big main dish vegetable salad with grilled chicken
Food & Recipes

7 Ways to Turn a Boring Side Salad into a Main Dish Summer Salad

If there’s one food that signals the arrival of summer, it’s gotta’ be salad. Backyard gardens everywhere are bursting with


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,

Home & Family

Why Buy When You Can Borrow for Free?

My adult children are big on borrowing stuff from their parents. And from time to time they may fail (you

bbq with sausages and red meat on the grill - male hands holding a plate and taking the meat off the grill before it is too late
Home & Family

All You Need to Know to Fire Up the BBQ to Get Grillin’

Assuming I’m not the only one who fails to do a deep clean on the outdoor grill after every use,

young man having car trouble

From Big Repair Bills to High Insurance Premiums—Cars Can Be a Lot of Trouble

Some of my most valuable life lessons I’ve learned from cars. From the outrageous monthly payments to ghastly repair bills

Young man is styling his hair using hairspray
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

Food & Recipes, Home & Family

The Best Way to Store Salad Greens Plus More Tricks to Make Fresh Food Last Longer

There are ways to make salad greens last at least long enough to be easily consumed, but to be truly

cleaning dust from the house
Cleaning, Home & Family

How to Make Your Own Dusting Spray

I used to buy aerosol cans of Endust, but those days are gone. Now, I make my own dusting spray—cheaper,

Gift Guides

The 18 Gifts 2019 Graduates Really Want

If you’re stressed because you just don’t know what gift would be right for that high school or college graduate

Now and Later Choice Leads Often to Procrastination
Mary's Life, Mary's Perspective

My Secret Battle with Procrastination

One of the toughest things I battle in my life is procrastination. My natural response is I’ll do it later.

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Dear Mary, Home & Family

Can This Microwave Oven Be Saved?

It’s one of the worst odors a home can experience—that lingering, worsening, putrid smell of burnt rice or popcorn coming

Mary's Life, Outdoors and Garden

Gardening: Good for Body and Soul Plus 6 Favorite Garden Tools

I may be more than a little bit obsessed with gardening and it’s a good thing. This summertime hobby improves both my

Home & Family, Mary's Life

Spring Clean Kitchen Challenge

As I write, my husband is in full-on remodel mode. Two months ago, everything that was in the pantry, drawers,

Best Inexpensive, Home & Family

How to Remove Icky Sticky Stuff, Home Chef Feedback, and Best Inexpensive™ Steam Iron

I harbor a little-known secret. I only know a lot of the stuff I know because I’ve learned it from

Best Inexpensive, Home & Family

Best Inexpensive™ Dish Drainer, Electric Kettle, Outdoor Grill

You have to know it’s a good day for me when my “inner shopper” gets to come out and play.

Home & Family, Tips

Tips to Rescue Stained Sinks, Pitted Chrome, and Slow Running Drains

I’ve always found it ironic that the places in our homes that should be the cleanest—the washing machine, kitchen sink,

Lending money to a family member can get sticky
Dear Mary, Home & Family, Money and Finances

Sticky Situations: Lending Money to Family, Kids and Their Parents’ 529 Savings Plans

There is an old adage that warns, never lend money to family or friends. And if you’ve managed to adhere

preparing chocolate cake batter
Home & Family, Tips

The Secret Ingredient in Yummy Chocolate Cake plus More Great Reader Tips

Once again, it’s great reader tip day, when I reach into my overflowing email inbox to pull out handy hints