Tip Nut has an excellent list of 20 things you can use before you throw them away. Some of my favorites are refrigerating butter wrappers to use to ‘grease’ baking pans, using tissue boxes as plastic bag dispensers and turning plastic strawberry baskets into totally awesome homemade bubble machines! For the entire list–including links–visit Tip Nut.
When enjoying a few cocktails, be smart, and don't get sick. Here's a few ideas to avoid head and tummy aches.
Drink Water. Everyone who's mature enough to have a drink should be mature enough to drink some agua along with it. Drink a glass of water before and after every drink, and gulp down a few more before bed. If you get way carried away, to the point of vomiting (another source of dehydration), drink a Pedialyte to replenish yourself.
Here's ten excellent ideas to cut down on major house and life-cleaning projects. I especially like the leaving the dishwasher open while cooking, provided it's not a safety hazard.
- Keep the dishwasher open and fill with dirty dishes as you cook. Have a sink full of hot soapy water to hold the hand wash items so they can soak and be easily cleaned.
- Sort the silverware as you fill the dishwasher, each type of Continue Reading
I grew up in that house that never had the get-togethers or sleepovers, and I was never able to invite my backyard playmates inside. Why? Our home was enternally cluttered, and it was embarassing. Now that I get to make the rules, I keep a mostly spotless lifestyle, and these ten ideas from TipNut are useful, indeed.
1. Regularly Junk Hunt.
2. Create Necessary Storage Solutions.
3. Choose Effective Storage Solutions.
If your last project on the BBQ came out less than appetizing, you might want to check out TipNut’s 12 indispensable grilling tips before your next attempt. Some I hadn’t thought of include wrapping fish, steaks and burgers with bacon before tossing them on the grill (I don’t know many meat eaters who don’t like bacon). And the next time bratwurst are in the queue, they just might get stuffed with onions and peppers! Photo courtesy of TipNut.
From how to restore stale bread with celery to why you should soak your popcorn kernels before you pop them to using mustard to treat a burn, this list includes some crazy kitchen tips I hadn’t heard of before but will definitely keep in mind form now on! For the complete rundown, visit LifeHackery.
'Eat at Mom's' courtesy of themekitchen.
Green decor is everywhere, but this list of twenty five provides actual inspiration for using your recyclables in your decor. Interesting...
- Mixed Glass Centerpiece: Take old glass bottles and jars, fill with leaves and flowers and group the glassware together to make a centerpiece display
- Sweater Seats: Reupholster chairs with old sweaters
- Rustic Candles: Melt down the bits of old burned downContinue Reading
Some aluminum mending plates and a hacksaw and drill are all you need make a home for any (reasonably weighted) tool on your pegboard wall. Check out these ideas from Popular Mechanics to create custom hangers for your specific tools.
- Ball-peen or framing hammers
- A series of screwdrivers
- Long, thin tools
- Myriad pliers, cutters, and snips
A tiny slip in preparation or technique can ruin a whole meal. RealSimple assembled a checklist to ensure that your don't damage your dishes before you dine.
1). Read the recipe all the way through before you begin.
2). Don't overcrowd the pan.
3). Preheat the pan properly.
4). Don't use a tiny pot for rice or pasta.
5). Dry leafy vegetables before sauteeing.
6). Don't overdo it on the dry herbs.
7). BeContinue Reading
Last week we had new carpeting installed in the lower level of the house, and it looks marvelous. The scraps left behind, however, do not.
What to do with these rolls of leftovers? Well, you’ll want to keep some for insurance in case you need to ‘patch’ (God forbid) a spot in the future, but for the rest of it Mrs. Fixit has these suggestions:
“1. Hang a patch of carpeting on the wall in your garage where your car door opens. This way if youContinue Reading
Lynnae at beingfrugal.net asked her readers ‘how they deal with high prices and what things they do to make their money stretch further.’ They came through in a big way! Lynnae categorized their tips, which include saving money...
Flashes...they bring about rabid red eyes, rob your photo of any realistic light, and instantly transport your subject into a black hole. And yet, sometimes it's the only way to capture the moment or gain the detail you desire.
- Understanding your camera's controls: ISO, Aperture, Shutter
- Apply your secret knowledge with the ISO
- Diffuse the flash
The Urban Vegan offers some excellent ideas to save money and prevent food waste. The tips are intended for vegans, so that means that they can apply to everyone...unless you manage to survive on nothing but meat.
1. Bake your own bread.
2. Freeze your assets.
3. Cook beans from scratch and freeze them in ziplock bags.
4. Consider the long-term financial implications of organic.
5. Make your own faux meats.
6. Pack your own lunch.
Let's face it: the black silhouette of a palm tree against an orange sky is no longer an interesting shot. But something certainly happens during the magical hour of twilight, and some amazing photos can result. Matthew G. Monroe offers some helpful tips for taking great shots during while the day grows dark. The best part is: if you mess up, you can always try again tomorrow.
"DIY projects come in many flavors. They all use materials and usually need some method to bond them together. That typically means a glue. Let's look at what type of glue works for what type of project."
- Super glue
- Contact cement
- Carpenter's glue
- Hide glue
- Gorilla Glue
Forbes.com writes, "Getting a brand new high-definition TV should be an enjoyable experience, but when you open up that big box you could also be opening up a frustrating can of worms. HDTVs are complicated gadgets. It's not like the old days when you could just plug a TV into the wall and everything magically worked. HDTVs require a little nuance and a little knowledge.
Without this set-up savvy, you might be left looking at an absolutelyContinue Reading
- Clean a toilet. Drop in two Alka-Seltzer tablets, wait twenty minutes, brush, and flush. The citric acid and effervescent action will help loosen the grime.
- Attract Fish. Fish dig on bubbles. Fill a tube jig with a piece of Alka-Seltzer and cast off.
- Clean hard-to-reach areas of deep vessels, such as a flower vase. Fill with water and drop in two Alka-Seltzer tablets.
- Polish jewelry. Dissolve two Alka-Seltzer tablets into a glass of water andContinue Reading
"Drains are hidden heroes in your home. If you’re lucky, you can go for years without thinking about them, but when dirty sink water suddenly won’t go away or a toilet won’t flush, they can be a major frustration. A plugged drain certainly demands attention, but fixing it is probably something you can do yourself. You’ll get faster results than calling a pro, and you’ll save money, too."
Digital Photography School suggests taking tons of photos to increase your chances of getting that perfect shot. Try these ten tiips to add a bit of diversity as you fill up your memory card.
1. Shoot your subject at different focal lengths
2. Shoot your subject from different angles
3. Shoot using different formats
4. Avoid the Group Shot Blink
5. Use continuous exposure modes
6. Move your Subject around
7. Try Exposure Bracketing -
The always useful Organic Gardening magazine offers some tips to keep backyard birds visible and present at your home during the cold months.