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Upholstery Cleaning Labels, Decoded

If you or a guest spilled something on your sofa this weekend, here’s how to decode the cleaning labels on your upholstery before you tackle that stain: W = can be treated with water-based cleaners S = can only be treated with solvents WS = can be treated with water-based cleaners or solvents X = should only be vacuumed, no detergents […]

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The Ice Rule: Or How Much You Need for a Party

Whether you’re having a party this weekend or your next soiree is months away, this is a tip you’ll want to file away for later. When you’re making your day-of party supply list here’s the rule for how much ice you’ll need: Get enough to fill your ice bucket, if you’re using one, and then plan for one 10-pound bag […]

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Gracefully Exit a Conversation With the Phrase “I Need”

We’ve all been there. Stuck at a party or a work function in a conversation that you desperately want to escape, but you can’t see a way to without being rude. Next time your find yourself in that conversation, remember that the easiest way out is to start with “I need.” Whether it’s “I need to get a snack, I haven’t […]

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Ice Cream Cone Garland from Oh Happy Day

If you’re a long-time Simply Stated reader, you might remember how much I love ice cream. In fact, I celebrated Ice Cream Month a couple of summers ago with a daily ice cream blog. So, as I’m starting to think about planning a spring ice cream social, I couldn’t resist sharing this ice cream garland idea from Oh Happy Day. […]

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Celebrate National Margarita Day

It’s National Margarita Day today. And I’m giving you plenty of time to adjust your happy hour plans accordingly. If you don’t feel like heading out for the evening, try making these insanely easy Lime Sorbet Margaritas at home. Just add a salt rim to your glass, scoop in some lime sorbet, and add tequila. And if you’re feeling especially […]

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5-Minute DIY: Balloon-Covered Mason Jars

If you’re hosting a brunch or an Oscar party this weekend, why not try using Mason jars as your drinking glasses, and make them easy to tell apart with this quick trick from Brit + Co. All you have to do to get these seemingly dip-dyed jars is to cut the ends off of regular latex balloons and stretch them […]

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How to Prepare for Unexpected Guests

Unexpected guests are always a pleasant surprise, but it always seems like someone decides to stop by when the house (or, in my case, apartment) is at it’s worst. Before shooing them out the door and off to the restaurant down the street, here are a few tips for whipping your house into shape in a jiffy.

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Cool Video: Fireworks in Reverse

I was lucky enough to be at a party with a view of a few different fireworks displays on New Year’s Eve earlier this week. And then I came across this video on This is Colossal where filmmaker Julian Tay reversed a video he’d taken of fireworks in Melbourne. Isn’t it beautiful? What other amazing videos have you seen online recently? […]

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How to Clean Decanters and Vases

 If you’re finally getting rid of holiday flowers from your vases and realizing that there’s still a bit of red wine residue in your decanters, here’s an easy trick to get your glassware clean even when you can’t reach the bottom. Simply fill the vessel halfway with warm water, add a few drops of dishwashing soap, two tablespoons of white […]

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How to Open a Bottle of Champagne Without Losing any Bubbly

There are approximately 20 million bubbles in a glass of champagne, according to the journal American Scientist. And on New Year’s Eve, you’ll want to treat your tastebuds—not your tablecloth—to every last one. The key: Chill the bottle for 30 to 45 minutes, then open it slowly, turning the cork a sixteenth of an inch with each twist. Want to […]

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