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vodka 50 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


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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


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?



upcycling 29 comments
Don’t throw out those broken headphones just yet. Here are two hacks that can make them useful again in just seconds. Replumb your Headphones My daughter hates earbuds and will only wear headphones. Unfortunately, she usually ends up wearing out the cord or connectors every few weeks. Headphones are typically more expensive to replace then earbuds, so I came up with a solution. I simply tucked a pair of earbuds into the padded flaps on the headphones and cut off the old cord. She still has plenty of comfort, but I don’t need to buy her new headphones. Of course, […]

2 Quick Hacks to Upcycle Broken Headphones


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So, I’ve been seeing all of these tutorials on contouring that uses five different foundation colors, highlighters and all this other stuff. That’s expensive and takes way too long. So, I decided to do a little tutorial on how to contour your face using only bronzing powder. Since I am a plus sized lady, there is also a tip in there about hiding a double chin. Enjoy!

How to Contour Using Only Bronzer




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  I used to be a seasonal clothes shopper. Every time a new season came around I would head to the department store and buy what I would need to fit the forthcoming temperature. Little did I realize that you can make most clothing overlap into another season without looking silly or being uncomfortable. It really saves money on clothing!Take a Look at What You GotFirst, you need to take stock in what you already have in your closet. More than likely you have an assortment of t-shirts, tanktops, sleeveless shirts, sweaters, etc. Put each item in what you think […]

Rock Your Wardrobe No Matter the Month!



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Okay, this may come off as HUGELY cheap, but I re-fluff pillows instead of buying new ones. I just hate how, after just a few months, a pillow goes limp and flat, but I refuse to go get a new pillow. To get that brand-new feeling, I wash the pillow in my washing machine with hot water and lots of laundry detergent (I find that they need extra because oils from your head are extra difficult to remove.) Then, I throw it in the dryer on medium heat until it’s dry. Poof! The pillow is soft and fluffy once more!

How to Make an Old Pillow Like New



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This post is a simple and quick solution to stuffed animal storage. Screw a cup hook into the wall, latch a canvas bag onto the hook and plop stuffed animals into the bag. Here’s how it ended up looking in my daughter’s room:As you can see, I hung up a large stuffed animal (with thumb tacks) beside the bag so that it looks like the plushie is holding the bag. Fun right? If you hang the bag low enough, your child can snag their favorite animal from the canvas bag anytime they like.

DIY Stuffed Animal Organizer


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If you’re like me, you have tons of magazines laying around. Girl, that just doesn’t work for me! I was tired of the clutter, so I decided to whip it up into fabulous home decor. My mom gave me some fantastic vintage wallpaper scraps, so I used that and a cereal box to make a magazine holder. What You Need: Cereal box Scissors Marker Wallpaper scraps Hot glue Here is what to do: Cut the flaps off of the box. Draw a line diagonally from one of the top corners to halfway down the box on both sides. Cut the box […]

Cereal Box Magazine Holder Craft