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Buying a Cheap Car for First Time DriverThis is a page about buying a cheap car for a first time driver. Everyone needs a car to start out with. Finding a good but inexpensive starter car is a great way to go.
Cleaning an Air ConditionerThis is a page about cleaning an air conditioner. Air conditioners run much more efficiently when they are clean and well maintained. Cleaning your air conditioner before summer is the best time to clean it.
Using Resistance BandsThis is a page about using resistance bands. Resistance bands can help you to get fit without expensive machines or having to go to the gym.
Keeping Raccoons Out of the Trash?This is a page about keeping raccoons out of the trash. They are at it again. The masked raiders have once again feasted in your trash bin and left a mess for you to clean up. It is difficult to keep these intelligent creatures out of the buffet in your side yard.
Spider Repellent RecipesThis page contains recipes for spider repellent. Many people are scared of spiders, or simply don't want them in or near their house. If you are one of these people, then you need a spider repellent.
Removing Red Wine Stains from TableclothThis is a page about removing red wine stains from a tablecloth. Dinner was perfect up until the wine glass flung itself onto the tablecloth. Spills happen, but removing red wine can be difficult.
Transplanting Lilac BushesThis is a page about transplanting lilac bushes. Lilacs are a lovely, scented, flowering garden shrub. On occasion we need to relocate a bush or transplant some of those free little suckers growing in the shade of the parent plant.
Cleaning Paint BrushesThis is a page about cleaning paint brushes. It is important to properly clean your paint brushes right away after any painting project.
Keeping Raccoons Out of Your GardenThis is a page about keeping raccoons out or your garden. Raccoons are awfully cute little bandits. However, when they start raiding the garden we generally start looking for ways to keep them out.
Preventing AcneThis is a page about preventing acne. Acne can be painful and embarrassing. With the proper skin care regime, you can reduce the amount and severity of breakouts.
Canning PeachesThis is a page about canning peaches. Canned peaches are a great way to preserve summer's sweet bounty.
Finding Estate SalesThis is a page about finding estate sales. When a person or family is liquidating nearly all their possessions, great deals can be found, but you have to know where to look for them.
Cleaning Candle Wax from a TableclothThis is a page about cleaning candle wax from a table cloth. Perhaps you forgot to blow them out after a nice candle lit dinner or maybe the candle just dripped a lot. Either way, you have some messy candle wax to try and get out of your tablecloth.
Organizing Painting Tools and SuppliesThis is a page about organizing painting tools and supplies. Many of us have a number of painting supplies and accessories around the house and garage. However, it can be difficult to get a painting project completed if you can't locate your supplies.
Saving Money on Concert TicketsThis is a page about saving money on concert tickets. Whether you are looking for tickets to the biggest rock/pop act today or are more interested in a small intimate club performance or tickets to the symphony, the costs can really add up.
Mama Ward's PicklesSimple to make "homemade bread and butter pickles". Tried and true family recipe. Unique taste. Great gift if you make several jars at one time.
Apple Harvest CakeA family favorite for years. Yummy!
Spice ChickenIt is fast and easy. It can be marinated and kept in freezer for future preparation.
Mexican Salad DressingVery tasty!
Beef StroganoffThis is an easy and very good recipe; one of my favorites.
Pizza BurgersVery different recipe.
Cherry Nut BreadLove this bread! Great to make and give for Christmas gifts or really, any gift!
Boston Baked BeansNot a personal favorite of mine, but here is one my dad used to love! If you are a white bean lover, you'll probably like this one!
A Word About The Texas DroughtThe city of Houston just put everyone on restrictions concerning watering outdoor plants. Mine are all potted patio plants. The rule is twice a week depending upon whether you are on the even or odd side of the street.
Sammie Girl (Calico)Sammie Girl is a 2 year old Calico. Sammie came to live with us shortly after our precious Maine Coon passed away. She was definately a gift from God.
Dead Horse Point State Park (UT)These are pictures inside the Dead Horse Point State Park in Utah.
Make A Master ListClutter can become overwhelming. My solution is to create a master list of things that are needed to live. Clothes that are needed for our/your way of life, groceries, furniture, and just basic needs which are placed in categories.
Orajel For Bee StingsFor pain relief from bee stings, immediantly put Orajel where you were stung. This is the same thing that babies use when they are teething. Also use with any other stings.
Refinishing an Old End TableI got this table free at a garage sale. It was not in the best of shape as one drawer was stuck and the outside just needed help. I was pretty sure I could refinish the top, but the bottom of the end table had too much "curly ques" to spend the time on.
Cleaning a Front LoaderUse trisodium phosphate, otherwise known as TSP (1/4 cup per load). It will make your clothes cleaner, and remove the mildew from the seal area that smells. Next time, don't buy a front loader.
Summer Energy Saving TipsMy most effective energy saver is using the foil like car windshield visors. I cut them to fit my windows (foil side out), and taped up. The cost out of pocket is about 6 bucks.
Using Mini Flake Wood ShavingsI purchase a product called Dust or Mini Flake made from wood shavings but very fine. I use it for my cats' litter box. I have several cats because I rescued them so I change the box every morning.
Scenery: Riverside Campground (Mt. Hood, OR)These are pictures from our campsite at Riverside Campground in the Mt. Hood National Forest. The first photo, with the large log sticking out above the river, is right at our campsite site. What a gorgeous spot!
Easy Dog Clean-Up Without A BathOver-bathing most dogs can lead to dry skin issues. To avoid this problem, use a simple four-step process in between baths.
Removing A Knot From A Tied Trash BagI have a group that gives things to people in financial difficulties and we get quite a few donations of things in plastic bags with the ties tied in a hard knot.
Use Dish Washing LiquidWhen I was younger I stayed with my grandma, due too a bad winter storm we were snowed in and ran out of shampoo. We used the original green Palmolive dish washing liquid, it made our hair soft, clean, and grease free for several days.
Cleaning a Front Loading Washing MachineI've got a front loading LG washer and what I do is pour bleach in the liquid bleach hole, run your washer on the hottest setting, or if you have one, on the clean tub setting.
My Frugal Life: Use It Up, Fix It Up, Eat It Up!How do I make my money stretch? I buy used as much as I can. Garage sales, thrift shops and www.craigslist.org are my go to places for everything. I purchase most non-food items from thrift shops.
Lemon and IceTo clean my garbage disposal, I slice one lemon in half and toss them into the disposal along with 4 or 5 ice cubes. I turn on the disposal and the cold water. Voila, the disposal is cleaned and freshened all at the same time.
Clothes Washing SavingsWash clothes in cold water, and skip the dryer. A regular load of wash and wear can be hung on the shower curtain rod. Start slow, one load per week = 52 loads a year. Family members may catch on. Good luck.
Tips For Saving On ElectricityFirst, swap out any incandescent lights with compact fluorescent, even your exterior lights. I discovered the latter when my outside light, an incandescent, kept burning out every few weeks.
Coexisting with RaccoonsRaccoons are incredibly intelligent, and very dextrous with their little paws. I would like to impart a few ideas that may help you coexist with these marvelous little bandits. However, as you know, nothing is foolproof.
Use Batteries Instead Of ElectricityTo save on electricity during peak costs, use a battery operated radio. I also use a battery operated lamp in my bedroom. The batteries last a long time, saving money.
Frizzy Hair RemediesIf my hair looks really dried out or frizzy on the ends, here is what I do. I take hand lotion and rub it on my hands, and then I rub it on. Don't use too much or you will look greasy.
Scenery: Sunrise (Cameron, MO)I went from thinking I should be tending to chickens instead of puppies, to "Wow! Look at that! Only God can give me a sunrise like that!" So, I ran into the house, grabbed my camera and started snapping pictures.
Zoey (Heeler/Border Collie)Zoey is a 1 and a half year old Heeler/Border Collie mix. After my heart dog passed away, I was ready for another 'shadow'. I found Zoey online and she needed a new home. Her humans knew she would be a VERY active dog.
Garden: Sunflower GreetingSunflowers greet the sun with a smile!
Keeping Drinks ColdMy husband used to be an auto mechanic at Firestone. Where he worked in the garage, even with the garage doors open and the huge fans blowing it got really hot in there. He liked to drink Gatorade because he said it helped to keep him from feeling dehydrated.
Freezing BananasWhen the banana skins start to get brown, I peel the bananas and wrap each one in plastic wrap. Once I have them all wrapped, I place them in a freezer zip bag and store them in the door of my kitchen freezer.
Have Fun When JournalingDo you love to journal? Me too. Here are some tips for your journaling.
Two More Garden GiftsThis windchime was left at the gate. Very cute. We restrung the danglers and made them shorter. So people signing the Path Garden guest book wouldn't get them tangled up in their hair.
Egg Shells For Slug PreventionMy father once told me of collecting and drying egg shells for the garden. When they are dry you crush them up and spread the pieces at the base of your plants. Slugs and snails won't crawl over the shards.
Getting Rid of Moles in Your YardFrom what I have read, moles are difficult to get rid of. There are lots of things that people try with mixed results, such as putting garlic down the holes. The best solution I found was using castor oil.
Jell-o For HouseplantsAdd a few teaspoons of powdered jell-o into the soil of houseplants. The nitrogen in the gelatin enhances new growth. Also reduces how often the plant needs watering.
Stay At Time Shares Or Rental HomesMy tip for saving at Disney is to always stay at a timeshare rental. For about the same cost as a hotel room, you will have a condo or house with bedrooms, bathrooms, living/dining area and full kitchen.
Store Your Tomatoes Upside DownStoring your tomatoes with the stem-end down at room temperature can greatly extend their shelf life. The area on the top of the tomato where the stem once grew provides an escape for moisture and an entry point for bacteria.
Removing Odors from a FreezerMany years ago, my son unplugged my well stocked freezer to plug in his stereo. Unfortunately, he did not plug the freezer back in when he finished listening to his CD. I didn't realize the freezer was unplugged for close to a month.
Rooting Hormone for Pomegranate Tree Cuttings?Is there a rooting hormone I can buy, either liquid or dry, for pomegranate tree cuttings?
Pretreating Carpet Stains?I would like to know how to remove blood and dog urine from my carpet. I have a professional steam cleaner, as we used to have apartments for rent, but I want to pretreat before I steam clean them. Any ideas? Thanks so much!
Meaning of Dates on Nutrisystem Products?I just started on Nutrisystem and in checking my food all of the dates appearing on the packages seemed to have already expired. The Customer Service Department at Nutrisystem claims these are the production dates and not the expiration dates.
White Shirt Turned Yellow in Wash?I soaked my white cotton shirt in cold water with detergent overnight then washed it, but observed subtle yellow tones in some places! This is a beautiful white shirt that cost a lot of money and I don't want to dye it or not wear it. How can I get back the perfect white color?
Home Remedies for Ear Mites?Is there any way to clean ear mites at home? My dog is allergic to the meds I got from the vet. Help!
Pekingese Won't Eat Dog Food?Does anyone know how to get a Pekingese to go to her food plate and eat dog food? We have an adorable one, but she does not like to eat. No, letting her go hungry does not do it. I am quite positive she would starve if allowed to.
Getting Black Marks Off Polyester Clothing?How do I get black marks off of a teal polyester bridesmaid dress?
Removing Scuff Marks on Shoes?How do you remove scuff marks on orange shoes and yellow high heels?
Homemade Jam Too Thin?I put the sugar in before the pectin when making jam. Now it's too thin. Anyone know how to solve the thickening problem?
Getting Rid of Weeds in Vegetable Garden?I would like to know how to get rid of chick weed and other problem weeds in my vegetable patch.