I topped a leftover spicy chicken sausage with the typical condiments and ate it with two carrots and an apple.
The apple helped combat some of the heat from the sausage. It was quite spicy!
After lunch, I gathered up a bunch of jewelry to pass along to my mom when she stops by tomorrow with Sadie. (Can’t wait to see my wiggly little girl!)
Yesterday evening I spent some time going through all of my jewelry and picked out a good number of bracelets, rings and necklaces I’ve had for years to giveaway. I’m hoping my mom and sister may like some of the pieces, but what they don’t want will be donated to Goodwill.
As I was sorting my jewelry yesterday, I used a Connoisseurs polishing cloth to get some of the grime off of my silver jewelry.
Clearly this bracelet hasn’t been worn in years and desperately needed some attention.
I even talked Ryan into rubbing some jewelry with the cloth as he watched football. Family fun activity!
Unfortunately a lot of my grimy jewelry didn’t look much better after rubbing it with the cloths, like basically every piece I had from Forever 21.
For some of my other pieces of jewelry, I looked to Real Simple for easy cleaning tips.
- Gold Jewelry: Soak for 15 minutes in a solution of two cups warm water and a few drops of a mild dishwashing liquid, like Joy. Gently scrub with a soft-bristle toothbrush. Rinse with warm water, and dry with a soft cloth.
- Diamonds: Soak for 20 minutes in a solution of one cup warm water and 1/4 cup ammonia. Then gently scrub with a soft-bristle toothbrush, getting into the small areas between the diamond and the setting. Rinse with warm water, and lay on a tissue to dry. If your diamonds are set in platinum, this method will also clean the setting.
- Silver: Rinse in warm water and pat dry. If silver is tarnished, use a silver-polishing cloth or a jar of silver-cleaning fluid, such as Goddard’s Silver Dip (available at drugstores). (Silver cleaner won’t harm gold and platinum, but it won’t clean them, either.) For jewelry with intricate designs, use a silver-cleaning paste, which can get into small crevices. (Don’t use toothpaste or other abrasive cleaners, which will scratch.) Wipe with a clean, soft cloth.
Apparently you can also clean silver jewelry by creating a thick paste with 1/4 cup baking soda and two tablespoons water and then rub the paste on the jewelry, rinse and dry it. (This technique shouldn’t be used with jewelry that contains pearls or gemstones since it might damage their finish.) For more at-home jewelry cleaning ideas, check out this article from Reader’s Digest.