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How to Get Shiny Hair

The summer months can be rough on your hair—chlorine, saltwater, and sun can dry it out and styling products can weigh it down. Give your tresses a boost with this easy-to-make rinse. Mix 1/2 cup of apple cider vinegar, 1 1/2 cups water, and a few drops of your favorite essential oil in a spray bottle. Spray the mix on […]

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Keep Vegetables Fresh for a Party Platter

If you’re having a party or just friends over for dinner one of the easiest ways to save time  on the day of is to prepare a portion of your meal ahead of time. Use this trick to keep your crudité platter fresh for up to 12 hours. Arrange your cut up vegetables on a plate, cover them with damp […]

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A Quick Trick to Keep Flowers Fresh

It’s flower arranging 101 to trim the stems when you first go from the paper or plastic wrapping to your vase, but did you know that continuing to trim the stems, even just a little, can help your flowers stay fresher longer? To keep that bouquet looking its best, change the water every day and trim the stems (especially woody […]

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How to Freeze Cookie Dough for National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day!

Did you know that it’s National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day? Sounds like a good holiday to celebrate, but if you don’t want the temptation of having a whole batch of freshly baked cookies in your home, use this trick to freezing the dough. Start by measuring out scoops of dough (using a small spring loaded ice cream scoop) on to […]

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Use This Hotel Trick If You’re Serving Mom Breakfast in Bed

Don’t forget that this Sunday is Mother’s Day! If you’re celebrating with your mom by bringing her breakfast in bed, use this hotel trick to prevent spills. Fill any cups and bowls (coffee, juice, oatmeal) only 3/4 of the way full, and for anything tall cover the opening with plastic wrap. To all the moms, might we suggest forwarding this […]

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How to Win on National Scrabble Day

Did you know that today is National Scrabble Day? In honor of the “holiday” take a look at these 10 short words words from Mental Floss that can help you out in a pinch (and occasionally rack up some high scores). 1. Aa definition: basaltic lava having a rough surface 2.  Qat definition: a flowering plant native to East Africa […]

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Break Out of a Rut

The next time you find yourself facing a road block at work or when doing something creative at home, use this tip from Lifehacker to break out of that rut. Whatever project you’re working on, add an element that doesn’t belong at all. This will get you thinking completely differently, and might just spark the idea that pushes you over […]

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Don’t Forget to Spring Forward

Don’t forget that this weekend starts daylight savings time for 2012. So before you go to bed on Saturday night, reset your clocks one hour forward. You might lose an hour of sleep, but it will be brighter when you wake up in the morning. Have a wonderful weekend!

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Oven-Roasted Meatballs

Meet my new (to me) method for meatballs: oven roasting. I almost always sear my meatballs in a skillet before finishing them in marinara. However, our windowless kitchen and aging exhaust fan mean that after stove-top searing everything from the bedspread to the shower curtain  smells like steak (or chicken or whatever you were cooking). So, in an effort to […]

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How NOT to Break an Egg

In the test kitchen earlier today I was working on a cake recipe. Trying to save time while making the batter I decided to break the egg on the rim of the bowl, while the mixer was running. Rookie mistake! I dropped the egg in the batter, the shell got mashed every which way and it was a big ol’ […]

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