There have been some questions voiced from you guys that I feel like I need to address. They come in all different formats, but they are basically all the same question. “How can you, former Queen of the Coupons, now eat healthy without breaking the bank? Didn’t your budget suffer?” It’s a thought provoking question that I’ve been thinking on for a while. So, I hope this post will make sense to you and maybe help you understand how I’ve made this HUGE switch. [Read more…]
It should be no surprise to you by now that Barry and I are fans of Dave Ramsey. We’ve taken his class repeatedly, Barry teaches it occasionally, and I listen to Dave almost every day on the radio. We believe in what he teaches. It’s common sense.
Now, it also should be no surprise to you that you’re gonna die. Yes. It’s true. You are going to die. Kick the bucket, push up daisies, meet your Maker, fall eternally asleep, visit Beulah Land. It’s something you cannot avoid, so why not make it easier on those you leave behind? You might have heard Dave Ramsey talk about “The Love Drawer”, or “The Legacy Drawer.” That’s what we’re going to discuss today. I don’t want to make light of a serious situation, but that’s my nature…..I’ll joke around. Or else we might all end up at the corner bar. [Read more…]
Ants give me the heebie jeebies. We never had problems with ants inside until last year. I called Barry at work in a panic. “WE HAVE ANTS! COME HOME NOW!” Of course, he didn’t. We needed an ant killer…and he failed me.
Fast forward a few years, having kids who are always running around everywhere, I wanted to be more careful. We don’t want to use lots of chemicals in our home, so we made another concoction from stuff we had here to get rid of the little devils. And like sometimes happens with homemade remedies…
It didn’t work.
Not the first recipe…or the second. Every recipe I tried was a dud. The ants were still here. I still had the heebie jeebies. I had tried the more natural route here, and it just wasn’t successful. And I’m okay with that.
No one locally had an ant eater for sale.
But this Homemade Ant Killer that we make using Borax really works! You just mix up a few ingredients in a saucepan. Put it where you KNOW the ants will be. And the ants will eat the bait, take it back to the queen and they’ll die. It won’t happen instantly – it might take a day or two. Think crock-pot versus microwave ant killing method.
One thing to note: Borax is NOT child or pet friendly.
I put the mixture down when I knew we were going to be gone all day. And I leave it down all night while we sleep. If we are home for the day, I put the jar lids out during the kids nap or outdoor play times and at night again. Within a few days… Presto! It worked!
Does it work with all varieties of ants? No. But we’ve used it often enough that we know it does work for majority of them. So, give it a shot!
Don’t mess with me, ants.
Homemade Natural Ant Killer
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 tbsp Borax
- 1/2 cup water
- Combine the sugar, water, and Borax in a small saucepan. Bring the mixture to a boil. Boil for three minutes. Let it cool completely. It will thicken as it cools.
- Using a small funnel, transfer it to two small spray bottles. You can use glass or plastic bottles – whatever you prefer!
- Before you put ant killer down, you need to clean the ant area to remove the trail left by the ants. I use Young Living’s Thieves Cleaner to clean my entire house because it’s super safe and also very effective!
- Place the cooled ant killer into short jar lids – so that the ants can crawl over the side. Then place the lid where you know the ants are.
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Here’s a few Homemade Ant Killer Testimonials:
- I know this works! Every spring, I mix up a batch of “Auntie Val’s Bug Juice” using the same ingredients and put it in empty yogurt containers near our doors, both inside and outside. Within a few days, ants are gone! –Valerie
- We live in an area that is infested with sugar ants. From the very first summer we moved in, we had a huge problem. They were everywhere. We’ve tried expensive sprays, those ant baits, powders, bay leaves, everything and nothing worked. Every spring they just kept coming back and we just dealt with them until the fall. Stacy told me about the terro ant bait she had been using. I gave it a shot and we are ant free. I decided not to even wait on them this year. I’ve already made it and have them set up where I know the ants come into the house. Thank you Stacy! –Amanda from Spinning Yarns and Other Things
- A review at Pocket Pause.
Tip from reader Pat Jarvis:
My son came up with a good idea for distributing the Borax/sugar ant bait. Put the prepared “syrup” in an empty soda pop can, lay it on its side with the opening at the ground. The dogs and other animals can’t get to it. Little kids might still be a problem, as they are with a lot of things and need to be watched, but at least I won’t poison the animals. If it’s windy they will blow away (we get a lot of wind), so I just dented them in and put a rock on top. The weight of the syrup in the can seems to keep them laying on the right side.
|In the pattern of all things frugal at Humorous Homemaking, I decided to do a post for you all to give you some frugal ideas for Father’s Day. I looked at tons of websites to see what dads really want…..and are you ready for this? Most of the time, those things aren’t expensive. However, I did find out that most dads do not want a big honking orange tie that says BEST DAD on it. They really don’t….why do you think you find those on the clearance rack? Last year I got Barry a cheesy gift from Annie – a mug with photos on it. He’s still using it….he’s more graceful than I am, so he doesn’t break mugs on a regular basis. This year we decided that we weren’t going to spend money on gifts for each other until we paid off the house. That’s our gift to each other instead – extra house payments. But, here are some ideas for you that will cost little out of pocket for you.|
|This one popped up everywhere I looked. Dads want clean cars……those Cheerios on the floor that don’t bother you, really bother him. Really. He’s afraid he’ll go to an important meeting with a Cheerio plastered to his rear end. He would really love it if you and the kids would spend some time cleaning his car on the inside and out. This one should be pretty much free if you have car supplies at home – it only costs you time…..which he will really appreciate. Don’t put a flowerdy air freshener in there when you’re done – more like one in the scent of dirt…….or grease. [Read more…]|
|This will be a pretty short post, but it’s about something that I want to make sure that you guys know is available to you. Dropbox.com is a site that allows you to store your information there for free. FREE. Did you hear me? I <3 free. When Barry and I hear about things like this that are free, we always check them out. Now, most of the time it’s not really free…..there’s a catch or something. You have to name your first child Drop Box……or you have to host a Dropbox employee in your guest room for a week…..or you agree to buy 1,233,282,983 romance novels in three months. Not so here! This service really is free, up to 2 GB (gigabytes…which means a lot of stuff). You can “upgrade” your service and pay more….but neither Barry or I have seen a need for that. We store our essentials there just fine. If you were going to store all your pictures since birth, it might not be right for you. However, we just use it to store things that we don’t want to lose or that we might need when we’re away from home. IF you did need to store large amount of information, it’s not that expensive ($20/month for their biggest package). There are other similar services out there, but I haven’t personally found one better, more stable, and easier than Dropbox. [Read more…]|
*Please see notes at the bottom for additional help and tips added by readers.
I don’t have a dishwasher. I’m weird and like to wash my dishes by hand. Most of the time, I want my dishes right after I wash them to use again…especially if I’m in a cooking frenzy. I hate the thought of waiting for them to wash and waiting for them to dry. Good grief. No thanks.
There was a dishwasher here when we moved in, but I used it to store cake pans. Finally, I told Barry to get the silly thing out of my house and replace it with something useful – a cabinet for my pans. He did, and now I’m happy.
That being said, I know most of you have a dishwasher and I’ve had requests to post a homemade dishwasher soap recipe. So, I did tons of research…and here’s what I found out – it’s hit or miss. Really.
Some people like it, and some people don’t. The recipes I found were all similar, so that’s the one I’m going to give to you today. To get it tested, I gave some to three of my friends and they’ll review it for you at the end.
It’s a very simple recipe. You’ll only need salt (regular), borax, and baking soda. That’s it. We like to keep it simple here at Humorous Homemaking. Simplicity is bliss…….it’s also a pattern company. [Read more…]
When we had our baby shower, we received some really great gifts. One of my favorites was from one of Barry’s family members (Thanks Joy!). Part of her gift was a wonderful tub of homemade wipes. She included the “recipe” because apparently she had heard that I’m really into that. 🙂 Those were my favorite wipes of ALL TIME! They blow store-bought brands out of the water. You’d be amazed at how much poop you can wipe up with those things! After all, Bounty is the quicker picker upper. Bet they didn’t have THAT in mind when they were coming up with a slogan. Anyway, a reader asked me if I’d do a step-by-step for how to make your own wipes. When you read this, you’ll wonder why you’ve not been doing it all along! It’s SO easy and they work great! Let’s use Joy’s recipe and wipe some butts, shall we? [Read more…]
We’ve been trying to do some tidying up around here……and we’ve come to a conclusion. There are entirely too many bottles of STUFF. There are bottles EVERYWHERE. Yes, most of those bottles were less than $1, but still – I like space. When we open a door it’s like “The attack of the bottles!” You know by now that I have really simplified cleaning around here by using white vinegar, baking soda, and peroxide. I wanted to take it a step further and see if there was just one thing I could use for tons of stuff around the house. Vinegar, baking soda, and peroxide are working great, but I wanted something in the soap area too so I did some research and came across liquid castile soap.It will do everything…….everything. Let me just stop right here and tell you, it’s not $1 per bottle. I sent Barry to the health food store to get this for me when he was out of town (that’s where it is usually carried) and he found me several bottles on sale for $7.99…..yes, they did have coupons attached. 🙂 I couldn’t believe I was paying $8 for a bottle of soap (I thought for that price it should get up and clean my house by itself), but after I started using it I was quite pleased……and when I run out, I’ll be going back to buy more. This is the wide selection available, in tons of different scents. If you’re ready to simplify your cleaning life a little further, then castile soap might be right for you – but if you’re more concerned with getting your cleaning tools cheap, you might not like castile soap. [Read more…]
|You’ve probably read this post about making homemade powder laundry detergent and this one about making your own liquid version but I’ve got a few more things to add. I’ve been making my own now for several months and I’ve come to a few conclusions. 1. I love it!!!! 2. I’ve changed it a bit. So, today let’s chat a little about laundry detergent and see if you would like to make some changes too. I’ve only been using the powder version because I like that it takes up so little space. I don’t really have much space to spare here……Annie takes up most of it and what’s left is Dottie’s. Sometimes I think Barry and I should just move out on the porch. [Read more…]|
|This idea comes straight from Tia at Sweet T – It’s a Way of Life. Really, I don’t know why it never occurred to me to make my own foam soap refills. She says she does it all the time! And now I’ve jumped on that same train…….you can make your own foam soap for pennies – or in my case FREE! Sit back and prepare to be amazed my friends! Let’s lather up and get CLEAN!|
This is the type of bottle you need – one that already has had foam soap in it. This one is from Bath and Body Works. Normally, I don’t buy foam soap. I always feel like I’m paying for watered down soap – turns out I WAS! See, I’m a total genius. But anyway, I bought this one because it was a Christmas scent and I like having Christmas soap in the kitchen…..it’s very festive. Who doesn’t want to smell like Festive Vanilla Fig? I mean, come on. Lots of soap makers have jumped on the foam train, so it won’t be hard for you to find one of these…..and if you don’t have one, ask someone else. I called my mom immediately and told her to NEVER throw these away again! I’m seeing a gift giving possibility in my future. My wheels are always turning – my husband is rolling his eyes right now. [Read more…]