Thursday, April 30, 2009


I'm feeling all over the board today, so bear with me.

My little guy below is home sick today. Isn't he so cute bringing me weeds...oops...I mean flowers? (Picture not taken today) He was sick with a fever of 102.6 at 10:00 last night. (My thoughts immediately went to illness of the swine variety!) Today, no fever. Thank the Lord, of course, but since he can't go to school (no fever in the past 24 hours), we are home. My day without kids is not happening. :) But we are having a great day working on numbers, writing, counting, and coloring in our pj's.

Next random topic....
I went through a time when I would only purchase organic fruits and veggies.
I felt it was the best for our family. I STILL feel it is the BEST choice for our family, but my desire to get out of debt outweighs the desire to put $5/lb. strawberries into my kids.
So, I've tried to come up with ways to feel better about putting $1.50/lb. strawberries into my kids, that are potentially laced with pesticides and herbicides. (Makes me cringe even uttering the words!)
I make my own fruit and veggie wash. It's much cheaper than the store bought kind and I think it is just as effective. I can't promise that it removes ALL of the yuckiness from our fruits and veggies, but I'm sure it removes most of it.

Here's how we do it....
(I can't WAIT to get a new camera...sorry for the fuzzy pictures)
1 cup water
1 cup distilled vinegar
1 T baking soda
20 drops of grapefruit complex liquid
1 empty spray bottle
Recipe courtesy of Sophie
Put 1 cup of water and 1 cup of vinegar in a large pitcher.
Add 1 T Baking Soda.
This is my kids favorite part! Now you see why it has to go into a large pitcher first.
Then add approximately 20 drops of grapefruit liquid complex.
Lastly, pour it into a clean spray bottle.

That's it! So easy!!!
Then you spray on your fruit and veggies. Let stand for about 5 minutes.
Rinse with water and eat.

We washed these grapes, then we popped them into the freezer for a refreshing snack later.
We heart frozen grapes around here!!

Last randomness....
I wanted to let you know about a promotion that Hallmark is doing. This is a great idea for a Mother's Day card. Mother's Day is just around the corner and will be here before you know it!

Go over to and choose a 5x7 greeting card online. Give them the mailing address and they will mail it for you. It will be completely FREE! Just use code CARD4MOM at checkout. If you'd prefer to receive the card so you can sign it yourself, put in your own address (quick, though, or you won't have enough time to mail it again).

If you want to send a photo card, find a photo and upload it at You can make a custom photo card there for FREE also by entering the coupon code FREECARD at checkout. You can mail it directly to Mom for just $.99.
That's all the random thoughts for now...have a great day!

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