Heloise Hints

Heloise Hints

Frantic Morning Rush?

posted by eolsen

breakfastGetting everybody ready for school in the morning can be such a crazy and stressful time. Here are several hints to make it calmer, so hopefully it goes a little more orderly:

1. Before bedtime, make sure your children gather all their school papers and put them into their backpacks, so they won’t be looking for them in the morning.
2. Set the breakfast table before you go to bed. Put out dishes and dry cereal.
3. Make lunches over the weekend. Freeze sandwiches (without mayo or mustard, lettuce, etc.) and then just pull them out in the morning and finish off.
4. Get your older children to decide what they’re going to wear the next day—before they go to bed. For smaller kids, you can choose the outfits and lay them out at night.

Too Many Family and Children Activities?

posted by eolsen

familyGetting your household running efficiently can be a daunting task. Here are a few Heloise Hints to help wrangle your children’s extracurricular activities in some sense of order, which will help everybody save time and energy:

1. Put a basket on a table near the front door to put your children’s papers that might need a signature and that have to be returned to school.
2. Place a bin in each child’s bedroom to dump/hold all the things they bring home from school, books, etc.
3. Have a specified rack or large plastic garbage can designated to hold all sports equipment.
4. Contain all old school papers and drawings by giving each child their own folder to store them in.

Heloise 5-Point Clutter Control Plan: Yes, It Will Save You Time!

posted by eolsen

clutterHere’s my easy way to help organize your house. Take just 5 minutes or touch and deal with ONLY 5 things a day to deal with clutter that can build up. To deal with items that are not in place, take these 5 steps:

1. File It—Paper work, bills or coupons have piled up. Sort and file them.
2. Forward It—Items/objects that are scattered about, and not where they belong, should be taken to where they do.
3. Fix It—Gather all items that need to be repaired and get them fixed.
4. Fill It In—Forms, school permissions, insurance, bills that have to be completed, do so ASAP.
5. Forget About It—Toss it, pass it on, donate to charity or remove to the recycle bin.

Quickie Rice-Cereal Treats. Easy to Make and Yummy to Eat

posted by eolsen

rice krispiesIf you have unexpected children coming by after school, you can whip up these favorite kid snacks in a hurry. Here’s the short-cut Heloise recipe:

1. Make rice cereal treats faster simply by melting miniature marshmallows in this no-cook recipe.
2. Mix the rice cereal with the melted marshmallow cream. Butter the pan and press the mixture into it.
3. If your children like it a bit cool, you can put it into the refrigerator or even freezer for a short while. This is a favorite Heloise Hint with busy parents. So try to keep some rice cereal and marshmallows on hand, even if you have to hide them!

Getting Your Children To Help Out

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KidsWith the new fall school year looming; Mom and Dad may feel like it is managing the family circus in overtime. With all the school and sports activities, play dates, sleepovers and more going into full swing, you can enlist your children to be more organized. Here are some simple ideas:

1. Use it or lose it. Teach your children to put away or organize the items they love and use. If they are bored with a toy or game or have outgrown clothing, they can lose them. You can donate to a charity or toss out these unwanted and/or broken items.
2. Right stuff in right place. When your kids use the bathroom or are in the kitchen or living room, whatever they take out, they need to put it back in it right place. Show them where things are stored or go in your home, so they know.
Also, give them plenty of shelves or storage bins to contain their stuff.

Leather Shoes Too Tight? Here’s a Hint to Try

posted by eolsen

shoesIf you realize the leather shoes you have in your closet are not comfortable, you can stretch them a bit. Here’s what to do.

1. To stretch leather shoes a little, use a shoe stretcher and a shoe-stretch spray, which you can find at shoe-repair shops.

2. Apply the spray inside the shoe, and add a stretcher, if you have one.

3. This may not work, so the take shoes to a shoe-repair shop that has a stretching machine. Especially if you love them! It’s worth the money.

4. To prevent this problem. Never buy shoes (especially man-made) that are too tight or too small, which may be tempting, particularly when they are on sale. But they will never fit properly or be able to be stretched enough to be comfortable.

Don’t Pay a Plumber, Prevent the Problem First!

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sinkThe drains in your home are basically taken for granted—until there’s a problem, usually a huge one! To avoid a costly repair, monitor and maintain drains by flushing weekly with warm water and checking them regularly. Most drain problems, like blockages, can be prevented by being aware of what should and shouldn’t be put down household drains. Here’s a list of Heloise Do’s and Don’ts:

What to put and not to put down household drains:

 

DON’T

Garbage disposal— asparagus, artichokes, bones, stringy vegetables like celery, oyster/clam shells, cornhusks, drain cleaners, large fruit pits, glass or plastic
Kitchen sink—fats, grease, vegetable oils
Bathroom sink— cosmetics, hair, lotions, medications, prescription or nonprescription drugs or sunscreen
Toilet— adhesive bandage wrappers, cigarettes, condoms, cotton swabs, dental floss, sanitary napkins, tissues or paper towels. Only flush what is supposed to be flushed!
Outdoor drains or sewers—anti-freeze, fertilizer, motor oil or auto chemicals, paint, pesticides or insecticides, pool chemicals, rags, sealants or thinners. What are people thinking? Where do you think that water goes?
DO
Kitchen sink—water from preparing foods and small food debris, liquids like sour milk, soft drinks that are no longer fizzy, etc. Think before you pour!
Toilet—bodily waste and toilet paper. That’s it—not even tissues, which do not break down like toilet paper. This is especially important, if the plumbing system is on a septic system.
Bathroom drains—water from bathing, showering, washing, brushing teeth, etc.

Smelly Dog Beds and Dog Dishes Dirty?

posted by eolsen

dogWe love our dogs, but they can get dirty (especially if they play outside or have a doggie door) and carry that to their beds. They also can be messy eaters and drinkers. Here are some hints on cleaning up after them:

1. Yucky dog food (especially moist canned) and water bowls need to be cleaned often. It’s best to clean the food bowls in hot, soapy water, right after they eat (or at least every few days), so wet food does not dry and get stuck to it. To prevent this sticky crud, spritz a bit of non-stick cooking spray into the dish before you put the food inside. Also, place the dishes on a plastic placemat to contain the spills. We do this for our new family member, Chammy, a silky Wheaten, who adopted us, from the Human Society here in San Antonio, Texas. Woof, woof from Chammy and Heloise.

2. Take smelly dog beds outdoors and give them a good shake to remove debris and dirt. Wash the beds by themselves (no other items in the washer), if the tag says it’s safe in hot water and on the highest water level. Do not add fabric softener. Fluff in the dryer.

Mothball Odor in Clothes? Easy Fix!

posted by eolsen

washing_machineIf clothes or furniture have been stored with mothballs, the stench can be overpowering and awful when you take them out to be used. Here are some Heloise Hints to get rid of the stink:
1. Give clothes and furniture plenty of air circulation to lessen the mothball odor.
2. For clothing, hang them outside in fresh air, which will help the smell dissipate. Then put just these clothes into washing machine (no other garments). Add washing soda or baking soda to the regular amount of detergent you use.
3. For furniture, if the mothball smell permeates the inside of a chest or drawer or cedar chest, take the drawers out and air out. Use a fine-grade sandpaper to lightly sand the inside and vacuum up the shavings. If you still smell the odor, crumple up newspapers and shove them inside to also absorb the smell. And finally wipe the inside with a cloth that has been dampened with household vinegar. Let air-dry.

Baking soda has so many uses and is one of my favorite go-to products at home. Teddy bears smelly? Sprinkle baking soda onto them, rub in a bit, and leave for a while. Then brush them out and stuffed animals will be refreshed. Click here for more baking soda hints at my Website: www.Heloise.com

Garage Door: Is Yours Safe?

posted by eolsen

garageWhile electronic garage doors are so convenient, they also can be dangerous if children or pets interact with them. Use these safety hints to be sure your garage door is always in good working order and not a safety hazard:

1. On a regular basis, check the door to be sure it will reverse with 2 seconds of coming in contact with a person or an object. Check on line for the correct way to do this test yourself.
2. Bring in a professional to inspect the door every year or so to be sure that it is working properly.
3. Don’t let children play with the remote controls, or the button that may be on a wall in the garage. DON’T let them play with an automatic garage door at all!
4. Be sure your children are taught NOT to run out of the garage as the door is on the way down. This is the most important Heloise Hint for you to remember!

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Frantic Morning Rush?
Getting everybody ready for school in the morning can be such a crazy and stressful time. Here are several hints to make it calmer, so hopefully it goes a little more orderly: 1. Before bedtime, make sure your children gather all their school papers and put them into their backpacks, so they won

posted 8:00:43am Aug. 26, 2014 | read full post »

Too Many Family and Children Activities?
Getting your household running efficiently can be a daunting task. Here are a few Heloise Hints to help wrangle your children’s extracurricular activities in some sense of order, which will help everybody save time and energy: 1. Put a basket on a table near the front door to put your children

posted 8:00:14am Aug. 25, 2014 | read full post »

Heloise 5-Point Clutter Control Plan: Yes, It Will Save You Time!
Here’s my easy way to help organize your house. Take just 5 minutes or touch and deal with ONLY 5 things a day to deal with clutter that can build up. To deal with items that are not in place, take these 5 steps: 1. File It—Paper work, bills or coupons have piled up. Sort and file them. 2.

posted 8:00:47am Aug. 22, 2014 | read full post »

Quickie Rice-Cereal Treats. Easy to Make and Yummy to Eat
If you have unexpected children coming by after school, you can whip up these favorite kid snacks in a hurry. Here’s the short-cut Heloise recipe: 1. Make rice cereal treats faster simply by melting miniature marshmallows in this no-cook recipe. 2. Mix the rice cereal with the melted marshmall

posted 8:00:45am Aug. 21, 2014 | read full post »

Getting Your Children To Help Out
With the new fall school year looming; Mom and Dad may feel like it is managing the family circus in overtime. With all the school and sports activities, play dates, sleepovers and more going into full swing, you can enlist your children to be more organized. Here are some simple ideas: 1. Use

posted 8:00:53am Aug. 20, 2014 | read full post »


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