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4th of July
Give your old lantern a new look for your Memorial Day Celebration. This was an old rusty lantern that I gave new life to with an Americana Theme for Memorial Day and can be used as well for 4th of July.
Car Tag (License Plate) Flag
Make an American flag from an old car tag. Spray paint the tag (license plate) using either red or white. That way you will only have to paint one set of stripes. Let dry. Paint on your blue background for stars, let dry. Paint on your other colored stripes, let dry.
Uncle Sam's Salad Bowl
I picked up this Uncle Sam hat in the dollar store. They had matching ice buckets, so it dawned on me that putting the two items together would make a nice presentation for the Fourth of July!
4th of July Mesh Wreath
I saw the rolls of mesh at the craft store and wanted to try making a wreath for the 4th of July. I love how it turned out!
Fireworks at Fort Vancouver
My family and I visited Fort Vancouver for their annual Fourth of July fireworks display. It is a very large park located in Vancouver, Washington, with historic and archeological exhibits and information.
U.S. Flag Etiquette
Celebrate Independence Day, display your U.S. flag using the proper flag etiquette.
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Gardening Tips and Advice
Propagating Lemongrass in a Plastic Bottle
Have an empty plastic water bottle? You can cut the plastic bottom down to size and propagate your choice of plant. I like this method because I'm able to see the roots grow and ensure it'll be successful instead of planting directly into soil.
Making a Strawberry Planter from a Laundry Basket
Even if you purchase everything new, this is not an expensive project. I found the laundry basket at the curb, got the potting soil and burlap on sale, and traded plants with a neighbor.
Growing Passionfruit from Cuttings
Place passionfruit cuttings into water to revive the cutting before planting in the ground. You would want to place passionfruit cuttings in water for a couple of days until the cuttings are less limp and more firm.
Use a Plastic Plate Instead of Flower Pot Saucers
Are your looking for a budget friendly alternative to pot saucers? Think plastic kid's plate! I recently was gifted this Castanospermum australe "Lucky Bean Plant". The cheapest saucers from Home Depot were 80 cents (very thin plastic) to $2.68 (still somewhat thin plastic) so I held off on purchasing a saucer.
DIY Wooden Raised Garden Bed
We would love to have a garden in our backyard, but supposedly there are gophers. We decided on having a raised garden bed and after looking at the costs of already built raised garden beds and ready to purchase and install yourself garden beds, they were definitely out of our budget!
Increasing Humidity for Newly Potted Houseplants
To increase humidity, you can use a plastic bag and skewer. The skewer is used to hold the bag up without touching the leaves. If the plastic touches the leaves, it could cause damage to the plant. The plant was being propagated in water and moved into soil. To help the transition into soil, I placed the plant under a plastic bag for up to 2 weeks to increase humidity.
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Summer Fun for Kids
Almost Free Boredom Busters
In June the kids aren't bored yet; the thrill of summer vacation is still upon them. However, August is another story. With movie prices at $6 or higher and gas soaring in its price per gallon, how can you keep the kids busy and your budget happy?
Summer Fun Box
School is almost out! A great surprise gift idea for elementary-aged children, grandchildren, or nieces and nephews is a 'Summer of Fun' surprise package. Try to think of all the things you loved as a child.
Summer Crafts and Activities for Kids (and...
If I do not make plans to keep my son busy this summer, he will be perfectly content to waste his days watching TV and playing with his DS. So I plan to set up a daily schedule for him.
Summertime Activities for Your Children
Frugal living is nothing new to us as I was raised in a family of 11 kids and many foster children. We may have struggled because money was tight, but we never seemed to lack for fun things to do and there was always something going on that held our attention.
Attend Free Summer Community Events
This weekend, we attended Celebrate Hillsboro, an annual summer event provided by the businesses and city of Hillsboro, Oregon.
Try Geocaching This Summer
As soon as I hear, "Hey, Gigi, let's go geocaching," from one of my grandkids, I'm ready to go.
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How to Make a Carpenter Bee Trap
Carpenter bees can destroy the wood in your home. Use this simple trick to capture carpenter bees. This is a guide about making a carpenter bee trap.
Plastic Bottle Fruit Fly Trap
We have tried many things to get rid of fruit flies in our home, and this is hands down the easiest, cheapest, and most effective way. One of the most important things in order to catch them is the bait you put out. Fruit flies can be more attracted to some things more than others.
Mosquito Repellent Recipes
Mosquitoes are a problem in many regions. This page contains mosquito repellent recipes.
Getting Rid of Carpenter Bees
Carpenter bees will attack the wood trim and porches around your home making holes and tunnels for nesting. This is a guide about getting rid of carpenter bees.
Keeping Lizards Off Your Porch
Lizards love to sun themselves during the day. Your porch may very well be a nearly ideal place for them to catch some sun and warm up. If you live in an area with many lizards, keeping lizards off your porch might be an issue you have to deal with.
Use Ammonia to Kill Fleas
Ammonia applied to carpets where your dogs and cats sleep can be effective in killing fleas. Be sure to let animals out while you do this. This is a guide about use ammonia to kill fleas.
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Japanese Style Puff Pancakes
These fluffy pancakes are a delicious alternative to traditional pancakes. Learn how to make them in this short video.
Removing Roof Tar from Skin with Olive Oil
Roof tar and other sticky substances can be gently removed from skin by using regular olive oil from the kitchen. Learn how to do it in this short video.
Creamy butterscotch pudding is easy to make at home with ingredients you probably already have on hand. Learn how to make it in this short video.
Refinishing Teak Outdoor Furniture
Teak is a common material for outdoor furniture because it is long lasting if cared for correctly. Learn how to do it in this short video.
Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies
These easy peanut butter cookies are entirely gluten-free. Learn how to make them in this short video.
How to Fix a Tent Pole
Many tent poles are attached with elastic, which can break with rough usage. Learn how to fix it in this short video.
My little boy loves to have bread chips on his lunch box. I don't have time to even drop in to the grocery so I tried to imitate his favorite crunchy bread snack.
How to Make a Mini Easel with Wooden Clothespins
If you have small items or photos to display, then this mini wooden clothespin easel is just the perfect project for you. This page contains the instructions and photos needed to make a mini easel with wooden clothespins.
Frikadeller (Danish Meatballs)
This is a healthy, different kind of meatball that I make. I liked the addition of wheat germ instead of bread crumbs. I used beef instead of the pork. Any kind of ground meat would work. I got 19 good sized meatballs from this recipe, and it states it makes 12-16.
How to Make a Bunny from Shells
You can make a cute bunny from scallop and mussel shells with your glue gun and acrylic paints to draw the face.
Popsicle Stick and Straw Compass
Want to draw perfect circles in varying sizes? You can make your own fun and versatile compass at home with 2 Popsicle sticks and an extra wide straw. This useful tool is easy to make and costs next to nothing.
How to Make a Paper Plate Puffer Fish
This paper plate kids' craft is sure to be a hit with your little ones. This page contains photos and instructions for making a paper plate puffer fish.
Identifying a Porcelain Doll
The here is a picture of her markings and clothing. I would just like to know more about her. The engraved markings say 96 Za, and the stamped says Carrie 400 274.
Blades Won't Engage on a Troy Bilt Riding Mower
The blades on my Troy Bilt riding mower won't engage.
Oven Cleaner Left Marks on Wood Deck
I sprayed oven spray gel on oven racks. It has gone thru the papers to the timber deck. Now the deck has stains from the oven cleaner gel. I am not sure if the decking has been burnt? Any ideas to remove the marks on the deck?
Collecting Child Support Owed by a Deceased Parent
How do you collect child support from a parent who has passed away without signing the child's birth certificate?
Selling Trees for the Lumber
I have 2 big pine trees in my back yard. I need to sell them.
Finding Fabric Donations for Charity
We are a small group of volunteers working for Carers of Africa. We need 100 percent cotton material/cut pieces, satin ribbons 3/8 inches, and hotel soap to make sanitary items for young girls. Can someone please help with suggestions for finding donations?
Finding Home Repair Help for Low Income Families
Getting Financial Assistance for Roof...
Roof Repair for Low Income Homeowners
Finding Roof Repair Assistance for Seniors
Buy Now, Pay Later Websites
Finding Plumbing Repair Assistance for...
Getting Dental Work w/o Insurance
Why is My Dishwasher Leaving a Dirty Gritty Residue?
Feeding a Dog With Food Allergies
Cleaning Gasoline from Car Carpet
Cleaning Porcelain Bathtubs
Identifying Little Black Biting Bugs
Buying Second Hand Appliances
Selling Trees on Your Land for Lumber
Identifying Small Black Bugs
Remedies for Pain from Wearing Dentures
Finding Free Laptops for Students
Removing Cigarette Smoke Odors from a Car
Making a Mosquito Trap
Electric Smoke Detector Won't Stop Beeping
Getting Rid of Fruit Flies
Homemade Weed Killer Recipes
Cleaning an Above Ground Pool
Clearing a Clogged Bathtub Drain
Tiny Black Bugs in the Kitchen
Treating a Kitten with Eye Discharge
Getting Rid of Tiny Biting Black Bugs
Removing Gasoline and Diesel Fuel Odors From Clothing
Identifying Flying Insects
Removing Urine Odors from a Couch
Removing Cigarette Smoke Odors From a...
Keeping Squirrels from Digging in Plants
Removing Dye Transfers from Clothing
Keeping Ants Out of the Hummingbird Feeder
Removing Toilet Bowl Stains
Getting Rid of Flies
Finding Glider Chair Replacement Cushions
Getting Rid of a Musty Smell in the Basement
Homemade Cat Repellents
Cleaning Pet Urine Odor From Hardwood Floors
Getting Rid of Invisible Biting Bugs
Keeping Slugs Off Hostas
How to Remove Ink from Leather
Eating After Having Teeth Pulled
Finding a Lost Relative
50th Anniversary Gift Ideas
Removing Ink Stains on Carpet
Starting a Cherry Tree from a Pit
Getting Rid of Mold on Mulch
Repairing a Sofa Bed Frame
Removing White Heat Stains from a Wood Table
Getting Rid of Ant Hills
Keeping Squirrels Out of Fruit Trees
Remedies for Armpit Odor
Blue Cross Blue Shield vs. Medicare
Troubleshooting a Riding Lawn Mower That Won't Start
Kenmore Refrigerator Ice Maker Not Working
Slogan Ideas for a Daycare
13th Birthday Party Ideas for Girls
11th Birthday Party Ideas for Girls
Getting Rid of Ants
Unique 50th Birthday Party Ideas
Garage Door Remote Opener Not Working
Keeping Bees Out of a Hummingbird Feeder
Troubleshooting Why a Circuit Breaker Keeps Tripping
Removing Iron-On Labels and Patches
Removing Sap from Concrete
Home Remedies for Fleas
Cleaning Your Burner's Drip Pans
Getting Dye Out of Clothing
Fixing a Wood Table With a Nail Polish Remover Stain
Cleaning a Fiberglass Tub
Organizations That Help Low Income Families Get Free Furniture
How to Get Rid of Garter Snakes
Saving a Split Tree
Making Concrete Stepping Stones
Homemade Ant Killer Recipes
Curtain Color Advice
Removing Weeds Between Pavers
Slipcovers for Reclining Couches
Refrigerator's Ice Maker Not Making Ice
Getting Rid of Snakes
Spin Cycle Not Working on Washer
Homemade Wasp Repellent
How Much Does House Cleaning Cost?
ASPCA Pet Vaccination Truck Schedule
Buying Flipper Teeth Kits
Using Peppermint Oil for Mice Control
Remedies for Rope Burn
How Do I Remove Black Mold on the Ceiling?
Tomato Plants Not Blooming
Finding a Veterinarian That Accepts Payments
Getting Hair Dye Off Skin
Troubleshooting Circuit Breaker Problems
Getting Rid of Fleas in Human Hair
Ants Eating Sunflowers
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