Delivery message Arrived Shipping Partner Facility, USPS Awaiting Item

Delivery message Arrived Shipping Partner Facility, USPS Awaiting Item

You’ve ordered something online from a retailer, or maybe off of eBay, and in checking the USPS shipping status you see a delivery message stating “Arrived Shipping Partner Facility, USPS Awaiting Item”. What This Means This means that your item was initially taken to or picked up by a third party shipping carrier, who will … Continue Reading

Using UVC Light To Sterilize And Disinfect Bacteria Viruses And Mold

Using UVC Light To Sterilize And Disinfect Bacteria Viruses And Mold

UVC, germicidal ultraviolet (UV) light, reduces the person to person transmission of viruses through the air, by killing the viruses while they are in the air as well as on surfaces exposed to UVC light rays. While you can’t use UVC rays to replace hand sanitizer to sanitize your hands. you can use a UVC … Continue Reading

15 DIY Homemade Face Masks Patterns And Tutorials

15 DIY Homemade Face Masks Patterns And Tutorials

Important notes: Before attempting to use any of the linked patterns and tutorials below to make your own mask, please know: If you want true protection from viruses, use a properly fitted medical N95 face mask which provides 95% particle protection.  At best, a properly designed DIY mask provides 50% protection from particles (see study … Continue Reading

DIY Homemade Disinfecting Wipes And Disinfecting Surface Spray Recipes

DIY Homemade Disinfecting Wipes And Disinfecting Surface Spray Recipes

If you’ve had a chance to read the article for DIY disinfecting hand sanitizer, you already know the ratios needed to create an effective sanitizing solution and why the portions of ingredients are important (very important). If you prefer to make your own cleaning products, or supplies are running low, you can easily make your … Continue Reading

DIY Essential Oil Diffuser Liquid Refill Recipe

DIY Essential Oil Diffuser Liquid Refill Recipe

Making your own homemade essential oil diffuser liquid refill is a nice way to continue using your diffuser once all the liquid has evaporated.  If you already have essential oils on hand, it’s also fairly cost effective.  The bonus is that you can create your own unique fragrances instead of being limited to what is … Continue Reading

What You Should (And Shouldn’t) Buy At Aldi’s

What You Should (And Shouldn’t) Buy At Aldi’s

Aldi opened a location near us about 6 months ago and it is now included on our regular weekly grocery store stop along with Walmart.  We have been comparing Aldi prices and quality with comparable Walmart and Food Lion store-brand products (by no means trying to recommend one chain over another – these are just … Continue Reading

DIY Homemade Disinfecting Hand Sanitizer Recipe Explained

DIY Homemade Disinfecting Hand Sanitizer Recipe Explained

In researching how to make our own homemade disinfecting hand sanitizer, we came across a lot of different recipes with varying amounts of ingredients but with little (if any) explanation on why certain ingredients were used.  Most used isopropyl alcohol (rubbing alcohol), aloe vera gel, and some essential oils for fragrance.  Some even claimed that … Continue Reading

Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) Preparedness

Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) Preparedness

“Everything we do before a pandemic will seem alarmist. Everything we do after will seem inadequate” – Rear Admiral W. Craig Vanderwagen 2007 Medications Protection and Disinfectants Supplies Food Coronavirus!  Of all the things we prepare for, a coronavirus pandemic was not one we were expecting.  On Feb 25th, 2020, the CDC announced that the … Continue Reading

Homemade Agar – Using Rice Water And Gelatin To Grow Oyster Mushroom Spawn

Homemade Agar – Using Rice Water And Gelatin To Grow Oyster Mushroom Spawn

Having just finished our first harvest of oyster mushrooms from a kit, we wanted to try growing our own mushroom spawn.  And we wanted to first give it a try using materials already on hand, and get our cultures from the oyster mushrooms we had just grown.  There are definitely more refined methods of accomplishing … Continue Reading

12 Really Unusual Things Used To Grow Mushrooms

12 Really Unusual Things Used To Grow Mushrooms

  Toilet Paper This photo was submitted to the North American Mycological Association by Ron Spinosa showing oyster mushrooms growing inside a milk carton using kitty litter as a substrate. Milk Carton This photo was submitted to the North American Mycological Association by Milton Tam showing oyster mushrooms growing inside a milk carton using kitty … Continue Reading

10 DIY Outdoor Self Watering Irrigation Systems For Potted Plants And Planters

We use several different methods to keep our outdoor potted plants watered depending on where the plant is located and the size of the planter.  Making self-watering systems really cuts back on the frequency of manual waterings, and improves the amount of water delivered to each plant. No offense intended to some of the other … Continue Reading