Paper Holders

I’m not really sure what to name this Invention.  My Mother invented this.  Take a clear sleeve and insert your paper (article, notes, inspirational quotes or whatever), then insert a hook through the top hole.  Hang however you want.  I hung these in my Kitchen onto a cute Bamboo Hook.  It holds recipes I want to try or other helpful Kitchen Tips / Gardening / Cooking Ideas.  Protects the paper from getting splashed with water, wrinkled or plain lost.

Dishwasher Sign

Don’t buy a clean / dirty dishwasher sign just make one.   Simply design your graphic of a clean or dirty sign – print – laminate or tape the sides together – 3 hole punch the top and hang it from a suction hook on your dishwasher.

Bean Sock – Heat Packs

Home made heating pads!


Buy 4 lbs of Beans.  I like Pinto Beans because Kidney Beans and Rice tend to stink up the house when microwaved.


Buy 2 pairs of log socks in various colors or designs.




Stuff socks with Beans and tie off with string.  Place in Microwave for 4 minutes and 20 seconds.

Cat Circle Trick – Try It

Tip from Bordon Therapy Cat Circle Trick

Cats are so lovable, but they’re also so strange! Let one into the room and within a minute, they’re meowing to get back out again. They’ll try to get you to rub their bellies then bite you for doing it too long! And that’s just the normal behavior!

One kitty owner recently discovered a weird cat quirk that’s quickly becoming an internet sensation, and when you see it you’ll have to try it, too!

It all started with a stray cord laying on the floor in a circle. This owner noticed that his cat would go straight for it every time and sit in the middle of the circle. Odd!








So he tried an experiment and made a red circle in tape on the floor. Again, the cat sat inside its center, as predicted.








The cat loved the second circle just as much.








He shared the results of his adorable experiment on the web and soon cat owners everywhere were trying it and sharing their results.









43 Good Things to Know

Sent in by Bamber Bear of NJ

  1. Your shoes are the first thing people subconsciously notice about you.
    Wear nice shoes.
  1. If you sit for more than 11 hours a day, there’s a 50% chance you’ll die
    within the next 3 years.
  1. There are at least 6 people in the world who look exactly like you.
    There’s a 9% chance that you’ll meet one of them in your lifetime.
  1. Sleeping without a pillow reduces back pain and keeps your spine
  1. A person’s height is determined by their father,
    and their weight is determined by their mother.
  1. If a part of your body “falls asleep”, You can almost always “wake it up”
    by shaking your head.
  1. There are three things the human brain cannot resist noticing, food,
    attractive people and danger.
  1. Right-handed people tend to chew food on their right side
  1. Putting dry tea bags in gym bags or smelly shoes will absorb the
    unpleasant odor.
  1. According to Albert Einstein, if honey bees were to disappear from
    earth, humans would be dead within 4 years.
  1. There are so many kinds of apples, that if you ate a new one everyday,
    it would take over 20 years to try them all.
  1. You can survive without eating for weeks, but you will only live 11 days
    without sleeping.
  1. People who laugh a lot are healthier than those who don’t.
  1. Laziness and inactivity kills just as many people as smoking.
  1. A human brain has a capacity to store 5 times as much information as
  1. Our brain uses the same amount of power as a 10-watt light bulb!!
  1. Our body gives enough heat in 30 mins. to boil 1.5 liters of water!!
  1. The Ovum egg is the largest cell and the sperm is the smallest cell !!
  1. Stomach acid (conc. HCL) is strong enough to dissolve razor blades!!
  1. Take a 10-30 minute walk every day & while you walk, SMILE. It is the
    ultimate antidepressant.
  1. Sit in silence for at least 10 minutes each day.
  1. When you wake up in the morning, pray to ask God’s guidance for your
    purpose, today.
  1. Eat more foods that grow on trees and plants and eat less food that is
    manufactured in plants.
  1. Drink green tea and plenty of water. Eat blueberries, broccoli, and
  1. Try to make at least three people smile each day.
  1. Don’t waste your precious energy on gossip, energy vampires, issues of
    the past, negative thoughts or things you cannot control. Instead invest
    your energy in the positive present moment.
  1. Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a college
    kid with a maxed out charge card.
  1. Life isn’t fair, but it’s still good.
  1. Life is too short to  waste  time hating anyone. Forgive them for
  1. Don’t take yourself so seriously. No one else does.
  1. You don’t have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.
  1. Make peace with your past so it won’t spoil the present.
  1. Don’t compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey
    is all about.
  1. No one is in charge of your happiness except you.
  1. Frame every so-called disaster with these words:
    ‘In five years, will this matter?’
  1. Help the needy, Be generous! Be a ‘Giver’ not a ‘Taker’.
  1. What other people think of you is none of your business.
  1. Time heals everything.
  1. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.
  1. Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick.
    Your friends will.  Stay in touch.
  1. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.
  1. Each night before you go to bed, pray to God and be thankful for what
    you’ll accomplish, today.
  1. Remember that you are too blessed to be stressed.

How to Protect Suede Boots

Tips from wikiHow to do anything….

Most people don’t realize that suede is actually leather and should essentially be cared for as such. As with most types of boots and leather, taking proper care of them will keep them looking brand new over the years. Taking the time to protect the suede as a preventative measure will allow you to get a great deal more wear from them.


Let the suede breathe. Unlike some types of footwear that can be stored easily in plastic containers, suede requires exposure to air. When storing the boots in a closet, slip them into cotton pillowcases. The cotton will promote air circulation while also protecting the boots from the accumulation of dust.

Store the boots in a cool dry place. Don’t leave suede boots exposed to direct sunlight when they are not in use. Excessive exposure to the light will cause fading, while long periods of exposure to humidity will trigger dampness that could eventually become mildew. Store them in a clothes or linen closet, where they will remain cool and dry.  Avoid storing your boots somewhere that could become warm and/or humid, such as a bathroom, garage or basement.

Before you store the boots you might consider having them professionally dry cleaned.


Purchase a suede protective spray. Experts recommend a water and stain protector formulated specifically for suede. Water can be damaging to suede and eventually change the color and texture, but a protective spray will prevent this from happening. This can be purchased online through Amazon or from a big box store like WalMart.

Ensure the boot is clean. Before using the spray, ensure that the boot is clean. An optimal time to do this is right after purchasing or receiving the boots, before even wearing them once. This way, you will be prepared for the elements and do not have to worry about cleaning them beforehand.

Seal the suede. Hold the spray bottle about six to eight inches away from the surface of the boot. It should come out of the bottle as a mist. Spray the boot all over with the protective spray, ensuring that you cover the entire surface of the boot. You only need to lightly spray the boot; too much could affect the boot’s texture or color.

Avoid wearing the boots in wet weather. The protective spray should prevent the boots from becoming ruined by water or snow. However, on days when it is especially rainy, it is best to avoid wearing the boots altogether. If they do get wet, let them dry naturally, away from any sources of heat. When they are dry, brush them well with a suede brush.

Maintain the nap. Purchase a special suede brush to use to brush out the nap, otherwise known as the surface of the suede. This will buff out any minor scuffs and help the shoes retain their soft, pleasant texture. Suede brushes are relatively inexpensive so it may be in your best interest to purchase one in order to keep your shoes looking their best.

  • Suede brushes are available at stores like Target or department stores like Macy’s.
  • Before brushing the shoes, stuff them with crumpled newspapers. This will help the shoe retain its shape.
  • Gently brush the nap in the direction of the fibers. You can tell which direction the fibers are going in if you run your fingers or hands along the surface and see which way the fibers lay the flattest. Once this is established, brush in that direction.


Keep talcum powder or cornmeal handy. When you are wearing your boots, be sure to slip a small package of cornmeal or talcum in your bag. This could be a zip-lock bag or very small Tupperware container. In the event that any type of liquid is spilled on the boots, pat the area dry with a clean cloth, and immediately apply a layer of the meal or talcum powder. Allow the product to set overnight, and then use a suede brush to gently remove the dried powder.

  • If you are going to be away from home, bring an extra pair of shoes and a clean cloth and keep them in a bag or the trunk of your vehicle. This way, if you spill something on your shoes, you will be able to clean the stain and not have to walk around with dirty boots.
Treat stains. If you are unable to treat a stain right away and the stain has dried, use a suede brush to scrub away the stain but avoid using too much pressure. For stubborn stains, use a small amount of white vinegar and a clean cotton towel. Moisten the towel with the vinegar, and blot the stain without applying a lot of pressure to the area, to avoid spreading the mess. Repeat as necessary with clean sections of the towel until the stain is loosened and removed from the surface of the suede.Avoid cleaning the boots with water. Water can change the texture and even the color of the suede. If the boots are stained so deeply that talcum powder or cornmeal does not soak up the stain before it sets, take the boots to a professional cleaner. You can do this by taking them to a local dry cleaning service or shoe repair shop.

Electrolytes & Hot Weather Pet Tip

– sent in by Pinecone

Natural Household Cleaners

by daisyblue     Safe and Clean Information    |   PDF Version of 7 Safe Cleaners – DIY

Our favorite 7 natural cleaners, using ingredients found in your home!

What you will need:  empty bottle / spray bottle, water, vinegar, baking soda, essential oils, Kosher salt, natural soap, and a lemon!


½ cup Baking Soda

10-20 drops Tea Tree Oil (#2507)

Add the above ingredients to your toilet.Next, add ¼ cup white vinegar to the bowl, and scrub away while the mix fizzes.


White vinegar – in a spray bottle

Spray direct on areas of mildew, and let sit 1 hour.Rinse with warm water, and use a sponge to remove any lasting bits of mildew.


¼ cup Baking Soda

¼ cup Natural Soap(DB Laundry Soap)

Mix together, and create a paste.Use paste as a natural scrub.


Cut a lemon in half, and run it over the surfaces.Let sit for 15 minutes, and rinse!

  1. POTS & PANS

Use Kosher salt as an abrasive on your pots and pans to naturally remove left on food & grease.


Mix 20-30 drops of essential oil of choice (we like lavender or a citrus) to a one-gallon jug of white Vinegar.  Add 1/3 cup to each load of laundry.Shake before use.

  1. OVENS

Heat the oven to 125°F. Once the oven is warm, grab your spray bottle of white Vinegar, and spray directly onto the affected areas.Turn off the oven and let it cool.Use a towel to scrub away the mess. If you need more cleaning, sprinkle baking soda or salt on the area, and spray with vinegar.Follow with a good rinse/wipe.

Cleaning should be FUN, not toxic.

Not ready to mix up your own cleaners?  Here are some options for you!

  • Daisy Breeze Laundry Soap – this all purpose, concentrated, laundry soap works for more than just laundry!  Laundry, Bubble Bath, Dish Soap, Doggie Shampoo, Deck Cleaner, Automobile Soap….and more!

Ingredients:Water, Saponified Olive Palm, Castor, and Coconut Oils, Essential Oils, Potassium Sorbate.

DB Citrus Laundry Soap, #7202, $20

APRIL ONLY Earth Day Sets (read more below, or in the Monthly Promos Article).

  • DB Clean Natural Cleaning Concentrate – natural cleaner that makes up to 48 gallons of cleaning power!  Works great for kitchen, bathroom, mirrors, windows, dishes, and floors!

Ingredients:Water, Saponified Olive & Coconut Oils, Orange Valencia, Tea Tree, Pink Grapefruit & Eucalyptus Essential Oils, Neem Oil, Rosemary Oil Extract.

DB Clean, #7209  $16

  • Lemon Oil – natural Citrus Limon Peel (lemon essential oil), is cold press extracted from the rind of lemons grown in California, and diluted to a safe to use amount in natural vegetable oil.  Safe to apply direct to the skin, making it a perfect companion to jazz up your cleaning.  Use as a furniture polish, add to your soaps for an added citrus boost, and add a few drops to water and make a refreshing room mist.

Lemon Oil, #2504  $19




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