Posts Tagged ‘Household Tips’
Posted by infinitygoods on February 5, 2008
Since Shannon’s theme this week at Rocks In My Dryer is about sharing our favorite Internet store, it’s time for a shameless plug — it’s the Infinity Goods store of course!
There are many of us mommy bloggers who attempt to make a bit of spare change for our families by being an Amazon associate, or selling crafts at Etsy, selling our own products, or selling a few ads on our blogs. And I ask you, don’t you think it would be better to support a mommy blogger that you’ve come to know and trust through her blog where you get useful information or entertainment year round, rather than buying directly from some large, greedy corporation which only cares about putting lots of money in their own pockets and doesn’t care in the least about your family?
I’m an associate for Amazon. Everything and anything that Amazon sells, you can get through Infinity Goods for the exact same price and with all the security of Amazon. Next time you purchase from Amazon I hope you’ll do it through my Infinity Goods Store. Or if not through mine, at least do it through another mommy’s store.
Let’s all help each other out. Together we can all succeed.
Don’t miss my other Works For Me Wednesday post about Valentines.
And here’s a fast and easy Valentine dessert recipe.
Here are my other Household Tips and Organizing Tips.
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Posted by infinitygoods on January 22, 2008
Life is busy and if we want to squeeze every bit into 24 short hours, we have to multi-task and it’s all in the timing. Here’s a couple of examples that allow me time to read, blog or best of all, enjoy quality time with my family.
First, I let my appliances help me multi-task. I’ll fill my crock-pot, load my washing machine and my dishwasher, and I have 1-2 hours to go grocery shopping (I get to avoid the noise) or vacuum or just play.
Then, I’ll load my dryer — no rocks, please — and unload my dishwasher while the dryer and crock-pot are still going. I usually still have at least a half hour for another task or more play.
In the same amount of time it takes to do one load of laundry, I’ve also washed my dishes, cooked dinner and shopped for groceries, plus I’ve either done two other tasks or I’ve done two fun things.
On a cold winter day, my morning routine helps me relax. First, I’ll throw something in the oven (I either took something out of the freezer the night before or I prepared something the night before. It could even be something store-bought.)
The hot oven will warm my kitchen/great room 5-10 degrees, saving on my heating bill while I cook for my family.
Then I’ll put some water on the stove to boil. If I’m getting on the computer, I’ll turn it on now, because it would make me wait otherwise. There’s no need to stare at a screen that long. Every few minutes saved throughout the day add up to hours at the end of the day and week.
While the water and computer do their job, I set the toaster and prepare my cup. By the time I’m ready, the water has boiled and the computer is waiting for me.
I have the luxury of a leisurely breakfast while I’m cooking lunch and enjoying some Internet time (or a great book).
Making sure I rarely do only one task at a time helps me save up hours, it works for my sanity and I get to spend more time with my family. How do you multi-task or save time for your family and yourself?
For more participants, head over to Shannon’s Rocks In My Dryer and if you’ve missed some of my previous posts, just click below.
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Posted by infinitygoods on January 8, 2008
Today’s Work For Me Wednesday theme from Shannon at Rocks In My Dryer is to ask our readers a question. With the new year upon us, I ask all of you how you keep your home organized. What is your best tip or advice? It can be for any room in your home, including your garage. It could even be for a small portion of a room such as a kitchen cabinet, a desk or the refrigerator.
Be sure to leave a comment for the next person to find some tips and ideas and be sure to come back in a few days to see everybody’s ideas. In the meantime I’m going to your blogs to see what you all have to say and to leave lots of comments of my own. Happy Wednesday!
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Posted by infinitygoods on January 1, 2008
I once read about a bride who was raving about a wedding gift her grandmother had given her. Over the years, I’ve created my own, and created others for family and friends, and I can tell you firsthand that it not only has worked for all of us, but it has been an invaluable and time-tested resource.
The bride had received an address book, but it wasn’t just any blank address book. The grandmother had filled the book with information from all the businesses she had used and recommended over the years such as doctors, painters, insurance agents, craft stores, bookstores, etc.. The grandmother annotated each listing with the name of the contact person, when and why that business was used and why that business was so great.
Now my grandmother didn’t live in my area, and my husband and I at the time were both brand new to the area with no family and no friends yet, so I immediately saw the value of such a great resource. I started my own by keeping my ears wide open for when people raved about someone, and I also asked lots of people lots of questions.
For example, when you casually poll 100 neighbors, co-workers, etc. on where to get the best pizza in town, you quickly get a top 2 or 3. And I found that many people would also volunteer more information like where to get the best Chinese food.
Pretty soon, some of these people would also become favorite resources because their recommendations were always right on the mark. Likewise, a few people were no longer asked because their advice was not valuable to us.
We learned by trial and error, but over the years we’ve collected excellent resources which I also keep in a separate household address book with business cards tucked in when available.
I also cross-reference to find things easily. For example, Joe’s Roofing is recorded under Joe, but it’s also recorded under Roofing. Like the grandmother had done, I also annotate to help my husband if he’s looking through the book and to jog my own memory if I’m the one recommending the business to someone.
It’s become a very valuable address book for us, as it had for that granddaughter, and I’m sure it would work for you or your children. For more participants in this week’s Works For Me Wednesday, be sure to visit Shannon at Rocks In My Dryer.
If you’ve missed any of my other organizing ideas and household tips, just click below.
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Posted by infinitygoods on December 11, 2007
When our son was about 2 years old, one of our neighbors gave him some magic reindeer food. Although we had never heard of this tradition, our son enjoyed it so much that we have continued it without fail each Christmas Eve. Just like many people leave milk and cookies for Santa, we also leave food for Rudolph, Donder, et al, and it is MAGIC no less. According to our neighbor, to help the reindeer find your house faster, just sprinkle a bit of magic food on your front lawn or even on your balcony. If you’ve been good, they will zero in on your house lickety-split and they will find new energy to visit the next house. On Christmas Eve, before your children go to sleep, have your children sprinkle the food. Our first year, I was ready early the next morning with my broom to sweep the food away from our small covered balcony, but the wind had blown it all away. Not one bit has ever been left over, especially now that we have a yard, but I’ve always been ready with my excuse that the reindeer must have been too full should the need ever arise. Just like my neighbor, you can also make them as gifts to young children. It’s inexpensive, easy and fast to make, yet it will bring a lot of joy and good memories to the children. Here’s the super easy recipe.
Magic Reindeer Food
1 pouch of instant oatmeal or about 2-5 tablespoons
1-2 teaspoons of shiny foil confetti (young children are especially attracted to the shiny foil and 1 teaspoon is a drop in the global environment, but if you have “green concerns,” you can use colored sugar sprinkles instead).
Mix the oatmeal and confetti and put it in the center of some plastic wrap, closing it with some curly ribbon to form a pretty pouch. Colored wrap makes it more festive. Hand one pouch to each child. Older kids will want to make it themselves. Children will sprinkle it with glee for the reindeer, loving not only the magic, but also the fact that they are caring for and feeding Santa’s reindeer.
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If you missed any of my previous Christmas tips, just click below.
If you missed any of my previous household tips, just click below.
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Posted by infinitygoods on November 20, 2007
HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO ALL!!
Sometimes a recipe will call for only an egg white or only an egg yolk. Don’t throw out that good leftover! Just freeze it and add it to your next omelet or scrambled eggs. If you make sure they don’t get freezer burn, they will last quite a while, but I like to use them as soon as possible.
For more Works For Me Wednesday participants be sure to visit Rocks in My Dryer.
If you missed any of my previous household tips, just click below.
Black Friday Holiday Shopping
Bookcases at the Breaking Point?
Organizing Household Binder
Holiday Shopping List
Holiday Decorating Tips and Ideas
Trading Card Storage
Large desk calendar inside guest closet
Child’s haircut without tears
Homemade bread stuffing
Plastic colander bath toy drainer/holder
Reuse plastic grocery bags in the car
How to increase Web site traffic?
16 Blog/Web site tips
- Don’t know what NaBloPoMo and NaNoWriMo are? Read all about it here and here.
- Want to know why I’m participating in both? Click here.
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Posted by infinitygoods on October 29, 2007
- Be sure to clear your front yard and steps of any trip hazards.
- Remove anything which can hurt someone, be damaged or stolen, such as ladders, extension cords, flower pots and containers, bicycles, children’s toys, garden hoses, etc.
- Clear walkways of leaves and other slip hazards.
- Be sure to turn on as many outdoor lights as possible.
- If using candles in your jack-o-lanterns, be sure to leave enough space at the top for the candle to burn safely and make sure decorations cannot blow into the candles’ flames.
- There are now many styles of inexpensive battery-powered lights to use inside jack-o-lanterns, even styles which flicker. You can also use a small string of outdoor, stay-cool Christmas lights, and you can also use glow sticks, which come in several colors such as green, orange, yellow, pink, etc.
- Make sure your electrical extensions or outlets are not overloaded.
- Keep all pets safely inside. Both animals and children can get spooked by each other.
- Be particularly vigilant about keeping cats indoors and safe from any possible escapes, even a few days before Halloween, as weirdos, cult members and miscellaneous crazies enjoy hurting our dear kitties even more around this time of year.
- Check all candy before your children eat it.
Infinity Goods Wishes You and Yours a Safe and Happy Halloween!! 😉
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Posted by infinitygoods on October 23, 2007
With a standard-size calendar our busy family was always running out of room in those tiny squares, plus we were always running back to the kitchen or back to the home office to check where we were going next.
When I hung a large desk calendar on the inside of the guest closet door, our troubles were over! The squares are 2-3 times the size of most wall calendars, and each time we’re ready to walk out the door we can check the schedule for the day.
If while we were out we made an appointment, first thing we do as we put away shoes or backpacks is to add it to the family’s schedule.
Being inside the closet, it doesn’t make the room or hallway look cluttered with yet one more thing.
Our family hasn’t needed a cork board or a white board, but if yours does, there is plenty of room both above and below the calendar for these too.
If your children bring home weekly envelopes or fliers with information about upcoming events at school or with the sports team, be sure to keep them for easy reference. I use a butterfly clip that I hang from one of the calendar hooks. The fliers can stay neatly tucked behind the calendar until needed.
Please be sure to read my other WFMW post for the week for life-saving advice for children.
Thursday’s post will be about 13 Halloween costume ideas, so if you’re in need of some of those, be sure to stop by here. 😉
If you missed my other WFMW tips, here they are:
Child’s haircut without tears
Homemade bread stuffing
plastic colander bath toy drainerholder
reuse plastic grocery bags in the car
How to increase Web site traffic?
16 Web site tips
And don’t forget to stop by Shannon’s Rocks in My Dryer for lots more tips from all the participants.
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