As a mother of six six and under living in an extremely rural area, I’ve learned a few things along the way to make life easier. It’s very hard to live in a rural area about 100 miles from real stores and real doctors. It’s very hard to have six six and under. Combining them is disastrous. I’ve learned a lot to make it easier. I will try to share a little tip or hack every Wednesday. On Works-for-Me-Wednesdays, I hope to give you a brief tip that might help you on your journey.
Works-for-Me-Wednesday, 9/30/15- Attach small clothing items to each other whenever possible.
Eight people live in my house. Since all eight of us wear clothes, we have a lot of laundry. I have tried to simplify my huge mountains of laundry wherever I can. I try to attach small items together. Attaching things together keeps baby outfit pieces from getting lost and separated, with all the pieces never to be seen in the same spot again until baby is in the next size.(Ask me how I know.) Unless the clothes are very stained, attaching them for the wash cycle will still get them clean. They will take a little longer to dry and may have to be repositioned, but for me it’s worth it so they don’t get lost. I even keep the outfit pieces attached when they are stored in the closet so they don’t separate again. This also makes it easier for husbands or grandparents to know what pieces go together. For example, if there is an overall strap, I loop it through the sleeve of the shirt so that both the overalls and short stay together. I also frequently use snaps on baby undershirts or baby pants to loop the outfit pieces together. Attaching small clothing items together works for me!
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A few years ago some enterprising Hugo residents opened up a wonderful new restaurant in the town of Hugo. Called the Turkey Crossing Cafe, the restaurant was “on the strip”, that is in the main area of Hugo’s main thoroughfare.
The Turkey Crossing Cafe was everything you could possibly want in a cafe. They were in a historic but completely renovated building. At over 100 years old, the building was a land office, a drug store, a teen recreation center, some miscellaneous restaurants and about everything else over the years. The owners had taste- they renovated the building that everything was new, clean, tasteful and fresh, yet kept some of the historic aesthetics, like the original tile floor from the drug store.
The Turkey Crossing had absolutely delicious food! The recipes were all their own. They handmade all their roles from scratch. They cut and ground their hamburger meat from an actual side. They cooked in pure peanut oil, so their oil was GMO free. The fries were hand cut. Just about everything was from scratch and absolutely delicious. I had never had something there that wasn’t fresh, wasn’t tasty, or wasn’t for-real-homemade.
The Turkey Crossing had excellent prices. Cost-wise they were cheaper than fast food but in reality incomparable. They were kind, family-friendly and small-town friendly.
All around the Turkey Crossing Cafe was the epitome of what a real restaurant should be. They were classy, clean, friendly, inexpensive, for-real-homemade, etc. I was proud to take visiting family members there.
The Turkey Crossing Cafe will be closing its doors this Friday for the last time. This saddens me to no end. The Turkey Crossing did everything right and they’re still closing. Hugo Colorado is not really known for its uniqueness. Hugo is a little town on the prairie. We do have a grocery store, school, hardware store, grain elevator and a USDA office, but if you needed a pair of socks or a pair of jeans, you’re out of luck. The Turkey Crossing Cafe was a bright spot here and now it’s gone.
The owner has promised us something bigger and better in the same spot. I really hope he is successful.
Goodbye, Turkey Crossing.
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Sam’s Club has a current promotion for a free membership for new moms. Pregnant mothers and mothers with children one year old or less are eligible. Today (Tuesday 9/29) is the last day, so you need to move fast.
Here’s what to do:
1. Go to the Sam’s Club email contact page here.
2. Fill out the form. It looks like this:
3. In the “Question” section, make sure to include the following:
-your complete name
-your email address
-your phone number
-your complete mailing address
-that you would like to receive a free New Mom’s Membership Promotion.
– why you qualify. I explained that I had a baby in May 2015.
I know that you filled in your information at the top, but make sure to write your complete name, email address, phone and mailing address again. This is important.
4. They will mail you a voucher for a free membership redeemable before 11/15/15. My emailed response looked like this:
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As a mother of six six and under living in an extremely rural area, I’ve learned a few things along the way to make life easier. It’s very hard to live in a rural area about 100 miles from real stores and real doctors. It’s very hard to have six six and under. Combining them is disastrous. I’ve learned a lot to make it easier. I will try to share a little tip every Wednesday. On Works-for-Me-Wednesdays, I hope to give you a brief tip that might help you on your journey.
Works-for-Me-Wednesday, 9/23/15- Use the parking lot path whenever possible.
I prefer to frequent store locations that have a walkway in between the car fronts. It may be a false sense of security, but I feel that we’re less likely to get run over that way. I will sometimes go to a different store that has their parking lot set up this way. I will wait for a spot and park further away just to be able to use the “path”. (I am not a landscape architect and have no idea what those paths are really called.)
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Today I am going to tell you how to clean the dishwasher and dishwasher filters.
Posted in Also Known As Logistics and Management in a Large Family, How to Clean, Knowing What to Do to Feel a Little Bit Less Like the Woman in the Shoe, Laura's Little Kitchen On the Prairie by Laura with no comments yet.