Works For Me: Easy Growth Chart

I’m hosting WMFW once more while Kristen is in Kenya. (I hope you’re following her amazing posts. You absolutely MUST read this one–be sure to watch the video at the end.)

I’m actually dusting off a very old WFMW of my own to share this week, because it’s especially relevant in my house even as we speak. At this very moment, my oldest son (almost 13) is officially as tall as I am. I have absolutely no idea how it happened; hence, this tip...

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When I was a girl, my parents regularly charted my growth by marking
my height on my closet door facing.  It’s a lovely idea, of course,
with one big hitch–when my parents moved out of my childhood home a
few years ago, my mom was devastated to leave those measurements
behind.  That prompted me to come up with a more permanent solution for
our family.

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bought a long piece of lightweight lumber at Home Depot (about 2 inches
wide, and six feet tall–it looks and feels like a very tall
yardstick), and divided it into three long columns on the front, using
a Sharpie marker.  Each boy has his own column, and we mark his height
that way.  When Corrie entered the picture, we began marking her height
on the back (you could easily mark up to six or eight kids on one stick
this way).  It’s portable, stored away in a closet and pulled out every
few months.  Best of all, I will be able to keep it always, mounting it
to the wall in my nursing home someday, when I am old and gray and need
to be reminded of the fast-growing little monkeys that lived in my
house all these years.

Here’s a full-length shot of our growth chart (the mystery stains on
the carpet are included simply for your viewing pleasure).  You can see
where the boys’ names are written at the bottom of each column:

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This has been such a fun thing to have–very cheap, and a real treasure.

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Works For Me: Medicine Spoons

The regular hostess of WFMW, Kristen from We Are THAT Family, is (as we speak!) en route to Kenya with Compassion International. Don’t miss her trip updates at her blog–I know she’s about to experience some powerful things.

This week and next, I’ll be temporarily hosting Works-For-Me Wednesday–let’s see if I remember how to drive this bus!

My tip is a quick one. Not too long ago, I was scrounging around for a measuring spoon. In this house, the measuring spoons all mysteriously migrate to the bathtub or the sandbox, so I couldn’t find one. Instead, I grabbed one of these dealies out of the drawer:

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Thanks to the revolving door of ear infections in this family, we have just a few (dozen) of these spoons. You know what? It turns out they measure spices/oil/etc much better than traditional measuring spoons, because the overflow doesn’t come spilling over the sides, as in a spoon.

(In fact, the last time my mother-in-law was in town, she saw me doing this in my kitchen and said, “You should post that on the Wednesday thing on your blog.” So hi, Gego–this one’s for you!)

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Works For Me: Strawberry Pie

WfmwbannerKRISTEN Kristen is hosting a themed edition of Works-For-Me Wednesday today, and she's asking if we'd like to share a summer recipe.  Mine is for strawberry pie, and I will happily share the recipe, but I WILL NOT SHARE THE PIE.  If you don't believe me, ask the eight-year-old boy I tackled this afternoon when he approached my fridge.

I made this for a church picnic over the weekend; it makes two, which means I could take one to share and I could keep one at home for my family me.

So here it is, the pie which all other pies want to be when they grow up:

STRAWBERRY PIE

2 containers fresh strawberries, sliced and washed
2 pie shells (homemade, if you're fancy, store-bought if you're me)
17 oz Sprite or 7-Up
1 pkg strawberry Jell-o
1 1/2 cup sugar
5 tbsp cornstarch

Bake pie crust, set aside to cool.

In a sauce pan, bring Sprite, sugar and cornstarch to a bowl.  Cook over low heat until it thickens (5-10 minutes).

Remove pan from heat.  Stir in Jell-o until dissolved.  Mix in sliced strawberries.  Chill mixture in fridge for 20 minutes.

Remove from fridge and pour into two pie shells.  Cover with saran wrap and chill for at least three hours before serving.

For more great summer recipes, visit Kristen at We Are THAT Family!

Works For Me: Mom, I’m Bored!

Today We Are THAT Family is hosting the “Mom, I’m Bored” edition of WFMW, which came not a moment too soon.  We are on our third day of summer break, and I’ve already heard the word “bored” once.  (At which point I ever-so-graciously offered the “bored” child a scrub brush and some shower spray and told him of an upstairs shower in need of a 30-minute scrubbing.  It’s amazing how quickly he became unbored.)

My best boredom-buster is popsicles.  You know, the long, skinny ones in the clear plastic wrappers?  The ones that are so outrageously cheap that a part of your brain wonders what’s in those things, but the rest of your brain says, “Shhh, it keeps them out of the house”?

I supply the popsicle habit for my own kids and half the neighborhood.  Command Central is the deep freezer in my garage.  Because I would prefer not to have scads of children tracking in and out of my house all day, I’ve set up a quick way for them to open and dispose of the popsicles outside.  I keep an empty grocery sack duct-taped to the front of the freezer, along with a pair of kids’ scissors attached with a piece of string.

(I’ve found that whenever one can inject a little duct tape into one’s home-management practices, one ushers in an entirely new level of finery).

The kids are able to get their popsicle, snip off the end, and throw away the plastic (DID YOU HEAR THAT KIDS? I SAID THROW AWAY THE PLASTIC!) all in one place, without tracking the popsicle/sandbox slush into my kitchen.  And they’re happy.  Or, if not happy, they’re sugared up, which is pretty much the same thing.

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Works For Me: Backwards Edition

It’s Backwards Day over at Works-For-Me Wednesday, in which bloggers pose a question and invite readers to respond.  It’s perfect timing, because I have a quandary.  A laundry quandary.

*groan*

You know sometimes you’ll see advertisements for laundry detergent, and they’ll boast that they’re “free of heavy perfumes”?

I would like to know, when did heavy perfumes become a bad thing?  I know, some people are allergic, but a lot of us aren’t.  Furthermore, a lot of us have pre-adolescent sons, which means there is no amount of “heavy perfume” that could be too much, if you know what I’m sayin’.

I love for my laundry to have a strong, clean smell.  I love for it to be so strong that you smell it when you walk in the laundry room.   I love for people to walk past my kids and take a big whiff and say, “Ooo, what’s that smell?” and have them not mean it in a bad way.

I have experimented with nearly every product out there, and I can’t quite find the solution that works best.  Best I can tell, it’s not so much the detergent that leaves the nice scent, it’s the fabric softener, and for best results, it’s a good idea to use liquid softener and dryer sheets.  Has that been your experience?  And if so, what brand?  So far, I’ve found Snuggle to have the strongest scent, but it’s not my favorite scent.  What do you think?  Basically, do you have any tips on how I can get my laundry to smell so obnoxiously clean that you can smell it from across the street?

Thank you.

For more good tips, check out Works-For-Me Wednesday over at We Are THAT Family.

This Works For Me Quite Nicely

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You know what works for me?

(And I know, this is Tuesday, not Wednesday, but bear with me and let’s just live on the edge.)

What works for me, it turns out, is a measley 146 things.  That is (to the best of my estimation powers, which are questionable, and if you don’t believe me ask our tax guy) the more-or-less number of editions of Work-For-Me Wednesday posts I’ve written since I started the whole deal in April of 2006.  I started it on a complete whim, never imagining it would last three weeks–certainly not three years.

But so many of you showed up and played along, and you turned it into something clever and wonderful.  You–certainly not me–are the reason it has been so successful, and I’m just tickled I got to be a part of it.  Thank you for that.

As much as I have enjoyed WFMW, I’ve also reached a point where I’m needing a rest from it.  You might be surprised how much work it generates behind the scenes–and every bit of it has been happily worth the effort.  But lots of swirly little things are bumping around in my heart and my head these days, some important realizations and convictions about rest and balance.  (I’m thinking I’ll probably have a thing or two to write on the subject, in the coming weeks, unless I just get so flat-out full of balance I can’t pull my horizontal self off the couch.  A girl can dream, right?)  I’ve been thinking and praying and looking for some ways to simplify and trim back on some things that are very good but not, in fact, urgent.

I went to BlissDom a couple of weeks ago with the vague intention of shutting down WFMW altogther.  I thought, perhaps, it had run its course.  But, to my great delight, I met so many women at the conference who told me how much they had gained from WFMW–how many good ideas they’d learned and (my favorite part) how many new friends they’d made.  I realized I’d be a real heel to shut down something that might still be of benefit, somewhere.

So I decided to hand it off to someone else.  It would keep the community still going, and it would be a fun opportunity for another blogger.  I thought through the options without telling a soul.  I wanted to pick someone who would, I knew, handle it graciously and well.  I wanted someone, of course, who had been a faithful participant in WFMW in the past.  And it would’ve been icing on the cake if I could’ve met her in real life.

One name just kept floating to the top of my mind.  She seemed like such an obvious choice.  And when I got to spend some time with her at BlissDom, I knew we had our girl.  So, my friends, please meet your new WFMW hostess, beginning next week:  Kristen from We Are THAT Family.  She has graciously agreed to take this on, and I encourage you to participate there just as faithfully as you have here.  I’ve told Kristen to run with this and do it her way, and I expect she’ll make plenty of clever changes.  She has my full blessing.

And I’m not dropping off the WFMW train altogether.  I’ll still be around, helping Kristen if she needs it, maybe posting my own WFMW here and joining her Mr. Linky (Wouldn’t that be fun?  What do you bet I mess up and don’t use the permalink?).  And Kristen and I haven’t ruled out the possiblity of working together in the future for even bigger things for WFMW…say, Works-For-Me Wednesday: THE MOVIE! Starring Reese Witherspoon, who cleans her shower with vinegar and sprays her hairbrushes with Static Guard, all while controlling paper clutter by using envelopes!

I’m just sure it would be a hit.

Kristen will be a hit, too–you’re going to love her, if you haven’t already met her.  Bear with us over the next couple of weeks as we get everything transferred and she gets up to speed.  In the meantime, tonight at 8 pm CST, I’ll host a Mr Linky here (I didn’t want to leave you high and dry if you had a post already written!)  So check back later tonight to leave your link.  Starting next week, you’ll leave your links at Kristen’s blog.

And if I may say it one more time…Thank you for making this little carnival something special.  I have enjoyed it so much.

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1. The Happy Housewife ~ Blogging Tips
2. The Diaper Diaries (say uncle)
3. It Feels Like Chaos (time with kids)
4. Kate: Purse Organization
5. Amy @ Finer Things (cutting brownies)
6. Lisa@ Elbows (soup shots)
7. Susan @ Practicing Thrift (safely cut baby costs)
8. We are THAT family (WFMW tips)
9. Muses of Megret (postal time saver)
10. Julie From Inmates
11. HealthBeginsWithMom (Sneaking Vegetables)
12. MamaMay (Dry Earse Markers)
13. Jeni (More Restful Sleep!)
14. Innkeeper Seely
15. Mother Hen (free laptop stand)
16. A Simple Walk (blank notebooks & cheap calendars)
17. songbirdtiff (the gift that keeps giving)
18. Dawn@PSHelovesyou(cupcake idea)
19. ElizabethG (finding substitutes)
20. Anne @ teaching two (play time)
21. Kristen (recipe organization)
22. Nichole @ A Call to Higher Places (HELP with Cloth Diapers!!!)
23. Happy To Be At Home (dating your children)
24. Mom2ThreeAdoptedSibs
25. steadymom (historical preschool books)
26. Sonshine (loaves to muffins)
27. Musings of a Housewife (firefox extensions)
28. Elizabeth (Organizing the Kitchen)
29. Hooked on Houses (stainless out?)
30. Traci (Cheap Easy=GIVEAWAY!)
31. OVERWHELMED! Kelly the Kitchen Kop
32. Such The Spot {Hostess Gift Ideas}
33. Kate\’s kitchen: Clean green with Norwex
34. jodi @ bpr (easy Bible reading)
35. Erin (medicine cabinet organization)
36. Upstatemomof3
37. Heidi @ Blue Eyed Blessings (baskets!)
38. Phyllis (onions)
39. Creative2xmom (great kitchen tool; using it tonight)
40. Julie Stiles Mills (pda & pc cookbook, menu planner, shopping list)
41. Julie Stiles Mills (Disney World in the Summer)
42. Amy Andrews (14 best baby tips)
43. Amy @ MOMSTOOLBOX (no more high heel pain)
44. Margot (One Weekend = 60 Servings)
45. Julie @ The Clark Chronicles – Fun WIth Popcorn!
46. Dear Abbi (homeschool help idea)
47. Maya (From Nature Direct)
48. Kristie (keeping homeschool interesting)
49. Tracey @ Girls to Grow (no-sew help)
50. mombrud (prepare to leave the kids)
51. Maria D. (Handy Recipe Holder)
52. Milissa – cooking seafood with no “fishy” smell
53. Miss Mommy…It\’s Written at the Top..)
54. JA@Gravity of Motion (Free Magazines)
55. Alison – BKF Rust Removal
56. Home School Dad (WFMW)
57. Many Little Blessings (Best Gift for Families with New Babies)
58. Cooking Up a Family (the unmenu planning)
59. Rhen @yestheyareallmine
60. Maren – Word Whammer
61. oh amanda (saving lives)
62. Betty Beguiles
63. Fairion – Adoption
64. Real Life (GUACAMOLE!)
65. Cindy (kids clothes organizing)
66. Kayren (getting ink out of dryer)
67. Kristin (telling stories, not lying)
68. Miche@CoordinatedChaos(edible poster paint going up wed)
69. Angela@NineMoreMonths(making dinner easier)
70. Kim&HerCoffee (Soup & Stew Recipes)
71. The Cozy Country Home (computer security)
72. Liz @ Working Mom
73. MemeGRL (what to do with old records)
74. “Cents”able Momma (Rotate Toys to keep them FUN)
75. Heather (cheap crafty present)
76. Carolina Mama (She Homeschools! Giveaway)
77. Carol @ I Throw Like a Girl – How I saved my pants.
78. Fried Chicken and Cheesesteaks (move over Cinnabon)
79. Emily @ Little Home (generous Etsy artisans)
80. Jen@Balancing Beauty and Bedlam(curing the economy – couponing)
81. Kirsty @ Momedy (Steel Cut Oat Review)
82. Rina (Finding Reputable Online Merchants)
83. TrentTribe (Sweet n\’ Sour Chicken at home)
84. Chief Family Officer (Easier invites and thank yous)
85. Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers (Mom Binder)
86. PASS THE TORH (family travel Ft. Myers)
87. Sandwiched (Quick healthy weeknight meal)
88. Laura @ Heavenly Homemakers (NO sweets for the SOUR)
89. Kat @ New England Saving (Valentine\’s Day)
90. Becky (Free Workout Video)
91. Hillary @ Dunham Diaries (Pizza with a healthy twist)
92. Condo Blues (save $ stop fireplace drafts)
93. Happy To Be At Home (stocking your pantry)
94. Cooking During Stolen Moments (sweet & sour ham)
95. Rachel (Family Organization)
96. Homemaker Barbi (Baby Gifts to Forget)
97. Pam – produce bags
98. Joy @ Five J\’s (Whole Wheat Pizza Crust)
99. Lisa@BlessedwithGrace(quick,easy,no mess meal)
100. Penny Pinching Diva (Blog Organization Chart)
101. At A Hen\’s Pace (kid-friendly baked potatoes)
102. Little Catholic Hedge (Fast & Easy Way to Brown Ground Beef)
103. Olivia
104. Michele @ Frugal Granola (Homemade Natural Lip Balm)
105. Taylor at Household Management 101 (how to find books at right reading level)
106. Megan (sleepytime tea)
107. NerdFamily Food (Mashed Potatoes tips)
108. Gina (Free/Low-Cost Paint)
109. Milehimama (invisible clutter)
110. Natalie (Travel Tip)
111. Katie @ Making This Home
112. Gennaro
113. Kaycee (Doing Homework in the Car)
114. BooksnBoys (Keeping the Romance Alive)
115. My Charmed Life (Washable Crayons)
116. Apples and Jammies (score!)
117. e-Mom @ Chrysalis (Devotional: Flag of Surrender)
118. Joanna @ Grace In The Home (Bulk Spices)
119. Thrifty Jinxy (Save on Phone Service)
120. the Animator\’s Wife (Valentine Tradition)
121. Joyful Johnsons (rotating chores)
122. Heather@JustDoingMyBest (keeping information handy)
123. Amanda@MomofFaith isABelt
124. Jean Stockdale (Multi-tasking)
125. Making Money Keeping Money (Samples)
126. se7en (beyond babies – se7en tips)
127. Sandra @ A Lot of Savings *Grocery Shopping with Kids*
128. mub (Cheap phone service)
129. Dot (surgery prep)
130. NerdFamily Things (Scanalog software)
131. Ann @ Holy Experience (Handling Stress)
132. FishMama @ LifeasMOM (life w/ 2 babies)
133. Not So Perfect(cupcakes)
134. Michelle @ Saving Some Green (Uses for cooked cubed chicken breast)
135. JanMary (baby {breadbasket} gift!)
136. Don\’t Start None (Slow Cooker Liners)
137. The Extreme Housewife (Organizing Your Craft Room)
138. Broke Girl (Vinegar: better than “The Bachelor”)
139. Krisi @ Mom & Dad to R Kids (declutter calendar)
140. Lisa @ Stop and Smell the Chocolates (Homemade Ranch Dressing Mix Packet)
141. Leanne @ SeetheWoods Giveaway
142. Lisa @ Stop Eating All The Chocolates (Low-Cal Garlic Bread Substitute)
143. Sarah (goodie bags)
144. Tara @ Feels like Home (homemade octopus)
145. Sarah (Professional Headshot Photograpsh
146. Trixie (Money Help)
147. whimsy (easy twitter buttons)
148. Girls in White Dresses (Motivating Kids to Clean Up)
149. Shannon (low-carb coconut bread)
150. Suzanne (sneaky healthy eating)
151. Aunt LoLo (Better pics with a point n\’ shoot)
152. Bailey\’s Leaf (Glove Box Extras)
153. Buffie – Pizza Oven Uses
154. flexible dreams (peanut alternative)
155. Common Cents Mom – Accountability
156. Allyson @ A Heart For Home (Green Smoothies)
157. Jennifer @ Joyful & Graceful Living ( Dryer Sheets on the Cheap)
158. exhale. return to center. (our book nook)
159. Mom24@4evermom (sewing fabric tip)
160. Happy Momma (cutting back on plastic bags)
161. Newlyweds (dogs)
162. KLee (Love Dare)
163. Alicia (love your husband)
164. Keren (How to Get a SWEET Mug AND 3 Boxes of Coffee for $3!)
165. *Michelle* (free works for me!)
166. Karen @ Living Well on Less (Reducing stress a little at a time)
167. Sherry @ Lamp Unto My Feet (Quiet Time)
168. Carol @SheLives (medicine cabinet)
169. Christy (Make money online)
170. Phoebe @ Cents to Get Debt Free (USING UP CANDLES)
171. Molly Green (longer-lasting candle fragrance)
172. JB (Giving from the stockpile)
173. Drop The Baby Weight: Veggie Piggybacking!
174. Jill ( Reality TV Family Fun)
175. Brooke (unqiue budget column)
176. Life with Three (Making Cute Hair Clips)
177. Scott (Cheap Framed Art)
178. Lynn (ww overnight coffee cake)
179. Suz@ FamilyMakesCents (Don\’t need it?)
180. Organizing mommy (favorite game)
181. Heather Lessiter (Paper clutter fix & giveaway)
182. Raise Them Up (Party: BYOB!)
183. Houstonmom (72 hr kits)
184. Becky@ Living Out Loud (when you need an extra dish)
185. pennypinchinmomma ( a real mom\’s guide to once a month cooking!)
186. Kim (List Making)
187. Everything Moms (organizing kids medicines)
188. Michelle (tutorial on paperback swap)
189. Havingfunathome (pregnancy letters)
190. Tasha @ Hectic Calm (OAMC for Smaller Families)
191. Lori (memes)
192. suzannah ($ for BPA bottles)
193. Candace (head strong preschooler)
194. Valerie at Home (posting the menu)
195. Anne (e-cards)
196. melissa * 320 sycamore (hand soap)
197. Katie (paper clutter tips)
198. Abbi (family meals)
199. Teal coring apples
200. Petersonclan (Seed Starting)
201. Paula@ Organizing Tips (Label Your STUFF)
202. A Frugal Housewife (Targeting Debt Problem Areas)
203. Donna @ The Frugal Mom Blog- (Website full of Redbox Rental Promo Codes)
204. Erica (Time saving Mixes)
205. Janet (Special Needs Resources)
206. Tanna (Organized Purse, Butler Bag)
207. Lindsay @ Passionate Homemaking (truly natural mascara options)
208. Keri (Ever heard of borax?)
209. Southernseven (battle of detergents!)
210. Amy @ Our Bumpy Road
211. Jennifer @ Lirazel (kitchen cleaning tip)
212. The Prudent Homemaker (Potato Cheese Soup)
213. The Prudent Homemaker (Free American Girl Doll Clothes Patterns)
214. Missy@Simply Red(two ingredient biscuit recipe)
215. Bring on the Lloyds…(Streching Choc Syrup)
216. Bring on the Lloyds…(Stretching Choc Syrup)
217. Parenting the Tiniest of Miracles (tap water)
218. Tips & Treasures (Repurposed Baby Food Jars)
219. Katie @ Endless Day (Chore Wars)
220. Beth@sportsmomma (Sleep timer/iTouch-iPhone)
221. Holly@Homebody(Taming the Paper Trail)
222. Nichole (cough relief a Giveaway!)
223. Sandra (loving my husband)
224. AliAnn (organizing kids artwork)
225. Kendra @FamilyMgrKendra (get rid of rust stains in toilet)
226. Linda\’s Lunacy(Laundry Detergetnt Tips)
227. Joni (Vinegar in Smelly Laundry)
228. Heather of the EO (lifting the funk)
229. Jerri@Jerri\’s Journey (Cheap Substitution)
230. Veggiemomof2 (combining IM programs)
231. Kara(Paying Our House Off Early)
232. Hotomom
233. michelle
234. Rachael @ Beans & Rice (sinus pain relief when you can\’t take meds)
235. Rona – Decorating with Words
236. Michelle (identifying toys)
237. Penny Raine
238. Stacey-the perfect cup for preschoolers and beyond.
239. Domestic Chicky – Easy Dijon Chicken
240. Lynette3boys – oven prep
241. April @ Doggie Bloggie (HCFSA)
242. ChickyMama (teaching kids their phone number)
243. Crayl (cheese saver)
244. Becky
245. mom2my9 (Being a Vegan)
246. ilovemy5kids (how to get your kids to take yucky meds)
247. Alisa-The Sweet Life (easy baby shower decorations and gift)
248. Counting Sprinkles (Swagbucks)
249. Cyndi Lewis
250. momsfrugal (learning frugality from others)
251. LANA: kids-and-chores
252. Wani (free food for your b-day!)
253. The Masked Mommy (staying on my diet)
254. Ranee @ Arabian Knits (Picking Good Asparagus)
255. My Treasure Hunt (Yummy cutout cookies!)
256. Dena (Attitude/Inspiration)
257. ChickyMama FIXED LINK (teaching kids their phone number)
258. Free 2 Be Frugal (envelope system)
259. Day (Frozen Cookie Pucks))
260. Saver Queen (homemade pretzels)
261. lomagirl (gift of the month)
262. Jenna (easy homemade breakfast sandwich)
263. Lizzie (Vit. C for the yuckies)
264. Jerri @ Simply Sweet Home (giveaway)
265. Hi! It\’s me, Jen
266. Jessica @ Finding Joy in the Journey
267. Melanie (frugal Valentine 2010)
268. Audra (Cleaning Glass Top Stoves Easily)
269. onemotherslove (coupon shopping)
270. Jessica @ Who Left The Light On? (Meal Planning)
271. Alice@supratentorial(Teatime)
272. Melissa
273. Lynne(White Vinegar-wonder-household-cleaner)
274. livingtoworship
275. livingtoworship (ROOT your cut roses and dry the blooms!)
276. Ginger (Recycled Candy boxes for Facts-vs-Opinion-game)
277. Stephanie @ The Coupon Game (1-Minute Bathroom Sink Clean!)
278. Elizabeth (kids bible program)
279. Kristin -The Goat (New use for Address Labels)
280. Polly (CVS shopping tips)
281. Saving Money Ideas (crock-pot chili)
282. BusyMom (canned goods organization)
283. Jenny Lynn (“go bag”)
284. News from the Zoo (How we use journals in our homeschool)
285. Christine (How I had sex for a week)
286. Kirstin: iphone application
287. Mozi Esme (kid “U” crafts)
288. uppervalleymom (kid friendly emergency procedures)
289. lynn @queenofthecastlerecipes.com (fantastic lemon cookies)

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Works For Me: Canker Remedy

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Wfmwbanner Two weeks ago I developed a canker sore.  Those are always painful, but this one earned a spot in the Canker Hall of Fame.  It was excruciating, made worse by its location just under my bottom lower lip.  Plus, it was a huge one.  ("No it wasn't," says Hubs.  "Yes, it was," says I.  "No, it wasn't," he says again.  He's just fussy because for seven days, anytime he even walked in my general direction I held up my hands and shouted "DON'T KISS ME!  DON'T KISS ME!") 

Cankers are, according to Dr. Google, only supposed to last a few days.  When mine kept going for a full week, I started to get desperate.  I talked to friends, both the real-life and the Twitter variety.  I browsed the pharmacy.  I tried all the faithful stand-by remedies, including all the over-the-counter options I could find.  Hubs, who, it turns out, seems to have a background in medieval torture, insisted I should just cover my finger with salt and pinch the fire out of the sore.  My middle son offered his best advice:  "Mom, you just have to be tough.  Don't think about it. Play with pain."  (Really?  Interesting advice from someone for whom I endured childbirth, but I digress.)

Just before having my lower lip removed altogether, I stumbled on a remedy.  Well, two remedies, actually–I started them on the same day, so I can't be positive which one worked.  One friend recommend L-lysine tablets, a supplement said to promote both skin and immune-system health.  Within only a few hours of my first dose I noticed a difference.  Additionally, I swished my mouth several times a day with liquid Maalox.  It tasted horrible, but it immediately offered some relief from that intense, burning pain that comes with cankers.  Finally, after two full weeks, Friday morning (mercy!), just in time for my BlissDom panel, it went away.  (And hey, my BlissDom friends, if I smelled like chalky mint, now you know why.)

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1. Gretchen (Juice for kids?)
2. Light Part 2
3. How To Overcome Fear (Kat)
4. Blue Castle (Light Part 2)
5. Mother Hen (Ants)
6. Becky (1 Ham 12 Meals)
7. Musings of a Housewife (twitter blissdom notes)
8. A Simple Walk (valentine\'s ideas for the kids)
9. Alison (Cleaning with Flylady)
10. LETTING GO OF LOW-FAT MENTALITY
11. Tasha @ Hectic Calm (Healthy Ground Beef Mix)
12. Kim @ Forever Wherever (Meal Planner)
13. The Happy Housewife ~ Successful blogging
14. Hooked on Houses (2-story fam rms)
15. Happy To Be At Home (mattress matters)
16. My Treasure Hunt (Birthday Cupcakes)
17. Tonya(Eczema Remedy)
18. Julie (Weight Loss Tips)
19. Laura @ Heavenly Homemakers (I SEE you!)
20. Margot (Nana Learns To Recycle)
21. Nicole @ Here\'s The Diehl (Redbox tip)
22. Cindy (keep track of doses given)
23. Mari (Febreze fabric refresher)
24. This Side of Eternity (coupons)
25. Amy @ Finer Things (Valentine Play Dough)
26. Erin – homeschool PE ideas
27. Sherry @ Lamp Unto My Feet (Uplifting)
28. Amy Roller (Help for reluctant writers)
29. cyn(kids\' responsibility checklist)
30. We are THAT Family (DIY home decor)
31. It Feels Like Chaos (Great Children\'s Books)
32. Stretch Mark Mama (Geekin\' out with geography)
33. FishMama @ LifeasMOM (Maple-Oat Heart Scones)
34. Audra Krell (Blogtalkradio)
35. Homemaker Barbi (Declutter Your Life)
36. The Diaper Diaries (pilates)
37. Megan (Netti Pot)
38. SortaCrunchy (new mom book – giveaway!)
39. Lisa@ Elbows (stove top cleaner and recipe link)
40. Kristen (complete proteins)
41. Tracey (Math Resource)
42. Holly@Homebody (get rid of hard water film)
43. Sarah (Kids & Veggies)
44. Christine at Hometeam Wins (Almost new dining chairs)
45. Missy (kid friendly,easy,cheap meal)
46. "Cents"able Momma (Get free money for searching with Swagbucks)
47. Rina (Romance on a budget)
48. Katie @ Making This Home
49. Kim @ Beanish – Keeping Bugs Away
50. Kirsty @ Momedy (Getting What You *Really* Want)
51. Lee (low cost fitness ideas)
52. Condo Blues (stay up shower curtain rod)
53. Carol @SheLives
54. Jenni @ grueling homeschooling (preschool h
elp)

55. Jen@Balancing Beauty and Bedlam(bulk baking-marvelous muffins)
56. Fizzy Clean Soda Shaker
57. Studio M Designs(using red tastefully)
58. Daiquiri (teach baby to sleep thru the night)
59. Donnetta (Making Freezer Jam)
60. Joyful Johnsons (15 min. a Day)
61. Stephanie @ Keeper of the Home (financial resources we LOVE)
62. Heather@JustDoingMyBest (shopping for free)
63. Rachel (freezing baby food a different way)
64. Dodge & Weave
65. Kaycee (The In and Out Basket)
66. Many Little Blessings (Generating Blog Revenue)
67. Rosie (Easy Pet-A-Cure)
68. momsfrugal(RED-tomato salad)
69. Lisa (Freebie for Kids)
70. Innkeeper Seely (rug cleaning)
71. Mrs. Organic (great skin, naturally)
72. Insert crazy here (Stuffy drawers and closets)
73. The Trysting Place (Valentine\'s gift that lasts)
74. Lynne(E-Coupons)
75. Making Money Keeping Monday(Farmer\'s Markets)
76. Lynne(Missions)
77. Raise Them Up (Valentine\'s Day Opportunities
78. Gennaro
79. Arleen (attending Blissdom09 virtually)
80. Suzanne (Keeping iTouch organized)
81. Carolina Mama (Community Matters)
82. Crayl (Information Exchange for sick loved ones)
83. Nicole (Not cutting coupons….)
84. Headless Mom-Homework tips
85. The Extreme Housewife (Why I want to homeschool)
86. NerdFamily Things (Craft Organization)
87. Krisi @ Mom & Dad to R Kids (food storage dating)
88. Kristine (Free Valentines)
89. Not So Perfect(Kids Vitamins)
90. Catherine (Travel tips)
91. mom2my9 (Vegan Substitues for Whole Wheat Rolls)
92. Grocery Cart Challenge (GIVEAWAY Save $250 per year)
93. se7en (se7en things I wish I knew about new siblings)
94. Donielle @ RaisingPeanuts (Pregnancy Survival)
95. Leanne (Great Easy Bread Recipe)
96. Leanne (Valentne Hearts Tutorial)
97. Heidi @ Blue Eyed Blessings (organizing gift wrap supplies)
98. Faith (Making Valentines)
99. Stephanie in France (travel memories)
100. Beth (Laundry Helper)
101. Lisa @ Stop and Smell the Chocolates (Honoring Hubby)
102. Anne (The store in the closet)
103. Sarah….wedding organizer on a budget
104. Kerry@ramblings (local milk)
105. HealthBeginsWithMom (Egg a Day?)
106. BusyMom (the invaluable library)
107. Kate\'s Kitchen: Cinnamon Hearts
108. Keeping It All T
ogether

109. Sarah (traditional birthday picture)
110. Trixie @ Farmhomelife (Huge Coupon Booklet)
111. Fairion
112. whimsy (search blog feeds)
113. Tara @ Feels like Home (bath paints)
114. Fairion – Relay for life
115. Fiddledeedee (Computer Passwords)
116. warillever (home preschool part 2)
117. Jolanthe (Movable Chalkboard Panels)
118. Camian Academy (art wall)
119. flexible dreams (kid kabobs)
120. Girls in White Dresses (organize kids\' books)
121. MC (Making the Library Easier)
122. Molly Green (cheap, personalized wedding present)
123. Everything Mom (Bargain valentines ideas for your love)
124. REPURPOSED (repurposing a window blind)
125. Alice@Supratentorial(Dry Foot Remedy)
126. Chris (5 week menu plan)
127. Alice@Supratentorial(Dry Foot Remedy)
128. Working Mom (WII FIT)
129. Carlyn @ CJ\'s Place
130. Renee @ FIMBY (Garlic for Ear Infection)
131. Sandra (chore chart)
132. Liz@Frugally Blonde (Decorations for a Dollar)
133. Shannon (crock pot chicken stock)
134. Bailey\'s Leaf (Heirloom Seeds & Gardening)
135. Kat @ New England Saving (Coupon clipping methods)
136. Alicia @ CrazySubmarineLady (Romantic Valentine\'s Date Idea)
137. Anne @ TeachingTwo
138. Kristin (cute *cheap* craft storage)
139. Moms by Heart (CAST YOUR CARES BOX)
140. Mom\'s Marbles (5 Valentine\'s Day Activities)
141. Katie (quick cleaning for guests)
142. Kim ( Who Knew?)
143. Allyson @ A Heart For Home (fabric giveaway)
144. Wildwood Mama (Uses for glass jars)
145. Allyson @ A Heart For Home (Easy & Impressive Valentine\'s Main Dish)
146. Buffie – Sugar Dispenser
147. Allyson @ A Heart For Home (Free Valentine\'s Gift from the Heart)
148. Chief Family Officer (Cook w/ your toaster oven)
149. TrentTribe (better cornbread)
150. Sonshine(grocery shopping & saving)
151. Counting Sprinkles (Vaseline)
152. RealLife (The best GUACAMOLE ever)
153. UnfinishedMom (Laundry Day)
154. BooksnBoys (DIAPER deal)
155. Lynn (whole wheat rolls)
156. Nichole (a fix for failed cakes)
157. lizzykristine @ Uplifted Eyes (controlling paper clutter)
158. Olivia
159. Phoebe @ Cents to Get Debt Free (Paid to Search Online!)
160. Deni (fun, free photo editing)
161. Allyson @ A Heart For Home (4 Designer Fat Quarters of Your Choice)
162. Allyson @ A Heart For Home (FREE "Valentine\'s Day on a Dime" eBook)
163. Susan @ Practicing Thrift (asset allocation wizards)
164. Scott (Cheap Bathroom Makeover)
165. emily (baby play idea)
166. Bring on the Lloyds….(Easy Photo Editing)
167. Allyson @ A Heart For Home (FREE Gift Cards)
168. Joanna @ Grace In The Home (Natural Remedy for Eczema)
169. Karen @ Mommy, I\'m Home (yummy WW recipe)
170. Paula (Tips to Save Time)
171. Maren – Diaper Rash Cure
172. Laryssa @Heaven In The Home (Romantic Strawberries))
173. Traci (States Study Helpers)
174. Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers (reading bingo)
175. Lana (Carpet Stain Remover)
176. Amy (Mary Kay–free shipping)
177. pinkcamojeep(watching for God in the everyday)
178. Mommy-fied (how to lower high fever)
179. Bree @ Living a Fulfilling Life at Home
180. Havingfunathome (cheap toddler climbing wall and slide)
181. exhale. return to center. (our $12 thrift store bench)
182. Muses of Megret (best online recipe sites!)
183. Janet (Blog Post Organization)
184. Abbi (free family activities)
185. Jean Stockdale (Study Bible)
186. Jerri@Jerri\'s Journey (Easy Chicken and Rice)
187. Christine (DEPRESSION)
188. The Cozy Country Home (Consignment Shops)
189. songbirdtiff-the easy way to keep out clutter
190. Sandwiched (Peeling garlic)
191. Tanna (Laundry Penalty)
192. Allyson @ A Heart For Home (Free Coupon Booklet)
193. Tifffany (T.G.I. Friday\'s Coupon)
194. Jennifer @ Lirazel (make-up remover)
195. Such The Spot (brown sugar pound cupcakes)
196. Such The Spot (brown sugar pound cupcakes)
197. Lindsay @ Passionate Homemaking (developing a bedtime routine)
198. Lisa@BlessedwithGrace(Severe weather prep)
199. Rhen @yestheyareallmine (conditioner)
200. Bitty (tea recommendations)
201. Michelle (valentines tea party)
202. Tiny Blessings (homemade hand lotion)
203. Dawn @ Baby Addiction (Potty Training)
204. Whosoever Believeth (Hot Breakfast vs. Poptarts)
205. Crystal (making baby food)
206. Kristine (Homemade Key Covers)
207. Jennifer (stay at home days)
208. Gloriana (Netflix Tips)
209. Mulberry Spot (natural skin care)
210. Eden (A Non-Housekeeper\'s Routine)
211. Heidi (morning surprise)
212. Taylor@ HM 101 (when you can ignore laundry symbols and tags)
213. samvach
214. Amanda@BetterIsLittle (Milk-Money Wallet)
215. samvach (Middle Ages Board Game)
216. Sara @ Twice as Nice
217. Crystal @ News from the Zoo (Vinegar in the Laundry)
218. Teal self check out tip
219. Michelle @ Saving Some Green (Make your own jello snacks!)
220. Natalie (Getting permanent marker off skin, yes skin)
221. All Things Cherished (new uses for rubber bands)
222. angie (cleaning of summer shoes)
223. Kara (spray paint magic!)
224. Milehimama (Bloggy Business)
225. Runningamuck (my fav recipe source)
226. Sarah @ Ordinary Days (Getting Sponsored)
227. Ashley (*nearly* spill proof juice boxes)
228. Sandra *Mr. Clean Magic Eraser*
229. Jessica @ Who Left The Light On? (Bucket of Shoes)
230. Pagan Homemaking (complete mouth care)
231. Daily Delights (Tough Love)
232. Rachel R. (ironing)
233. Alisa-The Sweet Life (laundry love)
234. Trixie @ Farmhomelife (Free Flooring)
235. ChickyMama (Storing sheets)
236. Shoebee(sorting socks)
237. Cara (washing cups and jars)
238. Maria (homemade instant oatmeal)
239. Betsy (inexpensive Teacher Valentine Gifts)
240. Amanda (a good laugh)
241. Christy (GF & Frugal)
242. Monica (help for the reluctant speller and stressed mom)
243. Wani (bad news/good news)
244. Suz (Upromise)
245. Jeni (Don\'t Answer Phone)
246. Samantha (angel catcher for kids)
247. Amyswandering (Household Notebook Printables)
248. Rachel – Frugal tips
249. Cathy (re-use those leeches *giggle*)
250. pennypinchinmomma ( quick hot breakfast)
251. Penny Raine
252. Amber(Homemade cleaning and pampering)
253. Miss Mommy (Sharpie Will Remember!)
254. Candace (Mashed Potatoes)
255. Sabrina@Raising Oaks of Righteousness (Financial Freedom!)
256. \'Becca (group decision making)
257. Elizabeth ($1 Store Tools)
258. BumbleBabyMommy – storage idea
259. Keeslerchaos (pet sharing)
260. Suz@ FamilyMakesCents (Valentine\'s Day)
261. hotomom (learning letters/ABCs)
262. Day (Computer on the kitchen Counter)

263. April
264. LFinn (My secret (makeup) weapon)
265. Jill @ MoneySavinDiva (Finding Storage in Unlikely Spaces!)
266. Julie @ The Clark Chronicles (Clothespins are very useful housold items!)
267. Susan @ Feeling Frugal (Easy Exercises)
268. Amy @ Buffaloes&BW (freezing meat)
269. Julie @ The Clark Chronicles (Jell-o as a science lesson)
270. The Well-Rounded Woman (beautiful designer)
271. Joy(red lobster cheddar biscuits!)
272. Kristen
273. Kara(To Give or to Sell?)
274. TuTu\'s Bliss (Photo Tip)
275. Diane free books and free time
276. Linda\'s Lunacy (Coupon Binder)
277. Homefront Mom – coupon binder
278. Teri @ the Infertility Chronicles – Healthy V-day treat!
279. Monica @ Daily Dwelling (scrabble tile pendants)
280. the o\'Brien Family (Teaching Through Life)
281. Lori @ enjoy the process (glasses)
282. Jennifer@theapplegrove
283. Totallyscrappy (Prayer journal for kids)
284. Simply Sharon entryway organization
285. Recovering Noah (teaching spelling to LD kids)
286. Alexandra(Recycling Orange Peels)
287. What\'s Cooking (Flylady)
288. What\'s Cooking (safe cleaning products)
289. The Mommys Place
290. The Prudent Homemaker (Frugal Bean Recipe)
291. EmilyV @ Random Ramblings (Using the Library)
292. Momma & More (handy towels giveaway)
293. Kate: Icing a Cake Neatly
294. Martia (Port A Potty)
295. Confessions of a Third-Rate Gift-Giver
296. Grateful for Grace (moving tip)
297. Em. @ Gratitude. Simplicity. Frugality.
298. Nichole @ A Call to Higher Places (Free Savings Forum and Target Coupons!)
299. Mammarino – (Checkout Line Pastime)
300. Mozi Esme (V kid crafts)
301. Photoqueen (My Cold Remedy)
302. Julie Stiles Mills (taking ACTION)
303. Ginger (100th Homeschool Day Ideas)
304. Kirstin: Medium scoops
305. Katie (Closet Tips)
306. lynn @ queenofthecastlerecipes.com (Valentine\'s Day garlic toast)

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WFMW: Nada, Zilch

I’m taking a WFMW breather this week.  Between recovering from the chaos of last week’s ice storm and preparing for BlissDom (I fly out tomorrow), I’m running in about 4,892 different directions.  So y’all post your own links, while I finish packing (and praying for skies free of killer geese tomorrow afternoon).

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1. Online Book Club
2. We are THAT family (personalized art giveaway)
3. BlueCastle (recycled candlelight)
4. The Diaper Diaries (packing list)
5. Homemaker Barbi – Carry On Checklist
6. Kerri (Bible in a Year)
7. Can you wear stilletos?
8. Amy @ Finer Things (We a Team!)
9. Traci (Homeschool Planning 09\’-10\’)
10. Home School Dad (Swim Lessons)
11. THE COSTS OF EATING HEALTHY – Kelly the Kitchen Kop
12. 3 Bay B Chicks: Google Tips!
13. Daiquiri (ear wax tip)
14. Land of Lovings (Getting Kids to Sleep)
15. It Feels Like Chaos (Ways to Save Money)
16. Raise Them Up (Birdfeeder on the”Cheep!”
17. This Side of Eternity (Making Extra Money)
18. Laura @ Heavenly Homemakers (Butter-Fingers)
19. Carolina Mama (Boost Baby Brain Power)
20. Liz @ Working Mom (Storing fabric)
21. Christine (natural deodorant)
22. Stretch Mark Mama (Care Package for Homeless Men and Women)
23. mombrud (organize your magazines)
24. Alison (Babesafe Mattress Cover)
25. A Simple Walk (shedding my martyr\’s cloak)
26. Kristen (dressing kids with no fights)
27. Cooking During Stolen Moments (feeding my family foods I don\’t like)
28. Mother Hen (Bible reading)
29. So Thankful (use up old herbs)
30. The Happy Housewife ~ Cavity Free Kids
31. “Cents”able Momma (Get Free Photos)
32. Happy To Be At Home (training kids to be helpers)
33. Mammarino – (Cheap Capris!)
34. Laryssa @Heaven In The Home (Romantic Valentine\’s Day At Home)
35. Tonya(smalltownlagirl)
36. FishMama @ LifeasMOM (Kids\’ Chores)
37. Holly@Homebody (repurposed kitchen island)
38. Amy loves Bud (chores – help me!)
39. Kristin -The Goat (Customized free images)
40. Mari (Shark steam mop)
41. Margot (Bread in My Crockpot
42. Condo Blues (Stay Put Draft Dodger)
43. Mulberry Spot (Cloth diapers)
44. Anne @ teaching two (kids craft)
45. Musings of a Housewife (gloves/hat organization)
46. Joy @ Five J\’s (Kids Questioning Authority)
47. Broke Girl (Tips for Saving Energy)
48. Colleen – Mommy Always Wins (cold weather activities GIVEAWAY!)
49. What is it Now (ColorStay Lip Gloss)
50. Chief Family Officer (Minimalist skin care)
51. Daily Dwelling (glass marble magnets)
52. Homeschool Classroom (Preschool at Home)
53. Kansas Mom (don\’t spill salt)
54. Joyful Johnsons (Popsicle Stick Chores)
55. Parent Wonder (Food for Toddlers)
56. Nicole (Best Bible ever!)
57. Lee (preschool Valentine\’s project)
58. Crystal@ News from the Zoo(Economical Cleanser)
59. Reading Rosie (Through Golden Windows)
60. Kimi @ The Nourishing Gourmet-Curried Sprouted Lentils with Cilantro Sauce
61. Many Little Blessings (Homemade Recipes for Disinfectant)
62. Michele @ Frugal Granola (Homemade Liquid Hand Soap w/1 Soap Bar!)
63. NerdMom (Cough Solutions)
64. Heather (frugal “xerox”)
65. Kristine (Easy Valentine Gift/ Craft))
66. Sarah
67. Donna@Way More Homemade (The Baby Years-Homemade Baby Food)
68. Lindsay @ Passionate Homemaking (bulk grain storage)
69. Angela @ Diapers & Stilettos (Mommy Lunch)
70. Audra Krell (ReCreate)
71. Ewokgirl (Unmounted Rubber Stamp Storage)
72. mom2my9 (The Family Bed)
73. Lisa @ The Owl\’s Nest (cleaning without “help”)
74. Headless Mom-Loose 5 Pounds
75. Tina in Thailand (easy Thai food)
76. se7en (se7en do laundry)
77. Trekaroo (kids. trips. tips)
78. Extreme Housewifeing (Grocery List Generator)
79. Lizzie ~Some of our favorite games
80. momsfrugal (Xylitol)
81. Tara@Not So Perfect(Wii Exercise)
82. Krisi @ Mom & Dad to R Kids (calendar)
83. Extreme Housewifeing (Free Toys)
84. col @ life by muse (How to Feel Good)
85. Runningamuck (RV packing list)
86. Kim @ Stretching a pot roast for 3 (or more) meals
87. Heidi @ Blue Eyed Blessings (organizing card making scraps)
88. Our Life Upstate
89. MollyGreen(simple kitchen trick)
90. Bonnie (Kids Journals)
91. flexible dreams (shoelace solution and giveaway)
92. Alice@supratentorial(Morning Sickness)
93. Drop the Baby Weight (hot breakfast meal plan!)
94. The Prepared Family (prep for power outages giveaways!)
95. Jennifer, Snapshot (naptime)
96. Kim ( More Homemade Valentine Decor.)
97. Lori (Breakfast made easy!)
98. Nicole @ Here\’s The Diehl (setting the timer
99. pinkcamojeep(super easy & yummy sticky buns)
100. *Michelle* @ not so random mom (*free* homeschool resources)
101. Megan (help for super dry hands)
102. Kate\’s Kitchen: Memorizing Scripture
103. Momma & More (fun with yogurt)
104. Stephanie @ The Coupon Game (Swagbucks is getting me THIS!!)
105. Sarah (free books)
106. Shannon (stock up, freeze meat)
107. Sarah (CurlyQ Cuties)
108. Jolanthe (Stop Coughing)
109. Trixie @ Farmhomelife (How to Earn Free Gift Cards and $)
110. Beth @ A Mom\’s Life (Swallowing Pills)
111. Amy Andrews (28 healthy snack ideas)
112. warillever (preschool at home)
113. Callapidder Days (housework motivation)
114. BusyMom (Dining out … at home)
115. Girls in White Dresses (organizing clipped recipes)
116. Stop the Ride! (Amazon sale code)
117. whimsy (nap better)
118. Susan(CheapEasyTubCleaner)
119. Heather @ Just Doing My Best (double duty cleaning)
120. Muses of Megret (wholesome website for kids!)
121. Life At The Circus (cookie tips)
122. Counting Sprinkles (Keeping Kids Occupied)
123. Newlyweds (Biting)
124. Jenni @ OneThing (homemade wall art)
125. Fairion – budget jars
126. Jenni @ grueling homeschooling (phonics)
127. MC (Easy, Low-Cal Pumkin Muffins)
128. Bailey\’s Leaf (Recycled, Homemade Valentines)
129. Leigh Ann @ Momma Roar (personalized notebook tutorial)
130. Camian Academy (School Drawer)
131. Sherry @ Lamp Unto My Feet (Brinner?)
132. jodi @ bpr (perfect mom watch)
133. PASS THE TORH (affordable fam travel/condos)
134. Allyson @ A Heart For Home (Navigation Bar)
135. Kathleen (vacuum sweepers)
136. Brittany (Fun Party Snack)
137. jen (yummy dip)
138. lizzykristine @ Uplifted Eyes (controlling paper clutter)
139. Amy @ Tiny Blessings (coupon sources)
140. JB (Couponing)
141. JessieLeigh (Speaking Up for Those Who Can\’t)
142. Sheila ~ To Love, Honor and Vacuum (Jump start your libido!)
143. Emily @ On the Road Again (Used Books
144. onemotherslove (my homemade detergent story)
145. Heidi and Gretchen (homemade laundry detergent update!)
146. Scott (Dressing the Kids)
147. Erin (easy memory keepsake)
148. Mary Ann(cleaning schedule)
149. Jeni (Better Bacon)
150. Carol (Easy Corn Shucking)
151. Jean Stockdale (Fast Eggs)
152. LFinn (Discounts for newspaper subscribers)
153. Houstonmom (finding quiet time)
154. Olivia (snow pants)
155. Kirsty @ Momedy (Surprising Stain Remover!)
156. oh amanda (valentine\’s)
157. Suburban Saga (decorating with toddler art)
158. Shauna – Amazing Tacos
159. Veggiemomof2 (timer)
160. Jacki (how to make kid-friendly turkey on a stick)
161. songbirdtiff (hanging heavy stuff)
162. Kim @ Beanish – protecting your floor while cooking
163. Ranee @ Arabian Knits (Clean Microwave)
164. Totallyscrappy (save $)
165. Photoqueen (skincare routine)
166. Michelle (oatmeal uses)
167. My Treasure Hunt (Valentines with kids)
168. Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers (charger drawer)
169. TrentTribe (freezermeals/BQribs)
170. Rebekah @ Diagonally Parked
171. LANA (Free Meat)
172. Organizing Tips (Stop the Morning Rush)
173. REPURPOSED (the hard work of FASTING)
174. Elizabeth (Clean Monitors)
175. Donnetta (Pillow cases into throw pillows)
176. Jennifer @ Lirazel (dryer balls)
177. Tara (non-slip toddler barrettes)
178. Rebecca (pare down magazines)
179. Taylor @ Household Management 101 (stain removal tips for families with kids)
180. Karen @ Living Well on Less (electronic financial organization)
181. Gina @ MMM (Swagbucks for Free Amazon stuff)
182. Organizing Mommy (morning devotions)
183. Janet (visual schedule)
184. Jen@Beauty and Bedlam (bulk baking days leading to Blissdom)
185. Michelle @ Saving Some Green (Cooking Ahead)
186. Alice Cantrell
187. Thrifty Jinxy (Very Easy Biscuit Recipe)
188. Christy (cleaning pans 1)
189. Jennifer (living w/food allergies)
190. FamilymakesCents (free coffeepot w/ coffee purchase)
191. Tanna (DIY Drawer Organizer)
192. BeyondJustMom (stop the nagging)
193. Free 2 Be Frugal (after-holiday sales)
194. MamaHall (easy craft for kids)
195. Leanne – Soda Bread Recipe
196. Penny Pinching Diva (My Daily Planner Download)
197. Amy @ By His Grace (Taking Away the Obvious)
198. Julie From Inmates (Deployment Communication)
199. Missy@Simply Red(chocola
te surprise sundae cups)

200. Shannon (roasted cauliflower)
201. Stephanie in France (biscuit idea)
202. Susan @ Practicing Thrift (always read before signing!)
203. Penny Raine
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Works For Me: Sports Mom Tips


I’m a sports mom.  I have two soccer players and a swimmer.  And it’s a little amusing to me that life has taken me down this path. I’ve never been much of a sports fan and certainly not a sports player–I have just enough physical coordination to pack Gatorade in the ice chest, and not a bit more.  But it’s a different ballgame (no pun intended) to watch my sons play sports–after a lifetime of athletic indifference, I find myself throwing around words such as “off-sides” and “full volley” like a pro.

I’m glad we’re on this path.  I know there are plenty of parents who aren’t fond of competitive sports for their kids, but my husband and I aren’t among them.  We’ve seen our kids develop self-confidence as a result of their sports involvement, and the fitness benefits are unmistakable.  They’ve had hands-on experience learning how to be a team member, how to push themselves and how to lose (and win) graciously.  It’s been good.

With spring soccer season starting to gear up (and by the way, how is that already possible?), these issues have been on my mind lately.  I’ve learned a few things in my years as a sports mom, some of which I wish someone would’ve told me at the outset.

1.  Be involved.  When you or your spouse are the coach, you generally have much more say in vitally important issues, such as making sure practice times don’t conflict with Lost.  Best of all, you can set a tone for the entire team, a tone of positive attitudes and encouraging affirmation.  It’s an excellent way to invest in a kid’s life.  If coaching isn’t a viable option for you, do remember to…

2.  …Choose your coach carefully.  The coach’s attitudes and methods set the tone for the entire season.  If you detect a win-at-all-costs attitude, this should be a red flag.  Steer your family toward coaches who are as interested in what kind of people these kids are, not just what kind of athletes they are.

3.  Avoid the drama.  As kids get older, and things get more competitive, a certain element of drama and politics can sometimes enter the sports parent scene.  My best advice?  Lay low.  Smiling and nodding politely goes a long way to diffuse drama (this is when being raised a Southern girl comes in handy), and when you continually deflect drama, you’ll usually find that  less of it will come your way.

4.  Remember why you’re doing this.  A wise parent will see competitive sports as a chance to build a kid’s confidence and teach him or her some important life lessons.  It is rarely–I hate to break it to you–the springboard to a fabulous athletic career.  I think a lot of the bad wrap that comes with kids’ sports could be avoided if parents involved their kids for the enjoyment of it, not because Junior is the next Michael Jordan, Mia Hamm, Michael Phelps or Kristy Yamaguchi.  Do it for the right reasons, and along those same lines…

5.  …It’s okay to take a break.  Kids get burn-out, too.  If you sense they’re feeling too much pressure, there’s nothing wrong with taking a breather.  An injury last fall forced my middle son to sit out of the winter indoor soccer season, and it has been a healthy break.  He remembered why he loves soccer, and he’s more energized than ever to hit it in the spring.

So, all of those tips are pretty theoretical, but there are some more practical things I’ve learned, too:

1.  Bags, bags, bags.  In our house, every sport and every kid has its own backback or duffel bag.  That bag is the permanent repository of all the necessary equipment, which cuts down on mad dashes out the door on game day.  When I launder the soccer uniform, I put it in a large Ziploc bag (to avoid Gatorade spillage, trust me on this one!) and put it directly back in the soccer bag.  Everything stays together!

2.  The dishwasher is your friend.  A lot of smelly sports equipment can be sanitized in the dishwasher.  I regularly run swim goggles and shin guards through the top rack, but there are probably more uses you could find.  Check manufacturers instructions (and proceed at your own risk), but I’m a big fan of disinfecting that smelly gear however I can.

3.  Make the kids responsible!  In this family, a big part of sports involvement is being responsible for your own stuff.  If a kid is old enough to play sports, he’s old enough to help gather the gear, get the water bottle in the dishwasher and fold the socks.  This takes a load off mom, and, even better, it gives kids a chance to be responsible.

There are bound to be plenty of sports moms reading this, and I’d love to hear your best tips too!

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Works For Me: Cleaning Pots

Wfmwbanner I recently scorched a big soup pot so badly I almost threw it out.  Even after soaking overnight, the crusty gunk wouldn't budge.  I tossed the question out to my friends on Twitter, and I received several good tips.  Many people said they use spray-on oven cleaner, which wasn't especially helpful, since it assumes there has ever been a single moment in my life in which I have cleaned an oven (I haven't.  My general oven-cleaning philosophy is that you should just gunk it up really well for five or six years and then move).

I pulled together a few of the pot-cleaning tips and tried my own method, filling the pan with about two inches of water and a generous amount of dishwashing liquid mixed in.  Then I brought the soap and water mixture it to a boil on the stove top, and would you believe that with only a few scrubs, the gunk came right off?  I've since tried it several times, with the same results every time.  Works for me!

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72. Motherhood For Dummies
73. What is it NOW (Prayer Journal)
74. Stephanie @ Keeper of the Home (cooking despite morning sickness)
75. Melonie @ Momma & More (efficient recycling!)
76. SortaCrunchy (managing your Monthly)
77. Leanne – Paper Doll House Craft
78. A Very Nearly Tea (Erasing Permanent Marker)
79. se7en (what you really need for a new baby)
80. tina in thailand ( picking movies)
81. Upstatemomof3
82. Just Pure Lovely (things to do while unemployed)
83. "Molly"
84. Mandi (Frugal Craft Organization)
85. exhale. return to center. (our one-at-a-time shelf)
86. Fairion – Plants
87. Trixie @ Farmhomelife (Beat the Winter Blahs)
88. Stephanie in France (menu planning)
89. Drop the Baby Weight: weekly goals
90. Kate\'s Kitchen: Yummy muffins
91. Melissa @ Miss K Cooks (Pizza Puffs)
92. Faith (Packing Peanut Snowflake Craft)
93. Kim (Quick and Easy Valentine Holder)
94. Feels like Home (easy cheesecake truffles)
95. Stephanie @ The Coupon Game (Keeping Lunchtime Interesting!)
96. Shannon (prepare for Sabbath)
97. Girls in White Dresses (free napkins)
98. Cindi (It\'s all in teh Bag!)
99. Mom Of Faith (Online Password Manager & GIVEAWAY!!)
100. Sarah (box cake magic)
101. Sandy Toes(Lunch Notes)
102. BusyMom (kid\'s birthdays)
103. Jolanthe (tampon & pad alternative)
104. Jessica (Saving on Cleaning Supplies)
105. Mrs Wookie
106. A Frugal Housewife (Buffet Style Meal Time)
107. Candace (breastfeeding)
108. Mrs Wookie (recipe organization & meal planning)
109. Looney Jen (Teaching Toddler Independence & GIVEAWAY!)
110. Musings of a Housewife – How to Make a TWITTER PROFILE PAGE **GIVEAWAY**
111. KLee (sneaking in veggies)
112. Alicia (diet day off)
113. Sandra (Maker\'s Diet)
114. Kama (Mommy groups)
115. Occupation: Mommy (Dinnertime fun)
116. Heather L. (Recycled Notes)
117. Thia (Warm Baby)
118. EverythingMom (Keeping track of important items)
119. Sonshine(homeschooling)
120. Susan @ Practicing Thrift (no sugar granola)
121. Beth/Mom2TwoVikings (recycling Cmas photo cards)
122. Bailey\'s Leaf (The Dreaded Sock Drawer)
123. Anne@TheLargeFamilyLogistics
124. Lisa@BlessedwithGrace(ultimate clean sheet night)
125. Alice@Supratentorial (Photo Mosaics)
126. Sheila ~ To Love, Honor and Vacuum (Hope Chests)
127. Vanessa @ Simple Bliss (easy lunch packing containers)
128. Sherry @ Lamp Unto My Feet (Don\'t Do It!)
129. Jen@Balancing Beauty and Bedlam (meal planning w/friends)
130. flexible dreams (smelly diaper hack)
131. Kat @ New England Saving (Bleaching Mold)
132. Allyson@ A Heart For Home (FREE GIFT CARDS)
133. Mandy @ N\' Stitches Designs (pre-made cleaning schedule)
134. Condo Blues (free solar space heater)
135. Kay (breaking in a new Bible)
136. Beth (Fast, Easy Dessert)
137. Lindsay at not2us.net/losers (Weight Loss)
138. Jill@findfaithful(meals for grieving families)
139. Frugal Carol – Free Food….
140. Melissa Multitasking Mama
141. Here\'s The Diehl (Movie List)
142. NJP (Eat It! It\'s Good for You)
143. Gail (Prayer Reminder)
144. The Coupon Diva (Great ways to earn extra cash for SAHMs)
145. Lynn (cooking with kids recipe)
146. mama2tlc
147. Kim – Moving Tips
148. Counting Sprinkles (Extra Cash)
149. Cary (getting work done)
150. *Michelle* @ random thoughts from a not so random mom (wordle)
151. petersonclan (Incentives…)
152. Aunt LoLo (gassy babies)
153. Kristen (substitutions)
154. Tari – The Grass Widow\'s Diary (saving Christmas cards)
155. Vanderbilt Wife (cleaning schedule)
156. Carolina Mama (Dixie)
157. Leaving Excess (Making Chai Tea)
158. Organizing Tips (School Papers & Artwork)
159. Bitty (how to roast a goose)
160. Laurie @ Rocks in the Dryer – "Shopping with kids – NOT"
161. Jenn – (Prestone De-Icer!)
162. PHOEBE @ CENTS TO GET DEBT FREE (LESSON LEARNED)
163. Photoqueen (free shipping for make up)
164. Julie From Inmates
165. Stop the Ride (one bite rule)
166. BeyondJustMom (next time, do this)
167. Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers (Review Cards)
168. Rookie Mom 101 (Wii FIT)
169. Carrie J (Free Cell Phone 411
170. Taylor at Household Management (grocery shopping list)
171. Day (Tame the hair tamers)
172. Audra (Easy Crock Pot Clean Up)
173. Kara (Sandbox for Writing)
174. Melanie (Clean Sea Shells)
175. Janet (coupon organization)
176. Jennifer (restless kids?)
177. Kim G (I\'ll be Honest ad blocker)
178. Smellyann (Matching Socks)
179. Sarah Mae (Dealing With An "Ex")
180. Tidymom (mom haircut)
181. Julie Stiles Mills (white chicken chili & basketball storage)
182. so much shouting, so much laughter (soft winter skin)
183. Amy@Clothesline Alley (Dyeing Play Silks)
184. Kari (twice baked potatoes)
185. Trina @ Frugal Dr. Mom (The Flea Pill!)
186. A Working Mom (Keeping Toddler Busy)
187. Kristine (get cat spray out)
188. Tanna (delegate tasks)
189. Homeschool Classroom (Choosing an Eclectic Curriculum)
190. Songbirdtiff-organizing jewelry
191. Carolina Mama (Snow & Log Cabins)
192. Michelle( Works for Me Priority Checklist)
193. Sandwiched (Save money shopping online!)
194. Amy (grocery shopping in faith!)
195. Farrah ~ Wife and Mom of 3
196. Lisa (remembering your vitamins)
197. Milehimama (less buter mess)
198. Curvaliscious (dealing with smells)
199. Kim @ Beanish & Other Languages I\'m Learning – Saving Magazine Articles
200. Martie\'s House (keeping in baby\'s hairbow!)
201. Joanna @ Grace In The Home (Dinner Plan History)
202. Kimi @ The Nourishing Gourmet-Utilize Your Freezer to Nourish Your Family
203. The Things We Do (prayer journal)
204. What\'s Cooking (homemade noodles)
205. MacKenzie(Knit/Crochet help)
206. Reading Rosie (Easy Window Treatment)
207. The Masked Mommy (Destroy Drab Cabinets)
208. Heather
209. Kirstin: Facebook
210. Terri @ Funny Farm (computer desk organizing)
211. MooBeeMa (long term care policy)
212. sarah (medicine cabinet organization)
213. Andrea @ rAndom issues (Coupon Organization & Tips)
214. Andrea @ rAndom issues (Cute & Easy cards/Valentines)
215. Alexandra(Frugal Alternative to Swiffer Mop)
216. Veggiemomof2 (homemade croutons)
217. Jerri (Recycled Cloth Napkins)
218. MemeGRL (atypical kids room furniture)
219. Kimberlee (Baby Wearing)
220. KnappKnotes (Yummy Chowder Recipe!)
221. Amanda (better self-portraits)
222. Buzzings of a Queen Bee! (The Best Baby Sleep Book Around!)
223. JessieLeigh (Questions for the Pediatrician)
224. Sandra*storing, clipping, and categorizing coupons
225. Nikke (kids saving money)
226. Camian Academy (TV Shows from iTunes)
227. American Girl
228. Jennifer (diaper pail)
229. MrsScotsman (priceline.com)
230. Aubrey (better broccoli)
231. Sarah
232. Samantha (ABC pretzels)
233. BeyondJustMom (next time, do this)
234. Katie (my cleaning schedule)
235. Donnetta (4 meals in 2 hours)
236. Maria @ Thrifty Ways and Ideas – Thrifty Use for Plastic Bag
237. Amy @ Cheeky Cocoa Beans (craft idea)
238. Mikki -Cool Tool
239. Runningamuck (So Long Birthday Cakes!!)
240. Julie Stiles Mills (Don\'t File Paper. Revisited & Modified.)
241. Audra Krell (Truth)
242. Jennifer, Snapshot (Managing Menstural Cycles)
243. Amber (crock pot cooking)
244. Abbi (Reading and books my boys love!)
245. rachel@justanotherdayinparadise (mildewed clothes)
246. Penny Raine
247. LFinn(Cookies at any time)
248. Suburban Saga (unusual finds when a store closes)
249. Edi (Unclogging a toilet)
250. Christy (GF Freezer cooking)
251. What Moms Want To Know (Organizing Toy Directions)
252. Sharon B (timer)
253. Stacey (healthy fast food)
254. Abigail\'s Mommy (Recipe for meal plan)
255. The Gluten-Free Homemaker (having two dogs)
256. annabanana (simple things work)
257. Erin (finding a Wii Fit)
258. Chic Critique (great organic soap)
259. Daily Delights (Blog Search)
260. Cary (getting work done)
261. Linda\'s Lunacy(Diabetics and Casseroles)
262. Heather (More Free Gift Cards!)
263. Kristine (Educational DS Games)
264. Missy@Simply Red
265. Stephanie\'s Mommy Brain (potty training)
266. Gin @ Good Morning World (dog paws)
267. Boysmum2 (eggcups)
268. Elena @ My Domestic Church
269. Nutbrown Cottage (Bobbin case as mini sewing kit)
270. Amyswandering (Lookybook online picture books)
271. Elizabeth (washer delay & stains)
272. TuTu (Fantasy Play)
273. TexasTanya (Don\'t Ask, Just Tell)
274. GiBee: "Kill The Mouse Dead" Mouse Trap Tip
275. ARF (Pet Search)
276. Emily @ Little Home (homemade baby wipes recipe)
277. Shannon @ Skizzle\'s Corner (reading utility meters)
278. Wani (FREE Pancakes @ IHOP)
279. Brandi (High Fructose Corn Syrup)
280. Jenna (High chair activities for toddlers)
281. Kimm (Kids\' Art)
282. Grateful for Grace (free Bible study)
283. NerdFamily Food(Easy Cake Mix Cookies)
284. Julie @ Coupon Saving Family
285. Jennifer @ Cooking Like a Frugalite (Diapers on the Cheap)
286. LANA (Natural Sweetener)
287. Michelle @ Saving Some Green (Cheap Thrills for Kids!)
288. Jacquelyn@Because I Said So! (brushing teeth and a contest!)
289. Mozi Esme (kid crafts)
290. All Things Cherished (watering plants when on vacation)
291. Saving Money Ideas (homemade biscuits)
292. Carol ~ I Throw Like a Girl (Magic Eraser)
293. Lynn @ queenofthecastlerecipes (lemon tips)
294. Rachel (Cleaning a scary microwave)
295. The Clark Chronicles {Fun Valentine Wreath}
296. The Clark Chronicles {Fun family time game to teach about money}
297. mombrud ("Reach for the Sky"
298. Christine (when our kids to the RIGHT thing!)

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