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RE: Donating Old Trophies

By DinahA 03/01/2015

An easy online search to "donate sports trophies" produced many answers. The problem is having to ship the trophies to a recycler. You can try a search yourself or this site:

http://www.awardsmall.com/Trophy-Recycling_ep_46.html

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RE: Removing an Applique from a Felt Stocking

By DinahA 03/01/2015

An easy online search for "remove iron on applique" produced many answers. You can try a search yourself or this site:

http://www.ehow.com/how_4706772_remove-ironon-appliques.html

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RE: Repairing Laminate Floors

By DinahA 03/01/2015

An easy on line search for "repair small laminate holes" produced many answers. You can try a search yourself or this site for wood fill sticks:

http://www.baneclene.com/catalog/rx-wood-fill-sticks.html

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RE: Growing Sunflowers from Seed

By DinahA 03/01/2015

An easy online search for "how to grow sunflowers" produced many answers. You can try a search yourself or the great Burpee site:

http://www.burpee.com/flowers/sunfl ... l-about-sunflowers-article10035.html



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RE: Removing Nail Polish Stains from a Leather Couch

By DinahA 03/01/2015

An easy online search "how to remove nail polish from leather couch" produced many answers. You can try a search yourself or the very helpful "how to clean stuff" site:

http://www.howtocleanstuff.net/how- ... nail-polish-from-leather-upholstery/

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RE: 12th Birthday Party Ideas

By DinahA 03/01/2015

A search for "tween birthday party ideas" will produce many sites with lots of great ideas and themes.

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RE: Cleaning With Ammonia

By DinahA 03/01/2015

An easy online search for "ammonia water cleaners" produces many possibilities. You can try a search yourself or the very helpful "wikihow" site to start:

http://www.wikihow.com/Make-Soapy-Ammonia-Cleaning-Solution

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RE: Dental Work Without Insurance

By DinahA 03/01/2015

Check your area to find dental schools. The schools offer reduced fees for training their students and instructors oversee all work.

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RE: Crochet With Old T-Shirts

By dbrt73 02/28/2015

This is for little Suzy. I tried to e-mail you to get the instructions and I got my letter back and said that was not a correct e-mail address. I would like the instructions at dbrt73@yahoo.com
Thank you and I will try to make one as pretty as yours.
jlockwood3@woh.rr.com.
this is your e-mail right? They said it was not a legal one
Donna

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RE: Medical Insurance Coverage Outside the US

By louel53 02/28/2015

Medical insurance for travel outside of your country is very inexpensive, at least it is here in Canada. Some group health plans provide this already; we do have extra health insurance to cover things that are not covered by our national health plans (such as chiropractic services, prescription drugs, dental services, eyeglasses, ambulance services, travel insurance). You should contact your supplemental health insurance provider to see what you are covered for. Your travel agent or friends who have traveled a lot can advise you about where to buy your travel insurance. I buy mine from the same broker from whom I buy my house insurance.

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RE: Ideas for an 11th Birthday Party

By louel53 02/28/2015

Will the weather be suitable to have the party in a park? You could do games such as a treasure hunt or a scavenger hunt or some sport the girls like. I have taken kids to a pool, and then back to the house for the cake. You might also consider taking them all to a movie, if you have inexpensive matinees.

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RE: Remedy for Blackheads

By louel53 02/28/2015

There are many over the counter remedies that work quite well for some skin problems. You can consult a pharmacist first, and she could help you select a product to try. If such products do not help, you can consult your family doctor, who likely has a lot of experience with such a common ailment. A dermatologist is a doctor who specializes in skin disorders, and you could go directly to one if you feel your skin condition is quite serious.

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RE: Buying Memory Games for Seniors

By louel53 02/28/2015

Games are made specifically for particular gaming systems. A game for a Nintendo will not play on a Sega or Playstation or any other. Some games come in versions for different systems. If you are interested in something like this, find some young person who actually plays games with gaming systems to help you out. However, I think you would be better finding games to play online that are free. You already have a computer, so use it instead. If you are interested in improving your memory and staving off dementia, I just heard program on the radio (CBC) this morning discussing this. The doctor interviewed regarding prevention of dementia said that likely going for a daily walk of 45 minutes would do more good than doing crosswords or suduko. Being physically fit seems to be a better preventative than anything else, according to the latest research.

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RE: Washer Will Not Spin

By louel53 02/28/2015

My machine had one small part that wore out that controlled the spinning. For all those people who say it is a worn out belt, my Kenmore machine did not have any belts. I called a local repair man who replaced the part, had special little tools he had made for just this job, and was in and out in less than half an hour. When the part broke down a few months later, he fixed it again, for no cost as he said it should have lasted for years. It has been a few years, and the machine is still working just fine. My machine is 14 years old, and the repair was done about 4 years ago. I consider the money I paid to the repair person to be very well spent.

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RE: Oil Dry for Ice Traction

By louel53 02/28/2015

I just googled this product, as I know that the product I have seen used in some shops is virtually identical in appearance to kitty litter. This is a product that is very similar (clay based, as are most cat litters), but formulated for ice removal or to soak up spills in repair shops. I see that the product made for ice traction actually has salt in it, to promote melting of ice on driveways.

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RE: Age Limit for Child Dependent on Taxes

By louel53 02/28/2015

This depends entirely on your circumstances. You need to contact your tax office. Here in Canada, there is a toll free number that you can phone that will put you in contact with someone who can answer your problem. Here we can claim them if they living at home, until they are 18. If they are full time students, they can be claimed until they are older. I am sure it differs in other countries.

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RE: Water Turned Laundry Yellow

By louel53 02/28/2015

Phone the people in charge of your water treatment plant/water service, and find out what they say. There is no way we can help you with this problem when we don't live where you do. Perhaps there is some other issue that causes this, or perhaps it isn't fixed properly.

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RE: Remedy for Pain from New Dentures

By louel53 02/28/2015

I agree with the previous poster. Your denturist should be happy to make adjustments until the teeth fit properly. The fine professional that made my mom's teeth was wonderful, and very caring. And, the followup appointments and adjustments did not cost my mother anything beyond the original price of the dentures.

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RE: Shaving the Bone to Fit Dentures

By louel53 02/28/2015

I agree. Get a second opinion. The denturist that fitted my mom's dentures said that the bones will shrink considerably over the space of a year, and that dentures will need to be adjusted accordingly. Since yours have only been in for three weeks, it seems premature to be doing further oral surgery. Surely adjustments can be made to the dentures!

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RE: Dealing with Burned (Burnt) Pans

By smoothtalking 02/28/2015

i also have pots and fry pans burnt on the outside, and would like to know of an easy way to get rid of it. other than beating the thief who keeps trying to get in my house..

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RE: Re-read The Books You Have

By louel53 02/28/2015

Good advice, Deeli! Although I often don't do this on purpose, I have done it many times by accident, because I buy a book at a yard sale by one of my favorite authors, thinking it is one I had missed, read it, and then discover I have read it before!! I always enjoy it the second time. However, when I was teaching, I would re-read books multiple times, as I would have to re-read the book every time I taught it. If a book didn't stand up to multiple reads, then it wasn't worth teaching, or reading to the students in story time. I would guess that some books I have read over 20 times!

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RE: Preserve Fresh Bouquets for Potpourri

By HerkDia 02/28/2015

Thank you for such a wonderful idea. My husband just passed away and I, too, have a beautiful flowers left over and hated to throw them away.
What a nice way to preserve the memories.

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RE: Paying Child Support

By louel53 02/28/2015

Are these your children? One assumes so. And if so, why would you not feel it necessary to support them? Has their mother married a millionaire? If you all lived together, what would you do? Toss one out in the street so that you could have more money to spend on whatever-- cable TV, internet, iPhone, cigarettes, beer?? I'm sorry, no one on this site is going to sympathize with someone wants to "get off of child support". These are your children, and you should provide for them. Period. If you are left with only $800, ask for advice on how to economize. Many of the people on here will be happy to help you out with tips and ways to stretch your dollars.

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RE: Refrigerator Caddy

By Cantate 02/28/2015

This is brilliant. I hang my pots on the side of the fridge with magnetic hooks like someone else said, but this is prettier.

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RE: Curtain Colour Advice

By louel53 02/28/2015

I'm sorry, I can't get my head around teal and purple as a colour combo. It seems like an unusual combo. Do you have a print in mind with those colours? However, of the choices you gave, I would choose the white curtains, and then the pillows could be your shot of contrasting colour. I would suggest a print with softer versions of teal/purple, with grey and white, perhaps.

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RE: Jobs for 13 Year Olds

By louel53 02/28/2015

You might see if anybody needs pet sitting jobs. I have a pet cat, and when I travel, she gets lonesome. I wouldn't mind hiring a student to come over, check the house daily, feed the cat, tend to the litter box, and spend time playing with the cat. This is the easiest job I can think of! You should also consider taking a babysitting course, and doing babysitting. I think that is a good job for teens. Yard work -- shoveling, mowing, weeding, etc. is always something people need help with. You might also help with housework if you have been taught how to do it properly. When I had little kids at home, I liked to have a teen come in to help with the kids and do jobs like vacuum, peel potatoes, dust, or clean the garage.

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RE: Curtain Color Advice

By louel53 02/28/2015

You can use just about any colour you like, except grey. With white walls and leather furniture, you have a totally neutral pallet. Choose a plain or patterned curtain. The colour of the flooring or carpet might make a difference. You didn't say what kind you had.

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RE: Repairing a Gas Stove Burner

By louel53 02/28/2015

If you have a gas burner on your stove, and it is only partially burning it may be that something has boiled over and clogged the burner. You can clean that with a toothpick or similar, when the stove is cold, of course. If the burner is clogged with soot because the gas is not burning cleanly, you have another kind of problem, and likely need to get someone who knows about gas stoves to fix this for you. You don't want to fool around on your own, as explosions can occur.

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RE: Cats Urinating on My Lawn

By louel53 02/28/2015

I agree with the poster who said to skip mothballs. They are terribly poisonous to everything, including people, and the stench from them is as bad as or worse than the cat urine. I have purchased a cat repellant from Walmart that worked quite well. It also had a smell, but not obnoxious, and it had to be replaced every time it rained, but it worked. It kept my own cats from pooping on the front lawn. You might also try citrus peels, as those are not too unsightly and won't be a horrible smell. I kept stray cats from spraying the front of my house by splashing lemon scented Mr. Clean over the urine spots. This would work on fence posts, or tree trunks.

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RE: Circuit Breaker Humming

By louel53 02/28/2015

Time to call an electrician.

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RE: Chalkboard Painted Fridge

By louel53 02/28/2015

Your fridge is not magnetic. Magnets stick to it because it is made of steel. I do not know what primer you would use, but you might be able to find that out at the store that sells chalkboard paint. I suspect what you have to do is to sand the surface of the fridge to get the paint to stick. Personally, I would not paint my fridge at all, unless it is terribly scratched and quite unsightly. Also, you have to be sure that your fridge is not covered with a vinyl textured surface. Mine is, and I am pretty sure that there is no possible way to get paint to stick to that surface. Anyway, painting your fridge will not affect the ability of magnets to stick to it. Chalkboard paint does not interfere with the magnetic force.

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RE: 17th Birthday Ideas

By adrianneboyce1998 02/28/2015

Hey ill be turning 17 in March too i think what you should try is get all your friends together for your special day and either get a hotel room rent movies and dance and have fun or go to Dave and busters i think thats what its called and go dance and play games and go to ur favorite restaurant

But whatever you decide i hope you hace a great time
From adrianna

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RE: Go Kart Racing For Girl's Birthday

By jayjaylovesfashion 02/28/2015

Hi thirty fun my birthday is coming up on March 25 and I'm turning 12 I can't decide what to do on my birthday I will  It if u can help me please THANK U

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RE: Repair Assistance for Senior Citizen

By wordswork 02/28/2015

Hi, Marie.

Please look into volunteer organizations? I don't know how big your city is, but I'm hoping you'll find retired gents who are handy with tools who'd like to help out. You might be asked to pay for materials. Up here, in Calgary (Canada), seniors exchange services. My Dad, a very handy guy, loves to help out and gets a loaf of home-made bread or batch of cookies for his time and expertise.

Also look into something called Habitat for Humanities? They build homes for the homeless but might also have something along the line of what you need.

Wishing you every success,
Rose Anne

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RE: Paying Child Support

By wordswork 02/28/2015

Sorry, Elbert, but you're not getting any sympathy as they're your children too. And your responsibility. Grow a pair and get with the program! How do you think your kids will feel knowing you're trying to duck your obligation? Good example?

Economizing isn't difficult when you set your mind to it. Get a roommate? Cut down on drinking (if you drink). If you smoke, quit. Learn to cook (it's much less costly than eating out). Take on a part-time job (something you really enjoy)?

Good luck!

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RE: Cats Urinating on My Lawn

By wordswork 02/28/2015

I can sympathize, Susan. One of my neighbours feeds all the darn wild rabbits without considering the nuisance factor for her neighbours who garden.

How do you feel about buying a dog? That should do it, don't you think? Perhaps a fence?

Good luck!

Rose Anne

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RE: Jobs for 13 Year Olds

By wordswork 02/28/2015

Congratulations, Selena, to you and your friends for wanting to work and earn some money!

I don't know if it's legal where you live to work in restaurants washing dishes or cleaning tables, but if any of your family members own a restaurant, why not ask?

Baby sitting is an option, as you know, but lots of people want help with their yardwork: winter and summer. Start asking your neighbours?

You might also want to think about what you have to offer as someone might ask "why would I hire you?" Are you a hard worker? Will you be punctual, cheerful while working, prepared to do as asked and then a little bit more? Are you neat and clean in appearance? Will you commit to doing a job until it's done? These are things which will help you get a job throughout your life.

Some companies still print newspapers and fliers, all of which have to be delivered. That's another potential source of income.

Last not least, do you have any particular talents which would earn money? For example, if you play a musical instrument, you could advertise to teach beginners.

Wishing you every success,
Rose Anne

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RE: Cats Urinating on My Lawn

By Lizzyanny 02/28/2015

Skip the mothballs...they are toxic to cats and dogs.

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RE: Lump Under Skin on Heel

By Lizzyanny 02/28/2015

Sounds like it may be "pump bump". http://www.foothealthfacts.org/footankleinfo/haglunds-deformity.htm

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RE: 13th Birthday Theme Ideas

By izzylikecake 02/28/2015

Some fun themes:

Underwater: hang blue streamers everywhere and put fish decorations, blue punch, ocean themed cake, water games

80's: challenge guests to dress up as much as they can, watch 80's movies, listen to 80's music etc.

Rich and Famous: Treat everyone there like a superstar, wait on them, give them a spa treatment, serve special foods like sushi or expensive chocolate

At Home Theater: Transform your house into a movie theater, lots of movies to choose from, delicious popcorn, assorted candy

Olympics: Set up fun events like: relays, running races, water balloon fights

Dance Party: (especially good for big co-ed parties) set up a large area to play music the birthday girl picks with prizes for best dancing, funniest moves, etc. set up an area where food and drinks can be "ordered"

Exotic Location: Transform your house (or party location) into an exotic place, such as France, Australia, or Brazil. Make sure all the food and games are themed to go with it.


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RE: Hair Removal Cream Stain on Sink

By thesheepfold 02/28/2015

Have you tried Magic Eraser? It removed some of the stains in my bathroom that products had left behind. Some of the stains had been there for over 10 years, and it took them right off. May be worth a try for you.

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RE: Seedling Pots From Phone Book Pages

By ahastings78 02/28/2015

You might also want to try small seedling starter pots from toilet paper and paper towel cardboard rolls - something everyone has and likely just throws away. Flatten a t-paper roll and cut in half to make 2 "rings". Open it up, then fold in half lengthwise again. When you open it up you'll have a square tube. Using scissors, snip the tube where the folds are about 5/8". Fold the tabs inward and interweave them like you would do to close the top of a cardboard box. You can set your seed starters on a styrofoam tray like those used for meat, which will make them easy to move and waterproof. Simply plant the cardboard with the seedling.

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RE: Crochet With Old T-Shirts

By ciscosmom 02/28/2015

I am really impressed! Your rug is just beautiful. Wouldn't it be great to make one for a wall hanging?

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RE: Last Drop of Lotion

By Meari 02/28/2015

I've done this for years... only I set my lotion bottle in a coffee mug.

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RE: Master Grocery List

By stapleton 02/28/2015

Please as for a copy of the grocery store's directory they give copies out free. That way you can not only make your list to match food location, your coupons match where the items are but saves time and confusion. When I start shopping this way I saved 10% put coupon discounts. Wow and I'm in and out of the store in 45 mins. with no luxury buys clutter.

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RE: Paying Child Support

By cybergrannie 02/28/2015

How long have you been paying child support?
What are the ages of your children? Your support payments could state "until child reaches 18 OR until child reaches 21 or is self supporting OR until child finishes college. What did you agree to?
Payments may only drop as the oldest child reaches whatever you agreed to.

Did you try to "fight" paying this amount when your divorce was in progress?
Has your income changed? Up or down?
Have your expenses changed? This answer is immaterial as the court does not ususally care - unless it is for medical reason?
How often do your children visit you? Hours, overnight or weekends?
Has your ex-wife's circumstances changed? (may not matter)
Do you also pay alimony?
Does child support also cover health insurance for the children?

All of these (or most) questions will probably need to be answered before asking for a change in your payments.

Usually - child support is based on many things other than just your income - but - the theory is usually - to keep the "family" in the same type of living conditions they were accustomed to.

Maybe you could consult your divorce attorney for advice..

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RE: Old Mattress Upcycle

By jinjelle 02/28/2015

Entry;
Tired of the high cost of baby powder? I took an old bottle of the cornstarch and aloe (+ third ingredient I can't remember with still a little of the contents left in it), carefully - - using a very sharp-tipped and sturdy knife, popped the top off, along with that inner forked powder spinner inside it. (Work very slowly and deliberately) Then I put in a funnel and spooned in mounds of plain old cornstarch. One has to work the cornstarch down into the bottle by using the handle of the spoon to poke down into the shaft of the funnel. When as full as I wanted, I set the top back on, with the spinner inside like it was, and then pushed it back down onto the bottle top. It may take some force, but make sure it is all the way down, then check the spinner. Shake it a bit to mix the old contents with the new and voila! "New" and cheaper container of powder!

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RE: Adding Moisture to your Home During Winter

By nawlenz 02/28/2015

Now that's a great and healthy idea. Sinus issues are a-plenty in our area - everyone in the office is plagued with either the sniffles or the dries - Thanks I will try this :)

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RE: What Breed Is My Dog?

By frugalsunnie 02/28/2015

Definitely Boxer and I'm pretty sure about the Lab - but it could be one of the other large breeds, possibly (but not likely) Rottie. Do an online image search using the terms - boxer-lab puppies - and - boxer-rottie puppies - to get an idea of what the two combinations can throw as.

I raised AKC Boxers and did breed rescue for over 40 years in the US before relocating to my parents native UK; something about the shape of your (gorgeous, I imagine his personality is wonderful!) puppy's head suggest something other than Lab.

For some reason Boxer-Labs tend to have a less broad head and snout/muzzle and the only other breed I can think of that results in the shape of your dog's head is Rottie. I'm probably wrong but it's worth doing the image search to feel more sure.

Check with your vet - he/she will probably be able to determine likely mix.

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RE: What Breed Is My Puppy?

By frugalsunnie 02/28/2015

Do an online image search using the search term - boxer-basset puppies - then confirm with your vet that these are about the most adorable BoxSets I've seen in 40+years raising AKC Boxers and doing breed rescue.

I've relocated to my parents native UK now and those darling puppies are making me want to come out of retirement:)

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RE: What Breed Is My Dog?

By frugalsunnie 02/28/2015

40+years experience raising AKC Boxers and doing breed rescue (including mix-cross) in the US before permanent relocation to the UK, and my cousin's 30+years with American Staffordshire Terriers (aka pit bull) tells me you have a really adorable Boxer-Staffie there crossed with something else - very likely Weimaraner.

Do an online image search using all three breeds for your search term - boxer-staffie-weimaraner dogs - would be a good search term. Also run a search on - boxer-staffie - and boxer-weimaraner - to get a really good idea of all the different throws with these combinations.

I wouldn't discount the dog's creation legend altogether, though - believe me this happens more often than many breeders will be honest enough to admit. We're careful at shows, but, well, stuff happens especially if an inexperienced breeder brings an in-season female to a show.

The only thing making the legend hard to believe is that there does appear to be three breeds in your dog's gene pool, and that very-very-very rarely happens at a show! In fact, it shouldn't happen at all at an AKC event...

Two, yes, because the sire and dam are presumably purebreds back through all generations - if this breeding result truly happened at an AKC show, the Boxer or the Weimaraner were not real purebreds because there is very clearly Staffie in your dog. Someone presented false papers because a mix would never be permitted to be shown at an AKC event and believe me, the show officials are scrupulous about checking pedigrees!

Thank-you for a nice afternoon tea-break giggle at the sitting dog - that's a quintessential happy Boxer trait so clearly you're doing it right. A Boxer (or Boxer mix) just doesn't feel safe sitting like that unless very happy in his/her home. Well done you!

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RE: Remedy for Hair Damaged by Perm

By jrslady 02/28/2015

I have had extensive damage from a perm as you described. If you can find "Infusion" (usually found on the bottom shelves), I guarantee it will help. There are two or three (or more) Infusion products. Get the one for damaged hair. It won't clear it up immediately but you'll notice the difference right away. I've had to use it twice and I swear by it.

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RE: Re-read The Books You Have

By Julia in UK 02/28/2015

The test of a good book is - do you enjoy it even more the second time around? It is especially comforting to re-read an old favourite when feeling unwell. Most of my old favourites are supposed to be children's books, for example, Laura Ingalls Wilder, C.S. Lewis, Alison Uttley.

If I don't enjoy any book I abandon it. You don't have to persist, however brilliant the reviews are. To me, there is nothing clever about writing a book that is boring or difficult to read.

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RE: Split Lip

By peaceful2878 02/27/2015

All of the previous answers simply treatments, not prevention. Just stay hydrated and use vaseline on your lips as needed and you will be fine. Lips are mostly water and dry out easily. If they dry out, yes, they can and will split open. Sometimes very deep. They need lots if water to stay so plump and kissable! Stay hydrated, it's the key!

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RE: Jobs for 13 Year Olds

By DinahA 02/27/2015

You and your friend might consider "jobs" that do not pay money but will provide much more important "money" for you both! There are organizations in your area that offer assistance for seniors, disabled, etc. They help people who are not able to go to the grocery store, take their dog for a walk or play with their kitty for an hour, prepare a simple meal, read a book to someone who has vision problems etc .

Look for these organizations online or in the phone book. You can call to see if you can help. You can also simply help people in your area-mow a lawn, bring in mail, just spend an hour or so with them to play a game, etc.

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RE: Two Ingredient Chicken

By mccrayjac 02/27/2015

I noticed you only use chicken legs, what about any other pieces of chicken?

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RE: Crochet Keychain ChapStick Holder

By jbeckyroo 02/27/2015

How cute! Those look like they'd be pretty easy to make. Thanks!

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RE: Cherry Chocolate Delight

By jbeckyroo 02/27/2015

That looks too pretty to eat! But, I would probably dig in anyway. :)

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RE: Oven Roasted Herbed Potatoes

By jbeckyroo 02/27/2015

Mmm! Those look delicious. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

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RE: Crocheted Flowering Dishcloth

By jbeckyroo 02/27/2015

That's adorable. Thanks so much for the instructions.

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RE: Age Limit for Child Dependent on Taxes

By Abigail A. 02/27/2015

See this information for requirements of the child tax credit: https://turbotax.intuit.com/tax-too ... r-the-Child-Tax-Credit/INF15610.html

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RE: Remedy for Hair Damaged by Perm

By linex_4 02/27/2015

Try wen cleansing conditioner. This will help rejuvenate your hair. It's pricey but you'll like how healthy your hair will look and feel.

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RE: Sweet Cornbread

By SieraStar 02/27/2015

I have a very similar recipe. Instead of 2 boxes Jiffy cornbread mix use 1 box Jiffy cornbread mix and 1 box Jiffy yellow cake mix. It's my husbands favorite because he likes a sweet cornbread.

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RE: Keep Your Purse Safe When Dining Out

By profile.php?id=100000289659265 02/27/2015

I shopped at a grocery store where there were at least 3 purse snatching episodes. I decided that I didn't want to be one of the victims so I took matters into my own hands.

I took an old purse I had, stuffed it with junk mail, filled an old wallet with play money and even thought of putting in some dog poop in a plastic baggie, but didn't. I also put some heavy things in the purse....like an old shoe, a water bottle filled with water and some other matter that I can't remember.

I carried my purse in a very careless manner hanging off my shoulder, put it in a grocery cart and left my eyes off it while I looked for grocery items. Sure enough, someone grabbed it and ran off. I yelled that my purse was stolen and by the time the thief was to the front door security had stopped him.

I was delighted when the police arrived to take him into custody to report that the purse was full of junk. He was arrested for stealing junk mail, play money, etc. I'm still laughing.

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RE: Shaving the Bone to Fit Dentures

By HalfWhit 02/27/2015

Too many people get good fitting dentures. I would not let them do any procedure on my mouth until I had a second opinion or keep working on the dentures til they get them to fit nicely! I'm sure there is a breaking-in period, but it shouldn't be painful or cause a need for your mouth to be invaded any further! Sorry you have to go through this, but do get a second opinion.

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RE: Remedy for Pain from New Dentures

By gammybear 02/27/2015

Go back to your denturist as I had the same problem and found out they were not lined up properly. Keep going back until you 100% satisfied.

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RE: Keep Your Purse Safe When Dining Out

By Ilovepurses 02/27/2015

Had something similar happen to me also and it is a headache to fix everything and get all the credit cards taken care of, pay for new license, etc. I'm much more careful with my purse now. I refuse to quit carrying a purse since I love my purses! I did however take out all sentimental items and put only essentials and replaceable items in it. Sad lesson to learn.

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RE: Female Duck in Swimming Pool

By bailey.park.3 02/27/2015

You should look for the eggs, but don't bother the female.

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RE: Duck Laid an Egg

By bailey.park.3 02/27/2015

If the mother don't come back put the egg in your hand and carefully take it in side put it in a box and keep the box open then put the egg in the box with a soft pillow and a big flashlight to keep it worm you never want to throw it away.

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RE: Keeping a Rolly Polly as a Pet

By DinahA 02/27/2015

Pill, Sow, Rolly Polly...Bugs live about 2 years in a good environment. Unfortunately for them, other bugs like them. I found an article for keeping them healthy here:

http://www.roseburg.k12.or.us/depts ... ntary/documents/CarolinaCareCard.pdf

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RE: Oven Roasted Herbed Potatoes

By rainbows4u2 02/27/2015

Use Italian Seasoning, instead of just basil. My family loves roasted potatoes! You can change seasonings depending on the meat you're serving with potatoes.

Ex: Chicken: use Marjoram & Sage
Beef, use Rosemary; stir in a splash of Worcestershire Sauce

Try with seasonings you like.

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RE: Cats Urinating on My Lawn

By DinahA 02/27/2015

These cats are probably non-neutered males who are peeing and spraying-primarily to establish their dominance. If there is an animal catch and release neuter group in your area, they will catch, neuter and release the cats. If not, you can try sprinklers, moth balls, citrus peel, coffee grounds (all supposed to deter cats). There are many sites online that recommend solutions, but neutering is the best and long term answer.

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RE: Lump Under Skin on Heel

By DinahA 02/27/2015

The online Farlex Medical Dictionary states: "callosity-an area of skin that is hard or thick, esp on the palm of the hand or sole of the foot, as from continual friction or pressure". The callus can develop under the skin.

Your doctor can help in determining the specific problem and recommending needed treatment.

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RE: Remedy for Hair Damaged by Perm

By wordswork 02/27/2015

Hi, Shabana,
Sorry to hear about your difficulties, but have you considered talking to a salon professional for advice?

In the meantime, before you decide on anything, check Google for styling tips on how to wear your hair attractively tied back or braided?

From personal experience, I can tell you that going ultra-short is very fun and hair grows back quickly. Last, not least, please consider investigating home-made conditioners? Egg yolks, for instance, are just great for additing nutrients.

Best of luck,
Rose Anne

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RE: Kitchen Paint Color Advice

By wordswork 02/27/2015

Hey, Jonathan.
How about a contrast to keep the area from feeling too heavy or dark? White, perhaps? Or a very pale grey?

Cheers,
Rose Anne

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RE: What Breed Is My Dog?

By Lizzyanny 02/27/2015

What a beautiful dog! She doesn't look like anything landlords are worried about... pit bull, german sheppard, doberman, rottweilers. I think you will be fine.

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RE: Cleaning a Mirror With Vinegar

By jazztoo 02/27/2015

Be careful with the vinegar. It can cause those black etch marks in mirrors.

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RE: Jobs for 13 Year Olds

By redhatterb 02/27/2015

About the only jobs young people in your age group will be able to get are baby sitting, yard work, shoveling snow, etc.

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RE: Paying Child Support

By redhatterb 02/27/2015

I have a hunch that won't happen until your youngest kid reaches age 18. You are just as responsible to support the kids as their mother is. Maybe you should consider down sizing your living situation, get rid of some of your toys, etc. In order to find out the right answer you will have to talk to the Office of Child Support Collection, or whatever it is called where you live. I know people that live off $600-$700.00 a month, so you aren't doing too badly. These are people that have learned how to economize.

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RE: Repair Assistance for Senior Citizen

By redhatterb 02/27/2015

The one organization I know of isn't actually a state organization. There is an organization that is nationwide, and I think it receives some federal funding. The problem is it has different names in each state and even in different cities in a state. Contact your Senators and Representatives to see if they know anything. It is strictly income based and there is a waiting list.

Also if you would have to leave the home for any reason like having to go into a nursing home or anything, you would have to pay back the money on a pro-rated basis. IF you have a pastor talk to him, sometimes they will take up a special offering for a needy member of the congregation. There might even be some members in the congregation that could do the work or furnish the necessary materials.

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RE: Mother's Day Banquet Idea

By c_jardis 02/27/2015

Please share your book of poems and potpourri ideas. Thanks

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RE: Candle Wax on Hardwood Floor

By cduncan30 02/27/2015

Simply use a credit card to scrape it off. Follow with Goo Gone if necessary.

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RE: Say "No" to Pizza Delivery

By yomama1971 02/27/2015

When my son was diagnosed celiac, there went our pizza-delivery Fridays! It was getting weird, anyway, since my daughter and I are vegan and we were ordering ours cheeseless and adding our own vegan cheese at home. Twice-baked pizza--NOT so good.

We've found frozen, gluten-free, vegan pizzas (which, being 'health' items--where people are more likely to read ingredients, I guess--also don't have a lot of the crappy ingredients some of those frozen pizzas have, like hydrogenated oils and mono- and diglycerides...which are a new-fangled way for companies to hide trans fat and skirt labeling legislation).

But, many of those frozen pizzas (not just the specialty ones) are NOT cheap--even a typical mainstream DiGiorno's at our local Giant costs 8.99! If cost was the only concern, may as well pull out the extra buck it'd cost to heat the dang thing and order up!

But the REAL deal is in making your own! Especially when gluten's an issue, homemade is FAR superior in both the taste and price arenas. We've not yet done so, but the idea of mass-producing crusts and freezing them's a sure winner...one big kitchen mess SURE beats many! Even with the higher price of gluten-free flours and mixes, we can STILL make a giant, pan-filling, delicious pizza for under $5--take THAT, pizza-pizza! Or should I say, trans-fat--trans-fat (in the crust--sorry to say).

Whatever your diet, tastes, or budget, make sure of one thing: if it has hydrogenated fat or mono- and diglycerides on the label, put it RIGHT back on the freezer shelf--for your health right now, and to vote for the future. A purchase is a vote to keep things as they are--more money in the pockets of big business at the expense of our--and our children's--health.

And as for the order-up pizzas...good luck getting info out of them...

I believe our celiac challenge's been a blessing in disguise...

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RE: Harry Potter Paper Pieced Quilt

By lemon floor wax 02/27/2015

That is simply amazing! Great job!

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RE: Identifying an Odor in Home

By DinahA 02/27/2015

Could be many possibilities for the smell. From your description, you might have mold or a dead animal.

MOLD
There are many explanations online for "how to remove mold" from your home. You can have a mold removal service check for the possibility. Any actual treatment they do will be expensive so check online if you can DIY.

DEAD ANIMAL
Dead animals are a frequent problem in homes, especially in cold weather as they seek a warm, dry place. The diifficult problem with dead animals-if you do not remove them immediately, they decay and liquids from the decay process seep into the house material itself. If this is the problem, the smell can last for months or years and the area may need to be rebuilt. You can request a pest removal service to check on this possibility.

Good Luck!

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RE: Bathroom Floor Tile Color Advice

By Abigail A. 02/27/2015

Retro 1950's style pink goes well with gray.

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RE: Use Scissor Tip as Improvised Screwdriver

By Abigail A. 02/27/2015

This seems like a very dangerous idea. You could get cut pretty easily if the scissors close on your hand. Scissors, especially these little sewing type scissors, are very sharp.

It occurs to me that an eyeglass repair kit, complete with a tiny screwdriver, costs a dollar. You could pick one up the next time you go out. Certainly it isn't worth hurting yourself.

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RE: Organizing an Apartment

By Abigail A. 02/27/2015

Carol, most people who have healthy immune systems are exposed to fecal germs all the time, such as in public restrooms and from eating meat that is contaminated with matter from the intestines of the animal. It all sounds very gross, but without this exposure we would literally die because our immune systems could not handle a sudden influx of germs that it isn't prepared for.
If you're really that worried about it, stay seated while you flush or simply close the lid first.

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RE: Bathroom Paint Color Advice

By Abigail A. 02/27/2015

The only way I can think of to make this look right would be to paint the walls real white (not ivory or eggshell) and get a VERY dark gray rug, such as charcoal, with matching charcoal curtains. Good luck with it.

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RE: Organizing an Apartment

By cj.dahlien 02/27/2015

Studies have shown that the water droplets in an invisible cloud travel six to eight feet out and up, so the areas of the bathroom not directly adjacent the toilet are still contaminated. Walls are obviously affected, and in public or communal bathrooms, the partitions between stalls are definitely coated in the spray mist from the toilet (1). Also, toilet paper will be cleanest when it is enclosed in a plastic or metal casing; after all, it's subject to the same droplets splattering on it, and its proximity to the toilet bowl makes contamination potential obvious. The ceiling is also still contaminated and is in fact a potential problem site because it is often overlooked in the cleaning process. Bacteria cling to ceilings and thrive in the humid environment there; if the situation is left untreated for months or years (as is often the case), odors remain in restrooms that seem to have been to be otherwise thoroughly cleaned (1). The bacterial mist has also been shown to stay in the air for at least two hours after each flush, thus maximizing its chance to float around and spread (2). "The greatest aerosol dispersal occurs not during the initial moments of the flush, but rather once most of the water has already left the bowl," according to Philip Tierno, MD, director of clinical microbiology and diagnostic immunology at New York University Medical Center and Mt. Sinai Medical Center. He therefore advises leaving immediately after flushing to not have the microscopic, airborne mist land on you (4). Worse still is the possibility of getting these airborne particles in the lungs by inhaling them, from which one could easily contract a cough or cold (6). for me personally--I would not want to wash my face or body with toilet germs.

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RE: Shaving the Bone to Fit Dentures

By Abigail A. 02/27/2015

Is there any reason they can't shave the dentures to make them fit properly? Must you have oral surgery? I'd suggest getting a second opinion. With all the technology available nowadays, it seems fishy to me that they can't solve this problem by fixing the dentures themselves. Surgery will cost a lot more- no doubt they are billing your insurance for that?
Please get a second opinion.

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RE: House Trained Dog Pooping Inside

By Abigail A. 02/27/2015

Make sure you are walking your dog. It's easy to think that mini and toy breeds can be indoors all the time except for potty breaks, but this can actually cause a fear of the outdoors. Make sure you walk your dog around the neighborhood every day so he doesn't get the idea that something scary is out there.

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RE: Expense Sharing Problems

By buffyannjones 02/26/2015

Lawyer Now! The laws are different everywhere. If you lived together long enough, you may actually have a claim on his house and truck. Get a good divorce specialist.

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RE: Getting Shrimp Smell Out of Freezer

By cody.ricks2 02/26/2015

Closed and plugged in

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RE: Turn A Photo Into A Window Outside

By coreen.kerr 02/26/2015

What a great way to keep your memories close to you I wish I had that idea in my heads after my parents passed & we sold their home. Thank you so much for sharing.
Take care Coreen

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RE: Storing Homemade Soup

By DinahA 02/26/2015

From your letter, it appears that you did not properly can the soup but, rather, just put it in a jar. Whether the lid "popped" or not, the soup is not safely canned. Depending upon the ingredients, the soup may last a few days to a week in your refridgerator. Why not just freeze?

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RE: House Trained Dog Pooping Inside

By DinahA 02/26/2015

Perhaps your dog has a medical problem and is not able to come to you in time. Please take him to your vet to check on any problem. Your vet will also provide a solution to help you help your dog.

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RE: Getting a Copy of the EZ Bow Maker Instructions

By DinahA 02/26/2015

In a search I found an instruction manual for the EZ Maker. Go to this site and download or copy:

http://www.docstoc.com/docs/1791039 ... %A2Z-BOW-MAKER%E2%84%A2-INSTRUCTIONS

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RE: Receiving Social Security Survivor's Benefits

By cybergrannie 02/26/2015

You will need to pay a visit to your SS office to get the answers you need.

Also, just because a child turns 18 is no real reason for them to receive the benefit check in their name. The benefit check is to provide shelter, food and other needs of the child and should go to the person who provides those things. I hope your son is using the money to take care of himself until he finishes school.

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RE: Turn A Photo Into A Window Outside

By Ilovepurses 02/26/2015

Wonderful idea that brings back good memories. Love it!!

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