Alina Bradford


About Alina Bradford

I've been a DIY, lifestyle, tech and health writer for almost two decades. Dang, that makes me sound old...Anywhoo, feel free to follow me on Twitter. I'm @alinabradford. Real original handle, huh?


entertainment hub
source Are you still watching TV and listening to music in the same old way? Or are you tired of always tidying up the spaghetti wiring caused by your TV, Blu-ray player, laptop and everything else we use for watching movies, listening to music and playing games? If so, read on. i’m going to show you how you can build a simple media center for your entertainment needs, for less than a price of a used TV.  Choosing the entertainment hardware First of all, have a think about what sort of hardware you want to use as the foundation of your […]

Everything You Need To Create An Entertainment Center For Your ...


creating a business app
If you have a business, then many say one of the best things you can do is create an app. It’s true that creating an app for your business can help you to grow and expand much faster and the goal of an app is to make things easier and more convenient for your audience. However, an app isn’t for everyone. If you’re confused, this post will help you to figure out whether creating an app is for you. Making Yourself More Visible To Customers An app will make you more visible to your customers. They can see you on the app […]

Should You Create An App For Your Business?   Recently updated !


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Whether you want to make sure the house you live in now is the best it can be, or you’re buying your first home, there are a few things you must do to ensure a healthy home. Here are the 7 crucial elements of a healthy house to help you: 1. Thorough Child Proofing If you have children, then making sure your home is thoroughly childproofed is crucial. You’ll need to tidy wires, cover corners, install stair gates, and search vigilantly for other hazards that could be causing a problem. If you don’t have children, then this can probably wait, […]

7 Crucial Elements Of A Healthy House   Recently updated !



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Starting a business? Here are some tips for getting your computer system up and running. No matter the size, shape or style of your business – whether you are working from home or running a company – you’re going to getting to know the ins and outs of computing a fair bit. Your computer is about to be your new best friend in business. But it can be hard to know your pivot tables from your Facebook and Twitter. There’s a lot going on with apps, software, hardware and of course, the ever evolving presence of the internet and all […]

The Guide To Everything ‘Computer’ In Business!


all white home office decor
We all have one room in the home that we barely use. In fact, it can often become a junk room full of old stuff. But you could be wasting space which could be rather useful for your family. And the best thing about it is you could easily turn it into something useful in a couple of steps. You just need to put your DIY hat on! Here are some ideas to turn your spare room into something marvelous! Make it into a playroom for your kids A lot of families find they end up with their kid’s toys […]

Ideas To Turn Your Spare Room Into Something Marvelous!   Recently updated !


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Buying a house is probably the most expensive and significant investment you’ll make. It’s a prized asset, which you hope will appreciate with time. When you invest in bricks and mortar, it’s always a good idea to look for potential. If you can add value, you’ll boost your balance when it comes to selling. If you’re thinking about doing some remodeling or revamping, or you’d like to try and increase the value of your home over the coming years, here are some of the most worthwhile renovations. Image source: https://pixabay.com/en/photos/renovation/ Adding a conservatory Conservatories are an excellent way of adding […]

Boost Your Balance With These Home Renovations   Recently updated !



“Making a home your own” is something that all lifestyle magazines insist you do as soon as you move in. It’s something we all want to do, too, but sometimes not as easy as they suggest. After all, your bank balance – and your body – can be largely exhausted by the time you fall over the threshold. In reality, once you get through the door, your priority has to be getting a good night’s sleep and finishing off the move. After that, a few stress-free weeks are usually in order. Eventually, though, you will want to make it yours. […]

Room-inating On Furniture For The Whole House


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Was your Cuisinart affected by the recent recall? (If you’re not sure, here’s an article that gives you the details on what Cuisinart units were affected.) If you are getting a replacement blade for your Cuisinart, one of my readers has a warning for you. Hello and Happy Holidays Ms.  Bradford; I am writing because you have an address, you wrote on the Cuisinart recall, and I sure can’t find anybody to write to at Cuisinart. I asked for and quickly received a replacement blade by requesting such online. My Cuisinart has been a good appliance, causing no issues in […]

Warning! A Caution About the Cuisinart Recall


snowflake wedding theme idea 68 comments
I’ve been posting a lot of ideas about weddings during the last few years, but most of them have been for summer weddings. Here’s a craft idea for winter wedding decorations. Buy packs of snowflake Christmas tree ornaments to decorated with. These are around two dollars per pack at Wal-Mart, and can be used to decorate almost anything. My favorite idea is hanging them on plain looking light fixtures. They make an impact and they are easy to remove. Another idea is to bundle some pretty sticks together, tie them in the center with some wide ribbon, and use them as a valance for […]

Ideas for Winter Wedding Decorations





vodka 47 comments
In response to my CNET article This trick makes a cheap bottle taste like premium vodka, Tom had this to say: You did quite well on this initial review. Kudos to your tastes buds as well. I’ve been in the spirits business over 26 years (now retired) and can provide some added input to your study. As you know vodka by federal definition must be odorless, tasteless and colorless. So how does one differentiate brands, essentially so similar? Especially  premium brands that have to justify higher pricing?   It starts with the visuals like artisan packaging for one; the livery look […]

Some Thoughts on Vodka and Taste







uses for old phones 43 comments
I wrote an article for CNET on new uses for old phones. Here are two more ideas. Use it as a digital picture frame for your desk I personally hate staring at the shame photo day in and day out, so I like digital photo frames that displays a slideshow of photos. If you have a small desk, though, you may not have room for a full-sized frame. The solution is using one of your old phones as a mini digital photo frame. Download a slideshow app like Dayframe or use your phone’s screensaver mode to display photos. Use a […]

Two Uses for Old Phones


catching pokemon tips 51 comments
Something I do to level up my Pokemon, hatch eggs and gather items from PokeStops is have a Pokemon Go driving party with your friends. No! I don’t mean Pokemoning and driving. That’s a big no sir. Instead, have someone be the designated driver. This person will hand over their phone to someone else in the car so they won’t be tempted to play while driving. The passenger that gets the phone will play the driver’s game and their own. Then, the driver drives around neighborhoods and areas of town where the speed limit is 20 m (32.18 km) per hour […]

Have Pokemon Party to Level Up Fast


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Forget milkshakes, Pokemon brings all the boys to the yard. Pokemon is a force to be reckoned with. According to Adobe Digital Insights there has been more than 8.9 million global social mentions (including all mentions of Pokemon and Pokemon GO) in July to date. This is a 2,353% increase from the 2016 monthly average of Pokémon mentions in the first half of July alone (July 1-13). You can harness this force and use it to make money if you own a brick-and-mortar business. How? Download the game, login, set up a character and do check to see if your business is […]

How to Use Pokemon Go to Get More Business



gift basket for kids
Gift baskets are a great gift to pamper the people on a Christmas or birthday gift list. Store bought gift baskets can be expensive, though. It is easy to make gift baskets at home for less, though, and it can be fun! Getting Started The average homemade gift basket will cost around ten dollars, making it a really perfect gift to give for the budget conscious. The first item required for making gift baskets it the basket, of course. The conscious shopper can find some really nice baskets at thrift stores for as little as 50 cents a piece. Shoppers […]

Over 40 Homemade Gift Basket Ideas


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1. Make a Sandwich College kids know that an iron can make a mean dorm room grilled cheese. Just slap a piece of cheese between two slices of bread, turn your iron on high and get to grilling. Each side of the sandwich takes around 30 seconds to get golden brown with this method. Your waffle iron can also make more than just waffles. Here’s 15 drool-worthy things you can cook in your waffle maker. 2. Fix a dent in your floor or furniture If you have a dent in your hardwood floor or furniture, don’t despair. Your iron can […]

5 Things you can do with your clothes iron


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Social media marketers use this trick and you can too. Having a legion of Twitter followers is a status symbol, but it’s also a way people morph themselves from mere individuals to influencers and tastemakers. Many of the people with massive followings you see on Twitter didn’t get them organically. They either purchased followers, which I don’t recommend, or they used the “follow for followers” method. You can do the later to boost your following without any money. A little disclosure: In my other life, I’m a social media manager. Not only have I been behind the scenes of brand […]

​Steal this trick to get more Twitter followers



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Summer’s here and you know what that means! Shorts, tanks and tees. I don’t like to have ghost white skin, but I also don’t like to tan. Cancer and sunburns aren’t very attractive. Self-tanning serums are a great alternative, but they can be expensive. Then, I saw a post on Pinterest that said you could make your own. I decided to give it a try. All you need to do is mix 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder and 1/2 cup of mineral oil. Once it is mixed, you can rub it on your skin. Not only does it make your skin darker, […]

All-Natural Homemade Self-Tanning Lotion


be funky photo editing 75 comments
I know a lot of you want design your own visuals for your website or social media. If you listen to many website gurus, you may think you need Photoshop to create fantastic images for your content site. Not true! There’s no reason to spend almost $700 on software that will take you months to learn when there are free photo editing tools online that take no skills what so ever. You don’t need to hire a designer to create memes, website images and infographics to make your content go viral, either. Here is everything you need in one list. Free Photo […]

10 Free Design Tools to Create Amazing Website Visuals Your ...


cutting a tshirt 15 comments
For my birthday one year, me and my husband went to a video game midnight release party for the Xbox One. I got a t-shirt as a door prize and guess what? The date, my birthday, was printed on the arm. I decided to make something special out of this tee. Here’s how I did it: First, I folded the t-shirt into thirds. Then, I cut 1/2 inch slits along the folds. I unfolded the shirt and stretched it to make the edges of the slits curl.   Finally, I folded the sleeves and cut them, too. Yup, that’s my birthday! […]

How to Cut an Awesome Web T-Shirt



You can wash produce in the dishwasher 1 comment
Typically, when washing large batches of produce, you would fill your sink with water, add cleansing solution, let the produce soak, scrub the produce, rinse the produce and then move it to somewhere it can air dry. Washing batches of fruit in the dishwasher is much easier. It cleans of wax, dirt, dust and pesticides without scrubbing or soaking by blasting the food with jets of water. Surprisingly, though the water jets are strong enough to clean the fruits and vegetables, they come out of the dishwasher damage-free.   How to Wash Produce in the Dishwasher Put delicate fruits and vegetables […]

Can You Wash Your Produce in the Dishwasher?


Rug made out of a waterhose 45 comments
I needed a cute little outdoor rug to add some color to my hammock area. Luckily, we were about to throw out an old hose. I snatched it out of the trash and went to work. With just some zip ties and spray paint I was able to get just the look I wanted. Basically, all you do is coil the hose around itself and use zip ties to secure one coil to the next. While you coil, make sure that the ends of all of the zip ties are on one side. The side with the ends will be […]

How to Make an Outdoor Rug with a Water Hose




where people buy Mother's day gifts 45 comments
Stumped about what to get mom for Mother’s Day this year? These stats might help. Here’s where people are buyin mom presents and what they’re getting. Please enjoy this guest post by  Christina Lavingia Do you remember the first Mother’s Day gift you created with your own two hands? Mine was a potted plant. I can still picture the oddly shaped bugs and smiling suns, drawn in Sharpie, decorating the small clay pot — just as I can remember my mother’s face radiating pure delight at the simple gesture. As children, we lack the awareness to fully appreciate all the […]

How Americans Celebrate Mother’s Day, in 5 Charts


bracelet craft 43 comments
This is one of the quickest fashion DIYs I’ve ever done. Ready? Let’s do this! First, gather your supplies. All you need is a yarn or upholstery needle, E6000 glue, an old belt and the buckle from the belt. You can also find small buckles at the craft store. Next, cut a length of belt that will fit around your wrist, plus 4 inches. Fold one of the extra inches on the belt in half and poke a hole in the fold with your needle. Push this end of the belt through the buckle and poke the pointy part of the buckle […]

Fashion DIY: Make a Quick Bracelet from an Old Belt


thrift store birdbath
Recently, we remodeled our bathroom.  We were left with a sink with an old sink from the demo. We tried to give the old sink away, but no one needed it, so I decided to turn it into a birdbath. First, I removed the sink from the pedestal. Then, I buried about 4 inches of it to make it stable.   I ran to the local Goodwill and grabbed some old dishes to use in my birdbath. I ended up getting a serving platter, a smaller plastic tray, a pretty glass and a little crystal bowl. It all cost me […]

How to Make a Birdbath out of Junk