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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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
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12. Kim @ Forever Wherever (Meal Planner)
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15. Happy To Be At Home (mattress matters)
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17. Tonya(Eczema Remedy)
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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
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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
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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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