Attach Small Clothing Items- Works -for-Me-Wednesday 2, 9/30/15

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.

wfmw9.30.15Works-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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Goodbye Turkey Crossing

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.

My wonderful in-laws took our whole family out for lunch today.  I used my photo editor because they probably don't want their pictures on the world wide web.

My wonderful in-laws took our whole family out for lunch today at the Turkey Crossing Cafe. I used my photo editor because they probably don’t want their pictures on the world wide web.

 


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Free Sam’s Club Membership- Today Is the Last Day, 9/29/15

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:freesamsclub

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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Use the Parking Lot Path- Works-for-Me-Wednesday 1, 9/23/2015

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.)

At Costco last week...

At Costco last week…


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How to Clean the Dishwasher and Dishwasher Filters

Today I am going to tell you how to clean the dishwasher and dishwasher filters.

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Let me start with some disclaimers.  I’m a housewife and not a dishwasher scientist. I don’t know about your specific model.  I don’t work for Whirlpool.  I really don’t know anything, other than what’s worked for me.  Know that if you follow my dishwasher cleaning advice, it’s possible that your dishwasher could break or even flood your house. As a general rule, it’s not a good idea to listen to a housewife with an internet connection.  Take my cleaning advice into consideration, but try to talk to someone who knows what they’re doing.

 

I’ll go over the overview process and then I’ll explain with pictures.

 

1. Remove the dishwasher filters.  Put them in the washing machine on the “low” level.  Throw in a little bleach. Don’t run the cycle through, just until it gets through the first agitation.
2. Remove all dishes.  Move anything that you want to clean around, like cutlery trays.
3. Start the dishwasher on a one hour or short cycle.
4. Put bleach into the dishwasher.  In my dishwasher, I have to wait until it does the initial draining.  I open the door and add it once it has filled up with water.  This can be different on yours.
5. When the cycle completes, open the door.  If there is still any gunk (totally scientific word) wipe the gunk with a paper towel.
6. Run the cycle through again, just as before.
7. Remove the dishwasher filters from the washing machine a wipe any remaining gunk with a paper towel.  You may have to wipe out the washing machine tub with a paper towel.
8. Clean the spinning arms with a paper clip and try to remove as much gunk as you can.
9. Put it all back together.

 

I don’t have a stainless steel inside tub.  I have read that you’re not supposed to clean those with bleach.  I have tried vinegar, baking soda, Dishwasher Magic and LemiShine and I have found that nothing works like bleach.  I have the hardest water ever and I run my dishwasher twice per day.  We are hard on our dishwasher.  I have little ones and inevitablely a lot of gunk ends up loaded into the dishwasher with our dishes. Using bleach and utilizing my washing machine to clean the filters is the easiest and most effective way to get the dishwasher clean and prevent any icky smells.

 

Now I’ll repeat my steps with illustrations.

 

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This is the before… ewe!

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Step One… Remove the dishwasher filters and put them in the washing machine. In case you’re wondering, I purposely let my dishwasher get ickier than I normally do because I planned to write this post.

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Step Two: Remove cutlery trays. Step Three: Start dishwasher on short cycle.

 

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Step Four: Add bleach (after initial draining).

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Step Five: Wipe down the gunk. (Here in the picture, you can see there’s still some gunk in the back bottom corner.) Step Six: Run the dishwasher through again.

 

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Step Seven: Remove dishwasher filters from the washing machine.  Step Eight: Clean spring arms with a paper clip. Step Nine: Put it all back together again.

 


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