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Thursday, February 12 , 2015

Quick Fix for a Burnt Throat

You were so hungry, and that hot pizza looked so good…you couldn't resist taking a big bite and swallowing. Screaming-hot cheese has now burned your throat. Here's a fast fix…

If you just ate or drank something that was too hot, two teaspoons of olive oil will soothe and coat a burnt throat. A tablespoon of honey will also help, if you prefer sweet to savory.

Caution: Hot liquids can kill! Make sure that tea or coffee sits a bit before you take a gulp. Click here to find out just how dangerous your too-hot beverage can be.

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Tuesday, February 10 , 2015

Easy Glide-Off Rubber-Glove Trick

It's good to wear rubber gloves when cleaning or washing dishes, but sometimes they can be a pain to take off. The thin rubber loves your hands! Here's what to do to make rubber gloves a breeze to remove…

If you’re having a hard time taking off rubber gloves, hold your gloved hands under cold running water. The gloves should slide right off.

And next time, before you put on the gloves, sprinkle a bit of baking soda or talcum powder on your hands or into the gloves.

More handy household help…


Monday, February 09 , 2015

Give Your Cough the Finger

You are in the middle of a crowded room and a coughing jag hits. The usual helpers—throat lozenges, water or tea—are far from sight. Time to use some handy acupressure! Here's what to do…

An acupressure point that has been known to stop a cough is the one near the end of the middle finger. With the fingers of your right hand, squeeze the top joint of the left hand's middle finger. Keep squeezing until you stop wheezing. This usually works right away, so you shouldn't need to switch hands. Then take a deep breath and relax.

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Monday, February 09 , 2015

You’re Cleaning Your Mirror Wrong

Did you know that spraying window cleaner on a mirror is one of the worst things you can do to clean it (especially an antique one in a fancy frame)? Here's what to do instead…

Mix equal parts of white vinegar and warm water in a bowl. Scrunch up a piece of noncolored newspaper, and dip it in the mixture. Shake off the excess, and wipe the mirror with the moistened newspaper. Then buff the mirror dry with a soft cloth, paper towel or dry newspaper. (It's best to wear rubber gloves to keep the newsprint off your hands.)

Caution: Never spray water—or any liquid (especially window cleaner)—on a mirror. When moisture seeps into the edges and back of the mirror, the silvering can “spoil,” causing dark spots. Seeping liquid also can corrode any kind of metal or brass framing.

More easy ways to clean…


Friday, January 30 , 2015

Our Favorite Birthday Freebies

A relative of ours recently gave us a loyalty card as a gift. We don’t usually encourage business loyalties (we prefer going where the best deals and service are, even if it’s not the same place again and again)…but times have changed in the form of multitudinous birthday freebies! And by free, we mean just that…you don’t have to buy a thing! You might have to sign up for a loyalty card, or divulge some innocuous personal information on a company’s website, but you get a good hunk of birthday love (and often more) in return. Here’s a list of freebies that sound like deals to us…

International House of Pancakes—Receive a free birthday pancake meal (plus more) when you sign up for IHOP’s Pancake Revolution promotion.

Red Lobster—Rewards Club members can enjoy a free appetizer or dessert just for signing up plus a birthday coupon for meal discounts and more.

Denny’s—Just show up at a participating restaurant on your birthday with a valid ID for a free Denny’s original Grand Slam breakfast!

DSW—Members of the Rewards Program get a birthday gift certificate.

Houlihan’s—Join their E-Mail Club and get $10 off your next visit, plus a free entrée on your birthday.

Aveda—Sign up for Aveda’s Pure Privilege program and get a birthday gift valued at $20.

Old Navy—Birthday Club members receive a free gift on their special day.

Sephora—Get a free birthday present by joining the Beauty Insider program. The gift is different every year. Recent example: Mini NARS lip pencils.

Red Robin—Join Red Robin's eClub and get a free burger on your birthday.

American Eagle Outfitters—Get 15% off during your entire birthday month.

CVS—Join their ExtraCare Beauty Club and get $3 in ExtraBucks as a gift.

You might want to create a spreadsheet of all these little freebies. You have a busy birthday ahead!

More great ways to save money…


Thursday, January 29 , 2015

Use This for Oily Skin

Do you have oily skin? Here’s a natural way to get rid of the slick…

Use witch hazel as a balancing agent. Dab it on your face with a cotton ball first thing in the morning, last thing at night and anytime your face is feeling oily. It’ll make your skin look clear and bright.

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Thursday, January 29 , 2015

Hands-On Headache Cure

Next time your head starts to ache, instead of popping a pain pill, grab a friend and try this…

Ask your friend to slowly move one thumb down the right side of your back, heading from your shoulder blade toward your waist and stopping to exert gentle but steady pressure for one minute on any tender spots. If you have a minor tension headache, you should feel it dissipate. Human touch is a great healer!

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Wednesday, January 28 , 2015

Remove Lipstick Stains from Napkins

At your last family party, you put out some nice table linens. But you didn't want to tell your sister-in-law not to wipe her mouth…and now you have lipstick stains all over your napkins! Here's what to do…

For lipstick marks on a cloth napkin, put several layers of paper towels under the stained area. Wet a clean cloth with rubbing alcohol and press down on the stain. Do that a few times to blot up as much of the lipstick as possible. Then launder the napkin as usual.

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Monday, January 26 , 2015

Homemade Deodorant

Are you a big “sweat-er”? Even if you don't perspire profusely, body odor happens to the best of us, especially in the winter when we pack on the layers! Here's what to do…

Fill a clean, empty face-powder container (or any similar-sized plastic container) with baking soda, and apply evenly under your arms using a powder puff or big blush brush. The alkaline nature of the baking soda balances pH levels to neutralize odor…without added fragrance or chemicals.

Ladies…This is a great way to keep smelling fresh through a night of hot flashes.

If you have a real perspiration problem and feel more secure using a commercial deodorant, you can boost its power by applying baking soda over it.

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Thursday, January 22 , 2015

Renew Your Leather Purse

If your leather jacket, boots, handbag or luggage (time for warm-weather travel!) looks dingy from winter weather or storage, here's a way to make it shine…

Separate two eggs, saving the yolks for a delicious pudding. Dip a clean, dry cloth into the egg whites and lightly coat your leather surface. Let the egg sit for three minutes, then wipe it off with a slightly damp cloth. Then buff immediately with a soft, dry cloth. You can also use this egg wash on your leather upholstery. It'll smile back at you!

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