Dear Heloise: For everyone who thinks baby wipes are flushable, they are not. My daughter experienced a plumbing problem, and her serviceman said it was due to baby wipes. — A.A., Staten Island, New York

Dear A.A.: You are absolutely right. They may be "flushable," but they muck up plumbing down the line. Don't take a chance; a repair bill can be pretty expensive. — Heloise

Dear Heloise: It's spring, the perfect time to have a party for kids and grandkids, and it's pretty easy because I plan ahead!

First, food. I get any information on kids' allergies, if necessary. Pizza is cheap, I can add whatever toppings each child wants, and I can cut the slices narrow, so everybody gets to taste all the toppings.

A fruit tray is a healthy, colorful and fun alternative to candy and potato chips.

I like to keep decorating simple: I pick two basic colors for balloons and streamers. I tend to avoid licensed characters, like superheroes and princesses, because that adds to the price of these items.

For games, kids love piñatas, and it helps them work off energy. These hints help me make a fun afternoon for kids for a birthday party or any social gathering. — Robin M., Syracuse, Utah

Dear Heloise: I have an old dog who has balance problems. When she drinks out of her water bowl, she either tips it over or steps in it.

I bought a dishpan, turned it upside down and cut a hole in it (my husband used a drill to make the starter hole for me, and then I used his tin snips to cut it) so that the water bowl fits. The bowl is at the right height for the dog. — Janice W., Kettering, Ohio

Dear Janice: Talk to your veterinarian about what may be causing the balance issues. — Heloise

Dear Heloise: My friend didn't like how her homemade soaps get mushy after leaving them in a soap dish. I put my soaps on a dry sponge. This soaks up most of the water, and you won't have a mushy bar of soap. — Calie J.F., Huntington Beach, California

Dear Heloise: After years of emptying the water from my dehumidifier down the sink, I decided I would use it for watering plants and washing clothes. I am saving at least 2 gallons of water a day. — Ellen S. in Pennsylvania

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