Friday, September 11, 2009

Real Simple : September


Mondays will now host a new tradition on my blog. If you know me well, you know that I am an avid fan of Real Simple Magazine. Since everyone doesn't have a monthly subscription, I figured I would highlight my favorite (tough decision) idea(s) each month. Since I'm a couple weeks behind on the September issue, I'll post September's highlight today.

I figured Monday needed a little somethin' to kick it in the pants.

One of my favorites, 10 Uses for Everyday Items.
(all images & ideas courtesy of

Clear Nail Polish

1.Keep an eyeglass screw in place. If your specs are a bit wobbly, tighten the screws and top them with a dollop of polish.
2. Secure buttons. Apply a thin layer of polish to the center of a button to keep the thread from coming loose.
3. Avoid rust stains in the bathroom. Coat the bottom of a shaving-cream can to fend off rings on the ledge of the tub.
4. Seal an envelope. When a flap won’t stay stuck, find closure with clear polish.
5. Extend the life of jewelry. Paint a thin coat onto a costume bauble to prevent it from losing its luster.


6. Label meat. Are these burgers rare or well-done? They all look the same on the outside. Identify just-off-the-grill meats with different-colored toothpicks and they won’t get mixed up.

7. Find the end of the roll. When you’ve finished using tape, wrap the end around a toothpick so you can easily locate it the next time.

8. Glue beads and sequins. Use the sharp ends to apply teensy items to a craft project.

9. Sew a better button. Place a toothpick between the button and fabric so it doesn’t go on too tightly and end up tough to fasten.

10. Press a gadget’s Reset button. What fits perfectly into that tiny hole? You guessed it.

Do you have any other uses for these items?


Thank you to the heroes who serve our country so faithfully.


  1. Kristinnnn :) :) I love this post - especially the clear nail polish half :) awesome! And I have a feeling I'll be lovin' all the rest of these types of posts haha :) :) <3 xxx

  2. Oh neat ideas! I definitely have to try that on some loose buttons. I also use clear nail polish if I am in a hurry and get a run in my nylons. It stops it and prevents it from ripping further! My mom taught me that one when I was little. ;D


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