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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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Candy Cane Place Cards: Easy DIY

Candy cane place cards are so easy to make that even the kids can get in on this DIY holiday project. Kids of all ages love this! Start with some small candy canes and, if they come in a wrapper, remove it carefully. Then, glue or tie together three small candy […]

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 […]

DIY Holiday Chandelier–Just Use a Lamp

A DIY holiday chandelier is easy to make if you have a hanging lamp, ceiling lamp, or even a ceiling fan in your home. Start with some Christmas tree ornaments. They don’t even have to be your favorites because, after all, they will be up near the ceiling. And they […]

Who Needs Bows? Simplify Gift Wrapping

Who needs bows? When you’re wrapping gifts–especially gifts that you’ll be traveling with or shipping to their recipients–you can skip the time and expense of bows and decorate your Christmas gifts with a beautiful and easy, ribbon weave. Just lay one stripe of ribbon down at a time, and weave […]

Laminate Documents with an Iron

Laminate documents the simple and inexpensive way. Sure you could buy a laminating machine, but do you really need one? Here’s an easier approach. Start with laminating sheets that you can cut to whatever size you need. Insert your documents. Then, heat up your iron (no steam for this project). […]

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Ambient Light for the Camping Tent

Ambient light is easy to create from the basic supplies you’ll already have with you on a camping trip. Attach your headlamp to a jug full of water. (You don’t have to carry a gallon of water with you–drink up and collapse the empty bottle, then stick it in your backpack, and […]

Are Those Eggs Fresh? How to Test Eggs

You’re hungry, in a bit of a hurry (no time to go out for breakfast), and you decide to make an omelette. The thing is, your housemate has taken all the eggs out of their carton and stuck them in the refrigerator’s egg holder. Great–the eggs are organized but you […]

DIY Holiday Chandelier–Just Use a Lamp

A DIY holiday chandelier is easy to make if you have a hanging lamp, ceiling lamp, or even a ceiling fan in your home. Start with some Christmas tree ornaments. They don’t even have to be your favorites because, after all, they will be up near the ceiling. And they […]

Clean Your Microwave with Vinegar and a Toothpick

Have you noticed some build-up on the inside of your microwave? If it’s been a while since you’ve had the chance to clean your microwave, there could be all sorts of grime inside. And every time you cook, that grime cooks along with your food. Yes, it’s time for a cleanup session. Don’t […]

Measure Gooey Ingredients the Easy Way

Measure gooey ingredients the simple way, by coating your measuring spoon first with a non-stick cooking spray. When you’re measuring honey, agave, molasses, or even maple syrup into a recipe, it’s likely to get stuck to the measuring spoon. Try this simple cooking hack: lightly spray the spoon with non-stick […]