Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Comb as Nail Holder

The next time you need to hammer a nail, protect your fingers with a cheap plastic comb. The tines of the comb should keep the nail tight and steady enough for you, according to Real Simple.
You'll probably want a decent-sized comb like the one in the picture and not one of those piddly pocket combs.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Filling containers

So here I am re-tiling my moms bathroom. I need to fill a bucket with water so that I can mix the mortar, only the bucket doesn't fit in the sink. Turns out that you can use a dustpan to direct water fromt he bathroom sink into a bucket!

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Nonstick Shoveling!

I live in New England and usually it's pretty snowy here in the winter. I don't yet own a snow blower and until that day that I have dreamed of for so long, I'm stuck with a snow shovel. One thing that really grinds my gears when using a snow shovel is that the snow sticks to it after a few minutes of use. Well it turns out that there is in fact a way to prevent the snow from sticking to the shovel. And I'll be honest, this is a godsend. It saves time an energy by not having my shovel half full of snow before I've even scooped any up.

Spray some Pam or other non-stick cooking spray onto the surface of the shovel before you use it! The snow just slides right off.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Stain Removal

I own a Harley so I'm no stranger to getting filthy. I've found that I can get most grease stains not only off of my hands but also out of my clothes using Gojo. Just work the stuff into the stain before you wash using HOT water and the stain comes right out.

Saturday, February 4, 2012


I like drinking carbonated beverages, but I don't enjoy the super sugary-ness of them. I'm also not hip to the diet sodas either. I find them to be disgusting. One cool thing I started doing was juicing fruit myself and making blended juices and then carbonating them. My favorite blend is white grape with lime. I don't have a Sodastream machine, as pictured, but I'm thinking of picking one up.

Tips for drunks!

Here's a quick one. I have learned this from the harsh mistress known as experience. If you're going to engage in a night of binge drinking, I'd recommend drinking a big glass of water before bed. However, I have found that it's difficult to remember to get a glass of water, or really to even care about it once I hit the bed.

If you're going to be drinking heavily, place a large glass of water on your nightstand or nearby BEFORE you start drinking. Tomorrow you will thank yesterday you.

Smelly sponges suck

So like pretty much everyone else I've got sponges in my kitchen. I use them for washing dishes and cleaning up the counter top. One thing that really grinds my gears is smelly sponges. I don't know if it's my water or what, but after a few uses my sponges start to smell musty. I've discovered that if I microwave my sponges for a minute or two after I use them it removes a good amount of the water and makes them odorless. I can't claim that this sanitizes them as I am not a microbiologist, but that would be my guess.

iPhone connector

I don't use an iPhone. I gave my mother one because they're pretty darn simple to use. One small thing that's kind of a pain with the iPhone is the connector. It's completely symmetrical so without being able to see it, it's impossible to tell which way is up. My mom figured out a neat trick to always be able to plug her iPhone in without needing to be able to see it. Simply take some nail polish and make a dab or three on the top face of the connector! Now you'll have no trouble charging your phone in a dark room.

Friday, February 3, 2012

Stop wondering if you've locked the door

I like to think I have a good memory. Even so, I occasionally find myself wondering if I've locked the front door. Or turned off the oven, lights, iron, etc. Well I've come across an excellent method for defeating these 'brain farts' . This works for loads of small actions like these, or turning off the faucet or closing the garage door. I'm sure I could list a thousand. Basically anything that nags you because you can't remember if you've done it or not.

The solution is deceptively simple! Simply narrate your action. After locking the door, tell yourself *aloud*, "I've just locked the door." Even if you forget having performed the action, you'll still remember saying the phrase!

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Peeling potatoes made easy!

Ok, now this one I admit is a little strange. I love potatoes. They go with almost anything. Problem is, peeling potatoes is a royal pain. Well I discovered a neat trick to peeling potatoes super easy and super fast. What you'll need is a bucket of water, potatoes, a toilet brush (NEW!), a saw and a drill. I know it sounds complicated, but most of these items are only used the first time to set up the system.

What you do is saw down the handle of the toil brush and chuck up the brush in the drill. You can toss out the handle. Fill the bucket with water and potatoes. Place the brush head in the potato and water filled bucket and let 'er rip! Here's a video showing the procedure. It's in Danish but it gets the message across.

Prevent tangled earbuds

I love my Droid. More than that I love having my entire music collection in my pocket. One problem with having a pocket full of music is that my earbuds have a tendency to become a rats nest. I've discovered a simple way to prevent my earbuds from getting tangled in my pocket. Are you ready? Binder Clips!

Now I can tote my music around and not have to spend precious minutes untangling my earbuds!

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Deodorant Marks

I like wearing dark clothing. I find it to be slimming and it seems that black never goes out of style. I also happen to be a personal hygiene aficionado. Sometimes those to areas of my life intersect in a disastrous way. I'm talking about white deodorant marks on dark clothing. Luckily I discovered an easy way to get them out.

In order to remove deodorant stains from dark clothing, simply rub the affected area with a used dryer sheet!

Keep the cold things cold!

I learned this from a friend years ago. In the winter time in my area it gets pretty cold. My friend would take whole gallon jugs of iced tea and suspend them outside his house through a window. I like to keep my beer cold by putting it outside my window but inside the storm window.

This keeps my beer ice cold, saves a little energy and a trip to the fridge to get a drink!

Chick Wings!

If you're like me, then you love chicken wings. There was a time when I'd always order the absolute spiciest wings that the establishment would offer, on or off the menu. These days I'm mostly into teriyaki or honey barbeque. I used to go to a big wing place with my dad every Tuesday after a round of golf for wings and beer. If I had one gripe about the experience it would be the amount of paper towels I would go through cleaning my hands before picking up my beer glass.

I found this video on Youtube of an excellent method for keeping your beer drinking hand clean. It demonstrates how to eat a chicken wing using only one hand. No slippery glass and no wasted paper towels!

Bed-compatible cup-holder

I enjoy drinking tea and coffee. I do most of my internetting from the comfort of my bed, but I lack a nightstand to hold my coffee cup. This is a simple tip I learned for holding my coffee cup in the absence of a stable surface or a cup holder. Simply remove the plastic wrap from an empty tissue box and use the box to hold your cup! It creates a large footprint around the cup making it very stable.