This past spring I was introduced to Flylady.
Now, I had heard of her, and just as quickly dismissed her, years ago. I mean I was literally introduced to Marla Ciley at the Ft. Benning Women’s Conference, and the woman changed my life! She is wonderful. She even had me admitting all kinds of weird stuff.
Yes, I do refold the towels my family folds.
Yes, I will go back and arrange the pillows and throws on the couch after a child “helps me out”.
Yes, I do go back and reload the dishwasher after one of my big kids loads it.
Sad. I know.
One of the best things she teaches about is the timer. Just a plain egg timer. I am amazed at what I can get done in a short 15 minutes. What is better than that? How much the kids are into Flylady but especially the timer, that’s what!
I simply grab my timer, set it for 5 minutes, and challenge them to accomplish as much as they can in their assigned areas in that time. The three year old up to the thirteen year old accept the challenge and are so proud of how much they get done.
Who knew kids could get so fired up about cleaning just from hearing me say, “3 …… 2 …… 1 …… GO!”.
Timers and kids excited about cleaning Works For Me!
Fully Relying on God,
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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!
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This post was originally posted Jan. 23, 2008, but I wanted to share it again with a little updating.
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!
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My WFMW this week is one that internet and RL people ask me about a lot. Ear candles. I love ear candles!!
My oldest produces a lot of earwax, and that caused her to have poor hearing and ear infections. Years ago someone turned me on to ear candles and they have been a huge blessing ever since.
If one of the children has an earache I will use the ear candles on them. We had another gymnastics family whose daughter was suddenly unable to keep her balance. She kept falling off of the beam and was very unsure on the floor and vault. I took a pair of ear candles by for her to try. The young lady had so much ear wax that it was throwing her equilibrium off!
Here is me doing Ms. Serious’ (12) ears today.
Here are the ear candles. They are available at any good health food store. I pay $1.89 for each.
Cut a hole into a paper plate to put the ear candle into. I suggest the large paper plates.
I have lit the top and inserted the candle into her ear. The candle just sits into the opening of the ear canal. They can hear some of the popping as the candle burns down. If there is smoke coming from around the bottom of the candle you need to insert it a little further.
As the candle burns down, I trim off the burnt part and put it into a glass of water.
Here is what it pulls out. There is ear wax all the way up with the bulk of it at the bottom. I am always amazed! LOL
I have to admit that I was a little intimidated the first time I used ear candles, but I quickly got over it when I saw how easy it was and how well they worked.
So, ear candles for stuffy ears, wet ears, ear aches or lots of earwax, that is what works for me!
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Leaning on God,
I know fleas and ticks do not go away during winter, but they do come out in force when the weather warms up. Now that the weather is warming up that means that the wave of pests is starting to build.
I am not one who likes the drops that you can put on your animals. The neurological and digestive side effects are just not worth it. I also do not want to use powders and such. My kids hug and love on the dogs a lot, and I do not want them accidentally ingesting that poison. So what is a girl to do to keep fleas and ticks at bay and kill any ones that are around?
Lemons. Yes, lemons! You can peel a lemon, and then boil that peel in 2-3 cups of water. When the water has cooled take a sponge and blot the lemon water on the animals fur. It will kill fleas and ticks that are there and repel ones that are trying to hitch a ride.
Now, I cannot take credit for this gem. It comes from one of our best self-proclaimed science geeks. The one and the only Bill Nye the Science Guy! You know he is the coolest science geek out there!
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Leaning on God,
I can’t believe WFMW is changing. At first I was just uncomfortable as I started reading Shannon’s post, but ya know what? I think this will be good for WFMW and for Shannon. I am looking forward to continuing with Kristen. I hope she keeps the WFMW backwards. I have a few things I need help with!!
Onto my tip for the week. It is another simple one. You have probably already thought of it, but I am going to share it anyway. Just leave me a comment telling me that you are proud I finally figured it out on my own! 🙂
We are a cloth diaper family. I recently changed the way that I wash my diapers, and it has made a huge difference! Really.
When I put a load in the washer I no longer just start it washing. I put it on a rinse and spin cycle first. After the diapers have been rinsed out I then wash them. The diapers are bright white, smell great, and are really clean. Yay!!! Love it.
PS- I am also doing this for my husband’s work pants. The jobsite is often muddy and very dirty. By rinsing off the dirt I am able to wash his pants in clean water rather than water that is full of mud.
Simple, I know, but it works for me!
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People in the grocery store can some of the most helpful people … in the right situaltions. 😉 . LOL When you are walking down the detergent aisle complaining whining conversing with a friend about the red clay here in the south and what it does to hubby’s work socks, a perfect stranger may suggest a product that actually gets all of the orange/ red out of your white clothing. That is a person you want to find again and hug!
The product? Iron Out. Seriously. I washed a load of whites the week before and bleached them with clorox. Socks were still orange/ red and the whites were not white. I brought home my little bottle of Iron Out with high hopes. I rewashed the load with the iron out and let it set 30 minutes to soak. What a huge difference. It actually got all of the red and orange stains out. I added a short wash (after the iron out wash was done) with only a small amount of bleach and the whites were practically glowing! This stuff is amazing! I even used it in the tank of my toilet and got all of the iron stains out. Love this stuff. 8)
So, if you have problem with dingy whites, clay stains, grass stains, or practically any stains on your whites, try some Iron Out.
PS- thank you to lady in Kroger who told me about it. My hubby’s socks are forever in your debt!
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I just love the backwards edition of WFMW. So many bloggers out there ready to give advice! That is incredible. 🙂
My WFMW request is:
I need helpful suggestions to keep my laundry room in order. We have very, very limited space and so often I can’t even see the laundry room floor.
What do you do to organize and sort everyone’s clothes? Do you have a system that makes it easier for them to put clothing away? If you have any info to share I would love to hear it!!!
Thanks in advance for your help!
PS- If you have a good spaghetti sauce recipe- lay it on me!!!
I have been fighting a raging battle for well over a month now.
We moved on to six weeks of fighting those horrible, little fruit flies.
Ooooh, I hate those things and it seemed like we just couldn’t get rid of them!!
I finally found the source of their never-ending troops. Old potatoes that one of the children had inadvertently covered up. They had gone nasty and provided exactly what those little beasts needed to breed new forces.
Now that new troops were out of the picture I had to get rid of the rest of them. I don’t like using chemicals so a great friend turned me on to a fantastic trap.
Here is what you need:
some fruit (banana peel, apple core, old strawberries, watermelon, etc…)
Put the fruit in the bowl. Cover the bowl completely with plastic wrap. Poke holes into the plastic wrap.
The holes need to be big enough for the flies to find and go into, but not big enough for them to easily fly back out. The fruit lures the flies in and they can’t get out. The older the fruit the better. It has more smell that lures more flies more quickly.
This was extremely successful for me. I even recycled some dried fruit containers to use as traps.
This is my recycled trap with flies!
Notice the genius use of duct tape to keep it closed. 🙂
This also works with house flies but the holes have to be big enough for them to get into the trap.
Have a blessed day and may all the flies that plague your house be trapped and perish!!
As homeschoolers we have a LOT of posters. We do not have any where near enough wall space for all of the posters so I have to change them out from time to time.
Some of the posters that are stored a little wrinkled and crinkled which makes the hard to hang back on the wall. They also don’t look so great.
To help flatten then back out you can iron them! Put the iron on a medium setting and iron through a hand towel.
When I find a particularly tough wrinkle I will give a little shot of steam. The towel protects the poster. Does the poster look just like it did brand new? No. But it does look a whole lot better and it will hang flat against the wall again.
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