19 Brilliant Hacks That Will Make Potty Training So Much Easier!

These are some great potty training tips right here! Pretty soon their business won’t be your business…

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1. Use Cheerios to improve your son’s aim.

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Put the Cheerio in the toilet bowl and tell your son to aim for it. He’ll have fun and learn how to pee in the toilet at the same time.

2. To stop your kid from freaking out when a public toilet flushes, put a Post-It over the sensor.

This will stop it from flushing while your kid is trying to go.

3. If your little one likes to unwind the entire roll of toilet paper, put it in backward (with the end facing the wall) — it’ll make it harder for them.

You can also put pre-ripped toilet paper into an empty wipes box to keep them from overusing it.

4. A “you shall not pass” sign can also serve as a good visual aid.

Though only older kids will be able to read the words, younger ones can color it and tape it to the wall.

5. If they do end up flushing too much paper and the toilet clogs, drizzle in a bit of Dawn dish soap, then slowly pour in a bucket of hot water from waist level.

The weight of the water can often help unlodge the clog.

6. Make a progress chart of times they’re successful, and let them put a sticker up when they do it right.

When they get enough points, they can win a predetermined prize.

7. Get a potty training kit together before you start, with the sticker chart, juice boxes, some candy and small rewards that they’ll love, their big kid underwear, and a potty training movie.

Show them the underwear before they start training, and explain that it’s special and that they’ll get to wear it when they learn.

8. This ingenious time saver for bed-wetting.

Put a layer of puppy pads under their sheets, with another sheet underneath. If they have an accident, you can just peel off the soiled layer and throw it in the laundry.

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Put a layer of puppy pads under their sheets, with another sheet underneath. If they have an accident, you can just peel off the soiled layer and throw it in the laundry.

9. Set a “pee-pee timer” for every 30 minutes to help remind your little boy or girl to try to go.

Just be ready for a Pavlovian effect — they might have to pee every time they hear the microwave go off!

10. There’s no shame in resorting to bribery. When your child sits on the potty on their own, start out with big rewards, like a little toy or ice cream, and gradually decrease to small awards, like M&Ms or jelly beans.

“The key is that when she goes to sit on the potty, and her pants are dry, that’s when she gets rewarded,” one mom writes. “If you start to reward for making pee/poop, that is when it can turn into a power struggle/control issue.”

11. If you prefer not to use candy, hit up the dollar store: Try stickers, stamps, coins for their piggy bank, or a toy set with multiple pieces for the bath, and let them have one or two for every time they go one or two. Hugs and songs can work too.

Be sure to make a big show of whatever their reward is. If it’s stickers, keep the poster near the potty. When their piggy bank is full, let them trade it in for a special reward: Watching a special movie, going to the park, etc.

12. Another incentive recommended is to let them pick out a poster they like, hang it in the bathroom, then cover up the good parts with a post-it note.

When they go, their reward is to remove a post-it or two.

13. Sing “Wipe, seat down, flush, wash your hands” to any melody to help them remember all of the steps.

You can even come up with a little dance to do along with it!

14. If they have an accident, have them help with clean up.

Have them rinse out their underwear, bring it to the laundry room or hamper, and change themselves. The chore will often stick in their mind as a tedious activity they want to avoid.

15. Save yourself some back strain by letting the little one wash their hands with the bathtub faucet (just make sure it’s not too hot).

You can also buy a nifty faucet extender.

16. Pantyliners can be a cheap alternative to Pull-Ups or potty training pants if they’re still having occasional accidents, or have been potty trained but are leaking once in a while.

17. For kids who are resisting wearing underwear, they’ll be extra excited to wear a pair custom-made for them with iron-on paper.

Print out their favorite characters using iron-on transfer paper, then iron them onto plain white underwear. Ta-da! Their own personalized collection.

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Print out their favorite characters using iron-on transfer paper, then iron them onto plain white underwear. Ta-da! Their own personalized collection.

18. Stick a disposable changing pad on the car seat to avoid constant cleaning up while accidents are still happening.

Huggies makes 'em, but puppy pads work too and will often be cheaper.

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Huggies makes ’em, but puppy pads work too and will often be cheaper.

19. Like everything else with parenting, don’t stress too much about it. Just remember: You’re not going to send your kid to college in diapers.

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

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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!

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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

20 Genius Life Hacks To Simplify Your Everyday Tasks

Here’s some life hacks that may simplify everyday tasks and make your life a little easier!

 

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31 Redneck DIYs That Are Borderline Genius

Redneck DIYs That Are Borderline Genius! 

So go ahead and keep your bourgeois “life hacks” cause these Redneck ideas got it goin’ on!

1. Boiler Pot Hot Tub

Boiler Pot Hot Tub

Also doubles as a fast and easy way to boil crawdads.

2. Duct Tape Hammock

Duct Tape Hammock

3. Tennis Racket Strainer

Tennis Racket Strainer

It even has a cushioned handle. So take that, colander!

4. Wifebeater Baby Carrier

Wifebeater Baby Carrier

That’s one of the happiest looking babies I’ve ever seen.

5. Clothes Hanger Muffler Fix

Clothes Hanger Muffler Fix

Brilliant.

6. Snow Beer Cooler

Snow Beer Cooler

Brilliant AND energy-saving.

7. Armchair Car Seats

Armchair Car Seats

8. Fan Leaf Blower

Fan Leaf Blower

Aren’t normal leaf blowers SO loud and annoying? This method is way more respectful towards the neighborhood.

9. Beer Can Hot Rollers

Beer Can Hot Rollers

The beer cans retain heat so you’ll get lasting big bouncy curls.

10. Duct Tape Drink Holder

Duct Tape Drink Holder

11. Sofa Bunk Beds

Sofa Bunk Beds

Doubles as tiered home cinema seating.

12. SUV Water Skiing

SUV Water Skiing

This guy is having so much more fun than anyone has had in the Hamptons, ever.

13. $2 Spoiler

$2 Spoiler

14. Mason Jar Mailbox

Mason Jar Mailbox

So much more functional than keeping candles in them or whatever it is people do on Pinterest.

15. Toilet Senior Scooter

Toilet Senior Scooter

16. Plastic Fork Razors

Plastic Fork Razors

If you actually pay $15 for a Mach III razor, you’re a chump.

17. Makeshift Side Mirror

Makeshift Side Mirror

18. Bungee Cord Computer Holder

Bungee Cord Computer Holder

So handy on long road trips!

19. Popcorn Smoke Alarm

Popcorn Smoke Alarm

20. Drink Tray Visor

Drink Tray Visor

This is one of the more sustainable uses I’ve ever seen for a styrofoam drink tray.

21. Flat Screen TV Installation

Flat Screen TV Installation

22. Pick Up Truck Swimming Pool

Pick Up Truck Swimming Pool

Can you do this with your silly little Volkswagen??

23. Rooftop Slip n’ Slide

Rooftop Slip n' Slide

DOING THIS.

24. DIY Air Pump

DIY Air Pump

Seems legit.

25. Patio Chair BBQ Grill

Patio Chair BBQ Grill

26. Washing Machine Beer Cooler

Washing Machine Beer Cooler

This is a life-changing tip of the day if I ever saw one.

27. Power Drill Mixer

Power Drill Mixer

As is this one.

28. Ruler/Can Lid Pizza Cutter

Ruler/Can Lid Pizza Cutter

This kind of deserves a Nobel Prize.

29. Home Stereo Car Stereo

Home Stereo Car Stereo

You can make mix tapes WHILE you’re driving! (Don’t do that.)

31. Impromptu Roof Deck

Impromptu Roof Deck

A patio with a view.

 

Source: buzzfeed

24 Deliciously Healthy Ways To Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth

24 Deliciously Healthy Ways To Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth

And guys, this is NOT diet food.

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1. Chocolate Avocado Pudding

Chocolate Avocado Pudding

Avocado FTW. Recipe here.

2. Strawberry Lemonade Popsicles

Strawberry Lemonade Popsicles

Perfect for summer. Recipe here.

3. Frozen Chocolate Banana Bites

Frozen Chocolate Banana Bites

Easy and healthy: sweet. Recipe here.

4. Blackberry Cabernet Sorbet

Blackberry Cabernet Sorbet

For the person with an ice cream maker and a passion for red wine. Recipe here.

5. Ginger Watermelon Italian Ice

Ginger Watermelon Italian Ice

The perfect snack to enjoy with the perfect romantic comedy. Recipe here.

6. Gluten-, Dairy-, and Grain-Free Sticky Chocolate Fudge Cake

Gluten-, Dairy-, and Grain-Free Sticky Chocolate Fudge Cake

Sooooo fudgy. Recipe here.

7. Balsamic Buttermilk Sherbert

Balsamic Buttermilk Sherbert

Warning: easy and delicious. Probably addictive. Recipe here.

8. Blueberry Creamsicles

Blueberry Creamsicles

Creamsicles: Popsicles’ richer cousin. Recipe here.

9. Clean No Bake Peanut Butter Pie

Clean No Bake Peanut Butter Pie

You’ll be shocked by how not bad for you this recipe really is. Recipe here.

10. Rum Broiled Grapefruit

Rum Broiled Grapefruit

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Rum makes everything better, amirite? Recipe here.

11. Summer Stone Fruit Crisp

One more reason to look forward to summer. Recipe here.

12. Heart Healthier Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies

Secret ingredient alert: Avocado replaces the butter. Recipe here.

13. Red, White, and Blueberry Frozen Yogurt Pie with Granola Crust

(Use fat-free plain frozen yogurt instead of ice cream.) Recipe here.

14. Skillet Granola Apple Crisp

Skillet Granola Apple Crisp

Toasting the granola keeps it light and crispy. Recipe here.

15. Grilled Brown Sugar Butter Pineapple

Grilled Brown Sugar Butter Pineapple

Feel free to adjust the butter and sugar levels depending on how healthy you feel like being. Recipe here.

16. Chocolate and Raspberry Chia Pudding

Chocolate and Raspberry Chia Pudding

You call it dessert, I call it breakfast. Recipe here.

17. Mango Brûlée

No blowtorch needed. Recipe here.

18. Coconut Whipped Cream + Strawberries

Coconut Whipped Cream + Strawberries

Sorry Cool Whip, you’ve been replaced. Recipe here.

19. Upside-Down Pineapple Breakfast Cake

Upside-Down Pineapple Breakfast Cake

About a million ingredients, but WORTH IT. Recipe here.

20. Poached Pears with Caradamom and Saffron

Poached Pears with Caradamom and Saffron

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It involves crème fraîche and sugar, but it also involves fruit, so we feel good about it. Recipe here.

21. Guilt-Free Chocolate Truffles

Guilt-Free Chocolate Truffles

Creamy and delicious and just so so good. Recipe here.

22. Triple Chocolate Mousse

Triple Chocolate Mousse

Hahahaha tofu instead of cream. Recipe here.

23. Roasted Strawberry Rhubarb and Yogurt Parfaits

Roasted Strawberry Rhubarb and Yogurt Parfaits

Another dessert you could legitimately eat for breakfast. Recipe here.

24. Sweet Potato Brownies

Sweet Potato Brownies

OMG how are these so healthy? Recipe here. (Paleo version available here.)

 

Earthships – Are They The Home Of The Future?

 Earthships are the 21st century’s  100% sustainable homes that offer comforts like no other green building style you have ever seen! They are the modern way of living  cheap and in harmony with nature.  Here are 11 reasons why Earthships are so amazing:

 

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1. Grow your own food!

The Earthship is equipped with 2 greenhouses that can grow crops through the whole year! That means that no matter what the climate is, you can eat vegetables and fruits for free by growing them in your own house. If you need meat or eggs, you can also build a chicken coop into your Earthship. A fish pond is also a great option for the seafood lovers!

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2. Cheap energy!

You can use renewable sources like solar panels and wind turbines to provide all the power your home needs. That is, of course, if you’re not the senseless consumer modern society taught you to be.

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3. Sustainable water system.

Whenever it rains, the roof of the Earthship collects the water in a cistern, which then distributes it to sinks and showers. The used ‘gray water’ from the sinks and showers is then pumped into the greenhouse to water the plants. At this point water is cleaned by the plants and it’s ready for use again– that’s why it’s pumped back to the bathrooms for the toilets. After that the water from the toilet is pumped to the outdoor garden to give nutrients to non-edible plants.

4. A secure shelter for any weather.

Earthships are adapted to any kind of climate– no matter if it’s freezing cold or  hot like hell, Earthships sustain a constant temperature of around 70 degrees Fahrenheit  (22 degrees Celsius). The secret is in the structure of the building– tires filled with dirt or ‘thermal mass’. Through this method, solar power is being absorbed and can also be released depending on the interior’s temperature. In order for the sun to heat up the thermal mass, the large front windows of the greenhouse should be facing south.

5. No bills = freedom.

Having all those basic necessities for free brings us to the next huge advantage– you’ve freed yourself from the modern form of slavery! You no longer need to work in order to survive– no more wasted valuable time! You can fully concentrate on the things you love doing and on improving yourself and the world around you. The only responsibility you’ll have will be to take care of your greenhouse and Earthship, which is totally worth it! Imagine the world we’d live in if everyone had that much free time to do the things they truly love to do instead of working jobs they don’t even like!

6. Build your own one!

This can be done surprisingly fast even by an amateur builder! A fine example of that is a married couple, who built  their own 3-story Earthship by themselves in 3 months. They both had no experience in construction and managed to build their green home using only printed schematics. No workers were hired nor were the costs for equipment high. If a couple in their forties can do it– anyone can, too.
Read: The first completely sustainable island is in Scotland

7. Cheap

Earthships are pretty cheap compared to universal houses. They vary from 7,000 to 70,000, depending on whether you want an average or a huge one. The price fits buyers from all social classes.

8. Sustainable and trendy.

Most people picture a primitive home that lacks the comforts the 21st century has to offer, when they hear sustainable or Eco-homes.  Take a look at these pictures and you decide if Earthships have anything to do with primitive or old-fashioned:

 

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The basic parts of the Earthship are recycled byproducts– that’s the reason why they are so cheap. As I mentioned above, tires filled with dirt make up the structure of the Earthship. Used tires are pretty easy to acquire and there are places where they’ll actually pay you to take them away! Another example are the walls– they are concreted plastic and glass bottles. I’m sure you can find these and a lot of the other materials needed pretty easily in every urban environment.

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10. Open-minded.

Earthships succeed in one thing for sure– encouraging people to think differently. They inspire us to build our human society in harmony with nature and not against it. What if we apply the sustainable model not only in our homes but in the world around us? What else can we make cheaper, more sustainable and Eco-friendly ?
Read: Sapiosexuality: Why Some of Us are Attracted Purely by Intelligence (backed by science, of course)

11. The Earthships crew

The supporters and activists of the Earthships carry the same values as the Earthship itself. There are widely spread movements around the world that build sustainable homes in different countries. If you don’t want to live alone or build one by yourself, you can always contact such organizations and be a part of spreading the change!

Hat tip to High Existance for inspiring us and providing the images.

 

Source: iheartintelligence

Dad Builds Unique Rocking Chair So He Can Read To His 3 Kids

Master craftsman Hal Taylor loves to read to his children, but when his third child, Rose, was born, he ran into a problem – his three children wouldn’t fit in his lap when he went to read to them on his rocking chair!  “I did not have a lap large enough for three children [so] I had to come up with something”

Hal Taylor created it when his third daughter, Rose, was born.

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“When Rose was born, she proved herself to be the ‘communicator’ in the family… she was NOT going to be left out of the reading crowd!”

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The overhead view of this uniquely designed chair.

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“Now, all three children could have a comfortable seat when reading”

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“There are over 200 precisely cut and shaped pieces of wood which I use to make up the 19 back braces”

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“That is more pieces than you will find in 20 normal rocking chairs!”

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“I have heard it said that children change your life more than you change theirs’ I believe that to be true”

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More info: haltaylor.com | Facebook

17 Easy Breakfasts You Can Make In A Muffin Tin

You might not want to skip breakfast any more with these super easy muffin tin recipes.  The French Toast Cups look so delicious, I think I will try them first.

 

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1. French Toast Cups

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With a whiskey cream cheese glaze. Get the recipe.

2. Egg, Cheese & Veggie Muffins

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Just about any leftover veggies you have on hand work — this version uses bell peppers and frozen peas. Get the recipe.

3. Baked Pancake Muffins

 

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So cute, it’s almost upsetting. Get the recipe.

4. Blueberry, Yogurt & Oatmeal Muffins

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Get the recipe.

5. Very Berry Muffins

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 Berry good, berry fine. Get the recipe.

6. Nutella Cinnamon Rolls

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Get the recipe.

7. Mini German Pancakes

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“Mini” just means you should eat more of them. Get the recipe.

8. Funfetti Breakfast Muffins

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Funfetti for breakfast? I’ll take it. Get the recipe.

9. Quinoa Omelette Bites

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Packed with protein. Get the recipe.

10. Granola Cups with Yogurt & Fresh Berries

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Edible bowls are so underrated. Get the recipe.

11. DIY Freezer-Friendly Oatmeal Cups

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Double the batch, freeze half, then just reheat and eat on busy mornings. Get the recipe.

12. Peanut Butter Cereal Cups

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Via tablespoon.com

Get the recipe.

13. Parmesan Hash Brown Cups

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Have you ever seen a finer stack in this life? You have not. Get the recipe.

14. Hash Brown Nests with Bacon and Avocado

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A nest I could/would call home. Get the recipe.

15. Muffin Tin Huevos Rancheros

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Get the recipe.

16. Homemade Breakfast Sandwiches

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Way better than McMuffins. Get the recipe.

17. Bacon-Wrapped Egg Muffins

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Breakfasts are (always) better when they’re wrapped in bacon. Get the recipe.

 

Source: buzzfeed

With A Pack Of Dollar Store Color Pencils And Glue, This Guy Made This…

This guy uses a pack of dollar store color pencils and glue, but comes out with something pretty amazing!

 

He bought a pack of  simple colored pencils.

colored-pencils1Arranged them in the order he wanted.

colored-pencils2 Then glued them together with super-glue.

colored-pencils3Next, he drilled he hole in the glued pencils.

colored-pencils4Then he roughly cut around the hole to get rid of the excess material. 

colored-pencils5He smoothed the shape using a lathe. 

colored-pencils6Nearly done, but not quite. 

colored-pencils8Next step: polishing. 


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Can you tell what it is? Yup, it’s a ring.

colored-pencils9 Then, he added lacquer to give it a resistant glossy finish.

colored-pencils10 How could he turn a pile of pencils into something this cool?

colored-pencils11 Wow, the end result is a truly unique ring!


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Via: boredomtherapy

Patios Designed For Your Feline Friends

These patios designed for our feline friends are sure to please almost any cat……you would think!  LOL

 

Now, you can make sure your feline friends safely enjoy the great outdoors thanks to these patios made specially for cats. Yes, catios!

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Whether elevated on a porch or on the ground, catios are enclosed spaces for cats that let them explore, all while keeping them safe.

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Some even come with little walkways for added exploration.

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The catios can be cat-only spaces, or they can accommodate humans, too.

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They can attach to windows and doors.

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They can be attached to your fence as well.

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The huge deluxe model where you can share the outdoor experience with your cats.

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Catios don’t have to be huge if you don’t have the room.

patios8Even with something small like this, a cat can get some awesome outside time and pounce on plenty of leaves, insects, and shadows.

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If this all seems far too complicated, never fear. Catio Spaces offers a variety of models that can be easily attached to homes, as does Amazon. And if you’re handy, they also stock plans so you can build and customize your own catio. You can even do the whole thing yourself and create a custom catio for your furry friends. The possibilities for house cat-friendly exploration are endless!

Source: viralnova

 

Happy Camping With These RV Hacks

Camping is a very popular pastime and these RV Hacks are sure to help make your trip even more enjoyable!

 

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1.  Kids will love hanging out in this front seat hammock made from PVC pipe.

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See how they made this here.

2.  Use badge holder clips to hang string lights from your awning.

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3.  Use velcro to hold black-out curtains in place.

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4.  Wipe everything down with Pine-Sol to keep flies away.

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Dilute it with water to create a 50/50 solution and wipe down your counters, tables, and awnings with it. Read more about this magical solution here.

5.  Make scrambled eggs without dirtying up a bowl.

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Mix ‘em up with milk in an empty water bottle for an easy breakfast.

6.  A bar of Irish Spring soap will keep mice out of your vehicle.

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Not convinced? Read this testimonial from a blogger.

7.  Keep wasps away with cut up flea collars.

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Wasps are attracted to the smell and taste of propane. To repel them, cut a flea collar in half and place in your RV compartments.

8.  Anti-fatigue floor mats on the bottoms of bunks add comfort and insulation.

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They’re cheap, too! You can buy 6 squares to fill a bunk for around $15-20.

9.  Re-upholster your camper cushions with the least amount of sewing possible.

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It’s like wrapping a gift! Get the full directions here.

10. Use a dry food container as a wastebasket.

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11. Make your own waste tank cleaner.

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Mix together a cup of Borax detergent and 1/2 cup of Calgon Water Softener.

12. Square containers save more space than round ones.

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And they won’t bump up against each other as much.

13. Use paracord to make your own awning track hangers.

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Hang lights, tarps, awnings in a surprisingly sturdy way. Get the full directions here.

14. Insulate your camper windows during the cold winter months with bubble wrap.

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Medium to large bubbles work best. See how it’s done here.

15. Cut up a shoe organizer for instant bed storage.

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16. Add glow-in-the-dark tape to your stairs at night.

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17. Hook up IKEA LED lights to run on your trailer’s 12V system.

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Get the instructions here.

18. Turn any cup into a travel cup with Press n’ Seal.

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No more sudden spills!

19. A collapsible laundry basket becomes a makeshift garbage can at any picnic/camp site.

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20. At a campsite? Tie a bar of soap to the spigot with pantyhose for easy hand washing.

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21. Use a syringe to fix warped wood veneer.

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Get the instructions here.

22. Here’s a great use for a dry erase board:

camping0723. Use a towel rod to hold your bath products in place.

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24. Keep your tissue boxes from getting wet/squished.

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25. Prevent heat loss with a vent cushion.

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Get one here.

26. Mount your electrical adapters to keep them neat and tidy.

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Everything in one place.

27. Command hooks are a super easy way to hang curtains.

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28. IMPORTANT: How to get better wi-fi in your RV.

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If you’re reading this from your RV, you could probably use these tips.

29. Update those ugly floors with vinyl plank flooring.

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It’s easy to install because you can cut the planks with a utility knife, they come pre-glued, and they’re waterproof to boot.

30. Use a shoe organizer for handy shower storage.

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31. Line every shelf and drawer with non-slip liners.

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32. Save all the free condiments you can.

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Not only are they free, but they take up a lot less space than their full-sized counterparts.

33. Slit foam swim noodles lengthwise and slip over each awning strut.

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No more bonked heads!

34. A suspension rod in the shower lets you hang clothes while they’re still damp.

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35. A little spraypaint will help those sun-faded plastic parts on your RV look like new again.

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36. These plastic mesh sleeves will keep your precious wine bottles from noisily knocking into each other.

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You can get the mesh sleeves here.

37. This tip is great for road trips of all kinds: use shower caddies with suction cups to hold kid activities.

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Need some more brilliant space-saving tips for your RV? Click here for storage solutions and organization hacks.

LET’S GO CAMPING!

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Source: buzzfeed

 

 

Cat Hacks All Cat Owners Must See

These relatively simple, do it yourself cat hacks, would definitely make for some mighty happy cats!

Easily make an under-table or under-chair cat hammock with cloth and Velcro straps.

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See how someone made their own here.

Let your cats scratch themselves with this DIY self-petting station made with toilet bowl brushes.

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Directions here.

If your cat has ruined your screen door or window, there’s a fix for that.

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Window screen tape! Get it here.

If your cat eats too quickly and then throws up, place her food in a shallow plate.

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Just smooth out a singular layer of kibble to keep your cat from diving face first into her food.

Got feral cats in the backyard? Keep ‘em warm this winter.

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Check out the tutorial here.

Remove a cabinet door panel and add a curtain with a tension rod to hide a litter box.

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Make a cat tent out of a T-shirt and two hangers.

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Finally, a use for that old bat mitzvah T-shirt that’s 10 sizes too large. Get the directions here.

Glue a carpet sample to a wooden frame for a minimalist cat scratch post.

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It’s practically wall art.

Tie sisal rope around an Expedit single shelving unit to create a scratch post and cat bed in one.

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If you need a cheap and easy yet stylish hideaway bed, sew together two Ikea Gosig toy baskets.

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Cut out squares in a bookshelf to create a kitty exercise tower.

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This is actually another Ikea hack, using the Billy shelf.

Keep cats busy for hours with this DIY Tupperware cutout puzzle.

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The trick is to burn the cut edges with a lighter so that jagged edges don’t hurt your cat’s paws. Directions here.

A tissue box and toilet paper rolls can easily be turned into an inexpensive toy your cat will love.

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Don’t de-claw your cats! If your cat is regularly drawing blood, cover his paws with Soft Paw vinyl coverings for their paws.

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As an added bonus, they are like Minx for cats. You can buy them here.

Covered in cat hair? Of course you are.

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Throw your cat-hair-covered clothes into a dryer with a dryer sheet. Or just rub yourself down with a dryer sheet if a lint roller isn’t available.

[source: SheKnows]

Source: buzzfeed

 

 

A Complete Gardening Tips Guide For Indoor And Outdoor Plants

I am going to keep these gardening tips handy, maybe then having a Green thumb won’t be so difficult after all.

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1. How much light does your houseplant need? Find out on this handy chart.

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2. Have a black thumb? These plants are hearty and hard to kill.

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3. If your track record is truly horrible when it comes to keeping plants alive, stick to succulents. This guide will show you how to plant one.

Created by Stephanie Hammer.

4. Here’s how to repot a houseplant (without killing it).

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Created by NeoMam Studios for Apartment Geeks.

5. Save some money: Here’s a list of food that ~magically~ regrows itself.

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Created by Cooking Stoned for Whole Foods Market.

6. Learn how to properly save seeds from peppers (and other fruits and vegetables) so that they’ll actually grow when you plant them.

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Created by Grow Real Food.

7. Figure out when to plant your seeds by the month.

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Created by A Typical English Home.

8. Have a yard that doesn’t get a lot of light? Plant veggies that flourish in the shade.

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Created by Empress of Dirt.

9. Follow these tips for cucumber growing success (and click here to find tips for tons of other veggies).

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Created by A Healthy Life For Me.

10. Keep your precious plants pest and pesticide free using these natural sprays.

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Created by Fix.

11. Raised gardening beds keep vegetables away from contaminated soil, can deter some pests, and are easier on backs and knees—here’s some information about how to make one.

Raised gardening beds keep vegetables away from contaminated soil, can deter some pests, and are easier on backs and knees--here's some information about how to make one.

Created by Fix.

12. Read through this herb primer and then decide what you want to grow.

Read through this herb primer and then decide what you want to grow.

Created by Heather Diane Hardison (check out her book of food and gardening illustrations here).

13. Once you make your herb seedling selections, figure out how much light they’ll need.

Once you make your herb seedling selections, figure out how much light they'll need.

Created by Empress of Dirt.

14. If you plan to grow your herbs indoors, read through this infographic for some helpful hints.

If you plan to grow your herbs indoors, read through this infographic for some helpful hints.

Created by Chadwicks.

15. Get rid of the bug spray and repel mosquitos naturally using these plants.

Get rid of the bug spray and repel mosquitos naturally using these plants.

Created by Infinity Lawn and Garden.

16. Plant a garden that’s a treat for the nose, eyes, AND mouth with these edible flowers.

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Created by Heather Diane Hardison.

17. Here’s a list of how you can use annuals (plants that you need to replant every year) in your garden.

Here's a list of how you can use annuals (plants that you need to replant every year) in your garden.

Created by University of Illinois Extension.

18. Follow these techniques to kill weeds without using chemicals.

Follow these techniques to kill weeds without using chemicals.

Created by Yumi Sakugawa for WonderHowTo.

19. Leaves, grass clippings, newspaper: become a mulch master with this chart.

Leaves, grass clippings, newspaper: become a mulch master with this chart.

Created by Fix.

20. Compost in your apartment (without making it smelly) using this guide.

Compost in your apartment (without making it smelly) using this guide.

Created by Sustainable America.

21. Do you need your hand trowel or your shovel? Follow this flow chart to pick the correct gardening tool.

Do you need your hand trowel or your shovel? Follow this flow chart to pick the correct gardening tool.

Created by Hobby Farms.

22. There’s always something that needs to be done in a garden: Here’s a month-by-month guide to what you should be doing.

There's always something that needs to be done in a garden: Here's a month-by-month guide to what you should be doing.

Created by Spalding Plant and Bulb Co..

23. Now take all of that gardening knowledge and go outside and get dirty…it’s good for you!

Now take all of that gardening knowledge and go outside and get dirty...it's good for you!

Created by What Shed

Source Via: buzzfeed

 

 

Remove Skin Tags With These 10 Home Remedies

Skin tags are small, benign growths that usually appear on the underarms, eyelids, and along the folds of the neck. While not dangerous, they can be very unsightly and sometimes uncomfortable, but they can also be removed with some simple home remedies listed below.

 

1. Tea tree oil

homeremediesTea-tree-oilTea tree oil addresses a wide range of skin conditions, and it can gently remove skin tags as well. Soak a cotton swab in the oil and rub it over the skin tag very gently, using circular motions. Do this twice a day until the skin tag disappears.

2. Aloe vera

homeremediesAloe-VeraIt’s important that you use pure aloe vera extract for this remedy to work; you cannot use lotion with aloe vera added. Rub some onto the skin tag twice per day, every day. The skin tag should disappear within two weeks.

3. Pineapple juice

homeremediesPineapple-juiceThe acid in the pineapple juice can easily remove skin tags. Use the same method above, and be sure you don’t wash off the pineapple juice once it’s applied. The skin tag should be gone within a week or two.

4. Lemon juice

homeremediesLemon-juiceAs with pineapple juice, the natural acid in lemon juice will gently erode the skin tag when applied twice per day. Chances are you already have lemon juice in your refrigerator, so why not try it today? With regular applications of the juice, your skin tag can be gone within the next week.

5. Apple cider vinegar

homeremediesACV-skin-tagThis too is very acidic and will remove the skin tag naturally, but the vinegar takes longer to work than the juices mentioned above. If you apply it with a cotton ball every day, twice per day, you may see the tag gone within a month.

6. Aspirin

homeremediesAspirin1Dissolve an aspirin tablet in a quarter cup of water and then soak a cotton ball in this mixture. Dab this onto the skin tag and cover the area with a band-aid, not removing the solution from the skin tag. The aspirin mixture will soak in and fade the skin tag. For this to work, you need actual aspirin; this is not a time to substitute ibuprofen or acetaminophen as you might when you get a headache!

7. Castor oil and baking soda

homeremediesbaking-soda-skin-tagsTo use this method, make a thick paste of the castor oil and the baking soda and then apply it to your skin tag. Cover it with a bandage and leave it on overnight. In the morning, wash with warm water and repeat unit the tag disappears, usually within two weeks.

8. Vitamin E oil

homeremediesvitamin-e-oilAs with aloe vera, you need to use pure vitamin E oil and not a lotion or cream with the oil simply added. Rub some of the oil on the skin tag twice per day, every day. The skin tag should disappear within about ten days.

9. Potato

homeremediesPotatoCut a thin slice of white potato and put it over the skin tag and hold it in place with a bandage. Wear this for a few hours, until the slice feels dry. Repeat this every day until the skin tag disappears, usually within a week.

10. Banana peel

homeremediesBanana-peel

The potassium and other essential minerals in bananas help to remove skin tags, and you can treat yours by slicing a small part of a banana peel and placing it onto your skin tag at night. Be sure the inside of the peel is facing your skin tag, and keep it in place with a bandage. Wear it overnight and gently wipe the skin tag in the morning. Do this every night until the skin tag is gone, usually within two weeks.

If your skin tag is very stubborn, see a dermatologist. He or she may be able to quickly freeze it off with dry ice, use a topical ointment that dries the skin tag, or remove it with a laser. These are all painless procedures that can be done in one visit, and your skin tag can be gone just that quickly!

Source Via: lovelivehealth.com

 

25 Things You Can Do With Wood Pallets

Pallets are becoming a sensation to many home-owners. They are easy to find and the uses for them are endless. It takes a little creativity, maybe a saw, and you have a beautiful creation using such a simple item.  Check out these awesome ideas!

 

1.  Build a Shed

pallets012.  Create a Coffee Table

pallets023.  Make a Bed

pallets034.  Unique Staircase

pallets045.  Cheap Couches

pallets056.  Unique Ceiling

pallets067.  Display Your Cups In Style

pallets078.  Beautiful Pallet Floors

pallets089.  Create a Herb Garden

pallets0910. Display your Dishes

pallets1011. Perfect for Sunbathing

pallets1112. Relax on a Fun Bench

pallets1213. Display Art

pallets1314. A Fun Chair in the Shade

pallets1415. Perfect for the Front Porch

pallets1516. Create Dimension in any Room

pallets1617. Use In Your Kitchen for a Counter

pallets1718. Creat an Escape in your Backyard

pallets1819. Perfect for Shoes

pallets1920. Create a Focal Point in any Room

pallets2021. Bring it in the Kitchen to Store Pans

pallets2122. Perfect for Mothers Day

pallets2223. A Nice Relaxing Bench

pallets2324. A Perfect Piece of Furniture

pallets2425. An Original Light Fixture

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