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How to Remove Water Stains From Wood

If Junior put a mug of hot chocolate on the coffee table or a well-meaning guest forgot to use a coaster, don’t panic just yet.

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How to Make Simple Syrup

For a tasty and impressive upgrade to lemonade, cocktails, and even cake, try mixing up your own simple syrup. It couldn’t be easier to make: Just combine 1 cup water with 1 cup sugar in a small saucepan and cook over medium heat, stirring often, until the sugar has completely dissolved. It should only take three to five minutes. Store […]

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How to Chop an Onion Without Crying

Onions can add a burst of flavor to any dish or can taste fantastic on their own (hello, onion rings)! But chopping onions can make you cry worse than watching The Notebook. Why? Because when you cut into an onion, you break open the vegetable’s cells. This sets off a chemical chain reaction which results in those pesky oniony tears. […]

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How to Thread a Needle

Beth Baumgartel, author of Simple Sewing, explains how to thread a needle with ease.

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A Quick Way to Test Your Posture

Wouldn’t it be nice to know exactly the right way to sit at your desk to prevent eye strain, back soreness, and other symptoms of poor posture? Not everyone has the luxury of an ergonomics department at their office—but fear not. There’s an easy way to test your workplace set-up without the help of a professional. To establish good posture at […]

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A Natural Way to Clean Garden Tools

Now’s the time to begin prepping for gardening weather. To clean your rusty tools naturally, try black tea. That’s right: Black tea is strong enough to help scour dirty trowels, shears, and the like. Simply brew a few pots and allow time to cool. Next, pour the tea into a bucket and soak the tools for a few hours. Then, […]

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A Map of America’s Favorite Books

Looking for a new book? See what your neighbors are reading with this fun map, brought to you by the e-book start-up Scribd and The Washington Post. Scribd tracked the reading habits of their 80 million monthly readers in all 50 states to find which books are most popular, relatively speaking. (Note: These aren’t the absolute most popular books of […]

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How to Clean Copper Pots

Your shiny new kitchen accessory looks a little less lovely once it’s been used. To maintain the pot’s luster even after repeated usage, avoid the dishwasher (yes, even if the manufacturer says it’s dishwasher-safe). Temperature fluctuations and harsh detergents can dull and damage the finish of cookware over time.

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Easy Outfit Idea: Boyfriend Jeans

A few simple tricks can make even intentionally rumpled-looking pieces feel proper and polished. To pull this look together, start with a pair of “boyfriend”-cut jeans (styles that are relatively slim-cut will be the most flattering) and add a layering tee. Whip these slouchy basics into stylish shape by pairing them with tailored and ladylike accessories, like a blazer, pointy-toed […]

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How to Lighten Hair That’s Been Dyed Too Dark

If you enthusiastically jumped into the role of at-home colorist, but ended up with a botched dye job, don’t panic. In some cases, hair that’s been dyed too dark can be fixed with a single product everyone should have handy: dish soap.

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