Quick Tips & Hacks

Run a Screw through Soap Before Drilling

Run a Screw through Soap Before Drilling

TIP OF THE DAY... Drill a hole through a bar of soap and hang it above your workbench. Run long screws across the soap before you drive them. They’ll smoothly penetrate the wood without stripping the screw head. Source: Brian Bubenzer

Using Baby Powder to Untangle Jewelry

Using Baby Powder to Untangle Jewelry

TIP OF THE DAY: For any jewelry where the chain is all tangled, place the piece on a flat surface and sprinkle baby powder over the top. Use a pin to gently pull it apart. Original source: Good Housekeeping

Bakers Twine and String Storage

Bakers Twine and String Storage

Are you a crafty person who has baker's twine, string, ribbon that seems to end up a jumbled mess? Try placing your spool in a sugar container and thread the string through the opening in the lid.  

How to Read the Target Clearance Tags

How to Read the Target Clearance Tags

If you're a frequent Target clearance shopper, pay attention to certain numbers on the tag. At the top right of the tag, you'll see the percentage of markdown for the item. In the image above, the item is marked down 30%. If you look at the price and it ends with an...

Hot Glue Candy Corn to Outside of Pumpkins

Hot Glue Candy Corn to Outside of Pumpkins

TIP OF THE DAY... This may take a little time and a whole lot of candy corn, but you can always eat whatever's left over! I love the challenge of finding interesting things to use for the eyes, nose and mouth. The creator of the below pumpkin was pretty inventive. Are...

How To Peel an Orange

How To Peel an Orange

TIP OF THE DAY... Seriously? If this really works and I haven't been doing it all these years, I'm going to be really irritated at myself!

Remove Deodorant Stains from Clothing

Remove Deodorant Stains from Clothing

TIP OF THE DAY... Don't you hate those deodorant stains? It grosses me out when I'm in the fitting room trying on clothes and see these just as I'm pulling that sweater over my head. It's also really embarrassing when you're out with friends and look down to notice...

Make Your Smelly Towels Smell Fresh Again

Make Your Smelly Towels Smell Fresh Again

TIP OF THE DAY... Wash your towels in hot water with a cup of vinegar, and then run again in hot water with a half-cup of baking soda. That will strip your towels from all of that residue and mildew smell and will actually leave them feeling fluffy and smelling fresh....

Instant Gift Ideas

Instant Gift Ideas

We have done this on more than one occasion. Usually, if you look at your friend's pinboard about a week before their birthday or a holiday, you can rush order it on Amazon and have it arrive just before the celebration. Not that we've ever cut it that close. Oh...

Power Naps are Good for You

Power Naps are Good for You

Coming from someone who typically has just about 30 minutes to nap...or would prefer 30 minutes over a couple of hours, this tip was really helpful. Have you ever woken up from a good long nap and felt completely out of it? I mean, sure a cozy blanket and a good nap...

More Candy Crush Lives

More Candy Crush Lives

We kind of feel like enablers in this situation because Candy Crush can literally suck every moment of your day. However, a tip is a tip. Don't forget to turn your clock back once you get your lives.  

Hidden House Key

Hidden House Key

Whether you have company arriving or you just want to protect yourself during your airhead forgetful moments, hide a key. It's for the best. Don't place one under the mat or in the plant or in a fake rock near the door. We all know it's there. Get crafty so YOU are...

Restaurant Language with Silverware

Restaurant Language with Silverware

I've never worked in food service and literally have NEVER heard anyone refer to silverware as a way of speaking to your server or cook. Is this true? If so, I need to get ON IT! Maybe we can use this at our house. Although, it would mean things like: I appreciate...

Onion Rings Make Perfect Eggs!

Onion Rings Make Perfect Eggs!

TIP OF THE DAY: Use an onion ring to keep your fried egg hold it's shape. When it's done, it will fit perfectly on an English muffin. Add sausage, a slice of cheddar, the onion ring, then slap the other muffin half on top, and you've got yourself a breakfast sandwich!

Make Cinnamon Rolls in Orange Peels Over The Campfire

Make Cinnamon Rolls in Orange Peels Over The Campfire

TIP OF THE DAY: Make Orange Campfire Cinnamon Rolls (Two Cooking Methods) Cooking Method #1: On Pan Over Coals Cut four oranges in half, and scoop out fruit (eat for breakfast with your cinnamon rolls). Put one Pillsbury Orange Cinnamon Rolls in each of the orange...

Learn Two, To and Too

Learn Two, To and Too

TIP OF THE DAY: Brush up on your grammar! There are more than two ways to use this word. You need to know when to use them correctly. It's too easy to misuse them, so you should learn the meaning and correct spelling of each, too!

Sealed Lunch

Sealed Lunch

TIP OF THE DAY: Use Glad Press 'n Seal to keep your packed lunches from looking like a mess. I packed rice in my son's lunch and I know he'll be using his lunchbox as a wrecking ball so I wanted to seal it in. Grab a bit of Press 'n Seal and create a vacuum sealed top...

Karate Chop Your Avocado Seed

Karate Chop Your Avocado Seed

TIP OF THE DAY: To get the seed out of an avocado, karate chop it with a knife just enough for the knife to stick in the seed. Gently turn pull the seed out. Magic. EXTRA tip of the day: Put the avocado seed in fresh guacamole to keep it green longer.

How To Make Flowers Float

How To Make Flowers Float

TIP OF THE DAY: To make flowers float, cut a circle 'sleeve' out of bubble wrap and slide it up the stem to the base of the flower.

You Suck Parking Card

You Suck Parking Card

TIP OF THE DAY: Don't you love those people who park sideways taking up two of the remaining three parking spaces? Have some of these "business" cards made up. When you run across these inconsiderate people, slip one under their wiper.

Supplies on a Pegboard

Supplies on a Pegboard

I have my brooms, mops and sponges in different places. They are either in a basket, hanging from a hook or, really, anywhere else I don't want them to be. I came across this pegboard made by Angela at the Posh Space and loved it. Turns out, it's simple. TIP OF THE...

Toothbrush Kickstand

Toothbrush Kickstand

Germaphobes will TOTALLY get why today's tip is so imporant. TIP OF THE DAY: Create a kickstand for your toothbrush by using clothespins or even chip clips to prop it up OFF all surfaces.

Hidden Alcohol Cabinet

TIP OF THE DAY: Adhere binder spines together to create the look of a bookshelf when it's really a pretty sweet alcohol cabinet. Of course, this is for the 21 and older crowd who don't abuse alcohol. We wouldn't dreeeeeeam of letting college kids know about this as we...

Pack-and-Read

TIP OF THE DAY: Re-purpose your old pack-and-play by turning it into a reading tent (or even indoor camping spot). Take the  mesh out of one side, add the dome-thing that had a mobile hanging from it and cover the top with a fitted sheet. Add blankets and pillows....

Whip the Cell Out

TIP OF THE DAY: Take some time away from being connected and live in the moment. Something you can do when out with friends is stack each of your phones face down on the table. The first person to check their phone foots the bill. If you all succeed, it's everyone for...

Coffee Mate Creamer Storage

Coffee Mate Creamer Storage

TIP OF THE DAY: Just remove the wrap from a Coffee Mate bottle. Fill with anything from sugar to Goldfish. The spout is perfect for pouring, and the lids can be screwed off easily.

Alone and Invisible

Alone and Invisible

TIP OF THE DAY: When you're sitting alone and a stranger comes up to you, act as if you're invisible. (see image) I'd seriously die laughing if I witnessed someone doing this with a straight face. Hilare!

DIY Sprinkler

DIY Sprinkler

TIP OF THE DAY: Make your own sprinkler for the kids to play in. Grab a 2-liter bottle, poke holes in it and tape that sucka to the hose. Now kids, GO PLAY AND LEAVE MOMMY ALONE!  

How to Get Two Bowls in the Microwave

How to Get Two Bowls in the Microwave

TIP OF THE DAY: When warming bowls of food in the microwave, place on bowl on top of a coffee mug to allow room for two bowls to be in the 'wave at one time. Okay, seriously? How many times have you tried to shove more than one bowl in there? Same with plates. DUH!...

Put a Knot in Your Earbuds

Put a Knot in Your Earbuds

TIP OF THE DAY: Instead of trying to read those teeny Right and Left letters on your earbuds, just put a little knot in the right one. Now you can get plugged in by feel!

Use a Dry Erase Marker on your Dryer

Use a Dry Erase Marker on your Dryer

TIP OF THE DAY: I get in a hurry and totally blow through the washer to dryer switch. Keeping a dry erase marker on the washer to write reminders to yourself right after you put your clothes in the wash is a great idea! (Get the ones with a magnet back and an eraser...

Open Blister Packs with a Can Opener

Open Blister Packs with a Can Opener

TIP OF THE DAY: The thought of slicing a finger on the hard plastic of blister packed purchases makes my knees weak. Until you can buy the tool that is made specifically for opening them (yup, there sure is one), use a can opener to easily open the package.

Pom Pom Erasers

Pom Pom Erasers

TIP OF THE DAY: Glue little pom pom balls on the top of your dry erase markers to be used as an eraser. Great tip for teachers and these babies are really inexpensive. Like, in this case, it's okay to say cheap.

Hot Spoon on a Mosquito Bite

Hot Spoon on a Mosquito Bite

TIP OF THE DAY: Have a mosquito bite? Get a spoon hot (run under hot water - enough to tolerate) and press it onto your mosquito bite for just a couple of minutes. Take the spoon away and the itch should be gone. The bump, not so much. How does this work? When...

Fancy Fans

Fancy Fans

TIP OF THE DAY: Fancy up your ceiling fan by adding fabric and Mod Podge. This is, seriously, one of the cutest ideas I've seen in awhile. It's great for the kids' room. Reading about Dimples and Tangles' process and all the little things she created for her...

Cover Trampoline Springs with Pool Noodles

Cover Trampoline Springs with Pool Noodles

TIP OF THE DAY: Those nasty trampoline springs have always made me nervous. I stressed about little fingers getting pinched. Cut up some pool noodles (you KNOW how we love us some pool noodles) to make "sleeves" to protect those little finners!

Graduation Tassel Keepsake

Graduation Tassel Keepsake

TIP OF THE DAY: Grab the graduation tassel that's hanging from your rear-view mirror and preserve it by dropping it into a clear Christmas ornament. A great keepsake idea for your kids graduations.

Paint a Color on the Bobby

Paint a Color on the Bobby

There are a limited number of colors when it comes to bobby  pins. Want to spruce up your look with what you already have? Paint them with nail polish. I would assume you could do a much cleaner version then what's in the picture but you get the idea.

Free-hand Stencils

Free-hand Stencils

Don't have a Cricut or Silhouette or any other laser cutter that I lust after when I'm at the craft store? You don't need one when creating labels for clear containers. Type the word you'd like for your label in the font you love on a Word document (or similar). Print...

Keep Track of Cords

Keep Track of Cords

  Another awesome submission today. This one is from Abby who wrote us on Facebook. We've seen this over and over again but NEVER remember to do it. It's time to share. Abby, you're forcing us to get our "poop in a group" when it comes to cords. TIP OF THE DAY:...

Skin Identification for Kids

Skin Identification for Kids

Think: Amusement parks, fairs, parks, large crowds. TIP OF THE DAY: Write on your child's arm (i.e. If lost, call 555-1234) and then cover it with adhesive bandage. The identification won't come off with sweat or water and is able to be easily read. A great and...

Protect Your Nutrition

Protect Your Nutrition

We got this awesome tip from our friend Katelin. Seriously, we LOVE hearing from you all and think it's awesome to have an opportunity to share your information. Please feel free to write us on Facebook or contact us through the site. We're listening! TIP OF THE DAY:...

Coasters: From Paper to Permanent

Coasters: From Paper to Permanent

TIP OF THE DAY: Turn your paper coasters into a permanent coaster (reusable) by coating each side with a couple layers of Mod Podge. See that stack of coasters at your 4th of July party? PUT'EMINYOURPURSE!!!!

Add Color to Party Tables…with Giftwrap!

Add Color to Party Tables…with Giftwrap!

TIP OF THE DAY: To add color to your party table, use gift wrap as a table runner. It's less expensive than a tablecloth and comes in all kinds of cool prints. (Use a cheap-y Dollar Store tablecloth underneath - hardly any of it will show anyway!)

Turn a Frame into a Serving Tray

Turn a Frame into a Serving Tray

TIP OF THE DAY: Turn a Dollar Store Frame into a Serving Tray. Here's how: 1. Paint your frame the color you'd like. 2. Remove back and take out cardboard insert. 3. Use the cardboard as a template to cute out a piece of scrapbook paper of your choice. 4. Screw drawer...

Beat the Numbers on Your Scale

TIP OF THE DAY: Weigh yourself while laying on your back. The numbers will be much more in your favor. Smartass post, I know. I'm frustrated with my lack of self-control in the health department so I'm dragging y'all in with me.

Ironing Board Hanger

TIP OF THE DAY: Keep your ironing board up and out of the way by simply hanging two coat hooks on the wall. If you want to get all fancy, you can put the hooks on a decorative board (or similar) and attach the board to the wall. Do you like how I say "or similar"?...

DIY Pore Strip

DIY Pore Strip

TIP OF THE DAY: Create your own pore strips with only a small pack of gelatin (not the entire box - it comes with 4 packs) and a bit of milk. I tried with exact measurements and it's different every time. Put gelatin in a disposable cup or bowl. Add some milk and stir...

Clean Foreman Grill with Wet Paper Towel

Clean Foreman Grill with Wet Paper Towel

TIP OF THE DAY: The easiest way to clean your Foreman grill - right after using the grill, unplug it and place a wet double-sheet of paper towel between the lid and the surface. The leftover heat causes the towel to steam and clean the grill. Then just wipe it down...

Store Onions in Pantyhose

Store Onions in Pantyhose

TIP OF THE DAY: Got some spare pantyhose laying around? Store your onions in them to keep them fresh for up to 6 months. Here's how: Inspect all onions for soft spots, mold or other signs of damage. Only perfect onions are suitable for long-term storage. Cut off the...

24 Surprisingly Clever Uses for Rubberbands

24 Surprisingly Clever Uses for Rubberbands

We love finding new uses for things that have been around forever. Sometimes we tend to get stuck in our thinking and only use a product for the intention it was created. We were amazed when we discovered all the creative things people are doing with the good o'...

Lazy Susan in Refrigerator

TIP OF THE DAY: Place a lazy susan in the refrigerator to maximize space and keep your food organized. Yes, organized food. Let's get real. Buy a ton of these and put them in the spice cabinet and the pantry.

Outdoor Cup Covers

TIP OF THE DAY: For any event outdoors, cover your cups or glasses with a cupcake liner. Just use a hole punch or the straw to create a hole in the top. No bugs in your drink this summer.

Nail Polish Color Reference

TIP OF THE DAY: For quick reference and to keep your nail polish organized, brush a coat of paint on a file label sticker and then let dry. Once dry, use a hole punch (they used a fancy heart shape punch) to cut out the color and stick to the top of the nail polish...

Use Bungee Cords for Ball Storage

Use Bungee Cords for Ball Storage

[pinit] TIP OF THE DAY: To keep balls corralled, drill holes through wood slats on top and bottom and insert bungee cords. You could also use smaller cords between wire shelving. Or...build a frame and install stretch cording through pre-drilled holes. [pinit] The...

Use Laundry Basket to Paint Polka Dots

Use Laundry Basket to Paint Polka Dots

Paint polka dot walls using the side of an old laundry basket. As an idea for the laundry room, paint polka dots on the lower wall, then make them larger and random to look like soap bubbles as they go up the wall by the washer and dryer.

House Colors on Popsicle Sticks

Take popsicle sticks and paint them the color of every wall in your house. Throw them in your purse so you'll always be able to match furniture, curtains, decorations, etc. when you're out shopping.

Use a Drywall Taping Knife in the Kitchen

TIP OF THE DAY: As you're celebrating Father's Day, grab one of his drywall taping/mud knives to cut that dessert. Some readers say they have one for kitchen use only to cut squares and cakes. Just throw it in the dishwasher when you're done. Works for us!

Earring Travel Tip

Earring Travel Tip

TIP OF THE DAY: When traveling, stick your earrings through the holes in a button to keep them together and tidy in your bag. We found a bunch of simple travel tips so stay tuned for "How to travel with just a carry on suitcase" (or some name like that).

Lipsticks in Pill Organizers

Lipsticks in Pill Organizers

TIP OF THE DAY: Condense your lipsticks into a pill organizer. You can find the ones that pull apart. That way, you can take your entire collection or just one color for the day or night. To label the colors, peel off the sticker on the bottom of the tube of lipstick...