until Thanksgiving

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Natural Way To Clean Silver

Today I received silverware that has been passed down from my husband's family. It is beautiful silver but it needed a good polishing. Since I have not previously owned silver, I didn't have any tarnish remover, which got me to start thinking about what I needed to buy. The more I thought about it I knew I didn't feel comfortable using a tarnish remover because of the chemicals it would contain, so I started searching online for a natural way to clean silver. I found out that you can clean silver and remove the tarnish by using tin foil, baking soda and salt. I saw this formula recommended a couple of times on different sites (plus I already had everything I needed) so I gave this "recipe" a try. I placed a piece of tin foil down on the bottom of a skillet, filled it with a few inches of water, added a tablespoon of salt and a tablespoon of baking soda and brought it to a boil. Once the mixture came to a boil, I added the silverware and let it boil for about 4 minutes. Then I just rinsed and dried the silverware. It came out great and was a lot less smelly then I remember those tarnish removers being. I also read that if you place a piece of white chalk in the drawer or box where your silverware is stored it will keep it from tarnishing. This was so easy and I felt much more at ease cleaning it this way then using some chemical on something we would be eating off of.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Join me in participating in the "One Day Without Shoes" event

Have you heard of TOMS shoes? If not check them out at www.toms.com. They are a company that donates a pair of new shoes to a child in need for every pair purchased.
Join me and tons of others in particpating in their special annual event, "One Day Without Shoes" where we will go without shoes to bring awareness of children around the world growing up barefoot and the impact a pair of shoes can have. The event is not until April 5, 2011 but sign up now at www.onedaywithoutshoes.com

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Raw Meat Diet for Our Dog

We have a black lab who has been sick since we got her. Up until now, she had always smelled and had sores all over her. Our dog, Midnight, was allergic to every kind of food we tried. We tried every commercial dog food there is plus vitamins, fish oil and apple cider vinegar. She would never improve and was in constant agony.

Well, about two weeks ago, we started her on a raw meat diet and I am happy to say, she is doing a hundred times better. She doesn't stink or have sores. She has so much more energy and wants to play. Midnight seems like a totally different dog.

We are still learning about this way of feeding since it is still new to us, but I know we made the right decision. We are thrilled that she is doing so much better and we can actually play with her. Plus, we can pet her now without being grossed out by her horrible odor!