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Cleaning Tip #872

A wonderful friend introduced me to a fantastic way to clean my ceiling fans, and I would not be a good friend if I did not pass this little cleaning nugget to you.  Seriously, it is that easy!

Here is what you need:  your favorite all-purpose cleaner and an old pillowcase…

…and a dirty fan.

Lightly spray the fan blade with the cleanser.

Open the pillowcase and slide it over the fan blade.

Next, clean the fan blade where it connects to the base.

The, use your hands to “scrub” the pillowcase down the length of the blade making sure to pay attention to the fan blade edges.  I just wrapped my hands around the fan blade and firmly wiped down the length of the blade.

Wipe the very end of the blade right before you pull the pillowcase all of the way off.

Ta-dah!  A clean fan blade and no dust raining down on you, your clothing, the floor, and any children who happen to be “helping”!

When I had completed all 5 fan blades, I took the pillowcase outside, turned it inside-out, and shook the dust out of it.  It is now in the dirty clothes waiting to be washed.  Super easy!

Now, don’t you want to go clean your fans?  LOL

All for God’s glory,


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I have been experimenting again!

You may already know I love to experiment with my soaps, but Mr. Muscles recently inspired me to try something a little different.

He has been using my soaps to wash his hair with fantastic results.  Yay!  He has a very oily scalp and a lot of shampoos just didn’t do a very good job.  After seeing how well it worked on him several of us tried it.  Sadly, my hair, and that of a few of our kids, is too thick to use just a bar.

That was when I was inspired!  I took one cup of my soap shavings (I hand trim all of the bars and save the shavings) and 1 cup of water, mixed them in a small pot and heated it up.  When it was all thoroughly melted I gave it time to cool.

After the mixture was completely cooled I put it into two shampoo bottles.  It filled one up and halfway filled the other.

I have used it twice now and love it!  It cleans my thick hair beautifully!  EXCITING!

Something I will adjust next time is the water to soap shavings ratio.  It came out a little thick.  It comes out of the bottle fine, but I would like it to flow a little better.

I am pumped about this!  Am I being a little goofy?  I just can’t help it.  LOL  I feel like have conquered something.  Woo Hoo!

What I love is that this frugal, and my soaps contain no fragrance oils, dyes, or preservatives which means it is healthy, too!

So, making my own shampoo and it actually working fantastically works for me!    Does this count as a recipe?  I am sure it does!!!

You can find many great tips at We Are That Family.

Always in God’s Hands,


A Full Wednesday

I am going to multitask my Wednesday posts.  How?  I am combining my not-so-wordless, and maybe even a little word-full post with my WFMW post.   I haven’t been participating in WFMW much lately, but our camping trip and outdoor adventures inspired me to share a little something.  🙂

Let’s start with my Word (full, less) Wednesday.

Why this picture?

I chose to share this shot because she had taught herself to ride just two days before we went on our October camping trip.  The girl was taking hills!

This is our Ms. Independent (5)!

My Works For Me Wednesday tip:

We are an outdoor, adventurous and active kind of family.  When we are out and about, at a state park, a local park, fishing, or whatever, we like to take healthy snacks.  Some ideas would be granola, trail mix, dried fruit and other non-messy/ non-liquidy items.  I used to carry them in little sandwich baggies labeled for each kid.  You can go through a lot of bags rather quickly that way.  Especially if you have 7 kids.  Not cost efficient or resource efficient!

My solution?  We started using the plastic refillable water bottles.  You know, the ones with the large screw on lids.  What I love is that the bottles are washable, and the kids do not have to touch the food with hands that may be less than clean from our adventures.  *ahem*  They can open the top, shake a few into their mouths and be able to secure the lid back on.  Very easy!  I love easy.

I use this for everyone except the youngest (18) months.  She is going to touch everything anyway, and she would just dump them on the ground.  🙂

Do you have any tips to share?  You can inspire others or be inspired by popping over to We Are That Family.

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Blessed by God,


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WFMW- Fighting Crazy Winter Hair

        This tip was posted orginally back in January of 2008, but we are in full crazy winter hair mode.   You know what I am talking about.  You and your family are all bundled up, run into the store, pull off the hat (or hood) and BOOM, crazy hair.  It sticks to their faces.  It stands out all over the place. 

     You try to smooth it down, but it pops back out defiantly.  How in the world can hair stand out, stick to you and go up your nose at the same time?  Please tell me I am not the only one who experiences this!

     In addition to crazy hair, I have 6 girls, and a couple of them are extremely tenderheaded.  Detanglers are great but can be expensive to keep buying, and they always run out when you need them most. 

     So, what do I do?  I make my own!  All you need is a small squirt bottle, water and hair conditioner.  Put about 1 tablespoon of conditioner in the bottle, add water and gently shake until it is fully mixed together.  This can be used on wet hair as a detangler or on dry hair to detangle and control frizz.  A spritz or two calms the crazy winter hair static problems as well.

     I just pop my little spray bottle in my purse when we are heading out.  When we get to our destination a quick, light spray and we shed that whole I-just-rubbed-party-balloons-all-over-my-head look.  Woo Hoo! 

     Do you have a great tip to share?  Need a few tips?  Head over to We Are That Family, and see what other people are saying.



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This post was originally posted Jan. 23, 2008, but I wanted to share it again with a little updating.

WFMW- My very own Starbucks!

     I have to admit to ya’ll that I am a Starbuck’s girl.  Oh mamma, give me a grande Java Chip anyday!  Now that it is the Christmas season they have brought another one that just calls to me. 

     The Peppermint Mocha Latte. 

     Oh sweet heaven in a cup! 

     The problem with this whole Starbucks thing is that I can’t go forking over a fiver everytime I want some chocolate-y coffee.    Sigh.

     BUT, I figured out a little rendition of the Peppermint Mocha Latte of my own. 

     I combined a hot cup of fake coffee, you know the crystalized stuff, and a cup of hot chocolate.   It was delish!  I have made several of them over the past few days, and I am loving it!  No trip into town.  Not to mention it is cheap and easy to make. 

     Today I found a way to add that little something to my new found drink.  Peppermint food flavoring!  I have cinnamon,  peppermint, vanilla and almond.  The peppermint was fab, and now I am working on trying the others. 

     Being cheap frugal and a nut for chocolate helped me to discover my very own Starbucks knockoff, and that works for me!

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God bless,


WFMW- Yearbooks

     As a homeschooling parent I have often thought about finding a way to create a family yearbook to represent each school year.  I had no idea how to do it.  Until now. 

     If you don’t homeschool- DON”T GO ANYWHERE!  This is not just for homeschoolers.  How about creating a yearbook to commemorate your family’s activities for the year, or a “through the years” book for a high school senior, or remembering your child’s first year of life, or their first year of school?  There are so many reasons to create a “yearbook”. 

     I have tried and tried, but I am not a scrapbooker.  I have supplies.  I don’t really have the time to give to making the pages and then putting them all into books.  I needed something quicker and easier.  This is where Our Hubbub by Jostens comes in and saves the day.

     It is so easy.  I choose a design I like.  Personally, I chose the Homeschool Modern design. 

Then I chose the cover.  You can choose one already done or customize your own. 

     I uploaded the photos I wanted, and I was able to make the pages look exactly like what I had envisioned.

     I have had a blast making our family’s yearbook for the ’08-’09 school year.  For example, I made a USA Gymnastics page for Ms. Firecracker (8 ), an Upward cheerleading and basketball page for Ms. Serious (11), an AAU Gymnastics page for Ms. Lovebug (6), and a birthday page to cover the birthdays they each had during the school year.  All 6 birthdays and the arrival of our newest in May.

     It has been a fantastic way to commemorate our school year and all our family has done and that works for me!

     Have a WFMW or just wanting to check out what others are saying?  Visit We Are That Family.

God bless,


WFMW- Steamin’ it up!

     I have such a cool WFMW tip share with ya’ll courtesy of the two iconic cleaning ladies from England (via the spectacular show “How Clean Is Your House)!

     This tip is two-fold for your bathroom mirror.   Using shaving cream to clean your bathroom mirror not only will get it absolutely sparkling, but it will also keep your mirror from fogging up during showers.  How cool is that?!  It not only fascinated me, but it also had the kids completely enthralled.  What can I say?  They are cheap dates.  LOL  JK!  

     Anywho, not only is it a great WFMW tip, but is also something pretty neat to show the youngin’s.  🙂 

     Got a tip to share, or just looking for great tidbits?  Head over to We Are That Family and join in!