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Hummingbird Nectar Recipe

Posted on July 30, 2013. Filed under: Household Tips | Tags: |

Parasol hummingbird feedersHummingbirds are one of nature’s little miracles, and always so exciting to see.

If you don’t have  a feeder for them,  I recommend that you get one!  They are quite inexpensive,  and provide tons of enjoyment.

Here is a simple and cheap recipe for the hummingbird nectar:

Take one cup sugar and mix with 4 cups of water.  Stir to dissolve sugar, and you can add 2 drops of red food color if you want.  Keep  any unused solution in the refrigerator.

Do not use sugar substitutes, or honey.  These can be harmful to the birds.  You should clean the feeder with hot water and a bottle brush and replace the sugar solution every three to four days.

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Check Out Our Award-Winning Newsletter

Posted on July 26, 2013. Filed under: About Sponge & Sparkle | Tags: |

 Sponge & Sparkle Summer 2013 Newsletter

We are in the full swing of Summer, and our Summer newsletter is full of tips to help you enjoy it even more than you already are.

Here are a few highlights:

  • Traveling this Summer? Use this to easily organize your plans.
  • Headed to the beach? We have a quick way to keep sand off your skin.
  • How to keep flies away from your picnic.
  • Answer our Summer trivia question and win two movie tickets.

To download the newsletter in PDF format, click here.

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Time and Tasks – Worrying About Working on the Wrong Things?

Posted on July 19, 2013. Filed under: Time Management |

worriedIn this piece in the Zenhabits blog,  Leo Babauta posted a very interesting piece regarding the nagging background worry that we be doing the perfect thing now.   I had thought it was just me always trying to figure this out!  So I was actually surprised to learn this is a normal phenomenon – to always wonder if this is the thing that I should be doing at this moment.  And when I do something,  dozens of other things come up asking well, maybe I should do that….

This is his 3-step plan for dealing with the nagging worry.

Step 1 – Notice the worry coming along with you.

That’s okay. Put your arm around it’s shoulder, and go along the path together, happy in your new found friendship.

Step 2 – Set an intention to stick with the task.

Before you actually start the task, make an agreement with your friend worry.  You’re going to stick with this task, at least 5 minutes, without switching or following the urge to check other things.  For these glorious 5 minutes, you will be sure of one thing: you will do the task, no matter if it’s the perfect task or not.  Because, actually, the perfect task does not exist, and the search for it is a grail-quest.  Instead focus on this one task, and be sure you’re going to stick with it.

Step 3 –  Stick with the task.

The worry will come up – notice it, smile, embrace it like that friend you have who’s always doing crazy things, and then…stick with it.  You’ll be fine.  It’ll be great, in fact, triumphant and exultant!

Wonderful advice!  Thank you zenhabits!

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