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October 4, 2010
Who Makes Sam's Club MM Brand Jeans?
Who makes Sam's Club (brand MM) blue Jeans? All the tag has is MM and " Made in Mexico".
Built-in Liquid Dishwashing Soap Dispenser Doesn't Work
Has any one else had the following problem with the liquid dishwashing solution that you fill your dispenser with next to your kitchen faucets?
Cleaning a Vintage Piano
How do you clean an old black shiny piano that has finger prints on the top? It's from the 1930s.
Getting the Last Drop Out of Body Wash and Other Containers
Does anyone know an easy way to get every last drop of body wash from the containers? My son uses the kind for hair and body and he can use one container in no time.
Computer Tip for Degree Symbol
How can I get a degree symbol on my Logitech Dinova wireless keyboard? My keyboard has no right hand number board or
Advice for Growing Sunflowers
Are sunflowers perennials? Do they re-grow each year or do you have to plant new seeds every year?
Make Your Own Liquid Fabric Softener
Does anyone have an idea on a homemade fabric softener to use in the wash? I like to hang my clothes up outside, and usually they turn out stiff.
Apple and Sunflower Seed Salad
This salad is perfect for those days when cooking is out.
Crafts Using Plastic Bottle Caps
I am looking for crafts that use bottle caps.
Replacement Parts for a Gott Cooler
Both of the lid straps for my Gott 50 ice cooler have broken. Does anyone know of replacement parts?
Cake Mix Cookies
One day about 4 years ago, our local market had a special on cake mix. If you bought 24 boxes (a case), you could have them for 59 cents each. So, I bought 24 assorted flavors and put them in my freezer.
Vomit Odor on Carpet
I need tips on how to get vomit smell out of carpet. Any help is appreciated. :)
Beef Pot Roast
Best pot roast I've ever made! Sear the roast in frying pan with small amount of oil. Sear it well on all sides. Put roast, then vegetables in crock pot. Mix envelope mixes with water and applesauce, then pour over all.
Leaves on Loquat Tree Turning Brown
Our mature locquat tree has adequate water and the leaves are turning brown, primarily from the top of the tree and towards the middle of the tree. What is the cause of this problem and what should I do?
Canned Apple Pie Filling
With all of the apples ripening now, this recipe might come in handy for some of you. It sure is handy to have that pie filling ready in a pinch if you have the room to store the jars.
Carpet Stains Keep Coming Back
What can you use on carpet to keep stains from coming back?
Fisherman's Crispy Coating
In a shallow bowl, whisk together egg and milk. In another bowl combine cereal, flour, cornmeal, and seasonings. Dip fish into egg batter, then coat with cereal mixture. Fry
Cleaning Carpet Stains
What can you use to remove red stains from carpet?
Can Stress Cause a Skin Rash?
I colored my hair and shortly after developed spots on my head that itch really badly. Fast forward about a month later and I developed a rash on both my arms from the elbow to my wrists. I'm currently under a lot of stress and wondering if this could be the cause.
Sibling Rivalry With Dogs
I have recently purchased 2 female Dachshunds (1 1/2yrs) that are "supposed" to be sisters. They fight constantly. The littlest one will growl and actually attack her sister. We try to separate them and we end up getting nipped at. What should I do?
Crafts Using Plastic Containers and Lids
I am looking for crafts that use plastic lids and plastic containers.
Crafts Using Recycled Floppy Disks and CDs
I am looking for crafts using old floppy disks and non-working CD discs.
Sewing Pattern for Ken Doll Clothing
I need a sewing pattern for Ken doll pants.
What to Do When Your Email Account is Hacked?
Somebody hacked my email account and they changed my password and everything. I tried to access it with the safety questions that you must complete to make an account, but they have been changed also.
Wildlife: Button Buck
If you look at his forehead, you'll see the bumps that will one day become antlers. My husband pointed this out to me one day. I didn't even notice them until he said something. :)
Pros and Cons of a Dark Colored Laminate Floor
We are getting laminate flooring and I would like a dark colour, but am wondering if anyone can tell me any pros or cons of having a dark colour floor. I am worried it will look too dark once totally installed. Will it show footprints too easily, anything?
Homemade Christmas Gifts for Guys Who Like Fishing and Hunting
I am already starting to think about Christmas. What is a homemade gift I can make for the guys in my family? They are outdoorsy, like fishing and guns, ha! Please help.
Ways to Freeze Cabbage
Is it possible to just shred and freeze cabbage?
Organizing a Crowded Apartment
Anyone have an idea how to keep a small apartment organized? I have crafts everywhere, in containers, on the floor in Walmart bags, and I can't seem to keep it clean and up off the floor. Any suggestions please?
Home Remedy for a Dog with Ear Fungus
Is there a home remedy for a fungus in a dog's ear? Maybe a vinegar solution to cleanse the ear?
How Tap Water Can Damage Your...
Tap water contains a variety of minerals and salts. Some of them occur naturally, while others are added to make water safe for human consumption. Under the right circumstances, these minerals and salts can cause significant damage to your houseplants.
Time to get ready for those witches and goblins. This thrifty craft wreath was made in a matter of minutes from inexpensive things I found around the house and some clip art I found on the web.
Stretching Shrunken Cotton Clothing
I finally found a beanie that I really enjoy wearing. Problem is, when I washed it for the first time, I forgot it in the dryer. So now it's shrunken and I'm sad. :( Advice on how to stretch it back out would be appreciated.
Halloween Costume: Cheerios and Milk
This was actually very easy to make. I got a couple of cardboard boxes (the right size for my kids). Then I found pictures on the internet and printed them out in several pieces and glued them onto the boxes.
Angel Food Cake Mix Baked Up Rubbery on Bottom
I just baked an angel food cake from a box and it got rubbery on the bottom. I have never had that happen before. What did I do wrong? Thanks.
Travel: Tugs at Work (Valdez, Alaska)
I sat on the shore and watched these three tugs turn an oil tanker around so it could dock at the Alyeska Pipeline terminal at Valdez, Alaska. It was amazing to watch. The whole state of Alaska has awesome, amazing scenery.
Scenery: Old Farmstead (Kansas)
I was exploring the country side in North Central Kansas and came upon this old farmstead. I sat in the path that use to be the drive and tried to visualize it as it once was with family and livestock. It was someone's dream farm once a long time ago.
Garden: Tiny Flowers
Again with flowers that I don't know. These were really tiny and looked so beautiful through my camera's macro setting.
Gentle Perm Not Curly
I had a great curly perm that was perfect for me. Then I had my hair bleached. It looked cute with the blonde curls. When the perm grew out, I had it permed again, but with a gentle perm. Now, I have straight hair and no way to wear it.Help!
Recipes Using Lemons
I need recipes using lemons. We have our own tree.
Rehydrate Play Dough
My kids love their play dough, but I wince at the thought of throwing away even small bits because they've dried out. But I found a way to re-hydrate play dough! Take a gallon ziploc bag, and put all of the dried out scraps inside of it along with a very wet paper towel.
Helping a Child Eat More Healthy Food
I can't get my 6 year old to eat anything besides junk. I know if I don't buy it she can't eat it, but she won't eat anything then. I eat everything healthy you can think of, but she pays no mind to that. I'm constantly fighting a losing battle. Any ideas?
White Walls With Colored Trim
I hear of people using color on their walls but how about white walls with colored trim. What effects will it have on the rooms? Is this something not to do? Any color suggestions?
Use and Care of Microfiber Cloths
Microfiber cloths work very well for all types of cleaning. However, they should not be washed with regular laundry. It is better to wash them separately. Do not use fabric softener. Some of the cloths state not to use bleach.
Removing an Old Carpet Stain
My daughter had spilled something purple on my tan carpet. I thought I got it up but now its seems to be gathering dirt and it's getting dark. How do I get it out?
Shells and Tomato Salad
Cook pasta to desired doneness as directed on package. Drain; rinse with cold water to cool. In a large bowl, combine cooked pasta and all remaining ingredients; mix well.
Use Old Comforter for "Feather Bed"
Recently my son went from a twin-size bed to a queen-size bed. The mattress was hard and he wanted a feather bed to make it softer. Not being able to afford a queen-size feather bed at this time, I thought that perhaps the comforter from his twin bed would work.
Personalized List As Frugal Gift
An inexpensive birthday gift that is truly appreciated by the recipient is to write a list of things that you admire, like, or appreciate about someone that is the same number long as they are old.
Rub Alcohol on Wood Before Staining
When staining raw wood, rub it down first with alcohol to bring out the grain.
Buy Gas in the Morning
Fill up your tank early in the morning when the air is cool and the gas is dense. You'll get more gas and less air.
Use Sheets as Bulletin Board Background
Instead of using colored paper or corrugated cardboard by the roll, my sister used flat bed sheets on the bulletin boards of her classroom. The sheets won't tear the way paper will, and can be changed seasonally if desired.
Protecting a Vaccinated Dog from Parvo
Is there something I can spray around my dog or something that I can do to try to prevent him from getting parvo? My dog has had all of his shots. He is a 4yr. old Bishon Frise and I am worried because I think there is a dog in our neighborhood that might have it. Can you suggest something?
Use Can Punch to Open Detergent Boxes
Keep a can punch in the laundry room. This is a great tool for opening those boxes of laundry detergent without ripping your fingernails.
Getting Fruit Roll-Ups off the Wrapper
In warm weather, Fruit Roll-ups stick stubbornly to their wrapper at LEAST 8 out of 10 times. But, if you pop them in the freezer for thirty seconds, they separate easily and are still pliable enough to be eaten and stretched!
Cut Lemon in Thirds Before Squeezing
If you like to use one of those lemon squeezers but find it difficult to get enough leverage on the handles, cut the lemon in thirds. You will have two "caps" and one round disk. Much easier on arthritic hands.
Product Review: Warner Slicker Brush
To keep mats out of the hair of long-haired cats, you should use a slicker brush. The best kind (if it's still available) is the Warner Slicker. It has aluminum wire bristles on a rubber base in an aluminum frame, and comes with a wooden handle.
Garden Tags from Aluminum Roof Flashing
You can make garden tags out of leftover aluminum roof flashing (the kind on a roll). I took a simple tag design that I drew, printed it out on heavy paper, and cut it out. I took that template and a Sharpie and traced that design onto the flashing metal multiple times.
How to Make Your Own Cami Insert
The finished width of the small cami is 8 1/2 inches, the finished width of the medium cami is 10 1/2 inches. Use a measuring tape to determine which size is best for you by measuring between your bra straps, just under your neck.
Add Vinegar to Steam Cleaner
To reduce soap bubbles in a steam cleaner, add about 1/4 cup white vinegar. Use the same amount in the rinse water to remove detergent residue and make carpets stay fresh longer.
My Frugal Life: One Man's Trash . . .
Have an occasional impulse to snatch something sitting at street side for the weekly trash pickup? Amazing what people throw out, but look for inherent value as the item may be more valuable in the future.
Sasha and Pistol Pete (Pugs)
This is Sasha and Pistol Pete. Sasha is my little girl who is 2 years old tan Pug. Pistol Pete my handsome male pug (black) who is 2.6 years old. They are purebreed Pugs I bought Sasha from a breeder in Aberdeen Maryland and Pistol Pete I found on Craigslist.
Harry (Domestic Short Hair)
Harry is a 4 year old Domestic Short Hair Cat. I was boarding Harry and his brother Bert for my nephew. Nephew's dog didn't like Bert - tried to kill him. I refused to give the cats back to him. He was happy about it.
Romeo is a 7 year old cockateil. When I first got him, the pet store told me he was a girl. I named him Lucy (after Lucille Ball). When he was about 6 months old, I found a site that did DNA sexing via feathers.
Mickey (Cat) And Winnie (Dog)
Mickey (the cat) loves to give kisses. He has not a problem showing Winnie (the dog) how much he loves her! It doesn't look like Winnie hates Mickey's wet kisses! And they are wet!
Raspberry Topped Lemon Pie
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. With mixer, beat egg yolks and sweetened condensed milk until well blended. Stir in lemon juice. Pour into crust.
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