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Willy Wonka Costume IdeasThis is a page about Willy Wonka costume ideas. Whether you are basing your costume on the classic book by Roald Dalh, the movies or the popular line of candy, there are many costume ideas to choose from.
Saving Money On Spa TreatmentsThis is a page about saving money on spa treatments. Beauty services, such as manicures, pedicures, facials, massages, scrubs, body wraps and hair treatments, can cost a lot of money at a fancy salon or day spa. Here are ways to cut the costs down while still allowing yourself to be pampered.
Making a Nurse CostumeThis is a page about making a nurse costume. The nurse costume is a classic option for Halloween, costume parties or just plain dress-up. From Florence Nightingale to a modern ER nurse this is very popular costume for children and adults alike.
Making an Orc Costume (Lord of the Rings)This is a page about making an orc costume. The orcs in Lord of the Rings are very scary creatures indeed. Be the fright of the night with a homemade orc costume. This is a great costume to make for Halloween or cosplay.
Making a Ninja CostumeThis is a page about making a ninja costume. Put your stealth and skills to use this Halloween by dressing up as a ninja. With a few pieces of black clothing and a few props this is an inexpensive costume to make.
Cucumber Salad with Sour Cream DressingFeel free to switch very thinly sliced green onions for the red onions in this recipe. You can also use the dry ranch dressing mix but, since it's potent you might want to add one half teaspoon at a time to the sour cream and taste test.
Ham and Apple Cheese BakeLove the apples in this.
Garlic LinguiniThis is a quick pasta dish and heaven for garlic lovers! Excellent served with a salad tossed with balsamic or red wine vinaigrette, and crusty bread smothered with unsalted butter.
Carrot and Orange MarmaladeThis is a delicious and healthy recipe. It's one way of getting your kids to eat veggies!
Vegetable Cheese SoupLove the combination of vegetables in this soup!
Beef Stroganoff SandwichesSuch yummy and juicy sandwiches!
Round Up To Save MoneyI always keep a log of everything we spend and I always round up the total. For example: if I spent $1.25, I always round it up to $2.00. It sounds small, but after awhile, it really adds up. I never have too worry about being overdrawn.
Homemade Ninja CostumeThe main things needed for this costume are black sweats and a toy sword. The best part is you may own the clothing pieces already and your child can wear them after Halloween too.
Tea Tree Oil for Cleaning BathroomsThis recipe also works as a hand sanitizer. The recipe calls for 1/4 teaspoon tea tree oil and 1 cup water. Sometimes I will make more by using 1 teaspoon of tea tree oil and 4 cups of water.
Surprise for the Path GardenAnother surprise tucked away in the garden today. These look to be wooden dolls, but may be resin. I picked up one and the far hand is missing. So I sat it back and will go look tomorrow and glue them down where they were left, on the ladder.
Recycling TVsTV repair shops will receive old TVs for recycling and reusing. Perhaps you've seen those businesses highlighted on TV shows, who hire workers to take the televisions apart piece by piece.
Get Rid Of Clutter 15 Minutes at a TimeClearing up clutter is a step by step process. I have learned that I can accomplish anything if I break it up into 15 minute increments.
Growing Mimosa TreesMimosa trees are beautiful when they're blooming. I was thrilled when we moved here to find a huge one in our side yard. We live in the country, zone 7B, and they grow wild here. Be warned, they grow fast, but have weak limbs.
Ideas for Storing BooksBooks are among my most valued treasures! I believe they are part of what makes my house a home. As a senior citizen, I'd like to share with you what I have learned.
Yahoo's Online CalendarA couple of years ago I started playing around with my Yahoo calendar and can honestly say, "I love it". It didn't take me long to figure it out and one afternoon it took me about an hour to add family birthdays, anniversaries, and other dates important to me.
Dish Soap To Clean HouseplantsI've read many tips that say to use banana skins or mayo to clean houseplants. I don't like using these or any other such thing on my plants because they leave a coating on the leaves which can block them from getting air and/or water.
Photo: Hillbilly GranddaughterMom caught this pose of my granddaughter when she put this straw hat on. It looked complete with her overalls.
Baby Powder for Squeaky FloorI have had great results using this little trick my mom told me about many years ago. We used to live in an old farm house with wood floors that squeaked everywhere. She sprinkled baby powder on the floor, and swept in into the cracks.
Mimosa Trees in GeorgiaHaving a mimosa tree in your yard in the south is fairly common, but there are problems. That it is easy to grow and make beautiful shade fast is a plus. However, you can't overlook that the seed pod litter can be annoying.
Sort Earrings By ColorI love earrings so I have a lot. I was constantly having to go through so many each time I chose an outfit. I organized them in a divided box made for that purpose, I sorted by color.
Eat Fruit Instead of Sweets for Weight LossQuit eating sweets; no ice cream, cake, pie, cookies, candy, soda, cream sauces. Fruits are great sources of sweetness and full of vitamins that are good for the skin, eyes and body without the empty calories.
Scheduling Dog Meds On CalendarI mark everything on my calender. When my pets' flea med is due, I mark it down. I do the same with meds such as heart worm med, I put a little heart on the calender.
Garden: A Couple of CarrotsThis was the first year in a long time that I have had a vegetable garden.
Making a Homemade Nurse CostumeThis is a more adult version of the nurse costume. It's inexpensive and easy to put together for your next Halloween party.
Organize Coupons by Type of PackagingI have found it easiest for me to organize my coupons by the type of packaging whenever possible.
Making a Homemade Carrot CostumeThis site has a simple, inexpensive solution for making a homemade baby carrot costume.
Scenery: Yellow Honeysuckle (Sunset...I loved this blossom! While my husband and I were hiking above Sunset Beach here on the Oregon Coast, we came across these unique blossoms. I'd never seen anything like them before in my life.
Easy to Remember PasswordsI don't use many different screennames to keep it simple, but here is how I remember my passwords. I write them down, and carry most in my wallet, but I disguise them with words and numbers that only I would know or understand.
Making a Homemade Orc Costume (Lord of the...Orc magazine has several variations on the orc costume, including the homemade version pictured here.
Towhee (California)I took this digital photo this afternoon in the garden here near the patio. The bird was sitting on the fence, and had been in the tomato garden earlier when I was out there.
Discount Spa Services at Beauty SchoolEveryone needs a pick me up now and then. If you are in need of a little pampering, check to see if their is a beauty school nearby. You would be amazed at the services offered and how inexpensive they are.
El Cheapo's Easy Homemade BiscuitsWhy spend 1 dollar or more for 1 fast-food biscuit when you can make 25 biscuits for less than $2.00? Biscuits are easy to make right. To make good biscuits, handle the dough as you would a baby - softly, gently, and with a light touch.
Making a Homemade Oompa Loompa CostumeYour child will be thrilled to dress up as a dancing and singing Oompa Loompa. This site has an excellent homemade solution, complete with a roly poly Violet, ready to be squeezed.
Turn Cloth Scraps Into Cute TP HolderDon't throw away those old cloth scraps you've accumulated. It just takes a few little pieces to sew together a toilet paper roll holder. If you aren't good with sewing, you can also use a hot glue gun.
Fireplace TipsIt is getting to be that time of year and in some places already cold enough for that evening fire. So before this starts many people have their fireplaces checked to make sure the chimney is clear of all debris, animals, and built up soot.
Use Vinegar To Clean Makeup BrushesI use scar makeup, which is as thick as stage makeup. Well, a lot of that inevitably ends up on my powder brush, and after a bit it needs to be cleaned. I've tried expensive brush cleaners and high-end shampoos, but nothing worked!
Chalkboard Labeled GlassesCreate chalkboard labeled glasses for your next party!
Five Houseplants to Grow Just for FunThe following five houseplants are worth growing just for the sheer fun of it. All share a few common features - they are obtained from planting seeds, pips, or plant tops from fruits and vegetables you buy for eating.
Shelby (Kitten)Shelby is a 3 month old kitten. I have a cat in my neighborhood that goes from house to house. One day she showed up with 3 kittens. Then another day she left and took 2 of the kittens with her but left one behind.
Careful With Mimosa TreesPlease be careful where you plant a mimosa tree. They grow really fast, and they attract ants like crazy! Either of these can make the "pretty tree" quite a pest for you, and/or your neighbors.
Millie (Chihuahua/Rat Terrier Mix)"Millie" (short for Millionaire), is a 3 year old Chihuahua/Rat Terrier Mix. I walked into a gas station 3 years ago and there she was running circles around the store, causing complete chaos.
The Queen's Linen TablecothsA few decades ago I saw an interview with the Royal Launderer, who said that the Queen's tablecloths were never washed. Instead, they were spot cleaned for stains. He said, with a straight face that they used spit.
Bedroom MuralThis is the first mural I painted, on my bedroom in my old apartment. Sometimes I have trouble sleeping; so when I can't sleep, I paint. On my bedroom wall I decided to paint the ocean. It had fish jumping in the water, the sand was even textured.
Organize Yarn in Newspaper BagsI like to store yarn of the same color together. I use those skinny plastic newspaper bags to store yarn that is the same together. I squeeze out all the air and knot the bag.
Ideas for a Sleepover?I need sleepover ideas for 9 and 10 year olds.
Orange Spots on My Whites?What is causing orange spots on my whites and how do I get rid of them?
Growing a Peach Tree from a Pit?How do I start a peach tree from the pits I've saved?
Tiny Red Flea-like Flying Insects?I keep finding these little red bugs in my home. They are very tiny, resemble a flea, and fly. So far no one has shown any signs of being bitten or anything, but I keep finding them throughout the house, especially on the walls in my bathroom (I also have them flying around in the living room).
Cat Urine Stain on Clothing?I have a top that I really like and the cat urinated on it. It has a big stain and I'm wondering how do I get my top cleaned?
Taking Cuttings from Thornless Blackberries?How do I get slips from thornless blackberries?
Recycling Empty Pill Bottles?Any thoughts on recycling pill bottles in the Buffalo, NY area?
Names Ideas for an Organizing Business?I am starting a new organizing business, and I am stuck on the name. I want the name to be something with serenity in it. Any ideas?
Planting Plum Pits?When planting plum pits do you break the shell off and take the seed out to plant or do you plant the whole thing? Please help.
Best Selling Crafts?What crafts are selling these days?
Gas Oven Does Not Heat Up Correctly?I have found that my stove (gas) is not heating enough. I put it at 400 degrees F and my food is not cooking in the time that it should. My stove is two years old.
Balloon Heart Table Centerpiece?I recently decided to take on a decoration project for my sister's anniversary. As I was browsing the internet I found this beautiful table balloon centerpiece, but I have no idea on how to begin.
Removing Permanent Marker from Fabric?How do I remove a felt tip or permanent marker pen line from a white cotton duvet cover?
Getting Rid of a Wart Near My Eye?I have a wart growing just below my left lower eyelid. I'd like to find a way to get rid of it naturally, but with it being so close to my eye, I'm a bit worried. Any suggestions? Thanks so much!
Wiring a Service Disconnect?How do you wire a 30amp disconnect switch box to #6 overhead wire? I am running 12-2 from the switch box to the #6 coming into the building. Do you connect the black 12-2 wire to one of the #6 wires and the white 12-2 wire to the other #6 wire?
Growing Blackberries and Raspberries in a Container?Can anyone tell me the best way to grow blackberries and raspberries in containers? I have wild blackberries all around my back yard, but the wildlife beats me to them!
Using Pantyhose to Clean Dogs Teeth?Has anyone ever heard of using a section of pantyhose wrapped around your finger to gently clean your dogs teeth?
Replacement Parts for H2O Ultra Mop?I have an H20 Ultra mop and the turn adapter part 23 is broken. They charge a fortune for the replacement. Does anyone know where I can get a replacement?
Texas Sage Cuttings?How do I root cuttings of Texas sage?
Using Frozen Tomatoes?My sister placed 2 one-gallon bags of tomatoes in my freezer without my knowledge. They still have the skin and seeds but she did cut them in quarters. Grateful as I am, what can I do with them? Thank you.
Starting Vegetables from Seed Indoors?I have a vegetable garden and this was my first. It did very well, however, I want to start seeds inside and transfer them into the ground next time. So my question is when should I start my seeds inside? I live in the Lubbock, Texas area.
Previously Housetrained Dog Peeing in the House?As of last week, my dog refuses to go outside to potty and has started peeing in my bed. Please help us.
Temperament of Female Cats vs. Male Cats?Why are female cats so temperamental and so much different than male cats?
Low Cost Vet Clinic in New York City?I'm trying to find an affordable veterinary doctor in New York City. My kitten is about 2-3 months old and she has fleas. I'm not even sure where she got them from because I don't take her outside.
Cleaning a Smelly Dishwasher?When I open my dishwasher there is always a foul smell. I checked it and there are no food particles. What do I do to solve this problem? My dishwasher is two years old.