Friday, August 31, 2012

Frugal Friday Link Up 8/31/12

Thank goodness it's Friday---or so they say.  This has been another incredibly busy week for me and it's not over until Saturday is done.
I apologize for not doing this post last week.  It was hubby's week vacation.  He let me sleep in a bit Friday morning then we took off shopping---for 3 hours!  Nothing too frugal about that except the coupons that I used.  We had to replace the kitchen faucet that wouldn't stop dripping.  Replacing it was a good idea, but buying one for over half the amount of what we could have bought was an extravagance.  

I just got home from Walmart.  There I found a cart full of cute school supply type items.  They were normally up to $2.28 each and now just .50.  Yes, I'm thinking Christmas.  The kids love this kind of stuff.   I could have bought a lot more than I did!

For this week's share from the 99 Cent Solutions book I am sharing uses for cotton balls.
1.  Light my fire.  I think we've all heard of using dryer lint as a fire starter.  You can also use cotton balls.  Rub the cotton balls with petroleum jelly and store them in a zipper bag.  Take it along on your camping trip along with water proof matches and a lighter.  When making your fire just pull a few strands of the cotton ball and place it into your pile of tinder or wood.  Instant fire starter. (and a lot less expensive than buying lighter fluid.)

2.  Calm your flight.  Dribble lavender oil or clary sage onto a few cotton balls and place them into a zipper bag.  Take them out of the bag during the flight for instant tension relief.

3.  Freshen your car.  Take that stale stink out of your car with cotton balls.  Soak a few in eucalyptus oil, tea tree oil, or vanilla extract and transport them to your car in a zipper bag.  Take a few out of the bag and place them some place out of the way, such as the cup holder, and refresh your ride.

4.  Squash bugs.  Soak cotton balls in bug repellent and place them in a zipper bag to carry along with you.  Dab your skin with the cotton balls whenever you sense trouble.  Less trouble than carrying a can with you, and less likely to spill in your purse or suitcase.

5.  Tackle mildew in crevices.  No need for elbow grease in those hard to reach areas to clean your bathroom.  Just place cotton balls soaked in bleach in those corners, behind the faucets etc.  Let the cotton ball sit until you are done with your other cleaning.  Once done, remove the cotton balls and rinse with warm water.

Your turn!  What frugal posts have you shared this past week?


Thursday, August 30, 2012

Combat Source Kill MAX Ant Giveaway and More!

Have you been troubled by ants this season?  Are you wondering how to get rid of ants?

Combat has just what you are looking for.   Try the Combat Source Kill Max ant bait stations.  A box contains 6 child-resistant bait stations.  Place the baits where you are frequently seeing the ants--under the sink, in a window sill etc.
The ants enter the bait station, eat the bait and carry it back to the nest.  The ants then pass the bait on to the queen and destroy the entire colony.

Or, try the Combat Source Kill Max ant gel.    The gel provides fast control of ants in just 3-5 days.  It contains Fipronil, the fast-acting ingredient.  The speed is still slow enough for the ants to carry the bait back to the next and feed it to larvae and the queen so that the whole colony is killed through the Domino Effect.
The gel does have a sweet odor so you will want to make sure to put it out where your animals and children can't get in to it.  Use it in the window sill, under the stove, behind the refrigerator, under the sink etc.
Here is a photo of hubby putting out at the back under our sink:
  I was wondering just how to get rid of the ants, so I was glad to get a chance to try the Combat products.  It's great that we have not seen one ant in the kitchen since putting the gel out.
I have put the baits in various places, even including under the bathroom sinks.
I really like how easy the baits and gels are to use...and none of that awful smell from using a spray!

Baits and Gels VS. Sprays:
(Information taken from
1.  Unlike spray insecticides, Combat roach and ant baits are attractants
2.  The interval between ingestion and death gives ants and roaches the time necessary to carry the insecticide back to the main colony where it’s spread amongst the rest of the pests.
3.  Spray and aerosol insecticides, on the other hand, are repellants, designed to kill on contact. While they provide short-lived satisfaction by killing the insects you see, they do nothing to solve the larger issue of a pest infestation you cannot see.

Combat is holding a $1000 sweepstakes!!  One lucky winner will get $1000 to hold their very own Bug Free Backyard Bash.  The winner will also receive an assortment of Combat brand product to ensure ants don't spoil the bash.
Click HERE to get your entry in now.
While you are there, also print off a $1 coupon as well.

One of my lucky blog readers will win a free box of Combat Source Kill MAX Ant Gel.  Entries are easy using the rafflecopter below.

Please note--Giveaway is open to US residents only 18 years or older.  Winner will have 48 hours to contact me with their information or another winner will be chosen. 

Disclaimer:  As a member of PurexInsiders, Combat provided me with the Combat Ant products for the purpose of this review and giveaway.  I was not compensated in any other way, and all opinions are my own.

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Squidoo Hopping--This Week's Theme is History

Good Thursday to all!

This week I am choosing history to be the theme.
There are lots of interesting pieces of history.
Maybe your lens is a specific date in history, maybe a specific time in history, maybe an event in history, maybe even teaching history.  The list goes on.

Remember to link up any blog posts about squidoo as well as your lenses for the week.


Wednesday, August 29, 2012

WIP Wednesday--Back to Work

I am trying really hard to get into a routine where, no matter how busy my day is, that I make it in to my craft room each day.

After crocheting and crocheting granny squares, I realized again that I do not have enough yarn to make all the squares needed to finish out the challenge for the year.
I picked up some yarn from church yesterday.  I'm knitting one prayer shawl and will crochet another one.  I will then have the left over yarn from those for my granny squares.

Here is my granny square a day 2012 challenge blanket---day 242, August 29:
Here is what I got done on the knitted prayer shawl so far.  Knitting is not really my thing.  THe pattern states to knit 3, pearl 3 on each row.  I tried that 3 times and all 3 times I just ended up with a confused mess.  I thought it would be easy, but I gave up.  I am just doing it totally in knit.
I completed my block of the month block.  About time since Sampler is this Saturday.  Nothing like last minute for me.
This is called Clay's Choice:
I did get my quilt pieces laid out for the quilt I am making for sewing club at church.  I didn't do anything past get my lines for half square triangles on that pile of smaller squares that you see.

At quilt guild this week the speaker showed us a super cool pattern.  I'm itching to start in on it.  I do NOT need to start something new with still so many UFO's hanging around, but I will do it anyway.  I even bought my middle fabric yesterday.

Off the top of my head I know that I have 3 sets of bibs to complete, 2 table runners, a child's quilt, the Halloween bags, and of course my crochet and knit projects as well.  IF I can stick with my plan to work in my craft room every day no matter what, things will start to get done.

I am linking up with the following blogs:
WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced
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