September 26, 2017

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A depressed man with his face in his hand sitting on the edge of his bed.

Dealing With DepressionDepression can be overwhelming at times and make it difficult or impossible to engage in day to day activities. Dealing with depression can be difficult, but with some help you can get through it.


Man installing a dryer vent.

Installing a Dryer Vent?Installing a dryer vent may be necessary when you have purchased a new dryer. Installing a dryer vent is usually pretty easy and doesn't require more tools than a screwdriver.


Beaded Key Ring - done

How to Make an Easy Beaded Key RingIt's east to decorate your keychain with a few beads and some string. Here is how to make an easy beaded key ring for yourself or as a gift.


Ingredients for making beauty recipes with honey.

Honey Beauty RecipesFrom skin care to soaps, honey can be used in a myriad of ways. Here are some honey beauty recipes you can try at home.


A cellphone in a car, being held by a rubber band.

Rubber Band as Car Cellphone HolderIt is illegal to use a cellphone, without using it hands-free, in many states. Save yourself an expensive ticket with a simple rubber band. Using a rubber band as car cellphone holder is a great frugal hands-free device.



A faux cactus made from a pumpkin, pins and artificial flowers.

Foam Pumpkin Faux CactusCreate this cute faux cactus by recycling a foam pumpkin. Learn how to make it in this short video.


A child's hand in a container of pink flubber.

Homemade FlubberThis homemade flubber is a great toy for a preschooler. It can be used over and over again. Learn how to make it in this short video.


A glass tower made from thriftstore glass pieces.

Thriftstore Glass Garden TowerTake recycled glassware to create this unique garden decoration. This glass tower will sparkle in the sun. Learn how to make it in this short video.



Peanut Butter Sauce Soba Noodles and Vegetables on plate

Peanut Butter Soba NoodlesThis is a very filling and an easy recipe to throw together for lunch or dinner. You can also add more protein if you like.


Individual Breakfast Squares

Savory Breakfast SquaresThis is a casserole you make in either muffin tins or these brownie makers. They are the perfect size for a snack, quick breakfast on the run, or even cold. You can eat them with your fingers!


Cauliflower Pudding on plate

Cauliflower PuddingIt was on sale for 99 cents a head, so it is what's on the dinner table tonight.



A collection of greeting cards found at yard sales.

Look for Greeting Cards at Yard SalesI got 7 Hallmark and Papryus cards for $1.50. The cheapest I have ever gotten cards was for 50 cents at Dollar Tree. These are far nicer, and one even plays music when you open it. I keep my cards organized by category, so I know when I need to stock up on a certain type.


Large black Sharpie brand markers, with a plus or minus drawn on them.

Identify Old and New Felt-tip MarkersI had an older broad tip marker in my craft supplies. I am going to make some pumpkins with markers, but knew this one was half spent. When I got two new ones, I wanted to make sure I could tell them apart. So I marked the older one with a "minus" and the two newer ones with "pluses".


A clean section of gutter under a brick wall.

Cleaning Vinyl Siding and GuttersI used Car Wash, purchased from Walmart, to clean the gutters, vinyl siding, heat and air conditioner and the awnings. It cut the dirt quickly and left a nice finish. I really like this product.


An onion stored with an avocado half.

Keeping Avocados and Guacamole Super FreshI've tried all the various methods of keeping my avocados and guacamole fresh, but this is by far the best yet. Keep a piece of cut onion in a container alongside your cut avocado or prepared guacamole and it will stay fresh and bright for several days.


A ziplop bag of string beans, ready for the freezer.

Measuring a 5 Gallon Bucket of String BeansThis morning, I picked a 5 gallon bucket full of string beans. I was wondering how many packages I would get to freeze. After blanching, it measured to be 28 cups of cut string beans, which would be 7 quarts.


Yarn Heart Garland Decoration

Yarn Heart Garland DecorationWith left over cardboard, you can create any shape garland decoration (in my case hearts) with yarn and some tape/glue. It is perfect to decorate a bedroom, office, fireplace mantle, or use as party decor.


Tape-Dyed Top - finished painted top

Tape-Dyed TopI decided to try this fun tape-dying craft after I spilled something on my top and couldn't fully get the stain out. It's one of my best fitting tanks so I didn't want to throw it out! With a bit of tape and fabric paint, I had an afternoon of fun turn into a cute new top.


A bottle of baby shampoo.

Using Up Unwanted Shampoo/Body WashDon't throw it out. I use mine for hand washing combs, hair and makeup brushes, lingerie and cashmere sweaters. Sometimes, as in the case of this bottle, if I see a really good deal I will buy it and save it for this purpose.



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Growing a Weeping Willow for a Cutting?I am trying to grow a weeping willow tree from a branch. I understand you can boil a branch in water to make a rooting hormone for other plants, if I boil my branch in water will it help the branch itself to grow?


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Clothes Steamer Not Heating Up?My clothes steamer does not heat up, but the indicator light shows that power is being supplied. How do I repair it?


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Cleaning Service Slogan Ideas?I want to call my cleaning company, A Mother's Touch Cleaning Services. I need a funny slogan.


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Canning Soup?Whenever I put my hot soup in a mason jar and use a new lid, it seals when it cools. Is this process OK and safe?


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Substituting Marshmallow Cream for Marshmallows?My granddaughter hates the texture of marshmallows. Can I substitute marshmallow cream for the marshmallows in a cherry fluff recipe? It calls for 1 cup of miniature marshmallows.


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Home Repair Assistance for Low Income Families?I'm a single mother, homeless and living with someone. My uncle passed away and left me a house. It's in terrible shape. I've tried to fix so much, but the city has stopped everything.


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