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Brush your cat daily and reduce carpet stains

Brush your cat every day and reduce carpet stains!
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If you are a cat owner, you already know about carpet stains.  Cats are notorious for hacking up fur balls, which as you know, takes a toll on your carpets.


I have been brushing our cat every morning, same time, while I wait for the coffee to brew.  She knows the timing and can't wait for her five minutes of glory!  Since I started this "special" cat time, she has stopped hacking up those fur balls completely!


It's amazing for us both and our carpets!
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Easy, creative way to make the cutest bulletin "bar"

Creative use of Styrofoam to create a bulleting board, of sorts
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We have seen some creative uses of every day things, even things some would consider throwing away.  Here is an excellent example of re-purposing some Styrofoam that was originally used for packing to create a cute bulletin board, or better said a bulletin bar!


Amazingly, the Styrofoam almost works better than cork does on a "real" bulletin board.  Also, see what else you can do with any leftover fabric!  Read more...



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Think twice before throwing out your plastic bread tags

A great use for bread tags you might otherwise throw away
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From now on, before you throw away those plastic bread tags, you can think twice.  There are other things you can do with them that can make certain other things in your life, well, a little bit easier and better organized!  Who would have thought?!  Read more...








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15 Commandments To Help Manage Your Type 2 Diabetes

Use these tips and tricks to help you manage the challenges of having Type 2 Diabetes
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Use these tips and tricks to help you better manage the challenges of having Type 2 Diabetes.


Learn more about diet, exercise, medication and stress management.

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Watch rust stains in your dishwasher disappear

Watch rust stains in your dishwasher disappear with this product.
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When you want to literally perform magic, using this product will do the trick! Follow the easy instructions on the bottle and watch the rust stains you thought would never come out totally disappear from your dishwasher! Add red and orange stained plastic storage containers, too!  They will come out like new!


You'll wonder where this product has been all your life!  It's amazing!  You should find this at your local grocery store!

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Be the best baker in your family with this sweet tip!

Is applesauce the secret to being the best baker in the family?

You haven't tasted moist, until you have tried using this sweet tip!




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When baking cakes, breads or muffins, where the recipe calls for vegetable oil, simply replace the oil with the same amount of unsweetened applesauce! Your banana breads, muffins and cakes will definitely rise to their occasions!  People will wonder how you did it


If you don't have unsweetened applesauce in your cupboard, but you have sweetened, don't make an extra trip  to the store for the unsweetened kind.  The sweet applesauce will be just fine!









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Crafty craft supply holder

Pretty crafty supply holder!

As you can see, this can "hold" far more than craft supplies!

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It doesn't get a whole lot more crafty than this!  Use an old (or new!) cupcake or muffin tin to organize your craft supplies, or your pens, pencils, or what-nots on your desk!


Consider chalk painting your tin and using canning jars for an older, vintage look if you like that style.


Thank you to this source!












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Quick, Delicious Corn On The Cob

Go from cob to table in 3 minutes

Perfect corn in three minutes - See how easy!

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Go from cob to the table in 3 minutes! Wrap each ear of corn separately in wax paper and microwave on high for 3 minutes per each ear of corn. 


You can definitely microwave multiple ears at once.  Just multiply your ears by 3 minutes and cook for that length of time.


Your corn will be perfect and delicious!












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Is your mouth as clean as you think it is?

Is your mouth really as clean as it can be?
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When you brush your teeth are you leaving your mouth as clean as it can really be? Many people don't include brushing their tongue or the roof of their mouth as part of their routine when they brush their teeth.


Maybe a weird thing to think about, but doing both of these and brushing with warm water instead of cold will help make your whole mouth a little bit cleaner!


Read more...

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Don't let this happen to you!  Dryer fires can be prevented!

Avoid leaving home while your dryer is running!

Find out what a main cause of these fires are!  Could you be at risk?



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Every year this happens across the country to approximately 15,000 homes, according to the National Fire Protection Agency.  Lint build-up is main culprit!


Take smart steps to make sure you are not the next victim to this kind of fire.  One tip is to NEVER LEAVE YOUR HOUSE WITH THE DRYER RUNNING! Not even if you're tight for time!  Many people do this and are risking coming home to out of control flames!


Don't be that person who says, "It won't happen to you!" 


Read more....


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This spring, clean everything, including this!

Things seem to feel better, work better and look better when they are clean!

How long has it been since these were cleaned in your house?!


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Spring is a great time to go on a mission to clean everything!  And we mean, everything!  Clean things you may not ordinarily clean, like hair brushes, pot holders, bedspreads, quilts, pillows, slipcovers, carpets, draperies, throw rugs. 


Power wash your exterior, deck, walkways, stairs. Windows, doors, window sills, baseboard, wood trim.


And, of course, so much more!  When things are clean, they seem to work better, feel better, and look better!




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Take a picture of your receipts! Never lose them again!

Take a photo of your receipts!  So much easier to keep this way!

We know, you're wondering why you didn't think of this before!

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So simple!  So convenient!  Need to hold on to your receipts?  Don't remember where you stashed them?  No worries!  Take pictures of your receipts on your phone and keep them in their own separate album.

Stores are totally open to accepting these for returns, when needed.

Just snap a picture and toss the receipt!  Then delete the photo once the receipt isn't needed anymore! 






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Take these steps to create the most awesome storage ever!

Super creative space for storage!
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This was too creative not to share!  For the right area in the right place, this typically unused space can help you stash away so much!


So unique!  So special!


Thanks to this source:

Justsomething






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Just hit MUTE or turn off the volume  and experience instant peace!

Find where the MUTE button is on your phone
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If only more people would do this! Just turn off the notification tones on your phone and see how much more productive you can be!


Imagine focusing on holding an uninterrupted conversation, completing a task, all without the care of what is going on with your phone? 


It's actually not that hard!  Just hit mute or turn off the volume on your notifications!  We bet if you do this, you will be glad you did!


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Secret to making the moistest chicken, brisket and roasts

Shhhh!  This is a well-kept secret right in your oven!
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Try this the next time you make chicken, brisket or roast. One of the best kept chef's secrets is a pan of water!  That's it!  Simply place a pan of water in the oven underneath whatever you are baking.  That simple!


This secret produces the most moist meat you can imagine.  Fall off your fork moist!  Your family or guests will want to know your secret!  It's up to you if you want to share it!




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Oh deer! Where there is one deer, there is likely another!


Watch for deer crossing in the fall because they are likely not watching out for you.
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During October and November, deer are particularly vulnerable to getting hit by cars, as they are more on the move than normal.


Avoid colliding with a deer by keeping a watchful eye out for them, as they are not likely to be watching out for you!


Often, they travel together, so if you see ONE, be cautious, another could be close behind!




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It's all in how your frame it!


Great way to re-purpose an old frame
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Feeling creative?  Here is a great way to repurpose an old frame! Depending on the frame, the bottom surface, and the color you decide to use, your frame, turned tray can "serve" you well in many places or rooms in your home, office, or wherever you want!








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Easy way to remove candle wax

Easy way to remove wax from candle holders
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This has to be the easiest way to remove wax remnants from your candle holders! Simply place your candle holders in your freezer overnight.


In the morning, you will find the wax literally just pops right out


Try this!  You will be amazed at how easy this is!








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Sink your teeth into these!

Fun! Yum!  Apple Bites!
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Here is a fun and healthy treat!  Don't feel like you can only have this treat during the fall or Halloween time! They make an awesome treat and hit all year long!


Simply cut the apple slices as you see done in the picture.  Insert almond slivers for the teeth and you've got a great snack for all!









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More apples!  80 Great Apple Recipes Everyone Will Love!

German Apple Pancake
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Fall is definitely a special time for apples, but certainly not the only time to celebrate them!


Check out this fabulous collection of apple recipes!


Mmmmmmm!  Can you already smell the cinnamon?


Thank you to this source!








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Roll With This Clever Place To Stash A Paper Towel Holder

Roll with this clever place to stash your paper towel holder!
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Here is one the most clever uses of dead space so many people already have in their kitchens.  What a great and convenient spot for a paper towel holder!  Right where you need it to be, yet cleanly out of the way! 










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Homeowners Fall Maintenance

Checklist

Fall home maintenance checklist

What should you make sure you do before the snow flies?


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Here are some fall maintenance suggestions homeowners should be considering getting done to help keep you cozy over the winter, save you some money, and to protect your biggest and most important investment, your home!


Go to full Fall Maintenance Checklist











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How much should your groceries cost you per bag?

How much should your groceries cost you per bag?
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This depends on where you shop and what you buy! However, if you are getting away with an average of $25.00 per grocery bag when you get home, you are doing well!


Read more to see what can cost you more and how and where you can reduce your average cost per grocery bag!


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