February 9, 2012

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An old painted concrete floor.

Painting Concrete FloorsThis is a page about painting concrete floors. Whether you are covering up stains or just adding some color to the room, painting a concrete floor can be a big job. Choosing the right paint is important and will ensure your concrete floor looks great after being painted.

 

Uses for Contact Lens Cases, Green and white contact lens case.

Uses for Contact Lens CasesThis is a page about uses for contact lens cases. If you have contact lenses, you probably have several extra cases around. Don't just throw them out, find a creative way to reuse them.

 

Woman writing on a moving box with permanent marker

Labeling Moving BoxesThis is a page about labeling moving boxes. It is very frustrating to arrive at your new home or apartment and not be able to locate the boxes that you need right away. Labeling the boxes well, as they are packed, can do much to smooth out the move and protect your breakables.

 

Sewing with a sewing machine.

Keeping Seams Together When SewingThis is a page about keeping seams together when sewing. There are varying schools of thought on the best way to keep seams together when sewing. Do you pin them or use some other method?

 

Applying for a Passport, US Passport on White Background

Renewing Your PassportThis is a page about renewing your passport. If your passport is getting out of date, it's good thing to plan to get it renewed before you travel internationally.

 

Uses for Old Maps, Photo of an old map.

Uses for Old MapsThis is a page about uses for old maps. Maps get updated often and so it doesn't take long for a map to get out of date. That leaves a lot of old maps to find uses for but fortunately there are many ways to use them.

 

A photo of a girl making paper hearts.

Valentine's Day Crafts for KidsKids love to create crafts for any occasion. Valentine's Day is a popular time for making crafts, with hearts abounding. This is a page about Valentine's Day crafts for kids.

 

Uses for Old Doors, Photo of an old door nob.

Uses for Old DoorsThis is a page about uses for old doors. Old doors often have distinctive designs that can make them useful for many types of decorating ideas. Finding ways to incorporate that old door in your decorating will prevent it from just going to waste.

 

A sewing room garbage can by tying a bag to the table leg.

Sewing Tips and TricksThis page contains sewing tips and tricks. All crafts can be made easier if you are able to pick up some useful tips. Sewing is no exception. Sewing tips can speed up your work and may help you create a nicer final project.

 

Brightly colored black, red, grey, yellow, and white area rug partially unrolled on a wood floor

Decorating with Area RugsThis is a page about decorating with area rugs. Area rugs come in a plethora of designs, shapes and sizes. They add beauty, comfort to any room while protecting the floor as well.

 

Caribbean hotel

Caribbean Vacation TipsThis is a page about Caribbean vacation tips. There are many wonderful places to visit in the Caribbean. Use these helpful hints when planning your Caribbean vacation or share your own.

 

Geraniums in old wheelbarrow planter.

Making a Wheelbarrow PlanterThis is a page about making a wheelbarrow planter. Using an wheelbarrow as a planter can be a fun project and perhaps become a centerpiece of your garden

 

Transferring Records to MP3 or CD

Transferring Records to MP3 or CDThis is a page about transferring records to MP3 or CD. Vinyl records have wonderful warm sound that cannot be replicated digitally. However, they don't travel well so if you are feeling nostalgic for you favorite record in the car, you will need to transfer it to digital media.

 

A child not listening by covering his ears.

Getting Your Kids to ListenGetting kids to listen can be difficult at times and really test your patience. Try these tips and see which works best for you. This is a page about getting your kids to listen.

 

Wet dog wrapped in a blue towel.

Grooming Difficult DogsThis is a page about grooming difficult dogs. Some dogs are terrified of grooming activities, especially baths. They may also resist clipping, brushing, etc. If you have such a dog it can be very frustrating.

 

A sewing machine at work joining fabric.

Sewing Stretchy FabricThis is a page about sewing stretchy fabric. Sewing stretchy fabric can be tricky. You want to follow a few simple steps to ensure that the finished seams lie nice and flat and at the same time do not break when the garment is worn or the item used.

 

A couple loading a moving truck.

Loading a Moving TruckThis is a page about loading a moving truck. Now that all of your boxes are packed and labeled, you need to pack the moving truck. Careful planning in this step can be very helpful and also protect your belongings.

 

The Cloud Gate Bean in Chicago.

Chicago Travel TipsThis is a page about Chicago travel tips. Chicago is a popular destination for sight seeing, history and lots of family fun. Use these helpful ideas when traveling to the Windy City or share your own.

 

Videos

Recycled Kaleidoscope

Recycled KaleidoscopeThis video gives a detailed overview on how to make a neat kaleidoscope from an old CD jewel case.

 

Making a Dog Leash from Plastic Grocery Bags

Making a Dog Leash from Plastic Grocery BagsThis short video teaches you how to make a creative dog leash out of old plastic grocery bags.

 

How To Recycle Paper

How To Recycle PaperThis video about making your own recycled paper is a wonderful DIY project that anyone can do at home.

 

Recipes

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Cake BallsI made these the other day for the first time they were a big hit with everyone.

 

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Pistachio DessertQuick to make. I love Heath Bars!

 

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Steve (Cheese Party Dip)This is a fantastic Super Bowl party recipe, easy to fix and men especially love it.

 

Articles

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My Frugal Life: Frugal Homemade GiftsI try very hard to be creative when giving gifts to friends and family, giving thought to their likes and dislikes, or what may be age appropriate. Having a limited retirement income means I need to be mindful of my pennies, so I do as many people do.

 

Scenery: Ocean (Maui, Hawaii) - waves with the sun shining through the clouds.

Scenery: Ocean (Maui, Hawaii)I love this picture, the way the light shines through the clouds is so majestic to me, I hope you all like it too!

 

Use Stuffed Animals As Dog Toys - a dog holding a stuffed animal in his mouth.

Use Stuffed Animals As Dog ToysI have two very playful dogs and two energetic cats who love to play with toys. In the past, I found myself spending a lot of money on toys to only have then destroyed a few minutes after giving them to my girls.

 

Convert Tank Tops Into Bags

Convert Tank Tops Into BagsTake an old child's shirt, preferably with spaghetti straps. Turn it inside out and sew the bottom of the shirt. Turn it right way and you're done. Great for small games and books. We also use them in the summer for each child's swimsuit and towel.

 

Completed pantyhose Cupid hanging.

Soft Sculpture CupidRecycle your pantyhose into an adorable Cupid for Valentine's Day. He will for sure bring a smile to someone's face. Pair him up with some chocolates or candy and you will have a great gift.

 

Flower attached to gift bag.

Valentine Flower Gift TopperThis treat bag/package topper is created from recycled materials and is a great alternative to the standard gift bow.

 

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Finding Ways To Relax At HomeYou know we all have a hard time dealing with life as it is. But sometimes it seems as if we have to deal with extra challenges. Well, my husband helps me get through life's challenges by joking with me all day and creating spots of relaxation, no matter where we are or what we're doing.

 

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Use Wet Wipes Instead Of Toilet Paper When CampingWe go camping in our travel trailer almost every weekend during the summer at a place where it is parked in a remote area with no water hook-ups.

 

Questions

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Dog Refuses to Drink WaterMy dog won't drink water. She will drink it if I mix it into her food, but not happily. She will drink some broth but not much. She has no problem eating, and will drink a little melted ice cream mixed with water but absolutely will not touch plain water on her own.

 

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Name Ideas for My Cleaning BusinessI am starting a small domestic cleaning business and I need a catchy name. My name is Melanie and was thinking of calling it Smellie Mellies. What do you think?

 

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Cookbook for George Foreman Roasting MachineI bought a George Foreman roasting machine new in the box at a sale. Where can I get a book for it?

 

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Shih Tzu is Afraid of Baths and GroomingI have a Shih Tzu that doesn't like to be brushed, bathed, or groomed. She bites when you try. Any suggestions as to how to overcome her fear? Now I have to have the vet give a shot to put her to sleep and then take her to the groomer to be groomed.

 

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Organizing Kids ClothingHow do you store clothes for your children that don't fit them yet? Containers?

 

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Removing a White Water Mark on FurnitureHow do I get rid of a white water mark on furniture?

 

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Determining the Value of Vintage EncyclopediasIs there any value for a complete set (10 volumes) of 1965 set of Canadiana encyclopaedias? I also have a of 10 volume set of The Book of Popular Science 1966 Grolier and the Encyclopaedia International 1966 by Grolier? I have the original bookcase purchased with the encyclopaedias.

 

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Painting a Brick Wall MuralWhat kind of paint is best for painting a mural on a brick wall?

 

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Shower Head is CloggedHow do I clean a gold plated shower head that is clogged?

 

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DIY Stone Effect for Plastic Garden TubsHow can I create a stone-effect on a black plastic water-tank cheaply and easily? I don't want to have to buy too many extra materials.

 

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