha

Sewing patterns for Free!

19 March 2010
I found this cute picture on another bloggers site: http://blog.heartsandhome.com/

In this day in age with everything costing so much and the internet has so much more to offer now, why not find things you can use and save money at the same time. With so many women become more and more domestic goddesses I figured these links should help with sewing patterns.

So here are some links I hope you find helpful to use up some of that fabric that might just be laying around the house.

http://www.freeneedle.com/ - This place has lots of pattens or well links to patterns.
http://www.burdastyle.com/patterns - This has clothing and other patterns, they are more modern
http://m-sewing.com/ - This is modern patterns and PDF in format

I hope that these link are helpful to you as well as me. Please feel free to comment on these post and let me know how helpful they have been.

Apron pattern links

18 March 2010
This nifty pic came from the following web site: http://vikeats.com/2009/08/aprons-yay-or-nay/

I have to say that I do have an apron and forget that I have it from time to time. To be honest I love my apron...but what kind do you like and how can you make your own...not a problem. I am putting up a bunch of links to different types of aprons so you can get the patterns for the ones you like and happy stitching!

http://angieasplund.blogspot.com/2009/03/hostess-apron-tutorial.html -Hostess apron like what bar tenders wear
http://sew4home.com/projects/kitchen-linens/484-valentines-happy-heart-apron-womens-version- long apron like "french" cooks wear..don't know any french cooks to ask.
http://crapivemade.blogspot.com/2009/06/super-easy-apron-tutorial.html - dish towel apron
http://treasuresfortots.blogspot.com/2009/11/toddlers-apron-using-dishtowel.html - this is too cute
http://www.marthastewart.com/portal/site/mslo/menuitem.3a0656639de62ad593598e10d373a0a0/?vgnextoid=1897809dc732f010VgnVCM1000003d370a0aRCRD&autonomy_kw=apron&rsc=ns2006_m2 -Gardner's apron from Martha Stewart
http://www.mommyblessings.com/2009/01/apron-from-tablecloth-tutorial.html - this is sooo cute and old timey
http://www.ilovetocreate.com/ProjectDetails.aspx?id=7f48e14f-abbf-4961-9d23-4aea6a2e063b - this is a must have pattern for all you retro kitchen lovers...I think I need to make this one it's sooo darn cute!
http://sewing.about.com/od/aprons/ss/retroruffleapron.htm - Very old timey pattern.

The great thing about these patterns is that 1)they are free, 2) They encourage you to use scraps, and 3) most cooks love aprons and they make great christmas presents. So get the fabric, and machine going and fun picking any one of these if not all these patterns.

*Note: I don't own the rights to the websites mentioned, so please be kind and follow the directions for being able to use their lovely patterns.*

Friday's Chores

This cute little chart comes from the following website: http://www.chorecharts.net/preview/Preschool_Chore_Chart

I feel bad because I didn't get half as much as I wanted done...and today is going to be a long day! So without further ado here is my list of things for me to do.

Living Room/Dining Room
1) Finish clearing off dining room table
2) Clean DS train table
3) Wipe down base boards...well the ones I can get to

Bedrooms
1) Vacuum
2) Make beds
3) Change our sheets
4) Change DD bedding and sanitize

Bathrooms
1) Clean sinks
2) Clean toliets...if need...wipe down seats and all
3) Clean mirrors
4) Empty trash

Kitchen
1) Sweep
2) wipe down counters
3) Clean out fridge...aka CORN
4) Have meat thawed for dinner

I am hoping that I can possibly shampoo the carpets today...lord knows it needs it!

Homemade mixes...is it worth it or what?

I have to say this is the cutest picture for mixes...borrowed from countryliving.com

With today's economy not doing so great...(will keep opinion to self on who's to blame) things are getting more and more costly. Some people need to watch their salt intake, some people need gluten free products which are just as costly if not more for omitting certain ingredients. Why deal with not finding something or the amount of salt in taco seasoning? Heck make your own!
 Making your own mixes you can make them gluten free, salt free/low sodium, control the calories and fat content, and best of all you most likely have the spices there in your kitchen.

There are many websites out there and I will provide links to some of them, you can google "homemade mix recipes or make your own mix" and get a ton of them and some of them being store brand copy cat recipes.

http://www.recipegoldmine.com/mixes/mixes.html -This site has tons of recipes for mixes
http://www.razzledazzlerecipes.com/christmas/gifts/index.htm -This site is more for christmas presents
http://mixes.cdkitchen.com/ - Look at the features box for the catagories of mix recipes they have
http://marymae.tripod.com/jarlinks.htm - This has alot of recipes but she hasn't updated since 2004.
http://www.recipezaar.com/ - This is one of my favorite cooking sites, tyoe what your looking for and they most likely have it
http://tweezle.tripod.com/makemix.html -They have alot of recipes too

I hope these recipes help you as much as they have helped me out. Like I said before being frugal isn't about being cheap it's about being smart!

Thursday's Chores

17 March 2010

Wow I got a lot done yesterday...took along time to do it but I did get to it. Now for another day!

Living Room/Dining Room
1) Finish clearing the dining room table
2) Try possibly to shampoo carpet
3) Clean DS train table

Kitchen
1) Thaw out meat for dinner
2) Put dishes away/possibly wash ?
3) Make coffee cake with DS

Bedrooms
1) Sanitize DD bedroom
2) Make beds
3) Change crib bedding

Errands
1) Goodwill drop off
2) Pick up DD medications
3) Mail out Coupon RAK

Bonus: I got to straighten my spice cabinet and pantry. I'm happy about that...I wish I could of gotten all the other stuff done.

Wednesday's Chores

This is from a fellow blogger user...you can see her sight here http://jdorganizer.blogspot.com/.

Here is my list of chores for the day! Lets see what and how much I get accomplished today!

Living room/Dinning room
1) possibly shampoo carpet?
2) Wipe down the TV because little hands can't stop touching it
3) vacuum (didn't I do this already?...lol)

Kitchen

1) Clean out the fridge
2) take the trash out...ok put it in the trash bins
3) put the recycling out too in the bins

Bedrooms

1) Put little Miss's clothes away and blankets too
2) finish putting clothes away
3) sanitize little Miss's room...long story

Computer/Craft Room

1) clean computer screen
2) Clean windows
3) Inventory of DVD's, Books, Scrapbook stuff, and appliances for household note book

MISC

1) Do bi weekly menu for the first of April
2) Buy yellow light bulb
3) Mail out census form...hope they laugh at my race being AMERICAN!
4) Set items out for dinner

Coupons...What a great way to save!

16 March 2010

I love coupons. I love how much they save me and that's what frugal is all about doing...Saving money. I am listing some great sites that you can print coupons from. You may have to install software so your printer can print them out. You will also need to make sure that your local grocery store will accept them.

1) Smart source: These are just like the ones in the sunday paper. Be sure to check back weekly for they change! http://coupons2.smartsource.com/smartsource/index.jsp?Link=5S2ZUA6PWPEPO

2) Coupons.com: Another good site. They do have some of the same ones that smart sources has and they also have diffrent coupons too.

Here is a detailed list of inserts for the Sunday paper, this may be for the east coast area but it gives you an idea!

March

7 – Smart Source & RedPlum & Procter and Gamble
14 – Smart Source & RedPlum
21 – (2) Smart Source & RedPlum
28 – (2) Smart Source & RedPlum & Procter and Gamble

April
4 – No Inserts
11 – Smart Source & RedPlum
18 – Smart Source & RedPlum
25 – Smart Source & (2) RedPlum

May
2 – Smart Source & RedPlum & Procter &Gamble
9 – Smart Source
16 – Smart Source & RedPlum
23 – Smart Source & RedPlum
30 – No Inserts

June
6 – (2) Smart Source & RedPlum & Procter and Gamble
13 – Smart Source
20 – (2) Smart Source & RedPlum
27 – Smart Source & RedPlum

July
4 – Procter and Gamble
11 – Smart Source & RedPlum
18 – Smart Source
25 – Smart Source & RedPlum

August
1 – Smart Source & RedPlum & Procter and Gamble
8 – (2) Smart Source & RedPlum
15 – Smart Source & RedPlum
22 – (2) Smart Source
29 – Smart Source & RedPlum & Procter and Gamble

September
5 – No Inserts
12 – Smart Source & 2 RedPlum
19 – Smart Source & RedPlum
26 – Smart Source & RedPlum

October
3 – Smart Source & RedPlum & Procter and Gamble
10 – Smart Source & RedPlum
17 – Smart Source & RedPlum
24 – Smart Source & RedPlum
31 – Smart Source & RedPlum

November
7 – (2) Smart Source & RedPlum & Procter and Gamble
14 – Smart Source & RedPlum
21 – Smart Source
28 – No Inserts

December
5 – Smart Source & RedPlum & Procter and Gamble
12 – Smart Source & RedPlum
19 – No Inserts
26- No Inserts


This list is curtesy of a group on Cafemom called Progressive Coupons 24/7. Thank you ladies!

Homemade Degreaser Recipe.... Warning included!


Ok I have a gas stove here in lovely military housing...ok maybe not so lovely but comeon a gas stove??? I love it! The one thing I don't love is grease that pilot covers collect. I have scrubed and scrubed, soaked them over night and still nothing...till I searched on google and found this handy dandy recipe from Tipnut...I borrowed their pic too.

See I had bought ammonia for stripping my bathroom floor...they really seem to love the wax, and building it up here. Anywho, I had used regular ammonia a dab of my dish washing liquid soap and some awesomely hot water. I let them little round bad soak over night and guess what! That awful goop on them came off and they look like new! Here's the recipe.

Homemade Degreaser Recipe



Lemon scented ammonia


Hot water


Dawn dishwashing liquid




■Fill an empty liquid dish detergent bottle half full with the ammonia, then top with hot water. Add a few squirts of dawn. Put cap back on and shake to mix, squirt where needed.


This cleaner works great for cleaning the ornaments and dishes on display in the kitchen (the grease collectors ).

*With ammonia I recommend doing this once the kiddies are in bed, if you have kiddies*

Thank you so much tip nut!

Homemade Cleaner Recipes

15 March 2010

CREAMY SOFT SCRUBBER


Pour 1/2 cup of baking soda into a bowl, and add enough liquid detergent to make a texture‐like frosting. Scoop the mixture onto a sponge, and wash the surface. This is the perfect recipe for cleaning the bathtub because it rinses easily and doesn’t leave grit. Note: Add 1 teaspoon of vegetable glycerin to the mixture and store in a sealed glass jar, to keep the product moist. Otherwise just make as much as you need at a time.

WINDOW CLEANER

1/4‐1/2 teaspoon liquid detergent

3 tablespoons vinegar

2 cups water

Spray bottle

Put all the ingredients into a spray bottle, shake it up a bit, and use as you would a commercial brand. The soap in this recipe is important. It cuts the wax residue from the commercial brands you might have used in the past.

OVEN CLEANER

1 cup or more baking soda

Water

A squirt or two of liquid detergent

Sprinkle water generously over the bottom of the oven, then cover the grime with enough baking soda that the surface is totally white. Sprinkle some more water over the top. Let the mixture set overnight. You can easily wipe up the grease the next morning because the grime will have loosened. When you have cleaned up the worst of the mess, dab a bit of liquid detergent or soap on a sponge, and wash the remaining residue from the oven.

ALL‐PURPOSE SPRAY CLEANER

1/2 teaspoon washing soda

A dab of liquid soap

2 cups hot tap water

Combine the ingredients in a spray bottle and shake until the washing soda has dissolved. Apply and wipe off with a sponge or rag.

FURNITURE POLISH

1/2 teaspoon oil, such as olive (or jojoba, a liquid wax)

1/4 cup vinegar or fresh lemon juice

Mix the ingredients in a glass jar. Dab a soft rag into the solution and wipe onto wood surfaces. Cover the glass jar and store indefinitely.

VINEGAR DEODORIZER

Keep a clean spray bottle filled with straight 5% vinegar in your kitchen near your cutting board and in your bathroom and use them for cleaning. The smell of vinegar dissipates within a few hours. Straight vinegar is also great for cleaning the toilet rim. Just spray it on and wipe off.

MOLD KILLERS

Tea Tree Treasure

Nothing natural works for mold and mildew as well as this spray. Tea tree oil is expensive, but a little goes a very long way. Note that the smell of tea tree oil is very strong, but it will dissipate in a few days.

2 teaspoons tea tree oil

2 cups water

Combine in a spray bottle, shake to blend, and spray on problem areas. Do not rinse. Makes two cups.

Vinegar Spray

few hours.Straight vinegar reportedly kills 82% of mold. Pour some white distilled vinegar straight into a spray bottle, spray on the moldy area, and let set without rinsing if you can put up with the smell. It will dissipate in a few hours.

*These recipes came from care2.com/*

You can search google and come up with a ton of recipes for a number of things...but remember when mixing them to becareful...the combination can be hurtful!

Tuesday's Chores


Ahh another day, another day to clean I suppose. I got alot of Monday's chores done...I was surprised how much I actually got done...hahah

Ok here's Tuesday's Chores

Living Room/Dining Room
1) Clean off dining room table to actually eat there
2) Possibly shampoo carpet when kids are in bed?
3) Purge...didn't have time to do that monday

Kitchen
1) Wipes surfaces down that I missed i.e. fridge, freezer and so on
2) Reorganize my pantry and cabinets
3) Dishes

Bedrooms
1) Vacuum rooms
2) Fold moster laundry basket and put clothes away Dh helped me :)
3) Purge rooms-Purge masterbedroom!
4) Dust

Craft Room
1) Vacuum
2) Purge
3) Take invetory of books, dvd's etc. for household notebook
4) Dust...Dust...Dust
5) Wipe surfaces up
6) Clean up scrapbook table

Errands
1) Mail out Swaps
2) Telephone conference with DD doctor about bloody nose-have to do tomorrow he's not in.
3) Confirm medical order
4) Telephone conference with my Dr. to cancel surgery and get another procedure booked some where else...long story! Need to call monday about this
5) Pick up yellow light bulb for front porch
6) Call about light bulb replacements for living room...and about the dang ants in the bathrooms...I mean are they lost? Foods in the kitchen silly ants.