How to Replace A Light Switch

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A light switch is often overlooked at how important it is around the house, until it no longer works correctly. When that happens, it is an easy task for any do it yourselfer to change out the broken light switch with a new one.

First thing to do is to figure out the type of light switch you will be working with.

There exist three varieties of light switch, a one-way switch, a two-way switch and an intermediate switch. All switches are rated at either 6 or 10 amps.

A one-way switch controls a light or lights from one position, usually by a door. A two-way switch is going to have a partner so that a light can be turned on and off from two positions, say by the kitchen door and the back door...

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How to Grow a Butterfly Garden

butterfly garden tips

By planting and maintaining a butterfly garden you will be rewarded with nature’s beauty all summer long.

To draw butterflies you must select plants that produce nectar, as well as, host plants for butterfly eggs and caterpillars.

Host plants give food for caterpillars and a safe haven for butterflies to lay their eggs. Newly hatched caterpillars cannot travel far; therefore, the butterfly will lay its eggs on the preferred plants. If hungry caterpillars munching holes in your plants causes you grief, place these host plants in a less conspicuous area. However, be sure not to plant them too far from the nectar producing plants, otherwise butterflies will not lay their eggs on them.

Here is a list of some of the more common butterflies and their favored hosting plants.

  • Anise Swallowtail: p...
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DIY Makeup Remover Pads

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The first step is admitting you have a problem, right? Well, here goes nothing- I have a makeup addiction. (Kevin is reading this and giving a sarcastic gasp of shock right now, I guarantee it.)

My last three YouTube searches were all for contouring tutorials. Unless the house is on fire, I’m not leaving without my eyebrows filled in. And my Sephora frequent-flyer card takes a place of higher priority in my wallet than my library card (I’m a bookworm, so that’s saying more than you might think). I love makeup. Probably too much.

But the one thing every woman over 21 knows is that you absolutely, positively must take off your makeup at the end of the day. Unless you want breakouts, irritated skin, and puffy eyes, you do not sleep with your game-face on.

makeup-remover-padsFoundations, concealers, powders, and...

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Energy Efficient Home Guide

Are you ready to find out if in fact your home is as energy efficient as it can be?

Most of us have some big and many small things that we can do to better the energy efficiency of our home.  Whether you just want to drop a few dollars off of your gas bill or you are looking for a better way to fuel your home altogether, doing just a few things can make a tremendous amount of difference in your homes energy efficiency and monthly bills.

Why bother with energy efficiency?  You don’t feel like your home is energy inefficient and you can afford the bills so why bother?  Many people will be shocked to learn that they can lose up to 25% or more of the energy in their home without the need to.  You could literally be throwing your money out the window.

The good news is that making yo...

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Basic First Aid Guide

As a homesteader, whether urban or rural, you should know basic first aid. The below guide offers guidance for many common injuries and ailments. At the end, we have included for FREE a Pocket First Aid Guide, because in an emergency you might forget something important,  and it can serve as a great reference while camping or backpacking.

Another important aspect of proper first aid is a well-stocked first aid kit, for your home and for your vehicle(s). Just like the Boy Scout motto: “Always be Prepared”.

For more first aid advice, check out the Mayo Clinic Website First Aid advice section.

Check Pulse

The heartbeat causes a rhythmical expansion and contraction of the arteries as it forces blood through them...

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Compost; Build the Perfect Pile

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Composting is a natural process in which decomposed organic materials are recycled into rich soil material known as compost. All living things decompose and the term composting usually refers to backyard composting, which is the accelerated version of the same natural process. By composting the organic waste, we can return the nutrients of life back into the soil, and the cycle of life continues. Finished compost resembles dark brown soil, and it feels crumbly and smells a lot like a forest floor.

Basics of Composting

While no one can deny the benefits of composting, building soil via composting is the perfect gardening project for a lazy person. A compost pile, unlike double-digging or weeding, takes care of itself and doesn’t take a lot of time and physical effort...

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Quilting Basics

The method of creating a quilt consists of various fundamental steps: measuring, cutting, marking and stitching. Every stage consists of specific tools along with methods which can save some time and make the activity you want much easier to accomplish.

The starting point will be to choose a quilt design or style, along with your fabric. For anyone who is a novice, select a basic design to get started with. Try to visualize you completed quilt. Exactly what color would you like it to be? Would you like to combine unique prints with solids? Prints can vary from plaids to florals or even stripes. Solid fabrics are available in pretty much every color conceivable. Cotton fabric tends to be the simplest fabric to work with. You should not be scared to play around...

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Container Gardening with Herbs

Herb Gardening

Don’t use garden soil when container gardening! Even the best garden soil is not the right choice for container growing. Though it may seem nutrient-rich and well-balanced, garden soil is always a problem. It will not provide adequate drainage and usually contains disease organisms, bacteria, and weed seeds. No matter how well it performs in the ground over the growing season, normal garden soil will soon form a compacted heavy mass, preventing root respiration and fertilizer absorption, resulting in stressed and hungry plants.

Each plant should get enough water to moisten the entire container. You’ll know soil is saturated when water runs freely out the drainage holes...

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Homestead Guide to Edible Plants

As a homesteader, it is valuable knowledge to know about edible plants, nuts, and berries. I have compiled a large list of approximately 110 different edible and medicinal plants from all over the world. Below I am sharing some of the plants from the e-book “A Homestead Guide to Edible Plants”, which is available for download at the end of this article.

 Excerpts from “A Homestead Guide to Edible Plants”

 edible plant- acaciaAcacia

Acacia farnesiana

Description: Acacia is a spreading, usually short tree with spines and alternate compound leaves. Its individual leaflets are small. Its flowers are ball-shaped, bright yellow, and very fragrant. Its bark is a whitish-gray color. Its fruits are dark brown and podlike.

Habitat and Distribution: Acacia grows in open, sunny areas...

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Home Remedy for Insomnia

Pretty literally every blog, magazine, and medical journal you read will tell you­ in no uncertain terms­ how important a good night’s rest is to your health. Persistent and occasional insomnia has been linked to a huge number of very real health risks, including:

  • healthy brain function
  • emotional wellbeing and mood
  • metabolic health and weight regulation
  • blood sugar levels and insulin sensitivity
  • hormone regulation
  • circulatory health
  • growth and development
  • memory
  • immune system function

Sleep deficiency is a much bigger problem than just hiding those ever-present bags under your eyes. But for many of us, a “good night’s sleep” is easier said than done.
insomniaThere are a number of factors that can contribute to insomnia and sleep deficiency...

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