9 Natural Pest Eliminators

Awhile back, we posted on our ant “situation”.  If you want to read more, which of course you should, you can read about it HERE.  But just to let you know ahead of time, we are NOT pro-ant!

Since we are not pro-ant, we needed a way to eliminate these little buggers!  But you know what else we are not fond of……… chemicals!   We want to do as much pest control naturally, if at all possible.  It’s not only a win avoiding chemicals, but it’s also a win to save $$ buying said chemicals.

Anyone else with us?

hometalk 9 natural pest eliminators

Hometalk, which is the largest home & garden knowledge hub on the web, recently reached out to us……whooohooo, to curate a board on natural pest eliminators.

We were thrilled to put this together and help others avoid chemicals and save some $$$$$.

You can find 9 Natural Pest Eliminators HERE on our Hometalk board.

There are TONS of great ideas like this and more on Hometalk so join and follow our board there.  We will be posting, pinning, and clipping tons of great ideas on “Making the most with what you got!”

P.S.- As always don’t forget to tell us what natural pest eliminators works for you and what doesn’t.  We are all about the learning process.

P.S.S.- Thank you Hometalk for allowing us to curate this board!


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HALLWAY IS DONE!!!!!

We have been working on our Hallway for a few months.

There was a list of MANY things that needed to be done….

  • Flooring
  • Switches
  • Molding
  • Painting
  • Painting
  • More Painting

…………….but we kept at it.

You can check out previous posts to see what we have done, but here is the basic before and after:

BEFORE

hallway take 1

And here is the …………

AFTER

hallway finished after
And…..

hallway finished two

And …….

hallway after picture

Why check out previous posts in this hallway series?  Well there are details on what we did and the comedy of errors along the way!

Our next DIY project?

We are finishing the dinning area so come on by to check it out.

…..Each Wednesday we will highlight a project we are working on.  Since our blog is “Making the best with what we have”, we hope to inspire those to see how you can do just that.

 


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What to do on Halloween?

This has been a question in our family for YEARS!

Some Christians feel this “holiday” should not be celebrated at all.  Some do.

Both The Mister and I celebrated as children, in Christian homes.

The Mister would prefer if we didn’t celebrate this day at all.  Don’t give a foothold. (Eph 4:27)

I don’t mind as long as it’s clean fun as all holidays have sketchy roots.  It’s what we do with them- what’s in our heart. (I Cor 10:23)

Sound familiar?

Many families may struggle with this as well.

christian ideas for halloween

We still don’t quite have it all figured out, and we have an 18 and 13 yr old,  but here’s what we have done in the past, or know others have done:

  • Fall Harvest Festivals at churches
  • Have a family night at our home with pizza/movies (Note-If you choose this option decide how you are going to handle the doorbell/candy situation.)
  • Get together with other families
  • Go Bowling, Roller Skating, or to the Movies (If you are avoiding scary costumes/situations, ask around to see how the businesses are setup this day)
  • Challenge your kids to come up with costumes that would be Biblical in nature (Noah and the animals)
  • Throw a party that will be appropriate (and so you know what’s going on)
  • Go outside, hand out candy as usual, and use it as a way to get to know your neighbors (maybe even play some Christian music)
  • A family “minication”..weekend getaway
  • Have a reformation celebration

As your children get older, make sure to explain to them where you are coming from and even ask for their input!

We realize this is a personal decision each family needs to make.

Whatever your decision, we would like to ask that we don’t look down upon others as they try to do what they think is right on either side (believer or non-believer).

BARGAIN ALERT…….Finally, one of the things we use to do when the kids were little is buy costumes after Halloween.  They were deeply discounted and the kids like to play dress up all year long.


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Five Minute Monogrammed Pumpkin

WARNING………………………….

Super easy project ahead!

If you want a quick way to add some character to your pumpkin, this is it!

five minute monogramed pumpkin

Supplies -

  • Pumpkin
  • Sharpie
  • Pencil
  • Computer/Phone/Tablet (Unless you can draw without looking at an example.)

Yep, that’s it!

  1. Do an internet search for a monogram for the initial of your last name.
  2. Take your pumpkin and find the section you want to face front.
  3. Looking at the image from the internet, draw a similar image onto the face of the pumpkin with a pencil.
  4. Make any changes you need.
  5. Trace over the pencil with the Sharpie color of your choosing.

Well how’s that for “making the most with what you got”?

Honestly, it may take a few more minutes, but not much.  Very little time was spent searching for a monogram or getting this perfect.

If you do a Five Minute Monogrammed Pumpkin, will you show us on Instagram or Facebook?

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Domestic is NOT a Four Letter Word

I was in the middle of monogramming a pumpkin for our front porch……right after I had fixed a few of my sons shirts (minor alterations) and had made some cookies for my oldest (he was having some friends over for a belated birthday get together).

The house was smelling DELICIOUS and looked festive!

As I looked around, I felt great about what I had accomplished that day.  I was feeling very domestic despite the pumpkin took 5 minutes, I can’t sew much…. but enough to fix a button hole and attach some new ones….and the cookies were a modified box recipe.

But isn’t “Domestic” a four letter word?

If someone were to say a man is domestic, it’s suppose to be an insult.

Animals that are domestic(ated) are seen as pulled from their original habitat and tame.

Even women, who naturally have a nesting instinct, are viewed as not reaching their full potential.

I believe this is one of the reasons blogging is so popular among women.  It’s a place to feel validated for all the wonderful things women can……….and so willing do for those they love.

Think about it…..

Interior Designers……Paid Profession!

Chef’s……Paid Profession!

Artist…Paid Profession (well sometimes)!

Financial Advisor….Paid Profession!

Painter….Paid Profession!

Nanny…Paid Profession!

Seamstress….Paid Profession!

Maid….Paid Profession!

………I could go on and on!

Yet somehow if a women does these for her family, she is “domestic” and all the views that come with that.

Even though I have worked outside the home for a lot of years, I take great joy in the things I do for my family.  And if someone does this for their home, shouldn’t they get the same respect that someone who would get paid to do it?

Well I for one take great joy in these jobs and am not afraid to say it…..

Domestic is not a four letter word

 

How about you? Do you think domestic is a negative or positive word?

P.S. – The 5 minute pumpkin is coming up in the next post.

P.S.S. – Did you know it’s FREE to get our updates to your email?  Just add your email address to the “Get Updates” section right under our picture on the right side.  You will NOT get any junk mail…just a notification that a new post is up!

 

 


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The Blog Hobnob

Welcome to the October Edition of the

New Linkup~

August Edition

 We were invited, by Kim at Made in a Day, to participate in The Blog Hobnob, formally known as my Blog Hop Social.

We are thrilled to be part of it!!!

Here are the guidelines. This Blog Hop is a Meet & Greet where you can connect and network with other bloggers in various genres! Link up below and check out other blogs, follow them on social media and leave a nice comment! Super easy to make new friends!

This is a monthly Link Up. It will start on the first day of the month and will stay open until the last day of the month. So stop back by and check out who’s new each week!

OCTOBER Hobnob Co-Hosts

Made in a Day~ {Host}

Facebook / Pinterest / Twitter / Google+ / Instagram

My Pinterventures {Co-Host} ~

Facebook / Twitter / Pinterest / Google+

The Doyle Dispatch {Co-Host} ~

Facebook / Pinterest / Twitter / Bloglovin

Our House, Now a Home {Co-Host} ~

Facebook / Pinterest / Twitter / Google+

My Silly Little Gang {Co-Host} ~

Facebook / Pinterest / Twitter / Google+

Krafts & Kiddos {Co-Host} ~

Facebook / Pinterest / Twitter / Google+

Salvage Sister & Mister {Co-Host} ~

Facebook / Pinterest / Twitter / Google+

Guess What?

We need a few Monthly Co-Hosts!

I’d love to share the Hobnobber Spotlight and of course, gush over you through Social Media throughout the month! XOXO

~email me for more info!

Here’s how to join the party:

Link up ONLY your HOMEPAGE

Do not link to a post. This is not a Post Linky Party.

{All other Links will be deleted}

Follow me and my Co-Hosts via Social Media and/or blog!

I always follow back!

Be Sweet and Share the party!

Tweet: The NEW October Blog Hobnob is open! I'm networking with great bloggers, are you? @madeinaday1 #bloghop

Want to host the party on your blog?

Then grab the code in link below~

get the InLinkz code

Add my party button, make a new post on your blog and share the party! Super

XOXO KIM

Share the Hobnob Love!~

Made in a Day

 



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The Aftermath of a BBQ Bash

 

Have you ever had a BBQ Burger Bash?

Recently our son’s school had one with all the fixins……

Ketchup, mustard, mayo, tomato slices, pickles, lettuce, and rings of onions.

Now you know all those goodies won’t be used up.  LEFTOVERPALOOZA

So what do you do with all those leftovers?  Cause you know throwing them away is not an option!

using up leftover BBQ fixings

We have some ideas for you………………..

  • Mix your ketchup and mayo for some fry sauce, here is a recipe
  • Your lettuce will go first, so use it up quickly.  You already have the makings for a basic salad with onions, tomatoes, and maybe a easy homemade Thousand Island Dressing
  • With your lettuce and tomato you can add some bacon for a BLT
  • Take those onion rings and make crispy onion ring appetizers
  • Pickles can be blended up for a homemade dill pickle relish
  • Usually the lettuce is in big pieces just ready to be used as lettuce cups
  • Tomato slices can be used for a caprese salad
  • Onions can also be caramelized, YUMMY! (recipe below)
  • Roast up the tomatoes and maybe some onions for a simple pasta sauce, just add a little garlic

Those are just a few of our ideas.  Now what would you make with any of these leftovers?

how to caramelize onions

Caramelized Onions

1) In a large skillet, add a tbsp of your choice of oil, on medium heat

2) Add your leftover onion rings in a large pile

3) As onions release their moisture they will reduce.  Stir frequently.  Once they start to brown add a bit of water, a little bit of sugar, and a pinch of salt.  Scrap up the bottom of the pan.  That’s your deliciousness.

4) Anytime the pans dry add a little water to it just to keep the onions from sticking to the pan and drying out.

4) Continue to stir and cook the onions until they are soft and caramel in color.

* This is a about a 30 minute process or so, so take your time.

onion graphic

BONUS TIP - Don’t forget to cut up those leftover buns, season them, and toast them up for some croutons.  Can’t use the bread right away, then cube them, label a bag, and freeze them.

 

 


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Our Miracle

Almost 19 years ago I sat in a doctor’s office confirming I was pregnant.  I received the packet of info, prenatal vitamins, and all the information we needed to begin this joyous journey..

The doctor then became concerned.

When he did an ultrasound, he couldn’t find the baby.  OUR BABY!

You could see the concern.

The nurse asked me to leave behind all the materials and started to explain they thought I would be  MISCARRING.

I was told all the things to expect in the next 48 hours.

They scheduled me for a more intense ultrasound just in case, but there wasn’t a lot of hope.

To say the emotions ran rampant during those hours would be an understatement.

It went from overjoyed to waiting for our baby to die in a matter of moments.

Then the waiting…………..

ANXIOUS WAITING!

When would we loose our baby?

48 hours is a long time!

But nothing happened.

At the appointment, for the more intense ultra-sound, a miracle happened….

…… they FOUND HIM!

Our miracle.

He was hiding.

Today that miracle is now 18.  A LEGAL ADULT!

isaiah

Where did the years go?

We are so blessed to have a son that not only has stealth abilities, but he is….

-Obedient

-Loves his family

-Honoring

-Caring

-Loves God

We could go on and one, but we really are so honored to be his parents.

He has taught us so much!!!!!

As most parents know, the unconditional love you have for your children is such amazing thing.    You want to help, protect, and do as much as you can for them.  Even more so when they are a miracle.

Now as he moves to adulthood we have to start letting him find even more of his own way.

It will be another journey, but we are thrilled for this ride of parenthood with him.

Happy Birthday to our “Future Engineer” …or whatever you want to do in life is good with us cause we love ya!

 


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After 20 Years, Here’s What We Know…….

Today is our 20th Wedding Anniversary!!!

Anyone else sing the Flinstones Anniversary song every time they hear about an Anniversary?…..

After 20 years of marriage, we could go on about all the tips and tricks we have used to stay married.

20 years of marriage is good, right?

Well, have you ever heard the old saying “The more you know, the less you know.”?

We don’t really have a step by step guide for you……sorry.

(But we would recommend The Dating Divas for wonderful ideas, tips, and guides.)

Here’s what we do know…

It’s not what you know, it’s who you know.

The biggest blessing in our marriage has been that we are coming from the same place in our faith.

  • Our faith brings us through what we think we can’t get past (I Peter 4:8)
  • Our faith helps us love when we feel we can’t love anymore (1 Cor 13:5)
  • Our faith is shared and binds us together (Ecc 4:12)
  • Our faith provides a road map (Jer 29:11)
  • Our faith challenges us to do better (I Cor 13:4, Heb 10:24)
  • Our faith helps us forgive (Eph 4:32)
  • Our faith provides encouragement (Hebrews 3:13)
  • Our faith helps keep egos in check (Eph 4:2-3)
  • Our faith gives us an example of true love (I John 3:16)
  • Our faith doesn’t promise fairytales (I Cor 7:27-28) but provides hope (Psalm 31:24)
  • Our faith warns us of harsh words (Prov 12:18)

Of course, there are lots of marriages that have gotten this far without a shared faith.  We don’t mean any disrespect, we just think our faith has been a HUGE factor is where we are at.

20 years of marriage

New Living Translation
As the Scriptures say, “If you want to boast, boast only about the LORD.”

So today we boast in the Lord and what he has given us.

 

 


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Blackberry Picking Tips and Frozen

Generally when you go blackberry picking you are anything but frozen!

Blackberry picking is pretty common place here in the PNW (Pacific Northwest) during the summer months.

They pretty much grow EVERYWHERE……

……even where you don’t want them to.

People have a love-hate relationship with these bushes.

YUMMY FRUIT    vs.  INVASIVE THORN BUSH

We lean more toward love but that’s just because we don’t have any on our property, as of yet.

But we do go out picking berries elsewhere.  And around here there are lots of places to choose from.

The Mister grew up in Oregon so he is very familiar with a yearly trip to pick some free food.

BLACKERRy picking in the pnw

If you are ever in a position to do go, we have some tips……

1) BRING WATER

Blackberry picking in these parts starts in late August (for the most part) and you will need plenty of water as it’s warm.

2) WEAR LONG PANTS AND LONG SHIRT

???????  Ahhhhh, you just said it’s warm out!

Yes, it’s warm but those bushes are beasts.  Wear light clothing but protect yourself through these bushes. And make it something you don’t care if it gets ruined.

3) DON’T GO JUST ANYWHERE

Some cities and individuals spray these bushes with toxic chemicals cause they grow so rampant.  Know where you are picking.  And if you don’t know the area well enough, ask the locals.  They will know where to pick and more importantly where not to!

4) PICK HIGH

These berries grow great by the rivers and people and animals tend to use the bathroom lower rather than higher.  SORRY!

picking blackberries high

But you don’t have to pick this high.  We just found some good berries that just couldn’t be left behind.

5) PULL A MICHAEL JACKSON

A one glove look can really be helpful.  With the gloved hand you can pull back a section of that thorny bush.  With the non-glove hand you can pick away.

6) GRAB LOTS OF CONTAINERS

A rinsed out milk jug with the top partially cut and the handle intake is a good move.  SALVAGED STYLE.  It’s a great reuse and it works well if you want to attach it to a belt for a hands free picking experience.

7) MAKE SURE THEY ARE READY TO PICK

This may seem like a no brainer but check around a few spots to see if the berries are ready to go.

8) GO BY THE WATER

(As stated above.)

Plants need water so it only stands to reason that they will be better there.

9) MAKE A DAY OF IT

It’s a great outing to do with your family and/or friends so why not grab a picnic and head on out?

But you may want to put a time limit cause once you get picking, it becomes addicting and it’s hard to leave.

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So are you wondering about being frozen yet?

Well when you get this bounty back home, you can only eat so many at one time right?

SO FREEZE………..

FLASH FREEZE

PRESERVING YOUR FRUIT BY FLASH FREEZING

PRESERVING YOUR FRUIT BY FLASH FREEZING

Wash all the berries and drain very well.

Remove any stems, thorns, or other goodies that you don’t want to eat.

Lay the berries out, in one layer, on a parchment lined cookie sheet…one that will fit in your freezer.

After the berries are FROZEN, grab a freezer bag and label/date it with what it is (yes, you may forget once it’s frozen).

Fill the bag with your individually frozen berries.

Now you are ready to make all sorts of berry desserts all year long.

P.S- You can do this with most fruits.

Is blackberry season over where you are?  Well don’t dismay, it will be there next year and now you are prepared.

 


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