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Homemade English Muffin Bread

Here’s an easy way to cut your grocery bill this week: Make your own bread. Wait! Hear me out.

Let me show you how to make homemade bread that is so easy, so simple, and so foolproof it’s going to make you feel like a genius. Homemade bread, specifically this English Muffin Bread, is simply amazing.

See you there … Love, m xo

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15 Ways to Solve it With Salt

Sometimes the very thing you need to solve an ordinary household problem is sitting right in the pantry. Take salt for example. It’s amazing stuff! And it’s cheap, too.

I have a favorite little book, Solve it with Salt by Patty Moosbrugger. Just look at all the things Patty says we can do with good old ordinary inexpensive table salt to make our lives better …

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How to Clean the Dirty Edges of Carpet

My Dear Readers …

Dark, shadowy, dirty lines on the carpet along baseboards, under doors and draperies, along the edges, and in the crevices of carpeted stairs are all visible signs of an aggravating problem called filtration soil.

Normal vacuuming is no match for removing filtration soil. And neither are the best carpet spot removers. Filtration soil is greasy and sticky. It is possible to effectively do it yourself and in today’s post I am going to show you how to do that.

But first, it’s important to know what that dirt is and how it got there …

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When Carpet Stain Removers Fail, Carpet Surgery

Carpet stains are near the top of my personal list of pet peeves. I’m not talking about an accidental spill that when addressed quickly can be successfully removed. In fact, I get a lot of satisfaction from tackling a spill or stubborn spot on the carpet, forcing it to disappear never to be seen again.

What I’m talking about is an ugly stain that no matter what, absolutely will not budge. Let’s assume that stain is set for eternity and nothing is going to remove it. Here’s a last resort I’ve used with satisfactory results: carpet surgery! Seriously, and here’s exactly how to perform it …

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How to Get Rid of Fruit Flies Quick and Easy

Good Morning My Dear Readers!

Fruit flies are amazing and by that, I mean amazingly annoying! These tiny creatures can detect the smell of ripe fruits and vegetables from miles away.

If there’s a bowl of fruit on your kitchen counter, there’s probably a fruit fly or two looking for a way into your home to get to it. They’re so small, they can get in through window screens or crevices around windows or doors. Unlike houseflies, which may spread disease, fruit flies are harmless.

Once inside, fruit flies reproduce like crazy. They lay their eggs near the surface of your ripe fruit—and they can lay up to 500 eggs at a time! About 30 hours later, tiny larvae emerge and feed on the fruit, eventually turning into pupae. A week later, they are ready to take to the air.

All it takes is one pregnant fruit fly to get in and before you know it, you’re dealing with a full-fledged fruit fly infestation. I know. I’ve been battling this problem, too!

If you’re tired of fruit flies taking over, start by tossing out anything fresh that is overripe. Next, clean the muck from your sink drains and eliminate wet sponges, mops, and the like. Then try one of these effective remedies to banish fruit flies from your home … 🦟 !

Those disgusting little flies are no match for these super these easy traps and potent potions!

See you there … Love, xo m

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Mold and Mildew No Match for Magic Tub and Shower Potion

The only thing better than figuring out for myself how to do things cheaper, better and faster is when I get to teach these tips and tricks to my readers. Teaching this one to Mike was the best ever! His response just made my day. I think you will enjoy this, too. See you there … xo m

P.S. As some of you know we had some big technical difficulties yesterday with links in the email that refusted to link! Thanks to my crackerjack tech guy, all is fixed! Thanks to those who messaged me and for sticking with us through thick and thin ❣️

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14 of the Very Best Homemade Cleaners that Really Work

Items in your pantry like baking soda, vinegar, cream of tartar, lemon juice, and even tea bags, can work as effective cleaners. Even better, compared to pricey commercial products, homemade cleaners cost next to nothing.

So the next time you’re staring down a big mess but you’re out of your favorite product, don’t run to the store—open up the pantry and try mixing up one of these DIY cleaning recipes instead. Step back and enjoy the results and the savings, too!

Today … recipes and instructions for 14 of my best homemade cleaners!

Remember there is a big PRINT button at the very bottom of the post, that will allow you to print any or all of these recipes. It’s so easy.

Once you click on PRINT, hover over any paragraph or image and you will see a little trash can icon. Click on it to make that highlighted section disappear. Once you have eliminated everything you don’t want to print, now click on the print. Check it out!

By the way, if you’ve not noticed in the past, you have that PRINT option on every post at Everyday Cheapskate.

See you there … Love, xo m

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How to Get Rid of Rabbits Ruining Your Lawn and Garden

As adorable as these creatures are, rabbits can wreak havoc on a lawn and garden. Garden centers, home improvement stores, and online resources offer commerical products to help gardeners protect their plants from rabbits.

But here’s the problem: commercial repellents are expensive, they require repeated applications, and some of them may contain chemicals that can pose health hazards to pets when ingested.

The solution is to find cheaper options that are equally effective to get rid of rabbits that are ruining your lawn and garden.

Rabbit repellents basically work in two ways to keep rabbits out of your flower and vegetable garden and off the lawn—they produce a smell or taste that is repulsive for rabbits but without harm. Homemade repellents are not only less expensive, but a safe alternative to commercial products …

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11 Quick and Easy Ways to Get Rid of Pesky Ants

If the heat of summer is bringing ants into your home and yard, don’t panic. You may not require toxic pest control products or a professional service to take care of the problem. In fact, chances are good you already have everything you need to do it yourself.

Today I have a number of ways to get rid of ants using ordinary things you may have around the house or in the garage! Or if you don’t have time to DIY, preferring a commercial product that is eco-friendly and really works fast, I’ve got that for you, too.

See you there. Love, m xo 🐜 … 🐜 … 🐜

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How to Make Your Own Swiffer WetJet Refills

If you own a Swiffer WetJet Spray Mop, chances are you absolutely love it. But let me guess: You’re not wild about how expensive it is to buy the refills —the cleaning solution and those disposable cleaning pads!

Even more annoying, to the WetJet manufacturer “refill” means throwing out the empty dispenser bottle entirely and having to purchase the refill liquid in a new bottle. Know what I mean? And just try to pry the lid off an empty bottle to refill it yourself. That thing is impossible to get off without destroying it and yes, I speak from experience. And those refills can be as much as $7.50 each. And the disposable pads? At least $.50 each and that’s on a good day.

Well, you can forget all that bad news because I’ve learned how to get that bottle open making it totally reusable (it won’t leak!), and how to save money making our own Swiffer solution and reusable cleaning pads, too.

See you there! … Love, xo m

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Cheapskate Gourmet: Salad Dressings

If you think eating well means eating out—home delivery, pick-up, or dining-in—you may be feeling the effects of restaurant dining your wallet as the cost of restaurant meals is now soaring in ways we’ve not seen before.

Yesterday, I was shocked to read the new (disposable) menu at a small local hamburger joint in our town. The same classic hamburger that was $7.95 pre-virus, is now $11.95. Will prices decline as this thing settles down? I wouldn’t bet on it.

It’s time for us to change our thinking and start digging in to find every realistic way imaginable that we can save time and money every day.

If I can make the leap from being a diner-in-debt to making irresistible meals at home that often taste even better than those from a restaurant—at a fraction of the cost of eating out—you can, too.

For many years ( before there was a Food Channel), I was uniquely privileged to sit under the personal tutelage of world-famous gourmet cooks the likes of Julia Child, Christopher Kimball, Martha Stewart, Martin Yan, and Jacques Pepin.

Every weekend I had standing appointments with one or more of them. They came right into my home and demonstrated unique techniques while I assumed a prone position, curled up in my favorite blanket, first-row-center in front of the television. They sparked confidence in me. From that start, my love for making great meals economically has grown.

Today, I want to share my basic recipes for what I consider to be gourmet salad dressings. So fresh and easy. Tasty, too.

See you there! Love, xo m ❣️

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How to Remove Years of Kitchen Cabinet Grit and Grime

When did you last look at your kitchen cabinets? Not a passing glance, but an up-close visual study—paying particular attention to the areas around the knobs and handles that get touched thousands of times throughout the weeks and months?

Yeah, that’s what I’m talking about and what I’m pretty sure my dear reader Sandy is talking about, too. She’s moving into a new-to-her house and she’s asking how to clean her grimy, gunky kitchen cabinets.

In today’s post I have 3 options for Sandy and any other readers who’d like to get their kitchen cabinets (painted or natural finish) back to their original beauty.

See you there! Love, xo m

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Grow Your Own Food One Square Foot at a Time

For years I’ve tried to grow decent vegetable gardens. Except for one especially bountiful year, my harvests have ranged from disappointing to mediocre. And my efforts were certainly not cost-effective. Only that one year did my garden produced enough to share with others. I’m still trying to remember how I did that.

So far, I’ve been unable to duplicate the results but that’s about to change. Can’t wait to get started! …

See you there. Love, m xo 🍅🥒🌶🌽🥕🤞

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Where to Find Basic Essentials When the Shelves are Empty

The disruption to U.S. food supply chains is now playing out in grocery stores and supermarkets across the country. It seems like shoppers empty the shelves just as quickly as supermarkets can restock, especially on high-demand items like non-perishable foods, cleaning supplies, and, of course, toilet paper. Good news! Finding the essentials you need may […]

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16 Practical Ways to Stretch Your Food Budget

If soaring food prices are getting you down, help is on the way! Here are some basic saving strategies, practical solutions, and novel ideas to stretch your food budget—and make your life easier.

Granted, one of these strategies on its own is not likely to make a huge difference. But lots of small strategies working together—that’s the way to see huge results.

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How to Redecorate on a Dime

Happy Mother’s Day, Everyone! I hope you have a beautiful day, today!

Changing your environment can greatly improve your outlook. And that doesn’t have to cost a fortune.

The key to great decor isn’t how much money you have to spend. More importantly, it’s about seeing possibilities in what you have already. You’ll be surprised at what you can do yourself for little or no cost …

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5 Easy-to-Make Body Scrubs to Keep Your Skin Vibrant and Healthy

According to the American Academy of Dermatology, your skin naturally sheds dead skin cells every 30 days or so to make room for new cells. Sometimes, dead cells don’t shed completely, resulting in dry, flaky patches and clogged pores. Exfoliating can help prevent this, keeping your skin looking vibrant and healthy.

While there are plenty of pricey commercial exfoliants and body scrubs to choose from, for just pennies you can make your own equally effective homemade Body Scrubs using ingredients you already have in your pantry.

Today I have five DIY recipes for you that use stuff I’m pretty sure you have already. Seriously!

While Sugar Scrub is my favorite, I have a feeling you’re going to want to try that and the others, too.

See you there … Love, xo m

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Best Ever NO-YEAST Homemade Bread

Good Morning, Dear Readers!

First thing this morning I checked my favorite overnight news source, Morning Brew (it’s free and a lot of fun). Then I looked outside to be welcomed by 9-inches of snow. WOW! … and it’s still coming down until at least 10pm. Only in Colorado 😂.

Which leads me to thoughts of hot, homemade bread. And not just any bread. I’m talkiing bread with no yeast, no-egg, no-oil, and no-sugar. For hard-core bread lovers, that may sound awful, but you just have to try this.

For those times when you’re fresh out of yeast—this is the recipe you want handy.

No-yeast bread, often referred to simply as soda bread, is different than a light, airy yeast bread. It’s rustic, more dense—a bit heavier than typical yeast breast. And oh, so delicious. Eat it plain, toast it or serve it warm and all slathered up with butter. 

Is your mouth watering? Mine too … so let’s get baking!

See you there! Love, xo m 🥖🍞❣️

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How to Make Non-Toxic Natural Pest Control

Recently, a friend sent me an S.O.S. asking if I knew of any natural pest control to rid an apartment of fleas—a method that would not be toxic to small children. Treating their pets and animals would be the first step, but surprisingly these folks have no animals. The truth is that flea infestations often occur simply […]

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3 DIY Face Masks—Easy and Effective

The Center for Disease Control recently recommended the use of cloth face coverings in public. That directive goes on to say acceptable face coverings can be “fashioned from household items or made at home from common materials.”

Easy for them to say. Which household items?

Not all of us just happen to have supplies and equipment stashed away in the event we might ever need a proper face covering.

It didn’t take long for a few very creative folks to come up with and then share their solutions!

Today’s post … three super creative and effective face masks you can make from stuff you have around the house. Wait! Not silly stuff, although some of the shall we say “creative” masks I’ve seen online have made me laugh (a Solo cup?!).

These are truly useful, effective and surely CDC approved!

See you there. Love, xo m 😷 ❣️

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Homemade Artisan Bread—Amazingly Easy and So Delicious!

The year 2007 was a good one for me for lots of reasons. Here’s one: It’s the year I got good at baking homemade bread thanks to a simple discovery that would go on to revolutionize the world of home baking.

Presented in their book, Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day, authors Jeff Hertzberg, M.D. and Zoë Franḉois stated that anyone with an oven, flour, yeast, salt, and water could make authentic, artisan bread in just five minutes a day. Within hours of getting my hands on that book, I was onboard.

My first attempt was ridiculously easy. And so successful I shocked myself and my family! A more delicious loaf of bread I cannot buy anywhere. And why would I, when I could now make it myself for about $.40 a loaf in just five minutes a day?

Want to learn how to do this? You can, with ingredients you probably have right now in your pantry. It is so easy. Let me show you …

See you there. Love, xo m 🥖 🍞 ❣️

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Simple Secrets for the Perfect Home Manicure

Good Morning My Dear Readers …

Yesterday, as my husband and I continue to self-quarantine, I read something that made me laugh out loud. It went something like this … “We’re about three weeks from learning everyone’s trehair color!’ Oh, how true!

I’m not laughing so hard this morning as the reality of vanity is setting in. I know, this is not the time for trivial things like hair and make up. And manicures. Or is it?

I’m the first to admit that when I look good, I feel good. And when I feel good, I do good. Truth. Knowing how to do my own home manicures has a lot to do with that.

I’ve shared this ini past years, but recently updated my routine, including the products I use and the steps I take. Everything I use is readily available on Amazon. If you’re interested you could have all you need in a few days without ever leaving your home.

There are lots of things we can be doing while homebound, and honestly, a fresh manicure is not such a bad idea. It has the ability to lift spirits and contribute to determination to hang in while we get through this. And with any luck, this might turn into a new money-saving habit.

It’s a beautiful day in spite of all the uncertainty in the world. Take heart my dear friends. We will get through this, I’m certain of it. And we will be better for having stayed the course. And learned new ways to be self sufficient.

See you there!

Love, xo m

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Make it Better Yourself: Homemade Coffee Creamer

Cream. It’s coffee’s perfect mate. And when that creamer comes flavored in a handy bottle from the dairy case, even more perfect, right? Oh, but so pricey! Here’s a solution: Make it yourself cheaper, better and faster!

The way to do this is to start with a Base Recipe that is basically bland in taste but creamy. Then you add flavor it up exactly the way you love your creamer.

In today’s post I offer two Base Recipes—#1 starts out sweet, #2 is not sweet and then we go from there with specific “recipes” for 28 different flavors. The one you love has to be in there somewhere!

Unless you are a black-coffee only die-hard ☕️, you’re going to love this. See you there … Love, xo m

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How to Get Started Roasting Your Own Coffee Beans

It all started about 10 years when I had a conversation with Dax Wilson, who’d recently taken up this hobby of home roasting. The motivation? First, quality and taste, but also to cut the high cost of quality coffee by at least half. That was enough to get my attention and all I needed to […]

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Gifts That Don’t Cost a Dime

Short on cash this holiday season? Maybe it’s time to start thinking about gifts that don’t come from a store, but from the heart—a gift of time and talent. It’s going to require some (all?) of your free time over the next week or so, but it sure beats going into debt to buy a bunch of gifts for others—or missing out altogether because you refuse to show up empty-handed.

In today’s post …. idea starters! Practical, reasonable and doable Christmas gifts that don’t cost a dime!

See you there … xo m 🎁 ❣️

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

The garbage disposal collects germs from raw food, like chicken, eggs, and spinach, and that food can be filled with harmful bacteria, like salmonella. It can make anyone, especially children, the elderly or anyone with a compromised immune system, very sick.

The metal part of the garbage disposal in a kitchen sink produces ions that can help kill germs, but they love to grow on the crevices in and around the slimy rubber splash guard. Your disposal can become a real breeding ground for bacteria, contaminating your hands, and everything you touch, like your dishes and utensils. All that rotting gunk and grime can cause quite a stink, too!

Cleaning the appliance so many of us have and use continuously is essential—a really easy too, once you know the routine! All that in today’s post. See you there … xo m

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Best Creative and Inexpensive Homemade Gifts!

Well, here we go … just two weeks to go before Christmas and only 15 days before my kiddos arrive!

If you think it’s too late to make gifts as you’d been planning to do since when—last summer?—do not fret!

It is not too late, at least for some super awesome homemade gifts I can think of.

You’ll find my ideas with instructions, resources and a whole lotta’ encouragement in today’s post. Hint: 🥓 Jam

See you there! Love, xo m ❤️👍🏻

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Ask Me Anything: Cosigning Parents, Silent Stylist, Rum Cake Recipe, and More

Happy Sunday, Everybody!

Once again, it’s mailbag day, when I reach in and pull out your questions. While there are always more than I could possibly answer in one sitting, I try to select the ones that will have the greatest interest to most of you, my Dear Readers. What’s inside? …

Contents

1. Gray scrapes and “scratches” on fine dinnerware

2. Heartbroken parents who co-signed

3. Spreadable butter disaster

4. Spouse demands control of the purse strings

5. IP Vanilla Extract 

6. The Unscrupulous Stylist

7. Rum Cake Recipe, Pleeeese!

See you there! Love, xo m

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Easy DIY Ways to Cut Heating Costs This Winter

We’re expecting our third snow of the season here in Colorado, and it’s not even Thanksgiving yet! But are we shivering nearly to death in order to keep our heating costs under control? Nope!

I shared my best tip of all earlier this week, and now I have eight really easy DIY things you can do that don’t require a mattress heater (ahhh! Just the best thing evah!!) in today’s post.

See you there! Love, m xo 🌨 ❄️ ☃️ ❗️

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Make Your Own Spreadable Butter

You’ve seen the little tubs of “spreadable butter” in the dairy case of your supermarket. In fact, you may purchase them because they’re just so convenient. And if you watch your prices you know the typical spreadable could almost be considered a luxury item.  Most “spreadables” are part real butter, part canola oil. Others have […]

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This Homemade Silver Cleaner Removes Tarnish Like Magic

Happy Saturday, everyone!

If you’re thinking ahead to Thanksgiving the way I am, you too might be planning to pull out all the good stuff—china, silver, crystal. Come on, let’s do it!

There’s no shortage of commercial silver cleaning products on the market these days. Those that I’ve tested generally do the job, but they’re messy, contain harsh chemicals and if that’s not bad enough—they’re expensive!

Good news. I have a simple homemade silver cleaner recipe for your lovely silver pieces—chains, earrings, bracelets, flatware and heirlooms that’s cheaper, better and definitely faster. And pictures, too! See you there … Love, xo m

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How to Make Tulip Muffin Cups

In a past post I gave away all my secrets when I taught you how to make muffins that are so great, your friends will call you a genius. Reader feedback has been off the chart. In fact, that’s exactly what I was thinking about one Saturday morning as I was making muffins for brunch. I […]

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10 Awesome Ways to Do Halloween on a Budget this Year

There’s no denying that we love Halloween. What other night do we get to eat, drink, and be scary? The problem is we’ve come to love it a little too much. Sadly, most of that spending will translate to new credit-card debt—what a terrible way to start out the new year.

I know we can do so much better than that this year if we’ll simply stop, think, and then find ways to do it cheaper!

I’ve got lots of great ideas, and hope you will add yours in the comments! See you there … Love, xo m 🎃

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How to Get Yellow-Stained Bed Pillows White Again

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How to Make the Best Homemade Liquid Laundry Detergent

I’m not proud to admit it, but there was a time that I would’ve rather shoved toothpicks under my fingernails than be bothered with making my own homemade laundry detergent. Are you kidding me? Why on earth would I do that? I’m happy to live in modern times, not the stone age for goodness’ sake! […]

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How to Make the Best Homemade Powdered Laundry Detergent

Powdered laundry detergent To make one quart powdered laundry detergent, you need these items: 32-ounce or larger container with lid 1 (5-oz.) bar Fels Naptha laundry bar 2 cups (14 oz. ) borax 1 3/4 cups (14 oz.) washing soda   Fels Naptha This product is available in the laundry aisle of many supermarkets and […]

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22 Weird but Wonderful Ways to Use Coffee Filters

It was a dumb mistake. I grabbed the biggest package of coffee filters—a pack of 1,000—only to discover much later that I’d picked up the wrong size for my coffeemaker. Coffee filters are not expensive, which is probably the reason I didn’t bother returning them to the store. I suppose I should have tried, but […]

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Coffee Hacks, Tips, Tricks, and Copycat Pumpkin Spice Latte

Whenever I write about my love of coffee that admittedly has turned me into a coffee snob, reader feedback is as enthusiastic as it is voluminous. I’m happy to know I’m not alone in my snobbery.     Many of you bring up interesting points—questions, too. Like what to do with brewed coffee that is […]

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6 Awesome Gifts of Summer to Make Now for Christmas

Even if you didn’t have an abundant garden this year, don’t worry. You can still make these wonderful gifts of summer to hold onto for Christmas. You can find everything you need at a local farmer’s market. How wonderful it will be when you welcome the holiday season knowing your gifts are ready to go. Freezer jam […]

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Make Your Own Natural Non-Toxic Ant Spray

If you’ve ever had to deal with an invasion of ants, you may know the meaning of exasperation. While the kids think ants are so cute the way they march in formation, stop to help one another, and work hard to prepare for their own life challenges ahead, it’s better to study these amazing creatures than […]

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How to Fix Scratches on Glass

Our homes are well accessorized with glass from windowpanes to shower doors, tabletops and lovely glassware, too. While glass is both beautiful and durable, normal wear and tear or mindless abuse can result in ugly surface scratches on glass. I wanted to kick myself around the block. Rather than stop and think, I grabbed a […]

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How to Make Wool Dryer Balls

Whenever I write about the benefits of using wool dryer balls in place of laundry softeners, I get a few responses gently raking me over the coals for suggesting we should spend money for commercially manufactured products when it’s so easy to make your own wool dryer balls.

Yes, I could do that and so could you. But unless you have a super cheap source for 100% wool yarn, it could cost more to make them than to buy, which would be counterintuitive.

What if I told you where you just might be able to get all the 100% wool feltable yarn you need to make a full set of wool dry balls for about a dollar? Prepare to be surprised!

See you at the post … Love, m 🐑

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Ask Me Anything: Upside Down in a Car Loan, Plastic in the Oven and More

I love my overflowing inbox filled with questions from my dear readers. What I don’t love is not being able to respond personally to each and every one!

So today, rather than trying to decide which ones to answer, how about I just reach in and let’s see what comes out.

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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. It’s been quite a few years now since she and Al came to visit. In their graciously kind manner, they brought gifts. I thought I’d heard of everything, but one of these gifts left me wide-eyed […]

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The Gentle Art of Gift-Giving

The simple act of gift-giving has become extremely complicated. I blame that on the consumer credit industry. Think about it: You can be completely broke but still spend thousands of dollars on Christmas gifts—and believe it is not only your right to do so but that you are obligated to do it. We believe the […]