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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). […]

Smartphone Shortcuts for Happy Texting

Smartphone shortcuts make life easier every day–hence, the term “happy texting.” When you are texting and get to the end of a sentence, you don’t have to click for a period, then make a space and then capitalize the beginning of the next word. (Phew! It’s tiring just thinking about it.) […]

Strain Wine through a Coffee Filter

Strain wine through a coffee filter when bits of cork have made their way into the bottle. Sometimes, while you’re opening a bottle, the cork breaks apart. Blame it on a bad corkscrew, or being in a hurry to get to the good stuff. You can try to pour around […]

Frozen Yogurt Pops the Easy Way

Frozen yogurt pops are a delicious, refreshing low-calorie treat. Kids love them so much they might not even realize the pops are made from healthy ingredients! Now you can make your own pops at home. You’ll save money and you can control exactly what goes into your kids’ warm-weather treats. […]

Remove Sticker Residue with Vinegar

Remove sticker residue once and for all, the easy and natural way. Kids love stickers, and most kids go through a stage of putting stickers on everything. Some stickers slide right off; others leave a gooey mess behind on toys, walls and furniture. Here’s the simplest way to remove that […]

Make No-Slip Hangers with Pipe Cleaners

Make no-slip hangers the cheap and easy way: with pipe cleaners. You remember pipe cleaners, right? Most of us had at least 10 arts and crafts projects in school that involved pipe cleaners. You can buy them online or at your local superstore (in the kids’ crafts section, not with […]

Peel Garlic without a Knife

Peel garlic with no tools, no knife and no special gadget. All you need is a container with a lid–an empty glass or plastic jar works perfectly. First, separate the cloves. Then put them in the container and shake vigorously. You can watch the peels separate from the cloves as […]

Desk Organizing with Low-tech Fun

Desk organizing at work doesn’t have to be boring. Update your high-tech work area with a low-tech favorite: Legos bring a bit of vintage fun to your workspace. First, attach a long Lego piece to the side of your desk (make it the same side where your laptop charges). You can attach […]

Add Wrist Weights to Your Hair Routine

Add wrist weights to your beauty routine to give your arms and shoulders a micro-workout while you blow-dry, curl and crimp your hair. The weights will add resistance while you’re holding your arms above your head, with a hairbrush in one hand and a styling tool in the other. Another […]

Lavender Oil Helps with Fido’s Stress

Lavender oil can help your dog (and you!) through a stressful situation. Whether it’s too many bullies at the dog park, noisy neighbors, car rides, or the dreaded ear drops, dogs can get nervous, just like people do. To calm your precious pet the natural way, add a few drops […]

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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. If you’re not one for much metal and you’re looking for a ring that is practical in ALL trades of work, while still […]

Wrapping Paper Gone? Wrap without It!

Wrapping paper has a way of disappearing–especially when your friends and family stop by and use yours. When you run out, it’s time to get creative. Use paper bags, turned inside out, to get a nice “Kraft paper” look. Forget about ribbons and bows! You can use any string that you […]

Soda Bottle Sprinkler–Easy DIY

A soda bottle sprinkler is super easy to make–you can make it with your kids or on your own, simply to stoke your childhood memories. Start with an empty 2-liter soda bottle, which will be the basis of the soda bottle sprinkler. The neck of the bottle is just about the right […]

Use a Key Ring to Keep Your Zipper Zipped

Your favorite jeans only look good if the zipper stays up! Likewise, your dressiest dress pants (the ones you save for weddings and job interviews) won’t get you anywhere if your zipper keeps falling down. A zipper can get “lazy” over time… slipping down when you least expect it. Before you […]

Store Hair Tools in a Pot Holder for Travel

Store hair tools the easy way when you travel–whether on a long-distance flight or a short-distance drive home from the gym. Use a clean pot holder to tuck away your curling iron, crimper or flat iron. The pot holder’s padding will protect your tools, and its heat resistance will come […]

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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 […]

Crunchy Taco Shells Are Easy to Make

Crunchy taco shells are so easy to make, you’ll wonder why you hadn’t made them before. Here’s an easy way to make hot, delicious and crunchy taco shells at home. Start with flour tortillas. Drape each one over a few rungs of your oven rack and bake at 350 for […]

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 […]

Holiday Brownies in All Shapes

Holiday brownies combine the best of both worlds: sweets + holiday celebration. (Oh, and at the holidays, calories don’t really count.) Whether you are making brownies, blondies, fudge, or even homemade marshmallows, make them in the shapes of Christmas trees, stars and holly with this very simple trick: use metal cookie […]

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 […]