Dear Heloise:

This is a hint for people with a digital camera who are going on a family vacation. Every day, wherever you go (especially amusement parks), take a picture of your children first thing. This way, if you get separated and need assistance finding them, you'll not only be able to describe exactly what they are wearing, but you can show others the photo on the camera, too!

Ramona, Huntsville, Ala.

Love it! You'll also have a "start of the day" photo. Take one at the end of the day, and you will have fun looking at the difference.

Dear Heloise:

This is a little hint, but I hope it helps someone. We are getting ready to move, and I am taping the nail or hook to the back of each picture or clock when I take it off the wall. This will save the aggravation of finding a nail or hook when it comes time to rehang the items in our new house.

Kimberly Hoover,


This "little hint" can help in a BIG way -- thanks for writing.

Dear Heloise:

I recently heard one of your hints as a question on "Jeopardy!" but I did not get the details. Please explain the mixture to eliminate moss from between bricks on patios. Thank you very much.

W.D. from Kentucky

Isn't it great? Occasionally, I am a category on "Jeopardy!" -- I love it! Now to your question: Moss can be removed from patio bricks by using a mixture of 3/4 cup bleach to 1 gallon water. Pour onto the bricks and let the solution sit for five to 10 minutes. Rinse well and let air-dry. As with all cleaning products, test on a brick first to be sure that it won't cause any discoloration. When the moss has died and dried, sweep it away. That's all there is to it!

Dear Heloise:

The card holder that comes in a floral arrangement is perfect for holding a recipe card.

I stuck mine in a potted plant on the windowsill and was able to read the recipe without having to pick it up.

Nora Nelson,

Hubbard, Ark.

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