Kool-Aid Spot Remover

Well pinterest has came to the rescue yet again.  About a year ago Munchkin One got away from us and spilled Kool-Aid under her bed.  The problem with that is many different things.

First problem was that we didn’t know that she had gotten a hold of the Kool-Aid – so that lead to the talk that mommy nor daddy was mad that she was drinking Kool-Aid we were mad because she hid that she spilled it in her room on tan carpet.  Second problem is that I discovered it AFTER it had dried!  Third problem was that I tried spending hours and many different cleaning supplies and was prepared to fess up that I couldn’t get the stain out.  I let it sit there and dreaded going into the room that had kool-aid all over – I used the steam cleaner, all different types of carpet cleaners, all type of other cleaners, etc. I had gave up!

Well a good neighbor from back home showed me something that she found on pinterest.  I came into it skeptical thinking that I was only going to make the stain worse.  Then I started thinking of how much resolve and spot shot I used.  Then decided that it just couldn’t get any worse so I took the plunge and tried what my neighbor had suggested and it worked!  It got it out!

What you need:

  1. Dish soap – I used great value brand
  2. white/light colored towel
  3. container for water and dish soap
  4. iron

Well this is how I got the stain out and 1/2 way through I wished that I would have taken before, during and after pictures.

  1. Put dish soap and water on the stain – I brought a container with extra water and dish soap so I could dip the towel in it as I went.
  2. Take a white towel/light colored towel and put it over the stain.  I started using it at the edges so that as I moved the towel I would not be working all over the dirty towel again.
  3. Now I placed the towel over the spot, took a hot iron and ran it over the towel, I kept it moving and then I noticed that it was starting to transfer the stain onto the towel.  In this case it left my towel looking like someone was cleaning up a crime scene.

Now the only bummer part of this is that I have to steam clean the room yet again so that the rest of the room will match the area that I just cleaned!

My disclaimer:

  1. Check in a test area to make sure your carpet wont bleed color.
  2. make sure you are careful with the iron not to burn your carpet.  Some carpets fibers will melt.
  3. don’t try to rush it.
  4. be prepared to want to clean other areas of your carpet after doing this!

Hope this helps someone else!

Prayer Jar

I have been looking for ways to get my children more involved in scripture and prayer.  Victoria is only two but she understands when we bow our heads at supper it is time to pray before we eat.  Do I think she totally understands the power of prayer, no.  Do I think Ada totally understands the power of prayer, no, but it is something that we do on a regular bases before meals.  With that being said I have been looking for more ways to get the girls involved with these types of things and not make my house look like a giant kids zone at the same time.

I found this idea on pinterest but it was for a prayer pail.  I looked but could not find a pail that was reasonable in size for the area we would keep it in.  That was attractive that I would want it in the area that I was in and easy enough for me to reach but easy enough for me to leave out and not have to clean up if company came over. I also didn’t want to spend money on this project as I thought that I would have everything that I needed already and I did!

Materials needed:

1- Glass jar – (empty Spaghetti or Alfredo jars work great!)

Card stock paper

Stickers

Scissors/paper cutter

Mod Podge/double sided tape  (I used tacky glue and I am not feeling the results!)

foam brush (for glue)

Ribbon (optional)

Gift Tag (Optional) – had one from a special friend that I decided to use for this one.

Marker

I took the jar made sure it was cleaned, never know in my house one minute it could be clean and next minute it’s housing something else!  I covered where the label use to be at with card stock, put stickers at the seems.  I could only find purple small letters in my craft stuff and didn’t feel like running downstairs to find more letters so ours says “Pray for” I put a few other stickers on there.  I then took my paper cutter and cut card stock into 1 inch strips.   So that I could write specific things down on them.  I wrote: Trees, wisdom, knowledge, understanding, love, Ada, Mom, Dad, Victoria, Hope (the cat), grandparents, and great grandparents (individually) the Aunts and Uncles, cousins, a friend of Ada’s, someone I recently met and will probably hear updates about for his salvation as he and his wife seem like an interesting couple that I would love to get to know better.  I even wrote a name of someone that Ada doesn’t really get along with.  Though I have to say now that I spend my time laughing saying “oh my now watch those two end up getting married.”  I took the time to go ahead and make some extra strips because I want to be able to just pull a strip out and write whatever we should be working on bringing to the Lord in prayer.  I’m hoping that this will help not only the girls but us as a family!  Pictures below are what I’ve done!

measuring cups

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I have once again been putting pinterest to use.  My projects are not as “professional” as theirs.  They sometimes turn out looking just as nice if not nicer then what I’ve seen on it.  This project would NOT be the case.  I saw a way of hanging measuring cups and spoons in the kitchen cabinet […]

Pinterest

Pinterest, the site that you can sit down to look at something and then 5 hours later realize just how much time you have wasted online.  What did we do before Pinterest?  No, Really what did we do before that site!  I would search the net for hours looking for something that I needed and was never able to find it.  I would grumble and use more elbow grease then I ever knew was possible for my skimpy little arms to produce.   I would look at something and swear that there had to be an easier way then how I was doing it to have it done.  I would yell out in a disparate plea for my husband to stop laughing long enough to help me!  I would have to at times sit down and cover my mouth when he did do it and wait until he was out of sight then go back behind him and put on the finishing touches.  I am sorry men but a man’s idea of clean and a woman’s idea of clean are often times…not the same!

I have been guilty of not keeping up with the house work here lately.  Sickness, working hard to finish up a few on going projects outside of the house, taking care of the children and then my latest run in with a gopher hole.  A hole (pun) other blog if I must tell that story.  For those who know me knows that I can stand almost anything else to be dirty in my house except for my kitchen and dinning room area.  That’s because I love to cook and I love to eat!  My dinning room had been taken over by the cat and the laundry.  Laundry because I’m trying to get an organizing system for the girls clothes going downstairs and some days are better then others with that respect!  The kitchen got out of control when sickness hit, I found it impossible to talk on the phone and do dishes at the same time.  Also found it was almost impossible to talk on the phone and chop things without cutting my fingers off too.  My husband did do a great job of keeping us feed and in pots and pans most of the time.  Though now that I am able to at least move around without wanting to rip someones head off I have been getting back into the house work hot and heavy to try to get some of this mess back under control.

I started in my dinning room which seems to be piling up faster then when it was dirty. but still easily enough to tell the hubby to get his tools out of my kitchen.  I have some four cube cubicles put up and all I need to do is organize the bins that I want to go in there and paint the outside to do what I want done with them.  To start putting some color back into the room.  I have a few ideas as to what I want to go on the walls and I want to make some curtains for the sliding glass door.  I want to make it so that it’s easier for Ada to get her drawing stuff out without me losing my mind to get it taken care of and back to where it belongs so I moved the island that was in the kitchen to between the kitchen and the dinning room.  (will post pictures when I get everything cleaned up and presentable.)  I beamed with joy as I finally have a place to put my unity candle up at that displayed at!

Then yesterday I set off to finish cleaning up the kitchen.  Stephen done the bulk of the work, he got the dishes for the most part done.  He has been giving me a hard time calling me “Chester” or “Hop Along Cassidy.” still better then the nickname I was gave when I was Ada’s age of “One Eye Charlie”, which wasn’t until I was a teenager before I figured out that they were all names from westerns.  I made it to the stove and my drip pans were horrible.  Okay Steve did do a good job of trying to keep the stove clean but things just got worse and worse and he didn’t have a clue how to clean them other then elbow grease and well that’s all I knew off too.  I tried bleach, Mr. Eraser, Comet, Spic N Span, Vinegar and baking soda, Peroxide and baking soda.  I was frustrated when even soaking did not phase them.  He came in from hitting golf balls outside and asked what was wrong and I said “we need to buy new drip pans I can’t take this anymore.  I sat down to look them up online as to how much this was going to set us back and he said “oh you’re on pinterest all the time maybe you pinned something about this.”  he started to laugh but I did!  I looked and showed him but it involved Ammonia.  Cleaning with Ammonia just makes me nervous.  I have children and a cat and it’s harsh and fumes are horrible etc.  I have had Ammonia cleaner and it’s moved with us 15 times in the 7 1/2 years we’ve been married and we just opened it up for the first time yesterday.  Still had the seal on it.  Yes I did get an evil look from my husband and him saying “See 7 1/2 years ago you should have listened to me when I said ‘I don’t think we’ll clean with that'” and I laughed and said “If I listened to you 7 1/2 years ago I would be running out right now to get a bottle of it!” we both rolled our eyes as he starts to open all the windows and the door.  I asked why he was doing that and he goes “Uh Tiggs it’s Ammonia, it’s worse then bleach and well it STINKS!” oh yea I forgot that part!  He started the process and I was going to run to the store to get his dad some tonic water since he was mowing our yard for us.  Complete surprise and blessing as he said “only one adult can be out of commission at a time in this house.”  I came back in from the store and the drip pans were out of the sink.  I asked Steve quickly and excitiedly where they were and looked around nervously as I heard the dishwasher starting and that the rest of the dishes were still on the counter tops.  He said “OH it was doing such a good job I decided to put them in the dishwasher with Ammonia and the pots and pans cycle.” as he was saying it the Ammonia cleaner went into the cycle and I was standing above the vent and WOW!  If you haven’t ran Ammonia thru the dishwasher and decide to do that, you will want to do it on a pretty day and open all the windows that you can to go outside.  After everything was said and done though I have to laugh that the drip pans are almost spotless, a little wear and tear on it.  I can  live with as I think they’ll come off with my next cleaning.  I spent the rest of the day cleaning off my counter tops and stove with vineager, not because I’m the all natural cleaner type of person but because I could not take anymore chemical smells for the day.

Stephen did suggest me taking pictures as we went along then laughed when I said I’d be darned if anyone saw just how nasty those drip plates were!  Next pinterest idea is to get something so that my measuring cups and spoons are hanging up and not just there falling out when I need them.  Ok, say that may take a little longer to complete as I’m working on husbands time frame there but I do have more ideas that I will follow through with and take pictures of along the way.  Until then I am going to be enjoying the over cast day in Minnesota!

Count Your Blessings

“Are you ever burdened with a load of care?
Does the cross seem heavy you are called to bear?
Count your many blessings, every doubt will fly,
And you will keep singing as the days go by.

Count your blessings, name them one by one,
Count your blessings, see what God hath done!
Count your blessings, name them one by one,
Count your many blessings, see what God hath done. — Johnson Oatman Jr.”

I am sure everyone knows the above song.  Last week I was praying to God not knowing how we were going to make it thru life’s trials that God has thrown at me the few weeks.  I have been spending the past few months thinking that when I have the problem figured out that I walk into a false sense of security.  I was cleaning the house and I picked up the stack of bills that are due, I muttered seeing the health and car insurance, the lights, garbage, etc. that are all coming due at once.  When I looked up that’s when I saw my four year old looking at me getting ready to ask what’s wrong.  I done the pick yourself up mommy thing that every mom knows to do when they really want to break down but can’t and started singing.  I barely made it through the second verse when Ada stopped me and said “Mommy what’s your blessings?” I stood up to start my chorus around the house and was still hurting from life’s recent events.  I gave the standard and honest answer of our family, a roof over our head, food in our tummy’s, clothes and toys for my children.  Ada looked at me and gasped “doesn’t everyone have those?”  I shook my head and said “nope, not everyone does sweetheart.”  She looked at me shocked as she said “there’s kids that has no food?” I nodded yes as it was breaking my heart to see her realizing this at at such a young age.  The conversation had ended as quickly as it started.  I took the moment to pray to God that she realized just how lucky she is to have what she has.  Then she came running down the steps with all of the money that she’s saved up.  Change and all saying “Mommy can we find some one who could use this more then I can?  You and daddy provide very well for me even when I don’t deserve it.”  I admit I took the moment to talk to her about how well God treats us even when we don’t deserve it. 

I started thinking about it more and more and was having a harder time understanding just where I was standing at with everything.  I kept going back to “But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly. –Matthew 6:6”  so I have been praying on the matter of my marriage, relationship with friends – past and present, parenting, our budget since Steve’s work hours had been cut, etc. well a lot of things that I had been praying about had been “answered”.   I made the decision to pay what I could buy what was needed as bare necessities.  Well Friday we were down to our last two dollars and I didn’t know how we were going to get the gas money for Steve to go up north for his drill weekend and I had received a survey in the mail to fill out and there was a 20 dollars in it.  I laughed and cried both at the same time as I had my prayers answered for that.  Next problem was the phones and internet, I didn’t know how they were going to get paid and when a friend found out the problem she stepped up and paid the phones and said “pay me back as you can.”  after I picked my jaw up off the floor and kept my eyes focused on the road I blinked back the tears that was forming in my eyes.  The last one was groceries for the house and diapers for Victoria, I didn’t know how we were going to make the last one happen without bouncing something.  Well my in-laws came to drop off the children from taking them for the weekend so that I could spend some time with a friend without having to fight with the girls just to get the time to eat.  I was baffled when my mother-in-law asked what we needed grocery wise.  I was about to roll my eyes and not answer her until I saw that she was seriously wanting to do this for us.  I gave her a small list of the basic, bread, popcorn (popcorn is a major staple in our house.) not expecting her to do more then just a few things.  She came back to our house with a few bags of groceries to help us out and she had diapers too and when she came downstairs to let me know she was back  and she said “oh yea while I was there I decided to pick up some diapers for Victoria because I know those things aren’t cheap and you guys are tight right now.”  Yes I admit I choked back the tears yet again as still my in-laws and friend were there.  I didn’t think anything else about how short on money we were until Steve asked any clue on how we are going to do gas until payday?  His grandparents called him today and said “We heard you are short on gas money and we’d like to help you.”  I was thrown for a loop when Steve called me to tell me this.  The past few months I have cried a lot.  I have cried in joy, sorrow, pain, anger/frustration.  I was talking with Steve asking him if he could believe everything that’s happened the past 12 hours and he said that it was hard to believe but then he smiled at me and said “But you know what…We have a very faithful God and we are blessed to have Him as our Father!”  Oh how he is right.

So with that being said let me say my blessings out loud.  I have a loving, faithful God who never fails to provide for my family.  I have a loving husband who is a great father to our children and works as hard as he can to provide for them.  I have two healthy little girls who are growing and learning more and more everyday.  We have a roof over our heads.  We are blessed to have food to sustain our bodies.  We are blessed to have friends and family both inside and outside of our church. 

Thanks for reading and thank you God for giving me the trials so I can truly appreciate the blessings.

Psalm 3

Psalm 3 (KJV)

1 Lord, how are they increased that trouble me! many are they that rise up against me.
2 Many there be which say of my soul, There is no help for him in God. Selah.
3 But thou, O Lord, art a shield for me; my glory, and the lifter up of mine head.

4 I cried unto the Lord with my voice, and he heard me out of his holy hill. Selah.
5 I laid me down and slept; I awaked; for the Lord sustained me.
6 I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people, that have set themselves against me round about.
7 Arise, O Lord; save me, O my God: for thou hast smitten all mine enemies upon the cheek bone; thou hast broken the teeth of the ungodly.
8 Salvation belongeth unto the Lord: thy blessing is upon thy people. Selah.

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David sees trouble
1.  David sees trouble and calls God’s name.  He states that he has many problems.
2.  More people are going away from David to follow Absalom, David’s Son.

David turns to the Lord.
3. David prays to the Lord and praises that the Lord will be his guard.  That God is his glory and that he is the one that made him king.
4. David shouts out to the Lord and hears that knows that God hears him.

The Lord answers David by action not by words
5.  David woke to see that the Lord sustained him.
6.  David states that he will not fear 10 thousands of people.
7.  God has already protected
8.  God shows His salvation to those who follow Him.

What I’ve taken from this Psalm is that we all have enemies.  The enemies maybe physical, spiritual and mental enemies.  Satan tempts us in many ways to lead us away from God.    Some days I feel that I am totally overwhelmed by life’s problems, the gossip, traffic, bills.  There are times that I feel like even the world is out to get me, especially if it’s a close family or friend that hurts me.  The thought of “Who needs enemies with friends like you” often comes into my mind.  I am learning that my enemies will stand against me.  Sometimes I wonder if God is even in the picture to say I’m here, you really are not alone, just speak up and tell me what you need from me.  He take for granted that he knows my need before I even ask but this Psalm reminds me He wants me to tell him what I need from him.

The Lord is always going to protect me.  He has protected me from the devil and he protects me from my own self at times.  I am once again reminded that all I have to do is cry out for Him and He keeps his word that He is faithful and just.  We should cry out to him because we are dependent on Him.  Nobody else can cry out on my behalf that I have to be the one that does it.

The line that I found interesting was when David cried out “for thou hast smitten all mine enemies upon the cheek bone; thou hast broken the teeth of the ungodly.”  That was David wanted his enemies to suffer like he did.  I see that it’s human instincts to want others who have wronged you to know the feeling.  David wanted his enemies to be punished like he had been.  David  however prayed to God about it.  In doing so He gave it to God.  This psalm reminds me of Romans 12:19 “Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.”

I know for me this Psalm at times can be hard to follow because I want to keep my control.  I cringe at the thought of being submissive to the Lord when someone has wronged or hurt me.  What I am left praying for is something that I didn’t think I would be though and that is for me to keep in the front of my mind that when trouble hits that I know that I can tell Jesus about it.  I can look away from the trouble that I have left to Jesus and wait patiently for his answer.  The Lord has came through for me many times.  God has never failed me, even after the many times I have failed Him.

Psalm 2

Psalm 2 (KJV)

1 Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing?
2 The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord, and against his anointed, saying,
3 Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us.

4 He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision.
5 Then shall he speak unto them in his wrath, and vex them in his sore displeasure.
6 Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion.

7 I will declare the decree: the Lord hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee.
8 Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession.
9 Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel.

10 Be wise now therefore, O ye kings: be instructed, ye judges of the earth.
11 Serve the Lord with fear, and rejoice with trembling.
12 Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in him.

The Angry Nations:
Verse 1 asks:  Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing?
Verse 2 shows the angry nations.  The human kings/mankind is going against the Lord.
Verse 3 the kings are wanting to break free from the Lord.

God Replies In verses 4-6
Verse 4 is saying that He who is in the heavens will laugh:  that the Lord will mock them.
Verse 5 The Lord will then speak up in anger
Verse 6 this is because David is the king that God put in Jerusalem.  That God has placed David there and that the countries that attack David will be attacking God.

King David speaks in Verses 7-9
Verse 7 David speaks and says that when he became King he also became a Son of God.
Verse 8 With being a son of God that God has granted him with everything that he has asked for.
Verse 9 God gave David the things that he has asked for and God can take them away.

The crowd when David became King
Verse 10 David warns us
Verse 11 David  reminds us to serve the Lord with fear and to rejoice
Verse12 David tells us to obey the king.  That David the king is God’s son and that we should trust him.

Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing?

The world leaders and rulers are against the Lord.  They think they can overturn the realm of bondage.  Would bondage mean that they think that they could over turn the bondage that their sins have created?  God has laughed at their attempts because he knows that Jesus Christ is the only way to free ourselves of the bondage as Jesus is the true light.

David the King announced that God is our Father and that we are to become His children.  All we have to do is ask.  David lets it be known that the whole earth is the Lord’s property.  The Lord will smash them with an iron rod and that it would shatter the world like a pot.  David warns us that we should wise up and know that this is God’s warning.

David reminds us to serve the Lord with joy, fear, and to kiss His feet.  That the Lord will become angry and our way will be destroyed because the Lord’s anger ignites in an instant.  That if we are truly happy we will take refuge in the Lord.