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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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DIY Hack: Remove a Stripped Screw

Oh, that stripped screw! It’s a total mess to work with in the middle of your home improvement DIY project. You’re just trying to unscrew one screw (and you told your family “Hey, this is easy, I can do it!”) but it’s spinning around and around and the more 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 […]

A Snack Station Makes Lunches Fun

A snack station is a great way to get the kids involved in packing their lunches on school days. Select snack items–pretzels, crackers, cheese sticks, almonds, and other healthy choices–that you approve of and that your kids enjoy. Pack the snacks in Ziploc bags and place in the “snack station” in […]

DIY Flea Bath for Your Pet

A DIY flea bath is easy to make and you’ve probably got everything you need in your kitchen. When Fido or Kitty comes home with fleas, you’ve got to act fast. Mix together these three ingredients: 1 cup Dawn + 1 cup vinegar + 1 quart of warm water. Massage the […]

Store Hair Tools in a Pot Holder for Travel

Store hair tools the easy way when you travel–whether on a long-distance flight or a short-distance drive home from the gym. Use a clean pot holder to tuck away your curling iron, crimper or flat iron. The pot holder’s padding will protect your tools, and its heat resistance will come […]

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Egg Muffins Are Simple and Nutritious

These egg muffins are so easy to make that they qualify for “hack” status. This recipe will save time when you make a dozen at once, then enjoy one or two for breakfast each morning all week long. Chop and mix your favorite vegetables (or the ones you need to […]

Hiccups Cure — So Easy You’ll Love It!

A hiccups cure that’s so easy, you’ll wish you’d known about it ages ago. We’ve all had the hiccups at one time or another–and somehow, it seems that they always come around at the worst time possible: first date, job interview, driver’s test with the DMV… yes, thank you nature, […]

Chocolate Bowls You Can Make at Home

Chocolate bowls are the perfect way to serve up all kinds of delicious treats. Yes, you can make chocolate bowls at home! Just melt (in the microwave or a double boiler) chocolate–white, milk or dark chocolate will do, and you can even melt candy bars with almonds and other bits […]

Toothpaste Cleans Your Cars’ Headlights

Toothpaste cleans your cars’ headlights, even better than a drive-through carwash will. Think about it: your headlights are constantly bombarded with dirt, bits of rocks and who-knows-what from the road, and dead bugs. If you want to save money by not getting your car detailed the next time you have […]

Store Small Ornaments the Simple Way

Store small ornaments the easiest way in the world–just put them in an empty egg carton! When you’re ready to take down the Christmas tree, wreath, and creative décor, take the hooks off each ornament and tuck them away in the safety of the humble egg carton (six or twelve, […]