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Ways to Clean Your House with Lemons

Wednesday, Aug, 6 2014

10 ways to clean your house using a lemon

When life gives you lemons, grab the salt and scrub-a-dub-dub. The common household fruit is the ultimate, all-natural cleaning agent. Lemons not only deodorize the house with a zesty fragrance, but they also dissolve dirt and act as an antibacterial solution, thanks to a high level of citric acid. Whether you're looking to finally rid your microwave of that mysterious caked-on mess or find an environmentally-safe way to mop up the muddied snow the kids tracked in.

Freshen your garbage disposal
Got a funky smell wafting out of your kitchen sink? Take matters into your own hands. Quarter a lemon, drop it in the disposal, and turn on the hot water. Flip the switch, and it'll be good to go.

Polish metal pots
Tarnished metal and burnt bottoms have a way of making your first-rate cooking pots look like bargain-basement finds. Shine 'em up until they're spic-and-span by dipping a half of a lemon in salt and rubbing gently in circular motions. The same rules apply for chrome faucets and grills. Just steer clear of anything brass-plated, which won't hold up under pressure.

Wash dishes
Cut grease on hard-to-clean dishes by adding 1 teaspoon of lemon juice to your detergent. This one's great for little dish washers who want to help out Mom and Dad, but haven't developed their scrubbing muscles.

Clean coffee & tea pots
Rid your coffee and tea pots of daily mineral buildup by slicing lemons and boiling them in the pot. Let the sweet smelling potion steep for 1 to 2 hours, then stick the pot in the dishwasher. Bonus: Banishing those unwanted impurities makes for a better tasting cup of Joe.

Brighten whites
Revive your munchkin's dingy whites by adding ½ cup lemon juice to the rinse cycle of a regular-sized load of white or "bleachable-safe" clothes. While you're at it, tackle tough spots on polyester and cotton with a stain-fighting mixture that's equal parts lemon juice and cream of tartar. Rub in the solution (after testing on a small patch), and let it soak in for 1/2 hour. Wash as normal.

Create a natural oven spray
Avoid toxic chemicals found in traditional oven cleaners, like Easy-Off. They may work like a charm, but they're hazardous to your health. We suggest replacing the synthetics with a paste of lemon juice, water, and baking soda until it reaches the consistency of gel. Coat the inside of the oven, let it sit for 15 to 20 minutes, and rinse well.


Make a DIY toilet bowl spray
Cleaning doesn't have to be dirty work. When it comes to your toilet bowl, combine ½ cup of lemon juice and a sprinkle of baking soda, and let the magic happen. After 15 minutes, give it a quick turn with a toilet brush, and flush. Fresh as a daisy!

Polish furniture
Mix a pint of mineral oil with one tablespoon of lemon juice, pour in a spray bottle, and go to town. But don't forget to wipe down your surfaces really well. Nothing interrupts an intimate dinner party quite like greasy Gucci.

Wash windows
Say goodbye to streaking, sister—that was in another life. Nix window grime and tiny handprints with 2 tablespoons lemon juice, ½ cup white vinegar, and 1 quart warm water.

Sanitize your microwave
Clean those pesky splatterings by slicing a lemon and dropping the pieces into a hot water vessel—a breakfast bowl or teacup will do. Turn the microwave on high for 1 minute and immediately give it a couple swipes with a wet sponge. If only everything in life could be this easy.

posted by: Kathy Keene 6 month(s) ago Comment On This Post


The 10 Commandments of Life

Tuesday, Aug, 5 2014


  These are like the Ten Commandments to follow in life all of the time!


  1.  Prayer is not a "spare wheel" that you pull out when in trouble, but it is a "steering wheel" that directs the right path throughout the journey.


  2.  So why is a Car's WINDSHIELD so large & the Rear View Mirror so small?   Because our PAST is not as important as our FUTURE. So, Look Ahead and Move on.


  3.  Friendship is like a BOOK. It takes a few minutes to burn, but it takes years to write.


  4.  All things in life are temporary. If going well, enjoy it, they will not last forever. If going wrong, don't worry, they can't last long either.


  5.  Old Friends are Gold! New Friends are Diamond! If you get a Diamond, don't forget the Gold! Because to hold a Diamond, you always need a Base of Gold!


  6.  Often when we lose hope and think this is the end, GOD smiles from above and says, "Relax, sweetheart, it's just a bend, not the end!


  7.  When GOD solves your problems, you have faith in HIS abilities; when GOD doesn't solve your problems HE has faith in your abilities.


  8.  A blind person asked Saint Anthony: "Can there be anything worse than losing eye sight?" He replied: "Yes, losing your vision!"


  9.  When you pray for others, God listens to you and blesses them, and sometimes, when you are safe and happy, remember that someone has prayed for you.


  10.  WORRYING does not take away tomorrow's TROUBLES, it takes away today's PEACE.

posted by: Kathy Keene 7 month(s) ago Comment On This Post


What Will Matter

Monday, Aug, 4 2014

WHAT WILL MATTER


Ready or not, some day it will all come to an end.
There will be no more sunrises, no minutes, hours or days.

All the things you collected, whether treasured or forgotten, will pass to someone else.
Your wealth, fame and temporal power will shrivel to irrelevance.

It will not matter what you owned or what you were owed.
Your grudges, resentments, frustrations and jealousies will finally disappear.

So too, your hopes, ambitions, plans and to-do lists will expire.
The wins and losses that once seemed so important will fade away.

It won’t matter where you came from or what side of the tracks you lived on at the end.

It won’t matter whether you were beautiful or brilliant.
Even your gender and skin color will be irrelevant.

So what will matter? How will the value of your days be measured?

What will matter is not what you bought but what you built,
not what you got but what you gave.

What will matter is not your success but your significance.

What will matter is not what you learned but what you taught.

What will matter is every act of integrity, compassion, courage or sacrifice that enriched,
empowered or encouraged others to emulate your example.

What will matter is not your competence but your character.

What will matter is not how many people you knew,
but how many will feel a lasting loss when you’re gone.

What will matter is not your memories but the memories of those who loved you.

What will matter is how long you will be remembered, by whom and for what.

Living a life that matters doesn’t happen by accident.
It’s not a matter of circumstance but of choice.

Choose to live a life that matters.

posted by: Kathy Keene 7 month(s) ago Comment On This Post


Our Train Journey

Friday, Aug, 1 2014

                Our Train Journey

Life is like a journey on a train...with its stations...with changes of routes...and with accidents!

At birth we boarded the train and met our parents, and we believe they will always travel on our side. However, at some station our parents will step down from the train, leaving us on this journey alone.

As time goes by, other people will board the train; and they will be significant i.e. our siblings, friends, children, and even the love of our life.  Many will step down and leave a permanent vacuum.  Others will go so unnoticed that we don't realize that they vacated their seats!

This train ride will be full of joy, sorrow, fantasy, expectations, hellos, goodbyes, and farewells. Success consists of having a good relationship with all passengers...requiring that we give the best of ourselves.

The mystery to everyone is:  We do not know at which station we ourselves will step down.  So, we must live in the best way - love, forgive, and offer the best of who we are.

It is important to do this because when the time comes for us to step down and leave our seat empty -- we should leave behind beautiful memories for those who will continue to travel on the train of life.

I wish you a joyful journey for the coming year on the train of life.  Reap success and give lots of love. More importantly, thank God for the journey!

Lastly, I thank you for being one of the passengers on my train!


posted by: Kathy Keene 7 month(s) ago Comment On This Post


FIVE THINGS YOU SHOULD NEVER EAT

Friday, Mar, 28 2014

Diet is the key to well-being, and there are five definite no-nos if you want to live a long and healthy life.

1. High-fructose corn syrup is found in many processed foods, so check labels carefully. This insidious substance makes your body crave fatty foods.

2. Hydrogenated oil also known as trans fats promotes hardening of the arteries.

3. Sugar gives you an insatiable urge to eat more carbohydrates. If you do eat sugar, a diet high in fiber will minimize its effects.

4. White flower, and products made from it, is nothing more than empty calories. It will also send blood glucose levels soaring.

5. Saturated fat is a major artery-clogger.

posted by: Kathy Keene 11 month(s) ago Comment On This Post


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