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Easy produce washing, drying, & prep.

To save time I wash all my weekly produce in the sink at once and drain it in the dish drainer (it only held clean dishes). The dish drainer is large enough to handle the entire load, and the silverware cup is perfect for herbs, Swiss chard, celery, or carrots. I leave it all to drain for an hour, t...

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A Protein Bar Can Save Your Day

Keeping a protein bar with you can keep you from getting too hungry or resorting to fast food if you have a delay when you're traveling or running errands. It buys you time so you can make a rational decision about your next meal. Better to eat the protein bar and risk going over by 100 calories tha...

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Baby wipes as instant stain removers (from a TV wardrobe person)

I learned this trick from the wardrobe person on "Friends': A baby wipe is an excellent instant stain remover when you spill something on yourself. It's what they use on the set on taping days if an actor spills! When a spill happens, blot the stain with a napkin, then blot with a baby wipe until th...

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Easier Button Matching Later

When I buy a new piece of clothing, I use a Sharpie to write the name of the clothing item on the envelope containing the extra buttons ("blue jacket", "black Macy's pants" etc.) before putting it my sewing box. Saves a lot of time finding a matching button later, and If the clothing item goes to Go...

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Use Less Butter By Following Dr. Seuss's Advice

I don't do chemicals so I'm always looking for ways to stretch the flavor of real butter. My favorite way is to eat toast butter side down like the people in Dr. Seuss's Butter Battle Book! My tastebuds think I'm eating a lot more, but I'm only using a tiny amount. I also use Irish butter, which is ...

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How much can you do in a minute or two?

While waiting for the teakettle or microwave to finish, I use the time to wipe the counters, scrub the stove, or put things away. It's amazing how much you can get done in a minute or two, even after getting your cup ready for the kettle! Throw in the 3-4 minutes for steeping and you can do even mor...

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Bar soap as drawer sachets

I'm allergic to dryer sheets, so I use my favorite scented natural soap, still in the wrappers, as sachets in my clothing drawers. When I need a new bar in the bath, I take one from a clothing drawer and replace it with a new one. The best part: your clothes smell like "you" instead of the same lau...

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Hungry? You Can't Eat With Wet Nails

I blogged about this the other day & people liked it so I thought I'd share: I was hungry before dinner and couldn't spare the calories. Then I realized you can't eat or prepare food with wet nails, so I gave myself a full manicure using non-quick drying products. By the end of the hour I wasn't hun...

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Timesaver: Never enter or leave or empty a room empty-handed

My favorite timesaver for keeping the house neater is an old waitress trick: never enter or leave a room empty-handed. There's always something that belongs somewhere else--the kitchen, recycle bin, trash, another room, etc. so I grab one or two things to "drop off" things along the way. By the end ...

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Use "Add a Nutrient" in your nutition tracker to track sodium

I use the "Add a nutrient" feature in the Nutrition Tracker to look for hidden sodium. Sodium = water retention, which equals extra pounds! The result pops up when you run your nutrition report at the end of the day.

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