March 18, 2020

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Happy Easter Banner - glue the eggs in place at the ends and add lengths of ribbon for hanging, front view of banner hanging on a wood mantle

Making a Happy Easter BannerMake this Happy Easter banner to welcome your guests during the Easter season. It's easy to modify this for a birthday or other special event.

 

Tin Tub Easter Basket - add grass and filled plastic eggs

Making a Tin Tub Easter BasketTin tubs make wonderful Easter baskets and come in a variety of bright colors. They can be used after the holiday for storage in a bedroom or bathroom.

 

Living Succulent Pine Cone Decor - sitting version

DIY Living Succulent Pine Cone DecorIf you have access to pine cones and succulents, combine them to make these pretty decorations. A succulent needs little water so can survive a long time with occasional misting.

 

Two hands offering a red paper heart

Getting Help During CoronavirusDuring this unprecedented outbreak many of us are looking for a little help. This page includes state specific guides for where you can find accurate information and assistance. Please add additional resources in your state! We are working on guides for every state. The ones we've published so far are included here.

 

Mirrored Mosaic Flower Vase - finished bottle

DIY Mirrored Mosaic Flower VaseTake old CDs and a recycled glass bottle to make this pretty mosaic vase for small floral displays. This is a good project to do with your kids and makes a great gift.

 

Homemade Air Dry Clay - hand holding a large ball of clay

Homemade Air Dry ClayMake this easy air dry clay to help amuse your kids during school vacations. This clay is made with ingredients you may already have at home and will stay soft and flexible.

 

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Wipe Down Electronics - bottle of alcohol and cotton balls on top of a cell phone

Wipe Down ElectronicsRight now it's very important to wipe down everything we use especially our phones. For my phone I either use a Clorox disinfectant wipe or 70% isopropyl with a cotton ball.

 

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Reusing Sugar BagsWhen I put my 5 lb. bag of sugar in my storage bin I carefully clean it out, roll it up, and put 3 into a ziplock bag to use as freezer bags for my homemade sandwiches or cookies.

 

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COVID-19 How UPS Is RespondingI wanted to share an e-mail my husband received from UPS. As stores run out of supplies and we are being asked to remain at home except for necessary trips to the market, pharmacy, doctor, etc. and to practice social distancing when out and about this message may help alleviate concerns some consumers may have about the COVID-19 and receiving UPS deliveries.

 

Celery in a cup of water.

Reviving Limp CeleryFood waste is never acceptable, and now, with social isolation, it is imperative to use all the food we have. Cut a bit off the root end of the celery, and put in a container of ice water. Your celery will firm up and be ready to use.

 

DIY Mail Box from a Kleenex Hand Towel Box  - finished box

DIY Mail Box from a Kleenex Hand Towel BoxIf you purchase Kleenex hand towels, you can transform the box into a mail box. I actually bought these Kleenex hand towels last year for 90% off at Target after Christmas.

 

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Sticky Measuring Cup Clean UpWhen measuring peanut butter (or any other kind of sticky ingredient), spray your measuring cup with a non-stick spray like Pam before filling the cup. Fill and take a small spatula to release. Comes out easy and easier to clean!

 

Picking Up Free School Lunch During COVID-19 Closures - school sign with times for meals

Picking Up Free School Lunch During COVID-19 ClosuresOne of the biggest difficulties resulting from the shutting down of schools to stop the spread of the coronavirus is that many kids and their parents depend on the kid getting fed at school. It can be the only meal some kids get in a day. The free and reduced lunch program is a huge help to struggling families.

 

DIY Paper Towel Sheet Saver Using a Tissue Box

DIY Paper Towel Sheet Saver Using a Tissue BoxThis is a way to make your paper towel rolls last longer. Simply cut each sheet in half and place them into an empty tissue box.

 

Shredded cheese in a bowl.

Add Cheese In First for Messy DishesIf you are like me, you love dishes like Chili, Corned Beef Hash and Ravioli. But sometimes, if you love cheese, it's hard to deal with the mess of it being sprinkled on top. It's sometimes too melted, or sticks to the side of the bowl, or worse, spatters on the inside of your microwave.

 

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Freezing Store Bought BreadMy husband an I seldom eat a full loaf of bread before it gets stale or grows green stuff. I read where bread that is frozen keeps better than just keeping it in the fridge. But separating the slices became a problem. I decided to put two slices in a sandwich bag. I do this to the whole loaf. Then I put the bagged slices in the loaf bag and re-tie it.

 

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Conserving Delivery and Curbside Pickup TimeslotsWith everyone isolating themselves against Covid-19, more people are using curbside and delivery services, which is great for reducing contact! But, those timeslots are at a premium. I felt like I was playing a slot machine trying to get one the other day.

 

View of Mt. Rainier and Seattle skyline

Getting Help During the Coronavirus in Washington StateThis page lists some resources which can help you deal with the financial impact of the Coronavirus as we all work through this pandemic together. There is a lot of conflicting information on the Internet right now so it's important to verify with trusted sources when you can.

 

Two pills in a hand.

Use Acetaminophen Instead of Ibuprofen for CoronavirusNew information is coming out about coronavirus treatment that recommends using acetaminophen (Tylenol) instead of NSAIDS like ibuprofen (Advil), naproxen (Aleve) or asprin. The reason is that these anti-inflammatory drugs can suppress the immune system, preventing your body from effectively fighting off the virus.

 

Questions

Value of a Leonardo Figurine - woman wearing a 19th century style long dress and hat and holding a fan

Value of a Leonardo FigurineDoes anyone know how much my Society Belle Leonardo ornament is worth?

 

Value of Encyclopaedia Britannica 15th Edition  - volumes in boxes

Value of Encyclopaedia Britannica 15th EditionI have the 30 volume set in great condition.

 

Value of an Antique Dining Room Cupboard - tall backed cupboard or sideboard, two drawers, and two doored areas below the main top with a small square storage area with a leaded glass door in the center of the backboard

Value of an Antique Dining Room CupboardI have an old dining room cupboard that I inherited from my grandfather. It is older than a 100 years. It is definitely hand made. I am not sure which wood it is made from. It also has leaded glass. It is about 180cm in hight and 150cm in width. Can you help me with determining its value?

 

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Value of a Thomas Kinkade PrintI am looking for the value of this print. Thomas Kinkade (Painter of Light) Conquering the Storms (Seaside Memories VI). It is a limited edition print. I have the Certificate and Limitation & Authenticity.

 

What Is My Chihuahua Mixed With? - light brown puppy with flop over ears on the couch

What Is My Chihuahua Mixed With?She is 4 months old. The shelter says she is a Chihuahua mix and that they think her mom was a Chihuahua Dachshund mix. Does she look like that or a mix of something else? I have no idea what her dad was.

 

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Kitten Peeing on Rugs and FurnitureJust before Christmas 2019 my sister brought home a kitten from the vet's office who was going to be put to sleep because his owners didn't want him. I took him in and hadn't had any problems until the new year. He is approximately 19 weeks old. He has begun to pee on the furniture.

 

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