Archive for March, 2010

The kids are making dinner tonight!

Here’s a fun and easy recipe that even the younger kids can help with. The Perfect Children (ages 2 and 3) helped me make these tasty treats for a special lunch the other day and we had a blast!

What you’ll need:
1 can of biscuits
1 can of tomato paste or sauce (or you can use slices of tomato)
shredded cheese
mini pepperoni

any veggies you think your kids will actually eat

layer the ingredients on any way you like and then pop them in the oven for the amount of time specified on the biscuit container. These kid-sized pizzas are super yummy and good for mommies who want to keep track of portion sizes.

My 3 year old took this lovely picture before I put them in the oven:
mini pizzas

5 chore, 5 minutes, 5 days you WON’T be sick!

Yes, it’s another chore list. But this one is really easy! It should only take about 5 minutes to finish and it’ll save you a lot of misery later. How? These 5 chores could help you to NOT get sick.

First we’re going to clean our toothbrushes! You can do this a few ways. The quickest way is to put about an inch of mouthwash (with alcohol) into a cup and put in your brush, bristles down. Swish it around and voila! Germ-free toothbrush! If you want it really clean, run it through your dishwasher, top shelf only so it doesn’t melt. By the way, my dental hygienist recommends keeping your toothbrush upright when you’re not using it. When you lay it flat the water and germs collect in between the bristles. Nasty!

Next we’re going to grab a bottle of Clorox Anywhere.
Clorox
This stuff is awesome. It kills 99.9% of bacteria on hard surfaces. Now you’re going to go and spray every doorknob in your house. This may seem like a lot, but it seriously takes less than a second per knob. Not that big of a deal.

Keep out the Clorox! We’re not done yet. Go spray down your telephone. If it’s really nasty, take an old toothbrush to it. Do the handheld, the base, the cord (do they still make phones with cords?), everything.

Now on to the remotes. If you’re anything like me, you have a few. Lay them out on a table and spray them with the Clorox. Flip and repeat. Leave them to dry.

Last but not least, the keyboard and mouse. Just spray to coat, don’t soak it. I don’t want to receive any emails about how you drenched your electronics and now they don’t work.

And that’s it! Five chores, five minutes and 5 days you won’t spend in bed miserable with the flu. You’re welcome.

Five Chores You Shouldn’t Ignore

I’m all for “beautifying” chores- you know, the chores you do that make your house look better but that don’t take a lot of time or effort? But sometimes you just have to get down and dirty for the sake of cleanliness. Here’s my list of five chores you shouldn’t put off anymore!

1. The Bathtub. You’d think what with all those soaps and washes being rinsed into the tub that it would be sparkling clean. But remember that along with those soaps are all the germs, dead skin and dirt that wash off your body and a lot of that gets left behind. Make sure you’re cleaner when you get out than you were when you got in!

2. The Kitchen Sink. Studies have shown that there are more germs in your kitchen sink than in your toilet. That’s pretty disgusting. Make sure you clean this frequently (I clean mine every day) and don’t forget the faucet, handles, and drain. This is a good time to throw your sponges in the dishwasher to disinfect them, too.

3. Bedding. Most people spend at least 8 hours in bed (or you should, at any rate) and not all of us take a shower right before getting in between the sheets. Sheets and pillowcases should be changed frequently (at least once a week). While you’re washing, vacuum your mattress. This will get anything extra left behind (*shudder*).

4. Carpets and Rugs. Think about it. You walk on these all day. Anything you might have stepped in gets tracked through your carpeting. Your dog wipes his butt on it every time he sits down. Carpets are disgusting. Vacuum frequently, more so if you have young kids who are crawling around, and get them professionally cleaned twice a year. Or you can invest in a carpet steam cleaner and do it yourself!

5. The Refrigerator. This is where we store our food. It should be totally clean, right? Unfortunately, it’s a breeding ground for bacteria. Things spill, containers leak, and that carrot you had in the drawer that you forgot about now looks like a cucumber. Make sure you clean up any spills as they happen and regularly take everything out, shelf by shelf, and santize, throwing out anything that looks like a science experiment. I do this before I go grocery shopping so that I can both see what I need and clear space for the new food.

Proud to Announce…

The Perfect Housewife would like to introduce our newest contributor, Erin! She’s a stay at home wife and mother of two young boys living in the beautiful state of Colorado. She’s pretty much all-around awesome, so I know you’ll all just love her. She’s currently helping to take care of her mother who is losing the battle to ovarian cancer. Please check back in for her blogs about stress and coping with loss and how it affects marriage, parenthood, having more kids, etc – I’m sure she has some great insights that will help us all- as well as anything else that tickles her fancy!

A simple way to look put together

One word: earrings. Find yourself a nice pair of simple diamond or pearl earrings (fake is okay, as long as they LOOK real 😉 ) and put them in. Don’t bother taking them out at night, as long as they don’t bother you. This way you won’t forget to put them in in the morning. I recently put in a pair of simple three-stone lever-back earrings that my husband bought me a few years ago and realized that all of a sudden my make-up looked better, my hair looked nicer and my outfit seemed to come together. I’ve left them in a few weeks now and they honestly make me feel just a smidge prettier than I normally do, which is nice. The best part? I don’t even have to think about them.

Check out these sparklers at Amazon.com. Only $14.99!

Or if you only like the real thing, here’s the Perfect Housewife’s choice!

When running errands becomes your full time job

In the past week I’ve had five doctors appointments. Count ’em- FIVE. On top of these appointments I had to take my daughter to school, go grocery shopping, get gas (I haven’t been that close to empty in a while!) and make sure I had the kids to daycare in time to make it to the hospital. I feel like I haven’t been at home all week! As a result, my house has suffered. I’m about 3 loads behind in laundry, my sink is full of dishes waiting to be transferred to the dishwasher and my kids’ puzzle pieces seem to have exploded across the entire house. I’m exhausted from running all over town, but the sight of my house makes me want to walk right back out the door.

The easiest solution for me is to start a load of laundry. I generally don’t mind doing laundry. It’s the folding I detest! But the wonderful thing about laundry is that you can throw a load in and walk away.

Next we’ll go to the front door. Step outside, close the door and just enjoy some fresh air for a moment. Now open the door. What’s the first thing you see when you walk into your house? Clean it.

Now go to the room you spend the most time in. If it’s the living room, vacuum. This is doubly good- you have to pick up before you can vacuum the floor. If it’s the office, clean off your desk. If it’s the kitchen, clean your largest counter and/or your sink (this includes dishes, woman!).

Chances are by this time you’re ready to stop. That’s okay. At least you got some major stuff done! The most important places in your home to clean (for aesthetic reasons) are the room that you see when you first enter the house and the room you spend the most time in. That way you’re always company ready and you don’t feel overwhelmed in your own house. These are two things that will lower your stress and make you more likely to keep cleaning and not feel hopeless and give up!

Clipping Coupons- it’s not just for grandma anymore

Growing up, I never saw my mom clip coupons. As far as I know, none of my friends’ parents clipped coupons either. I rarely saw anyone using them at the grocery store, but when I did it was always that crazy lady who had a coupon (or two!) for every single item on the belt and then paid with a jar of pennies.

But with the economy taking a nose-dive and more and more people looking for ways to scrimp and save, couponing has become way more mainstream- and why not?! It’s FREE MONEY! I think $.75 is more than enough for the time it takes me to make four little cuts, about 20 seconds. The average coupon is worth $1.50. If you clip coupons non-stop for an hour you could save yourself $270. I think most people wouldn’t balk at making $270 an hour. Granted, most of us aren’t going to be clipping that many coupons, but that’s not the point! Even ten minutes of clipping could save you around $45. Some coupon-savvy women are getting hundreds of dollars worth of groceries for $60, $20 or even FREE. And between you and me, I’ve heard of people buying items that were on sale PLUS they had coupons and they walked out with money back. That’s right. They MADE money.

Couponing has also hit the tech age. No longer do you need to pick up the store flyer a few days in advance to give you time to look over sales prices and clip coupons before you shop. Now you can just get online and browse from home! You can even print manufacturer’s coupons right on your home printer. Here are my favorites and I hit them every few days so I can catch any new ones that pop up. A lot of them offer the same coupons, but sometimes there are one or two that differ site to site.

Coupons.com
SmartSource
Coupon Bug
Cool Savings

For information about couponing and for links to coupons and local sales at stores across the country, check out A Full Cup.

Happy clipping!