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Thursday, August 25, 2016

My Walk Through Life 8/25/2016

  Colorado National Park, Grand Junction, Colorado

Today is the 100th Anniversary of the National Park Service. President Woodrow Wilson signed a bill to 
"to conserve the scenery and the natural and historic objects and wildlife therein, and to provide for the enjoyment of the same in such manner and by such means as will leave them unimpaired for the enjoyment of future generations."  
  Each park has been chosen by the following standards:
     It has to be an accurate and unspoiled example of the resource it is protecting
     It is an outstanding example of that resource
     It offers resources for historical study, public recreation and enjoyment
     It illustrates the nature or culture of American heritage
 To protect the parks and all they have to offer, the rules are strict. Stay on the designated paths so flora is not destroyed. Keep pets at home, because they scare the wildlife and ruin the flora. Do not remove plants, rocks, etc. This destroys the habitat. Do not deface, destroy, anything. The parks are set to protect history and nature, and for the education and enjoyment of all generations. 
From Aug 25 through Aug 28, you can get FREE admission to national parks to celebrate the NPS 100th birthday. Check to see what your local parks have to offer in events this weekend. Get out and enjoy and learn something new about your state. 
Check out their website to find out where the nearest park is. They have a great site with photos and other information. 
National Park Services

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Sunday, August 21, 2016

My Walk Through Life 8/21/2016

When you order free stuff like I do, you get great coupons in the mail also. Free stuff, Free money. I love it!!

Have you heard of FlyLady? Her site has been around for years and is a great way for the busy (or the lazy, like me) to keep up on household chores without a lot of effort. She gives you a chore or two a day and it will keep your house looking like you work hard every day.

If you haven't figured it out yet, I love sweepstakes. I even win once in awhile. I will sponsor my own contest when I get 2000 views on my blog, 10 followers, or 100 facebook followers. 

As much as I hate to think about it, Christmas is just around the corner. I like to start shopping in January so my December isn't so financially tight. My blog shopping page has some great online stores, most with discounts available. Don't forget to check into Ebay for the collectors and other great deals, Groupon for more great deals, and Ebates to get money back. 


 Free Sample box. So far it includes a Clif bar, almonds, Ball Park Jerkey, and more.

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Design your own lunch box. This offer opens up at 10:00am ET DAILY. But only a few will get it so you have to been on the ball.

Pinchme is a great way to try before you buy. Every month they open their free sample ordering form for one day. After you take surveys to qualify for freebies, you can order your box. I have ordered every month and it is full off free samples and coupons.


I went to Walmart the other day to do my biweekly grocery shopping. I took with me, 2 Walmart ecoupons that totalled $40. Swagbucks sent me $25. I received this for doing searches, watching a few videos, a few surveys, and entering swagcodes. All simple. The more time you put in, the more money they give you. 
The $15 came from Walmart's Savings Catcher program. Enter in your receipt either through or a phone app. If a local price is lower than what you paid at Walmart, they will give you back the difference. Of course, I also used my Ibotta and got a rebate of $2. (I am getting ready to transfer $40 into my Paypal account). I am a lazy person. This is all without trying very hard. Again, the more your work these, the better your money outcome. 

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Make Your Own Cleaning Supplies

All Purpose Cleaners
Mix 2 teaspoons borax, 1 teaspoon liquid soap, and 1 liter water. Use in a spray bottle
Mix 4 tablespoons with 3 cups water in a spray bottle.
Soak orange peels and vinegar in a sealed mason jar for two weeks. Pour the orange vinegar into
  a spray bottle for a nice smelling cleaner.

All Purpose Cleaner Wipes
   ¼ pint of rubbing alcohol
   1 ½ tablespoons household ammonia
   ½ tablespoons Joy liquid dish soap (I am using brand name because that was what was
       given to me)
   1 quart water
Mix all ingredients in a 2 quart container. Lay a roll of paper towels on its side and cut it
   in two. Put ½ roll in a container and pour ½ solution on the towels. Turn towels over,
   pour the rest of the solution on. Remove the cardboard insert.

Heavy Duty Cleaner
Mix 4 liters hot water, ¼ cup cloudy ammonia, and 1 teaspoon baking soda. Double ingredients except for water, for a stronger mixture.

Oven Cleaners
For a fresh spill, wet and sprinkle with baking soda and scrub with a soft nylon scrubber (or
   netted onion bag).
For normal cleaning, make a paste with baking soda and water. Apply to a warm oven. Leave to
   dry. Clean with a brush or scouring pad and hot water.

Dishwasher Detergent
   1 cup borax
   1 cup washing soda or baking soda
   ½ cup citric acid
   ½ cup kosher salt
Use vinegar for a rinsing agent.
Soft Scrub
Baking soda. I store mine in a Parmesan cheese container and shake it out when needed.
   Sometimes I add small amount of scented oil, such as lavender. 

Pot and Pan Cleaners
Mix borax with hot water

Wall and Floor Cleaners
Mix Borax with hot water.

Homemade Swiffer Wet Jet Solution
50 % water, 50 % white vinegar, 2 or 3 drops of dish washing liquid.

Glass Cleaners
Mix white vinegar and water. Clean with a newspaper.
1 Tablespoon cornstarch to 1 quart water. Soak and wring out a lint free cloth. Wash.
Put Dawn dish washing soap in a bucket of water. Scrub the windows and then use a squeegee to
   remove excess liquid. Wipe the edges with an absorbent cloth to remove the water that the
   squeegee couldn't get.

Toilet Bowl Cleaner
Use vinegar and leave to soak for 10 minutes, or add some baking soda also. That will help any
   potential clogging issues also. Brush it clean.
Drop a denture cleaning tablet into the bowl. Wait 2 minutes and then brush it clean.
Drop an Alka Seltzer tablet into the bowl. Wait 2 minutes and then brush it clean.

Bath and Tile
Mix borax and vegetable soap with hot water. Scrub with rag. (vegetable soaps are soaps made
  without  animal fats, such as Dr. Bonner’s or even liquid detergents or shower gels.)
Heat 12 ounces of white vinegar in the microwave until hot. Pour into a spray bottle. Add 12
 ounces  Dawn dish washing liquid. Shake to mix. Spray, scrub, and rinse.

Furniture Polish
1 teaspoon olive oil with juice from one lemon and 1 teaspoon water, OR: 2 parts olive oil and 1
   part lemon juice.
Mayonnaise is good for removing water rings

Laundry Detergent
1 bar of soap, such as Ivory
1 cup Borax
1 cup washing soda (made by Arm and Hammer, found near the borax)
A large pot, spoon, grater and funnel
   Grate the soap  into pot. Add a gallon of water to it and heat until the soap is melted. Add the borax, washing soda, and another gallon of water. Stir and heat until it is all dissolved. Turn off the heat and  after the liquid is cool pour into two gallon size jugs.

Liquid Laundry Softener
6 cups water
3 cups white vinegar
2 cups hair conditioner
   Combine water and vinegar together and warm in microwave. Stir in hair conditioner. Pour into a 1 gallon container. Use as you normally do in the rinse cycle, or make dryer sheets. Recipe below.

Dryer Sheets
Soak a wash clot in your favorite fabric softener, then let it dry. It can be used several times
   before it  needs to be soaked again.

Stain Remover
2/3 cup Dawn dish washing liquid
2/3 cup ammonia
6 tablespoon baking soda
2 cups warm water
   Mix all ingredients into a spray bottle. Spray on stains and let set for a few minutes. Launder as usual.

A Product like Oxy-Cleaner
½ cup hydrogen peroxide
½ cup Arm and Hammer washing soda
1 cup hot water
   Soak laundry in this mixture overnight to remove stains. Do not store. It needs to be used immediately after making it.

Fabric Freshener
1/8 cup liquid fabric softener
1 to 2 teaspoons baking soda
Warm to hot tap water
   Mix the fabric softener and baking soda. Pour into a spray bottle. Add the water and fill to the top of the bottle.

Uses for Hydrogen Peroxide:

   Add a spray attachment to the bottle and use for glass, heavy duty cleaning, bathtubs, etc. Sprinkle baking soda and then spray the hydrogen peroxide for extra cleaning power.

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Sunday, August 14, 2016

My Walk Through Life 8/14/2016

We had to put our little old guy, Mongo, down. He was old and tired and I think the summer heat was just too much for him. I went to the animal shelter, thinking I would like to rescue an old dog. The animal shelter here is different and so much better than the ASPC in Virginia. There wasn't a lot of old, sad dogs there. There was a catahoula/lab mix that I fell in love with. No one wanted the little girl. She was red listed and rescued from death in Texas, and people here wouldn't look at her. They wanted small dogs or pit bulls. I brought her home. I adore her, but she has turned my household upside down. My big dog, Chester, pictured above, has to tolerate Ruby using him as a seat. My little dog, Skunker, didn't much like her at all, but is getting better with her. The cats won't come in the house. I have had to replace 2 pillows, a computer mouse, a remote control, and 2 pairs of flip flops. Her saving grace...She is a beautiful dog, very sweet, very smart, and she is really, really trying to be good. 


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