Wednesday, March 28, 2007

WFMW: Another use for baking soda

Baking soda has got to be one of the most useful things on the planet. It seems like I am always hearing or reading about a new use for baking soda.

Now I have another one. I read it in Paula Begoun's Don't Go To The Cosmetics Counter Without Me. When you feel like your face could use a little exfoliation, do not reach for something harsh like a ready-made scrub. Instead, put your normal amount of liquid cleanser in your hand, then add about a teaspoon or so of baking soda. Wash your face as usual.

I find that this smooths out the places that tend to get a little rough, but it never leaves my face red or feeling irritated.

And here are more Works-for-Me tips!

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

How cute is this?

I saw something on the Internet this weekend, called a Wubbanub. This is just the cutest thing, and they're not too expensive if you get them from the right place. I think I'm going to order one, but of course I had to try making one for myself. It is not "safety approved" but it's a temporary thing. Peanut donated a little stuffed bear and I sewed one of his pacifiers onto it's head. It works great! Bubby was not a paci boy at first, so he did not really learn to keep one in his mouth. Now that he is teething, he likes to have one. But you have to sit there and hold it in. He chews it and works on it so that it doesn't stay. Now he can hold this sweet little bear and the paci stays right there!

Whoever came up with this was a complete genius!


Two funny comments:

Peanut was trying to teach Junior a new tongue twister. He was supposed to repeat it back to her, but he said, "Betty Botter bought some butter to make her bottom bigger." True. I think I like that one better.

Dad walked by Junior's room the other day after bathtime and overheard this: "Underwear, prepare to Do Your Duty!" We didn't even ask...

Monday, March 19, 2007


I am trying to put a column on here that would show what we are all reading, but I never get more than a handful of minutes at a time. Peanut and I just got finished with Strawberry Girl, and now we are reading Pippi Goes On Board. We love those Pippi books! By herself, she read a book called Cora Frear. Junior is reading a few pages at a time in Grasshopper on the Road by Arnold Lobel. He wrote the Frog and Toad books. I didn't know if he'd like the Grasshopper book, but he finds it quite funny, and that is his requirement in books.

Tuesday, March 6, 2007

Works-for-Me Wednesday - Tiny Recipes

I have certain recipes that I use often, but not often enough that my little mind can get them memorized. I ended up getting out the recipe book just to remind me whether that was ½ tsp. of salt, or 1 tsp. of salt.

I finally had a brainstorm. I opened up my Word program and wrote out my most used recipes in the smallest font possible. I posted these recipes on the inside of the cabinet door that is closest to my stovetop. Later, I improved this by making a table in Word and typing each recipe into one of the cells. To save space, I often just write the list of ingredients.

To do this yourself, just tell your word processor program to create a table. I’ve found that three columns works best. Set your viewer to 100% and pick a font. You can make it as small as you want, just make sure you can see it on the screen without difficulty. Start typing recipes, one recipe per cell, adding a row to the table when necessary. If you have the recipes on your computer already, you will only need to cut and paste, then select the text and shrink the font.

I think you could also do this with a spreadsheet program, like Excel.