How to get rid of furniture smoke funk smell odor – essential oils

From me to all of you. It ‘s been a while since I’ve posted and I know you all expect LIBERTY from me, and I’m still there, deep in that indulgent state of freedom that those who have died for it would expect from me. But for now, just call me the homeschooling Martha Stewart of Liberty. Today my post happens to be about those nasty stubborn furniture smells. :)

I never knew why the concept of “from a smoke-free home” meant anything until day before yesterday. We bought a loft bed/desk off of Craig’s List for my son and had no idea until we had it home and assembled, that it REEKED.

Unbelievable. Every time I walked past my seven-year-old’s room, it smelled like those dank, face-mask-inducing, wrenched-away-from-hoarder houses that my husband and I rehabbed ten years ago before the housing bust. It’s a combination of cat pee, roach excrement, cigarette smoke, and depression that pervades deep into the sheet rock. How do you get rid of the smell? Do you just put it back on Craigslist and pawn it off on the next guy?

Here is the answer: a cotton ball and essential oils. Specifically – lemon, orange, and patchouli oils. Yeehaw! I found it! Wood loves oil – lemon, etc. So go for it!

I had burned incense and sage, all the time thinking – how is smoke going to cure smoke? I had squirted Febreeze (gag) in all the drawers. I had wiped the entire massive piece of furniture with disinfectant. Nothing helped. Not until I pulled the lint out of my dryer, rolled it into a ball, and decided to drop 4 drops of lemon, 4 drops of orange, and 3 drops of patchouli on it. I wiped down the inside of every drawer, frequently adding more oil. Now, every time I walk past my son’s room it smells like goddess fairy heaven.

I didn’t want to keep him awake all night, considering all of these oils have stimulating qualities, so tomorrow I will continue the mission. I will take these same oils and anoint the entire outside of the behemoth.

Soon to come: how to make changing a bunk bed a breeze. (I’ve got it figured out!)

Mwah! I love everyone, that includes you!

 

Questionable Arguments Against Homeschooling

 A Guest Post by Allison Foster

As more and more parents are keeping their children home in order to educate them, opponents seem to perpetuate accusations as to why it’s a bad idea. Apparently, studies are conducted on less fortunate families without including those that are able to sustain themselves financially. There are many questionable comments that have been put into print since early 2000 in order to make homeschooling seem impractical. What are some of the comments that are made that don’t seem to add up to many homes?

1. Fewer Resources - According to OnlineCollege.org, homeschooling parents have fewer resources available to them as opposed to traditional classrooms. Aside from the actual textbook that, thanks to the Internet, any parent can purchase, what resources are they referring to? For many school districts, teachers are using grossly outdated software and materials because the funding simply isn’t available. In most cases, conducting a Google search of the intended material will reveal far more value that what many classrooms have today. In many districts, schools are awarded technology grants to purchase equipment that isn’t used to its potential because the district doesn’t put time into teaching the staff how to use them. Where was this study completed?

2. Poor Curriculum - Studies seem to suggest that parents make poor teachers which in turn creates poor curriculum. In many cases, this statement is completely false. In today’s world, all a parent really needs to do is know how to use Google to find materials suitable for virtually any age group. Since most of the materials that homeschooling parents use are from valid sources of education, these studies would suggest that our educational system as a whole consists of poor curriculum – which is why many parents are pulling their children out of conventional schools.

3. Insufficient Knowledge - Many people in the world assume that homeschooled children are less likely to develop as a productive member of society. In contrast, studies show that children who are homeschooled are 31-percent more likely to understand politics. Did you know that homeschooled children are 30-percent more likely to read a book inside of six-months? What about studies that show that homeschooled children are 34-percent more likely to join community services without a court order to do so? With these numbers as they are, how can opposition try to sell that homeschooled children are suffering from a lack of knowledge?

4. College Degrees - Some parents are under the misconception that colleges today don’t accept homeschooled students. This is far from the truth. In actuality, homeschooled students graduate with a college degree at a rate just over 9-percent more often than the traditionally educated student. This isn’t including the fact that homeschooled college students earn a grade point average that is .3 points higher than their traditional brick-and-mortar counterparts.

One fact to consider when you read anti-homeschooling propaganda is the fact that each individual school is allotted a specific amount of money for each individual student that attends during specific times of the year. Although this money is used to improve teaching through tools, salaries and food preparation, it’s also added motive to keep students in the chairs of a classroom. In reality, homeschooled students outperform traditional ones in every category of education without spending the thousands of dollars per year for maintaining the student body.

Author Byline:

Blogging for was a natural progression for Allison once she graduated from college, as it allowed her to combine her two passions: writing and children. She has enjoyed furthering her writing career www.nannyclassifieds.com. She can be in touch through e-mail allisonDOTnannyclassifiedsATgmail rest you know.

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Save Money On Groceries By Re-Growing Food From Kitchen Scraps

A Fun Guest Post by Alex Goodwin

I have not tried all of Alex’s suggestions here, so I can’t vouch for them, but I certainly will try them. Ginger is the one I’ve done – what a beautiful edible plant. Also, when I was a kid we used to sprout avocado trees from the pits by hanging half of the pit in a cup of water by suspending it from a trio of toothpicks jammed into the sides of the pit. But avocado trees get enormous and you better live where it doesn’t freeze if you want to grow one. Here’s Alex Goodwin for y’all folks.

Save Money On Groceries By Re-Growing Food From Kitchen Scraps

If you’re anything like me and my wife when it comes to looking for ways to save money and lower our bills, you’ll be happy to discover that one of the easiest and really fun methods of doing this has been lurking in your very own kitchen!

After we purchase, prepare, and consume the food we buy, there are almost always little bits of food left that just get thrown away. Why do we do that? Some of these scraps of food can actually serve another function. They can be replanted and grown again.

While it isn’t possible to do it with everything we consume, most vegetables and some fruits do have the capacity to regrow themselves from replanted scraps. Let’s take a look at some of the common foods you might have in your home that you can start with now.

Onions

Onions are the easiest of vegetables to regrow because they have the highest success rate and only require a little bit of work to replant. First, cut off any part of the onion that remains about the roots except for maybe a half inch. Then, plant the roots in a sunny area in a raised bed garden so that they will have plenty of sunlight.

Pineapples

Pineapples are a fun food to grow because they are so delicious! You need to start by taking the green, leafy area that is located at the top of the pineapple. Make sure that all pieces of actual fruit have been removed. It’s necessary that all of the fruit is removed to keep it from rotting and killing your plant. This only leaves the part of the pineapple that nobody eats anyways.

When you first plant them in your garden, you should water them regularly. After a few weeks you can cut back to watering your pineapples just once a week. A few months later you will begin to see growth. It may take up to a couple years before you can actually eat the pineapples, but you will have a permanent plant that will continually bear fruit every season.

Garlic

Garlic is also another type of plant that can be easily regrown from scraps. This can be done by planting a single clove root-down into the soil. At first, it will grow new shoots, which you will want to cut off. After they have been cut, the garlic will put all its energy into producing a new bulb, recreating the original garlic plant that was consumed.

Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes are capable of re-growing their eye-shoots, which allow for more potatoes to grow off of them. This can be done by planting either a whole, or even just a little piece, of a  sweet potato in a jar of water. After a week, new shoots should have sprouted out by now. Remove the side sprouts and leave the shoots forming near the top of the potato.

Ginger

Ginger isn’t as commonly used, but it can also be regrow from just a food scrap. Take a piece of ginger rhizome — the part of the plant you cook with — and have the newly sprouted bud areas facing towards the surface. Ginger likes stay out of direct contact with sunlight but still be able to reach it. You should also keep the area around your ginger moist. The plant will sprout a whole new set of roots and shoots, which then will begin growing duplicates of the plant. When harvesting, pull the whole plant out of the ground and cut off more pieces of rhizome. Use what you need and then place the rest back into the ground so that you can repeat the process.

Other tips and considerations

Many of the food you can re-grow from kitchens scraps do not require a lot of space and can be grown indoors with mason jars if you don’t have the space for a traditional garden. Large planting pots are good for high-rise balconies because they are less likely to blow over and they require less water. To add style and an extra touch of sustainability, you can try using bio-degradable planting pots that are been constructed from renewable plant by-products.

About the author:

Alex is a blogger, husband, father and aspiring slipstream fantasy novelist. When he isn’t writing for HomeDaddys or completing chores from his “honey- do” list, he’s most likely spending quality time with his wife and kids or working on his novel.

 

What is Geocaching? My latest total geek out obsession and karma builder.

Treasure Hunt

Geocaching is a worldwide treasure hunting game that anyone can play. Kids LOVE it! (So do adults.)

Download the app on your phone, which becomes your GPS device. Join geocaching.com, which is $10 very well spent. This hobby is apparently only for people who have totally given in to the NSA already knowing where your phone is. I thought briefly about getting rid of my smart phone recently, but that was before I picked up a healthy addiction to this new treasure hunting hobby. If you don’t have a smart phone, you can use any GPS device from what I understand.

To set up your account, go to the website on your computer and pick a cool name that you might just have for the rest of your life. You can always change it, however.

Educational Fun for all ages

My first geocache (GC) hunt was with my 11 year old friend, Gabe. I wasn’t really aware of what we were doing. He was just staring at his phone and walking toward the center of a field, saying things like, “It’s supposed to be 16 feet from here. It’s supposed to be right here.” I didn’t even know what was going on, but I looked down and saw a brick with a film canister stuck in it. The kids called out, “Miss Betsy found it!” We opened it up and inside was a rolled up pad of paper which had been signed by many people. We didn’t have a pen with us, so we just rolled it back up and placed it back just as we had found it. I had found my first cache.

TSLS SL

That translates from GC slang to “Took something, left something. Signed log.” The best caches are the ones that are big enough to house prizes. The etiquette is that if you take something, you should leaves something of equal or greater value. It’s usually little toys, but you never know what you’re going to find. So take a pen with you and a pocket full of little tradables, just in case you come across something you can’t live without.

Travel bugs or Trackables are a blast when you are traveling

Our favorite thing on our recent trip  was to locate TBs – travel bugs or trackables. Before you leave on a trip and while you are traveling, pick up a few of these in some local caches. Be sure to log them. That means entering the unique tracking ID in your GC app, and logging that you picked it up and where. The bugs always have a mission. We  picked up one from the UK which is in a race to make it back by going the longest distances possible. We picked up one from Germany that’s been traveling for over 2 years. It’s mission it just to get back home. We picked up one from California whose mission is simply to travel and land as many places as possible. We traded that one for one that had just started in France 3 weeks prior as a D-day commemorative and has the mission to travel through all of the countries that were affected by WWII. There are over 2 million geocaches all over the world. You can even start your own cache and look after it.

You are a muggle

Geocaching has borrowed the term “muggle” from the Harry Potter series, in which it means people without magic. In GCing it means non-geocachers. Muggles see you when you’re poking around looking for something and it can be a little strange, but they are usually harmless. Now and then a cache gets muggled, or stolen or destroyed by an unwitting muggle. Once you are a Geocacher, you’re no longer a muggle.

The Karma of caching

Geocaching provides a fabulous opportunity to build up good karma. The entire phenomenon is on the honor system. If you take something, leave something better. If the log inside the cache is in tatters, leave a new one. If you pick up a TB, be sure to move it toward its destination and be responsible about it. Leaving cool things for someone you don’t know is really a lot of fun.

Geocachers are characters

We’ve ended up in several cemeteries, and once we found the “John Candy cache.” It was behind a tombstone with the surname of “Candy.” Some caches are hard to find, others are easy. Some you never find. Some have mysteries involved. Honestly, we’ve pretty much stuck with the standard kind for this early jaunt into geocaching, so I’m sure I’ll be posting again when we get deeper into the game. If you have kids, if you love treasure hunts, if you love getting out and about, and if you don’t already know about Geocaching, you need to check it out.  As homeschoolers, it fits perfectly into our get-out-and-see-the-world lifestyle. My seven-year-old and I are completely hooked.