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Our clothes could pique a mosquito’s appetite, for example. Generally, the insects are attracted to dark colors. So, goths, please be careful! If you have a penchant for navy or black, try some lighter or brighter hues when you know you’re going to be in a place where mosquitos hover.

Human body odor may also attract mosquitos. Yup, our sweat contains ammonia, lactic acid and other substances that create a unique smell. The yellow fever mosquito, in particular, relies on scent when choosing its victim.

Not all body odors are created equal. The microbes a person exudes in their sweat could even naturally repel mosquitos. Some people have all the luck! 

Mosquitos prefer beer drinkers over teetotalers, according to a 2002 study from the American Mosquito Control Association. Mosquitos ruin everything, don’t they? But if you don’t drink, don’t breathe a sigh of relief just yet. You see, the insects have other targets, too.

Another group mosquitos love is pregnant people. When a baby is growing inside of you, that increases both your body heat levels and carbon dioxide output. And when a mosquito senses that CO2, they’ll head your way. But here’s another fact that may shock you.

Small Brain, Big Memory

Apparently, mosquitos remember their victims – especially by the amount of heat they radiate. Crazy, right!? How do such tiny bugs even have the space in their brains to recall that kind of information? Even weirder, they have favorite times of the day to attack.

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Whole Foods Cheese Recall

Why is there a cheese recall? Whole Foods Market identified a positive test result for Listeria monocytogenes, a dangerous infectious organism, in Cahill Cheddar Cheese products.

What are the affected Cahill cheese products?

  • Cheddar with Porter (PLU 93579)
  • Whiskey Cheddar (PLU 54784 and 94884)

What to do if you have recalled Cahill Cheddar Cheese products: Bring a valid receipt into Whole Foods stores for a full refund. For more info, call 1-844-936-8255.

When was this recall announced? July 27, 2021

McCormick Seasonings Recall

Why is there a McCormick seasonings recall? During routine testing, FDA inspectors found a potential salmonella risk in three different McCormick products.

What are the affected McCormick products?

  • McCormick Perfect Pinch Italian Seasoning
  • McCormick Culinary Italian Seasoning
  • Frank’s RedHot Buffalo Ranch Seasoning

(Check for these UPC numbers: 052100049731, 052100038254, 52100325743, 066200021047)

What to do if you have recalled McCormick Seasonings: Call McCormick at 1-800-635-2867 to get a replacement or full refund. Don’t worry about returning the product; just throw it away.

When was this recall announced? July 26, 2021

Carrot Recall

Why is there a Grimmway Farms recall? During routine testing, Grimmway inspectors found a potential salmonella risk. There haven’t been any illnesses linked to this recall.

What are the affected carrot products?

  • Bunny Luv: Organic Cut and Peeled Baby Carrots, Organic Premium Petite Carrots
  • Cal-Organic: Organic Petite Carrots
  • Grimmway Farms: Shredded Carrots
  • O Organics: Organic Peeled Baby-Cut Carrots, Organic Baby Rainbow Carrots

(Check for these UPC numbers: 033383902050, 078783513017, 078783908103, 078783506101, 079893408507, 079893981628)

What to do if you have recalled Grimmway carrots: Return the product (with receipt) to the place you bought it; call Grimmway for more info at 1-800-301-3101.

When was this recall announced? July 22, 2021https://787d3560a7191f184d5d2c691b0dd497.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-38/html/container.html

Prepackaged Muffins Recall

Why is there a Give and Go Muffins recall? During routine testing, FDA inspectors found a potential Listeria contamination risk (which causes serious illness). These muffins were distributed to major retailers like Walmart, Stop n Shop, 7-Eleven and more.

What are the affected muffin products?

There are 26 different retail UPC numbers included in this nationwide recall. The affected products include the following brands and product families:

  • Uncle Wally’s Twin Muffins
  • The Worthy Crumb Muffins
  • Stop n Shop Streusel & Muffins
  • 7-Eleven Selects Mini Muffins
  • Freshness Guaranteed Mini Muffins
  • Great Value Snack Muffins & Brownie Snack Cup
  • Marketside Strawberry & Creme Muffins

What to do if you have recalled Give and Go Muffins: Return the product (with receipt) to the place you bought it; call Give and Go for more info at 1-844-366-1171.

When was this recall announced? July 19, 2021

Tyson Chicken Recall

Why is there a Tyson chicken recall? The USDA announced the most serious level of recall — a Class 1 recall — after they determined that nearly 8.5 million pounds of Tyson chicken may be contaminated with listeria, which will make you seriously ill.

What are the affected Tyson products? Any product with the establishment/inspection number “P-7089” (which you can find on the outside of the product packaging) has been recalled. The USDA produced this list of Tyson products that were not safe to eat.

These were sold at Walmart, Target, Kroger, Publix, Casey’s General Store, Stewart’s Shops, H-E-B, Wegmans and others.

What to do if you have recalled Tyson chicken: Kroger, Stewart’s Shops, H-E-B and Wegmans all announced that refunds would be available to customers who returned recalled items. Just bring them back to the store.

When was this recall announced? July 3, 2021

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1. Organize kitchen cabinets with a pull-out spice rack.


Spicestor makes one that requires no tools to put together, and it comes in different sizes.

2. Turn magazine files into water bottle and canned food holders.

Via Better Homes and Gardens

3. Organize pot lids with Command hooks.

4. Use stackable, clear containers to store bulk foods.

Via the social homeFancy canisters for kitchen staples like flour and rice are attractive, but most of them aren’t stackable. Keep storage simple with plastic resealable containers.

5. Attach cork to the interior of cabinets for recipes.

Via Better Homes and Gardens

Keep track of what you need to buy with to-do lists tacked to the cork boards as well.

6. Use chalkboard paint and hooks for measuring hints and utensils.

Via Tidbits from the Tremaynes

7. Use a lazy Susan to hold cooking essentials and Tupperware.

Via iheart organizing

8. Hang baskets on the inside door of a cabinet with adhesive hooks.

9. Or, mount a file holder to the inside of a kitchen cabinet door.

Via Apartment Therapy

10. Store baking sheets and cutting boards in metal file holders.

Via The Organized Wife

11. Turn tension rods into kitchen cabinet organizers.

Via Get Set Organize

12. Or, use a rack to organize lids.

Via Alejandra TVYou can find roll-out lid racks like these on Amazon for around $40.

13. Hang up bulky trash bag rolls.

Via Simply Organized

This not only frees up a lot of cabinet space, it makes it easier to grab a bag when you need one. All you need are some curtain rod racks and a couple of dowels. Follow these easy directions to get started.https://167c7bddb4cf437e3a8e130ce071fa67.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-38/html/container.html

14. Use stackable mesh shelves.

Via Cabinets Direct USA

Use shelves specifically made for kitchen cabinets or even stackable desk organizers.

15. Attach hooks in the cabinets nearest an entryway.

Via Better Homes and Gardens

Keep cabinets organized, and stay on top of keys, umbrellas, bags, and anything else you need to get out the door.

16. Secure sink caddies to empty spaces inside a cabinet.

Via Amazing Interior Design

17. Hang oven mitts and hot pads with adhesive hooks.

18. Store items based on how often you use them.

Via julie banner

Determine what goes where in the organization order based on how often you use the kitchenware. Put everyday dishes within easy reach with special-occasion pieces up above.

19. Add a built-in dish-drying rack over the sink.

Via Wonderful Engineering

20. Hang KitchenAid accessories near other baking dishes.

Via The Shabby Creek Cottage

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1. Use a seam ripper to clean out your vacuum.

Slide the seam ripper over all of the strings, hair, and gunk wrapped around the brush of your vacuum. It will pick up so much more debris!

2. Clean your window tracks with baking soda and vinegar.

When’s the last time your window tracks were clean? Were they ever?

Sprinkle baking soda throughout, more heavily if you have a buildup of gunk. Spray vinegar over it, and let it sit for a few minutes. Wipe with a damp cloth.

3. Use baby wipes to clean up carpet spills.

This only works with fresh stains, but it’s effective and easy! A baby wipe already has the perfect saturation of liquid, and it won’t come apart like a paper towel.

It works particularly well on pet stains!

4. Clean your baseboards without breaking your back.

Baseboards get overlooked, but they’re an easy way to make a huge impact. Now you can clean them without having to be on your hands and knees!

Attach a microfiber cloth to a broom with twine or a large rubber band. Dampen the cloth with warm soapy water, and drag it along your baseboards.

5. Use olive oil to clean your leather furniture.

Rub a rag with olive oil on it over any scratched-up spots on your leather furniture. Let sit for about an hour, then wipe down with a damp cloth. Your leather will be clean and shiny again.

6. Clean your remote controls once a week.

These often go overlooked in the cleaning schedule, but just think of how often they get touched!

Simply wipe them down with an antibacterial wipe once a week (or daily if you’ve been sick).

7. Clean your range hood filter twice a year.

Its entire job is to collect grease, so it’s no wonder it gets disgusting. Twice a year you should remove it and soak it in boiling, soapy water with baking soda. Let it soak for about 30 minutes, then scrub with a dish brush.

Rinse, let dry, then reattach.

8. Clean your stainless steel with cream of tartar.

Wet a sponge and add a small amount of cream of tartar before you wipe down your stainless steel. Rinse to reveal the shine.

9. Clean the underside of your furniture every six months.

No, not underneath your furniture (though you should be doing that, too) but the underside. Dust, mites, and spider eggs all collect in those cool, dark spaces.

Make sure to use the hose attachment of your vacuum to clean the bottoms of your furniture at least twice a year.

10. Clean any knobs and handles in your kitchen daily.

The handles and drawer pulls on your cabinets and the buttons on your microwave are the most touched spots in your kitchen. Use an antibacterial spray or wipe to keep the germs at bay at least once a day— especially during the dreaded cold and flu season.

11. Keep your kitchen sink smelling fresh.

Pour a cup of baking soda down your drain, then follow with two cups of vinegar. Let sit for at least 30 minutes, then rinse with boiling water.

Do this at least once a week to keep everything smelling fresh.

12. Use a soap-dispensing sponge to clean your bathtub.

Fill your sponge with dish soap, warm water, and baking soda. Make sure to add a few drops of your favorite essential oil (peppermint is the best!).

Scour your wet bathtub and fill your bathroom with the scent of essential oils at the same time.

13. Don’t ruin your grout with bleach — use baking soda instead.

Make a paste with baking soda and warm water, and apply it to your grout. Soak a microfiber cloth in warm water and a few drops of mild soap then wipe off the baking soda mixture.

14. Clean in between the toilet seat and tank.

Put a disinfectant wipe on the tip of a flat-head screwdriver, then push it between the edge of the toilet seat and the base of your toilet tank.

You’ll get rid of so many germs and built-up grime.

15. Replace your contact lens case monthly.

The solution alone isn’t enough to clean out your case. Wipe it down daily before refilling it with solution, then replace once a month.

16. Clean the walls of your closet.

Sure, you wash your clothes, but what about your closet? Remove everything from your closet, wipe down the walls with a mixture of mild soap, water, and essential oil.

Make sure not to forget the clothes rod!

17. Deep clean your mattress then keep it fresh with baking soda.

Vacuum your mattress with a hose attachment to get rid of any loose debris. Then mix together 8 oz of hydrogen peroxide, 3 tablespoons baking soda, and a drop of dish soap in a spray bottle (you’ll need to use this immediately!).

Spray your mattress completely, then simply let sit. Once it’s completely dry, vacuum using the hose again.

Periodically sprinkle with baking soda, then vacuum to keep your mattress smelling fresh.

18. Wash your pillows at least twice a year.

Don’t let dust mites in your pillow get the best of you. Wash two at a time with bleach, then dry them with a couple of tennis balls to keep them fluffy.

19. Make your towels more absorbent with vinegar and baking soda.

This will actually take two washes, but I promise it’s worth it.

Run your towels through one wash with 1 cup of vinegar and hot water. Then wash them AGAIN with 1/2 cup of baking soda and hot water.

They’ll be fluffy and fresh.

20. Clean your clothes washer once a month.

Rinse your washer with a 50/50 mixture of vinegar and water regularly. It will help get rid of that mildewy smell that can build up in there.

21. Clean all of your cleaning tools!

Wipe down your vacuum with warm soapy water, and rinse out any filters.

Soak your mop and broom heads in hot water and disinfectant, and make sure to soak your sponges, as well.

Ideally, this will be done after every use, but shoot for at least once a week to be realistic.

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  1. Budweiser beer conditions the hair
  2. Pam cooking spray will dry finger nail polish
  3. Cool whip will condition your hair in 15 minutes
  4. Mayonnaise will KILL LICE, it will also condition your hair
  5. Elmer’s Glue – paint on your face, allow it to dry, peel off and see the dead skin and blackheads if any.
  6. Shiny Hair – use brewed Lipton Tea
  7. Sunburn – empty a large jar of Nestea into your bath water
  8. Minor burn – Colgate or Crest toothpaste
  9. Burn your tongue? Put sugar on it!
  10. Arthritis? WD-40 Spray and rub in, kill insect stings too
    11 Bee stings – meat tenderizer
  11. Chigger bite – Preparation H
  12. Puffy eyes – Preparation H
  13. Paper cut – crazy glue or chap stick (glue is used instead of sutures at most hospitals)
  14. Stinky feet – Jello
  15. Athletes feet – cornstarch
  16. Fungus on toenails or fingernails – Vicks vapor rub
  17. Kool aid to clean dishwasher pipes. Just put in the detergent section and run a cycle, it will also clean a toilet. (Wow, and we drink this stuff)
  18. Kool Aid can be used as a dye in paint also Kool Aid in Dannon plain yogurt as a finger paint, your kids will love it and it won’t hurt them if they eat it!
  19. Peanut butter – will get scratches out of CD’s! Wipe off with a coffee filter paper
  20. Sticking bicycle chain – Pam no-stick cooking spray
  21. Pam will also remove paint, and grease from your hands! Keep a can in your garage for your hubby
  22. Peanut butter will remove ink from the face of dolls
  23. When the doll clothes are hard to put on, sprinkle with corn starch and watch them slide on
  24. Heavy dandruff – pour on the vinegar !
  25. Body paint – Crisco mixed with food coloring. Heat the Crisco in the microwave, pour in to an empty film container and mix with the food color of your choice!
    27 Tie Dye T-shirt – mix a solution of Kool Aid in a container, tie a rubber band around a section of the T-shirt and soak
  26. Preserving a newspaper clipping – large bottle of club soda and cup of milk of magnesia , soak for 20 min. and let dry, will last for many years!
  27. A Slinky will hold toast and CD’s!
  28. To keep goggles and glasses from fogging, coat with Colgate toothpaste
  29. Wine stains, pour on the Morton salt and watch it absorb into the salt.
  30. To remove wax – Take a paper towel and iron it over the wax stain, it will absorb into the towel.
  31. Remove labels off glassware etc. rub with Peanut butter!
  32. Baked on food – fill container with water, get a Bounce paper softener and the static from the Bounce towel will cause the baked on food to adhere to it. Soak overnight. Also; you can use 2 Efferdent tablets , soak overnight!
  33. Crayon on the wall – Colgate toothpaste and brush it!
    36.. Dirty grout – Listerine
  34. Stains on clothes – Colgate toothpaste
  35. Grass stains – Karo Syrup
  36. Grease Stains – Coca Cola , it will also remove grease stains from the driveway overnight. We know it will take corrosion from car batteries!
  37. Fleas in your carpet? 20 Mule Team Borax- sprinkle and let stand for 24 hours. Maybe this will work if you get them back again.
  38. To keep FRESH FLOWERS longer Add a little Clorox , or 2 Bayer aspirin , or just use 7-up instead of water.
  39. Gatorade is good for Migraine Headaches (PowerAde won’t work)
  40. When you go to buy bread in the grocery store, have you ever wondered which is the freshest, so you ‘squeeze’ for freshness or softness? Did you know that bread is delivered fresh to the stores five days a week? Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Each day has a different color twist tie.
    They are:
    Monday = Blue,
    Tuesday = Green,
    Thursday = Red
    Friday = White
    Saturday = Yellow.
    So if today was Thursday, you would want red twist tie; not white which is Fridays (almost a week old)! The colors go alphabetically by color Blue- Green – Red – White – Yellow, Monday through Saturday. Very easy to remember. I thought this was interesting. I looked in the grocery store and the bread wrappers DO have different twist ties, and even the ones with the plastic clips have different colors. You learn something new everyday! Enjoy fresh bread when you buy bread with the right color on the day you are shopping.
    Pass this information on to friends so they can be informed.

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15 Easy Homemade Paint Recipes for Kids

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1. Vitamins are still 90% effective after two years.

2. Honey has been around for centuries and can last just as long.

3. Soy sauce won’t go bad if kept properly.

4. Bottled water will outlast anything in your cupboard.

5. Pure maple syrup lasts the longest when kept cold.

6. Baking soda can be used for cleaning, even after losing its potency.

7. Sugar won’t go bad, but it can harden with time.

8. Vodka and other hard liquors don’t have a shelf life.

9. Ground coffee beans may go bad, but instant coffee won’t.

10. Milk powder is your non perishable dairy workaround.

11. Tea will never go to waste.

12. Dried beans keep for more than three years.

13. Hard grains can last more than 12 years.

14. Kept dry, brown and white rice can last more than a year.

15. Balsamic vinegar and all other kinds of vinegar are always safe to use.

  • Balsamic vinegar can last indefinitely, but it’s best to use it within three to four years.
  • Apple cider vinegar is best used within five years of opening.
  • Red and white wine is guaranteed two years, as is rice vinegar.
  • White vinegar, on the other hand, can always be used for cooking or cleaning.

16. High-quality wine and spirits get better as they age.

17. Spices and seasonings don’t spoil.

18. Cornstarch is always safe to use if kept dry.

19. Bouillon cubes keep forever in airtight containers.

20. Vanilla extract must be pure to last indefinitely.

21. Ghee is the go-to non perishable cooking oil.

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