Save Money: Learn How to Fix Things in Your Home

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I’ve always had an entrepreneur’s heart!  I remember back when I was still dating Ryan, he was living in an older home with paneling on the walls.  I grew up watching my dad fix up our old 100 year old home, and he made it look easy.  I remember listening to Ryan about the paneling and I chimed in with, “why don’t we sheet rock it, it’s not that hard”.  Ha.

 

Imagine a barely 20 year old boy, who has never done much of any kind of home repair being told this.  By his girlfriend.  You know, the one who he’s always wanting to impress?  Guess what I got to help him do?  You guessed it, sheet rock (aka drywall) the walls.

 

We’ve lived in a lot of different homes since we got married over 18 years ago.  When we buy a home, we buy it for a  low price and fix it up ourselves.  We’ve vastly improved the conditions of our homes.  I’ve been pregnant, barefoot (ha, just kidding), and repairing homes for years.  (Of course, I’ve been pregnant almost 6 full years of my life…so that makes sense, right?)  My husband and I have learned so much about fixing homes.  We’re not always the best at what we do, but chances are, we know the basics of how to do it.

 

7 Ways to Learn How to Fix Up a Home

  • Books – We have a few different home repair books sitting on our shelves.  If we have trouble knowing how to do something, we look it up in the book.  We have this book:
  • The Internet – Have you ever noticed that someone else has almost always had the same problem you’re having?  Just do a general search for that question and sure enough, someone has written about it!  You don’t always find an answer in this way, but a lot of times you do.
  • You Tube – I know this is part of the internet, but I figured it needs it’s own blurb.  Because seeing how to fix something is so much better than just reading about it.  There are many videos on home repair on YouTube.  Don’t under estimate.
  • Ask a Professional – Many of us have friends and/or grandpa’s who know a little something about home repair.  When in doubt, seek out someone who has done it before.  Explain to them that you are trying to learn how to do it and see if they can explain it to you.
  • Assist a Professional - When my husband isn’t sure how to fix something or knows he’ll need support that I can’t offer (as a female in charge of little kids), he’ll ask a friend of ours (who is also a contractor) if he can pay him to help.  The friend is getting paid, but it is usually well worth it, as he’s always very knowledgeable about the home repair.  He knows the fastest and best ways to get the job done without it looking like a little kid fixed it.
  • Watch HGTV – Yes, seriously, lol.  Of course, if you need to know right now, that won’t work, but if you would just like a general education, this is the channel for you!  I don’t tend to be a TV watcher, but while we’re on vacation, when I want to lay around, I’ll watch HGTV for the fun of it.  I learn so many bits of helpful home fixing information while I do.
  • Trial and Error – Believe me, this is not always the best way, but sometimes we learn by trying.  If the new product comes with directions, we read them (or I do anyway, lol) and we follow them to the best of our knowledge.  You’d be amazed at how much you can learn, just by trying it out on your own.

 

These are the steps we go through when we begin a renovation.  Do we fix everything in a home?  No, definitely not.  In fact, as we’re getting older and busier, we’re having to teach ourselves to hire some of it done.  It’s so hard to do that, lol, but so freeing at the same time!

 

Some of the repairs we’ve done to homes include, replacing windows and doors, laying ceramic tile, laying peel and stick tile, replacing counter tops, replacing window and door trim, ceiling fans, light fixtures and plumbing, etc.

 

Tell me about some of the home repairs you’ve learned to do?


10 Unusual Dish Soap Uses – #Palmolive25Ways #cbias

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10 Unusual Dish Soap Uses

I’m someone who prefers to do things the easy way.  Generally, I don’t like to have different cleaners on hand for each individual thing I need to clean in my house.  Not only does that promote clutter, it costs more money, too.  Because I like to use what I have laying around the house, I thought I’d tell you about a few different dish soap uses that you can use your Palmolive Dish Soap for!  Some of them are a bit unusual, but that’s what makes them more fun!

 

1.  Carpet Cleaner – The other morning, I woke up to a big puke stain on the carpet that my dog had left me.  I pulled out my Palmolive dish soap and squirted it on the stain. Then, I used a scrub brush to dig it deep into the carpet fibers.  I rinsed with a little water and a towel and suddenly, my stain had disappeared.  Saved by the Palmolive!

Clean your carpet stains with Palmolive dish soap

 

2.  Ant Repellant – Yes, Ant Repellant.  We have had a horrible problem with ants this year in our kitchen.  Actually, it’s every year, but this year, they seem to be a bit worse than most.  I mixed up a bottle of Palmolive dish soap and water and I spray it on those ants.  Since we’ve been doing this, the ants are getting fewer and fewer and we’ve noticed an unexpected benefit.  The kitchen smells fresh and clean!  That was a pleasant benefit!

Using Palmolive to Kill Ants

 

3.  Laundry Stain Remover – Yesterday, after church, we decided to take the kids to the newly built fast food Mexican restaurant for lunch.  That way we wouldn’t dirty any dishes AND all the hunger pangs could go away quicker.  The smaller girls were dressed up in their fancy dresses.  Of course, 2 bites in, they had dropped burritos onto their pretty dresses.  They were distraught, worrying that we wouldn’t be able to get the stain out.  The first thing I did when we got home was pull out the Palmolive and treated those stains.  It came out so fast!  We were all relieved!

Stain on Dress to be Treated with Palmolive Dish Soap

Palmolive Dish Soap for Treating Stains

More Uses for Dish Soap

4.  Flea Killer - Did you know you can wash your pets with Palmolive dish soap?  It is much less expensive than your leading flea shampoos and doesn’t harm your pets at all!

5. Fix a Hole in Inflatables - If you pour soapy water around where a leak should be, you can find that hard to spot leak in your tire or other inflatable device.  The leak will cause the water to bubble up (thanks to the Palmolive dish soap) and suddenly you know right where your hole is.

6.  Bug Deterrent – I keep mentioning bugs.  Really, Palmolive works well against all kinds of bugs, not just fleas and ants.  If you have a problem with bugs inside or out, spray around the foundation of the house and/or the inside at the baseboards with a Palmolive and water mixture.  It will work on roaches, bees, wasps, moths, spiders and more.  It’s so much safer than the smelly chemicals used in over the counter pest control products.

7.  Laundry Freshener - It’s time to freshen up your linens or even your mattress, spray your mixture of Palmolive and water onto anything you want to leave with a good smell.

8.  Clean Grease from hands - My husband is notorious for coming into the house with greasy hands after working on the tractor, mower or car and needing something to cut the grease right away.  We stopped buying the hand grease removers because they just didn’t seem worth it.  Instead, we use our dish soap.  It works great and smells better than the other stuff!

9.  Remove Excess Hair Color - This one I have not yet tried, because I never color my hair, but…..I’ve heard that if you color your hair too dark, you can lighten it up almost immediately if you quickly wash it in Palmolive dish soap.  It wouldn’t hurt to give it a shot!

10.  Make Bubbles - Kids love playing with bubbles!  Making them can be so much fun!  It’s easy, too!  Just mix together:

Palmolive dish soap – 1 part
Distilled Water – 15 parts
Glycerine or White Karo Syrup – 1/4 part

If you let them sit overnight, they become a bit more sticky, but other than that, you’re good to go!

 

We bought our Palmolive in the cleaning supplies aisle at Walmart!

10 Unusual Dish Soap Uses

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5 Ways to Fend Off Funsuckers

Tracking PixelThis is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Cutter® Insect Repellents.

 

We love summer!  Don’t you?  There’s so many fun things to do in the summer time, that you can’t do the rest of the year.  Things like riding tricycles…

2 on Trikes

Boy on Trike

 

and blowing bubbles!

Bubble Blowing

But sometimes, there’s some things in summer that suck the fun right out of it.  (Hint:  That’s why we call them Funsuckers!)

You know what I’m talking about, right?  Funsuckers, like extremely hot temperatures; blood sucking insects like mosquitos and ticks; sweat; and dirt.  They can take the fun right out of our summer if we let it.  We can hull up inside, avoiding every uncomfortable thing out there, OR we can put together a game plan and fend off those funsuckers.

 

5 Ways to Fend Off the Funsuckers:  Don’t Let Them Steal Your Summer

  1.  Cool off in the water. - Because playing in the water not only cools you off, but it’s so much fun, too.  My kids love to play in the hose in the front yard.  Sometimes they fill up their small pool or make a water slide.  Other times, they play with water guns or water balloons.  Regardless of how they play in the water, it’s always a great time for them!
  2. Get in the shade. - Sometimes you can’t or don’t want to get wet.  If you’re stuck outside and can’t get cooled off with water, at least find a shady spot.  I’m always amazed at how much cooler the shady spots are, especially if there’s any breeze at all.  Ahhh, I love a breezy summer day in the shade.
  3. Shower regularly! - Because we tend to sweat a lot in the summer time, showering regularly is a necessity.  Sometimes we find ourselves taking 2 or 3 showers a day, depending on how active we are.  (3 sounds crazy to me, lol, but I’ve known people who do it!).  Try taking a cool shower instead of a warm shower for a nice refreshing twist.  You won’t want to do that in the winter, I can just about guarantee it!
  4. Don’t forget the sunscreen.  Nothing ruins a night more than lying down in bed and realizing that you forgot the sunscreen.   Now, you’ve got large, painful blisters.  Use sunscreen any time you’re going to have prolonged exposure to the sun.  Little bits of time are fine, but if you’re going to be out there for an hour or more, get that sunscreen on!
  5. Use Cutter® Insect Repellent - Mosquitos are such a pain.  We’ll be enjoying a nice, cool summer evening and you look down and see your arms and legs covered in those little funsuckers!  ICK.  I hate them.  That’s why when they’re at their worst, I use Cutter® Insect Repellent.

 

In fact, I was able to try 3 different kinds of Cutter® products.

 

We tried:

  • Cutter® All Family® Mosquito Wipes
  • Cutter® Dry &
  • Cutter® SKINSATIONS®

 

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The last time we were outside playing, we had forgotten to put on any insect repellent.  This was the wrong day to do that!  We had so many little bites.  In fact, my daughter has scratched hers open so many times.  I just can’t get her to stop scratching them!

 

#CutterRepellents

We loved all of the products, but with kids, I’m especially fond of the wipes!  It’s so easy to grab a wipe and wipe down all your kids real fast.  Or you can hand them one and let them do it themselves!  What’s better is that these products don’t smell like your typical stinky insect repellents!  They have a nice smell and they’re not oily either.

Using Cutter Wipes

 

Now that we’re remembering to use something to get rid of the mosquitos, we can go back to all that summer fun we’ve been having.  Check out our fun times in the video below……

 

Have you tried Cutter® Insect Repellent before?  What’s your favorite way to Fend off Funsuckers?

 

 

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Cutter® Insect Repellents.