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3 Butterflies and a Bee on Echinacea
After reading how important planting native plants are to the health of bees, butterflies, birds, native animals and the environment, I am adding more native plants to my little "Mom's Memorial Garden".
Early Signs of Spring (Apricot Buds)
I am not very keen on cold weather. In South Africa, we are used to warmer weather, so this winter was particularly cold and unpleasant.
Frames can be made from anything. Resourcefulness and creativity is the key. This time I'm going to make one from melted crayons. If you wish to try this just be careful with the flames.
Taking Food Cans And Making Functional Pieces
Here is a way to upcycle those food cans/containers into functional and decorative pieces.
Cute Little Paper Bird Craft
Here is a cute craft for the summer months! This little bird will look great as party décor when hosting a garden party. This fella' is quick to make, so you can have a whole flock of birds to help you to celebrate in style. You can make the birds in different colors to add a fun element.
Loving a Chicken
I save my food scraps to take to my neighbor's chickens. There is one little hen that gets out of the pen most every day. When she sees me coming, she runs down the path to meet me and follows me to the pen. She lets me pick her up and put her over the fence back into the pen. She wants to eat too.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Getting Rid of Tiny Ants
Both borax powder and diatomaceous earth can be effective in deterring ants. This is a guide about getting rid of tiny ants.
Mosquito Repellent Recipes
This page contains mosquito repellent recipes. Mosquitoes are a problem in many regions.
More Pest Control
Gardening Tips and Advice
Extending Your Asparagus Harvest
This is a guide about extending your asparagus harvest. With a few simple strategies you can stagger and extend the length of your asparagus harvest.
Picking the Ripest Blackberries
Optimal sweetness is achieved when the berry is fully ripe. Some berries actually may appear ready to pick when black and shiny, but with some varieties it is when they become less shiny that they are the sweetest. This is a guide about picking the ripest blackberries.
This is a guide about harvesting potatoes. Growing your own potatoes can be a fun and rewarding part of your vegetable garden. Once the potatoes are full grown it's time to harvest them.
DIY Green Onion Garden
I love having a never-ending green onion garden, especially on the cheap. I recently got a huge bag of green onions at the shop for 50 cents. Some of them were starting to wilt at the tips. I used the dark green parts in some recipes, and soaked the roots in some water overnight. I then planted them.
This is a guide about growing aloe. Not only is aloe a neat looking plant, it has medicinal uses too. It is easy to grow aloe at home and have access to its soothing qualities the next time you get sunburned.
Growing Celery From Kitchen Scraps
When you are finished with the bunch of celery, put it in a glass of water to root. Then put it in a pot with potting soil. When it gets bigger plant in the ground. Water it regularly and you will have celery.
More Gardening Tips and Advice
Summer Fun for Kids
Attend Free Summer Community Events
This weekend, we attended Celebrate Hillsboro, an annual summer event provided by the businesses and city of Hillsboro, Oregon.
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.
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.
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.
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.
More Summer Fun for Kids
Green Tips for Back to School
Other than the holiday season, back-to-school shopping offers consumers the largest opportunity to collectively vote with their dollars in support of environmentally and socially responsible products.
Buy Teachers' Gifts Now
It might be fall, but now is the time to purchase your child's teacher gifts. Teachers always appreciate tokens of student appreciation, especially those that are hand-picked by their students.
Saving Money on Packed Lunches
With kids going back to school soon, it's a good time to start looking for ways to save money on packed lunches. Here are some tips shared by the ThriftyFun community. If you have advice, please post it here.
School Lunches With Pizzazz
The prices of school lunches, like most other things, are rising. Yet, parents need to question whether these lunches are providing their children with healthy lunch options and whether or not the lunches are worth the money.
First Day of School Photos
Every year, since our kids were in Kindergarten, I have taken a photo of them in their cubbies. Looking back at them, they are so small those first few years.
As schools suffer through budget cuts, fundraisers become even more important. Yet everyone is cutting back, and purchasing wrapping paper, candy, or raffle tickets isn't in the budget.
Peach crumble is a classic summertime dessert, especially if you are lucky enough to have ripe fresh peaches. Learn how to make 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.
Washer Lariat Necklace
Take a flat metal washer from the hardware store and convert it into beautiful jewelry. Learn how to make it in this short video.
Stuffed Animal Eye Patch
If you have a beloved stuffed animal that loses an eye, an eye patch might be the best solution. Learn how 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.
Making a Lid Spoon
Ever been stuck without a spoon when eating an individual serving of applesauce, pudding or yogurt? Just use the lid as a spoon! Learn how to make one in this short video.
Cream of Overgrown Zucchini Soup
If you have reached the stage where neighbours are leaving zucchini on your porch or if a few have grown too large to grill, it's time for this creamy and delicious soup. It is simple and you can return to it again and again. These days I encourage a few larger fruits to form just so I can make it!
Uses for Milk Bags
Milk bag can be used for a variety of things after being cleaned out. This is a guide about uses for milk bags.
Glaze Not Sticking to Candles
One way to help ensure that the glaze sticks to your candles, is to not touch them with your bare hands prior to glazing. This is a guide about
glaze not sticking to candles
Using Bread to Pick Up Broken Glass
I recently dropped a dainty black light bulb on the kitchen floor. There were tiny bits everywhere! I swept up what I could see, but I was scared there were minuscule shards everywhere. I carefully pressed a slice of bread over the glass. The sponginess and little nooks sucked up all of the debris.
Sweet Onion Poppyseed Dressing
I bought poppy seeds for baking, and as I was looking for recipes came across this one, which is quite tasty.
Installing a New Solenoid on Mower
If your lawn mower won't engage and turn over to start, you may need to replace the solenoid. This is a guide about installing a new solenoid on mower.
Identifying Household Bugs
I am trying to identify these tiny bugs. We keep finding them on our kitchen table napkins and in our bed by the window. We had an exterminator come and now have a couple sources identified in our laundry room and outside door near that room.
Identifying a Porcelain Doll
I have this six inch tall posable baby doll. Someone told me it was Dutch. The fingers are connected. It seems to be made out of porcelain. Can anybody tell me who made it, or what it's worth, or anything about it?
Looking for Discontinued York Wallpaper AK7502
I am looking for 2 rolls of AK7502 wallpaper. It has pink and purple flowers. It has been discontinued and is hard to find.
Value of a Seymour Mann Porcelain Doll
I wanted to know the value of a Seymour Mann Connoisseur Collection doll. The style number is CED 200A/D. I looked everywhere and can't find the exact one. It was bought in 1984.
Qualifying for SSI
I applied for SSI. I receive child support for my child. Is the child support counted against my SSI? I have not been able to find a answer to this question.
Identifying Tiny Black Bugs
These little bugs have been coming in beside my bath tub, either from the hot water floor board heater pipe or cracks in the caulking. I've sprayed down the hole for the heater pipe. I've seen about 5 this week and always the same spot. They have no wings. If I blow on them they seem to move "fast" after holding still.
Making a Pinhole Solar Eclipse Viewer
Finding Home Repair Help for Low Income Families
Getting Financial Assistance for Roof...
Getting Rid of a Musty Smell in the Basement
Keeping Bees Out of a Hummingbird Feeder
Electric Smoke Detector Won't Stop Beeping
Buy Now, Pay Later Websites
Finding Roof Repair Assistance for Seniors
13th Birthday Party Ideas for Girls
11th Birthday Party Ideas for Girls
Cleaning Pet Urine Odor From Hardwood Floors
Selling Trees on Your Land for Lumber
Unique 50th Birthday Party Ideas
Getting Dental Work w/o Insurance
Getting Rid of Ants
Removing Cigarette Smoke Odors From a...
50th Anniversary Gift Ideas
Removing Urine Odors from a Couch
12th Birthday Party Ideas for Girls
Getting Rid of Fleas in Human Hair
How to Remove Ink from Leather
Homemade Cat Repellents
Removing Toilet Bowl Stains
Repairing a Washer That Won't Drain or Spin
Roof Repair for Low Income Homeowners
10th Birthday Party Ideas
Getting Rid of Fruit Flies
How Much Does House Cleaning Cost?
Removing Dye Transfers from Clothing
Identifying Little Black Biting Bugs
Cleaning Urine Stains from a Mattresses
Removing Skunk Smell from House
Removing Rust Stains from a Bathtub
Name Ideas for a Childcare Business
Removing Pet Urine Stains from Hardwood Floors
How to Use Online Auctions and Not Get...
Cleaning Gasoline from Car Carpet
Making a Mosquito Trap
Removing Sulfur Smell from a Well Water System
Cleaning Smoke Off Walls
Fixing a Wood Table With a Nail Polish Remover Stain
Refrigerator's Ice Maker Not Making Ice
Finding Plumbing Repair Assistance for...
Identifying Small Black Bugs
Unclogging a Garbage Disposal
Removing White Heat Stains from a Wood Table
Removing Rust from a Car or Truck
Restoring the Shine on a Formica Countertop
Keeping Slugs Off Hostas
Getting Rid of Invisible Biting Bugs
Cleaning an Above Ground Pool
Removing Labels from Glass Jars
Recycling Old Trophies
Keeping Ants Out of the Hummingbird Feeder
Cleaning Smelly Drains
Preventing Mineral Deposits in a Toilet
Cleaning Urine Odors from Carpet
Remedies for Pain from Wearing Dentures
Cleaning a Fiberglass Tub
Getting Rid of Mildew Smell in a Car
Preventing a Dog From Peeing on Carpet and Rugs
Removing Tree Sap from a Car
Clearing a Clogged Bathtub Drain
Remedies for Worms in Dogs
14th Birthday Party Ideas for Girls
Birthday Party Ideas for Teens
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