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Waffles & Winter Clothing!

Joe & Lexie share fun facts and yummy recipes about waffles for Who Knew Wednesday!

Waffle-making made its way to America with Dutch colonists in the 1620s. It was one hundred years later, in Robert Smith’s Court Cookery (1725), that the English language saw the appearance of the word “waffle” for the first time. Waffles were enjoyed sweet, with butter, syrup, or fruit, or savory, with kidney stew.

The word “waffle” is directly derived from the Dutch wafel, meaning a honeycomb cake.

August 24th in National Waffle Day. That date is significant because it is the date of the first patent issued for a waffle iron. On August 24, 1869, the U.S. Patent Office issued a patent to Cornelius Swartwout of Troy, New York, for his design for an “Improvement in Waffle-Irons.”

If reading this made you crave some waffles, check out this link to 90 different waffle recipes !

We also talk to Sharon Metcalfe about a Winter Supply Drive hosted by The Sheppard’s House: A Church of The Nazarene. The Drive is titled “Take What You Need , Leave What You Can”. check out the full conversation HERE!

Here’s Today Trivia Question for Who Knew Wednesday:

Q: What Shoe Brand’s First shoe was inspired by the Waffle?

A: Nike

Congratulations to Troy of Mount Vernon for guessing correctly and winning a $5 Gift Certificate to Everlasting Cup!

Thanks so much for tuning in to today’s Afternoon Drive! – Lexie & Joe

NZ Top Ten for 3.13.20

10. Edge Of My Seat – TobyMac/ Cochren & Co.
9. I Know – Big Daddy Weave
8. Believer – Rhett Walker
7. Faith – Jordan Feliz
6. The Father’s House – Cory Asbury
5. Burn the Ships – for King & Country
4. Rescue Story – Zach Williams
3. Almost Home – MercyMe
2. The God Who Stays – Mathew West
1. Holy Water – We The Kingdom

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Love Moved First – Casting Crowns
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Here is a link to our Facebook Page, where we are diligently posting updates about this pandemic.

Here is a link to The Knox Country Heath Department Facebook Page, where they are also updating fiercely.

Here are serval links to resources that are TRUSTWORTHY.

Thanks for checking out our blog!

-Hannah and Joe

Who Knew Wednesday: You can use WHAT to stick a poster to the wall?

The Floss Fix: To hang lightweight artwork that’s not in a heavy frame, there’s no need to buy picture wire. Unwaxed dental floss will do the trick.

Picture This: Hanging a picture? Make it easy by first taping a thumbtack, pointy side out, to the back below the hanging bracket. Perfectly position your picture and they give it a bit of a push into the wall. 

Upright Candles: Do your candles slide around and their holders like a kid wearing his dad’s pants? Wrap the bottom with tape to get the right fit.

Magazine Management: Are magazines messing up your home? Make some decorative and functional magazine holders by cutting cereal boxes at angles and covering them with wrapping paper. Cover some of them with lacquer or decoupage for a durable finish. 

Your Poster Child: If your teenager loves talking posters upon his or her bedroom wall, here’s a great tip to keep the corners hole free. Place a binder clip on each Corner then slip them over nails or thumbtacks. As an added bonus get shiny or colorful binder clips. 

A Great Uses for Old Jewelry: Do you have too many brooches, pin, earrings and necklaces that you never get around to wearing? Repurpose them by turning them into unique magnets that get noticed! Just use wire cutters to cut off the back of earrings and pins and then take pendants off of a necklace and glue a magnet to them on the back.

Question: When slipping curtains over a metal rod, first place a ________ over the metal end. This will help you avoid snagging the curtain so they go on easily.

Answer: Plastic Bag

Huge shout out to Teresa from Mount Vernon who guessed the answer to this question, but then told us to give the tickets to the first Teenage who called in. Elli From Fredericktown called in right after that – Have fun at WinterJam 2020 Elli!

Question: A terrific way to hang posters and your kids room without leaving holes or stains is with ______________. Just put a generous drop on the back of each corner, press it to the wall, and watch it stick

Answer: Toothpaste! White, non -gel to be exact.

Congratulations to Kenna from Mount Vernon who guessed this right on the first try! You have fun at Winter Jam too, Kenna!!!

If you want to know more about WinterJam 2020 like the line up, dates and locations, click HERE.

Here is the link to MVNU update page.

Here is the link to Knox County Heath Department website.

Here is a link the the Ohio Department of Health website.

Thank you for checking out our blog! We love you!

-Hannah and Todd

Who Knew Wednesday: Time to talk about money!

Today Todd and I shared some money saving tips from our “Who Knew?” book!

Here are the hacks, tips and tricks we shared today:

Planning for the future: When you get a bump in salary, put a higher proportion of it into your savings account. For instance, if you get a 4% raise, add 1% to your household budget and set aside the other 3% for your retirement account. You’ll thank yourself later!

The average American household has $9,200 in credit card debt: and that’s just for households with only one credit card! The average amount of cards per household is a whopping 13.

Insurance isn’t A Good Idea: When purchasing a cell phone, never sign up for insurance or a warranty – if you’re paying a monthly fee for insurance, cancel it immediately. The insurance plan of many cellular providers has a deductible of up to $50 that you were responsible for paying, and the soon you’ll usually receive as a replacement it will be an already outdated model from last year. The cost of taking your chances and buying a cheap replacement if necessary is much less than what your cellular company is offering you.

Up Your Credit Score: It’s a tough time to get credit, so make sure your rating is as good as possible. Here are a few easy ways to raise your credit score:

  • Check your report for accuracy. On the internet, you can often click the item directly to dispute it. Make sure all the addresses listed are current or former addresses, and all loans and lines of credit listed are yours. If you are unsure, contact the customer service number on the report and ask for more information.
  • Get rid of credit cards you never use anymore. See three or four credit cards for stores that don’t frequently shop at? Even if you don’t carry balances on these cards, one of the things that can lower your credit rating is the amount of available credit you have. Call the number on the back of the cards and cancel then!
  • If you are listed as a secondary cardholder for an account of someone who’s racked up a lot of debt on the card, this can negatively impact your credit rating. If it isn’t necessary for you to be on this credit card account, call the company and get your name taken off.
  • You can request a free credit report. Tried to make a regular habit of requesting it and reviewing it as closely as you would your bank statements. The more quickly you noticed a discrepancy, the easier it will be to get it removed from your report.

You’re saving money on Dental Care: It’s true: you can get that root canal you’ve been putting off and keep your retirement account. Find a dental school in your area to visit for regular cleanings and checkups, and you’ll save big. Be prepared, however, for crowded waiting rooms, long visits, and less privacy. While you’re waiting, start dreaming about that cruise to Alaska. 

Good Guidance: If you feel like you’re in over your head with debt, or if you simply want some answers about the most efficient ways to pay it off and manage a budget, there is free counseling available to you. These one-on-one sessions are offered by organizations across the country who want to help people who are struggling with money problems. There they also often offer consolidation loans and debt management programs. To find an agency that will work with you in person, over the phone, online, or via email, call the national foundation for credit counseling at 1 – 800 – 388 – 2227. This organization make sure its members are accredited, not-for-profit, and generally on the level. 

Here is the link the the Christian Credit Counselors that we share here at WNZR: Christian Credit Counselors

Entertainment Spending: The point of making a budget isn’t getting rid of your entertainment spending, it’s just prioritizing what you like to spend your money on. Decide what your favorite activities are, as a family couple and by yourself or with friends. And then make sure you save enough to spend on the things you really enjoy. For Instance, you may decide you’d like you to give up going to the movies a few times a month so that you can go to a concert. Or you might prefer to spend your money on a nice dinner rather than a couple of trips to the expensive coffee house. 

Question of Day

What is your favorite way to budget?

Let us know below in the comment section – who knows, maybe you will help someone else out!

What was the name of Hillsong Young & frees first album, released in 2013?

Answer: We Are Young & Free

Congratulations to Paul from Mount Vernon who won the two passes to WinterJam2020! If you want to know more about WinterJam click HERE.

Thanks for checking out he blog!

-Hannah and Todd

Who Knew Wednesday: Are we all House flipper’s now?

Today Todd and I had a blast on this oh, so snowy day!

Here are today’s hacks from Chapter 8: Home Repair!

Moving Marble – If you’re moving a large piece of marble, such as a tabletop, always transport it upright. If you carry it flat, it can crack under its own weight 

Walls have cavities, too! – Small holes in your white walls? Its toothpaste to the rescue! Simply job a small amount of white non-gel toothpaste into the hole, and you’ll never notice it again – or at least your guests won’t.

Wallpaper 101 – Hang wallpaper? Try using a paint roller to apply paste, instead of a sponge, then use a separate clean paint roller to smooth it out afterward. You’ll get more coverage per stroke.

 Get rid of Paint Smell – If you hate the smell of drying paint, fix it before you start. Simply add one and a half teaspoons of vanilla extract to a gallon of paint, and your drying walls will smell delicious. 

Smooth enough to use? – If you were sanding wood and want to know when it’s smooth enough, use the pantyhose test: Slip an old nylon stocking over your hand and run it over the wood.  You’ll have no trouble finding the slightest rough spot. Just don’t wear those nylons afterwards!

Flour power – If you’re painting old woodwork and need to patch small holes, fill them with flour and then paint. It will Harden without being noticeable. 

Question of the Day!

How many times have you hit your fingers while hammering a nail? Let us know below in the comment section of the blog or Underneath the post on Facebook or Twitter! (Remember, kid friendly!)

Here’s a hack to stop smashing your fingers- next time you’re hanging pictures, put the nail between the spokes of a fork before hammering. Your fingers will thank you, and your kids won’t have to hear you say bad words.

WinterJam202 Artist Trivia! Here is today’s question:

How many members are currently in Hillsong Young & Free?

Congrats to Travis from Mount Vernon who won the two WinterJam Passes! If you want to know more about WinterJam, click HERE.

Thanks for checking out the blog!

-Hannah and Todd

Who Knew Wednesday: Sanity -Saving Kid Tips – Temper Tantrum solved?

Today Todd and I said “who knew?” quite a lot! We had a super fun topic, which was chapter 15 in our Who Know? book, was “Sanity saving kid Tips”!

Where are the tips we shared today!

Numb the “Ick” of Taking Medicine
Nothing’s worse than having to give a sick child medicine he or she can’t stand the taste of. To make things a little easier, have him or her suck on a popsicle for a few minutes before taking the medicine. The popsicle will not only act as an incentive, it will also numb his or her taste buds making the medicine easier to swallow.

 Cheap childproofing 
Use a shower curtain ring to keep a toddler out of your cabinets. Just run the ring through the two handles that are closed by and latch. 

Make your kids stand out
If you know you’re going to a crowded place, make sure to dress your children and bright colors so you can easily spot them. To make them stick out even more, buy each kid a cheap helium balloon and tie it around the wrist. Kids love balloons, and so will you when you realize you can see a mile away in the mall.

 Make your swing set safer
You’ve just bought your kids a new swing set, and you’re peering out the window just waiting for one of them to fall off. Fear no more! Place carpet remnants or free carpet samples from a local store underneath the swings for extra padding. They’ll kill the grass underneath, but your kids would have done that anyway. 

 Make ripping off Band-Aid painless
Before removing a bandage from your child’s skin, douse the area with baby oil. The baby oil will soak into the bandage and make it easier to remove without hurting him or her. 

 Make slides more fun
If your kids have tired of that expensive playground set you bought them, make the slide even more fun by giving them each a large piece of wax paper. If they sit on the paper as they are going down the slide, they’ll move much faster and they’ll never call it born again (or at least not for a few weeks.) 

 Get pen marks off skin 
If you know any children, you know they like to get marker and pen all over their hands. The fastest way to get them ready for company is to use green or black tea bags. You use the actual wet bag itself to dab at the stains once you’re done brewing a cup with it and it has cooled down.

 Temper Tantrum solved?
When taking your kids on a trip always bring along a bottle of bubbles. If and when the tantrum hits, take out the bubbles and start blowing. This distracts them enough so that they calm down and they can actually listen to what you’re saying. Then hand over the bottle and let them help. Not only is this rewarding them for a stoping crying, but it also allows the child to take a deep breath and become even more relaxed. 

 Stop the Popsicle drips 
Keep messy melting popsicles from getting all over your kid’s hands and the floor, by poking the stick end of the popsicle through a coffee filter or a cupcake liner before you hand it over. The filter or cupcake liner will soak up the drips. 

Popcorn, Without the dishes
If you’re serving popcorn to the kids but don’t want to wash a bunch of bowls afterward, considering using a coffee filter as a disposable Bowl instead of a paper bowl, because it uses less paper and is cheaper! 

 Kids shoelaces coming untied?
If you are children shoelaces are often coming untied you maybe tying them wrong. This is because we were taught to tie your shoes in a way that’s easy for our hands but it may not be tying a nice square knot.  Here’s a video on how to tie them the right way:  For Kids

Here is the Questions of the day:

In a survey by The Early Childhood Investment corporation, parents cited simply being with their children as the best part about parenting, and discipline as the worst part of parenting. 

 What is your favorite part about interacting with your children, grandchildren, nieces or nephews or any of the children you interact with? Let us know below!  

Thank you for checking out the blog!

-Hannah and Todd

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