August 16, 2011

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Hand Holding iPhone 4

Using Your Smartphone to Save MoneyThis is a page about using your smartphone to save money. Smartphones have rapidly become ubiquitous in our society. While not everything about these phones is great, they are an easy way to track finances and even get discounts at stores you shop at.


Vintage Hank Aaron Baseball Card Leaning Against Old Baseball

Determining the Value of Baseball Cards?This is a page about determining the value of baseball cards. Many of us have a shoebox stuffed full of baseball cards tucked away in a closet or in the garage somewhere. How do you know if any of those cards are worth anything now?


Cleaning a Vinyl Record

Cleaning Vinyl RecordsThis is a page about cleaning vinyl records. Vinyl records are known for their wonderful warm tone and nostalgic sound. However, a dirty record will not have those desirable qualities.


Spider Hanging on web Outside

Getting Rid Of Spiders Outside HouseWhile spiders are a beneficial arachnid, some carry venom that can be very poisonous to people. This page has answers to the question: Please tell me how to get rid of spiders and their webs from my backyard?


Photo of a stick of Sure deodorant.

Removing Deodorant Stains on ClothingDeodorant can leave stubborn stains on your clothing. These stains can often be removed if you use the right cleaning methods. This is a page about removing deodorant stains from clothing.


Christmas tree on top of an SUV.

Removing Tree Sap from a CarWhen tree sap gets on your car it can be tricky to remove. You'll want to remove the sap without doing damage to the wax below it. This is a page about removing tree sap from your car.


Photo of cherries hanging on a cherry tree.

Growing Cherries (Cherry Trees)A cherry tree is a great addition to your yard. Fresh cherries make great snacks and can be frozen for use throughout the year. This is a page about growing cherry trees.


Caterpillar eating a leaf.

Getting Rid of CaterpillarsThis is a page about getting rid of caterpillars. Caterpillars may be cute but they can quickly devour your plants.


Grapes growing under a net to protect them from the birds.

Protecting Grapes from BirdsThis is a page about protecting grapes from birds.


Using Kettlebells, Saving Money on Kettlebells2 Kettlebells Laying on Concrete

Using KettlebellsThis is a page to using kettlebells. Kettlebell (girya) workouts are an excellent way of building strength and flexibility throughout the body, especially in the core muscles. The basic movements are easy to learn and provide both aerobic and anaerobic exercise.


Photo of a tent set up in the woods.

Removing Mildew from a TentThis is a page about removing mildew from a tent. If you store your tent wet, it's very likely it will develop mildew. The smell of mildew makes a tent a very unappealing place to sleep.


A woman applying a face mask at home.

Homemade Facial Mask RecipesThis is a page for making homemade facial masks. Face masks are a common part of a beauty regimen and can easily be made at home from natural products. Common ingredients can include avocado, honey, essential oils, yogurt and more.


A woman looking at the ends of her damaged hair.

Remedies for Damaged HairThis is a page about remedies for damaged hair. Any time of the year can be hard on your hair. The summer sun and water can dry it out as can the snowy winter. Chemicals and heat from coloring and styling can harm it even more.


Making Your Own Cat Tree, Photo of a homemade cat tree.

Making Your Own Cat TreeThis is a page about making your own cat tree. Cat trees provide a great place for your cats to hang out, sleep and play. Even smaller cat trees can be very expensive.


Remedies For Hair Loss, Man Touching His Balding Head

Remedies For Hair LossThis is a page about remedies for hair loss. Nobody likes to see their hair coming out. Hair loss affects many people and can be a frustrating affliction.


Photo of different types of lettuce.

Keeping Lettuce FreshThis is a page about keeping lettuce fresh. Have you been disappointed when you opened the crisper to get out the lettuce for a green salad, only to find it beginning to rust. The reddish brown tinged leaves are not very appetizing.


Crayon marks on a wall.

Removing Crayon From WallsThis is a page about removing crayon from walls. Removing crayon from walls is something that every parent has to do at some point. Unfortunately, crayon can be pretty difficult to remove.



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Pork Chops in Onion and Beer SauceBeer adds a really good taste. The chops are tender, and the sauce really delicious.


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Picnic SaladEasy Peasy! Delicious while being so simple.


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Chocolate Lemon Biscuit SliceA delicious slice which is made more delicious with the lemon icing which soaks into the biscuit.


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Creamy Citrus Berry ToppingHere is a yummy, quick, and easy topping for any type of fresh berries, including grapes, you might choose.



Sophie the Toy Poodle Sitting on Floor by Bed

Sophie (Toy Poodle)Sophie is a 5 year old Toy Poodle. She was rescued from a shelter in Ohio, where she was left after she could no longer breed puppies. You can see it in her mischievous eyes, that she is a spunky tomboy by day.


Red Peonies and Birdhouse Against Side of Red Shed

Garden: Birdhouse With PeoniesThis is a picture of a old shed in my yard that my husband painted. My favorite flowers are blooming, Peonies. The birdhouse was made by my husband's father that is deceased now and my grandson painted it for us.


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Baking Soda in My RefrigeratorI always keep a fresh box of opened baking soda in my refrigerator. I try to remember to change it out every two months. If I get a sudden odor from a bag of cut-up onion or something like that, I put a slice of bread on each shelf in the refrigerator.


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Bubbles for the GardenKeep several bottles of bubbles on bricks around the parameters of your garden if you have lots of bug problems. Let the kids play with the bubbles around the garden, not really blowing them directly on the plants but above them.


Sliding glass doors with white twin sheets as curtains behind lace curtains.

Use Sheet for CurtainsOur sliding glass door has old lace curtains on a spring-loaded rod. I went to Walmart and bought 2 twin size white sheets and a second rod.


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Use Baby Powder for Greasy HairPut baby powder in your hair and then brush it out. I suggest brushing it out outside or in your shower for easier clean up.


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Using Olive Oil for Greasy HairHair gets greasy when shampoo is too hard. To solve this problem, just give your hair the oil it needs:


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Homemade Ant TrapsI used this thrifty recipe instead of purchasing expensive ant baits, and it really works well because the sugar draws the ants in. It only takes a couple of days to see results, and it is disposable.


Closeup of Large Purple Spring Flower

Garden: Spring is in the Air (Pretoria, Gauteng, South...Finally, after a particularly harsh winter, spring is in the air! We went to the Safari Garden Centre today to buy some seeds in preparation for our summer garden. What a total bliss to see some color again.


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Bananas in the GardenOh my dear, I love bananas trees. I lived in Florida and I would go in the wild to get them. I would transfer them into my back yard. In the winter sometimes it was hard to keep them.


Deer in Suburban Garden

Scent Fences for Repelling Deer and RabbitsAlthough walls and fences are the most effective means of keeping deer and rabbits out of your garden, they are not always a practical solution. "Scent fences" can be an alternative - especially when they have plenty of other places to go in search of food.


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Using Corn Starch for Greasy HairWe used to do with my bedridden grandmother. Sprinkle a little baby powder or even better, a bit of cornstarch in her hair to refresh it. Then brush it briskly to remove the oils with the powder being brushed out.


Use Hair Conditioner as Shaving CreamMy aunt taught me a long time ago that if you use hair conditioner for shave lotion/gel/cream it works just as good, even better. I have used this for years. A couple of years ago I got married, and my husband uses it now for his face. His face is sensitive.


Pillow sham draped over the back of the couch

Place Ice Bag in Pillow ShamThe muscles in my back bunched up at work yesterday and it's left me rather sore. I knew I needed to put ice on it, but I didn't feel like messing with it. This morning I had to put ice on it.


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Temporary Fix for Greasy HairA quick temporary fix to greasy hair is to just sprinkle a bit of baby powder or talcum powder in it, and fluff it through. It will buy a bit of time until the hair can be washed!


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Calculating the Costs to Board Your HorseIf you live in a city or large town, there is probably more than one stable or home that rents out space for your horse.


Lilly Lulu, Orange Cat, Sitting Garden

Lilly Lulu (Domestic Long Hair)Lilly Lulu is a 2 year old Domestic Long Hair. We got our beautiful Lilly when a girl posted her for free on Craigslist. This young lady was off to college and could not care for her anymore.


Sunset on the Ohio River

Scenery: Sunset (Ohio River)I took this picture in July while fishing the Ohio River. This is my family's favorite place to fish. We love sitting on the river bank watching the sunset.


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Use Homemade Astringent and Mask for AcneStart by cleaning your face. I use glycolic cleaner, it's non-irritating and helps clean pores out. A mixture of cinnamon and lime or lemon juice is excellent after washing your face.


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Save Money On Amazon PurchasesTo save money on Be sure to check out Amazon's warehouse, It is full of refurbished and open-box items featured at lower prices. All Warehouse purchases are covered by Amazon's standard 30-day return policy.


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Attract Butterflies with Native PlantsAttracting butterflies can be easily be accomplished by using native plants. In my midwest location some of the best plants are Coreopsis, Rudbeckia (Black-eyed Susan) and Echinacae (Coneflower).


Close Up of Elephant at the Zoo

Scenery: Elephant (Saint Louis Zoo, MO)Last year, me and my husband took a trip to Saint Louis. We went to the zoo


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Organizing Electrical CordsTake empty toilet tissue or paper towel cardboards and use them to store extension cords, Christmas string lights, or any cords in them. They work great.


Orange kitten and black kitten on auto sun shield

Auto Sun Shield for Cat BedMy sun shield for the car had fallen off the table and landed upside down. It was the silver kind that looks like aluminum foil. I found my kittens, Tommy and Peanut, had made themselves a nice comfortable nap mat out of it.


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Getting Food Home From the Grocery StoreWhere we live, it's at least a 20 minute drive home from the closest grocery store. So it never fails, whenever I buy cold foods, they are warm by the time I get home, and frozen foods are melted.


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Make Your Own Blackboard PaintAll you need to make your own blackboard paint without buying a whole can and having all that left over is two ingredients: acrylic paint and unsanded tile grout powder, which you can buy in a small sack.


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Add Eggs To Sage StuffingThis is for any stuffing recipe containing sage. The addition of chopped boiled eggs and chicken broth makes the the flavor deeper and the dressing healthier, since it has protein in it from the eggs.



Black and white cat on cat tree.

Cat With High Liver Enzymes and...My 3 year old female cat has lost about a pound in the last 6 months. Other than the weight loss, she hasn't really had any other symptoms. She's not overly active, but she does run around with the kittens at night. She has been wanting a lot more attention since December, but I thought she was just growing out of her teenage years.


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Treating Leg Blisters?For some reason, I keep getting some nasty leg blisters. What is the best treatment for them?


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Name Ideas for a House Cleaning and Dog Walking Business?My sister and I need a name for our business. We will be cleaning houses, ironing, and dog walking. Our names start with B and E.


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Favorite House Seasoning Recipes?What is your favorite house seasoning? I use Paula Deen's House Seasoning with garlic powder, salt, and black pepper. The exact measurements are on her website.


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Removing a Rusted Bolt Under Kitchen Faucet?We are trying to replace our kitchen faucet, but one of the bolts to hold it in place underneath is rusted so badly WD40 won't loosen it at all. Any suggestions welcome. We are trying to do this on our own without an expensive plumber bill.


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Buying Kettlebells Cheaply?I've noticed that kettlebells are much more expensive than hand weights. Even Wal-Mart has high prices on them. Have you seen them being sold cheaper anywhere? I suppose a detergent bottle is an alternative!


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Using Alum for Canning Pickles?How much alum should I use when canning pickles?


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Tomatoes Cracked and Yellow on Top?Why are my tomatoes cracked and yellow on a small part of the top?


White dog with yellow ears lying on a rug.

What Breed is My Dog?My dog is about 1 year old, sometimes her ears stand up and sometimes they flop straight out. She hardly barks, but when she does it's a high pitch yip. She never whines; I don't think she knows how. She has a curly tail and short coat. She weights about 65 lbs. and has lots of energy.


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Planning a Large Sweet 16?I'm looking for a place where I can invite about 100-110 people to my birthday party. It also must allow me to bring in my own food.


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Tiny Black Bugs in the Cupboard?I have tiny black bugs in my cupboard, what might they be?


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Removing Pet Stains and Odor from Hardwood Floors?I have oak floors that have been stained by dogs. Does anyone have any ideas on how I could wash the smells out?


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Planting and Caring for a Spruce Tree?I bought a 4 foot spruce that is currently planted in a very large (cardboard) container from the tree farm. It has been on my porch for almost 2 years and I would like to plant it in my yard. Does any one have any suggestions as to type of soil it needs and care once I plant it?


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Treating Recently Spayed Cats for Fleas?My kittens are 13 weeks old and were spayed 12 days ago. When we brought them home from the shelter, we discovered they were infested with fleas. Are we able to give them a flea bath before the stitches come out?


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Suggestions for Banquet Honoring Police Officers, Firefighters, and EMTs?My church would like to host a meal and give some gifts to police officers, firefighters, and EMTs on 9/11. I would like suggestions for decorations, gifts, and possible entertainment. Thanks.


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Using the Dishwasher as a Drying Rack?I was reading in a magazine at the doctor's office about organizing a kitchen. The article advised removing your dish rack/drainer from the counter because it makes the kitchen look cluttered and use your dishwasher to drain the dishes.


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Recipe for Chinese Long Beans?I would like to know if anyone has the recipe for the long green beans that they make in Chinese restaurants? They are crunchier. I hope someone can help me.


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Removing Urine from Couch Cushions and Frame?A friend's son had quite a big "accident" on my daughter's loveseat when he slept over, but didn't tell her. My daughter and her kids discovered it the following day, late in the afternoon when they were sitting on the couch and noticed it was pretty damp.


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Getting Rid of Fruit Flies?This morning I got up and opened my fridge. There were many half dead fruit flies in there. I must throw out all the food that may have been open. I even find dead ones in the freezer. I have so many; I kill them daily.


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Fixing Dents in Lampshades?My husband put his wet hat over my lampshade and turned it on for a while. Now I have a dented ring around the top.


Looking for Buy Now Pay Later Companies?Are there any other companies like Country Door or Grandpointe where you can buy now and pay by the month?


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Planting Seed Potatoes?I would like information for planting seed potatoes, as in depth, distance apart, hilling, etc.


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Removing Cigarette Smell on a Leather Satchel?My daughter purchased a small leather satchel at a flea market. Unfortunately the prior user must have smoked as it reeks. Any suggestions for removing the smell? A shoe repair person suggested diluting Lestoil with water and rubbing. Will this work? Damage the leather?


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Organizing Photos and Keepsakes?What is the best way to organize photos and keepsakes? I am a bit too lazy to do scrapbooking, is there a lazy person's way to having nice albums?


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Caring for a Month Old Puppy?Please help me. I got a Doberman pup (Taz) who is 27 days old. He doesn't drink milk at all. He has been hungry for for 2 days. I am very tense about it. Please give me some suggestions on what and how to feed him.


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Dog Pees in the House When Excited?Is it normal for a Jack Russell to pee when excited? He will pee if you pet him or even talk to him. I do not know what to do, and we have carpet in the house. He jumps on the bed when the grandsons come over and pees on the bed, and gets on the furniture and pees too, what can I do?


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Using Leftover Candle Wax?I love scented candles, however there is much more candle left. Can anyone suggest to me what I can do with the rest of the wax? I am tired of throwing away my money.


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Where to Get Clay Pots for Crafts?Where can I find clay pots for crafts? I want to order in bulk at wholesale prices. I need assorted sizes.


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Freezing Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup?Can homemade chicken noodle soup be frozen? Would it be best to freeze the noodles separately?


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