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August 20, 2012
Alcohol and Tape
Hate that itch when you've been bitten by a mosquito? Well I stumbled upon a way to end the itch of a mosquito bite instantly!
Crepe Myrtle Not Blooming
The number one most common reason Crepe Myrtles fail to bloom is improper pruning techniques (or a lack of pruning altogether). Crepe Myrtles bloom on the current season's growth.
The Works for Sunscreen Stains
After reading all the comments about chemical reactions I decided to do a little experimenting myself. I found that The Works tub & shower cleaner takes out the stain.
Saving Mulch for Next Year
I have mulch left over in my driveway. Can I save the leftover for next year?
Camping with Children
This is a guide about camping with children. Camping can be a fun family activity, however, camping with children does require some extra planning and considerations.
Keeping Dogs From Pooping on Grass
Keeping the neighbor's dogs from pooping on the grass can be a challenge. This is a guide about keeping dogs from pooping on grass.
Giving Books As Gifts
This is a guide about giving books as gifts. Books make wonderful, thoughtful gifts for the children and adults in you life.
Removing Paint Stains From Vinyl Siding
This is a guide about removing paint stains from vinyl siding. Paint can drip on your vinyl siding when you are repainting the trim.
Cold Sandwich Recipes
This page contains cold sandwich recipes. Whether for a school or work lunch, or as an alternative to a burger on a warm day, cold sandwiches can be creative and delicious.
How to Make Confectioners...
This is a guide about how to make confectioners (powdered) sugar. You don't need to run to the store to buy powdered sugar for the recipe you are making; make your own.
Cleaning Rust Stains From My Washing Machine
It is very frustrating to take a load of clean wash out of the washer only to discover new rust stains from the machine itself on your laundry. This is a guide about cleaning rust stains from my washing machine.
Cleaning ChapStick Stains on Clothing
Sometimes we accidentally get ChapStick stains on our clothing. This is a guide about cleaning ChapStick stains on clothing.
House Trained Dog Pooping Inside
It is frustrating and confusing when your house trained dog backslides. This is a guide about what to do when a previously house broken dog has started pooping in the house.
Making A Memory Box
This is a guide about making a memory box. Making a memory box is a wonderful way of storing bits and pieces of those important moments in your life.
Hydrangea Flowers Turning Brown
My parents have 2 hydrangea bushes. Half of the bush's flowers are turning brown. Help
Our cantaloupes are not sweet. Why?
Homemade Bath Scrub
Make a paste of baking soda and any oil (I prefer grapeseed oil). Apply to wet skin using a washcloth or loofa pad. The baking soda exfoliates and the oil moisturizes. Be sure to standing on a bathmat or hand towel because it can get slippery.
Getting Rid of Water Hyacinths
How do I kill hyacinth lilies? They have taken over our 5 acre pond! We've tried everything! Please help.
Lawnmower Won't Start
I haven't used my mower in about 2 months. I tried to start it today, no luck. I dumped the old gas out and cleaned the filter just like the internet said to do. I just purchased it in May of this year. What do I do?
Use Antacids to Clean a Vase
I find it hard to clean the bottom of some vases so I add a little warm water with an antacid tablet at the bottom. I let it sit overnight and just rinse. Works well.
Natural Lip Plumper
Put your lip balm into a small bowl, add 1 tsp. of cayenne pepper and mash with a spoon. Sprinkle a little cinnamon over the mix; mix well. Then put your lip balm back into it's container.
Simple Body Scrub
Make a medium soft paste with baking soda and any carrier oil of your choice, for example: olive oil, coconut, almond, or grapeseed. Apply with a washcloth or loofa pad. Your skin will be amazingly soft. Stand on a hand towel or bathmat because it can be slippery.
Decoupage Scrabble Tile Earrings
Earrings are easy and unique when made out of Scrabble tiles.
DIY Colour Catchers
Colour catchers catch loose dyes in your wash water and prevent dyes from running or bleeding into each other. You can wash lights and darks together to save time and money by reducing the need for half size loads.
Making an Earring Box
I made my earrings easier to see by putting them on plastic canvas and displaying in a cabinet that once was used for displaying thimbles or miniatures that I purchased for $2 from the thrift store. Now that I see what I have, I wear them more often.
Reusing Leftover Wallpaper
I had a roll of wallpaper leftover and decided to used it to reline the drawers in kitchen and bathroom. It worked great and saved money.
North Carolina Mountains (Murphy, North Carolina)
My husband and I traveled to the mountains and stopped at park early one morning. It was quiet, peaceful, and had a beautiful view. We took advantage of the wonderful weather and did a lot of morning walking in this beautiful place.
Boo (Chow/Lab Mix)
Boo is our 5 year old Chow/Lab mix. This dog wandered in my yard about 6 months after our 14 year old dog passed away. We posted flyers trying to find the owner, and tried to give him away after no one claimed him.
Orangutan Playing Peek a Boo (Cleveland...
I was at my zoo, watching the orangutans, and one of them was playing peek a boo with a little girl who was watching them. It was so sweet!
Fuzzy thought she would investigate our empty pet tank. My daughter's lizard was outside in his "summer tank", so we had a chance to scrub this one up awaiting his return.
Pill Taking the Easy Way
When I have to take a large pill I get a little pat of butter and coat the pill. It goes down very easily. No more cutting the calcium pills into small pieces.
Using Hamburger Grease Instead of Bacon Fat
I don't cook much bacon, but I do cook a lot of ground beef. It seems like I should be able to use beef grease for anything that using bacon grease was suggested for, but I just wanted a 2nd opinion. What do you think?
Manual for Vital Fitness Exercise Bike MB 251
I'm in need of a manual for a fitness bike, Vital Fitness MB251. I've checked onlinemanuals.com with no luck. The company seems to be gone, or maybe bought out, but I haven't found any info for them. Anyone else have one of these bikes?
Burning Bush Leaves Look Translucent
My sister says the leaves on her burning bush are looking like you can almost see thru them. I want to help her with them, but am not sure where to start or what exactly to do.
How do you freeze zucchini?
Dog Scratching His Skin Raw After Being Groomed
My son's dog has scratched the side of his face raw. Now it is scabby and the left ear seems inflamed. This happened after going to the groomer's and the groomer sprayed him with a scented spray. He is a 5 year old Golden.
Health Benefits Of Flax
I use flaxseed oil for dry skin. I put flaxseed oil in my pets' food for their dry skin too. I also use flaxseed for constipation. Flax is really wonderful.
U-Haul for Emergency Car Rental
We recently needed a rental car while our car was in the shop. I checked the online deals and they were all very high. I remembered that U-Haul advertises $29.95/day rentals. This does not include mileage, so be sure you will not be driving many miles.
We have a bountiful zucchini crop in our garden year. This is a great way to use zucchini and the bread freezes well for later in the year. My husband has taken to calling this "magic" bread with the kids since it's a great way to sneak in some vegetables too.
Tarnish Free Silverware
After using my good silverware, I vacuum seal it in large ziplock bag, then store the package in between the table linens.
Dry Laundry Soap for Twenty Dollars a Year
Buy these ingredients at the dollar store. You will only need 2 tablespoons per load of laundry. First grate your soap, then mix all ingredients together. I used two garbage bags doubled up.
Stuffed Yellow Peppers
I recently found 12 beautiful yellow peppers marked down, took them home and stuffed them for a delicious 'meal in a cup'.
Save on Ground Beef
I have been shocked at how expensive ground beef has been lately. But I found a way around the higher prices! At my supermarket, ground beef is $2.69 per pound. So a 4 pound pack is $10.76. BUT, When I go to the freezer section, a 4 pound box of frozen hamburger patties is only $6.99 for the box.
How to spell FRUGAL
F: Find alternatives for expensive ingredients or purchases. R: Research online before making your purchases for something you want. Is it a NEED or just a WANT?
Display Collections In A Memory Box
A collection of at least 3 similar items that have special meaning to you, family pieces or just interesting and fun collections for your home!
Green Pepper Wonton Poppers
Our garden grew lots of green peppers this year so I decided to use some store bought won tons pastries to make us a yummy Popper treat. Easy and so delish! The sweet chili sauce really tops it off well!
Tips For Treating Dry Skin
During winter, your skin loses moisture and tends to dry even when you apply lotion. Add few drops of olive oil to your bottle of lotion and shake well.
Flavorful Rice Mix
Inspired by reading about Rice-a-Roni. We don't have it here, I made my own version. Result: a lovely smoky-tasting mix, very unusual.
Peach Melba Freezer Jam
Freezer jam is fast and easy to make. You don't cook anything, so the fruit tastes fresh and wonderful. It requires much less sugar, which is a big plus. It's very delicious and very pretty.
Homemade Carpet Cleaner
I would appreciate it if someone can suggest homemade products for carpet cleaning, especially for ones with wool, as well.
Centerpiece Ideas for Nurses' 50th Reunion
Anyone have ideas for neat, inexpensive centerpieces, and other ideas for activities, entertainment, and decors?
Making Meatballs to Freeze
When I make meatballs I use ground beef, veal, and pork plus I use eggs, Italian bread crumbs, Parmesan cheese, a splash of olive oil and garlic. I would like to know if I can freeze this mixture with the raw eggs.
My pair of finches, mom and dad, had 3 males and 1 female. They are 2months old they are separated from mom and dad. Can my 3 male finches and female be together? Can brother and sister breed? Should I separate them in pairs?
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