Safety Recall for Dyson Heaters

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Dyson® has just recalled some of their AM04 and AM05 Bladeless Heaters due to a possible short-circuiting and overheating risk.

If you have one of these, check to see if it is on the recall list at:

Follow instructions to register your affected heater. You will be returning it to Dyson for repair, plus servicing – at no charge to you. They will then send it back to you at no charge with a new 2 year warranty.

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Easy Doritos® Dish

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doritodishMy daughter first introduced me to this quick-to-make Doritos® dish. It’s a version of the Doritos bagged meal or snack they often make while camping.

When they make it, the single portion bag of Doritos chips is broken up a bit, then everyone adds their favorite ingredients to the bag and it gets a shake.

They can spoon this meal right from the bag while enjoying a cozy campfire. And this is one meal even the teenagers love.

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How Much House Can You Really Afford?

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The bank may say you can afford that dream home, but can you really?

It’s true that the first thing you should do when you’re thinking of buying a house is shop for a mortgage and get preapproved, that way you’ll have an idea of what housing price range you should be looking at. It also assures the real estate person that you’re able to follow through with financing, should you find the ‘perfect’ house.

However, though the bank should be your first stop, what they say you can afford for a house, is not always realistic. You need Continue reading

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Before You Replace That Leaking Coffee Maker…

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Coffee makers tend to be the most replaced counter appliance, but sometimes we’re a little too quick to discard the brewer and replace it.  Coffee Maker OverflowYou could be wasting your money if the leak is caused by something that can be averted.

There’s a neat feature on most coffee makers, but unless you really inspect the machine well, you may not have noticed it.

It’s a small hole at the back of the brewer that directs any water reservoir overfill – straight out the back of your coffee maker and onto the counter. It’s a feature because it will prevent excess water from damaging your coffee maker.

Of course, leaks are not good at any time – they can be a safety hazard, but this one is easily fixed.  Continue reading

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Make a Homemade Pizza

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Make a homemade pizza starting with the dough in your bread machine and finishing it with your choice of toppings and baking it in your oven. There’s lots of reasons to make homemade pizza besides saving money:

  • Eliminate preservatives altogether
  • It’s dairy-free; egg-free
  • You can make it sugar-free
  • Add toppings that are fresh
  • Customize pizza toppings to make everyone happy
  • Homemade freshness and taste
  • Make it a family fun event

Once the dough is ready, spread it on the baking sheet, let it rise and add toppings.  For full instructions and pizza dough recipe, continue reading

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5 Reasons to Add Drapes, Blinds

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Living Room InteriorThe reason most people add window coverings to their living space is usually for privacy and while this is very important, there are other reasons which can benefit you in the long run.

One of these will leave money in your pocket on bill-paying day, while another will ‘calm’ your living space.

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Taco Mountain – A Taste of the South

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While discussing various dips and snacks for entertaining, I was reminded of Taco Mountain, a dish I haven’t made for awhile. It’s a Mexican style layered dip that can be scooped up with tortilla chips.

An easy to make treat, it requires no cooking and prep time is kept to a dull roar. Continue reading

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Setting Up a Live Tree & Keeping it Fresh

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You’ve gone out of your way to find the perfect tree – well as close to perfect as you could find and brought it home.  live holiday tree

Now what do you do with it and how do you keep it from drying during the entire holiday season?  And most of all, how do you secure it and keep it upright?

Don’t worry too much if the tree you or the kids chose is less than desirable – even with the skimpiest ‘Charlie Brown’ tree, a few decorations and garland will work wonders.  When choosing a tree, keep height a main consideration, as well as girth if your space at home is limited.

You’ll need a little headspace for a tree topper and the stand will raise it slightly from the floor.  With a standard 8′ ceiling, a 7′ tree is ideal but shorter will also look nice.

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Have You Checked Out Think Geek?

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DIYtoolkitOne online retailer I love because of the cool, fun stuff they sell is Think Geek.

Unlike most stores, their writers tend to be more creative with their ad copy and you can’t help but chuckle at their stuff.

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Poinsettia – Care & How to Force Blooms

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poinsettiaI love a Poinsettia, it’s a very quick and easy way to decorate a room for the holidays.

Overall care is fairly easy, water once a week – more often if the room is dry, clean off dry leaves and occasionally give it a little boost of fertilizer.

Note that this plant tends to upset more easily than regular house plants, so minimal moving around is best. You can tell if it’s upset – it will Continue reading

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