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RE: Hope Chest

By 1stborn 07/24/2014

I did the same for my sons. They both loved the stuff I collected over the years for them. They will appreciate it.

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RE: Red Lump on Puppy

By FARSTAR 07/24/2014

With no disrespect but you just can't assume that "ANYTHING" affecting your Dog will simply "DISAPPEAR" and need to consult your animals best friend called a "VETERINARIAN" these choices are called responsible animal ownership and need serious thought before taking on the status of care. If you are sick there's a Dr to consult what makes you think the poor animal is not intitled to the same care that you should be giving it.?

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RE: Laundry Basket to Transport Warehouse Purchases

By tnphoenixrising 07/24/2014

Oh, I forgot to say that I also put cold items in one basket and regular items in the other. Sometimes I only take the "cold" basket into the house and put them away and go back out and the the "hot" items later. I came up with that idea when my daughter was a baby and I wanted to get her settled quicker.

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RE: Setting the Dye in Acrylic and Wool Yarn

By donnatritz2001 07/23/2014

I doubt you have to do anything in particular. With acrylic yarn the color is actually spun into the fabric - I believe it is part of the chemical process (ie they don't make the yarn & then dye it). I've never had a problem with color drift on any man made yarn & I doubt the 25% wool would change that. The mostly acrylic with some wool yarns I've used have generally pretty much acted like 100% acrylic yarns. You could try washing it in cold water with salt or vinegar & then machine drying as always before you give it to him.

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RE: Red Lump on Puppy

By dupperdog 07/23/2014

My dog had a lump that looked like that on her ear. Check out the listing for "histocytoma" on wikipedia. If that's what it is, it should go away in a few weeks. The dog may be crying because you are irritating it when you try to treat it. Of course, you should take her to the vet if you can. A histocytoma is a benign tumor fairly common in young dogs that goes away on its own. A friend who is a vet student says that they always take them off right away because they will be gone if they wait!

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RE: Cherry Crisp in a Jar

By jinjelle 07/23/2014

What an adorable idea! I love those little canning jars. I usually use them for my homemade (secret recipe) chocolate sauce, but I always have extra jars. Always buying more and looking for ideas. How cute! I bet the Irish Caramel Custard recipe I found a few days ago on:
<http://diabeticgourmet.com/recipes/html/142.shtml>
would be wonderfully fun in them! Oooh, and apple crisp, pudding, little cakes. So much fun to contemplate, as well as this delightful recipe - of course, adapted to be allergen free. Thank you for this charming and inspiring idea and recipe!

Allergen free:
1. I would use coconut (or chopped up allergen free coconut macaroons or other cookies) in place of the oatmeal. I am not a fan of so-called "gluten free" oats.
2. Be sure to buy a brand of pie filling that uses corn starch for its thickener, unless you are allergic to corn, then I recommend making your own homemade version.

Recipes should be available in an online search for allergen free pie filling or maybe even getting cherry preserves and doing a little "kitchen magic" on them.
Or, if desired, I would be willing to work with and try to help anyone wanting to explore other allergen free options. What fun!

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RE: Getting Rid of an Infestation of Tiny Flies

By linuxxunil 07/23/2014

The picture does not show the wings very well. They may be what are called "sewer flies" not sure what the real name is. But to get rid of them flush Clorox down the toilet. This type of fly lays eggs in the wax seal of the toilet and come out when they hatch.

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RE: Red Lump on Puppy

By heather dianne 07/23/2014

You must always put your pet first. This is what a loving & caring animal lover should do. Please take him to the vets for help - your wee dog is suffering. Maybe the vet can let you pay the account off in installments. Please help this dog.

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RE: Riding Mower Will Not Start

By grantecarnes 07/23/2014

Your magneto is bad.

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RE: Craftsman LT 2000 Won't Start

By grantecarnes 07/23/2014

Sounds like your exhaust valve seat blew out.

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RE: Mower Not Getting Gas to the Cylinder

By grantecarnes 07/23/2014

Sounds like your exhaust valve seat blew out. Is it a OHV engine?

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RE: Red Lump on Puppy

By patches 07/23/2014

Please take your dog to a vet. This looks very painful and it could be something very serious. If you can't afford to properly care for your dog, find someone who can. This is not fair to you puppy.

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RE: Tic Tac Containers

By beadlady 07/23/2014

Hi! I sell all sizes if flip top containers at my bead shop.. they start at 25 cents. I am beadlady at beadlady dot biz. Thanks Cindy

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RE: Using Any Vacuum Cleaner Bag

By ambailey 07/23/2014

I just buy replacement bags on eBay for around $1.00 each! I search for a vacuum repair business that also sells bags and belts. I live in Ohio and I found a great place in Pennsylvania. I just order when I'm down to my last bag or two, and I never run out! I personally order from "electricvac" on EBay, and couldn't be more pleased. (I am in no way affiliated with electricvac, just sharing a great eBay seller)

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RE: Park Party Ideas?

By louel53 07/23/2014

What sorts of things do your friends like? I'm thinking of sports such as softball, soccer, badminton. Could you do those sorts of games? I am also a big fan of scavenger hunts; I think they can be a hoot. Divide the group into teams. You could also make up a treasure hunt, which involves set up - so it is more trouble. Groups follow clues from one place to another, solving the clue riddles, till they get to the treasure - some sort of fun treat/prize. What sorts of activities are there available in the park? Perhaps you could do some of them - eg minigolf. There are also all sorts of lawn games - bocce ball, and so on, if you have access to the equipment.

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RE: Paying Bills on Time

By louel53 07/23/2014

I have all of my bills - credit card, electricity, gas, phone - come straight to my checking account and they are all paid automatically. If you have a regular paycheck coming in, this certainly simplifies things. Of course, if you don't have the money in your account, this doesn't work, but if you don't have the money to pay, paying on time is the least of your worries!

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RE: Clean Coffee Pots with Baking Soda

By louel53 07/23/2014

Baking soda is sodium bicarbonate, which may be what you meant. However, if it wasn't, than the coffee cleaner is different stuff. However, I don't see anything wrong with using baking soda as a cleaner, although I use vinegar myself, which is the opposite sort of thing.

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RE: Paying Bills on Time

By EGGZ 07/23/2014

When a bill comes in we write mail by date on the front them and then line them up in sequence due and put in a letter holder on desk. Easy to glance at, and by putting more than due date on envelope, every payment arrives on time.

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RE: Tic Tac Containers

By hafwhit 07/23/2014

I have quite a few I am using to store ribbons - but will be glad to ship you as many as I can. All you have to do is pay the postage - not sure how that would work!

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RE: Park Party Ideas?

By hafwhit 07/23/2014

You could have a scavenger hunt - items you can find in the park or items YOU hide. Kinda like an Easter egg hunt but more sophisticated. Play croquet; any child yard games would be fun for teens! Have a Happy and Blessed birthday!

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RE: Paying Bills on Time

By hafwhit 07/23/2014

I use my google (gmail) calendar. I put the due date with a reminder alarm and when I pay the bill I add "PD" to the bill notation on that date. The 'reminder' comes up on my I-phone as well as my computer at home. So I can deal with it anywhere/anytime!

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RE: Paying Bills on Time

By Rita H 07/23/2014

When we ran a business before computers, I would keep a file folder holder on top of my desk. I had file folders for each week of the month and would put the bills for each month in their proper holder. Week 1 held bills for the 1st thru the 7th, week 2, 8th through the 14 and so on. I had no trouble keeping up with what was due with this system.

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RE: Fruit Tree Bird Net Frame

By betty 07/23/2014

How do you do this with a 30 foot tree?

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RE: Tiny Brown Biting Ants Eating Vegetables

By betty 07/23/2014

I was told to sprinkle grits wherever you see ants - that they eat it and when they drink it explodes in their stomachs. Tried it on an ant nest in the crack of my cement and no more ants.

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RE: Roof Repair of Low Income Families

By redhatterb 07/23/2014

There is a nationwide organization that helps seniors and disabled people with home repairs. I can't tell you the name of it because it has different names in different locations, even in different cities in the same state. I THINK most of the time it is referred to as Opportunities for Independent Living(OIL). They go by income, and let's face it some people get a large amount for disability.

I have a friend who between disability from the state where she was injured on the job, Federal government disability(SSD), her retirement SS and her ex-husbands retirement SS, she gets well over $2,000 a month and complains about not being able to do this or that. I live off $700 a month retirement SS and manage to get by.

That being said back in 1983 I decided to move into an apartment (I was 43), and don't have to worry about lawn care, snow removal, etc. I also don't have to worry about home repairs, heat, water, sewer, garbage, and my cable is also included in the rent as a thank you for renting from the landlord.

That being said, if a person does get help from the nationwide organization, they have to stay in the home for a certain number of years or else pay back on a pro-rated basis. I have a sister who got help from them and ended up having to go into a nursing home, and when her house was sold, a portion of what she made on the sale had to go to pay back the organization that repaired her home. There is also a waiting list to get this help.

Speak with your social worker/welfare worker at the Department of Social Services/Welfare Office. Also I don't know if the Salvation Army where you live would help. This summer in the city where I live they have volunteers from different businesses that are volunteering to paint houses for seniors. My guess is for the repairs that you need they would have to find volunteers from a building supply place or something. Your best bet will be to ask questions.

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RE: Determining Cleaning Prices

By maureenmande 07/23/2014

I am composing this because am interesting in learning about "cleaning prices" although I am not qualified. I want you people to teach me.

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RE: No-Blow Picnic Tablecloth

By Litter Gitter 07/23/2014

Fitted sheets for picnic table cloths is a great idea and you can catch them on sale. You could also fold the corners and sew them into pockets. Take some rocks or weights with you to put in the pockets to hold the sheet down if it is windy.

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RE: Laundry Basket to Transport Warehouse Purchases

By Litter Gitter 07/23/2014

We purchased a large watermelon from a fruit stand the other day. I didn't have the laundry basket in the car at the time and the melon rolled around every time we made a stop. The laundry basket sure would have come in handy for that also.

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RE: Antique Encyclopedia Values

By cybergrannie 07/23/2014

Sorry - may not be worth very much but you can check Google, eBay, Craigslist and other sites for information.

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RE: Value of Old Encyclopedia Set

By cybergrannie 07/23/2014

Hi - usually older encyclopedias are not worth much and sometimes even difficult to give away - free. You can check yours out on Google, eBay and other sites as yours may be worth something.

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RE: No-Blow Picnic Tablecloth

By cybergrannie 07/23/2014

Hi - my family loved picnics also and this was a "trick" we used also.

We still occasionally try but it is difficult to find a nice and "safe" park area around our city that still has this type of table. Usually we carry a bucket and cleaner (water is usually available) to clean table and benches before being "usable".

Also, we have found that only the old style fitted sheets will fit these tables as the newer ones are made for "thicker" mattresses.

This is a good tip and I hope you win.

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RE: Laundry Basket to Transport Warehouse Purchases

By tnphoenixrising 07/23/2014

I do this for my every week shopping! I love it! I take two laundry baskets, that way they don't get too heavy to lift. Also a good idea if you go to yard sales. Bring some hand or dish towels to wrap glass items. Keeps things from rolling around getting damaged.

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RE: Washing Windows for Less

By sandyn1 07/22/2014

Vinegar, ammonia, and rubbing alcohol. Been using for years. The alcohol makes it dry quick.

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RE: Make Rooting Hormone From Willow

By likekinds 07/22/2014

I have used willow tea and had good results. I never boiled or simmered the tea and think it might be harmful to the rooting agent. Rather than using whole twigs, I used the bark stripped from tender willow growth to make my tea. It is said that this bark contains the highest concentration of the rooting agent.

I question that the 'enzyme' found in honey is the same as that found in commercial rooting hormone. I have no reservations about eating honey, but would not eat rooting hormone. Until I see scientific documentation explaining the mechanism by which honey promotes root development. I won't be using it.

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RE: Thai Peanut Chicken

By bgamacheb 07/22/2014

This is a recipe I am certainly going to try.

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RE: Recycled Crayons

By shaykira.tapp 07/22/2014

Sounds like fun.

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RE: Pill Bottles for Transporting Salad Dressing

By jinjelle 07/22/2014

This is fantastic! I have a collection of used pill bottles that both my nurse and I have wracked our brains trying to find another use for. They are kind of cute - those new clear-plastic coppery-colored and triangle-shaped ones. Thank you for this idea!

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RE: Removing Blueberry Stains from Clothing

By allison.holwell 07/22/2014

Glycerin then fresh lemon. This works wonders. Best trick I have learned since getting old rust stains out of carpet. :-D

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RE: New Name for Cleaning Business

By Skoorber 07/22/2014

Cleaning Chic Tina

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RE: New Name for Cleaning Business

By Skoorber 07/22/2014

Tina The Cleaning Chic

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RE: Cleaning Headlights

By josuitolopez 07/22/2014

When your headlights are foggy, cloudy or yellowed means that Oxidation is building up in your plastic lens. Replacing headlight lenses can cost several hundred dollars. Having a detail shop or Auto repair shop professionally restore your headlights can run $75 to $150 per car. No headlights covers remain clear forever. All plastic headlights become cloudy, foggy or yellowed over time. Enjoy Crystal Clear Headlight Covers In Minutes WITHOUT Sanding, Buffing or using Masking Tape with LTC Headlight Cleaner. Headlights treated with LTC Headlight Cleaner will maintain clear for 8-12 months or more, it varies where your car is parked; garaged, streets, *remember that sun is one of the biggest factors why your headlights get oxidized.

Sanding and polishing eventually will scratch and reduce thickness of your plastic headlights. Why pay for something you can do at home for less. Like everything else, there are good and bad 1 step headlight cleaner products and this is considered the Best Headlight Cleaner.

You're 6 steps away to remove Headlight Oxidation from your headlights with LTC.

1. Wipe off dust from headlight
2. Shake bottle for up to 30 seconds first time, consecutive applications up to 10 seconds.
3. Apply 1/20 oz in a cotton cloth rag.
4. Start rubbing cloth rag with some pressure, chose your desire rubbing pattern and dont stop rubbing until you see the difference and youre satisfied with the results.
5. With a clean cotton cloth rag start wiping off until is dry to the touch.
6. Clean edges around headlight removing excess fluid in non plastic surfaces.

Source link: http://trk1.ltcleaner.com/headlightcleaner

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RE: Hair Catcher For the Drain

By lea.berkholder 07/22/2014

Bad idea to use fabric softener sheet. Sure in theory it will stop hair from going down the drain, but should the fabric sheet slip down the drain you have just escalated the problem. Best idea is to use a simple hair catcher ($4.99 @ bed bath and beyond) & twice a month check the actual drain for anything that may have gotten through the catcher, but a bad idea to use fabric sheet. My husband (a contractor) recommended I immediately voice this to save people from a lot of headache from snaking out of drain.

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RE: Removing Road Tar from Your Car

By ladyyo_yo 07/22/2014

You are awesome! This worked within minutes of gently rubbing on the butter. I'm going to share this with everyone I know.

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RE: Removing Popcorn Ceiling

By mulberry204 07/22/2014

Most popcorn ceilings have asbestos in them and you should not paint or remove them yourself. Have a chip tested.

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RE: New Name for Cleaning Business

By Poor But Proud 07/22/2014

How about "Tina's Maid Brigade"? Good luck.

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RE: Cooking for Large Group

By cheryl.nagy 07/22/2014

I do this every Friday afternoon. Let me know if you still need information.

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RE: Finding Help for Family Needing Home Repair

By cybergrannie 07/22/2014

It is nice to "own" a piece of land right now. Most on this site would not know where you live or even if you live in the US so it is kinda difficult to even give suggestions.

I also believe there are many on this site that are in financial situations comparable to yours (or worse?).

I generally assume that questions are from the US. That said, you do not say anything about your ages, your general health, if you are both working, or the ages of the children. These four factors will make a lot of difference when you are seeking "free" help.

Sometimes it is possible to get a loan to make repairs and generally repayment would be less than rent. Have you tried your local church? There may be someone there that can give you advice on where to seek help. Try senior service centers for information.

Habitat sometimes help "qualified" families with repairs. They also may be able to offer advice.

If you are receiving food stamps or other assistance you may be able to discuss your situation with this office. They may not help but it appears you should be trying everything.

Free help and materials may not be available to able bodied adults but you may be able to find someone that can help you if you furnish materials. If you are currently living (rent free?) with relatives maybe you have money to help with materials?

In my county there are "homeless" shelters that sometimes offer free living quarters to families for a short period of time - Look for places that offer free lunches and give them a visit. They should have some suggestions also.

I hope you are able return to "own" home soon.

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RE: Finding Help for Family Needing Home Repair

By Paula Jo Carr 07/21/2014

I would go to the local senior high school or your county college and ask the principal there IF they have a class for boys/young men learning how to use hammers, jigsaws, screw drivers etc. in their Wood Shop classes - the young men would do whatever it is that you want done with thier teacher supervizing them for a grade - you know it would be done right so the teacher wouldn't look bad. Keep us up to date on what it is that you end up doing and how it is turning out for you... your in our prayers!

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RE: Finding Help for Family Needing Home Repair

By Lizzyanny 07/21/2014

Have you considered a nice large dog with a loud bark? Good luck!

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RE: Stained Glass Window Film

By agrechanick 07/21/2014

http://www.thriftyfun.com/Making-a-Window-More-Private-3.html

Maybe this article will help you learn how to do it^.

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RE: Rhubarb Jam Recipe

By BABBIE 07/21/2014

Blueberry Rhubarb Jam

3 cups rhubarb
3 cups crushed blueberries
7 cups sugar

Combine ingredients in a large wide stainless steel heavy pot. Bring to a full rolling boil for one minute.

Remove from heat. Add 1 bottle Certo pectin (liquid). Stir and remove any foam that rises to the top. Pour into sterilized jelly jars and seal.

Refrigerate or process in a boiling water bath canner for 5 minutes.
from Cooks.com

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RE: New Name for Cleaning Business

By EGGZ 07/21/2014

Tina's Chic Cleaning Service

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RE: 50th Wedding Anniversary Guest Gift Ideas

By EGGZ 07/21/2014

For our 40th anniversary we purchased candle tapers and attached a card with ribbon, thanking them for how they had added light to our years. Since this was 15 years ago I can't remember exactly what we said but you can get an idea from this. If I mange to remember the phrases we used I will send it later. Since it was our ruby anniversary we chose that color. We later heard how many used them for their Christmas candles (our anniversary is the end of November). It was easy to have a basket full to hand out.

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RE: Privacy Window Using Contact Paper

By dmendezlucio 07/21/2014

Incidentally this ad came up on this page. How do they do that?http://visionswindowtinting.com/home.html

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RE: Print On The Back Side Of Paper

By jellybeans64 07/21/2014

I have been doing this for quite some time and it really saves paper. Now if only I could figure out how to save on ink as I really print out a lot of "stuff". Terri

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RE: Family Issues Planning a 2nd Birthday Party

By sweetie1275 07/21/2014

I would honestly speak with your boyfriend and family members and tell them frankly that the day is about the child and not them and for the child's sake for them to please put aside their differences for the event. After all they're supposed to be adults. No one gets along all the time but for a special event I think they can be good examples.

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RE: Tips for Painting Your Finger Nails

By 2ndsight 07/21/2014

I have trouble sitting still long enough for them to dry. I like to apply polish just after I get into the car. That way I won't be tempted to do any little last minute chores.

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RE: Finding Help for Family Needing Home Repair

By 2ndsight 07/21/2014

Is there something you could "barter" for the repairs. Some areas have groups that use the old "barter" system for payment. You could babysit, cook, sew, tutor, etc. Look for these groups or maybe post an ad on Craigs List. I have been using the computer to learn how to do repairs. You tube has detailed videos. Good Luck.

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RE: Battery Wall Light Sconces

By 2ndsight 07/21/2014

First check how many individual LED light bulbs there are inside the sconce. I have two wall sconces with only 3 battery powered LED lightbulbs. They really don't give out much light and I don't know if you will like the harsh LED as compared to the regular light bulb for putting on makeup. If you have a ceiling light, there is a plastic adapter you can get to screw in before the light bulb. Then you could plug in extension cords for the light bulbs and somehow put them inside a glass globe.

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RE: Getting Rid of Spiders Naturally

By louel53 07/21/2014

As far as I know there is nothing that will keep spiders out. Sweep down their webs and squish the spiders. That's all that can be done, I think.

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RE: Uses for Pudding Cups

By Debderk 07/21/2014

They make great Christmas bell shaped ornaments.

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RE: 14th Birthday Party Ideas

By cookie10baker 07/21/2014

About the books. I really love to read as well but maybe you could pick your favorite books that were made into movies and watch them. You could give all your friends a list of your favorite charachters and they choose one to act and dress like for the whole party.

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RE: Selling Pine Cones

By susanlrobins 07/21/2014

Why not sell them on line? Here is what the Ministry of Natural Resources in Ontario does: Cone Purchasing Details

Bag of open cones sodl for decorative purposes and pot pourritree cones. Open/Extracted cones that are suitable for ornamental purposes are kiln dried with high heat and do not contain seed.

All varieties are valued at $8.00 per bag. The bag size is approximately 1.5 bushels or 60 litres. Please call for available varieties as they change per season.

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RE: Organizing a Small Bedroom

By garnetgirl9 07/21/2014

Get at least two covered rubbermaid-type boxes. Put as much cake decorating stuff as you can in one and sewing stuff in the other. These boxes can be stacked on top of each other. Buy some under-bed type storage boxes and use them - perhaps the bed could be put on risers to give additional space under the bed.

Talk to your sister-in-law and/or show her your room. Ask her if she has any advice for organizing or if she might be able to help organize. She might be able to offer you a little more of a storage space, like in an unused cabinet or in the basement, where your husband could retrieve things as you need them.

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RE: Shrinking Sandal Strap

By Omanana 07/21/2014

Is it a strap that goes over the top of your foot, or around the heel?Either way, if your If the strap is fabric, could you sew across it low on the inside of the shoe to make it shorter? Try safety pinning it to check for fit before you sew the tuck in the strap. If the strap is long enough, you could make it an adjustable strap by cutting one end free, and applying stick on Velcro patches to the shoe and strap. Hope this helps.

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RE: Process Leftover Roast and Vegetables

By 44delta 07/21/2014

Great ideas here all around. Having B-B-Q'd a roast and looking at the left-over beef I now have some grand ideas for an early morning dinner prep before the days work begins. Think I'll create a wok dinner with frozen and fresh veggies, slivered beef and basmati or california rice...will go wild with the spices (ginger etc) and a touch of VH medium garlic sauce. some manderin or pineapple fruit pieces (for good digestion). Should turn out great. I've read it takes 30 min. to set up the ingredients before cooking.

Well, I'll microwave the rice while setting up and chopping or whizzing what I dig up in my pantry, freezer and fridge. Will write down my ingredients and get back to you with the results. Going to try to make this as simple as possible with a 'clean as you go' joy...hate a messy kitchen while cooking. You folks are the best at Thrifty Fun...A true inspiration!

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RE: Dating My Food in Storage

By Poor But Proud 07/21/2014

I put cheaper zipper bags inside good sturdy ones that are thicker. Then inside each layer, a paper with the information I need. This saves purchasing tape, and you don't have to worry about washing the cheaper ones. Most can be tossed as they are less than .03 each. If they can be washed, I do, but this system works for me.

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RE: Filling Zip Top Bags

By Poor But Proud 07/21/2014

Great idea. I also took both ends off a chili can, cleaned it and now have a "funnel" of sorts.

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RE: Start Hope Chests for Your Children

By jehosophat jones 07/20/2014

This is what we called a 'bottom drawer' when I was young. I think the idea is way out of fashion now - more's the pity.
Marg from England.

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RE: Don't Leave Clothes Outside Overnight

By ambailey 07/20/2014

I have left clothes out overnight here in Ohio and Memphis Tennessee as well. I haven't experienced this smell at all.

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RE: Making Older Appliances Look New

By Sandy 07/20/2014

Mine are fifty years old and still look spanking new! I wipe them down with Lemon Oil every time I clean the surface which is daily.

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RE: Refrigerate Facial Moisturizer In The Summer

By wsurfs 07/20/2014

Thanks for the "cool" (literally) moisturizing tips. ;D Great ideas! I also put my body spritzer sprays in the refrigerator. These are light...mostly water with great scents like coconut, vanilla, verbena, etc. Then spray myself when I come in from gardening, playing tennis, after walks, just anytime it's HOT outside. Feels great and the smell is therapeutic! Enjoy! ;D

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RE: Shelf-Life Guidelines for Spices

By scott E. 07/20/2014

I have cloves and bay leaves that are more than 15 years old and they are almost as good as the day I bought them. Whole spices I keep untill they are gone.

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RE: Freezing Cream Cheese

By mary1day 07/20/2014

I have frozen cream cheese and if you let it thaw completely outside of the fridge, then put into the fridge, it is usually creamy like when it was first bought. If you put it straight into the fridge from the freezer, it will be crumbly and only good for use in cooking.

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RE: Can a Crock Pot Liner Be Used in the Oven?

By louisianajean 07/20/2014

I used my .99 crockpot insert at 350 degrees , kkno problem. :0)

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RE: 13th Birthday Party Ideas for a Girl

By zahramoosavi 07/20/2014

It is my 13th Birthday in October and I am having a pop star themed party so everyone would come as there favorite pop star and we will watch a movie at my house.

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RE: How Do I Get Rid of Mothball Odor on Clothes?

By eleganteagle 07/20/2014

You could soak the clothes in a mixture of vinegar and water, or use a blow dryer to release the smell. The chemicals in mothballs are released with heat, so if you can't let it airdry in the sun, then you should use a blow dryer.

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RE: Removing Mothball Smell From Clothing

By eleganteagle 07/20/2014

The best solution is to use vinegar.

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RE: 15th Birthday Ideas

By Julia in UK 07/20/2014

Is there a relative or family friend who would let you hold a party at their house? Or who might help you to persuade your parents that a very small party at your home would be a good idea?

I wonder why they won't allow it. Perhaps one of your parents is not well enough to cope with the noise of a party.

Hope it works out well for you.

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RE: Price for Cleaning Apartment

By Paula Jo Carr 07/19/2014

I would go $20 an hour and that they supply the supplies needed like the broom, vaccum, the furniture polish, the rags to polish with, the windex along with paper towels, & the toilet bowl cleaner. At $20 an hour your are making $5 every 15 minutes and that isn't anything to sneeze at by no means.

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RE: Use Central Air Fan to Save Energy

By profile.php?id=1392432407 07/19/2014

What about a heat pump? I also use a Dyson. Love it.

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RE: Newspaper for Gasoline Spill

By shaykira.tapp 07/19/2014

Thanks

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RE: Cleaning Cigarette Smoke Off Walls

By neil.ryley 07/19/2014

T.Z.P., cleaner is the best!

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RE: Use Central Air Fan to Save Energy

By bryguyf69 07/19/2014

I disagree that central air conditioning is more energy efficient because you are cooling the entire house when only a few rooms are being occupied. I prefer to buy cheap $99 air conditioners for each room so that occupants can cool as needed, to the temperature they desire. When I'm sleeping, for example, why would I want to cool or circulate the entire house?

Likewise for fans. Dyson and similarly "bladeless" fans use a very energy efficient digital motor. My Dyson uses 8 watts on its lowest setting and provides a comfortable very natural breeze. I basically leave it on 24/7. And if I want to circulate cool air, I simply place it in front of the air conditioner (I also use a Vornado for that if I wanted more powerful targeted air movement).

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RE: Using a RotoZip Tool to Make Glass Block Christmas Decorations

By maphisx7 07/19/2014

Would love to see a picture.

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RE: Price for Cleaning Apartment

By grossb954 07/19/2014

Depends on a lot of things. Are there a lot of mirrors and glass topped furniture and a lot of artwork and pictures hanging on the wall? All these have to be dusted. How many people are in the house? Will you be picking up after children? Will you be washing breakfast dishes? Also, what is the going rate in your area? Don't shortchange yourself by quoting a low figure. I did this for awhile and learned that some people can take advantage of you real fast.

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RE: Old Fashioned Sweet Potato Cake

By karen.butcher.3701 07/19/2014

I found this recipe (yellowed because of age) with a lot of clippings from an old recipe book I bought at an estate sale:

1 cup shortening
3 eggs
3 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 cup milk
1 pound box light brown sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 cup sweet potatoes (baked and mashed)
1 teaspoon vanilla

Cream shortening & sugar, add eggs and sweet potato. Sift flour, cinnamon, and baking powder. Add to mixture. Add milk and vanilla. Bake 350 oven for 30 minutes in 2 greased and floured layer pans. Allow to cool before icing.

Icing:
1 box confectioners sugar, sifted
4 oz. block cream cheese
3 1/2 tablespoons milk
1 stick butter
2 teaspoons vanilla
1/2 cup chopped pecans

Place sugar in large bowl. Add butter, cream cheese, pecans, vanilla & milk. Beat until creamy. Sprinkle chopped pecans over top of cake after icing.

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RE: Freezing Cream Cheese

By Omanana 07/19/2014

I have frozen cream cheese in the store packaging. Freezing changes the texture of the cheese. The taste does not seem to change. It still can be used in recipes, but it can no longer be used by itself as a spread since it seems to dry out. So freezing it would depend on the use it is intended for. Hope this is helpful.

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RE: Cherry Crisp in a Jar

By leeanntheeditor 07/19/2014

Drooling! I joined ThriftyFun just so I could post here. :-) Great idea!

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RE: Pop Can Tab Craft Ideas

By JUDITHANNMURRAY6 07/19/2014

Are you still looking to buy the pop top tabs? Let me know.

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RE: Banana Peel Sleepy Tea

By jinjelle 07/18/2014

This is amazing, but I have a question - I am on a lot of meds due to heart issues, HBP and Diabetes 2. Is there any concern about contraindications? This is such a great idea and I almost always have banana peels handy.

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RE: Fridge Organizer

By jinjelle 07/18/2014

Wow! What a great idea. I have been wracking my brain for solutions to this, and - even as I sought lazy susans for my counter (by my stove) and my cupboards. It never occurred to me to think of them for the fridge! Thank you SO much. You have made my life easier!

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RE: Junk Mail from Globe Life Insurance

By eric.sharplin 07/18/2014

It doesn't bother me. I now fill out the cards that come in the sale papers. At least I'm helping post office raise money.

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RE: Junk Mail from Globe Life Insurance

By eric.sharplin 07/18/2014

I never return to sender I open the application and put void on and mail it back to them.

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RE: Freezing Cut Lemons

By purrplekat 07/18/2014

I freeze them as well, but I keep it even more simple. I buy a bag of lemons (lucky you, to be surrounded by fresh ones!). I put them in a bowl of cool water with a little vinegar to wash anything off the outside, then drain and lay on a paper towel to dry (newspaper repurposed under the paper towel makes them dry quicker too).

Then I slice them in slices approximately 1/4 inch thick. I toss them in a freezer zipper bag, label contents and date, pop them in the freezer. They are fairly easy to pull apart even frozen. I will often pull out a couple slices, break them up while they are still frozen, and drop them in a bottle of water; they add lemon flavor and cool the water like ice cubes. I use them anywhere the same way.

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RE: Unsticking Bowls and Glasses

By zoraida.m.fajardo 07/18/2014

I tried everthing. Ice in top bowl, placed bowls warm water so the bottom bowl sat in warm water... did not work. Used warm soapy water, then used cold soapy water, then just liquid soap... did not work. Read your article to use cooking spray; wait then tap with a woodrn spoon and woohoo it worked. Thanks for your advise.

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RE: Fancy Non-Sew Tulle Dress-Up Tutu

By maphisx7 07/18/2014

A picture would be really nice.

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RE: Recycled Items For Cat Litter and Box

By anita.daniels.9 07/18/2014

I do pretty much the same thing. I have 7 cats, and found at age 60 lugging a couple of 30 lb bags of clay litter to my cart, car, home = overload.
As I have one male who sprays when he pees... I use hooded boxes lined with newspaper- the entire box - sides, back and bottom which I drape over the sides to secures the paper in the place and catch drips from the squirter! I then add a small amt of litter to give them scratching/covering satisfaction.

I change each day by simply gathering the paper from the edges, gather up the side paper and roll the dirty mess toss in the garbage.

RE: Recycled Items For Cat Litter and Box

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RE: Dishwasher Leaves Dishes Smelly

By louel53 07/18/2014

For the life of me, I can't figure out how your dishes could be smelly. Does the inside of the machine smell constantly as well? Does the water itself smell? You say you have replaced the dishwasher, and it still smells? If so, than it must be coming from the water or the plumbing. Does the water in your sink smell?

The plumbing that runs to your dishwasher is the same plumbing that runs to your sinks, so if the smell is somehow in the pipes or your water, it should be all over. Does everyone smell this foul odor or only you? Have you tried running the various things through your machine to clean it? People run a cycle with vinegar, or Tang, or citric acid, or commercial dishwasher cleaners, or baking soda (one thing at a time). You could even run one with a cup or two of bleach.

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RE: Cork Backed Placemat Melted Onto Wood Table

By louel53 07/18/2014

I am very puzzled as to what you have done to the table. Cork is the bark of the cork tree, and does not melt. Cork burns or chars. If the placemat melted, then it wasn't cork, but likely plastic. What is the mark like on the table? Have you charred it with your curling iron? We need more info, perhaps a photo, to help you.

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