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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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Iron Away Wax Drippings

Iron away melted wax that has dripped onto your slacks, sleeve, or any other piece of clothing. When wax melts on a tablecloth, it’s pretty easy to cover it up with a plate or a centerpiece. But what about when it drips onto your clothing? You’re at a restaurant or […]

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 […]

A Comb Holds Nails in Place

A comb holds nails in place when you need to hang a picture, hook or whatever else you feel like hammering into the wall. The easy way to avoid smashing your fingers or thumbs is with a simple hair comb–just like the ones they used to hand out on picture […]

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 […]

Save the Toilet Paper (from Kids and Cats)!

What do two-year-old children have in common with your favorite feline? Oh, they’re cute, sure, until they unroll the toilet paper, stuff it into the toilet, and you’ve got a $200 bill from your local drain service. Super cute! Toddlers and cats alike can’t seem to resist toilet paper. To […]

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Traveling with Wine? Try This Travel Hack

Traveling with wine has its ups and downs. The upside is arriving at your destination and not having to shop for the perfect bottle of wine. Just open your bag, and there it is–unless, of course, the bottle broke during the trip. If you’re planning on bringing a nice bottle of […]

Plants: A Sweet Combination to Keep Them Alive

Plants add a beautiful element to any décor–unless they’re dead. By that time, there’s just too much regret to make it worth keeping them around. Here’s the right way to keep them alive. Mix a few drops of vodka and a spoonful of sugar in water. Use this concoction to water […]

Going Solo–Red Cup Hack

Presenting a very useful red cup hack. You know that famous red cup… the Solo. It’s ubiquitous at beach parties and BBQs. But did you know the lines on the cup actually mean something? Keep this in mind at your next beach or backyard party: the first line is a […]

Use Hand Sanitizer for a Frozen Lock

A frozen lock on your car door can be an absolute nightmare–if the lock’s frozen, it’s too cold to stand around outside while you figure out how to get back in your car. Luckily, you can use hand sanitizer to clear the ice. Hand sanitizer contains alcohol, which will melt […]

Hang Paper Towels on a Coat Hanger

Hang paper towels the easy way at your outdoor events this summer. When you’re manning the BBQ, or watching a bunch of kids at a pool party, you don’t have time to trek back to the kitchen to grab a paper towel every time you need one. Try this: cut the […]