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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. 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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Save Some Money, with Honey

Save some money at the holidays and all year around. One of the all-time great hacks–in terms of saving time–is online shopping. What did we even do before we could log in, compare prices, buy, and ship the perfect gift? Today, you can shop the world from your laptop (or […]

Chill a Beverage Quickly & Easily

Chill a beverage quickly with this hack. When friends show up unannounced, or when you’re simply in the mood for a nice, chilled beverage, you probably don’t want to wait. In fact, there are really no good times to wait for a chilled drink, and you shouldn’t have to. Beer, […]

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 […]

Mayonnaise Removes Water Stains on Wood

Mayonnaise removes water stains on wood–and when you’re done cleaning your coffee table or desk, you can sit down an enjoy a sandwich. Why is it that we always seem to leave something damp on our best end table? Before you bust out the chemical wood cleaner, try this: put […]

DIY iPhone Speakers Using a Toilet Paper Roll

When you’re on the go (yes, that pun was intended!) and you need a super-simple speaker for your iPhone, try this hack that’s about as cheap and easy as it gets: make a speaker from a toilet paper roll! You’ll need an empty roll. Use a knife to make a […]

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Thaw Ground Beef in a Jiffy

Ground beef… it’s what’s for dinner–once it’s thawed, that is. When you’re hungry for tacos or meatballs, the last thing you want to do is wait forever while the ground beef (or ground turkey or pork) thaws out. You can thaw the main course in a jiffy using this cooking hack: […]

Peppermint Cocoa–The Easy Way

Cocoa is always a favorite, and the peppermint version is especially delicious. You can add a few marshmallows for the little ones, or some vodka for that uncle who is looking for something “festive.” When you’ve got a house full of guests, a stovetop brimming over with holiday food, and […]

DIY Corkboard Made with Wine Corks

This DIY corkboard is a real “cork” board! You’ve been saving those wine corks for something. Here’s a DIY project for you: put some plywood or heavy cardboard in a glass-free picture frame–the rustic, “reclaimed” wood look in hot right now. Then hot-glue the wine corks to the backing, and you’ve […]

Make Your Leather Flats Flat-out Comfortable

Love your leather flats? Flats can show off your legs, and at the same time let you be comfortable. The best hack: it takes a blow dryer. We all love having something leather in our wardrobe, especially if it’s something comfortable that looks great, but with great leather comes great […]

Red Wine Spill? Clean It Up with White Wine

A red wine spill doesn’t have to ruin your night, or your shirt. Use white wine to neutralize the stain before it sets. Red wine contains anthocyanins, compounds responsible for the red color in plants (including red grapes). White wine can neutralize those compounds by breaking them down. Just pour […]