Homemade Glass & Window Cleaner, it’s Easier Than You Think

If I had a dime for every time I had to clean dog snot off the windows, I’d be independently wealthy, posting this from a white sandy beach in Tahiti, drinking something exotic from a coconut shell with a little paper umbrella in it.

I’ll admit that I’ve gone through a lot of commercial window cleaner in my time.  It’s funny how we tend to believe that if it’s not dyed, scented, doesn’t lather or produce suds, it can’t possibly work. But about four years ago I discovered that not only do some homemade cleaners work, they may actually work better, without using harsh chemicals.

Making your own window cleaner is economical and easy, using four ingredients that you already have on hand.  Honest.  You need just;

  • 1 cup of rubbing alcohol
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 Tbsp of white vinegar
  • 2 or 3 drops of liquid dish soap

Just pour these four ingredients into a clean spray bottle and give it a quick shake.  See.  I told you it was easy.  And you made it for mere pennies.

This works great on windows, mirrors, chrome, even ceramic tile.  For a streak free shine on windows and mirrors, spray it on, then wipe it dry with crumpled newspaper.

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I’m Addicted to Mario Kart Wii

Mario Kart Wii  is pos-O-tivley the most gaming fun I’ve had in a long time.

Each player drives a kart (or bike) around 32 goofy tracks while picking up items to attack their 11 opponents with. The object is to drive like a lunatic, while avoiding obstacles, in an attempt to take the lead without getting hit yourself.

And the kewlest part? Multiple players can play online against people from all over the world. That’s 24/7 non-stop racing action!

The game comes with a steering wheel shell that the WiiMote fits into and it is amazingly accurate. I prefer the WiiMote by itself, but serious gamers will probably want to use the Nun-chuck with it, since it adds better drifting capabilities.

It took me about two months of solid play, both offline and on, to get fairly decent at it. I’ve unlocked all but two of the 25 available characters, and I’m just two mirror races away from an overall one-star rating.

The game is easy to pick up for players of any age or skill level. Beating your opponents seems to require two parts skill and one part luck. (And sometimes it’s two parts luck and one part skill.)

The only thing I can fault at this point is that the track theme music and the character voices get old quickly. Unfortunately you can’t turn the audio off or you’ll lose your incoming attack warnings.

With that being said, there’s enough challenge in this game to keep you busy into next spring.

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True Lemon vs The Lemon Wedge

Okay, so we all saw that segment on Primetime (or was it 20/20?) about the nasties they found when they tested the lemon wedges that are served in restaurants all over the country. (If you didn’t see it, let’s just say they discovered a cauldron of bacteria, including…… gasp …… fecal bacteria.)

Next to coffee, a glass of ice water with lemon is my beverage of choice. To be honest, I was perfectly content not knowing that I was quite possibly consuming enough bacteria to kill a pony. But after watching that segment I just couldn’t lose the mental image of a turd floating in my glass.

Then, somewhere in my online travels, I came upon an offer for a sample of True Lemon Crystallized Lemon. It comes in single packets that can be carried in your pocket or purse. This stuff is pure citrus heaven. Not only does it taste like a genuine lemon, it has zero calories and zero carbs. And If you like variety, they make True Lime and True Orange too.

I’ve had no luck finding it locally, but you can look for it in the baking aisle of your local grocers. Sometimes, just to keep you on your toes, it’ll be in the powered drink mix section.

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Beaumont Sumatra Coffee – Aldi’s Best Kept Secret

Admittedly, I’m a coffee snob. I like it strong and I like it rich. I’ve purchased expensive beans locally and outrageously expensive beans online. I’ve dripped and I’ve french-pressed.

So imagine my surprise when I bought a 12oz bag of Beaumont Sumatra Coffee and found it to be one of the better tasting coffees I’ve tried. And I bought it, of all places, at Aldi’s.

As soon as you open the bag, you know you’re in for a treat. This dark roast, 100% Arabica bean coffee has an earthy aroma that will have your mouth watering. And it’s smooth, lingering flavor is going to keep you coming back.

For under $5.00 you can try it yourself. You won’t be disappointed.

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How Kewl are Amazon Shorts?

If you’re an avid reader it doesn’t get much better than this……even if you’re an avid reader on a budget.

Amazon Shorts are unpublished short pieces of fiction and non-fiction, written by a wide variety of authors, and delivered to you digitally. You pay just 49¢ per download and they’re yours to keep.

This means you get to check out that new author or genre you’ve been wanting to try……for less than the price of a candy bar!

If you already have an Amazon account, you’ll find that purchasing your Shorts is an easy process. Once purchased, you can access the story three different ways, and you won’t need any fancy hardware/software installed to participate. You can;

1 – follow an html link to the story online
2 – have it e-mailed to you in plain text e-mail or
3 – download it as a pdf

The last time I checked there were over 3,500 titles available. That should be enough to keep you well-read this winter.


Coupon and Discount Codes for Online Shopping

If you haven’t already met, I’d like to introduce you to Naughtycodes.com. (It’s okay to click on it, it’s not what you think.)

What you’re going to find there is a site chock full of coupons, promo and discount codes for hundreds of online retailers.

True story; I recently sent flowers through 1-800-flowers. I must admit, I developed a mild case of sticker-shock as I browsed. Just before I hit that submit button I remebered Naughtycodes, and there I found a 20% discount code. Bam, just like that I saved $18.40!

This is going to come in really handy this holiday season, so you’re going to want to bookmark their site.

You can thank me later.

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Three Cheers for the Cuisinart Grind & Brew CoffeeMaker

Awhile ago I bought a programmable coffeemaker with an insulated stainless carafe. My life was complete. I had fresh brewed coffee when I got up, and the carafe kept it hot through my second and third cup. Unfortunately, if was recalled shortly afterward.

The replacement they sent had a glass carafe…..and you know what that means. The coffee is exposed to constant heat and tastes like feet in about two hours. So I’d end up tossing the left over morning coffee and making another pot (or two) in the afternoon.

Then coffee, in an attempt to keep up with the rising gasoline prices, hit $10 for a two-pound can. I began looking for a solution.

Enter the Cuisinart Grind and Brew. This coffeemaker is an engineering piece of art. You put your beans in the built-in grinder and it spits the grounds through a chute that ends up, in of all places, the coffee basket. (The grinding feature can be toggled off if you prefer to use ground coffee.) The brushed chrome carafe keeps the coffee hot for at least six hours, eliminating the need to throw out multiple pots of feet-tasting coffee throughout the day. It paid for itself in no time.

Happily, with the money I’m saving, I can afford to splurge on coffee that doesn’t come in two-pound cans.

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Finally, Earbuds That Stay in Place

I can’t be the only person on the planet that can’t keep traditional one-size-fits-all earbuds in place. Even when I was sitting still I wasn’t able to listen to a single track uninterrupted. I’d get the right one in, the left one would pop out; I’d turn my head and they’d both go flying.

Then I found these kewl JVC Marshmallow Headphones .You simply insert them into your ear by compressing the “marshmallow” ear pieces which results in a perfect fit. (An extra pair of ear pieces is included.)

And as if keeping them in my ears didn’t make me happy enough… as an added bonus, they have fairly decent sound.

They. Haven’t. Fallen. Out. Once.

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