Helpful tips for May 2021
In this issue:
Articles of the day
* Eco-friendly Salt Alternatives for Melting Ice and Snow and 5 Best Green
* Cleaning Large Appliances
From the pages of Donna’s travel diary
* Traveling alone
Courtesy of the research team at http://www.sterlingcreations.ca
Scams of the month:
Before giving you our scam tips of the month, here are some very valueable
You need to remember that scams come in the following formats:
As emails, as phone calls both recorded and via a live caller, and o yes!
It can even show up at your door and in your mailbox.
And now they are targeting us through texts being sent to our cell phones.
Before giving you the latest scams making the rounds; we have some do nots
to share with you.
Do not respond to emails that look strange to you.
Do not download attachments from unknown senders.
Do not share your username and password to your online banking and any other
online payments facilities with anyone.
Do not give out any banking or personal details on the phone to unknown
Do not pay any attention to threats from automated phone recordings or from
live persons with regard to your credit card or that you owe money to any
Do not entertain any offers either via email or by phone from senders and
callers offering incredible service packages as they may pertain to cable
and tv services, prizes that you have won, or any sort of any type of
Do not answer the door to unknown callers.
Take extra caution to make sure that the details of your credit cards and
debit cards are fully protected when you make payments at restaurants or at
stores, pharmacies, and elsewhere.
Do not enter your password for Facebook or Twitter in response to a text
request on your cell phone.
The same if you are asked for your Apple ID.
Do not fall prey to a text message telling you that your banking details
have been compromised online.
Some very important Covid tips:
Stay out of small spaces and crowded places.
When it comes to the consumption of Alcohol:
Men can consume their alcohol much more effectively than women.
Too much of being in front of a computer screen?
When it comes to the kids, let’s try to monitor and control their time here.
Too much of this and there will be threats of eye sight problems.
Too much of wearing headphones and earbuds?
Threats of more hearing problems.
Best ways to shred important documents?
Use a shredder.
Better than hand shredding it all.
Believe it or not, there are those folks who rummage through garbage cans
seeking to find half shredded documents with your personal information.
They use this to carry out scams!
It’s gardening time and here is a nifty tip for you.
Make sure that you have cleaned your garden of old leaves, garbage, and
plant remnants before you lay down new plants and flowers.
Articles of the day
Chosen by the Business Desk team
“Eco-friendly Salt Alternatives for Melting Ice and Snow” and “” 5 Best
Green Gifts for the Person Who Has “Everything!”
*I. “Eco-friendly Salt Alternatives for Melting Ice and Snow”
The Huffington Post – 01/10/2014
Author: Nikki Fotheringham
Salt does do a great job of melting ice and snow through the winter, but its
pretty bad news for you, your pets, the environment and your garden. Pets
get salt on their paws and this dries them out and causes cracking; salt
corrodes metal, damages concrete and wreaks havoc on your garden and lawn.
With spring melt, all the accumulated salt ends up in your waterways, where
the local wildlife may not survive the seasoning. You know that salt is bad
for you, so here are some green alternatives
to melt your winter ice.
Organic, Salt-free De-icer:
It’s a little pricier than salt, but these products will help to keep your
walkways and driveways ice-free.
Okay, this doesn’t actually melt the ice, but it does provide traction for a
more non-slip surface.
This is a natural de-icer, and while it won’t harm your pets, corrode your
metal or pit your concrete, it can be really bad news for your plants, so
avoid using it near the garden.
This is a super effective, natural, green ice melting alternative. It’s 100
percent natural, and is usually used as a fertilizer. It’s grainy so it will
provide traction and is extremely effective when used in moderation.
Sugar Beet Juice:
The juice from sugar beets lowers the melting point of ice and snow, which
helps to clear your driveway. It’s even been used to melt ice and snow on
municipal roads in some areas. It’s safe for animals, people, metals,
concrete and plants. Beet juice is one of the only options which are
effective below negative 20 degrees Celsius.
Sand or coffee grinds:
Sprinkle sand over your icy surfaces to provide traction, and the darker
colors absorb more heat and help to melt snow and ice.
Don’t underestimate the importance of shoveling. A good shovel will clear
your drive while giving you a wicked workout, and it’s the most natural,
environmentally friendly and green way to get rid of ice and snow this
*II. ” 5 Best Green Gifts for the Person Who Has Everything!”
Author: Nikki Fotheringham
December 15 2016
Giving to others is great for your health and happiness. Now you can give
twice with gifts that give back. This Christmas touch more than one life
with these amazing gifts that will help those in need.
1. Globe In
This really is the gift that keeps on giving! These absolutely gorgeous
boxes are curated collections of artisanal, handmade gifts from all over the
world. Buy a box for someone special, or join the club. For just
$10 a month, you can get the artisan pick of the
month – a wonderful gift to you every month. These products help budding
entrepreneurs in developing country. Help fight poverty and give a great
When you buy three boxes, you get one for free. I bought the
picnic box for just $50 and absolutely LOVED it!
Adopt a Narwhal
All net-proceeds help support our conservation efforts.
Of course you can! The World Wildlife Fund offers an adoption program that
helps fund their efforts to save endangered species. Your donation of $40
allows you to adopt a narwhal (with certificate), and gets you this adorable
narwhal plush toy, a narwhal poster and a reusable shopping bag.
There are many other wonderful animals to adopt too.
Save the Elephants
Save Elephant Love Keychain with Free Gift Box – Ashley Jewels
These elephant key chains helps to raise awareness and money for the Save
the Elephants fund. You can buy one for yourself and a loved one too. For
just $10 you can get a wonderful gift and help to save our majestic
elephants. And who knows, perhaps if you have this elephant on your keyring,
you’ll never forget where you put your keys!
Greenmoxie’s Guide to Sustainable Living
Greenmoxie: A Practical Guide to Sustainable Living 1
We take you through your home, office and garden and show you how to do just
about everything in a more eco-friendly way. From upcycling projects you can
do with your kids, to making your own make-up and everything in between,
this book is a comprehensive guide for those who want to live a leaner,
greener and healthier life. Make awesome stuff, save the planet, have fun &
Courtesy of Mama Peach
Cleaning Large Appliances
The inside of your dishwasher will be film free if you do this occasionally.
Fill dish washer with dirty dishes but make sure you have not included any
silver or other metals. Place a bowl with 1 /2 cup of bleach on the
bottom rack and allow the machine to run through the wash cycle only. Fill
the same bowl with 1 /2 cup of vinegar and this time allow the machine to
run through a full cycle.
A quick way to get rid of those yellow stains in your dishwasher is to first
allow your empty machine to fill for a wash. Then add a package of flavored
orange crystals (the kind you make orange drinks out of) and
allow the wash and rinse cycle to complete.
When spills occur in the oven, sprinkle with table salt. When the oven is
cool, wipe up the salt. It will absorb the drippings.
To dislodge baked-on spills, apply a paste of baking soda and water, with a
little elbow grease!
Or place a small dish of ammonia on the upper rack and a pan of water on the
lower rack of a still-warm oven. Leave for ten to twelve hours or overnight.
Air oven and wipe grease away with an all-purpose cleaner
and warm water. An inexpensive way of oven cleaning.
Prevention is better than cure! Avoid oven spills by placing casseroles and
pies on a cookie sheet or in a larger pie plate.
Allow oven racks to soak in the tub while you’re working on the inside of
Rubbing alcohol shines oven tops beautifully.
Household ammonia diluted with water to half strength makes an excellent
To tackle that brown-stained oven window, make a paste of water and baking
soda. Simply coat the inside of the window with the mixture, leave for 10
minutes and then rinse off with water.
For a quick and simple method of cleaning the microwave oven, wet a
dishcloth and place in the center of your microwave. Turn on high and allow
the cloth to sort of cook for about 30 to 40 seconds. The steam that
this creates will help loosen any hardened spills and you can use the heated
cloth to wipe the inside clean. Be careful. The cloth will be really hot!
To freshen up and deodorize your microwave, place a bowl of water in the
oven and add 3 or 4 slices of lemon. Cook on high for 30 seconds.
Freshen up the inside of your refrigerator by wiping periodically with a
cloth moistened with vinegar, a great way to prevent mildew.
A little dab of vanilla, lemon or orange extract on a small pad of cotton
will keep the refrigerator smelling sweet.
Baking soda will keep odors away for several months. Just open the box and
place on a middle shelf.
Many common fridge odors may be removed by placing a small tub filled with
charcoal briquettes in the middle rack of your fridge. Every so often, you
might want to revitalize the briquettes by heating them mildly in
a cast-iron pan on the stove.
Should you own a fridge whose freezer is not self-defrosting, wipe the
inside of the freezer compartment with a cloth dampened with glycerin. When
it’s time to defrost again, the chunks of ice will drop without effort.
Keep white appliances sparkling clean and prevent yellowing by washing with
a mixture of 1 /2 cup of bleach, 8 cups of water and 1 /2 cup of baking
soda. Rinse well.
Special note from Donna Jodhan:
The Covid choke hold is not going to last for ever and when it does finally
subside we will be ready to embrace favourite haunts and to visit favourite
The world will be a new place in which to live but it will be a better one.
So let’s get ready to welcome and embrace travel once more.
From the pages of Donna’s diary
This is probably one of the most challenging things for me these days and
with the world of travel changing all of the time; it only becomes more
difficult for me a someone with a vision impairment.
It does not really matter how helpful agents are, it is the anxiety of
hoping that no matter what I will encounter helpful and friendly agents
along the way.
It does not matter how much notice I give to airlines before hand or to
ground assistance companies before I travel; the anxiety for me is always
It all starts before I get to the airport and it does not end until I am
safely in the car of family or friends. From the curb to the check in
counter, and from check in at security to the gate, everything for me is o
Then aboard the aircraft, to touch down and then to customs and immigration;
it is the same. Then to locate the luggage. Then on the return journey it
is no different!
Traveling across Canada may be a bit less stressful because when I travel
internationally I cannot determine before hand what I am going to encounter.
Just another challenge for me to face each time I travel.
I’m Donna J. Jodhan enjoying my travels.
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