Organizational Sunday Week #19

Heather says This week’s challenge will be done mostly online unless you don’t use online banking. In that case, you’ll need to grab your bank statement. Look through your last few statements and look for recurring items.  Do you belong to a gym you don’t visit? Find out their cancellation protocol and follow through. If…

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Organizational Sunday Challenge Week #18

Heather says, The effort involved in this week’s challenge will depend on your pack rat tendencies. This week’s goal is to get rid of excess magazines and books that no, you are not going to read.  The Friends of the Library is a great place to donate old books and quality magazines, like National Geographic. Check with…

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Why Do My Black T-Shirts Get Red Patches

Dear Home-Ec 101, Why do my black shirts come out of the laundry with red/reddish patches? Signed, Spotty in Spartanburg Heather says: Laundry mysteries are always fun. Not too long ago we had an issue where one of my children’s s t-shirts were always ripping under one of the arms. We checked the inside of…

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Menu Monday 2016 Week #17

Heather says: Do you ever have consistently over-estimate the amount of time and energy you’ll have in a given period? I’m right there, right now and paying for it. This weekend I forced myself offline, with the intention of spending a lot of time with my family. (Intentions are cute aren’t they?) What really happened…

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Menu Monday Week #16

Heather says I hope everyone had a great week. I had a work trip to Salt Lake City, which is quickly turning into one of my favorite places. The company I work for, FeedBlitz*, was a sponsor of the SNAP conference. SNAP attendees are generally craft and DIY bloggers. For three days it looked like…

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Organizational Sunday Challenge #16: The Menu Plan

Heather says: Recently we worked through organizing the kitchen (see Challenges 6 – 10) if you want to play catch-up. Today we’re going to combine the kitchen organization with our last couple of weeks of financial focus. I want to be very, very clear. I absolutely know that little tips like not buying convenience items…

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Organizational Challenge Sunday Week #15

Heather says This week is a continuation of last week’s theme, getting your finances in order. Last week we took stock of our finances, making sure money is allocated to the right places. Having the money to pay your bills is just the first step, the next is making sure they actually get paid.  This…

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Menu Monday Week #14 of 2016

Heather says: Ray, my fiancé, is from Southern California and is the reason tacos seem to be on the menu every week.  Any suggestions for dinner this week, Ray? Tacos. Sigh.  As if that’s not enough tacos for anyone, every couple of weeks we visit a local taco truck / stand where I have fallen…

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How to Clean Up After a Toilet Overflows

How to Clean Up After the Toilet Over Flows

Dear Home Ec 101, So, twice this has happened lately thanks to little girls who don’t always flush when they’re supposed to. I have all the towels to mop up the water and um mess, from the toilet overflow itself. Then I have to wash the towels, floor, and toilet. And then I feel the need…

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Fighting Back Against That Lived-In Look

how to fight back against that lived-in look

Hi Home-Ec 101, I admit, I am a terrible housekeeper, but I am trying to improve, and I long for a house I can be proud of. We have lived in our 1957 Cape Cod home for 8 years. It probably came with a certain amount of wear and tear, but our 3 kids, 2…

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Menu Monday Week 12 of 2016

Heather says Last week’s lentil patty melts were changed into black bean patty melts, but they worked really well. Same concept as the lentil patties, I just forgot to check the pantry before writing the menu. (Yep, more proof that we’re all human around here). I also managed to reshoot the sausage peppers and onions.…

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Help, My Cleaning Solution Dulled My Hardwood

cleaning solution dulled hardwood floor

Hi, I have hardwood parquet flooring. When we moved into the house the previous owners told us to use Johnson’s One Step No Buff Wax liquid on it. I have used it every few months (especially on the kitchen floor) since 2000. The kitchen floor now looks terrible — darker with grime and dirt kind…

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