Life essentials

Office prank: Head in a jar

Office prank: Put a head in a jar for the fridge

Here’s a great way to scare your co-workers (or, at the very least, protect your lunch from getting pillaged). Make a head in a jar! You’ll need a few things for this: 1) A large jar, like from pickles 2) A copier and a willing face 3) some food...

Stop that sneeze!

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To stop a sneeze, put your tongue on the roof of your mouth

Wash your veggies in the water (then use the water on the plants)

Set up a plastic colander inside a larger bucket to wash your veggies before you bring them in from the garden. Then, re-use the water on the plants still in the ground.

Tales from the Tipman: Keep fit with a Fitbit

The Fitbit captures your movements and the number of steps you take in a day.

I don’t know about you, but I hate to exercise. My wife just loves it. Some people are just sick I guess. To me it feels like work. I do it for the obvious health benefits, but I’ve often wished someone would just make it fun. I may have...

From the Tipman: Stay fit with a Fitbit

The Fitbit captures your movements and the number of steps you take in a day.

I don’t know about you, but I hate to exercise. My wife just loves it. Some people are just sick I guess. To me it feels like work. I do it for the obvious health benefits, but I’ve often wished someone would just make it fun. I may have...

Keep your glasses safe and above water

Use Styrofoam to keep glasses afloat

If you worry about losing your glasses overboard the next time you’re on a boat, this is the tip for you. Get a couple pieces of Styrofoam (I found some packing material) and cut it into two pieces about an inch wide and 3-4 inches long. Cut a slit...

Turn it up without speakers

Put your iPhone in a bowl to amplify the sound

Instantly amplify the music from your iPhone: Place it in a stainless-steel bowl.

Just hop away

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Summer storms and hurricanes will be on the forecast soon, do you know what to do if a power line falls during a storm? If you ever have a power line fall on your car, stay inside unless the car catches on fire. If you have to get out,...

Duct tape in the garden

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If you have a small- to medium-sized branch break off of a tree or bush during a wind storm, use duct tape to repair it. Most branches will graft themselves while the duct tape holds it in place. The duct tape also will keep bugs and infection out of...

Know your firefighter

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A fireman shared with me a tip that could save your children’s lives. In a house fire, young children will run away from a firefighter because of fear and try to hide. This can be deadly if they are not found in time. Make sure your kids understand that...

It’s not a UFO

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You have always heard to wear reflective clothing while jogging in the early morning or evening to keep safe but I have recently seen a great way to stay safe while working out. I was driving early one morning to a meeting. The sun hadn’t come up yet, and...

Cool it down

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If you are setting up for a holiday party and need to cool down drinks quick, here is a good trick. Cool down sodas, wine or beer really fast by creating a slurry of ice and water.  Put the room temperature drinks in and stir around.  Within minutes the drinks...