People have always commented on my ability to wash clothes. To be honest, I am obsessed with having clean clothes. It irritates me not being able to get spots out of clothes. My friends often inquire what my secret is in getting out stains and I thought I might share the products in hopes that they might be helpful to you, too. J
#1 - Hairspray - This one was passed down from my grandmother to my mom, to me. Hairspray will remove ink from clothing. To use: Spray area with hairspray, blot with a paper towel, launder, and the ink should be removed. It has been my experience that any brand will do the trick. We actually don't use hairspray in our home, so I buy the cheapest brand and leave it with my laundering detergents for when an ink spot arises.
# 2 - Epsom Salt - This one I read in a magazine about 5 years ago and have had success with it every time. Have you ever washed an item with both dark and light colors and had the dark colors bleed into the light colors? It's happened to me on more than one occasion and it really annoys me. The last time, I had a cute red and white striped sweater that I had worn probably 2 times. I washed it and the red bled onto the white. I never could bring myself to wear it again. L To use: After placing laundry detergent into the washing machine pour in about 1/4 cup of Epsom salt before adding clothing. I use this on many loads now, whenever I am in doubt. I haven't been disappointed yet. Again, I buy a cheap brand and keep it in a tightly sealed container in my laundry room.
# 3 - Shout - This has been my stain releaser of choice since getting married. We use it often, even more often after having Olivia, and even more often after having a little boy. J To use: Generously spray spot, allow to soak for 10-30 minutes, and launder. It removes most stains. If it doesn't work, I turn to #4, my all-time favorite clothes washing helper.
#4 - De-Solv-it - MY ALL TIME FAVORITE CLOTHES WASHING HELPER!!!!! My mom introduced me to this product about 5 years ago, and I will never go without it on my shelf again. She originally purchased the product to remove stickers, but we soon found out it can do so much more. J This product will remove the toughest of stains -- grease, car oil, cooking oil, make-up, lipstick, grass stain, crayon, tomato stains, chocolate, just to name a few I have used it for. When I have thought that there is no hope in getting out a stain, this product will remove it 9 times out of 10. Sometimes I have to use it twice, but it RARELY lets me down. To use: Generously spray spot, allow to soak for 10-30 minutes, and launder.
I recently ran out of this amazing "liquid gold" (read with disgust...because Wal-Mart no longer carries this product on their shelves) and tried a substitute -- Goo Gone. Let me just say, DO NOT USE GOO-GONE. I used it in place of De-Solv-it and it stained several items of clothing the Goo-Gone orange color. One white shirt I had to launder an additional 6-7 times to remove the orange dye color. After going though the heartache of laundering one item so many times I got on the internet and ordered 8 bottles of De-Solv-it, so I wouldn't run out again any time soon. J Call me eccentric, but I am sold on this product.
Our tea time this week focused on welcoming spring. Spring for me has always meant flowers, my favorite - probably daffodils. Yellows, whites, and oranges, but mostly yellow. I grew up surrounded by daffodil lovers. My mom and dad planted daffodil bulbs around our house and I always looked forward to a trip to southern Mississippi each spring to see the fruits of my great-great-grandparents labor. They set out hundreds of daffodil bulbs in their front yard. My grandmother would take me to the yard of the old dog-trot home and I would be engulfed in a sea of yellow daffodils. I always felt like a princess picking daffodil posies until my heart was content. I placed them in my hair and always breathed in their sweet smells. I have such fond childhood memories of daffodils and each year when I see them in bloom and smell their sweetness, I am taken back to being a "princess." Who knows, perhaps the reason my favorite color is yellow is because of daffodils?
For tea time we visited a local park that has many daffodils in bloom and enjoyed breathing in the sweet smells. Olivia and Isaac enjoyed playing among the "Friendship Ring" statue and playing in, smelling, and picking (a few) daffodils. Before returning home, we completed our tea time outing by eating Daffodil Cake which happened to be white and lemony yellow like the surrounding daffodils.
We are so excited that spring has arrived! This afternoon we enjoyed driving down country roads admiring the beautiful colors God is rewarding us with during this season. Unlike our Sunday Afternoon Fall Drive a few months ago that produced colors from leaves, today we saw colors from budding blossoms. We look forward to the future colors and blossoms that spring will bring us in the next months.
Isaac's name means "laughter." He lives up to his name daily, filling our home with laughter because of his silliness. Today he walked in the kitchen while I was preparing lunch wearing a stethoscope on his head. He was serious, but Olivia and I laughed until our cheeks hurt.
We celebrated St. Patrick's Day and green all day today. After reading St. Patrick's Day in the Morning and St. Patrick's Day, we discussed Saint Patrick and his ministry to the Irish and how he presented the Trinity to them by using a three-leaf clover. In honor of the three-leaf clover, we enjoyed cinnamon shamrocks for brunch along with eggs, bacon, and freshly squeezed orange juice or green colored milk.
During our afternoon tea we shared Irish bread and, what else but, green tea.
Then for dinner tonight we had a green salad with green leaf lettuce, romaine, celery greens, asparagus, celery, green bell pepper, and tomatoes and carrot hid underneath. After our salad I had prepared BLT paninis.
We had a fun day celebrating St. Patrick's Day and we hope you did, too.
One year ago today Olivia accepted Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior by asking Him to come to live in her heart. Michael had a devotion with her before going to work and through the devotion she asked Jesus to come live in her heart. Here was Olivia's narration of her experience from last year.
Today I became a Christian. I had Bible and devotion with Daddy. Then I said a prayer so I could be a Christian. I asked Jesus to come into my heart and forgive my sins. After that I felt happy and Jesus hugging me and walking with me. He will watch over me forever. Now I will get to go to heaven and see Jesus there.
In celebration of today we began this morning with cross shaped biscuits for breakfast. Then this afternoon we made a large rice krispie treat cross. Olivia had a candle to blow out as we sang "Happy Birthday" and Michael had a special time of scripture reading and prayer time for Olivia.
Last year in honor of Olivia accepting Christ, my mom and dad gave her a BirthVerse bracelet. It has a bible verse that corresponds to the month and day of her spiritual birthday. She enjoyed wearing it today and reading her birthverse from her Bible.
Olivia's birthverse is Philippians 3:14 which says, "I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus."
We praise God and rejoice with the angels for Olivia's acceptance of Jesus as her Lord and Savior last year. What joy it brings to Michael and I to know that our daughter has made the most important decision of her life. We look forward to watching Olivia's journey learning and growing in Christ throughout her lifetime as she "presses on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called her heavenward in Christ Jesus."
We'll be buying more blue and Isaac will soon be sharing a room with a brother.
We had our ultrasound this morning and the baby looked healthy and right on track. We found out that he is already a very serious "thinker" -- see his hand on his head as he was in deep thought today. J
For those wondering how "Big Sister" Olivia is taking the news...she is very excited. Before going into the room she said, "Mom, I hope I have a little sister." I asked her who created our baby and she answered, "God did, Mommy!" I said, "That's right and He knows what is best for Olivia and our family. We have to be grateful for what He decides for us."
She was so excited during the ultrasound and was constantly inquiring what she was seeing. Then when the technician determined the gender she typed a message on the monitor that Olivia read outloud and exclaimed "It's a boy!"
Tonight during her prayer she also thanked God for her new baby brother. J
We are each very thankful for our new little boy and ask that you please continue to pray for our little one as he grows and develops.
That was the temperature difference from last Sunday to this Sunday. Last Sunday we bundled up to enjoy playing in the snow and catch snowflakes on our tongues and today we played outside in shorts and short sleeves enjoying spring type weather.
We are getting excited about spring approaching here. What has the weather been like where you are?
Michael returned home from a five day business trip in Mexico. The kids have not wanted to let him out of their sight. They have wanted to be with Daddy no matter what he has been doing.
My cousin, Nick, moved in with us. He has been living in Georgia for two years now, but his contract ran up on his house and he hasn't found the new perfect house for he and his sweet dogs yet. We love Nick and are glad that we will get to spend extra time with him. Hopefully, Nick won't be too tired of us before he moves out. J
We played in the SNOW! We got out and enjoyed the only snow that has made it's way to our parts of Georgia this year. We made snowballs, looked at our footprints we made in the snow, tried to catch snowflakes on our tongues, and enjoyed hot cocoa to warm up when we came inside.