Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Onions for Ears!

My oldest started complaining of pain in his ear today. He is 5 and to-date none of my kids have ever had ear infections or ear aches. But today changed things. He has been fighting a cold and a fever (thank you crazy Oklahoma weather that is 95 degrees one day and 31 degrees and snowing the next).
I have lots of friends who's kids have common ear infections and so I has sent out an email linked to a helpful hint about onion juice relieving ear pain. So I pulled up that email and put it to use!
I put my son down to rest and stuck a 1/2 onion in the oven for 15 minutes at 450. I probably didn't need it in there that long. Just enough to make it soft.

I then took the very soft onion and squeezed/squished it through a strainer until some of the (very thick) juice ran into a bowl.

It didn't make much but all I needed was a few drops.

I didn't have a dropper so I used a syringe and filled it up with a little bit of the juice.

Like I said, it wasn't much.

I then put my son on a pillow so his ear was flat and put a few drops into his ear. He said it instantly felt better.

I had also read that you could put an onion on the ear and let the juices run down, so I did that too. I don't think it did anything but since it was still warm I thought maybe a warm onion compress might help.

I left him that way for about 10 minutes and went back in to massage his ear making sure some of the drops got a little deeper. He still claims there is no pain.

Yay for onions!

Saturday, May 4, 2013

City Wide Garage Sale! Boohhyaa!!


I have no idea when my town wide garage sale is. But I do know when the little town near us has their garage sale. This town has the best school district so it attracts the higher dollar paying parents and land owners who collect things and don’t know the value of them afterwards and sell them once a year for super cheap!

Ok, so that is my take on it.

This morning it was 45 degrees. Cold, windy, and rainy. Perfect for getting good deals!

Check out this flannel board I got for $1. I know. Flannel board. Cheesy. But I think my kids will think it is cool and I’ve already got a family who wants it when I’m done with it. Whoot!

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It came in this sweet case!
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And has lots of options for having fun!

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At our family’s first garage sale stop we got two sleeping bags for $2 each. They are kid size and perfect for my two oldest!

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A big need was shirts for my 5 year old. He now has a great selection of short sleeve shirts! I got all these and a sweater for myself for $5

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Meanwhile my bargain hunting husband found a good ol’ “remember that!” game for 50 cents.

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We need to find the marble for the above game. Maybe eBay? Hubby wants to check at hardware store and that might be cheaper!

Got a $1 shirt for me and a 50 cent linen dress for my girl. Needs some TLC in the wrinkle department. I know.

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More clothes for me, I know this is boring…

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This is a little more exciting! These jeans are worth about $30-50 each and I got them for $1 each.

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At the end of this month I am in a wedding I got my dress for free & my shoes for free, but now it came time to outfit my daughter!

$6 later I got a $40 dress and shoes!

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I got a steal on these paints! Talked her down for $5 to $2.

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This pop up bucket was priced at $2. I’ve never seen such a sturdy bucket! But I offered her $.50 and she took it without hesitation. Yay!

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My favorite buy is this! A faux leather bag from West Nine for $9. My own bag just busted a strap so “Yay” for this replacement!

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Also the tin is from Silver Dollar City, where we go, and from the tags this is the 3rd time it has been sold. I got it for $.50. The last person got it for $2.59 and I think it originally was sold for about $12 with soap in it! Might make a great way to gift some homemade soap!

I also got this awesome Moby Wrap for $5.


Just look at the sale price on this! Between $40-125! I think mine is the $43 one. Score!

I really wanted to try one of these for our next kid.



Oh! And my money maker! (I hope!)

Sorry about the poor picture but this is a $3 find!


It is a rocker child’s chair! I’m so excited to see if I can get $40-50 out of this.

After my little girl is done with it, of course!