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Remove Cherry Pits with a Lollipop Stick

Remove cherry pits before you serve a bowl of cherries and you won’t have to worry about your kids chocking on the pits–or spitting them out at their siblings. First, wash the cherries. Use a narrow-necked bottle, like a wine bottle or an old-fashioned soda bottle. If the cherry has […]

Create Font Based on Your Handwriting

Create font based on your very own handwriting. Just a few years ago, creating a font took months of work by a graphic designer. Today, you can create a font based on your own handwriting, the easy way. High tech meets low tech at a website that will walk you through the […]

DIY Nail Art with a Band-Aid

DIY nail art can be simple, fun and oh-so chic–all you need are a couple of Band-Aids. First, paint your nails with a base color. You can add a clear top-coat over the base, or over your “art” or, for a super long-lasting manicure, over both. Place the end of […]

Perfect Mascara Using a Business Card

Perfect mascara can be yours, at last. You want to coat all your lashes, from the base all the way up–but it can get messy. Try this: hold a business card at the base of your lashes. The card will absorb the extra mascara that would otherwise end up all […]

Remove Water Stains with a Hair Dryer

Remove water stains from your coffee tables, dining room table or even your piano bench (!) with the concentrated heat of your hair dryer. Cool glasses of water or hot cops of tea–along with those sippy cups full of juice that your kids love–leave a white mark on wood furniture. […]

DIY Vacuum Extension with a Paper Towel Tube

A DIY vacuum extension can come in handy when the parts that came with your vacuum just aren’t doing the trick. Let’s say you want to reach all the way under your couch or bed, or behind the t.v., without having to move the furniture around. You can make your vacuum […]

Keep Earrings Together with a Button

Keep earrings together when you travel, so you won’t have to rifle through your bag when you’re getting ready for a big event. It’s easy: just use a simple button. Insert each earring through a buttonhole and attach the back. If the earrings are “French wire” style (with no back), […]

Pack Half in Your Luggage, Half in Your Partner’s

Pack half of what you’re bringing on vacation in your luggage, and the other half in the luggage of your travel partner. And, your partner should do the same: half of his stuff in his bag, half in yours. That way, if one bag gets lost or delayed, it won’t […]

Keep Ice Cream Soft and Ready to Eat

Keep ice cream soft and ready for the whole family to enjoy with one simple trick: a freezer bag. No one likes to wait for ice cream to soften–especially kids! When you bring your favorite frozen confection home from the store, put it in a Ziploc bag before you put it […]

Keep Basil Fresh the Simple Way

Keep basil fresh for up to a week with a simple cup of water. This method is similar to keeping a bouquet of cut flowers fresh. First, trim the stems of the basil with a sharp knife. Then, place the bunch into a glass of water. Cover with a plastic […]

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Freeze Water Balloons for Your Cooler

Freeze water balloons before your next outdoor adventure. Fill them up with water (of course) and place them in the freezer overnight. They’ll make round “ice cubes” that fit neatly in between drinks, sandwiches, and anything else you want to place in your cooler. You can even line the bottom […]

Cranberry Ice Adds a Festive Touch

Cranberry ice adds a festive flair to your drinks, appetizer platters and ice buckets at the holidays. It’s so simple to make, too. You can buy a bag of fresh or frozen cranberries at the grocery store. There’s no need to cook them, but be sure to rinse them! Add […]

Peppermint Cocoa–The Easy Way

Cocoa is always a favorite, and the peppermint version is especially delicious. You can add a few marshmallows for the little ones, or some vodka for that uncle who is looking for something “festive.” When you’ve got a house full of guests, a stovetop brimming over with holiday food, and […]

Holiday Food Prep Made Simple

Holiday food prep is one thing you shouldn’t have to worry about this year. Chopping onions may make you cry, but cooking a holiday meal shouldn’t cause you to shed tears! Among the best things about holidays: spending time with family and friends, and of course enjoying great food. Among […]

Bucket Hack: The Easy Way to Fill a Bucket

A simple bucket hack to help around the house… Washing the car? Cleaning Fido’s mess off the deck? Making sure your side of the family wins the water fight? Sometimes a hose just isn’t enough. Sometimes you need a bucket of water to make a soapy solution to your biggest […]

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Dryer Sheets Can Calm Your Dog During a Storm

Dryer sheets come in handy for all sorts of things–and now here’s a use that will help keep Fido calm during a storm. Dogs seem to know when a storm is coming, and may begin to pant, cry or pace. It could be the noise of the storm that’s upsetting, and […]

Traveling with Wine? Try This Travel Hack

Traveling with wine has its ups and downs. The upside is arriving at your destination and not having to shop for the perfect bottle of wine. Just open your bag, and there it is–unless, of course, the bottle broke during the trip. If you’re planning on bringing a nice bottle of […]

Plants: A Sweet Combination to Keep Them Alive

Plants add a beautiful element to any décor–unless they’re dead. By that time, there’s just too much regret to make it worth keeping them around. Here’s the right way to keep them alive. Mix a few drops of vodka and a spoonful of sugar in water. Use this concoction to water […]

Use Hand Sanitizer for a Frozen Lock

A frozen lock on your car door can be an absolute nightmare–if the lock’s frozen, it’s too cold to stand around outside while you figure out how to get back in your car. Luckily, you can use hand sanitizer to clear the ice. Hand sanitizer contains alcohol, which will melt […]

Going Solo–Red Cup Hack

Presenting a very useful red cup hack. You know that famous red cup… the Solo. It’s ubiquitous at beach parties and BBQs. But did you know the lines on the cup actually mean something? Keep this in mind at your next beach or backyard party: the first line is a […]