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9/19/14 10:27 A

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If the tip of your shoe lace becomes frayed snip off the frayed end.Then paint or dip the end of the shoe lace into clear nail polish and let it dry Good as new.


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9/18/14 10:04 A

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Garlic, onions, spring onions and leeks all contain stuff thatís good for you. A study at the Childís Health Institute in Cape Town found that eating raw garlic helped fight serious childhood infections. Heat destroys these properties, so eat yours raw, wash it down with fruit juice or, if youíre a sissy, have it in tablet form.

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9/17/14 6:18 A

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To make nail polish stay on nails longer first coat fingernails with white vinegar using a cotton ball. Let dry then apply nail polish.


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9/16/14 6:59 A

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If you are around mosquitos, don't wear the color blue. Mosquitoes LOVE blue.

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9/14/14 10:15 A

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Goodbye Fruit Flies: To get rid of pesky fruit flies, take a small glass, fill it 1/2 with Apple Cider Vinegar and 2 drops of dish washing liquid; mix well. You will find those flies drawn to the cup and gone forever

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9/13/14 10:20 A

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Apply VapoRub on things you donít want chewed up or peed on by your cat or dog ó theyíre turned off by the taste and smell.

I love my Vicks and use it often for many different things.


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9/7/14 12:23 P

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Put some chalk inside your jewelry box and your jewelry will always shine.

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8/31/14 6:11 A

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If you want to remove the smell or sterilize your cutting board, wash it with white vinegar.


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8/29/14 12:59 P

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Homemade Foaming Soap!

What you'll need:

Liquid Hand Soap {Softsoap, Dial, antibacterial or other} *Donít use the thick & creamy soaps. The clear-based soaps foam best!
1 Empty Foaming Hand Soap Bottle {Bath & Body Works, Dial, etc.}

What Youíll Do:

Fill the Empty Foaming Soap Bottle with approx. 1 inch of your liquid hand soap
SLOWLY fill the rest of the bottle with tap water.
Put lid back on, and GENTLY tip upside down & side to side to mix.
Donít shake {it will get too sudsy ~ just trust me}
Now isnít that easy??
Give it a try ~ making Homemade Foaming Soap is a cinch! Your handsÖ and wallet will thank you!


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8/25/14 7:29 A

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"You canít sleep? Try to avoid drinking tea, chatting or any activity that require brain usage. Try bathing your feet into water mixed with a 1-2 T of vinegar."


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8/24/14 8:47 A

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Put some soap onto your wound immediately if you were beaten by mosquito. The itchy feeling should no longer bother you.


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8/23/14 8:10 A

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Running low on battery? Put your phone on airplane mode and it'll charge much faster.


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8/22/14 8:10 A

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"When throwing a Frisbee, use the same arm motion as if you were whipping a towel. This will ensure a straight throw."


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8/18/14 7:08 A

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"Unable to sleep? Use the famous Milk and Honey Remedy. Take a glass of hot milk with a teaspoon of honey to calm the soul and induce sleep. Or, add 1 or 2 teaspoons of honey to a cup of chamomile tea and sip"


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8/17/14 8:22 A

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Open your mouth when youíre using eye drop. That way your eyes would stop blinking.

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8/11/14 8:07 A

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Avoid forgetting something in the morning by placing it in your shoes or with your handbag.


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8/10/14 11:04 A

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Measuring Cups: Before you pour sticky substances into a measuring cup, fill with hot water. Dump out the hot water, but don't dry cup. Next, add your ingredient (peanut butter, honey, etc.) and watch how easily it comes right out. you can also use PAM, but I prefer the hot water method.


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8/6/14 12:26 P

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Reheating refrigerated bread: To warm biscuits, pancakes, or muffins that were refrigerated, place them in a microwave next to a cup of water. The increased moisture will keep the food moist and help it reheat faster.


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8/3/14 11:39 A

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"When you feel like you need something, but you canít figure out what it is, itís water. Itís always water."


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8/2/14 4:47 A

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Sprinkle some salt on your napkin coaster at the restaurant .. your drink wonít stick to it.


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8/1/14 4:20 A

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Use the root half of the onion last, it will last longer when stored. You can plant the roots of green onions to grow your own.


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7/31/14 6:33 A

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When you finish showering, use your hand as a squeegee to get excess water off your body. It makes drying much faster and your towel will also be dry sooner.


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7/29/14 7:23 A

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Add garlic immediately to a recipe if you want a light taste of garlic and at the end of the recipe if your want a stronger taste of garlic.

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7/27/14 9:24 A

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Easy Deviled Egg Put cooked egg yolks in a zip lock bag. Seal; mash till they are all broken up Add remainder of ingredients, reseal, keep mashing it up mixing thoroughly, cut the tip of the baggy; squeeze mixture into egg. Just throw bag away when done - easy clean up.


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7/24/14 7:47 A

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Broken Glass: Use a wet cotton ball or Q-tip to pick up the small shards of glass you can't see easily.


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7/23/14 6:45 A

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To reheat a pizza so that the base is out-of-the-oven crisp, heat your leftover slices in a fry pan on low-medium heat on the stove until warm and wave goodbye to the days of soggy microwave pizza.

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7/22/14 7:51 A

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For better-tasting asparagus, cure the stalks: Peel them, roll in equal parts sugar and salt, and let them sit for 10 minutes, then rinse off and prepare as desired. Shea Gallante


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7/21/14 7:23 A

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Want to know if your oil is hot enough for frying? Hereís a tip: Stick a wooden skewer or spoon in the oil. If bubbles form around the wood, then you are good to go. Aaron McCargo, Jr.


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7/20/14 8:29 A

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When making mashed potatoes, after you drain the potatoes, return them to the hot pan, cover tightly and let steam for 5 minutes. This allows the potatoes to dry out so they'll mash to a beautiful texture and soak up the butter and cream more easily. Wolfgang Puck


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7/19/14 9:28 A

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Whenever you cook pasta, remove some of the pasta-cooking water (about 1/4 or 1/3 cup) just before draining. When you add the sauce of your choice to the pasta, add a little of the cooking liquid. This helps sauce to amalgamate; the starch in the water adds body and a kind of creaminess. An old Italian friend of mine instructed me in this finishing touch early on, and I would never, ever leave it out. It makes all the difference. Nigella Lawson


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7/18/14 9:51 A

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When you grill, pull your steaks out of the refrigerator one hour ahead of time so they can come to room temperature. Geoffrey Zakarian


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7/17/14 7:51 A

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Fresh basil keeps much better and longer at room temperature with the stems in water. Elisabeth Prueitt


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7/12/14 6:54 A

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When baking a cake from a box mix, use unsalted butter instead of oil, milk instead of water, and add a few drops of vanilla. Your cake will taste like it was made from scratch. I have done this for something special.

I use applesauce instead of oil.

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7/9/14 6:46 A

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If you're cooking cauliflower, add a bit of milk to the water with salt to keep the cauliflower bright white. Shock it in cold water to stop the cooking and then serve. Michael White

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7/5/14 5:02 P

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When cooking steaks or meat do not use a fork to turn the meat. Use cooking tongs or a spatula to keep the juices from leaking out.

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6/12/14 8:48 A

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"When filling your car with gas, hold the trigger halfway. You'll get more gas and less air in the tank."



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6/11/14 8:00 A

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Cottage Cheese, Sour Cream & Yogurt: Keep them fresher longer by storing carton in the refrigerator upside down.


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6/10/14 7:37 A

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Use the inside of a banana peel to erase scuffs leather shoes. Then buff them to a shine with a paper towel.


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6/9/14 8:41 A

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To prevent grease and grime from sticking to your stove top, making it easy to clean, rub it down with car wax on occasion. (I think this would especially work well on older stoves)

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6/8/14 7:12 A

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"I am constantly dealing with tangled necklacesÖespecially when traveling. This one has saved me more than once. Rub a few drops of baby oil into the knots and work them gently free with a straight pin."

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6/7/14 8:30 A

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To easily shred cheese, let sit in freezer for 30 minutes. The firmer cheese is less likely to make a melted mess on your grater. To prevent hard edges from forming on older cheese, lightly oil the outsides OR rub with butter before storing.

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6/6/14 6:18 A

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If your new shoes are to tight put the nozzle of your blow dryer into shoe and turn on low. When shoe gets warm, stuff with paper or socks to stretch it.

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6/5/14 7:43 A

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Don't have any bug spray? Spray flying bugs with Hairspray. It will do them in. A spray of something like Fantastic or 409 will kill them too.

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6/2/14 6:27 A

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When making toasted sandwiches place two pieces of bread in a single toaster slot for a slice thatís crispy and warm on the outside yet soft and chewy in the middle.

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6/1/14 9:05 A

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The Secret to Perfect Lemonade

Nothing beats an icy cold summer glass of lemonade. Itís so refreshing untli it gets watered down. Hereís a simple little trick to keep your lemonade from losing itís lip-smackiní tangÖ Lemonade Cubes!

Simply pour your lemonade into an ice cube tray and freeze. Then when youíre ready for your next glass of lemonade, just pop in a few lemonade cubes! Theyíll keep your glass chilled, but not watered down as they begin to melt.



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5/30/14 8:16 A

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Ice Cubes - It won't be a pretty sound, tossing ice cubes into the garbage disposal breaks up grease and keeps it clean. Every few weeks, toss in a handful of cubes, turn on the disposal and run cold water. Add some orange, lemon or lime peels to ward off odors.

I miss not having a garbage disposer, especially in the hot weather. I used this tip on mine before I moved.

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5/28/14 7:42 A

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How To Kill Mosquitoes

"I was at a deck party awhile back, and the bugs were having a ball biting everyone. A man at the party sprayed the lawn and deck floor with Listerine, and the little demons disappeared. The next year I filled a 4-ounce spray bottle and used it around my seat whenever I saw mosquitoes. And voila! That worked as well.. It worked at a picnic where we sprayed the area around the food table, the children's swing area, and the standing water nearby. During the summer, I don't leave home without it...."

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5/27/14 7:40 A

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Weed-be-gone

1 Gallon Vinegar
2 ups Epsom Salt
1/4 up Dawn Dish Soap (blue origional)

It will kill anything you spray it on. Just mix and spray in the morning, after the dew has evaporated. Walk away. Go back after Supper (Dinner) and the weeds are all gone.

Cheaper than anything you can buy anywhere! Never buy Round-up again.

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5/22/14 6:25 A

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Floss - Use dental floss to remove debris from the cutting disc on your electric can opener.


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5/21/14 7:27 A

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When youíre out of buttermilk, make your own by combining 1 tablespoon of lemon juice with 1 cup milk. Stir and let stand for 10 minutes.



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5/18/14 9:13 A

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To help ensure freshly baked cakes donít stick to the bottom of the cake pan, let the pan cool on a damp towel for a few minutes just after it comes out of the oven. Then loosen the sides and invert onto a platter; your cake should slide out easily.

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5/7/14 10:22 A

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Sour cream and cottage cheese have a short shelf life, usually 7-10 days after being opened. But if you want to store one of them for longer, then all you need to do is invert the container and keep it in the fridge.

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4/30/14 7:39 A

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Laundry that smells clothesline fresh and is so soft... along with your detergent, add 1/4 to 1/2 cup baking soda per load.

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To easily peel potatoes, boil with the skins on them immerse in cold water for 5 seconds. Then twist the potatoes between your hands and the skin will peel right off!

The only time I peel potatoes is when I mash them.

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4/26/14 8:04 A

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Make coffee less bitter - Over-brewed coffee that has taken on a bitter taste can be much improved with a tiny pinch of salt, which will also enhance the flavor.

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4/25/14 8:17 A

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The best way to store fresh celery is to wrap it in aluminum foil and put it in the refrigeratorĖ it will keep for weeks.

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4/24/14 7:54 A

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To soften bananas for banana bread and muffins, pierce unpeeled bananas once or twice and microwave, uncovered, at 100 percent power for 1 minute, turning over at half time. Cool and peel.

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Grating a large chunk of cheese and using it for binding saves time -- throw all your ingredients into one bowl and mix rather than layering -- ensures consistency throughout the casserole.

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So many good tips on here. Thanks to all!
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4/5/14 7:17 A

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Use a colander to separate the last bit of cereal from it's dust.

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4/4/14 6:48 A

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Cut open toilet paper rolls (lengthwise) and use as a cuff to save your wrapping paper and keep it from unrolling.


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