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March 01 - May 31, 2014

My Frugal Life

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April 01 - 30, 2014

Tip Contest

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Avocado Pits in Egg Crates
Avoiding Messy Plant Clean-up
Dishwasher Detergent to Clean Drip Pans

Place drip pan in sink. Sprinkle on powdered dishwasher detergent. Pour boiling water on top. Carefully place drip pan directly on top of stovetop burner. Bring to boil, then reduce heat to low and leave it there for about 15 minutes.

Recycled Pallet Window Cabinet
Removing Super Glue on Plastic Lenses

Get 91% alcohol and Q-tips and rub the smudge like crazy. This will take some time and a little elbow grease but it works. I just did it on my plastic lenses. And they are crystal clear. this really does work!

Buying Markdown Pansies
Cut Melon with Fishing Line

With summer just around the corner, watermelon season accompanies it! Use string or fishing line to cut the melon.

Mark Cat Carriers with Pet Information

I took three cats in to the vet today to be altered. I taped a card to each carrier with the cat's name, color, temperament, and my name and phone number. One of them is quite feral, and it is important that the staff know that before opening the carrier.

Medijel for Denture Pain

I had all my teeth out in Jan 2014, lower and upper. I found that Medijel gel works really well as it numbs the area.

Mesh Bags for Dishwashing Small Items

I save the mesh bags from produce items, such as onions and shallots. Use it for small items that would fly around during the dishwasher cycle.

Rice to Prevent Lumps in Salt Shaker

I add a few pieces of UNCOOKED rice to my salt shaker. You will never get clumps again!

Use Your Cell Phone to Save Magazine Recipes

While in a waiting room, at a friends house, or even in the grocery store, there are times you can't rip out the page or take the magazine with you. I have found that my cell phone will take perfect pictures of the ingredients and the instructions.

Homemade Floor Cleaner

The best way to clean your laminate floors without leaving a hazy film behind is simple, cheap and you can make it yourself!

Pretty Microwave Hot Pad
Suspend Utilities while Traveling

If you know you are going to be away for more than two months, suspend your cable TV and internet. It will only cost $5 or $10 a month to do this, so you save a lot of money.

Repairing a Ring that Has Been Cut

Cutting a ring off your finger will not destroy the ring. Any ring can be repaired by a competent jeweler. The ring will probably have to be cut anyway in order to make it larger.

Cedar Shavings as Kitty Litter Alternative
Feed Corn for Keeping Cool

I keep a large shoe-box-sized plastic container in the freezer filled with feed corn. It's actually wide enough for both of my bare feet to fit side-by-side. On hot days, or if my feet hurt, I pull it out, stick my feet into plastic bags, then dig my toes deep into the feed corn!

Masking Paint with Press and Seal

Some jobs need all kinds of 'taping off'. Try using Press 'n Seal instead of tape. It adheres to itself and is so easy to get where you want covered up. I'm repainting a step stool here, and it was so easy to cover all the legs and step attachments. A lot cheaper than a roll of blue tape, too!

Preventing Hard Boiled Eggs from Cracking

To stop a hard boiled egg from cracking, plunge it in cold water for 7 to 8 minutes.

Use Ammonia to Power Grow Plants like Grandma

My grandmother had told me that back in the day, they never had Miracle Gro or any other type of fast growing fertilizer. She always had the most amazing flowers.

Weight Loss to Treat Doggy Gas

I had a terrible experience with my male Boston Terrier and his stinky constant gas explosions and diarrhea. I changed his food constantly which did not solve the problem. I took him to his vet and he was found to be overweight.

Homemade Garlic Salt

So easy! Combine three parts salt to one part garlic powder to create garlic salt. Store it in a jar. I use small canning jars.

Oils to Prevent an Itchy Scalp

As a remedy to prevent an itchy flaky scalp, try emu oil, coconut oil or olive oil. Any one of them works great!

Plastic Canvas as Drawer Liner

I don't know how all the crumbs get into my kitchen drawers. It seems like I'm always taking everything out of the drawers, dumping the crumbs, and wiping them clean - and replacing the liner!

Removing Yellow Mold off Sneakers

As you can probably tell by my name, I love Son of Mars sneakers. To get the mold off, I suggest getting conditioner or cleanser, water, a rag, and a toothbrush. Also have vinegar and straight bleach.

Storing Paint Brushes

After cleaning your paintbrush, wrap the bristles tightly in a dry paper towel folded in half. The towel will get damp so you can shape the bristles in their original shape. When it dries, it will hold them clean and straight and ready to use next time.

Tools For Unclogging the Bathtub
Safe Homemade Tempera Paints

When my kids were little, I did daycare. I soon found "homemade" supplies were cheaper and safer than buying them for crafts. I never had to worry about "not safe to eat" labels and the older children had a blast making supplies! Now I do them for my grandchildren!

Essential Oils for Smelly Shoes

Put a drop of peppermint or cinnamon oil on some used dryer sheets and tuck them into athletic shoes or work boots. Great for teenage boys!

Stop Brown Spots On Grass

Feed your dogs a carefully researched raw food diet. I have four female dogs and a beautiful lawn. Their urine does not scorch my lawn because they are not fed kibble.

Tips for Removing Permanent Marker

For furniture, try milk. On clothes, use hand sanitizer.

Use New Toothbrush for Cleaning

Don't use old toothbrushes when cleaning those hard-to-get places. If the toothbrush isn't strong enough to clean your teeth, it won't be strong enough for the job you are using it for. Instead, use a NEW firm-bristled toothbrush and save it with your cleaning products for continued use.

Homemade Faerie Bubbles

Faerie bubbles are very important to every little girl and boy you meet. They bring the magic of the faeries into anyone's heart. When you blow a bubble make a wish before it pops!

Mold Armor for Getting Rid of Black Mold

Home Depot sells a spray called Mold Armor that works great in 5 minutes and takes away the mold. It has a strong bleach smell.

March 01 - April 30, 2014

Photo Contest

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Stained Walls (Los Angeles)
Colorful Flower
Pileated Woodpecker
Pineapple Lily
Thirsty Bluebirds in Winter
Dragonfly (Hebron, MD)
Frozen Wildflower (Toronto, Ontario)
Discarded Warriors
Tundra Swan (Toronto, Ontario)
My Fat Stalker Squirrel (Bay Area, CA)
Scenic View (Vanderpool, TX)
Sunset (Venice Beach, CA)
Moon Cactus
Hyacinth
Scenery (Sturtevant Falls, CA)
Stargazer Lily and Russian Sage
Winter View of the Grand Canyon (Arizona)
Old Mill (Babcock State Park, WV)
Blooming Patio Peach Tree
BlueBoy (Parakeet/Budgie)
Bug Farming
Wood Ducks (Sea Pines Wildlife Park, SC)
Asian Lilies (Stargazer)

April 01 - 30, 2014

Pet Contest

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Tinker (White Ferret)
DJ (Chihuahua)
Charlie (Rottweiler Mix)
Little Orphan Annie (Domestic Shorthair)
Thor's Thundering Emmett (Great Dane)

April 01 - 30, 2014

Recipe Contest

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Grandma's Dry "Sloopy Joe" Mix

I make double amount just because the grandkids love "Sloopy Joe's" at my house! I refuse to spend money on those packages that are loaded with sodium and things we do not want to know about!

Irish Creamer

Taste great and smells even better!

Apple Pie Spice Blend

I run out of spices all the time, took me a while to just make my own!

Pumpkin Pie Spice Blend

Another one to keep on hand! I also use them for gifts. I keep some small canning jars on hand, with a bow. Voila, a nice last minute gift!

Berries and Snow

I like to eat this as a snack. It is frozen blueberries with whole milk poured to the top of their mug. The berries become covered with "snow" once the milk is drank down to their level.

Gluten Free Chocolate Cookies
Homemade Allspice

I am forever thinking I have something when I don't! It's easy to mix up

Aunt Patty's Peppermint Patties

I love these so much!

Fruit Salad with Honey Mustard Dressing

A delicious way to serve cut up spring/summer fruit.

Veg Out Vegetable Soup

Because of the soduim in canned soup, I can not open a can! So I made up this quick and easy vegetable soup. I am great at thinking I know what I am doing. Hope you like it!

7 Minute Frosting

When I was 13 years old, I learned how to bake a cake. This was the first icing I learned how to make. I enjoyed baking cakes so much that I kept our family supplied with cake. I experienced a real growth spurt that summer. It was not up, it was out.

Cheryl's Wheat Thin Crackers

My daughter and her family love Wheat Thins, which are not cheap and, I am sure, not all that healthy. After many many mistakes, I finally came up with a recipe that works!

Chicken To Die For

Delicious chicken in a to-die-for sauce served over pasta or rice will make any dinner special and really impress company!

English Muffins

I have no idea where I got this recipe, just found it on a piece of paper!

Homemade Celery Salt

I very rarely use celery salt, so I do not buy it. I use sea salt, but real salt is fine also.

Hot Dog Crescent Roll Appetizers
Jack Daniels Grill Glaze

Cut about 1/2-inch off of top of garlic. Cut the roots so that the garlic will sit flat. Peel the garlic, but leave enough so that the cloves stay together.

Homemade Garlic Powder

I ran out of garlic powder once, my sweet neighbor's mother came over and showed me how to make it. She was visiting from Italy and could not speak English, but she taught me a lot! Use as many garlic cloves you want.

January 01 - April 30, 2014

Crafts Contest

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Purple Pansy Birthday Card
Foil Butterfly Cards
Handmade Street Scene
Cosmos Flower Birthday Card
Buggy Wreath
Love of Horses Greeting Card
Glam Shoes
Easter Basket Improved
Upcycled Design Notebook
Easy Easter/Spring Centerpiece