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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. My friend used a Dyson supersonic hair dryer but honestly, any hair dryer will do. Cool glasses of water or hot cops of tea–along with those […]

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. Usually, most hand-held vacuums […]

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. If you have just bought a luxurious pair of earrings from the Jacobs The Jeweller store then the last thing you will want is to be spending […]

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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Clean Suede Shoes with Sandpaper

Clean suede shoes the easy way, with sandpaper. For light-colored suede shoes, fine-grit sandpaper works really well to buff away scuffs and dirt. Start with your dirty suede shoes, refreshing the inside of the shoes first to get rid of any smells (this will make the entire process a bit more pleasant). […]

Chop Veggies Once a Week to Save Time

Chop veggies once a week, instead of every single day. This tip will help you eat healthy and have more time. On Sunday, wash and chop all the vegetables you’ll need for the week—for snacks, salads, stir-fry meals and sides. You won’t have to spend the time cleaning a handful […]

Matte Makeup with Milk of Magnesia

Matte makeup gives you a smooth, chic look. How to achieve it? You can spend a small fortune on layers of cover-up, pore minimizers and foundation… or, you can simply crack open the milk of magnesia. First things first: wash your face with a gentle cleanser, pat dry and apply […]

Open Wine without a Corkscrew

Open wine without a corkscrew, and without making a huge mess. We’ve all been there–a great bottle of wine but no corkscrew! Perhaps you’ve just moved in and haven’t unpacked, or you’ve been meaning to buy a corkscrew but haven’t yet gotten around to it. No worries: you can open a […]

Traveling with Cosmetics Is Easy with This Trick

Traveling with cosmetics doesn’t mean bringing your entire medicine chest along in your overnight bag. When you travel, of course you want to look your best, and that means remembering to moisturize each morning and night. If you’re flying, your skin may be especially dry and you will be up against […]

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Snag the Bill (Before It Gets to the Table)

Snag the bill on your first date or a special occasion. Here’s how to do this elegantly: do it on the sly. Slip away from the table during dessert by pretending you have to take a call–or that nature is calling. The idea is to do this before the bill […]

Second-date Restaurant Choice Made Easy

A second-date restaurant choice can be tough. Most people put a lot of thought into where to go and what to do on the first date, and then planning the second one becomes a challenge! If the first date seems to be going well, ask your date, “What’s your favorite food?” […]

Organize Small Cords with Used Gift Cards

Organize small cords the easy way: wrap them around used gift cards. Gift cards are sturdy and sleek, perfect for keeping the cords from tangling into a huge mess. Do you have a lot of small cords-one for your headphones, another to charge your phone, and one to charge your […]

Clean Your Gutters–No Ladder Required!

A little bit of time spent to thoroughly clean your gutters can yield big dividends, in terms of cost savings and peace of mind. Typically this would require setting up a tall ladder and getting to work. If you leave them, the build-up will damage them permanently, meaning you’ll have […]

Home Improvement Hack: You Can Do this with Toothpicks

Why can’t home improvement be straightforward, like it is on TV? Lots of us find it very difficult to choose between opting for a new house somewhere else or simply taking on a home improvement project that will make your home feel new once more. I’m sure the move vs […]