Saturday, February 25, 2012

How to Duggie: Cleaning Stove Burners

Inspired by the Duggar family, I am making this year about homemade, from scratch recipes. & adding to the list homemade cleaning products!!

Pinterest is my new addiction. I love looking for new ways to make my household chores easier. I came across this idea and I jumped on it!! Amazed at the results!

Yes, I  know my grills were bad. I was standing my ground in having my hubby be the one to scrub these. Well as you can see I was losing my battle. I now will do them myself and he can focus on making sure he takes out the garbage and helping with other chores ;)

 Place stove burner in ziploc bag, pour 1/4 c. of ammonia, soak overnight

Wipe it down with a wet sponge (I added dish soap) 

You're job is done!!

Can't take credit for this amazing tip, here is the blog I found it in The V Spot: Cleaning Stove Burners


Friday, February 17, 2012

Straight Talk With Esme

"How do I deal with the overwhelming stress of wanting to do it all for others and not being able to say no??"  

This is a good one!  We have all been here at one point in time and many of us just never get out of this funk. There is absolutely nothing wrong at all with helping others. It becomes a problem when that help or assistance you are providing, affects your OWN personal life. Helping those in need is fabulous but not at the cost of your health, time and sanity!
Here are a few tips that may help:

  • Identify when you can and can't help others. Just because you want to help doesn't mean you are able to.
  • If you are able to help, make sure it will not set you back or affect you in a negative way. Know how much you can help and recognize when you have reached your limit.
  • If you are not able to help, be strong enough to say "No!” You don't have to be mean about it just say "I would love to help you but at this time I cannot help". It's ok to say no, it doesn't make you a mean person it makes you capable identifying your abilities.
  • Do not let people take advantage of your generosity. Recognize that unfortunately people will and most likely have already taken advantage of you after you have offered to help. If this happens don't be afraid to stand up for yourself and let them know that they have over exceeded your help.
  • Remember, you have to take care of number one and that is you! You cannot help others- your children, your parents, and your spouse and so on- if you are not well enough to do so.  
For the sake of your well being, learn how to balance yourself with what you can and cannot take on. Sometimes that balance can be as easy as saying "No".

Irma "Esme" Covarrubias is a beautiful mother of 6 who offers her advice with a straight forward answer. We offer you the opportunity to submit your questions or concerns to Straight Talk.Your identity will be kept anonymous.


Thursday, February 2, 2012

Straight Talk With Esme

On her desk sits this question:

"Help, I think I'm addicted to FB, It's taken over my life! How do I stop feeding into the drama?"
The Advice:

Life brings us many obstacles, challenges...hell life is a constant test on what we can handle, how we handle it and what we learn. There will always be someone or something that will challenge you to your limits, that will test you like no other, no matter how big or small, how minuet or intense it is, you must remember that you and only you have control of your life! With that said: FB is intended as a way to connect or re-connect with old friends or long lost family, keep contact, network and so on. That is exactly what it should be used for, not for airing out dirty laundry or bashing and trashing friends and/or family. Some people are all about the drama, that doesn't have to be you.
Here are a few suggestions:
  • Decide if you want to keep your FB account and use it for the great things it is really intended for.
  • Carefully look at everyone on your friends list and decide who is worth of keeping and delete those who are not.
  • Limit the time you are online, and enjoy the real life!
  • Give yourself a 30 day challenge (it takes 30 days to form a habit) ;-)

Irma "Esme" Covarrubias is a beautiful mother of 6 who offers her advice and will tell you like it is. We offer you the opportunity to submit your questions or concerns to Straight Talk. Your identity will be kept anonymous.


    Wednesday, February 1, 2012

    Carpe Diem!!

    My daddy inspires me:

    I was in the room when the doctor tells us there is nothing more he can do for my dad. Only more medicine to add to his large daily regimen of colorful pills. For now his heart is stable, blood pressure uncontrollable. The doctor cannot fix my daddy. My dad sits there quietly through the news, smiles and leaves the room.
    What would I do if I heard the news about me? I don't know.
    We are driving home, thoughts are running through my mind. What is he thinking? Is he scared? Will he fall into depression like most people in his situation? His reaction to the news inspires me!!  

    He goes to the barber. He says he needs to look his best!
    The rest of the day, he laughs, enjoys his grandchildren. He asks for his son in law to join him for dinner in front of the television, watch a hockey game he will never understand. We had a great visit.

    I need to seize the day! Conquer the fears of loss and look my best, smile that I am given another day of life. Enjoy my children, my love, and my family! I will enjoy every day I am granted with my dad. I will live it to the fullest because after all this daddy's girl has nothing to lose and all to gain!!!

    CHALLENGE: Wake up. Sit at the edge of the bed and before you step off, smile:) Get up and look your best. Get your makeup, do your hair. You may not feel it but soon your beauty will inspire a brighter day. Walk with confidence, love your day. Every day!!

    Seize the Day!!