Well, we’ve made it to the end of another week and to the beginning of a new month! Why, Hello there November…where’d you come from? We are entering the busy but joyful marathon that is November and December. Yikes! Have you started laying your plans?
Welcome back for another installment of Five Tips Friday… more easy life hacks and great ideas with the hopes that a few of them might make your world a little simpler.
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5 Lifehacks or Tips:
1. If you want to have paperwhites for the holidays, now is the time to start thinking about forcing your paperwhite bulbs inside. Paperwhites will bloom about 4-6 weeks after starting the bulbs indoors, so plan your planting accordingly.
2. Use plastic containers to keep your refrigerator and freezer organized. Grouping like things together in a container makes it easier to find what you’re looking for in limited space. Also, always use square or rectangle versus round container…they are much more space-efficient.
3. Extend the life of your favorite jarred candles by melting down the wax that comes up the side of the jar.
I have found my most favorite scented candle in all the world and its name is Chesapeake Bay Candle Lavender & Fig. It’s not a cheap candle, so I am a bit sensitive about wasting any of its wonderfulness. When I saw that it had burned such that a good bit of the scented wax was left on the side of the candle, I knew I had to remedy the situation. (as an aside…not sure how that happened anyway!)
I placed the candle in a colander over simmering water until the wax melted from the side and settled back where it belongs…thereby extending the life of my candle. It may only burn an extra hour or so…but hey…that’s another hour of my favorite fragrance filling my home.
4. Maybe I’m way late to this show, but did you know that those Mr. Clean Magic Erasers are really kinda magic? Our home is on the market and I was running around touching up paint on the walls and trim (hello…18-year old boy) until our realtor told me to just get a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser and rub the mark. No joke…90% of the time the dry eraser will get the mark out. If it doesn’t, get it damp and try again. I haven’t had it not work!
And as a plus, a damp Mr. Clean Magic Eraser was the only thing that I found that would clean the dirty leather seats in my car (hello…18-year old boy PLUS Golden Retriever). The leather cleaner I had been using didn’t really touch it. After I used the Magic Eraser I wiped the seats down well with water, dried them and then used the leather cleaner/conditioner.
5. With Thanksgiving less than 3 weeks away (DON’T PANIC! I’M NOT YELLING! WELL, MAYBE I AM!), time to get some of the preparations started. This turkey stock makes the BEST gravy…and if you have any leftover, add it to your Turkey Carcass soup too.
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Many hugs my friends and wishes for a wonderful fall weekend.