Friday, May 27, 2016

Frugal Friday With Marsha -- Uses For Newspapers Part 2

Continuing from part 1 last week, here are some more ways that I have used newspapers as well as ideas that I like, or plan to start using.

Housetraining a puppy or dog.  Actually this is something my mom has always done, laid down newspapers for her dogs in the house.  Her current dog is no different.  He does go outside, but also potties in the house.

Paper mache --  Lots of fun and messy things you can make as a family project.  Making pinatas is the most popular.  We've made large Easter eggs for decoration as well.  Simply mix flour and water into a thin mixture.  Dip the newspaper strips until they are soaked, form them around your creation (usually blown up balloons), and let it dry once done.  If you are making something around a balloon, use a pin to poke and pop the balloon inside once it's done.

Fire Starter-- Lots of times we have just used rolled up newspaper to get our camping fire started if there is no kindling around or if the wood is a little damp.  At one time we went all out making little stoves  with rolls of paper inside cans such as tuna cans, which were then coated in parafin.  Not newspaper related, but you can also use cardboard egg cartons, fill each egg hole with dryer lent, and then cover with parafin.  You then have small fire starters.

Messy dinner? Newspaper’s a classic tablecloth when boiled shrimp, lobster or watermelon’s on the menu.  We always lay out newspapers when we carve pumpkins, so I'm not sure why I've never thought of using it for other messy type foods.

Smelly fridge? Line a shelf with newspaper overnight. The newspaper will absorb the odours. A piece in the vegetable drawer will keep your produce dry.  Keep the refrigerator vegetable drawer dry and free of smells. Line the bottom with newspaper.  I didn't think of this either and we have one drawer in the fridge in particular that will now be lined with newspaper.  That's the drawer where we keep the fresh fruits and veggies.

Germinating seeds for your spring garden? Spread ‘em between damp sheets of newspaper.  In school we did this in damp paper towels.  It hadn't crossed my mind to try using wet newspapers.  I heard from a friend that we needed to germinate the seeds before we planted them in the little pots this year, and that was probably why we weren't successful.  Here's to next year and doing it right!


This site has loads of art and craft ideas that involve both newspapers and magazines:

Images courtesy of pixabay.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Nickel and Dimed–Book Review

Full title is Nickel and Dimed On (Not) Getting By in America by Barbara Ehrenreich

ISBN 0-8050-6389-7
Published by Owl Books.

This is a book that had been sitting on my bookshelf waiting to be read. I'm glad that I got around to it. It's very eye opening, even for a person like myself that has always lived well below the poverty line. Read my full review below.

Barbara was taken to lunch by her publisher, where he told her the book he wanted her to write.
She was to go out and see if it was possible to live on just $6 or $7 an hour. This was the time of the welfare reform.
She spent 2 years doing her research and getting the book written….1999 and 2000.

Although the research was done that many years ago, this book is a must read to understand what goes on in the lives of those living in poverty.

Barbara was given around $1500 to start with for each place she went to. She traveled from Florida, to Maine, to Minnesota. She held jobs such as a waitress, nursing home aide, hotel maid and house cleaner and even a Walmart employee.
Each time though, she was unable to make it on the wages she was earning.
She was able to pay for deposit and 2 months rent with her upfront money, but it never failed that by at the end of those 2 months she had not been able to save up enough money to pay a 3rd months rent. Sometimes she had a really hard time even finding a place she could afford to get in to. She had to take very inadequate living circumstances.

She was doing this as a single person, not as a person with family and couldn’t do it! Along the way she talks with her co-workers and learn how they are making it (or not making it). Some live in their cars…some with relatives…some with a boyfriend or girlfriend……
They don’t have insurance. Their lunch consists of just a bag of Doritos.

My favorite section was when she worked for Merry Maids. She describes in detail the cleaning of the wealthy home owners. She also describes what she is doing in detail.  What got to her the most about the job was cleaning a home of her own and her appreciation of what she has.

Whether you are among the living poor, or you have plenty of money to live on, I highly recommend reading this book.
Even though this is a true stories book, it is very intriguing. You won’t want to put it down as you will want to find out where her travels and research take her next and just what goes on in her quest for survival.

There are also lots of statistics throughout the book. Although the statistics are from 1999 and 2000, I don’t think they will have changed much from then until now. The back of the book also includes a reading group guide.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Frugal Friday with Marsha -- Uses For Newspapers Part 1

Many Ways to Recycle Your Newspapers!
I guess I've had newspapers on my mind all day. First of all, I needed to renew my subscription. Secondly, I was reading a book on being self sufficient that mentioned using newspapers in your compost pile. Thirdly, I came home and started tearing some of my newspapers up. More on the 3rd one later in this post.

It made me think that there has to be so many ways to recycle newspaper other than just throwing them in your recycle bin. I've been doing some research and want to share my favorite ways.

Enjoy and I hope you learn some things and get inspired too!

Use Newspaper in place of cat litter.
When we had our cat declawed, we were told to use torn up newspaper in his litter box for 10 days (or buy the Yesterday’s News litter that they sell). I used the torn up newspapers. Once the 10 days was over though, we went back to the litter, both regular and scoopable.
A few months ago as a way to save money, I went back to tearing up the newspapers to use in place of litter. I remembered how well it worked when we had to use it before. I have plenty of newspapers laying around, that was for sure…..and I still do!

The newspapers soak up the urine very nicely and are a natural odor absorber as well. It’s super easy to clean the litter boxes too!

Wrap Tomatoes to Ripen Them
Summer before last the tomatoes really took off in our garden……but not until we were on top of frost. My husband got the advice from a farmer to wrap them individually in newspaper and put them in a box in a dark place. We did just that…wrapped each one individually, placed them in stacks of 3 in two boxes. we placed them in a dark room in the basement.
Each week we checked them, taking out the ones that had turned red and putting the green ones back in. Within 3 weeks all tomatoes had ripened and we were able to save over 6 lbs of tomatoes that we would have lost to frost otherwise!

Pack Breakables and Delicates
I’ve always used newspapers to wrap glassware and other breakables when packing them away.
I do recycle the wrapping from the previous year, and use new newspapers when I re-pack the items. An example is all the Christmas decorations that we just put away this week.
There is one things to make note of. When wrapping dishes for an extended time, they will pick up the newsprint and have to be washed well before using them to eat.

Clean Glass
This one has never made sense to me…how does newspaper clean glass without leaving newsprint? I still have no clue, but I do know it works! Over the years I have always used crumpled up newspaper to clean the glass on pictures hanging in my house.
When I worked at a motel as a housekeeper we used newspapers (and vinegar) to clean windows and mirrors.
Just use your normal glass cleaner with crumpled up newspaper. As I mentioned above you can use a mixture of half vinegar and half water. This is both natural and economical!

Kids Scoop Page
Our local newspapers offers a Kids Scoop page in each Monday’s newspaper.
This is a learning page. Even though it’s geared towards grade school children, I still had my teenager do them. They were put in her “away from home” school work folder. They give her a break from text books, are fun, and are educational.  Although she is grown up and we no longer homeschool, the grandchildren love these pages.  They are nice to keep in the folder in the van to help keep them busy on long rides or long waits in the van.

The Kids Scoop page sitting in front of me is about wants and needs. It starts off with a definition of both. It has pictures for the child to mark whether these items are a want or a need. Some of the pictures include socks, a comb, skateboard, television. One assignment on the page is to go through the newspapers and cut out pictures of things and then glue them in the wants, or the needs column.
Also included is a vocabulary builder, which is a different word each week. This week’s word is survive.
Puzzles are always part of the page including a word search, a word scramble, etc.

Weave Newspaper Strips Into Baskets
This is something I’ve not tried, but I am intrigued with the thought of giving it a try.
I want to try making the circular newspaper basket shown on this page:

There are some who sell baskets made with newspapers on etsy.  Check out this page!

Stay tuned next week as I will continue this post to part 2.

Images courtesy of pixabay.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Stories of Courage and Faith by Isabella Augustus -- A Book Review

Stories of Courage and Faith is a sweet book.  It's written in poetic form to tell the stories of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego and David and Goliath.  Yes, stories from the Bible.

The stories are from the Bible and stories that the children learn in Sunday school.  I love that they are in poetic form.  The grandchildren have loved me reading them out loud to them.  They pick up the book and read the stories for themselves.  They are fun to read in this form and the illustrations are a full page with each page of writing.

At our church, Sunday school is over for the season.  Unfortunately we don't have enough children in our congregation to have Sunday school in the summer.  I have gathered materials so that I can still work with them and read to them over the summer.  I am very pleased to add Stories of Faith and Courage to the line up!

About the author:

Isabella Augustus is a parent who aims to teach children valuable life lessons in fun, innovative ways.
You can visit her Outskirt Press page at:  http;//

Faith and Courage go hand in hand and she teaches that in the moments when we require courage, we exercise our faith.  In the book she teaches children about courage and faith in a fun and unforgettable way.  She has written these stories in a fun and unforgettable way that the children will enjoy again and again and again.

Disclosure:  I rec'd a copy of the book for the purpose of this review.  I was not compensated in any other way and all opinions are my own.  Post does include affiliate links.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

WIP Wednesday Projects

I spent most of the week working on the microwave hotpads for quilt guild.  Once done with the stack of 9 that you see in the picture for quilt guild, I cut the rest of my cotton batting to make sets for sale.
I only ended up having enough for 2 sets plus 1.  I will make that one for us at home.
I chose to put the green fabrics on the top of the pile so I can also post working with green for the soscrappy blog challenge too.

The ladies at church and I are working on this baby blanket for a church member.  Oopsey, had a mistake cut.  I have it at home with me to hopefully fix it.  We will then finish it up together by tieing it.  It's been a challenge and if I remember, I will take a picture of it to share when we get it finished.

I worked on the yo-yo's for quilt guild this past week and I'm almost done with the bags.  I'm taking the advice of a few gals and only doing 25 each of the other fabrics instead of 50 that I did in the sheer fabric.  I plan to finish these up this afternoon at my Needlers group.

So many projects that I want t work on and so little time.  I must get to crocheting the Princess Anna doll before my little granddaughters birthday gets here!  That is next on my list to work on and finish before working on anything else.


Rectangle quilt
challenge wall hanging
Hexagon quilt
Emerald Island Fusique table runner
Five and Dime quilt
Brown half square triangle table runner
3 sets of doll blanket, pillows, bed and rug--plus more to sell
Wall hanging for quilt guild
yo-yo's that need to be made into projects
black and white rail fence quilt
Arkansas Crossroads scrap quilt
T-shirt latchhook rug
Rainbow colored locker hook rug
Blue and Brown yo-yo table runner
Charming Stars quilt
Special crocheted prayer shawl
Fall Squares table topper

2016 Finishes:
Smaller pink 4 patch quilt for charity
Pink 4 patch quilt for charity
Hexagon flower table runner
T-shirt toothbrush rug

I am linking up with the following blogs:
WIPs on Wednesdays

Monday, May 16, 2016

April 2016 Online Earnings

Finally getting around to sharing what I was paid last month from various websites and apps.
I can't say that I'm happy with the lack of earning and I am looking at some different things this month.  I guess all I can say is wish me luck!

I rec'd earnings from:
squirlytraffic -- $4.89 paypal
PerkTV -- $10 amazon  Use my code 860efbf6 and get 50 bonus points and an online friend told me just yesterday that you can now watch videos online too.  I did that this morning and it was easy!
Pinecone Research -- $5 amazon
Swagbucks -- $25 paypal and $25 amazon
apptrailers -- $3.78 paypal  if you sign up, bonus code predictableuranus2 for bonus points
zubeezone -- $5.27 paypal
redstaghits -- $14.62 paypal
Trafficmagician -- $10.13 paypal

This comes to a total of $103.69.  After a total of $37.48 paid in upgrades in TESurfSocial, squirlytraffic, hotflashhits, orbitaltraffic, postmanhits, admasterplus, zubeedownlines, and trafficswirl, my take was $66.21 for the month.

I want to note that I chose to buy credits with $4.95 of my earnings with hotflashhits.
Also that I am waiting on payments from 4 sites that should have paid me some time ago.  I will be putting in support tickets, so as I said before, wish me luck.  Getting paid by them will shoot the earnings up for this month.

As far as selling my crafts and used books, I had a profit of $10.97 for the month. This takes my earnings online for the month to $77.18

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Check Out New Purex Plus Clorox 2 and Enter to Win a Free Coupon

New Purex plus Clorox 2 is formulated to remove the toughest stains.  Will remove 100 stains!
It contains 3 stain-fighting enzymes and will remove stains such as starchy stains like chocolate and tomato sauce, protein-based stains like grass and blood, and food stains that use guar gum like ice cream and BBQ sauce.

It's been available in the market since March and comes in 2 fragrance choices:  Original Fresh and Sunny Linen.

We've been using Original Fresh and really enjoying it.  That is our scent of choice in the Purex line, but I can't wait to try Sunny Linen too, especially since we do hang our clothes out on the line to dry.

One thing my mom noticed right away is that there is no Clorox smell to it.  In fact, she really loves that the scent is not over powering.  As I stated, Original Fresh is our scent of choice.
Just this morning my mom came out of her room and asked if I had written this review.  She pulled her shirt away telling me that it really does brighten the clothes.    I told her that since she told me that she had to let me take a picture of her.

I noticed that the alter linens for communion at church are getting dingy white.  I can't wait to bring them home and wash them in the new Purex plus Clorox 2 detergent and get them back to white and bright!

Here is a stain fighting tip from Purex:  "Pretreat tough stains by rubbing some Purex plus Clorox 2 detergent into the fabric and letting it sit for 5 minutes before washing."

3 lucky Marsha's Spot readers will each win a free coupon for Purex Plus Clorox 2.  Just enter using the rafflecopter form below.

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Disclosure:  The Purex brand provided me with a sample of Purex plus Clorox 2 in exchange for a product review.  However, all opinions expressed here are my own.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Apparelnbags for All Your Headwear Needs has a wide variety of items, including all you would ever need in the way of headwear!

I needed a wide brimmed hat for my mission trip coming up in June.  I chose the Port Authority Outdoor Wide Brim Hat.

I am very pleased with this hat.  It more than exceeds my expectations and needs:

*No Fly insect repellent technology will keep away the mosquitos, flies, ticks, midges, ants, and chiggers.  Repellent stays active for 70 washings!

*Foam brim so it floats in water.

*Adjustable headband cord as well as neck cord.

*UPF 30+ sun protection

*Sun flap is concealed inside the hat when not in use.

*Sweatband is moisture wicking.

Check out for all of your clothings, headwear, bags, and more needs!  Prices are awesome.  They offer volume discounts.  They also offer logo embroidery and screen printing services.  Like their facebook page for 10% off coupons.
Many name brands to choose from such as Harrington, Port Authority, Devon & Jones, Core 365M, Port and Company, Sport Tek and more!!

I took this video showing of the hat too.

Disclosure:  I rec'd this product in exchange for my honest review.  I was not compensated in any other way.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

WIP Wednesday--Moving Along

Here is the progress I've made on putting the blue and brown yo-yo's together.  I made more for it as well, but these are the connected ones so far.  I have put this aside as I work on projects that must be done by the end of this month.

Here is what I have of the black and white with red quilt top sewn together so far.  As I said last week, this is put away for now and undoubtedly will not be worked on again until the quilt retreat in July.

I've gotten in a little work on the yo-yo's for the boutique at the quilt show.  The ones made with the scarf type material are done with 50 in the bag.  I'm going to have to take the suggestion of a couple of gals and make my goal of 25 of each of the other fabrics instead of 50.

Last but not least this week, I have a good start on finishing the 9 microwave hot pads for the boutique at the quilt show.  I also finished a set of these in a larger size for a special order in my etsy shop.


Rectangle quilt
challenge wall hanging
Hexagon quilt
Emerald Island Fusique table runner
Five and Dime quilt
Brown half square triangle table runner
3 sets of doll blanket, pillows, bed and rug--plus more to sell
Wall hanging for quilt guild
yo-yo's that need to be made into projects
black and white rail fence quilt
Arkansas Crossroads scrap quilt
T-shirt latchhook rug
Rainbow colored locker hook rug
Blue and Brown yo-yo table runner
Charming Stars quilt
Special crocheted prayer shawl
Fall Squares table topper

2016 Finishes:
Smaller pink 4 patch quilt for charity
Pink 4 patch quilt for charity
Hexagon flower table runner
T-shirt toothbrush rug

I am linking up with the following blogs:
WIPs on Wednesdays


Monday, May 9, 2016

Liquid Savvy's New 18 oz. Insulated Bottle Just When I Needed It

As most of you know, I am going on a mission trip to Arizona in June.  On out list of what to bring is an insulated bottle for drinking.  I didn't have one that I liked, or thought would work.
Then comes Liquid Savvy.

This is their new 18 oz version of their stainless steel insulated water bottle.   It features 3 different choices of lids--flip top lid, integrated carabiner lid, and a tethered multi-purpose lid.
All 3 are leak proof.

In my picture you can't quite see all 3 lids, but they are shown in the first picture.

Other features include:
*The bottle is BPA-free.  The lids will not alter the flavor or leach plastic chemicals .  There are NO  phthalates, lead or other toxic materials.
*Powder-coated matte finish that never sweats.
*100% Lifetime Warranty.
*Two premium food grade 18/8 stainless steel walls combined with vacuum insulation that will keep your drinks cold for up to 24 hours and your hot drinks hot for up to 12 hours.

I'm really impressed with the quality of the Liquid Savvy bottle.  I've been showing it to several people who all agree.  It is going to do me well to keep my drink cold while we are building houses at the Immanuel Mission next month.

Check out the sale price too!

Disclosure:  I rec'd this product free or at a reduced price in exchange for my honest review.  I was not compensated in any other way.  Post contains affiliate links.

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