Home Made Remedies

Ran across a problem with our dishwasher, we purchased cheap detergent and after the first wash, there were powder streaks and residue on most of the dishes. Now, it could be that all the sudden the ‘Jet Dry’ was empty, but we never used it, it may have been full since we had moved in. It seemed like it was the result of the cheap detergent though otherwise that was quite the coincidence to happen just as we switched soap. Ok,  so we didn’t want to go and buy anything new of anything so I quickly googled it, turns out you can use white vinegar, and so far that has worked for us. Who knew??

There are so many simple solutions to household things, or replacements for household products using ingredients you already have.

Heres one on home made dish soap:
natural-products.suite101.com/article.cfm/washing_dishes_for_pennies

And here is a list of articles on new ways to clean things around the house by yourself:
www.thriftyfun.com/Cleaning_296.html

There is just loads of stuff for getting things done around the house, inside and out, and environmentally friendly ways to do it and they are even often cheaper than buying the ‘correct’ product from the store.

Google is a great tool, and by google I really mean the Internet, to help you find cost saving methods for doing things, it helps teach you how to fix things yourself, to be come self sufficient, how to make your home energy efficient, ALL kinds of great things. We never think about a cheaper or alternative way to do things, we just jump to doing it the way we always did it even if that involves spending more money, paying for a repair guy to come in, or using chemicals that are bad for us or the environment or both.

I think its high time to give things an extra second or two of thought and make sure we’re making good decisions on the how to do the things we need to get done.

Got our Christmas Wish book!

post-143-1183592097-500x623We finally got our Christmas Wish book from Sears yesterday. Back when I was a young’en we would get this and all us kids would circle EVERYTHING we wanted. Got to the point where our parents didn’t even get the wishbook anymore 🙁 Boo-urns. but now we have it again and I just might circle things just like old times. Every new year I look at all the new cool toys and I think, ‘boy, the kids these days have the coolest selection of toys!’. They even have solar power remote control cars now and flying trucks! Neat stuff.

What would be cool is to allow underprivileged kids to circle something in it and get that for them for Christmas. So they could have the same experience as us, ya its consumerism but its lots of fun at the same time. We won’t likely buy anything out of it this year but its tons of fun looking through. Love all the slot car sets, and all the different RC vehicles. They have some great new ride on cars, trucks and tractors now too! Quads, and dumping front end loaders! Did I mention they now have submarine RC vehicles?

Anyways, lots of fun thanks to the Sears Wish Book!

Of course, the real meaning of Christmas is to celebrate Christs birth which we do very easily overlook / forget so I’ll need to post more reflection blogs on that in the coming days

A little advice on reaching goals in life

If you’re like me, you want SO many things, there is always a next best new thing you’re waiting for, looking to purchase, hoping to accomplish etc. For me, a few things, I always have a ‘next big purchase’ in mind, something I’m super concentrated on, like my D90, or the caliber before it, or the Nintendo Wii even before that. I started looking at these things and pining over them months  and even years in advance. I guess this shouldn’t be a blog just about getting what you want, but I think there is ‘good’ in the process, theres nothing wrong with wanting stuff, or fulfilling a life dreams and such.

I sorta figure, sure, you can get almost anything you want in life or be any place you want, you just need to aim yourself in that direction. Its like riding a bicycle, if you look straight, keep your eyes on the path, generally you follow that path, if you start focusing on a tree off to the side, your body usually follows where your head / eyes are pointed. So, if you want a new camera and you can’t afford it now, aim yourself in that direction, start doing things that will get you to that point. Talk to friends, maybe they will know someone with a second hand camera, or know of deals, start saving money (you’ll need money in this world for just about anything you want to do), start doing little things which can become bigger things as you get closer to your goal. A bigger life goal for me was to move to and live on Prince Edward Island. I think for a long time I held this up as a pie in the sky dream, then at some point in our marriage I thought,.. if I want to live there, this may indeed be the only opportunity to move and if Lindsey is willing, we would need to go there now. Why now? Now is before kids, before we had purchased a house (something you can’t move or sell real easily), before we were UBER attached to wherever we were at. Once those things get locked in, its harder and harder to make a big move like that. Lindsey agreed and we started pointing ourselves in this direction, agreeing that if there ever was a time, it was now (6 months ago). I’m super happy to say ‘We did it!’. Its a big milestone for me, something I wanted to do for a long time. Its beautiful here on the Island. And though we don’t QUITE feel at home just yet, I think we will soon. Once we get our own house (another big goal in our lives that we’re now pointing in the direction of), we’ll feel much more like we have our feet planted here and settled. SO, steps towards that goal are searching for houses, knowing our max mortgage limits, understanding our financial limitations, knowing what sorts of financial loads we can bear, searching for good locations, talking about what we want in a house and how long we might plan to stay there.. forever? 10 years? Just what are we thinking exactly.  So we’re quickly moving in that direction and HOPEFULLY by this time next year, we will have our very own place, thats the plan and goal anyways 😉 Things often change though, we need to stay aware of our finances, what will make sense for us, the logistics of where we are and where we will need to be.

Did I forget to mention God in all of this, I suppose I did. For these big things, God is totally involved so we seek wisdom from Him, pray His timing on it and His will. Ultimately, if we do something that isn’t within His circumference of will for us, then that won’t be good. With smaller things, God like says ‘sure, whatever, you are the steward of the money I provide’ for things like cameras. And He doesn’t intend to spoil our fun on purchasing gadgets and other fun things. For things like houses which are considered ‘good’ investments, I think He cares a lot more, especially when we want to use it for Him, and we do!

And speaking of goals, buying things for ourselves, which is what this post happens to be all about, we also need to consider others. Had a good sermon by P Josh last night on ‘giving up our inheritance willingly for temporal things’. You can watch it on ustream here: www.ustream.tv/recorded/2567108

Thinking on that, its kinda funny looking at all the stuff I just wrote but.. suffice to say, God doesn’t mind if we have good stuff, He is our father and He blesses us with resources so that we can have good stuff. The point is, are you using at least a portion of those resources for God, if not all in some way shape or form. Example, you have a house? Maybe you can host a local bible study or allow someone in need to come in out of the cold or have a warm meal. If you own a car, do you help others get around, are you willing to drive people to church on a sunday that do not have a car (we’re not perfect and our attitudes were definitely not perfect all the time but we were able to use our car for things like this). If you have a nice camera like the D90? 🙂 Maybe you can be the photographer at a community event to provide pictures for a website or the newspaper.  Are you blessed with skills, you can use those for His glory, there are so many ways to live for God, maybe that thing that you love, that hobby, that toy, that video game system can be used for Him someone. Maybe ask Him what you can do for Him with the stuff yo have, often you’ll be able to use in some way those exact things that you thought were just for your own personal enjoyment!

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