I heart My Cleaner

Today I found the most wonderful recipe for a houheart_311449sehold cleaner: better than your best Myer’s, Dr. Bronners, Mean Green, Mr. Clean  or anything by Clorox. Short story, I’m preparing my home to rent. Time to clean the windows (uhg!), the doors and baseboards (really!?), and even under the fridge and stove (Pooey!). What will cut thro
ugh the mineralized windows, the gravy under the stove, the stickers, finger prints, unreasonable dark smudges on the garage door?  Well, I found it. I feel like your best friend. Isn’t this fun?

This is it:

  1. 10oz (1 1/8th cup) ammonia (yes that smelly gaseous cheap cleaner at every store), mixed with
  2. 16 oz (2 cups) H2O topped off with
  3. A little dab of Dawn (it’s blue) dish soap.

In a sturdy, clean spray bottle combine ammonia first, then water and top with Dawn, swish with nozzle straw. Voila, perfect cleaner for every surface (except inside your oven).

Smelly, so what! It will leave your space smelling clean and glistening.

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I was looking for a solid cleaner and found a lot of good advice on this website (by the way this is NOT an advertisement, in fact this site also gets thumbs up because they didn’t bombard me with advertisements.)


Madly in Love with Local Library


“Whatever the cost of our libraries, the price is cheap compared to that of an ignorant nation.”
Walter Cronkite

Ahhhh summertime calls from within the walls of our lovely library where there is every to learn and nooks and crannies to escape, from the heat, from the bills, from my children.

When I was finishing my degree my beloved Art History teacher Donald Harrington posed this final essay question in our final exam. He asked, “Which is the better material for research, books or the Internet? Explain.” And still today I think about that essay question when I’m really trying to understand something so fully that it opens whole new questions or when I want my child to not just learn the names of our plants but to understand them too. The answer is books. When we learn through books the information stays with us rather than being transient knowledge.

With that said, these days libraries offer us so much more than just books.So, here’s what you can get with one library card, or from the library in our small modest town:

1. Freegal! My new favorite. With your library card you can download three free songs per week, that’s a free complete album every month. And, like on Amazon you can here short excerpts of the songs first. It’s a service your library pays for.

Furthermore, you can check our they’re CD collection.

2. You can copy any tax document you may need, as well as research.

3. Most libraries offer free internet access on computers as well as wireless connection for those with laptops.

4. Children’s reading programs are endless, for all ages. And kids love the library, because they can choose ANY book they want without the parents relying “No we can’t afford that.” My kids drag home so many books that we have a special shelf to keep them on.

5. It’s a great place to meet introverts. Like myself, apparently 47% of the US population is introverted. And I made two excellent friends at the library. They’re also introverts. So introverts, go meet someone!

6. Many libraries will also often host a movie.

7. You can often book a meeting room from some cool group you’re thinking of starting.

8. They have excellent CHEAP book sales.

9. They often host classes, such as computer classes or resume builder classes.

10. Looking for a book club. Look no further. (Or you can start one in one of those polished meeting rooms)

11. Need a career boost? Libraries often offer lots of on site and Internet programs you can only access with a library card. As well a lots of magazines.

12. Just touring your libraries website will offer you great links and information about what they can offer.

And this isn’t on the list because it’s about books, but one little tip, when I find books at stores such as Amazon I’ll then check out our libraries on-line card catalog and have them hold it for me before investing.

Many libraries also have ebooks for Kindles and the like.

So, go escape into your library today.


Cheapo Ways to Entertain Your Little Ones

Cheapo Ways to Entertain Your Little Ones

“Schools out for the summer!”

For some this is thrilling…all that wonderful potential. But for others it can feel like a daunting task.  How do we find ways to keep our kids and ourselves engaged in life rather than transfixed on the TV. So this first morning after Memorial Day I’ve decided to devote some time researching fun ways things to do this summer. Maybe I’ll even get really ambitious and post one new idea, link, or photo daily. (Maybe.)

How and why YOU can afford to garden.

How and why YOU can afford to garden.

Click on the blue title to find out!

Gardening is a perfect cycle of sustainability. Think of this, a packet of tomato seeds cost the same amount as 3lbs of tomatoes. You can do this. And now is the time to plant. No yard? Veggies and herbs can be lovely porch accents. I’ve even seen people plant fruit trees and veggies indoors in the light of a sunny window. It’s a perfect cycle, cleans your air, fills your stomach with food that’s nutrient rich from ripening, keeps the money in your pockets.