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The finished noodleboard covering a sink.

DIY Noodleboard
Dollar Tree has these big stickers (dont remember the size, but they nearly cover the 20 x 30 board). They are meant to be put up as an inexpensive backsplash. Personally, I would not use them for that purpose. Think of them as a big decorative piece of contact...

 

A card showing when to change your HVAC filter.

Changing HVAC Filters
Nice idea, especially if you share tasks with others in a household. I am by myself, and I schedule those filter changes on my Google calendar (along with a long list of other periodic maintenance tasks). Its amazing how much stuff there is to upkeep!

 

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Convert King Sized Sheets to Split King?
I sew, and I think it would be more work and expense than its worth. To begin, fabric and elastic prices have gone up significantly and those items are even scarce in some areas, because many have gone into the covid19 mask business. I would buy 2 xl twin fitted...

 

A living room with light colored furniture.

Help With Color Scheme?
Burgundy is really a color that has had its day already. I would paint the wall in a light gray and the trim in crisp white (prime first to cover that burgundy.) To balance the room, I would move the tv, maybe to the long wall opposite the windows, as its competing...

 

A living room with light colored furniture.

Help With Color Scheme?
And a PS to my.other answer-match your window treatments to your walls-your room will look more cohesive and larger.

 

Vinegar and water in front of a Keurig coffee machine.

Cleaning Your K-Cup Coffee Maker
I use a cup of vinegar. I pour it into the little tank where the water usually goes and I let it sit there a few minutes to dissolve anything that might be there, then I run it through.

 

Farmhouse Style Signs - finished sign over the kitchen cabinets

Farmhouse Style Signs
Love that idea. I was thinking of EAT as well, but ended up with an 11 letter word that was much more time consuming! Have fun making your sign!

 

Kitchen Wall and Cabinet Paint Color Advice? - kitchen with white cabinets and green countertops

Kitchen Wall and Cabinet Paint Color Advice?
I would go a light gray on the cabinets and a darker gray on walls, in the same gray family. At some point you will be renovating the kitchen flooring and countertops, and by having a neutral gray as your backdrop, choosing your materials will be easier. I...

 

Two marked laundry hampers.

Sort Laundry As You Go
Yes, I have a front loader, and have become very good at estimating what a full load is! Love my HE washer and dryer.

 

Cookies baking in the oven.

Stress Free Holiday Baking
I have never had a problem with odors crossing over into the doughs.I usually just move my bags from freezer to fridge the night before baking. Happy baking!!

 

A beef patty made inside a ziploc bag.

Make Beef Patties Inside Ziploc Bag
I hear you about the hands business! I have a half cup scoop, the kind that looks like an ice cream scoop. Once I have my beef mixture, I scoop it out and level it with the dull side of a knife, then it goes into my little ziplock like you do. Then I just smash...

 

piece of Irish Soda Bread

Irish Soda Bread
I cannot wait to make this! I love Irish Soda bread, and usually bake it in a cast iron skillet. The way you do it, its way easier to slice and toast! Mouth watering...

 

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A television remote pointed at a smart TV with lots of apps.

Smart TV to Cut Cable Costs
I did the same thing. One of my TVs is a Fire tv, so it has lots of apps available. On a other TV, which is an older smart TV that has limited apps available, I installed a Roku. I am saving a ton of money, and feel like I have way more options. No longer tied...

 

A sneaker next to a heeled dress shoe.

Preparing for a Life with Less Income
Great ideas! When I was approaching retirement, my now deceased husband and I moved to a state that was much less expensive to live. When he passed, my household income was reduced by 2/3. Was I ever happy to be not living in a pricey state. I live on social...

 

A clean grout line on a tiled floor.

Magic Eraser for Grout
Nice job!! If that doesnt work, Home Depot sells a colored sealer that is easy to apply. That saved me! I would have tried your idea first if I thought of it first! Thank you!

 

A tube of toothpaste and one of hydrocortisone cream.

Dangers of a Disorganized Bathroom
Very good post. In this day and age when it seems like many young people are driven to drugs-ANY drugs, its good to lock them up. Might I also add putting razors in a specific place, which is well lit, so no one is feeling around a dim closet or drawer for...

 

Upright Storage for Long-handled Tools - now stored inside a tomato cage in pot

Upright Storage for Long-handled Tools
Great idea!! I also used a tomato cage upside down, strung solar rope lights on it, and secured one side of them with zip ties. Instant outdoor holiday tree, and no extension cords.

 

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Curtain Color Advice?
I love the classic combination of black and tan. Black is a great anchor color. Lighter colors in a room already full of neutrals will look washed out. Just be sure to open them daily to let in natural light. The stacked open panels will frame your windows...

 

Keep Up With Household Chores By Creating a Cleaning Schedule - unmarked schedule

Keep Up With Household Chores By Creating a Cleaning Schedule
Great idea! I use my Google calendar and utilize the repeat function for things that are done every week, like changing the bed, cleaning the humidifier, dusting and vacuuming. Monthly things like cleaning the filter in the front loading washer, pulling out...

 

A Dyson vacuum cleaner on a staircase.

Do the Math Beyond the Purchase Price
Im not the original poster, but thats a Dyson. None of them use bags or belts. Hope that helps!

 

A pan of bacon on a cookie sheet, ready for the oven.

Cook Bacon in the Oven
I am with you sistah! Its so much easier to clean up after, and the bacon comes out great. I line my baking sheet with heavy duty exta wide foil (make sure it goes up all the sides). On the stove top, bacon splatters everywhere, walls, stove top, and even ceiling...

 

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A Section of Lights Are Out on Pre-lit Tree?
I had the same issue last year, and after trying several things, and having none of them work, I ended up removing the lights and stringing a new set of lights on the tree. The old lights were affixed with teeny tiny clips, many of which I used on the new light...

 

A bear inside an oven mitt with a red and snowflake pattern.

Use Seasonal Oven Mitts for Christmas Stockings
What a good idea! Gift bags usually cost a dollar, and their use is limited. They might get recycled a couple of times, but an oven mitt will live for a lot longer! Thanks for the tip.

 

Use Your Cooler When Grocery Shopping

Use Your Cooler When Grocery Shopping
I do the same thing! I like to cherry pick the grocery stores based on weekly ads, and the cooler with freeze packs allows that, even in the South!

 

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A Halloween decoration with a jack 'o lantern

Ode to Halloween Memories
You are a true wordsmith!

 

Meal Tips for Single Workers

Meal Tips for Single Workers
Such good ideas. While I am retired, I am widowed and live on SS and a small pension. I often cook for my freezer, by making big batches of soups, stews and chili. I portion them out and label and freeze. I was raised by my grandmother, who had lived through...

 

Lipstick and sponge brush.

Getting All the Lipstick From the Tube
Thats way easier than scooping it out into a small container like I do. Thanks for the tip!

 

Budgeting to Feed a Crowd

Budgeting to Feed a Crowd
Such great ideas! I feed a much smaller crowd at Thanksgiving, but I do buy all my nonperishables in the weeks leading up to the big day. That spreads out the cost and it also is easier to bring home a little at a time rather than in one huge shopping trip...

 

pantry drawers

Using Drawers to Organize Pantry
Great idea. I did that in my coat closet, to house rarely used kitchen items. My pantry shelves go down pretty far, so i put wheels on a wine crate. I store boxes of kcups and back stock of jars of condiments. Every square inch counts!!

 

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Food too Salty?
If the potato remedy does not work, make another batch of whatever it was that you made in your crockpot, leaving out any salt or salty ingredient. Mix the 2 batches together. You will probably have lots of leftovers to freeze for later!

 

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Removing Rust Stains on Refrigerator Doors?
I had that same problem years ago with a textured finish refrigerator. Back then, I ended up buying contact paper the same color (almond) as the fridge, and covering the front. It blended in very well and lived like that until the fridge finally died. Today...

 

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Remedy for Oily Hair?
There is no way to keep oil from flowing from your pores and scalp, but if you use a cleansing type shampoo every time you wash your hair, it will at least remove any buildup of oil and products that you are using. That said, dont use any shampoo that is moisturizing...

 

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Substitute for Swiffer Dry Mop Cloths?
I buy inexpensive microfiber cloths and use them instead of a dry swiffer. Just wash them and dry them (without fabric softener) when they need washing. They can often be found at the dollar store, and you will be reusing them forever.

 

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Understanding Symbols on Clothing Care Tag?
Take a look at this link: http://www.textileaffairs.com/lguide.htm. Its a fabric care chart that has all of the symbols that you might see on a tag. I often hand wash a particular blouse and it always bleeds but it always comes out fine. Good luck!

 

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Clorox Stains on Carpet?
You will not be able to get it out as what you have done is bleached out the color of the rug. If you have extra piece of the rug, either left over from the install, or in the back of a closet, you can cut out a square which includes the bleached out part, cut...

 

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Rodent Chewing Car Gas Line?
We had the same thing happen to us, two times a row, caused by a rodent (probably a mouse) chewing the gas line. We inquired at a local feed store what we could use to deter rodents, and they said to use fox urine. Now I know that sounds funny, but they do...

 

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Crafts Using Wine Bottle Corks?
I bought a big box of wine corks at a consignment store recently. My first project was very easy-took a large clear glass vase and filled it and put it as a focal point on top of my kitchen cabinet. The other project I did was to make a heat resistant tray...

 

Bread in pans after being baked.

Bake Bread With Your Grandchildren
Beyond the bonding time you are having by baking with your grandchild, you are teaching about how some foods come to be on the table. Too many children think that food just comes from the grocery store, as if it magically appears there (that goes for fruit...

 

Carry Stun Gun On Dog Walks - a dog who was killed in a dog attack.

Carry Stun Gun On Dog Walks
So sorry for your loss and your PTSD. I hear you loud and clear. My shiba inu has been attacked 4x by the same german shepherd, who gets loose from its owner or escapes the house. She is a huge female shepherd. Three of the attacks have resulted in trips to...

 

Closeup of folded paper under rear of presser foot.

Hemming Jeans with Thick Seams
You can also cut off the existing bottom hem, leaving about a half inch of single fabric, and then sew it back on at the desired length after cutting the legs to where you want them, plus one half inch for seam allowance. Sew the original bottom hem back on...

 

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Cleaning Tile Floors?
I just had a tile floor installed, and my tile guy told me to just use water and vinegar, like a half a cup for a pailful of water. Not only does it clean well, but it can take up any grout residue. You should wait about a week clean your floor using vinegar...

 

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Overalls Are Damaging Dryer?
Is there any way you could wrap the fasteners with a soft cloth or bandana to lessen the blows to the inside of your machine? It would also make it less noisy.

 

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Krazy Glue on a Kitchen Countertop?
My DH got some on our laminate countertop, and I was able to use a single sided razor blade to chip it off with no adverse results.

 

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Removing a Broken Key from Lock on a Fire Sentry Box?
I would take a tiny amount of epoxy putty (which you get in a hardware store where all the glues are sold) and put it at the end of the broken key; affix a nail head or some other slim piece of metal to it and let dry. Be careful not to get the putty on any...

 

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K Cup Holder Ideas?
Keurig just came out with a storage drawer that you put under your machine; it holds 36 k cups! Its great, takes up no room, and since we use the small machine, there is room on top of the drawer for a sugar bowl and a container for sweetener packets. I used...

 

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Cleaning Grout?
I just used hydrogen peroxide on my grout, and it worked. Just put it on, let it sit for a while, scrub it with a small brush (I used a small brush used for your nails) and wiped dry. I was amazed, as it took off lots of grime left by a previous owner of our...

 

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Removing Rust from an Iron Skillet?
I heard on Martha Stewarts radio show on Sirius, that if you put an old cast iron pan into a campfire (I guess a bonfire would also work), it will burn off everything and leave the pan like new. Youll of course have to re-season it, but its worth a shot. Great...

 

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Artist Searching for 50 Used Empty Gallon Size Paint Cans?
Check with small job paint contractors in your area, as they would buy by the gallon and not the larger sized can. They are bound to have lots of empties-just offer to pick them up. You could also post on Craigslist for your area. You would be surprised to...

 

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Can't Reset GFCI Outlet?
That just happened to me in my kitchen; my handyman replaced the GFCI receptacle, which took all of 10 minutes, and I was good to go. It had not been properly installed in the first place, so it blew early on after the first few uses. You might just need a...

 

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Stains on White Kitchen Countertops?
Im a big fan of Mr. Clean eraser sponges. They really are great-I even use them on painted surfaces and all that comes off is the dirt. Wish I had invented them!

 

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Homemade Lasagna Recipe?
The best lasagne recipe I have ever tried (and I have tried many) is the one on the Barilla lasagne noodle box. The noodles are the no cook type that you put into the pan dry, and they soak up the sauce and soften as they bake. So easy. I also vary it by cooking...

 

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Finishing Raw Carpet Edges?
In some areas, you can take your carpet piece and get them bound by a rug store; take a look in your local online yellow pages or paper yellow pages. Also, once not too long ago, either in Home Depot or Lowes, I saw that they had a stick on edging that looked...

 

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Removing Tree Sap from a Nylon Tent?
I used to park beneath pine trees that left my car covered in sap. The only thing I found to remove the sap was plain old rubbing alcohol on a rag. I would try it on your tent.

 

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Choosing Between a Comforter or a Bedspread?
I like a lightweight comforter inside a duvet cover. Since I have a king size bed, washing a thicker comforter would require me to visit a laundromat to get it clean. With the thinner comforter, it fits inside my washer, and then I can wash it and the duvet...

 

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Concerns Over the Prep for a Colonoscopy?
Those are good suggestions. I would also add that you might just want to cut back your food in general for the week before you start prepping. The less that is there in you colon, the less you will have to get rid of, if you know what I mean. Also, ask if you...

 

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Popular Kitchen Paint Color?
Steer away from blues-blue is very nice, but has been shown to be the one color that affects appetite adversely. Go with neutrals or a soft green, like a gray green/sage. If you want something more intense, reds increase appetite and make food taste better...

 

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Easy Lasagna Recipe?
The easiest is the one right on the box of Barilla no bake lasagna noodles. You just put them in uncooked and they soften while baking. If I have time, Ill take a couple Italian sausages, cook them up and let the chill. Slice very thinly on the diagonal, so...

 

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Clogged Toilet?
Get yourself an auger, aka a snake. You just need to crank it until it extends itself into the plumbing, and then reel it back in (with whatever is plugging). Sometimes it will also push whatever is causing the backup too. Most chemical drain openers are not...

 

Go Diego Go Centerpieces?
If you dont want to use a flower pot, since they look kind of girlie, you could use galvanized buckets or beach pails, both of which you could get from the dollar store. You could also take a rubber ball, such as a small soccer or football (again, from the...

 

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How Often to Trim a Cat's Claws?
I use soft claws on my cat (those are the glue on claw covers) and he seems to shed them every 4 to 6 weeks, then I have to replace the claw cover. I highly recommend them if you are trying to save furniture, clothing, and your own skin!

 

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Buying Sunglasses in Bulk?
How about buying at a dollar store? They also sell other things you can embellish, like flip flops, cosmetic bags, etc.

 

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Stove Not Working After Circuit Tripped?
I would have someone (like an appliance repair person) look at the stove; it might have short circuited, and may or may not be worth having repaired. Good luck.

 

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Wipe Clean Cookbook Holder
Here is a photo; the marbles I used are clear (which show up as very white in the picture) and black. Hope that helps. The whole thing just rolls up when not in use. Thanks!

 

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Making Canned Frosting Taste More Homemade?
Add a half teaspoon of a very good vanilla extract to any flavor of canned frosting. It will be wonderful!

 

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Natural Rabbit Repellent?
Go to your local feed store, such as an Agway, and purchase fox urine. Spray or drip it out where the rabbits appear. Do store it outside, in a garage or shed, as any drop of it inside will really smell up your home.

 

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Cranberry Juice Stain on Clothing?
If Shout doesnt work you might be stuck with the pink stain. Cranberries are used as a dye, so you might not be able to get out the splash of your cape codder! How about soaking the undewear in cranberry juice to make it all pink?

 

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Recanning Foods?
I agree-I would not recan something that is already processed, but I would freeze. Just put your beans into freezer zip bags and label them. You can even freeze them flat to take up less room.

 

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Advantages of Wire Curtain Rods?
Wire curtain rods are almost invisible, can be used for long spans and around corners, and are often used to completely envelop a room with curtains.

 

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Uses for Dog Food Bags?
Those bags are great because they are so sturdy. I have used them in the past when pruning rose bushes-just carefully put your cuttings into the bag and they wont cut through. Can also be used for other yard and garden cuttings that are hard or can cut through...

 

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Product to Conceal Uneven Skin Tones?
I swear by mineral makeup, which I have been using for over 6 years now. It evens out my skin tone and doesnt look like I have makeup on. Just swirl it on over imperfections and they really even out. People are always remarking about my good skin. Its not so...

 

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Toilet Clogged With Feminine Pad?
I dont know about the Dawn fix, but if you use a plunger you might be able to push it out into your sewer system/septic system, or move it back up and out using a plumbers snake. If you are lucky, maybe the pad has started to break up. Good luck!

 

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Name Ideas for Canine Massage Business?
The first thing that came to mind when I saw your request was WAG ME!

 

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Olive Oil Stain on Brick Walkway?
I would hit the area with a degreaser, as what you want to do is break up the oil so that it can be washed away. Start with a spray on, like 409 or maybe a more commercial type degreaser, and let it sit for a while; power wash it off with a hose.

 

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Keeping Bra Straps From Slipping?
I had the same problem; its from having shoulders that slope downward instead of out. Bali makes a great set of silicone wing shaped thingies that you slip your strap into and they stay in place. They are about 6 or 7 dollars a set and worth every cent. The...

 

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Easy to Prepare Soups and Casseroles That Can Be Frozen?
It really is possible to feed 2 on 300 a month and you are smart to think about casseroles and soups. I get the impression that you might be a beginner cook? Start with something easy but that has big impact, like a lasagne. I happen to love the recipe that...

 

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Recipes for a Whole Chicken?
I love doing a whole chicken on a vertical roaster, as it comes out looking and tasting like a rotisserie chicken. I can get really good deals where I live, like whole Perdues for .99 lb, so I stock up when I see a sale. Mix some garlic, balsamic vinegar, worcestershire...

 

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Using a King Flat Sheet on California King Bed?
I also used to have a CalKing. Finding sheets was a real challenge-I was so happy to get a regular King to replace it. You might want to re-think getting the CalKing-its not that much bigger, but just too big for regular King sheets. Hope that helps you make...

 

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Making a Vacuum Cleaner Cover?
I would buy some fabric that matches the paint on the wall in the room where you want to store the vacuum. Then, make a sack to put over it, kind of a loose slipcover or appliance cover. Put it in the corner of the room, maybe next to a dresser or large piece...

 

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Removing Stubborn Stains on Laminate Countertops?
I have used a Magic Eraser on stubborn stains (like beet juice stains) on a light countertop. It was like magic.

 

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Using a Self Cleaning Oven Without Instructions?
I have also had success in Googling the model number of an appliance, if you can find it on the inside door or someplace, and you will often find websites that have your particular models manual available online.

 

Frugal Valentine's Day Gifts, Saving Money on Valentine's Day

Saving Money on Valentine's Day
I shop for red for Valentines AND green after Christmas. Guess whats coming- St. Patricks Day!

 

Photo of a bottle of wine and a rose.

Start Planning for Valentine's Day Now
Great ideas! I will go further- after Christmas, most items go deep discount. Red stuff=good for Valentines Day, and green stuff=good for St. Patricks Day!

 

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Protecting Yourself from Identity Theft
Very good tips! If I could add one, it would be to sign up for Informed Delivery through the postal service. Besides being handy so that you know what mail and packages are winging their way to you, it is also a protection. If you are missing a piece of mail...

 

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Recognizing Your Luggage
All great ideas! Also, I stand near where the luggage is coming out (not on the other side of the carousel). That way no one else has the opportunity to steal my bag if its on the carousel too long. I travel for a living, and have learned that there unfortunately...

 

Changing Dog Food

Changing Your Dog's Food
Hills Prescription ans Science Diet just expanded their recall. I get notified of any dog food recall automatically as I signed up for them. You might want to check into that

 

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Use a Dresser as a Planter
Sounds great; you could pull out the drawers a little and slip in a window box liner to plant in, leaving the drawers kind of staggered. Pull the bottom one almost all the way out, the middle one out about half way, and the top one just a little, like the depth...

 

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Using Half Of Products
I hear you! I travel extensively and bring along laundry sheets that have soap and fabric softener in them to do laundry on the road in hotels-they are great to fly with and avoid spillage.I always cut them in half, as I am usually doing a small load, and the...

 


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