Wednesday Word to the Wise

(All You Magazine)

I have learned lots of cool little tidbits from All You Magazine. I’ve mentioned this relatively new magazine before, but I’m telling you, if you haven’t gotten a copy yet, if nothing else, you’re missing out on lots of good coupons.
I love the ice cream cone idea they shared this month (pictured above). Dip the cone in melted chocolate (white or dark), then roll in colored sprinkles for a festive cone for your Memorial Day picnic.

However, as I mentioned, it has lots of helpful tips in it. Here’s a great idea they share about the uses of baking soda!

What did we used to think baking soda was for? To sit in the back of the fridge? Read why it’s back where it belongs―in every room of the house!

1. To put out a grease fire, scatter baking soda over it by the handful to extinguish flames.

2. Clean the dishwasher and coffeemaker by running an empty cycle with baking soda.

3. Add ½ cup baking soda to your bath for an at-home spa treatment.

4. Polish jewelry with a paste made of water and baking soda. It’s safe on both silver and gold.

5. Scatter baking soda in the kitty box, then add litter on top to keep smells to a minimum. Or make a DIY litter, mixing a small box of baking soda with 3 inches of sandy clay.

6. For instant relief from bug bites, sunburn and poison ivy, mix baking soda with a little water and apply it directly to the sore.

7. Make a fluffier omelet by adding ½ teaspoon baking soda for every three eggs.

8. Pour in 1 cup baking soda followed by 1 cup hot vinegar to quickly unclog the kitchen drain.

9. Fight dandruff by tabling the shampoo for a few weeks and massaging your wet scalp with a handful of baking soda instead.

10. Gargle with baking soda, or use it as mouthwash.

11. Soak toothbrushes in a mixture of ¼ cup baking soda and ¼ cup water; let brushes stand overnight for a thorough cleaning.

12. Use a pinch in a gallon of freshly-brewed iced tea, to take out the bitterness and prevent cloudiness.

13. Use baking soda to brush your pets’ teeth. (Sorry, I am not brushing my cat’s teeth!)

14. Scatter baking soda on icy sidewalks―it’s not as corrosive as salt.

15. Discourage weeds by sprinkling baking soda into the cracks on your driveway and walkways.

16. Surround Fido’s food bowls with baking soda to keep pests away.

17. Mix a little baking soda into your conditioner and lather on your hair to keep it healthy and resistant to split ends.

18. Have heartburn? Create an antacid by mixing ½ teaspoon of baking soda with ½ cup of water.

19. To clean a toilet, add ¼ cup baking soda to the bowl, swirl, then scrub.

20. Exfoliate your skin with a paste of 3 parts baking soda to one part water. Apply gently with your fingertips in a circular motion, then rinse.

Love not sleep, lest thou come to poverty; open thine eyes, and thou shalt be satisfied with bread.

Proverbs 20:13

Here are a few more Memorial Day ideas:

Surprise your kids with this fun and festive shake! Put two scoops of ice cream and about 2 cups of milk into blender. Blend for about 30 seconds. Add a couple ice cubes and a few drops of blue food coloring and blend for another 30 seconds. You can add a little more coloring if you need to. Pour into tall clear glass. Add whipped cream to the top of the shake/glass. Add some festive sprinkles and top off with a cherry, and add a straw!! Also, for an added surprise, slip a “toothpick flag” into the straw for decorative purposes only, and slip a mini flag or red, white and blue coaster under the glass. Enjoy!

If you live where there is an Ingles grocery store, you can buy a carnation bunch for $2.50 this week. They have a red, white, and blue mixture. Buy a bunch, snip the stems then place them in something as simple as a canning jar. Pop in a small flag, then tie a red ribbon around the neck of the jar for a quick and festive centerpiece!

Use red bandannas for a table runner or cloth napkins at your picnic. They’re inexpensive and colorful.

A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver.

Proverbs 25:11

What good ideas do you have? Do you use baking soda for something other than the ways mentioned here? Do you have a great Memorial Day idea? I’d love to hear!
With love,

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