Entries from March 25, 2018 - March 31, 2018


Spring Cleaning The Old-Fashioned Way

Back when our grandparents were housekeeping, they had basic ingredients and they made their own cleaners. 

Here are some good items to have on hand to create your own cleaners:

Baking Soda 
Lemon juice 
Liquid dish soap 
Essential oils 
Vegetable or olive oil

All-purpose cleaner

Small amount of liquid dish soap 
1/2 teaspoon soda ash or baking soda 
2 cups hot water 
Combine the above ingredients in a spray bottle; shake until the mixture has dissolved. Clean surfaces by spraying and then wiping away with a towel or sponge.

Furniture polish

1/2 cup lemon juice 
1 cup vegetable or olive oil 
Mix the above ingredients in a bottle. Apply a small amount to a lint-free towel or rag, then dust or polish furniture and other surfaces.

Glass cleaner

1 gallon of water 
1/2 teaspoon of liquid dish soap 
1/2 cup vinegar 
Combine the above ingredients in a spray bottle; shake until the mixture has dissolved. Clean windows, mirrors and other glass surfaces by spraying and then wiping away with a lint-free towel or sponge.

Source: The Florida Department of Environmental Protection


And to get the air smelling sweet, try these homemade remedies:


Buy or make your own potpourri from your favorite herbs and spices. Place the potpourri in a small basket or jar or in small sachet bags.


Open windows or doors in the house for at least a short period every day. This will help to reduce toxic fumes that may build up indoors.

Cinnamon & Cloves

Boil the spices for a fragrant smell. For ease of cleaning, make a cheesecloth bag to contain the spices, and boil the cheesecloth bag. An excellent alternative when entertaining is to steep spiced tea or cider.

Oil of Wintergreen

Dampen cotton balls with oil of wintergreen and place out of sight, but where air will touch them.


Distribute partially filled saucers of vinegar around the room or boil 1 tablespoon of white vinegar in 1 cup of water to eliminate unpleasant cooking odors.


Place pure vanilla on a cotton ball in a small saucer. Place the saucer in the car or refrigerator to remove odors. Vanilla is renowned to remove even skunk odors. Keep the cotton ball out of reach of children; vanilla has a high alcohol content.

Baking Soda

Place a partially filled box of baking soda on the refrigerator shelf. Replace every 2 months. Pour the contents of the used box down the drain to remove odors and keep the drain clean.


To inhibit growth of odor-producing molds and bacteria, sprinkle 1/2 cup Borax in the bottom of the garbage can. Empty garbage frequently and clean the can as needed.

Vinegar Or Celery Stalk

To avoid or remove onion odors from your hands, rub white vinegar on your hands before and after slicing. Rubbing hands with the end of a celery stalk will also remove the odor.


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Starbucks Happy Hour Is Back

Happy Hour will return in U.S. and Canada stores on Thursday, with an expanded range of beverages eligible for discount after 3 p.m. Get 50 per cent off espresso orders – but there’s a catch. The promotion is only available to customers who have signed up via the Starbucks mobile app and received an invitation.

Free Disney House Party Kit

You can currently apply to host a Disney Kids House Party! If selected from the 200 available spots, you will receive a free suitcase, plates, cups, treat bags, and more! 


Win a Trip to Florida- 50 winners!

This year marks 50 years that West Wind Inn has been in business, and to celebrate, they have launched this 50 Cheers for 50 Years Sweepstakes! Fill out the short form once to be entered to win 1 of 50 vacations to Sanibel Island, Florida! Get your one-time entry in by December 31st. 


Nana's Cheesecake Recipe

Nana's Cheesecake is famous, everyone loves it. She said I could share the recipe with all of you, so here it is!
1 c. flour
1/4 c. sugar
1 tsp. lemon peel
1/2 cup oleo (margarine)
1 slightly beaten egg
1/4 tsp. vanilla
(5) 8 oz. cream cheese bricks, softened (we like Philadelphia Cream Cheese)
1/4 tsp. vanilla
3/4 tsp lemon peel (grated)
1 3/4 c. sugar
3 tbs. flour
1/4 tsp. salt
4/5 eggs (1 cup)
2 egg yolks
1/4 c. whipping cream
Combine flour, sugar, lemon peel. Add eggs and vanilla. Blend, pat 1/3 dough into 9" bottom springform pan, with the sides removed. Bake at 400 degrees for 8 min. Cool, attach sides of pan.
Beat cream cheese, add vanilla, lemon peel. Mix in sugar, flour, salt, add in cream cheese, add, one at a time, until blended. Stir in whipping cream. 
Bake for 12 min. at 450 degrees. Then 55 minutes at 300 degrees.
Cool 1/2 hour, then loosen sides of pan and place cheesecake on plate.
Top with cherries, strawberries, whatever you like!



Costco: $50 Credit Offer

Through March 28th, head over to Costco.com where you can score a $50 statement credit when you spend $250 or more in a single transaction and use Visa Checkout to pay!

Note that this offer is not valid on pharmacy items, Costco Travel, Costco Business Delivery, Costco Grocery Same-Day powered by Instacart or the online Costco Photo Center.


Coca Cola 12 Pks. Only $1.50 Each

Awesome soda stock up deal!

Buy 4 Coca-Cola 12-pack Cans or 8-pack Bottles 4/$10 or $3.29 each
Buy 4 Aquafina Sparkling Water 8-pack Cans $3.59 each
Buy 4 Mountain Dew Kickstart 16oz Cans $1.49 each
Buy 4 Archer Farms Cinnamon Hot Chocolate 8ct $4.99 each
Total = $50.28
Scan the FREE $10 Target Gift Card with food and/or beverage purchase of $50 or more coupon found in the ad, on the Target app OR by textingGROCERY to 827438
Use the 50% off Aquafina Sparkling Cartwheel offer
And use the 40% off Mountain Dew Kickstart 12 – 16oz single cans Cartwheel offer
And use the 40% off Archer Farms Cinnamon Cocoa 8 count Cartwheel offer
Pay $32.74
Get back a FREE $10 Target Gift Card for scanning above coupon
Final cost $21.99 total – just $1.50 each!