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By Luann DeLuca [5]08/01/2015

What an interesting yet frugal life you lead.

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By realestatemama [1]08/01/2015

I thought I was the only one in love with Glad press and seal. When my family gave me a roll I told them I had it with plastic. One day (Sunday) when I do a week's meal I was out of foil. That's when I used this product. I use it doing many things that must stay fresh or travel well.

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By David K.08/01/2015

I say that you use 2 decks (one red, one blue of course!) Have the joker be the spy/assassin and choose an ace to be a flag. Then assign roles to other cards as you see fit. I would probably lay them out like a solitaire game. Experiment with different size armies and rules to see what is the most fun to play. I would lay some cards out (maybe 3 or 4 pyramids of six) Your bombs and flag must be layed down, but with the other cards you have to choose to keep them in your hand to attack or in the pyramids to defend. Scouts can reveal every card in a row, and you must remove the two cards in front of a given card before it can be attacked.

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By Rick M.08/01/2015

Before I got smart they tore up many sheets of fiberglass insulation. Found out they HATE peppermint oil and even peppermint gum. Tossed many pieces of gum into the attic
and havn't seen one since. Worth a try?

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By Dinah Ackerson [3]08/01/2015

She is still nursing her puppies and they need every drop of her immune system, etc., they can get, even a bit a day. The snuggling is very important too.

Also, she is still in recovery from birth (7!!!)! Give her a break for awhile before you put her under for the cut!

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By happy.now [2]08/01/2015

I have used cut up potatoes to remove any kind of over seasoning. You could try that. Also a secret with home cooking soups and stews at restaurants is to not stir past half of your pot ever. The burned stuff will stay in the bottom and not move. Hope I helped.

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By Barb W.08/01/2015

I splashed myself with wash water while rinsing the dye out of a t shirt my son tie-dyed at camp. I had large dark splotches on a coral colored cotton blouse.
I am very happy to report that the rubbing alcohol treatment worked perfectly.

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By Michel B08/01/2015

I used magic eraser an it worked fine; I had to scrub a bit but after a couple shots it came out clean

Thanks to Lori.

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By Dinah Ackerson [3]08/01/2015

A very easy online search for "how to clean polyester clothes" produced many replies. You can try a search yourself or this tip from wikihow:

Soak white garments overnight in a mixture of 1 gallon (3.8 L) of warm water and 1/2 cup of automatic dishwasher detergent. The dishwasher detergent helps to brighten the whiteness of the item. Regular bleach may be too harsh for polyester garments. Avoid using bleach when washing white polyester items.
http://www.wikihow.com/Wash-Polyester

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By SS_Silverton08/01/2015

This is so cute!

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By Rachel0814p08/01/2015

The most gentle, sanitizing and affordable method to clean painted cabinets is to use a mixture of 1 part vinegar to 3 parts water. Put it in a spray bottle and using paper towels, do a thorough cleaning by scrubbing in circles and then wiping dry all of the cabinet surfaces. The vinegar cleans, sanitizes and deodorizes semi-gloss painted surfaces while leaving a nice shine. To maintain the clean, be sure to spray and wipe down any spills immediately. Then, repeat a complete kitchen wipe down with the vinegar & water once a month.

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By Ptownbunker08/01/2015

Because Chihuahuas are a***oles.

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By Ronni S.08/01/2015

You can check these sewing machines http://reviewkid.com/industrial-sewing-machines/ as well.

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By poppylouise108/01/2015

You could go to your favourite restaurant then have a sleepover. Or, just stick with your idea, you don't need boys to have fun.

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By Gloria Z [7]07/31/2015

I finally woke up to this little trick. One of my tenants had turned up my hot water tank without asking my permission. I discovered it after she moved out. While I have a gas tank it's ignition is electricity. My electric bill dropped by $10/mo. This is a rarely talked about savings and good for you for bringing it up.

One additional tip: In case of a disaster and you need drinking water take it from your hot water tank! It's very clean & you don't have to run out & buy bottled water.

By Minnie Jacobs07/29/2015

I, too, turn my water heater off, except when taking a shower, and washing my dishes. My electric bill was around $300. It went down to $150. My bf got me doing this.

By Badjet07/29/2015

We also have done this, for years and nothing eats up more electricity than a electric water heater. I too try to save $$$ and this has really helped with our bill.

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By Myrna [15]07/31/2015

Birthday cookout, picnic and/or campfire sounds like a fun idea and maybe have a large tent for sleepover if you want to stretch the time. Outdoor games and if no pool, then a water hose will do or water slide and water balloons sounds cool and refreshing on a hot day. Also, a cooler of ice for lots of cold drinks and ice cream cones or watermelon and sitting in the shade enjoying fun with friends and party foods.

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By Myrna [15]07/31/2015

Used items for Christmas is fine IF everyone else is receiving/giving them too and they on the whole do not mind or it is something you've yearned for like antique glassware piece or a vintage piece of clothing if that's your thing etc. However, you are being singled out and it's cutting and hurtful to be targeted as the only one getting used items each year while everybody else gets a new or expensive gift. I do not think you need put up with the embarrassment or deliberate pain inflicted on you in front of other family members either because you spoke up for yourself.

I would go to you MIL in private and tell her you no longer care to receive any gifts from her as she's made it quite clear to you how she feels toward you and that she feels you aren't worth spending her money on for something nicer than a poor condition item she expects you will continue to receive without saying a word because you don't want to make waves and keep the peace. You are letting her get away with this poor conduct and she will continue to behave as such. Help her break away from this hurtful pattern and end it. No gift is better than being given something her heart is not in when giving to you on that special time of the year. Stop letting her do this to you. Are you a mat she can walk on? No...so, end this kind of treatment.

Have courage and step out and face MIL with grace and dignity and hold your head up and feel good about yourself instead of allowing another to be demeaning toward you because they think they can get away with it. She has no respect for you more so when you don't stand up to her. There is a lesson to be learned here.

By AnnG [4]07/29/2015

Hi Ginnie:
No, Im not. Are you going from site to site to cause trouble? Just curious?

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By Myrna [15]07/31/2015

My husband cut back two trees and left the stumps. He then hollowed out the inside about 12 inches and I put good quality potting soil in the hole and planted hen little chicks and both stumps are full of them and they are weather tolerant and come back on their own each year. There's about a two inch rim of the stump's circumference to hold the soil/plants. So far the stump planters have been in use for about four years and still look good.

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By Myrna [15]07/31/2015

I've got a dog who will urinate outdoors, but comes right back in and drops a load on her under pad. She doesn't like doing this outside it appears, but I believe it's because she wants indoors right away and won't take the time to complete all her business. I have put her on a leash to hold her outside longer and have also walked her to where our other dogs do their drop loading and that helps especially when she realizes she's not going indoors until she's done and I repeat to her, "Go poo poo" and she cannot move outside of the area where the leash confines and she understands it is time to get down to business. I also stay out there with her. I give her praises when she's done and then she races to get back indoors.

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By Myrna [15]07/31/2015

http://homeguides.sfgate.com/grow-mimosa-tree-seed-43173.html

This is the variety I have in OH and our trees haven't died out from winter seasons. The lime green seed pods that resemble little pea pods are on the trees now. I've always let the seeds germinate on their own and transplant from new starts. Since your state has much colder winter temps, I'd plant the seeds/starter plant on the south side and sheltered from the worse weather if possible. Just not too close to the house or other buildings. These trees sure draw the hummingbirds in blooming season. Good luck!

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By Myrna [15]07/31/2015

North Shore under pads on amazon.com sells reasonably and they are free shipping. I buy from them all the time and have never been disappointed with their product. They do not leak through and they are large enough I can scissor cut in half and make two that lasts longer. I just put the cut end toward the back and the pad is placed in a hard plastic liner just in case my dog goes too close to the edge. They also send a free Xtra large under pad in each order. You get 100 quality under pads for about $40.00 and if you cut in half, you get double the amount for the same price and it's a quality/quantity stretcher. It's up to your dog whether an under pad is going to be of use. One of our dogs uses them between outdoor potty time or when we are away from home too long.

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By joan [6]07/31/2015

He's been doing this because you have allowed it to happen. Time to put your foot down - the free ride is over for him. How much stress has this been causing you and your child because the child is aware of how the situation is affecting you.

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By joan [6]07/31/2015

Did she state she should pay less when she said unfair or not enough? If she was your wife would you expect the same? I gather you are getting "wifey" priveleges.

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By joan [6]07/31/2015

Only if something I really need then maybe I'll shop either in a store or on line. With on-line I always check shipping rates, often at the bottom of the page. Some offer free shipping but pay a higher price than another who charges shipping. Some offer a good price and pay for shipping.

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By Dinah Ackerson [3]07/31/2015

A clarification in your questions:
It appears that you intend to apply for and expect to receive child support from SSI during the application and hearing process. This is not correct. Nothing is paid to anyone until a court hearing officer decides the father can receive SSI. The only SSI child support you might receive is only if the father wins his case and this will be many months and even years away.

By Dinah Ackerson [3]07/31/2015

Definitely agree with Abigail!

In my first answer, I focused on the only probable financial child support you might expect from the sperm donor in the future. Even SSI child support, if eventually possible, will be very low, as it is only based on a small percent of actual prior earnings. The SSI application process will certainly take many months and even years if the sperm donor actually continues to appeal negative decisions.

You now have two children that you are responsible for until they are adults, at least. Your choice to bring two new lives into this world requires that you provide the emotional, financial, educational and, in all possible ways, the very best resources you can to ensure their future. I suggest that you focus your efforts on your ability now and in the future to provide your best for your children.

Our society allows men to easily escape their responsibilities but women are expected to raise their children with no complaints and little or no assistance from anyone. This fact alone should make you extremely careful in all future relationships with men. As you are learning here, men can escape but women cannot.

By Abigail A. [9]07/31/2015

Here's the deal: He will not get disability easily. Here's why: Since the recession, the government doesn't have as much money to give. They will first give it to people who have spinal damage, missing limbs, or other more obvious disabilities. This means the "baby daddy" (I refuse to say father) will likely be rejected two or three times before he gets any disability. He will have to appeal. Many people give up during the appeals process because they have to have some money in the meantime, and they start to work. If he does work, this proves he can. So it's harder to do than you think.

However, if he works part-time just to support himself, the amount of money they can take from him won't do you much good. It will be small.

I agree he doesn't have any intention to father this child.

I might get some flack for this, but I feel the need to point this out: Birth control is important, even if you have to double up (some women are so fertile they have to use more than one kind to be really safe). There is also abstinence. I know that's a dirty word, but you put your trust in someone who wasn't worth it and now you see how well that worked out. Think about the unsure and unhappy feeling you have right now whenever you feel tempted to be with someone who may not be there for you later.

By Dinah Ackerson [3]07/30/2015

I think you already know that the father of your second child has no intention of being a responsible parent, much less a parent, now and in the future. You are taking the correct steps to insure the absentee father pays something through SSI, if he does receive it. SSI child support payments are probably the only type of child support you can look forward to receiving in the future from this stellar example of a sperm donor.

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By likekinds [92]07/31/2015

Sweet.

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By likekinds [92]07/31/2015

Cars slow down or stop. The drivers take long looks. Passersby stop, look and scratch their heads, then smile and walk on.

I pondered; rather than transport this proliferating display of plucked purslane to the compost pile, perhaps for the present, I'll leave it in place, as it appears to be providing people a small portion of passing, but piquant, pleasure.

RE: The Persevering Purslane

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By julieE07/31/2015

Look at your water. It is nothing to do with eggs, or your dishwasher, the water coming out of your taps has not been treated properly at source. Look up Hydrogen Sulphide in your water supply. Hope this helps. We have trouble here in France.

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By Ed Meyer07/31/2015

My apologies, and I am not attempting to be rude intentionally, But I have read many cases similar to this though the custodial parent was the woman, and the support payer was the male, in EVERY SINGLE CASE the male non custodial parent was derided, called names and severely admonished... Why the gender bias? According to just about every comment here, the custodial parents income amount has no bearing on how much support is to be paid. IF the non custodial parent is the male...and yet here, since the genders are reversed, the story is quite different. I guess "equal rights" only works in one direction.

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By cathy [2]07/31/2015

I think it is a Swedish Ivy plant.

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By Joan [8]07/31/2015

You stated for foam soap the ratio is 1/4. Please clarify,, is it 1 part soap to 4 parts water?

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By Abigail A. [9]07/31/2015

When she gets bigger we'll be able to guess. Right now she is a fuzzy baked potato.

By Frugal Sunnie [11]07/29/2015

She's beautiful! As to her breed, she's so young it's hard to tell - a veterinarian might be able to tell, can you take her to a vet clinic?

Whatever breed she may be, it's clear you're taking very good care of her - she looks very healthy!

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By Abigail A. [9]07/31/2015

Personally, I don't see the point in changing traditional high-meat meals, such as meatloaf and burgers into vegetarian options. It is much easier to make non-meat foods that were never intended to have meat in them, and then you won't feel like comparing the taste to the original.

Here are a few good vegetarian (but not vegan) options:

Baked potato with cheese,
stuffed dates,
potato salad,
eggs Florentine,
corn muffins,
corn chowder,
cheese quesadillas with chopped tomatoes and sour cream,
cottage cheese with honey,
Greek yogurt with fresh blueberries,
open-face sandwich with whole wheat bread, tomato, and melted cheddar cheese,
tomato soup with toasted cheese sandwich,
sweet potato fries,
spaghetti with tomatoes and olive oil

A good idea is to get a cookbook from World War II. There were meat shortages and many recipes contained protein substitutes.

By Abigail A. [9]07/31/2015

This recipe is vegetarian. It is not vegan.

Vegetarians avoid meat, fish and poultry but often include animal products such as dairy and eggs in their diet.

Vegans avoid meat, poultry, fish, dairy, eggs, and other animal products such as honey.

By deirdrehenry [12]07/30/2015

Comment on Marieannes reply. This recipe is fine for Vegetatians, my eldest daughter would love this but my youngest daughter, who is a Vegan would not. She would have to substitute the dairy products and then could eat it. Shall be trying this recipe myself as I like the ingredients. Nuts here (Ireland) are very expensive too but a treat now and then is nice.

By Molly Sharka [1]07/29/2015

I would substitute more rice.maybe a cooked wild rice for a cup of the nuts. We are not vegetarians but try to eat meatless 2-3 times a week. Cannot wait to try this recipe. I make chili using cooked wild rice for ground chuck. It is great. Substitute 3 cups of cooked wild rice for a pound of hamburger.

By Marianne [2]07/29/2015

Disappointed that this isnt really vegetarian-eggs, butter and cottage cheese are animal products...sorry.

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By Danielle R G.07/31/2015

it's a gross assumption to say pet store rats are "handled roughly" and therefore will not make friendly pets. i worked for several years at a small pet store, where rats (other rodents, and birds as well) were bred for sale, and it was part of our job duties as employees to play with the animals, treat them with special care, and socialize them. obviously, the big chain pet stores are not all going to do this, but then, those places are usually not good for ANY animal. i wouldn't say, "Don't buy rats from a pet store", i would say, "Do your homework, and get to know a rat before buying it."

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By Abigail A. [9]07/31/2015

She probably is stressed. The changes in the household and your subconscious fears about childbirth and mothering are communicating themselves to your dog.

Try mind-clearing and meditation exercises to help lower your own stress level. Then spend time with your dog directly afterward.

By Dinah Ackerson [3]07/29/2015

Your dog may have a medical problem that needs checking now as she is not interested in eating. She may have a problem now or, if she does not get enough nutrients, her immunity will be low and she will be open to any bug running around so good idea to check.

Also, as you will have a baby very soon, best to see what the problem is now rather than wait to check on your dog's problem with a new baby in tow!

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By Abigail A. [9]07/31/2015

She is a Shepherd/Lab mix. Looks like a very sweet dog.

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By Abigail A. [9]07/31/2015

I'm with Dinah. There is something in your walls, air ducts, or under your floor.

By Dinah Ackerson [3]07/29/2015

You may have a dead animal in your walls or floor, especially in a old house. If so, the odor is from the animal's decay liquids soaking into the walls or floor of the bedroom. Problem here is that it is very difficult to remove the decaying smell as they are now in the wood structures. You will probably need to remove the affected area and replace the required structures.

The only way to resolve the problem is to have a pest service clarify the problem and recommend a resolution. The animal must be removed immediately to stop the decay process in your structure. If an animal has not died in your house, you are lucky!!!

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By Abigail A. [9]07/31/2015

First, get the fire department out. You need to be checked for carbon monoxide.
Make sure you have carbon monoxide detector on every floor on your home. Place them near things like vents, a/c, etc.

Here are some symptoms of Carbon Monoxide poisoning:
Blurred vision, dizziness, or a headache Nausea or vomiting Faster breathing than normal, or trouble breathing Weakness or muscle pain Dark or red urine Chest pain, or a fast, strong, or irregular heartbeat Confusion, fainting, or seizures

Here's a helpful link:
http://www.webmd.com/first-aid/tc/carbon-monoxide-poisoning-topic-overview

If it is carbon monoxide there can be long term health effects, so be sure to check it out ASAP. If it turns out not to be, don't quit until you find out what it is. It is certainly dangerous.

By Dinah Ackerson [3]07/30/2015

It certainly appears that the house may have structures and components that are causing your problems.
Have you or has anyone else sought medical treatment for their problems? Have you contacted the builder regarding your problems?

I strongly suggest:
*All who are having problems seek medical treatment immediately to, hopefully, curtail future lifelong medical problems.
*Contact the builder or the builder's representative regarding your concerns.
*Contact an attorney specializing in residence housing construction chemical exposure regarding probable legal action.

From your description, you can expect the builder to hide from any problems so legal action is the best avenue to seek recompense for your difficulties.

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By Abigail A. [9]07/31/2015

I think it's wonderful that you care for your wife so much. However, I think that men making decisions about women's clothing is always a gamble.

Women's emotions fluctuate quite a bit on special days. Depending on her mood, the gift you have in mind might say "I think you are the sexiest woman I know," or it might say "I love you because you look good to me."

If you would like to add something to the bag, I suggest a gift certificate for portrait studio photos of the two of you together. Memories and sentiment trump sexy at anniversaries. Anything truly personal you want to give her should certainly be given after the party when everyone else has gone home. Your continued interest in her is proof enough that you find her sexy.

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By Shelly R.07/31/2015

I agree with Dinah..You should try to talk to your parents about it and let them handle it.But if for some reason you can not go to your parents about this problem ,then I would say ,"Well,you are in charge actually" .."you are the oldest so make the rules yourself".Tell your sisters friend that she cant just come over all the time ,tell her that she can come play once in awhile but that if they start being loud and rowdy then she has to go..You do not owe her a explanation and tell her that if she doesn't listen, that you are going to tell your parents..Be nice about how you say it ,having boundaries is very important ..Its your house ,your life ...Be strong ...

RE: Dealing With a Sibling's Friends

By Abigail A. [9]07/31/2015

There is no way any 4th graders should be visiting your house when your parents aren't home. It's okay to look after your own sister, but what if something bad happened to the other girl? If she gets hurt or sick at your house, your parents are responsible even if they aren't there. It's possible that the girls will talk each other into doing something dumb or dangerous while you're in charge and then everyone will be upset.

Tell your parents you're okay babysitting your sister but you don't feel comfortable with a another child being there when they're not home. Tell them you want them to call the other girl's parents and explain this to her. If they don't see that this is a problem, you might have to be the grown-up here and make that phone call yourself. It's possible the girl has been lying to her parents and telling them your parents are home when they're really not.

By Dinah Ackerson [3]07/30/2015

Have you discussed this problem with your parents? This situation is unacceptable and it is extremely important that you tell them what you have explained here!

It is your parents' responsibility to immediately contact the parents of your sister's friend to curtail her activities at your house. They can decide either to not allow any visiting or allow specific visits with clearly defined requirements and conditions.

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By Abigail A. [9]07/31/2015

How old is your puppy? How long have you had him? What training method are you using? Were you told he had any training before you got him?

Need some more information if I'm going to try to tell you anything that might be helpful.

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By villi [4]07/30/2015

wow

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By april07/30/2015

What does the manufactures of laminate flooring say? That's what I want to know. I tried vinegar and a little dot of dawn dish soap on A plastic dish scrubbie sponge ( for Teflon I think) and lightly scrubbed in the direction of the grain. It removed the grey black wax but was afraid I was removing the original polish and stopped. now I have a big light spot. Am I removing the original polish? Help

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By neccanina07/30/2015

Judy,

I would love to do that to my unreachable cupboard space. How did y'all do It? Could you please post pictures of the finished door?

RE: Utilizing the Wasted Space in Corner Kitchen Cabinets

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By Sylvia Skrokov H.07/30/2015

I use pure corn starch baby powder. Kuddles brand makes it as I'm sure do others too. I put a little on a tissue and then dip my make up brush into it and sweep it across my face. People always comment on what a smooth complexion I have. It works great on oily hair too for those times when you don't shampoo your hair or at the end of the day when, if you're like me, your hair looks greasy.

RE: What happened to Corn Silk makeup?

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By Litter Gitter [124]07/30/2015

You have my vote! Great idea. Good for a light snack. Reminds me of the way I freeze bananas. Cut them in slices and freeze on wax paper. It's easy to scoop them up with a spatula. I got that idea from a posting on Thriftyfun. I'm surely going to try the yogurt.

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By ShirleyE [9]07/30/2015

I agree Marty, sugar is unnecessary, fattening, unhealthy and addictive.

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By ShirleyE [9]07/30/2015

Thankyou Melissa, yes, cute and fun to make x

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By Lyggie07/30/2015

Have the same problem, find it frustrating. I may have come up with a solution. Sew 4 faux leather tabs across the casing under the arms and across the center piece (approx. 1 inch in length and the width of the casing. Easier perhaps to work with a slightly larger piece then trim off excess. I had a piece of beige faux leather and I tried it on a new bra I made. I have a hunch it will work. Hasn't poked out yet.
Use a soft faux leather. A sales lady suggested a soft transparent vinyl -- didn't work.

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By Carissa B.07/30/2015

Well I suggest buying shaving cream and giving two bottle of it to ever kid(you should have a hose and towles ready) park cars away from the place the kids will play and they can have a shaving cream fight. Its way more fun then It sounds. The only rules are no by the car because it can ruin the paint and no face and if someone accidently gets it in the face just take water with one of the towles. Oh and make them stand under the hose before they go in the house because you don't want shaving cream all over.

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By jaxsnana07/30/2015

I've suffered for years with this problem until yesterday when I tried the "yellow Listerine" (actually it was the dollar general brand) solution. I saturated my mattress, misted pillows, and even applied it directly to my skin with a washcloth. Before work today, I sprayed my clothes inside and out and again with a washcloth to my skin. It's working miracles. This is a solution I will be sticking with.

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By jaxsnana07/30/2015

I felt such relief when I found this forum yesterday (7/29/15) and realized I was NOT crazy nor alone because so many others were posting the exact same thing. I have suffered for YEARS with these almost invisible pests biting the crap out of me day and night, but like the others, I get a little relief during the winter months but they still existed. After reading this Listerine post, I went straight to the store and bought some. I came home, stripped my bedding and saturated the mattress, misted the pillows, and washed the blankets and sheets. After I put the sheets back on, I sprayed them as well. I even took a washcloth sprayed with listerine and wiped down my body. When I am laying in bed, my hairline around my neck and ears would light me up itching so I even rubbed listerine into my scalp and hairline. NO MORE ITCHING! IT WAS A MIRACLE! This morning before I went to work, I sprayed my clothes inside and out and let them dry while I got ready for work, and before I got dressed, I took a washcloth and wiped myself down with listerine. AMAZING NIGHT & DAY. I still might have had a bite or 2 today, but I can see light on THIS horizon! I went from incessantly scratching some part of my body to hardly scratching at all. I am here to testify that LISTERINE WORKS! And the smell doesn't last that long. ALL my clothes, bedding, as well as myself will be using this daily. I'm gonna win this war!

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By Donna [258]07/30/2015

How about one of these:

Erini's Playhouse

Stay n Play Preschool

Play Partners Daycare

Social Butterflies Daycare

Half Pints Playschool

Time to Grow Daycare

BLOOM Preschool

Kiddie College Preschool

Discovery Daycare

Preschool Adventures Daycare

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By Donna [258]07/30/2015

She's a real diva!

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Unemployment Blues are "Green"
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By 4TruLady [7]07/30/2015

I wanted to thank everyone again for their comments, encouragements and voting for me... unfortunately I probably wont be posting for a while. When it rains it pours - I'll be having surgery and some chemotherapy in the next several months.

The good news is, hubby started a new job last Monday.

Thanks again!

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By Char H.07/29/2015

I found mine @ Meijers.

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By LilyA07/29/2015

What about a fun car key holder?

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By Frugal Sunnie [11]07/29/2015

He looks as though he is a 3 part mix of Boxer, American Staffordshire Terrier (aka 'pit bull' although there is now an AKC recognised genuine American Pit Bull - and it is possible he is part APB instead of AST), and one of the hound breeds from the shape of his feet.

Use your favourite search engine image search using a term that includes the three breeds and the word 'mix' or 'cross' to see photos - I think you'll see what I mean.

I raised AKC Boxers in the US for over 40 years before retiring to my parents native UK. I also did breed rescue, and my cousin raised ASTs and did Staffie breed rescue - between the two of us we've seen many dogs of the cross I think I'm seeing in your dog. Check with a vet to be sure and to get up-to-date breed specific information you'll need to have one of these dogs in your home.

They make excellent family dogs but there are some things you need to be aware of.

For starters, these dogs all reach full maturity at around aged three years so you should expect puppy behaviours long past the usual 12 months to adulthood for most other breeds. Also, Boxers and Staffies are voracious chewers so you'll need to ensure he can't eat the sofa or door (happened to me at least twice over those 40 years!).

There's a lot more but let your vet be your guide - I could be wrong (I doubt it:) and it's always best to trust your vet first!

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By Dinah Ackerson [3]07/29/2015

Your poor dog is "chewing himself up so "home remedies" will not work-much too late! Please take your dog to your now vet for immediate help as he is suffering!

A little education in fleadom and why "home remedies" do not solve the whole problem:
The humble cat (cat, dog, etc.) flea is one of the most abundant and widespread species on Earth. You may have noticed that your dog and cat often choose different places to sleep in your house and outside. Your cat may have five or six favorite inside spots (usually in the sun) and outside even more. Many animals choose several places to sleep to avoid fleas. They might sleep in one spot for a few days and then another for a day or two. This sleep pattern breaks the flea life cycle and does reduce the effectiveness of flea attacks as adult fleas only live for a few days. However, some can live up to one hundred days in a good food environment. As you will see, the flea has a complicated life and you and your pet are invited!

My husband is an entomologist so I speak with first hand knowledge and experience.

Flea eggs do not stay on your pet, they quickly drop or roll off as they do not stick to anything. The fleas you find in your house hatched from the flea eggs that fell off of your pet. Flea eggs are tiny and opaque white or almost colorless. The fleas you may see on your cat or dog are immature fleas from eggs on the floor or outside that hatched into fleas and jumped back onto your dog. You will also see (many!) small black dots on your dog but these are only flea feces.

The flea eggs in your home and outside are the real problem. Just one female flea can produce 40-50 eggs per day. The eggs fall off into your house and outside so, either way, your dog or cat will then again attract the immature and adult fleas both inside and outside which are the children from flea parents that may still be living on your cat or dog.

Any dish detergent bath may wash away or possibly kill some fleas on your pet, however, not all fleas are killed. In a bath many migrate up to the head and ear area and then, once the bath is over, travel back to their favorite spots, usually on the back. If you use dish detergent, you can seriously dry the animals skin and may cause skin rashes, an allergic reaction, etc., and you are not addressing the real problem. The thousands of flea eggs that exist all the time in your house and outside hatch and then jump back onto your dog or cat (and you!). So, you and your pets are locked into the everlasting cycle in the life of fleas.

A search online for how to kill fleas brings up many ideas for bathing, applying natural and awful sprays, etc., but these only address the fleas on your pet. Rarely do they address the bigger problem as a whole. You can check this site for answers that address your pet, your home and the outside. As you will see, flea prevention is a much larger problem than just giving your dog a bath.

http://www.thebugsquad.com/fleas/how-to-get-rid-of-fleas/

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By Donna [257]07/29/2015

I have seen large groups come together to join a community walk or run as a team and it can be a lot of fun while helping an important cause! They are usually well organized and have tons to do to be memorable! She can sign up as the team captain, name the team something fun (or funny) and attendees can dress up even! I used to work for a non profit and we had teams of young people join us all the time!
Maybe it can be for a cause close to her heart and benefit everyone!

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By REE [1]07/29/2015

Go ahead and save it again as .doc for example samsfolder.rtf save as samsfolder.doc

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By Marty Dick [160]07/29/2015

During WWII most of the gums, chocolates and other goodies went to the troops. At home we got clove flavored gum, and let's face it, it was not Wrigley's Spearmint or Doublemint! To this day I do NOT like anything flavored with cloves. Silly me!

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By Marty Dick [160]07/29/2015

Another wonderful thing I should have known about decades ago!
Absolute genius!

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By Cisco's Mom [7]07/29/2015

Much easier than washing in the driveway is to throw it in the washing machine with a couple of dish towels or face cloths, soap and bleach. Hang it over the shower rod to dry.

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By likekinds [92]07/29/2015

And here is one pot of those seed after just two weeks. I doubt they will continue to grow at this rate. If they did, I probably would have melons before frost.

A question to all you melon growers. Is this unusual? Has anyone else had honeydew seed grow this fast?

RE: Should Floating Seeds Be Saved?

By likekinds [92]07/29/2015

Lizzyanny

Thank you!

By Lizzyanny [9]07/28/2015

Well done!

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By mary becerra07/29/2015

I have tried these too and they are a quick, fun dessert. Hot out of the oven with vanilla ice cream. So yummy! I have used the puff pastry, cut into triangles and filled with canned fruit pie filling, apple, blueberry, strawberry, wet the edges to seal bake on a cookie sheet sprayed with oil and bake until brown & puffy. Delicious!

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By Donna [256]07/29/2015

OOOUUUU...Sounds FUN!!
That is a good dream! I bowled a 290 once and will remember it forever!!
How about making an oversized bed with sleeping figure (or giant paper mache PIN with a sleeping face on it) with a sign that SAYS DREAMING OF A PERFECT SCORE above it's head. You could hang some pins out on springs all over the float/bed (like they were hit with a bowling ball) too...

My alternative idea would be to replicate a bowling lane and have someone look like they are actually bowling on it (going through the motions, perhaps with a dark balloon but NOT really letting go of the ball) with the kids hidden or swatting down on the other end of the 'lane' holding one pin each. When the bowler LETS go of their imaginary ball the pin kids either jump up with their pins in the air or throw them up in the air and catch them from down on the float - OR have the pin kids throw CANDY out to the parade attendees at that time! Have the STRIKE SOUND piped in somewhere too when they do so too!
Let me know what you do! Sounds like a good time!

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By cybergrannie [30]07/29/2015

It is difficult to understand how anyone could afford to totally own a home like this and not have a homeowner's policy?

Perhaps you just need to think about clearing the property and financing a new home - on your own dime.

Most "free" help is given to someone who truly needs assistance and depending on your age and finances you may find an association that will help - if you meet their requirements.

In a case like this, I believe assistance is only given for a few days that may include a place to stay and food and clothing. After that, most of the time, people start looking for a way to help themselves.

I do hope the people responsible have been prosecuted and - since you do own the property - you will be able to rebuild and move forward with your life.

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By Frugal Sunnie [11]07/29/2015

ReHatterBarb is right that this fabric has a specialty finish that makes it difficult to sew - but it shouldn't be impossible. The finish is permanently embedded in the fabric so you wouldn't be able to wash it out as you could regular fabric finishes (sizing, and some companies use so many layers of sizing that when it finally does wash out the fabric has absolutely no shaping at all!). Still, there are things you can try.

First of all you need a jeans or leather needle, and you also need a new thread in upper and bobbin thread paths - you can find these at any hobby or fabric store (in the US: JoAnn, Hancock Fabrics, Michaels, HobbyLobby, Amazon; in the UK HobbyCraft, Minerva, Amazon, or any shop with a good selection of habby either brick&mortar or online).

Look for needles marked for jeans and leather (two different types, and it wouldn't hurt to buy a packet of both), and your thread should be as close a match in size to the existing thread - look closely at the seaming already in the garment, and take the garment with you to the shop to help make the match - you aren't trying to match the colour so much as the thickness and fibre content of polyester, cotton, or a blend.

As for your current machine dropping stitches on other projects which wasn't a problem so much on your old machine, the cause could be anything ranging from improperly set upper tension (bottom tension is usually set at the factory and rarely needs to be adjusted, your owner guide manual will show you how to make the adjustment if really needed) to the wrong thread and needle.

Between tension settings and needles, there are what seems to be a gajillion other reasons a machine will skip/drop stitches - you could be pulling the fabric through too fast, your feed dogs could be set wrong or faulty so the teeth are/aren't grabbing the fabric, your machine timing could be off, your bobbin gear could be getting ready to fail...the best thing to do is sit down and with a highlighter pen, read your owner guide manual line for line. It's the only way to really understand your particular sewing machine, and to figure out why you're having the issues you are.

Next thing to do is find a copy of a photographic step-by-step sewing book. There are several in print (I use the Singer books for my Sewing 101 students, also the Butterick-Vogue books), and if you like classics you can trawl the secondhand shops for amazing finds - all my Reader's Digest Complete Guide to Sewing (not photographic but truly outstanding otherwise) came from charity shops! The wealth of sewing knowledge in sewing books from long-established companies like Singer, Butterick-Vogue, Reader's Digest, and Simplicity is all there in print and makes sewing much more productive.

Sewing is a journey - you don't simply learn to thread the machine and off you go to sewing great stuff. I'm almost 59, have been sewing by machine and hand since aged five, and I'm still learning! Often from my students, who usually come to me with absolutely zero sewing knowledge and have to be shown how to thread a hand needle but they go on to really love sewing, and relish the journey. You're already ahead of the game because you're not afraid to try up-cycling to get what you want, and you've no hesitation asking for help - well done, you!

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By vallari.d07/29/2015

I loved this:)

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By vallari.d07/28/2015

Hey!Thanks I needed the last one : )

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By vallari.d07/28/2015

Hey! Are you Indian? I guess you are...

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By vallari.d07/28/2015

Thanks for caring so much but when we choose a thread for her to play we make sure that it is long and wide enough that is difficult to eat.

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By SavingGrace [2]07/28/2015

Do a search on Thrifty Fun for "Flavored Instant Coffee". Using inexpensive supplies, you can easily make personalized gifts for family & friends. Everyone brought old coffee mugs that they no longer used (or bought at thrift stores for maybe ten cents apiece?) I brought my food processor, which isn't fancy by any means but chops up a storm. Generic brand instant coffee, generic powdered creamer, cocoa, spices, sugar, all fairly cheap and easy to come by. Each person created the blends that were interesting to them or made special flavors, such as chocolate mint, as gifts. A baggie of powdered instant mix was then placed in the coffee mugs, tied up with colored cellophane/plastic wrap and topped with a decorative bow. Instant gift OR a truly inexpensive answer to the flavored coffees one finds at the grocery store. We had a blast tasting each other's concoctions. Even the grandchildren loved making these gifts.

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By Abigail A. [9]07/28/2015

I am glad you didn't have to rehome her.

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By Abigail A. [9]07/28/2015

Yay! You lured one. Maybe there will be more.

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By Kat [7]07/28/2015

No, not at all. Use a color remover instead, or to prevent too much damage have a professional do it.

By likekinds [91]07/28/2015

Adding more 'dye' to already 'dyed' hair will not get rid of the dark purple color. A professional color remover is what you need. Clairol, Wella and L'Oreal, all make good color removers.

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By B Jo D.07/28/2015

Wax paper, or the glossy side of wrapping paper.

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By emmamamie [3]07/28/2015

I was pleasantly surprised! I was saving eggshells to crush and put around my many hostas. In the meantime, I started putting used coffee grounds around them. It turned out that I didn't have to use the eggshells at all for the hostas, because the coffee grounds got rid of the slugs. No more holes or chewed up leaves on my hostas! I ended up just using the eggshells in my vegetable garden. :)

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By persiusbalis07/28/2015

To recover a Previous Version of your pst-file follow the following steps or apply

https://www.repairtoolbox.com/outlookrepair.html Outlook Repair Toolbox

Browse to the folder where your pst-file was located in.
The error should indicate the path or otherwise look in any of the possible default folder locations mentioned in the backup and restore guide.
Right click on this folder.
From the menu choose; Restore previous versions
The Folder Properties dialog will now open with the Previous Versions tab enabled.
Double click on the most recent folder listed to see its contents.
If the folder contains your missing pst-file, you can select and copy it (CTRL+C) and then paste it (CTRL+V) back into its original folder location.
If the restore folder doesnt contain the pst-file file, close it and open a less recent version until youve found it.

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By Sandi/Poor But Proud [438]07/28/2015

No. Anyone can sell on eBay without the bells and whistles. As long as you have an email address and it's good to have a paypal account, you can sell. Keep in mind though that sometimes, Craigslist is easier. You get cash, it's local and if the photo is good, usually sells quicker. Be careful however...if you have smaller things that can be moved quickly you should meet people in a public place. Good luck!

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