Thursday, June 11, 2015

For the Kiddos: How to Make Sponge Bombs

FOR THE KIDDOS:  HOW TO MAKE SPONGE BOMBS
http://innerchildfun.com/2011/07/sponge-bomb-bucket-toss.html

How to Make Sponge Bombs


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For a FUN time, here’s how to make sponge bombs!  Begin by cutting up ordinary household sponges into thirds, and wrapping an “ouchless” hair elastic around them….




Grab a friend and a couple of buckets — each person kneels in front of a bucket filled to the top with water. The object of the game is to hurl the sponge bombs into each other’s buckets! You WILL get wet!!!
Whoever gets the most in the other person’s bucket WINS!!
Gather up all the sponge bombs and play again (and again)! Mark and Clara joined in the fun too, but the camera would have gotten too wet, so you’ll have to take my word for it!!
This is a great way to beat the heat without using up a lot of water, and sponge bombs can be used and re-used all Summer long.
Have fun!!

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

FOR FATHER'S DAY: Romantic Surprises for Him on Any Budget

ROMANTIC IDEAS FOR HIM FOR FATHER'S DAY
https://www.pgeveryday.com


16 Romantic Surprises for Him on Any Budget

16 Romantic Surprises for Him on Any Budget
Make your partner’s day with one of these romantic and fun surprises for him.

By: Lorraine Allen
Surprising someone you love is a fun way to show how much you love him. When raising a family, the pressures on parents add up quickly and keep coming. And though we might think of surprises for our partners around birthdays, it’s important to include elements of fun and surprise in your marriage often. It can keep you connected to your partner, it reminds him how important he is to you, and it keeps the spark alive. So here are 16 great ideas for fun and romantic surprises, for a variety of budgets, to inspire you:
1. Show up at his office with tickets to a show or concert.
2. Meet him out for dinner with a packed bag and train ticket for a weekend getaway.
3. Make his very favorite breakfast on a weekday that’s looking particularly hard for him.
4. Have a surprise sitter show up on a weekend day and surprise him with an afternoon at home, just the two of you, or a chance to go out and enjoy the day off, without kids OR work for once.
5. Leave him a message on his phone just to tell him how much you love him. Nothing else.
6. Write him a love note and slip it in his wallet.
7. Buy something small and special, and put it on his pillow to surprise him at the end of a long day.
8. On your next family vacation, or one random evening after work, book him a deep-tissue massage.
9. Invite a few of his best buddies over the next time his favorite sports team has a big game, and then take the kids out to a movie to give the “boys” time to reconnect.
10. Write him a card telling him how much you appreciate all his hard work and all he does to support your family, and send it to his office.
11. Surprise him with his favorite dinner (either takeout or homemade), balloons, a nice dessert, music, candles, and even a gift or card -- celebrate him, randomly, one evening just because he deserves it.
12. Fix (or pay someone to fix) things around the house that have been on his to-do list forever. It’ll be a real treat for him to not have to worry about them anymore!
13. Pamper him at home. Buy him new PJs and a great book, run him a hot bath, and make him a cup of hot cocoa so he can really relax.
14. Pretend to plan a weekend with extended family, but surprise him that day with tickets somewhere exotic, and truly surprising, for just the two of you.
15. Redo your bedroom while he’s not around. You can find loads of creative ideas for any budget on the web, in magazines and on home-decorating TV shows.
16. If he’s traveling for work, surprise him by showing up at his hotel one evening, or just send him a care package there.
Do you have any great ideas for ways to surprise your spouse or partner?

Monday, June 1, 2015

Monday Solutions: Cleaning Tips and Tricks

Monday Solutions:  Cleaning Tips and Tricks




Cleaning can be a chore, even just the regular day-to-day sweeping and dusting. Then you get into places that can be hard to clean and well . . . they might get put off for a little longer than you intended. Now that the weather is nice, it is time to tackle those tough tasks. 
Now, we know things have to get cleaned, but we are also all about efficiency. A wise person once said "work smarter, not harder." Here are 19 tips to finally get to the things you haven't cleaned lately and more importantly, how to make it easier. 

1. Detail Your Own Car

Sure you can take it to a shop, but it will set you back about $200. Or you could do it yourself with a mixture of club soda, dish soap and vinegar. Scrub the solution with a firm brush and steam clean to remove residue. For full instructions go here.
19 Ways To Conquer The Hard To Clean Things In Your Home

2. De-Gunk Window Screens 

A lot of dirt can build up between your screen and glass window pane. Sprinkle some baking soda onto the dirt and pour on just enough vinegar to let it bubble up. Use an old toothbrush or cotton swap to scrub away stuck on gunk and rinse out wish warm water. 
19 Ways To Conquer The Hard To Clean Things In Your Home

3. Clean Your Ice Maker

If you have a refrigerator with an ice maker, when is the last time that you cleaned it? Probably never right? A dirty ice maker can make ice that tastes or smells funny and can harbor bacteria. There are a few ways to clean it, but this one just uses steam. Don't use a harsh cleaner that could damage the ice maker - check the manual if you're unsure. If you threw it away, you can find most manuals online at the company's website. 
19 Ways To Conquer The Hard To Clean Things In Your Home

4. Get Rid Of Laundry Odors 

If you have a high efficiency front load washing machine, you know that they can get really smelly. Simply running the machine on a hot cycle with bleach every couple weeks can keep it from getting dirty in the first place. If you've really let it go, find the directions for a vinegar/ baking soda remedy here.
19 Ways To Conquer The Hard To Clean Things In Your Home

5. Clean Your Grout 

Nothing makings a clean house look filthier than stained, nasty grout. Using just Clorox Toilet Bowl Cleaner With Bleach and a scrub brush this tile went from gross to great in just 10 minutes. If you have darker grout, test a spot below an appliance or out of sight before you do the whole floor - it does have bleach so it could do some damage. 
19 Ways To Conquer The Hard To Clean Things In Your Home

6. Clean Microfiber Couches 

Microfiber couches are supposed to hold up to dirt, but if yours looks more like the right side of this one than the left side, even after scrubbing with rubbing alcohol try using distilled water. Hard water can cause dark edges circles to appear, so soaking the top layer and rubbing with a cloth can help lift out those hard water stains. Once it dries, gently brush with a hard bristled brush and it should look almost new again. 
19 Ways To Conquer The Hard To Clean Things In Your Home
via Tada's Kooky Kitchen

7. Rid Stains From Laminate Counters

Laminate is a great option for a counter top, but a lingering spill can still stain it. If regular soapy water doesn't lift it, spread some baking soda and scrub with a gentle cloth to pull up the mark. Natural stones like marble can absorb a stain too, but you need to create a poultice specific to the spill and stone type to get rid of it. 
19 Ways To Conquer The Hard To Clean Things In Your Home
via Home Depot 

8. Clean Hair Brushes 

Anyone who has used a hair brush knows that they can get really gross. If yours is really nasty, make cuts every couple rows to loosen up hair. To remove product residue soak the brush in a solution of hot water and baking soda. 
19 Ways To Conquer The Hard To Clean Things In Your Home
via Passion For Savings

9. Dust Air Vents 

Use an old paint brush or makeup brush to dust out your car's air vents that your vacuum can't get to. 
19 Ways To Conquer The Hard To Clean Things In Your Home
via The Family Handyman

10. Dust Your Ceiling Fan Faster

Instead of trying to avoid dust in the face and all over the bed or floor below, wipe down a ceiling fan using a pillow case. Wrap it around each blade and pull off the dirt. Give it a quick wipe down with a cloth to get any stuck on bits.  

11. Remove Rust From Knives

If your favorite knife has started to look a little worse for wear, and you've tried every DIY option with no results you don't have to buy a new one. Just grab a bottle of Bar Keeper's Friend and scrub away - the rust will start to vanish in minutes. 
19 Ways To Conquer The Hard To Clean Things In Your Home
via The Make Your Own Zone

12. Wash Fido's Toys

Dog toys can get really, really gross. Drool, dirt, dust and whatever else is all over these things. For the health of your dog - and you if you pick them up too - give them a wash. You can find simple instructions to clean soft toys, squeaky toys and plastic toys here.
19 Ways To Conquer The Hard To Clean Things In Your Home
via Good Dogs & Co.

13. Awkward Glass Bottles 

Sometimes those pretty decorative bottles develop a dirty residue inside and a bottle brush just can't reach. Pour coarse salt, dish soap and a tiny bit of warm water into the bottle and shake -hard then rinse. The solution should be gritty enough to scrub but liquid enough to move around. Depending how dirty they are you might have to repeat this process a few times to get rid of all the marks. 
19 Ways To Conquer The Hard To Clean Things In Your Home
via She Endeavors 

19 Ways To Conquer The Hard To Clean Things In Your...



11. Remove Rust From Knives

If your favorite knife has started to look a little worse for wear, and you've tried every DIY option with no results you don't have to buy a new one. Just grab a bottle of Bar Keeper's Friend and scrub away - the rust will start to vanish in minutes. 
19 Ways To Conquer The Hard To Clean Things In Your Home
via The Make Your Own Zone

12. Wash Fido's Toys

Dog toys can get really, really gross. Drool, dirt, dust and whatever else is all over these things. For the health of your dog - and you if you pick them up too - give them a wash. You can find simple instructions to clean soft toys, squeaky toys and plastic toys here.
19 Ways To Conquer The Hard To Clean Things In Your Home
via Good Dogs & Co.

13. Awkward Glass Bottles 

Sometimes those pretty decorative bottles develop a dirty residue inside and a bottle brush just can't reach. Pour coarse salt, dish soap and a tiny bit of warm water into the bottle and shake -hard then rinse. The solution should be gritty enough to scrub but liquid enough to move around. Depending how dirty they are you might have to repeat this process a few times to get rid of all the marks. 
19 Ways To Conquer The Hard To Clean Things In Your Home
via She Endeavors 
14. Hard Water Stains In Your Faucet
These open-style facets look so pretty - until they get grimy. Create a paste with coarse salt and cleaning vinegar (it is slightly more acidic than regular vinegar and can really power through stains.) Rub it onto the stains and let it sit for 15. Give it a quick scrub before rinsing and the deposits will be gone. 
19 Ways To Conquer The Hard To Clean Things In Your Home
via Made From Pinterest

15. Get Rid Of Driveway Stains 

Stains in a driveway look terrible, but they're so hard to clean. To pull out an old, embedded stain this product called Pour-N-Restore is your best bet. It is a poultice and draws out the dried in oil stains. The product pours on as a liquid that you spread over the stain. As it dries it becomes a powder that holds onto the oily stain so you can sweep it away instead of rinsing it into your lawn. 
19 Ways To Conquer The Hard To Clean Things In Your Home
via Instructables

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Jewelry Spotlight: Larimar Jewelry of Atlantis by SIMICOLLECTABLES

Tuesday's Jewelry Spotlight:  Larimar Jewelry of Atlantis by SIMICOLLECTABLES
https://www.etsy.com/shop/SIMICOLLECTABLES




FROM FISHING TO JEWELRY MAKING

I ran sport fishing charter boats on the gulf coast from Florida to Texas for almost 30 years. Two years ago I had a hip replaced and suffered severe nerve damage during the surgery so now, at least for another year or two, I can't walk very well and I can't do my job on the water...which is not only putting folks on fish but keeping them safe. Since I cannot return to the sea I fell back on a trade I learned about 40 years ago when I didn't have the patience to appreciate or use what I learned....lol. Silversmithing. 

I have found that I actually enjoy designing and making sterling silver and semi-precious gemstone jewelry. When I was 20 it was BORING!!! LOL I hope you like my work! Everything is genuine. I use no fake, dyed, or "treated" stones unless clearly stated in the title as well as the description. BEWARE OF FAKES FROM THE FAR EAST! THEY ARE EVEN "CREATING" LARIMAR NOW AND MOST DO NOT TELL YOU IT IS NOT REAL!!

Caribbean Larimar from the Dominican Republic has been my focus since the day I first saw this amazing stone. I still make other stuff...when I have to....but this unique and rare blue stone has captured my attention. It is absolutely amazingly beautiful! Those in the know say that this is the blue stone with extraordinary healing powers that Edgar Casey predicted would be found in the Caribbean near where he claimed the Lost City of Atlantis could be found. I hope you like it as much as I do!

Once in a while I find other vintage things to add to my "shop" but mostly it will be jewelry. I try to price everything as reasonably as possible considering the condition, quality and size of the gemstones and the intricacy of the silver work. 

I have been selling at Arts & Craft Faires, Farmers' Markets, and other special events as well as my Etsy shop. simicollectables.etsy.com
INCREDIBLE NEW BATCH OF EXCLUSIVELY DESIGNED AND CREATED LARIMAR JEWELRY WILL BE LISTED THROUGHOUT THE MONTH. CHECK BACK FREQUENTLY TO SEE NEW PIECES!
AAA GRADE GENUINE CARIBBEAN LARIMAR/.925 STERLING SILVER JEWELRY AT BELOW WHOLESALE PRICES!!!! SATISFACTION 100% GUARANTEED!! READ MY REVIEWS!

I PERSONALLY HAND SELECT THE RAW ORE AT THE LOS CHUPADEROS MINE IN THE D.R. STILL, ONLY ABOUT 5% OF THIS HAND SELECTED ORE MEETS THE STANDARDS I REQUIRE FOR MY JEWELRY.

FREE STERLING SILVER CHAIN WITH ANY LARIMAR PENDANT...ALWAYS!

CHECK OUT MY VALUES ON GENUINE DOMINICAN LARIMAR/.925 STERLING SILVER JEWELRY AGAINST ANYONE! (PRICE + QUALITY + FREE SHIPPING)

I TRULY APPRECIATE YOUR BUSINESS AND HOPE TO BUILD STRONG RELATIONSHIPS WITH MY CUSTOMERS. I WANT YOU TO BE 100% HAPPY WITH ANYTHING AND EVERYTHING YOU PURCHASE FROM SIMI COLLECTABLES. THIS IS A GUARANTEE! IF FOR ANY REASON YOU ARE EVER NOT FULLY SATISFIED WITH MY PRODUCT AND/OR SERVICE JUST LET ME KNOW. I WILL EITHER FIX THE PROBLEM OR REFUND 100% OF YOUR MONEY...INCLUDING RETURN SHIPPING! 

THANK YOU ALL FOR LOOKING AT MY STUFF AND HOPEFULLY YOU WILL BECOME ANOTHER SATISFIED SIMI COLLECTABLES PATRON! PLEASE TAKE A MOMENT TO READ SOME OF MY REVIEWS. 

Kirsten down in Texas says, "Just amazing. I ordered these for my mom for her 60th birthday and they're gorgeous. Not only did my shipment arrive on time, but when I told Steve that I needed it within a week he ensured that it arrived by choosing priority mail. If I ever need any more Larimar, his shop is where I'm going to."

Vanessa from Fort Wayne says, "This necklace is the most amazing thing I have in my Larimar collection. It suits me well! The angel wings are magnificent and the whole thing just pops! It's an eye catcher for sure! Nothing but props to Steve! His creations are nothing less than fabulous! I love it! :D"

Vanessa (another order) says this time, "This larimar necklace is beyond exquisite.. I don't ever want to take it off! The stones are beautiful; definite quality.. I can tell Steve really takes pride in his work and he should! It is simply amazing! I will be ordering more of these beautiful items very soon." (and she did!) THANK YOU VANESSA!

Buddy K. says, "Beautiful stones, beautiful necklace. Exceeded our expectations.. Only thing better was Steve, the seller at Simi Collectables - friendly, helpful with info as to the necklace's specs, he keep us informed, shipped same day, provided tracking, and genuinely wanted to know we were satisfied with the transaction through every step. Will recommend, will do business again. Thanks, Steve!"
.......or......
Nicole P., "Amazing service!! I am so impressed by this seller. I've purchased a lot from etsy and this is my best experience to date. The product is awesome, delivery fast and customer service is amazing. I wish i could give more than 5 stars! Thank you so much!!".

Read over 100 more like these!https://www.etsy.com/your/shops/SIMICOLLECTABLES/reviews?page=1

Please browse my shop and I'm sure you will find something for yourself and/or a friend or relative. 

Enjoy and God Bless!!

Monday, May 25, 2015

Monday Solutions: How to Clean Your Slow Cooker

Monday Solutions:  How to Clean Your Slow Cooker
http://www.365ishpins.com/how-to-clean-your-crockpot/


clean your slow cooker crockpot

It’s been a very long time since I posted a cleaning tip!  I guess I’ve tried everything Pinterest has to offer �� I use my slow cooker all year, but it seems to get more use in the Fall and Winter when soups and other hearty meals like roasts are on the menu.  I pulled it out tonight to get ready for lunch tomorrow, and it was gross!  Something spilled inside the heating element and it was NOT coming off with soap and water.  Plus, you can’t just fill up the sink and soak your slow cooker! After scrubbing for a while, I remembered a pin I’d seen a while ago, and behold, this post was born: How to Clean Your Slow Cooker.
Note: this is for cleaning your slow cooker’s heating element.  The inside part, you know?  NOT the actual “crock” from your crock pot.

What You’ll Need:

One can of oven cleaner.  I got mine at the dollar store.  Yay for cheap!
oven cleaner for slow cooker

What to do:

Spray an even coat of foam around the inside of the cooker.  You really should do this outside.  I’m pretty sure I hacked up a lung after I inhaled some of the cleaner.  Lesson learned.  After you have a nice, even coat of foam, let it sit for a couple hours.  I left mine outside and went to make dinner and eat.  As we were cleaning up afterwards, I pulled it back inside to finish.  So it was probably closer to ninety minutes.  Then, just use a scrubby sponge to wipe out the foam! Everything but the most caked-on spot just wiped right off.  The big yucky spot took some scrubbing, but it was WAY easier than when I was trying to clean it before.  So there you go. Now that you know, there’s no excuse. :)
I'm going to try this because my crockpot really needs it. ~ Linda