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I Did Not Know That! Clever Tips To Make Your Life Easier I Did Not Know That! Clever Tips To Make Your Life Easier Welcome to yet another round of “I Did Not Know That!” This is our ongoing quest for clever and simple tips to make your life easier. By the way: should you thirst for more genius ideas, be sure to check our other Life Hacks: -More genius like making a temporary tattoo and studying tricks -Genius ways to hide eyesores in your home: from laundry rooms to cracked flooring -Genius cooking hacks that make you look like a master chef -Brilliant parent hacks from handwriting to temper tantrums -Brilliant girlie life hacks -“Brilliant” parenting hacks from Gamer Dad Be Socialable, Share You Might Also Like Comments

Creative DIY Tips & Project Ideas For Homemakers Moon Sand Recipe (with play sand) Basic Knots | How to Tie Basic Knots | Animated Basic Knots Basic knots Welcome to Basic Knots The eight knots in this section are the most basic knots - the building blocks of knot tying. Select the knots from: the index above left; the pictures above; or the Basics Usage page. Selection The knots illustrate the fundamental principles of knot tying. Confusion The terms Overhand Knot, Half Hitch, and Half Knot are often confused and frequently used as though they are interchangeable. Other Sections Many of these knots have critical uses in the various other sections of this website and, when space permits, these knots are repeated there.

The Start of a Smash Book Have you ever heard of a smash book? They are kind of a new thing and definitely growing in popularity. What is a Smash Book? Smash Books are basically books that are turned scrapbooks. You can buy official Smash Books that are filled with different Scrapbook Papers. I have never made a Smash Book before but I love looking at other Smash Books on Pinterest so I wanted to give it a go. Awhile ago I was at DI (a local thrift store) and came across this old book whose title was the same as my name. What I love about this book is that it is old. Here are some sample layouts of some other Smash Books that I love. Do you have a Smash Book? Related Top 10 Posts of 2012 It seems that the older I get the faster time flies and 2012 was no exception. 2012 is over so I thought it might be fun to look back over… In "Round Up" Guest Post: Scrapbook 2-Page Layout I am excited to introduce you to my guest today! In "Guest Post"

27 Best Small Storage Shed Projects (Ideas and Designs) for 2017 It seems that no matter how much space we have, we can all use just a little bit more storage space. I have used up every inch of spare space in my home, so I decided to come up with some small storage shed ideas for my yard. These projects are simple to complete, and they will make a great addition to your home. 27 DIY Small Storage Shed Projects for your Garden I think that a large shed is tacky in my yard because I do not have that much space, which is why these ideas are perfect for my needs. In this guide, I will show you 27 unique small storage shed ideas that you can make your own. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25. 26. 27.

Go On A Blind Date... With A Book They say you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover — but what about the title, author and plot? In a bid to lure customers back from the ebook market, one plucky book store has begun selling novels that are completely wrapped in brown paper. A few vague words are your only hint to what lies within… It’s no secret that book stores are doing it tough, with Collins, Angus & Robinson and Borders all shutting up shops in recent years. “A lot of people who come into our store don’t know what they want to buy so they just browse or ask for a recommendation,” explained Ryan, an Elizabeth’s Bookshop employee from the Pitt Street store in Sydney. “One of our staff members thought it would be a good idea to set up a kind of lucky-dip table where you get to pick a book at random. All ‘blind date’ book covers are completely covered in brown paper — with just a few vague word cues scrawled on the front to give you an idea about the book’s content. Would you buy a book completely unseen?

Kitchen Cleaning Cleaning the kitchen is never going to be as fun as, say, a weekend at the beach. Or even as fun as cleaning your room. But it's gotta get done because living in a vermin-free home is an important part of being a successful adult. And even if you don't have a single cleaning product in your home, you can still totally make your kitchen sparkle. Advertisement - Continue Reading Below Quick note on safety: Many essential oils are highly concentrated and can pose a danger to cats and dogs. 1. Because it's cold enough not to smell bad, the fridge is often forgotten when it comes to keeping the kitchen clean. Learn how to make an easy, natural refrigerator cleanser from One Good Thing by Jillee. 2. Disposable cleansing wipes can get pretty expensive and are bad for the earth to boot. To find out how, head over to DIY Natural. 3. It's easy to make a homemade natural disinfectant with just borax, citrus peel, and vinegar. Find out how on One Good Thing By Jillee. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.

Test Of Three In ancient Greece (469 - 399 BC), Socrates was widely lauded for his wisdom. One day the great philosopher came upon an acquaintance, who ran up to him excitedly and said, "Socrates, do you know what I just heard about one of your students?" "Wait a moment," Socrates replied. "Before you tell me, I'd like you to pass a little test. It's called the Test of Three." "Test of Three?" "That's correct," Socrates continued. "No," the man replied, "actually I just heard about it." "All right," said Socrates. "No, on the contrary..." "So," Socrates continued, "you want to tell me something bad about him even though you're not certain it's true?" The man shrugged, a little embarrassed. Socrates continued, "You may still pass though because there is a third test - the filter of Usefulness. "No, not really..." "Well," concluded Socrates, "if what you want to tell me is neither true nor good nor even useful, why tell it to me at all?" The man was defeated and ashamed and said no more.

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More Useful Household Life Hacks • Masshole Mommy Remember a while back I did a post about all sorts of useful household life hacks (shortcuts)? I got a lot of positive feedback about it, so I decided to share a few more: 1. If you run your hands under cold water before pressing Rice Krispie treats in the pan, the marshmallow won’t stick to your fingers. I make a lot of Rice Krispie treats and it works. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. So now you know…and knowing is half the battle. - Apprenez à tout réparer Growing Celery Indoors: Never Buy Celery Again | 17 Apart: Growing Celery Indoors: Never Buy Celery Again Remember when we tested and shared how to grow onions indefinitely last week? Well, at the same time, we've been testing out another little indoor gardening project first gleaned from Pinterest that we're excited to share the successes of today — regrowing celery from it's base. We've figured out how to literally re-grow organic celery from the base of the bunch we bought from the store a couple weeks ago. This project is almost as simple as the onion growing project — simply chop the celery stalks from the base of the celery you bought from the store and use as you normally would. Instead of tossing the base, rinse it off and place it in a small saucer or bowl of warm water on or near a sunny windowsill — base side down and cut stalks facing upright. We let our celery base hang out in the saucer of water for right around one week, give or take. We watered it generously and after planting in the soil, the overall growth really took off. Discover More:

Green & Thrifty Cleaning Products | 10 Homemade Cleaner Recipes Hopefully all this de-cluttering is getting you all excited for the deep, deep cleaning that is going to happen soon! I don’t know how it is for you, but with every box of stuff I get rid of I feel like another little load has been lifted off my shoulders. We are still going to take some time in the next week for more weeding and purging, but in the meantime I thought it would be a good idea to also start gathering some of the necessary tools you’ll need to get your space spic & span. I have always had a bad habit of thinking that more cleaning supplies would result in a cleaner house. The thing is, until he said that, I actually thought they might. As hard as it was to finally accept the sad reality that there are no magic mops, I am happy to report that we are now down to one broom, one dustpan, and one mop in our broom closet, and that is just exactly enough. Here is my magic list of 10 essential green & thrifty cleaning products: {P.S. And here is how to use them! 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7.