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How to Save at the Dentist

If you’re trying to cram all those doctor’s appointments in before the kids head back to school, use this advice to save some dough on dental care. For regular checkups, visit a dental school. Most schools have clinics that treat patients (under the supervision of a dentist) for about 50 percent less. If you’re in need of a filling, consider […]

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Drink Prosecco Instead of Champagne

Have something to celebrate? Plan festivities that don’t take a bite out of your budget (but are just as fun!) by opting for Prosecco or Cava over Champagne. Serving either Prosecco or Cava can save you about $20 to $30 per bottle. To stretch your dollar even further, don’t fill each glass with bubbly. Instead, add cranberry juice to make a […]

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How to Remove Mildew Smell From Towels

There’s nothing worse than stepping out of a refreshing shower and drying off with a musty towel.

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How to Take Better Cell Phone Pictures

Since my phone is always at the ready, I’ve taken to capturing nearly all my photographs with my iPhone’s camera. Though there are obvious limitations in terms of picture quality, the technology is getting progressively better and many of us are using our smartphones to capture life’s precious moments. Here, Elsie Larson and Emma Chapman, the authors of A Beautiful Mess Photo […]

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Clean Bathroom Tiles, Walls and Ceilings

The pedestal sink, the tub and the toilet are old hat. But do you really know how to clean the rest of the bathroom—namely the tiles all over the walls, the paint around the tiles—and yes, the ceiling? Here’s what to do: Every few months, spray tile, counter-tops, walls, and the ceiling with all-purpose cleaner and turn on the shower, […]

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How to Make Your Beauty Products Last Longer

To get the most bang for your buck on those expensive beauty products–think foundation or face cream–just use less. Sounds easy enough, right?

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Creative Wedding Program Idea from Loverly

[Photo by Alexandra Meseke Photography] A summer celebration means playing with all sorts of sea-inspired details: anchors, shells, starfish, and more. This couple took the nautical route (navy + white palette, anchor) with a creative (and double-sided!) ceremony program. Find even more summer wedding inspiration.

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How To Get Rid of Fruit Flies

Noticed fruit flies buzzing around your kitchen counters? Here’s how to get them to buzz off: First shut the doors and windows to let outdoor flies know that the buffet is closed. (Don’t rely on screens; fruit flies can fit through the holes.) Next, spritz the areas where you’ve seen them, including the bottoms of trash cans and cracks in […]

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How to Organize the Linen Closet

Save yourself time and frustration while changing the bedding or setting the table by taking control of the chaos in your linen closet.

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The Fastest Way to Cover Gray Hair

If you’re in between salon appointments and need a quick way to touch up a few stray grays, swipe a mascara that matches the rest of your hair onto those strands.

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