July 7, 2011

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Man in bed hitting snooze button on an alarm clock.

Waking Up on TimeThis is a page for ways to wake up on time. Late again? Getting up on time is something we all have problems with.


A cat smelling a litter box

Cleaning and Maintaining a Cat...This page is about cleaning and maintaining a cat litter box. Cats make great pets but keeping your house from smelling like a cat box can be a challenge. With regular cleaning and proper maintenance, your cat box can go unnoticed by you and your friends.


Woman playing Wii

Saving Money on Wii GamesThis is a page for saving money on Wii games. The Wii is a great source of entertainment for the whole family, but sometimes the games can get downright expensive. There are better ways to acquire Wii games than paying retail.


Pink piggy bank wearing graduation cap with money in the slot.

Saving Money for CollegeThis is a page about saving money for college. College is continually getting more expensive. Students are graduating with massive loans to be paid back. If parents plan early they can help alleviate some of the burden on their children.


Creating a Simple Website for a Business, Website URL on a computer screen.

Creating a Simple Website for a BusinessMany people look to the internet to find information about businesses. Creating a simple website can help you gain customers and stay competitive. This is a page about creating a simple website for a business.


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Remembering to Return Items to the LibraryThis page is about remembering to return items to the library. Are you singlehandedly supporting your local library when you pay your late fees? Want to find a way to get your checked out materials back on time?


Dandelion in the grass.

Getting Rid of Weeds in Your LawnThis is a page for getting rid of weeds in your lawn. Weeds can be a problem for multiple reasons. Keeping your lawn and yard free of weeds makes your yard easier to maintain and more sustainable as well.


A woman looking at her shopping list.

Organizing Your Grocery ListHave you ever gone grocery shopping and walked down the same aisle several times? An organized grocery list can save you time at the grocery store. This is a page about organizing your grocery list.


Fixing a flat tire is a relatively easy repair. It is never fun when you go out to ride your bicycle and it has a flat, if you pump it up with air and it continues to lose air, you will need to fix the flat. This is a guide for fixing a flat tire on a bic

Fixing a Flat Tire on a BicycleThis is a page about fixing a flat tire on a bicycle. Fixing a flat tire is a relatively easy repair. It is never fun when you go out to ride your bike and it has a flat, but it is a repair you can do yourself.


Coffe Maker

Cleaning a Drip Coffee MakerThis is a page to saving money on cleaning a drip coffee maker. Having a fresh cup of coffee in the morning is a great way to start the day. Keeping your coffee maker clean will ensure you have the best tasting brew possible.


Smiling Mechanic

Finding a Good MechanicThis page is on finding a good mechanic. When your vehicle needs something fixed or just regular maintenance you want to know it is in good hands. Finding a good, honest, mechanic can be a difficult task.


car gear parts in carton box

Saving Money on Parts for Old CarsThis is a page for saving money on parts for old cars. It can be difficult and expensive to find parts for older cars. If you find yourself in this situation you may be unsure of where to find the best price.


Cute terrier being combed.

Saving Money on Dog GroomingThis is a page about saving money on dog grooming. Grooming can be a major continual expense for the dog owner. Whether you wash your dog at home or take him in to a professional, it is essential for his health and well-being to be bathed and brushed regularly.


Cleaning Mirrors

Cleaning MirrorsThis is a page about cleaning mirrors. There is nothing worse than cleaning a mirror and leaving unsightly streaks. There are a lot of different products and many techniques for cleaning mirrors.


COntractor standing outside a home that is under construction.

Hiring a Good ContractorThis is a page to hiring a good contractor. Finding the right contractor is a very important part of any construction project. A good contractor will save time and money in the long run. A bad contractor can bring an endless headache.


Traveling With Pets, Dog with Lei and suitcase

Traveling With PetsThis page is about traveling with pets. Traveling with pets can be fun and is much cheaper than pet boarding. It is important to know how to take care of your pets when on the road.


Cute puppy with vet in background.

Saving Money on Veterinary ExpensesThis is a page to saving money on veterinary expenses. Keeping your pet healthy and happy is dependent on good veterinary care. However, good care can be very expensive. There are ways to save money on these costs without jeopardizing the health of your pet.


Little boy holding a drawing.

Organizing Your Children's ArtworkThis is a page for organizing your children's artwork. Children create a great quantity of artwork at home and school.


Paying Bills on Time, Bills and Calculator

Paying Bills on TimePaying bills late can affect your credit and can also accrue late fees. This page has tips to help ensure that you pay your bills on time.


Wii console and controllers

Saving Money on a WiiThis is a page for saving money on a Wii. Now that Wii consoles have been available for several years, there are more ways to saving money when purchasing one.


closeup of espresso machine and orange coffee cup

Cleaning a Home Espresso Machine?This is a page for cleaning a home espresso machine. Cleaning a home espresso machine can be a daunting job. Short of hiring your own barista read on.


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Sewing Machine is Breaking or Bending NeedlesThis is a page about sewing machine is breaking or bending needles. Having a needle break or bend right in the middle of a sewing project can be very frustrating. Knowing how to troubleshoot the cause and make the repair would get you back to work.


Red sports car with a for sale sign in the window.

Buying a Car on CraiglistThis is a page about buying a car on Craigslist. Using Craigslist to buy a car can be risky if you don't know how to protect yourself from making a bad purchase. Despite the risks there are many good deals to be found.


Protecting Your Privacy on Facebook, Facebook login page a computer.

Protecting Your Privacy on FacebookThis is a page about protecting your privacy on Facebook. Many of us use Facebook to keep in touch with our friends and family. We provide a lot of information that, if in the wrong hands, could be misused.


Stack of CDs and an MP3 player on top.

Organizing Your Music CollectionThis is a page for organizing your music collection. Organizing your music collection can save time when you are searching for something specific.


Cocker Spaniel on railroad tracks

Finding a Lost PetThis is a page for how to find a lost pet. Losing a pet is a very stressful experience. There are some best practices methods to bring your friend back home.



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Bacon and Olive StuffingReally different, but good stuffing recipe.


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Mom's Scalloped PotatoesThis is a very easy dish to prepare. You can even peel and slice the potatoes the night or morning before you intend to make the casserole. Then cover the potatoes with water and refrigerate to prevent darkening.


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Strawberry DessertThis is one of my favorites! I was thrilled to get this recipe!


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Farm Sale Sloppy Joes for 125This is just a good, old recipe. It really does feed a ton of people!


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Dieter's Strawberry ShakeSuper easy and lo-cal.


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Mexican Noodle SkilletThis was a creation that came out of not having the necessary ingredients for a different recipe. My family absolutely loved it, and they have asked for me to remake it.


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Easy Oatmeal PancakesThis was a family effort. My mother started it, my sister in law improved upon it, and we all really enjoy it.


Black and White Striped Cookies

Black and White Striped CookiesChocolate and vanilla cookie dough can make these fun striped cookies.



Boot Planter

Cowgirl Boot PlanterThis is the other worn out boot from our great granddaughter. The birdfeeder mate was sent in earlier. I love it that she is already recycling her things.


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Fat Separator For Watering House PlantsThe fat separator I use has a long spout which I have found handy and useful to water my house plants. I really appreciate double duty gadgets.


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Be Grateful For What You HaveNo one wants to struggle, to say no to themselves and their children, to feel as if they're going backwards rather than forwards. But the easiest way to get out of the slump of despair is to think of everything you do have - and most of us still have a lot.


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Bored Bag For Road TripsSometime before the trip, without letting your kids know, pack a small bag or sack with all kinds of "fun" things, whatever you can find that will keep them busy and that won't be really messy.


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Homemade Oatmeal FacialTo give yourself a cheap facial that will soften your skin, just make a paste with dry oatmeal and water. First, make a paste. Next, spread it all over your face, staying away from eyes. Recline and relax until the paste is dry.


Beautiful pink bloom

Garden: Happy HollyhockThis is a hollyhock from seeds sent to me by my late sister 15-20 years ago. When the stocks are dried and the seed pods are ready, I scatter them every where. Only 2 or 3 plants grow to bloom again.


group of six completed carolers, four adults and two children

2x4 Christmas CarolersThese cute little singers are a great Christmas project. Since I already had wood left over from other projects, they were also a recycled project.


Hummingbird Feeding from Flower

Hanging Baskets for Attracting...Hanging baskets are a great way to attract hummingbirds to your garden. Once they find your flowers, they will return again and again, to dine on them all season long.


Sunrise on lake.

Scenery: Early Morning on Gun Lake (Minaki, Ontario)The guys wanted to get a early start fishing. This is what you see when you get up at 5 am. Beautiful.


A heating/massage pad on an office chair.

Add Heat And Massage To Your Office ChairI have severe back problems which make me very uncomfortable, in the morning especially. I bought a heat/massage unit to put on the sofa to help my back pain.


Bella calico cat

Bella (Calico Cat)Bella is a 4 year old Calico Cat. I was fostering Bella last year for PURRS in Naperville. I fell in love with her and wanted her to stay with me forever.


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Place Short Hydrangea Blossoms In The RefrigeratorI have magnificent hydrangeas bushes in my back yard. Sometimes, a flower will break off or has a very short stem. Rather than throw it away, I put it in the refrigerator in a shallow bowl with water. I enjoy it every time I open the door!


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Add Flavor to Your LemonadeA fun way to add some additional flavor to your glass of lemonade is to make flavored ice cubes. Fill an ice cube tray with your choice of juice, then place a piece of fruit into each ice cube well.


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Tea Bags For PotpourriMy daughters always give me odd flavored tea for gifts - hot cinnamon spice, gingerbread, and many other great smelling but not so good tasting teas. I tried putting some in a jar in my bathroom, and it worked perfect for a potpourri.


Cowgirl Boot Birdfeeder

Cowgirl Boot as BirdfeederI guess great granddaughter has picked up on my passion for recycled items. She sent her worn out boots (via grandma) for us to use.


Great Pink Bed Shark

Photo: Great Pink Bed SharkWe were watching TV and my husband got up to go to the kitchen. I looked over at his side of the bed, and this is what I saw. I snapped a picture before the blanket went back to it's usual shape. We had a laugh over this!


Little Dragonfly on a flower

Garden: Little DragonflyThis little guy let me get close enough to get this picture (and a few more)!


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Cheap Exercise BallMake your own weighted exercise balls by slitting opening 2 tennis balls and filling with pennies. Once full, cover the slit with duct tape! Voila! An exercise helper for "pennies" a day!


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Organizing Loose ChangeI save loose change ALL year. At the end of November or first week of December, I roll the change or take it to the change counter. I use this money for my husband's Christmas gift. There was enough change for a Henry Rifle last year.


Lounging small white dog

Patch (Miniature Jack Russell Terrier)Patch is a 7 year old miniature Jack Russell terrier. I had been very lonely since my husband passed away, and my best friend Kevin bought him for me. Patch was having a hard life living in a cage with 3 Staffordshire bull dogs.


Young girl in tattered skirt and red shoes

Photo: Red ShoesI have found that there are times when you can capture the soul of a child without even photographing their face. This picture shows exactly who my daughter is; a free spirit in red scuffed shoes and a tattered ballet tutu.


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Getting Children to Read for FunI think the easiest way to get children to enjoy reading is to start reading to them when they are very young, as soon as they can sit up and enjoy looking at pictures. Make 'story time" a part of the day's activities.



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Getting Rid of Fruit Flies?How do you get rid of fruit flies?


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Are Horse Chestnuts Safe to Eat?We have lots of horse chestnut trees in Victoria, can you eat the horse chestnut?


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Treating a Child's Cough and Congestion?My son is 8 years old and he mostly suffers with a cough and congestion. When he coughs phlegm also comes out. Please tell me a treatment for a phlegmy cough and congestion. Thanks.


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Removing Duct Tape Residue on Gutters?Our Christmas lights were taped with silver ducting tape to the guttering, but the sticky residue has remained and is "baked" on and is obvious. It can't be scraped with anything metal as it would scratch the coloured guttering. We have tried many things, but nothing works.


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Choosing Accent Colors for a Living Dining Room Combination?I have a combo living/dining room. There are cream walls, a burgundy sectional, black end tables, black/dark wood dining set, and cream carpet. I am looking to put more color in this room but on a low budget. I was thinking turquoise and golden yellow as accents.


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Freezing Okra?What is the best way to freeze okra?


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Pet Safe Mulch for My Backyard?I have an 8 yr. old Labrador Retriever who started digging and eating the pine bark mulch in my backyard about 2 years ago. I am in process of re-doing the yard, I put in concrete pavers, stones for drainage, etc. in some areas.


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Repairing a Glider Rocker?I have a glider rocker where the chair has shifted to one side therefore making a knocking sound and scratching the platform. Any ideas on how to correct this, as the chair has a lot of life left?


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Repairing a Murray 42" Riding Lawn Mower?While I was mowing, the front suspension came off and the mower drive belt broke. After replacing the belt when I started the engine and the blades started moving, one of the pulleys was very hot, and the engagement handle was very difficult to move.


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Dye Fading Along Crease Line on Rayon Pants?The crease in my polyester/rayon pants looks whitish after a few washings. Can this be fixed or dyed?


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Tomato Plants Turning Yellow?Why would my tomato plants be turning yellow at the bottom?


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Caring for Acrylic Nails?I am a pot washer at work and have acrylic nails. If I leave them under water for three hours will they eventually soak off, if I do not wear rubber gloves?


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Pattern for Styrofoam Insulated Food Bag?I'm looking for a pattern and instructions for a bag that is filled with Styrofoam pellets like those used in bean bag chairs. The bag is used to keep hot foods hot and cold foods cold.


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Dead Yellow Jackets as a Protein Source for Chickens?Where do I get a yellow jackets for chickens? What is this yellow jacket suggestion all about?


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Growing Lime Trees from Seed?Can you grow a lime tree from a lime pip?


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Inexpensive Bathroom Wall Covering Ideas?I removed old bathroom tiles and plaster from my bathroom walls and now it's down to the drywall paper. I can't afford to have new drywall installed so I'm looking for ideas to cover it up. Some of the areas are uneven.


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