Monday Mom Tip: Cut the Crud

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I’m ditching anything and everything that is clinging, draining, debilitating, stagnant, unproductive or hurtful.  Back to the top of this post.

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I found that when I decided to move away from things that weren’t showing progress, progress came!  I’ve been so busy the last 3 weeks that it’s made my head spin.  But miraculously, I haven’t been tired!  Ok, there were a few times that I was mentally in shock from the day’s events.  But overall, I’m GOOD.

I realized that I was putting a lot of effort into things that weren’t paying off.  I refocused, reevaluated and renovated my thoughts and actions and saw such a huge change.  My business, The Jewelry Lady ( yes, that’s my shameless plug) started seeing incredible opportunities that I’d never dreamed possible.  My children’s grades improved.  My husband and I have found more time together (which is crazy because we are almost joined at the hip as it is).  His business has taken a huge lunge forward.  We saw a tremendous financial blessing (income increase, more time off, debts cut in half or paid or cancelled) like never before.  Free things given to us that we needed.  The list goes on and on.

I’d been praying for change forever.  It came when I made the change.  Don’t expect life out of things that don’t have life to give.  If you keep messing with dead things they’ll suck the life out of you.  It only took a decision (and submission to whatever God wanted for my life) to see all the change I’d pray for come to me.  It wasn’t even overnight.  It was about 10 minutes after I verbally said, “God WHATEVER you want for my life, I submit to it and receive it!”

If the change I mentioned is what you’ve been praying for, give submission a shot.  God will completely knock your socks off!

Monday Mom Tip: Chest Congestion

Hey y’all!

I just had to share this one with allergy season approaching.  We have found an excellent way to beat the drama of this season.  Want to know what it is?  Well, it’s really 2 things:

Our chest congestion treatment and our anit-histamine trick.

First, I really can’t take credit for the chest congestion treatment.  It was given to me by one of our former church mothers.  Her remedy for that nasty chest cough is:

1.  Put about 2-3 drops of white vinegar into 1 cup of water.  The temperature doesn’t matter.

2.  Take 1-3 sips of the mixture.

3.  Cough.

The mucus will immediately begin to come up and out.  Be ready!!  This ALWAYS works for us.  We have also given it to several non-believers and they were immediately converted to this method.

There’s also a 4th step that we sometimes use.  It’s a cracker!  She says to eat a cracker after you sip the mixture.  I don’t know what it does, but we do it sometimes too (my husband has a cracker fetish, so we are often out or he’s giving us the stank eye about eating them all) lol.

Ok, onto tip #2!  Usually we have to use the mixture tip because someone’s cough caught us unprepared.  Or because the little people don’t blow their noses consistently and end up with a chest cough.  But if we get a chance to nip it in the bud, we give them an anti-histamine.  This halts the itchy eyes, runny nose, scratchy throat, sinus drainage and sneezing.  So none of the excess mucus even has a chance to arise.

Finally, I am going to get a humidifier.  As if Greensboro isn’t humid enough, I am going to add air into our domain.  I hear HVAC is a major culprit of dry sinuses which cause all kinds of other issues.  But thank God today is warm enough to air out the house.  So I’ll throw open some windows and get prepped to do some dusting!  Yay…(yes, that was steeped in sarcasm)

Oh!  I recently met with a doTerra rep about essential oils and after I’d sampled some I decided that I am going to get a kit for the household.  If you’ve tried it, have heard about it or have comments, please share!  I’m looking to get it in the next week.  I looked at all they can do and now I’m intrigued.

Well, have a great week!  I hope this tip helped.  And until next time, try not to kill your kids!


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Bonus Mom Tip: Recipe Blunders Solved!

Hi everyone,

Have you ever messed up a recipe by over seasoning a piece of meat?  Well, it can be fixed!  I’ve over (and under) seasoned meat like chicken or beef in my crock pot a few times and although it seemed like a disaster, it was fixed by one simple ingredient:


Yep!  In most cases, all I did was allow the meat to submerge in some warm water for 5-20 minutes depending how sever the situation was.  It allowed the water to go in and dilute the seasoning to a tolerable level.

Another way to fix this is to pair the meat with something that has little or no seasoning.  I like alfredo sauce, but man, is it bland sometimes!  So that’s a great pairing with over-seasoned meat.

You can also use the meat in stir fry.  I use frozen stir fry, so when the water begins to release and steam up, the veggies get the seasoning from the prep

Need to beef up your chili?  Use some over seasoned meat and create a cool twist on an old favorite!  If you need a great recipe, check mine out here.IMG_20140424_080659691

Finally, try pairing it with a baked potato as filler.  Now you don’t need to add any additional seasoning!

Well, I hope these ideas helped.  Let me know what recipe savers you use!

Take care!