Leather-soled shoes don’t stand up so well to all the wear-and-tear they’ll eventually take. Rough surfaces like pavement destroy them surprisingly quickly. Keep your shoes in top condition by having them fitted with rubber soles by a cobbler—these come in a variety of colors (including black and yes, even red for those Louboutins) and are so thin they don’t alter […]
It’s a good thing no one watches me put on my eyeliner or mascara everyday, I end up making the funniest faces. There’s something about putting on eye makeup that requires me to have my mouth agape. (Those silly faces actually do help. See our gallery of tips, How to Apply Makeup Well.) Eyeliner (especially liquid) can be the trickiest […]
Next time someone drops something greasy on your carpet or upholstery, reach for the cornstarch before you grab a chemical-based cleaner. Sprinkling the spill with cornstarch will help absorb the grease. Cover the stain and let it sit for 15 to 30 minutes then vacuum up the cornstarch. If there’s still a stain, then you can reach for a dedicated […]
To be honest, I always thought a scallion and a spring onion were two different names for the same vegetable. Turns out, I was wrong. A true spring onion has a larger bulb than a scallion (though still smaller than a standard onion) and is only available during—you guessed it—the spring. It has a mellower flavor than a regular onion […]
No one wants to put on a pair of wet rubber gloves when it’s time to do the dishes or scrub the bathtub. So next time you peel off those bright yellow gloves hang them up inside a cabinet—open side down, which will prevent water from pooling in the fingertips. You can easily attach clothespins or binder clips to the […]
Foster a love for reading from a young age by signing up to get a free children’s book in the mail each month until your child is 5 years old.
Did you know that you can improve your memory just by making a change to how you brush your teeth? Tonight, try using your non-dominant hand (the one you don’t write with) to clean those pearly whites. That simple act can stimulate nerve cells on the side of the brain that you don’t typically exercise, which will help keep you sharp. […]
Finding ripe avocados isn’t always easy. So when you’re stuck with the hard-as-rock variety—and you don’t have any time to let them soften—try this trick from California avocado grower Carol Steed: Place 2 peeled, pitted avocados in a blender with 1 cup peas (fresh, or frozen and thawed), and then pulse until smooth. The peas will help soften the consistency […]