2 “Keys” to Improved Eyesight



Ever notice how small the words are on websites?  Here’s a great trick to use when you don’t have reading/computer glasses on hand.  Simply press “Ctrl” and “+” and the font size increases.  Do it again, it increases more.  Again, the same thing!  It’s amazing.  If you want to go back to original size, press “Ctrl” and “0” and you’re back to normal!  One of my most used tips for researching on the web.


Stopping the Stacks!

articles to keep

Do you have stacks of magazine or newspaper articles that you have cut out and placed neatly in a stack?  If so, you know as well as I do that you can NEVER locate the article you found so interesting when you need it.  Instead, try this trick.  When you find an article that you want to keep, look it up online, then archive it online.  Search google for the pertinent information – the article title, date, author and/or publication.  Once you find it, save it online to one of the multitude of storage sites available.  Pinterest or Google + are two of the most common.  Be sure to categorize it into a specific folder or board so that it is easy to locate when you want to refer to it.   Great for articles that span multiple pages and oversized articles from the newspaper.  Try it – it will truly simplify your life and eliminate a lot of clutter!  And voila – NO MORE STACKS!

Cheddar Cheese isn’t naturally orange – find out why that matters!

natural food colors

Recently I purchased some organic extra-sharp cheddar cheese and observed something unusual about it – IT WASN’T ORANGE!  It looked very similar in color to Mozzarella cheese. This piqued my curiosity, so the next time I went to the store, I read the ingredients on a package of non-organic cheddar cheese.  The ingredient list included “annatto”.  I looked this up and found it was a “natural” food coloring, and at first felt relieved.  However, I kept reading and found this “natural” food coloring has some “not-so-natural” side effects, including being linked to Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Behavioral problems in children.  As you know, I am a proponent of eating naturally and organically, but this was a good reminder to all of us that EVEN NATURAL SUBSTANCES CAN HAVE ADVERSE REACTIONS.   So be observant, read labels, and don’t discount that a natural ingredient could be the culprit to some un-natural symptoms!

My latest BFF for Cleaning Appliances!



First of all, I have to make the standard disclaimer – try this on an inconspicuous spot before smearing it all over your appliance!  Now, on to the tip!  How many of you have a love/hate relationship with your “stainless” appliances?  Me too! First of all, I put “stainless” in quotation marks because I have come to question how many of us have true stainless appliances. Why?  Because I recently discovered that a magnet adheres to my fridge – and magnets typically do not adhere to stainless steel!  So, perhaps it is an alloy, but it is obviously not 100% stainless steel.  But, I digress.  I recently had had my fill with yet again trying to clean my appliances with stainless steel cleaner and feeling like I was just smearing stuff around making more streaks than I had to begin with.  So, I took out my Bar Keepers Friend (SOFT CLEANSER VERSION) and tried a tad on my dishwasher – in an inconspicuous – well we already covered that.  Anyway, it worked like a charm!  So, I cleaned the entire dishwasher surface and it shone like the first day I got it!  Amazing!  So, I repeated the process on my other appliances and every one of them looked fantastic.  A few things to remember:

  • I have only tried this with the “SOFT CLEANSER” version pictured above – and recommend you do the same.  The powdered version would be too abrasive.
  • Shake well
  • Test it on your particular surface
  • Use a SMALL amount like the directions say to
  • Go with the “grain” of the appliance when applying, rinsing and drying
  • It says rinse within 60 seconds – make sure you do!
  • A flour sack towel is great for drying

I wouldn’t use this as your every-day cleaner, I don’t think it is meant to be that.  But, after application, it does make daily cleaning with your regular choice of cleanser much easier!




Trip Tip: Pack a Pop-Up Hamper

pop up hamperI don’t know about you, but when we are on vacation, our dirty clothes just end up in a heap on the floor.  Pack a pop-up hamper in your suitcase and you will instantly have a place to put all those dirty clothes during your vacation stay.  If traveling by plane, fold it back to flat when you are ready to return home.  If traveling by car, and you have the extra room, carry it home as is so that you don’t mix dirty clothes in with the clean clothes that are left in the suitcase!   Also, the pop-up hamper makes a great tote for the beach, pool, or water park.  It is waterproof, lightweight, mesh/breathable for wet items, and has handles.  I just love items that are multi-taskers!  Enjoy your trip!