Thursday, August 27, 2009

I wanted to do a slideshow for my son’s graduation but the thought of scanning all of those old pictures was throwing me… I set up a little easel with a black background and propped the actual pics up against it and took a digital picture of the old prints – it worked great. Obviously it wouldn’t be a great resolution for new prints, but for the slide show it’s a great timesaver. I whipped through 18 years of pictures in a couple of hours – and that included gathering them up!
If you’re having a backyard picnic and the table cloth keeps flying off. Grab some clip on curtain rings. You can clip them to the tablecloth and they’ll weigh it down just enough to hold it in place!

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

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The next time you need to squeeze some lemons for something, don’t just toss the rinds in the trash. Dip one of the rinds in salt and use it to clean copper bottom pots or brass candlesticks or cutting boards. Then toss the rinds down the disposal with a handful of ice cubes and run it, the lemons and ice will scrub the blades clean. Who says lemons are sour – I think these are some sweet ideas!

Monday, August 24, 2009

Looking for a great tool to pull gunk out from crevices in the kitchen like around the burners or the rim of the sink? A rotating toothbrush. You can pick up these brushes pretty inexpensively these days, just make sure you label it as a cleaning tool so no one moves it to the bathroom. You wouldn’t believe how well this works!

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Dog hair…seriously how can she have any hair left with all the hair I’ve cleaned up today? If you’re feeling the same way, grab two things and your life will be much easier…rubber gloves and a squeegee! Pull on the rubber gloves and you can run your hand along furniture and curtains and it will kind of gather the hair up so that you can easily pick up the clumps and clean them away. The squeegee is for carpets. Run the squeegee over the carpet and it will loosen the hair so that it’s easier for the vacuum to pick up!

Thursday, August 13, 2009

I’ve been potting plants this week; I thought I’d pass along one of my favorite potting tips. Use diapers! Pick up an inexpensive package of disposable diapers (you can find them at the dollar store), cut the diapers into circles and slip them into the bottom of your pots, then put the dirt on top. This is a double duty tip (no pun intended!) The diaper will keep the dirt from running out of the hole whenever you water the plant and the little crystals in the diaper will absorb water and then release it as the plant needs it so you don’t have to water as often. Gives new meaning to dirty diaper huh!