May 22, 2017

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closeup of zip tied plant

Use Zip Ties to Support PlantsZip ties can be a good temporary method of supporting plants that you are trying to train or that have heavy blooms. This is a page about use zip ties to support plants.


Squirrel in Tree

Eco-Friendly Critter ControlOur gardens are attractive not only to us, but typically to a variety of wildlife as well. To encourage your guests to not make a smorgasbord of your flowers, shrubs, trees, and vegetables try some of the eco-friendly suggestions on this page. This is a page about eco-friendly critter control.


A child sitting cross-legged with holes in the knees of her pants.

Making Children's Pants LastKids not only grow out of pants quickly but they can be hard on clothes as well. This is a page about making children's pants last.


Pink Ranunculus

Growing RanunculusThese full sun to part shade perennials bloom in late spring in a variety of bright colors. This is a page about growing ranunculus.


Father's Day Gift Idea

Crafts Using Recycled Glass JarsGlass jars come in all shapes and sizes. Their usefulness for crafts and organizing is almost endless. This is a page about crafts using recycled glass jars.


Teflon grill

Teflon Coming Off a George Foreman GrillThe non-stick surface on George Foreman grills is coated in teflon. Over time this Teflon coating can begin to peel off and may be an indication the grill is in need of replacement. This is a page about Teflon coming off George Foreman grill.


Honey bear containers painted in three colors for gifts.

Recycled Honey Bear Father's Day GiftPainted bear shaped honey containers are easily recycled into cute treat holders for Father's Day gift giving. This is a page about recycled honey bear Father's Day gift.


Sliced Pound Cake

Uses for Leftover Pound Cake?Often, there is no leftover pound cake. However, when there is, you can use the leftovers in a variety of other dessert dishes. This is a page about uses for leftover pound cake.


Pine Needles

Problems Growing Pine Trees?Pine trees are often easy to grow but some pines can be prone to disease or not drought tolerant. This is a page about problems growing pine trees.


Woman Spraying Insecticide on plants

The Right Way To Spray Insecticides and FungicidesWhen used incorrectly, even solutions made from common household ingredients can damage beneficial organisms and the environment. This is a page about the right way to spray insecticides and fungicides.


Banana Smoothie

Banana Smoothie RecipesBananas make an excellent ingredient for smoothies, adding flavor and nutrition. This page contains banana smoothie recipes.



Using a Spoon for Tongue CleaningCleaning your tongue regularly can help with overall oral hygiene and bad breath. A spoon can be an effective tool for cleaning your tongue. This is a page about spoon for tongue cleaning.


Easiest Potato Peeling

Easiest Way to Peel PotatoesPeeling potatoes can be a chore, plus you loose a lot of the potato to the the peeling process. This is a page about easiest potato peeling.


Ladybugs vs. Asian Beetles?Ladybugs and Asian Beetle look very much alike but they are not the same bug. This is a page about ladybugs vs. Asian beetles.


Decorated photo storage boxes.

How to Make a Father's Day Memory BoxDecorated boxes, such as a sturdy photo box, become the perfect storage container for Dad's favorite photos, cards, and other memorabilia. This is a page about how to make a Father's Day memory box.


Yellow Telephone and Remote Caddy

How to Make a Telephone and Remote CaddyThis sewing project is a good choice for making a gift or as a nice accessory for your own couch or easy chair. This is a page about how to make a telephone and remote caddy.


DIY Message Pillow
for Father's Day

DIY Message Pillow for Father's DayThis Father's Day make a gift your dad will cherish, like this message pillow. This is a page about making a DIY message pillow for Father's day.


seasoned steak

Herb and Garlic Steak RecipeAll you need to make a delicious steak are some herbs and garlic. This is a page about herb and garlic steak.


A cut of meat and a metal meat tenderizer.

Recipes with Tender MeatPreparing meat so it is very tender will make it much easier to chew. This is a page about recipes with tender meat.


DIY Carpet Cleaner - spraying on

DIY Carpet Stain RemoverYou don't have to buy expensive carpet cleaning solutions, you can make your own effective carpet stain remover at home. This is a page about DIY carpet cleaner.


Mark the end of the roll of tape with a paper clip.

Using a Paper Clip as Tape MarkerTransparent tape can often be difficult to unstick from itself. A paper clip can be used to make this much easier. This page contains ideas for using a paper clip as a tape marker.


A vanilla bean that has been opened.

Using Vanilla BeansVanilla beans can be added to a variety of recipes for food and beverages. This is a page about using and storing vanilla beans.


Organizing a Lazy Susan Cabinet

Organizing a Lazy Susan CabinetA Lazy Susan cabinet can be a very efficient way to store things. This is a page about organizing a lazy susan cabinet.


A jar of sugar that has been flavored by vanilla beans.

Vanilla Bean Sugar RecipesAdding a vanilla bean to your sugar will impart a nice vanilla flavor to your sugar. This is a page about vanilla bean sugar.



Using Mouthwash to Unclog a ToiletMouthwash can be effective for helping unclog certain types of toilet clogs. This is a page about mouthwash to unclog a toilet.


Fertilizer sprayer next to Tree

The Basics of Fertilizing TreesTrees, like all plants, grow best when given appropriate nutrients. Fertilizers are a great way to ensure your trees get all the nutrients they need. This is a page about the basics of fertilizing trees.


A woman taking a relaxing bath.

Homemade Bath Oil BeadsAdding a scented oil to your bath can make it an even more relaxing experience. Making your own bath oil beads will ensure you have your favorite bath oils ready to use whenever you like. This is a page about homemade bath oil beads.


Small knit bag with strap.

How to Make Knit Therapy BagsThese quick to make bags were originally made to give as gift to friends who were looking for something to take their mind off smoking. Add some knitting needles and yarn and they can make more to gift to other friends. This is a page about how to make knit therapy bags.


Cinnamon Apples

Skillet Cinnamon ApplesThis one pan sweet side dish is simple to make and is sure to be a hit and a frequently requested addition to many future meals. This is a page about skillet cinnamon apples.


Nasturtium Salad

Use Nasturtiums for Salads and SandwichesNasturtiums not only add color to your summer garden, but the flowers and young leaves taste delicious in a salad or on a sandwich. This is a page about use nasturtiums for salads and sandwiches.


Finished cup in gift box.

Father's Day Paper Coffee Cup CraftThis cute, easy to make paper cup can be used to give Dad a gift of candy or other treats. This page shows you how to make a Father's Day paper coffee cup gift.


A magnified silverfish on a black background.

Silverfish in My Bed?Silverfish are a pest that need to be dealt with quickly before they become an infestation. This is a page about silverfish in my bed.


Coffee Grounds

Using Coffee Grounds for Strawberry Plants?Coffee grounds are an excellent addition to your garden soil in many instances. This is a page about using coffee grounds for strawberry plants.


Skirt Purse

How to Make a Skirt PurseDo you have an old skirt that you don't wear anymore but love the fabric? Repurpose the skirt and the fabric you love by making it into a purse. This is a page about craft project: skirt purse.


Get Rid of Clutter in 30 Days

Get Rid of Clutter in 30 DaysHaving a cluttered house can be very stressful. This is a page about get rid of clutter in 30 days.



Paper Weight - finished decoupaged rock paper weight

Paper WeightThis craft is called a paper weight maybe because you will think it's just made of paper at first. But when you try to hold it, it's hard and heavy. Rocks are not just used in concrete structures. They can also be made into great home decor.


Bambi (Border Collie Cross) - black dog with one blue eye and one brown one

Bambi (Border Collie Cross)I got her on 29 November 2016, four days after Flenters (my previous companion of almost 14 years) died. I bought her from a pet shop ~ I just could not resist those eyes! She was 8 weeks old when I bought her, the runt of the litter. She certainly has turned into a bigger and prettier dog than what I imagined.


New Baby Greetings Card - finished card

New Baby Greetings CardEvery new baby is as cute as a button and deserves this lovely handmade greetings card. It is suitable for girls or boys - just change the colours. Or say "cute as buttons" for twins or triplets and use the appropriate number of buttons


How To Clean a Popcorn Ceiling - clean

How To Clean a Popcorn CeilingMy bedroom ceiling is covered in popcorn coating. Each time I lay in bed, my focus was drawn to the dust hang off the popcorn. For me, that was bothersome as I am asthmatic. The other day it occurred to me that I could use compressed air to blow them off.


Take Photos When Visiting Plant  Nursery - plant with orange flowers

Take Photos When Visiting Plant NurseryI was at our local nursery yesterday afternoon, looking for a plant for our backyard. I decided on azaleas, but took photos of others I would eventually like to buy, along with the planting info. I plan to keep these in a file in my email folders so I can refer back to it when I'm ready to plant again.


Cucumber Beetle - tiny beetle

Cucumber BeetleI thought this little bug was so cute so I whipped out my camera to shoot this photo. After a little research, I found out that all they do is wreak havoc on your plants.


Crunchy Fried Shrimp on foil lined tray.

Crunchy Fried ShrimpPerfect platter to bring to a party! We brought this to a Mother's Day party recently.


How to Clean a Sink P-Trap - clean tip

How to Clean a Sink P-TrapThe P-Trap under the sink can get a lot of gunk buildup and cause an odor. Instead of using harsh chemicals to keep ours clean, I remove the P-Trap every 3-4 months and give it and the pipe above a good cleaning. If you have plastic pipes like ours, no tools are needed for this.


Father's Day Money Holder Card

Father's Day Money Holder CardFor Father's Day, I am giving my father money. I thought it would be cute to make a twist on the tie card by cutting out a pocket and putting cash there!


Paint Window to Hide Parking Lot - painted window

Paint Window to Hide Parking LotI sleep on a day bed in the living room and while I love the trees and sky, I hate the parking lot with the cars. So, with just 3 things and about 30 minutes, I made it so not only do I not have to see them, the people down below don't get to see me.


Growing Widow's Tears - purple flowers

Growing Widow's Tears (Spiderwort)I got a few cuttings from a coworker. They spread beautifully on the side of my house and come back every year.



Identifying Flying Insects Found Dead in Dog's Water Bowl - insects floating in bowl

Identifying Flying Insects Found Dead in Dog's Water Bowl?I live in Southern California. We have found these flying critters (they have wings, so I assume they fly) only dead, or swimming around, in the dog's outside water bowl. Most of them are only about 1/4 inch long, but some are between 1/4 and 1/2 inch.


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Husqvarna Keeps Dying When Put in Gear?Please help a mom in distress with seriously overgrown grass! My Husqvarna 48" dies when I put it in gear and let off the brake. It has a new battery and a clean air filter. It starts and runs. It idles and I can disengage choke. As soon as I attempt to put it in gear and remove my foot from the brake it dies!


Daycare Slogan Ideas - mega blocks

Daycare Slogan Ideas?I have a daycare named "Little Soles". I need a catchy slogan.


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Bobbin Not Turning on Euro-pro Sewing Machine?The bobbin does not spin on my Euro-pro Dressmaker sewing machine. Any guesses why?


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Getting Rid of Red Fire Ants?I have 7 ant hills in my back garden. It started off at 5 a few weeks ago. I dug 3 up, but more came in a few days. I tried Ant Attack, but still the ants are there. I tried ant powder and now I am trying salt. Any ideas anyone?


What Is This Houseplant? plant with red topped yellow flowers with seeds that hang down

What Is This Houseplant?What is this plant? It has a red flower that sprouts a yellow flower that then has little seeds come out of it.


Dog Won't Pee on Piddle Pad After Pooping - Yorkie wearing a bow in her hair

Dog Won't Pee on Piddle Pad After Pooping?How can I train my already house broken 1yr 8mo (6lbs) Yorkie, to pee after she's pooped on the pad tray if I'm not around to scoop it? And prevent her from picking it out to play with it and/or finishing her business on the terrace couch?


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Remedy for Pain from Shingles?I have had shingles since September 2016. The rash is gone, but the nerve pain is still very bad.


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Home Repair Assistance for Low Income Families?I'm a 35 yr old disabled mom of 3 kids. 2 of my daughters live with me. I have low income and get monthly checks. Is there any way I can get help with my house, it needs to be leveled? I own my house, but I can't get a loan on my home due to not enough income.


Identifying a Houseplant - perhaps a fern

Identifying a Houseplant?This plant came in a terrarium. It has dwindled to just these few leaves and I'm not sure what to do for it. I repotted it in new pot and soil, but don't know what it is so I can't figure out what it needs. I was thinking maybe a fern of some sort? Any ideas?


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1 Year Old Dog Pees Outside But Poops Inside?I have an almost 1 year old Weimaraner/GSP cross. He is crate trained and goes pee outside and will go to the door when he needs to go out, but he poops inside! We have deep cleaned the areas he goes and try taking him out multiple times a night.


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Removing Nicotine Odour from Walls Behind Cabinets?There is a cigarette odour behind the base cupboards in a fitted kitchen. A small gap at the top of each cupboard and drawer allows the smell to permeate. As the smell seems to be on the wall behind how can I eliminate this?


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Planning an Easy BBYO Program?How can I plan/do a BBG/AZA/BBYO (formerly B'nai B'rith Youth Organization) program in two hours or less. I have to make it easy for others and for me to lead and follow. It's probably going to b e at a house or at the JCC.


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Slogan Idea for Daycare?I am starting a daycare business under EduCare Learning Academy and looking for a slogan and mission statement.


Tiny Black and White Biting Bugs - tiny bug

Tiny Black and White Biting Bugs?I started having the feeling of something crawling on me three months ago and started getting pinprick bites. My doctor can't identify what type of issue I have. The exterminator said there are no bed bugs. I threw out 90% of my clothes and my furniture including the bed, but they are in my new clothes and everywhere.


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Permanent Marker Stain on Leather Phone Case?I didn't get any Sharpie on my leather furniture, but I got it on my leather phone case. Any ideas of how to get it off? I don't need to get it off straight away, but it would be great if you could help.


What Is This Houseplant?

What Is This Houseplant?I got this plant for a birthday gift. Of course it comes with no identification. Does anyone know what type of plant this is? Also, how should I care for this plant?


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