Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Till Friday

Sisters - July isn't over till midnight Friday! We have several days left to remember to do our visiting teaching, go to the temple, make a great summer salad, read "Tuesdays with Morrie", log onto FamilySearch.org, put on some make-up and comb our hair, or dream about our Super Saturday coming in September. Make it HAPPEN!!!
ps: I know y0u are supposed to underline the title when it is a book but I cannot figure out how to do it on this blog - sorry.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Lovely Reflections!

We had a great enrichment activity on Tuesday and several sisters are "lovelier" than usual! We will post pictures taken at Carole Lucio's hair salon and the makeovers of Laurie Johnson, April Calloway, and Magda Trujillo - not that they needed it. But everyone who attended this activity came away knowing more about themselves and ways to improve their "best self" - win/win for sure. Speaking of "best self" - remember that our lesson this Sunday will be taught by Laurie Whitworth and the text is "Be Your Best Self" by President Monson. This week has provided more ways and reasons to be and do just that!

Monday, July 20, 2009

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall

Summer make-over and hair care & color ideas!
Tuesday, July 21
Meet at Carole Lucio's Hair Color for the World
5000 Belt Line Road
(behind the Chevron Station on the southwest corner of Belt Line & Dallas Parkway).

Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Reminder - Family Searching Genealogy Group

This Thursday - July 16, 7pm
Just a quick reminder, sisters! The brand new Family Searching Genealogy interest group will meet at the Meandering Way in the Family History room (between Primary & Institute). All levels of interest are welcome. The first half hour we'll talk about getting started and genealogy basics. The second half hour we'll talk about websites and research strategies. Everyone is invited!

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Play Group in July

Relief Society Playgroup is meeting on Friday, July 17, at the Galleria play area (third floor near Nordstrom). Come bring your little ones for some cool fun between 10:30 and 12:00. Questions? Contact Laurie Eves.

Congratulations to the Enrichment Committee

Wow - I finally found my way onto the blog! I'm so impressed with Bonnie and Ruth for their timely posts plus pictures, after our activities! I'd want to be a part of Dallas 4th Relief Society - let's share the blog with all those we Visiting Teach, so they want to join us next time!

Books for July

This month's topic is SELF-HELP.

There are two options this month:
Read Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom


Read any self-help book and come prepared to our next discussion to talk about the following:
1. Share 1 thing you learned from your book
2. Share how you applied that 1 thing in your life this month
3. Share how doing that 1 thing made in a difference

Our discussion on self-help will be August 6 at Jeanne Grant's home.

For a list of self-help book recommendations, please contact me (Ruth).

**Thanks to everyone who came to our discussion this week. We had a nice time learning about our nation's founding fathers and what a difference a good attitude can make. Mary Reid did a great job leading the discussion and Laura Pollan provided a beautiful home and yummy refreshments! Thanks to both of you for the effort you put in to ensure a successful activity!

Friday, July 10, 2009

Clean Sweep Really Cheap Pictures and Recipes

We started our Enrichment meeting with Build-Your-Own Hawaiian Haystacks. The recipe for the chicken gravy was very simple: Two cans of Cream of Chicken Soup, one can of chicken broth and one can of water. Heat this up and add some cooked chicken that you have shredded. Use this to top a plate of rice, chow mein noodles, cheese, pinapple, tomatoes, celery, green onions, cashews, coconut, mandarin oranges, peas... You get the idea. Everyone loves this because they can put exactly what they like on their own plate. It is a good and light dinner for hot summer nights.

Christie talked about 72 hour kits and gave us an assignment to start or continue storing water. She will give us monthly assignments to help us continue or start our home storage.

April taught a class on cleaning products made primarily from food storage items. The focus was on the use of salt, vinegar, baking soda, and borax. We were able to take home a sample of homemade laundry detergent, along with some great recipes and cleaning ideas.

Powdered Laundry Detergent

1 bar Fels Naptha Soap (finely grated)
1 cup Washing Soda
1 cup Borax
1/4 cup powder Oxyclean (optional)
Mix well and store in an airtight plastic container. Use 2 Tbs. Per large load or 1 Tbs per small load. Dilute in warm water if you prefer liquid form For fabric softener and static add 1/4 cup vinegar to your rinse cycle.


Borates, borax and boron compounds are with us throughout our lives. Mothers use it to soak and wash diapers and other laundry, but it’s also an ingredient in cosmetics, medicines, ceramics and building materials. The biggest industrial user of borates is the glass industry (especially fiberglass), and it’s an important ingredient in agricultural chemicals and fire retardants. In earlier times, Borax was proclaimed to be a magical crystal and was used to aid digestion, keep milk sweet and even cure epilepsy. Common sense and modern technology have brought us better solutions to these and other problems, but Borax still has a place in your home. Borax acts as a water conditioner, boosting the cleaning power of detergent by controlling alkalinity, deodorizing the clothes and aiding the removal of stains and soil. Add ½ cup Borax to each washload along with the recommended amount of detergent.

Clear a Clogged Drain

Use a funnel to insert ½ cup Borax into the clogged drain, then slowly pour in 2 cups boiling water. Let the mixture set for 15 minutes, then flush with hot water. Repeat for stubborn clogs.

Rub Out Heavy Sink Stains

Make a paste of 1 cup Borax and 1/4 cup lemon juice. Put some of the paste on a cloth or sponge and rub it into the stain, then rinse with running warm water. The stain should wash away with the paste.

Remove Mildew From Fabric

For upholstery and other fabrics, soak a
sponge in a solution of ½ cup Borax dissolved in 2 cups hot water, and rub it into the affected areas. Let it soak for several hours until the stain disappears, then rinse well. To remove mildew from clothing, soak it in a solution of 2 cups Borax in 2 quarts water.

Liquid Dishwasher Detergent

1 part baking soda
1 part borax
1 part water
1 drop lemon or orange essential oil per cup of detergent Directions: Mix the ingredients thoroughly and store in a sealable jug. Use 2-3 Tbs per load. If you are having a cloudy dishes problem after using the homemade detergents try adding a few drops of liquid dish soap to the powder compartment when you add the powder. You could also try cutting back on the amount of soap used (if you are using 2 Tbs, try cutting it back to 1 - 1½ Tbs). Make sure to use vinegar in the rinse cycle.

All Purpose Cleaner

You’ll need a large spray bottle, a half cup of baking soda, and enough water to dissolve. To this, slowly add a cup of vinegar (it will fizz like mad for a bit), then top off with more water. Let this mixture sit overnight, then flip end over end to mix. Be prepared for more fizzing. When fizzing ends, it is ready to use.

All Purpose Cleaner that Cuts Grease

Use the same recipe as above, but add a teaspoon of dish detergent. Organic detergent was my one splurge. After all, you are spraying this into the air.

Carpet Cleaner and Deodorizer

Sprinkle baking soda over carpet and let it sit. You will get better results if you let it sit for an extended period of time. It is okay to walk on it and grind it in the carpet. Then vacuum thoroughly.

To Prevent Mildew

Wiping down surfaces with vinegar helps prevent mildew because acid kills mildew fungus. Try rubbing the article with white vinegar and lemon juice. Saturate the stain. Sprinkle a good bit of salt on the area and scrub in. Place in the sun to dry. (Sunshine is an excellent bleach). This may need a few treatments, but it does work.

To Deodorize a Room

Place a small open cup, half full of vinegar, in the kitchen. It will absorb even the strongest odors.

Rings Around the Collar

Apply a paste of vinegar and baking soda and let set for a quarter to a half hour. Then wash as usual.

Cleaning Electronics

Your electronics will work better if you keep them clean and dust-free. Shut down electronics. Mix equal parts white vinegar and water in a bucket. Dampen a clean cloth in the solution (never use a spray bottle) squeeze it out as hard as you can, and start wiping.; use cotton swabs for getting to the buildups in tight spaces.

Baking soda

Baking Soda can be used to scrub surfaces in much the same way as commercial abrasive cleansers. Baking soda is great as a deodorizer. Place a box in the refrigerator and freezer to absorb odors. Put is anywhere you need deodorizing action. Sprinkle baking soda onto a damp sponge to tackle grimy bathtub rings, scour vanities, or remove food deposits from the kitchen sink. For tougher grime, make a paste of baking soda and water, apply to the tub or sink, and allow to stand for 10-20 minutes. Dirt, soap scum and deposits soften and are easier to remove. Slow-running drains? Keep bathroom drains running freely by pouring ½ to 3/4 cup baking soda into the drain, and dribbling just enough hot water to wash the solution down. Let stand for 2 hours to overnight, then flush thoroughly with hot water. The deodorizing effect is an added bonus! (Do not use this method on blocked drains.)

Jeannie, our president, led us in a quiz about green cleaning and passed out prizes for correct answers. Thanks to all of the members of the committee for helping out. Thanks to the sisters who participated by giving our recipes a test drive. It was a wonderful evening. I overheard more than one sister say that she was excited to go home and clean house. Now that is success!

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Genealogy Interest Group

Family Searching
When: Thursday, July 16th (3rd Thurs)
Time: 7 pm
Where: Family History room (between Primary & Institute rooms)
Everyone is invited - beginners to experts!

Howdy sisters! I am so excited to start this new Relief Society interest group! If you have any interest in starting your family history, getting ideas on how to research, or, if you're an experienced genealogist - talking over strategies for breaking those brick walls, I hope you plan to join us. Bring a folder, questions, show & tell - anything, and we'll have fun "family searching"! If you have any questions before then you can call or e-mail me (tami glatz) at tglatz@gmail.com.

July Reading Discussion

League of Extraordinary Readers
When: Thursday, July 9th
Time: 7:30pm
Where: Laura Pollan's house

Books we're discussing:
The 5,000 Year Leap
The Hiding Place

Everyone is welcome!

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Laundry Detergent

A special thanks to Sister April Calloway for preparing the bags of detergent for each of us! I thought it would be fun for us to leave comments here about our experiences using/making this detergent.

1 cup Borax
1 cup Washing Soda
1/4 cup Oxyclean
1 bar Fels Naptha Soap (finely grated)

Mix all ingredients together, and store in a plastic container or zip-loc bag. Use 2 Tbsp for a large load of laundry (1 Tbsp for small load).

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Swept Clean!

We had an amazing HFPE Meeting on Tuesday, June 30th. The turnout was great AND the food and valuble information for living a more provident life were even better. We were given information from Christie Pyne on how to tackle our 72 hour kits as well as getting started with our food storage at any level. We received recipes for "going green and clean" with washing clothes and dishes not to mention all the uses of vinegar, salt, and borax. Karen Bateman, Bonnie Muir, and the HFPE Committee did a first rate job at giving us an evening worth its weight in bottled water! Ask any member of the RS Presidency or the HFPE Committee for their handouts if you missed this evening.