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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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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 […]

Microwave Two Bowls at Once

A microwave oven is supposed to make things easier, not more complicated. But there’s only so much you can fit on that little spinning plate in the middle. And so, you sometimes have to cook one meal–or even one part of a meal–at a time, which sort of defeats the […]

Curl Lashes with Heat from Your Blow Dryer

Curl lashes the easy way… the way that really makes a difference in your beauty routine and, most important, how you look when you leave the house each morning. Do you have a lash curler handy? You may have tried it and found that the curl just doesn’t stay put. […]

Get WiFi Passwords on Foursquare

Get Wifi passwords the easy way while you’re traveling (or in your own home city!). People often post where they are, what they’re doing, and even the passwords that are helping them do it. The next time you visit a café in a foreign country, or a distant city, or […]

Wrapping Paper Gone? Wrap without It!

Wrapping paper has a way of disappearing–especially when your friends and family stop by and use yours. When you run out, it’s time to get creative. Use paper bags, turned inside out, to get a nice “Kraft paper” look. Forget about ribbons and bows! You can use any string that you […]

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Bacon Taco Shell — A Slice of Heaven

A bacon taco shell is a little slice of heaven, with all the goodness you’ve come to expect from man’s favorite food: bacon. Start with some slices of bacon, and weave them with the classic over-and-under moves. Cook on a cookie sheet for 15 minutes at 450 degrees. You’ve got […]

Cell Phone Hack that’s Simple and Free

A cell phone hack that allows low-tech to meet high-tech: when you want to amplify the sound coming from your mobile phone (and don’t have that little speaker ball handy), just set the phone in a ceramic bowl. Simply grab a bowl from your kitchen cabinet, but make sure it’s ceramic, […]

Cooking Up a Hack with a Pants Hanger

A pants hanger is what you really need in the kitchen. Sure, you’ve ot fancy tools but are any of them holding up your cookbooks? It’s 7 p.m. Your friends and family will start arriving in 30 minutes. You’ve got your hands full cooking dinner and the darned cookbook keeps […]

Keep Bananas Fresh with Plastic Wrap

Does it drive you bananas to waste money on food that spoils quickly? Bananas are inexpensive and delicious–and a great source of potassium–but not if they go bad before you have the chance to eat them. You can keep bananas fresh with this simple trick: wrap the stems with plastic wrap. […]

Pill Cases Are Perfect for Packing Jewelry

Pill cases come in handy in everyday life–you can use them for sorting your medicine or vitamins once a week and be all set. When you travel, these tiny cases double as a simple jewelry holders. Place your earrings, necklaces and bracelets in a weekly (or daily) pill case. They won’t get […]