How to Make Homemade Paper from your Recycled Paper

February 19, 2015 by  
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How to Make Homemade Paper From Recycled Paper

One of my girls’ favorite things to do when they were young was to make their own paper and then use that paper to write notes and letters to their grandparents and far away friends.

English: Paper pulp is a mix of fibers and wat...

English: Paper pulp is a mix of fibers and water. Français : La pâte à papier égouttée : un mélange d’eau et de fibres déliées. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

You probably didn’t realize that you can use the paper from your recycling bin to make your own paper at home. Newspaper works best, but you can use any paper that does not have a shiny coating. So raid your recycling bin and make paper! Here’s how.

You will need:
-Recyclable paper
-Screen (you can use nylon hose stretched over a frame, an old window screen, or other flat screening). Two screens are best so you can work in batches.
-Tub or pan into which your screen fits (a rubber dish pan is ideal)
-Water
-Glue (use white school-type glue)
-Towels
-Iron (such as you use for clothing)

1. Shred the paper by tearing it into strips. Tearing exposes more surface area than cutting.

2. Put the strips into a rubber tub, such as you might use for washing dishes. Fill it about 2/3 full of paper strips.

3. Pour water over the paper strips until they are just submerged.

4. Stir the water-paper mixture with your hands.

5. Leave the paper strips soaking for several hours if you used cold water; for as little as 30 minutes if you used hot water.

6. When the paper is soft and pulpy, mix it thoroughly with your hands again.

7. Blend the pulp and water mixture in a blender. Do it in batches if necessary, but do not put the blended pulp back into the tub.

8. When all the paper pulp is blended, pour a few inches of water into the dish tub. Stir in a tablespoon of white glue.

9. Set the screen down into the water in the tub.

10. Pour about 1 cup of the blended pulp onto the submerged screen. Using your hands, spread it thoroughly over the screen, making sure to incorporate the water and glue.

11. Lift the screen from the water and set it where it can drain well.

12. Invert the screen onto a towel. Lift the screen off; there should be damp pulp sitting on the towel.

13. Lay another towel over the pulp.

14. Once the pulp is between the two towels, run a hot clothes iron over the top towel to steam out the moisture and smooth the paper.

15. Leave your pulp to dry for about 24 hours.

16. Cut into sheets, cards, etc. and enjoy!

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April 1, 2014 by  
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Kidecals

May 13, 2013 by  
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Ways to Teach Your Kids about Recycling

February 4, 2013 by  
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Recycle-get this… (Photo credit: practicalowl)

Children are more likely to participate in recycling now and in the future if they understand its implications, and if it is part of their daily family life.

Learning how to reuse is a valuable life skill, and opens the door for a lifetime of reduced waste, innovation and money saving. It also helps to make it fun!

Here are some ideas you can implement to teach your children about recycling – how to do it, why it’s important, and how they can help.

1. Make it a game

Children enjoy tossing recyclables into the bins in your home. Try mounting your bins to the wall, or line them up where their tops are open. Have children toss in unbreakable recyclables such as cardboard or plastic from progressively farther away. Or you can lay out all the recycling and see who can sort and put the items in the right bin first.

If you have a lot of light-weight items such as cereal and tissue boxes or yogurt tubs, see how high your child can stack them before knocking the stack into the bin.

2. Arts, crafts, and other projects

Not all children enjoy crafts, but there is something for everyone in recycling creations. If your child is artistic and likes crafts, use recyclables to make artistic creations and gifts. Paint a glass or plastic bottle, for example, and use it as a vase; glue beads and other decorations to glass or plastic containers to make pencil holders, coasters (think plastic lids), or other items. Stiff paper and thin cardboard can be cut into squares and folded into little boxes.

If your child prefers engineering or machines, you can make gears by cutting up corrugated cardboard and mounting them to cardboard boxes with pins that allow the gears to turn.

3. Visit the recycling center

You can arrange ahead of time with those in charge of the center, or for a less in-depth visit, simply take your child with you when you deliver the recycling. Talk about how they take old items and make them into new ones. Point out items in the center’s bins that the child may recognize, and talk about how what we throw away and what we create are connected.

If you can get into the center, children can get a look at the machines and methods of actual recycling, and see what goes into it. It’s important that children do not think recycling is some kind of magic force! It takes real work and everyone’s participation.

4. Visit a landfill, dump, or tip

This can be rather unappetizing, but visuals really teach. Show your children the garbage, noting how high it is piled up and how much it smells.  Keep it simple, but be frank and realistic.

For more ideas, check the Environmental Protection Agency’s website, www.epa.gov/kids/.

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The Clipboard: Many Uses for This Overlooked Tool

July 15, 2010 by  
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A couple of years ago, I “rediscovered” the clipboard. I found it in my old box of college junk. I don’t think I ever really used it in college, but I thought I would give it a second chance. I put it in my computer desk, and it just sat there unnoticed for another year. All of a sudden I found myself working a part-time job (in addition to my day-job of raising three young children), starting a MOMS Club, and creating a business from scratch. One day, I just picked it up when I needed to carry something around to make notes. That was the day my clipboard became my most indispensable tool.

Currently my clipboard contains the stuff of my life: my Menu Planner for October, my Menu Planner for September (for reference), my Weekly Planner for this week, my Weekly Planner for next week, my Halloween Party Planner for the get-together we are having at the end of the month, my notes on what I want to include on the agenda for my MOMS Club board meeting, a list of recommended books for the book club, an itinerary for last week’s houseguests, my Monthly Cleaning Schedule, a list of articles I’m planning to write, articles I’m editing for submission, and this article which I prefer to write freehand and then type into the computer later.

A clipboard doesn’t require holes to be punched in the paper it holds. Pages and notes can quickly and easily be added or removed. It is portable, sturdy, comes in a variety of colors, and has a handy spot for my pen when it is time to get to sleep. A clipboard allows my inner preschooler to manipulate pen and paper. I may go where electricity may not be found and give my eyes a rest from the bright lights of a computer screen. Surely a woman who needed to prepare her daughter’s birthday party between doing several loads of laundry and bathing her children was the original creator of the clipboard. Maybe she had a letter to her Kindergartener’s teacher to write while her 3-year-old played on the playground. It is highly likely that she had grocery lists, to-do lists, and Christmas card lists to compile while waiting in the Dentist’s office. That woman knew she needed a firm, dry (non-sticky) place to write that she could carry with her as she went from one task to the next. Mrs. Clipboard, I thank you from the bottom of my heart!

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Jennifer Tankersley is the creator of ListPlanIt where you can find more than 500 printable lists, checklists, and planning pages to tote around on your clipboard and put your world in order.

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Debt Free Living- Dealing With A Tight Budget

July 7, 2010 by  
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By Jill Cooper
LivingOnADime.com

As a single mother of two, I started my own home business without any capital and paid off $35,000 debt in 5 years on $1,000 a month income. I am often asked what are the top lessons I would give a family or even a single person who is dealing with a tight budget. Here are my top tips for living on a small income.

* Stop spending.

* Don’t think that using a credit card or getting a loan will make it better. Going into more debt will not help you get out of debt.

* Get rid of your pride. You may have to shop at garage sales for a while. You may not be able to have your kids in sports and you might have to say no to friends when they want you to go to an expensive restaurant. Pride is a sin. God didn’t kick the angels out of heaven because they murdered someone or were doing drugs, drinking or smoking but for pride.

* Stop worrying about what others think or whether or not you are making a good impression. We constantly tell our kids not to give in to peer pressure but we do it all the time. We Christians can be especially bad about worrying what other Christians are going to think of us. That is the same as when your kids worrying about their peers.

* Cut back on everything. You can save 50% on your grocery bill before you even go to the grocery store by simply exercising good portion control with your food. It is better for you, too. Go from a 30 minute shower to a 5 minute shower. Not only will you save on utilities, but your skin will thank you.

* This should be number one: tithe. Right now when others are panicking about their 401k’s or about what their stocks are doing, I don’t have a worry in the world. I have invested my money in Someone who has promised that no matter what happens in the world, including with finances, I and my children will be fed and taken care of. He has demonstrated His faithfulness over and over. To me, my tithe is the best savings a person can have.

* The real test of a person’s character occurs during hard times. Keep your integrity, be responsible and be trustworthy and honorable whether your situation is your fault or not, whether it is fair or unfair. Proverbs 22:1 says “A good name is more desirable than great riches; to be esteemed is better than silver or gold.”

I once received a notice of foreclosure on my house. I had 2 weeks to come up with $35,000 and I couldn’t sell my house. I didn’t have $35. I wasn’t sure what to do. If I lost my house, my kids and I would literally be out on the streets. After a few moments of panic, I prayed and God told me what to do. One of the first things I did was to call the banker and tell him I wanted to start up our old business, which I knew nothing about and had no money for supplies, no customers and a limited market.

What loan officer do you think would say, “That’s great– forget the foreclosure and you don’t even need to make a payment until your business is up and running well”? None that I know of, but that is exactly what he said. We had banked there for a while and, because of that, he knew I always paid my bills (the foreclosure was because of my husband’s debts he incurred when we were separated). The loan officer said “Jill, I know you and trust you to pay so I’m not worried.”

Everything God tells us to do is for a good reason and it is usually for our good. He wants us to have a good name because He knows at times when things hang in the balance, a person’s good name can tip the scale in the right direction.
* Don’t decide you are going to change your ways and then expect God to suddenly produce a miracle and make all of your debt go away. God loves you, but He is also a just God. He expects you to pull your weight and if you spent 5 years carelessly spending, you may have to work extra long and hard for 5 years to get yourself out of your mess.

It would be like telling my teenage son to clean his room. After a month goes by, he is out of clean clothes, can’t find anything and has been grounded by me for failing to do what I told him to do. He tells me how sorry he is, insists he’ll never do it again and repents all over the place, but he still has to clean his room, which is such a big mess it is going to take twice as much work.

I forgive, but he is perfectly capable of cleaning it himself, so he has to clean up his own mess.

Here’s something to think about:

In Matthew 6:24, the Bible says “No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money.” We always think that this verse relates to having lots or money, that it only concerns the wealthy or those seeking wealth, but it can pertain to the poor and those in debt, too.

Be careful. What controls your waking thoughts? God or money? What do you seek after more? God or a way to pay your debts? What do you talk about more with your family? God or how the bills are piling up “in these hard economic times”? Do you spend all of your money eating out, playing a game of golf, buying your kids sports uniforms and dance lessons and having your nails done or do you first tithe?

I have found most people give their money to whoever or whatever has their heart and soul. I don’t say these things to condemn you but to get you thinking, “Do I have things mixed up? Can I do something differently? Do I need to change something, even if it is something small?”

We guard our families in so many areas. Don’t let Satan sneak in the back door with this and destroy you, your family and your testimony.

As a single mother of two, Jill Cooper started her own home business without any capital and paid off $35,000 debt in 5 years on $1,000 a month income. Jill and her daughter Tawra Kellam are frugal living experts and the editors of LivingOnADime.com.

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Thermofocus Non-Contact 5 in 1 Thermometer

April 14, 2010 by  
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Where to buy: www.amazon.com

The Thermofocus Non-Contact 5 in 1 Thermometer is the first and only FDA (Food & Drug Administration) registered non-contact medical thermometer. It is clinically proven to be just as accurate as rectal or ear thermometers, but at the same time it is non-invasive. The temperature is taken from the child’s forehead, naval or armpit in less than a second and won’t cause the child any unnecessary trauma.

It is completely hygienic and safe to use and won’t pass illnesses onto other family members. The thermometer offers a one button operation measuring fever and ambient room temperature. It can also easily gauge the temperature of baby baths, formula and food. It comes with a Fahrenheit or Celsius digital LED display and a 9 memory function.

Included in your purchase are 4 AAA batteries, which should give you over 10,000 readings, as well as an instructional DVD to ensure proper usage of the thermometer.

For more information on the Thermofocus Thermometer or to purchase the product, go to www.amazon.com.

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Simple Green Stainless Steel One-Step Cleaner and Polisher

April 11, 2010 by  
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Where to buy: www.amazon.com

Simple Green Stainless Steel One-Step Cleaner and Polisher is an easy and safe stainless steel cleaner. It is non-toxic, biodegradable and does not contain any petroleum products. It is also non-abrasive, non-flammable, contains zero VOCs and is safe to use around your children and pets.

Simple Green is a socially responsible company that has been manufacturing and selling environmentally safe cleaning products for over 30 years.

The Simple Green Stainless Steel One-Step Cleaner & Polisher can be used on all high-end chrome and stainless steel appliances and surfaces in kitchens. It easily cleans toasters, backsplashes, fixtures, grills, just to name a few. It also wipes away smudges, fingerprints, streaks, water stains and leaves your stainless steel looking sparkling clean and protected.

The concentrated cleaner comes in a 16oz or a 32oz spray bottle.

For more information on this environmentally friendly stainless steel cleaner, go to www.amazon.com.

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Frugal Ways to Decorate Your Thanksgiving Table

November 19, 2009 by  
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Look in any home and garden publication a month or two before Thanksgiving, and you’ll see all sorts of elaborate table arrangements. Professional decorators go all out to create a veritable masterpiece. And if you check the prices on the items they use, you’ll often find that they spend several hundred (and often several thousand) dollars to get the table to look so nice.

How can the average person compete with that? Usually, we can’t. But we can make our Thanksgiving tables look great without paying an arm and a leg. Inexpensive items from the local discount store and things found in nature can be combined to create an elegant yet inexpensive Thanksgiving table. Here are some pointers.

Linens

Tablecloths and napkins can be prohibitively expensive. But if you’re only using them on special occasions, you can get away with cheaper options. Dollar stores often carry lovely tablecloths at a fraction of the price you would pay at a high-end department store. They might not last as long as more expensive ones, but if cared for properly they will stay in good shape for several years.

You can find inexpensive cloth napkins at some dollar stores as well. Or you could check outlet stores for discontinued or slightly blemished napkins. You can often find deals on tablecloths there, too. If you’re good at sewing, you could even make your own co-ordinating tablecloth and napkins.

Centerpieces

A pretty centerpiece adds a nice touch to any table. For Thanksgiving, you can make one at very little cost with things found in nature. Mini pumpkins, squash and other fall veggies can be arranged with some nuts to make a yummy centerpiece. If you want, you could find an inexpensive cornucopia at your local craft store and put these items in it.

Fall flowers also make wonderful centerpieces. If you grow your own, simply pick some in various colors and arrange them in a vase. You’ll have a beautiful, fragrant centerpiece at no cost whatsoever.

Of course, there probably won’t be a whole lot of room on the table for a centerpiece by the time you put all of the food on it. If space is a concern, taper candles are a simple yet elegant alternative. You can find candleholders at discount stores at very reasonable prices. You could place some leaves or gourds around them if you want to do something a bit more elaborate without taking up too much room.

A beautiful Thanksgiving table isn’t necessary for enjoying all of that delicious food. But it certainly adds a nice touch to the holiday and lets your guests know that you value their company. With a little imagination, you can decorate the table and still have plenty of money to spend on dinner.

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Moving Day Made Easy

November 15, 2009 by  
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Moving can be stressful, especially if there are children involved. But, there are some things you can do to make it easier. Here are some tips to make the transition go more smoothly.

-Make a list
Trying to keep a running list in your mind of what needs to be done can tax your sanity. Early in the game – as in months ahead – take some time to sit down and make a comprehensive moving plan, complete with details. Then your mind can rest and you can see what has been done, and what you still need to do.

-Purge your house of unnecessary items
There is a reason why people have moving sales. Both packing and unpacking are made easier when there is less stuff. You don’t have to have a moving sale if the notion seems daunting. You can give your items to a charity or give them away online. Some charities will even come to your house and pick up your stuff.

-Organize
Whether you are packing and moving your own items or hiring movers, be sure the boxes are well labeled. Consider specific boxes for special items, especially those things that will be needed right away: cookware, special children’s toys, bedding, etc.

-Call ahead and have utilities ready
Arrange to have the utilities turned on and in your name on the day you move in. Nothing adds to stress like not having running water or electricity, and trying to make phone calls to get the utilities turned on when there is no phone service hooked up.

Moving with children

-Make lots of special visits to the new house with the children
Before actually moving in, take your children to visit the new house as often as is practical. Take a picnic and eat on the floor or in the yard, or bring a special toy reserved only for the new house. Consider a homecoming party when you do move in, where the children each get a special gift that signifies their new home. Talking about the party you are going to have will give children something to look forward to.

-Encourage participation
Children feel insecure when they feel something is happening to them without any input. While children may not get a choice in when/where you move, letting them participate in as many aspects of the move as possible will help them feel empowered and view the move in a more positive light. Allow them to help paint their new room, for example, or pick paint colors (narrow it down to two or three colors you can live with before letting them choose!). If children get to participate, they will gain a sense of ownership of the new house.

In time, your family will settle in and your new house will become home.

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