5 Fruits and Vegetables You Only Need To Buy Once

When you hear the words ‘home garden’, you usually think of herbs in a window box or a plot of strawberries. But did you know there’s a wide range of fruits and vegetables you can buy once and regrow forever? It’s easy, good for your health, and can save you heaps on your grocery bill. Take a look at the simple tutorials below… 1. Pineapple Don’t toss the top from this summer favourite! First, remove the bottom leaves from the crown (the spikey part). Fill a glass of water and place the crown inside, just so the base is covered. After about nine days, you’ll see the beginning of long white sprouts. By the third week, the crown will be sporting some impressive roots. That’s when you know it’s time to plant it in some soil. You don’t need a lot of space; a simple planter box will do. In 18 months, they’ll be ready to harvest, just in time for next summer. 2. Celery Cut about three inches off the bottom of a bunch of celery. Next, place it roots-side down in a small bowl of water. In just three days, you’ll begin to see fresh celery stalks sprouting from the top. Once you see new foliage, remove the outer stalks so the roots are exposed. Once you see long strands appear, transfer to soil. It’ll take about five months for them to become fully grown. 3. Ginger This aromatic vegetable is great to have on hand. When you buy it at the supermarket, select a root with lots of ‘nubs’. All you need to do is plant... read more

8 Ways To Use Old Nail Polish

If you’re anything like me, everywhere you look there is another bottle of nail polish.  They seem to breed and most never even get used.   Did you know that there are actually plenty of ways to put your (old or unwanted) nail polish to use besides painting your nails? Match cord connections: Use a small dab of nail polish on any electrical connections to highlight a match ~  for example, the top side of a computer hole and the top side of a plug (using the same colored polish). This way you will know what belongs where and where’s up and down when you go to plug in. Seal an envelope: If the glue has gone from your envelope or you don’t like the idea of licking it, brush a little nail polish along the underside of the flap and it will seal perfectly. Smudge proof: Add a coat of clear polish to important labels so they do not smudge or disappear with water ~ such as medication instructions. Thread a needle easier: Put a dab of nail polish on the end of the thread and rub it between your thumb and forefinger. It will dry in a second and when it does it will be stiff.  Threading your needle will be so much easier. Stop a run in stockings: Nothing worse than having a hole in stockings when you are out. Simply dab of some clear polish to each end of a hole (or ladder) (and let it dry. It is invisible and will prevent it from getting any worse until you get home. Keep car chips from rusting: If your... read more

9 Things To Do With Old Tennis Balls

Do you happen to have any old tennis balls laying around in the backyard, or garage?  They can be very handy.  Here are a couple of ways you can put old tennis balls to good use: Remove Scuff Marks: Using a sharp knife, cut a slit in one side of it, big enough to fit the end of an old broom handle. Simply rub the ball over any scuff marks on your floorboards; they’ll come right off. Parking guide: Hang a tennis ball from a string in your garage so that the ball will touch a corner of your car when it is properly parked. No need to second guess every time. Door Stop: Who needs to buy a doorstop when you can simply wedge a tennis ball between the door and the floor in­stead. Chair or table leg protector: Cut an X in the top of each ball and put them on the bottoms of chair legs to cut down on noise and floor scuffs. If you don’t have scuffable floors (or all of your chair legs are already covered) check with your local school. Many schools take donations for just this purpose. Learn to juggle: Tennis balls make a great get of juggling balls. Secret hideaway: Make a slit in a tennis ball, then squeeze either side of the slit to open it up. Place money or other objects inside, and release to close the opening. A natural weight: Use tennis balls to anchor clusters of helium balloons at parties. Knot together a group of ribbons attached to balloons. Cut a small X in the top of a ball and insert... read more

Uses For Leftover Fruit And Vegetable Peels

Is getting more for your food budget an appealing idea to you? Then get a-peeling! But don’t toss those peels. The peels of many fruits and vegetables are edible, with the bonus of being rich in fiber and nutrients. And some peels that aren’t good to eat have healing or cleaning powers. Apple peelings: If you are peeling apples for pie or small children who reject the chewy peels, don’t throw those red or green skins away. Process the peels in a blender and store them in the freezer. They can be added when cooking oatmeal along with some cinnamon. You can also toss them into a smoothie to add apple flavor and fiber. If you don’t want to eat your apple peelings, use them to clean your aluminum pots and pans. Simmer apple peels in a few inches of water for half an hour. The acid in the peels will break down the built-up grease stains and help restore the pan’s shine. Afterwards, discard the peels and wash the pot as usual. Potato peelings: Don’t throw the skins away when you peel potatoes. Instead, rinse the peels and pat them dry with paper towels. Then place them on a greased cookie sheet and drizzle generously with cooking oil. Sprinkle with seasonings and bake at 350 degrees F until they are crispy, homemade “chips.” Banana peels: Banana peels may encourage healing. Rub the inside of banana peels onto psoriasis-affected areas of skin or acne. There may be some redness at first, but in a few days you may see healing. Banana peels can also be used in this way to stop the... read more

3 Tips To Designing Your Home with Second Hand Furniture

Second hand furniture has character, is built to last and is far more inexpensive compared to its modern cousin. The benefits to its interior design uses don’t end there. If you are seeking a unique look with classical pieces and don’t necessarily have the budget that stretches too far, don’t look further than pre-loved furniture to grace your home. 1. The best used furniture to use When hunting for that perfect piece, bookshelves, benches, cabinets and even dressers are some of the best to opt for. You’ll also find that occasional chairs make great inclusions to a home. For sanitary reasons avoid mattresses and any other bedding item, and from a safety perspective, don’t look twice at baby cots or items that may have been recalled overtime. It’s just not worth the risk unless you know for sure. 2. One focal piece per room Your whole house does not need to be furnished with second hand furniture from garage sales, opportunity shops or free online classifieds sites such as Gumtree. The key to design success is to be diligent and take your time to select a focal piece for each room. When you stumble across that one piece you love, work your existing accessories around it. By choosing large items in neutral tones, you can more easily re-decorate overtime with pops of turquoise or tangerine as your tastes change. Introduce colour easily with cushions, throws and artwork. 3. Be prepared to touch up Some of the most incredibly carved timber tables or love seats can be found if you know where to look. Your bargain price may mean your... read more

4 Reasons to Buy Second Hand Clothing

Buying a new piece of clothing is an experience most people love (especially us girls.) But it’s often an expensive venture and it’s not uncommon to end up with an item that is only worn once or twice, or falls apart after just a few washes. Second hand shopping may not sound as glossily romantic as buying straight from the fashion rack, but it’s got more going for it than you may think. 1. Quality If you buy new, cheap clothing, it may disintegrate or fade after just a few washes or wears. Second hand clothing, on the other hand, has already been tested. Pre-loved clothing has been worn, washed and dried repeatedly – and if it’s still sitting on the rack attracting your eye, chances are it’s stood the test of time and will continue doing so for awhile. Even if a button is missing or a zip broken, these things can easily be fixed if you have a few spare minutes. 2. Retro and Vintage Why spend hundreds of dollars on a new look that’s just come back around from the 70s? Second hand stores stock plenty of original items – often kept in storage for years and finally donated by people who doubt they’ll ever wear their poodle skirts or bellbottoms again. Some stores are devoted entirely to vintage and retro items – at a fraction of the cost you’ll be paying for new replicas. Occasionally you can pick up an item that is quite valuable and you may even be able to resell. 3. Low Prices Many second hand and pre-loved clothing stores offer a... read more

Ways To Reuse An Old Tea Bag

Everyone is familiar with the health benefits of tea and nothing beats an afternoon cup of your favourite blend.  Chances are, after you’ve drained your delicious cup of tea, you find yourself discarding the used tea bag. Sound familiar? Well, don’t. You’ll be surprised at the number of ways you can reuse them. Here are a number of unique and surprising uses for those old tea bags. Soothe Tired or Injured Eyes Wake up with puffy and red eyes? A couple of tea bags can do the trick. Soak them in cold water then apply over your eyelids. The tea will rejuvenate your face, removing the redness and puffiness after a while. This method also works for healing pink eye (but then again so does Breast Milk). Flavor Your Meat If you are looking for a new flavour for your meat, try using a tea bag. Use tea bags (or even leftover tea leaves) to marinate your meat. The sweetness of the drink will add a savory taste to your barbecue. A Natural Cleaner Tea can effectively remove grease and grime on mirrors, floors and even linoleum, so why not use your old bags to make a cold brew, then use it as a cleaning solution? Mop your linoleum or wooden flooring with your new mixture. Clean your kitchen countertops with it as well. You can use this for unpainted wooden furniture. Just make sure you wipe it thoroughly, so it won’t stain. Remove Warts Warts are icky and unsightly. There are numerous items around the house that you can use to remove them. Old tea bags are one example. Soak them in hot... read more

20 Practical Ways To Reuse A Shower Cap

There are lots of clever ways that you can reuse a shower cap! Shower caps. You know those funny looking plastic hats that we wear to keep our hair from getting wet whilst….yep, showering.  How many do you have in your house? Be honest. I bet you think you have none, or maybe one, but if you dig deep, deep into your cupboard I bet you have a dozen or so ‘hotel’ shower caps that you ‘borrowed’ from your last hotel stay. You take them (admit it) because you think they may come in handy. Then you come home, unpack your bags and forget about them completely. They collect dust along with their cousins, the mini sewing kit, the soap, shampoo and bath gel, the folding toothbrush and lets not forget the handy ‘must-have’ nail file kit. If you are doing a spring clean, take a moment to re-consider what you are going to do with them. Before you throw them out, pass them off as a christmas stocking filler or flog them off at your next garage sale, you may actually be able to use your hotel disposable shower cap(s) in and around the home in more ways than one. In fact, here are 20 ways to reuse the humble old shower cap! 20 Ways To Reuse Disposable Shower Caps 1. Portable Vase – fill the cap with a cup or so of water, place the flower stems inside the water ‘bowl’ and then fasten the elastic around the stems. 2. Piping Bag – if you are doing a spot of cooking and need to ice your cupcakes... read more

Why Wooden Toys Are Better Than Plastic Toys For Children

There was a time when wooden toys were all kids had to play with. Modern developments have replaced with inexpensive plastic alternatives.  Yes they have made playtime a more affordable option for many however they are riddled with potential danger. Next time you pick up a toy that’s made overseas, consider investing in a safe, solid and far more durable wooden variety. You’ll be making a wise choice and your kids will thank you for it. Here’s why! Made to last Made solid with simplicity in mind, wooden toys really are made to last. We very often see families pass down toys from grandparents to grandchildren. Only a toy made with a quality tick of approval would last that long. And what joy would it bring to see something with nostalgia being replayed with by a new generation. Safer alternatives Cheap toys are usually riddled with inferior and inexpensive components. Plastics may contain BPA and other nasty invisible chemicals. We all know kids chew and suck toys so this is definitely a frightening thought. Wooden toys don’t have sharp edges and are a far more natural safer option. Invite a different type of play Wooden toys don’t tend to come with electronic components and therefore require manual intervention to make them move and work. There may not be lights, bells or whistles but they do invoke a whole new level of interaction that requires kids to think. Animals and trains that need to be pulled along, numbered and coloured blocks which use hand eye coordination to stack and imagination to turn, push and connect parts to create something new. Anamalz... read more