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How to make your own styptic pen.

If you're a pet owner, one way to be more ecOnomical is to groom them yourself. This can potentially save you a considerable amount of money throughout the year. I understand that for some, it's a matter of convenience. I can sympathize; it can be a daunting task if your pet's uncooperative. Enlist some help, it's always easier with two people.

You're probably wondering where the title of this post comes in...
Trimming your pets toenails can be tricky. You don't want to cut them too short or you cut into the quick. :( (The quick contains blood vessels and bleeds easily and continuously.) If this happens you will need a styptic pen.

For those of you who have never trimmed a pet's toenails or are just nervous
gigitjari about doing this, you should ask your vet to give you a demonstration or supervise you in their office. If you feel comfortable enough, you can visit this tutorial on how to trim pet's nails.

During college I managed a pet store and loved helping our vet tech groom the puppies. She taught me a lot.
Because of this, I am very comfortable trimming my dog's nails. That said, I still fear cutting them into the quick...just like I did earlier today.

If this happens and it will at some point a styptic pen will stop the bleeding. If you're like me, you won't have one on hand at the time. If this happens, you can make your own styptic pen. All you will need are Q-tips, cornstarch, and water. Slightly dampen the Q-tip and dip it in the cornstarch. Then apply the cornstarch directly onto the toenail. That's it. Just make sure to watch your pet. Mine likes to lick off the cornstarch!

I've heard some people recommend using flour. You could, but cornstarch thickens much faster than flour and the point is to stop the bleed right now. That's why I recommend using cornstarch.

Don't forget to stay calm and rub your pet's head while all of this is going on. You don't want them to be afraid or associate fear with getting their nails trimmed.

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Srumptious brownie recipe.

If you're a brownie lover :X or a chocoholic, you will definitely want to make this dessert! It is very rich and very chocolaty. Inspired by Organizing Junkie to use my cookbooks, I found this recipe in my fall issue of Kraft's Food and Family. Which by the way can now be accessed online! =D>

When I made this recipe, I made everything from scratch...the brownies, the whipped cream, and I didn't have baker's chocolate so I had to substitute. Needless to say, it took me awhile to finish the brownies. It helps to make sure you have all the ingredients before you start a recipe. The recipe I'm listing here is the original and quicker one :D from the magazine. I will later post my brownie recipe.

I took pictures to show everyone, but they just didn't do the brownies justice. So, if you would like to see the finished result please visit the Kraft site.
As promised here is the the recipe for this week's dessert.

Triple-Layer Peanut Butter Brownies

1 pkg brownie mix
1 c. cold milk
1 pkg (3.4 oz.) Jell-O Vanilla Instant Pudding
1 c. creamy peanut butter
1/2 c. powdered sugar
1 1/2 c. Cool Whip (Do NOT thaw)
3 squares of baker's chocolate
1/2 c. peanuts (optional)

1.) Bake the brownies as directed in a 13X9 in. pan.

2.) While the brownies are cooling, whisk together the milk and pudding. Add peanut butter and sugar; mix well. Cover and refrigerate pudding mixture until the brownies have completely cooled.

3.) Spread pudding mixture over brownies.

4.) Microwave whipped topping and chocolate on high for 1 minute, stirring every thirty seconds.

5.) Spread chocolate mixture of pudding and then sprinkle with nuts.

6.) Refrigerate for 1 hour.

Prep time is about 40 minutes and the total time until you will be able to eat the brownies is a bit over two hours. (This is why I was grinning earlier.) They are definitely worth the time to make!

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Keep a pitcher of water in your fridge...Tip #12

This tip is yet another very simple ecOnomical tip.

Keep a pitcher of water in your fridge.

Doing this will help you save money and water. If you keep a container of water in the fridge, you will always have cold water to drink if you remember to fill the empty container. You won't have to let the tap run until the water gets cold which wastes a lot of water. Remember earlier when I stated that the average bathroom faucet runs at a rate of 2 gallons per minute? The average kitchen faucet is about 3 gallons per minute. We should all drink at least half of our body weight in ounces a day.

Let's just say eight glasses a day...running the water fifteen seconds before filling the glass...3 gallons a minute...that's 6 gallons a day per person wasted. With that in mind, fill your pitchers and save some water!

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Turn off surge protectors when you go to bed...Tip#11

If you use surge protectors and you should or even power strips for your television, desktop computers, anything using electricity...Turn them off when you go to bed at night. Or better yet, when they're not in use.

The electricity used when they're not in use might be minimal, but it still costs you over the year. Every little bit helps when conserving electricity and saving money!

This tip can also apply to other electronics or appliances. Unplug your coffee maker unless you have it set on a timer, of course. I have also heard where someone recommended unplugging your microwave. I don't advocate this one...I need the clock on my microwave and I don't want to reset it every morning. {The pros didn't out weight the cons on this one. :( } I thought, however, that I should mention it just in case.

This is one of those tips that you have to remember to put into your routine. Once you have it worked into your routine, it will become easier to remember. {I know it's not always easy...I'm continuously working on this.}

So today's tip is;

Turn off surge protectors when you go to bed.

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TIPsy Tuesday...version 2.

Are you ready for TIPsy Tuesday (version 2)?

Although a bit disappointed about the participation last week, I am not too distressed.
I have, however, revised TIPsy Tuesday. Instead of naming a specific topic for tips, I am opening it up to ANY tip that will save time, money, or energy. It can be any, cleaning, gardening, crafting...anything.

Here are the guidelines:

1.) Your tips must be family friendly! Nothing obscene please.

2.) In order to submit your tip you will need to create a post in your blog. If you don't have a blog you won't be able to use Mr. Linky, but don't fret...just post a comment at the bottom of my TIPsy Tuesday post telling us your tip.
If you do not have a blogger account, you can still comment...just use anonymous. It will allow you to leave comments!

3.) When using the TIPsy Tuesday Mr. Linky please use the specific URL of you post, not just your blog. If you left click on the title of you post, it will take you to that specific URL. Then just right click and choose the copy link location.

4.) Please be sure to mention TIPsy Tuesday in your post and link back to it.

5.) After you have linked your post, I would appreciate it if you would also leave a comment.

6.) Also, feel free to use my TIPsy Tuesday banner. (Just right click and copy image location. Then use that link instead of uploading a picture. Or you could save the image and then upload the picture. Your choice.)

7.) TIPsy Tuesday's Mr. Linky will be accepting links until Friday.

I can't wait to read all of the tips this week! :)

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Menu Plan for week 9.

Wow...Monday again. Where did my weekend go?

This week's menu was planned so that there would be lots of leftovers. (My son and I are going on vacation for two weeks!!!) Since my husband is not fond of cooking himself an actual meal...I have planned for lots of leftovers and tv dinners.

Well, here it menu plan.

Dinner: Roast with carrots and potatoes.

Dinner: Round steaks, noodles, and peas.

Dinner: Mexican Skillet Meal
Dessert: Triple Layer Peanut Butter Brownies

Dinner: Pasta night

Lunch: Pepperoni Rolls
Dinner: Lasagna ( to freeze)

Lunch: Left Overs Lunch
Dinner: Mystery Meal

Dinner: Venison Loin Steaks, mashed potatoes, and cauliflower

Later in the week I'll post the recipe for the brownies. Trust me, you'll want to make them! I hope everyone has a good week. I'll be stalking your menu plans soon.

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Unplug your AC adapters...Tip #10

Today's ecOnomical tip is very short, sweet, and simple.

Unplug AC adapters when not actively charging electronics.

Even when your laptop or ipod is finished charging, the AC adapter is still using electricity. That's why the box is always warm. Although it is a small amount of electricity, it still costs you money. Doing this could also help lengthen the life of the adapter. So, when your electronic device has completely charged, unplug the cord from the wall. See...short, sweet, and simple.

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Save $1.50 on Dove CreamOil Body Wash.

While visiting Top Tips for Girls, I found this coupon. It's for $1.50 off of any (1) CreamOil body wash. Visit here to print the coupon.

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How to tell if oil is hot enough for frying.

The other night when I made my Sesame chicken, I ran into a slight problem. (I don't have a fry daddy, but I am thinking it would be a very useful thing to have.) I was heating the oil in my frying pan and realized that I didn't know how to tell when the oil would be hot enough. I do have a thermometer, but it only goes up to about 250 degrees and I needed my oil to reach 375.

I quickly did some searching and found these tips on Top Tips For Girls.

1.)Very carefully flick some water into the oil, if it sizzles immediately, it's ready.

2.)Place cube of bread in the oil. When it sizzles, it's ready.

3.)Put a popcorn kernel in the oil. When it pops, the oil is between 350 and 365.

4.)Place the end of a wooden spoon in the oil. When the bubbles surround it, it's ready. The more bubbles, the better/hotter the oil. Just remember to only use wooden spoon, plastic could melt.

I opted for the water test. I don't think my oil was quite yet hot enough. It took longer to fry my chicken. Also keep in mind when you add whatever you're frying into the oil it will drop the temperature at least 25 degrees.

I just thought I would share this information with everyone. And this way I won't have to search for answers the next time I fry anything.

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Use Compact Fluorescent Blub...Tip #9

Many people automatically think "No way!" when the mention of compact fluorescent bulbs come into the conversation. Don't panic...if you don't like the blue tint that the fluorescents can give off, they do make them in many shapes, sizes, and 'temperatures'. I use the GE brand in my home. I replaced all of the light bulbs in my house when we moved in three years ago. I haven't changed a bulb yet.

Most people don't like the blue tint, but that's only noticeable if you keep your old bulbs or if you don't get the same temperature bulbs. As I said, I replaced all of the bulbs and we don't even notice any blue tint and we have the 'bluest' available. When we flip on our lights, it's like adding daylight. Everything in my home is bright and distinct. I have become so used to these bulbs that when I go into somewhere using regular bulbs, everything seems to yellow to me.

Using compact fluorescent bulbs will help you save money on your electricity bill. I can't really tell you how much I have saved, but if you click on the picture above it will take you to a GE site that will provide you more details.

The one thing you do need to keep in mind is that all compact fluorescent bulbs contain mercury. Once again, don't panic... You can handle bulbs as you do any other bulb. It's if the bulb breaks that you need to take precautions. Here is an excerpt from Popular Mechanics that explains how much mercury is in the bulbs and exactly what you should do if they break.

How much mercury is contained in a CFL?
Each bulb contains an average of 5 milligrams of mercury, “which is just enough to cover a ballpoint pen tip,” says Leslie, associate director of the Lighting Research Center at Rensselaer. “Though it’s nothing to laugh at, unless you wipe up mercury [without gloves] and then lick your hand, you’re probably going to be okay.”

What is the proper way to handle a broken CFL?
Open the windows and let the room air out for 15 to 30 minutes, then remove as much material as possible without a vacuum cleaner. Using disposable gloves, scoop the glass onto a piece of cardboard and wipe the area with a wet paper towel. For smaller pieces of glass and powder, use duct tape to pull up the fragments and wash your hands after cleaning up the debris.

The other thing to keep in mind when using these bulbs is to properly recycle them so they are not ending up in landfills! IKEA and Home Depot are some of the businesses that will take your used bulbs for proper recycling.

As with everything, there are always differing opinions and everyone is entitled to their own. I use and love these bulbs. And yes, I have broken them before with no horrible side effects. These are just my opinions, but I feel that the blubs are worth it. So, my tip for today is:

Use Compact Fluorescent bulbs instead of incandescent bulbs.

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Turn the water off while brushing your teeth...Tip #8

Did you know that the average bathroom faucet flows at a rate of 2 gallons per minute? I was curious to see how much people pay per gallon for water, so I did some research. Luckily we have a well. The lowest price I could find was $2.50 and the highest I looked at was almost $20.00 per 1000 gallons. Now according to the EPA the average american citizen uses 100 gallons per day. Keep in mind that is per person, not per household!

My tip for today is:

Turn the water off while brushing your teeth!

Brushing your teeth twice a day for at least one minute, you could save 4 gallons minimum per person a day!!! With 3 people that would be 360 gallons saved in a month. Turning the water off will not only save you money, but it will help preserve one of our most precious resources. Too many people take water for granted. So, please do your part to be ecOnomical and turn the water off while you're brushing your teeth!

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Use baking soda to shine metal...Tip #7

Today's tip is an ecOnomical cleaning tip. Going by the TIPsy Tuesday topic, my tip for this week pertains to cleaning with baking soda. There are millions of uses for baking soda, especially when it comes to cleaning.

Use baking soda to clean/shine metal.

When I clean my bathroom, I use baking soda. I especially love using baking soda to shine my tub fixtures. Baking soda is a non-abrasive way to scrub and polish. I dampen the fixtures and sprinkle on the baking soda. I wipe the baking soda around and then rinse. --No harsh chemical and no arm-tiring scrubbing.-- My fixtures come out looking spotless!!

This is just one of the ways that baking soda is an ecOnomical product. It saves me money since I'm not purchasing cleaners. And it's also safe for my environment. I don't worry about my son being around when I'm cleaning and it doesn't flare my allergies. There are no harsh chemical fumes.

Welcome to TIPsy Tuesday!!!

Welcome to TIPsy Tuesday!!!

EcOnomical Mom is home to TIPsy Tuesday...a place where you can share your own tips and tricks with everyone else here at EcOnomical Mom. If you have an idea or tip that helps save time, money, electricity, water...even your sanity, please link up!! Everyone would love to hear it. I'm all about being green and ecOnomical, but please don't feel that your tip needs to be. Just as my father says 'there no such thing as a stupid question', well...there's no such thing as a stupid tip. Every tip is unique, wonderful, and will help someone somewhere!! Thank you for visiting and for sharing.

Here are some brief guidelines for participating in TIPsy Tuesday...

  • Your tips must be family friendly! Nothing rude or obscene please.
  • {For those unfamiliar with using Mr. Linky} In order to submit your tip you will need to create a post in your blog. {It doesn't need to be a new post.} If you don't have a blog you won't be able to use Mr. Linky, but don't fret...just post a comment, including the tip, in 'Your thoughts and suggestions' at the bottom of the TIPsy Tuesday post.
  • When using the TIPsy Tuesday Mr. Linky please use the specific URL of you post, not just your blog. You can right click on the title of you post choose the copy link location. This will provide the specific URL.
  • Please mention TIPsy Tuesday in your post {though not required} and link back to it.
  • After you have linked your post, I would appreciate it if you would also leave a comment.
  • Also, feel free to use my TIPsy Tuesday banner. (Just right click and copy image location. Then use that link instead of uploading a picture. Or you could save the image and then upload the picture. Your choice.)
  • Sometimes I find posts on other blogs that I feel are really insightful or helpful tips and I will link to them. If you have been linked here and wish to be removed, please contact me.

Thank you for being a part of TIPsy Tuesday and sharing your knowledge.

If you're looking for the latest TIPsy Tuesday, click HERE.

Menu Plan for week 8...

Do you know what day it is?!? It's Menu Plan Monday!!! It's almost 5pm, I'm just now getting around to posting it. And that's because I didn't get finish with my plans until about 4! That's the way today has been. Oh well, it is a Monday!

This week is very simple and because of schedule changes last week, I'm moving some meals to this week.

Dinner: Pizza

Lunch: Eating out--Chinese
Dinner: Beef Pot Roast (Crockpot)

Dinner: Perfect Sesame Chicken, white rice, and broccoli

Dinner: Pasta night
(Because my husband and son love pasta so much...I'm implementing pasta night every week.)
Dessert: I haven't quite decide I'll post the recipe later in the week for whatever I make.

Dinner: Lil' smokies, mac-n-cheese, peas

Lunch: Leftovers Lunch
Dinner: Mystery Meal (This is a meal chosen from someone else's menu plan. I determine what ingredients I have on hand and then choose a delicious recipe.)

Lunch: Steak-um's and FF.
Dinner: Meatloaf, perogies, and mixed veggies.

TIPsy Tuesday... coming this Tuesday to a blog near you.

I said that I would give you more information about TIPsy Tuesday later in the week...well...this is about as late as it can get. Sorry, but I imagine that most people reading this know how life can sometimes get in the way of blogging...;)

(...In a deep announcer voice...)Coming February 17, 2009 to a blog near you...TIPsy Tuesday.

Every Monday night I will be posting a Mr. Linky for TIPsy Tuesday. Each week will be a new topic. The topics will range anywhere from ecOnomical tips, money saving tips, tips on saving electricity to gardening tips, tips on how to go greener, etc. Please feel free give suggestions for topics too. This might be my blog, but your opinion is just a valuable as mine! And I want to hear it.

So, what I need would like you to do is make a post about your tip. After you have posted it, use Mr. Linky on the TIPsy Tuesday post to link to the URL of your post. Please use the specific URL for your post, not your blog.

The first week's topic is:

Tips for cleaning ecOnomically with baking soda.

And remember...anything tip is ever a bad tip...or too simple!! Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

Use reusable bags instead of plastic bags when shopping...Tip #6

Today's tip is actually for Friday. I wasn't able to post anything on Friday. It's a very simple rule/tip to follow.

Use reusable bags when shopping instead of plastic bags.

For about $1 you can purchase recycled reusable bags at most stores. Even though you are paying for them, they are still very ecOnomical. They hold about three times as much as a plastic bag...cutting back on the trips you have to make to and from the car. They will help reduce the amount of trash added to landfills. They can also be used for toting items other than your grandmas...crafting items from room to room... The possibilities are endless.

There are some really cute bags sold at Toys-R-Us for $1.25.

Sunday Boiled Dinner Recipe.

Motivated by Organizing Junkie I decided to use my cookbooks for menu planning this week. I want to share with you the recipe for tonights dinner...Sunday Boiled Dinner. My husbands family, from Maine, calls it New England Boiled Dinner. Either's the recipe:

1 fully cooked boneless ham ( about 2 lbs.)
1 med onion...quartered.
1 lb red potato...I use about 5 halved.
1 large rutabaga, peeled and cut into 1 in. cubes.
4 sm/med turnips...quartered.
1 lb carrots...I use 3 handfuls of baby carrots.
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1 sm/med head of cabbage...halved.

I place the first eight ingredients in my slow cooker and add water...enough to cover the vegetables. Then I place the cabbage on top of everything. Place the lid and cook on low for at least 8 hours.

If you forgot to start the crock pot, you can bring the first eight ingredients to a boil. Then place the cabbage on top of the root veggies. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for an hour. Or until the veggies are tender.

It's a bad day...

Today is turning out to be one of those days...the day when you want to hide your head under the covers and not come out...ever!!!

We have been hit with horrible winds. I didn't get to sleep until after 2 this morning. At one point I thought we were going to lose the roof off of the house. I felt the house sway with the wind. I normally love storms...they put me right to sleep. Wind is NOT my friend.

I'm tired of chasing after the garbage cans headed for the ditch. I'm leaving them there. At least they seem to be safe and not touched by the wind there. Everything has been over turned and scattered. XR's swimming pool has headed to the woods for the last time...I'm not chasing it anymore!! It can stay there.

Side note...yes, I said his swimming pool. No, I'm not lazy and just didn't want to put it away before winter...we left it out so he could safely ice skate in it.

As if the wind wasn't bad enough...I think my dog had a seizure. I'm really hoping it was just the wind that terrified her, but I doubt it. She was acting like she had gotten into trouble...her head held down, she wouldn't look at me, tail tucked between her legs. She went to the door so I let her out. When I looked a few moments later, she was at the screen door looking terrified. When I let her back in she was trembling something awful!!
A short end to the long story is that I had to hold her for over 45 minutes. She is finally laying beside me sleeping.
Sorry, I just needed to vent.

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If you have never heard of Freecycle, then now is your chance to become acquainted with one of the greatest organizations to exist.

Do you take items to Goodwill or the Salvation Army for donation? Do have items that you mean to donate, but haven't gotten around to it yet? Freecycle could be the perfect place for you!!

I am a proud member of Freecycle. I love it. I can post items that I have to giveaway...people contact me... then come pick up the item. Or I can browse what other people have to offer and get great items...for FREE. Now that is being ecOnomical!

Here is an excerpt from the website...

Welcome! The Freecycle Network™ is made up of 4,677 groups with 6,425,000 members across the globe. It's a grassroots and entirely nonprofit movement of people who are giving (& getting) stuff for free in their own towns. It's all about reuse and keeping good stuff out of landfills. Each local group is moderated by a local volunteer (them's good people). Membership is free.

If you take a moment and think about this, it's the perfect situation. You have something you want to get rid of...someone out there wants it. You don't have to spend money on gas taking the item to donate it. You're not using your very valuable time either. It's not going into a landfill, so that's good for the environment. And you're helping out someone else.

On the flip side, there is no better way to be ecOnomical than by getting things for FREE!!! Okay, so some of you are thinking...I don't want someone else's trash. That's the great thing about's not trash! The items posted on there for the most part are in great shape.

You would be amazed at what you can find. So...wait no longer...go visit Freecycle and check it out!!!

It's all about Reusing-Reducing-Recycling.

Today's tip is all about all about reusing, reducing, and recycling. It's not only good for the environment, it will also help you save money!

Save your empty containers. Wash them and reuse them.

If you save your emptied containers, you can actually save yourself money in the process. You won't need to buy plastic organizers or storage containers. Sometimes you just need to think outside of the consumer box.

Old butter tubs make great homemade play dough containers. Peanut butter jars make wonderful Flubber containers or crayon holders. Baby food jars make a wonderful votive holder. Yogurt cups are great for holding paint. Old tea mix canisters are great for containing coloring pencils. Anything that's plastic or glass, I wash and reuse. The possibilities for these items are endless!

I realize that a lot of containers and canisters are not the prettiest items in the world, but what about when you add your kid's art to them...!?! They make the most unique holders that you will ever own. They make great gifts too!

Now being the person that I am...I tend save more than I have use for. If you're like that too, I would like you to visit a wonderful site...FreeCycle. See my next post coming this evening
for more info about this site.

TIPsy Tuesday coming soon.

I just wanted to give everyone a heads up...starting next Tuesday I'll be hosting TIPsy Tuesday. I will have a Mr. Linky so that everyone can share their own tips. Each week there will be a different topic. I'll have more details towards for everyone towards the end of the week.

Using a washcloth instead of papertowels...Tip #5

Today's tip is an ecOnomical money saving tip. As with all of my other tips, it's very simple.

Use a washcloth instead of paper towels for cleaning.

Washcloths will clean almost anything that a paper towel will and you don't have throw it away when you're finished! Wash it and reuse it. (I still use paper towels for cleaning my toilet!) I use washcloths not only for regular housecleaning, but also for wiping up spills.

Using washcloths will not only help you save money by cutting down on the amount spent on paper towels, but it will also help reduce your amount of trash. Less trash in a landfill...better for our environment. And remember every little bit helps!!!

Menu Plan for Week 7...

Wow, it's Menu Plan Monday again already!! I just sat down to post last week's menu, didn't I? Time flies...and I always seem to be short on it anyway. So without further is this week's menu:

Dinner: Chicken AuGratin Bake

Dinner: Tasty Corned Beef (Crockpot) Meal

Dinner: Venison Steaks, Perogies, Cheesy cauliflower
Dessert: Individual Pineapple upside down cakes

Dinner: New England Boiled Dinner

Lunch: Seafood sandwiches
Dinner: Tacos

Lunch: Left Overs Lunch
Dinner: Mystery Meal

Lunch: Eggs w/ Corned Beef and Hash
Dinner: Pizza

You'll notice that none of my recipes have links this week. I felt compelled to use recipes from my cookbooks. I'm one of those people she was talking about (on Organizing Junkie) that does not want to let go of my cookbooks ;) I might share some of the recipes later in the week, so you'll want to check back!!

Homemade playdough.

Last Thursday XR and I made homemade play dough. It's such an easy, kid friendly activity. And with Valentine's Day coming up, I thought I would share the recipe with everyone.

3 c. flour
1 1/2 c. salt
1 1/2 c. hot water...not boiling
1 Tbsp. oil
Food coloring (optional)

Mix together all ingredients except the food coloring and knead well. Add the food coloring and knead again until distributed. That's it!!!

Using a stand mixer with the dough hook will make this project even easier!!

This is not like real play dough, it doesn't last a long time. (It reminds me of clay.) You'll need to store it in an airtight container. I use old tea mix canisters or butter tubs that I have cleaned out. They seem to work well. The other tip I would like to add is that we mix in additional oil before we put it away. This helps keep it from drying out.

Eventually it will dry out and when it does, it's as hard as rock! When I think this is happening, I have XR create one of his sculptures and let it completely dry. These sculptures last quite awhile and would make a wonderful gift! You could also have the kids paint them.
I think we'll try that next time.

What to do with a kitchen oil/grease fire...Tip #4

I try to teach my son to be safe. Yesterday we were discussing fire safety...he found the fire ladder under his bed. Remembering an e-mail I had received awhile back, I had him watch this video. Not that he is around the stove when I'm cooking, but it's better to be on the safe side!

I try to keep my tips in one category for the week, but I felt I had to share this now. You never know when it might save someone. Please share this video with your loved ones. Be safe!

Let the sunshine in...Tip #3

Let the sunshine, let the sunshine in...

The Fifth Dimension had it right...Let the sunshine in!!! That is my ecOnomical tip for today. Open your blinds or shades or whatever window covering you have and let the sunshine illuminate your house...not electricity.

Using sunlight not only helps save on electricity cost if you keep your lights off, but it can also add albeit a small amount of heat to your house. This is one rule that I follow religiously. My dogs love to lay in the sunshine, XR loves to play in the sunshine, and it helps boost my mood. It makes everyone happy.

Using a hotpot...Tip #2

Today's tip is a money and time saving tip.

Do you remember the hot pot you used in your younger years, when you were first starting out on your own...or in your college dorm? Yeah, that's the one. The one tucked waaay back in a cupboard somewhere.'s time to get it out.

Use a hot pot to boil water (or any type of liquid that needs to be boiled/heated).

Using a hot pot instead of a burner on your stove will not only help save you money by using less electricity, it will also save you time.

I'm one of those people who have to do my own myth busting. I've tested this and it takes less than half the time to boil water in the hot pot than it does using the stove. As for exactly how much energy it saves, I can't say. Trust me though, it does.
Also, I don't use it just for boiling water. I heat soup, make stuffing, cook rice...anything I would heat in a pot on the stove, I use my hot pot instead!

Just another tip to help you be more be energy efficient and save time and money!

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The EcOnomical Tip Of Day...#1

My very first ecOnomical tip! This one is an energy and money saving tip. It is so simple that most of you will laugh when you read it. However there are many, many people out there that do not follow it. In order to be energy conscience, you MUST follow this one simple rule. Even if you're not an energy conscience person, keep in mind that it will help you save money. Every penny counts!
Now for the moment you have all been waiting for...

Turn the lights OFF when you leave the room!!!

When you leave a room, turn the lights off. It's really that simple! Unless, of course, there is someone still in that room!
It uses more energy leaving the light on, than it does flipping the switch. Even if you'll only be out of the room for a minute.

Hey, if you don't believe me, MythBusters proved it!

Menu Plan Monday Week 6.

Hey everyone! Do you know what day it is?!? It's Menu Plan Monday.

There were a few days last week that the menu plan changed, so I will be moving some of last week's plan to this one. I will once again get straight to it. (I have grocery shopping to do, take down all of my snowman decorations, and then decorate for VDay!)

Here it menu for week 6:

Lunch: Going to Subway!!!(It's grocery shopping day.)
Dinner: Citrus Pork Loin with vegetables
Dessert: Apple pie

Dinner: Easy Chicken Tetrazzini

Dinner: Tilapia Scampi, rice, and sugar snap pea stir-fry veggies

Dinner: Spaghetti with my meat sauce
Dessert: Chocolate cake

Dinner: Sausage dogs, french fries, and mixed veggies

Lunch: Left Overs Lunch
Dinner: Mystery Meal

Lunch: Brunch Casserole
Dinner: Cheesy sausage pasta

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