This contest had 35 contenders. You can view the winning posts below.
Started: June 25, 2012
Ended: July 01, 2012
Voting Ended: July 08, 2012
Contest Entries: 35
In summer, our skin get drier and ages more so, of course, always use SPF even if you can't see the sun. I know how damaging those rays are! My doctor is the one who told me that using towels and rubbing hard on our skin is damaging. It tugs, pulls and removes more moisture then you really want to. He recommends "air dry" but for some of us, that is impossible. We can wrap the towel around us or, like me, put on a terry cloth robe while there is still water on your skin.
The weather, no matter where you live, is hurting your skin, either by air conditioning, the difference between outdoor or indoor humidity, sun drying, or heavy fog in the air (most of the West Coast). It is something that I noticed a difference in immediately. Within a week, there was a huge change in my skin.
While you are still moist, put lotion on then. It goes further into your skin and lasts longer. I was told "no" on any perfumed lotion. One with cucumbers, berries, Shea butter or cocoa butter is the best. Anything in the lotion that isn't a natural item means your body is absorbing it. My way is if I don't know what it is or how to pronounce it, I don't use it. There are great lotions that fit my budget without perfume added. If you can't find one, try coconut oil. It comes in a hard form which is perfect for using on your body. Mine was 99 cents, works great.
Perfumed lotion on your wrists or with cologne is alright. It helps you extend the great smell and you are using less of it. Having it in your soap or lotion is what hurts your skin by making it dry, helping aging faster.
Don't forget Vaseline is your best friend for those elbows and feet If you are in chlorine, it is the same as being in bleach. We all know what that does to our bodies. Try sleeping in some socks after putting Vaseline on your feet.
My doctor and I also talked about people who twisted their hair, either in a towel or just after you wash it. Most people have done that for years. If I hadn't been told, I probably still would be doing it. Wet long hair is easily broken, Going easy on twisting it too hard or putting a comb or brush through it roughly. It breaks it faster then bleaching or over processing it. Gently use a comb right after you condition your hair. It will break less and be as healthy as your skin is going be.
Have a great summer. Enjoy it for years to come. I love my doctor, he knows I hate all the aging thing. Laughing he told me "Enjoy it and smile. You're as young as you look"! He is a dermatologist with his heart in the right place.
By Luana M. from San Diego, CA
However, for the event I am hosting next week for July 4, I will be dipping into my Valentine and Christmas totes as well as my patriotic one. Why? For the red items. Red candles aren't just for Christmas, or Valentine, or July 4. Items such as red candles, lines, or tins can be used numerous times throughout the year. The red candles I will be using I bought after Christmas last year for 29 cents each.
For tablecloths, you can use quilts, clean unstained sheets, or reusable tablecloths. I never use the disposable ones. Why pay for them year after year when for just a few dollars more you can have one that will never wear out or rip for years and years. This year I will be using a couple quilts and some red and blue sheets to cover my tables. (As another savings, I am borrowing our tables from our church, no fees to rent or money tied up in buying them).
Centerpieces are items found around the house, such as a blue speckled graniteware bowel to hold my red cloth napkins, another blue speckled graniteware crock to hold the silverware. I have some Mason jars that I will fill with colored sand and candles or red, white, and blue marbles and then will stand a small flag or pinwheel in. Some 25 cent baskets found at a garage sale have been spray painted red, white, and blue to hold the cups and plates. Hobby Lobby had some small wooden stars which I painted gold. Those can be scattered on a table top for July 4 or Christmas. Christmas lights of red, white, and blue will be in the trees. From the dollar store I have reusable plastic containers for chips and food. I have them in red, white, blue, green, orange, and pastel yellow. I paid 50 cents each for them and with this color combination all the holidays are covered. All my items are reusable and are used over and over, thus, no expense after you buy them the first time.
In this case, make sure they have a place that is clean and comfortable, and where they can see out the window to watch the events. Possibly have a game or puzzle inside for them as well. Lock any doors that you don't want your guests going into. If you have a large house, you might even want to put up some signs pointing the way to the restroom. You may also need to put up the cat and tie the dog up. No one wants your animal babies jumping on them, or in their food.
By April from NW, MO
By coville123 from Brockville, Ontario
It is also good to rub over itchy seams made by thick thread or those itchy tags. Just rub it over the itchy spot and it smooths it where it doesn't irritate your skin.
By Nana Lee
I have made several ahead and now can pop them out of the containers and slip them down into a ziplock bag. Here's a short video I did:
Source: I first saw this on Pinterest and then later realized it's an item for sale through Amazon.
By melody_yesterday from Sedalia MO
Other things could be hung this way including stuffed animals, using a ribbon, cord around their neck, or a bracelet on the wrist to suspend them from. Or if you have a lot of coffee mugs, you could free up a lot of cabinet storage!
By melody_yesterday from Sedalia, MO
Source: me and a craft activity I saw at a fair years ago where they used this white glue solution.
By Pam from Los Angeles, CA
By naisi30 from Bassfield, MS
By Draden from TX
In the past, I've watered down my soaps to save money. My son likes to use a lot more than he needs, don't we all? I decided to use a cord tie on my liquid soap dispenser to eliminate waste of the hand soap.
I just attatched one to the pump where the dispenser pumps the soap out. You can use a smaller one if you think you want more soap. Works great and saves money!
By Susan from Elkhart, IN
By Nana Lee
For homemade applesauce: Barbara recommends a sweet-tart mix of Jonagold, Cameo and Rome varieties. Don't use Galas unless you want a chunky texture. Cut, core and peel the apples. An apple peeler can make the process faster. A good one costs about $25. Barbara said the cheap ones are not worth buying. If you prefer applesauce with a strong flavor, leave the peels on.
Place prepared apples in a saucepan and cook until soft. Add a little water (experiment with the right amount based on how juicy the apples are). Cook apples until they are soft. Place cooked mixture in a food mill for a smooth texture, or use a potato masher for a chunky style. Add cinnamon and sugar to taste. Applesauce can be made in large batches and frozen or canned.
For cake: Cream shortening and brown sugar. Add applesauce and mix. Add dry ingredients and mix. Pour into 13 x 9 inch pan and bake at 350 degrees F for 45 minutes to 1 hour.
Source: My sister was interviewed in Colorado because she grows apples there but she got this recipe from my mom, Ida Kennedy from Edmonds, WA. I love it! From Real Cooks: a special series featuring local cooks. Recipes courtesy of Barbara Gott.
By Teresa from Lynnwood, WA
I ran across the tennis racket when cleaning out the closet the other day. Bluejean material is tough and will hold up for years and years. This was made in the 80s.
By B from NC
Finally my husband suggested I spray the poles with Pam so I went out and sprayed them really good. The next morning we were woken up by the squirrels barking and my husband saw them trying to climb up the pole only to slide back down.
All day the squirrels kept trying, only to slide back down. It was so funny! Finally they decided they would hang around the bottom of the feeders and eat whatever the bird dropped which wasn't much!
By Jackie from Salisbury, MD
By coville123 from Brockville, Ontario
Source: My place of business.
By Gem from VA
Source: My mom told me.
By Janace Lynn M. from Lawton, OK
Source: Dr. Michael Vidas, M.D. ENT specialty
By Susan E. from Peoria, IL
By Sana from Mumbai, Maharashtra
By Cora from N.C.
The bulb ends were placed in water and sat in the kitchen window to continue growing more onions. If all goes as planned we won't ever have to buy any more onions !
Source: This idea was found on pinterest. There are several items that can be re-grown from scraps!
By melody_yesterday from Sedalia, MO
Composting is simple, easy, takes "no" money and little brains. Do you have a large container with a hole or leak in it, such as a trash barrel, tote, or hamper? If so, use it. If not, composting can be done in a pallet, small fenced area, or simply a pile. It will break down faster if you place it in a sunny location. Your container can not be water tight, as that will hold rain water and attract mosquitoes and your items will not compost properly. I use a animal stock tank (water tank) that has a hole in it.
Into your compost area, you will put any grass clippings and yard waste, and vegetative kitchen waste, such as egg shells, potato peelings, pot contents from the houseplant that died, the insides from your Halloween pumpkin, that tomato that went bad in the refrigerator, or old salad that never got eaten. Do not use meats, they do compost well, but they smell and attract raccoons, cats, and dogs; so you want to avoid that. Also, do "not" add contents of the cat litter box.
Every time you add something or at least weekly, stir your compost pile with a shovel or pitchfork. If it is dry, water it. Over time, the combination of the sun, heat, and water will break down your pile contents into nice rich compost. When needed, remove it from the pile and use. You may want to start a 2nd pile if the first pile is ready, or you may elect to turn your first pile into a place to plant.
No fancy additives are needed, no fancy equipment or containers. It is very simple, just takes time.
You can also compost over the winter months, but if your area freezes, it will be a slower process.
By April from NW, MO
By cdoss from Cincinnati, OH
I also take the large dry dog food bags, (the kind that are made out of some sort of fiber, not the regular paper ones) and made tote bags, etc. I made one crossover type bag for picking blueberries. It is hard to sew, but if you sew with tissue paper, it doesn't slide as badly. I've got one now that I cut down and cut square handles in it for when I brush my dog, iI put the hair in it, or I put all his grooming stuff in it. I found the tips for doing these on this site!
Of course, I can hardly ever throw out a plastic butter container. I reuse them for leftovers, cold, old grease, etc. I borrowed some softener and put it in a plastic squeeze mustard container I'd saved. And the plastic squeeze ketchup/mustard bottles you can buy at the dollar store, I put liquid shortening in one, and some vinegar in the other, so when I want to add some vinegar to my pot of beans to get rid of the gas, I just squeeze it in.
I rinse out plastic "zip" bags and reuse if they've had cookies, chips, or sandwiches in them. I'm careful not to reuse any that have had meat, etc. in them.
I've been recycling food containers for many years before recycling was hip. I used to save boxes, cans, etc. for my preschool room's kitchen. It was much cheaper back then from the "store bought" play food.
Probably the best, most recent re-use of an item is what my dad did last week. He killed a copperhead snake and didn't want the cat to get to it, so he put it in a plastic coffee container with a tight lid before disposing of it. He offered the container to me, and I quickly told him "No Thanks!"
By Denise from GA
By April from NW, MO
By Carol from Wyoming, PA
Depending on your washing machine model, the control panel could be attached several ways. On my machine I had to remove the end caps. Remove a screw on each side that held the cover on the control panel. Then disconnect the control panel cable (this has a little tab you need to press to release it).
Use a screw driver to pop the metal holding clip on each side of the washer. The cover is now lose. pull it off and set aside (you may need help for this part).
Remove first the bottom clip and then the top to release the pump. Be sure to support the pump with your other hand while you do this. Move pump to the side (this would be a good time to check for little baby socks that might have been sucked into the pump).
Disconnect the electrical cable (depressing the tab to release it). Unscrew the bolts holding the motor in place. The pump is heavy so be sure to support it with your other hand as you remove first the bottom screw, then the top one. Move pump out from the washer. The motor coupling is on the back.
Your motor coupling is made up of 3 parts and attaches the back of the motor. All of the pieces may have detached with the motor, as pictured below. However, some or all of the parts may still be attached to the washer (rather than the motor), as seen in this picture. This is a lose connection, so if the coupling didn't come off with the motor, take it off the washer. Check for cracks or breaks in any of the three parts of the motor coupling. If you find any cracks, replace the coupling and reassemble your washing machine by reversing these steps.
By Stephanie from Hillsboro, OR
Source: My sister
By Jaye N. from Orlando, FL
I have a pretty glass mug full of safety pins on my bedroom bookshelf and usually pin my socks together when I take them off, before I toss them in the hamper. There are also safety pins in the laundry room, so if I find unmatched socks when I am sorting the laundry, I can pin them then and prevent losing them to the dryer!
By SuzyQ82 from Willoughby, OH
Source: I used to work at an Arts and Crafts store that also sells bakeware. The idea came to me when I was restocking the bakeware shelf one day.
By Jan from Bucksport, ME