February 28, 2017

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A can of old paint.

Decorating With Old PaintIf you have some old paint that needs to be used up, you can paint small areas or mix it with other paint to help complete your decorating project. This is a page about decorating with old paint.


A rosemary plant in bloom.

How to Care for a Rosemary TreePerhaps you have seen the herb, rosemary, grown as a small plant trimmed into a tree shape for the holidays. With proper care this holiday decoration can be planted outside or kept indoors.


Blackout Curtain

Blackout Curtain Color Advice?Choosing curtains to complement your room's wall paint and furnishings is sometimes difficult. When buying black out curtains this task may prove even more of a challenge as there are fewer choices.


A spill on a laminate floor, being cleaned up with a mop.

Removing Stains from Laminate FloorsCertain stains on a laminate floor can be difficult to remove. This is a page about removing stains from laminate floors.


A woman cleaning a laminate floor.

What Can I Use on Laminate Floors That Won't Streak?Laminate flooring is notorious for showing streaks after cleaning. This page offers some solutions for, "What can I use on laminate floors that won't streak?".


Metal cake decorating tips in several different shapes.

Removing Rust from Metal Cake Decorating Tips?If you cake decorating tips have gotten a bit rusty, it is important to clean them throughly before their next use. This is a page about removing rust from cake decorating tips.


A German Shepherd and Siberian Husky mix puppy.

What is the Best Environment for Siberian Husky and German Shepherd Mixes?When we think of environment we tend to think of the climate regarding weather. However when choosing a dog breed or mix, environment can also include the make up of your household, the size of the yard, and time available to spend with your new pet. Read about others' experiences regarding the best environment for these intelligent dogs.


A key being placed into a front door lock.

Rekeying Door LocksA lost key or a change in roommates are occasions when you may consider changing the door locks. However, you can typically save money by rekeying the lock rather than replacing it.


A tapestry being hung with clothespins.

Hanging a TapestryA tapestry can be a perfect way to decorate a large wall but they can be cumbersome to hang. This is a page about easily hang a tapestry.


Sock Tops for Arm Warmers

Sock Tops for Arm WarmersRepurpose sock tops to help keep your arms warm on cold days. This is a page about sock tops for arm warmers.


A spool of green colored fishing line.

Using Fishing Line as a Cake CutterFishing line can be used as a quick easy substitute for a cake cutter. This is a page about use fishing line for cake cutter.


woman blowing her nose

Use Handkerchieves Instead of TissuesUsing a cloth handkerchief can be a gentler option than paper tissues, especially if you have a runny nose from a cold. This is a page about use handkerchieves instead of tissues.


decorated lemon cake

Lemon Vanilla Layer Cake RecipeThis light lemony cake with a hint of vanilla will brighten your day and your taste buds. This page contains step by step directions for making this yummy cake.


Blue Party Punch - ingredients

Blue Ocean Water Party Punch RecipeBlue punch may be just what you want to finish out your party theme. It is easy to make starting with blue Hawaiian Punch. Here is a recipe for making blue ocean water party punch.


Frosting in Ziploc bag.

Using a Ziploc Bag for FrostingIf you need to frost something but don't have a pastry bag, you can use a ziplock bag as a quick and easy substitute. This is a page about use ziploc bag for frosting.


Mother's Day Hat Cake

Mother's Day Hat CakeThis pretty hat shaped cake is perfect for Mother's Day or any special event. Follow the easy directions on this page to make your own.


A bottle of peppermint oil surrounded by fresh mint.

Uses for Peppermint OilPeppermint oil has a variety of uses from mouse control to making a cooling spray for your skin. This page will link you to other pages on this site so that you can investigate such uses for peppermint oil.


A sprig of rosemary on a wood surface.

Recipes Using RosemaryRosemary adds a delicious piney flavor to any dish. This is a page about recipes using rosemary.


A pair of socks with a hole in the toe.

Uses for Sock Tops?We all have mismatched sock stashes and socks with holes in the feet. Rather that discarding them consider the many uses for sock tops shared on this page.


Reed Diffuser

Removing a Diffuser Oil Stain on Wood Furniture?Essential oil diffusers are used in aromatherapy. Unfortunately, occasionally the oil may accidentally get on your furniture leaving a stain. Removing diffuser oil stains on wood furniture is the subject of this page.


A jar of turquoise colored homemade bath salts.

Homemade Invigorating Bath SaltsUse herbs and oils to invigorate your homemade bath salts. This is a page about invigorating bath salts.


Paint Thinner

Storing Paint Thinner in a Plastic Bottle?Paint thinner is used in cleaning brushes and thinning paint for home repair and crafting activities. Although you may consider storing some in plastic bottles for ease of use, glass is recommended as many plastics can not stand up to such chemicals.


Bulbs and cloves of garlic on a white background.

Substitute for Garlic in Recipes?Garlic is a very specific flavor but there some options you can use as a substitute. This is a page about substitute for garlic in recipes.


A window with water condensation.

Getting Rid of Condensation Between Glass WindowsMoisture can build up in-between the two panes of glass in dual pane insulated windows when the seal fails. There is controversy over replacing or repairing the window. Read about other homeowners' advice and experiences here.


A filter in a front loading washer.

Clean the Filter in a Smelly Front Loading WasherFront loading washers have had a lot of bad press about developing foul odors. There are many suggestions for how to prevent and/or remove them. This page suggests that cleaning the filter will help prevent a smelly front loading washer.


Tea light candles on a floor.

Cleaning Candle Wax From Laminate Floor?Dripping candle wax sometimes gets on your floors. In order to remove it from laminate flooring you may consider one of the methods discussed on this page.


Vegetarian Quinoa and Bean Chili

Vegetarian Quinoa and Bean Chili RecipeA delicious and healthy meal, this vegetarian quinoa and bean chili is sure get devoured. This is a page about vegetarian quinoa and bean chili recipe.


Finished Ribbon Shamrock Pin

Ribbon Shamrock PinIf you need a bit of the green to wear this St. Patrick's Day, try making this simple shamrock pin. This page contains instructions for making a ribbon shamrock pin.


Crescent Pizza Rolls - finished pizza rolls

Crescent Pizza RollsIf you want to make a quick pizza snack, start with a package of crescent rolls and add your favorite toppings. This page shows you how to make crescent pizza rolls.


Close up of a GFCI Circuit Breaker.

GFCI Circuit Breaker Won't Reset?It is extremely frustrating trying to determine why a GFCI breaker in your home won't reset after tripping. There are a few common reasons this might occur and you will want to pursue the possibilities until you identify the cause.


ribbon bow

Ironing RibbonsIroning a narrow strip of fabric such as a ribbon can sometimes be frustrating. This page offers some suggestions for making that job a bit easier.



Homemade Chunky Applesauce in pan

Homemade Chunky ApplesauceI just love chunky applesauce. I always make my own. It is so easy, and it tastes so much better. I use only MacIntosh apples. You can actually use no sugar, because they are so sweet. Here is my easy recipe.


bowl of pasta with tomatoes and mozzarella

Orecchiette with Cherry Tomatoes, Mozzarella and PestoIf you need a quick & light dinner - this is for you!


Healthy Green Juice

Healthy Green JuiceI use a magic bullet to make this green juice! Effortless, green and very healthy to drink!


stuffing baked in dish

Homemade Apple Cranberry StuffingThis recipe I have been using for years when I cook a roast pork tenderloin for a Sunday dinner for my family. That is their favorite meal! :) This is mouthwatering.


Apple, Brie and Prosciutto in bowl

Apple, Brie and Prosciutto AppetizerThis is a delicious appetizer that you can serve to your guests. Very easy to make.


Chili Cheddar Nachos on a plate

Chili Cheddar NachosThis recipe is quick and easy. It is great to serve as a snack at a get together or you can even as a main meal. You can add the toppings of your choice.



Crack Eggs into Separate Bowl - egg in a bowl ready to fry

Crack Eggs into Separate BowlAnytime you cook or bake with eggs, always crack it into a separate bowl before adding it to your pan or mixing bowl. If that egg were to be bad, and you crack it directly into what you are making, you have ruined what you are preparing.


Check Receipts for Discounts - discount offer on back side of receipt

Check Receipts for DiscountsNot all receipts are trash! Some actually have potential discounts that could help you save on future purchases.


Blue hydrangea and a redheaded Victorian doll

Dried Hydrangea and Victorian DollThe blue dried hydrangea beauties share the table with a doll dressed in Victorian attire, her red hair is adorned with a hat that frames her porcelain face and the emerald green colors of her dress and accessories. The hydrangeas were picked in a country setting, dried and placed on a vintage clear plate.


A bathtub with a pole for gripping.

Bathtub SafetyI am visually impaired with vestibular organ eye dysfunction which causes balance/vertigo problems. For safety measures and as a suggestion from my doctor, my husband built this wooden pole beside my bathtub near my bath bench for assistance in getting in and out of the bathtub.


A U-Haul moving truck.

What to Expect When Renting a Moving TruckWe have all had to move at some point in our lives. Using a rental truck to move your belongings makes the hassle a little more bearable! Some examples include: U-Haul, Penske, Budget, Enterprise, and Ryder. I worked for one of these companies and have compiled some tips to help you know what to expect when you rent.


Four-Leaf Clover Collage - finished clover

Four-Leaf Clover CollageIf you need a quick and easy St. Patrick's Day craft for kids, this clover is the perfect choice. It works well for toddlers to upper elementary grades. This project encourages creativity. Every clover turns into a unique work of art.


Goldfish Themed Party Snacks - napkins and plates along with partial of cake and snacks

Goldfish Themed Party SnacksOur son had a 'Sharky' Goldfish themed 3rd birthday party. Here are some of the snacks that we had for it.


Some happy hour appetizers at a restaurant.

Dine Out During Happy Hour to Save MoneyYou can still have a nice time dining out but without breaking the bank. Go during Happy Hour where you can get half off appetizers, drinks and some select entrees!


A plastic storage crate.

Kitchen Storage with Plastic CratesSterilite Storage Crates are useful for the kitchen. This particular one I purchased is from Walmart (measuring 9" L x 7 " x 6") and is also perfect for CDs and DVDs, but I am using it to store dried grains. The crate is only $1.37! They are stackable and you can connect more crates together if you need!


A white basket filled with kitchen spices.

Basket for Kitchen SpicesDo you have plastic container baskets that are not the prettiest looking but still useable? Don't toss them out, reuse them!


The sunset view from a trampoline in winter.

Trampoline Sunset in WinterI live in mid-Illinois. My girls and I have been taking complete advantage of the recent beautiful spring-like weather we have been having.


Streamers and pom poms as party decorations, purchased at the Dollar Tree.

Hanging Party Decorations at Dollar TreeIf you need affordable party hanging decorations, I would highly recommend Dollar Tree. especially if you're looking for the trendy tissue pom poms. You get 2 count and a generous size, 12" for only $1, that is just 50 cents each. There's a good amount of colors to choose from: magenta, blue, yellow, red, black and white. These decorations would be perfect for bridal parties, bachelorette parties, weddings, engagement parties, birthday, Valentine's Day, Christmas, essentially any party!


A picture of little black bugs.

Little Black Bugs Could Be ScabiesI had little bugs crawling on me, in my hair and in my clothes. I kept finding black specks that didn't move. I would notice glitter on my face in the sun light. I didn't realize this was scabies. I washed, sprayed and bombed; nothing seemed to work. Unfortunately, I gave scabies to my friend. She told me the only way to get rid of these bugs was to get ivermectin.


A painted container with blue green flowers.

Practice Paintings on Recycled ContainersMost of these items were either trash or about to be recycled. I needed practice with my painting without using stencils. I used these items to practice my painting on....


A lake at sunset with two blue boats.

Magical Lake (Keolado National Park, India)This photo was taken by me at Keolado National Park during my recent visit there. It is a wildlife park famous for it's migratory birds that travel all the way from Russia. After a busy day of spotting birds, I sat down on a small bench next to this absolutely magical lake.


Lemon Extract for a Clean  Smelling Kitchen - bottle of lemon extract lying on its side on countertop

Lemon Extract for a Clean Smelling KitchenI was baking and spilled over a 2 oz bottle of lemon extract on my counter top. Now, I only pay .88 cents for all my spices and real extracts at The Dollar stores or a wholesale store here. So, no great loss.



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Selling Iron On/Heat Press Transfers?I was planning to start a T-shirt business, so I bought a whole lot of heat press transfers (pre-designed). My plan has changed, and I don't know what to do with them. I'm planning to sell them at a very low price to get some of my money back. Where should I sell these transfers? They are brand new.


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Singer Machine Won't Sew?I have a model Singer ET-1 sewing machine. The needle won't move when pushing pedal or buttons. It occasionally sounds like it is trying, but can't move. It flashes an exclamation point on the screen. No other error codes. I am able to easily turn the knob and it stitches fine when doing that.


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Lightening a Viscose Top with Bleach?I recently ordered a top from eBay. The picture indicated it was a pale, dusky pink, but on arriving it's actually a horrendous fluorescent bubblegum pink. I was wondering if it would be possible to simply bleach it down to a more acceptable colour.


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Pfaff 2040 Sewing Machine Won't Backstitch?I just bought a beautiful Pfaff 2040 and I love it, but it won't backstitch. It only will do the tie off stitch it seems. I need it to be able to backstitch. Any idea why?


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