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No-Bake Energy Bars

Nov 22, 2017

Do you find that your energy drops off dramatically in the afternoon?  Are you struggling to stay awake and stay on task during the day?  While coffee and caffeine may offer a temporary pick-me-up, a better alternative is a light snack packed with protein, fiber and antioxidants to rev your energy and keep your brain firing on all cylinders.  Here is a great recipe for no-bake energy bars

Emergency Car Kit - Winter

Nov 21, 2017

Emergency preparedness is a good idea any time of year, and your car is one place where you should definitely have a few emergency items on hand all the time.  Consider keeping things like jumper cables, a flashlight, a small first aid kit, water, and flares or reflective triangles.

Denim Crafts

Nov 20, 2017
Earth Sense
SC Public Radio

Denim is a versatile fabric.  It looks great, fits everybody, and holds up over time.  But there will come a time when you favorite jeans are too worn to wear.  Before you throw them out, think about ways that you can use the fabric!  Re-using and re-purposing those old pants can save you money and save space in the landfill!  And you can do all sorts of creative things with denim.  And you’ve already got ready made pockets for hanging organizers, pocket refrigerator magnets, or that canvas tote that would be perfe

Laundry Stain Removers 2

Nov 17, 2017

When it comes to your laundry it can be difficult to know how to treat a stain so your clothes aren’t ruined.  But make it easy on yourself by printing a stain removal guide and post it in the laundry room!

Laundry Stain Removers 1

Nov 16, 2017

Don’t you just hate it when you drop that big glob of spaghetti sauce on your favorite pants?  And then how can you make sure that stain comes out in the wash?

Laundry Savers 2

Nov 10, 2017

You now have some good ideas to help save you money in the laundry room, so let’s keep the momentum going!  You’ll save money if you wait until you have a full load, but try not to overload.


Homemade Laundry Detergent

Nov 10, 2017

If you’ve got a large family, then you know that laundry can pile up quickly and detergents are only getting more expensive.  You could try skipping detergent all together and let your machine do the scrubbing for you.  Or you could make your own detergent for a fraction of the price you pay for store bought brands.

Laundry Savers 1

Nov 9, 2017

We’re all looking to save money and one place you may not have thought to cut corners yet is the laundry room.  These are a few things you could try to help save money on your laundry.


Cool Weather Pet Safety

Nov 8, 2017

Our pets are four legged family members, so it’s important to keep their health and safety in mind in cooler weather.  As rodents and pests start to seek warmer indoor temperatures, the use of pesticides increases, but these rodenticides and pesticides can be highly toxic to your pet.  If you’re going to use these products, do so with extreme caution and make sure you store them (and any other toxic chemicals like motor oil and coolant) in a place inaccessible to pets and children! 

Pumpkin Pie Dip

Nov 8, 2017

Pumpkin recipes are everywhere this time of year and if you’ve got a holiday party on the calendar, this pumpkin pie dip recipe will really please a crowd!

Pumpkin Recipes

Nov 8, 2017

Pumpkins are everywhere this time of year!  And they’re such a versatile fall fruit.  When it comes time to carve those scary jack-o-lanterns, don’t throw out the meat and seeds!

Grow Shitake Mushrooms

Nov 8, 2017

Mushrooms are versatile food sources that can serve as a meat alternative in your low-calorie diet.  Shitake mushrooms are easier to grow than you may think.  You’ll want to start with a hardwood logs like a chestnut or sugar maple, but their favorite hardwood is oak. 


Green Tailgating

Nov 8, 2017

Nothing brings a community together like sporting events and whether you’re routing for little league or your alma mater, try to think green when tailgating.  First remember to clean up after yourself and bring a trash bag so there’s no litter left behind after the game. 


How to Build a Fire Pit

Nov 8, 2017

An outdoor fire pit is a great place to entertain, enjoy a cool night, and make s’mores.  There are some pre-fabricated fire pits on the market that are fairly affordable, but if you have the gumption, you can customize your own as a weekend project


Reuse Candle and Soap Remnants

Nov 8, 2017

We’ve been discussing ways to use what you already have to help you save money and go green, and what better way to do that than to put good use to those soap slivers and left-over candle scraps?  It’s easier than you think to make a new candle from the remnants of the candles you’ve already enjoyed. 

  

Fall Home Projects

Nov 8, 2017

As we move into fall, it’s a good time to think about a few projects around the house to weather proof and gear up for the season.  This may be a good time to change your windows.  If you still have single pane less efficient windows, gear up for cooler weather by upgrading to double pane energy efficient ones. 

  

Drumsticks

Nov 8, 2017
A Minute with Miles
SC Public Radio/Mary Noble Ours

Percussion players can vary the sounds of their instruments by using different kinds of drumsticks, or drumsticks with different kinds of heads. Timpani players, for example, use  sticks that range from very soft to very hard. The heads of “normal,” or “regular” timpani sticks are made of felt—hard felt covered with soft felt—but the softest timpani stick heads are made of sponge, and the hardest are made of solid wood. Just imagine the difference in sound between a drum struck with sponge and a drum struck with wood! 


A Minute with Miles
SC Public Radio/Mary Noble Ours

Today is November 6th, and it’s the birthday of two important figures in the history of music, one an American composer and bandleader, and the other a Belgian instrument maker.

Fall Leaves

Oct 13, 2017

Those fall leaves make this time of year special, but once all the leaves have fallen, what should you do with all the debris in your yard?  While leaves contain a large amount of nutrients, leaving them on your grass traps moisture, inhibits sunlight, and harbors insects, all of which could kill patches of your lawn.  So what should you do with those leaves and pine needles? 


Homemade Bath Salts

Sep 29, 2017

Taking a soothing bath can relax those achy muscles, but why buy bath salts when you can make your own at home?  Combine 1 cup of Epsom salt with half a cup of kosher salt in a large freezer grade resalable bag.  Then add food color one drop at a time and shake until you reach the desired color.  Adding more than one drop at a time can melt your salt and make it clump.  


Homemade Sticky Notes

Sep 28, 2017

Sticky notes are so handy in the office or at school, but they can be pricey!  So make your own with a few recycled items!  You’ll need a glue stick, preferably one that is washable, a stack of recycled printer paper, some scissors, some recycled card stock quality paper, and some all purpose glue.  


Reuse Milk Cartons

Sep 27, 2017

Most of us have juice and milk containers left over at the end of the week.  While recycling them is a good idea, think about ways to reuse them instead.  A cardboard milk carton could be cut down and used to create suet to feed the birds in your backyard.  Or cut the sides out of that cardboard juice jug and glue in rice paper to create luminaries.  


Reuse Aluminum Foil

Sep 26, 2017

Invented in 1825, Aluminum Foil has become a staple in many homes because it’s terribly useful.  And once used, can be recycled or re-used.  Here are a few ideas for ways to re-use your aluminum foil.  Cut it into strips and hang it in your vegetable garden to deter birds and wildlife from eating your plants.  


Re-purpose that old Spice Rack!

Sep 25, 2017

If you’ve got an old wooden spice rack you’re not using anymore don’t pitch it out with the trash!  Save it and re-purpose it.  You could use that spice rack to hold paper craft items, acrylic paints, buttons, beads, glitter, yarn or thread in your craft corner.  Use it in the bathroom or by your vanity to hold perfumes, nail polishes, colognes, face wash or make-up.  


Indoor Fire Hazards 2

Sep 15, 2017

Home fires are more common than you think, but many are avoidable when you’re aware of the hazards in your home.  You should never ignore appliance recalls.  It’s estimated that in the US, 150,000 fires each year are cause by home appliances, so do your part to reduce the risk of home fire by keeping your appliances in good working condition.  


Indoor Fire Hazards 1

Sep 14, 2017

Home fires are more common than you think.  Here are some fire hazards that could spell disaster if you’re not careful.  Let’s start with those heated blankets.  They’re great for mitigating the cold winter weather, but you shouldn’t let pets snuggle on top and you shouldn’t pile extra covers on top of a heated blanket – excessive heat buildup could cause a fire.  And remember to turn that blanket off in the morning.  


Gutter Cleaning

Sep 13, 2017

It’s not a fun chore, but if you’re a homeowner, then you should be cleaning out your gutters one to two times a year to avoid moisture build up and mold.  So, put on your rubber gloves, grab your ladder and a bucket, and follow these steps to keep your gutters clean.  Start in the corners or tight spots where debris builds up.  


Fire Extinguisher - How To

Sep 12, 2017

We see them at work, we usually have them under the sink at home, and they can be found in most public spaces; but have you ever actually used a fire extinguisher?  Could you use one if you had to?  If you have a fire extinguisher at home, keep in mind that you should check it regularly to make sure the pin is still in place and the pressure gauge reads in the “ready” zone – if not, you need to replace it or have it serviced.  


Great Quotations 5

Sep 8, 2017
A Minute with Miles
SC Public Radio/Mary Noble Ours

George Bernard Shaw began his career as a music critic, and in September of 1890 he wrote these words:

“People have pointed out evidences of personal feeling in my [reviews] as if they were accusing me of a misdemeanor, not knowing that a criticism written without personal feeling is not worth reading.


Great Quotations 4

Sep 7, 2017
A Minute with Miles
SC Public Radio/Mary Noble Ours

Continuing this week’s series of things I wish I’d written… this is from a 1934 article by the great English music critic Ernest Newman:

“We know rather more now about the psychology of artists than we used [to], and so we no longer incline to the naïve belief that if a composer has quarreled with his wife his next symphony will be a Pathétique, or that if his liver happens to be functioning normally he will produce a Hymn to Joy at the next [Choral] Festival.


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