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Gardening Tips and Advice

How to Hand Pollinate Passionfruit

How to Hand Pollinate PassionfruitIf you have passiflora (passion flowers) growing in your garden and wish for fruit, you may have to take some extra steps. Hand pollinating the flowers is easy and can increase the your passionfruit harvest.

 

Open Bag Garden Items Are 50% Off - slightly damaged bags of mulch

Open Bag Garden Items Are 50% OffOften nurseries and big box garden centers will sell open bags of garden soil, mulch, etc. at a discount. It can be as much as 50% off. So if the open bag is not marked, check with a sales associate. There is generally not a lot of product missing; it is another good way to save on gardening supplies.

 

A Dekay's brown snake.

DeKay's Snake PhotosThese common garden snakes are commonly known as DeKay's or brownsnake but the official name is Storeria dekayi. They can be found all along the Eastern side of the North American continent. They are harmless, eating slugs, snails and earthworms, and being eaten by larger snakes, birds and mammals.

 

The completed circle plant trellis.

Circle Plant TrellisDo you have plants that need a trellis? You can make 4 circle trellises for just ~ 25 cents each, versus paying over $10 for one. Here's a quick, easy & inexpensive tutorial on how to make a circle trellis (for my Hoya plant).

 

Crafty Pea Trellis - finished trellis

DIY Crafty Pea TrellisThis trellis features reusable components and jute or cotton twine. You can recycle the twine with the spent vines at the end of the season. You may have some of the necessary supplies to build the framework in your garden shed or garage. Let us share this pea trellis plan with you.

 

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Ecological Ways to Drive Moles Out of the GardenAlthough moles don't eat plants, they can damage the roots of plants and lead to their decay by digging numerous canals in the ground. There are many natural ways you can drive moles out of your garden. These are some of them.

 

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Father's Day

Father's Day Bow Tie Card

How to Make a Father's Day Bowtie CardMake a fun, personalized card to give to your dad this father's day. This is a page about how to make a father's day bowtie card.

 

Toddler Handprint Monkey Father's Day Card - finished card

How to Make a Toddler Handprint Monkey Father's Day CardHandprint crafts are a real hit with young children. Turn your toddler's handprint into this super cute monkey Father's Day card. We can show you how.

 

Father's Day Coffee Cup Greeting Card - card an a ceramic coffee cup

How to Make a Father's Day Coffee Cup Greeting CardThis handmade card is perfect for coffee loving dads. Decorate a paper coffee cup and cut in half. Once it is attached to the card, write your greeting and perhaps add some coffee themed small gifts to the cup.

 

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Father's Day Handprint Keepsake Card - finished card

Making a Father's Day Handprint Keepsake CardTake your little one's hand to make this adorable Father's Day card that resembles a barbecue grill. The handprints are done in orange and red to resemble flames.

 

#1 Dad Father's Day Card - # 1 Dad written with altered sticker letters

#1 Dad Father's Day CardHere is an easy and simple Father's Day card anyone could make. There is no excuse to have to buy a store bought card especially in the circumstances we are all in right now.

 

Father's Day Favor Gift Jar - finished gift jar

Making a Father's Day Favor Gift JarFill a Mason jar with Dad's favorite treats (healthy or not so much) for a fun Father's Day gift jar. Add a paper tie and it's ready to gift.

 

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Summer Fun for Kids

A woman reading books in the summer.

Starting a Summer Book Club and Book SwapKeep your kids entertained and reading over the summer by organizing a book club and book swap. Consider one for yourself as well. This is a page about starting a summer book club and book swap.

 

Family going to the park.

Summer Activities for KidsThis is a page about summer activities for kids. It can be a big job keeping kids busy during the summer break from school.

 

People playing on the beach at sunset.

Saving Money on Summer FunThis is a page to saving money on summer fun. Kids and adults alike need to amuse themselves during the long summer days. There are many local concerts, fairs and events, beaches, camping, vacations, and more.

 

A child blowing bubbles

Keeping Kids Entertained During Summer BreakThis is a page about keeping kids entertained during summer break. Summer is coming and the kids will be looking for things to keep them busy.

 

a typical medium sized cache with our signature zilla figurine included

Geocaching Tips and TricksThis page contains geocaching tips and tricks. Geocaching is a game that gets you out on an adventure and is fun for the whole family.

 

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Hibiscus flowers made from gum paste.

Hibiscus GumpasteEverybody wants to have the best looking cake. Since it's summer season in my country, I get a few demands of tropical or summer themed cakes. Today I'm gonna show you how to make realistic hibiscus flower gumpaste, beginner level.

 

The completed men's tie.

Handmade Men's TieThis was my first attempt at making a man's tie. I made it out of fabric that matched my daughter's homemade Easter skirt. Her boyfriend wore this tie for Easter to go with her skirt. Turned out great!

 

The clipboard gallery wall.

Clipboard Gallery WallIf your kid is anything like mine, there is a slew of artwork being made each day. I wanted a way to display my child's art in a way that could be easily changed. This is the solution I came up with. I wanted to be able to have both verticle and horizontal pieces of art, so I got two sizes of clipboards so that art would be contained within the parameters of the clipboard. I added some patterned contact paper to some of the clipboards to add interest and also painted the clips black to match. In retrospect, I don't think the contact paper was needed, as I am sure these will always be full.

 

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The finished Rope Trivet

Rope TrivetI needed a trivet to go with a lot of my placemats and dishes and found this idea.

 

A fabric drawstring backpack.

Drawstring BackpacksI made these for a charity who gives backpacks filled with various items to cancer patients who are children.

 

The completed foam bunnies.

Foam Dice BunniesCover and decorate foam dice with balloons to make a cute and easy bunny. In winter, use white balloons and make them into snowmen.

 

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A mantle pennant made in Halloween patterned fabric.

Halloween Mantel PennantsDress up a boring fireplace mantle with this decorative pennant made from Halloween themed fabric triangles. Learn how to make it in this short video.

 

A clock being repaired with a new movement and hands.

How to Replace a Clock MovementIf you have a favorite clock that has stopped working, it's relatively simple to purchase a new movement as a replacement. Learn the technique with help from this step by step video.

 

A man applying hand sanitizer to his bare hands.

Make Your Own Hand SanitizerLearn the step by step process of making your own hand sanitizer in this short video. This recipe makes a strong enough sanitizer to kill of the coronavirus. This is based off of the World Health Organizations' recommendations. This recipe uses rubbing alcohol, hydrogen peroxide and glycerine.

 

Someone laying down roofing tar paper.

Removing Roof Tar from Skin with Olive OilRoof tar and other sticky substances can be gently removed from skin by using regular olive oil from the kitchen. Learn how to do it in this short video.

 

A fluffy Japanese style pancake in a snowflake shape with syrup.

Japanese Style Puff PancakesThese fluffy pancakes are a delicious alternative to traditional pancakes. Learn how to make them in this short video.

 

A small jar of butterscotch pudding.

Butterscotch PuddingCreamy butterscotch pudding is easy to make at home with ingredients you probably already have on hand. Learn how to make it in this short video.

 

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The completed plant trellis.

Upcycle Above Ground Pool Post into Plant TrellisDo you have an old above ground pool you're taking down? Or see someone tossing theirs out? Keep the posts! Here's another idea you could do with them for inexpensive - we made this plant trellis for our dragonfruit.

 

Hanging Fitted Sheets On the Clothesline

Hanging Fitted Sheets On the ClotheslineI love being able to hang my sheets on the clothesline. To keep from stretching the elastic on my fitted sheets, I hang them with the elastic on the inside.

 

A pillow in need of restuffing.

Save That Pillow CasingI have purchased several little pillows that are stuffed with tiny beads. I think the beads are Styrofoam. After several months of usage, the beads start to break down, leak out of the seams, and the pillow begins to go flat. Because of this, I have thrown some away which I felt was a big waste. The thought of saving the casing finally hit me.

 

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Tension Rod Wall Supports

Tension Rod Wall SupportsTension rod wall supports I put up my tension rod. Twice, I hung my bags on it and it fell to the ground. I wished I had bought those screw in wall supports and then I thought I will just go look in my plastic cap recycling bag. I found two that fit snuggly onto the ends, great! Now let's place them!

 

The completed knot purse.

Knot PurseVery simple, quick-to-sew reversible purse.

 

A small dog in a stroller.

In Memory of Vodka (Bichon Frise/Chihuahua)She was born in my house from her mother who I also had. <3

 

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Chefmate Error Code E:03?Needed a second bread machine. Bought a used Chefmate HB-215. It keeps showing error code E:03 every time you try to set anything that reading comes up. Anyone familiar with what it means?

 

A TV/Stereo Console.

Value of Curtis Mathes TV/Stereo Console?Approximate current value? I have a 1980 Curtis Mathes TV/Stereo console, with all original paperwork. I'm only the second owner, it's lived on the same street since brought home from the showroom. The turntable needs a needle, and I've never hooked up the TV. Radio works, original remotes included

 

A Thomas Kinkade print.

Value of Thomas Kinkade "Beacon of Hope"What could be the value of this Limited Edition #2216/2750 S/N Canvas Beacon of Hope in the Seaside Memories 1 series by Thomas Kinkade

 

A small bug on a wooden floor.

Identifying a Bug?This bug was crawling on my dog and then I saw another crawling on my floor. I live on land in Houston, Texas and want to make sure this isnt harmful. It was in my bedroom and also on my dog.

 

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Finding Free Cat Food?Where can I find free cat food or pay at low price. I am on a pension, very low income. Thank you.

 

A vintage sewing machine.

Value of Eau Claire Super Deluxe Sewing Machine?My Eau Claire Super Deluxe Precision sewing machine model 24 - H5515876, what's it worth?

 

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Man sitting on couch looking through phone book in flooded room with water up past his ankles

Finding Plumbing Repair Assistance for...This is a page about finding plumbing repair assistance for low income homeowners. Having working plumbing is a necessity. However, some families can not afford the cost of hiring a tradesperson to make the necessary repairs.

 

Roof with damaged shingles.

Roof Repair for Low Income Homeowners?Low income homeowners often can not afford the cost of roof repairs. Searching for agencies or organizations that might help with the costs may be their only solution. This is a page about roof repair for low income homeowners.

 

Close up of a roof being installed

Finding Roof Repair Assistance for Seniors?Many senior citizens are living on fixed incomes that often are insufficient to meet the maintenance needs of their homes. This is a page about finding roof repair assistance for seniors.

 

A man performing roof repairs.

Getting Financial Assistance for Roof...When your roof is starting to fail it is important to get it fixed as soon as possible. This page is about getting financial assistance for roof repairs.

 

Smashed bugs on front of car

Cleaning Love Bugs from CarsLove bugs can destroy your cars paint finish, obscure vision and overheat your car if not clean off in a timely manner. This is a page about cleaning love bugs from cars.

 

Woman Pulling up Baby Wipe from Container

Turn Baby Wipes Into Sanitizing WipesThis is a page about turning baby wipes into sanitizing wipes. Normal baby wipes do not have sanitizing ingredients. Adding alcohol to your container of baby wipes, turns them into sanitizing wipes.

 

A repair man fixing a leaky roof.

Finding Home Repair Help for Low Income FamiliesThere are times when household repairs just can not wait until you have the money to complete the project. This page is about finding home repair help for low income families.

 

Dental tools in open mouth

Getting Dental Work w/o InsuranceFor the many people without dental insurance, there are sometimes affordable ways to get the needed work done. This is a page about getting dental work done without insurance.

 

A bunch of ants on a white background.

Identifying Small Black BugsHaving unidentified insects infesting your home can be annoying. It helps to know what kind they are when determining the best way to be rid of them. This is a page about identifying small black bugs.

 

Removing Smoke Odor After a House FireSmoke damage can be very difficult to remove even from a small house or kitchen fire. This is a page about removing smoke odors after a house fire.

 

A vet giving a cat a vaccination.

ASPCA Pet Vaccination Truck ScheduleIn some places like New York City, the ASPCA has mobile vaccination trucks that service neighborhoods on a set schedule. This page has links and information about the ASPCA's mobile vaccination truck schedules.

 

Itching from a bug bite.

Identifying Little Black Biting Bugs?Identifying biting bugs is the first step in trying to eliminate them from your home or to repel them when outdoors. This is a page about identifying little black biting bugs.

 

Tiny black bugs next to a penny for scale.

Tiny Black Bugs in the KitchenThe key to getting rid of tiny black bugs on kitchen floor is first identifying what they are. Check out what has worked for others in this page.

 

A man cutting down a tree.

Selling Trees on Your Land for LumberIf you own acres or even a larger residential lot you may have trees that you would like to have removed and be able to sell for the lumber. This is a page about selling trees on your land for lumber.

 

Small black bugs smaller than the tip of a match.

Getting Rid of Tiny Biting Black BugsMany types of bugs are small and black, if they are biting bugs they can be annoying and a health hazard. This is a page about getting rid of tiny biting black bugs.

 

Veterinarian taking a blood sample from a cat.

Finding a Veterinarian That Accepts PaymentsIt is very stressful to have a pet in need of veterinary treatment and not have the cash for the visit. Finding a practice that will accept payments can be difficult. This is a page about finding a veterinarian that accepts payments.

 

A painting a wood table using a roller.

Painting Over Varnish Without SandingIt is often recommend that you sand any surface thoroughly prior to painting it. Painting over varnish without sanding is not a best practice but it can be done.

 

Man Looking at His Keys Locked In the Car

Using AAA When Keys Are Locked In the Car?When your keys are locked in the car, AAA will call a locksmith to help you retrieve them. Hopefully there will be no damage to your automatic window. This is a page about using AAA when keys are locked in the car.

 

Refrigerator Ice Maker

Refrigerator Ice Maker Not Getting Water?A common reason your ice maker is not making ice is because water is not getting to it. This is a page about refrigerator ice maker not getting water.

 

Copperhead snake against a white background

Keeping Copperhead Snakes Out of Your YardThis is a page about keeping Copperhead snakes out of your yard. Finding venomous snakes in your yard can be very scary.

 

Xpress Redi Set Go

GT Xpress 101 and Xpress Redi Set Go Cooker RecipesThis is a page about GT Xpress 101 and Xpress Redi Set Go cooker recipes. These appliances allow for easy fat free cooking with preheated wells and no turning.

 

Spooning coffee ground into a plants soil.

Plants That Like Coffee GroundsMany plants thrive in soil rich in nitrogen. As they decompose, coffee grounds release nitrogen, potassium, phosphorus, and other minerals. This is a page about plants that like coffee grounds.

 

Cathay Collection Porcelain Doll

Finding the Value of Cathay Collection Porcelain Dolls?This popular doll manufacturer makes many different styles and nationalities of porcelain dolls. This is a page about finding the value of Cathay Collection porcelain dolls.

 

Two wood dressers.

Organizations That Help Low Income Families Get Free Furniture?Buying furniture is an expensive undertaking. Families struggling on low incomes often are unable to buy or replace their furniture without some type of assistance. This is a page about organizations that assist low income families get free furniture.

 

A woman holding a blue fly swatter.

Tiny Flying Insects in Your House?There is nothing more frustrating than having tiny flying insects in your house. Identifying what type of insect they are will help you get rid of them. This page contains tips for getting rid of tiny flying bugs in your house.

 

Refrigerator

Deodorizing a Non-Removable Refrigerator Drip Pan?This is a page about deodorizing a non-removable refrigerator drip pan. When you can't remove and clean the drip pan in a refrigerator, you may need to get creative to remove the scum and goo.

 

Roof Repair

Home Repair Assistance for VeteransPrograms and grants are offered both through the Veteran's Affairs Administration, some large businesses, and other organizations. This is a page about home repair assistance for veterans.

 

Drop of tree sap on bark

Removing Tree SapTree sap can get on anything from clothing to your car. This is a page about removing tree sap.

 

Squirrel in clay pot.

Keeping Squirrels from Digging in PlantsSquirrels can cause a lot of damage in plant containers and the garden. This page is about keeping squirrels from digging in plants.

 

Mold from Growing on House Siding

Keeping Mold from Growing on House Siding?Humid climates and natural disasters can lead to mold growth on the siding of your home. This is a page about keeping mold from growing on house siding.

 

Ladder leaning against a gutter

Leaning a Ladder Against a Roof...This is a page about leaning a ladder against a roof without crushing gutters. When you need to make repairs or clean gutters, your ladder needs to lean on the house often against the gutters.

 

House Fire

Finding Agencies to Help After a House FireA house or apartment fire is devastating. Coping with the aftermath can be easier if you have assistance. This is a page about finding agencies to help after a house fire.

 

A gopher in the ground.

Getting Rid of GophersThis is guide about getting rid of gophers. The cute little gopher is the bane of many a gardener and home owner. They are herbivores that love to eat roots. They will eat the roots of your vegetables, flowers, and lawn. Getting rid of them can be difficult.

 

Hand holding a home name disinfectant wipe

Make Your Own Disinfectant WipesYou can save money using coffee filters or paper towels to make your own handy disinfecting wipes. This is a page about making your own disinfectant wipes.

 

A lizard on a porch.

Keeping Lizards Off Your Porch?Lizards love to sun themselves during the day. Your porch may very well be a nearly ideal place for them to catch some sun and warm up. If you live in an area with many lizards, keeping lizards off your porch might be an issue you have to deal with.

 

Pop Tabs

Selling Pop TabsThis is a page about selling pop tabs. Aluminum pop tabs may have some monetary value if you find a crafter or recycling center that will buy them.

 

A pot of soup in a slow cooker.

Recipe Ideas for Ulcerative Colitis?If you or a loved one has Ulcerative Colitis, your diet will most likely be very restricted. This page contains recipe ideas for ulcerative colitis.

 

bathroom drain

How to Get Rid of Gnats in a Bathroom?Gnats can sometimes find a home in bathroom drains. This is a page about getting rid of gnats in bathroom.

 

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How Do I Sanitize a Stainless Steel Bowl?I had a rat problem. The pantry was their favorite place, so we threw everything out and bleached it. I had a large KitchenAid mixer in there with numerous rat droppings in the mixing bowl. What would be the best way to sanitize a stainless bowl?

 

white vinegar

Is Vinegar Harmful to Septic Tanks?There are many household cleaners that are hard on septic tanks. In this page, discover if vinegar is harmful to septic tanks.

 

Brown leather reclining sofa.

Slipcovers for Reclining CouchesFinding slipcovers for your reclining couch may be difficult. This is a page about slipcovers for reclining couches.

 

gravel driveway

Inexpensive Alternatives to Paving a Driveway?This page is about inexpensive alternatives to paving a driveway. Paving a driveway can cost more than you can afford.

 

$500 bills

Cashing an Old Money Order?This page is about cashing an old money order. A financial instrument often has an expiration date.

 

A cat laying on orange carpet.

How to Get Rid of Fleas in CarpetIf your house has gotten fleas in the carpet, it can be a lot of work to remove all the fleas and their eggs. Here are some great ideas on how to get rid of fleas in carpet.

 

Top view of a aluminum can containing spinach

Recipes Using Canned SpinachAlthough the texture of canned spinach differs greatly from fresh, there are still many uses for it in recipes. This page contains recipes using canned spinach.

 

Finding a Lost Relative, Genealogy Study

Finding a Lost RelativeWhether you are trying to locate a relative you have never met or attempting to reconnect with some one you have lost track of, finding a lost relative can be a daunting task. This is a page to finding a lost relative.

 

Man Cutting Up Pine Tree

Selling Mature Pine Trees?If you have large pines trees that need to be removed, it may be possible to sell the timber if you have enough of them or a desirable variety of tree. Selling mature pine trees from your property can help clear some land and make some money.

 

Lime in Yard

Using Lime to Keep Snakes AwayA mixture of hydrogenated lime and granulated sulfur may keep snakes away. Mothballs should not be used as pest control. It is harmful to humans and pets and is not effective at deterring snakes.

 

A close up of a window air conditioner.

Installing a Window Air ConditionerThis is a page about installing a window air conditioner. Summer has arrived and the temperature is rising. If your house is too warm inside it can be unpleasant during the day and difficult to sleep comfortably at night.

 

Glider chair with ottoman.

Finding Glider Chair Replacement CushionsMany glider chairs have fabric upholstered cushions that may need to be replaced long before the chair itself. This is a page about finding glider chair replacement cushions.

 

cleaning products on a floor

Cleaning Pet Urine Odors on FloorsThe are several ways to remove pet urine odors from your tile, laminate, hardwood, and resilient floors. This is a page about cleaning pet urine odors on floors.

 

Gasoline Can

Removing Gasoline Smell from ShoesThis page is about removing gasoline smell from shoes. When gas is spilled, it can be difficult to remove the odor.

 

Buy now pay later button on a computer keyboard.

Buy Now, Pay Later WebsitesBuy now, pay later websites offer an alternative to shopping using a credit or debit card. This is a page about buy now, pay later websites.

 

Homemade Antibacterial Wipes, A man cleaning his hands with an antibacterial wipe.

Homemade Antibacterial WipesThis is a page about homemade antibacterial wipes. Disposable wipes for cleaning hands and faces can prevent illness and allow quick clean up in the car or on the go but can be expensive.

 

Bug Bites

Getting Rid of Invisible Biting BugsWhen you are having trouble identifying what insect is biting you, they can be difficult to get rid of. This is a page about getting rid of invisible biting bugs.

 

Church Luncheon Ideas

Church Luncheon Ideas?Church luncheon committee members are always looking for new ideas. This is a page about church luncheon ideas.

 

A woman with a pimple on her tongue.

"Pimple" on My TongueI get these painful red or white pimples on the tip of my tongue after I've had alcohol mixed with either soda or apple juice. I also get them after several beers. Drinking a lot of soda on its own causes these. They hurt. This is a page about having a "pimple" on your tongue.

 

a smart girl reading

Using Online Accelerated Reading TestsAccelerated reading tests allow children to read grade level appropriate books, take tests on content, and receive feedback. This is a page about free online accelerated reading tests.

 

Shower Power Cleaner

Buying Shower Power Cleaner?This is a page about buying Shower Power cleaner. Shower Power cleaner is a popular cleaner for removing soap scum in your shower. Find where to buy Shower Power near you.

 

A cat getting a check-up from a veterinarian.

Finding Free or Low Cost Pet Clinics in...When looking for veterinarian services it helps to find a clinic you can afford. This page is about finding free or low cost pet clinics in California.

 

A woman holding her nose.

Locating the Source of a Foul Smell in HouseIt is not always easy to determine where a bad smell is coming from in your home. This page is about locating the source of a foul smell in the house.

 

Grey tabby cat laying in outdoor flower bed.

Keeping Cats Out of Flower BedsThis is a page about keeping cats out of flower beds. Outside cats can quickly wreak havoc on your flower beds.

 

Crafts Using Old Jeans, Stack of jeans to use for crafts.

Crafts Using Old JeansWhether you are thinking of remaking them into other clothing items, decorations, rugs, or something completely different, there is a project just for you. This is a page about crafts using old jeans.

 

Buying Octagon Soap

Buying Octagon SoapThis is a page about buying Octagon soap. Multipurpose Octagon soap can sometimes be difficult to find at your local market.

 

A no dog pooping sign in someone's lawn.

Keeping Dogs From Pooping on GrassKeeping the neighbor's dogs from pooping on the grass can be a challenge. This is a page about keeping dogs from pooping on grass.

 

Lucky Bamboo in glass vase

Growing Plants in WaterSome plants will thrive in water instead of soil and you have the added enjoyment of seeing the roots develop as your plant grows. This is a page about growing plants in water.

 

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