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Banish Crayon Drawings (on Your Walls) with Baking Soda

This dilemma came up for one of my friends with kids the other day. Her daughter drew all over the walls with crayon. And as much as she might have liked the abstract masterpiece, she would have preferred for it to be on paper hanging on the wall rather than on the wall itself. Luckily, there’s an easy way to […]

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Clean Your Garden Tools with Tea

After you plant your bulbs and before you put your garden tools away for the fall and winter, use a pot or two of strongly-brewed black tea to clean your trowels and spades. Let the tools soak in the tea for a few hours and any grime (including rust!) will wipe away with a cloth. Just be sure to wear […]

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A Smart New Use for a Tissue Box from Meck Mom

Whether you’re starting to battle fall allergies or you’ve fallen ill with a cold, this new use from the blog MeckMom will make sick-day clean up much easier. Instead of trashing an empty tissue box, rubber band it to a full box of tissues, and use the empty carton as a makeshift trash can. It moves easily from bed to […]

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Keep Your Avocado From Browning via The Family Dinner

We all know that lemon juice can keep fruits and vegetables from browning, but did you know that the same thing goes for lemon slices? This why-didn’t-I-think-of-that tip from The Family Dinner is the perfect example. Instead of squirting the avocado with lemon juice, simply layer a lemon slice on the cut half of the avocado and wrap it tightly […]

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New Beauty Uses for a Toothbrush from BellaSugar

Real Simple has come up with plenty of inventive new uses for the toothbrush over the years, but there are always more ideas out there. Here are a few that we love from BellaSugar: Tame flyaway hairs: Spritz a clean toothbrush with a bit of hair spray and run the bristles over your hair to fight flyaways. De-lint your hair […]

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An Inventive Way to Send Money as a Gift

This fun birthday or graduation gift idea from She’s Crafty will brighten up your afternoon. If you send money to nieces and nephews for birthdays, switch up the normal card with this clever idea. Put single bills or coins into balloons and inflate them slightly then fill a shipping box with the balloons and send it off. It will be inexpensive […]

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The Easiest Way to Pit a Cherry

We’ve taught you how to core a strawberry with a straw, so this trick to pit a cherry without a specialized gadget from Food 52 is right up our alley. Simply place a cherry over the opening of a bottle (you can use a clean soda bottle if you don’t have a small one that fits), and use a chopstick to […]

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A New Use for Puzzle Pieces

If one too many pieces has gone missing from you child’s favorite puzzle, turn it into kitchen or playroom decor by gluing magnets to the back. It will make the refrigerator seem more fun, and you won’t feel bad about toss all those pieces. Or, if you have a wooden puzzle that is still intact, but that has become a […]

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Keep Bugs Away From Your Backyard Buffet

This weekend is the unofficial start of summer, and if you’re planning any outdoor feasts, you’ll need this trick. To keep bugs away from your favorite dishes, simply place a mesh colander on top of the bowls or plates. Then remove when it’s time to serve. Have a great holiday weekend!

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Calm Allergy Eyes in Just 5 Minutes

If your allergies have been bothering you lately, use this trick to calm red, puffy eyes in just 5 minutes. Simply douse a two cotton balls in Afrin (yes, the nasal spray), place the cotton balls over your eyes, and lie down. In about 5 minutes you’ll see a world of difference. Make it even more relaxing by turning on […]

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