August 29, 2017

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cleaning the oven

Removing Oven Cleaner Stains from FloorOven cleaner uses very strong chemicals to breakdown burnt on food and stains in your oven. Removing oven cleaner stains from floor can be a difficult chore.


A cat laying on orange carpet.

How to Get Rid of Fleas in CarpetIf your house has gotten fleas in the carpet, it can be a lot of work to remove all the fleas and their eggs. Here are some great ideas on how to get rid of fleas in carpet.



Summer Butterfly Adult Coloring PageColoring is a fun and even meditative activity for adults and children. This Summer butterfly adult coloring page can be colored in however you like.


A woman with a glass of salt water preparing to gargle.

Gargle Salt Water to Sooth a Sore ThroatGargling with 8 oz. of warm water to which 1/4 to 1/2 tsp. of salt has been added is a classic remedy for a sore throat. It is also very effective at removing the flu virus from the back of your throat where it often multiplies and spreads. Gargle with salt water to sooth a sore throat or if you think you may have a flu virus.


Stainless Steel Pan

How to Remove Burnt Spaghetti Sauce from a Stainless Steel PanA thick spaghetti sauce can easily burn on the bottom of your sauce pan. Here are some tips on how to remove burnt spaghetti sauce from a stainless steel pan.


Gift Bags

How to Make Scented Gift BagsThis page explains an easy way to scent your gift bags intended for friends and family who enjoy fragrances. This is a page about how to make scented gift bags.


A ball point pen writing on paper.

Removing Ball Point Pen From PaperIsopropyl alcohol is usually the best way to break down ink, however it does depend on the type of ink. Removing ball point pen from paper can be a very difficult task but it's not impossible.


Cleaning a car door.

Removing Bike Tire Rubber Marks on a CarIf your bike tire has rubbed against the exterior of your vehicle, it may leave black marks on the paint. Removing bike tire rubber marks on a car can be a tough chore but isopropyl alcohol is often good place to start.


Birthday cupcakes that have letters that spell out twenty.

20th Birthday Party IdeasA twentieth birthday is a great one to celebrate with family and friends. Use these 20th birthday party ideas to help make your celebration fantastic.


Attach Solar Lights to Your Fence - Solar light attached to a fence shown at night.

How to Attach Solar Lights to Your FenceSolar lights come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. Putting some along your fence line can add a nice dimension to your landscaping. Here is a good idea about how to attach solar lights to your fence.


A woman holding her muscle.

Remedies for Muscle SpasmsMuscle spasms can be horribly irritating to deal with and even painful at times. This page has some ideas for remedies for muscle spasms.


A teen female high school athlete wearing a letterman jacket.

High School Sports Banquet DecorationsWhen the season is done, it's nice to hold a banquet to celebrate the team and parents that helped along the way. Here are some ideas about high school sports banquet decorations.


A dog in a kennel.

Antibacterial Cleaner for a Dog Kennel?Dog kennels can get very dirty over time, especially if they are used daily. Use a good antibacterial cleaner for a dog kennel to get it disinfected and ready for more use.


Old tub with yellow stains.

Cleaning Yellow Stains on an Old Porcelain Tub?If your porcelain tub has yellow stains in it, a strong cleaner and some elbow grease may be what is needed to get it cleaned up. Cleaning yellow stains on an old porcelain tub can be a tough job, but it is worth it to have a nice clean tub to use.


Clean Dirty Indicator

Clean or Dirty Dishwasher IndicatorKnowing whether or not the dishes in the dishwasher are clean can be a problem in some households. Make a clean or dirty dishwasher indicator to help alleviate this potential issue.


Wild Flower Wrist Corsage - daisy and buttercup flower wristlet

Wild Flower Wrist CorsageUsing seasonal wild flowers, you can make this quick and easy wrist corsage. This is a page about making a wild flower wrist corsage.


Re-purposed Dress - Finished dress made from a blouse and a skirt.

How to Turn a Blouse and Skirt Into a DressSome clothing can be repurposed into other articles of clothing with a little alteration. Here is a neat idea about how to turn a blouse and skirt into a dress.


A woman with a laundry basket.

How to Fix Color That Bled on a SweaterDye from other clothing in the washer can bleed onto a favorite sweater. The fabric content of the sweater will determine possible remedies. This is a page about how to fix color that bled on a sweater.


Candle Birthday Card - finished card and envelop

Candle Birthday CardUsing decorative tape, you can easily make this cute birthday card. This is a page about how to make a candle birthday card.


Large ant hill.

Use Boiling Water for Getting Rid of Ant HillsMany pesticides are harmful to the environment as well as the pests you are trying to eradicate. If you use boiling water for getting rid of ant hills it is completely safe and quite effective.


Southern Pecan Pie - slice of pie with whipped cream

Southern Pecan Pie RecipesPecan pie is a southern dessert tradition. Here are a few variations you can try when making this sweet tasty pie. This page contains southern pecan pie recipes.


Photo of a green back and full of back to school supplies.

Green Tips for Back to SchoolFall is time to plan you back to school purchases. Use these green tips for back to school to make sure your kids are environmentally friendly with their school supplies.


Tootsie Roll spider.

Spider Tootsie Roll PopsSpider treats are always a hit for Halloween. Make some spider Tootsie Roll Pops for your favorite little monsters this Halloween.


healthy nails

How to Brighten Your NailsThere are many ways to keep your nails clean and bright. Using leftover lemons is one common way to do this. Here are some ideas about how to brighten your nails.


A laundry basket full of clothes.

How to Fix White Clothing Dyed BlueIf you have washed a blue garment with a white one, some blue dye may transfer to the white clothing. It can be difficult but here are some ideas on how to fix white clothing dyed blue.


A blue winter jacket.

Removing Sticker Glue From Nylon?Isopropyl alcohol is often the most effective method of getting rid of sticker residue. Removing sticker glue from nylon may require cleaning it more than once with rubbing alcohol.


A painting a wood table using a roller.

Painting Over Varnish Without SandingIt is often recommend that you sand any surface thoroughly prior to painting it. Painting over varnish without sanding is not a best practice but it can be done.


A couple waking up in a hotel bed at a nice hotel.

What Makes the Beds So Comfortable at Nice Hotels?Hotel beds, especially in nicer hotels, are often very comfortable to sleep on. Find out what makes the beds so comfortable at nice hotels.


A man repairing a washing machine.

GE Washer Drains But Won't Spin?If your washing machine is draining but not spinning, you may need to call a repair person out to fix it. A GE washer that drains but won't spin is a problem you can try to fix on your own but it may be difficult.


How to Turn a Sweatshirt Into a Jacket - Finished jacket.

How to Turn a Sweatshirt Into a JacketUse an old sweatshirt to repurpose into a jacket. Here is a great design for how to turn a sweatshirt into a jacket.


Step 7 Recycled Sweater Neck Pillow Craft

How to Make a Recycled Sweater Neck PillowUse an old sweater to make a nice soft neck pillow for yourself or as a gift for someone else. This page has a great design for how to make a recycled sweater neck pillow.



Vietnamese "Banh Chung" Sticky Rice Cakes on plate

Vietnamese Sticky Rice Cakes (Banh Chung)Vietnamese Banh Chung is called sticky rice cake. This delicious cake has only a few key ingredients, but the cooking process is time-consuming. Some would rather purchase a cake over making it from scratch. Sticky Rice Cake is a tradition that is made and sold during Chinese New Year, but you can make it at home year-round.


filled pickle jars with lids

Sweet and Sour Refrigerator PicklesIt is so simple to make your first pickles. With an abundance of cucumbers in my garden, I whipped up some delicious pickles for us to enjoy during the fall!


chicken in Tomato Broth on plate

Pressure Cooker Chicken in Tomato BrothThe pressure cooker generates little heat, making it wonderful for summer cooking. The electric ones allow you to walk away and tend to other chores. This recipe cooks the entire meal in one pot, making cleanup very easy. I used green beans from the garden.


baked Hashbrown Breakfast Casserole

Hashbrown Breakfast CasseroleGood tasting casserole that can be for the family or company. Easy to prep ahead of time, or even bake ahead of time.


finished Salmon Sun-dried Tomato Pasta

Salmon Sun-dried Tomato PastaMy dear friend who studies nutrition made this pasta dish for me when I told him the nutrient levels in my food diary were a little off balance. I've never been a fan of supplements, but I really don't have the means to buy everything my body needs.



A picture of Confederation Park in Gananoque, Ontario.

Confederation Park (Ontario)This park is where they hold some of the festivals they have every summer. This was once the site of Jones Shovel Company, until the 1960's. The Chamber of Commerce developed the park in 1967. Over the years, they have added walks, lighting, and ponds.


Organize Your Food and Freezer

Organize Your Food and FreezerNow that my children have left, I can cut way back on supplies. I don't have to stock up on things anymore. I cook for two and something for the pups we have. I take canned goods and make a list of the things we have on hand. I place dates on top of cans so they are easy to read.


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Homemade Stain BustersThere are quite a few home remedies for some nasty stains we all seem to get on our clothing. For ketchup, use vinegar and scrub with a toothbrush. Add some dish soap and scrub some more, then wash as usual. For a grease stain use salt.


Use a Sponge to Clean In Tight Spaces

Use a Sponge to Clean In Tight SpacesI use sponges cut into squares to clean the fan, wire racks, etc. I also use them for cleaning the heating vents. I cut the sponge with scissors into squares, cutting most of the way through the sponge.


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Softening Brown SugarIf your brown sugar has hardened, place a small piece of apple in with the sugar to soften it.


When To Plant Moonflower Vine (Ipomoea alba) Seed

When To Plant Moonflower Vine (Ipomoea alba) SeedMembers have written in, complaining that their moonflower vines were taken by frost just before they were about to bloom. I told them the vine requires a long growing season. I advised them to start the seed indoors, beginning as early as late February. I have more information to share.


Making a Paper Lantern - little girl holding the lantern

Making a Paper LanternThis is so simple to make. It is a simple craft for you and your kids to have fun making and a bonding time as mother and child work together. You may need to assist your little when making this paper lantern.


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Sleeping With Your Car KeysThe red panic button on our car keys is a useful safety protection when we are in our homes. I bring my car keys into my bedroom and leave them on my night stand. In an event of an emergency, I will know where my car keys are immediately.


A box of Irish Breakfast tea and three bananas.

Banana and Tea for Your PlantsI eat a banana everyday, and always throw the peel away, I also drink tea everyday and throw out the tea bags. I have now tried throwing the tea bags and banana peels in water, making a tea out of it, and it helps your plants stand up and cheer!


Denim and Bandanna Wreath - finished wreath hanging on an exterior wall

Denim and Bandanna WreathI have a long list of wreaths to make. Today this one just hit me as the one to shine!


A shiny diamond and gold ring.

Steps to a Shiny Diamond RingA couple years ago, I ran out of jewelry solution. My mom told me about a tip and said that I would never need jewelry solution ever again. She was correct! Since then, I have been using her tip. All you need is a drop or two of mild dish soap or liquid laundry detergent.


An electrical cord bundled neatly inside a piece of pool noodle.

Store Extension Cords in a Pool NoodleUsing a pool noodle cut to the size of your cord, make a slit half way through your noodle.Then wrap your cord, insert into the slit of your pool noodle.Put into the drawer this way they will not tangle, and you will know where they are. You can also hang them up.


A view of a Joel Stone Beach in the summer.

Joel Stone BeachThis picture was taken at Joel Stone Beach, where we spend most of the summer days. It is nice scenery, with boats coming through all day long. Joel Stone Beach is located along the St. Lawrence River. You can even see some of the islands from there. There is also a splash pad for younger kids.


A small fawn figurine on a textured white piece of wallpaper.

Wallpaper Scraps as Photo BackdropTaking photos without a backdrop can look sloppy, and who wants to spend their money on a light box? You can get a wallpaper book at your local paint store. I got mine at our nearest Sherwin Williams for free.


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Walking for ExerciseI have enjoyed these cool mornings and have started walking our country road for 30-45 minutes each morning. This makes 4 weeks that I have been doing this daily. When I wake up in the morning, I'm ready to hop out of bed and go for my walk before breakfast.


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Soak Pea Seeds Before PlantingPeas and sweet pea seeds have a hard coating on them and may not grow properly. Soak your seeds the night before planting in lukewarm water. That way you will not lose any seedlings.


The bedding tied back and clipped with a binder clip, so it is no longer a tripping hazard.

Binder Clips for Corralling a Tripping HazardI have a twin bed and the bedspread does the "corner" thing. I have to go around the bed to open/close the sliding glass doors at least 4 times a day.


A view from above the clouds, looking down at the green land and buildings.

Why Birds Are LuckyWhen I was young, I used to tie a blanket around my neck and then pretend that I could fly. I would imagine what it looks like to see the earth from the sky.


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Revive Stale Tortilla Chips QuicklyMy family and I went on a food lover's road trip to pick up some of our favourite freshly-made snacks. After a couple days, the tortilla chips had gone stale. I was serving them with lunch and didn't have time to lay them out in the oven so I placed them in a single layer on a paper towel in the microwave and nuked them on high for 30 seconds.


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Toilet Paper Tube to Protect Seedling RootsBeans and peas do not like their roots disturbed, and may not do well when transplanting them. Use an empty toilette paper roll to plant. When you are ready to plant in the ground keep them in the cardboard. It will disintegrate on its own.


Jewelry being displayed using pushpins.

Pushpins for Displaying JewelryI recently redid my bathroom. Because my old bathroom was black and red, I lost my necklace hanger. So, I just decided to put up some pretty pushpins and display what I have as decorations too.


Make Your Own Gift Wrapping Paper - hand holding the wrapped gift

Make Your Own Gift Wrapping PaperI have an abundance of packaging paper that I receive and save from my online purchases.


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Tackling a Flea ProblemI have two dogs and a cat. We had a horrible flea problem. And when I say horrible, I mean horrible. I would wake up with fleas all over my legs. Everyone was covered in bites. We had to get rid of the fleas.



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Tag Line Ideas for a Play School?I want a catchy tag line for my play school named "My School". Any suggestions?


Value of Mersman Table

Value of Mersman Table?I have a Mersman table with a drawer. I was wondering what kind of wood this table is made of and what the value of it is.


What Kind of Snake Is This? - dead snake

What Kind of Snake Is This?I live in central Wisconsin and lately I have had a ton of these snakes in my yard. The color is about same for both pictures, grayish, lightish blue brown. I thought I saw one that was reddish with the same pattern though. They have no rattles on their tails. They are aggressive when I approached them with a stick.


Identifying Bugs

Identifying Bugs?Do you know what kind of bugs these are? They are in the bedroom, kitchen, and even in the bathroom.


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Dealing with a Food Aggressive Dog?My boyfriend has a 7-year-old Lab, hound, and Pit mix. She was rescued at the age of 1 by him. Unfortunately when he got her, he was still in college, and his housemates messed with her when he would leave for school or work. They even kicked her.


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Removing the Motor Housing on a Honeywell Fan?How do you remove the speed switch and oscillating control knobs on the Honeywell HS1750 fan to remove the motor housing?


Living Room Paint and Carpet -
Color Advice - curtains

Living Room Paint and Carpet Color Advice?I want to refresh the look of my living room, so I started with the curtain and it is a light blue, light grey, and white. My floor is brown and the couch is grey. What colour should I choose for the walls and carpet? I think white and light brown for walls and simple grey carpet? Blue pillows for the couch?


Identifying a Houseplant - odd looking plant in planter with crayon motif around outside

Identifying a Houseplant?I was bought this plant for a present and am clueless as to what it is! It didn't specify on the tag; it just told me to water regularly.


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