Polystyrene protects plants from winter cold

If you want to protect plants from winter cold and drying out, use polystyrene shield for the potted plants. Rapidly fluctuating temperatures from cold to hot and back can cause significant injury to roots. Place a piece of polystyrene under the pot. It helps against  the cold window sill or overheated surfaces caused by the excessive heating during winter months.

 

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How to repair a cork bulletin board

A cork bulletin board looks old and ugly. Remove an old layer of the cork surface smoothly using sandpaper. Clean the dust and the rest of the cork thoroughly. Then spray the surface with furniture care spray and dab with a cotton swab.

 

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Crafts: “A spring twig”

Crafts is very exciting and useful exercise for both two-year-old kids, and for older children. Children love tinkering, decorating and doing crafts with their hands. Modern materials offer tremendous opportunities for creativity.

While walking in the park with the children watch and discuss the changes that occur in spring.

 

The sun shines brighter, the air is getting warmer. Buds swell on the trees, soon the trees will get the new green leaves. Some trees are already blooming.

 

 

 

Crafts: “A spring twig”   Cut spring twigs while walking.

You need the following things:

1. A twig with swollen buds.

2. Shapes of flowers and leaves.

3. Beads, stickers, stones to decorate flowers.

4. Glue

 

Prepare shapes of flowers and leaves in advance. Fold the sheet of colored paper so, that you can cut a flower and then open it.

Open cut flowers again and let the kids decorate them as they wish. Add and glue some beads, stones, stickers on the front side of each flower or leave. Paint with crayons or markers. Encourage your child to work all alone, help if necessary.

 

 

After decorating the flowers, open each flower again. Glue the inner side of the flower and fix on a twig together with your child.

When the twig is ready, put it in water. You can make a few twigs, and you will get a whole bunch. Watch the twig in a few days. It gets new leaves become even more beautiful!

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A handmade gift for Christmas “White dove”

Children at any age usually have a great creative interest. For children in kindergarten age creativity and learning with an adult are very important.
Crafts help promote motor skills, endurance, creativity, imagination and cover a broad range of skills and interests. Manipulating with small objects, such as stones, seeds, beads or buttons, holding and picking them up, and planning out the further action, helps to encourage the development of fine motor skills.
The development of fine motor skills is very important for children at the age of 2-3 years. This is closely connected with the development of speech. The human brain centers responsible for speech and movement of the fingers are very close to each other. While sculpting the appropriate parts of brain are activated and they stimulate the nearest areas responsible for speech.

As a Christmas gift you can make a handmade souvenir of dove. White doves have symbolized celebration, love, happiness and prosperity. It is a perfect gift for the ones you love.

Such a gift you can do even with a two-year-old child.

 

 

Let us see how to make a beautiful handmade gift for Christmas White Christmas Dove.

You need:

1. an apple

2. a napkin

3. a glue stick

4. decorations, stickers, wiggle eyes

5. a white ribbon or hair tie

6. a template of dove, scissors and crayons

Let your child color the template with paints or crayons.

Then cut out the template.

 

 

Decorate the shapes as you wish.
Glue on some stickers, seeds, beads, buttons and a pair of wiggle eyes.

 

 

To make the body of a dove, you need an apple, or hair tie  or a white ribbon. Put an apple in the middle of a napkin and fold the corners.

 

 

 

Hold the corners with a ribbon or hair tie.

 

 

 

Glue on the head and the wings of a dove.
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A candle burns longer

If you burn a candle often, here are some tricks that will make the candles last nearly twice as long.

  • Candles will burn 2 times longer, if you place them in the freezer for a day before using them.
  • Lightly rub the candle with a piece of soap.
  • Wrap a candle in a foil. It will make the candle burn longer. Such a candle works as a tea-light, which is very efficient, because melting wax burns up completely.

 

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Weird household ways to use toothpaste

How to use toothpaste in the household. Here are some tips how to do that.

  • To prevent glasses from going cloudy in the dishwasher, use white toothpaste after rinsing to clean glassware. Scrub the toothpaste all over the glass and carefully polish the surface with a dry cloth. Then rinse with water and vinegar solution.
  • You can clean silver jewellery with a toothpaste. Take a soft cloth and apply a small amount of the toothpaste to the cloth. Then rub the silver jewellery very carefully.
  • To clean and whiten piano keys, squeeze a small amount of a white colored toothpaste onto a damp cloth and rub gently.
  • To remove stains from tea and fruits on bright clothes use a toothpaste with whitening effect. Apply a small amount of toothpaste on the stain, rub with fingers, then wash as usual.
  • Toothpaste keeps goggles from fogging up.
  • You can clean out the sink in the bathroom with your toothpaste. Squeeze some toothpaste in the sink and scrub it with a sponge. Then rinse out the sink.
  • Tea stains in baby bottles and mugs can be easily removed with a toothpaste. Put some toothpaste on the brush and scrub the bottles. Toothpaste removes the odors, too.
  • Toothpaste can also be used to clean out stains from leather items, gloves, bags. Use a microfiber cloth dampened with a solution of water and some toothpaste. Then rub well and wipe off with a clean cloth.
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Keeping cut flowers fresh

The water in the vase with cut flowers will remain fresh and clean, if you put a piece of charcoal for grilling in it. Charcoal prevents the growth of bacteria and removes unpleasant odors.

Instead of charcoal for grilling, you can use a weak solution of potassium permanganate.

After use, rinse the vase with the solution of warm water and vinegar. Vinegar is the most effective way to kill bacteria, fungal spores and microorganisms.

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How to clean a baby carpet safely

Vacuum the entire carpet twice in different directions. Stains on carpets can be cleaned with a solution of water, ammonia and baking soda. Take a liter of water and 3 tablespoons of ammonia and mix the ingredients. Sprinkle baking soda on the carpet. Take your carpet brush, soak it in the solution and sweep out the baking soda in the same direction. Once the carpet is completely dry, vacuum the rest of baking soda once again.

Using natural cleaners is the safest way to clean baby rugs. Chemicals may stay on the carpet after cleaning and can cause the irritation of baby skin. Baking soda is a natural remedy and it is absolutely NON-toxic. Baking soda does not cause allergic reactions.

Juice and fruit stains on the carpet can be easily removed with hot soapy water.

Tea stains can be removed with vinegar. Mix one part vinegar with two parts water and apply to the stain. Use an old toothbrush for removing small stains.

Fine salt is an effective cleaning agent for grease stains. Pour some salt on the stain, let it set for a few minutes and then rub it with a wet cloth. Remove the rest with a vacuum cleaner.

Read more:

Perfect Carpets for Babies: Natural sheepskin rugs

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How to remove grease stains from wooden furniture

To remove grease stains from wooden furniture use a piece of absorbent paper as a blotter. Place the paper on top of the stain and press a warm iron on a low setting over the paper. Let it cool. Repeat if needed.

Use colorless dish soap or liquid dish detergent to cover the entire fresh grease spot on furniture. Let it soak for 2 minutes, then rinse with water and dry immediately with a soft cloth.

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How to clean an oil painting

To clean an oil painting use a soft, clean cloth or cotton swabs and beaten egg whites. Apply gently. Egg whites removes dust and dirt, doesn’t spoil the paints and gives a fresh look to the painting.

Garlic juice is also used for cleaning oil paintings. Garlic juice cleans the surface of paintings and destroys the microorganisms that cause aging of paints. After cleaning wipe with a soft dry cloth.

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