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HOMEMADE MOSQUITO TRAP:
1 cup of water
1/4 cup of brown sugar
1 gram of yeast
1 2-liter bottle HOW:
1. Cut the plastic bottle in half. 2. Mix brown sugar with hot water. Let cool. When cold, pour in the bottom half of the bottle.
3. Add the yeast. No need to mix.
4. Place the funnel part, upside down, into the other half of the bottle, taping them together if desired.
5. Wrap the bottle with something black, leaving the top uncovered, and place it outside in an area away from your normal gathering area.
DARE TO TAKE A PICTURE OF YOUR MEAL
You track, you work out, however, you still need that boost or help? Get back on track by taking pictures of every meal you eat, or snacks you do.. By taking pictures, not only does that help on your tracking but its physical proof that you see to "help you" and think.. oh wait, wheres my fruit, where are my veggies... If someone saw you with this meal, is it right for you? When you see that picture, is that really what you are to be eating? How would this make me feel after I eat this?
Sparkling electric stoves
After moving in my electric stove was nasty..it was caky and really grimy.
I have found my favorite way to clean my stove... you have to keep up on it and wipe and wash it down after every use..
Wash down with dawn dish soap and sprinkle baking soda on it... use a scraper or a blade to get the really bad crusty stuff off... I use a spray bottle of ammonia, vinegar and water (even parts and its what I use as a glass cleaner) and then I will spray that down... wipe down and clean.
I have found I LOVVVE using dryer sheets to clean my blinds... its like swifter.. the dust sticks to the dryer sheets and saves time and smells good too!
FAVORITE CLEANER FOR ELECTRONICS AND GLASS
I have found my ultimate way to clean glass...
I use a squeegee and coffee filters ( as paper towels) they are stronger and they last longer!
I use plain vinegar half and half in a spray bottle..
For my electronics. computers, I will use a fine mist spray bottle spray on a cloth and I will use half rubbing alcohol (first aid dept) and half water..
CAMP FIRE STARTERS! Dryer Lint and paper toilet holders
LOVE camp fires and home fires and smores.. We have started recycling toilet paper rolls and the lint from the dryer...
We stuff the lint into the cardboard paper towel holder and then put it in a grocery plastic bag for storage.. when it gets full we store it with the firewood and our camping supplies.. We always stuff at least two in the fire with our kindling to start fires.. Its like steel wool, flamable and it works great, plus who would have known to recycle dryer lint for flint starters?
DON'T USE PAM!
I have found that pam and those other aerosol cooking sprays has butane in them! So instead I went to my kitchen store and brought a sprayer that you have to pump, put your olive oil or other favorite oils in there, pump then spray... much cleaner for your body and lets get away from those chemicals!
Rule of thumb for eating
I follow what I call 4-3-2-1
4 servings of veggies and fruits,
3 servings of protein,
2 servings of whole grains,
1serving of sweets/fats...
12 glasses of water day ( 1 glass per hr)
Keeping this simple tab has kept me in track of nutrients I need for the day
KILLING ANTS ~!!!
Around this time we get ants galore, I have no idea where they come from... This is a proof method and in a few days it will work 1 cup sugar
3 tablespoons mules Borax
3 cups warm water
Mix the sugar and Boric Acic well in a mason jar. Store in jar.
Add the warm water slowly, mixing all the while so it won't be too lumpy.
Put cotton into the jar and saturate the cotton to the top. I keep old milk lids and then put the cotton ball in the milk lid. Lay down where you see ants
PREPLAN AND PRETRACK your foods!
I have a very hard time keeping track of my foods... My hubby and I started to preplan our meals.. at that time, I will log them into my sparks tracker for that week... when I eat them, all I have to do is click on it.. I started doing this for breakfast and lunch and it has kept me on track 90% of the time.. just knowing what you are going to eat saves time and even time for tracking!