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13 Unconventional Uses for Baking Soda

Why DIY Beats Commercial Every Time!

baking soda on spoon

When I get in a mood for baking, I always make sure I have baking soda on hand.  Then the box sits on the shelf.  Well, no more!  There are so many uses for baking soda, they are too numerous to list.

I have found, however, a list of 13 that I use on a regular basis.  They are quick, easy and so inexpensive to the chemical-laden commercial options.

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How to Make Dinner in Minutes

Start With a Slow Cooker

Red slow cooker

We are all busy with jobs, running the kids to events and practices, volunteering and maintaining a home. Everyone needs a “go to” weeknight meal that is fast, easy and inexpensive.

Getting a meal on the table is always easy when I use my slow cooker. I just get the seasonings together, chop any vegetables and store in containers the night before. Then toss them into the slow cooker the next morning and I’m off to work.

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Homemade Cleaning Products

chemical cleaning products

Everyone knows that today’s cleaning products, for the most part, are made with harsh chemicals. I recently found out that a floor product I used before vacuuming was actually a carcinogen to my pets.

All cleaning products still need to be kept out of the reach of pets and children. However, the natural products used to make your own, will leave your house with no carcinogens and cost less.

Here are some easy, inexpensive recipes for cleaning products that are natural and chemical free:

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Easy Camping Recipes

I love camping and the smell of a campfire. Here are some of my favorite, collected recipes to keep your family happy and satisfied.

Breakfast Burritosbreakfast burrito

I found these to be very easy to make at home and pack for the weekend. You can make completely ahead of time, or cook ingredients and put burritos together that morning. This feeds 4 hungry campers. Recipes doubles well.


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Handy Hints for Lemons

Lemons are used to put into tea, squeeze over fish, and zest into salad dressings. But did you know there are about a hundred more uses for this little fruit?Handy tips for lemons

  • Strengthen finger nails – Soak your fingers in lemon juice for 10 minutes, rinse with warm water. This helps strengthen and brighten the nails.
  • Soften calluses – rub feet, hells and elbows with half of a lemon
  • Curb appetite – Mix 2 tablespoons lemon juice with 1 tablespoon safflower oil. Take before each meal.
  • Cold sore – dab a little lemon juice on the sore. It acts as an astringent and promotes healing
  • Hiccups – cut off a small slice of lemon (without peel). Place it under your tongue and suck once. Hold the juice for 10 seconds, then swallow the juice.

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Spice Up Your Chores

I was going through a box of my daughter’s best art projects that we kept. It brought back a lot of memories. At the bottom of the box was at least ½ cup of loose glitter and salt from all the decorative projects.spilled salt and shaker

The salt reminded me of all the wonderful things you can do with it; from children’s projects to loosening soot in a fireplace. I thought you might be interested in some of the ways table salt can help make chores easier. Read More→