September 5, 2008

A la natural

Recently my mom, knowing that I get motion sick (see flight attendant story), bought me Motion Eaze a natural blend of herbal oils that stops motion sickness. A couple of weeks ago, my mom used it on a boat trip (she's the one I inherited this ailment from) and the "magic potion" worked! She didn't experience any motion sickness nor any side effects from the Motion Eaze, because it is a la natural. According to the directions you are supposed to put a dab of the oil behind your ears, yup, you don't even ingest it, and kids can use it as well. The next time I do something motion-y, I will try it out and let you know if it works for me. If it works for me, then I'm sure it will work for anybody. My quizziness is so bad that one time I went snorkeling with my husband at Hanauma Bay, and after 5 minutes of floating around on top of the water, I had to go in to the shore, because I became severely sea sick. Needles to say, up to this point in my life, any water activities that require floating, or long drives in the mountains, are off my fun list. Let's hope the magic potion works.

My mom forwarded me an email she had recieved regarding a couple of useful, natural, ideas that I thought you may be interested in.

Crayon marks on walls? Use a damp rag dipped in baking soda. Comes off with little effort. (my mom must be reading my blog)

A sealed envelope - Put in the freezer for a few hours, then slide a knife under the flap. The envelope can then be resealed. Now that's just down right dirty and sneaky! How many hours exactly? =)

For icy door steps in freezing temperatures: get warm water and put Dawn dish washing liquid on it. Pour it all over the steps. They won't refreeze. Phew! Now, I'm prepared for when my door steps freeze in the winter here in So Cal :)

Blood stains on clothes? Not to worry! Just pour a little hydrogen peroxide on a cloth and proceed to wipe off every drop of blood. Then what do you do with the body?

Spray a bit of perfume on a light bulb to create a lovely scent whenever the light is turned on.

If you use Tupperware, spray it with non-stick cooking spray before pouring in tomato based sauce's. This will keep it it from staining.

Cure for headaches: Take a lime, cut it in half, and rub it on your forehead, the throbbing will go away. I wonder if it works for migraines?

Don't throw out all that left over wine: Freeze into ice cubes for future use in casseroles and sauces. Left over wine? What's that?

To get rid of itch from mosquito bites, try applying soap to the area and you will experience instant relief. I have used clear nail polish and it works!

When you or a little one gets a splinter, reach for the scotch tape before resorting to tweezers or a needle. Simply put the tape over the splinter, and then pull it off. Scotch tape removes most. Super glue works too, just a drop.

Here are couple of things you can do with Alka Seltzer:

Clean a toilet by dropping in 2 Alka Seltzer tablets, wait 20 minutes, brush and flush. The citric acid and effervescent action clean vitreous china.

Clean a drain by dropping 3 Alka Seltzer tablets down the drain followed by a cup of Heinz White Vinegar. Wait a few minutes, and then run hot water.

I've never taken Alka Seltzer before and I don't think I will in the future, being as it is strong enough to clean drains, but I will try it out on my toilets.

Have a great weekend!



reallyreen said...

Hi Jamie,
I found your mom on facebook the other day and she gave me a link to your blog and etsy store. I love your stuff! So cute! I just started a blog recently. I read through all your blogs. A lot of fun to read. Loved seeing Julia too. Hard to believe how much time has past!


Pretty Ditty said...

Hey Raeleen! First of all, how funny is it that my mom is on Facebook and neither myself nor my sister are on Facebook. Secondly, I am going to have to check out your blog. Yes, it is hard to believe how much time has passed. I'll get in touch with you via your blog.


Anonymous said...

Thanks for the fun factiods!

GoyaDesigns said...

Great tips. I only knew about the hydrogen peroxide. It does work! It removed the blood from my little one's pillow case & jammies after a bloody nose.

P.S. Missed ya at coffee on Friday. My munchkin says hi to your suga bugga.