Saturday, May 02, 2009

Becky's Helpful Houshold Hints

1- 1/2 cup vinegar, 10 drops of tea tree oil and 15 drops of grapefruit seed extract will kill the stuff in your shower (but not bleach the mildew stains- sorry!)

2- 1 cup of vinegar in your rinse cycle will keep your clothes static free- nope they won't smell like vinegar when they dry. Added bonus- it won't effect the flame retardants in your children's clothing and has antifungal and antibacterial properties so, good-bye thrush!

3- Always have a snackbox in your purse. Charlie's has cheerios, goldfish, some sort of cracker and a box of raisins. Megan's has puffs and cheerios. I also keep 2 extra boxes of raisins, a lollipop, a battery operated toy phone, and a vibrating teether stashed in my purse- this can see us through just about anything.

4- If at all possible, get to stores by 9 am (or when they open, if later) and plan to leave by 11:30. There will be plenty of help available, short lines, and you'll get the best pick of the mark-downs. You'll get in and out in no time. Your children's behavior will also, magically, be about 300% better than if you tried to do the same errands at 4.

5- Use your used dryer sheets to dust baseboards and windowsills. The residual anti-static stuff will help them stay dust-free longer.

6- A Roomba is the best Mother's Day gift evah!

7- Always bring along a (re-useable) bottle of water for yourself and cups for the kids. Being thirsty just makes everything worse.

8- Rice/Corn cakes make the perfect car snack for little ones. They are big enough to a- keep them happy for a while and to b- easy for little hands to grab when you are trying to pass them back while driving. They also keep fairly indefinitely, aren't sticky and are reasonably food allergy safe.

9- Always keep trail mix in the car for you- The tex-mex one from Target that comes in the tub is my favorite.


joewalker16 said...

In addition, brew a 3 parts water and 1 part vinegar mix like a regular brew and you can clean out all the parts of a coffeemaker

The Sauls Family said...

I'm replying here so I know you'll see it-

Trouble in Paradise


Which part of Harry, A History got you thinking about it?

The Sauls Family said...

No, Melissa wasn't Jedi Boadicea. Melissa was Firelocks.

The Sauls Family said...

LOL! I love all of your theories so far. TiP really is a steaming pile o' crap, isn't it?? And the crazy thing is that Angie J actually thought she was paying Moey a compliment basing the character on her! (It's no wonder they shipped H/Hr- hello, oblivious!)

The Sauls Family said...


I'm not Cap'n Kathy, but since SQ is pretty much defunct at this point, I'll just say your last guess is very, very, very good. ;)

(Can you believe she wrote an 87 page chapter??!!??!? In a fan fic? And then to ask people that you are insulting to beat it? How big-headed is that??)