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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Simplify With Life Hacks!

This day and age we all want to skirt around doing things that take forever. What if there was a more simple way to do things such as work and clean? Here are 10 very simple life hacks that can help you every day!

1. Pineapple juice is more effective than cough syrup to help you stop a cough! Yes, its true a chemical in it called Bromelain combats infections and fights against bacteria.  I tried this personally and yes it does work. Besides I hate taking medication so I am always looking for a drug free alternative.

2. Febreeze kills ants on contact and doesn't smell up your house with chemicals! True, I tried this the other night with Doller Tree febreeze and it worked!

3. You can use nail polish remover to clean the white part of your sneakers.

4. Use a cupcake liner to catch the drippings of an ice pop! Just pop a hole in the middle and it will help reduce sticky fingers.

5. If you have any of these stains these products can help remove them:

Grass- Use Vinegar
Red Wine- Use White Wine
Grease- Use Soda
Blood- Hydrogen Peroxide
Oil- White Chalk
Coffee- Baking Soda
Deodorant- Denim or A Dryer Sheet
Sweat- Lemon Juice
Lipstick- Baby Wipes
Ink- Milk
Makeup- Shaving Cream

Yes, I have tried these stain removers and they do work!

6. Here is a great one if you are a parent: If your child sends a letter to their favorite Disney character they will receive an autographed 8 by 10. I did this about 2 years ago for my favorite to see if it worked and yes I got one back.

Send to:
ATTN: "Characters Name"
Walt Disney Communications
PO BOX 10040
Lake Buena Vista, Fl.
32830-0040

7. Permanent Marker Stains! If you have kids and use these markers you know the headache!

Cloths- Hand sanitizer
Walls- Toothpaste or hairspray
Wood- Rubbing Alcohol
Carpet- Use White Vinegar
Furniture- Use Milk (not nut milk I tried it has to be reg whole milk)
White Board- Use a dry erase marker or pencil rubber eraser
Ceramic- 1 part toothpaste with 1 part baking soda

8. If you are a baker! Use Marshmallows in your brown sugar bag or container to keep it soft!

9. Homemade Icepacks that won't harden but get super cold.

Mix 1 part Rubbing Alcohol to 3 parts water. We did this one year as a science project and it works. It never froze but got super cold and stayed colder longer.  We ended up keeping it as an ice pack and made a few more with cloth covers.

10. Do you have a pair of shoes that are a tad to tight? Put on a pair of fluffy socks and the shoes and use your blow dryer on the shoes the shoes will start to stretch!



I hope you enjoyed these few life hacks.  If you did check out "my life made simple" board on Pinterest!

Well, all that's it for now! Blessings and Prayers!

Angie


Sunday, February 11, 2018

Our Favorite Things!

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Saturday, February 10, 2018

A Beautiful Day!

I hope everyone is having a good Saturday today! I was able to sleep in and then with a little peace and quite work on not only the Blog but also The Crazy Store Along with Crafting! I am currently making four of these rosette headbands for the store's main page. This is the first of my crafting or recycled crafts that are going on the store's main page.


I am so relieved that the weather here in Florida has been so much nicer than it was in the past few weeks.  I can't wait to really get outside and get the garden going more than I have been. I know in some areas of the country it's still cold and gloomy.  With Valentine's day coming I was curious to see what everyone's thoughts are on it? Do you think its to commercialized? Do you like going all out for it? Sound off in the comments below I would love to hear what you think. 



Personally, I am in between when it comes to the whole holiday. I try to show my family that I love them each and every day but then again I like getting a little something special for the big love day.



Well everyone sorry for such a short post but my crafting and laundry is calling my name. Besides, I have to help my 14 years old get ready for her first military ball! Wow, am I getting old or what! NOT!



Blessings and Prayers,



Angie!

Friday, February 2, 2018

Its Almost Time For Gardening!

Happy Friday Everyone!

For some like me, Friday means payday!! Well Its actually my last payday from my old job because I was let go due to restructuring. However, I have two months to find a new job so besides job hunting I will be getting some home projects done.  My biggest project by far is going to be setting up my summer garden. I know what your thinking but Angie the groundhog saw his shadow! Well, that's up there and I live in the land of sun and hurricanes so although Phil predicted one thing I am saying its no better time to start getting yourself ready!

First, you need to decide on what you're going to grow this year!

I myself use a variety of seeds from a variety of places but if you're just starting maybe think about getting packs that cost a whole lot less than if you bought each pack separate like I normally do.
A few good examples of bulk seeds can be found here, here and here!

Then if you are starting your seedlings indoors you need to decide if you are using seed starter kits or if you're using dirt in containers!

See where I live in Florida we have more sand than dirt so I am doing everything in containers which, to be honest with you works out so much better. This gives each plant a home or spot of their own and I can be creative on where and how they go. So what kind of containers do I use?  Well, ladies and gents you will be surprised as I use a variety depending on what I am growing so let's get started.

For My Tomatoes and Peppers
I go with a medium bucket similar to these!
These are great for tables, slightly dug into the ground or hanging!

For my Potatoes, I am kinda upset I found these after I planted my Potatoes plants for the season but these grow bags are awesome! If you have never grown Potatoes before you will understand when you have to keep adding the dirt to the containers!

I am considering buying one of these pocket growing wall containers for my Lettuce, Peas, and Herbs! I have just the right spot for it as well!

These breathable fabric grow bags are great for your Green Beans, Zucchini, and Squash!

Then for stuff like cucumbers and any other container-ed veg you have the option of one of these tiered garden beds! Best thing is you can add a trellis on the back and your cucumbers have a place to climb!

Most of all have fun with your garden it is an extension of you! Mine this year is going to be an outdoor sanctuary for me with a table chair and decor!  Some ideas I am thinking on is glow in the dark pathway stones! How about some solar butterflies or light-stakes? Or you can use some seriously adorable planters!

Gardening is a great way to relax and enjoy yourself so however, you decide to do your garden let your light shine in it and even if you end up killing the plants like I do now and then you can be sure you will have fun doing it!



Saturday, January 27, 2018

My Week Off!

Well, the week off is drawing to a close and it didn't give me all the results I wanted!  However, it did give me some and I can't say I am disappointed. Although don't think I am bragging about being off of work I was sick more than half of the time. As seen in previous posts I did get my shed cleaned out and switched around which got me started on the rest of the house cleanout which will continue now through the next two weeks. Then if all goes well we start remodeling soon after that.  I was able to organize not only my freelance writing but my freelance.  This alone will be a great big help starting next week when I am doing everything like I plan. I have a schedule and I want to stick to it as much as possible.

My week starts on Sundays because my work week at my main job starts on Sundays.  Makes it easier when setting up a weekly schedule to get what I need finished.  I am trying my best to turn myself back around which means a couple of things. I had resolutions and I am updating them a little bit! So here is the updated list.


  • I am going to control my financial stability more by keeping myself on a schedule not only with my home business but my freelancing.  This means having the time during the day for the recycled crafts, working on the computer and my store.
  • I am going to focus more on my blog and work on affiliates and self-promotion.
  • My home is my castle so I am going to enforce the get it together rule I am sick of it being a mess and really what mom wants to spend their days off cleaning 24/7
  • Taking care of myself...This is something that all moms forget to do.  I don't care if its 30 minutes a day it's going to let's focus on me time.
  • I am going to work in my garden more as I stopped for a while and it is something I really do enjoy and we get free groceries out of the deal.
  • Working on controlling my anxiety and depression more. Yes, I suffer from Anxiety Depression and Bipolar disorder. I am always fighting it and I always will but you know what I can deal with it. I have quite a few good reasons to such as in my kids, husband, granddaughter and my golden Buddy. (Check Out the Always Keep Fighting Campaign from Supernaturals Jared Padalecki featured here on Supernatural WIKI!)
  • My weight is the last. I will admit I like to eat. I can cook as well and combine that with my depression and anxiety I am one hot mess. I have started a new regimen and hopefully things will work out I am excited but not so excited because with my issues I just hit 265 and I can't live like this any more. I should be around 130-145. The battle is on.

So what more can I say I had 6 days of either Good, ehh or ugly.  I hated being under the weather thats for sure. But now its getting better and I know a positive outlook is the first step!

Much Love All!
Angie
Me in my dorkiness I can't wait till I can wear my fitted clothes again!

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Self Motivation!


Yesterday, I was full of self-motivation. I cleaned out the shed, started doing the cleaning in the house and not only did I do 1 but 2 blog posts. However, I am sore today and went to bed and woke up with a splitting headache bordering on a migraine. What can I say I am a contradiction to myself. Well, I decided to work through the pain and took 2 Aleve. Grabbed a few drinks and started my day. The above picture is my desk. I am slowly working on a little schedule I made myself today. Remeber though even the best-laid plans can be changed. I am okay with that if it happens but until then, this mama will be getting stuff done.

Have you ever felt that no matter how many times you try to do something your plans could be changed in the matter of minutes or even seconds?  Today is day two of six days off and I keep repeating to myself it's before noon you got this.  I take a big breath, pull up my big girl panties and continue on.

What do you do to keep yourself motivated and going when life interrupts your plans for work and home. I would love to hear any suggestions you might have below.

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Much love to you all,
-Angie


Monday, January 22, 2018

My Follow Button Works Finally!

Guess what everyone!! We finally have a working follow button!! I am super excited so please follow my crazy by smashing the follow button please!! Three years later and it finally decides to work.
Thats all for now.
-Angie