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Welcome March!!

Some salt tips-

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7 Surprising Household Uses for Salt

  1. Cleaning tarnished silverware by rubbing the tarnish with salt before washing.
  2. Remove stains from copper pans by adding salt and scouring with a cloth soaked in vinegar.
  3. To prevent browning of apples, pears and potatoes, add them (peeled) to cold, lightly salted water.
  4. Want crispy french fries? Soak potatoes in salt water for at least 1 hour before preparing them for frying (or baking).
  5. Clean a greasy iron pan but adding a bit of salt to it, and then wiping with a paper towel.
  6. Clean stained coffee cups by rubbing with salt and a bit of water before washing.
  7. Toss salt (never water!) on a grease fire and it will smother the flames.
  8. Remove lipstick marks from drinking glasses by rubbing the edges with salt.
  9. Clean sink drains by pouring a strong salt brine down the drain regularly. This will help to eliminate odors and keep grease from building up.
  10. Eggs boiled in salted water peel much more easily than without salt.
  11. Place an egg in a cup of water and 2 teaspoons of salt. A fresh egg will sinks and a bad egg will float.
  12. Clean cutting boards by washing with soap and water and then rubbing them with salt.
  13. Soak enamel pans in salt water overnight, then boil salt water in the morning toremove burned-on stains.
  14. Want shinier brass? Mix equal parts salt, flour and vinegar to make a paste. Rub paste on your brass items, leave for an hour, then clean with a soft cloth. Finally, buff with a dry cloth.
  15. To clean and prevent yellowing on your wicker furniture, scrub with a stiff brush, moistened with warm saltwater. Air dry (in the sun is best).
  16. Reduce eye puffiness by mixing one teaspoon of salt in a pint of very warm (but not boiling) water, and applying pads soaked in the solution to eyes.
  17. Soak aching feet in warm water and a 1/4-1/2 cup of salt until the water is cool. Rinse feet thoroughly.
  18. Extend the life of your broom by first soaking in hot saltwater before it is first used.
  19. Remove wine stains from a tablecloth or carpet by blotting up as much as possible and then immediately covering the wine with salt. The salt will then absorb the rest of the wine. Rinse in cold water (if the stain is on a tablecloth) or vacuum up the salt (if the stain is on carpet).
  20. White rings left on tables from wet or hot dishes can be removed by rubbing a paste of olive oil and salt on the spot with your fingers, letting it sit for one house, then wiping it off.
  21. Want to make your linens or cotton clothing whiter? Boil the items for one hour in a salt and baking soda solution. Rinse in cold water and wash as normal.
  22. Remove mildew by moistening spot with a mixture of lemon juice and salt, then lay item out in the sun for bleaching. Rinse and wash as normal.
  23. Sprinkle rock salt on sidewalks and driveways to keep snow and ice from bonding to the pavement and allow for easy snow removal.
  24. Have a sore throat or a pesky canker sore? Gargle with salt water! Dissolve two teaspoons of salt in 1/4 cup of warm water and swish it around in your mouth for 30 seconds (gargling if you have a sore throat).
  25. If stung by a bee, immediately wet the spot and cover with salt to relieve the pain.
  26. Keeping flowers fresh longer by mixing a tablespoon of salt into the water of a vase of fresh flowers.
  27. Help remove odours in your gym shoes by sprinkling a little salt in them to absorb the moisture.
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Don’t Worry

Matthew 6:25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes?

Stop Worrying and Start living.

Worrying is one of the most destructive of all human habits  because it decreases your effectiveness on other areas.

Mark Twain said :” I am an old man and have known get many troubles, but most of hem have never happened.”

Worrying is totally passive. It accomplishes nothing. Worrying can keep you from living your life the way God intended it.

Oswald Chambers  wrote: “It is not only wrong to worry, it is unbelief, worrying means we do not belief that God can look after the practical details of our lives, and is never anything but those details hat worry  us.”

Clearly the antidote to worrying is trusting God to take care of the small stuff of your life. Invite Him to get involved in the details of your life.

1 Peter 5:7New International Version (NIV)

Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.

*Live longer by worrying less

*When you’re feeling overwhelmed, remember to take things one day at a  time.

*Anxiety is short-lived if we give it to God.

*Don’t worry as much about where you are as where you are going.

*Worry is a choice.

*Instead of worrying bout what you can’t do, think about what God can do for you.

*The best way to stop worrying is to start praying.

*Prayer changes things, worry changes nothing.

Give it to God and have a blessed day!

Melanie

 

 

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Happy New Years

Today was the first day of the New Year well spent at the house of God. How we were challenged with”the most productive day of your life. ” Samson did more in his death than he did all through his life.

If we die out to God’s will for our life how productive will we be?

What does He have in store for us in 2017?

How productive will you be? Will you just be busy or will you be productive?

God bless and Happy New Year !!

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Scatter Joy -Part 4 Merry Christmas 2016

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JOY Happiness isn’t that what it is supposed to be about. Here are some ways you can share joy.

Everyone can use a little JOY along the journey!

No matter what season you find yourself in, you can be effective.

Right where you are! Joy is contagious, be a carrier!

1.The journey of Separation is difficult. Send a card to someone who had a loved one pass way in the last four to five months. Let them know you are thinking of them as they are on this new journey without their loved one. I t helps to know that someone remembered, as well as someone recognized their loss.

2. Others Matter of the Heart

Focus on others today! Do things for as many people as you can. I believe that if you take the time to plan this out you could make a difference for twenty to thirty people in one day. Try it and see how it goes. I mean, really, how horrible would it be to only make a difference for eighteen people instead of thirty?

3. Listing the little things

Start jotting down the million blessings that come your way, your favorite things and the little things that make your life big. Who knows, you may remind soemone of many little things in their life that are really huge.

4. Let them eat cake

Make a cake for no reason! Enjoy the sweet treat with your family. the good thing about baking is birthdays, anniversaries, and such are not required. cake is always a wonderful treat for anyone, any time of year.

5. Shhhh, No Telling

Pick someone and be their secret pal for  a week. You can choose someone close by or someone you don’t know well. Plan ahead, get the address and send someone something every day.Don’t sign it do it.

4. Let me count the ways

Tell hose that you love, you love them. Seriously. Go on, I’ll wait. you can never ever, ever, do this enough. We are not promised tomorrow. We are not  promised the next breath. This is one act of joy that you should not be stingy. Express your love and appreciate often.

All that being said and still thinking of the Christmas season. I have been reading a book- God is in  the small stuff . Today I read this section about contentment. If only people would take this to heart as there are some many discontent and unhappy people especially at Christmas.

Here are some things it said about contentment.

Contentment is good for the soul.

Like so many words , we’ve lost the meaning of contentment.Contentment is a peace of mind. Contentment is happiness. The person who is content has little or no stress.

Striving,consuming and accumulating will never bring happiness.

Don’t equate contentment with being lowly or meek. There is tremendous power in contentment, because when you are content with what you have, you are free. You are free from pretense, free from concern over having it all now.

Don’t aquire everything you want.

If you can’t get to sleep at night, check your pillow, if you can’t get to sleep two nights, check your mattress, if you can’t get to sleep three nights, check your conscience.

Enjoy happiness, treasure joy.

The best time to relax is when you are too busy.

What will you change this year to bring contentment.

Jesus is the ULTIMATE answer.

Merry Christmas!

Be content, Be joyful. Enjoy the season, family and make memories. Take time for the things that really matter.

Blessings

The striving mother