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The Easiest Way to Save Water

Want to save more than 1,000 gallons of water this year just by making a 2-minute upgrade? The easiest way to do it is to add an aerator to your kitchen and bathroom faucets. An aerator pumps air into the stream of water coming from your faucet. Translation—you’ll use less water without losing water pressure. How have you saved water around your […]

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An Easy Fix to Save Your Shoes

If you’re hard on your pumps, one of the first things to wear out will be the tips on the end of the heels. Luckily, you won’t need to take them to a cobbler to get them fixed. Instead, replace the tips yourself, all it takes is a pair of pliers, replacement tips, and a hammer. Just follow these steps: […]

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Rescue a Broken Tube of Lipstick

One wrong turn and your favorite tube of lipstick now looks like this. What do you do? First things first, grab a lip brush. If the lipstick will still twist up and down, you can simply apply with the brush. If it’s mashed beyond recognition, cut it out of the tube and put it in an empty lip gloss pot. Then […]

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DIY Wall Hooks

If you’re in the mood for a little DIY project this weekend, why not try this idea from Apartment Therapy? You can either hit up your local architectural salvage or an estate sale for vintage door knobs. Then with a little bit of paint (or you can leave them plain), they can be transformed into clever hooks for coats, jewelry, […]

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Can a Seltzer Maker Change Your Life?

Recently I noticed that no less than five friends/colleagues on Facebook mentioned that they’d recently gotten a home seltzer maker, and called it “life changing.” (Their words, not mine!) My interest was instant—and not just because I cannot resist an outrageous claim. The truth is, but when it comes to water intake, I’m more camel than fish. (Do fish drink?? […]

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Last-Minute Super Bowl Party Idea: Do-It-Yourself Nachos

I’m a big fan of do-it-yourself parties—they get people talking, mingling, and interacting, which is the point of a get-together in the first place. Plus, people end up having a lot of fun when they get to be hands-on. Here’s an easy way to entertain for the Super Bowl if you’re short on time—just set up a nacho bar and […]

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Weekend Project: DIY Chalkboard Frame

Valentine’s day is closer than you think, and if you’re looking for a great handmade gift to make with your kids, why not try this chalkboard frame idea. Simply paint a plain wooden frame with chalkboard paint, and insert a photo. Be sure to pair it with chalk when you give it as a gift. See more DIY Valentine’s Day […]

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Unexpected Painting Project

Looking for an easy way to update your decor? Try painting your staircase, specifically the stair risers. This little change can reinvigorate your home without a lot of effort (or mess). Just tread lightly while the paint dries. Is this something you’d try in your home? See more easy paint makeovers here.

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Three French Hens, Two Turtledoves and … An Ugly Knitted Scarf

‘Tis the season for receiving handmade gifts you wish you never knew existed. Here is one reader’s situation: “One Christmas, my mother in law knitted me a scarf…. “It sounds mean, but I cannot fathom wearing it in public and she has never seen me wear it (because it’s pretty much never seen daylight),” wrote BodealaMode.  “Am I entitled to my […]

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Make Your Earbuds Tangle-Proof

In the spirit of keeping everything tangle-free today (see our new use of the day) comes this idea via Unplggd about how to keep your earbuds from getting tangled in your purse or gym bag. Simply use the basic knot you’d use to make friendship bracelets to wrap the main cord and each of the individual earbud cords. To make them […]

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