I love Costco. It is one of my favorite places. One of my happy places. The only problem is that buying in bulk doesn’t always go according to plan. Just because I buy a ton of lettuce doesn’t mean I’m going to be able to eat enough salads before it goes bad. This roundup from Diply has 11 tips and tricks on how to not waste food like I do. I need to shop smarter!
I’m down with trying all of these! Number 8, washing berries in vinegar to prevent mold, would be a win at my house if it worked. We love fresh fruit but never can get to the bottom before they start to go bad. Number 11 is my favorite. My Bananas are always going bad so quickly! Real Simple has some tips on what to buy in bulk. Yes on the cereal and toothpaste. No on the carrots. Lol. This is some helpful info to have.
Grocery shopping. Just like cleaning house, it’s something we all have to do. Unless you’re one of those people with a live in maid/personal go-fur, and in that case I don’t think we can be friends. For the rest of us, grocery shopping is a fact of life. An expensive fact of life. Coupon clipping can help some but it helps find other ways to save money too. This roundup from Diply has 21 ways to help you save on your grocery bill. I’ll take it!
Tips like buying in bulk and buying in season will end up saving you a bundle. Tips on how to tell if food is ripe/overripe and how to store it properly will help stretch your stash out. I’m a big fan of numbers 11 and 12. I do those already! What are your thoughts on number 9? I’ve never heard of using sand before!
Wasn’t this good information? So good! For help saving money on your monthly bill, you might want to check out coupon clipping. It’s a lifestyle and not for everyone (I’m not that great at is). Get the 411 on coupons here.
Petroleum jelly, a.k.a. Vaseline is quite a useful substance. Did you know? Back in the day it was used as a cure all, a staple in medicine chests. People used it to protect skin and for cosmetics. There are many more uses for it today and this roundup from Diply has just 16 of them. Hooray for us!
After seeing all of this you will want to run out and grab some. Vaseline can be used to fix scuffs on shoes, repair split ends, help you get the perfect manicure, and so much more! I am a big fan of number 16. My allergies are all year long! (I need to go to the store and get more meds ASAP! My nose is running like a leaky faucet.) You are going to love these hacks! Still curious about Vaseline? Wonder no more! Vaseline.com has all the information you’ve been wondering about. What, how, if, will, and why. Good information to know.
Have you heard of plunking or plopping your hair? I hadn’t but it doesn’t really apply to me because this is for those of you with cute (and sometimes crazy) curly locks. My straight and fine hair will look on jealously from the wings. So what is it? It’s a no-heat method for controlling your curls. The results are frizz free and full of fabulous volume. This method is perfect for those of you who shower at night at need a quick fix in the morning.
Donata White uses a comb, some product, and an old shirt to get fabulous curls. (This is yet another way an old tee-shirt can be repurposed! The DIYs and hacks are endless!) Do this to your hair before you go to bed and ‘Bob’s your uncle!’ Which is an expression that means ‘everything will be fine.’ Lol. Better than fine. It will be fabulous! Let me know How this worked for you lovelies! Here is another no-heat curl tutorial. This one is for those of you with straight hair.
Did you know that a pair of socks and some silica crystal kitty litter can help you defrost your car windows in the cold months? This totally makes sense. Kitty litter absorbs moisture. It’s a great idea, especially if your defroster is on the fritz or if you didn’t leave extra time for it to warm up. Silica is used to absorb moisture (remember those little packets that come in shoe boxes?). Leaving this is the car overnight and all the day long should help get rid of that moisture problem.
I used to use this brand of kitty litter for Bernard, our cat, and it’s available at most pet stores. I know Walmart has it too. It would work for the defogging and it’s a quality litter too. We only switched because those little crystals travel over wood floors and our new house has wood floors and they didn’t just stay where they were supposed to.
Whether your hair is straight or curly, the grass is always greener. No matter what condition our locks are in, we all have straighteners. Some for curling, others for taming, and other still for ironing our clothes. Lol. Yup. You can use your iron for all sorts of things and not just your hair! This roundup from Diply has 15 straightener tips and tricks that everyone who owns one needs to know. I’m so excited to feature this here today!
Did you know that a straightener can be used straighten thing like ribbon and fabric? It’s true. Not only does this roundup have fun things you can do with straighteners, it also has information about their and hair care. Such good info to know.
You can’t do any of these tricks if you don’t have a straight iron. Top Ten Reviews has the 411 on the irons of 2015. It lists the top ten, prices, and reviews. Sweet! Maybe it’s time I get a new one. Thoughts? Maybe the Conair Infiniti Pro?
Cooking is great fun and it is so great to hear the oohs and aahs while you put the days (or past 20 minutes) spectacular creation on the table. (Even if it is macaroni and hot dogs. Hey you’ve got to know your consumer.) Between skinned knees, soccer practice and sibling rivalries, who has the time to put together a nutritious and delicious meal for the whole family every single night? I know I need to cut corners as much as possible in order to get it done. Here are some amazing kitchen hacks, most of which I had never heard of. I don’t think you have heard of many of them either. Enjoy!
Pancake batter in a bottle. This is brilliant, especially for my family where every time I ask what everyone wants to eat it is something different. For instance just yesterday I asked the hubby and he responded with, “I want pancakes.” Well guess what? In the time it took to warm the pan I had pancakes cooking. Beat that Betty Crocker! I was completely onboard with this entire post until I got to number 10. Chilling wine with frozen grapes is a good idea in a pinch. But, who chills red wine? Shame!
Do you have a tattoo? One random web search said that 14% of all Americans have tattoos now. Another search said one in five (that’s higher than 20% of the population with ink). I don’t have one and don’t think I will get one. For the longest time I was on the fence but I think I’ll just let the younger generation carry the torch. Lol. This video from Nibbles Official is for those of you who do have amazing body art. Pay attention!
Tattoos are art and should be displayed, right? For the most part but every once in awhile there might be a time when you need to cover yours up and this video tells you how to do that with simple drugstore makeup. I am amazed by the end result and how natural it looks. It’s definitely important to get makeup that matches your skin tone though.
For more light reading on tattoos. Here are 75 radical facts on them. Because why not? Also, here is a site you should make a habit of visiting. Fails are bad. Tattoo fails? Is there anything worse?
Deep cleaning? Those two words I hate with the passion! Don’t we all! Blech. Sadly, it isn’t something reserved for the spring. We need to deep clean our home more than once a year. Good thing I budget for a housekeeper. Lol. Just for special occasions (birthdays, major holidays, spring time, etc.) This roundup from Diply might make deep cleaning more enjoyable for those times when I have to DIY it, which is most of the time. Booo. I need all the tips that I can get!
These hacks aren’t for everyday cleaning. No one needs to steam the grease out of the carpet or remove coaster rings every day but these are for those cleaning days when you decide to go all out and tackle those really annoying and difficult projects. Did you know that you can use vegetable oil to get rid of oily dust? Or that cream of tartar can make your appliances shine? Interesting! I’m going to have to try a few of these babies out! Here are just a few more cleaning hacks to add to your arsenal. You can never have too many.
The zipper as we know it today was ‘invented’ in 1913. Although other prototypes existed before then, that is when it started to be used to ‘zip’ things. It started to be used in fashion in 1925. Leather jackets were the first items of clothing with zippers. Cool! But that’s enough history. Zippers are here and our clothes are better because of them (especially our jeans).
Zippers are great but have you ever had one that broke. Such a bummer deal! Don’t worry friends, not all is lost. This video from UCAN Zippers USA shows you how to repair a zipper that doesn’t close from the bottom. This kind of damage usually happens on bags so it will come in super handy for travelers and school kids with backpacks. All you need for this? Pliers and 3 minutes and 15 seconds to watch the video. Wonderful! I have that. Jeans and zippers go hand and in hand. Learn the history of your favorite jeans here.