Day 54-Tips and Tricks Week-Fun With Corks

I don’t know about you guys, but we drink some wine around here (occasionally ;)), and my cork collection is ever growing.

Cork projects are fun and easy and I have several on my Pinterest board I thought I would share a couple with you today. All you need are some wine corks, a hot glue gun, and a little imagination!

 

Here’s a tip for displaying your necklaces that is pretty and practical. It keeps the necklaces from becoming a tangled jumble and I’m borrowing the pictures and instructions from Grace over at http://www.ohpurplepanda.com and I thank her for posting it to Pinterest.

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In this project you will need some hooks in 2 different sizes.

I see a couple of ways this could be done-first, you could do like she did and glue all of the corks together once they are arranged to your liking. Then hang the finished project with finishing nails.

If it were me, I would rather arrange and then hot glue the corks to a thin piece of wood, then attach picture hangers to the back and hang like that. Either way works and the picture makes it easy to see just how she did it. For exact instructions, check out my Pinterest board under Tips, tricks, hacks and books.

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The next easy project is great for the upcoming holidays! So cute, I’m totally gonna make some and post my results when I do. That’s a great idea for a future post, I’ve been in the mood for a little creating anyway.

This project will take a few wooden balls, and some festive ribbon and once put together, you have adorable little Christmas Angels. The credit for this one goes to http://www.easyfreshideas.com

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Corks are so versatile and easy to work with. What have you made with corks? Please tell me about it, share your pics and projects, I’d love to see them! I can’t wait to put mine to good use, you can find so many great ideas (with instructions) on Pinterest.

Have fun and have a crafty weekend!

 

 

Day 53-Tips and Tricks Week-Quick Kitchen Hacks

You know those days when you’re in the kitchen, pressed for time because you have a huge dinner party to get ready for? Yeah, me neither, but I thought I’d share some really cool kitchen hacks to save you precious time to get back to Big Brother or whatever you were doing.

The first one comes from Fixitsamo and shows how to speed peel everything from an avocado to a kiwi right here: https://youtu.be/dFGo4CHyVVU

I found it on Instructables along with the coolest trick I’ve ever seen to peel boiled eggs in my life! Get that one here: https://youtu.be/7ZT92fRAe9k

I’ve personally tried that one and it really works! That’s all I have for you today, watch the videos and let me know how the tricks worked for you.

Now get out of that kitchen and enjoy your day! I’m off to gather up some more tips and tricks to share with you tomorrow! In the meantime, don’t forget about the upcoming events-

Camp Craig Allen Annual BBQ Cook-Off Fundraiser Oct. 7, 8 (click here to learn more or donate-http//www.campcraigallen.org)

PKD Walk Oct 22-walkforpkd.org/northtexas

Thank you in advance for your interest and concern!

Day 52-Tips and Tricks Week-Car De-Icer

Ok folks, it’s Wednesday morning, one of my days off from working with Miss Stephanie, and I have lots to do. So, this post will be short but helpful for those of you who live in colder climates. Here in the DFW metroplex, we seldom get snow, however, what we do get is ICE! Rarely, but it happens, and it’s a pain when you are in a hurry and you have to stop and scrape ice off your windshield. (normally my car is in the garage, so I don’t have to worry much, but this tip/trick will help someone I’m sure, lol)

By the way, Miss Stephanie’s mom fell over the weekend and fractured her arm, she hopefully gets out of the hospital today so, send prayers for quick healing won’t you? That would be great, and thanks ahead of time.

This tip comes from Mom4Real.com and is so easy anyone can whip this up real quick.

All you need is a spray bottle filled about 1/3 with water.  Fill the rest of the bottle with Isopropyl Alcohol and shake it up! Spray your frozen windshield, car lock or whatever with the mixture and wait a few seconds and voila! Turn on the windshield wipers and you will be on your way! Keep a bottle in the car (labeled of course) and share this tip with your friends and family so they can take one with them too.

That’s it! You can head over to my Pinterest page under tips, tricks, hacks and books and find steps and pics if you need a nice visual. Thanks to Jessica over at http://www.mom4real.com for sharing the tip!

Can you believe it made it to 100 degrees here yesterday, and here I am talking about ice and snow, lol. It will be here sooner than I want it to. I’m a summer girl, water baby and I. Hate. Cold. That being said, 100 is a little much to take at this time of the year when its’s supposed to feel like fall. Good news is, we can still use the pool if we so desire-then again, there hasn’t been much time for that! So much to do, see, write about etc. Anyway, I’m off and running so, see y’all tomorrow when I share another useful hint, tip, trick or hack! Enjoy your day everyone!

Day 51-Tips and Tricks Week-How to Clean Your Crockpot (The Easy Way!)

Ok, I’m not going to necessarily make all the tips this week about cleaning, however, this one is a favorite of mine and after proving to myself it works, you should too!

No one likes to put a brand new meal in a stained, ugly crockpot. I know I don’t. I tried many methods to get that ring that wants to stay baked on off, but this is the one that works the best, very time!

I found this little gem on the website lifeshouldcostless.com, and pinned it to my Pinterest board a long time ago. She has a video tutorial that makes it easy to follow, but I thought I’d just cover the steps here-it’s easy peasy! I’m not trying to copy anyone, I just know not everyone has Pinterest, so I wanted to share the best tips from around the web to help you all save time and money.

Ok- Step 1

Fill the crockpot with water to just above the ring of crud

Step 2

Add one cup of white vinegar for a 6 qt cooker, or 1/2 cup for a 3 qt

Step 3

Slowly add a cup of baking soda a spoonful or so at a time-wait until the bubbles die down between each spoonful

Step 4

Cover and turn your crockpot on to low for 4 hours

Step 5

Let the crockpot cool down and wash normally with soapy water.

Thats it! The ring will be totally gone and your crockpot will shine like new!

I hope you enjoyed this tip, feel free to check it out on my Pinterest board for the full tutorial with pics or go straight to the website I mentioned above. Thank you to Sarah for the awesome tip.

Feel free to comment below or ask a question and please keep those content comments coming in. I’ll be checking to see what everyone has voted for. I appreciate all the advice so far. I hope everyone has a lovely day, I’ll see you tomorrow when I share another cool tip to help with the coming cold weather (eventually :))!

See y’all then, I’ve got to go clean up my patio! 

 

 

Day 50-Tips & Tricks Week-Cleaning Your Glass Shower Doors

Yea! I’ve reached a milestone in my yearlong quest to post everyday! Although I’ve been blogging way longer, I’ve got 50 of the 365 days done!

I read your responses and will continue to read them for a week before I make my final decision. For now, I will continue the way I have been and therefore deem this week Tips and Tricks week, where I will share with you some of the stuff I find from around the web (for those of you who may not have seen them.)

The goal is to share some tips on cleaning and other shortcuts using household items that are natural and non-toxic to reduce the amount of chemicals in your home. My opinion is, the less toxic chemicals one uses, the less chance of getting cancer or some other ailment.

Today, I want to share a tip for cleaning your glass shower with vinegar, alcohol and baking soda. I have personally tried this and it works! Just don’t try it on your mirrors, you will have to follow up with windex anyway. I got this tip from a website called Instructables.com and it’s a great little site for all kinds of tips, tricks and DIY projects. It is probably on my Pinterest page as well, somewhere under the tips and tricks section.

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Anyhoo, all you need is three simple household ingredients, something to scrub the glass with that won’t scratch it, and a squeegee. First, mix your cleaner by adding 1 cup of white vinegar with one cup of alcohol. Mix well and then add 3 Tbsps of baking soda. Using a funnel, pour into a spray bottle. Grab your supplies and jump in the shower. Spray the solution on the glass doors, then, one at a time, take your scrubby sponge and using a circular motion, scrub each glass panel. Rinse thoroughly using the handheld shower sprayer (hopefully you have one) and the squeegee the rinsed doors. Like magic, the water stains and soap scum have disappeared! Stubborn spots may need a second application, however, I’m sure you’ll be happy with the results. After squeegeeing, you can dry with paper towels, but it’s not necessary. It’s just gonna get wet again right? Maybe if you were selling the house or something, lol.

Thats my tip for the day, try it and let me know how it worked for you, if you have a better one, stick it in the comment box-I’d love to hear it!

Update: Check out the post on my Pinterest page from http://Simplehomeblessings.com for a way to keep your glass doors clean for months, from the start!

 

Day 49-Free Days-What's Your Favorite Content?

So far on this little blog, I’ve somehow amassed 55 followers and I want to thank each and every one of you. I feel blessed and I truly hope I am offering content that is helpful and/or interesting for my readers. Initially, I thought that writing on anything would keep the content fresh and ever changing and somehow appeal to everyone. Lately though, I feel myself gravitating back to my roots as an alternative health writer focusing on the Paleo lifestyle and other ways to improve ones health without chemicals and with fewer drugs, alternative treatments such as incorporation of essential oils, massage and excercises. I love writing about my Paleo journey and want to help others enjoy a healthier lifestyle, however, I want to help however I can.

 

My question to you all is, what is your favorite content from me? While I love all of you for following me, clearly you enjoy something about my blog, I would like to increase my readership to friends and family and work on building my brand. That usually means I have to narrow my topic and focus on one area. So, with that being said, I’m considering a name change to the blog, but only if y’all chime in and tell me what you’d enjoy reading about more. For instance, I could focus on just my journey as a writer and call the blog Kimmy’s Poetic Patio (even though I am not that great of a poet, it would all be mixed in together with stories and other writings). Or, if you enjoy recipes, tips tricks and hacks of everything Paleo related, I could call it Kimmy’s Paleo Patio.  I could write more on home improvements or have it be a lifestyle blog in general.  I could even start focusing on pets (not just mine either)  and pet health and call it Kimmy’s Pet Patio, or I could leave it as is and keep mixing it up with multiple topics and varied interests. Whatever makes you want to keep reading, please comment below or shoot me an email. I seriously value your opinions, you are all accomplished bloggers, so, who better to ask? Can you help a sister out? Thanks, I’ll be waiting on the patio! 😉

Day 48-Free Days-Quick Update

I thought tonight I would give everyone who’s been following along a quick update on our progress in the master bedroom. Today it was finally time to lay the floor. We went with a laminate wood, with a weathered look pattern. I personally love it and cannot wait to get our new furniture to complete the look. Turns out, my son had to work so Dave and I installed it ourselves, luckily, we’ve done it many times just us two.

First, we put down the moisture barrier. Luckily, our flooring came with the pad already attached and is very quiet.

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Here is an example of the variation in the pattern.

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Finally, a pic of the room at almost halfway finished.

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I forgot to take a picture of the finished product before we put the old furniture back in, so you’ll just have to wait until we get the new stuff. Sorry, we were super tired and still had to go feed our fat and go furniture shopping. Dinner was great, shopping, not so much. The plan is for David to make our headboard and then we just have to buy the mattress and box springs (king this time), side tables and a dresser or chest of drawers.

What we want is kind of a white distressed or pickle-washed look, it may take awhile to find what we’re looking for. Wish us luck, and I’ll post another update when it’s all done. I’d rather you see it with the base installed and furniture in place than how it looks today. Hopefully, the wait won’t be too long. For now it’s time for a rest, on the patio. 

Day 47-Story Week-A Texas Love Story

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I met this crazy bull rider one day in a watering hole called Manhattan’s. Crazy thing was, I didn’t even want to be there but my friend talked me into going at the last minute. As I found out later, he didn’t want to be there either, it didn’t have his favorite pastime-foosball. He was almost as good at that as playing pool as I soon found out.

As we eyeballed each other across the room, me thinking he looked kinda like someone I used to know and him thinking he just wanted to ask me to dance or something, finally came the moment when he and his buddy approached our table. My friend and I giggled and said sure we’d dance and off we went. I wish I could say the night went as well for her as it did me, but I’d be lying.

The dance was short and soon we were outside in the parking lot admiring each other’s  cars-I was proud of my ride at the time, a Mercury Capris, and he had a small truck he was pretty happy with. The real deal was, we were checking each other out a little bit and the premise was that he was going to give me his digits that were located on his business card.

Next thing I know, he has me in his arms, asking me if I’m as sick of playing “games” as he is. I agreed I was done, and as we kissed, I knew this one was going to be different. We were leaning against my car at the time and I was so proud that it was a cool one. Black with a red pin stripe, my two favorite colors. He made me feel safe and warm and I had no qualms asking him back to my place.

I reserve the right to withhold the details, just know that was thirty one years ago. We’ve had good times and bad, raised two children and had many adventures along the way. I wouldn’t change it for anything and I love him just as much today as I did the day we met. I tell you what though, if you would have told me 31 years ago that I’d have fallen for a cowboy, I’d have said you’re crazy. I’m a rocker and he’s more of the easy listening kind of guy. We have so much in common and love each other’s company that none of that matters.

So there you have it, the short version of our Texas love story. And to think, the song that was our first dance was “You’ve Lost That Lovin Feeling”. Never gonna happen. 😍

Day 46-Story Week-A Few Stolen Moments

As she came through the back door this afternoon, she noticed a thin piece of cardboard material floating in her pool. As she carefully retrieved it, her hand brushed the water and she thought to herself, “that’s not so bad, maybe I’ll test the waters later.” Knowing she had work to do, she quickly changed into her bathing suit anyway, her thought being, there won’t be many more days left this year to take advantage of the fabulous feeling pool with the sun still warm enough to lightly tan her skin.

At first, she just sat on the steps of the pool, noticing how long it took to get used to the cool temperature. When she decided it was rather quickly, she gathered her things, a nice glass of iced tea, her towel, phone and e-cig, and her half empty bottle of tanning oil and headed to her lounge chair by the side of the pool. She had no plans to sit on it, the shade it provided was where she liked to stash her things to keep them from cooking in the sun, also, they were within easy reach once she was floating in the pool later.

As soon as she gingerly lowered herself into the water, however, she set to work excercising her legs and arms, listening to the music provided by the nearby radio. After she warmed up, she moved to the poolside ladder for a few dozen leg lifts and tried to go as long as the song that was playing on KLUV.  As she lifted, she took note of the soft, fluffy clouds that had gathered above her neighbor’s rooftop and remembered the forecast from earlier in the day predicting a fourty percent chance of rain. She wasn’t worried, who really believed the weather man anyway? Still, she kept her eyes peeled as the clouds started to turn an angry shade of gray.

Next, it was time for some pull-ups from the diving board. She grasped the end of the board and pulled herself up and out of the water as far as she could, then lowered herself back down and repeated the move. She lost count of how many she did, daydreaming her way through the movements. Sometimes it was so nice to have the peace and quiet to do exactly this and not worry about what anyone else wanted to do or wanted her to do. Was she being selfish? After all, it had been a long time since she’d even been in the pool, and she only planned on staying in an hour or so. Soon, she felt she had done enough to earn herself some time on the float.

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She took her last pull on the board and reached up and grabbed the big, blue pillow style float her husband bought at the beginning of the summer. It was the perfect size for him and he was six foot, so it was like a twin mattress for her, being only four foot nine. She hoisted herself on top and found a comfy position and proceeded to the side of the pool so she could apply some oil. Just as she reached the side, her cell phone rang and it was him, calling to let her know he was stopping by the store and did she need anything? She couldn’t help think how lucky she was to be right there as the phone rang, she would have probably broke her neck trying to get over there from where she was in the pool just  previously. After the call she applied her oil and relished a few moments in the sun before it disappeared behind the clouds and she thought, “just my luck.” Still, she waited it out and soon she found herself flipped on her tummy, wiggling her leg to the time of the music and watching the shimmering waves she was creating in the pool. The clouds grew more gray and were pushing closer together.

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Before long, her husband joined her for a few more blissful minutes until the sun went away again and they decided it was time to cook dinner anyway. As they sat on the patio, drying from their brief excursion, the thunder started to roll.

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Day 45-Story Week-A Special Lady

A few months ago I was lucky enough to meet the person I now have a part time job taking care of. Little did I know she would become so much more than my employer.

One day, while perusing an app on my phone called Nextdoor, a place to meet the people in your neighborhood, I came across an ad for a caregiver. It’s so strange how I wasn’t even really looking for a job per say, but something just made me stop and read the words that were written there. While I do have a medical backgound, I’ve never been a nurse or caregiver, yet as I read what this nice young lady was looking for, somehow I felt that I might be able to help her, and in the process, maybe help myself as well.

When I stopped working and before we moved to southeast Texas six years ago, I had more time to visit my mom, do some crafting and keep my house clean and organized. I took a few odd jobs here and there, tried to sell my crafts and always had my eyes and ears open for some kind of money making opportunity. I always felt guilty that I no longer had a “real” job and my husband paid for everything, I felt like I wasn’t contributing and shouldn’t spend money on myself. It made me feel worthy to make a little bit of money for things like gifts or vanity purchases like getting my nails and/or hair done.

Once I read the ad and saw what Stephanie needed, I responded to the ad that I would like to meet her, and with my background and personality, I thought we’d make a good match. She only needed help a few days a week, light duty things really like help getting dressed, simple transfers and light laundry. I had been yearning for something meaningful in my life, something more than caring for the house and trying to get a writing career going, I felt like I could do both, help her out and write on the off days and still have time to go visit my dad. My mom passed away two years ago and now it’s my dad I visit with and help out where I can.

You see, Stephanie has a rare form of muscular dystrophy called Freiderick’s Ataxia. It robbed her of the ability to walk, and has affected many areas of her body, causing loss of balance, coordination and the ability to speak as well as before. She also has diabetes, and has problems with her vision. She needed more help than I originally thought, but I was up to the task. We soon developed not only a smooth rhythm where her routine was concerned but a beautiful friendship has blossomed in the time we’ve known each other. I discovered that we have so much in common, we like the same shows on tv and talk about them all the time, we both have a love for writing, we both love to read and work and play on the computer. We have regular bouts of crazy gigglefests, I’m not the stuffy caregiver type. She makes me feel comfortable in every situation and the whole arrangement has brought us close together. I’ve had to learn to be more patient (still a work in progress) and she had to learn to trust me. She is very spiritual and encourages me (with my writing) as much as I try to encourage her ( to try new things).  She has been to my home and I’ve introduced her to my family, they all think she’s a beautiful person, inside and out.

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So, yes, she has helped me realize a deeper meaning in my life and I enjoy “going to work” the few days that I do. I’m learning to become more patient and that caring for others is more important than fretting over all the little things in life.  Her parents are kind and let me do my job while helping out if needed and visiting with me while I’m there. They also trust me and know I have Stephanie’s best interests at heart. I assist her with dressing, bathing and eating, take her shopping and to get her hair done, and she’s been in my swimming pool and we had a chill day at my house where she finally got to see Purple Rain. It’s sad that disease affects good people like her, yet she is only physically affected by her disease. Her mind and spirit are strong and she has dreams and goals, just like the rest of us. She is a caring, giving person and I’m so happy that we found each other. Do I make money? Yes, but I’m not in it for that reason only, I’ve found a new reason to get up and go everyday and she’s found yet another person who loves her.

If you would like to more about Friedreich’s Ataxia and/or Muscular Dystrophy, please go to mda.org.

Please also consider attending the Camp Craig Allen annual BBQ Cookoff and Festival benefitting the organization dedicated to physically disabled adults, children and Veterans of North Texas. Go to Campcraigallen.org for more information.