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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 […]

Slippers that Don’t Slip: Easy DIY Project

Slippers are supposed to give you comfort. After all, they’re called “slippers” because they should be easy to slip into–not because you or your kids will slip when wearing them! You can transform any pair you own into slip-proof wonders with one simple tool: a hot glue gun. (You probably already […]

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 […]

Babyproof Outlets the Simple Way

Babyproof outlets the easy, inexpensive and temporary way. When friends and family with small children come to visit your home at the holidays, be prepared. There’s no need to run out and buy outlet covers, as long as you have a box of Band-aids handy. The quickest way to make […]

DIY Dried Fruit for Lunch (or a Gift)

DIY dried fruit is a lot easier than you might imagine. Dried fruit–made fresh by you–is a perfect on-the-go snack, easy to take with you to the office or the gym. You can eat it on the run or add it to a salad. If you’re feeling really creative (and […]

Chop Veggies Once a Week to Save Time

Chop veggies once a week, instead of every single day. This tip will help you eat healthy and have more time. On Sunday, wash and chop all the vegetables you’ll need for the week—for snacks, salads, stir-fry meals and sides. You won’t have to spend the time cleaning a handful […]

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 […]

A Can Opener Opens Plastic Packaging

A can opener is all you need to open hard plastic packaging… So frustrating! You’ve brought home the latest gadget and you really want to use it, but the hard plastic packaging it came in will not cooperate. Scissors don’t work well and knives are dangerous and can easily slip, […]

Deodorant on Your Shirt? Tackle it Easily

Deodorant on your shirt? The last thing you want is to show up for an important meeting (or a first date!) and have the other person wonder, “What’s that white stuff?” It’s supposed to go under your arms but somehow it ends up on the front of your sweater! To quickly […]

Stop Fido from Licking His Wounds

Stop Fido from licking his wounds! If your precious dog (or cat) has a superficial wound, you can ease the pain and prevent him from licking with menthol rub like Vicks. Licking can irritate the wound and lead to infection. First, gently clean and flush the wound with warm water. […]

Light A Candle the Safe and Easy Way

Light a candle that’s hard to reach without burning your fingers. Matches and lighters can be hazardous to your fingers, especially if you’re reaching into a jar or up to a candle holder. When you’re lighting a candle–especially one that’s deep inside a tall candle holder or at the top […]

Set Your Votives Free with Cooking Oil

Votives are simple, elegant and easy–until it’s time to clean them up the next morning. Sure, it seemed like a great idea! (And they’re so inexpensive, to boot!) Candlelight can be oh, so romantic. But the morning after, you may have some waxy, sticky regrets.Getting melted wax out of those tiny […]

Marshmallows for a Sore Throat

Marshmallows for a sore throat may seem like an old wives’ tale, but they work! Are you suffering from a sore throat? If you’ve been cheering for your favorite team, or flying, or out in the cold… it’s easy to end up with a sore throat. Here’s a simple, old-fashioned way […]

DIY Ice Pack to Keep Handy

A DIY ice pack is cheap and easy to make, and you never know when you might need one. It’s easy to make your own, recyclable, ice pack–and it’s so inexpensive that you can always keep a few on hand. Take a clean sponge and fill it with water. Put […]

Charge Your Phone Quickly with this Hack

Charge your phone the quick and easy way. It seems that phone batteries get low at the worst possible times. Charging can take a while, depending on the type of phone you have and the apps running on it. What to do? Convince your phone that it’s going on vacation […]

Chill Wine Thoroughly with Frozen Grapes

Chill wine the easy, efficient and stylish way: use frozen grapes. No time to chill your wine? Don’t even think about adding ice cubes, which will quickly dilute the wine. Instead, keep some frozen grapes handy in your freezer. Add the grapes to the grown-up “grape juice” and for a […]

Organize Handbags with Shower Curtain Hooks

Organize handbags the simple, fast and inexpensive way: with shower curtain hooks. Handbags are typically too big to store in a drawer and too bulky to hang on hangers. Here’s the solution: use shower curtain hooks on an extendable curtain rod. You can hang the rod anywhere! We suggest hanging […]

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 […]

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 […]

DIY Recessed Shelves for Your Jewelry

DIY recessed shelves are easier to make than they look–and they provide a lovely way to store your jewelry (and show it off a bit while you’re at it). Here’s a beautiful trick: create your own “recessed shelving” with utensil trays. Add a picture hanger to the back, then hang […]

Keep Your Ring Fingers Crossed, and Clean!

Ring fingers (actually, any fingers or thumbs that are adorned with rings) can turn funny shades of blue when metal combines with the oils in your skin. This hack is an oldie but goodie: use clear nail polish on the inside of your rings to keep the metal from discoloring […]

Healthy Snacks for On-the-Go

Healthy snacks are all the rage, but there’s no reason to spend a lot of money (or time) on them. You want to eat healthy while you’re out, and the great news is that you can make and take a healthy snack easily. Start with a Mason jar or IKEA food container. […]

Sweaters that Look Brand New? Easy!

Sweaters always look great when you first buy them, but over time they can get pilled and end up looking a bit sad and worn. Here’s an easy hack. Use a nice, clean and new pumice stone for something other than an at-home pedicure. Gently brush the stone over sweaters […]

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. […]

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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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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 […]

Chop Veggies Once a Week to Save Time

Chop veggies once a week, instead of every single day. This tip will help you eat healthy and have more time. On Sunday, wash and chop all the vegetables you’ll need for the week—for snacks, salads, stir-fry meals and sides. You won’t have to spend the time cleaning a handful […]

Deodorant on Your Shirt? Tackle it Easily

Deodorant on your shirt? The last thing you want is to show up for an important meeting (or a first date!) and have the other person wonder, “What’s that white stuff?” It’s supposed to go under your arms but somehow it ends up on the front of your sweater! To quickly […]

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 […]

DIY Dried Fruit for Lunch (or a Gift)

DIY dried fruit is a lot easier than you might imagine. Dried fruit–made fresh by you–is a perfect on-the-go snack, easy to take with you to the office or the gym. You can eat it on the run or add it to a salad. If you’re feeling really creative (and […]

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Marshmallows for a Sore Throat

Marshmallows for a sore throat may seem like an old wives’ tale, but they work! Are you suffering from a sore throat? If you’ve been cheering for your favorite team, or flying, or out in the cold… it’s easy to end up with a sore throat. Here’s a simple, old-fashioned way […]

Deodorant on Your Shirt? Tackle it Easily

Deodorant on your shirt? The last thing you want is to show up for an important meeting (or a first date!) and have the other person wonder, “What’s that white stuff?” It’s supposed to go under your arms but somehow it ends up on the front of your sweater! To quickly […]

Light A Candle the Safe and Easy Way

Light a candle that’s hard to reach without burning your fingers. Matches and lighters can be hazardous to your fingers, especially if you’re reaching into a jar or up to a candle holder. When you’re lighting a candle–especially one that’s deep inside a tall candle holder or at the top […]

Sweaters that Look Brand New? Easy!

Sweaters always look great when you first buy them, but over time they can get pilled and end up looking a bit sad and worn. Here’s an easy hack. Use a nice, clean and new pumice stone for something other than an at-home pedicure. Gently brush the stone over sweaters […]