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Monday, January 15, 2018

Tip for Tuesday

Do you ever think of using your dishwasher to wash things other than dishes?
As I was taking my dish scrubber out of it the other day, I thought I should share this.  Maybe everyone already knows this one, but it works so well for me, I'm letting you know!

I don't know what type of scrubby you use for dishes, but I like this type that usually comes in blue or green,  They can get pretty disgusting, so I tuck it into the dishwasher about twice a week and it comes out fresh and clean!  I don't use sponges, but I hear you can do the same with them.
Another thing I like to do is to collect all the globes from lighting fixtures and run a load of them.  They come out sparkling and I don't risk breaking them in the sink.
One other unusual thing I occasionally put in the dishwasher is combs.  They look brand new when they're done and it's so much easier than soaking and scrubbing them.
What about you?  Do you wash anything besides dishes in your dishwasher?

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Treasure jar

After I showed the special jar that Laura did for us this Christmas, I got several e-mails asking about it, so I thought I would share a little more about it.

This is the jar we got this year, filled with all kinds of papers to open.  In front of it is the first one we pulled out which is a photo of the girls.


This is the one we got last year, with a photo and a drawing Alaina had done.  We got this for Christmas 2016, so the photos were from the year 2016 and it had drawings that Alaina had done when she was just turning 4.
People asked about what all was on the papers, and how many she put in it.  I don't have an exact number but there had to have been at least 300 little squares, because we pulled things out of it all year, all the way to Christmas 2017.
There were lots of photos of the girls, little drawings that Alaina did (and a couple from Ruby), verses that Laura wrote out, thank you's to us,  and memories that Laura had of growing up.



We couldn't just throw them away, so I got a little scrapbook and put them in as the year passed.








Here are a few sample pages of the book.


I thought this little picture was so cute that I framed it.  Everything else is in the scrapbook.
It's such a thoughtful, fun gift!   We enjoyed every piece of paper we pulled out and are looking forward to another year of these little treasures.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Friday Funny

Batten down the hippos - winter is here!