Creative Recycling.

One of my part-time helper (maid)  almost 3 – 4 years back worked for Welcare hospital in Dubai.  She was a young, educated and very tall for a Philipino female.  She worked for the housekeeping department and as such, I had given her some brief lessons on how and what could and should be recycled.  For health and hygiene reasons, I do NOT encourage alot many things to be recyled in hospitals.  However, we finally got a hold of these white cardboards that paper napkins are packed in. Once the tissue is place in the toilets, naturally the cardstock is disposed. I asked her to collect these which was really easy coz they would easily flatten out once the tissue was out.

Its amazing how much and how many ways, one can save in,  provided he puts-in that extra effort.  She managed to get atleast 50 to 60 every fortnight, which was great. 

The first birthday that we actually celebrated for Bilal was a dinosaur themed one. He was in Grade 1 at the School of Research Science.  For  Games, room decoration, give aways, Invitation cards, everything possible  related to that birthday had in someway or the other, used those cardstocks.

It is such a shame that I dont have photos for that particular birthday !!! I had three little boys below the age of 4 and not anyone to help out with that preparation. Infact in the birthday too, I WAS the only adult for almost 15 kids !!  Hubby took care of little Eman who was too tiny, while mama did just about everything. That was probably the last party I did for the boys ! It was a blast and I think, the sucess of that party prompted many more private parties being organized.    

Just so that you could understand what the give way box would look slightly like, I made one last night. Ofcourse those all had different elements of the theme and this one is a plain and simple one. 

goody box

goody box

 

 

 

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Kids and Crayons

Very interesting list of tried and tested solutions for crayon marks on the wall.  I suggest you could have this list printed and pasted or placed on the fridge with a magnet for the time young Johnny or little claire decides to show her talents on the walls.  

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21 Tips For Removing Crayon Marks From Walls

  1. Toothpaste (regular paste–not gel). This one’s my first pick always (good old regular Crest), it also helps  clean up permanent marker stains pretty easily.
  2. Art gum Eraser – gently rub on marks in a circular motion, can also try a regular pencil eraser. Done carefully, this might be an option for wallpaper stains.
  3. Baking Soda – make a paste with water and use it to gently scrub the mark. You could also just sprinkle baking soda on a damp sponge and rub.
  4. Baby Oil – apply directly to crayon stains then rub off.
  5. Mayonnaise – Glob some on the stain and scrub a bit in a circular motion, then wipe off.
  6. Shaving Cream – apply to markings, rub in, then wipe off.
  7. WD-40 – spray some on the marks and rub off. Wash walls with hot soapy water once the crayon has been removed.
  8. Turpentine – dab some on a damp cloth and scrub into stain to remove crayon.
  9. Lighter Fluid – apply as you would turpentine
  10. Goo Goo – Same directions as for turpentine
  11. Ammonia – soak a section of cloth in household ammonia and scrub markings. You may also luck out with an ammonia based cleaner like Windex and a hot soapy cloth.
  12. Vinegar – soak a toothbrush in white vinegar and scrub marks off.
  13. Heat – Take a hair dryer to the crayon stain and allow it to heat the wax. Wipe heated crayon wax off with a hot, soapy cloth. You could try a clothes iron as well (no steam), just make sure it’s on a low heat setting so it won’t scorch the paint. Place a few paper towels between the wall and the iron.
  14. Hand Lotion – rub directly into crayon and wipe off.
  15. Powdered Dishwasher Detergent – make a paste with water and gently scrub area. Some detergents contain bleach so be careful on wallpaper.
  16. Powdered Household Cleaners – such as Ajax or Comet. Mix with some water or sprinkle on a damp sponge then scrub gently.
  17. Non-stick Cooking Spray – just spray it on then wipe off the marks. Not the best solution for wallpaper since this could leave a grease stain.
  18. Hairspray – spray generously on walls then scrub off the crayon.
  19. Mr. Clean Magic Eraser – go gently, you don’t want to rub off any paint.
  20. Rubbing Alcohol – Saturate part of a clean cloth then rub stains.
  21. Moist Baby Wipe Towelettes – Rub them directly on the crayon stains and scrub markings off. The homemade baby wipes should work too!