Thrifty Sister Newsletter Vol 6, Issue 20 – February 16, 2014

Greetings Thrifty Sisters!  I hope that you are all enjoying February, as it is half over, and we are that much closer to March… and spring… This winter on the Prairie feels like a long one, and I am eager for spring to return.

One of my projects for today is to wash up and evaluate our winter gear. It also appears that a trip to the winter clearance areas might be in our future. We have some well-loved mittens that are beyond repair and there seems to be a young man in our home who has outgrown a winter coat that he has worn for the past several years – funny how the jacket arms seem much shorter this year!

With laundry on the mind today, I found this article that had some great stain remover tips.  To read the full article, direct your mouse here: (http://www.care2.com/greenliving/ecological-laundry-stain-treatments.html)

But this is the section that I wanted to share with you, from Sayward Rebhal’s article, “For example: Plain water actually works, but only use it cold. Hot water will set a stain. Vinegar or lemon juice will both act as a whiteners, so feel free to use them on light-colored cloth. For oil-based blemishes, a bit of dish soap will work wonders. Cornstarch (sprinkled on and left for 15 minutes, repeated if necessary) is also great on oils. And finally, for the accident-prone among us, straight undiluted hydrogen peroxide (which is also great for cleaning tile grout) will help to pull out blood stains.”

Some are great reminders, but I also learned a new trick – I had no idea that corn starch would work on oil based stains. Interesting…

Another article that I stumbled upon this week was a 12-month family organizer on how to incorporate more organic living into one’s lives. However, the portion that I found interesting, and more importantly, the section that I feel needs to be shared at this time of year is how to boost our immune systems. I don’t know about your area, but there is some cruddy sick things that are floating around and really are becoming major health problems.

This selection comes from http://www.care2.com/greenliving/a-practical-12-month-organic-living-plan.html , “As the summer fades and the colder weather sets in, colds and flu become more frequent. You can actually DO things to boost your immune system, now, and into the winter months. Eat more organic fruits and vegetables on a regular basis. One of the absolutely BEST ways to get the most nutritional value out of these fruits and vegetables is to juice them, raw. Drinking 4-6 oz. Of fresh, organic fruit and/or vegetable juice, twice daily, is a great, all natural way to boost your immune system. The vitamins and minerals provided will help keep your body healthy so it can more efficiently and effectively fight off viruses and bacteria. You may also want to consider some organic herbal supplementation. There are many herbs available that will help support your immune system before, during and after you catch cold. Sleep, exercise and water. Not organic in nature, but critical to the health and well-being of our bodies, especially during those times when our bodies may be more vulnerable.”

If you have fallen out of the habit of drinking water or eating fresh fruits and veggies, this is a great time to rejuvenate this healthy habit, and help one daydream themselves to spring, one happy apple at a time. And don’t forget to wash your hands with soap and water!

Have the winter blahs set in and you feel unmotivated?  Why not try some crafts that will help clear out the closets of plastic shopping bags?  Who knows – one of these nifty little crafts might become that new favorite bag to take to the pool… ahhh…. swimming pools, and warmth, and sun… ahhh…. (can one sense that I have one HUGE case of spring fever?!)  For some great crafting ideas with plastic bags, try this web site: http://www.greenlivingtips.com/articles/recycled-plastic-bag-crafts.html There are even crafts for kids, in case your little ones are stuck inside and you are running out things to keep them busy.

Maybe cooking or baking is more what you are craving today?  Did you know that Feb 16 is National Almond Day? These little nuts are power packed with all sorts of good-for-you treats, and they are super tasty! For all you foodies, try spicing up your February with tasting your way through the daily list of national food days: http://www.thenibble.com/fun/more/facts/holidays-february.asp

For more information on almonds and a cookie recipe, visit http://blog.thenibble.com/2014/02/16/recipe-almond-butter-cookies/

And there it is, my Thrifty Sisters!  May you enjoy the dwindling winter days, and appreciate the fact that our days are noticeably longer. Sweet dreams of spring, as you day dream about how to remove your garden grime from your future laundry, boosting your immune system NOW, so you can enjoy the upcoming spring or enjoy crafting with plastic bags or baking up some fresh almond cookies to pass the day away.  As always, have a great week, and keep on keeping it thrifty!

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