Brigitt Hauck
Brigitt is the associate editor for RealSimple.com. In addition to writing e-mail newsletters like the Daily Thought and 6 Items to Simplify Your Life, Brigitt often works on new uses, holiday, and wedding content for the site. She spends most of her free time putting her culinary degree to good use by experimenting in the kitchen.

Recent Posts By Brigitt Hauck

80+ Surprising Items You Can Recycle

Did you know you can recycle those ripped pantyhose? No? What about printer cartridges? Seventy percent of used ink cartridges are thrown into landfills, where it will take approximately 450 years for them to fully decompose. That’s a lot of wasted space!

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How to Make Flowers Last Longer

Nothing brightens a room quite like spring flowers—especially after a long, harsh winter. To extend the life of those beautiful blooms, remember to change the water daily. Resist the urge to be lazy: A simple top-off won’t cut it. For the best results, empty the existing water and refill the vase with a fresh dose of H2O and trim the […]

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How to Ask For Cash as a Wedding Gift

These days, plenty of engaged couples already have bedding, kitchen appliances, and other items you’d need to furnish a home and begin a life together. So, what’s an engaged couple to do if they’d rather receive a cash gift?

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How to Be More Patient

The coffee seems to be dripping in slow motion, the dog’s walking around in circles without actually doing his business, the train can’t come soon enough, and the elevator is taking forever! If this sounds like your thought process in the morning, it sounds like you could use a lesson in patience (can’t we all sometimes?).

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How to Prevent a Powdered Compact from Shattering

The last thing a traveler needs is a shattered powder compact, as the Jet-setting Michelle Phan, a beauty-video blogger and makeup entrepreneur, can tell you.

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What is Miso Paste?

One small spoonful of this fermented soybean paste is enough to transform an entire recipe, adding a “Hmm, what is that, exactly?” umami-rich flavor.

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How to Fix Crystallized Honey

Hard, crystallized honey, though perfectly safe to eat, probably isn’t what you’re looking for to sweeten your cup of tea. If you prefer your honey runny, try this trick to bring the sweetener back to a luscious, drizzly state:

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What to Do With Stale Bread

Though you had grand plans for fresh garlic bread, the loaf you brought home from the bakery the day before yesterday is still sitting on the counter, untouched. Wait, wait–don’t throw it away.

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How to Fix a Snag

You’re favorite shirt has a snag. Before ditching the drab garb (and, perhaps, shedding a tear), use this smart advice to bring your shirt back to life:

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Help Guests Keep Track of Their Drinks

Instead of jamming another thing in the junk drawer (I’m looking at you, glass tags) or washing wine glasses all night, use this simple trick to keep track of party-goers glasses.

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