Money Saver: Making Your Own Laundry Detergent. Recipe

Man Doing Laundry

Making your own laundry detergent is a great money saver, and it works very well. Here’s a link with pictures to show you how: Homemade Liquid Laundry Soap There is some controversy around making your own laundry detergent: *Some worry about damaging the machine due to sudsing, but after using it myself, I couldn’t see any suds at all! *Others wonder if it works as well, and I thought that it did. I even used the Fels Naptha soap bar […] more


Tandoori Style Baked Chicken Drumsticks

Making Your Own Spice Rubs and Marinades

    Spices and herbs often make a huge difference when you prepare meats and fish; your meal can go from bland to powerful, or anywhere in between, while you add aroma and spice, enhancing the natural flavors that are already there. However, some recipes require large amount of spice, and purchasing ready-made blends at the store can get costly. Why not make the blends yourself, purchasing spices and herbs in bulk? It saves a lot of money, and it […] more

Cicada on a leaf.

Plants that Deter Pests or Attract Beneficial Insects

    In my vegetable garden, I often have to endure different pests that are attracted to my vegetable plants, but cause damage. Instead of using harsh chemicals to control them, many plants are beneficial in either keeping away pests, attracting them to focus on one of these plants rather than the ones you want free of damage, or they can help attract other insects that will help rid your garden of your unwanted pests. Here are some great, easy […] more

Mother Taking Temperature Of Sick Daughter

Cold, stomach flu, inluenza: How long is it contagious?

    The common cold; the stomach flu; influenza: When is it contagious, and for how long? And what’s the difference between the three of these, anyway? “Flu”, just so you know, does not necessarily involve the stomach, unless you call it “stomach flu”. Influenza is a better term, as is gastroenteritis (which is hard to remember, so stomach flu works in my book; at least I know what you mean!) It’s just more specific and descriptive and helps the […] more

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