Category Archive: household tips

Jan 03 2014

Organize It Giveaway

Organize It Giveaway Its the first month of 2014 and many of you are starting the year of with the vow to get organized. I am  happy to help you get started with my Organize It Giveaway! Thank you to my lovely giveaway sponsors, Storables, Staples and Sew Crafty Angel   This months giveaway prizes …

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Sep 03 2013

Just Five Minutes

Just Five Minutes Did you realize there are several things you can accomplish around the house in just five minutes? We just enjoyed a long weekend here in the US and I thought I would do a few things around the house that I had been planning on getting around to. I’m laughing right now, …

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Dec 30 2011

Do You Oosouji, New Year 2012

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Christmas has come down at our house. Boxes have been packed, angels have been wrapped in tissue paper and everything is securely packed away until Christmas 2012. It’s so much quicker taking it all down isn’t it? It’s a little sad though,no more holiday music or twinkling lights,no presents, mistletoe or holiday movies… But now I am  focused on the new year …

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Nov 15 2011

More Just Good Information

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  I absolutley love hearing from you! Several of you have requested another post about just good information. Being someone who never wants to disappoint ( thank you type A personality, giggle) I sat down with a cup of tea and came up with these. I hope you will find some new and useful information …

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Oct 18 2011

Dear Katie, When A Neighbor Borrows

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Dear Katie/Katherine, My neighbor is constantly borrowing stuff from me and then she forgets to return it. I really like her and don’t want to hurt her feelings. But how do I get my things back? Signed a Follower of your sweet blog Dear bloggy friend, lending to friends and neighbors is a generous thing …

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Jun 04 2011

Dear Katie Decorative Plate Degreaser

Dear Katie I have a painted plate on display in my kitchen on the wall above my stove. I’ve tried everything and I can’t get the grease off of it. Do you have any suggestions? Thanks Diane Dear Diane. It sounds like your plate is hand washable ( painted). Lets see if I can help! …

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May 19 2011

Dear Katie Picnic Ants


Dear Katie, I’m planning a picnic and we have a lot of ants here already. Do you know any non-pesticide ways to keep the ants from ruining our picnic? Thanks Jukes Dear Jukes,  I love a nice picnic under a shady tree.Our weather here isn’t  cooperating yet. I came up with these two choices. If …

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May 12 2011

All About Pillows

Today I’m blogging about pillows. We decorate with them, we have pillow fights with them, we fluff them, stack them, and lay in piles of them. We even put our pets and our sparkly tiaras on them! Sadly I don’t have a tiara. But,if I did it would be on a purple velvet pillow…. How …

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May 06 2011

Spring Cleaning Goes Green

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Before I dive into today’s post I’d like to take a moment to say thank you to Java at  Never Growing Old. Every week I join her blog hop and discover wonderful new blogs. She generously offers the chance to be randomly selected as a featured blogger . I am thrilled to have the coveted …

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Apr 28 2011

Joyful Places Every Day

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Every day I visit fantastic blogs here on the world wide web. Every day I see beautiful images and read inspiring words. Every day I share in bloggers joys and sorrows . Every day I see creativity at its best. Every day I say I am thankful there are more joyful blogs than sorrow filled …

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Apr 26 2011

Sweet Easter Memories 2011

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One of the best things about being a Grandmother of five beautiful  grandchildren is the freedom to indulge. Treats, hugs, smooches, giggle, and lots of fun.  Because at Grandma’s house we break the rules.  Candy is often eaten before dinner, bath time is more about bubbles and swimming than getting clean, staying up past bedtime …

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Apr 21 2011

Dear Katie What is This Stuff


Dear Katie, I was reading the labels on some things at home the other day and I thought I’d ask you. What is Retsyn and why is it in my mints! Why do I have to refrigerate after opening? What the heck is msg and why is it in my soup? Thank you from your …

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Apr 07 2011

Time For An Oil Change, Infused Olive Oil

Infused Olive Oils Return to Main Recipe Page, Time for an oil change, olive oil that is. I use olive oil for all my cooking (except for baking I use vegetable oil. )   Eating foods cooked in olive oil (rich with phenols) reduces clot promoting substances which can  help to a lower the risk of …

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Apr 01 2011

Kitchen Change Up Finale

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Well it’s the big taa daa moment. I’ve finished with the kitchen changes. It feels light and springy and I really like it! I liked the old Tuscan look too. But this one is definitely turning out to be my favorite. Here are the before and afters. What do you think? The top of the …

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Feb 28 2011

Pretty Little Boxes

I had to restrain myself when I was at the shop the other day. I’m usually pretty good about buying just what is needed. I try not to stray to far from the list. But,I am drawn like a magnet to pretty boxes. I just love them. There’s just something wonderful about putting something ordinary …

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Feb 21 2011

Dear Katie Velcro Fuzz

Dear Katie, both of my children have velcro shoes. I have a hard time picking the sock fuzzies out of the velcro. Do you have any suggestions? Thanks Jill   Dear Jill, I found the best way to get rid of the fuzz stuck in velcro is to use a small crochet hook. It removes …

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Feb 12 2011

Solution To Hard Brown Sugar

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Dear Katie, Thank you for adding the cooking questions category. You’ve answered so many of my questions over the past year. Now, I’m back with another one for you. How can I keep my brown sugar from turning into cement in my pantry? Thanks Katie and God bless you, Ginger Dear Ginger, thank you so …

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Feb 12 2011

Frying With Olive Oil

Frying With Olive Oil Dear Katie, You use olive oil in most of your wonderful recipes. Can I fry french fries in olive oil? Thank you, Dorothy Dear Dorothy, thank you! I’m so glad you’re enjoying the recipes.  Olive oil has a high smoke point at 410°. Turn your back for a moment and  it …

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