Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Mom Tips - For Around the House, #3

I so enjoy the little "mom tips" that I've come across in life - those little things that I've learned from my mom, or a mom friend, that just make life a little nicer.  Things that make the "daily-daily" just a little easier, or make me smile a little more, or maybe will be a time saver for me.  I'm not referring to the bigger projects like de-cluttering or re-organizing, (although those definitely make me smile)!  But just the small things - the "mom tips" that aren't in the self-help books, they're just life-experience things that I've gotten from a mom with experience under her belt.  Well I'll share with you some of my Mom Tips for Around the House, #3; I hope they bring a simple breath of fresh air to your regular every day patterns!  *smile*

I just received an email containing these awesome Mom Tips that I had to share with you all!  The email was forwarded on to me with no credit to who the ideas or photos could have originated from, so I will just say that these are not my creation.  But they're brilliant!  *beam!*  *cheer!*  I had to print off the list for myself for frequent review as I have never heard of most of these tips before - but they seem right on.

Did you know?

 ~ Stuffing a dryer sheet in your back pocket will repel mosquitoes.

~ You can dye plastic buttons.

~ The color on the bread tab indicates how fresh the bread is, and those colors are in alphabetical order: b (blue), g (green) r (red), w (white), y (yellow).

~ If you place a wooden spoon over a pot of boiling water, it won't boil over.

~ If you break you blender jar you can replace it with a mason jar.

~ Cereal canisters make the perfect trashcan for your car.

~ You can paint upholstery.

~ You can freeze cupcake batter for later use.

~ You can make your own laundry soap.

 ~ Reynolds Wrap has lock in tabs to hold the roll in place.

~ You can divide and store ground meat in a zip lock bag.  Just break off how much you need and keep the rest in the freezer for alter.  So much easier than dividing and individually wrapping each pound or half pound.

~ You can mail anything that will take a stamp and weighs less than 13 oz. without a box.

~ Marshmallows can cure a sore throat.  Perfect for kids who don't like medicine.

~ You can run a paper bag through your printer.

~ You can print directly onto fabric.

~ You can flip a toaster on its side and grill cheese in it.  

Here are a few more.  *smile!*

~ Longer-lasting bananas:  Take your bananas apart when you get home from the store.  If you leave them connected at the stem, they ripen faster.

~ Preserving opened cheese:  Store your opened chunks of cheese in aluminum foil.  If will stay fresh much longer and not mold!  (But you can scrape off any mold and still eat the cheese without changes in flavor!)

~ Better bell peppers:  Peppers with 3 bumps on the bottom are sweeter and better for eating.  Peppers with 4 bumps on the bottom are firmer and stronger flavored.

~ Healthier ground beef:  Add a teaspoon of water when frying ground beef.  It will help pull the grease away from the meat while cooking.

~ Making really nice egg omelets:  To make scrambled eggs or omelets rich add a couple of spoonfuls of sour cream, cream cheese, or heavy cream and then beat them up.

~ Just the right amount of garlic:  Add garlic immediately to a recipe if you want a light taste of garlic, and at the end of the recipe if you want a stronger taste of garlic.

~ Nice left-over pizza:  Reheat left over pizza in a nonstick skillet on top of the stove, on med-low and then warm.  This keeps the crust crispy.  No soggy microwave pizza. 

~ Easy Deviled Eggs:  Put cooked egg yolks in a zip lock bag, seal, mash, add remainder of ingredients, keep mashing, mixing thoroughly, cut the tip off of the baggy, squeeze mixture in to egg.  Just throw the bag away!

Expanding Frosting:  When you buy a container of cake frosting from the store, whip it with your mixer for a few minutes.  You can double it in size.  You get to frost more cake/cupcakes for the same price.  You also eat less sugar and calories per serving.

~ Reheating refrigerated bread:  To warm biscuits, pancakes, or muffins that were refrigerated, place them in a microwave with a cup of water.  The increased moisture will keep the frozen bread moist and help it reheat faster.

~ Newspaper weeds away:  Plant your plants in the ground; work the nutrients in your soil.  Then wet newspapers, put layers around the plants overlapping as you go, cover with mulch, and forget all about weeds.  Weeds will get through some gardening plastic, but they will not get through wet newspapers.

~ To keep squirrels from eating your plants, sprinkle your plants with cayenne pepper.  The cayenne pepper doesn't hurt the plant, and squirrels won't come near it.

~ Flexible vacuum:  To get something out of a heat register or from under the fridge, add an empty paper towel roll or empty gift wrap roll to your vacuum.  It can be bent or flattened to get in to narrow openings.

~ Clingy slacks, skirts, or slips when wearing panty hose:  Pin a small safety pin to the seam of your slip or slacks to eliminate static cling.  It works.  Ta-da!  Static is gone!

~ Easily cleaned measuring cups:  Before you pour sticky substances in to a measuring cup, fill with hot water.  Dump out the hot water but don't dry the cup.  Next, add your ingredient, such as peanut butter, and watch how easily it comes right out.

~ De-fog your windshield:  Buy a chalkboard eraser and keep it in the glove box of your car.  When the windows fog, rub with the eraser.  Works better than a cloth!

~ Re-opening envelopes:  If you seal an envelope and then realize you forgot to include something inside, just place your sealed envelope in the freezer for an hour or two.  Voila!  It unseals easily.  On old-fashioned "lick-type" envelopes.

~ Smooth shaven legs, inexpensively:  Use your hair conditioner to shave your legs with.  It's cheaper than shaving cream and leaves your legs really smooth.

~ Goodbye fruit flies:  To get rid of pesky fruit flies, take a small glass, fill it 1/2 inch with Apple Cider Vinegar and 2 drops of dish washing liquid; mix well.  You will find those flies drawn to the cup and gone forever!

~ Get rid of ants:  Put small piles of cornmeal where you see ants.  They eat it, take it 'home', and digest it which kills them.  It may take a week or so, especially if it rains, but it works and you don't have to worry about pets or small children being harmed.

I hope you will find some extra smiles from this Mom Tips post for your daily tasks!  *hugs*  Did any of these ideas spur another idea that you know of?  Please do share it with us and bring a little extra smile to others' daily-daily tasks!  *smile*

Blessings on your efforts today!

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