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Homemade Hair Dye RecipesThis 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.
Cleaning Wood SidingThis is a page 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.
How To Do A Perm At HomeThis is a page 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.
Losing Weight After Having a Baby?This is a page 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 GloveWhen 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.
Getting Rid of Tent CaterpillarsCaterpillars can be very destructive to your trees and garden. Here are tips to preventing this pest. This is a page about getting rid of tent caterpillars.
Getting Rid of WaspsThis is a page 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.
Growing PeachesThis 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.
Preventing Hair LossThis is a page 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.
Storing Snow TiresThis is a page 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.
Simple PotatoesVery quick and simple, and just uses one pan. We love them!
Strawberry Melon FizzA cold drink, fresh fruit, and so pretty. What's not to like?
Rhubarb JamThere 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.
Buffalo GuacamoleOkay, I am on another buffalo flavor kick.
Gluten Free ShortbreadI 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.
Soy Ginger MarinadeThis is a great recipe with what I think is almost an Oriental flavor.
Mini Ham FrittatasJust so YUMMY!
Baked BeansThis is very hearty and yummy!
Raw Potato For Healthy SkinRub 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.
Use a 3-Ring Binder to Store ArtworkA 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.
Tips to Save Money on Rental CarsRenting 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:
Troubleshooting a Sewing Machine That is Breaking NeedlesIf 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.
Cold Coffee DivineI 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!
Tips for Buying a Car on CraigslistWhen buying a car on Craigslist it is important to be safe and protect yourself legally in your purchase. Here are some tips:
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.
Getting Rid of Bad BreathMaking 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:
Cover Comforters With SheetsI 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.
Tips for Buying Gardening GlovesGardening 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.
Use Plastic Bags Instead of StyrofoamA 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.
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.
Tips for Saving Money on Parts for Old CarsFinding 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:
Wildlife: DeerThis is a deer my husband and I saw on our walk one morning in Weekii Wachee preserve.
Goof OffShortly 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.
Frequent Grooming CardsMany 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.
Tips for Maintaining a Cat Litter BoxLitter 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:
Finding a Good Estate AttorneyI 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.
Hang Leashes On PegsI 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.
Chloe (Cat)This is our old cat, Chloe. This picture was taken when we first moved into our house.
Tips for Cleaning a LampshadeLampshades 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:
Petroleum Jelly For Nickle AllergyI 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.
Homemade PlaydoughMake homemade playdough with your little ones. The recipe is edible, just in case some goes in the mouth.
Tips for Keeping Area Rugs from MovingKeeping your rug in place is important to prevent falls. Here are a few options for keeping area rugs in place:
Cleaning MirrorsThere 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.
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.
Save Half, Spend HalfEncourage 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.
Stop Bacon SplatterWhen 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.
Introducing a New Kitten to Your DogI 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.
Garden: Starfighter LilyThis 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 Remembering Phone NumbersRemembering 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:
Cleaning Your Garage In Two Hours A DayCleaning 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.
Removing Weeds Without ChemicalsBecause 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.
Clean Your Coffee Maker With VinegarCleaning 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:
Use Facebook Privacy SettingsFacebook 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:
Tips for Finding a Good ContractorFinding 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:
Getting Rid of WaspsA 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.
Setting Up an Online Account at Your LibraryMost 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.
Garden: Mexican SunflowerOne 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.
Tips for Selling a Car on CraigslistHaving 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:
Repairing a Garbage DisposalIf your disposal hums but doesn't turn, try these steps.
Setting Multiple AlarmsI 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.
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.
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?
Getting Rid of Spiders Without Pesticide?Does anyone have a non-toxic way to get rid of spiders?
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?
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?
"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.
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.
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.
Growing Okra?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?
Building Inexpensive Retractable Window Awnings?How can I build inexpensive retractable window awnings?
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.
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.
Homemade Product for Dusting Wood?Does anyone have a recipe for a cleaner for dusting furniture and hardwood floors?
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.
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.
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?
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.