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10 things about lemon that I love

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As salam,

Lemon is an interesting fruit. It’s an all purpose fruit with 1001 usage. I have to say that this a must have fruit in ur fridge. Apart from its extensive use in culinary, it can also provide aid in our household chores. Read the list. lemon

1. Freshen the Fridge
Remove refrigerator odors with ease. Dab lemon juice on a cotton ball or sponge and leave it in the fridge for several hours. Please make sure that u have toss out any malodorous items that might be causing the bad smell.

2.Refresh Cutting Boardslemon1
To get rid of the smell and help sanitize the cutting board, rub it all over with the cut side of half a lemon or wash it in undiluted juice straight from the bottle.

3. Keep Insects Out of the Kitchen
This is our biggest enemy I believed. You don’t need insecticides or ant traps to ant-proof your kitchen. Just give it the lemon treatment. First squirt some lemon juice on door thresholds and windowsills. Then squeeze lemon juice into any holes or cracks where the ants are getting in. Finally, scatter small slices of lemon peel around the outdoor entrance. The ants will get the message that they aren’t welcome. Lemons are also effective against roaches and fleas: Simply mix the juice of 4 lemons (along with the rinds) with 1/2 gallon (2 liters) water and wash your floors with it; then watch the fleas and roaches flee. They hate the smell.

4.Deodorize Your Garbage
If your garbage is beginning to smell yucky, here’s an easy way to deodorize it: Save leftover lemon and orange peels and toss them at the base under the bag. To keep it smelling fresh, repeat once every couple of weeks.

5. Clean and Whiten Nailslemon2
Save ur money on menicure & pedicure. 🙂 Add the juice of 1/2 lemon to 1 cup warm water and soak your fingertips in the mixture for 5 minutes. After pushing back the cuticles, rub some lemon peel back and forth against the nail.

6.Treat Flaky Dandruff
If itchy, scaly dandruff has you scratching your head, just massage two tablespoons lemon juice into your scalp and rinse with water. Then stir one teaspoon lemon juice into one cup water and rinse your hair with it. Repeat daily until your dandruff disappears.

7. Remove Warts (ketuat)warts
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pply a dab of lemon juice directly to the wart using a cotton swab. Repeat for several days until the acids in the lemon juice dissolve the wart completely.

8. Boost Laundry Detergent
For more powerful cleaning action, pour 1 cup lemon juice into the washer during the wash cycle. The natural bleaching action of the juice will zap stains and remove rust and mineral discolorations from cotton T-shirts and briefs and will leave your clothes smelling fresh. Your clothes will turn out brighter and also come out smelling lemon-fresh.

9. Cleanse Your Face
Dab lemon juice on blackheads to draw them out during the day. You can also wash your face with lemon juice for a natural cleanse and exfoliation. Your skin should improve after several days of treatment. Lemon water is also a cooling agent, best way to beat the heat.

10. Make a Room Scent/Humidifier
Freshen and moisturize the air in your home by simmering water contain lemon peels, cinnamon sticks, cloves, and apple skins.

Have fun 🙂

 

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Kids vs house chores

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As salam,

I’m a working mum with 3 kids. I’ve no maid, I left home to work at 8 am and reach home around 7 pm. I’ve so little time to spend with my kids and doing the house chores. So, please don’t imagine that I own an English concept house ke, contemporary style ke, or any kinda style yang Eric Leong selalu buat tu. As long as the house is clean, laundry is done, that’s heaven for me.

To ease my burden, I did ask my kids to help me along. Semua nak buat sorg2 mati la. Banyak dah kerja kita boleh bagi anak2 tolong. Diorang pun sebenarnya rasa lebih dihargai, rasa macam diri dah besar sebab dapat buat kerja adults, jadi lebih bertanggungjawab juga. So, what are the chores that we can let them do?

Tidy up their roomkids3

Let them clean up their room. Make their own bed. Lipat selimut senget2 pun takpe. Cadar tak kemas pun it’s okay. Ajar slowly. Weekend is the best day for them to clean up the whole room, sweep the floor, change the bed sheet, make the bed properly.

 

 

 

Vacuum

Believe me they’ll love doing this. My 3 kids will definitely lari laju2, berebut nak ambik vacuum, tarik wayar, pasang plug and start vacuuming. While the youngest (he’s 2 yrs and half) will at times ride the vacuum, or switch it of and keep on pressing the button to roll off the cord. Abang n kakak will start screaming. Though the vacuuming times will take longer but I think it’s their bonding time.

Water plants and gardening

Another favorite task by most of the kids in the whole world. Seronok dapat main air n main tanah. Get them a small watering can, the one with bright n fancy colors, or just a small can (tin susu) make tiny holes at the bottom. They’ll love it.


Sort, Start, Switch, Fold, and Put Away Laundry

We can let them to sort the laundry, e.g. pilih baju sendiri and put aside. Easier for us to fold it. Ataupun baju dah lipat and ask them to put away their clothes. Ajar macamana nak susun baju dalam almari, macamana nak ambil baju/seluar carefully without messing it up. kids

 

 

 

 

 

 

Take care of pets

My girl once ask me if she could have a cat of her own. She’s only 7. Too bad my answer is NO. Cause I did’t think that she can handle everything. Nanti kucing berak sapa nak cuci. I’m not a pet person. They used to have a pair of tortoise and fish of course. But it ended up mommy needs to do everything. Mula2 je semangat waja. Lama2 dah tak nak buat. So I think they’re not ready for pet, yet. But if mommies out there if u think that ur kids are ready, u can have them to feed their pet, clean up cages, walk the pet. It’ll be great for the kids to show their maturity and responsibility.

Sweep and mop the floor

Kids love doing this. I didn’t really encourage my kids to do the mopping cause worrying that they might slip and fall. But they’ll help me sweeping the lawn. My mom in law gave me this cute and tiny broom which she bought in Kelantan, tak pernah jumpa kat kedai area my house pun lagi. Penyapu tu pendek je batang dia. Jadi budak2 suka guna, which is about their size and it’s really light. kids4

Rinse the dishes

Trust ur kids with the plates and glasses. They can handle it. Just make sure that u double check it once they’ve cleaned it. Especially pinggan makan nasik. Kadang2 tak sental bersih2 ada lagi minyak or nasik yang terlekat.kids1

Simple prep meal

Once a while I’ll let my kids do breakfast or snacks for me. Let them pour their own cereals and milk, do their own toast, allow them to use knife once in a while (but with our supervision). They’ll eat more, in a large portion than always. Konon2 diorang la tukang masaknya. Boleh jugak bagi anak2 tolong kacau kuah kat dalam periuk atas dapur, tolong letakkan garam or even jadi tukang rasa cukup masam, manis or masinnya makanan tu.

 

Mommies please don’t be afraid or think that ur kids were way to young to do house chores. They need to be trained and taught. Supaya dah besar nanti anak2 akan tahu macamana nak buat kerja rumah, they will be independent, no relying on mothers or bibiks to do everything. Get ur boys to do house chores as well, nanti takde la rumah bujang or their own room jadi macam gua or kandang kambing pulak.

But, put this in mind, the things that I keep on reminding myself too (I get these from moneysaving mom):

1. Your Kids Need to Know What You Expect from Them

Teach ur children how to do a job well, because u can’t expect them to know how to do it right. Before asking them to do a chore on their own, work with them a few times showing them specifically how to do it.

2. Don’t Expect Them To Do It Well–Especially At First

It often takes a lot of repetitive teaching, gentle correcting, and practice before a child can do a job well. Don’t expect perfection–especially when they are young. What matters is that they are putting forth effort and trying their best.

3. Praise 10 Times As Much As You Correct

It’s easy to want to focus on pointing out all the things a child does wrong and where they need to improve. Instead of dwelling on what they didn’t do right, focus most of your energies on praising those things they did well. Encouragement and affirmation go a very long way!

 

All the best mommies 😀

 

 

Moms u gotta try this!

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As salam,

I was browsing and I found these. They’re great n helpful. Plus we can help the world through recycle (chewahhhh) ;p. Come on, being a mom means u need to be creative.

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Picture above (macam dalam thesis pulak dah) showing how we can re-use our mineral water bottle. Simply cut the above part, attach to the biscuits, candy or snacks wrapper n re-seal ’em back. Perfect when we’re on the go. Masa balik kampung, stop kat r&r, anak2 beli twisties pastu tak abih makan. Kalau biar kang masuk angin pulak. Ada mineral water yang dah habis, boleh la guna.

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Hmm… this one untuk yang pakai contact lenses. Basuh bersih2 dulu ye, lepas tu guna utk isi ur pills when u’re on short trips.

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Pegi hotel mesti dapat shower cap. Jarang pakai pun. This is good idea. Simpan kasut, slippers, sandals.

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Too bad we’ve thrown away our kids crib. Kalau tak dah boleh jadi working/studying/conteng-ing table for the kids. Mommies out there, check out ur garage or bawah tangga kalau2 ada lagi crib ni ye. 😉

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Kita cukup tak suka nak bagi anak2 makan ice cream macam ni. Nanti meleleh sana sini. Kalau nak makan jugak it’s either u stay outside ataupun bentang tikar sebesar2 alam. The lapik pulak dengan besen besor. But now, I think they can have it.

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Every rumah might have this. I bought this walaupun jaranggggg sangat buat telur rebus. So now dah tambah satu lagi kegunaan. Maybe boleh guna utk potong pisang jugak untuk buat banana split kan? I love this idea.

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Here’s another, when the can is too cold, tak nak pegang. Ataupun takut tertumpah dalam kereta. Put it into another cup.

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Okay… We buy a lot of pringles or mister potato. But I used the empty can as a tabung. Tapi berapa banyak tabung nak ada kat rumah tu? U can use it to save ur spaghetti.