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RE: King Kennedy (Newfoundland (Newfie))

By momandmurray 07/31/2014

He loved your smooches!! :)

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RE: Decorating Child's Bedroom with Dance Theme

By agrechanick 07/31/2014

If she likes ballet: http://www.interiorplace.com/search ... ?search_query=ballet&x=0&y=0

If she likes Jazz: http://www.interiorplace.com/white-jazz-signs-wallpaper-border/

If she's into sports, animals, shopping etc: http://www.interiorplace.com/catego ... ing-by-Collection/Baby-Nursery-Kids/

I hope this helps! Goodluck, show pictures when you're done!

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RE: Paris Themed Bedspread Ideas

By agrechanick 07/31/2014

I found some Paris Themed decor for the room, see if you like any of these!

http://www.interiorplace.com/search ... ch_query=paris&x=-1164&y=-93

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RE: Plant Cuttings For Holiday Gifts

By likekinds 07/31/2014

Hi, Cheryl

I'm Doug, originally from High Point. Just wanted to say thanks for this tip...and thanks for the very impressive photos!

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RE: Back Child Support and Survivors Benefits

By redhatterb 07/31/2014

Call your local Social Security Office and talk to them. As far as the mother of your child collecting money from different sources, that isn't so unusual. I have a friend that collects a quite large some in disability from the state that she lived in when she got injured on the job, more than 20 years ago. She moved back to her home state because she couldn't afford to live in the state where she was injured on what she was drawing. She is still collecting that money, plus US Government disability/ plus retirement Social Security, and drawing off her ex husbands retirement social security. At the time she moved back here she was getting $1,000 a month from the state where she was injured and I'm sure it has increased a fair amount over the years. That being said you have to talk to the Social Security Office to get the right answer to your question.

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RE: Recipe for Almond Graham Crackers

By frugalisa 07/31/2014

Recipe: Gram's Graham Cracker Cookies
Great tasting and so easy!
Ingredients:

1 box graham crackers (break apart on lines)
2 sticks butter
1 cup light brown sugar
1 cup sliced almonds (more or less)
Directions:

Line a 9x13 inch pan with foil. Place the graham crackers (sides and ends) touching.
In saucepan, melt the 2 sticks of butter and 1 cup of brown sugar. Bring to a boil and simmer 2 minutes. Add sliced almonds. Pour and spread over crackers.
Bake 8 to 10 minutes at 350 degrees F.
That's it - eat and enjoy these great tasting cookies.
I don't make these too often because my husband and I can't stop eating them!
Source: Friend in Orrville, OH
By Dorothy from New Creek, WV

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RE: Dollar Tree Tub and Shower Cleaner

By redhatterb 07/31/2014

The Works is available in several stores.

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RE: Grilled Beef La Lot

By Lewissan 07/31/2014

yum

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RE: Planning a Wedding and Reception on $3000 or Less

By gerbersdk 07/31/2014

I made all my boutonniere's and corsages with silk flowers and floral tape. I made my cake topper with a flat rounded Styrofoam piece, two Styrofoam bells, two white doves- I hot glued lace to all the Styrofoam, and hot glued birds and silk flowers on. Do you have relatives or friends who could deejay or make a cake or do photography? Perhaps one of them has a decorative flair and could help you with decorating plans.

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RE: Temperature Control in Oven Inaccurate

By Stew_Admin 07/31/2014

Ovens designed for use in the home are rarely accurate. They simply are not manufactured to the standards of commercial products. Your best solution is to purchase an oven thermometer and leave it in there.

They usual sit or hang on your oven rack. You can get one for less than $20 at just about any department or housewares store. Then you will always know what temperature your oven actually is.

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RE: Dog Periodically Nips at People

By robynfederspiel 07/31/2014

I have a shepherd/Husky mix with the same traits. They have this kind of childish side and it lasts a long time plus they think a lot. I finally realized my pup of 5 months needed more exercise and to be rewarded off and on all day to keep his mind active. I keep hot dogs cut into pieces or frozen chicken nuggets for him.

When I need him to go outside, I throw a treat down the stairs. We practice the sit command and he gets a treat. I practice holding the treat for a little time before he eats it. All of this action causes him to have "food for thought" and he gets walked when the weather is not to hot. I have found huskies to be remarkable thinkers, a little oppositional in behavior if I don't have a treat right there handy. At the same time, he keeps me busy.

I feed him high value treats outside so he will get used to being outside mostly. I go to the door now and walk outside and instead of running into people with unfettered joy he looks sits and looks to see when he will get a frozen chicken nugget or hot dog piece. I still have to watch the running an jumping with my other big dog because they both get rambunctious and could hurt someone by knocking them over. They are giants!

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RE: Elegant Stinkhorn Mushroom

By janus7 07/31/2014

This is a very interesting article, I just wanted to say how much I enjoyed reading it and seeing all the colorful pictures.

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RE: Glue Bait Down to Catch Chipmunks

By janus7 07/31/2014

I've always had a few chipmunks in my yard and have never known them to do any damage to anything. We enjoy watching the cute little things. We also have both bird feeders and squirrel feeders out back too. So maybe we are just animal lovers.

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RE: Good Hedges Make Good Neighbors

By designgirl178 07/31/2014

When I moved into my home I had the kind of hedge that just starts growing up randomly. It had various young trees growing in it. My neighbor took the unsightly hedge down on both sides of his yard. Then I felt naked while in my back yard, so a friend gave me some 'rose of sharon' bushes to plant. Ten years later it is a beautiful hedge, especially when in bloom.

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RE: Canning Tomatoes

By danswife 07/31/2014

You can either prepare the tomatoes and then refrigerate them until you get enough for a canner full, as long as it's not so long that the tomatoes might go bad, or you can just can a few jars at a time. If you refrigerate the peeled tomatoes, you just have to reheat them along with the other tomatoes before canning them. There are smaller canners that hold 3 jars at Rural King, which would cut down on the water and time and electric/gas involved. It just depends on whether you want to buy another canner if you have a 7-quart one like we do. You do not have to have the canner full; it just saves a bit of money, time, and work if you do. I hope this helps.

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RE: Brown Paper Bags for Healthy Microwave Popcorn

By TanjaVH 07/30/2014

I am using brown lunch bags, not grocery store bags.
I am assuming that those are safe, since they are meant for unwrapped food. They are not printed on either. (Never had any problem with them in a microwave. Can see a problem if put in an electric oven...)

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RE: Table for Small Kitchen

By redhatterb 07/30/2014

You can find small sized drop leaf tables. I do have a wood card table that is about 36" square in my small kitchen, but there are times I wish I had one that is more rectangle shape.

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RE: Hoarding: Too Much Stuff

By Hilary 2 07/30/2014

I went through the exact same thing with my parents, also from the depression era. I never had to go through the concern of where my next meal was coming from but the way they lived had a big impact on me. I always sell on Craigslist or donate to Goodwill if I no longer have the use for something. I rarely put anything out for the trash & if I do, it's usually picked up instantly.

My parents had a large house & a 5 room cellar which was packed with "junk". My father passed away in a nursing home & never had to deal with all his lifelong "treasures" being taken away by hurricane Sandy. That, for sure, would have killed him. My sister had to pay a company $5000.00 to have all the ruined things in the cellar alone put out in the trash. Everything was ruined.

Sadly I am seeing hoarding tendencies in my sister. My mother has been gone for 11 years & my sister will not get rid of any of her belongings. She resists my help everytime I bring it up. There's probably a lot more hoarders out there than we could imagine. I know I have a elderly couple down the block that are hoarders.

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RE: Activities for an Elderly Person

By Gloria Z 07/30/2014

You can rent books on CD's from the library-if she likes listening to them get her a simple CD player. Also, remember pets - see if the home she's in allow visits from dogs & cats. Elderly people love petting them. You can pay to have a Caregiver stop by and take her for a walk or ride in her wheel chair, polish her nails, brush her hair etc. You can find them on the web and from hospitals & elderly departments in the town you live in.

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RE: Graham Cracker Crust Blueberry Pie

By annem_van_valen 07/30/2014

Easy to make, smells awesome, looks great. Can't wait to taste it!

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RE: Glue Bait Down to Catch Chipmunks

By vwpond2 07/30/2014

Those "poor things" have tunnelled around a bunch of my hostas, and other plants and killed them. They've also tunnelled under my front deck and chewed the wood so bad it has to be replaced. My 8 lb. dachshund has caught two of them. Which do prefer... live trapping them and relocating them or letting the dog get to them?

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RE: Planning a Backyard Wedding Reception

By Lovejoy123 07/30/2014

I think it is very doable.
1.) Ask family/friends to bring a food dish instead of a gift. This would required some planning on your part to tally prior all items so that you would not have 15 desserts and few vegetables.
2.)Or to make it easier on yourself make it a theme reception for instance if you want it to be Italian then make a spaghetti meal you provide the spaghetti and let the guests bring the sides
3.) Chairs/tables ....see if you can borrow from your church
4.) Offer a donation to your church youth group to assist in set up/clean up/ serving...do not cater.
5.) Live music: Hire a group of music majors from your local community college
6.) Table clothes- white sheets from your local thrifty shop
7.) Decorations-Dollar store

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RE: Pasta Sauce from Frozen Tomatoes

By snakeladee 07/30/2014

One question... as I grow all of these herbs, wondering if the amounts are fresh or frozen? I have many bags of frozen tomatoes from last year and my plants are already giving me lots more, so I'm really excited about making this sauce! Thank you!

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RE: Negotiating With Creditors

By cybergrannie 07/30/2014

You state that your husband died and left you with credit card debt. Does this mean that you did not make use of these cards while your husband was alive? Or were these joint (regardless of whose name is on the card) accounts?

Many credit card companies will have a primary card holder and that person can request a card in another persons name. If that is what happened in your case then in most states you are as responsible as the primary holder. This information will also be on both individuals credit report as owing the debt. This is true even if you give a child a card in their name (it is almost like co-signing - in most states and with most ccs).

You do not state if there was insurance or if you are working or if there are small children involved (and you will be collecting social security benefits?) so since all of these factors may have a baring on how to handle this problem - only you can really assess your responsibility as to this debt. You can evaluate your situation and try to get help from some local sources before contacting the cc companies.

Just remember, they a have record of everything! Sometimes a person may use a card that is not in their name and a cc company "can" sometimes try to hold that person responsible for the debt and even take them to court. (and many times a judge will agree with the CC company if that person used the card a lot).

Were you or your husband making payments on these loans?
Did you sign checks making payments?
I am only bringing up things that cc companies use to legally collect a debt.

If you realize that you may be held responsible for these debts then it is best to try and negotiate with cc companies before the debt is in arrears.

If you are responsible for this debt (purchases were for the benefit of you, your husband, your family) then perhaps it would be best to try and negotiate a reduced amount or a reduced monthly payment or reduced interest rate and no annual fee.

You should know that any of the above mentioned actions will probably STOP your use of these cards and it may show on your credit report so please consider all factors before making a phone call. Do you have a credit card in your name? Can you live without having a credit card? There are situations that may require a credit card just to use their services (auto rentals, on-line purchases, etc) and you may not be able to get one if any of these actions are on your record with the credit bureau. Of course there are other alternatives but please give this matter some serious thought and try to get professional advice before making any phone calls (usually ALL phone calls are recorded).

Also, when credit card companies reduce or eliminate debt this is considered as income with the IRS and at the end of the year you will receive a form from the cc company that you have to file as income on your tax return.

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RE: Dog is Lethargic After Using Frontline

By nicola.timms.7 07/30/2014

First time today my 12 year old X Border Collie is completely under the weather from Frontline (applied yesterday). Hope it's only for a day! Been Frontlining her regularly since my return to Europe 3 years ago. Never had this kind of flea infestation in Canada. Ticks too, too awful for words.

Four weeks? Nonsense! 2 1/2 weeks would be generous. Ditto with the cats. Last time ever I purchased Frontline. Must resort to home remedies and just pluck the ticks off - which I do anyway after daily inspection. What an ordeal.

Thanks for the home remedy tips - I'll try the soap and vinegar next time!

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RE: Tardis Solar Garden Lights

By crsmith6196 07/30/2014

I was looking for making the solar portion also. Not buying a solar light and altering it. Does anyone know to make the solar portion?

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RE: Planning a Wedding and Reception on $3000 or Less

By Stella Bella 07/30/2014

Tissue paper flowers are super easy to make and inexpensive. Make big ones and hang them from the ceiling.

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RE: Craft Project: Primitive Halloween Cats

By sdhuntley 07/30/2014

I love your idea for the cats and reusing old men's suits to make them from. That is a definite recycle. Plus you can find jars of buttons at thrift stores and yard sales all of the time.

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RE: Homemade Corn Syrup or Substitute

By Irishwitch 07/29/2014

Ingredients

3/4 cup drinking water
2 cups granulated sugar
1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
Pinch salt

Directions

Add all ingredients in a large saucepan and stir to combine.

Over medium-high heat, stirring constantly with a wooden spatula, bring it to a boil. Then let boil until it reaches 240 degrees F, 112 C. This is soft ball stage.

Let cool on a cooling rack.

It can be stored in air-tight container for 2 months.

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RE: Being a Good Patient at the Doctor's Office

By Scooterrhea 07/29/2014

These are good points but I also would like to add a comment from the patients perspective. I don't like having to wait in the examining room sitting on the table for sometimes 15-30 min without being told anything. On occasion I have felt like I have been completely forgotten about. I would much rather wait in the in the main waiting area than the "little room" if the Dr. is running behind. My current Dr. spends time talking with me and I appreciate that. Some Dr's in the past have made me feel like I'm a robot being shoved through the door.

Also some waiting area's have uncomfortable chairs. If patients have to wait, it's nice to have a comfy place to sit. Also, a selection of magazine's is nice too.

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RE: Brown Paper Bags for Healthy Microwave Popcorn

By DinahA 07/29/2014

Brown paper bags for cooking:

Here's what the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) says about this practice:

"Do not use brown paper bags from grocery or other stores for cooking. They are not sanitary, may cause a fire, and can emit toxic fumes. Intense heat may cause a bag to ignite, causing a fire in the oven... . The ink, glue, and recycled materials in paper bags can emit toxic fumes when they are exposed to heat. Instead, use purchased oven cooking bags." <www.fsis.usda.gov/OA/pubs/altroute.htm>

USDA also advises, "These bags may not necessarily be sanitary, particularly since they may be stored under a variety of conditions." <www.fsis.usda.gov/oa/pubs/meatpack.htm>

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RE: Old Fashioned White Laundry

By ninya61 07/29/2014

I, too, grew up with the two tub wringer washer era. When my little brother was born we got our first automatic washer. That was in 1961. (He's the same age as Obama) I remember washing my cancans and putting them in liquid starch, then laying them in a flat circle on newspaper to dry. I think we wore at least 3 of those under our skirts and dresses. I also remember being the one who got to iron all the white shirts for my brothers and my dad. I was very good at it. My grandmother taught me. FYI I ironed just last week.

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RE: Negotiating With Creditors

By purrplekat 07/29/2014

Although it has been a while, I'm thinking this will still work. When my ex's mother passed away, I called each creditor, let them know she was deceased. Most if not all just required a copy of the death certificate. Mind you, most wanted an official copy, so it may be good to call all of them first, and determine how many copies you need, because there is usually a fee for copies of the certificate. However, the fees are much better than trying to pay off the debt. Good luck!

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RE: Activities for an Elderly Person

By louel53 07/29/2014

When I visited my mother-in-law in the nursing home, I saw that those with multiple problems like your mom, who might not be able to enjoy bingo or crafts, really responded to music, especially live music - people playing old time tunes and dance music. There was a whole group that came to the home to play, sing, and dance old time dances. If that seems like something that you can't attend or arrange, perhaps one person singing and playing the guitar would be good.

Also, if one has been a church goer all her life, the ceremony of a regular church services is often comforting, even if dementia makes it problematic that the sermon is being followed.

I also know that people came regularly to read aloud to those in the dementia unit. I am quite sure that many didn't follow the story, although you never know, but the sound of the human voice seemed to be appreciated. This is by far the easiest thing to arrange, as you could read to your mother at your home, or at her nursing home, or wherever she is.

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RE: Painting Over Old Plaster and Drywall

By louel53 07/29/2014

Your best bet with regard to this specific paint application would be to contact the company and ask. They must have a customer service phone number or email.

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RE: Negotiating With Creditors

By WandaKaye 07/29/2014

First off please accept my condolences on the passing of your husband. Now, if these cc bills were in his name only I would think you could negotiate your way completely out of the debt simply because your name is not on the card, etc. Try this first IF its his name only.

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RE: Living on a Limited Budget

By shaykira.tapp 07/29/2014

Sounds wonderful. I wish I knew how to do those things.

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RE: Kim Anderson Shower Curtains

By andrew.gandrud 07/29/2014

We have a complete set if anyone is interested.

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RE: Homemade Corn Syrup or Substitute

By HAPPYINHARNED 07/29/2014

You can find corn syrup in most all stores. It is white KARO brand syrup, I think and it is clear. Read the label to make sure. Good Luck.

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RE: Celebrating a 57th Golden Birthday

By Debbie52 07/29/2014

Why do you think it's his golden birthday? The way I remember it's when the person turns the age of the day they were born... for example, turning 12 on the 12th of Oct.

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RE: Paying Attention to Hints from Your Rescued Pet

By Gloria Z 07/29/2014

I brought home a rescued 5 year old Greyhound. After a few weeks he seemed a little depressed. The dog track I got him from were offering a video of the dogs that raced there. I called them & ordered a video of his races. When it arrived I popped it into the video player. I have a 50" TV. At first he didn't pay attention to it. But I kept pointing to him in the video and saying his name. After several attempts he started watching it.

Suddenly, as if a light bulb went on in his head he recognized himself! Immediately, his posture changed-his depression disappeared. It was as if he wanted me to know who he was - an athlete and champion racer. There's more to a dogs feelings than we think.

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RE: My Frugal Life: Advice From a Stay at Home Mom

By auntjeanne 07/29/2014

To the wonderful "Frugal Stay at Home Mom", Since you barter, I was wondering if you would be interested in a large amount of containers and products that you could use for your lotions and salts. I have a friend who is liquidating her "stuff" to go back to school and had bought a sizeable inventory of things to attempt making such items herself. Let me know and I would try to connect the two of you. A lot of containers, etc.

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RE: What Breed is My Dog?

By betuey 07/29/2014

Hi,
I think she has Whippet in her. Her long legs told me that. My dog was part whippet and rat terrier. We thought we were getting a Jack Russell mix when we adopted her from the shelter. But she was a really great dog just looks little different than we expected :-) Hope this helps.

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RE: Homemade Chocolate Syrup

By ggtcmdirector 07/29/2014

Very interested in your recipe. Part of the directions is missing. (Goes from sifting to remove from heat)

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RE: Removing Shine from Polyester Curtains

By Omanana 07/29/2014

Is the finish less shiny on the reverse side of the curtains? If so, could you unstitch and restitch the hems? 2. Spraying fabrics with vinegar and water can dull shine for a while. Try spraying a panel with 1 part vinegar to 3 parts water (1/4 cup vinegar and 3/4 cup water). Let dry, and if it looks like what you want, do all the panels. Repeat as needed. Hope this helps.

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RE: Household Tool Box Tips

By grossb954 07/29/2014

I purchased two 18 inch long magnet holders and attached them to my garage wall right outside my kitchen door leading to garage. I got tired of digging through a toolbox to find a particular screwdriver, pliers, etc. Sometimes I'd put them in a toolbox and sometimes in a workbench drawer but never remembered which. I attached all those, including scissors to the magnets. The magnet even holds a hammer. These magnets were less than $5 a piece. No more digging.

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RE: No-Blow Picnic Tablecloth

By mbnorton59 07/29/2014

This is a really great tip and thank you for posting. I will be looking for fitted sheets at the thrift stores from now on! :)

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RE: Homemade Chocolate Syrup

By dena.roberts.58 07/29/2014

Do you cook this?

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RE: Living on a Limited Budget

By marionheller@verizon.net 07/29/2014

I absolutely love this site. It is the most fun. I never learned early in my life to live frugally. In the last years, my income is a quarter from what it used to be.

This article was a real inspiration. I learned in the last years that spending money on things I do not need is not fun anymore. So many good ideas in this article about growing seeds, using vinegar and lemon for windows etc.

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RE: Hope Chest

By frugalsunnie 07/29/2014

I too did this for my son - we called it his Bachelor Box as that's the name for this type box where I come from (Scottish Highlands) and was also used by the American colonists and pioneers, probably because a large number were Scots displaced by the Clearances in the late 18th and early-mid 19th century!

I put in everything he could possibly need! Dinnerware, cookware, cook/serve/eating utensils, can openers both manual and electric...cleaning cloths, towels, table cloths, two sets each bedding for single, double, Queen beds, simple curtains, and even some crocheted afghans. I could go on and on about the things I put in there for him! He actually ended up with three chests - one for bedroom, one for kitchen and bath, and one for 'just things you might need'.

He got married right after high school and those things were such a help to the young couple as they were going through uni and were on the usual very tight budget all young couples begin on.

And now he still has and uses most of those things:) One of the things he loves most are the crocheted dish cloths I made him - he's 32 now and those are still going strong! His Mr Coffee died sadly after only ten years of use, lol. But his pots and pans, etc, were so good that his wife tried to get them in the divorce - including the Lane chests!

Luckily I'd kept a dated inventory taped to the inside of the chests including serial numbers, pattern names, descriptions, and when he showed that to the judge he was able to keep those things. When he had to set up his own home again after 7 years of marriage he had everything he needed - a little worn from the years of use during his marriage but still serviceable.

This worked out so well for us we've started one for my grandson:)

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RE: Planting a Late Vegetable Garden

By frugalsunnie 07/29/2014

Check with your local Extension Office (usually in white pages of your local phone directory under County Offices, or online - use the search term '(insert name of your county) Extension office'; online or in person you'll find get loads of great, free advice on gardening in your specific area. Your tax dollars at work:)

Most county extension offices publish free leaflets you can either pick up in the office or download from the website - and all of that info is geared towards your locale so that important gardening success factors like micro-climates specific to your area, first and last frost dates, and planting calendars are right there for you to use.

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RE: Product Review: Knifty Knitter Spool Loom

By frugalsunnie 07/29/2014

I just wanted to say this tip got me hooked (pun half intended) on loom knitting. Six years later I'm so into this that I have every loom type available from the spools to sock looms and even the jumbo round and long loom.

Just in the spool looms I think I have five different sizes - each one yields a different thickness of tube and I've made everything from belts, sashes, and scarves to hats and blankets! Last winter (2013-14) I plaited medium sized tubes for infinity and open ended scarves which made very welcome and fashionable Christmas and Valentine's gifts for friends and family here in the UK where I now live.

I've built up a large reference library of books which have helped me understand gauge so that I end up with just the tightness of weave I want, and have an equally large stash of patterns but I get the most satisfaction from simply looming with a vague idea of what I want the finished piece to be.

I love all of my knitting looms, and really do want to thank Christi for getting me started:) It's so relaxing to sit and knit on any of these looms!

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RE: Being a Good Patient at the Doctor's Office

By danswife 07/29/2014

I agree with several things posted. I have waited with my husband at the doctor's office more times than we ever got in on time. Our PCP will get us in early almost every time we see him and we really appreciate that. I do understand that doctors will have emergencies; they will get called out of the office and will sometimes be gone for hours. In that case, the office staff should let the patients know that there will be a wait and ask if anyone wants to reschedule.

When I've asked how long the wait will be only to find that the doctor isn't even in the building and hasn't been for the past hour, we just leave. If they can't be considerate enough to let us know they're running behind, then they don't need us as patients. We do give them several chances, but when it's a continuous problem we find a new provider.

One surgeon had been late to every single appointment we ever had with her, at least an hour every time. We finally told them we'd prefer to see the PA instead of the surgeon. We've had better treatment and we're seen on time now.

Also, the doctor should listen to what the patient says. I don't know how many times I've told the doctor or nurse something only to have them ask the same question I just answered a few minutes later. Yes, they're busy and have other patients, BUT they should be concentrating on the patient they have in the exam room at that time.

My husband is bed-bound now due to medicine he's had to take for his breathing. I told the doctor three times that my husband could not stand. He told him three times that he needed him to stand up. I finally lifted him up and held him before the doctor got the point. That's ridiculous.

Too many doctors overbook and the patients are usually the ones that end up losing - time, money, patience, and respect for the provider or his/her staff.

My husband and I invariably get to our appointments at least 15 minutes early. One time I was 3 minutes late to a dentist appointment. I do not live in town so it was not a quick trip. There was an accident on the highway that I could not get past, and had to wait for nearly 30 minutes.

When I arrived at the office, I was told that my appointment time had been given away. When I explained that I had been caught in traffic due to a wreck, I was told I should have left home earlier. I left home 30 minutes early. I sat in traffic all that time just to find that my appointment had been given to someone else who just walked into the office.

The receptionist told me that I was lucky they weren't charging me for the missed appointment. I told her that if they had charged me, I wouldn't pay it because it was ridiculous. I was three minutes late. I had never been seen on time at this dentist's office ever. Needless to say, I no longer see that dentist.

There are a lot of things that people on both sides of the desk could do to make any office visit more enjoyable.

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RE: Thinning Liquid Paper

By jodi.hendon 07/28/2014

I haven't used Liquid Paper in years, because everything is done on the computer now, but we used to be able to buy Liquid Paper thinner.

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RE: Natural Ideas for Ant Control

By jodi.hendon 07/28/2014

We've had problems with fire ants coming in through cracks all over the house. I tried the powdered sugar/baking soda in a small plastic container with a little water, and within a few hours, the container would be filled with ants. I did it twice this year, and I haven't seen any ants in the house since, so maybe I killed both mounds that were under the house. The baking soda, which they can't differentiate from the sugar, kills them because they can't burp.

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RE: Household Tool Box Tips

By dmtharris1548 07/28/2014

I grew up a daddy's girl and as long as I can remember I've worked with tools. I worked as a mechanic at a large chemical plant for years before my retirement. Our house is 2 story so a few months ago I started putting tools in several different places. A tool box upstairs, one down stairs, a large drawer in the shop with the tools needed there and and 2 large roll around boxes with 2 boxes that sit on top. The large boxes I inherited from my dad. I went through the tools and picked out the ones that I needed in the different locations. How many screw drivers does someone need in one place? The screw driver type tool that has all different shapes that fit into the handles has worked good for me.

I also made up a garden tool tote. I put garden tools, string, tie wraps, garden wire for plants, panty hose, etc. and a screw driver. I use it to open the door on my bluebird boxes I monitor on my bluebird trail. I keep the larger hand held garden tools that I don't use as much in another tote.

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RE: Ornaments from Argo Clay

By vivianpettyjohnanderson 07/28/2014

Make a hole in these with a coffee stirrer, it makes just the right sized hole.

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RE: Living on a Limited Budget

By Ilovepurses 07/28/2014

You are a very smart lady and are raising some very smart and happy children. I am very impressed with you and your family!

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RE: Opening a Dent and Bent Store

By sbkliquidators 07/28/2014

I can guide you on what you have to do to start a Bent & dent Store. I had 10 Bent & dent stores at one time before I got into strictly wholesale. I can supply you with salvage bent & dent food, Pet food, Health & Beauty Aids, Candy & so much more. You can go to my website www.sbkliquidators AT weebly.com & fill out a contact form or call at 724 -971- 7185. I'll look forward to hearing from you.

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RE: Looking for Imperial Wallpaper border

By mangos.closet 07/28/2014

Hi Verna,
Are you still looking for MB5181B Imperial Coordinated Borders? If so, I have one roll left. Contact me. Thanks

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RE: Use a Child's Wading Pool as a Garden

By stewartmaize 07/28/2014

I really like this idea, especially for renters or for growing on a concrete slab.

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RE: Uses for Children's Wading Pools

By Litter Gitter 07/28/2014

We put a rope handle on one that was purchased just for the purpose of using it to drag heavy items around in the yard. I get a lot of usage out of it cleaning up the yard after a storm comes through.

We have two of these pools; a small one and a large one. I use the large one mainly for getting up leaves in the fall. It also comes in handy when we are shucking corn to put in the freezer.

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RE: Homemade Dry Shampoo

By cingin84 07/28/2014

Which hair type is best for cornstarch only? Thanks.

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RE: Using Any Vacuum Cleaner Bag

By newman1309 07/28/2014

This is like the most intriguing idea ever. Thanks.

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RE: Watch Amazon Warranty Information

By esther.carr.33 07/28/2014

This is amazon information, and thank you do much for sharing!
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RE: Tin Can Robot

By esther.carr.33 07/28/2014

I love this one. Had made something not so elegant which was a pattern for the Wizard of Oz "Tin Man" which I gave to my son in Florida. It was a real fun project, but yours it absolutely fantastic.

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RE: Make Your Own Mushroom Powder

By WIsgal 07/28/2014

What a great idea. when ALDI has mushrooms for .49 or.69 I always buy them, and did dry some. Now I will make my own cream soup using the powdered version. Here is the recipe for cream soup base, that I think I got on this site:

Yield: equals 1 can of soup

Ingredients:

2 Tbsp butter
3 Tbsp flour
1/2 cup low sodium chicken broth
1/2 cup low-fat milk
Sea salt and pepper to taste
Steps:

Melt butter over medium-low heat.
Stir in flour, stirring until smooth and bubbly. Remove from heat.
Add broth and milk, a little at a time, keeping stirring until smooth.
Return to heat. Bring sauce to a slow boil.
Cook, stirring constantly, until it thickens.
Taste and add salt and pepper, as needed
Use in recipes in place of canned cream soups.
Add herbs and or seasonings, as desired. You can add vegetable broth, sauted chopped celery, celery seed, sauted chopped mushrooms, whatever you want.

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RE: What is This Plant?

By antoniorodriguespereira.rosa 07/28/2014

Look up "plectranthus coleoides" in google, you´ll find quite a few sites with all types of information on how to care and propagation.

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RE: Don't Let Your Dryer Cool Down

By bryguyf69 07/28/2014

Suds used to be a good judge of soapiness but after the US government banned phosphates from laundry detergent, they became low sudsing. Some brands will generate very few bubbles even when there is an adequate amount of detergent. This is even truer now with High Efficiency (HE) soaps made front loaders and high efficiency top loaders. You will often see no suds at all. So the best advice is to follow the directions and not rely on the amount of suds. In your case, of course, having too much suds definitely meant that you used too much detergent!

Good article explaining HE laundry detergent, i.e. suds:
http://laundry.about.com/od/ecofriendlylaundry/a/HEdetergent.htm

Good Consumer Reports article
http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/laundry-detergents/buying-guide.htm

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RE: Don't Let Your Dryer Cool Down

By bryguyf69 07/28/2014

This is true of any heating appliance that you want to continue using. For example, if I'm toasting more than 2 slices of bread, I toast them in rapid succession so that the coils don't cool off. Likewise for an electric griddle, toaster oven, etc.

Of note, your advice is more applicable to electric dryers than gas dryers because gas flames heat the air nearly instantly. In other words, the flame is always at its maximum temperature whereas an electric coil needs to warm up.

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RE: Glue Bait Down to Catch Chipmunks

By lynn_lipor 07/27/2014

Gosh - leave the poor things alone - what's a few chipmunks in your yard?

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RE: Keeping Throw Rugs from Creeping on Carpet

By wilma.hurleyDhm.LR 07/27/2014

Lowe's has a roll of plastic with teeth you can buy as much as you want off roll in different colors, just wipe clean. Years ago mom had it down our long hallway.

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RE: Cutting PVC

By cbowers 07/27/2014

Milk crates are a good idea. But for a few dollars at Home Depot or some such store, you can buy a durable plastic miter box, to use with either a hacksaw or a wood saw. The miter box provides cutting slots at right angles and other angles, and can be used for precise cuts in wood, PVC, or metal at sizes up to 2" x 4". A good tool to have for many tasks.

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RE: Don't Let Your Dryer Cool Down

By ninya61 07/27/2014

Great advice! I tend to do my laundry as quick as possible and I hadn't realized I was using my dryer consistently. I don't dry my clothes to an absolute dry condition. It's too hard on the fabrics. I was reading recently about how much soap to use and the advice given was 2 tablespoons for front loaders. It is way too hard on the machine and clothes to use the amount the manufacturers of soap want you to use. Thanks for your tip.

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RE: 1st Birthday Hat and Badge

By ninya61 07/27/2014

He's so cute. I liked your hat and badge. Thank you.

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RE: Birthday Camping Trip

By katesnanna 07/26/2014

Sounds like a win /win situation and lots of good clean fun. Well done and I hope some other parents take note of your post.
My son-in-law has been taking my grandson since he was about three and it's always a special time for them because son-in-law works overseas. They also have a yearly camping trip with other fathers & sons and every one enjoys it.

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RE: Use Wading Pools to Keep Food Cold

By lanette.poore 07/26/2014

This is a neat idea! I never thought about it. We use ours between the 2 dogs in our yard for them to stay cool and get water anytime. :)

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RE: Natural Ideas for Ant Control

By likekinds 07/26/2014

Depending on how much borax solution you spray on plants, it can either burn or kill them. I speak from personal experience.

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RE: Sterilize With Vinegar and Hydrogen Peroxide

By michele052002 07/26/2014

This does not sterilize anything. It may sanitize it but not sterilize. Sterilization is using heat to kill germs and sanitization uses chemicals.

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RE: Opening a Bag Sewn Shut With String

By Pixiedust7 07/26/2014

It's been hit or miss, for me. Sometimes I get the string to pull all the way off with the first try, and sometimes it takes some fiddling around. When the end has a series of knots in it, like the one in your photo, I think you might have to cut the knot off first, then try pulling one string or the other.

It's great when it works, and a pain in the butt when it doesn't. I've ended up just cutting the bag open with scissors, on occasion. The bag is actually sewn shut just like a line of regular sewing machine sewing, with a top thread and a bobbin thread, so it should pull apart the same way you would rip open some machine sewing. Usually, I think it's the bobbin thread that releases more easily, but I don't know which is which on the bag.

I don't see those bags too often any more. My cat food bags are rolled down and glued shut, which are easy enough to unroll and open (sometimes I get a bent fingernail, that's all). The cat litter I buy either has to be cut open (national brand), or it has a strip that rips off, leaving a plastic zip closer below to close it with (store brand). I like these kinds of bags much better.

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RE: Curtain Colour Advice

By thriftmeg 07/26/2014

What color are the walls? If beige or tan, I'd go for a red and tan vertical stripe, with the red stripe thinner than the tan.

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RE: Use a Child's Wading Pool as a Garden

By summer3347 07/26/2014

Do you punch holes in it?

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RE: Natural Ideas for Ant Control

By Poor But Proud 07/26/2014

They also don't like chalk. But here is a good recipe for them on this cute guys video.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IKYbabTzGvo

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RE: Freezing Kale

By sarah.leahy.750 07/26/2014

Here is an article that is a little more specific:
http://www.culinaryarts360.com/inde ... nd-why-to-blanch-vegetables-2-31622/
They mention blanching fruit too; however, I've read from a few different sources that you don't have to blanch fruit.

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RE: Freezing Kale

By sarah.leahy.750 07/26/2014

You should blanch veggies before freezing because there are enzymes in vegetables that kill off the nutrients over time. They will taste fine if you don't blanch them, they just won't have nutrients left by the time you eat them.
Fruits don't have this issue - you can freeze fruit without blanching.

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RE: Making Room for the New Baby

By cybergrannie 07/26/2014

Do you own your mobile home? Are you working? You state you are a single mother but does that mean you never married or are you divorced?
Is the father of the 7 year old or the new baby providing support?
If not - why? Have you checked on legal help to "make" the fathers pay support? The fathers are who you should be asking for help.

You probably presently receive government benefits so ask for help at the Department of Family & Children either in your area or on line. They may have some suggestions or visit your local church.

I believe it will be very difficult in the present economy to find someone willing to do this type of work (free labor and free expensive materials plus permits etc).

It seems that you have a nice setup with a home with 2 bedrooms and 2 baths so my suggestion would be to try and rearrange your present home to accommodate the new baby. Many people have to use other areas in their homes when the circumstances warrant it.

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RE: Bull's Eye Tie Dye Pattern

By Lewissan 07/26/2014

Great post!

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RE: Removing Mothball Smell

By dellob 07/25/2014

Mothballs will be the death of me. Bought a house that reeked of those suckers. Had owner get rid of them and that helped, but not much. What's really helping me is small bowls of white vinegar all over the house. Helps get rid of cigarette odors also. Going to have to get rid of carpet going upstairs and that will help too. I'm winning but not very fast.

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RE: Curtain Color for Living Room

By likekinds 07/25/2014

Unless you want to be daring, your best bet may be Ivory.

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RE: Recipes Using Kale

By freya1970 07/25/2014

I use kale in my smoothies because it adds a lot of vitamins. Use a combination of fruit, coconut water or orange juice and kale and its very good! I find strawberry kale with orange juice is good.

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RE: The Surprising Facts Behind 10 Gardening Myths

By likekinds 07/25/2014

Excellent article, Ellen. Glad to see Myth #7: Watering during the heat of the day will "burn" plants.

I've lived too many years and seen too many plants totally wet by a shower only to be baked by the hot Sun minutes later, and never get burned!

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RE: Treating a Puppy for Worms

By FARSTAR 07/25/2014

The person you should be asking these questions is your current Veterinarian. If the prescribed treatment is obviously not working ask why. Alternative change your Vet. Good luck

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RE: Opening a Bag Sewn Shut With String

By Litter Gitter 07/25/2014

My picture did not go through the first time. Trying again.

RE: Opening a Bag Sewn Shut With String

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RE: Cherry Crisp in a Jar

By bachish 07/25/2014

Can you please post the recipe as I only see the picture?
Thank you!

Editor's Note: You can find some cherry chrisp recipes here http://www.thriftyfun.com/Cherry-Crisp-Recipes.html

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RE: Reunion Gag Gift Ideas

By AHA! 07/25/2014

Remember these are just jokes!
Longest married- ear plugs
Longest dating-sparklers
Newlyweds-blinders
Closest to childhood home-local newspaper or subscription to it
Couple with oldest child-Do it yourself Will or Living Will form (they sell them cheaply in Staples)

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RE: Marigolds to Repel Mosquitoes

By HalfWhit 07/25/2014

I have been spraying Listerene around my house for most of this summer. It has worked so far. Someone just told me about spraying 50/50 pinesol and water to get rid of flies and it worked for her (she has chicken houses in S. AR). So I am going to try that next - it's a lot cheaper! I just spray around the back door and around the deck - it has not hurt my plants (Listerene) and keeps the mosquitoes and flies away.

Also, I use the cheapest olive oil I can buy and put a few drops in any container or area where water collects. The oil mixes with the water and keeps mosquitoes from spawning. When the water evaporates the oil lines the container - thus when water comes again it is there to mix in.

I am going to pour a few glugs in a huge puddle near our home to see if it will work there. It only takes a drop or two to work around the house. Every once in a while (maybe twice a summer, I will put the reapply drops in the containers).

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RE: Chest Pains and Anxiety

By mary1day 07/25/2014

I began having panic attacks after 9/11 and then a run of allergic reactions. I also had chest pains sometimes.My Dr finally put me on a medication called Remeron which is made specifically for panic attacks. I took a number of different med's before this one and they did not help very much. For the trapped gas problem, I've always used baking soda and water. It's cheap and effective.

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RE: New Cleaning Business Name Ideas

By teresasmithtaberhayes 07/25/2014

Can you just change up the words a little and go by TinaTheChickCleaning?

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RE: Red Lump on Puppy

By Lizzyanny 07/25/2014

There is no way for most of us who post here to know what your puppies lump is. But in not finding out you put his life at risk. Assuming the correctness of the opinion of someone who really is just guessing is putting his life at risk. If you really dont have the money for a trip to the Vet, ask your local Vets if they have a fund for animals of folks who cant pay. Most all of them do. Or perhaps you could take a second look at you budget and make some changes. Many Vets allow time payments. You need to make a decision. It is not OK to just hope something turns out OK, when you need to be doing a lot more to make it turn out OK.

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RE: Getting Rid of an Infestation of Tiny Flies

By Litter Gitter 07/25/2014

Clean all of your sink drains. They could be drain flies that lay eggs in the gunk that builds up on the drain pipes.

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