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  1. Savant on September 12, 2011 at 12:44 am

    my deeper freezer came unplugged I would guess while we were loading up to go on vacation. We cleaned it out and I now do not resent my sons poopy diapers. However, there is still a slight smell to it. My wife says that the slight smell does not matter and we can start to restock food in it. Will storing food in it make you sick?

  2. MaryLambert on August 31, 2011 at 10:09 pm

    Seriously? EVERYBODY has to cook and clean at some point, why not learn a better way? Keep on doing what you’re doing, Heather, cuz I plan to keep coming back!

  3. LynnG on August 3, 2011 at 9:33 pm

    I love this site. I am a full time working mom with two kids. My husband does the shopping and cooking while I do the cleaning and laundry. I am very ocd and don’t trust anyone. I had a cleaning lady in but felt she did not clean to my liking. I find this site very helpful and want to dismiss any previous views to the contrary. Thanks for all the great advice.

  4. @aprildowling on June 1, 2011 at 8:50 pm

    I have no intent to link to this site for promotion purposes. Nice try. Don't be so defensive, it's a great website for housewives who have nothing better to do with their lives than cook and clean for their husbands.

    • HeatherSolos on June 1, 2011 at 9:11 pm

      April, I removed your second comment for containing a personal attack. This is in violation of the Home-Ec 101.com comment policy. While I disagree with your opinion, you’re welcome to share it, provided you can do so without calling names, using hate speech etc.

    • carolinadreamz on September 23, 2011 at 12:05 pm

      If you don’t like our neighborhood here, then don’t visit. This site is not gender limited. Everyone needs daily skills. I’m sure there men and women without spouses that find this information very helpful. There is even a male post contributor. I’d like to read your blog.~Heidi

  5. @aprildowling on June 1, 2011 at 7:25 am

    This website depicts women as housewives who can only cook, clean and do chores. Where are the pictures of men? Are men too superior to do housework? Seriously, get with the times. A woman's role is not in the kitchen.

    • Eugene Mah on June 1, 2011 at 9:29 am

      seriously? have you gone through the site? I think a lot of the people who come here regularly would disagree with your opinion. Nowhere on the site is there anything that says women have to do all these things or that it's their exclusive domain.

      have a gander at the About page, http://www.home-ec101.com/site-information-and-di

      "Home-Ec101.com is a site designed to teach real people, real skills, as they apply to real lives. Few people have the resources to keep up with the glossy magazines and the reality of television is it isn’t. Home-Ec 101 is an attempt to reach average people and teach them the domestic arts that make life a little less expensive, a little easier, and a little more enjoyable."

      from my (guy) perspective, the site provides a lot of life skills information that people may not have learned growing up. I know I've learned a lot from reading the posts here.
      My recent post Growing

  6. @aprildowling on June 1, 2011 at 7:18 am

    This website is insulting to liberated women. FYI: It's 2011

    • Bobbie Laughman on June 1, 2011 at 11:25 am

      You're funny, April. Obviously, you meant that as a joke. Right? Has to be either that or comment spam to get your link up on this very popular, helpful site used by women and MEN of all ages….and nobody wants to think that about you, April. Good one, April.

  7. Sherlynn J on April 18, 2011 at 12:46 pm

    I love this website. I am a new wife and mother and didn't take home ec growing up. I grew up in a single parent household and where everyone fend for themselves. I hope I didn't disappoint my husband with my lack of housekeeping skills. Now that our son is 1year I am able to do a lot more around the house. I want to run my household smoothly! Thanks again (found you from simplemom)

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