August 20, 2012

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A woman looking at her stained clothing.

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 page about cleaning rust stains from my washing machine.


Children Laughing in Campground

Camping with ChildrenThis is a page about camping with children. Camping can be a fun family activity, however, camping with children does require some extra planning and considerations.


A young man putting on chapstick.

Cleaning ChapStick Stains on ClothingSometimes we accidentally get ChapStick stains on our clothing. This is a page about cleaning ChapStick stains on clothing.


Previously House Broken Dog Has Started Pooping in the House

House Trained Dog Pooping InsideIt is frustrating and confusing when your house trained dog backslides. This is a page about what to do when a previously house broken dog has started pooping in the house.


Cold Sandwich Recipes

Cold Sandwich RecipesThis 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.


A no dog pooping sign in someone's lawn.

Keeping Dogs From Pooping on GrassKeeping the neighbor's dogs from pooping on the grass can be a challenge. This is a page about keeping dogs from pooping on grass.


A sugar mill making powdered sugar.

How to Make Confectioners...This is a page 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.


Photo of a house with vinyl siding.

Removing Paint Stains From Vinyl SidingThis is a page about removing paint stains from vinyl siding. Paint can drip on your vinyl siding when you are repainting the trim.


Display Collections In A Memory Box

Making A Memory BoxThis is a page 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.


Blue Book With Bow

Giving Books As GiftsThis is a page about giving books as gifts. Books make wonderful, thoughtful gifts for the children and adults in you life.



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Peach Melba Freezer JamFreezer 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.


2 loaves of zucchini bread cooling on rack

Zucchini BreadWe 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.


Green Pepper Wonton Poppers

Green Pepper Wonton PoppersOur 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!


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Flavorful Rice MixInspired 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.


Stuffed Yellow Peppers

Stuffed Yellow PeppersI recently found 12 beautiful yellow peppers marked down, took them home and stuffed them for a delicious 'meal in a cup'.



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Use Antacids to Clean a VaseI 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.


Earrings made with scrabble tiles

Decoupage Scrabble Tile EarringsEarrings are easy and unique when made out of Scrabble tiles.


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Reusing Leftover WallpaperI 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.


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Simple Body ScrubMake 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.


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Alcohol and TapeHate 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!


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Save on Ground BeefI 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.


Display Collections In A Memory Box

Display Collections In A Memory BoxA collection of at least 3 similar items that have special meaning to you, family pieces or just interesting and fun collections for your home!


Fuzzy the cat in a reptile tank.

Fuzzy (Cat)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.



How to spell FRUGALF: 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?


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Tarnish Free SilverwareAfter using my good silverware, I vacuum seal it in large ziplock bag, then store the package in between the table linens.


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Homemade Bath ScrubMake 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.


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Tips For Treating Dry SkinDuring 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.


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DIY Colour CatchersColour 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.


Closeup of Boo looking up at the camera.

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.


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U-Haul for Emergency Car RentalWe 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.


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The Works for Sunscreen StainsAfter 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.


Box mounted on wall, filled with earrings, and doors closed.

Making an Earring BoxI 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.


natural lip plumper

Natural Lip PlumperPut 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.


Orangutang with hand to face.

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!


A box of baking soda and borax.

Dry Laundry Soap for Twenty Dollars a YearBuy 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.


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Health Benefits Of FlaxI 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.


Beautiful view of tree covered mountains stretching into the distance.

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.


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Pill Taking the Easy WayWhen 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.



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Hydrangea Flowers Turning Brown?My parents have 2 hydrangea bushes. Half of the bush's flowers are turning brown. Help


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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.


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Centerpiece Ideas for Nurses' 50th Reunion?Anyone have ideas for neat, inexpensive centerpieces, and other ideas for activities, entertainment, and decors?


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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?


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Breeding Finches?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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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?


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Growing Cantaloupes?Our cantaloupes are not sweet. Why?


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Freezing Zucchini?How do you freeze zucchini?


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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.


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Homemade Carpet Cleaner?I would appreciate it if someone can suggest homemade products for carpet cleaning, especially for ones with wool, as well.


Pile of mulch in driveway.

Saving Mulch for Next Year?I have mulch left over in my driveway. Can I save the leftover for next year?


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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 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?


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