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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 Beauty Masks You Can Make with Food

DIY beauty masks can do so much for your skin, at a fraction of the cost of beauty masks you’ll find at the department store (or those expensive natural masks at the health food store). Everything you need is probably already in your cupboard or refrigerator: avocado, yogurt, olive oil and […]

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 […]

Fly and Drink without Spending a Lot of Money

Fly and drink by bringing your own (small) bottle when you travel. No searching for your credit card or cash to pay the cabin attendant, and no waiting for that cart to finally make it to your row. Sometimes it’s nice to relax a bit before takeoff—and again after you reach […]

A Carabiner Makes a Great Leash Tie

A carabiner (sometimes called a “D ring”) comes in handy for so many things… and now, perhaps the best use of all, if you’re a pet parent. You know when you need to quickly attach Fido’s leash to a pole, bench, or a tree? First you unhook the leash, then wrap […]

Freeze Leftover Soup in a Muffin Tin

Soup is just about everyone’s favorite–especially during the cold winter months–but to make it right takes a lot of time. To be most cost- and energy-efficient, make a big batch of soup (or stock) at a time. Use your crock pot, slow cooker, or even a big pan on the […]

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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, […]

Refresh Carpet the Natural Way

Refresh carpet the easy, natural way with this simple cleaning hack. Has a dirty carpet got you down? Did Fido leave too little to the imagination? Maybe you had a dinner party and that one guest–who had a few too many–dropped a plate of appetizers and you can’t quite get […]

Hold on to Your Bobby Pins

Bobby pins are a long-time beauty staple: helping to create hair styles from retro pin-up pin curls to modern “dos.” These little helpers have been around since the 1920s and have evolved to include mini-bobbies, camo bobbies and even Hello Kitty bobbies. Yet still there hasn’t been a good way to carry them […]

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. Keeping the gutters on your house free of debris can save you tons of […]

DIY Drawer Dividers from Shoeboxes

DIY drawer dividers are easy to make with something you probably already have in your closet: shoeboxes. Drawer dividers help you make the most of each dresser drawer. It’s like having a bunch of little drawers in one place, giving you more room and keeping things neat and tidy. Think […]