More Tips and Tricks

I love  to find new tips and then think, “why didn’t I think of that before”!   I have found most of these tips on Pinterest, which I have been addicted to for just over a year now.  If you haven’t gotten on Pinterest yet, you no longer need an “invitation” to join.  You can find Me on Pinterest at



TIPS AND TRICKS TO CHANGE YOUR LIFE…or maybe just make it a wee bit easier or more efficient

Put on socks  and slip on your shoes.
Aim the hairdryer on the tight section for a few seconds (wiggle and stretch your feet inside the shoe for maximum benefit).
Keep the shoes on while they cool.
Remove the socks and test out shoes.
It should be stretched out, but if you need more room, then repeat the process.

I have done this and it truly works!

Try these Do It Yourself (DIY) Cleaning solutions

When packing liquids (shampoo, conditioner, mouthwash, ect…) for your next trip, take the lid off, place a piece of plastic wrap over the opening and screw the lid back on. The plastic wrap will keep the liquid from spilling even if the lid pops open.

To find the original source of any photo open two windows one with Google home page and another with the photo you want to find. Click on the photo and drag it over to the Google search bar. Google will then come up with a list of searches that match that photo.

Use soda can tabs to keep your outfits together.

Why have we never known this?  I’m sure every college student knows this, but still fills the Vodka up to 12 ounces…and btw…since when did college students start drinking vodka?  Back in the olden days in the 80’s when I was in college, it was beer and wine and never in excess 🙂

Store your User Manuals in a 3-ring binder in page protectors.  Go through it annually and get rid of those you no longer use.  I also put the warranty cards in the sleeve with the user manuals.

Organize spare buttons

Use the same concept for spare buttons!

This great idea of storing bobby pins in a Tic Tac container has been floating around pinterest for a while now but did you know these Tic Tac containers could be used for so much more? Store a couple of buttons, needle and thread and stash in your purse for an emergency sewing kit.Keep an empty one in your purse to store small items and keep them from getting lost (i.e. earring you lost the back to, broken necklace chain, button that fell off your blouse. Replacement screws for your eyeglasses, sunglasses. Safety pins. Small hairbands (perfect for little girls who like to pull theirs out all the time). Pill container. Spare change. Toothpicks…

Submerge wet nails in cold water for 3 minutes. The polish will dry completely, and it gets rid of any that got onto your skin! This is life-changing, especially for me, since I am way too antsy to sit and let my nails dry…which is why I rarely have polished nails.  On the flip-side, I always have polished toe nails, since Pedicures come with a foot massage, and quite frankly, there’s nothing better than having someone rub your feet.  🙂

Stick your straw through a cupcake liner to keep bugs, dirt and other icky things from falling in your drink.  This certainly came in handy this summer while “taking a tan” and the wasps were swarming around me and Mer!

If you’re wearing a shirt with buttons and you notice a few loose or broken threads on one of the buttons, cover the threads with a coat of clear nail polish. The nail polish will keep the remaining threads together and keep your button from falling off. Although I have washed and worn a shirt several times after using this trick and the button remained in place, I would not suggest using it as a permanent fix since the polish can and will wear off.

Travel Tip: A throwaway shower cap (thank you Hilton, Starwood and Marriott) is the perfect “shoe bag” when traveling. The cap keeps the dirty soles off your clothes in the suitcase, yet takes up no additional room.

Use a staple remover to open key ring–finally an idea to save your nails!

Thread a star through your necklace while travelling to stop unwanted tangles.  I posted this a few months back on my Dressed to a T Facebook group page, and got many Thumbs Up from my members.

kleenex box great idea

Use an empty Kleenex box to hold the dirty kleenexes so you don’t leave them on a table or a couch (and you know who you are)!

Uses for Clear Nail Polish:

Keep an eyeglass screw in place. If your specs are a bit wobbly, tighten the screws and top them with a dollop of polish.

Secure buttons. Apply a thin layer of polish to the center of a button to keep the thread from coming loose.

Avoid rust stains in the bathroom.Coat the bottom of a shaving-cream can to fend off rings on the ledge of the tub.

Seal an envelope. When a flap won’t stay stuck, find closure with clear polish.

Extend the life of jewelry. Paint a thin coat onto a costume bauble to prevent it from losing its luster.

If you have any tips you’d like to share, I’d love to share on a future blog.

My dilemma of the week…I am invited to an Ugly Sweater Party next weekend, “Eat Drink and be Tacky”, (which is a Fabulous name for a party, but I’d expect nothing less from my friend Gina0… and left wondering, do I really want to go to a party in an ugly sweater?  Do I even own an ugly sweaters?  Does Kevin have any ugly sweaters?  Really makes me regret doing that major closet cleaning! 🙂

Upcoming blogs:  Holiday Gift Ideas:   Stocking Stuffer Ideas for different ages; Warm Woolen Mittens…the 4th Edition of my Favorite Things!!

Have a great weekend.  Looks to be 60 degrees in Chicago so that will be fabulous.  And, as always, Go Bears!




I’ve posted the above card numerous times, but there truly are many people out there that this applies to…if only they read my blog! 🙂

Disclaimer…I”m not sure Marilyn Monroe actually said this, as not sure a size “0” was being used in the 1950’s…but nevertheless, I love this quote!


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