Saturday, January 18, 2014

A Spirit-Energized Sleep Technique  

Mark Virkler's Blog


A Spirit-Energized Sleep Technique

May I offer you a technique which helps me fall asleep at night, and at the same time aligns my spirit with the Holy Spirit so my heart ponders God's truths and God's grace all night as I sleep? I have used it for many years, and those I have shared it with and who have tried it, have said it helped them. So let's see if it could be of benefit to you, too.

Slow Down Your Breathing, Relax, Smile: Since falling asleep means you will be breathing slower, encourage sleep by choosing to breathe slowly and deeply, in for 5 or 6 seconds and out 5 or 6 seconds. Keep a light smile on your face.
Focus on Jesus and the Holy Spirit: Since "breath" and "spirit" are the same word in the Bible, when you breathe in, see the light of the Holy Spirit entering your heart and chest area and radiating out through your body. As you breathe out, see semi-light leaving you and going back to Jesus. Inwardly speak the name "Jesus." As you breathe in say “Je-” and as you breathe out say “-sus.” If you need peace or calm or joy or love, speak those words inwardly as you breathe in and out.
Results: This brings your heart, mind and emotions into alignment with the presence and the power of the Holy Spirit and relaxes you and prepares you to receive Spirit life and revelation from the Lord Jesus Christ as you sleep. In addition, you should fall asleep quickly as this technique gets your mind to stop thinking as you relax into the presence of Jesus. And if you need to add some sleep tea or valerian root, and ocean waves on your bedside CD, that is fine also. Though I fall asleep quickly, I find I do sometimes need to add all these things to help me stay asleep.
Check out this article from the Institute of HeartMath.

Try it, and comment below on the results you experience. Thanks!

Monday, January 13, 2014

Last night, the tacos smothered in onions were great. But this morning, your breath could fell a sumo wrestler.

What to do? When your breath has turned toxic because of smelly foods -- usually garlic, onions, or curry, but fish and cheese can do a number, too -- you need an air freshener for your mouth. And you need it often: every 30 to 60 minutes until the odorous offender has cleared out of your bloodstream, which can sometimes take up to 24 hours. Because brushing constantly is impossible, try countering breath-busting foods with what's likely to be handiest: other foods.

1. Lemons. Suck on a lemon wedge, or nibble on the rind -- easy to do in restaurants, where there's often a citrus garnish; if not, you can order sparkling water with lemon. For other times, lemon-flavored hard candies work just as well, and they're totally portable.

2. Parsley and other green garnishes. When your favorite garlic-laden pasta dish or onion-topped burger arrives with a few sprigs of parsley on the side, consider it a hint, not just a colorful trim. Chewing on the sprigs releases parsley's pleasant, breath-freshening oils. Garnishes of fresh basil and rosemary work, too.

3. Apples and other crisp, fresh foods (firm pears, carrots, jicama). They're high in fiber, and all that chewing bumps up saliva production -- the combo acts like a scrubbing rinse for your mouth. Sweet.

4. Crunchy spices. For a more exotic solution, pick up some anise, cardamom, coriander, and fennel seeds, available in the spice aisle of most grocery stores. Mix equal parts in a small covered bowl, and keep it on the dining room table next to the salt and pepper. Chewing on a few seeds will release enough oil to sweeten after-dinner curry or coffee breath. And your mouth will taste amazing.

5. Mint sprigs or cinnamon sticks. Either of these deliciously potent flavors will squelch the sulfurous scent of onion and garlic. Plus, an essential oil in cinnamon kills a nasty type of oral bacteria, discouraging it from setting up house in your mouth. Cinnamon or mint gum is just as effective. If you pick a gum sweetened with xylitol, it will freshen breath and help reduce cavities -- smart, if you're a gum lover. Bonus: Regular oral care can make your RealAge as much as 6.4 years younger.

6. Berries and yogurt. If you can't get through most days without indulging in foods that are less than breath-friendly, eat for prevention, which is even better than a cure. Consuming half a cup of plain, sugar-free yogurt twice a day can lower mouth levels of hydrogen sulfide (yes, that rotten egg smell). Berries (and melons, oranges, and other fruits high in vitamin C) also deter stinky mouth bacteria. Start and end each day with a cup of fruit topped with a big dollop of yogurt and you might never have to worry about bad breath again.

Sunday, January 12, 2014
As a Beauty Treatment
Apple cider vinegar is very useful for treating the skin, teeth and hair. Check out all the ways you can incorporate a little ACV into your beauty regimen.

Use as a hair rinse to fight dandruff and add body and shine
Use as a facial cleanser to boost the pH of your skin
Add to bath water to relieve the redness and pain of sunburn
Reduces buildup on the scalp
Helps in the removal of warts
Skin toner for blemishes
Reduces cellulite
Helps control bad breath
Whitens teeth and kills mouth bacteria
Reduces swelling and fades bruising
Use as an overnight soak to clean dentures

For Your Health
Taken daily:  1 tablespoon Apple Cider Vinegar, 1 teaspoon honey, and 1/2 glass of warm water 3 times a day.

Apple cider vinegar is one of the most useful, affordable and versatile supplements you can take for your overall health. It fights infection, inflammation, eases pain, and helps many digestive issues. Taken daily,

ACV will provide numerous health benefits.
Use as a detox to cleanse the kidneys
Drink or supplement to prevent flu
Reduces inflammation from arthritis
Relieves sinus pressure and fights infection
Aids weight loss by decreasing appetite and increasing fat burn
Relieves allergies and asthma symptoms
Relieves Gout
Balances the body’s pH level
Lowers cholesterol
Reduces blood glucose level in diabetics
Removes nail fungus
Soothes bug bites and other minor skin irritations
Aids digestion
Taken with warm water and honey before bedtime, ACV may help with sleep issues
Strengthens bones
Has anti-inflammatory properties
Relieves pain from jellyfish stings
Aids in relieving chest congestion
Promotes bowel movements and eases constipation
Relieves heartburn
Can help stop hiccups
Promotes sinus drainage
Treats ear infections
Soothes rashes
Promotes growth of healthy flora
Helps control sugar cravings
Helps cure strep throat
Helps treat eczema
Increases energy and boosts metabolism
Relaxes sore muscles
Disinfects wounds
Boosts immunity
Lowers blood pressure

Around the House
Get rid of the toxic chemicals around your home. Many commercial cleaning products and deodorizers have been linked to an increased risk of breast cancer, chronic respiratory conditions and other serious health problems. Create your own products easily and inexpensively using natural items like ACV.
Use as a natural disinfectant cleanser
Use it to wash windows and leave a streak free shine and clean scent
ACV is a natural deodorizer
Use it to deter cats from having accidents they won’t go where they smell vinegar.


Wade E. Taylor
And I will give unto thee the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in Heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in Heaven. Matthew 16:19

This speaks of our having the "key" that will unlock the door of entrance into our having "Kingdom authority." It will enable us 2 have a part with the Lord in cleansing both the heavens and the earth, in preparation 4 the coming Millennial Kingdom.
And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth. Revelation 5:10

The "kingly" aspect will enable us to affect the earthly realm, through our overcoming obedience. The "priestly" aspect will enable us to affect the heavenly realm, through our worship and communion with the Lord.

And he that overcometh, and keepeth My works 2 the end, 2 him will I give power over the nations: and he shall rule them w/a rod of iron... Revelation 2:26-27

For us 2b ready 2 function in Kingdom authority in "that day" means that there must be a present ruling (overcoming) within our lives. Unless we have first submitted ourselves to divine governmental rule over us, we will never be qualified to rule others.

When Israel entered the Promised Land, they were told to slay all of the inhabitants of that land. The names of these nations can be related 2 "the works of the flesh." Thus, we also must first slay the "inhabitants" of our land (carnality) before we will be ready to partake of this promise: "we shall reign on the earth."

These "inhabitants" that must be slain are very busy manifesting themselves within us as these "works of the flesh." Thus, they must be utterly slain in order 4 us 2 become the "habitation of God" (priestly role), and begin 2 "rule all nations" (kingly role).

Within our spiritual life experience, there must be the dealings or workings of the Holy Spirit to produce the necessary quality of character that will make us ready to rule w/the Lord in "that day."

Unlock and Open the Door
The Lord must be able 2 trust us w/the use of these "Keys of the Kingdom," which can unlock and open the door that will lift us into a cooperative relationship with Jesus. This will lead 2 the establishing of the Millennial Kingdom.

I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears and opens...Revelation 3:20

The Lord can walk through any locked door, but He waits for a response on our part before He will enter into a Kingdom relationship with us. By prophetic revelation (the spirit of prophecy), Peter identified Jesus as being the Messiah and, as a result, he received the Keys of the Kingdom.

The Lord is waiting 4 an action on our part as He stands at the door knocking and waiting 4 us 2 use our key (the spirit of prophecy) 2 open the door.

There is a present work that we are 2 do, which requires the use of this Key.

So God created man in His own image, in the image of God created He him: male and female...and God said unto them, "Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it; and have dominion..." Genesis 1:27-28

Jesus came 2 His disciples walking on water; He cursed the fig tree, and immediately it withered; and in Revelation 3:21, the Lord said that we are 2overcome, as He also overcame. If Jesus used His deity 2 do these things, we have a problem because we are not deity. Instead, Jesus, as the "Last Adam," fully overcame and thus received the "dominion" that Adam had forfeited. As a "new creation man," Jesus used this authority 2 walk on water and 2 curse the fig tree.

In the Garden of Eden, Adam and Eve acted in disobedience by eating of the tree of knowledge (self). They forfeited the authority and dominion that had been given to them. Jesus faced this same testing in the wilderness when He became intensely hungry. He refused to turn stones into bread and eat at the word of satan, as Eve had done. As a result, Jesus regained this lost dominion.

Our Neighborhood, City, State, and Nation Should be Affected by Us as We Exercise this Authority
And the Lord God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden 2 dress it and to keep it. Genesis 2:15
The Lord created a beautiful environment, which Adam was commissioned 2 dress, or improve.
And they heard the voice of the Lord God walking... in the cool of the [evening]... Genesis 3:8

During the day, Adam rearranged or improved the Garden of Eden. Then in the evening, the Lord, the Creator of the universe, came 2 C what Adam had accomplished during the day. As they walked together, Adam pointed out to the Lord the things he had changed. The Lord found great satisfaction in this, as the Lord takes pleasure in the works of our hands.

In redemption, we also have been given a word. We are 2 "dress and improve" the world of our day and time. As a result of the authority that Jesus gained in His victory over satan, we have been given the "Keys of the Kingdom," which gives us authority to rule over or to affect our environment.

When Jesus comes to walk with us in our present environment, He should find pleasure and satisfaction in what we have accomplished, because we have been given the "key" that will unlock and release the enemy's grip on the governments that rule the nations. Our neighborhood, city, state, and nation should be affected by us as we exercise this authority.

There are areas in or near where many of us presently live that if the Lord were 2 say 2 us, "You and I will go 4 a walk this evening in that area," we would have 2 say, "Lord, it is not safe 2 walk there at night." But we have been given dominion, and there should be a present expression of the higher realm of authority that we will be given in "that day" 2 rule on the earth in order 2 establish the Millennial Kingdom of God.

This means that our ministry, our prayer life, our words, should be affecting the place where we live.

Only then can Isaiah 14:5-8 be fulfilled:

"The Lord hath broken the staff of the wicked, and the sceptre of the rulers. He who smote the people in wrath w/a continual stroke, he that ruled the nations in anger, is persecuted, and none hindereth.

"The whole earth is at rest, and is quiet: they break forth into singing. Yea, the fir trees rejoice at thee, and the cedars of Lebanon, saying, 'Since thou art laid down, no feller is come up against us.'"

If we have rightly used the "Keys of the Kingdom" that are presently being offered 2 us, we also will have a part in singing this new song.

Then, the Kingdom will become, as Jesus said it is 2b, a place of "Righteousness, peace, and joy."
Wade E. Taylor
Wade Taylor Ministries


The Process of Restoration

                                                                      Chuck Pierce: 
                                                The Process of Restoration: "The Holy Spirit"

Allow Holy Spirit to come into your sphere these 10 days! Let Him restore everything that needs to be restored.

We've talked about the "what" and "how" of restoration. Now let's look at the "Who." The Holy Spirit is the Person of the Godhead who is serving as the restorative agent here on earth. God the Father is the Author of our restoration plan. He manifested Himself on earth through His Son, Jesus. Jesus carried within Him that plan and, consequently, our future. He took the sin that would stop our personal future and let it be crucified on the Cross with Him. This act insured our restoration and future success. Jesus then said to His disciples, "Nevertheless I tell you the truth. It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you... All things that the Father has are Mine. Therefore I said that He will take of Mine and declare it to you" (John 16:7, 15). 

The Holy Spirit has an essential role in the life of every Believer, with a vast job description. Some Christians only associate the filling of the Holy Spirit with those things that are considered "charismatic," such as tongues, and therefore prefer to ignore His function. They limit themselves to a very narrow view of the One whom Jesus called our Helper. The word "helper" in Greek is parakletos, meaning intercessor, counselor, advocate or comforter. What a beautiful promise of a constant help. But that's not all. In his book The Names of the Holy Spirit, Elmer Towns (book out of print) expounds on a list of 126 descriptive names, titles and emblems of the Holy Spirit found in Scripture.

These references to the Holy Spirit include: 
Breath of Life (Rev. 11:11);
a Dove (Mark 1:10);
the Finger of God (Luke 11:20);
the Guarantee of Our Inheritance (Eph. 1:14; cf. 2 Cor. 5:5);
the Oil of Gladness (Ps. 45:7; Heb. 1:9);
Rivers of LivingWater (John 7:38);
the Spirit of Promise (Eph. 1:13);
Adoption (Rom. 8:15);
Counsel (Isa. 11:2);
Fear of the Lord (Isa. 11:2);
Glory (1 Pet. 4:14);
Grace (Zech. 12:10; Heb. 10:29);
Holiness (Rom. 1:4);
Judgment (Isa. 4:4);
Knowledge (Isa. 11:2);
Life (Rom. 8:2);
Love (2 Tim. 1:7);
Might (Isa. 11:2);
Power (2 Tim. 1:7);
Prophecy (Rev. 19:10);
Revelation (Eph. 1:17);
a Sound Mind (2 Tim. 1:7);
Supplication (Zech. 12:10);
Truth (John 14:17);
Understanding (Isa. 11:2);
and Wisdom (Exod. 28:3; Deut. 34:9).

     Only when we allow the Holy Spirit 2 work within us do we have the power 2 live a victorious Christian life. And it is He, the Holy Spirit, who does the work of restoring the fragmented, scattered pieces of our lives to something that is far greater than its former state. When we receive the Holy Spirit's work in our lives, and yield to His direction, we have access to all that the Father desires for us. The restoration process can begin.
When the Holy Spirit begins a process of restoration, He has placed us in a new season with new revelation and new life: a new wine. Most of us are familiar with the passage in Matthew 9:17 that says, "Nor do they put new wine into old wineskins, or else the wineskins break, the wine is spilled, and the wineskins are ruined. But they put new wine into new wineskins, and both are preserved."

In order to contain the new wine of restoration, we need a new wineskin. The Greek word for new, meaning something totally new that has never been seen before, is neos. But that's not the word used in this passage.

The word used in this passage is kainos, meaning something that has been renewed or made over – something restored. In the restorative process, God takes what was there and brings it 2 a new place so He can pour within it that which He longs to release 2 us – our new wine. To make a wineskin new, He soaks an old wineskin in water and rubs it in oil. Rubbing in the oil is the part of the process that makes us flexible. Those hard things we go through are the oil that He rubs into us. And that oil also contains a new anointing. As we allow the Holy Spirit to take us through the process of rubbing, we not only become more flexible so that we can handle all God desires 2 pour into us, but we also become able 2 pour out in a greater measure.

Chuck D. Pierce
Glory of Zion International Ministries

Monday, January 6, 2014


Kathi PeltonOn the third day a wedding took place at Cana in Galilee. Jesus' mother was there, and Jesus and His disciples had also been invited 2 the wedding. When the wine was gone, Jesus' mother said 2 Him, "They have no more wine."

"Woman, why do you involve Me?" Jesus replied. "My hour has not yet come."

His mother said 2 the servants, "Do whatever He tells u." Nearby stood 6 stone water jars, the kind used by the Jews 4 ceremonial washing, each holding from 20 to 30 gallons. Jesus said 2 the servants, "Fill the jars w/water"; so they filled them 2 the brim. Then He told them, "Now draw some out and take it 2 the master of the banquet."

They did so, and the master of the banquet tasted the water that had been turned into wine. He did not realize where it had come from, though the servants who had drawn the water knew. Then he called the bridegroom aside and said, "Everyone brings out the choice wine first and then the cheaper wine after the guests have had too much 2 drink; but u have saved the best till now."

What Jesus did here in Cana of Galilee was the first of the signs [miracles] through which He revealed His glory; and His disciples believed in Him. John 2:1-11

The Miracle Wedding Testimony
This month our younger daughter is getting married! It is the first wedding for one of our children and the first wedding that we have ever planned. When the young man approached my husband, Jeff, and I to ask our permission to marry her we gave it 2 him w/great joy. On Christmas Eve last year (her favorite day of the year), we lit a fire in our fireplace and put candles all over the living room. The young man put on her favorite instrumental music and in front of our Christmas tree he asked her to be his wife. It was perfect and beautiful.
Traditionally, the mother and father of the bride are responsible for paying for and planning a wedding. We wouldn't have it any other way with our precious daughter, Amy. However, the last number of years, we have had tremendous financial struggles that have left us depleted of any savings – in fact, we need miracles each month just 2 pay expenses. So our "circumstantial reality" hit us pretty hard: How were we going 2 pay 4 a beautiful wedding, especially when we have a very large family and many dear friends who would want to come? Then the Lord reminded us of the above story. His first miracle was at a wedding! He told us, "This will be a miracle wedding."

As January 2011 began, we also began our wedding planning... completely in faith and with no money in hand. The 1st miracle came when God spoke t2 a Believer in Texas (whom we have never met in person) and asked them to pay for our daughter's wedding dress. They not only sent enough 4 the dress but enough 2 begin buying the decorations and put deposits down 4 a photographer.

We continued planning, and miraculous provision would come little by little. As summer began, we were just 3 months away from the wedding date and I was getting a bit more anxious! We were going 2 need a lot of miracles to see the wedding happen. I began losing sleep due to worrying about the small amount of time we had left and the large amount of miracles that we would need. (Oh... such little faith in such a faithful God!) Even in the midst of my "worry," God came through once again.

First, we were given the exact amount of money that I was praying 4 (the amount we needed 4 all that had been planned 2 that point), and then a Christian couple offered us the use of their beautiful property at no charge to host the wedding and reception. Just days later someone came forward and offered to cater the entire wedding as a gift to our family (all we had 2 do was pay 4 the food, not her services), and then a floral student came to us offering 2 do all the florist work as her college project – once again, at no cost 2 us except for the supplies.

One of our largest bills for the wedding was going to be the rentals for the tables, chairs, linens and supplies for the wedding and reception. We were so blessed when a family member came 2 us and offered to pay for all of the rentals. Everything was happening just the way the Lord had said it would. Our hearts were full and all of us were so grateful. Then, w/less than 2 months till the wedding we were notified that these people who planned 2 pay 4 the rentals were no longer going 2b able 2 do it. Suddenly, we had a huge bill coming due and no way 2 pay it.

Some dear friends came 2 our house 2 pray w/us regarding this and they kept hearing the words, "Miracle wedding." God was reminding us of what He had spoken b4 the planning had ever begun. So, peace returned. The very next day we began receiving checks in the mail from people that God had spoken 2, telling us that He wanted them 2 "sow into this wedding." We literally received double what was lost within two weeks.

Now we are just days from the Big Day and God has kept His promise and brought forth miracle after miracle for the wedding. We have no expenses – everything has been provided for. We will watch our daughter marry the man of her dreams in the dress she desired, in a garden she pictured, w/all the friends and family that she wanted to share the day. Every detail has been provided for by the true Father of the Bride. The only detail left is the provision of a place 4 them 2 live when they come home from their honeymoon, and we are confident that He will provide this too... just at the time that they need it.

We are experiencing His promise in Ephesians 3:20-21:
"Now 2 Him who is able 2 do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be the glory in the Church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever! Amen."

Expect Miracles
As we have walked through this journey of miracles, the Holy Spirit has continually reminded me that this is how we should live in our everyday lives. Jesus is our Bridegroom and He is preparing the perfect wedding 4 His Bride. Why do we believe that He would not take care of His Bride during the time of preparation?

God is restoring our faith and belief in "Who He Is." Where did we lose sight of His character and His promises? Why do we struggle with doubt and unbelief? He is who He says He is! He is faithful 2 His written Word, and 2 the promises He speaks 2 our hearts. We need 2 take Him at His word! Our daughter's wedding is only one testimony of God's faithfulness and miracles at work in the life of those who walk with Him.

I believe that we have entered a time in history that we will see a new level of faith arise, and miracles will follow. Declarations of truth are coming forth from Heaven that the Church will release and C fulfilled. Entire services of His people lost in praise and thanksgiving will be more and more common. A spirit of thankfulness is coming upon God's people that will set many free of the pain of this past season of testing and release miracles on a level never seen by this generation b4. A holy expectation will come upon us that will launch us into a new level of faith that enables us 2 go forth in all that He asks of us like never b4. This holy expectation will release a holy acceleration of His Kingdom here on Earth.

I believe that the pain of hope deferred will be broken off of God's people and that we will enter into time of desires fulfilled. The release of a new level of faith (that compels obedience) and thanksgiving will minister freedom 2 many who have been living in a type of "survival mode" rather than living the abundant life that God has planned for His sons and daughters. The enemy has worked hard to beat down God's people and 2 steal away their faith, belief, joy and confidence in who He is. But God is raising up His standard and lifting His people above the lie of the enemy.

He is inviting u into this new season... a season of thankfulness and miracles; a season of light and joy, a season of healing and restoration! As we personally watch our daughter's dream fulfilled, we will continue 2 pray and believe 4 God's dreams 4 u 2b fulfilled as well.

And by the way – our "wedding journey" continues as our son Corey recently became engaged and will be getting married next June!

I will leave you with this exhortation from Philippians 4:

Be anxious 4 nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication w/thanksgiving let your requests be made known 2 God.

And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Finally brethren, whatever is true, whatever is hono
rable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, let your mind dwell on these things. Philippians 4:6-8

...And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19
Blessings to you and your household,

Kathi Pelton
Compassion Arise


Frugal Homesteading

=========    Re-discovering the Cupboard we now call our Pantry is  making do w/what u already have on hand.  It's a smart, money-saving approach 2 living; in fact, when u realize how much time w/less effort it is 2 do the same chores, will put a smile on your face bcoz now u will have gained more 'minutes' in your day 4 some 'U Time,' and that is great 4 us all.

15 Most Useful Things around the HOUSE
Adhesive Tape - *Remove a Splinter: Is a splinter 2 tiny or 2 deep 2 remove w/tweezers? Avoid the agony of digging it out w/a needle. Instead, cover the splinter w/adhesive w/it.

Stop Ants in their Tracks - Is an army of ants marching toward the cookie jar on your countertop or some sweet prize in your pantry? Create a 'moat' around the object by surrounding it w/adhesive tape placed sticky side up.

Make a Lint-Lifter - To lift lint and pet hair off clothing and upholstery, u dont need a  special lint remover. Just wrap your hand w/adhesive tape, sticky side out.

Reduce your Hat size - Got a hat that's 2 big 4 your head? Wrap adhesive tape around the swearband-it might take 2 or 3 layers depending on the size discrepancy. As a bonus, the adhesive tape will absorb brow sweat on hot days.

Carpet Scraps - Make an exercise mat, car mat, or knee pad. *Muffle appliance noise. *Protect floor under plants. *Cushion kitchen shelves. *Give your car traction. *Protect tools.

Duct Tape - Remove lint. *Repair toliet seats, screens, vacuum hoses, and frames. *Cover a book,
pocket folder, or present. *Make a bandage or bumper sticker. *Catch flies. *Replace a grommet. *Reinforced a book binding. *Hem pants. *Hang CHRISTmas lights.

Fabric Softener Sheets - Freshen air and deodorize cars, dogs, gym bags, suitcases, and sneakers. *Pick up pet hairs. *Repel mosquitoes. *Stop static cling. *Make sheets smell good. *End tangled sewing thread.

Nail Polish - *Mark hard-2-C items.  *Mark thermostat and shower settings and levels in measuring cup   and buckets.  *Label sports gear and poison containers. *Seals envelopes and labels. *Stop shoe scuffs and and keep laces, ribbons, and fabric from unraveling. *Make needle-threading easier. *Keep buckles and Jewelry shiny. *Stop a stocking run. *Temporarily repair glasses. *Fix nicks in floors and glass. *Repair lacquered items. *Plug a hole in a cooler. *Fill washrub nicks.

Pantyhose - *Find and pck up small objects. *Buff shoes. *Keep hairbrush clean. *Remove nail polish.  *Keep spray botles clog-free. *Organize suitcases. *Hang-dry sweaters. *Secure trash bags. *Dust under fridge. *Prevent *Prevent soil erosioon in houseplants.

Paper Bags - *Pack on trips 4 souvenirs. *Dust off mops. *Carry laundry. *Cover testbooks. *Create a
*Creata table decoration. *Use as gift bags and wrapping paper. *Reshape knits after washing. *Use as a pressing cloth. *Bag newspapers 4 recycling.

Plastic Bags - *Keep mattresses dry. *Bulk curtains and stuff crafts. *Drain  bath toys. *Clean pockets in the laundry. *Make bibs and a high-chair drop cloth. *Line a litter box. *Dispose of a Christmas tree.

Rubber Bands - *Reshape your broom. *Childproof cabinets. *Keep hread from tangling. *Make
a holder 4 car visor. *Use 2 grip paper. *Extend a button. *Use as a bookmark. *Cushion a remote control. *Secure bed slats and tighten furniture coasters.

Sandwish /   * Protect pictures and padlocks. *Dispense fabric softener. * Display baby teeth.
Freezer Bags -  *Carry baby wipes. *Mold soap. *Starch craft items. *Feed birds. *Make a funnel.

Stubborn Vase Stains - *Yes, u can use strong kitchen chemicals 2 clean the inside of a vase that held it's flower water a bit 2 long, But isnt it more easier 2 use  a couple of Alka-Seltzer tablets instead 2 fizz away the mess?

Windows - Using a solution of Vinegar or Ammonia cleans the windows just as good if not better than those costly toxic cleansers by putting more money in your pocket and living a healthier life.

12 Most Useful Items 4 the COOK
Aluminum Foil - Bake a perfect piecrust. *Soften brown sugar. *Decorate a cake and create special-shaped pie pans. *Keep rolls and bread warm. *Make an extra-large salad bowl. *Make a toasted cheese sandwish w/an iron.

Apples - Keep a roast chicken moist and cakes fresh. *Ripen green tomatoes. *Fluff up hardened brown sugar. *Absorb excess salt in soups.

Baking Soda - Clean fruits and vegetables. *Remove fish smells. *Reduce the acidity of coffee and tomatoe-based sauces. *Reduce the gas-producing properties of beans. *Make fluffy omelets. *Replace yeast.

Coffee Filters - Cover food in microwave. *Filter cork crumbs from wine or food remnants from cooking oil. *Hold a taco, ice cream bar, or ice pop.

Ice Cube Trays - Freeze eggs, pesto, chopped veggies and herbs, chicken soup -- even leftover wine -- 4 future use.

Lemons - Prevent potatoes from turning brown or rice from sticking. *Keep guacamole green. *Make soggy lettuce crisp. *Freshen the fridge and cutting boards.

Paper Towels - Microwave bacon, clean corn, and strain broth. *Keep veggies crisp and vegetable bin clean. *Prevent soggy bread and rusty pots.

Plastic Bags - Cover a cookbook. *Bag hands 2 answer phone. *Crush graham crackers. *Use a mixing bowl or salad spinner. *Rippen fruit.

Rubber Bands - Keeps spoons from sliding into bowls. *Secure casserole lids 4 travel. *Ancor a cutting board. *Get a better grip on twist-off lids and glasses.

Salt - Prevent grease from splattering. *Speed cooking. *Shell hard-boiled eggs or pecaons easier. *Test eggs 4 freshness and poach eggs perfectly. *Wash spinach better. *Keep salad crisp. *Revive wrinkled apples and stop cut fruit from browning. *Use 2 whip cream, beat eggs, and keep milk fresh. *Prevent mold on cheese.

Sandwich /     Store grater w/cheese. *Make a pastry bag. *Dispose of cooking oil. *Color cookie dough.
Freezer Bags - *Keep ice cream from forming crystals. *Soften marshmallows, melt chocolate, and save soda. *Grease pans.

Toothpicks - Mark steaks 4 doneness. *Retrieve garlic cloves from marinade. *Prevent pots from boiling over. *Microwave potatoes faster. *Limit salad dressing. *Fry sausages better.

11 Most Useful Items 4 HEALTH and BEAUTY
Aspirin - Dry up pimples. *Treat calluses. *Control dandruff. *Cut inflammation from bites and stings. *Restore hair color after swimming in chlorinated pool.

Baby Oil - Remove a bandage painlessly. *Treat cradle cap. *Make bath oil. *Make hot oil treatment 4 cuticles and calluses.

Baking Soda - Soothe minor burns, sunburn, poison ivy rash, bee stings, diaper rash, and other skin irritations. *Combat cradle cap. *Control dandruff. *Use as gargle or mouthwash. *Scrub teeth and clean dentures. *Alleviate itching in casts and athlete's foot. *Soothe tired, stinky feet. *Remove built-up hair gel, spray, or conditioner. *Use as an antiperspirant.

Butter - Make pills easier 2 swallow. *Soothe aching feet. *Remove sap from skin. *Remove makeup. *Smooth legs after shaving. *Use as shaving cream. *Moisturize dry hair.

Chest Rub - Make calluses disappear. *Sooth aching feet. *Stop insect-bite itch. *Treat toenail fungus. *Repel biting insects.
Lemons - Disinfect cuts and scrapes. *Soothe poison ivy rash. *Relieve rough hands and sore feet. *Remove warts. *Lighten age spots. *Create blond highlights. *Clean and whiten nails. *Cleanse and exfoliate your face. *Treat dandruff. *Soften dry elbows.

Mayonnaise - Relieve sunburn pain. *Remove dead skin. *Condition hair. *Make a facial. *Strengthen fingernails.

Mustard - Soothe aching back pain. *Relax stiff muscles. *Relieve congestion. *Make a facial mask.

Petroleum Jelly - Heal windburn. *Help diaper rash. *Protect baby's eyes from shampoo. *Moisturize lips. *Remove makeup. *Moisturize your face. *Create makeup. *Strengthen perfume. *Soften hands. *Do a professional manicure. *Smooth eyebrows.

Tea - Relieve tired eyes. *Soothe bleeding gums. *Cool sunburn. *Relieve baby's pain from injection. *Reduce razor burn. *Condition dry hair and get the gray out. *Tan your skin. *Drain a boil. *Soothe nipples sore from nursing. *Soothe mouth pain.

Vinegar - Control dandruff and condition hair. *Protect blond hair from chlorine. *Apply as antiperspirant. *Soak aching muscles. *Freshen breath. *Ease sunburn and itching. *Banish bruises. *Soothe sore throat. *Clear congestion. *Heal cold sores and athlete's foot. *Pamper skin. *Erase age or sun spots. *Soften cuticles. *Treat jellyfish or bee stings.

10 Most Useful Items 4 CLEANING
Ammonia - Clean carpets, upholstery, ovens, fireplace doors, windowns, porcelain fixtures, crystal, jewelry, and white shoes. *Remove tarnish and stains. *Fight mildew. *Strip floor wax.

Baking Soda - Clean baby bottles, thermoses, cutting boards, appliances, sponges and towels, coffeemakers, teapots, cookware, and fixtures. *Clear clogged drains. *Deodorize garbage pails. *Boost dishwashing liquid or make your own. *Remove stains. *Shine jewelry, stainless steel, chrome, and marble. *Wash wallpaper and remove crayon.

Borax - Clear a clogged drain. *Remove stains. *Clean windows and mirrors. *Remove mildew from fabrics. *Sanitize your garbage disposal. *Eliminate urine oder.

Fabric Softener Sheets - Lift burned-on food. *Freshen drawers. *Remove soap scum. *Repel dust from TV screen. *Freshen hampers and wastebaskets. *Buff chrome. *Keep dust off blings. *Renew stuffed toys. 

Lemons - Get rid of tough stains on marble. *Polish metals. *Clean the microwave. *Deodorize cutting boards, fridge, and garbage disposal.

Rubbing Alcohol - Clean fixtures, venetian blinds, windows, and phones. *Remove hair spray from mirrors. *Prevent ring around the collar. *Remove ink stains.

Salt - Clean vases, discolored glass, flowerpots, artificial flowers, percolators, refrigeratores, woks, and wicker. *Give brooms long life. *Ease fireplace or flour cleanup. *Make metal polish.*Remove wine and grease from carpet, water marks from wood, and lipstick from glasses. *Restore a sponge. *Freshen the garbage disposal. *Remove baked-on food. *Soak up oven spills. *Remove stains from pans and clean cast iron.

Toothpaste - Clean piano keys and sinks. *Polish metal and jewelry. *Deodorize baby bottles. Remove ink or lipstick from fabric, crayon from walls, and water marks from furniture.

Vinegar - Clean blinds, bricks, tile, paneling, carpets, piano keys, computers, appliances, and cutting boards. *Clean china, crystal, glassware, coffeemakers, and cookware. *Banish kitchen grease. *Deodorize drains and closets. *Polish metal. *Erase ballpoint pen marks. *Remove water rings and wax from furniture. *Revitalize leather. *Clean fixtures and purge bugs.

WD-40 - Remove carpet stains and floor scuffs. *Remove tea and tomato stains. *Clean toilet bowls. *Condition leather furniture. *Clean a chalkboard. *Remove marker and crayon from walls.


11 Most Useful Items 4 the GARDEN
Aluminum Foil -

Bottles -

Coffee Cans -

Milk Cartons -

Newspaper -

Pantyhose -

Plastic Bags -

Plastic Containers -

Salt -

Tea -

WD-40 -
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11 Most Useful Items 4 OUTDOORS
Aluminum Foil -

Baking Soda -

Bottles -

Bubble Pack -

Buckets -

Cat Litter -

Cooking Spray -

Duct Tape -

Sandwich and
Freezer Bags -

Vinegar -

WD-40 -
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