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March 22, 2011
Getting Shiny, Soft Hair
Does anyone know of a hair serum or shine spray, that really makes your hair glossy? I dye my hair and although it is in fairly good condition, sometimes it looks a bit dull. I would prefer a supermarket brand, but a high end product would probably be OK too.
Giving a Dog Medication
My Chihuahua has to have 2 liquid meds and 2 pills twice a day for her heart. I'm afraid I'm hurting her with the liquid and she out smarts me with the pills. Help?
Thrifty Easter Ideas
We had a terrible flood last summer and I lost all of my Easter decorations, baskets I used for my kids year after year and other miscellaneous items. I am in dire financial straits this year and need frugal Easter ideas for kids and grandma as well.
Super Glue on a Countertop
Does anyone have an idea on how to get super glue off laminate counter top?
Eye Catching Name Ideas for a Cleaning Business
I am starting a cleaning business and is looking for a catchy, but nice name for my business. I have 3 kids whose initials are P, J, and J, my husband's name is Jacky, my birth month is May and my birth stone is an emerald. Any suggestions?
How Do I Neutralize Juglone Before Planting Vegetables?
We have removed an old half dead black walnut tree about 4 years ago and would like to grow some veggies in that spot. My question is how do I neutralize the juglone so I can do that? Any info could be helpful. Thank you.
Church Anniversary Theme Ideas
I need a theme for a church anniversary.
Can I Dye a Hoodie With Appliques Without Ruining the Designs?
I bought a zip up black hoodie from Victoria's Secret not too long ago. The color now looks weird with other black clothes because of the fading. I want to dye it back to being black, but it has both rhinestones and silver appliques on it. Will dyeing it ruin the designs?
Making Cherry Cobbler Using Dried Cherries
I am looking for a recipe for a cherry cobbler using dried cherries.
What Are the Sizes of the Dooney and Bourke Essex Carrier Bags?
How many Dooney and Bourke Essex carrier bag sizes did they make? And what are the sizes?
Fruit on Peach Tree Does Not Mature and Falls Off
My peach tree blossoms and bears fruit, but the fruit doesn't mature and they fall off the tree.
Making a Buttonhole on a Singer Model 3116
I have a Singer model 3116, and the manual does not make clear how to make a buttonhole end with the attachment. Please help.
Removing Salty or Scorched Flavor
If while cooking, you get too much salt in something or you scorch a recipe, take a potato, cut it into chunks, and cook it with the recipe. When ready to serve, remove the potato. You will be surprised at how much this will remove the salty or scorched taste.
Perfect Hard Boiled Eggs
When boiling eggs: after they come to a boil, turn the burner off and put a lid on the pot. Let them sit for around 30 minutes. They will then be done.
Whiter Mashed Potatoes
A small amount of vinegar or lemon juice added to potatoes before draining will make them extra white when mashed.
Frozen Lime and Butter Mint Salad
Put pineapple and juice in large mixing bowl. Sprinkle dry gelatin over mixture and stir. Fold in the marshmallows. Whip the cream or make up the Dream Whip.
Combine evaporated milk, sugar and chocolate in saucepan over low heat. Cook 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat; add vanilla. Beat briskly until smooth and thoroughly mixed.
In skillet saute the zucchini, green pepper and onion til tender-crisp. Add spaghetti sauce; cover and simmer about 5 minutes. Add shredded cheese and cover and heat just until cheese melts.
Cut ribs into 1 rib portions. For sauce, combine tomato paste, brown sugar, orange juice concentrate, vinegar, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, and pepper and mix well.
Best Blueberry Crumble
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (180 C). Place the berries in a deep oven dish. In a bowl, whisk the cornstarch and water. Stir in the sugar or honey and pour over the blueberries.
My own recipe. It is so delicious and when it is done, those who don't like deer, won't realize that it is deer. You just add all the ingredients and let it cook in the crock pot.
Separate the egg. Put yolk away for other use. Dip small brush in egg whites and paint petals front and back. Sprinkle sugar on the violets covering them completely.
My favorite cookie when I was growing up.
Parmesan and Garlic Pita Bread Croutons
I had some pita bread that was going stale and the edges were beginning to mold because I had forgotten to put them in the freezer on time :-( The thought of simply throwing them away was driving me crazy! What to do to rescue them?
Painted Pot Holders
I came across some plain potholders at a dollar store and thought they would go good with my denim child's apron. So I painted all the members in the birthday girl's family and called them her little peeps.
Dog Won't Stop Scratching
My Rottie has been scratching, biting, and licking himself to the point of driving me crazy. Could it be dry skin? How can I help him with his skin problem?
Hairspray To "Fix" Artwork
Here's a nifty use for hairspray. Lightly spray a bit of hairspray (aerosol, not pump) onto charcoal, pastel chalk, or lead pencil art work to "fix" the medium in place until you can get it framed, stored, or permanently fixed with a commercial product.
Smoothing Rough Edges
Lots of crafts have to have smooth edges. We cut glass and smooth edges. We cut plastic and other items and have a smooth edge. How do we do this? We simply take a piece of sandpaper and run the bottom at an angle along the ends, and like magic it is all smooth.
Cheap White Washcloths for Everyday
If you have young children or teenagers who wear make-up, purchasing a bulk package of plain white washcloths can be very economical! I used to have nice, thick washcloths with pretty designs until I began to have kids.
Removing Hair Oil Streaks on LCD Screen
Any suggestions on how to remove hair oil (spray) streaks from an LCD screen?
Wedge Shoes from Target
I am looking for wedge shoes, previously sold at Target, that have a cut out in the wedge.
Keeping a Dog from Chewing on Things
We have a Red Nose Pit Bull and we just started to notice him chewing up a lot of stuff around the house outside. We have toys and bones for him to chew on and we give him a lot of love. We are wondering if a muzzle will work for the chewing part.
Links: Xylitol Toxic To Dogs
Thought I should share this warning with fellow ThiftyFun Family members! I have never heard of this before so you might not have either! I checked out a few links about it and here are the two that seem to have the most information:
Growing Big Tomatoes
If you like big ripe tomatoes, stick your tomato or tie it to a garden fence to keep it off the ground. Then when it gets growing good, take all the small branches off, leaving the 4 biggest branches. When more suckers start to grow, pinch them off of the plant.
Egg Carton Seed Starter
Use the inner plastic lining from a biscuit tin or an egg box to sow seedlings before transferring out of doors or into larger pots. Saves a few cents.
Wildlife: Blue Butterfly
I was outside with family and had butterflies flying around us. A butterfly landed right in front of me and I took a picture of it with my camera phone.
I walk everyday and usually take my camera. I visit the horses a few miles down the road and really enjoy them. Sometimes they surprise me with their playing around and being funny.
Henry is about 4 years old. My sister works with an animal rescue group in California. Henry is a rescue from the pound. She got him as a foster dog, but decided she couldn't give him up and kept him herself.
Sir Victor (Shih-Tzu)
Sir Victor is a 21 month old small Shih-Tzu. I got him at 9 weeks old from a breeder in Bellingham, WA. He likes to run and play fetch, as well as hide and seek. He is a a very bossy little guy and likes to bite toes.
Thor (Pit Bull/Chocolate Lab)
Thor is 5 years old and a Pit Bull/Chocolate Lab. We got him in February of 2005 right before Valentine's day. My daughter had his mother. Thor loves chasing squirrels and chipmunks. He also enjoys going swimming in the river and pond.
Yoshi is 4 years old. We got Yoshi March 1, 2009 from the Humane Society. Yoshi likes to sleep, eat, and to take care of our kittens. He especially loves to put the dog in his place, by ambushing and smacking him.
Spending Money to Save Money
My husband spent extra when he bought my new vacuum cleaner to get a bagless. It is now well over a year old, and I have probably saved at least $30 on not having to buy bags. That was the price I spent buying the HEPA filter bags from my old vacuum.
Personalized Foam Placemats
Children always get an overdose of candy on Easter so being the crafter of the family, this grandma tries to come up with ideas to fill their baskets with other than a lot of sweets. Here is one of the items that will be delivered by the Easter Bunny!
Replacement Hooks for a Dual Shower Curtain Rod
I have a double slit shower curtain rod where you hang the curtain on one side and the liner on the other. Where can I find replacement hooks?
What is the SPF Value of Olive Oil?
What is the natural SPF of olive oil?
Geranium Not Flowering
I have a gigantic geranium, but it isn't flowering. The foliage is huge and healthy, but no flowers. What kind of fertilizer? or does it need it?
Making Your Own Fitted Sheets
How to make a fitted sheet out of a flat one?
Removing Ink Stains from Carpet
My dog chewed up a blue Biro and spread ink all over my brand new tan coloured carpet. Can anyone help with how I can remove it?
Ink on Cotton Fabric
How can I reactivate an ink stain, on a cotton shirt? I've seen lots of ideas for removing the stain, some say not to wet it, water will set the stain. Others say wet the stain with cold water to reactive it.
Other Websites Like Lakeside Collection
What are other websites that sell items cheap (like Lakeside Collection or Collections LTD.)?
Removing Mildew from Curtains
How do I clean curtains in a pop up camper? They are in good condition, I just want to freshen them. They do have a tiny bit of mildew on them, but are salvageable.
Teaching a Dog To Come
What are some good tips for teaching a dog to come? This dog has crossed eyes, so her vision is impaired.
Class Reunion Party Favors
I would like ideas for a 40th class reunion favor.
Inexpensive Chair Mat Ideas
I downsized to an apartment that has high pile carpeting. I was told to buy a chair mat for high pile carpeting, but the cost was $120 dollars! Does any one have a suggestion as what I could substitute for a a chair mat or where I could find a more reasonably priced one?
Rain-X for Removing Ball Point Pen From Paper
Removing ink from a printed document is very easy using Rain-X windshield protector. Just put a little of Rain-X on a Q-tip, dab on your document, and watch the ink vanish before your eyes.
Removing Ball Point Pen From Paper
How do I remove ball point ink from paper?
Why Does My Dog Have White Flakes in Its Fur?
My dog is 9 years old and his hair is short, kind of like a horse's hair would be. I noticed lately that he has white flakes/pieces on his fur. If this is dry skin, what can I do about it? I do not want to change his food.
How Can I Reduce My Heating Costs?
I seldom turn up my house heat yet the cost is my biggest expense; how can I reduce it? (I've done all the obvious.)
Why Do My Ceiling Fan Light Bulbs Burn Out So Quickly?
My light fixture's bulbs burn out quickly. I have to frequently replace the lightbulbs in our light fixture/fan. The candle-shaped bulbs burn out extremely quickly, and I'm wondering if this is typical for those fans/lights or if there is something wrong.
Kenmore Bottom Freezer Ice Maker Feeler Arm Binds
My Kenmore 795.7830 bottom freezer ice maker feeler arm kind of binds or screeches as the upper freezer tray is opened. How to solve problem?
Can I Use a Dark Brown Purse in the Summer?
Do you think it is okay to use a dark brown purse in the summer?
Fix for Flat Paint Not Adhering to Old Paint
I have painted 3/4 of my kitchen. The problem: I can scrape the paint off with a fingernail. It has been dry for two months. I think that I must have had oil based paint on the walls. Then I painted over that with a flat paint. How can I fix this?
Making Bamboo Wind Chimes
We made bamboo windchimes, but they don't make a noise even in a strong wind. What do we need to do to correct the situation? Close them up together or sand them or what? No chimes are happening.
How Much Solution to Use in Bissell Spotbot Pet Machine?
I recently purchased a Bissell Spotbot Pet machine, but the directions do not tell me how much solution to use. When I called, the lady seemed a bit uncertain in her answers. Anyone out there have one of the machines, and can you tell me how much and which kind of solution you use for dog urine stains?
My Frugal Life: Focus On What's Important (Part 6)
I couldn't afford long distance phone calls or even a phone, except for the company required that I have one. So, my mom and I communicated with actual letters and calls on holidays.
After many tries to get something to grow in this bed that is always in the direct sun, these iris came to the rescue, and get better every year. I just love them!
I took a walk around the lake, and came across momma and poppa duck. They were just chillin' on the boat dock.
The Downsides of Using Dyed Wood Mulch
In recent years, the use of dyed wood mulch has become more and more popular with homeowners. It's often used to create eye-catching walkways, colorful backdrops for ornamental plants, or to add visual interest to otherwise barren parts of the landscape.
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