10 Aspirin Hacks

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Many people keep aspirin on hand for pain relief. Others may take one tablet a day to optimal health. You can get a bottle ofaspirin at the Dollar tree! Did you realize there are several other ways you could be using aspirin in your home?

 

Read on for 10 everyday uses for aspirin, and start benefiting from these pills even more!

 

  1. Remove Sweat Stains – You can save t-shirts and blouses by using aspirin as a stain remover. The medication contains salicylic acid, which will break down the compounds of a fresh stain. Crush three pills and mix with ½ cup warm water. Soak the stained area of your clothing in the water for 2 hours prior to washing the garment.

 

  1. Improve Your Plants – When watering your plants, drop 1-2 aspirin in the gallon of water you use. The aspirin  will help to kill and prevent fungi from growing on and around your plants. The same can be done for plants inside the home.

 

  1. Kickstart a Dead Car Battery – If you find yourself stranded on the side of the road due to a dead battery, drop a couple of tablets of aspirin inside the battery. This will allow your car to start one last time. Understand that the aspirin will completely kill your battery so make sure you can get it replaced immediately after using this trick.

 

  1. Eliminate little rust spots – It’s possible that shaving cream cans have left little rust rings in your shower. Remove these by wetting the surface and rubbing a crushed aspirin on the area. Let it sit a while before wiping up and then you can clean the tub with your regular cleaner.

 

  1. Keep Mold Away – Closets and other damp, dark areas are prone to mold. This is a very unpleasant experience, and may cause damage to your home. Put a few aspirin tablets on high shelves or somewhere away from children to alleviate the moisture that could cause a problem.

 

  1. Relieve your dandruff – To stop the itching and flaking, finely crush one aspirin tablet and add it to a dollop of shampoo before you wash your hair. Leave the mixture on your scalp for 2-3 extra minutes before rinsing. Avoid overdoing this – 1-2 times a week should be plenty to solve the problem without drying out your scalp.

 

  1. Remove warts – Making an aspirin paste and applying it daily can reduce or even eliminate a wart on your skin. Crush a tablet and add just enough water to make a thick paste that can be rubbed onto the blemish. Avoid using this technique on sensitive skin.

 

  1. Keep Flowers Fresh – When your honey brings home a bouquet of beautiful flowers, add an aspirin tablet to the water. This will keep the cut plants fresh for an extra few days, so you can enjoy their beauty longer. Bonus: This will help live Christmas trees last longer too!

 

  1. Alleviate Pain from Bites & Stings – Mosquito bites and bee stings can be difficult to prevent in the warm summer months. If you’ve had a run in with a pesky insect, treat the wound with aspirin to remove the pain and itching. Wet the skin and rub an aspirin over the affected area.

 

  1. Calm Sunburn – Similar to the wart removal trick, creating an aspirin paste will help to soothe sun-damaged skin and help it heal faster. Apply the paste (finely crushed aspirin and warm water) to the skin, testing a small spot first to ensure you do not have any sensitivity. This tip is recommended for adult use only, as it can irritate children’s skin easier.

 

 

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My Favorite Ways to Use Essential Oils

Essential Oils have many benefits. While I’m obviously not a doctor or able to make any health claims, the web is buzzing with SO much information, I just wanted to share some of my favorite ways to use Essential Oils with you.

My Favorite Ways to Use Essential Oils

Ways to Use Essential Oils

Asthma: cardamom, eucalyptus
Fighting infection: basil, cilantro, cinnamon bark, melissa (lemon balm), oregano, tea tree, thyme
Detoxifying: black pepper, clove, lime
Weight loss: grapefruit
Digestion: coriander, fennel (sweet), ginger, spearmint
Anxiety: wild orange, tangerine, lavender
Stress: bergamot, Roman chamomile, lavender, wild orange
Energy: lemon, wild orange, grapefruit
Cooking: basil, black pepper, cilantro, peppermint, tangerine
Cleaning: lemon oil, tea tree oil, cinnamon
Removing Odors: clove, cinnamon citrus, tea tree oil
Repelling Mosquitoes: lemongrass, citronella, eucalyptus, peppermint, tea tree oil
Increasing Spiritual Awareness: frankincense, lavender, sandalwood

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Have a Staycation In Savannah Georgia!

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Teeming with good ol’ Southern charm, Savannah, Georgia is a friendly, welcoming, and neighborly town that is nationally recognized for its rich history, culture, and delicious food. If you are native to the state of Georgia, there is a myriad of family friendly activities and destinations that are perfect for planning the ultimate staycation. Even if you are not a Georgia resident, the following venues will help you to arrange an unforgettable vacation.

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You can find Little Gracie at the Bonaventure Cemetery.  The story of Bonaventure Cemetery dates back to 1771! The Bonaventure Historical Society (BHS) offers free walking tours of Bonaventure Cemetery on the weekends featuring the second Sunday of each month. There is so much history in this cemetery.

The historic district in Savannah is rated one of the top attractions in this vibrant city. Original cobblestone streets, a plethora of shops and boutiques, trolley tours, and historic buildings are not only incredibly beautiful to see, but a perfect opportunity for educating your family about the development and historical past of this remarkable place. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes that will accommodate a significant amount of walking.

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Just a short 20-minute drive outside of the city, Tybee Island offers great beaches, fantastic fishing, and a prominent Marine Science Center which is perfect for entertaining people of all ages. Plan to spend at least half a day here as you’ll want plenty of time to soak up the sun before exploring the various venues on this neat, little island.

Venture to River Street to take in the delightful street performers and observe the extravagant yachts as that can be incredibly steep and dangerous for high heeled shoes and unstable toddlers.

Take in a show or two at one of the many theatres and performing arts venues in and around the Savannah area. You never know who you might run into while walking in Savannah. Channing Tatum, Zac Efron, Robert DeNiro, and Ben Affleck are just a few of the stars who have been spotted in the city of Savannah lately!

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Check out all that Mother Nature has to offer at the acclaimed Oatland Island Wildlife Center, and check out the exciting remnants at Old Fort Jackson, a restored 19th century fort that was established to protect this vital port city throughout many wars in the 1800’s. Have a flair for the Arts? Make sure to swing by the Telfair Museum, to see the Bird Girl statue, which was featured on the cover of the book Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. The Telfair Museum has monthly free family days, so check their website for dates. Here’s an idea: enjoy a few hours at the Telfair Museum and afterwards have a picnic in one of the beautiful squares downtown!

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Finally, you can’t visit Savannah, Georgia without taking in some of the distinctive flavors of down home southern cooking at a few of this city’s most popular restaurants. Mrs. Wilkes Boarding House, Spanky’s, The Crab Shack and head to Leopold’s Ice Cream, for dessert. Leopold’s has been serving up delicious ice cream since 1919! These are all family friendly venues that feature extraordinary food.

Considering all the Savannah, Georgia has to offer in terms of entertainment and fun, consider planning your staycation today!
A – D

Phoenix, Arizona — Saving For Someday
Fresno, California — Living A Frugal Life
Orange County, California — More With Less Today
San Diego, California — Southern Cali Saver
Denver, Colorado — Bargain Blessings
Washington, District of Columbia — Kidventurous

F – I

Disney World, Florida — The Happy Housewife
Jacksonville, Florida — Saving The Family Money
Orlando, Florida — Coupon Mamacita
St Augustine, Florida — Simply St. Augustine
Tallahasse, Florida — SwagGrabber
Tampa Bay, Florida — LaToyaEdwards.net
Atlanta, Georgia — Pretty Frugal Diva
Dahlonega, Georgia — Kathys Cluttered Mind
Savannah, Georgia — This Mommy Saves Money
Aurora/Chicago, Illinois — A Savings WOW!
Chicago, Illinois — Entertaining Chicago
Indianapolis, Indiana — Chaos Is Bliss

K – P

Lexington, Kentucky — Homeschool Village
Louisville, Kentucky — The Kennedy Adventures
Northern Kentucky, Kentucky — Simply Sherryl
Carroll County, Maryland — Looking at life CreativLEI
Boston, Massachusetts — Maven of Savin
Battle Creek, Michigan — Pichea Place
Grand Rapids, Michigan — Give Me Neither
Metro Detroit, Michigan — Saving Dollars and Sense
Kansas City Area, Missouri/Kansas — Redefined Mom
Omaha, Nebraska — Family Fun in Omaha
Central, New Jersey — Our Good Life
Cincinnati, Ohio — Adventure Mom
Cleveland, Ohio — Kosher on a Budget
Columbus, Ohio — Cleverly Simple
Dayton, Ohio — Savings Lifestyle
Mansfield & Richland County, Ohio — The Traveling Praters
Miami County, Ohio — Something 2 Offer
Northeast, Ohio — Sisters Shopping on a Shoestring
Portland, Oregon — Frugal Living NW
Harrisburg/Central, PA — Family Balance Sheet
Erie, Pennsylvania — Growing Kids Ministry
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania — Moms Need To Know
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania — The Coupon High

R – W

Arlington, Texas — Grocery Shop For FREE
Fort Worth, Texas — Coupons and Freebies Mom
Houston, Texas — Melissa’s Bargains
Katy, Texas — Moms Confession
San Antonio, Texas — How to Homeschool My Child
Tyler, Texas — iLoveMy5Kids
Charlottesville, Virgina — How to Have it All
Norfolk, Virgina — The Talking Suitcase
Richmond, Virgina — Vacation Maybe
Seattle, Washington — Thrifty NW Mom
Tacoma/South Puget Sound, Washington — Queen Bee Coupons
Oshkosh, Wisconsin — A Little Bit of This and That

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Ten Unusual Uses for Aspirin

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Many people keep aspirin on hand for pain relief. Others may take one tablet a day to optimal health. You can get a bottle of aspirin at the Dollar tree! Did you realize there are several other ways you could be using the medication in your home?

 

Read on for 10 everyday uses for aspirin, and start benefiting from these pills even more!

 

  1. Remove Sweat Stains – You can save t-shirts and blouses by using aspirin as a stain remover. The medication contains salicylic acid, which will break down the compounds of a fresh stain. Crush three pills and mix with ½ cup warm water. Soak the stained area of your clothing in the water for 2 hours prior to washing the garment.

 

  1. Improve Your Plants – When watering your plants, drop 1-2 aspirin in the gallon of water you use. The aspirin  will help to kill and prevent fungi from growing on and around your plants. The same can be done for plants inside the home.

 

  1. Kickstart a Dead Car Battery – If you find yourself stranded on the side of the road due to a dead battery, drop a couple of tablets of aspirin inside the battery. This will allow your car to start one last time. Understand that the aspirin will completely kill your battery so make sure you can get it replaced immediately after using this trick.

 

  1. Eliminate little rust spots – It’s possible that shaving cream cans have left little rust rings in your shower. Remove these by wetting the surface and rubbing a crushed aspirin on the area. Let it sit a while before wiping up and then you can clean the tub with your regular cleaner.

 

  1. Keep Mold Away – Closets and other damp, dark areas are prone to mold. This is a very unpleasant experience, and may cause damage to your home. Put a few aspirin tablets on high shelves or somewhere away from children to alleviate the moisture that could cause a problem.

 

  1. Relieve your dandruff – To stop the itching and flaking, finely crush one aspirin tablet and add it to a dollop of shampoo before you wash your hair. Leave the mixture on your scalp for 2-3 extra minutes before rinsing. Avoid overdoing this – 1-2 times a week should be plenty to solve the problem without drying out your scalp.

 

  1. Remove warts – Making an aspirin paste and applying it daily can reduce or even eliminate a wart on your skin. Crush a tablet and add just enough water to make a thick paste that can be rubbed onto the blemish. Avoid using this technique on sensitive skin.

 

  1. Keep Flowers Fresh – When your honey brings home a bouquet of beautiful flowers, add an aspirin tablet to the water. This will keep the cut plants fresh for an extra few days, so you can enjoy their beauty longer. Bonus: This will help live Christmas trees last longer too!

 

  1. Alleviate Pain from Bites & Stings – Mosquito bites and bee stings can be difficult to prevent in the warm summer months. If you’ve had a run in with a pesky insect, treat the wound with aspirin to remove the pain and itching. Wet the skin and rub an aspirin over the affected area.

 

  1. Calm Sunburn – Similar to the wart removal trick, creating an aspirin paste will help to soothe sun-damaged skin and help it heal faster. Apply the paste (finely crushed aspirin and warm water) to the skin, testing a small spot first to ensure you do not have any sensitivity. This tip is recommended for adult use only, as it can irritate children’s skin easier.

 

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Meanest Mom In The World

 I remember my mom having a poem on her fridge, when I was about 10 years old called “The Meanest Mom in the World.”  I am and will always be grateful that I had the Meanest Mom in the World. To all mothers out there, Happy Mother’s Day!

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The Meanest Mom in the World

“I had the meanest mother in the world.  While other kids had candy for breakfast, I had to eat cereal, eggs and toast.  While other kids had cakes and candy for lunch, I had a sandwich.  As you can guess, my dinner was different from other kids’ dinner, too.

My mother insisted on knowing where we were at all times.  You would think that we were on a chain gang or something.  She had to know who our friends were and what we were doing.

I am ashamed to admit it, but she actually had the nerve to break child labor laws.  She had us work.  We had to wash dishes, make the beds and learn how to cook.  That woman must have stayed awake at night thinking up things for us to do.

By the time we were teenagers, she was much wiser and our life became more unbearable. None of this tooting the car horn for us to come running; she embarrassed us to no end by insisting that our friends come to the door to get us.

I forgot to mention that most of our friends were allowed to date at the mature age of 12 or 13, but our old-fashioned mother refused to let us date until we were 16.  She really raised a bunch of squares.  None of us were ever arrested for shoplifting or busted for dope.  And whom do we have this to thank for this?  You’re right, our mean mother.

I am trying to raise my children to stand a little bit straighter and walk taller.  I am secretly tickled pink when they call me mean.  I thank God for giving me the meanest mother in the world.  Our country doesn’t need a good five cent cigar.  It needs more mothers like mine.”

-Author unknown

 

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