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  • Cut down on dirty dishes. My mom bought me some red plastic meal baskets, like the ones used at 50's diners such as Hudson's Grill. I keep a stack of them in a drawer in my kitchen and the kids and I use them for breakfast, lunch and snacks. Line them with a cloth/paper napkin and you're set. I use them to serve sandwiches and chips, cheese and crackers, popcorn, toast, bagels and lox (I'll add lettuce to the bottom of the basket), wedges of fruit and cheese and more. When the meal or snack is over, simply toss out the napkin (or put it in the laundry to wash) and you're done. Sometimes we rinse the baskets when we finish, but it's usually not necessary. These baskets have brought unexpected blessing to my little home. The baskets are fun, easy to use and have saved my son and I countless hours of washing and drying stacks of dishes. Yea

    by knamahoe on 16th November 2008
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  • Here is a cute summer hair lifesaver. Some mornings I am too tired and/or it's way too hot to blow hot air on my head for 20 minutes. So, I have an really easy way to get cute summer hair without much heat. After you wash your hair, let it naturally dry about half way. Then put some gel, mousse or something that holds a style through your hair. Then divide your hair into about 6 sections for long hair, less for shorter hair. These sections don't have to be evenly divided in any way, just grab six different bundles of hair! Twist the hair and then wrap each section into a little bun. You can pin it with either bobby pins, barrettes, clips, whatever you have and it doesn't have to look pretty because this itself is not the hairstyle. Now, leave your hair like this while you finish up at the house, run the kids to school, go to the gym, or whatever you generally do before work (you can even finish at the office!). Right before you are ready to leave, hit the dryer on it for a few seconds and then spray some hairspray. Take out your minibuns and shake it out. You will have a super cute curly/wavy do (depending on how long you leave the pincurls in). You can even leave these in overnight and just wake up and remove them. If your hair is overly curly, don't panic, just don't spray anymore hairspray and let it settle down. It will calm down in a few minutes. The first time you do this may take longer but once you do it one time, each step should only take about about 2 minutes.

    by oceans mom on 24th June 2008
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  • It drives my family crazy when they can't find the right lids to go with the right plastic food-storage containers. I started storing them in a couple of clementine boxes -- you know, those cute wooden containers that the tiny oranges come in. Now, the lids are easy to see, take out, and put away.

    by Lylah M. Alphonse on 29th September 2009
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  • A diaper emergency kit in my purse and in the glove compartment -- save your bread bags and a pack of almost-empty wipes, pack two diapers and the wipes into the bread bag and twist tie the top. You can use the bread bag to politely dispose of a smelly diaper. Voila -- Diaper 911!

    by relaxnsmile on 17th June 2008
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  • I've started heading to the local park on my lunchbreak. Eating while I sit in the sunshine and watch the ducks swimming is so much more relaxing than staying at work to eat!

    by Amanda1023 on 23rd May 2009
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  • If you own a business, and work from home, beside making 3 daily business connections or network connections, meet with business ladies at least twice a month for information sharing, brainstorming or workshops. It keeps you connected with the local business developments, and it helps you pass any “bump on the road” that you may have, or feel that you have.

    by Zoica on 15th October 2008
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  • Buy greeting cards in bulk! Make one main trip per year and buy a birthday card for each family member & close friend, plus a couple new baby, sympathy, get well cards. Add 3 or 4 thank you cards. Last but not least, get a few blank cards, too. Store them in a special file folder or storage container near your address book.

    by Diane on 23rd September 2008
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  • My life saver is a marker board in the kitchen. Everything goes on there. If you want to go somewhere, or need to go to a meeting or your work schedule changes from week to week .........It has to be written on the board or you are not allowed to go. No one can come home at dinner and say I have to be at **** at 7pm. If it is not on the board you cannot go.

    by sew4heaven on 3rd October 2008
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  • Don't laugh - maybe you have figured this out already - when heating jarred spaghetti sauce - did you know you could heat it right in the JAR?! No need to mess up another container before putting it in the microwave. 1.5 minutes for a large jar of sauce and pour it right on the pasta. Fast and less mess to clean up! It's all about the little things for me =)

    by VolunteerMom on 15th December 2008
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