Breakup Texts That’ll Crack You Up

Not all breakups are painful… Here are some really funny breakup texts which are just hilarious.  While some of them are done by mistake, others take the wittiness to another level.

 

#1  That girls has some balls…

#2  An English lover!

#3  Autocorrect’s a bitch!

#4  Two timing requires a good memory!

#5  Narrow escape!

#6  Never play that game… never!

#7  That’s one way to get your point across!

#8  That’s cruel!

#9  Never disclose your wishes!

#10  Witty!

#11  When you just won’t accept it!

#12  Epic!

#13  No coming back from it!

#14  Cheater detected!

#15  Who needs an enemy when you have friends like these…

#16  Witty and smooth!

#17  No pain … no gain!

#18  Witty!

#19  Sometimes things happen for the best!

 

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‘Little House On The Prairie’ – Secrets The Producers Kept From Fans

The Little House on the Prairie warmed the hearts of the nation with both the book and TV series.

The show debuted in 1974 and despite it ending over 30 years ago, it’s still much loved to this day by a wide range of audiences.

Whilst you may think you know everything about the TV drama, there are some behind the scenes secrets that the cast and producers tried to keep from fans.

 

1. Alison Arngrim’s Broken Arm Was Real In The ‘Bunny’ Scene

Alison had a real cast on in the episode after having a skateboarding accident in real life and breaking her wrist.

2. Heavy Beer Drinkers

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Both the camera and off-screen crew were known to get through two cases of Coors a day whilst filming.

3. Alison Arngim Almost Passed Out On Set

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The actress, who played Nellie Oleson, passed out on set once due to the extreme heat. The women wore 1800 style dresses and costumes including petticoats, bonnets and stockings. The temperatures would rise to as high as 100 at the California set causing Alison to faint.

4. Michael Landon Wasn’t Afraid To Show Off His Body

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Michael, or Charles Ingalls as we knew him on the show, was more than happy to do the shirtless scenes. He also reportedly used to wear no underwear under those extremely tight trousers.

5. Melissa Gilbert Was Only 15 Years-Old When She Had To Kiss Co-Star Dean Butler

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Melissa played the part of Laura Ingalls in the hit show who married Almanzo Wilder (Dean Butler) – but she was just 15-years old at the time. She was extremely nervous when it came to the kissing scene, with it only being her third ever kiss! After the scene she asked producers if the affection between the characters could be kept to mainly hugs and kisses on the cheek.

6. Alison Arngrim & Steve Tracy Would Make Out On Purpose To Gross Melissa Gilbert Out

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The young teen actress would hate seeing the older actors openly kiss on set, so the pair would do it even more to wind her up.

7. Rachel And Sidney Bush Were Only 3-Years Old When They Played Carrie Ingalls

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The identical twins played the role of Carrie perfectly. Due to the law, the director had to swap the twins around every three hours to give them a rest, calling for a ‘fresh’ twin before scenes.

8. Carrie’s Fall In The Opening Credits Wasn’t Supposed To Happen

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The twin who played Carrie Ingalls trips and falls during the opening credits whilst running down a hill – but it was actually an accident. The director thought it shown the toddler in a cute light so kept it in.

9. The Food Was Dirty Moore Beef Stew

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In any of the scenes where the family are having dinner, the food was actually just dirty moore beef stew. For all but one occasion when Ma cooked fried chicken, which of course was KFC.

10. Melissa Gilbert Ended Her Friendship With Michael Landon After His Divorce

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The actress became close with Landon’s real-life wife and kids whilst filming the series. The actor’s affair with the make up artist became public, causing Melissa to distance herself from him and remain loyal to his wife.

11. Landon Wore Four Inch Lifts Inside His Boots

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The actor didn’t want anyone else to rise above him on set and wanted to appear taller. He can thank his special boots for the swagger he had on screen.

12. The Simi Valley Ranch Set Was Contaminated With Radioactive Waste

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It was reported that the set at the Big Sky Ranch was used for people to dispose of radioactive materials – was this to blame for the high cancer rates in the cast and crew?

13. Nellie Oleson & Laura Ingalls Were BFFs

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They were enemies on-screen, but in real life actresses Melissa and Alison were the best of friends and often had sleepovers.

14. Sean Penn Got His Breakthrough Role On The Show

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Penn was just 13-years old when he made his debut on the Little House on the Prairie. He appeared in the episode ‘The Voice of Tinker Jones’ being cast by his dad.

15. Landon Dyed His Hair For The Role

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Michael Landon took to the hair dye for his role as Charles. The actor went grey in his early 20s so starting dying it early on. He let the professionals step in and help with his hair colour in the Little House on the Prairie. It was said it would turn to a lavender colour after being in the California sun.

16. Michael Landon Asked Karen Grassle To Change Her Name

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When the actress auditioned, Landon asked Karen to change her name back to Karen Grassle. She was going under her stage name Gabriel Tree at the time.

17. Melissa Sue Anderson’s Mom Was Overprotective On Set

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Melissa’s mother was worried about her whilst she was filming, causing the young actress to not really make any friends on set. She played the part of Mary Ingalls.

18. People Didn’t Believe Melissa Gilbert & Dean Butler Had Believable Chemistry

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Melissa’s awkwardness made the chemistry between the on-screen couple unbelievable with the stars often being told to make more effort.

19. Nellie Achieved Her Curls Through An Old Fashioned Curling Iron

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The old fashion curling irons were used to ‘torturously’ style Alison’s hair and give her character Nellie the curls she needed.

20. But They Soon Changed It To A Wig

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They wanted to give Alison the perfect curls so swapped the iron for a wig. This actually made the actress’s scalp bleed as it held on with metal combs and pins.

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7 Ways To Get Rid Of Ants

If you have ants at home, try these 7 inexpensive but effective ways to get rid of them.

Warm weather means lots of outdoor time, barbecues with family and friends, gloriously long hours of daylight and… ant invasions.

Ants sure know how to ruin a picnic, and they’re pretty good at sneaking into your kitchen (gross).

The folks from Household Hacker rounded up some genius ways to deal with ants, whether you’re already living with these six-legged pests or if you’re trying to prevent them from wreaking havoc on your life.

From picnic table moats to vinegar, some of these are pretty creative.

1. Wash Your Soda Cans

Before you toss your soda cans into the recycling bin, give them a quick rinse to remove any remaining sugary soda that ants will feast on.

The same goes for other food containers that will be in or near your house until trash day—syrup bottles, juice boxes, etc.

You’ll also want to purchase airtight containers to store opened food packages in your pantry.

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2. Build A Picnic Table Moat

The next time you’re sitting at a picnic table enjoying lunch, build a line of defense to prevent ants from joining you.

Simply place four disposable pie tins or some other container under each leg of the table, then fill with water. The ants won’t be able to march over these tiny moats to ruin your lunch!

3. Make A Borax-Sugar Trap

If you’ve got kids or pets, tread lightly with this tip, as sodium borate should be kept away from kids and animals. Household Hackers recommends mixing borax and sugar with enough water to create a syrupy paste that ants will love to eat and share with their friends.

Use a tupperware to house the mixture, poke a few holes in the top and sides, and let the ants come and go until the borax wipes out their colony.

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4. Cayenne Pepper

You can also sprinkle a little cayenne pepper around the entrances to your home or directly onto the anthill (if you can find it).

Though they’re looking for sugar, the ants will get a spicy (and repellant) treat instead. If you do find the anthill, Household Hackers recommends dousing it with cayenne-laced boiling water in order to kill the ants inside.

RELATED: If-you-do-these-6-things-youll-never-see-another-spider-in-your-home-again

5. Spray Some Vinegar

In order to destroy an ant’s home, you first have to find it. Vinegar won’t kill ants, but it will throw off their sense of smell.

The next time you see one in your house, spray some vinegar near it and watch where it heads. Household Hackers’ advice says it’ll likely lead you back to HQ.

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6. Destroy Their Homes

If you can follow the trail of ants back to their home, your best defense is simply destroying the ant hill.

You can do this by running your garden hose on it for 10 minutes or by pouring some boiling water on it until you don’t see any more signs of life.

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7. Safeguard Your Space

Once you’ve rid your space of ants, you’ll want to be sure to erase any pheromones they may have left behind.

To do so, fill a spray bottle with a mixture of vinegar and water with a drop of dish soap. Then spray your mixture everywhere those little pests once lived, making sure to spray any entryways where they may have been entering as well.

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Hilarious Emergencies A Dog Would Have If They Could Dial 911

 

When you hear about a dog calling 911, it’s usually because their owner is having an emergency. But what would happen if a dog called 911 with its OWN idea of a crisis?

That’s the question that went through the mind of Twitter user Reverend Scott, and he’s come up with some pretty funny answers.

More info: Twitter (h/t: distractify) | Cover image credits: Kent Mathiesen

 

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Veterinarian Sits in a Hot Parked Car for 30 Minutes

Veterinarian, Dr. Ernie Ward, set out to see what it feels like for a dog helplessly trapped in a hot car.

Armed with a clock, a thermometer and a video camera, Dr. Ward sat in his car, with the windows cracked, for thirty minutes while the temperature climbed to a sweltering 116 degrees.

The doctor explained, even with the windows cracked, the air in the car was still.  Just a few minutes in, and already drenched with sweat – a cooling function that dogs don’t have – Dr. Ward was already starting to reflect on the suffering that dogs must experience in the same situation.

The video below serves as a vivid reminder to pet parents to NOT leave a dog in a hot car, even if only for a few minutes.

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Exploding ‘Bait Box’ Covers Thief In Poop!

Tom Mabe lives in a neighborhood that is besieged apparently by package thieves. Weird, we know. But apparently it’s true. His family have had a few parcels delivered and left on the doorstep that have gone missing. And he’s sick of it. So he decides to act.

Setting up a couple of discreet CCTV cameras around the house, he decides to set up a fake box. A ‘bait box‘. One primed to explode. But not horribly, killing anyone. He’s filled it full of poop. And it’s set to go off after forty seconds. And boy does it!

It doesn’t take long with the bait box to ensnare a thief. This big bald guy below. He thinks he’s in for a free package… And, well, he kind of is. But it’s not full of DVDs or books or video games. It’s full of manure!

And it was no less than the guy deserved. Watch this. You’re gonna love it!

 

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25 Of The Dumbest Questions Customers Have Ever Asked

Ask Reddit asked… What is the dumbest question a customer has ever asked you?

 

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This Hotel Is So Haunted You Are Required To Sign A Waiver To Stay There

The hotel is located in the quiet Shawangunk Mountains of Ulster County, NY. (It even looks like a hotel out of a horror movie.)

 

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Dwelling somewhere in its 35 rooms and hidden basement are several spirits who delight in pestering the living who choose to spend their time at the Shanley.

Since its construction in 1895, the Shanley has been the site of a number of tragedies.

Even the original owner’s three children died in the Shanley Hotel.

During the Prohibition Era, part of the Shanley operated as an underground speakeasy and brothel.

Coincidentally enough, the part of the building that used to be the speakeasy is considered the most haunted. Those visiting that area of the house often report shortness of breath and a strange feeling of unease. Visitors feel as if something was watching them from the shadows…

Strange sights and sounds have been reported by guests inside the Shanley at all times of day and night.

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If you’re thinking about stopping off at the Shanley during your next vacation, you should be prepared.

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The current management of the hotel makes guests sign a waiver absolving them of responsibility in the event that a resident spirit does something dangerous…

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What Your Secret Fear Is According To Your Zodiac Sign

Do you agree with your zodiac signs secret fears?  Mine are pretty much bang on! 

Aries  (March 21 – April 19): Fear of losing people

The only thing scarier for an Aries than losing a fight is losing a friend in the process. Although they often won’t realize that until afterward, because they really hate losing a fight.

Aries are warriors. They throw themselves into combat not only because they want to win, but because it’s in their nature. They enjoy a good battle of wills, and if there’s no fight easily forthcoming, they’ll antagonize the ones they love, often without realizing it.

When an Aries’ actions backfire, the ones they love retaliate not by fighting back but by disappearing, and Aries will never forget his/her mistake. It puts Aries in a state of permanent “wrong-ness,” a feeling that absolutely makes their skin crawl.

Unfortunately, that restlessness spurs them to want to fight more, just to get the energy out. It’s a vicious cycle.

Taurus (April 20 – May 20): Fear of financial instability

Taurus loves to be comfortable. They enjoy the simplest creature comforts: good food, good friends, a nice shag rug, a fireplace and anything that contributes to a warm atmosphere. It’s more than just a preference for comfort — for Taurus, there is a deep need to be surrounded by amenity.

Since the conveniences that they require have to be supported by financial stability, Taurus guards their money and fights off debt like the plague. If they see their account balance dwindling, the first thing they worry about is the changes they’ll have to make to their lifestyle.

They don’t earn money just to earn — they earn to spend. Nothing scares them more than instability, financial or otherwise.

Gemini (May 21 – June 20): Fear of making decisions

Geminis change their decisions, opinions, choices and even their promises to themselves/others all the time. The reason? They don’t feel like sticking to them.

This quality is what often makes them such agile manipulators. They’ll change their stance so often you’ll forget what they originally told you.

But with every strength comes a shadow side, a weakness, and for Gemini that weakness is the fear of making decisions. Gemini is symbolized by the Twins, meaning there are two distinct sides to their personalities (more than two, when it comes to Gemini men) that are constantly in conflict with one another. The minute they settle on one choice, their “other half” begins to pipe up about what they could be choosing to do instead.

The problem for Gemini is that they know both sides have great ideas.

Cancer (June 21 – July 22): Fear of leaving home

Cancers are the ultimate agoraphobics. They like to stay in their safe zone, the place where no one can hurt them. The irony of agoraphobia, which is defined as “a fear of being trapped in places or situations where escape is difficult” is that it takes the people who suffer from it prisoner.

Cancers might feel safer in a zone that they are used to, but the isolation that this creates isn’t good for them. They need to learn to branch out, to do the things that scare them, to go to places that are both physically and emotionally unfamiliar to them.

That way, they can learn that personal freedom has more to do with internal than external circumstances.

Leo (July 23 – August 22): Fear of being ignored

If there is one thing Leo won’t stand for, it’s walking into a room unnoticed. Lucky for them, they know how to work with that fear in a motivational way. They make it almost impossible for people to ignore them, either through their wardrobes, their body language or the way they express themselves. Most of the time, they use all three to gain the attention of those around them.

Leos need to be witnessed. They need to be seen in order to validate their experiences. It is part of their mindset that if something isn’t seen by others, it doesn’t have the same impact, and that includes their own existence.

If you asked a Leo the old “if a tree falls in a forest” line, they’d answer confidently, “If no one’s around to hear it, then nobody cares! THE TREE WAS A FAILURE.” Good thing Leo does everything in their power to prevent themselves from meeting the same fate.

Virgo (August 23 – September 22): Fear of imperfection

Remember the full mental breakdown that would happen to Monica from “Friends” when something was spilled on the floor? If you walked into a Virgo’s apartment spilling wine on the carpet, throwing used tissues on the ground or wiping your greasy hands on their dishes, they’d file assault charges.

The slightest bit of disorganization in their personal lives or their physical world can trigger feelings of despair for Virgo.

It doesn’t take much to send Virgos into a spiral of negativity, because they happen to be naturally negative people, although they’ll claim they’re just being “helpful” or “realistic.” Staying organized is one of the ways they try to keep their emotions at bay.

While they consciously fear external imperfection, what they truly fear is their own internal imperfections.

Libra (September 23 – October 22): Fear of being alone

Intelligent, loving, passionate people, Libras are exceptionally good romantic partners. It’s hard to imagine them spending their lives alone. It’s especially for them to imagine it, but they do, all the time. Because nothing frightens them more.

Libras are typically either serial monogamists, or perpetually depressed. I should know, my Dad is a Libra. When my mom divorced him, he ate nothing but condiments and deli meat for a year. He also proposed to the first woman he dated because he’d fallen down a flight of stairs and was scared that no one was there to help him up, even though he wasn’t hurt. Bless his heart.

Scorpio (October 23 – November 21): Fear of intimacy

Scorpios are dark, deep, complex people. You may have read that Pisces is the most sensitive sign in the zodiac, but that’s because a Pisces will (boldly) wear their emotions on their sleeve. Scorpios, I would argue, are even more sensitive than Pisces, because Scorpios are too sensitive to give full expression to their feelings. A Scorpio’s sensitivity is actually paralyzing.

Abandonment and engulfment are the two factors that create this fear of intimacy in Scorpios. They are afraid of others eventually leaving them, or they are terrified of losing their individuality to a relationship. As a result, they tend to draw partners toward them to eventually push them away, either by engaging in extramarital affairs or through emotional withdrawal. Even being friends with a Scorpio will lead you to wonder “What’d I do??” every few months.

Sagittarius (November 22 – December 21) : Fear of enclosed spaces

Sagittarians are natural explorers. They love to travel the world in search of their personal truths, like trust fund kids after college graduation. The difference is, they’ll do it on their own dime without regretting the cost. They are ruled by the planet Jupiter, also known as the planet of expansion. They are wild horses made to roam, and that’s the truth.

Perhaps it’s Jupiter’s influence that endows every Sagittarius with a certain degree of claustrophobia, whether they are afraid of actual confined spaces or of daily responsibilities that make them feel confined, like checking their bank accounts before going on that trip to Morocco. Nothing scares them more than a hindrance to their freedom.

Capricorn (December 22 – January 19): Fear of failure

Capricorns happen to be very business-minded people.  They’re workaholics, which is pretty much the best kind of addiction. But the shadow side of their ability to climb the ladder to success is a deeply embedded fear of failure. This fear is also what sets their slow-and-steady pace in everything they do.

Being Capricorns, they may have inherited this desire for success/fear of failure from some kind of twisted relationship with their father figure — either by putting their father on a pedestal or having no relationship with him at all.

Capricorn is ruled by the 10th house, which is associated with the father, fame and honor. Regardless of their daddy issues, Capricorns are a lot like Leo in that their fears often motivate them to succeed. Once they do, they can fund their therapy sessions to work on their issues with Dear-Old Dad.

Aquarius (January 20 – February 18): Fear of institutionalization

Aquarius will spend their lives avoiding any kind of intellectual entrapment.  They’re a lot like Sagittarius in this respect, except that their claustrophobia is directed at institutions — like corporate work, school, hospitals, or marriage.

They view all of these institutions as a kind of intellectual imprisonment, and hate the idea of subscribing to any kind of “group mind.” They’re so original, it’s hard to blame them.

Leave an Aquarius to make up their own minds, or leave them alone. They’re probably much happier that way.

Pisces (February 19 – March 20): Fear of responsibility

The Peter Pans of the zodiac, Pisces live in a fantasy world where they just don’t want to grow up. Not that they could, even if they did want to. They are a study in contrasts — they’re somehow full of the wisdom of the ages, without an ounce of true maturity.

Pisces were given the gift of unending creativity, and with that comes a total incapacity to deal with day-to-day life. This is why so many Pisces turn to drugs and alcohol to effectively “turn off” the nagging responsibilities of the outside world, and why most of them only reach maturity with the help of a 12-step program.

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21 People Who Are Having A Way Worse Summer Than You

These 21 people might not wanna be asked…”So how’s YOUR summer going so far?”  

1. Anyone leaving the beach looking like this:

2. Anyone who shouldn’t be playing with fireworks:

3. And anyone too unlucky to be near them:

4. Anyone taking a morning jog at the beach:

5. Anyone too unlucky for water slides:

6. And anyone who gets stuck in the mud:

7. Anyone who passes out at a concert:

8. Anyone whose tan looks like Neapolitan ice cream:

9. Anyone who deserves to lose their shit:

10. Anyone who’s still attached to their kiddie pool:

11. Anyone who pops wheelies with three people on their bike:

12. Anyone who’s using this as an air conditioner:

13. Anyone who falls asleep at the beach:

14. Anyone whose food melts together from the heat.

15. Anyone who literally sweats balls:

16. Anyone’s who’s having a cool time at summer camp:

17. Anyone who calls it quits during their workout:

18. Anyone who thinks this is a good idea:

19. Anyone fakecationing to impress their friends:

20. Anyone who tries impressing a girl by the pool:

21. And anyone who tries showing off in front of the entire party:

House Looks Normal From Outside But Step Inside And OMG Purple

This house looks totally normal from the outside but once you step inside the purple is so overwhelming.  I like the colour purple but this is just too much.

Looking at it from the outside, you’d never know what hides behind the walls. Sure, this four-bedroom home in Middlesex, U.K. is beautiful, but unassuming.

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People from all over the world were shocked when the home was put up for sale, and pictures of the interior were released. Purple EVERYWHERE!

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In Europe, since the time of the Tyrian purple worn by Roman Emperors, purple has been the color most associated with royalty. It is still used by the British Royal Family and other royalty in Europe as a ceremonial color on special occasions.

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In Europe and America, purple is the color most associated with vanity, extravagance, and individualism. Among the seven major sins, it represents vanity. It is a color which is used to attract attention. The carpet going up the bathtub walls is a humorous touch…

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In parapsychology, people with purple auras are said to have a love of ritual and ceremony.

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Garish or gorgeous? You decide. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder…

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A potential buyer was reportedly lined up to buy the property, but no word as to who lives there now.

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32 Essential Toys Every ’80s Preschooler Had

If you were a preschooler back in the ’80s…these 32 essential toys might just bring back some fond memories for you.

 

1. Glo Worm

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With it’s soft body design and light-up head, Glo Worm was the perfect preschool kid toy. I mean who else was going to protect you from the monster that lived under your bed? Definitely not the Fisher-Price Little People!

2. Fisher-Price Gas Pump

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Fisher-Price made the perfect toys to introduce us to the real world, and yes, that apparently also included how to pump your own gas.

3. See ‘N Say Farmer Says

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Seriously, where would society be without this perennial favorite?! I mean it taught us that the cow goes “moo”!

4. Fisher-Price Record Player

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This was probably the first sound system you ever owned — which of course you used to play your Read-Along Book records on.

5. Colorforms

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These toys had no business being as fun as they were, essentially they were just reusable stickers. But maybe it was the perfectly cartoony design or the simplicity that had us coming back to play with it? Actually, scratch that, it was the addictive plastic smell that had us hooked.

6. Fisher-Price Medical Kit

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Let’s be honest, the only thing you really played with in this kit was the stethoscope. But, bonus, the kit did also make a good storage case to carry around other toys!

7. Gumby

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During the 1980s Gumby had a huge revival, and this stretchy/posable figure was the perfect toy for little kids, as it was virtually indestructible. The one drawback was that, yes, you could eventually pull him apart and expose the wires that made him so darn posable, and maybe poke an eye out.

8. Mini Piano

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This toy provided exactly 20 minutes of fun before you got bored and moved on to another toy — that is, unless your parents got tired of hearing the annoying beeps and took it away before you had a chance to finish playing with it.

9. Mickey Mouse Talking Phone

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What kid didn’t want to talk to Mickey Mouse or Donald Duck? Sure, they didn’t say anything other then their name, but still you got a Disney character on the phone and it didn’t cost your parents two dollars a minute — looking at you, He-Man.

10. Sit’ n Spin

This thing was a basically a step above playing with an empty box, cause it didn’t do anything other than spin, but somehow, it still provided hours of entertainment.

11. Care Bears

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The Care Bears ruled the ’80s, and you want to know why? Because they were created by the greeting card company American Greetings, who pushed them on unsuspecting parents and grandparents, and guilted them into buying them as an “I love you” gift. Plus, their soft bodies and pastel colors made them irresistible to little kids.

12. Fisher-Price Family Farm

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Aside from the Little People, the biggest seller here was the animals. Every little kid wanted to play with farm animals!

13. Fisher-Price Music Box Teaching Clock

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This longtime favorite was supposed to teach you how to tell time, but in reality, it was just fun to wind it up and watch it turn from day to night.

14. E.T. Vinyl Doll

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How big was E.T.? It was like Frozen x The Lion King plus a million. Seriously, it was huge, and of course had a natural appeal toward little kids, which made this vinyl doll (which felt so creepy to touch) a must have.

15. Poppin’ Pals

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This toy was probably more for babies than preschoolers, but its pop-up action made it lots of fun to play with.

16. Smurfs Play Camera

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This toy was a double winner, not only was it a play camera (allowing you to feel oh so grown-up), but it was also Smurf-themed. SMURF-THEMED!

17. Monchhichis

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Let’s be honest, these were more creepy than cute, but that catchy jingle for the commercial made you want one of these, badly.

18. View-Master

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Another perennial favorite that while simple provided hours of fun.

19. Fisher-Price Cash Register

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I don’t know if this was supposed to teach you how to use money, but I do know that the biggest appeal of this toy was popping that drawer open.

20. Tree Tots Family Tree House

Tree Tots Family Tree House

This little house was perfectly designed to capture your imagination. It was a tree that with the push of a button (on the top of the tree) revealed a three-room house, that came complete with an elevator, staircase, swing, and garage.

21. Rub-A-Dub Dog

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This toy pulled double duty. It was not only a bath toy, it was also a sponge (not a very good one, but still).

22. Fisher-Price Little People Play Family House

In the ’80s, the Little People upgraded themselves to some pretty posh homes (blame the yuppies?). Yes they were the exact same house, but most kids were either Team Yellow Roof or Team Tudor House.

23. My Buddy and Kid Sister

You know why you wanted one of these dolls? Because of the jingle from the commercial, which probably still lingers in the deep recesses of your mind.

24. Fisher-Price Tape Recorder

Fisher-Price Tape Recorder

This had one huge advantage over the Fisher-Price Record Player: IT COULD RECORD YOUR VOICE!

25. Snoopy Sno-cone Machine

Snoopy Sno-cone Machine

No hot summer day was complete without this classic toy. Sure, it took all your preschool body strength to get three slivers of ice slushy, but all that hard work made it taste extra good.

26. Fisher-Price Magic Burner Play Stove Top Range

Fisher-Price Magic Burner Play Stove Top Range

OK, so this probably gives you chills ‘cause it looks like the hot plate you had in college, but back in the ’80s this bad boy wasn’t just a pretend stove, it was a pretend stove that also lit up red!

27. Sweet Pickles Bus

Sweet Pickles Bus

OK, so this wasn’t a toy, but it was shaped like a bus and had a sticker that featured all the characters on it — which for fans of the book series made it an immediate toy (since no tie-in toy line was ever produced for it).

28. Little Boppers

These were basically like those dancing flowers that moved to music, expect they went one step further and actually moved around and danced. Yup, DANCED!

29. Speak & Spell

Speak & Spell

These really weren’t designed for preschoolers, but all those buttons and the voice action made them an irresistible toy to little kids.

30. Popples

Popples

Popples was one of the only toys that was perfect for both playing with and napping with.

31. Fisher-Price Parking Ramp Service Center Parking Garage

Fisher-Price Parking Ramp Service Center Parking Garage

This was the ultimate Little People play set (sorry, airport), mainly because you could race the cars down the ramp (with the Little People riding them), but the crank elevator also had its appeal.

32. Big Wheels

Hands down the best toy a preschooler could hope to get and play with. Sure, you probably fell off this thing more times than you could remember, but it really was your first taste of freedom and playing like a big kid.

So how many of these did YOU have or at least play with. Let me know in the comments. Thanks!

Via: buzzfeed.com

12 Of The Cheesiest Pick-Up Lines You’ll Ever Hear!

These have GOT to be some of THE cheesiest pick-up lines you’ll ever hear! Next time you see a hottie, you’ll know exactly what to fondue.

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The Unbelievable Origin Of Sayings Like “Piss Poor” And Others From A Much Simpler Time

The origin of these sayings from the past truly took me back in time.  It is hard to believe the term “raining cats and dogs” had such a bizarre beginning!

Check out these old sayings from the past to see which ones you remember or possibly still use to this day.

 

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“They used to use urine to tan animal skins, so families used to all pee in a pot. Once a day it was taken and sold to the tannery.

If you had to do this to survive, you were ‘piss poor.’

But worse than that were the really poor folks who couldn’t even afford to buy a pot. They ‘didn’t have a pot to piss in’ and were considered the lowest of the low.”

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“Most people got married in June because they took their yearly bath in May, and they still smelled pretty good by June.

However, since they were starting to smell, brides carried a bouquet of flowers to hide the body odor.

Hence the custom today of carrying a bouquet when getting married.”

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“Baths consisted of a big tub filled with hot water.

The man of the house had the privilege of the nice clean water, then all the other sons and men, then the women, and finally the children. Last of all the babies.

By then the water was so dirty you could actually lose someone in it. Hence the saying, ‘Don’t throw the baby out with the bath water!’”

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“Houses had thatched roofs with thick straw-piled high and no wood underneath. It was the only place for animals to get warm, so all the cats and other small animals (mice, bugs) lived in the roof.

When it rained, it became slippery and sometimes the animals would slip and fall off the roof. Hence the saying, ‘It’s raining cats and dogs.’

There was nothing to stop things from falling into the house. This posed a real problem in the bedroom where bugs and other droppings could mess up your nice clean bed.

Hence, a bed with big posts and a sheet hung over the top afforded some protection. That’s how canopy beds came into existence.”

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“The floor was dirt. Only the wealthy had something other than dirt. Hence the term, ‘dirt poor.’

The wealthy had slate floors that would get slippery in the winter when wet, so they spread thresh (straw) on the floor to help keep their footing.

As the winter wore on, they added more thresh until, when you opened the door, it would all start slipping outside. A piece of wood was placed in the entrance-way.

Hence, ‘a thresh hold.’”

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“In those old days, they cooked in the kitchen with a big kettle that always hung over the fire. Every day, they lit the fire and added things to the pot.

They ate mostly vegetables and did not get much meat. They would eat the stew for dinner, leaving leftovers in the pot to get cold overnight and then start over the next day.

Sometimes stew had food in it that had been there for quite a while. Hence the rhyme, ‘Peas porridge hot, peas porridge cold, peas porridge in the pot nine days old.’

Sometimes they could obtain pork, which made them feel quite special. When visitors came over, they would hang up their bacon to show off.

It was a sign of wealth that a man could ‘bring home the bacon.’ They would cut off a little to share with guests, and would all sit around and ‘chew the fat.’”

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“Those with money had plates made of pewter. Food with high acid content caused some of the lead to leach onto the food, causing lead poisoning death.

This happened most often with tomatoes, so for the next 400 years or so, tomatoes were considered poisonous.

Bread was divided according to status. Workers got the burnt bottom of the loaf, the family got the middle, and guests got the top, or the ‘upper crust.’”

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“Lead cups were used to drink ale or whisky. The combination would sometimes knock the imbibers out for a couple of days.

Someone walking along the road would take them for dead and prepare them for burial.

They were laid out on the kitchen table for a couple of days and the family would gather around and eat and drink and wait and see if they would wake up.

Hence the custom of holding a ‘wake.’”

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“In old, small villages, local folks started running out of places to bury people.

So they would dig up coffins and would take the bones to a bone-house, and reuse the grave.

When reopening these coffins, 1 out of 25 coffins were found to have scratch marks on the inside, and they realized they had been burying people alive.

So they would tie a string on the wrist of the corpse, lead it through the coffin and up through the ground and tie it to a bell.

Someone would have to sit out in the graveyard all night (‘the graveyard shift’) to listen for the bell.

Thus, someone could be ‘saved by the bell,’ or was considered a ‘dead ringer.’

Now, whoever said history was boring?”

Viral Internet piece, as compiled by Flo Deems of ToneByTone

via: littlethings

Cleaning Tips For Almost Anything From A to Z

Here’s some great cleaning tips on almost everything from A to Z.  With tips like these  cleaning SHOULD be a “breeze”.

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1. Acrylic Paint on Clothing

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Just dab with some rubbing alcohol.

2. Air Vents

Air Vents

You’re breathing in all that nasty dust and gray gunk! A rag, a knife, and some 409 should do the trick. Get the full directions here.

3. Armpit Stains (Ew)

Armpit Stains (Ew)

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1 tsp. Dawn dishwashing detergent, 3-4 tablespoons of hydrogen peroxide, and a couple tablespoons of baking soda — then scrub.

4. Bagless Vacuum

Bagless Vacuum

It requires some taking apart. Get the full directions here.

5. Bath Toys

Bath Toys

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Mix 1/2 cup of white vinegar with a gallon of water and let the toys soak for an hour. Squeeze all the water out.

But the best tip comes from We Love Being Moms, who says add a dab of hot glue to the air hole so that water doesn’t get into the toy and start harboring mold.

[Source: We Love Being Moms]

6. Bathroom Exhaust Fans

Bathroom Exhaust Fans

Using canned air to blow dust and debris out could save your life — exhaust fans are a common cause of household fires.

7. Blinds

Blinds

Mix equal parts vinegar and water in a bowl. Dip a sock in it. Put your hand in the sock and wipe down the blinds. For full instructions, click here.

8. Brass

Brass

Wipe down with half a lemon covered in salt.

9. Burnt Pans

Fill the bottom of the pan with water. Add a cup of white vinegar to the pan. Bring the pan to a boil. Take the pan off the stove and add 2 tablespoons baking soda. Empty the pan and scour.

source: Apartment Therapy; Images by Sarah Starkey.

10. Carpet Pet Hair

Carpet Pet Hair

Use a squeegee.

11. Cast Iron Pan

Cast Iron Pan

Add a 1/4 cup of kosher salt to the pan and wipe with a paper towel. Get more details here.

12. Cheese Grater

Cheese Grater

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Grate a piece of raw potato. The hardness of the potato along with the oxalic acid will get that cheesy gunk off your grater.

[source: Household Magic]

13. Charcoal Grill

Charcoal Grill

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Take a white onion, peel it, cut it in half, stab a fork into the small end of one half. Use the fork to rub the onion back and forth over the grates of a hot grill. The onion will deglaze the grates and add a little extra flavor the next time you bust out your grill!

[source: How to Clean Things]

14. Clarisonic Brushes

Clarisonic Brushes

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Disinfect your Clarisonic brushes with hydrogen peroxide, lemon, and baking soda, and you will drastically cut down on how often you need to buy new heads. Full directions here.

15. Cloudy Glasses

Cloudy Glasses

Vinegar and paper towels will get them sparkling again! Click here for full directions.

16. Coffee Mug Stains

Coffee Mug Stains

Use baking soda. Get the full directions here.

17. Coffee or Spice Grinder

Coffee or Spice Grinder

Pulverize bread or uncooked white rice to pick up lingering aromas. You can also grind 1 tablespoon baking soda and wipe thoroughly.

18. Crockpot

Crockpot

A little oven cleaner (in a well-ventilated room, or outside) and some Bar Keeper’s Friend should get that gunk off. Get the full directions here.

19. Crusty Oven

Crusty Oven

Fill a bowl with 1/2 cup of ammonia into a COMPLETELY COLD oven. The fumes will work their magic overnight. Just wipe clean the next day. Get more awesome time-saving kitchen cleaning tips here.

20. Curling Iron

Curling Iron

Just rub a piece of plain steel wool onto the metal rod.

21. Cutting Boards

Cutting Boards

Lemons and coarse salt will work on the wooden and bamboo variety. For full directions, click here.

22. Cutting Boards

Soak cutting boards in a mixture of bleach and water in the sink for at least an hour. They’ll be good as new!

23. Dishwasher

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Use vinegar and Kool-Aid. Get full directions here.

24. Dryer Ducts

Dryer Ducts

If you have pets, you’ll want to do this even more often to prevent fires. It will also speed up the time it takes to dry a load. Get the full directions here.

25. Dyson Vacuum Canister

Dyson Vacuum Canister

You’ll need a can of compressed air, scissors, dish soap, and a flathead screwdriver. Get the full directions here.

26. Ear Buds

Ear Buds

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Lightly dampen a q-tip with rubbing alcohol and wipe over the surface. Just be sure to use a very small amount of rubbing alcohol, as liquids can damage electronics.

27. Engagement Ring

Engagement Ring

Make a baking soda and water paste, or just use toothpaste. More details here.

28. Floor Grease

Floor Grease

You’ll need a solution of 1/4 cup white vinegar, 1 tablespoon liquid dish soap, 1/4 cup washing soda, 2 gallons of very warm tap water mixed together in a bucket.

29. Front-Loading Washing Machines

Front-Loading Washing Machines

You’ll need vinegar, baking soda, and a sponge. Get the full directions here.

30. George Foreman Grill

George Foreman Grill

All you need are some paper towels. Get the full directions here.

31. Glass Cooktop

You’ll need dishwashing liquid or powder, baking soda, gloves, and a rag. Get the full directions here.

32. Glass Bakeware

Glass Bakeware

Crumple up a ball of aluminum foil, add a little dish soap, and scrub.

33. Glitter

Glitter

Just use some play dough.

34. Glue Gun

While the gun is still hot, use a ball of aluminum foil to wipe off the nozzle without burning your fingers. Get the full directions here.

35. Granite Counters

Granite Counters

Mix rubbing alcohol and Dawn dishwashing soap to create a granite countertop cleaner. Get the details here.

36. Grease Stains in Clothing

Grease Stains in Clothing

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Rub white chalk over the grease stain. It has powerful absorbing qualities.

37. Grout Mildew

Grout Mildew

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Use Cellucotton Cotton Coils from the beauty store and soak them in bleach. Lay them on the mildew and mold in your tub and let it sit for a day.

38. Hair Brush

Hair Brush

This will make a HUGE difference! You can use shampoo or dish washing detergent. Get the full instructions here.

39. Hard Water Stains on a Glass Shower Door

Hard Water Stains on a Glass Shower Door

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Bar Keeper’s Friend, my friend. Or Lime-A-Way, which comes in a handy spray bottle as opposed to a powder.

40. Humidifier

Humidifier

You’ll want to run white vinegar through it, but outside (because vinegar is stinky). You could also use a solution of hydrogen peroxide.

41. Irregularly Shaped Bottles

Irregularly Shaped Bottles

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Fill the bottle with raw rice, a little water, and a little dishwashing soap. Cover the top and shake.

[source: Lifehacker]

42. Keurig Coffeemaker

Keurig Coffeemaker

Fill the water reservoir about halfway with vinegar. Run a cycle through without adding a filter or k-cup. Then run two cycles of water through to get rid of the vinegar taste/smell.

[source: Passion for Savings]

43. Jean Stains

Jean Stains

Just use alcohol-free face cleansing wipes.

44. Kitchen Cabinet Gunk

Kitchen Cabinet Gunk

Use vegetable oil and baking soda. Scrub with a toothbrush. Get the full details here.

{source: One Good Thing By Jilliee]

45. Kool-Aid Stains

Kool-Aid Stains

You’ll need a mixture of ammonia and water, and also a white towel and an iron. Get the full directions here.

46. Lampshade

Lampshade

Use a lint roller to get the dust off.

47. Latex Paint Messes

Latex Paint Messes

Use pimple pads to wipe them up. The alcohol in them softens the latex.

48. Leather Sofas

Leather Sofas

Get scratches and scuffs out of your leather couches with shoe polish.

49. Lipstick Stains

Lipstick Stains

Spray the spot with hairspray, let it set for 10 minutes, dab with a damp washcloth, and wash as normal.

50. Makeup

How To Clean (Almost) Anything And Everything

You can make a cosmetics sanitizing spray! Get the recipe here.

51. Makeup Brushes

Makeup Brushes

Clean them with baby shampoo. Once you’ve rinsed them well, hang them up to dry using a hanger and binder clips. This way the water doesn’t drip back down into the handles, which will harbor mold and make the bristles fall out.

For more thorough instructions, click here.

52. Mattress

Mattress

Sprinkle baking soda (and optionally, a nice-smelling essential oil like lavender) over the mattress, let it sit for 30 minutes, then vacuum it up.

53. Microfiber Couch

Microfiber Couch

Use rubbing alcohol or vodka, a light-colored sponge, and water. Get the details here.

54. Microwave

Microwave

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Heat a bowl of water and vinegar for 5 minutes in the microwave. The steam will dissolve stuck-on stains.

55. Mini Muffin Pans

Mini Muffin Pans

A baby bottle brush! Brilliant.

56. Mirrors and Glass

Mirrors and Glass

Use a concoction of 1/4 cup white vinegar, 1 tablespoon cornstarch, 2 cups warm water. Spray and wipe down with newspaper.

57. Moldy Water Bottle

Moldy Water Bottle

EIICHHHH that SMELL. You’ll need bleach, baking soda, and water. It’s a lengthy process, which you can find here.

58. Nail-Polish Stained Carpet

Nail-Polish Stained Carpet

Pour on rubbing alcohol and gently rub with a microfiber cloth. Get more directions here.

59. Oil Stains on a Garage Floor

Oil Stains on a Garage Floor

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Coca cola! Get the details here. Supposedly, a product called Pour-N-Restore works, also.

60. Oven Racks

Oven Racks

You’ll need 6 dryer sheets and 1/2 cup of dishwashing liquid. Get the full directions here.

61. Paint on Clothing

Paint on Clothing

Just use a razor! Get more instructions here.

62. Paintbrushes

Paintbrushes

Soak them in vinegar for 30 minutes.

63. Pen Ink in Clothing

Pen Ink in Clothing

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Spray hairspray onto the back of the clothing where the stain is. If that doesn’t work, check out the other methods here.

64. Pet Hair

Pet Hair

All you need are rubber gloves and a little water. Directions here.

65. Red Wine

For a stain that’s dried already, treat it with shaving cream and throw it into the washing machine. For a wet stain, there are a number of different methods, from club soda to kitty litter, which you can get here.

66. Rubber Stamps

Rubber Stamps

Use baby shampoo and glycerin (which you can find easily at any drugstore).

67. Rust Stains

Rust Stains

Use a resin bed cleaner. Get more details here.

68. Rusty Loaf Pans

You’ll need baking soda, water, a scourer, and oil. Sprinkle baking soda on and leave for about 30 minutes. Scrub with a scourer. Coat in oil so it doesn’t get rusty again.

69. Scuff Marks on Linoleum

Scuff Marks on Linoleum

Just rub with a plain old eraser!

70. Sharpie Stains in Carpet

Sharpie Stains in Carpet

These three ingredients will do the trick. Full on instructions here.

71. Shower Curtain Liner

Shower Curtain Liner

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Run it through the washing machine with detergent, vinegar, and a few towels (otherwise, you might risk tearing the liner). Get the details here.

72. Shower Head

Shower Head

Pour distilled white vinegar in a plastic bag and fit it over the shower head. Secure with a rubber band. Let it soak for an hour, then remove the bag and wipe away with a cloth or paper towel.

[source: A Real Life Housewife]

73. Sneakers

Sneakers

Restore your old sneakers with TOOTHPASTE! Get the full instructions here.

74. Stainless Steel Refrigerators

Stainless Steel Refrigerators

After making the spray, the key to getting the fingerprints off is a microfiber cloth.

75. Stainless Steel Sink

Stainless Steel Sink

It’s a lengthy process, but you’ll need vinegar (in a spray bottle), baking soda, olive oil, and Goo Gone. Get the details here.

76. Sterling Silver

Use tartar control toothpaste! Rub it in like you would soap and it’ll get the tarnish off.

77. Stove Grates

Stove Grates

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You’ll need ammonia (which stinks to the high heavens) and plastic bags. The best part is that this method requires no scrubbing.

78. Stove Burners

Pour on a thick coat of baking soda. Follow with a tablespoon of hydrogen peroxide onto each burner. Wait 15 minutes, then scrub away all that nasty brown stuff.

[source: The Mortician’s Wife]

79. Stuffed Animals

Stuffed Animals

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Many stuffed animals can’t go in the washing machine, so you have to clean them in a basin. You’ll need a clean toothbrush, two clean white washcloths, a clean white towel, and high-efficiency laundry detergent. Get more details here.

80. Toaster

Toaster

Mix 1 tablespoon of cream of tartar with a few drops of water. Rub it into the appliance and then wipe down with a damp paper towel.

[source: A Real-Life Housewife]

81. Toothbrushes

Toothbrushes

Soak them in a vinegar or baking soda solution. Get the full instructions here.

82. Uggs

Uggs

By the end of winter, chances are, your Uggs are covered in water and snow stains. You’ll want to go over them with a stiff brush. Then, use a slightly damp washcloth to rub over the stains. Get more details here.

83. Weird Space Beween Oven Glass

Weird Space Beween Oven Glass

It’s a little complicated and involves actual TOOLS so you’ll want to check out this tutorial.

84. White Heat Marks

Use an iron and some cloth napkins. Full directions here.

85. Wicker Baskets

Wicker Baskets

Give them a rinse in the shower, or with a hose. Set them outside to dry in the sun. Spray with Pam to keep them looking shiny.

86. Yellowed Pillowcases

Yellowed Pillowcases

That yellow stuff is SWEAT and DROOL if that doesn’t compel you to do this right now. Throw them in the washing machine using REALLY HOT water, 1 cup of laundry detergent, 1 cup powdered dishwasher detergent, 1 cup bleach, and 1/2 cup borax. Get more details here.

[source: One Good Thing By Jillee]

87. Yoga Mat

Yoga Mat

Fill a spray bottle with 3 parts water to 1 part distilled white vinegar. Optionally, add a few drops of essential oil. Spray and wipe down the solution.

I hope these cleaning tips help and be sure to pass them on to friends and family. Thanks!

Via: buzzfeed

33 Genius Hacks Guaranteed To Make A Parent’s Job Easier

Here’s some genius hacks that are guaranteed to make a parent’s job a little easier. Raising a tiny human being is one of the hardest jobs out there! 

 

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Sidewalk Chalk | No-Slip Shoes | Jello Pops | Magnetic Cups

1. If your kids are always using new cups, give them their own designated cups with magnets to stick to the fridge.

Not only does this mean less dishwashing, but cups can be kept at kid-height instead of up-high cupboards.

2. Use a Play-Doh confetti maker to make your own baby puff treats.

Use a Play-Doh confetti maker to make your own baby puff treats.

You can use ingredients that are so much better than the store-bought variety. Get the directions here.

3. Cover a play table in oilcloth to create a water-resistant outdoor picnic table for the kids.

Get the directions and tons more examples here.

4. A Capri Sun in the freezer becomes a fun and easy slushy.

A Capri Sun in the freezer becomes a fun and easy slushy.

Just freeze for six hours, cut the top open, and scoop out with a spoon!

5. Put a sticker that has been cut in half on shoes’ inner soles to show your child the correct foot for their shoes.

Put a sticker that has been cut in half on shoes' inner soles to show your child the correct foot for their shoes.

If your child is already able to put on their shoes but still gets a little confused between right and left, this little sticker trick will help you get out the door faster.

6. Keep pacifiers clean in your bag with sauce-to-go containers.

Keep pacifiers clean in your bag with sauce-to-go containers.

7. Dawn, hydrogen peroxide, and baking soda will get set-in baby food stains out of a onesie.

Get the recipe for this magical solution here.

8. Repurpose a large pump dispenser to fill water balloons.

Repurpose a large pump dispenser to fill water balloons.

9. Liquid Bandage will seal in a temporary safety tattoo on your child.

Liquid Bandage will seal in a temporary safety tattoo on your child.

If your child gets lost at the amusement park, your phone number is emblazoned right there on their arm. Get the directions here.

10. The “You Shall Not Pass” sign provides a visual limit to how much toilet paper your child can take.

The "You Shall Not Pass" sign provides a visual limit to how much toilet paper your child can take.

11. Easily make a Girl Scout cookie carrier out of a Tupperware tray and some duct tape.

Easily make a Girl Scout cookie carrier out of a Tupperware tray and some duct tape.

It’ll make going door to door so much easier. Get the directions here.

12. A rubber band will help kids grip pencils better.

A rubber band will help kids grip pencils better.

13. Helichrysum is the essential oil you need for accident-prone kids.

Helichrysum is the essential oil you need for accident-prone kids.

It’s used by dentists to stop bleeding instantly. Read more about it here.

14. Gluing pennies is a way to improvise tap dancing shoes.

Gluing pennies is a way to improvise tap dancing shoes.

In case your child is hoping to make it to Broadway someday.

15. Put a “safety spot” sticker on your car to ensure an older child doesn’t wander off while you load or unload the car.

Put a "safety spot" sticker on your car to ensure an older child doesn't wander off while you load or unload the car.

You can improvise your own with a large, round sticker, or purchase the Parking Pal magnet here.

16. A plastic cup will keep little hands safe when handling sparklers on the Fourth of July.

A plastic cup will keep little hands safe when handling sparklers on the Fourth of July.

17. An inflatable pool makes a great safe play area for babies and toddlers.

An inflatable pool makes a great safe play area for babies and toddlers.

18. A small spray bottle with 2 tablespoons of fabric softener and water = “Doll Hairspray.”

A small spray bottle with 2 tablespoons of fabric softener and water = "Doll Hairspray."

19. Another use for your glue gun: Plug up those holes in your bath toys so they don’t get all moldy.

Another use for your glue gun: Plug up those holes in your bath toys so they don't get all moldy.

20. Make sidewalk chalk in deodorant dispensers for mess-free drawing.

Make sidewalk chalk in deodorant dispensers for mess-free drawing.

Get the recipe here.

21. Dollar store shower caddies are great to have around for eating in the car.

Dollar store shower caddies are great to have around for eating in the car.

22. Cut up pieces of fleece to create a teething guard for your baby’s crib.

Cut up pieces of fleece to create a teething guard for your baby's crib.

Get the full tutorial here.

23. A crib sheet will keep an outdoor baby from getting bitten up by mosquitoes.

A crib sheet will keep an outdoor baby from getting bitten up by mosquitoes.

Sometimes you want to keep baby outside with you while working in the yard. A crib sheet provides shade and protection from bugs.

24. Use an egg carton for card games.

Use an egg carton for card games.

25. Use a glue gun to prevent shoes from slipping.

Use a glue gun to prevent shoes from slipping.

26. Catch kids trying to sneak out with this clever little hack.

Catch kids trying to sneak out with this clever little hack.

LOL.

27. Have more than one child? Use the dot method to separate their clothing.

Have more than one child? Use the dot method to separate their clothing.

In this household, the oldest child gets one dot while the younger one gets two.

28. Make a “busy wallet” with drawing paper, fun stickers, and a pen to occupy kids while they wait for their food.

Make a "busy wallet" with drawing paper, fun stickers, and a pen to occupy kids while they wait for their food.

The best panacea for kids who get fidgety at restaurants.

29. Add Jell-O to your popsicles so they don’t melt into a drippy mess.

Add Jell-O to your popsicles so they don't melt into a drippy mess.

Get the recipe for this slow-melt popsicle recipe here.

30. Bringing a baby bath to the beach means a baby doesn’t have to miss out on splashing fun.

Bringing a baby bath to the beach means a baby doesn't have to miss out on splashing fun.

Just fill the tub up with beach water.


Photographer: Mila Bridger
Model: Johnny

31. A $3 thrift store camera bag makes the best diaper bag ever.

A $3 thrift store camera bag makes the best diaper bag ever.

SO MANY COMPARTMENTS.

32. Put a padlock on your plugs to keep your kids from plugging in electrical appliances.

Put a padlock on your plugs to keep your kids from plugging in electrical appliances.

33. And finally… this solution will SAVE YOUR LIFE (and your beds) during the potty-training phase.

And finally... this solution will SAVE YOUR LIFE (and your beds) during the potty-training phase.

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Heather Spohr from The Spohrs Are Multiplying placed wee wee pads underneath her child’s fitted sheet to protect the mattress from accidents. She actually double layers them — one layer of wee wee pads, one fitted sheet, one layer of wee wee pads, another fitted sheet — so that she could remove the top layer after bed-wetting without having to re-fit the bed. A serious time and sleep saver during a challenging time.

Get even more brilliant parenting hacks here.

Via: buzzfeed.com