Mom Tip: How to Drink More Water

Mom Tip: How to Drink More Water

Most of us could stand to drink more water throughout our day. Here are some tips to do just that!

– Start by determining how much water you need – keep track of how much water it takes throughout the day to make sure the color of your urine is somewhere between light yellow and clear.
– Keep your water cold – temperature preferences vary from person but more people are likely to drink water if its colder.
– Toss in flavorings
– Set timers or alerts to remind you
– Mark deadlines on your water bottle
– Use a straw
– Eat spicy food
– Find the perfect water bottle
– Sip before you’re thirsty
– Switch out the drinks that dehydrate you for water

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Mom Tip: How to make Powedered Sugar

Mom Tip: How to make Powedered Sugar

Did you know that powdered sugar (confectioner’s sugar) is just blended sugar? It’s true and it is that easy!

First you need a small, powerful blender. Something like a spice grinder, nutri bullet, vitamix or food processor.
Then add in the granulated sugar and cornflour (cornstarch). This is important to keep the sugar dry.
Next, blend it all together until fine, usually takes about 4-5 minutes. Stop and stir with a spatula to make sure it is all getting blended.
After a few minutes, run it through your fingers, if it feels gritty then keep blending. If you can’t get it to seem really fine, you might need a smaller/stronger blender.
Store in an airtight container!

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Mom Tip: How to Whiten Your White Sheets

Mom Tip: How to Whiten Your White Sheets

I found this great blog about how to whiten your white bed sheets without using bleach!
Here’s a quick recap of how:

Add about a half cup of baking soda to the drum of the washing machine and then add distilled white vinegar to the fabric softener dispenser.
Important to note: allowing vinegar and baking soda to combine in the process will render each of them no more useful than salt. Splitting them up, allows them each to work their magic without interference as the vinegar will get released later in the cycle.

Mom Tip: Coffee Grounds in Your Garden

Mom Tip: Coffee Grounds in Your Garden

A fun way to use coffee grounds in the flower garden is to experiment with the color of hydrangea flowers. It is common knowledge that sweet (alkaline) soil produces pink hydrangea flowers, while a bit of extra acidity gives you blue flowers.

If your plants happen to have pink flowers, feed them coffee grounds and check whether they show inclination for a color change.
As we mentioned earlier, the acidity of coffee grounds is variable, so you might end up with flowers in a range of colors that fall between pink and blue on the same plant.

Remember that it is not the pH of the soil alone that controls flower color, but the ability of the plant to absorb aluminum salts from the soil which is enhanced by soil acidity. So if your soil is deficient in aluminum, you may want to add some aluminum sulfate for blue flowers.

When you use coffee grounds in your garden, whether it is from your own use or from the coffee shops, you are turning this organic waste into plant food that your garden will love!

Read more about coffee grounds in your compost/garden here!

Mom Tip: Add This to Your Sink Once a Week

Mom Tip: Add This to Your Sink Once a Week

If you’ve ever had to call the plumber to help after your sink has backed up, you know how big of a paint that can be. The most common cause for that is not doing a good enough job at preventing cooking grease from going down the drain. Adding a squirt or two of dish soap into you kitchen sink drain will help keep your grease build up to a minimum. It will also keep your drain smelling good too!

Here’s what you should do:
1. Start with an empty sink. Remove and clean the sink strainer, if you have one. (If not, you should definitely get one!)
2. Next, use a scrub brush to clean off any food or gunk from around the drain where it often builds up. (Remember to never put your fingers down the drain with a disposal on it)
3. Then put a couple squirts of dish soap into the drain, wait 30 seconds for the soap to run down the drain, and follow it with hot water. Continue to use your brush to agitate any soap on top of the drain and in the bottom of the sink. Allow the hot water to run for about 60 seconds. It is okay if you see bubbles, allowing them to remain in the drain will increase the amount of time the degreasing soap spends on the sides of the pipe.

It is recommended to do this weekly, and anytime after you have a lot of dishes that might have contained greasy foods.

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