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Finance, Home Business, Household, Taxes

Expenses That are Tax Deductible When Working from Home

Comments Off on Expenses That are Tax Deductible When Working from Home 16 March 2017

Do you work from home? If so, you can take some good deductions to reduce your tax bill. As a matter of fact, many people take on some at-home work precisely to gain those deductions. So if you are considering a work at home opportunity or are already working from home and interested in maximizing […]

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Wood beautiful custom kitchen interior design

Cleaning, Household

Hot Spots Make our Homes Messy

Comments Off on Hot Spots Make our Homes Messy 24 February 2017

“Hot Spots”: the areas where junk accumulates. For a lot of people, it accumulates on flat surfaces like counters, side tables, desks. I find I get hotspots in my in box, where I throw semi-urgent paperwork that I don’t what to deal with “right now”. Which means “never”. I also find that my hotspots develop […]

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honey in a bowl

Food, Groceries, Household

Raw Vs Commercial Honey And Why It Matters

Comments Off on Raw Vs Commercial Honey And Why It Matters 19 February 2017

Just because a substance is labeled “honey” doesn’t mean it is. Sticky brown sweet stuff is appearing on grocery store shelves and instead of floral nectar made by bees, it is adulterated with ingredients such as glucose, dextrose, molasses, sugar syrup, corn syrup, starch, or any other similar product. Often the pollen has been filtered out […]

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Winter lake

Entertainment, Hobbies, Household, Tips

It’s Winter – Own It

Comments Off on It’s Winter – Own It 07 February 2017

Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow last week which means six more weeks of winter. I know that there were other groundhogs who did not, and that there are challenges to Phil, but I am going with Phil. Lately, I hear and read a lot about people “missing summer” and “waiting impatiently for spring” and “tired […]

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Wallet and cash

Finance, Household, Money, Shopping, Tips

Things I No Longer Buy

Comments Off on Things I No Longer Buy 05 February 2017

I am always interested in what people consider essential and non-essential. Am on the same page with video creator Melody on many of her ideas. Straws are great for smoothies. Drinking smoothies right out of a cup can be very messy and prone to spilling. I have some re-usable plastic straws that I bought at […]

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Appliances, Finance, Household, Tips

How to Save Money on your Electric Bill

Comments Off on How to Save Money on your Electric Bill 29 January 2017

Some great and practical (and do-able) ideas regarding saving money on your electric bills.

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heating pad

DIY, Household, Personal Care

Homemade Rice Heating Pad

Comments Off on Homemade Rice Heating Pad 20 January 2017

This winter I have been warming my bed (and especially my cold feet) with two rice heating pads. One of them I purchased at a retail store and the other a friend purchased for me at a craft fair. They are both neck warmers, however I don’t like wearing them around my neck, so have […]

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Crock pot rice

Appliances, Food, Kitchen, Recipes, Rice Cooker, Slow Cooker

Crockpot Rice

Comments Off on Crockpot Rice 09 January 2017

In an attempt to cut down on the amount of appliances that I have, I decided to get rid of my rice cooker – even though I was eating a fair amount of rice. It took up too much room and it sputtered while it was cooking, leaving a sticky white watery residue all around […]

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Bills, Finance, Money, New Year, New Year's Eve, Personal Care, Weight Loss

Let’s Scratch New Year’s Resolutions

Comments Off on Let’s Scratch New Year’s Resolutions 31 December 2016

My New Year’s Resolution List usually starts with the desire to lose between ten and three thousand pounds. Nia Vardalos New Year’s resolutions are often a joke – an old, sad one.  I have some acquaintances who own a bakery.  They always schedule a vacation right after New Year’s because historically that is when they see a drop in […]

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Clothes, Decorating, Household, Shopping

Best Things to Buy after Christmas

Comments Off on Best Things to Buy after Christmas 23 December 2016

Am not a fan of shopping for no reason and just because things are cheap, however, if you know that you use certain items, why not wait until those items are discounted? Here are the best things to buy after Christmas Christmas “stuff”: wrapping paper, decorations, home decor, etc. Toys and small gifts: You can […]

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milk and cookies for santa

Christmas, DIY, Food, Gift Ideas, Household, Parties

Cookies, Cookies, Cookies….

Comments Off on Cookies, Cookies, Cookies…. 20 December 2016

Here are some great resources for last minute Christmas cookies for Santa – and for cookies all week long between Christmas and New Year’s Day.  I am going to a New Year’s Day party potluck and believe me,I’ll be bringing a plate of some of these along… Three ingredient cookies: https://www.pillsbury.com/holidays-celebrations/christmas/easy-3-ingredient-cookies King Arthur Flour guide to […]

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Christmas, DIY, Gift Ideas, Parties, Shopping, Thrift Stores, Uncategorized

My Dollar Store Christmas Party

Comments Off on My Dollar Store Christmas Party 20 December 2016

I just hosted a very nice holiday cookie party. I have been doing this party with the same group of women for years and years – each year at a different house. This year it was at mine – and because I do not have a lot of storage space right now, I do not […]

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Bills, Finance, Green, Homestead, Household, Housing, Money

Keep Warm with a Low Thermostat

Comments Off on Keep Warm with a Low Thermostat 05 November 2016

Winter is here. Really here. How cold does it get where you live? And how expensive is it for you to keep your home warm during the winter? In this video, Frugal Green Girl talks about some of the strategies she and her family use to keep warm while keeping the thermostat low. These are […]

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macaroni and cheese

Appliances, Food, Household, Recipes, Rice Cooker

Rice Cooker Macaroni and Cheese

Comments Off on Rice Cooker Macaroni and Cheese 01 November 2016

November is comfort food time! I was delighted to find this recipe for Rice Cooker Macaroni and Cheese. I love love love my rice cooker.  Especially since it has a steamer element. So it can truly be a multi-use appliance  Am liking this new idea of making one pot meals in it. Found this great article […]

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