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Studying the book of James with Beth Moore: Week 2

Oh this week has been quite the journey. It’s funny…. the last bible study I did with my church Metro Calvary Chapel was Beth Moore’s Daniel study.  It was such a great learning experience for me and I gained so much knowledge about living in a Babylonian society with a Babylonian mentality as well as what to look for in the end times.  But that study wasn’t really about me.  As Beth had told us we needed to stop living with the self-centered Babylonian mentality and take some time to just learn. So, I did.  However I must say it is awfully nice to get back to hearing the Lord speak to me about things He wants me to change in my personal life.  Or how He wants me to grow.  I’ve needed that so desperately for some time and He knew just when to offer it. I love my God.

Now that I’ve prefaced, let me “post-preface” my preface (hehe) with a teeny bit of background on me.  Just to give you a taste of where I’m coming from.  Look, I’m normally a pretty private person and spilling my guts all over the internet would usually make my skin crawl but as I’m trying to go with the Holy Spirits leading, I’ll have to suck it up! The past few years have been hard for Moviestar and I.  We both flew in to the atmosphere when we lost our jobs back in 2009 and have since struggled to find where the Lord wanted us to land.  The past few months have been better when Moviestar’s job began offering him more work and the job I had became less stressful.  Yet we are still waiting on that perfect spot to touch down.  You know, that special place that has you hearing, “That’s the one …. This is where I want you.” That being said, there’s been a lot of struggles both financially and emotionally. I won’t give you Moviestar’s side but for me, I’ve found myself depressed more than I care to count.  Some of it came from anxiety but most f it came from feeling like God had just deserted us.  Of course His word says that He will never leave us (Deut. 31:6) and I believe every ounce of what that book says, so I know the feeling was just that: a feeling.  It wasn’t truth.  Yet I could not pull myself out of it.  I never heard Him speaking to me anymore.  Darkness seemed all around without the Holy Spirits leading. And spiritual warfare was ever prevalent. I just didn’t know what to do.  I was growing weary and tired.  I prayed for relief, but none came.  I just about gave up when James fell at my feet.

James starts with this:

“Consider it pure joy when you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.” (James 1:2-3)

Have you ever heard that (when going through a trial) and thought, “Be joyful?! You’ve got to be kidding me!” Well, that was me for years.  I just never understood it. Yes, I get that God is doing a work or helping me to grow with this trial but at this point I just can’t see the forest through the trees so I can’t find any joy.  Then on day one of the homework, Beth brought something to my attention. She said that in the NIV, the word used in verse 2 is “Consider”.  In no version of the Bible does it say “Feel joy when you face trials”, it simply says to consider it during the trial.  The New King James says “Count it all joy”.  Whatever version you prefer, james never tells us we should feel joy, just that we should chalk all the trial is offering up to joy.  I take this as that joy will come.  But on day one I still wasn’t quite getting it.  So Beth asked us to write down a trial we are facing.  Then to put down 3 different things we could do with what we are going through.  Then she said the think about making one of the things “considering it pure joy”. after writing down the very …. very …. stupid things I could do to help me cope with my trial, I wrote “consider it joy”. and honestly, that’s what made me realize my other two ideas were idiotic.  They weren’t helpful to me or anyone else and definitely didn’t glorify the name of Jesus. I began to think about considering it all pure joy. I wasn’t joyful …. yet.

By the time day two came around, I had decided to make that set of verses (James 1:2-3) my memory verse.  Not only did I want to memorize it but I wanted to read it several times during the day.  I wanted to see the words and mediate on them.  So, I wrote them down and I keep them with me everywhere I go. But I couldn’t possibly forget verse 4 in this:

“Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, lacking nothing.”

Oh, but how I wanted to forget it.  I definitely lack. I lack soooo much. Money in my Savings, a house, a career (or life path to follow), children… the list goes on.  But I came to realize that wasn’t the kind of “lacking” the Lord is talking about.  Yes, God wants us to have certain outward things in this world but what he’s most concerned about is the inside.  Like my heart and my head. So, James continues with:

“If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.” (James 1:5)

So, I don’t think James meant that if you lack the right shoes, you ought to ask God and it will be given to you.  However, God is not beyond helping a girl with her wardrobe, let me tell you.  But perhaps its the wisdom to know how to find what you may need.  Okay, I’m getting off on a strange tangent.  Back to the topic at hand.  James says we are to be complete, lacking nothing and then he shows us what we should do if we do happen to lack something: we are to ASK.  Oh, glory to God for wanting us to ask Him for things!!! Isn’t He just like any Dad? He loves us and wants to give us things, but His face just lights up when we ask Him for them first.  You know what that tells Him? That we need Him.  And what Daddy doesn’t want to be needed by His kid? But oh…. there’s a small stipulation to this asking:

“But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt.” (James 1:6)

Oh boy. That’s the clincher. Faith. Beth does a bit of talking about how we as a Christian society can be so double minded.  At least thats how I took it. You know, we are all human sinners but we are “ye of little faith”. We have faith in certain things of God but in others we doubt so much and thats when James tells us not to be double-minded. We can not have faith and doubt at the same time.  Beth says its living with one foot in the world and one foot at the cross.  But God won’t stand for that. James tells us if we are like this we should not expect for God to give us anything.  That’s harsh, yet just.  I love Beth’s response to this:

“Look back at verse 7.  Isn’t it interesting that the person who doubts, waffles, and wavers ‘should not expect to receive anything from the Lord’? Anything? Wow. That means that doubt not only robs us of the wisdom we requested but other priceless provisions as well.”

I think I’ll try faith, please.

The rest of the week Beth focused on this same topic but with a different twist on it.  She asked us about our desires.  Not the “desires of our heart” that God wants to give to us, but the evil desires that cause temptation.  In verse 13, James confronts us about how we tend to blame God for the trials and temptations in our life.  I’ll admit that I’ve done that before.  I’ve found myself so angry with my situation and frustrated that God would not make it stop, that I felt justified in blaming Him. Oh how wrong that is. For only in the next verse does James remind us that all good things come from our Father.  He loves to give us good gifts and perform generous acts for us.

This is where I;m going to have to stop.  I have so much more to say on that last part, but it will have to wait for next week. Or perhaps a separate post because though through the past few years God has striped Moviestar and I of many things in our life, He has just recently begun to give and restore.  And I want to see more unfold before I share whats happened with you.

What a week.  Praise Jesus.


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susan - July 8, 2012 - 5:50 pm

Thanks for sharing, will be telling my prayer group ladies about this study, we have done a few of Beth’s studies together and am even travelling to Maine to hear her speak this fall. Love your insight, God is Good, very encouraging and it is worth it to count it all joy. Will be sharing your message with my ladies this Wed am when we meet. Blessings Susan

Debbie - March 20, 2012 - 2:36 am

Beautiful passage. Beautiful insight on that passage. For me to be able to receive our blessing and gifts from God. Our faith has to persevere first. Once we are able to follow through with this our perseverance with other things will be stronger and our faith in God will strengthen as our dreams become fulfilled. Thanks for posting!
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Put Your Used Coffee Grounds to Good Use

I have a long list of things that I want to do, but don’t have to do.  Unfortunately, my list of things that I do have to do is almost as long, so I seldom get to my ‘wanna-do’ list.  Near the top of that ‘wanna-do’ is start a compost pile.  Every time I empty the trash, I wince at the sight of all those prime produce remnants headed to the trash bin.  While I was discarding my perfectly good fertilizer the other day, it dawned on me that I could be throwing away other perfectly useful things.  After a doing a little research it turns out that I was right.  Used coffee grounds!  I found that those little brown granules can do a lot more that just perk up your morning.  They can help with your beauty regimen, your pets, your garden and more.  And it doesn’t require a large area safe from children and dogs to sit and fester for weeks either.  Which means, unlike my future compost pile, I may get to put our used coffee grounds to use some time this year. If you’d like to follow along, here are a few ways to repurpose your java remains.

In Your Beauty Routine

  • Banish cellulite: Are you ready to take your love of coffee to a whole new level?  Mix 1/4 cup warm, used coffee grounds with 1 tablespoon of olive oil, then apply the mixture to your “problem areas” (best to do this in the tub or over some newspaper).  Next, wrap the areas with shrink wrap and leave on for several minutes. Remove the wrap, brush loose grounds off your skin and then shower with warm water. For best results, it is recommended to repeat this procedure twice a week.  The caffeine is purported to help metabolize fat when absorbed by the skin.
  • Clear up acne: Coffee has natural astringent and antioxidant properties which makes it a great cleanser and toner for your face.  And it’s graininess makes it perfect for exfoliation.  Just mix your used coffee grounds with enough milk to make a paste.  Rub it on pretty good for about a minute, then relax and let it sit for about 20 minutes.  Whlie washing it off, scrub it around a little more and then rinse clean.
  • Make hair soft and shiny: When washing your hair, rub used coffee grounds through wet hair and rinse.  You can also pour 1-2 tbl straight into your conditioner. For brown hair, coffee grounds will also add highlights.

Around The House

  • Deodorizer: Stop wasting baking soda just to absorb odors. Dry used coffee grounds out on a cookie sheet, pour them into the foot of some old nylons, tie off the end and then put them in  in your refrigerator or freezer.  You can also rub them on your hands to get rid of strong food smells, like onions or garlic.
  • Dust inhibitor: Before you clean out the fireplace, spread wet coffee grounds over the ashes to keep the dust under control.
  • Furniture scratch cover-up: Steep grounds in a bit of hot water and apply the liquid to furniture scratches with a Q-tip.
  • Cleaning product:Thanks to their slightly abrasive nature, grounds can be used as a scouring agent for greasy and grimy jobs.  Just be sure that the surface is stain resistant :)
  • Pipe cleaner: Flush them down the toilet.  Their grittiness will scrub your pipes of any slime and grime.  Please note, this is not a good idea if you have a septic system.
  • Ward off fleas: Shampoo your dog or cat as usual and when they are wet rub their fur down thoroughly with coffee grounds.  Massage the coffee grounds all the way to their skin and work them in.  Rinse the coffee grounds away and your pet’s fur will be soft and clean and the fleas will disappear.
  • Make parchment: The next time your third grader needs to re-create The Declaration of Independence here is a simple soultion to make realistic looking parchment.  Put some used coffee grounds in a flat pan of water and dip a white piece of paper into it.  Remove the paper carefully and let it dry and you will have a decent copycat.
  • Make coffee ground fossils: Check out this how-to on these super cute fossils that use coffee grounds to lend an aged hue to the finished product.

In The Yard

  • Insect repellent: Sprinkle old grounds around places you don’t want ants, or on the ant piles themselves.  They will either move on or stay away.  This is great for my backyard since those buggers invade our patio as soon as the weather warms up.  I like this solution because they blend in with the surrounding soil and I don’t have to use chemicals around the kids and dogs.  Used grounds are also said to repel snails and slugs, but we don’t mind those guys around here :)
  • Mosquito repellent: Check out this simple how-to on how to burn coffee grounds to keep the mosquitoes at bay.
  • Kitty repellent: To keep Fluffy from tinkling in the garden, mix grounds with some orange peel and sprinkle it around your plants.
  • Grow better carrots: Mix fresh grounds with tiny carrot seeds to make them easier to sow.  They also repel root maggots and other yucky bugs.
  • Plant food: Plants that prefer acidic soils (including rosebushes, azaleas, rhododendrons, evergreen and camellias) will appreciate the abrasive boost from your discards.  Grounds can also add nutrients to your compost bin, but I wouldn’t know anything about that.
  • Salt icy walkways: Dried grounds make good grit to spread on icy sidewalks.  It doesn’t effect the environment and the acid helps melt the ice.

 


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Bonnie - September 30, 2014 - 9:18 pm

You use the grounds after you brew them :)

Kathy - September 29, 2014 - 4:49 am

these all sound great and I really want to try them, but the grounds, are they used or fresh from a can?

Alicia - September 23, 2013 - 7:35 am

They have free coffee grounds at starbucks(:

Jaja - February 15, 2013 - 9:09 pm

If one isn’t an avid coffee drinker is there a way to store used grounds until you’re ready to use them and still be effective?

Faye - December 27, 2012 - 1:07 pm

Coffee grounds are good for African violets. Just spread grounds on top of the soil. Be careful not to get them on the leaves!

Claire - August 31, 2012 - 11:40 am

@Helene – We’ve never used it for lice, so we can’t say definitively yes or no. You could research it though, and see if there is that is a widespread remedy.

Helene - August 21, 2012 - 2:43 pm

Does coffee grounds work for lice??

'Becca - July 25, 2012 - 1:00 pm

Gosh, I had a really miserable experience using coffee grounds in my hair! Where did I go wrong?

Another use for coffee grounds is scrubbing pots. They seem to work especially well on cast iron. Just be sure to use something that protects your hand from the grit when you’re scrubbing. If you happen to have a citrus peel, that works really well because the citrus oil also helps to clean the pan.

Maybe my lazy composting method will inspire you to get started!

Bonnie - May 2, 2012 - 4:57 pm

Hi Lola,
I meant old as in used. Sorry for the confusion!

Lola - May 2, 2012 - 3:48 pm

I would like to know if old meaning is old(never used) or used grounds in the following tip?

Coffee Grounds in Conditioner
This one is really simple. Instead of throwing old coffee grounds away, toss them into your conditioner to make your hair extra shiny. That’s all it takes!

Lindsey - March 11, 2012 - 8:03 am

Uuummm Bonnie these awesome! Sometimes I forget just how ingenious you and Claire are. I’m trying these. Out!

Fabulous Etsy Finds: All Shades of Green

I am pretty excited, folks! In a few weeks I will be going on a birthday trip! This is monumental for a few reasons. 1) I am turning 30. 2) I haven’t been on a successful overnight trip away from the kids in nearly 7 years. 3) I am returning to my hometown(ish), Chicago (I am actually from the suburbs, but still have family in the city). 4) My birthday happens to be on the same weekend as St. Patrick’s Day. And 5) the best part, I will be traveling with my very own Claire Bear.

Now that we have the major details (airfare, hotels, rental car…) ironed out, it is time to get to the fun stuff. Accessories!! Having lived in Southern California for the last 10 years, I am slightly ill-equipped to brave the elements of a windy Mid-West winter.  I have a coat and some boots, but my other winter gear has gotten lost in the shuffle that is my life. I haven’t truly celebrated St Patty’s Day since, umm…ever.  And this may be the last time I do for a good many years. So since I am shopping specifically for this trip, I figure why not green it up. And while I was at it, why not find a few pretty things for our nighttime bash? I looked a few places locally, but as we all know Etsy is the place to go for eye-catching finds. Here are a few things on my Fabulous Etsy Finds to-buy list:

$10

If you ask me, this pin is just the most charming way to not get pinched.  And I have a feeling that the good people of Chicago take their pinching seriously.

$8.99

I ike this headband because its simple, but the sheen still makes it stand out just enough.

$28

This cozy little bit of green keeps you in the spirit of things even when you’re all bundled up.

$29

This hat is for the girl who is not content with blending in. The seller also has some festive beanies that are a little bit more toned down, but still oh so cute.

$18

This wrap is a beanie in the front and a headband in the back.  I like it because it keeps your ears and face warm without making your hair all scrunched up and itchy against your head. Oh, and the fact that it’s made by a an Irish granny almost makes me feel obligated to buy it for St Patty’s Day.

$28

I’m not sure that I could get away with fingerless gloves in Chi-town, but these are cute enough to make me want to try. Perhaps, I can just carry a latte around all day…

$25.95

If I thought that I could force Claire to wear it, this bearded hat combo would be on it’s way to her doorstep as I type. It’s cool because you can detach the beard and just wear the beanie if you decide that peple are not taking you seriously enough.

$25

This earflap cap has a retro feel that seems to pull me in.

$24

 These hairpins mimic the Irish flag and they add a chic burst of color to any coif.

$12

These hair (or shoe!) clips are any elegant way to Irish up your outfit. These would be so feminine clipped to the back of a pair of black heels.

$16.50

I heart conversation starters, especially when you are in a city where you hardly know anyone! This unique ring offers plenty to talk about.

$11.50

It’s vintage, it’s romantic, it’s green. This ring was custom made for my big St. Patty’s Day.

$12

I am not sure what to make of this ring. It’s sorta modern, without being bland. It’s kinda vintage, without looking old-fashioned. It is the best of both worlds, and most definitely Irish looking.

$22

It is nearly impossible for me to resist any sort of cameo, so it should come as no surprise the these earrings made my St Patty’s Day list.


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alexa - March 7, 2012 - 11:44 am

I love them.. i love everything that is green! it’s my favourite color :)
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Patricia Streeter - March 7, 2012 - 11:31 am

I want it all! My favorite is the Ireland Ring. This is a great ice breaker. I am familiar with etsy and like the unique original items they show case.
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Claire - March 5, 2012 - 3:47 pm

sorry i’m not willing to wear a beard. i know it’s rude of me

Bonnie - March 4, 2012 - 12:43 pm

You’re so welcome. They are beautiful!

Priya - March 3, 2012 - 6:42 pm

Thank u so much for featuring my apple green flower clips :)

Uncommon Uses for Common Things: Spring Edition

Aren’t you happy Spring is finally here? The snow will finally melt giving way to flowers, birds heading home, and the ability to go outside without a heavy coat, among other things. It’s one my favorite times of year, if not my favorite. I love it because spring marks the beginning of outdoor fun, school breaks and more. Sadly, not everything is roses, though (ie: spring cleaning). To help  you get through it and enjoy spring to the fullest from the very beginning, here are some helpful uncommon uses for common things to wade through the not-so-fun activities.

via The Kitchn

Save some money by keeping your green onions perpetually growing. Green onions can live and grow in water alone. Just submerge the white ends into water and put them in a window where they will get lots of sunlight. You can then harvest the green onions for as long as the white roots last.

For a quick and intense spring clean of your oven, cover the bottom in baking soda and then pour vinegar over it. Let the concoction sit for 20 minutes and then wipe away easily. It’s cheap, natural, quick and as effortless as possible.

Save your kids’ favorite shirts from armpit stains by covering the spots in vinegar and allowing them to sit for 20 minutes. Nature’s bleach has strong cleaning power that can work wonders on clothing.

Get the perfect manicure by applying petroleum jelly around your cuticles with a q-tip before you start. This way, if you make a mistake while painting, you can simply wipe it away once you’re done. No nail polish remover and nail polish reapplication necessary.

via This Old House

If you want to add a new coat of paint to the house, don’t rush out to get all the supplies right away. You can reuse paintbrushes even if they’re hard and covered in old paint simply by soaking them in vinegar for 30 minutes. Rinse them off with water afterward and allow them to dry before you use them. They’ll be like new!

Every girl loves a great pair of heels, but hates the blisters they bring with them. Save yourself some pain (and skin) by dabbing a little bit of petroleum jelly in problem areas of the shoe before slipping them on. If you don’t want to use store-bought petroleum. Make your own with this recipe.

If you do happen to get a blister from those shoes, then just apply an antiseptic mouthwash to the effected area. It will clean the blistered part quickly and thoroughly. Or, you can make your own mouthwash.

This may sound odd, but you can avoid using a room freshener and still make your house smell sweet by rubbing vanilla extract on light bulbs. The scent will slowly be released in the house from the heat of the light.

via Real Simple

Spring cleaning is deep cleaning, which means cleaning from top to bottom. One top portion that is often ignored is the ceiling fan. Clean off that caked on dust with a pillow case. Not only does it grip the top, bottom and sides at once to clean it quickly, it also captures all of the dust into the pillowcase, so it can’t settle somewhere else.

If you happen to get a bruise when doing heavy lifting during spring cleaning, speed up the healing process by swabbing it with vinegar. When you’re done, you will still be able to wear the warm weather clothes you just pulled out of the closet with smooth, even skin.

For a quick and easy test to see if you’ve lost power when on spring break, use the jar trick. Freeze water in a jar while it is on its side. Once it’s frozen, stand it upright. If the water is settled on the bottom or frozen on the bottom, they you will that you lost power while you were away, saving your from eating food gone bad.

If you’ve ever tried to reheat any bread in the microwave, you know how quickly it is hardened. Keep it moist when reheating by placing a cup of water in the microwave with it.

via Do Me a Favor

Remember chores, appointments and grocery lists with a dry erase board made to your liking. Just find a picture frame and wallpaper, wrapping paper or scrapbook paper for a background to create a stylish way to remember everything you need.

Clean away the mildew that invades your plants by planting a line of mint leaves through the middle of your garden. Mint is a superb natural garden cleanser that will last into the autumn.

One of of downsides of spring is the return of bugs. Mosquitoes are usually the most tiresome of these critters. Take the annoying itch away from this pest with vinegar. Just rub vinegar on the bite with a cotton swab for immediate itch relief.

When cleaning the tiny, nearly invisible glass shards off the floor after a glass has broken(you know, the kind that can only be removed from your feet with tweezers?), wipe the scene of the accident with a wet cotton ball. This will get all of the tiny pieces that sweeping leaves behind.

If your copper pans have been blackened from Christmas cooking, brighten them up by soaking them in hot water with a few pinches of lemon/vinegar and salt. After soaking for an hour, you can easily scrub the pots clean for a bright shine.

via Home Made Simple

For meals that come with plenty of sauces and spices, create stations of sauces with ice cube trays. To make it even easier for guests, lay out a few different tray stations, so guests can get everything they need quickly and easily.

Hang photos in a synch by using a pop can tab. Attach the tab to the nail on the back of the frame and secure it well. Then, you can hang up the photos with ease and precision like never before.

Remove stains on clothing by spraying them with hairspray. Let the garment sit for 10 minutes and then wipe the bulk of the stain off with a damp cloth. For the slight stains remaining, just wash as usual.

Save some money and a trip to the store by making your own Oxyclean. Mix together equal parts hydrogen peroxide and baking soda for the powerful cleaning agent.

Make it easier to weed your garden (and keep it weeded) by pouring vinegar on the problematic plants. A good douse will kill weeds down their very roots leaving your gardens and walkways weed-free for the some time to come.

via Martha Stewart

Spruce up your house design by adding a drawer to your side table decor or using it as a tray for breakfast in bed. It’s simply chic and recycles the odd item in a very cool way.

Clean the microwave quickly by microwaving a bowl of water with one tablespoon of vinegar and then wiping away the residue with a cloth. The water will loosen up the residue and the vinegar will sanitize the microwave.

Keep the drinks in your cooler cold and colorful with balloons. Freeze water balloons and then place them in the cooler to keep your beverages cool. It saves you from the pool of water that everyone hates reaching their hand in. And, as a bonus, kids have  some ammo for water balloon fights once they melt.

For those very-difficult-to-reach areas during spring cleaning, fix an old sock to the end of a yard stick and secure it with a rubber band. This cleaning device is perfect for reaching behind the fridge.

via Real Simple

To collect all of crumbs off of your keyboard from your winter hibernation, use the sticky side of a sticky note to clean the spaces in between the keys of your keyboard. For a thorough cleaning, run a q-tip along the ridges as well.

For your deep bathroom cleaning, rid your showers and sinks of lime buildup with this simple homemade paste. Mix together one teaspoon of vinegar and two teaspoons of salt and rub the mixture on the surface for a quick natural clean.

Keep floorboards quiet by sprinkling talcum powder over them. Just sweep up the mess, of course :) The powder in the cracks will silence the boards. To keep your floors from getting scratched when moving furniture, cover the furniture legs with old socks.

Shine up your leather goods and minimalize scratches by rubbing distilled white vinegar on them. It may be the cheapest and most natural leather shine you will find.

via Real Simple

Pack up valuable glass vases and figurines when moving or just storing with cardboard milk cartons. Their cushioning will keep your valuables much safer than newspaper can. Just make sure you wash them out thoroughly first, because there’s nothing quite like grandma’s vase smelling like old milk.

Shine up your best leather shoes with vegetable oil. Only one or two drops are needed to polish each shoe thoroughly. The shine is as good as store-bought items and is natural as well.

Add two tablespoons of vinegar to eggs boiling in a pot for two benefits. It prevents eggs from cracking while boiling, and makes the shells come off easier when done boiling.

via Martha Stewart

Liven up your refreshments by adding flowers or berries to your ice cubes. Just make sure the flowers are edible (and hopefully tasty).

Clean germs and wax off of fruit and vegetables by rinsing it vinegar before eating. Vinegar will remove germs and residue much better and quicker than water.

Save yourself money and calories by whipping your store-bought icing before icing the cake. Store-bought icing can expand to twice its size, covering more cake with less icing.

via Sassy Styler Design

Kids can play Twisteroutdoors with just some spray paint on the grass. You can make it small enough for your kids only or big enough for all of the kids of your block. This Twister fit any size and last for as long as you wish. Depending on the length of your grass, you can can mow it away usually in a matter or days or a few weeks.

Turtle wax can shine up more than your car. Coat your dustpans in turtle wax for the dirt piles to fall right off when tossing them in the trash.

Keep your broom and mop handles from leaving marks on the wall by covering the tops of the handles with the finger cutoffs of cleaning gloves.

Hate how some ingredients stick to sides of measuring cups when cooking? Get the ingredients out easily by first rinsing the cup in hot water. Don’t dry the cup, though. The little beads of water will get the sticky ingredients, such as peanut butter and sour cream to pour out much more smoothly.

Shave your legs with conditioner rather than shaving cream to save yourself a few dollars and while getting much smoother legs.

Hate how your shaving cream and other metal bottles to rust in the shower after awhile? Prevent that wear by applying a thin coat of clear nail polish to the bottom. It will last as long as you have the bottle.

Kill germs naturally in your bathroom and kitchen with full strength vinegar. Just spray on and wipe off to kill the germs and remove residue.

via Martha Stewart

For the little ones still learning to use glass cups, wrap the glasses with a few rubber bands. This will keep the glass from slipping from those little hands when too hot, too cold or slippery from condensation.

If you run out of toilet tablets, just toss in a few antacid tablets. They’ll work to get to rid of stains in just 20 minutes, so you can easily scrub them away with minimal effort.

Burnt your forehead with a curling iron? Dull the pain and reduce the redness quickly with yogurt. It’s a perfect healing method and breakfast all in one.

via Real Simple

Put those plastic Easter eggs to use after Easter Sunday by using them as snack containers. They are not only reusable, they are also an easy way to help with portion control.

For those difficult coffee stains, cover the spot with salt and watch as the tiny crystals soak up the brown spot. After significant soakage, throw the salt away and wash the clothing as normal and the stain will removed.

Bring a fake spring smell indoors with your own fake Febreeze. Mix together two cups of water, a quarter cup of your favorite fabric softener and one teaspoon of baking soda. Pour into a spray bottle for all the fake fresh smell you can handle.

 

There you have it! Have a great spring enjoying your newly clean house and newly bloomed flowers. Be sure to check out our uncommon uses for common things summer tips, autumn tips, and tips on how to not lose things as well!

 


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Claire - March 5, 2012 - 6:44 pm

@marci no problem! i’m glad you found some helpful ideas here.

Marci - March 2, 2012 - 9:06 am

I love the tip about green onions in a jar of water and can’t believe I’ve never thought of it! I keep all my store bought herbs in little jars and vases of water throughout my kitchen and they last forever that way. Plus they’re quite cheery in the winter when I don’t have flowers to cut!

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