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August 11, 2011
Losing Weight After Having a Baby
This is a guide about losing weight after having a baby. Gaining weight during pregnancy is normal and healthy. However, many women struggle with losing those few extra pounds after having their baby.
Breaking in a Baseball Glove
When you first get a new leather glove, it can be very stiff and hard to use. Here are tips to softening and breaking it in for use on the baseball diamond or just to play catch.
This is guide about growing peaches. Peaches can be difficult to grow in certain regions. However, if you live where they grow well, peaches are a wonderful treat to be able to harvest yourself.
Storing Snow Tires
This is a guide about storing snow tires. Studded snow tires are necessary during the winter for many areas, but they can take up a lot of room in your garage or shed during the summer.
Preventing Hair Loss
This is a guide about preventing hair loss. Nobody enjoys losing their hair. Some people have a genetic predisposition to it. However, some types of hair loss are preventable.
Getting Rid of Tent Caterpillars
This is a guide about getting rid of tent caterpillars. Caterpillars can be very destructive to your trees and garden. Here are tips to preventing this pest.
How To Do A Perm At Home
This is a guide about how to do a perm at home. Many women want to have curly hair but perms at the beauty salon can be expensive. You can do a quality perm at home for a fraction of the cost.
Getting Rid of Wasps
A solitary wasp or two is not really a problem. In fact wasps can actually be beneficial, as they are predators on other insects. But if you see lots of wasps you have a problem.
Save Half, Spend Half
Encourage your child to save half of any money that they receive, whether it is from their allowance or a gift. Work with them on how they would like to save the money.
Tips to Save Money on Rental Cars
Renting a car allows you to drive yourself places when you are on a trip and don't have your own car. However, renting a car can be quite expensive. Here are a few tips to save money on renting a car:
Tips for Keeping Area Rugs from Moving
Keeping your rug in place is important to prevent falls. Here are a few options for keeping area rugs in place:
Tips for Cleaning a Lampshade
Lampshades can build up grime, dust, and pet hair over time. Cleaning them can be difficult, but it is worth trying before your replace them. Here are some tips for cleaning lampshades:
Tips for Saving Money on Parts for Old Cars
Finding parts for old cars can be hard enough. Once you find them, they can be quite expensive. Here are a few tips to save money on parts for old cars:
Troubleshooting a Sewing Machine That is Breaking Needles
If your sewing machine has begun to bend or break needles there are several possible causes. The following list will help provide some ideas for troubleshooting the problem with your machine.
Use Facebook Privacy Settings
Facebook has numerous privacy settings that you should utilize to protect yourself. Putting too much information on Facebook and not filtering who sees it sets you up for identity theft or worse. Here are some things to keep in mind when using Facebook:
Fluorescent Fixture Does Not Work
I have two fluorescent light fixtures in my kitchen. One fixture with 5 bulbs works. I replaced all the bulbs on the other fixture, but it still does not work. What is the problem?
Best Shoe Glue for Repair or Redesign
What type of glue can you use on shoes that is strong enough to repair them? I would also like to glue on extra material or leather to redesign the shoe.
Building Inexpensive Retractable Window Awnings
How can I build inexpensive retractable window awnings?
For three or four years we have had trouble getting okra to grow and produce. We don't know if it is our soil or the seed. This year we even bought new seed. Can anyone give us some pointers?
Tips for Finding a Good Contractor
Finding a good contractor is important. You want the work that they do to not only look good but be durable and safe. Here are a few tips to finding a good contractor:
Curing Black Walnuts
Does anyone know the proper way to prepare black walnuts before cracking them? We have two black walnut trees and this is the first year they are producing.
Determining the Most Cost Effective Lighting Source
Does anyone know if a study has been done on the thriftyness of one type of lighting compared to another, such as lamp oil, versus candles, versus electric? Or know a way to check?
Removing Weeds Without Chemicals
Because I have children and dogs, I do not like to use chemicals on my lawn to get rid of weeds. I find that the best way is to remove them by hand. It is important to remove weeds before the seed, especially dandelions.
Harvesting Sunflower Seeds
I have tried many times to grow sunflowers for the seeds. How do you harvest them and dry them? I never have any success.
Getting Rid of Spiders Without Pesticide
Does anyone have a non-toxic way to get rid of spiders?
Frequent Grooming Cards
Many groomers and pet shops offer "frequent grooming" cards. After you have paid for a certain number of services you get a discount or a free service on your next visit.
Homemade Product for Dusting Wood
Does anyone have a recipe for a cleaner for dusting furniture and hardwood floors?
Tips for Maintaining a Cat Litter Box
Litter boxes can get smelly and dirty very quickly, especially if you have multiple cats. Here are a few tips to keep your litter box clean and smelling fresh:
Cleaning Wood Siding
This is a guide about cleaning wood siding. If cared for properly your wood siding will look great for years to come. An important part of caring for your wood siding is cleaning it when necessary.
Clean Your Coffee Maker With Vinegar
Cleaning your drip coffee maker is important to keep bacteria from growing and it will ensure that your coffee tastes good. Vinegar is a safe, natural way to clean and disinfect your coffee maker. Try this method every 2-4 weeks:
Getting Rid of Wasps
This is a guide about getting rid of wasps. If wasps infest your home they can be a real nuisance. There are several varieties of wasps and many different ways to get them out of your house.
Soy Ginger Marinade
This is a great recipe with what I think is almost an Oriental flavor.
There is a lot of rhubarb around in our area right now and this is a great way to use some if you grow it. This makes a yummy jam that most any rhubarb lover will enjoy.
This is very hearty and yummy!
Make homemade playdough with your little ones. The recipe is edible, just in case some goes in the mouth.
Frog Laying Eggs in Pool Skimmer
My backyard inground pool (saltwater system) is attracting frogs. They are laying eggs in my skimmer and the smell is too much, not to mention the noise they make all night long, and the mess on my pool surroundings.
Tips for Buying a Car on Craigslist
When buying a car on Craigslist it is important to be safe and protect yourself legally in your purchase. Here are some tips:
"You Give, We Serve" Parade Float Ideas
Does anyone have some ideas for a parade float for a nursing home? The theme is "You Give, We Serve".
Shopping for Unpainted Resin Santas
I am looking for resin Santas to paint. I know they are hard to find, but I was hoping someone could help me find some.
Cooking Frozen Corn on the Cob
When I get fresh corn I like to cook it by baking it with the husks on in the oven. I saw this on the Food Network and it works great. I was wondering if instead of using the microwave as the article says, could you bake it in the oven?
Getting Rid of Yellowjackets in the Attic
I have yellow jackets going into the eaves of my house. I believe they are in several areas, but in one spot in particular. I sprayed the entrance with wasp spray and now they are coming into my house.
Squirrels Eating from Bird Feeders
Maybe not exactly a gardening question, but not quite a pets question either. I have been told that the best way to keep the squirrels out of my birdfeeders is to mix red pepper in with the seed. Mammals (squirrels) are affected by the pepper taste, birds are not. Any info?
Making Your Own Rag Mop
I want to make my own rag mop as the traditional store ones fall apart after I've used them for a month, especially if I bleach them.
Tips for Selling a Car on Craigslist
Having sold a number of cars on Craigslist, I have learned a few lessons the hard way. Here are some tips that may save you some headaches if you are considering selling a car on Craigslist:
Setting Multiple Alarms
I really struggle to get up in the morning. To combat this I set two alarms. The first one goes off 15 minutes before I need to get up. Since I use my cell phone as my alarm I can choose the sound that I want my alarms to be.
What to Wear to Renew My Vows?
My husband and I are renewing our wedding vows for our 5th wedding anniversary. We had a big traditional church wedding and are doing the opposite for the vows.
Setting Up an Online Account at Your Library
Most libraries allow you to set up an online account. In your account you can review what you have checked out, when it is due back, and you can even renew items.
Use a 3-Ring Binder to Store Artwork
A lot of the great artwork my kids bring home is on 8 1/2 x 11 paper. This makes it easy to store and protect them. I bought a 3-ring binder and a package of page protectors.
Painting Trim Different colors?
Can you paint trim different colors in different rooms. I have oak trim throughout my house but would like to paint my kitchen trim white should I do that? Our house has an open flow to it so I am worried how I would transition to the kitchen from the natural oak.
Finding a Good Estate Attorney
I think that word-of-mouth is truly the best way to find a good estate attorney. People are very willing to tell you about a good experience or a bad one. Ask around and see if someone will give you a recommendation.
Tips for Remembering Phone Numbers
Remembering phone numbers can be difficult, especially with the use of cell phones. With cell phones you just selecting someone's name from a list, so you don't even have to know their phone number. Here are a few tips that can help:
How to Get Rid of Roaches?
My baby sitter has a problem with cockroaches, she has bought hundreds maybe even thousands of dollars on stuff to get rid of them and its doesn't work.
Hang Leashes On Pegs
I have 3 dogs, a yellow lab, pitbull and German Shepherd. I bought a small expanable coat hanger with pegs on it and hung it by our back door. I hang the leashes there along with their harnesses for walking.
Homemade Hair Dye Recipes
This page contains recipes for homemade hair dye. Hair dyes contain very harsh chemicals that can harm your hair. Making homemade hair dye allows you to color your hair more naturally.
There are many products available that claim to do the best job on your mirrors. Even with these products it can be tough to avoid getting streaks and spots. It is important to protect the surface and backing of your mirrors from damage.
Cover Comforters With Sheets
I used sheets to make my covers. Just sewed togther three sides. I sewed the sides and bottom of sheets. Then on the other end, I made button holes on one, the buttons on the other. Then I could just slide in the comforter and button it.
Garden: Starfighter Lily
This is the first year for these lilies and I am amazed at their beauty, size and delightful scent. The butterflies are very attracted to them and are always hovering around.
Tips for Buying Gardening Gloves
Gardening can be tough on your hands. A good set of gardening gloves is one the most important tools in a gardener's tool shed. Here are some tips for finding the perfect pair.
Getting Rid of Bad Breath
Making sure your mouth is clean is an good way to combat bad breath. It will also help prevent it. Here are some tips to having a clean mouth:
Okay, I am on another buffalo flavor kick.
This is our old cat, Chloe. This picture was taken when we first moved into our house.
Cleaning Your Garage In Two Hours A Day
Cleaning my garage is a big challenge. First of all I have promised myself that I will donate at least 2 hours of cleaning daily. After doing my daily chores, I go to the garage and start sorting and emptying boxes and containers before it gets too hot.
Cold Coffee Divine
I fill a cup halfway with water and 2 Tbsp. instant coffee and pop that in the microwave for 40 seconds. Then I add maybe 2 to 3 spoonfuls of chocolate ice cream, stir, then add milk to fill cup and enjoy!
Garden: Mexican Sunflower
One of several plants that really stand out in the late summer garden is Mexican sunflowers. I planted my Mexican sunflower seeds after our last frost this year.
Gluten Free Shortbread
I found this in a magazine, and now I make it when gluten free family members call in for a cuppa. This is delicious and as good as non-gluten recipes, so it can be enjoyed by all.
Shortly after starting Taekwondo, my son got a bubble gum spread all over the front of his uniform and belt. We tried freezing it and picking it off. That didn't work so we also tried isopropyl alcohol.
Introducing a New Kitten to Your Dog
I have never had a problem introducing a new pet, because I have always used the following method. This is whether I am introducing a new kitten or a new puppy to my established pets.
Mini Ham Frittatas
Just so YUMMY!
Petroleum Jelly For Nickle Allergy
I have an allergy to nickle in jewelry. Lately I have found that if I dip those not coated with nail polish into petroleum jelly before slipping them into my ears, I can wear them all day.
Rambo (Great Dane/German Shepherd)
Rambo is a 1 year and 8 month old Great Dane/German Shepherd mix. I got him from my friend on January 1, 2010. He always jumps on me. He plays with anything and makes us chase him.
Raw Potato For Healthy Skin
Rub a raw potato on your face to help with skin discoloration, wrinkles, and age spots. Enzymes in the raw potato nourishes your skin tissue, and the alkaline content gives you a nice glow.
Repairing a Garbage Disposal
If your disposal hums but doesn't turn, try these steps.
Scenery: Jesus in the Hay (Tennessee)
This photo was taken while I was in the top of a tree house looking down on a field in Tennessee.
Scenery: Sunset (Lake Texoma, TX)
My daughter worked a youth camp this summer between her sophomore semesters in college. She had time before the kids started showing up to document some of the beauty of the facility and it's surroundings.
Very quick and simple, and just uses one pan. We love them!
Stop Bacon Splatter
When you cook bacon on the stove, you can stop the splatter of grease on your stove and your hands and arms by putting a wadded up paper towel in the pan with the cooking bacon.
Strawberry Melon Fizz
A cold drink, fresh fruit, and so pretty. What's not to like?
Use Plastic Bags Instead of Styrofoam
A friend of mine was moving large speakers from CO to CA on a bus. We packed them in boxes and used wadded up plastic grocery bags instead of newspaper or peanuts.
This is a deer my husband and I saw on our walk one morning in Weekii Wachee preserve.
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