Go Generic on Napkins

Creative Converting Paper Napkins, 3-Ply Dinner Size, Citrus Green Color, 25-Count Packages (Pack of 5)Today's Tip!

"Save money by using store brand napkins.
All you're paying for is the brand name and the pretty print on the napkins. Store brands work just as well."

Thanks to WalletPop, for the great tip!

This Makeup Remover Really Works!

Revlon New Makeup Eraser Pen (2 Pack)

Hello HouseHold Tippers!

Today, a tip for the ladies:
Have you ever done a little smear of mascara or eyeliner while you're putting on your makeup?
I have.

I saw this Revlon New Makeup Eraser Pen and thought I'd give it a try-

It's Fabulous!  Just touch it on a little smear of makeup and it's gone!

The great thing about this - is that it's a pen; you can wipe off a little spot of makeup without redoing your your face,
and it's fast, and inexpensive, and easy!

Just what I like!

It's GiveAway Time on HouseHold Tips Blog!!

YeY!  A Giveaway!
CSN Stores loves HouseHold Tips Blog and helping people enjoy their homes!!
SO, they are sponsoring this giveaway!
One lucky reader will win a $40 gift certificate good at any of their stores.  They have 200+ online stores that sell just about anything you could want or need.  They have everything from dining room furniture to the plates to go on it.  They sell a ton of cool stuff for under $40 too!

~Like this awesome railroad panoramic scene!

or mugs-

Visit CSN Stores to see all the ways you could spend that $40 gift certificate.

Rules:  This giveaway is ONLY open to US and Canadian readers.

I will choose a winner with Random.org.

* To enter you must be or become a follower of me on Twitter (just click here  or on the button in my right sidebar) and leave a comment on this post.

* For an additional entry...that means your name will go into the pot twice...blog about this giveaway!  You must leave a second comment with the link to the post you made about the giveaway.

Entries will be accepted until noon EST on Thursday, July 22, 2010.  The winner will be announced on July 23rd.  Please keep in mind that shipping charges may apply, when you are choosing your prize.

Good luck!

And Happy HouseHolds!

Don't Go Discount on these 2 HouseHold Items

Glad ForceFlex Tall Kitchen Bags, 13 Gallon (120 Bags)

Hello HouseHold Tippers!

I've told you before in my post about going discount on blenders,
not to do it.  I learned it the hard way- so you don't have to :)

Now for a couple of little tips about what not to go discount on-
in your house.

1.  Toilet Paper - this is pretty self-explanatory.

2.  Kitchen Garbage Bags - don't be lulled into discount garbage bags, they really aren't as good or strong and they will break.  Pay the little extra for sturdy bags- they'll hold more and won't tear!

Happy HouseHolds!

Get Organized- It's Sale Time!

The Container Store Gift CardHello HouseHold Tippers!

I'm passing on information today- about a SALE!

First of all, The Container Store, did not pay me or ask me in
any way to pass on this information, I got their sale catalogue in the mail
And I do love the Container Store, because I love being organized and they help me to be organized.

And they are having their 'Happy Organized Home Sale' right now.

It's also a great time to shop for Dorm Rooms!

And now through August 1st, there will be FREE demonstrations on organizing your home on Saturdays and Sundays at 2pm and 4 pm at Container Stores.  They will be giving away a $25 Store More Card at each demonstration!  Click on this Container Store Locator Link to check about specifics on your local store!

Get Your Deal Of the Day, from Juice in The City

Howdy HouseHold Tippers!
I want to let you in on a new program for you and your 'HouseHold'.
Welcome To Juice in The City Deals!
Every Day you will see the Juice in the City Deal to the right,
simply click on it to like it and to take advantage of the deal!
When enough people like it, it then offers a discount or coupon to that establishment!
I’m a Founding Member of the DC Juice in the City! But wherever you are, you will see a deal for your closest city.
As this online community grows you will see instead of ‘like it’ change to just a coupon under the deal for you and your family, so just click on it now!
Again, DC has just launched so click on ‘Like It’,
but, for example, the San Fran Bay Area has been up and running for a month or so, so if you’re tuning in from the San Fran area, you’re seeing a discount off some activity there! Get it?
Cities are now been added all over the country and will be changing from ‘Like It’ to strictly discounts for you and your family!
So again, whenever you like a deal, please click on it to insure that a discount will next be offered from this establishment, or if you simply see a discount to print out- do it!
It’s that simple :)

Is Your Eye Stinging? How to stop it now!

I love when people give me HouseHold Tips to share!
So when the Fabulous Miss S, and she is
Fabulous :)

shared a real-life tip she discovered, in a hurry-
I wanted to share it here- ASAP!

~ She was making HOMEMADE (and she has 2 small children... fabulous) BBQ sauce and measured out some cayenne pepper.  She then accidentally wiped her face
(not so fabulous) and got it on her eye lid.  
She then starting shrieking, 'Ouch!  Holy burning eye!' and wiped her eye with a wet paper towel and it got worse (again, not so fabulous)! 
What to do?  
She took a fresh cucumber and cut off a slice -- placed in on her eye, all spa-like for a few minutes ..... 
And the Burn was gone!  ... And She look refreshed!  

Fabulous :)

How To Keep Toilets Clean

Vanish Drop-InsHello HouseHold Tippers!

Today a nice, easy tip to help you keep your toilets clean!

I've been trying new cleaning tools
from time to time to share on this blog.  My latest, successful, discovery?
Vanish Drop-Ins (or the generic).

Simply put 1 of these in your toilet tank (drop it in- get it? :), wait 10 minutes before you flush your toilet, and that's it.  It will clean your toilet every time you flush!

My advice- you don't need these in every single toilet, put 1 of these in your toilet with the most traffic.  I put it in my half-bath right off the living room.  They are inexpensive, easy and add cleanliness to your bathroom... what's not to love?!

PooF!  That Was Easy!

Hebrews 12: 1

"But this is what I want to say -- look up, right now. Take your eyes off this page and look up. Miss James, I think, will be right near you. She will give you this letter and, from what I know, will wait for you to read it. She will wait. She will keep watch. And others too. You are not alone. We are all around you, dead and living. Look up ---" (Will Fitch to Emma upon his Death in The Postmistress)

"Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us...."

The Sweetening Dark....

This is a phrase from my current read - The Postmistress by Sarah Blake - that I absoloutley love!

... the sweetening dark.... talking about that time of day when dusk is falling, the light is somehow sweet and soft, crickets sing, fireflys begin to come out and the breeze is soft and sweet upon your cheek! For me it brings to mind memories of summer nights in Arkansas running barefoot through the grass playing tag or with a jar ready for lightning bugs to make a nightlight;Family on the porch swing, the smell of Prince Albert tobacco, soft talking, laughter and a whipoorwills call...

What a marvelous gift God has given us in language and it's ability to evoke images and memories for us .... perhaps that's why He is a man of the book as well?

ps... lightning bugs don't live in AZ so they've always been magical to me and I LOVE that they live in KS! (Even if they are ugly little suckers in the light of day but I guess that's another post...)

Love Gifts....!

Rilla the birdkiller! Ok so let me explain a bit ....

Our Westie apparently has an inborn taste for birds! She's now killed at least three of them and one was a full grown blue jay she snatched half out of the air! Yes those hunting instincts run deep folks! So yesterday was our latest "hunt" I let the dogs out to do their business and Rilla likes to linger so I left the door open and was perusing music for our 4th of July Concert (I'm a member of the Abilene Municipal Band) when I noticed Rilla was inside, happened to look down at the floor and there is a lovely dead bird right by my feet (thankfully fully intact!) AAH! So I told her I know she loves me but I really don't like her gifts!

How many times do we tell this to our spouse, kiddos, friends or even God? ouch!! When hubby shows me love by keeping the car running, helping around the house,etc do I thank him or feel slighted because it's not my love language? Now I am in no way knocking that series of books as I do beleive it's important to know what makes others feel most loved and try to meet that need for them (mine is gifts--- just not the dead bird kind! and quality time by the way two things hubby isn't the greatest at!), however it occurs to me that often we squelch others desire to show love for us because their "gifts" to us may not be what we would consider lovely, appropriate or even practical! The fact I long for hubby to leave sweet notes in the house, write letters when he's deployed, bring small creative things that don't cost much or hey if we have money something that costs much :); take the time to set up a weekend away without me having to make reservations, babysitters etc would make me feel deeply loved and appreciated and that he isn't great at that doesn't negate the fact he loves me!

Just as Rilla lovingly laid her precious bird at my feet with a wag of the tail and happy eyes (promptly pitched over the back fence!)hoping I would understand that she loves me, I need to be willing to see the love of others even when it's not obvious!
And most of all of the Lord even or maybe especially when He seems far away, deaf, slow or uncaring! Asking Him to open my eyes....

How To Wash Stuffed Animals Safely!

Disney Winnie the Pooh Plush Toy - 13''There he is, Good Ol' Winnie the Pooh!

My son LOVES his Pooh, and has slept with
PoohBear every night since he could grasp a
stuffed animal with his hands.

There have been times, poor Pooh has been covered with food,
and... vomit.

I learned the hard way - HOW TO WASH STUFFED ANIMALS.

And I'm sharing today with you.

1.  Do not do what I did the 1st time and simply throw the stuffed animal in the washer, and then the dryer.  The stuffed animal will lose some 'fur' and after the dryer, will smell burnt and be singed (We had to throw that Pooh out and run to the store and get an exact replica, luckily, my son was too young to notice- at the time).

So, How do you clean/wash stuffed animals safely?

1.  Put the stuffed animal in a pillow case.

2.  Close the pillow case with a rubber band.

3.  Put it in in the washer, run it.

4.  Put it (still in the pillow case) in the dryer.

It will come out looking like new :)

I've done this, I know it works!

Sweet Dreams!