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Remove Gum With Coconut Oil!!!

11 Jul

remove gumI had to share this!!!  My daughter got a LOT of gum stuck in her hair.  And she tried to get it out herself without telling me, so you can imagine what a mess it was.  I wished that I had a picture because it was bad.  Coconut oil has become my “cure all” over the past year and I thought it might work better than peanut butter or butter.  I was right!  I wish you could see how bad it was because I got it out in less than two minutes…maybe closer to one.  No tears, no lost hair.  It was awesome.

Lucky for me, I got to test my theory again on the carpet (rug).  Here it is after I pulled up as much gum as I could without anything.

remove gum with coconut oil

I just put some coconut oil on the gum.I used my nails to pull up the gum.

remove gum with coconut oil

I wiped some of it with a wipe up and used a little more oil.

remove gum with coconut oil

Then I used a little bit of Dawn soap and water to get the oil up.  Look how perfect it worked!

remove gum with coconut oil

It was about two minutes!!  Hope you find this tip useful.  I thought it genius (If I may say so myself)!

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Plastic Apple Containers and Lego

22 Aug

This is an old pic, but I still love this idea.  I remember when Costco first starting packing their apples in these large plastic containers.  I knew it was usable, but storing these would be a pain.  I was very glad when I started finding handy ways to use this.  Anyway, I use this for mixing paint when the kids are painting, but I came across this pic tonight.These little compartments were perfect for a lego project my son was working on.  It made finding the pieces he needed a lot easier.  And, when he took a break, he stored the parts that were completed in the center and we put the container on a shelf…safe from the then crawling person.  I’m thinking up some great games for toddlers with this thing.  What can you come up with?

Chocolate Covered Macadamia Nuts & Picky Eaters

13 Aug

Remember when I talked about my picky eater?  Well, I’ve found another thing that seems to work.
This is packaging from the boxes of Hawaiian Host chocolate covered macadamia nuts.  It’s a good thing I was able to make sure all the chocolate was eaten so that we could use these containers!!!Please pardon the crappy iPhone pics.

Tip – Take A Picture, Make it Snappy!

14 Jul

Maybe laziness is what started me on this.  It could have been lack of patience in waiting for a scanner to scan stuff.  Either way, this is one of my most useful tips.  Take a picture of it!  Then store them in a “documents” folder.

Instead of scanning things or writing notes down, just take a picture.  This is of course most convenient if you have a camera phone.  And even more so if you have a smart phone, where you can sync your pics to your computer or email them to yourself.  I take pics of EVERYTHING.  I very rarely scan things anymore.  I can’t understand why scanning technology is still SLOW!  Taking pics of documents and other things has saved me lots of time, money and in some cases, saved my butt!  I just keep a file on my computer called, “documents.”

Here are things that I’ve taken pictures of: Checks I’ve received and needed to keep a record of, contracts, damages to items, receipts that I refer to (most receipts have reference numbers on them that the store can use and often times they fade even if you are organized enough to keep track of it), notes I’ve written on napkins while sitting in the car…often with contact information, warranty info, Travel confirmation letters (so you don’t have to carry around the documents), suspicious cars in the neighborhood, letters with time-sensitive deadlines, a cashier’s check I had to send in the mail, mail labels with tracking numbers on them, my kids’ class lists attached to their classroom door before school starts, business cards and lots of other things.

The following is just a picture list of some things I take pics of…

When our home flooded, we stayed for a few weeks at a vacation rental.  I was in LOVE with the furniture.  I had a hunch it was Costco.  Before we left, I took pics of all the labels.  This was especially handy since I couldn’t actually move the furniture to see it and write it down.  But skinny iPhone got back there and snapped a pic!  The best part of this story, a few months later, Costco brought in furniture pieces from this exact company and almost identical.  I bought two of them!  If you’re a big fan of Costco furniture, you know you have to buy it fast before it runs out.


When we remodeled our home after the flood, this was my inspiration kitchen pic that I kept on my phone.  I used it constantly as a reference and didn’t have to carry around a magazine cut out wherever I went.  It would have been lost after the first day anyway.Sitting in a book store looking for kitchen inspiration and ideas, I snapped a pic of this page.  (Hope that was legal!)

I took this pic so that I could go home and read reviews on this product.  I also used it to call the other Costco stores to see if they had the color I wanted.   They ended up not having what I wanted and it saved me a few trips to various Costco stores.  Can you tell I drink a little too much Costco?This is handy when giving the hubby the task of picking something up.  It’s a picture of the advertisement, price and item number.  No excuses for getting it wrong!

Business cards!I needed to explain our windows to a variety of window vendors.  Trying to explain this without drawing it out would have taken a very long time.  I drew it up, snapped a pic and emailed it to all the potential vendors for a quote.
This was very useful when explaining to the hubby the cost of new cabinets and showing him a visual of the great deal we would be getting!  This was one of those…the more you spend, the more you save.  When you’re crunching numbers and adding and subtracting items, it’s hard to remember the promotions when they are on a tiered system.  It’s like playing those brain puzzles.  You make a move thinking it will help you, but it just messes you up in the other direction.  By having the exact promotion that the sales guy had (that’s not posted), I was able to figure out what we would spend that would give us the most savings.  We saved over $10,000!
I’m not that great at locating things when I need them.  I needed a paint color match.  I snapped a pic of the formula the hardware store used so that I’d always have it even long after that little jar of paint disappeared into the black hole of my closet.

I really wanted this door, but it was on clearance, so I wanted to check it online to make sure there wasn’t something wrong with it.  It was a great door.  Too bad for me, they were out 😦Ever been frantic the night before your kids’ sporting event.  “Do I have snacks this week?!!!”  This kept the frantic-ness to a minimum.  I only got frantic when I realized I had to make it to the store and back and prepare the snacks before the game.  In theory, this is supposed make it so that doesn’t happen.  And, if you’re not good about plugging all the game times into your calendar, this is handy to have.This was an awesome bookshelf find.  I needed to check the dimensions at home to make sure it would fit.  Did someone say, “Costco?”

Here, this box arrived damaged.  I snapped this pic before opening it in case the contents inside were damaged.  Thankfully, everything arrived safe and sound.
I took this pic of my computer screen.  I needed to find out if the store had the same model in a bigger size.  I was able to get the bigger size and the sales girl at Lowes even “price matched” the online promotion and saved me $300!

I took my grandma to this noodle factory.  I snapped this picture of their prices for future reference.  I’ve done this with take-out menus too.And finally, just be warned, if you get good at this, one day, you may have to do this.

Melting Chocolate Or Candle Wax With EASY CLEAN UP

1 Jul

I remember melting chocolate as a kid.  My mom had all these molds that we’d pour the chocolate in to.  Popping the chocolate out of the molds was so fun because it always looked much better than you expected.

My sister, the baker is a pro at melting chocolate.  I don’t actually watch her do it much, but I can tell from the chocolate covered strawberries that come from her kitchen.  Seemed easy enough…just get the smaller steel pot over the bigger pot of boiling water.  It wasn’t too bad.  The chocolate melted fine and I made a ton of yummy chocolate covered almonds.  It seemed so economical!  Of course, being the Chinese girl that I am, I did the math and realized that it was much cheaper than buying the almond clusters (which have gone WAY up in price by the way!) from Costco.  All was well.  I was very pleased with myself.  Until I had to clean the smaller pot.  The one with the chocolate.  Yikes!  What a stinkin’ pain in the butt that was!  I almost just tossed the pot.

Well, my tip for today is the solution to my messy problem.  Use a washed out tuna (wash it out really good so it doesn’t smell fishy!) can in place of the smaller pot.  When finished, just toss it!  If you happen to buy canned chicken, it’s actually a bigger can making it easier to keep water out of the chocolate.  Use tongs to remove the pot from the boiling water.

Here’s a pic of me doing it.  The little people who live with me interfered in such a way that I wasn’t able to take a “finished” picture.  Just imagine a chocolate lined chicken can floating about an inch away from my hand as I’m tossing it into the trash.  Make candles this way too!  Add a few drops of scented oils to scent them.

**By the way…I do not recommend using chocolate chips.  Use real melting chocolate.  It melts much better.

Tilex on your clothes?

30 Jun


Tilex gets it white!  I’ve just never had good luck with bleach.  It seems when I let things soak in bleach, not much happens.  One day I was cleaning my sink.  I sprayed Tilex.  Apparently, I leaned up against the counter because I had a solid white line on my navy blue t-shirt.  So, I thought…if it took the ink out of that shirt that fast, why not try it on something else.  Thankfully, in my home, it didn’t take long before I had something to work with.  I took my daughter’s t-shirt.  She just had a smoothy (her shirt got some too) with mixed berries, so it was dark purple.  It was all over her.  Her t-shirt was a light yellow and not white.  I figured a lighter yellow was better than berries, so I shot away with the Tilex.  Instantly…within seconds, the color of the stains faded.  I don’t know about you, but my bleach never did that for me!  So…I started going to the Tilex for LOTS of other things.  It gets mildew (you know the ugly gray spots…if you live in Hawai’i, you know what I’m talking about) really fast!

And just to prove it…here we go.  This is a 100% cotton fabric.  Left to right, Teriyaki Sauce, Prego and Orange Juice concentrate (the frozen can).

To be fair, I did wash it before spraying so that you can see where the difference lies.  I didn’t let it dry.  If you are working with a dry piece of fabric, the results seem to come quicker.  I guess because it’s not watered down.  This is after the wash.

After 15 seconds.

One Minute.


Two minutes

And finally, after three minutes and a quick rinse.  Isn’t this great?!  It gets me every time.

Some things you should know if using Tilex on your clothes:

-Always use a test area first…if it’s strong enough to change colors before your eyes, I’m sure it could destroy a garment if not careful.

-Don’t spray too close or your “tilex stain” will be obvious.  At least 10″ away when you spray.  I’ve sprayed an entire garment a few times just to “even it out.”

-Works best on white, but multi-colored clothing with white in it or light/pastel shades do okay too.

-Screen printed shirts or shirts with embellishments do great.  The Tilex doesn’t bother the printing and the embellishments are usually pretty resistant because of the materials used.

-Do not let it sit like you would bleach.  Again…this stuff is strong, so as soon as I see the stain clear up, I rinse it with water.

-Sometimes it takes more than once.

-You can use it on clothing that’s already been washed and dried (old stains).

It’s not perfect on everything, but it has done a few miracle fixes for me that make it worth while.

It’s definitely NOT organic…and it’s full of chemicals!  So keep that in mind when deciding what’s best for your family 🙂