Party on!

Keep wrapping paper organized

Use a wire shelf, set vertically behind your closet door frame, to keep your wrapping paper organized. Don’t have a wire shelf? You can also use a piece of scrap wood or even a bungee cord.

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...

Duct tape decorates water bottles

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Sometimes it’s the simple things that make a big impression. Take this idea for decorating plastic water bottles with duct tape at your next party. Duct tape comes in a huge variety of colors and patterns, and you can coordinate with the colors of your party or team.

Light up your life

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When you go out to buy your Christmas tree lights, make sure you get the “LED” kind. LED stands for light-emitting diode. These lights cost about the same as your typical incandescent lights, but they last a lot longer (200,000 hours compared to 1,500 hours for incandescent). They use...

Halloween tips: Pumpkin bleach

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After carving your pumpkin, wipe your pumpkin down with a mixture of water and bleach. You can also just spray it with Clorox Clean-Up Cleaner with Bleach. Bottom line is, the bleach helps prevent mold, will kill bugs and will keep your pumpkin looking good longer. Make sure you...

Pumpkin fever

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If you haven’t picked your pumpkins out yet for Halloween use these tips when you go to the pumpkin patch or produce market.  There are really two things you need to look for: 1. The pumpkin shouldn’t have bruises or cuts. 2. The stem shouldn’t be brown or dried out.

Halloween tips: Keep it safe

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Finally, remember to change out your flashlight batteries and get some reflective tape for your kids’ costumes.

Freaky Friday: Pumpkin haters unite!

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Do you hate the hassle of cleaning a pumpkin? Consider using a “Funkin.” It’s an artificial carve-able pumpkin that you can find at craft stores, or you can order online at www.funkins.com. The nice thing about Funkins is that your carving efforts will last long after Halloween! Important: Don’t use...

Take your pumpkin carving to the next level

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Carving the traditional Jack-O-Lantern face onto your annual pumpkin is so dated these days. Halloween fanatics really have begun taking their pumpkin carving to the next level. Consider scraping some of the skin off of the pumpkin for a cool effect. You can use a vegetable parer or linoleum cutter...

Halloween tips: For the kids only

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Remember to wrap one of your hands with duct tape, sticky side out. Now when you put your hand in a candy bowl you’ll get three times as much candy!

Halloween tips: Make a pattern

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It’s a recent trend for people to cut intricate patterns into their pumpkins. It’s extremely easy to mess up and accidentally cut off a piece of pumpkin that you had not intended to cut. If you do this, the fix is simple: Get a toothpick and break it in...

Throw a pineapple party!

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You really can’t go wrong with this idea, even on the Fourth of July. A nice fruit platter and display is a great addition to any party or barbecue with friends. I’m not even going to bother to explain it — you can work it out for yourself. Just...