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Yogi Marlon DVDs

I use these DVDs to do very deep stretching rather than strengthening. You hold stretches longer and she takes you through the breathing.

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Binder clips to hold a sheer curtain behind a drape

I have drapes on my windows and sheer curtains. Rather than install a second set of screws to hold the curtains, I used binder clips on the already installed drapery holders. The smaller curtain rod easily slides through the binder clips.

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Cut your Brillo/SOS pads before using

With a lot of easier to clean surfaces and pots/pans, I don't need a Brillo pad very often. It gets all rusty and gooey with soap before its next use. So now I cut the pad into fourths and just use a small piece and toss it. Since I buy them at the Dollar store and there's 10 in a box, each secti...

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Quick and nutritious soup for a week

Recipe for a 5 veggie soup that runs about 350 calories for 2 cups. Kids like it to0. Freezes for lunches
1 pound ground veal
1 46 oz can Cento chicken broth (we love Cento the best; Swanson's is our #2)
1 can chopped tomatoes (we like Cento or Furman)
half a head of napa cabbage (not ...

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Alligator clips for instant baby bibs

Alligator clips (like electricians use) can be kept packed in a diaper bag to provide instant bibs for your baby. Just clip a paper napkin or a wash cloth to their clothing.
You can also thread cord thru the ends to create a set that looks like something your dentist uses.

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Make Goo Gone last longer with a smaller dispensing

I like Goo Gone for the occasional sticker residue and things like that, but the top of the small bottle usually dispenses way too much for what I need.
I found using a toothpick to create a small hole dead center of the sealing paper allows much more control over how much is dispensed.

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Make your own $20 olive oil spritzer

I was inspired when I saw that someone was selling a spray bottle just for Olive Oil but for $20. Not me. So I bought a small spray bottle for $1.49 and rinsed it with boiling water and a small amount of bleach and let it dry.
I'm loving it.

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Keep a small rag on floor in kitchen ready to clean up spills

I keep a small rag pushed out of sight on the kitchen floor. If a spill occurs, I can easily use my foot to snag it and clean up the spill while continuing to multitask. Saves time, no bending, no washing hands after.

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Thrifty foaming hand soap

Foaming soap can easily be made using an empty foaming soap container. Simply squeeze in a couple tablespoons of dishwashing liquid such as Ivory or Dawn.. Fill the container with water. Shake.
Some experimenting may be necessary to get the proper ratio of liquid soap and water.

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Use your cleaning vinegar twice

My coffee maker needs to be descaled and it takes a large amount of white vinegar. I don't trash the vinegar, I re-use it first. A cup can be tossed into the dish washer as an additive. You can heat the vinegar and then soak a shower head in it to remove scaling. You can wrap a rag or paper tow...

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