The DIY Faucet Extender

Hello Ladies and Gents!  So we’ve had a break and moved our entire household a few states north!  Surprisingly during this time, our daughter has become completely potty trained! (even though I fully anticipated a regression because of the move)  The only thing at this point that was holding her back from doing the entire process herself was the fact that even with a stool she couldn’t reach the faucet to wash or even rinse her hands.  and honestly I had a difficult time holding her up while also assisting her with the process.  I needed a solution!

So I went scouring the web for a product to buy and then stumbled upon this DIY idea .  It was perfect, because I had also just figured out Continue reading

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Egg less Cookie Dough

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Hey guys and gals!  Today I’m going to solve for you the problem of eating raw cookie dough.  We aren’t supposed to, but most of us do it anyways because its so damn delicious.  Well I have for you today a recipe for egg less cookie dough!  Now we can indulge our sweet tooth without feeling bad about risking sickness and all.  I know for sure I have a few pregnant friends who will thank me for this one!  I actually meant to try this one when I was preggo with my baby girl but never got around to it!  It is so delicious!  I hope you guys like it as much as I do!

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You’ll need;

  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup milk (or more depending on how firm or runny you like your dough)
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup flour
  • dash of salt
  • 1/2 cup or more chocolate chips (I’m trying peanut butter next time XD but this time I used milk chocolate morsels

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The process;

Mix together the butter and brown sugar until smooth.  Then mix in vanilla and milk.  Then add in remaining ingredients and stir until well blended.  Eat.  Or if you prefer, chill in the fridge for desired stiffness.  (oh yeah, did I mention how simple this was?) As I mentioned above, you can add additional milk if you like your dough runny, but do so slowly.  Like by the tablespoon.   I let it sit in the fridge for maybe an hour and it was perfect for me =)  and then the next day I found aforementioned baby girl eating it right out of the fridge.  Looks like I have to move all the sweets up a shelf.

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So that’s it for today!  Let me know how this goes for you, or what you’d like to see next!

How to clean a Keurig!

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Hey everybody!  So, today I woke up wanting tea, went downstairs to prepare it and realized I hadn’t used the Keurig in months and should probably clean it.  Once upon a time, the Keurig and I were best buds and I visited it every day, but after having to redo my diet a bit, it sits in the corner and is only turned on every once in a while.  So, in an attempt to get her going again and NOT  get sick off of whatever has probably been growing in the water left in the tank, I cleaned my Keurig.  And now, I’m going to share how I did it with you!

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All you need is; 

  • Vinegar
  • Soap
  • A bottle brush or sponge
  • water
  • A
  • Mug to brew into

The process is also really very simple.  Pour about an inch of vinegar into your tank, and fill it up the rest of the way with water.  Let the machine draw in the water mixture and heat, and then turn off the “auto off” feature, so it will stay heated and you can let the warm vinegar/ water mix sit and decontaminate the inside of the Keurig for a while.  I set a timer for 30 mins, and then came back when it was done to finish the job.

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The next step is to run the vinegar through the machine.  That’s right, brew vinegar water.  Make sure your k cup holder is empty though!  When this has run through, brew more water, until whats coming out no longer smells like vinegar (this would not be a very yummy thing to drink!)

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After that is taken care of, take the other removable parts off (tank, k cup holder, and the tray under where you put your mug)  wash them in warm soapy water, or run the dishwasher safe parts through the dishwasher.  I didn’t want to wait on my machine, so I hand washed them using a bottle brush to get in those crannies.  Be CAREFUL when you go to wash the inside of the k cup holder, there is still a needle in it!

Then put the parts back on, and you’re done!  Now, I’m going to go have my tea!

How to Clean your humidifier.

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     So not too long ago, my family discovered the wonder of the humidifier.  My kids have a certain…talent for getting sick whenever the pollen counts rise, the temperature changes, or there is ANY holiday coming/here.  Also breathing air…  I’ve been doing my damnedest to stop this trend in our household, and my humidifier allies are key players in my battle plan.  Which I am pleased to say is working as of late.  But apparently it is also necessary to clean them as well.  So I searched the internet for THE BEST way to clean a humidifier.  (which means takes the least amount of elbow grease, and time)

I found a variety of options,  from running the machine with vinegar in it, to completely dissembling the machine, scrubbing with chemicals, and waiting for said machine to dry before putting it back together for use.  Ain’t nobody got time for that.  So I tried a few and here is what I came up with for you.  The easiest (and yet still thorough) way to clean your trusty humidifier so your children can breathe at night. 


You’ll need

  • White distilled vinegar
  • A bottle/ glass cleaner
  • Tea tree oil (optional, but really helps to kill that vinegar smell, and is also antibacterial.)
  • Large bowl or sink.

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My Process

     First, unplug the machine and make sure all parts are cool.  Then, empty the tank and all other areas where water might be hiding (base etc).  Take any small removable parts (including filters) out, rinse, and put in either your sink or a large bowl.  Pour enough vinegar into the bowl to cover the parts (you may choose to dilute the vinegar a bit with some hot water to save you from using all of your handy dandy vinegar) and add 3-5 drops of your tea tree oil in.   Let this soak, turning if necessary, while you tend to the rest of your machine.

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     Take your empty base and tank, and fill with vinegar and tea tree oil as well.  I used about three cups of vinegar and the same amount of oil (3-5 drops) in my tank, and swished it around really well to make sure I got all the sides.  I left them to sit for at least 30 mins, making sure to flip my tank every 10 minutes. (hey, I wanted to be sure)

     Once that has set, take your brush and gently rub any residue away and voila! I recommend wearing gloves if you have them during this part, because vinegar stings horribly if you have cuts or sensitive skin anywhere on your hands.  My hands are red and burning as I type this for you.  Oh the hardship.  Rinse all parts thoroughly and they’re ready to go!  If you really want to, you can run the vinegar mix from the tank through the machine for 30 minutes or so, which I did just to feel like it really disinfected the whole humidifier.   Just be sure to set it outside when you do so the house doesn’t smell like vinegar for days.

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    The best part of this method, it that once you know what to do, it’s extremely simple and the majority of the time it takes, you don’t have to actually be working on it.  (yay multitasking!) As an added bonus, by using vinegar instead of bleach, your machine and the inside of your nose won’t smell  like harmful chemicals.  Or burn.  It should only need to be cleaned every two weeks or so, but check your manual if you still have it.  I usually lose mine so…

     If you have serious buildup, and the initial soak doesn’t take care of it, pour in some fresh vinegar and soak for a longer period of time.  When it finally softens you may need to take a scrubber or sharp object to the tough spots, but I promise it will come clean, and as long as you keep up with it afterwards it won’t be that hard ever again.  Once again, yes I know this because I have had to do it.  I used this opportunity to get my dashing and incredibly helpful husband involved. 🙂

So that’s it!  Have you tried it?  What would you like me to do next?!  I’m dying to know!  Leave the answers in the comments section!