Let The Ants Go Marching Somewhere Else!

antsgomarchingdvo By Cristina Duke @ DVO.com/ From: A newsletter I get monthly ๐Ÿ˜‰

As a grandmother, I have to be careful every spring; as we get a few ants coming in. They are usually headed for my cat’s bowl of food. Yikes!! Yes, I spray generously for those annoying pests every year around this time! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

Since I’m an affiliate, I thought I’d share these helpful tips with you. ๐Ÿ™‚

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A couple of months ago, I had a pretty embarrassing experience. Before I tell you all about it, let me give you a little bit of background information. Early this spring, we began to spy ants in our house. They were spotted in several locations throughout the house, but mostly in the kitchen. Eventually, I figured out that they were coming through a tiny crack underneath the ledge of our kitchen window sill. So I set out some ant traps, started noticing them less, and went on with life.

About this same time, my daughter’s preschool teacher asked us to save an empty egg carton to send to school at the end of the month. They would be using them for a class Easter egg hunt. As soon as we finished the eggs in one of our cartons, I set the empty carton on top of our cupboards, knowing my daughter would bring it to school in a few weeks.

When the week of the Easter egg hunt arrived, I saw the empty egg carton sitting on top of the cupboards and remembered I needed to send it in. In our rush out the door, I threw the egg carton in her backpack and we headed off to school. I gave my daughter instructions to give the egg carton to her teacher as soon as she got to the classroom andโ€ฆ she did.

When I picked her up from school later that day the first thing she said to me was, “MOM!! I think I know where all those ants in our kitchen were coming from!” I quickly put two-and-two together and realized that the egg carton we sent to school was infested with ants! I was so embarrassed. As soon as we got home, I emailed her teacher and apologized. She wrote me back and said that she was quite surprised when she opened the carton. She went on to say that the boys in the class thought it was the greatest thing ever to play “stomp the ants.” Bless her heart; she was so nice about it!

After this experience, I became a little more determined to get rid of the ants in my kitchen. I already knew some of the obvious things like keeping food sealed and put away, placing ant traps in strategic locations, and making sure to keep the counters and floors clean. However, in my research on “ant prevention”, I did learn a few new ideas. Maybe one of them will help you keep those pesky bugs out of your kitchen too!

-Clean your kitchen with a half vinegar-half water solution. Ants hate the smell of vinegar and it will also mess up the ants’ scent trails.

-Add a few drops of peppermint or cinnamon oil to your cleaning routine. After you have cleaned the surfaces in your kitchen well, wipe the areas again with a wet rag sprinkled with a few drops of peppermint or cinnamon essential oil. Ants dislike both of these smells and as a bonus, it will make your kitchen smell nice.

-Spray lemon juice on possible ant entrances. Just like vinegar, lemon juice can destroy the ants’ scent trails.

-Caulk. Use caulk to seal any cracks that the ants could be coming through.

-Place bay leaves in drawers, cupboards or containers where you’ve seen ants. Ants hate the smell of bay leaves and will stay away.

-Draw a chalk line around the area the ants are coming in. Some people swear that ants will not cross or go near a chalk line. The talcum powder in chalk is supposedly a natural ant repellant. The same idea might work if you sprinkled some baby powder with talcum powder around the area.

-Mix dish soap with baking soda. Put a thin line of this mixture where ants are coming in.

-Set out a mixture of borax, sugar, and water for the ants. Several people swear by this homemade ant trap. Spread a small amount of this mixture on a piece of cardboard. The ants will be attracted to it and take it back to their colony. The borax will kill the colony. Ant problem solved!

โ€ฆAnd maybe it’s best to not set any empty egg cartons on top of your cupboards!

Cristina Duke
Monthly Newsletter Contributor since 2014 @ DVO.com

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Easter Pics







Finally getting these up on the blog! ๐Ÿ™‚





Meme and Wyatt ๐Ÿ™‚















What Happend To Spring


Good Golly Miss Molly! What happened to spring??? LOL ๐Ÿ™




The temperature outside and Grandma’s Bradford Pear Tree is saying two different things!!!

Haven’t we suffered enough over the winter??? I’m sure a lot of people are saying this. I’m also sure a lot of plants and things suffered from the indecisive weather as well! ๐Ÿ™



I want spring and summer and warm temps to get here and stay!!

I guess God knows what’s best for us! ๐Ÿ™‚


The Contents of the Checklist for the Forthcoming Spring Cleaning

Spring Cleaning

People who are getting ready for the most important cleaning project in the year, spring cleaning, are not only happy that the weather is becoming warmer and friendlier, the trees are bursting out in green foliage, and the birds are chirping to welcome the balmy season. They are also getting ready for the spring cleaning, and they are at a loss where to start, in what order to approach the cleaning activities, and where to shop for cleaners. However, the most important thing is that good mood and spring cleaning go hand by hand because the regeneration spring energies flow to the blood with positive vibes.

Preparing a checklist for the forthcoming spring cleaning and decluttering can relieve all the above-mentioned difficulties. Planning always introduces order into activities, and a checklist is the result of planning. Making up a spring cleaning checklist will ensure that all the activities that need to be done will be really implemented, no important cleaning stage will be skipped for lack of time or lack of attention.

The checklist for the spring cleaning should be drawn up by room. That will ensure that no corner or nook is forgotten during that โ€œmission impossible.โ€ The tools and supplies which are needed for the cleaning of the different surfaces should also be included in the checklist. The greatest attention should be devoted to the seasonal chores that are typically carried out during that season, so these chores should be in the beginning of the checklist. The corners and surfaces that have recently been cleaned should be left out of the checklist, and that stage of planning can leave substantial time for other areas of the home where the efforts should be made.

Typically a spring cleaning checklist should include the following: the first area to be cleaned is the kitchen. The kitchen is the area where the most frequent cleaning takes place, and because it is a room where the food is stored and prepared, it should be the first room to enjoy the benefits of thorough spring cleaning. The pantries, drawers, cabinets should be emptied and cleaned carefully. Now is the perfect time to pitch all the useless appliances, utensils or expired food.

The bathroom is another place where the cleaning efforts should be devoted in the beginning of the cleaning. The accumulation of limescale is difficult to cope with, especially in areas where the water is especially hard, but the result of the efforts โ€“ a sparkling clean bathroom, is worth the hard work. Do not miss to organize the laundry room โ€“ you can buy a new basket for the dirty clothes that fit better the interior or just arrange the detergents and take care of the washing machine and dryer.

Spring is a great time for a new beginning. So why don’t you arrange a cozy, trendy drop zone in the hall? Think of a colourful, functional solution that will change the look of the house.

The next rooms to be cleaned as part of the spring renovation of the home are the living areas. The living room is the third biggest culprit for the accumulation of dust and dirt in the home as it is there that people spend a lot of time, communicating with the other family members, watching TV, reading magazines, etc. If you have an office area, pay special attention to it; as it’s the ideal time to put an end to the chaos and to organize your desk. Why don’t you add another drop zone for all the papers and fresh flowers that will inspire you.

The bedroom is the next item on the spring cleaning checklist, and although the efforts on cleaning will be typically smaller, it should find its right place on the list. That is mainly because typically the closets are located there. Spring is an ideal time to do away with all the unnecessary clothes, books and all the rest you have stored. You can organize a small backyard sale or surprise your friend with little presents. In the kid’s room pay also attention to all the toys- you can throw some of them away or donate them to kids in need.

The cellar and the garage are the next, most often the last, items to be included in the spring cleaning checklist. Not only cleaning these rooms, but also getting rid of clutter and organizing the contents there, should be planned by including these areas in the spring cleaning activities.

The plan is ready, so it is time for action. Try to enjoy that process and to engage the whole family in it โ€“ that way you will have fun and soon enough will enjoy a brand new clutter-free and fresh house.

About The Author

Nicole is an expert in the field of house cleaning, she writes on behalf of Bow Cleaning Company.

6 Fun Spring Activities For Kids and Grandparents to Enjoy Together


I don’t know about you, but I’m keen on welcoming spring and summer for that matter! However, spring really IS just around the corner, no matter how you look at it. Most families and their loved ones look forward to getting outside and enjoying their gardens, barbeques and various outside parties. For kids, it’s crucial to their health, spirit and development to get out and enjoy the outdoors instead of sitting around playing video games or watching television.

I have gathered 6 spring activities that I know you and your grandkids will indeed enjoy

Visit the animals at the zoo: My grandchild LOVES animals, and I’m looking forward to visiting the zoo with him this coming spring and summer. You can make a trip to the zoo as educational as you like. It’s fun to share animal-farming tips with your grandkids and teach them how to raise chickens, horses and goats, just to name a few. Grandma personally loves the baby monkeys, however, she don’t know anything about raising them! lol

You get the idea, if your grandchild likes animals, then the zoo would be a fun and delightful trip. Make a whole day out of it and pack lunches and snacks. And you know, ice cream would be a great idea to end the day with on the way home. ๐Ÿ™‚

Garden hunt for treasures and rewards: This can be super fun and educational as well. Just like an Easter egg hunt, you hide things, however, not eggs in a garden treasure hunt. The items can be anything your grandchildren like. A package of stickers, plastic shovels and rakes, candy, and even coins. However, don’t make a big issue out of hiding money. It’s far more fun to hide the grand’s favorite toys and things. Grandparents will have a blast with this activity as well!

Fishing day: My father loved fishing! This grandma really likes watching people fish. She was never fond of messing around with fish or the bait. lol For most people, fishing is something grandfathers and grandkids do together. However, there are many grandmothers who take a liking to fishing; just not this grandma. ๐Ÿ˜‰ This also teaches your grandchildren one aspect of survival skills, and learning how people obtained their food years ago.

Cleaning out the garage: While this one may not be all that fun, it does have to be done. This is something that the whole family can participate in. Your grandchildren would enjoy this especially if you have a large sized garage and have lots of junk to go through. Maybe Grandpa has a few trinkets and tools he wishes to pass down and give up? Chances are, the garage is filled with all kinds of goodies.

Dig in the dirt and plant: All kids love playing in the dirt, well most of them, especially the boys! However, girls will love playing in the dirt to plant Grandma’s flowers. ๐Ÿ™‚ Spring is certainly the right time for improved growth. How about sharing this with your grandkids with the beautiful colors of flowers? You can plant vegetables as well. My mother-in-law always had a nice veggie garden and my son just loved helping out. This also teaches your kids where vegetables come from. The ground of course. Don’t be afraid to get your nails all messed up Grandma!

Grandparenting camping trip: A fun camping trip will sure to be a hit with the grandkids! However, it may be a challenge for some grandparents to keep up with them. lol Ask your grands which they’d rather do, go camping or play video games? I’ll bet you 10 to 1, you will get the camping response. Camping has always been the classic summer activity. It’s also a family bonding activity with everything there is to be enjoyed. This of course, includes a huge camp fire. And yes, you HAVE to roast hot dogs and marshmallows! Camping is not camping without it.

The important thing to remember with all the outdoor activities this spring and summer has to offer is taking all the safety measures seriously. You can never be too safe or cautious. Also, have fun with your grandchildren, they won’t be young forever, nor will YOU be!

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