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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. 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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Travel Hack: Wrap Your Shoes in Shower Caps

Why on Earth would you put your shoes in shower caps? Well, on most days you wouldn’t, but when you are packing your suitcase, remember this travel hack: wrap your shoes in shower caps to protect them and especially to keep your clothes from getting “scuffed.” When you arrive at […]

Pastry Puff Bacon Treats

Pastry puff bacon treats are the easiest way to please all your guests the next time you’re serving brunch (or even a late-night snack!). Get a pound of sliced bacon out of your refrigerator–you know you’ve got it stored in case of a bacon emergency. Cook up the bacon in […]

Put on Boots the Easy Way–With a Cuff

Put on boots the easy way, and you’ll save time, headaches, and the possibility of falling over while you’re pulling on your favorite accessory. No more fighting with so-called “boot cut” jeans to stuff them into your boots! You shouldn’t have to fight with your boots, because they were, after […]

Lidded Jars Make Easy Storage!

Lidded jars–you know, the ones that baby food, pesto sauce and capers come in–are great for storing small items that would otherwise clutter your kitchen counter or desk. Clean the jars and remove the labels. Attach the lid to the underside of a cupboard with a screw. Make sure the […]

Frost a Cake with a Lazy Susan

Frost a cake the simple way: put it on a lazy susan and slowly, gently turn the cake as you frost it! Cake is so important in our lives that it’s made it into the lexicon: “Let them eat cake” and “That’s the frosting on the cake” are two examples. If […]

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Prevent Luggage Leaks with Plastic Wrap

Prevent luggage leaks of shampoo, suntan lotion, or anything else that can leak onto the contents of your suitcase and get your vacation off to a soggy start. If you’ve ever opened up your luggage and found a mess of lotion or soap (and no dry clothes), this hack is just what […]

Iron? Who Needs an Iron? Wrinkle Hack

The iron is so overrated. Mom has one, so do you really need to spend money on one? Hey: you’re busy. You’ve got things to do! No time to iron your shirt? No problem. So just toss your wrinkled shirt into the dryer and add a handful of ice cubes. […]

Pegboard Style Station for Accessories

A pegboard style station is simple to set up and will save so much time! Put all your accessories in one place with this method. Hang a small pegboard in your closet (if you’re lucky enough to have a walk-in closet) or next to your dresser. Add hooks to hang scarves, sunglasses, […]

Listerine Spritz for Dandruff

Listerine has been around forever, and all the way back in the 1930s the company advertised this product for “infectious dandruff”! (And here we’ve been rinsing our mouths with it all along.) It really does work, though, because of its antiseptic qualities. Here’s what to do: start with an empty […]

Elevator Button Hack that Really Works

Elevator button mischief has been happening as long as there have been elevators and kids (and that guy from accounting who thinks it’s funny to slow you down). It seems like this happens only when you’re running late: you step into an elevator and see that someone has pushed every button. […]