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Food and Recipes, Home & Family

Dinner-in-a-Box is Not What I Thought

Dinner-in-a-Box. Seriously?

Who in their right mind would trust seafood, meat and produce from some unknown assembly plant, piled onto

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Gift Guides

Gifts to Thrill and Delight Coffee Snobs

Even if you aren’t one, chances are pretty good you know someone who is a bona fide coffee snob. That’s because

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Travel and Entertainment

9 Incredibly Simple Hacks to Take Stress Out of Flying

Flying this week? You won’t be alone. TSA estimates a record 46 million people will be joining you in domestic

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Food and Recipes, Holidays and Special Occasions

Just in Time for the Holidays Gift-Worthy Caramel Corn

For years, I’ve tried to make caramel corn, without success. It was either too soggy or too chewy. Or the

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Holidays and Special Occasions

Make Memories and You’ll Give Gifts for a Lifetime

If you could use an injection of fresh ideas for how to make this Holiday Season meaningful for the children

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Home & Family, Pets

A Machine that Gets Pet and Human Hair Out of Carpet Like Magic

How often have you been vacuuming and you turn off the vacuum only to see stray hairs—from your own head

Question and Family
Best Inexpensive, Home & Family

Best Inexpensive Toaster, Eufy Customer Service, Stainless Steel Cleaner

There are times that the old adage that you get what you pay for doesn’t hold up.

Sometimes, it’s the

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Home & Family

Celebrate Good Times … Come On!

Celebrate? With all that’s going on in our world?  You bet. We need to celebrate wherever, whenever, and as often

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Home & Family

Ask Me Anything: Eufy* HomeVac | Homemade Wrinkle Release | Is DIY Will Safe?

In keeping with the rules of the TV Game Show, Jeopardy, how about I give you the answer, then you respond

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Automobiles, Home & Family

Car Dealer Spills the Beans on Treating Leather Interiors

Do you know what I love? Learning insider secrets. I’m not talking tabloid headlines or conspiracy theories, which I work

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Home & Family

How to Leave a Fragrance, Not an Odor

I have something really fun to share with you today about fragrance, but first a story. About my friend, Herta.

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Home & Family

Ask Me Anything: Mouse in the House | Sheets on the Bed | Interest on Credit-Card Debt

I will admit to having an extreme aversion to mice. They give me the creeps and just knowing one is

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Home & Family

How to Repair Your Credit and Improve Your Credit Score

Your credit score is a 3-digit number between 300 and 850, generated by a mathematical algorithm (a mostly secret formula)

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Kids and Babies, Mary's Perspective, Money and Finances

Parents: Stop Taking Parent Loans for Your Kids’ College Education

You’re a parent and you are responsible to take care of your child financially. But you are equally responsible to

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Home & Family, Repairs and Maintenance

9 Extremely Useful Home Repair Products to Fix Just About Anything

Maintenance and home repair are a never-ending reality for just about everyone but it doesn’t have to be painful or

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Home & Family

My Hate-Love Relationship with a Cast Iron Skillet

I really don’t know where I got the thing. It may have been a wedding gift. What I know is

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Best Inexpensive

Ask Me Anything: Best Vacuum | Best Blow Torch | Best Meat Thermometer

My mail doesn’t arrive one message at a time. It comes in piles. Think: avalanche. While I have recently hired

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Home & Family

Lately, Have You Checked the HVAC Filter?

Everyone agrees that we should change the filter in our home heating ventilation air conditioning (HVAC) systems. Actually doing that

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Home & Family

A Gracious Guide for How to Be a Good House Guest

It was shocking if not surreal. The email message was from a woman I’d never met and whose name I recognized

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Best Inexpensive, Home & Family

Best Inexpensive Essential College Dorm Gear

It’s been a number of years since I moved into a college dorm room. My memories of college life are

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Food and Recipes

Favorite Super Short, Super Easy Instant Pot Recipes

I have loved my Instant Pot since the day it arrived back in 2016. I’ll admit to being slightly intimidated in the

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Mary's Perspective, Money and Finances

15 Minutes to Financial Freedom

The email message contained a single-word subject: Help! The sender, I’ll call her Emily, had been asked by her community

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Home & Family

Ask Me Anything: Toys R Us Gift Cards | Percale Sheets | Best Upright Vacuum

Childhood memories … they can be both comforting and painful. I was reminded of that this past week when we

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Home & Family

Follow Up: Spring Clean Kitchen Challenge

Did you accept the challenge Spring Clean Kitchen Challenge? It’s been six weeks since I wrote about our big kitchen

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Home & Family, Money and Finances

How Not to Feel Poor on a Fixed Income

It’s no secret that more and more people—especially seniors on fixed incomes—are sinking deeper into credit-card debt. Why is this?

Money and Finances

Your Own Personal Loan Shark

Imagine paying outrageous amounts of interest to a greedy finance company and loving every minute of it. Or how about

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Home & Family

What Happens to My Credit When I Get Married? 

While planning a wedding and their new life together, most couples aren’t thinking about how marriage might affect their credit.

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Cleaning

Your Cordless Stick Vac Needs a Bath—Photo Tutorial

Rarely do I gush. But gush I do over my Eufy Cordless Stick Vac*. Can’t help it. Eufy is so

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Best Inexpensive, Home & Family

Best Inexpensive™ Dishwasher

Just this past week I heard from my dear reader Penny who is frustrated in the face of needing to

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Tips

Readers’ Tips Often Come with More than Just Great Ideas

The only thing I love more than great tips from my readers are the words of love and thanks. Yeah,

Hair
Cleaning, Home & Family

How to Rid Bathroom of Hairspray Overspray Plus More Quick Tips

Hairspray is wonderful for your hair, not so great on the floor, sink, walls, mirror, and counter where you get