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December 1, 2010
Natural Underarm Deodorant
How do you make homemade deodorant and antiperspirant in one, with natural ingredients?
Ferret Food Tips
Back in the old days, people fed their ferrets kitten or cat food, instead of ferret food. I was looking at the ingredients, and I saw the protein was less in the cat/kitten food and there was just as much of the other vitamins that were in the cheap ferret food.
Why Do Spider Plantlets Grow at Different Rates When Potted?
My son has a homework question for which I need your help please.
Remedy For Itching
Why are the bags under my eyes itching and what can I do to make it stop?
Replacement Battery for Swivel G2 Sweeper
The battery in my Swivel Sweeper G2 has gone out. Can I purchase another battery by itself?
Ideas for Boyfriend's 25th Birthday
What can I gift my lover on his 25th birthday? I want to surprise him and want the gift to be something completely different.
Reviews of Litter Kwitter
I am thinking about buying a Litter Kwitter, they're quite expensive. Has anybody tried to train a cat with this device?
Using Rectangular Knifty Knitter Loom
How do you use the rectangular (purple) Knifty Knitter loom to do a single knit scarf?
LED Tree Lights Are Intermittent
I have a pre-lit Christmas tree with LED lights. One small section of the lights will light up but then go off for a few minutes. They will then come back on for a short period of time and go off again. Any clues as to what is causing this and how it can be fixed?
Best Inexpensive and Long Lasting Flea Remedy
I am having a flea problem, does anyone have any advice on what is the best and long lasting way to get rid of fleas in my home? I am also on a fixed income so I can't afford professional or really expensive remedies!
Prizes for Games at Family Holiday Gatherings
My daughter has family holiday gatherings at her house and some of the relatives bring one or more guests. This is fine with my daughter and I have no say over who attends.
The Festival of Lights: Why We Celebrate...
Two of my best friends are Jewish. I have known both of them for a great many years, and even though I am a Christian, I have enjoyed celebrating with them for Hanukkah and Passover. I give you a brief history of the holiday, Hanukkah.
Recipes Using Canned Yams
I have so many cans of yams. Can you tell me some different recipes for preparing them? Please.
Beat eggs; add sugar and beat again. Stir in syrup; then add butter, salt, vanilla, and burnt sugar; mix well. Add pecans and pour into pie shell. Bake at 350 degrees F for 50-60 minutes.
Grandma's Scalloped Corn
Mix ingredients but save 1/4 cup crackers for top. Put into Pyrex baking dish. Sprinkle with remaining crackers; dot with butter. Bake at 350 degrees F for 45 minutes.
Wonderful combination of fresh mushrooms and quick cooking barley.
Very plain open faced healthy(er) Tuna Melts, no mayo or added ingredients. Just the good stuff!
Sweet Potato Pie
Easy to make, using ready made crust. Great way to use left over cooked/baked sweet potato.
Make Your Own Swiffer Pads
I think Swiffer cloths are too expensive. I live in an old house and have hardwood floors throughout in addition to two dogs. I am leery of some suggestions for cleaning fluid, washcloths, and the dogs on the wood floors. Any other ideas are greatly appreciated.
You can spice these up adding crushed red pepper flakes to taste too. Heat olive oil in a large skillet and saute cauliflower and garlic for about 5 minutes.
Baby Cereal Biscuits
Cream shortening and sugar. Add eggs, baking soda, salt, vanilla extract, and water. Mix until well blended. Gradually stir in cereal. Knead until smooth. Pat into rectangle.
Removing Yellow Stains from Stored Baby Clothing
I have saved baby clothes in a cardboard box in the attic for 30 years. They have yellow spots. How do I get the yellow spots out?
Donate Extra Cards to Schools
I found a way to help my school, recycle, and make a child smile. I received a box full of old Christmas cards. Since most of them had been written on, I decided to fold them in half and glue them down.
Use Styrofoam to Transport Hot Items
In trying to keep the landfill free of styrofoam, I clean and reuse mine for a lot of things. I use styrofoam under planters, as trays for under craft projects (like those using glitter), etc.
Use Placemats in Refrigerator
My mum taught me the advantages of lining the glass shelves in a refrigerator. Most refrigerators could benefit from this. You just place a large plastic or cloth place mat on each shelf.
Taking Out the Christmas Tree
For easy removal of your Christmas tree, with a sheet on the rug to catch the needles, clip off the branches at their base with a sharp garden tool and put them in a garbage bag.
Needles as Alternative to Nails
Where nail holes are not allowed, use sewing needles. They hold up to 30 lbs.
Store Manuals and Receipts
I have stored receipts and manuals in a file cabinet drawer for many years. Binders are a good idea if you don't have a file drawer, but can find shelf space for them. A binder with pocket pages or page protectors can accommodate most manuals.
When I'm slicing onions, or anything round, I first cut a slice off one side, then I put the flat side down on the cutting board. When I slice the rest of it, it doesn't roll all over the place.
Buying Daffodil Bulbs
Where can I buy daffodil bulbs from (possibly 100)?
Give Gifts of Time
Offer a free Christmas gift this year, such as a night of free babysitting, a day of house cleaning, an afternoon tutoring a child or adult, or even just spending time with a shut-in person who is unable to get out.
Scraping Up Spilled Candle Wax
Spilled candle wax can be scraped up by using a plastic coated, slick business card.
Water Plants With Leftover Tea
Don't throw out your leftover tea. Instead feed it to you indoor or outdoor plants for an extra boost. Use brewed unsweetened tea only.
I took this picture in my garden to capture the beauty of the sunflower under a sunny day.
My Frugal Life: Becoming a Smart Frugal Mom
As a woman and a wife with two kids (both under the age of 6), I've taught myself to be frugal. I spend only what is needed and reuse what I have. I am the type of women who worked hard. I started from the bottom of the working chain and made it to the top.
Scenery: Valley of Fire (Nevada)
I recently did a hike at the Valley of Fire, Nevada. What awesome rock formations.
Scenery: Funnel Cloud (Cheyenne, Oklahoma)
Photo of forming tornado in Western Oklahoma. This was taken just south of Cheyenne, Oklahoma.
A humming bird at the feeder wondering what the hubby's problem is! "Hey trying to eat here!"
Essential Moves for Twenty-Year-Olds
There are many things that we know we should do. We should walk or bike to work, we should eat our vegetables, and we should keep all our receipts. Yet, there are some financial moves that everyone in his/her early twenties needs to make.
Luke is a 12 week old Chihuahua. We just got Luke a few days ago. Luke likes to throw my flip flops around
Penny is almost a 9 year old Abyssinian. I found her at a breeders. I could tell she had been neglected because she wasn't "show quality." I had to have her. She's had a ton of vet bills since but has been totally worth it.
My 10 and 1/2 year old Pom, Cubby, in his car seat, coming home from the vets. He had been washed and dried.
This is an unusual but striking pillow and resembles a zinnia when done.
Turn Sweatshirt into a Jacket
Make a jacket out of an old sweatshirt by cutting the front down the center from top to bottom. Trim the cut edge with ribbon or lace (you can hand sew it). This will look really special and it will get used more than you know - I know I do.
Photo Note Cards
I'm not a scrapbook person, but some of my friends who are encouraged me to try to make these note cards. I used old vintage photos of family members to make them special. I scanned the photos and had copies made.
Make Dispenser From Old Pill Bottles
Use empty pill bottles to dispense elastic and similar items. Coil the item to fit into the bottle. Then cut a simple slit/opening in the lid to pull the item out as you need it, as much as you need. Use this to hold and dispense yard string.
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