Did you know episodes of headaches/migraines are approximately 30% more likely for those who live within a 25-mile radius of a thunderstorm? Based on this fact, if you think the weather could be a trigger for your discomfort, consider taking ibuprofen 12-24 hours before a forecasted thunderstorm, per a University of Cincinnati headache specialist.
A great tip from Heloise – Add a few drops of BLEACH to the water of your cut flower arrangement and your blooms will last longer!
Did you know radishes are high in Vitamin C? They also help boost your bone health AND help any wounds you may have heal faster.
Who would have thought carrying clean crisp money can help you spend less? Research shows people given new bills spent less than half of what the people given grimy bills spent.
Need to chill that bottle of vino quickly? Simply wet a few paper towels and squeeze out the excess. Cover your wine bottle with the wet paper towels and put it in the freezer for approximately 15 minutes. Enjoy!
How do those beautiful Hydrangeas get their spectacular color? Well, it all depends on the soil’s nutrients from which they’re growing.
- Hydrangeas produce BLUE color when there is ample aluminum in their soil. If you want BLUE, dissolve 1 tbsp of aluminum sulfate per gallon of water, and drench the root area with this mixture in April and May.
- If PINK is the color you fancy, dissolve 1 tbsp of hydrated lime per gallon of water. Soak the rot zone with the mixture in April and May.
- To get beautiful WHITE hydrangeas, plant “Madame Emile Mouillere.” This version will stay white regardless of the soil’s pH.
To determine your soil’s pH, test it using a kit from your local Cooperative Extension System.
Love to plant pretty potted plants, but hate the mess from the drain off? Here’s a tip that can help – Put a coffee filter in the bottom of the pot before you add the potting soil. This way excess water can escape without allowing the soil to drain out with it.
Did you know you can try on drugstore makeup and wear it for a few days to see if you like it? Then if you’re not 100% happy with the formula or color you can take it back, with your receipt, of course. It’s true. Most drugstore chains offer a 100% money-back guarantee on cosmetics.
Did you know that in ancient Roman civilization, Olive Oil was such a hot commodity that the empire was divided up into Olive Oil Districts and many citizens paid their taxes in Olive Oil? Now that’s a tasty deal!
Here’s 5 smart and unusual usages for your own stash of Olive Oil.
- Remove paint from your hands by mixing a tsp Olive Oil with a pinch of baking soda or sugar. Gently scrub away dried paint.
- Unstick zippers by dabbing a cotton swab with a few drops of Olive Oil and applying it to the inside of the zipper, then move the slider up and down a few times to coat the teeth. Your zippers should slide like new again!
- If you’re out of shaving cream, substitute with Olive Oil. Lightly coat your legs, face, etc., with Olive Oil and your razor will slide effortlessly over stubble … and it will help condition your razor blades, too!
- Rub a few drops of Olive Oil on your candleholders before putting in candle. The melted portions will not stick and cleanup will be minimal.
- Prevent kitty hairballs by drizzling a tsp of Olive Oil on their pet food. This will help swallowed hair make it’s way through their digestive system easier and it won’t be coughed up later.
Did you know that Popeye’s girlfriend’s name was changed in Spain, because Olive Oil was considered too important to be the name of a cartoon character?!
Use baby powder to untangle a knot in your jewelry. Sprinkle a little on your chain’s knot to help loosen it so you can untangle it. If the knot is too stubburn, then try rubbing a dab of mineral or olive oil on it and rub it between our fingers. Afterwards, clean it with a solution of dishwashing liquid and water mixture.