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The 15 Surprising Uses of Hydrogen Peroxide

15 Surprising Uses of Hydrogen Peroxide

1. Clean Your Wooden Cutting Board. An  improperly cleaned cutting board is a breeding ground for bacteria. Clean  it thoroughly, without harsh chemicals, with hydrogen peroxide  and vinegar.

2. Grow Mushrooms in the Fridge. It’s true! With the help of  hydrogen peroxide, you can grow oyster mushrooms in a freezer bag in your  fridge. For detailed instructions, click here.

3. Make Sure Your Veggies are Safe. Nobody wants  bacteria-filled vegetables. Place 3% hydrogen peroxide into a spray bottle and  mist over your produce, letting it soak for about five minutes before rinsing  off and drying.

4. Clean Sponges. Just can’t seem to get that funky smell  out of your sponges? Combine equal parts hydrogen peroxide and warm water in a  shallow bowl, and let the sponge soak for about 15 minutes before rinsing  thoroughly.

Stain Fighting

5. Red Wine. Have a little too much fun last night? Cover the evidence by combining  equal parts hydrogen peroxide and liquid detergent and pouring over the stain.  Blot with a towel, wash with warm water, and let it dry.

6. Armpits. Sweaty? Get rid of embarrassing armpit stains by  placing a mixture of 1 part dishwashing liquid and 2 parts hydrogen peroxide on  the affected area. Let it sit for about an hour before rinsing away in cold  water.

7. Blood. Hydrogen peroxide is a bleach, so it’ll help get  rid of pesky blood stains. Pour it directly onto the stain and let it sit for  about five minutes. Blot and rinse in cold water. You may need to repeat this  once or twice to fully lift the stain. Word of warning: as a (albeit mild)  bleach, it can also whiten your clothes — use caution!

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When Your Daughter-in-law Has a Baby by Nora Beane

When your daughter-in-law has a baby of course you are delighted, ecstatic even. You want to keep that grandchild related glow going indefinitely. The problem is you may find it difficult as the exuberant mother-in-law not to spread the kind of vibes that can inadvertently upset the apple cart of family relationships. You won’t mean to, you won’t want to, you won’t set out to but you still can hinder more than you help. So when your daughter-in-law has a baby it’s time for every thinking mother-in-law to break out the common sense, care, support and patience that can help to keep family harmony afloat during what should be a wonderful family experience.

Let common sense boundaries rule the day. Having been the daughter-in-law and now being on the other end of things as the mother-in-law I have experienced how overpowering the presence of a brand new baby in the family can be. It strikes every chord of love you have in you. Moms and Dads can give every powerful sign of love and affection to their infants every minute of every day. They can hold them upside down, tickle them, kiss their feet, use endless baby talk, feed them more or less according to their own judgment. Those are things parents get to do.

When your daughter-in-law has a baby, even though you are “Grandma” you are not “Mommy” or “Daddy”. To keep joy and peace alive as the mother-in-law you need to let common sense mark two clear sets of boundaries. First, it is seldom, except if the life of the child is somehow endangered, your position to make limiting or critical comments to your daughter-in-law about the way in which she is managing the baby. If asked, you can offer your best advice in a few well chosen and supportive words. The second boundary common sense will suggest is to really work to avoid acting the part of the mother. If your assistance is requested you will want to be as gracious as you can and to express your thanks for the opportunity to help with the baby. But the boundary needs to be clear in your mind, she is the mother and you are the grandmother. Knowing and sticking to this boundary will allow you to help with your grandchild without making your daughter-in-law nervous that she is incompetent or that she is being somehow replaced.

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Grandparenting Dos & Don’ts by Lori Erickson

Grandparenting Dos & Don’ts

7 tips to keeping the peace

Yes, we raised our own children, teaching them right from wrong, insisting that they eat their vegetables and drink their milk. But when it comes to grandparenting, the road can be trickier—we’re not the ones in charge.   Given how irritated we likely felt when our own parents butted in years ago, perhaps we should use that as our guide, and follow these dos and don’ts.

Don’t comment on sleeping patterns

Many of us were adamant about not having our babies in bed with us. But things have changed, and many of our children allow kids to sleep with them well past the age of potty training. Should you say anything? In  word: No. When it comes right down to it, you’re not the one losing sleep each night.

Do introduce fruit and veggies

If your grandchildren follow a hot dogs-and-macaroni diet at home, at your house you can try to introduce them to the joys of being an omnivore. The daily intake of fruits and vegetables tends to decline significantly between the ages of 5 and 9, according to a study in the International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity. Make the most of the early childhood years when you’re likely to have more influence over your grandchildren’s food choices.

Conflict Resolution by Mary J. Yerkes

Conflict is inevitable. No relationship is immune. When managed biblically, conflict can serve as a catalyst for change and an opportunity for spiritual and relational growth. Why then are we afraid to tell our friend her words hurt us, to ask our boss for a raise, or to confront our family member about his drinking problem and its effect on his family?

According to Ken Sande, author of The Peacemaker—A Biblical Guide to Resolving Personal Conflict and president of Peacemaker® Ministries, a ministry devoted to equipping and assisting Christians to respond to conflict biblically, the reason is clear. “Many believers and their churches have not yet developed the ability to respond to conflict in a gospel-centered and biblically faithful manner,” explains Sande. “When Christians become peacemakers, they can turn conflict into an opportunity to strengthen relationships and make their lives a testimony to the love and power of Jesus Christ.”

What does a peacemaker look like?

“Peacemakers are people who breathe grace,” says Sande. “They draw continually on the goodness and power of Jesus Christ, and then they bring his love, mercy, forgiveness, strength, and wisdom to the conflicts of daily life.” 1

Do you naturally “breathe grace?” I don’t. Yet, it is what God calls us to do. Not all of us are called to teach a Bible study, sing in the choir, or work with youth, but all of us are called to “go and be reconciled” (Matt. 5:24 NIV) to our brothers and sisters, our friends and family, and the people in our churches and community. God calls us all to be biblical peacemakers, to allow his redemptive, transforming love to spill over into our relationships.

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What Are Mothers-in-law Afraid Of? by Ellen Breslau

What are mothers-in-law afraid of? For many, it turns out, it’s their daughters-in-law.

When I asked a writer friend of mine recently about her relationship with her daughter-in-law as it relates to her grandchildren, she barely skipped a beat before saying, “My motto is: Keep your wallet open, and your mouth shut.” It surprised me at the time, but as I began to talk to other mothers-in-law, I found that the sentiment is hardly unique. (I myself am a daughter-in-law, and when I told my own mother-in-law about the conversation, she smiled then laughed what seemed to be the laugh of someone who could totally relate!)

Over the past two months, I’ve been on a mission to find a writer to blog for about her relationship with her daughter-in-law — nothing scandalous, no dark secrets, just the normal ups and downs that come with the territory. Go to any parenting site and you’ll find lots of daughters-in-law weighing in on the good, bad and ugly of dealing with their mother by marriage. I wanted to turn the tables and hear the other point of view. In fact, we already have a chat group on of 3,000 mothers-in-law who regularly discuss everything from long-distance grandparenting to how much they can discipline their grandchildren.

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Peter Walsh’s Organizing Ideas for Every Room in Your Home

Peter Walsh’s Organizing Ideas for Every Room in Your Home

Bedroom Closet: Reverse Clothes-Hanger Trick

Turn all the clothes hanging in your closet so that the hangers face  back-to-front. For the next six months, if you wear an item of clothing, return  it to the closet with the hanger facing the correct way. If you try it on but  decide not to wear it, make sure you put it back with the hanger turned  backward—no cheating. Be prepared for a shock; you are going to find you own  lots of clothes you have no use for. You should seriously consider getting rid  of anything you don’t wear regularly.

Bathroom: Read the Numbers

All makeup has an expiration date. Sometimes it is stamped on the product  itself, sometimes on the packaging. Regardless, most makeup goes bad in six  months. A good rule of thumb is that the closer the product is used to the eyes,  the shorter its lifespan. Mascaras go bad after about four months, while lotions  generally last about 12 months, and perfume has a shelf life of three years.  Some perfume bottles have a manufacturer’s code listed on the bottom. This code  might look something like AJ6549. The last number indicates the year in which  the perfume was made. In this case, the perfume was likely manufactured in  2009—hopefully not 1999—so it would be good until 2012. It is always best to  check with the manufacturer of the cosmetic if you are unsure of its use-by date.

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