Swiss Army Knife
Money and Finances

My Favorite Kitchen Money-Savers

I’m crazy about gadgets—everything from quirky can openers to smartphones. Hand me a Swiss Army knife and I’m in heaven—the

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Holidays and Special Occasions

3 Fun Ways to Avoid the Heartbreak of Post Holiday Stress Disorder

Who among us hasn’t at some time during the hectic days of December said those old familiar words, “Next year

Home & Family

The Most Efficient Way to Slash Your Home Heating Bill

Brrrrr … ! It’s getting chilly at night around here. And you know what that means—heating bills. They can get

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Mary's Life, Money and Finances

Greed? Not Good

When Gordon Gekko, the main antagonist in the 1987 film, Wall Street declared in no uncertain terms that “Greed is

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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

Holidays and Special Occasions

A Family Countdown to Christmas

If you’re a little put off by the mention of Christmas this early in the year, hear me out. I’ve

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Home & Family

Where There’s a Will it May Be Worthless

I, along with so many fans, mourned the recent death of Aretha Franklin, such a giant in the world of

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Cleaning, Tips

Great Reader Tips: Backpacks | Mice Repellant | Window Cleaner | More

Have a messy outdoor job you need to tackle? Need a surefire way to keep mice out of your outdoor storage?

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Money and Finances

A Wedding from HEL

Did you happen to catch the episode of The Dr. Phil Show on weddings? One couple was having a major

Home & Family

14 Things You’d Be Smart to Buy at the Dollar Store

At least a couple of times a week, someone will ask me what I miss most about living in California.

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Cleaning

How to Deep Clean a Garbage Disposal and Why You Need To – PHOTO TUTORIAL

Germs—bacteria and viruses—are pretty much everywhere. Most of them are harmless, but one percent of all those germs can actually

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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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Cleaning

5 Homemade Cleaners that Perform Even Better than Expensive Brands

Why bother? Why go to the trouble of homemade cleaners when buying commercial products is so much easier? That was

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Food & Recipes

Got 20 Minutes? Make Soup!

Back when Martha Stewart was peaking and famous for her ability to do everything perfectly—from hosting dinner parties to plowing fields—I decided

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Home & Family

Highly Useful Accessories are the Secret of Instant Pot Rockstars!

Everyone, it seems, is talking about Instant Pot—the revolutionary electric pressure cooker that for all the hype, promises to turn

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Mary's Life

Never Trust a Dark Restaurant

It’s been at least 20 years since I learned an important lesson about—one I have never forgotten. This was a

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Tips

9 Great Reader Tips to Change Your Day for Good!

Have you heard? Later this month, Kristin Chenoweth and Idina Menzel will reunite for an NBC tribute to “Wicked” for

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Home & Family, Laundry

Stinky Laundry, Smelly Machine: How Nasty Germs Survive in Your Washer and What To Do About It

If you assume the inside of your washing machine is the cleanest place in your home because you put detergent