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Friday, June 24, 2011

{what I learned from a magazine}

When I was in the hospital with my son over the weekend, I read a lot of magazines.  I carried around a small stack with me to read when he was sleeping, or waiting while he was going through testing.

 Some of the things I learned about and saw intrigued me so much that I pulled out my scratch paper and pen and wrote them down so I wouldn't forget them. So many great ideas and recipes...I just had to share!

(the following ideas and recipe come from Woman's Day, January 2011 issue)

1.  Get a Deal!

Head on over to to check out this site's 5 daily items at bargain basement prices.  Today it includes a Magellan RoadMate GPS Navigator for only $59.99 (an 81% savings), and a 9mm white pearl jewelry set for only $9.99 (a 95% savings--list price $179!).

2.  No Mess Stirring Spoons

LOVE the idea of not needing a side plate, or messing up the counter while cooking!  At less than $25 for a 5 piece set (and great ratings at that), I think this is brilliant!

3.  Remove Salt Stains

I'm definitely remembering this when winter time comes around again.  We get a lot of snow here, and with snow comes salt.  Salt stains on leather and suede shoes is fairly common, so I appreciated this idea on how to easily remove them without harming the material.

Simply soak a cotton ball in a mixture of 1 c. water and 1 T. white vinegar.  The acetic acid dissolves the salt without damaging leather.

4.  Paint Drip-Free

Need to touch-up around the house?  Try this fantastic tip to avoid paint drips on your floor and carpet!  Cut a small slit in the bottom of a coffee filter and poke the paint handle through. Make the slit just large enough to slide over the paint handle, but small enough so the brush head won't slide through.  It will catch those drips before they fall on the floor!

5. Revive a Shrinking Sweater

As someone who has cried over my favorite wool sweater that could now fit my girl's doll, I am fascinated about this process.  

Soak the sweater in a sink of cool water and 1/4 c. hair conditioner for 30 minutes. An ingredient found in most conditioners, stearamydopropyl dimethylamine, will relax and soften the wool or cashmere fibers, returning the sweater to its original size. Hopefully.  :)

6.  Avoid Painful Blisters

I can't wait to try this one!

Spray your bare feet before putting on high heels with an aerosol antiperspirant.  "The spray creates an invisible barrier between your skin and insides of your shoes, which decreases the friction that will ultimately lead to blisters."

And I saved the best for last...

Chocolate Cake with Coconut Cream

(Woman's Day January 2011 issue, click HERE for the recipe!)



Blogger A Day in the Life... said...

great tips! i love looking through magazines when i'm waiting places! it's amazing what you can learn :)

June 24, 2011 at 8:16 AM  
Blogger Kelli @ RTSM said...

That blister tip is awesome! I think I need to pick up some spray antiperspirant!

June 24, 2011 at 10:31 AM  
Blogger Drama queens mum (Kimberly) said...

I love magazines. I call myself a magaholic. YOu can learn some really great tips from magazines. I saw that coconut cake too & ripped out the recipe.

June 24, 2011 at 3:49 PM  
Blogger Amanda said...

Thanks for sharing the tips! I hope all is ok with your son. ;)

June 24, 2011 at 5:38 PM  
Blogger mrs. c said...

thanks for all the great tips. Hope your son is doing better. When I read mags I teat out the page that has something I want to remember, then recycle the rest. I have a good things notebook that I put them in.

June 24, 2011 at 10:27 PM  

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