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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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Ice Chest Cleaning Made Easy

Ice chest cleaning isn’t something you had in mind when planning your off-the-grid weekend getaway–until you opened the ice chest. What might have seemed clean last spring now smells like the bottom on a gym locker. Don’t worry–there’s no need to run to REI or Target to buy a new […]

Mosquito Bite Remedy: A Hot Spoon

A mosquito bite can get ugly really quickly: you want to scratch it–you have to scratch it–even though you know you probably shouldn’t. Here’s a hack to help quell the itch. Warm up a spoon–not too hot–under hot running water. Press the spoon against the bite. The spoon diffuses the […]

Dental Floss Can Be Used as Thread

Dental floss makes a perfect heavy-duty thread when you’re away from home. Let’s say you’re on a long hike and your backpack strap rips just a little. This can throw off your posture, slowing you down. Even a tiny tear will likely only get worse. Stop it right away with […]

Pepto Bismol Is the New “It” Facial

Pepto Bismol is probably sitting somewhere in your kitchen or bathroom cupboard right now, and that’s a good thing because it’s the latest hot item in at-home facials. This chalky pink concoction contains bismuth subsalicylate, which reduces inflammation. Just shake the bottle and dab it on with a cotton ball. […]

Waterproof Canvas Shoes with Beeswax

Waterproof canvas shoes the easy way, and make them look better and last longer. Canvas shoes–including flats, sneakers and sandals–are a mainstay in the summer months (and almost all year round in warmer climates like the ones enjoyed in California and Florida). But sometimes it rains. And there’s always the […]

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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 […]

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 […]

Frozen Treats Help Fido Cool Down

Summer heat can be awful for the pooches out there. Especially as dogs begin to get older, it becomes more difficult for them to adjust to it. They may show different symptoms in the weather. Every dog is different after all. Some may need extra medical help during the summer […]