Monthly Archives: October 2013

Tick Repellant

TICK REPELLANT

Repellent for Pets
For pets, add 1 cup of water to a spray bottle, followed by 2 cups of distilled white vinegar. Ticks hate the smell and taste of vinegar, and will be easily be repelled by this ingredient alone. Then, add two spoonfuls of vegetable or almond oil, which both contain sulfur (another natural tick repellent).

To make a repellent that will also deter fleas, mix in a few spoonfuls of lemon juice, citrus oil, or peppermint oil, which will all repel ticks and fleas while also creating a scented repellent. Spray onto the pet’s dry coat, staying away from sensitive areas including eyes, nose, mouth, and genitals. When outdoors for an extended period, spray this solution on two to three times per day.

When pets are outdoors generally to use the restroom only, spray the solution onto the animal’s coat once per day. A simple homemade repellent can be made with a few inexpensive household ingredients.
In a spray bottle, mix 2 cups of distilled white vinegar and 1 cup of water.

To make a scented solution so you do not smell like bitter vinegar all day, add 20 drops of your favorite essential oil or bath oil. Eucalyptus oil is a calm, soothing scent that also works as a tick repellent, while peppermint and citrus oils give off a strong crisp scent that also repel ticks. After mixing the solution, spray onto clothing, skin, and hair before going outdoors. Reapply every four hours to keep ticks at bay, and examine the skin and hair when returning home to make sure no ticks are on the body.

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Magic Bathroom Cleaner

ALL IN ONE MAGIC BATHROOM CLEANER

What you need:
-1 Professional Spray Bottle (it is worth the extra $1, trust me!)
-8 oz. Distilled White Vinegar
-4 oz. Lemon Juice
-2 oz. Liquid Soap (I use Dawn)
-2 tsp. Baking Soda
-10 oz water

To Mix:
Funnel in all the ingredients, squeeze out the suds, screw on your cap and go make your bathroom sparkle!

To Use:
Clear the surfaces, use toilet tissue to wipe off any dirt, hair, spilled liquids, ect. Using the lightest spray setting, spray down everything- sink, counter, mirror, faucets, tub and the whole toilet, inside and out. I let it sit while I sweep the floor. I then use a microfiber cloth to wipe down the surfaces from the cleanest to the dirtiest. In our house that means mirror, faucets, sink, tub/shower and then the toilet. Be sure to rinse out the tub/shower really well so it isn’t slippery.

Stubborn stains in your tub?
Whether its a dirt ring at the top or dirt stuck in the textured bottom, this will solve your problem! Spray down the problem area heavily, and then using a sponge with a non-scratch scrubber, scrub in a circular motion. Again, rinse very well and then put on your shades because its going to be shiny!

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Home-made Oxyclean

HOMEMADE OXYCLEAN

1 Cup of Water
1/2 Cup of Peroxide
1/2 Cup of Baking Soda
Directions:
**Test on an inconspicuous area first**
Apply to stain and let sit for 15 minutes or longer if needed. Bad stains can soak overnight

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Choco-Mint Coffee Creamer

CHOCO-MINT COFFE CREAMER

(Photo by Lorinda Fleming)

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1 c. french vanilla non-dairy coffee creamer
1/2 c. cocoa
1/2 c. confectioner’s sugar
1 tsp. peppermint extract

Mix all ingredients together with a wire whisk. The peppermint will mix in well. Place in air tight container. Use as you would with any other dry coffee creamer.

Spice it up a bit by stirring with a chocolate mint dipped spoon!

Give as a gift: Put into a baggie and seal. Tie a ribbon around the top of the baggie. Place into a coffee mug. Top it off with a chocolate mint dipped spoon that is wrapped with a ribbon around it as well. Who could resist that gift?!

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Gingerbread Muffins

GINGERBREAD MUFFINS

(Photo by Lorinda Fleming)

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2 eggs
1/2 c. oil
2 tsp. vanilla
1 c. water
1 large carrot, peeled & grated
2 1/2 c. baking mix
1/4 c. molasses
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1 Tbsp. ground ginger
1 c. raisins

Preheat oven to 400° and place liners in muffin tins. This makes 12 regular sized muffins.

Place everything in a bowl and mix together well. It is okay to be a little lumpy.

Scoop enough into each liner to fill 3/4 full. More is fine too. Bake 20 minutes or until toothpick test is clean.

Leave in tin for 5 minutes and then move onto a wire rack to cool.

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Steamed Veggies

I am a sucker for steamed vegetables!

STEAMED VEGGIES

(Photo by Lorinda Fleming)

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1 large carrot, peeled and sliced thin
1 large or 2 small zucchini, sliced
broccoli, small pieces, desired amount
1 tsp. garlic salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper

Place about 1 cup water into a saucepan with veggies. Sprinkle with seasonings. Put lid on pot and simmer on low about 10 minutes or until desired texture.

Drain water and serve! You can add butter if desired.

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