Heloise’s Tip: Removing Candle Wax From Carpet

This is a very helpful tip from my friend Heloise.

Fill a metal pan with ice cubes. Place the pan right on top of the candle wax and leave it until the wax is frozen solid. Then hit the frozen wax with a small hammer to break it up. Pick or vacuum up the pieces. Put dry-cleaning solvent on a clean cloth to remove any residue.


February 17, 2007 at 8:01 pm 1 comment

Plan a Month of Menus: Save Time and Money

Planning a Month of Menus can be a fun experiment for a busy family. You cook the food in bulk, freeze batch in containers or freezer bags, and warm up whatever it is you feel like eating the next day. A deep freezer would probably be a good thing to purchase to store freeze batched food along with other bulk items bought at Costco or Sam’s Club.

The Month of Menus.pdf is a tool to help families use groceries available from local food pantries to prepare nutritious meals.

Efforts have been made to plan for nutritional adequacy and variety, including menus with moderate amounts of fat and sodium. While daily menus could have been developed including low-fat, low-sodium foods, our experience indicates that those foods are not yet common in the local food pantry.

February 17, 2007 at 4:34 pm Leave a comment

The President’s Day Store Specials!


Save at least 75% off retail on select sale products

J&R’s President’s Day Sale on Electronics.

Kohls President’s Day Sale on Chaps apparel and KitchenAid

Macy’s President’s Day Sale!

February 16, 2007 at 4:00 pm Leave a comment

Spring De-clutter: Get Rid of Your Clothes and Make Money

For people like me we have our closets and dressers bursting at the seams. This is a sure sign that we need to de-clutter. Get the trash bags and boxes ready because it’s time to bring in that haul truck!

Normally I would go through the closet and divide the clothes I haven’t worn in a while, don’t fit any longer, or kids have just outgrown into 4 categories:

Keep, Donate, Trash, and Sell.

Some people would prefer to just donate all their clothes and write off a tax deduction which is a very easy way to get back money, but I don’t have enough deductions to even consider claiming this. And I would like the money now rather than wait for the IRS.

My dressy and practically new clothes I simply sell to local used clothes merchants like Twice As Nice.

Tips: If you are considering reselling to these merchants be sure that your clothes are in great condition and ironed. These merchants will more likely buy your stuff if they can just put it on the rack and sell them. They also prefer name brand clothing but don’t expect to receive a lot and they may not accept all your clothes.

Another great option is to sell via Craigslist.org or eBay. Personally, I would go with Craigslist because there is less hassle, it is local, and you are more likely to get rid of your stuff and make money within the week.

Tip#1: People on Craigslist are looking for bargains and deals so don’t mark up your prices too close to retail. Think of Craigslist like a garage sale over the internet.

Tip#2:I’ve had a lot of success selling furniture and children’s stuff from toys to clothes on Craigslist.

Tip#3:To gain immediate interest in your selling items be sure to take awesome pictures, each posting can have up to 4 pictures. And say as much as you can about that item. Buyers want to really know if driving someplace is worth the money they are paying for something. They are more likely to pass on your item if it appears shady and unclear.

So now you have all your things trashed, donated, organized into their respectable places, and sold or pending on Craigslist. A simple act of de-cluttering and organizing your closets will not only free up more space and make you money, but create a long-welcomed clutter-free ambiance. Congratulations! You won’t have to rummage through the cotton heaps and mounds to find that cute black dress you wanted to wear for that upcoming dinner party.

February 16, 2007 at 3:36 pm Leave a comment

The Quickest and Easiest Way to Relieve Diarrhea

Everyone’s experienced Diarrhea and it is embarrassing to even mention it to someone let alone the readers of this blog. But it is even more embarrassing to be at a time and place where this condition is not immediately addressed.

First, my sister is a Resident attending Queen’s Hospital in Hawaii and spent her internship at L.A. She said that Diarrhea is caused by many factors one of which is most common, dehydration. Over 70% of people are dehydrated. They don’t drink enough water.

So when I experienced some problems, I remembered what she said and quickly drank 1-3 glasses of water, the more the better. The condition eased and eventually went away within that hour. However, if you know you have food-poisoning or your diarrhea is accompanied by vomiting and nausea you should seek medical attention.

Maybe the next time you are at the airport, shopping, taking a final exam, or at a conference meeting you will remember this tip, try it out, and relieve the pain and embarrassment of …..

February 15, 2007 at 9:49 pm 1 comment

Add a DVD Rental to Your Grocery List

On Valentine’s Day I went to Fry’s twice because I forgot something. Well on my way to the produce section I noticed this huge ATM-like machine near the wall. It was a $1 DVD Rental Machine in cooperation with TheNewRelease.com! “Hurray!”, I screamed inside my head!

Grocery stores so ROCK! Now I can shop for groceries, pickup prescriptions, and rent DVDs in one convenient location.

Here is more information about the how the DVD rentals work.

The selections are limited based on a 1st come 1st serve basis. It costs $1 plus tax to rend and you must return the movie the following day before midnight or you will get charged $1 a day and after 14 days you will be charged $35 plus tax! You can rent up to 3 movies at a time per credit card and the new releases are updated every Tuesday.

February 15, 2007 at 9:09 pm 1 comment

Download Popular Free Ringtones, Wallpaper, ScreenSavers, and Games without using your Computer

There are so many ways to download and create your very own ringtones for free so why pay money?
3GForFree.com has been around for years and is truly a hidden gem. Some of their ringtones are the “real” songs and not just instrumental. They also have songs from many genres including Reggae and Christmas.


February 15, 2007 at 8:57 pm 38 comments

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