Friday, April 4, 2014

Please Help Answer - Frugal Wedding Dress Question

Q.  My mother-in-law is making my wedding dress, but she used the wrong satin and it's very stiff. There's a delicate lace overlay appliqued to the satin. What can I do to soften the satin without ruining any of the material? I'm hoping to have more movement rather than structure. Thanks!
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I know this prospective bride will appreciate all the help you can give her and we appreciate you helping her too.


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Thursday, April 3, 2014

Growing M&M's In Your Garden - Really?

Here's an excellent video in detail about growing M&Ms in your garden.  What a fun thing for children to get involved in.

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Friday, February 14, 2014

10 Imaginative Valentine's Ideas

These days it seems like a simple card or a box of chocolates for our significant other will no longer suffice on Valentine's day. We look at ten ways to show your partner how much you care without emptying your bank account.

1. Make a card yourself

The trouble with Valentine's cards is that they are a bit impersonal. It's a lot to expect that a complete stranger's words or images will somehow magically sum-up your own feelings for your partner.
Making a card yourself is far more personal and fun – you can even get the kids involved (if you have them). You don't need to splash out loads on materials either as you can easily make your card by simply recycling household materials like card or even lettering cut from a newspaper or magazine.
There's lots of templates for Valentine's cards available online or you could always get creative with your MS clip art on your lunch break. You partner is bound to be impressed as it shows a lot more thought than simply walking into your nearest Clintons.

2. Flowers

These days a bouquet of red roses does not come cheap – especially around Valentine's day. But if you are determined to 'say it with flowers', then there are some cheaper alternatives ... Read more

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Thursday, September 26, 2013

How to Build a Storm Shelter

From The Family Handyman Magazine

A storm shelter is a super-strong safe room designed to withstand dangerous high winds, tornadoes and flying debris. You'll remain safe even if your house falls apart. We show you a type that you can build yourself.

Read the entire article.

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Frugal Fall Gardening Tips

Spring Fever is for spendthrifts.

For cheapskates, Fall's the time to garden.

Sure, everybody's green thumb seems to blossom with the first warmish day of spring, just about the same day the green blades of the daffodils pop up in the flowerbed. But by autumn, most fair weather gardeners have long ago hung up their hoes for the season.

In most parts of the country, Fall is the best time of year for all kinds of garden activities, including planting and transplanting plants. It's also the time of year when you can save a bushel of cash on gardening equipment and nursery stock, and save even more by properly tucking in your garden and equipment for its long winter's nap.

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5 Unique Ways to Store Your Books


We might be able to download a digital book with the click of a mouse, but at the end of the day there is something very reassuring about a home filled with books; they serve as a roadmap of sorts showing where we have been in our lives, both literally and figuratively.

That said, having enough room to store books can sometimes be a challenge; here are five creative solutions for corralling books in unexpected spots.  The library in the staircase is really cool!  Read the entire article.

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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Best Deals of the Year Nature's Sunshine

Our son is a distributor of Nature's Sunshine Products and we would like to bless him by diverting our sales to his website for this promotion. If you use Nature's Sunshine's 600+ great quality herbs and supplements, or want to give them a try, this is a great time to do it. Choose free membership at checkout to buy at direct cost prices and don't forget to enter the code shown below for the additional 5% off and $1 shipping.   There is no auto-shipping, auto-billing or required orders.  No gimmicks!  Members shop at 30-45% off retail prices every day.  With your membership you earn points for free product on future orders if you choose to order again.   Here's the deal ... and thank you for being a blessing to our son. Randal and Donna
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