August 25, 2015

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Videos

Working Man's Cowl

Working Man's CowlMake a manly cowl for your favorite working man. Check out this video for the step by step instructions.

 

Upcycled Bottle Top Bag Sealer

Upcycled Bottle Top Bag SealerMake your own airtight enclosures for goodies using empty plastic drink bottles. This method works with any bag as long as you don't bunch it up so the bottle-cap-screwing-action can still happen. Learn how, in this short video.

 

Homemade Hair Flowers

Homemade Hair FlowersThis beautiful flower barrette is simple to make and is adorable for kids and adults. Check out this video for step by step instructions.

 

Cutting Watermelon Sticks

Cutting Watermelon SticksThis method for cutting watermelon makes it easier for little hands to grab on to. Check out this video and learn this simple method.

 

Crocheted Itsy Bitsy Bow

Crocheted Itsy Bitsy BowThis little crocheted bow makes a cute accent to a barrette, headband, scarf or hat.

 

Recipes

Easy Baked Rice DishI make this rice dish often for my family because it's so easy and they love it! Just throw everything in the dish and bake, dinner is done! This makes a great side dish for the main course.

 

Old Fashioned Potato Salad - salad in bowl

Old Fashioned Potato SaladHere is my mom's recipe for her potato salad! Handed down to each of her children and we all still make this the same exact way. Every party, get together or function, one of us are asked to bring the potato salad. You will love this. I promise :)

 

serving on plate

Delicious Tuna SaladNot your everyday tuna salad! I love tuna salad, but I get bored by the same old taste. I have a Yahoo group and sent out a request for different ways of making tuna salad. I was so surprised by the many responses to my question and how different everyone makes theirs.

 

Articles

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Nail File to Prevent Repetitive Stress InjuriesAs a RN, 12 hours of opening individually packaged pills caused my flexor tendonitis. I finally figured out that a steel nail file could open that packaging without twisting or prying.

 

A sports drink with a light behind it, making a lantern.

Emergency Light from Sports DrinkMy husband came up with this idea to light up his sports drink with a mini LED light when I was frustrated it wasn't bright enough using just candles. You get a whole lot more light out of a tiny little beam this way.

 

puppy and kitten

Ilka and Gustav (Bengal Cat and Prague Ratter)I got them this month. They are inseparable. These are my new furry grandchildren, Ilka and Gustav.

 

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Armorie for Storing Linens and BlanketsI have a very large cherrywood armoire in my bedroom. I use the large opening on top, filling it with sheets and matching pillow cases, all matching sets together.

 

container garden

Frugality, Foraging and FarmingI've been on my own now for four years, a single parent turned "empty nester", and living on a disability pension. Here are my tips.

 

"Love" Letters Framed Art

"Love" Letters Framed ArtI saw something very similar to this in a store and fell in love with it. I almost paid $15 for it, too. Then I realized that I could probably make it. I'm glad I tried because I can make lots of them for friends and family. It can be customized with anyone's name or special details.

 

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Celebrate Milestone Birthdays with CardsIf you know someone you would like to honor for any decade birthday (30th, 40th, 80th, etc.), contact friends and family by email or Facebook. Have them send cards so that by your friend's birthday, they will have received that number of cards. I always suggest to send a card from each family member, including pets, so that your goal will be reached.

 

Use Spice Rack for Coffee Pods

Use Spice Rack for Coffee PodsMy friend got a spice rack from a friend but she is not crazy about the sleek lines. I agree I love old spice racks. We both love Keurig coffee pods so I told her how these would fit.

 

Questions

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Parcel From Korea to India LostI ordered a cosmetic from Korea on July 28th 2015 addressed to Bangalore India. It's been a month and I didn't receive the parcel. Generally it used to come in 20 days. I couldn't track it with the order number they have given me. Can anyone help me on this?

 

Repurposing a Circular Spice Rack

Repurposing a Circular Spice RackI have had this thing for ages, I know the spices are no longer good. What could I repurpose this as? I need to toss the spices.

 

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Hash Brown and Ham Casserole for 150How do I calculate the ingredients for making a ham and hash brown casserole for 150 people?

 

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Trouble Starting John Deere Lawn TractorI have a John Deere x300 lawn tractor with a Kawasaki 2 cyl engine. It will only start by disconnecting one or both coil ground wires. What part is defective?

 

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Homemade Liquid Soap SuppliesWhere can I get supplies for making liquid soap, perfume, and air fresher? Thanks.

 

ceramic and cloth doll

Value of Antique Grace Putnam DollI would like to know the value of this doll. It was my great grandmother's, the back says Copr by Grace Putnam. When looking up those dolls, none have a closed fist like mine, though they all look similar. The doll is roughly 20 inches long and has a cloth body.

 

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Washed Clothes Have a Sour SmellI washed my clothes and used a hand towel to clean my face; it smelled sour. I had a cut so I used a towel again and poured hydrogen peroxide on it and it started bubbling. Doesn't that only happen if there is bacteria present? Do I change detergent or try vinegar or ammonia to clean the washer?

 

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Cooking Canned Biscuits in MicrowaveCan canned biscuits be cooked in the microwave?

 

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Cleaning Spoiled Food Odor from CarI spilled red beans all over my truck's floor! I got it all cleaned up and poured water on the carpet to rinse the bean juice out, but it got more down in the carpet. It is also under the trim around the door. I have tried vinegar, lemon, and ammonia cleaner, nothing will take the smell out. What can I use?

 

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Using Dry Oatmeal Mixes in BakingThere are so many small dry oatmeal mixes, like those with dates and nuts, that I would love to use for baking bread or cookies. Does anyone have such a recipe or experience in using such breakfast food, other than as a cereal?

 

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Repairing Hair Damaged by Perm and StraighteningBack at the end of February I went and had a body wave done professionally. I kept saying that I did not want a spiral perm or the poodle look. I ended up with a poodle/spiral perm. I have tried relaxing and conditioning. It is very damaged.

 

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Name Ideas for Home Decor ShopI'm starting a new business selling home decor, indoor and outdoor, and some small furniture to start. I'm totally stumped for a name. Any suggestions?

 

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Daycare Name IdeasI've been a nanny for 9 years now and I'm currently in the process of starting my daycare. I'm stuck on coming up with a name for my daycare. I was thinking of maybe including my daughters name "Zoe". Or what the kids at work call me "Miss Erika".

 

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Dogs Peeing and Pooping in the HouseI have an 11 year male, a 5 year female that's been fixed, and a 2 year old male. I put them out before I go to bed and wake up to pee and poop. I've been putting paper down, taping pee pads to the wall where the males pee, and I pick up the food and water. They still do it. Does anybody have any ideas?

 

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11th Birthday Party IdeasMy daughter is turning 11 in February. I feel like I'm repeating the same idea over every year. I came across this site and I've seen some good ideas however they were from 2011.

 

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Treating Urine Smell in CarpetWe are renting a house with carpet in the bathroom. It is the bathroom most frequently used by my children, including a 6 year old boy. Needless to say, the bathroom is beginning to smell like a subway station! I have wiped down the toilet and the walls and steam cleaned the carpet, but it still stinks.

 

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