WMFW: Is that E-mail a Hoax or Real?

March 18, 2008 at 10:37 pm (Works For Me Wednesday)

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You know those emails you get about how Bill Gates will give you $1 for every person you forward the email to…or that Glade PlugIn Freshners can burn your house down…or the serial killer who tries to lure you outside by sounding like a crying baby?

Well 95% of them are totally hoaxes. Or they’re about 5 years old and the problem has been remedy.

So before you forward on that really interesting email, do EVERYONE a favor and go to snopes.com to check it out.

In the search box just type in a few key words like “glade fire hazard” and you’ll mostly likely find a verdict on the story you were sent. I’ve never had something not on snopes.

If someone sends me something that is a hoax (and inevitabley sent it to 30 other people), I usually reply back with a quick email that says “Hey, just wanted to let you know this isn’t really true. You can get more info at (and paste the exact Snopes URL). I always check stuff on snopes.com before I forward.”

Spread the word! Stop the hoaxes!

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WFMW: Reduce Credit Card Offers

March 11, 2008 at 8:54 pm (Works For Me Wednesday)

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I get greatly annoyed at the amount of junk mail we receive – especially credit card offers. They are especially a hassle because they should never just be thrown away but should be shredded. Some of them contain pre-approved offers that, in the wrong hands, will really screw up your life.

So I have to credit my MIL with this great tip that really does work. Open the envelope and find the application. In pen write “VOID. Remove from mailing list.” Now find the postage paid (it always is) envelope. Fold the application and all the other paperwork that came and put it in the envelope. I even fold up the original envelope and include it. Now mail it.

First, they have to pay the postage to get it back and second, they are now required by law to remove you from their mailing list.

Every time we move we kind of have to start this over but within a few months there is a dramatic drop in not just credit card offers, but other junk mail as well.

Head back to Shannon’s for more great WFMW ideas.

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WFMW: Using Up Old Bananas

February 19, 2008 at 9:01 pm (Works For Me Wednesday)

Wfmwheader_2I’m republishing my most popular WFMW – one that still gets people here via google….

I thought that everybody knew this trick but in talking with some
ladies lately I discovered that it just ain’t so, so here it is.

If you’re like me we often end up with one or two bananas in the
bunch that go bad before we eat them. Really once they starting turning
brown on the outside my kids refuse to eat them no matter what they
actually are like on the inside.

But overripe bananas are AWESOME for cooking. So take those old
bananas and toss them in the freezer for a later baking episode. There
are two ways two do this. First, you can throw them in a gallon Ziploc
bag still in the peel. Then when you’re baking something you can
usually pry out the number of bananas you need (you can always do a
quick partial defrost in the freezer if you can’t separate them).  Then
when they are thawed you split open the peel at the bottom and then
just kind of  squish out the banana.

If that seems a little gross to you then you can peel them before
you freeze and freeze them in quart size bags – usually 3-4 bananas to
a bag. At least that seems to be what my two favorite recipes call for.

As a bonus I’ll even give you the two favorite recipes:

Chocolate-Bottom Banana Squares – super yummy, not super sweet and don’t even have a strong banana flavor

Super Easy Banana Bread Recipe
1 c. sugar
1 1/2 c. baking mix (i.e. Bisquick or generic)
2 egg whites, gently beaten
3-4 mashed bananas
1/4 c. chopped nuts (optional).

Combine sugar and baking mix. Add egg whites and bananas. Stir. Ad nuts. Pour into greased loaf pan. Bake 1 hour at 325 degrees.

Back to Shannon’s for more ideas.

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WFMW – Backwards Day

October 2, 2007 at 8:32 pm (Works For Me Wednesday)

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It’s backwards day at WFMW so we’re supposed to ask for tips instead of give them.

So, anyone have tips on how to teach your 8 year old conflict resolution skills so he doesn’t end up spending his birthday in the principal’s office for hitting a kid? Anyone?

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WFMW – Best Carpet Spot Remover EVER!

September 25, 2007 at 6:56 pm (Works For Me Wednesday)

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I forget which friend it was who turned me on to this stuff, I think Michelle, but it is the best stuff ever. I have gotten dirt, blood, red juice, vomit and all manner of things out of the carpet with Folex Spot Remover.

I’m adding a picture of the bottle because it doesn’t have a catchy label or anything so you might miss it on the shelf. I am able to get it at my Wal-Mart. I’ve also seen it at Home Depot and their web site has a retailer locator if you need it. I believe it’s about $8 a bottle but I’ve had this bottle for about 2 years.

You squirt the spot real good, rub at it with your fingers, then blot it up with a rag.

Folex

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WFMW – Stop solicitors

September 18, 2007 at 9:06 pm (Works For Me Wednesday)

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The last two houses we have lived in have been in new developments. And somehow a new development seems to be a prime target for door-to-door solicitors – exterminators, water softeners, alarm systems – you name it, they come to sell it.

I actually had the same exterminator come to my door 3 times in one week. On the last visit when I opened the door with a very exasperated look he hesitated and said "Um, I’ve already been here haven’t I?" "YEAH!"

This is especially annoying if you have children who nap. Or if you nap (lucky duck!)

So off I went to Office Max and bought myself a $2 sign that says "No Soliciting". It’s stuck to the wall above my doorbell…and all is quiet. Every new house gets one.

Soliciting

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WFMW – Family Devotional Time

September 11, 2007 at 9:43 pm (Works For Me Wednesday)

Over a year ago we implemented a “Family Worship Time” at our house with our kids (nearly 8, nearly 5). It consists of reading a verse, short kid-friendly devotional, prayer and sometimes a song.

We had been having it on the couch in the family room after dinner. Needless to say there are difficulties trying to get the two kids to behave during this time – somehow they seem to get a second wind. What was supposed to be a time of reflection usually ended up as a time of frustration.

Until a few weeks ago I was thinking about our family devotional time we had growing up. It was always done right after dinner, at the table. No one could leave until it was done. Usually the first one finished eating would ask “May I read now?” and if most everyone seemed to be toward the end of their meal then we would go ahead and do the reading (usually a chapter of the Bible).

I adapted it a little – we cleared the plates and utensils distractions – and waited til everyone was done but BEFORE dessert (which, lest you think I fill my kids with cookies every night, usually consists of an Otter Pop).

It worked brilliantly. There was no hopping up and down on the couch cushions, no staring at all the toys that lay just out of reach, etc. Guess my parents did have some good ideas, huh?

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WFMW – Using Up Old Bananas

July 18, 2007 at 12:01 am (Works For Me Wednesday)

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I thought that everybody knew this trick but in talking with some ladies lately I discovered that it just ain’t so, so here it is.

If you’re like me we often end up with one or two bananas in the bunch that go bad before we eat them. Really once they starting turning brown on the outside my kids refuse to eat them no matter what they actually are like on the inside.

But overripe bananas are AWESOME for cooking. So take those old bananas and toss them in the freezer for a later baking episode. There are two ways two do this. First, you can throw them in a gallon Ziploc bag still in the peel. Then when you’re baking something you can usually pry out the number of bananas you need (you can always do a quick partial defrost in the freezer if you can’t separate them).  Then when they are thawed you split open the peel at the bottom and then just kind of  squish out the banana.

If that seems a little gross to you then you can peel them before you freeze and freeze them in quart size bags – usually 3-4 bananas to a bag. At least that seems to be what my two favorite recipes call for.

As a bonus I’ll even give you the two favorite recipes:

Chocolate-Bottom Banana Squares – super yummy, not super sweet and don’t even have a strong banana flavor

Super Easy Banana Bread Recipe
1 c. sugar
1 1/2 c. baking mix (i.e. Bisquick or generic)
2 egg whites, gently beaten
3-4 mashed bananas
1/4 c. chopped nuts (optional).

Combine sugar and baking mix. Add egg whites and bananas. Stir. Ad nuts. Pour into greased loaf pan. Bake 1 hour at 325 degrees.

Back to Shannon’s for more ideas.

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WFMW – Cold Bottled Water for Long Days

April 24, 2007 at 9:24 pm (Works For Me Wednesday)

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So the summer time is brutal in Phoenix and it will soon be here. Running errands can be especially tiring when you’re getting in and out of a hot car (which barely has time to cool down before you’re at the next stop).  If you leave a bottle of water in your car for more than about 30 minutes it will be hot enough to make tea with when you come out.

So in the summertime I try to keep several bottles of water frozen for errand running days. I will open them up and pour just  a small amount of the water out, then recap and freeze in the freezer. Pull them out right before you go. They melt as the morning goes by and will stay cool for at least awhile longer.  They don’t last all day but you can’t expect miracles can you???

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WFMW – Car Edition

April 3, 2007 at 9:14 pm (Works For Me Wednesday)

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It’s the car edition of Works for Me Wednesday! I had lots of ideas percolating in my head. Like how I carry a clipboard in the car (along with pencils and erasers) so if we have travel time my son can work on his homework.

Or that I finally learned to put a pair of scissors in the car. So when we’re at Wal-Mart and the child buys a toy with his/her hard-earned money when we get to the car I can break my way into the plastic wrapping I swear is designed specifically to try our patience. (And don’t even get me started on those twisty tie things!

But I think my best idea was these travel pillows that I made for the kids before we drove from Arizona to Arkansas right after Christmas. Both my kids are in high-back boosters that have those little "flaps" that come out, supposedly so they can rest their head on them. Well, after numerous trips to CA and listening to my kids moan about how they couldn’t get comfortable I knew I had to figure out something before the 38 hour (round trip) car ride.

I looked online and found a few travel pillows but none designed for use w/ those kind of seats. So I went to the fabric store and found some fleece remnants that were probably $3 total. And I made these:

Travelpillow

It’s about 4′ long, 12" wide and it’s stuffed fairly loosely so that the kids can bend it all around. It can go around their head or any which way they can put it.

More ideas at Shannon’s.

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