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    Dealing With Stains

    Oh no. You just knew it was going to happen. Gravity (spills), momentum (splatters), an inquisitive child or some other force of nature has stepped in and now you’ve got some terrible stain on some precious item.  Now what are you going to do?

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    Aloe Vera

    Aloe vera plants are very handy little critters to have around the home, especially if you’re trying to cut down on the amount of chemicals and toxins you are exposed to and live more naturally.

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    Hints And Tips For Open Fires

    There’s something almost instinctive about an open fire that makes them continue to be popular. Even if they aren’t quite as efficient as enclosed log burners for heating your home, they still do a pretty good job.

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    Gadgets That Do Not Save Power

    Every time I go down to the department store (which isn’t very often, admittedly), there seems to be another great gadget for doing this or that household chore. And most of them are run by electricity.

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    Making Christmas More Natural – Trees

    Christmas trees haven’t always been part of a traditional British Christmas – they were introduced into this country (and all the Commonwealth, in fact) by Queen Victoria’s husband, Prince Albert. Christmas trees are a German custom – the pre-Albert British equivalent was the Yule log.

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    First Aid And Other Health Care Tips

    Some of the medical advice given in the book is still very useful today, although some of the advice for treating some diseases is now thankfully obsolete thanks to modern immunisation – the standard treatment for rabies if someone had been bitten by a rabid dog was to cauterise the bite site with a white-hot iron (thanks, Lois Pasteur!). Some of the advice, on the other hand, is better today for entertainment value.

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    Dealing To Nappy Rash

    One of the delights of infancy that children thankfully grow out of is nappy rash. Once your children have grown out of nappies, you can usually kiss nappy rash goodbye, but while the phase lasts (which is very short, when you consider the entire time your children will be under your roof and in your care) it is not very pleasant, causing grumpy, grizzly babies.

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    Recycling Old CDs

    When CDs first came out (remember that?), we all thought they were practically indestructible. Not like records (whichwhichwhichwhich got scrascrascratched) or tapes (which tangled and snagged)…

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    A Quick Guide For Those From Down Under To Enjoy A British Christmas

    So this is your first real British Christmas away from home. This will not be Christmas like you remembered it from a child. Possibly you’re feeling a bit homesick being away from your family, too. While many things are similar between Britain and Australia/New Zealand (e.g. cricket), Christmas is the season for experiencing a bit of good old fashioned culture clash.

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    How To Repair Books

    If you have children that love books, the chances are that one day they will love them to bits. Books can get torn, scribbled on or left outside in the rain (when I was a child, I once left a copy of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe in a treehouse overnight).

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    Are You Getting Enough Sunshine?

    For the last few years or so, we’ve heard the “sun smart” message and been told that for the sake of our health and our appearance, we should not be exposed to sunshine or step outdoors – even in winter – without sunscreen on any bare skin. However, scientists are now discovering another side to sunshine, skin cancer, ultraviolet light and sunscreens.

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