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Cut Cleaning Time in Half

Spring Cleaning Made Easier

We all know after a long winter, things need to be aired and cleaned.  Did you know you can save money and time using just one product?  Who can’t use extra time for the things you like and to save money too?  Yes it can be done.  You may have heard that vinegar can be used around the home, but now you will have it all in one place!  Quick, easy and at your finger tips.

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How to Salvage Your Spices

Using and Reviving Old Spices bags of spices

Spices make your food taste exotic, smell delicious and can cost a lot.  I try to grow my own herbs when possible, but some just have to be purchased.  The rarer a spice, the more expensive.  That is why I hate to buy one for a recipe and not use it again for months.

There is a way to possibly save those old spices to use again in a recipe.  First, pour a little of the spice into your hand.  Press it into your palm with your fingers.  Does the spice fragrance come back?  Great you can use it.  If not, just put the amount of spice your recipe calls for into a small frying pan.  Turn the heat on low and stir the spice until it becomes fragrant (about 1-2 minutes).  Once this is done, pour the hot spices into a bowl and stir to bring in cooler air and stop it from continuing to cook.  Now it is okay to use in your recipe.

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12 Fixes For Your Ho

Alternate Uses for WD40
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It’s not just for squeaks any more! This one product has multiple uses.  It pays for itself!

It is a “must have” household item.  Buy it on sale and use it everywhere. My family loves shortcuts and hates it when things don’t work.  This little product can fix, repair and prevent future problems with many items in your home.  Once you try this, you will go out and buy more of it.

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5 Finishing Touches for your Home

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Need to get your home ship shape before the holiday company arrives?  Here are 5 tips to get you started.What? you thought you were going to learn about furniture and sprucing up your home before company arrives?  You’ve come to the right place.  I know it sounds funny, but peanut butter is a natural oil and lubricant that will fix your home “quirks” before the holidays.  It smells good, has no harmful chemicals and costs less than any commercial product you can find.  Take a look at these 5 ways you can use this household staple and save time and money.

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A New Way to Think About Home Fixes

14 Home Solutions

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Whether you are handy or not, things need to be repaired at home.  Some things are intricate and you need a licensed professional.  For everything else, here are some tips to do quick fixes, without purchasing a lot of different commercial products.

Just look in your cupboards and all your DIY projects can be fixed.

Here is a list of 14 quick-fix things to get you started.

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Saving Rain Water Considerations

Rain Water Pre-Planning

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I live in Wisconsin, so we have been lucky not to experience the type of draught the west has endured these past couple of years.  That does not mean it can’t happen here.

I was thinking about installing a rain water system, but where do you start?  There are a lot on the market, many that you can do yourself and some that look great and others that look downright ugly.

First and foremost: Know your municipality’s rainwater rules (or your state). Looks are not what is important though.  You need to know if it is allowed in your municipality.  Yes, believe it or not, some places don’t want you to use rain catchment systems, even if they are totally hidden.  Apparently (just my thoughts) they can’t get as much sewer and water taxes from me if I use one.

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