8 Surprising Household Hints

8 Surprising Household Hints
By Barbara Pronin

Home store shelves are full of goop and gadgets for cleaning or fixing just about anything. But, says Julie Edelman, better known to readers and viewers as The Accidental Housewife, you can save a lot of money by cleaning and fixing things with the goop and gadgets you already have at home.

Edelman offers specific tips in a recent issue of Bottom Line Personal:

Polish glass and faucets with newspaper – Newsprint ink is a wonderful polishing agent, so crumple a piece of newspaper and rub.
Shine shoes and plants with banana peels – The inner peel contains oil and potassium, two of the key ingredients in shoe polish. Wipe shoes or plant leaves with the inside of the peel, then buff with a soft, clean cloth.
Clean the dishwasher with Kool-Aid – Fill the dispenser with lemonade Kool-Aid or any powdered drink mix that contains citric acid. Run the dishwasher through a full normal cycle to wash away gunk, lime or rust stains, and odors.
Quiet a squeaky door with cucumber – Rub a slice of cucumber all around the hinge. Wipe away any residue and enjoy the quiet.
Mend minor cracks in china with milk – Milk contains casein, a protein that, when heated, turns into natural, plastic-like glue. Place the cracked plate in a pot large enough to cover it with milk. Bring the milk to a boil, then reduce to a simmer and simmer for 45-60 minutes. Let the milk cool. Rinse the plate. The crack should be sealed.
Repel ants and roaches with citrus rinds – Bugs hate the oil that is found naturally in citrus rinds. Place pieces of orange or lemon rind in door or window openings or wherever bugs are prone to enter. Replace every few days.
Clean a toilet bowl with Alka Seltzer – Drop two of the tablets, or a couple of Polident effervescent tablets, into the bowl. Let them fizz and remain for 15-20 minutes. Clean with a toilet brush and flush.
Fix a small wood scratch with walnuts – Gently rub the walnut meat, with a circular motion, into small scratches on your dark wood furniture. Let the natural oil seep in for up to10 minutes, then buff with a clean cloth.

Judy Gratton Your Real Estate Edge

Simple Ideas in Preparing Your Home to Sell

Tanya Howard the Founder and Interior Designer/ Stager with “The Final Piece” gives us some simple ideas to clean up, brighten up, and bring your home up in $$$ when selling.

Tanya Howard shares simple ideas

I have worked with Tanya Howard on many listings and I am always delighted, as are my clients with the results. She is available too to give sellers a “to do” list to prepare for listing with a thorough walk-through.

If you would like to contact Tanya for more information you can reach out to her on her Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/The-Final-Piece-257951174360341

15 minute Home Buyers Seminar!

Don’t know where to start? Let Robert Garrod with Homeseed Loans answer your questions!

It’s simple, but not necessarily easy. Robert gives you some great tips to get started.

If you really want to get started contact Robert here:


Then contact us, we can help you find the home when you are ready!

Meet Carmin Dalziel Executive Director with The Northshore Schools Foundation

Just exactly what is the Northshore Schools Foundation? It is a wonderful foundation that raises money to help Northshore school district children and teachers in areas where our tax dollars can’t. Carmin Dalziel is the Executive Director of the foundation and shared some of the work this foundation does for the students and families of the Northshore School District.

Of course like all foundations, Northshore Schools Foundation can always use more donations. So, we are excited to announce that we will be attaching a “Go Fund Me” jar to this article and page to benefit the Northshore Schools Foundation’s “Removing Barriers” program. Here below is also a link to other ways to contribute: https://www.northshoreschoolsfoundation.org/

As I told Carmin, I firmly believe that even if your own child doesn’t need help, all children benefit when one child is helped in a classroom or school. It raises everyone up. Please take a moment to listen to Carmin’s interview and see the great work done by the Northshore Schools Foundation, and how you can get involved.

Please click on our jar and leave a donation to help us reach our goal of “Removing Barriers” for our Northshore students.

Removing Barriers for Northshore Families Virtual Collection Jar – by Judy and Jim Gratton

It all adds up. Join me in collecting donations to help Northshore students in crisis. Removing Barriers collection jars (formerly known as MILK Money jars) can be found at businesses across Kenmore, Woodinville, Bothell, and now online. Proceeds fund programs for students experiencing economic challenges that cannot be funded by public dollars. These include the Opportunity Fund, Basic Needs Aid, Homelessness Services, School Supply Kits, and Student Meals. Please help me reach my goal of $100 by contributing $5 or more to my virtual collection jar. We hope to raise $40,000 or more through this annual grassroots collection, now in its 11th year. We’ll tally up the results after December 18th.

A Home Inspector Shares The Simple Yet Important Things You Can Do To Keep Your Home In Good Shape

Mike Wright with Wright Way Home Inspection is a home inspector that I have personally had a working relationship with for years. He has so much knowledge on what is necessary to maintain and protect your most valuable asset your home.

He will give you ideas that will protect your home now and also protect you from any big surprises when you do decide to sell your home.

You can also stop by his website: https://wrightwayhomeinspection.com for more tips and information on home maintenance.

Always wanted to get into acting? listen to my conversation with my old friend and talented actor adaris Milan

In another life before I started selling real estate I actually founded and ran a Seattle talent agency. I represented both adults and children for print and film work, along with spokesmodels for convention work. To this day, I still have people ask me how they can get involved in the talent industry or get their children involved. I thought you might enjoy hearing how one person did start in that field and his thoughts on it. I hope you enjoy our conversation.

Adaris and I met over twenty years ago when he auditioned to be part of my agency called “Classic Talent.” I was immediately impressed with his incredible talent. He went on to do various theatrical, film, and commercial work with the agency until it disbanded in 1997. Adaris was always one of the people I knew had great talent and would be successful in whatever he chose to pursue.

We lost touch with each other over the years. So, I was delighted to connect with him again on Facebook a couple of years ago. I was not surprised to learn that Adaris had continued his education. He has completed two BA’s, one Master’s degree, and is currently working on two more. What I was surprised to hear was that he had stepped away from acting. I will let you hear from him how that happened and where he intends to go from here.

Jim Jamison is the Owner and Brewmaster at Foggy Noggin Brewery. Now he has taken off in a new direction! Listen to Jim talk about his new Children’s book “What would I be if I couldn’t be me!”

Click this link to get information on where you can buy the book and more: https://www.facebook.com/NoggyImagination

Here is the original interview I had with Jim about Foggy Noggin Brewery


I had the pleasure of getting to know the brewer Jim Jamison of Foggy Noggin Brewing a whole lot better than I had in the past today. I have known Jim and his wife Kim since 1992 when Jim was one of the coaches of my daughter’s soccer team “The Sidekicks.” This was the first year of a team that would stay together from first grade through junior high. It was a great team. Jim’s daughter, Stephanie was also on the team. I knew then that Jim was producing a newsletter on beer, but I thought it was only a hobby.

Today, I got to learn about how Jim’s passion for good beer grew from tasting, to writing about it, and now to making it. He is a beer historian. This love affair started in 1979 at Produce Row Cafe in Portland where he then lived. . Produce Row was the place for beer. Every beer available for import into Oregon was here. Jim tried each and every one of them and became obsessed. The microbrewery or “craft” beer revolution started in the early 1980”s, and Jim enjoyed expanding his beer-horizons. Jim remembers that there were over 1,200 beers from all over the world on the menu, and it took about 4 years to get through them all. He said he wished he still had a copy of the menu. He’d used it to check off each beer as he tried them. Throughout this time Jim began to learn more about beers from different areas in the world and how they were made. He developed a special affinity for English Ale because of the great flavor, better balance, and less-filling nature.

Describe your business

We are brewers of great English Styled Ales on a very small 1/2 BBL system. We are one of the world’s smallest production breweries, referred to as a nano brewery. Most brews are done in 1/2 barrel batches. We take great pride in every batch to bring you consistent high quality brews year-round. Our fresh beers are available at our tasting room, located at our brewery in Bothell, WA, and at several restaurants and pubs that rotate our beers through their lineup. At our tasting room, we have a rotating menu of 12 beers at a time. However, we have brewed over 86 different beers since we opened. Some celebrate special occasions like the birth of our grandchildren. We put out a special brew on each grandchild’s first birthday. So far we have 3.

What made you decide to open this business?

I started with the publication “Northwest Brew News” (NWBN) in 1994. That happened as a result of a visit to the local grocery store. I was in the beer isle and a guy next to me commented that he had no idea which beer to choose , that it was too confusing. I thought, “There needs to be a publication to educate people on local brews.” I started small with about 4 pages, eventually we grew to eight. We included reviews of breweries, pubs, stores, and books on beer. Again, the goal was to educate; we wrote no negative reviews. I ran copies off at Kinko’s, and left a couple of hundred at the two businesses I had reviewed in the first addition (see photo of first addition), and I mailed them to my friends. There was information on the back about how to sign up for the newsletter. We allowed limited advertising, but only from local businesses. It began to grow , and by 1997, we had 15,000 subscribers. In 1992, Kim gave me a beer making kit. That was the beginning, albeit a long way away from Foggy Noggin. I still have that kit, and display it on top of the cold box. (see photo)

What was it like when you first started?

Well, when I first started brewing, I wasn’t very good at it, and I made a lot of bad beer. I decided that if I was going to do this, I had to learn how to make one beer well. So, I practiced, and I studied until I brewed that one beer well. It is still on our menu. “Bit O’Beaver” was my first perfect beer. It’s an English Bitter. I started by giving beer away to family and friends. Many of them asked where they could buy it.
I decided to expand, and was able to purchase a small 1/2 BBL system from a small planned brewery in Marysville that never actually took off. The brewery equipment consists of Grain Mill, Wort Chiller, Hot Liquor Tank, Mash Tun, Brew Kettle, and Fermenter. When I became a bit more serious, I constructed a 200-sq ft. building to house the equipment. It contains all the equipment, supplies, and a big stainless steel sink that I got from Albertsons when they closed. It’s perfect for washing out barrels, small enough to wrap your arms around it. We keep the temperature at 68 degrees F year round. That is the perfect fermentation temperature and we keep classical music playing at all times to allow the beers a pleasant relaxing environment in which to ferment.

As the kids got older they became interested in brewing. I decided to wait until the kids were 21 to actually start the business and formed an LLC in 2008. Foggy Noggin Brewing LLC was issued a Washington State business license and the process began. Each of the kids got an ownership interest in Foggy Noggin. Now we were officially in business,

Can You Give Us An Idea How Things Are Done While Brewing?

So, Once Up And Going, Where Did You Go From There?

Well, as people wanted buy beer, we turned our garage into a brew pub, and are still open every Saturday from 12:00-5:00 p.m. The kids began brewing. Stephanie brews on Friday, Mathew brews on Saturday, and I get Sunday. As we said before, we have brewed over 86 different beers. We have made celebratory beers for the birth of each of our grandchildren on their first birthdays. We made a beer to celebrate the Seahawks going to the Superbowl in 2014 that we still brew. It’s very popular.

This Is A Great Story. Can You Tell Us About It?

We decided to make a beer to celebrate the Seahawks going to the Superbowl. We called it ” 12th Man.” We had only made a 1/2 batch of it, but we let everyone know about it on our social media sites. About a week before Superbowl we received a “cease and desist” letter from Texas A& M lawyers telling us that they had the trademark on that (12th Man) name, and they would sue us if we didn’t stop using it immediately. Of course, we agreed. We renamed the beer “Cease and Desist Skittles IPA.” Yes, there really are Skittles in the beer! CBS Evening News got a hold of the story, and they came out to interview us. As a result on the Saturday before Superbowl before we opened we had 250 people lined up in our driveway waiting to buy the beer! I went outside and explained to everyone that we only had enough of the “Cease and Desist Skittles IPA” for about 50 people, but that we did have some other really good beers. I told them that if the Seahawks won I would brew a full batch that would be ready in 3 weeks. Everyone stayed. We sold out of the “Cease and Desist Skittles IPA” in 10 minutes. The Seahawks won. In 3 weeks, we had another line out front and sold out of the Skittles brew again in 20 minutes! Every year on Saturday before the football season opener there is a line waiting for the Skittles brew!

There Is One Other Special Day During The Year That You Are Open. When Is That?

We are open from 2:00-3:00 p.m. on Thanksgiving. When I was a kid, after my mother got the Turkey in the oven, we would go bowling. We still do that as a family today. We normally get home at about 1:00. The first year the pub was open I suggested that we open up for just 1 hour after we got home. We put the signs out and about 12 people showed up. We did it the following year;those folks came back, and brought their friends. It has continued to grow. People kind of enjoy it as part of the holiday celebration now. They stand around and chat, and bring their growlers to be filled. It’s now a tradition.

What would your customers say they love most about your business?

Well, first of all the beer,of course. But, they also love our pub. People come every Saturday (Open 12:00-5:00). All of our neighbors have become friends, and they have all met each other here. They bring their friends.

Is There Something That People Might Not Know About Your Business?

We hold events at our pub. You can rent the facility for $200 and the cost of the beer consumed. We have had wedding rehearsal dinners, office parties, book signings, birthday parties, all kind of events here. You can bring your own food, or we can help facilitate with catering. Most are held in the summer because of the weather, but we can accomodate 20 inside the pub.

Do you have any exciting plans for the future that you want customers to know about?

We are always looking for a new second location in Bothell. I would really like to bring in beers from all over the world, in addition to our own brews. There are so many different styles.

What do you love most about the neighborhood?

Bothell still has the “small town” feel to it. There is still a real sense of community here.

Where are your favorite places to go in the neighborhood?

There are so many great places. We love Julio’s Mexican Restaurant. We have gone to Countryside Donuts ever since the kids were little. Yummy donuts! Hanna Sushi has some of the best sushi around, and Carolina Smoke Barbecue is the best! The Bine is a great new Beer and Food spot on Main St.

Why do you think it’s important for people to shop local?

It’s simple. You are reinvesting in your community.

Meet Roy DeLeon, a local Artist who focuses on beauty in the moments in Bothell

Meet Bothell’s own Roy DeLeon. Roy has captured many of Bothell’s local scenes and people of interest. His art captures the beauty of the moment, full of compassion, empathy, and love. It brings a feeling of warmth, caring and connectedness at a time when we all really need it.

Roy DeLeon by Roy DeLeon

Roy has always been an artist. It runs in his family. As a child in the Philippines, his closest neighbors were his relatives. He remembers going to his uncle’s house and watching him draw portraits.

Roy was the oldest of seven children. Only he and his third youngest brother were interested in art. They both became accomplished artists though Roy said his brother was always the superior artist. As kids they would draw pictures of the Beatles and sell them to other children for spending money.

Roy attended the University of Santo Tomas in Manila studying graphic arts. There he met and married the love of his life, Annie.

He and his family landed in the United States in San Francisco in 1972. He and Annie lived in California for the first few years of their marriage near his family. They made the move to Bothell in 1980 to be closer to her brother, and have been here ever since.

He brought his artistic skills with him and went to work for Ch2m Hill Engineering for 30 years as a graphic designer. Now that he has retired, his art is his gift to the world. He no longer takes commissions for work. He said with that comes stress which has already caused health issues he doesn’t want repeated. Instead, he creates art to share joy, love, and glimpses of the divine.

Roy and Annie can be seen walking around Bothell. Almost everyday there is a new perspective of our city as seen by Roy on his social media. He is a very spiritual person and is always looking for the divine everywhere. He finds it and shares it in his art.

Bothell Dog Park by Roy DeLeon

The one thing he wishes he could do is travel farther around Bothell. He doesn’t drive very far anymore, so asks Bothell folks who are out and about to send him photos they might equate with joy, peace, love, community–all wholesome, healing, and life-giving human qualities we so hunger for these days.

Here is a link to our interview where Roy can tell you more about himself and his work: https://youtu.be/PGKiDJJqBMI

You can also find Roy’s work on Instagram under Roy DeLeon, or Roy DeLeon on Facebook.