How to Be a Good Houseguest

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While on our trip to the east coast my daughter and I had the privilege of being houseguests at both my friend JJ’s house in Virginia and her cousin Zoe’s farm in Lancaster County, PA.  Not only did this save my daughter and I a ton of money but it was also a way to spend some quality time with two families I absolutely adore.

I don’t know about you, but when people open their homes to me, I try really hard to leave a small imprint.  I want to be the kind of guest that people would love to have back.  I want The Girl to be that kind of guest too.

Here are my top 10 tips on being a great houseguest:

  1. Bring a gift. It doesn’t have to be big or expensive, but it should be a thoughtful token of your gratitude.  It’s just a simple way to say, “Hey, thanks for letting me sleep in your sheets.”  Think local–something your guest couldn’t easily get ahold of.
  2. Keep clean.  Your guest should hardly know you are there.  Keep your stuff confined to the space your host provides.  That means, don’t leave shoes, purses, etc. in the front entry way.  Slip them off and carry them to your room.  Your host should not have to look at your clutter…ever.clean dishes
  3. Offer to pitch in.  If your host provides a meal, help with dishes, wipe the counters…whatever you can do to be more help than work.
  4. Don’t complain.  This probably seems like a no-brainer, but if you are sleeping on an old pull-out bed, remember, it’s free.  No complaints about crappy sleep.  You are in their space, and they get to offer whatever they are willing/able and no more.  Special diets aren’t your host’s problem.  Be gracious and blend in with the culture of the house without complaining.  Enough said.
  5. Be clear about your plans.  Let your host know exactly how long you will be staying, what time you will be arriving, etc.  Let them know all of the activities you have planned, so they know when you will be out of the house.
  6. Don’t bring pets, kids, etc. unless you have already cleared it with your host.  Along the same lines, don’t invite other friends over to the house you’re staying at, it’s unfair to the host.
  7. Err on the side of modesty.  Don’t trippy trop from the bathroom to your bedroom in just a towel.  Get dressed out of your jammies before you make it into one of the common areas of the house, etc.  Everyone has different comfort levels, erring on the side of caution will keep you from unintentionally offending.
  8. Don’t expect your host to entertain you.  Have plans that include getting you out of the house frequently.  You can always invite your host to tag along, but it gives them a courteous “out” if they need to get some things done or need some personal time/space in their own house.
  9. Bring ALL of your own stuff.  Toothpaste, shampoo, etc.  Bring it all.  This includes personal snacks.  Don’t be raiding your host’s pantry whenever you get the munchies {unless they offer}.  That way, you leave a very small mark on the house you are staying.
  10. Send a thank you note after you leave.  I know it seems like over-kill when you have also brought a present, but being overly gracious never hurt anybody.

Those are the big ones as far as I am concerned?  Any I missed or that you strictly adhere to?  Even better, ever had a bad houseguest?  What did they do?

~Mavis

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Who’s Smarter? Preschoolers or College Students?

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Who is Smarter  Preschoolers or College Students

There’s a new study out that suggests that preschoolers are actually more gadget savvy than college students.  Researchers put a group of preschoolers into a room and asked them to turn on a music box that was activated by placing clay shapes in the top.  They did the same thing with a group of college students.  The preschoolers outperformed the college students handily.

The study concluded that children are more open to problem solving.  They don’t get stuck doing a task one way.  Turns out their minds are a little more fluid–and that we lose that skill pretty quickly as we age {the study mentioned that even just one year later, kindergartners did not perform as well}.

I thought it was a pretty interesting article.  I mean, even though we’ve had the same t.v. for 4 years now, I still don’t know how to work the remote and have to have one of the kids turn it on for me. :)  No matter how many times they show it to me, I just can’t seem to remember how to use it.  I even had to laugh when the article said that adults will continue to use the same method to problem solve even when it’s not working.  I’ve totally done that, I’ll just keep doing the same thing {hitting the same button} over and over, getting more and more frustrated.  I know it is ridiculous, but I can’t seem to come up with any other solutions.

So, what do YOU think?  Have you noticed that kids seem to adapt more easily to new technology?  Have you ever wondered why?

~Mavis

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Free Kindle Books, Garden Deals, Coupons, Recipes, Timex Watches and More

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Happy Thursday everyone, got any plans for this weekend? Doing anything special tomorrow for the Fourth of July? I’m not sure what our plans our yet but the HH has the day off so I’m sure we’ll do something fun.

Have a great day,

Mavis

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Available Kindle Books I think are cool…

The prices on Kindle Books can change quickly, so grab them while you can.

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Discount Mags is offering a 1 year subscription to Natural Health Magazine for only $4.99 a year when you use code MAVIS at checkout. This deal will expire tonight 7/3/14 at midnight EST so be sure and grab your subscription before then.

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Check out this easy kabob recipe I’m throwing on the grill tonight. YUM! Get the recipe for Spicy Thai Kabobs HERE or Pin it for Later. Find more recipes on my Chicken Pinterest Board.

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Why Does My Breath Always Stink After Eating Garlic?

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Why Does My Breath Always Stink After Eating Garlic

Ever since I harvested my garlic, garlic is all I can think about.  I want it in everything.  I’m telling you, there is just nothing like fresh garlic–and unfortunately, there’s nothing quite like garlic breath either.  I’m pretty sure that whole garlic to keep away vampires thing should apply straight across the board–vampires, the HH, the kids, and regular ol’ folks who get too close, {hey, maybe this is the solution to my personal bubble issues?}  Seriously, why the heck does garlic have such a profound effect on your breath…for days?

Well, of course you know I did a little research. :)  According the NPR article I found, it turns out, garlic makes your breath stink because it contains a compound called allicin.  That compound breaks down into four other compounds, one of which is allyl methyl sulfide.  Sulfides are pretty tough for us to break down, so while our bodies work on metabolizing them, they seep into our bloodstream, sweat, and urine {jeez, no wonder garlic makes you smell, it pretty much attacks you}.  It takes an average person 48 hours to metabolize {and therefore neutralize} the compound–that’s why you can smell garlic on your skin and breath for days.  {Some people take even longer.}

I am going to admit, knowing this will probably not stop me from putting garlic into everything I make for awhile {chocolate garlic cupcakes, anyone?}, but at least now I know, and if anyone will get close enough to me, I’ll be happy to explain it.

~Mavis

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Luray Caverns – Luray, Virginia

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Last week while The Girl and I were in Virginia, we stopped by the Luray Caverns.  IT.WAS.AWESOME.

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The Luray cavers were discovered in 1878, by Andrew Campbell and a small group of his men.  The land the caves were on was privately owned at the time.  It was later put up for auction, due to debts the owner carried, and Andrew Campbell purchased the land, keeping the caves a secret until he had.  After tons of changing hands and legal battles, it finally became a national commercial attraction.

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The caves are amazing.  They have lit portions of the caves so that you can tour them.  It pretty much feels like Land of the Lost in there.  I half expected a dinosaur to pop out and eat me.

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Some of the formations are so unbelievable, you almost feel like you are looking at a painting and not real life.

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In 1974, the caves became part of the National Natural Landmarks.  Nearly 500,000 people visit the caves yearly and towards the end of the guided tour there is a wishing well {cavern style} where you can drop your loose change.

luray caverns wishing well

To date almost $900,000 has been collected and given away to charities.

How cool is that.

So if you are ever in the great state of Virginia, be sure and stop by.

~Mavis

 

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12 Goals for the New Year – Week 27 of 52

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I came up with 12 goals I’d like to accomplish this year with the hopes of being able to cross one off my list per month to make them more manageable. I thought a great way to hold myself accountable to the things I want to accomplish this year would be to do a weekly update.

After all, we all need a little help staying motivated sometimes. Here’s how I am doing so far:

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1. Clean, de-clutter and organize my entire home in 30 days or less. – So far this year I have cleaned my closet, organized my kitchendecluttered my bathroom, organized my office, gutted the garage, and tackled the laundry room. Because the weather has been so nice around here lately I’ve been playing outside instead of worrying about keeping the house clean. Wahoooo for summer vacation is all I have to say about that.

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2. Fit into the same jeans I wore 8 years ago when we moved into our house. {This is my BEFORE picture} I apologize if you were eating while on your computer and have now spat the contents of your breakfast all over the computer screen. ;)

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3. Travel.   So far this year The Girl and I have been to Boston, London, Paris and now Portland, Oregon Pennsylvania, Maryland, West Virginia and Virginia. This weekend I’m taking The Girl and her BFF Pocahontas to Victoria and let me tell you BOB, the girls are excited. Canada here we come!!!

4. Send my daughter to college without having a nervous breakdown thus spending a week in bed sobbing. Not even worried about this one anymore. :) Seriously, I’ve got  a plan. And it is AWESOME.

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5. Get 3 new teeth. – Someday…. right?

6. Pay off my car. Done!

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7. Finish this primitive folk art rug I started 4 years ago. Finished! It took me 6 months but I’m done. :) :) :) Now, I need to make Lucy a rug of her own so she’ll stay off of this one.

9.  Secret Plan #1 – Done! – I’ll tell you about it at the end of the month

10. Secret Plan #2 Still plotting away. Making progress though. ;)

11. Secret Plan #3

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12. Convince the HH we should buy a Salt Box Style House in Colonial Williamsburg. Dear HH, I’ll settle for ANYWHERE IN VIRGINIA. Are you reading this? Anywhere!!! And don’t forget, our 20th anniversary is just around the corner. And trust me, after what you gave me last year…. a vacation home in Virginia would be a great improvement. ;)

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13. Spend at least 1 hour a day working in my garden. The hedges alongside the house are monsters! Yesterday was the third time this year that I’ve trimmed them. What a pain in the keester I tell you.

So there you have it, my goals for the new year.

How about YOU? How are your 2014 goals coming along?

~Mavis

P.S. YES, I know I wrote down 13 goals. I’m fairly certain I won’t be able to attain one of them. {gee, I wonder which one?} :) But I wanted to add it in there anyway because I believe in miracles. 

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Free Kindle Books, The Best Ice Cream Makers, Free Audiobook, Coupons, Recipes and More

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Happy Wednesday everyone, here are a few deals Lucy and I spotted for you this morning.

Have a great day!

Mavis

Amazon Gold Box Deal of the Day - Over 40% Select Security & Surveillance Cameras

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Available Kindle Books I think are cool…

The prices on Kindle Books can change quickly, so grab them while you can.

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I love listening to audiobooks in the car and right know you can get an audiobook of your choice, free, with a 30-day trial from audible.com. Go HERE to get this freebie.

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Discount Mags is offering a 1 year subscription to Good Housekeeping Magazine for only $4.99 a year when you use code MAVIS at checkout. This deal will expire tonight 7/2/14 at midnight EST.

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This seriously might be the best bread I’ve ever made. And that’s saying a lot. Get the recipe for English Muffin Bread HERE or Pin it for Later. Find more recipes on my Breakfast Pinterest Board.

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Fourth of July – My Favorite Salads, Side Dishes, Desserts and DIY Projects for Kids

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How to Make a Pinwheel Easy Kids Crafts

Looking for a few fun activities and recipes for this Fourth of July?

Here are a few of my favorite salads, side dishes, desserts and DIY projects for kids. Wanna know the best part? They can all be made ahead of time so you can enjoy the Fourth of July with family and friends! :)

How to Make a Pinwheel

DIY  4th of July  Paper Sparklers

4th of July Paper Sparklers

Strawberry Tarts with Ginger-Pecan Crust

Strawberry Tarts with Ginger-Pecan Crust

triple-berry-pie fourth of july recipesMixed Berry Pie with Star Cut Outs

Apple Crisp Recipe

Old Fashioned Apple Crisp

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Strawberry and Blueberry Trifle

Roasted Corn Salad with Tomatoes and Feta

Roasted Corn Salad with Tomatoes and Feta

Slow Cooked Boston Baked Beans

Slow Cooked Boston Baked Beans

 

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Mavis Mail – Tamera From Washington Sends in Garden Pics

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tameramainA big THANK YOU to everyone who has sent in their photographs and stories. I hope by sharing other peoples pictures and stories here on One Hundred Dollars a Month we can all have a rock star garden this summer. Keep them coming!
Check out this impressive haul from reader Tamera:

tamera4Hi Mavis!
I am a regular reader of your blog, an avid gardener, chicken and goat owner, and last year, we weighed every ounce of produce harvested and weighed in at 906 lbs and 12 ounces. We hope to break 1/2 a ton this year! We live in Monroe, WA.

tamI have been gardening for the last 20 years or so, but really started growing our own food as much as possible, about 4-5 years ago after reading Animal Vegetable Mineral by Barbara Kingsolver. Every year we make more progress in harvesting, preserving and keeping our own home grown food. We have also had chickens for the last 10 years.

tamera5My husband is a 4-H Poultry Leader, and our 3 girls have all been actively involved in the 4-H program. Not only do we have chickens for fresh eggs, but we also raise and exhibit show quality birds. We also have goats, but they are just pets for the most part. Eventually we would like to get a milk goat though and try out hand at goat milk cheeses.

goatsAnd bees. We would love to get bees, but that has to be my husbands job, and he has no time right now. But someday!

tameraWe have a separate facebook page for our Poultry, although it needs to be updated.

Thanks!
Tamara

tamera3If you would like to have your garden, chicken coop or something you’ve made featured on One Hundred Dollars a Month, here’s what I’m looking for:

  • Your Garden Pictures and Tips – I’d especially like to see your garden set ups, growing areas, and know if you are starting seeds indoors this year. If so,  show me some picture of how you are going about it.
  • Your Chicken and Chicken Related Stories – Coops, Chicks, Hen’s, Roosters, Eggs, you name it. If it clucks, send us some pictures to share with the world.
  • Cool Arts & Crafts - Made from your very own hands with detailed {and well photographed} pictures and instructions.
  • Your pictures and stories about your pets. The more pictures and details the better.
  • Garage Sale, Thrift Store and Dumpster Diving pictures and the stories behind the treasures you found including how much you paid for them.

If I feature your pictures and the stories behind them on One Hundred Dollars a Month, I will send you a $20.00 gift card to the greatest store in the world: Amazon.com.

Go  HERE for the official rules.

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Beer Grain Regulations for Cattle Feed – Do You Care?

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During one of my daily strolls through NPR, I found an article about new potential FDA regulations on brewers selling or giving their leftover/spent grain to farmers to use as cheap feed for cattle.  The FDA has proposed that in order to limit contamination, the breweries will need to be subject to new regulations.

Apparently, for many, many years, the breweries and farmers have had a kind of mutually beneficial relationship with regards to the leftover grain that comes from brewing beer.  Farmers would take the grain for free or at a very reduced rate, and the breweries wouldn’t have to arrange for disposal.  It was win-win…kind of.

The problem was that the animals eat the feed that had very little regulation, and then we eat the animals…and, well, you get the picture.  The breweries were up in arms about the whole thing, stating that bringing the grains up to regulations would cost them a fortune, and therefore not be worth it.  They felt it would be more cost effective to just throw the grain away.  The farmers were upset that they might be losing their access to cheap feed.

The FDA has since softened its regulation requirements on the breweries, but I still wanted to know, how do you, as the consumer of beef, feel?  Do you want all feed to be strictly regulated, or are you happy with the brewery/farmer arrangement as it is?  I certainly don’t want the cows to eat something potentially contaminated, and I also don’t really want to see all of that grain go to waste.  So, I guess I am torn.

~Mavis

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