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August 23, 2011
Protecting Grass from Dogs
Is there anything in the stores, such as a mesh, that I can put down so my grass can grow? I want to protect it from my dogs. It is dying where they run on it.
Recycling Pill Bottles
Where can I recycle medication bottles? I live near Palm Springs, California.
Making Braided Rugs
How do you make braided rugs?
What Breed is My Dog?
I know that she is a German Shepherd, but I do not know what she is mixed with. We got her from the animal shelter.
Sealing Dried Flowers
What type sealer or spray can you use on hydrangea plants after they are dried out?
Bunny Losing His Fur
Our five year old Rex bunny has started to lose his fur in patches from between his ears and on his back. There are no other animals bugging him or causing this hair loss. It is in a location that he can't reach. We don't know what is causing this?
Do you have to dig out gladiola bulbs after blooming and keep inside til next spring? Or can you leave them in the ground all year?
Getting Rid of Hornets
We seem to have an infestation of hornets and cannot seem to find the nest anywhere. Does anyone have an inexpensive solution to repelling the little pests? My husband is allergic to the bites. Please help, we do not have the finances to call in an exterminator.
Hanging a Bird Feeder to Avoid Droppings on the Deck
I would like to have a bird feeder on my back deck, but I am concerning about having "droppings" on the deck. Is there any particular design that would be good to help avoid this aspect of having a bird feeder.
Squirrels Digging Up Tulips
Squirrels dug up all my tulips; how can I stop them?
Moving to Florida
Need info about relocating to Englewood, Florida. I have not come up with much on the internet. Also, with frugality and simple needs in mind, where is the best place to live in Florida?
We live in hardiness zone 6a. My friend gave me some cut geraniums which rooted and are doing well in an outdoor container.What do I have to do to have them survive the coming cold weather?
Crocheting a Rug Using Plarn
This is a guide about crocheting a rug using plarn - plastic yarn. Cutting grocery bags into strips makes a durable and very inexpensive material for making throw rugs for your kitchen, bathroom, and entryways.
Fundraising Ideas for a Nonprofit Organization
This is a guide about fundraising ideas for a nonprofit organization. There are many ways to earn money in your community, such as car washes, yard sales, pancake breakfasts, auctions and other organized events.
Fly Repellent Recipes
This page contains fly repellent recipes. With summer comes open doors and windows and more flies. Find recipes and techniques to safely shoo those flies away.
Freezing Melons (Cantaloupe, Crenshaw,...
This is a guide about freezing melons, such as cantaloupe, crenshaw, honeydew, and watermelon. Melons all become ripe at once and preserving them is the best way to get that summertime flavor in the cold winter months.
Cleaning a Pizza Stone
This is a guide to cleaning a pizza stone. Pizza stones are a great way to make tasty pizza with a crisp crust at home. It's easy to make a mess though if you pile your pizza too high.
My Frugal Life: Frugal Finesse Success
Living frugal is very important these days, especially to those with the economic job struggles, two jobs to one household downsizing, etc. I took a good long look at my financial situation, I started to take notes, and most importantly, making a diary of spending.
Creating a Family Cookbook
This is a guide about creating a family cookbook. Preserving and sharing tried and true family recipes is a fun and sometimes overwhelming activity. There are many considerations even after you have collected together all of the recipes.
Saving Money on Baking Supplies
This is a guide about saving money on baking supplies. If you like to bake from scratch you will need a well stocked pantry. All of the necessary ingredients needed for baking can become quite costly.
Cleaning a Garbage Disposal
With all the food and other waste that gets run through a garbage disposal it definitely needs to be cleaned occasionally. Regular cleaning will help the performance and extend the life of your garbage disposal also. This is a guide about cleaning a garbage disposal.
Removing Permanent Marker
I was able to get permanent black marker off of wood logs with Goof Off.
Displaying a Baseball Hat Collection
This is a guide about displaying a baseball hat collection. Collecting baseball caps is a fun pastime for the avid fan. Now that you have a growing collection you may need some ideas for displaying them.
Clear Signs to Promote Your Garage Sale
When having a garage sale, bright, clear signs are a must. I use neon poster board and paint on it with black paint. You can see them in time to stop at the sale without driving by and having to turn around.
Wrapping a Present
This is a guide about wrapping a present. Whether it's flashy paper and thick coiled ribbon or simple brown paper tied with a string, wrapping a present can be an important part of gift giving.
Store Crayons In Baby Wipe Container
I run a day care and we put all crayons in an old baby wipe container. We also have one with markers, and one with colored pencils.
20 Tips for Saving Money on Your Electric Bill
This is a guide about saving money on your electric bill. Finding ways to save money on your electric bill can really help the family budget.
My solution to buying or selling books is to swap your books for another book, CD or DVD. This helps to lessen the carbon footprint, and you get an item that you want! There are a few swap sites that you should check into, such as swap.com
Frugal Scrap Rug
While in my local craft store, I found a nice sized latch hook canvas. I started saving my little yarn clippings from knitting and crocheting and now I am using them for my rug!
Decorating Scrapbook Paper And Cardstock
I love buying scrapbook paper, but some seem a little pricey, especially the glitter paper. I got the idea to add my own touch to the paper with glitter glue and dimensional fabric paint.
Determining the Value of Old Records
I have old 78 records. How do I find out if they are worth any money?
I love this apple recipe. Also a good one for late summer and early fall when apples are ripening on the trees in our area.
Honey Dressing for Fruit
Yummy and sweet!
When to Harvest Spaghetti Squash
How do you know when your spaghetti squash is ready to harvest?
Keeping Mice Out of Your Home
Who can seal the perimeter of my home/ I'm having problems with mice. Orkin suggested I get it done so I can keep the mice out.
Bugs Eating the Wood Under the Counter
I have bugs that are eating the wood under the kitchen counter. What do I do?
Is Broccoli Good Or Bad For Dogs?
I'm wondering about other people's experience with feeding their dog broccoli. I was just preparing dinner and decided to give our dog Honey a couple of pieces. As soon as I gave it to her, I was immediately concerned that I was feeding her something off the toxic list.
Using Papaya Sap in Glue
Can papaya sap be an additive component of glue?
Eliminating a Musty Smell from a Room
I live in a mobile home. This back room is starting to smell so musty. There are no leaks so it isn't the water heater. I can't afford a dehumidifier, but need to get rid of this smell. Any help would be appreciated.
Saving Money on Bras
Bras are so expensive, and a good fit makes such a difference to posture and appearance. I sew tucks in the straps and backs of bras that have stretched, to tighten the fit again.
Tool Used to Repair Tents
What is the gadget called that you use to sew something? It is not a sewing machine, but more like a hole punch with thread attached. I think it was created to repair tents.
Decorating and Food Ideas for a Talent Show
We are having a church wide talent show for all ages and I need decorating ideas and food ideas on a low budget.
Learn how to make beautiful flowers to decorate a cake, made from store bought gumpaste.
Getting Rid of Dust Mites
Can anybody help? Dust mites bother me all the time. I've tried sprays and I keep my home dust free. What else can I do?
Plants that Improve the Soil
What can I plant to help my small organic garden soil in the mild CA winter besides peas? I have another veggie garden about twice the size of this one in the photo.
Back To School Supply Sales For Home Office Needs
Now is a perfect time to take advantage of some really great sales bargains, not just for back to school supplies for your children, but also for your own home office needs.
Cleaning Window Screens
I buy inexpensive baby wipes and wipe them over window screens. It gets all the dirt off with no inconvenience.
Crunchy Grape Salad
Fast, easy and can be made the night before. Grapes with a crunch.
Eat More Protein For Snacks
The best diet snack is protein. It will satisfy your hunger for a lot longer than carbs. A little peanut butter spread in a stalk of celery is great. A hard boiled egg is another great choice.
Elway (Siamese Mix)
Elway is a 4 year old Siamese mix. My son chose Elway as a tiny kitten; he had to be bottle fed! He was a cute little white fuzzball! Elway likes to play in boxes and play with foil balls.
Garden: Jalapenos From Blossom To Yum
My veggie garden is limited to a few pots on a patio instead of in a yard garden now. No matter where you grow your veggies or herbs of choice it's inspiring, intriguing and beautiful to watch them grow from infancy to maturity.
Garden: Plumeria in the Summer Time
While visiting my sister, she gave me a tour of her backyard. These beautiful flowers are in bloom, what a scent!
Homemade Ear Cleaning Solution
I am a professional pet groomer, I hated spending so much money on ear cleaning solution. I researched a lot and came up with my own mix and it works great. Not only does it save me a lot of money, but I know all the ingredients it has in it.
Identifying Beneficial Garden Insects
My general rule of thumb: the ladybug, praying mantis, and spider can stay. Grasshoppers, ants, aphids, beetles, slugs, snails, and any other bug I find on or under the leaves must go.
Keeping Vegetables and Fruit Crisper
I had a problem with my cucumbers going bad faster than I thought they should but I wasn't sure why. They started smelling like they were being pickled, when saved in a container and sliced ready for my next snack.
Lemon Supreme Dessert Cake
This is a cake that satisfies the most fussy of lemon flavored dessert lovers. It is both easy and delicious, cool and refreshing. Great for summer parties and family meals anytime. It's one of our favorite cakes.
Municipal Health And Fitness Facilities
The city pool where I live has a weight room, and offers group exercise classes. While not as fancy as most commercial gyms, the family membership is significantly less than what we'd pay for just one person at a gym.
Photo: An Unbroken Bond
PaPa and his beautiful granddaughter, Irie. My brother has a special bond with his little granddaughter, Irie "Bean". The emotions you feel when you watch them together is amazing.
Plant Seeds Now for a Second Season Crop
Mid to late summer is a great time to plant seeds for a "second season" crop. After harvesting early maturing crops like salad greens, radishes, peas, and spinach, plant a second wave of your favorite cool-season vegetables for a bountiful fall harvest.
Recycled Window Table
I saw a "window table" while I was driving by a yard sale. I found it to be interesting. I don't know how useful it would be other than for decoration. The flat part of the table was an old window with multiple panes in it.
Rocky adopted me about 3 years ago and loves to sneak up on the porch and eat my cat's food. She loves to play in my tomato plants and herbs. She always like to turn the water bowl over to let me know she has been there.
Safety When The Lights Go Out
Everyone's electricity goes out now and then. Trying to maneuver through the house with a flashlight in one hand or with a candle can be tricky and/or dangerous.
Scenery: Arches National Park (Moab,...
These pictures are from our recent motorcycle trip to Arches National Park in Moab, UT. The first picture is the Wilson Arch just outside Moab and the second picture is inside the park.
Setting Up Your Garage Sale For Success
Garage sales are a lot of work to set up and operate. Don't miss out on potential sales because folks can't find you. Follow local ordinances regarding these sales. Prepare carefully. Good luck.
I have posted this in the past, but I will add it to this grouping. If you put your bananas in a brown plastic grocery bag and a clear or white plastic grocery bag in the refrigerator, they stay fresh much longer. They don't discolor either.
Super Easy Sausage and Pirogies
This is so easy, and so good!
Vegetable Beef Soup
This recipe uses things I usually have on hand at home. It is so wonderful to just watch this recipe come together, let alone to enjoy serving it!
Wildlife: Hummingbird After a Summer Rain...
My daughter loves to take pictures. Her dad bought her an extra nice camera this past Christmas. She caught these shots one evening after a summer rain while sitting on a friend's porch.
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