Archive for February, 2009

What to do with eye shadow or blush that has broken

Thursday, February 12, 2009 13:30 1 Comment

Ever had that horrible feeling after you have dropped a favorite eyeshadow or blush, only to discover it has shattered into a zillion pieces? Well, instead of throwing it out next time, do this handy tip.

Mix the broken pieces with a small amount of vaseline, ensuring you are mixing well. Then use it as a cream-based eyeshadow or blush, instead of a powdered one! Just remember that cream-based products need to be applied slightly differently, so don’t use this for the first time right before heading out the door! While you may apply it perfectly the first time, with others it takes the practice makes perfect method 😉

This was posted under category: Bath & Body recipes

How clean is your bathtub?

Sunday, February 8, 2009 5:59 Comments Off on How clean is your bathtub?

You know how a bathtub can look fairly clean, simply because of shampoo and body wash being used in it frequently.  Usually, it is a huge buildup of soap scum, or a more obvious sign, such as mildew, that gets us bringing out the cleaning supplies.  But how many of us can say we really gave the bathtub a good scrub as opposed to a quick once over?

Want to know why you should be giving your bathtub the good scrub down?  The Hygiene Council tested family bathtubs and found that the germ that is most commonly responsible for that staph infections was found in over 1/4 of the bathtubs tested… while that same germ was only found in 6% of garbage cans!

And the rest of your bathroom?  Well, for starters, the toilet seat has LESS bacteria on it than your bathroom sink and sink faucet. 

So doesn’t this weekend sound like a really great time to clean the bathroom?  And don’t forget we have a ton of bathroom cleaner recipes you can make, if you prefer to clean your bathroom without using a ton of the chemical laden commercial cleaners.

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Nutritious meals for $10 or less

Friday, February 6, 2009 16:18 1 Comment

CNN has a good feature today on nutritious meals for a family for $10 or less.  You won’t find a box od Kraft Mac and Cheese anywhere to be found!

Which got me thinking, what are some of your favorite nutritious meals that cost less than $10 for a family.

Here are some of the things I do:

  • Pesto sauce with veggie pasta (or whole wheat pasta) with chopped fresh tomatoes in it
  • Homemade veggie pizza (store bought crust, tomato sauce, fresh chopped veggies such as peppers, tomatoes, mushrooms) topped with a small amount of cheese
  • Vegetable pasta salad
  • Marinated then baked chicken thighs, served with veggies

What are some of your favorites?

This was posted under category: Cooking

Did you know drinks can be a lunchtime budget buster?

Monday, February 2, 2009 6:38 Comments Off on Did you know drinks can be a lunchtime budget buster?

Some people get really good about packing lunches to save money, for themselves, their partners and their kids.  But did you know that if you don’t pack some sort of drink, the temptation to buy an expensive coffee drink or even just soda pop out of the vending machine can put a serious dent in your carefully planned budget?

Think how much the vending machine charges for a can or bottle of soda, juice or even bottled water at your work.  Now compare that to what you can pick up the same thing for at the grocery store… huge difference, right?  And even if you have packed a lunch, sometimes thirst is what does the budget in because it is so easy to buy a drink. 

Make sure you pack a drink with all the lunches you pack.  Juice boxes for kids are frequently on sale, or you can buy re-usable drink box containers and fill them yourself each day – which also means you can dilute them with water to cut down on the amount of sugar, or even just add ice cubes, since they will melt by lunchtime.  If your partner insists on soda, buy cans or bottles in large packs, then send one each day.  Or pack tea bags or bring a small packet of hot chocolate into the office and use the hot water there.

Don’t forget we also have plenty of drink mix recipes at MomsBudget, so you can leave a jar of these inexpensive homemade drink mixes right in your office, or bring a plastic bag with enough for a cup each day.

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