Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

I hope everyone had a wonderful time ringing in the new year. If you’ve been hustlin’ and bustlin’, wind down with my Bath Salts Over Easy: 1 cup of Epsom salts, 1 cup of table salt, and 1 cup of baking soda. Store the mixture in an airtight container. At bath time, pour 2 tablespoons into running water, and settle into a relaxing soak in the tub. It’s just the tender loving care you need to start the new year off right!

Speaking of TLC, don’t neglect your houseplants this winter. Make sure they bloom to beat the band by giving them a dose of this elixir every two weeks: 1/2 tbsp. of vodka, 1/2 tbsp. of ammonia, 1/2 tbsp. of hydrogen peroxide, 1/4 tsp. of instant tea granules, 1 multivitamin tablet with iron, and 1 gallon of warm water. Mix all of the ingredients together in a jug, and add 1 cup of the solution per gallon of water at plant-feeding time.

Make Christmas tree cleanup a cinch with this trick. After hauling the tree outside, put a pantyhose leg over the vacuum cleaner nozzle, and then vacuum up all the fallen pine needles. They stick to the nylon instead of being swooshed inside to clog up the vacuum. Then just peel the stocking off over a wastebasket, and drop it inside. It’s the easiest Christmas tree cleanup around!

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