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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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Travel Hack with a Paperclip

Next time you travel, go a little “MacGyver” with this simple hack with a paperclip. If you don’t have a suitcase lock handy, yet still don’t want your luggage wide open, spilling all over the baggage carousel, the humble paperclip is your best friend. Just take a paperclip, open it […]

Paper Reinforcements for the Perfect French Manicure

Paper reinforcements provide a cheap and simple way to perfect your at-home French manicure. If you’re of a certain age, you might remember those round, sticky things that look like Cheerios. In olden times (the 1970s) people used them to fortify their three-ring-punched papers. Yeah, those were good times. Today, you […]

Salad Hack: Check Your Avocado Stem

Guacamole, fresh salads, and baked avocado eggrolls made famous by BJ’s… delicious! The humble avocado adds flavor and zest to all sorts of recipes. Of course you want to cook with the green gems, but the price of avocados continues to rise… and who wants to pay for an avocado that–once […]

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 […]

Save the Toilet Paper (from Kids and Cats)!

What do two-year-old children have in common with your favorite feline? Oh, they’re cute, sure, until they unroll the toilet paper, stuff it into the toilet, and you’ve got a $200 bill from your local drain service. Super cute! Toddlers and cats alike can’t seem to resist toilet paper. To […]

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Travel Hack: Wrap Your Shoes in Shower Caps

Why on Earth would you put your shoes in shower caps? Well, on most days you wouldn’t, but when you are packing your suitcase, remember this travel hack: wrap your shoes in shower caps to protect them and especially to keep your clothes from getting “scuffed.” When you arrive at […]

Smelly Shoe Hack: Tea Bags

Nobody likes smelly shoes! Yet stinky feet happen to the best of us. It’s perfectly natural that, after a few hours inside a pair of Chuck Taylors, our feet will smell like the inside of a dirty gym bag. (OK, maybe not that bad, but they will smell.) You need a […]

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 […]

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 […]

Where Did You Park? Hint: It’s on Google Maps

Where did you park? And who took your car? When you walk out of a business meeting, or leave a restaurant after a great meal with friends, the last thing you want to do is spend an hour looking for your car. You may wonder, “Did it get towed?” “Was […]