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New Use for Bread Clips

You know those frustrating little pieces of plastic used to keep the bread sack closed? And how they never really seem to work? Well, turns out there’s another way to put them to good use. Check out this idea from The Photographer’s Life. They make perfect labels for all of your TV and computer wires.

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Assemble Your Smoothie at Night to Save Time

Make your mornings easier by doing a little bit of prep work at night. After dinner, put all of the ingredients for your morning smoothie in the jar of your blender and store it in the refrigerator. Then in the morning just pull it out of the fridge, push a button, and breakfast is made.

 

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Not sure what to put in your smoothie? Keep reading for some tasty recipe combinations.

 

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Fun Website: Is it Warm Enough for Iced Coffee?

The annoying part about Spring: one day it’s nice out they next day it’s a little bit chilly. Not only does it make it tricky to get dressed, but also to choose between hot and iced coffee. Thankfully, that choice has been made easier with the site: Is it iced coffee weather?

 

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Did You Know That You Can Freeze Rice?

If dinnertime is a struggle because you don’t have enough time to make a full meal (and still eat before 9:45 pm) try this trick to cut down on prep time.

Next time you make rice, double the recipe and freeze the extra portions. That way next time you need rice for a meal it will take no more than 5 minutes to make.

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Keep reading for the step-by-step instructions for freezing and reheating.

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Helpful Website: I Can’t Find My Phone

No matter how organized you are, there are times (usually when you’re late and trying to run out the door) that you can’t find your phone or your keys or the file you need for your first meeting of the day. Luckily, there’s a website that can help you locate at least one of those things: I Can’t Find My Phone.

 

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A New Use for an Outgrown Crib via Notes From a Very Red Kitchen

Today’s tip is a great D.I.Y. project and a reminder to think about the furniture in your home that your kids have out grown in new ways.

 

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Keep reading to see what Katie, the blogger behind Notes From a Very Red Kitchen, did with a salvaged baby crib. 

 

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May is Bike Month, Time to Get Outside

Happy May, everyone! Did you know that it is bike month? It’s the perfect reason to get outside and get some exercise. Not only is riding a bicycle a great way to get around, but you can burn a ton of calories, even on a leisurely ride.

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Keep reading to find out how much the average person burns, and to get some tips on bicycle safety.

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How You’re Going Green

It’s the final day of our eco-focused Simple Tip blog, and we wanted to hi-light some of the things you’re doing to be more green.

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Keep reading to get ideas from readers like you.

 

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Close Your Shades to Save Energy

Another easy way to cut down your electric bill this spring and summer: Keep your shades closed especially on the west- and south-facing windows of your home. Doing so prevents your home from being heated by the sun and making your cooling system work harder.

 

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In the colder months do the opposite. Keep your shades up during the day if you can to take advantage of the sun’s energy.

 

What do you do to keep your electric bills low during the summer?

 

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Easy Energy Saver: Lower the Temperature on Your Water Heater

Sometimes it’s the smallest changes that can make the biggest impact. Case in point: adjusting the temperature on your water heater.

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Keep reading to find out how much to lower it and how much you can save.

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