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Brush your cat daily and reduce carpet stains
If you are a cat owner, you already know about carpet stains. Cats are notorious for hacking up fur balls, which as you know, takes a toll on your carpets.
I have been brushing our cat every morning, same time, while I wait for the coffee to brew. She knows the timing and can't wait for her five minutes of glory! Since I started this "special" cat time, she has stopped hacking up those fur balls completely!
It's amazing for us both and our carpets!
Easy, creative way to make the cutest bulletin "bar"
We have seen some creative uses of every day things, even things some would consider throwing away. Here is an excellent example of re-purposing some Styrofoam that was originally used for packing to create a cute bulletin board, or better said a bulletin bar!
Amazingly, the Styrofoam almost works better than cork does on a "real" bulletin board. Also, see what else you can do with any leftover fabric! Read more...
Think twice before throwing out your plastic bread tags
From now on, before you throw away those plastic bread tags, you can think twice. There are other things you can do with them that can make certain other things in your life, well, a little bit easier and better organized! Who would have thought?! Read more...
Watch rust stains in your dishwasher disappear
When you want to literally perform magic, using this product will do the trick! Follow the easy instructions on the bottle and watch the rust stains you thought would never come out totally disappear from your dishwasher! Add red and orange stained plastic storage containers, too! They will come out like new!
You'll wonder where this product has been all your life! It's amazing! You should find this at your local grocery store!
Be the best baker in your family with this sweet tip!
You haven't tasted moist, until you have tried using this sweet tip!
When baking cakes, breads or muffins, where the recipe calls for vegetable oil, simply replace the oil with the same amount of unsweetened applesauce! Your banana breads, muffins and cakes will definitely rise to their occasions! People will wonder how you did it!
If you don't have unsweetened applesauce in your cupboard, but you have sweetened, don't make an extra trip to the store for the unsweetened kind. The sweet applesauce will be just fine!
Crafty craft supply holder
As you can see, this can "hold" far more than craft supplies!
It doesn't get a whole lot more crafty than this! Use an old (or new!) cupcake or muffin tin to organize your craft supplies, or your pens, pencils, or what-nots on your desk!
Consider chalk painting your tin and using canning jars for an older, vintage look if you like that style.
Quick, Delicious Corn On The Cob
Perfect corn in three minutes - See how easy!
Go from cob to the table in 3 minutes! Wrap each ear of corn separately in wax paper and microwave on high for 3 minutes per each ear of corn.
You can definitely microwave multiple ears at once. Just multiply your ears by 3 minutes and cook for that length of time.
Your corn will be perfect and delicious!
Is your mouth as clean as you think it is?
When you brush your teeth are you leaving your mouth as clean as it can really be? Many people don't include brushing their tongue or the roof of their mouth as part of their routine when they brush their teeth.
Maybe a weird thing to think about, but doing both of these and brushing with warm water instead of cold will help make your whole mouth a little bit cleaner!
Every year this happens across the country to approximately 15,000 homes, according to the National Fire Protection Agency. Lint build-up is main culprit!
Take smart steps to make sure you are not the next victim to this kind of fire. One tip is to NEVER LEAVE YOUR HOUSE WITH THE DRYER RUNNING! Not even if you're tight for time! Many people do this and are risking coming home to out of control flames!
Don't be that person who says, "It won't happen to you!"
This spring, clean everything, including this!
How long has it been since these were cleaned in your house?!
Spring is a great time to go on a mission to clean everything! And we mean, everything! Clean things you may not ordinarily clean, like hair brushes, pot holders, bedspreads, quilts, pillows, slipcovers, carpets, draperies, throw rugs.
Power wash your exterior, deck, walkways, stairs. Windows, doors, window sills, baseboard, wood trim.
And, of course, so much more! When things are clean, they seem to work better, feel better, and look better!
Take a picture of your receipts! Never lose them again!
We know, you're wondering why you didn't think of this before!
Take these steps to create the most awesome storage ever!
This was too creative not to share! For the right area in the right place, this typically unused space can help you stash away so much!
So unique! So special!
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Just hit MUTE or turn off the volume and experience instant peace!
If only more people would do this! Just turn off the notification tones on your phone and see how much more productive you can be!
Imagine focusing on holding an uninterrupted conversation, completing a task, all without the care of what is going on with your phone?
It's actually not that hard! Just hit mute or turn off the volume on your notifications! We bet if you do this, you will be glad you did!
Secret to making the moistest chicken, brisket and roasts
Try this the next time you make chicken, brisket or roast. One of the best kept chef's secrets is a pan of water! That's it! Simply place a pan of water in the oven underneath whatever you are baking. That simple!
This secret produces the most moist meat you can imagine. Fall off your fork moist! Your family or guests will want to know your secret! It's up to you if you want to share it!
Oh deer! Where there is one deer, there is likely another!
During October and November, deer are particularly vulnerable to getting hit by cars, as they are more on the move than normal.
Avoid colliding with a deer by keeping a watchful eye out for them, as they are not likely to be watching out for you!
Often, they travel together, so if you see ONE, be cautious, another could be close behind!
It's all in how your frame it!
Feeling creative? Here is a great way to repurpose an old frame! Depending on the frame, the bottom surface, and the color you decide to use, your frame, turned tray can "serve" you well in many places or rooms in your home, office, or wherever you want!
Easy way to remove candle wax
This has to be the easiest way to remove wax remnants from your candle holders! Simply place your candle holders in your freezer overnight.
In the morning, you will find the wax literally just pops right out!
Try this! You will be amazed at how easy this is!
Sink your teeth into these!
Here is a fun and healthy treat! Don't feel like you can only have this treat during the fall or Halloween time! They make an awesome treat and hit all year long!
Simply cut the apple slices as you see done in the picture. Insert almond slivers for the teeth and you've got a great snack for all!
More apples! 80 Great Apple Recipes Everyone Will Love!
Fall is definitely a special time for apples, but certainly not the only time to celebrate them!
Mmmmmmm! Can you already smell the cinnamon?
Roll With This Clever Place To Stash A Paper Towel Holder
Here is one the most clever uses of dead space so many people already have in their kitchens. What a great and convenient spot for a paper towel holder! Right where you need it to be, yet cleanly out of the way!
Homeowners Fall Maintenance
What should you make sure you do before the snow flies?
Here are some fall maintenance suggestions homeowners should be considering getting done to help keep you cozy over the winter, save you some money, and to protect your biggest and most important investment, your home!
How much should your groceries cost you per bag?
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