Tips N Hints from around the World

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  • Always plant Rosemary at your Garden Gate for good luck – “from the movie Practical Magic”

  • Say a daily prayer and thank the Goddess, God or whatever Supreme Being you believe in!  Start your day with kind thoughts and they will come back to you Three-Fold.

  • Remember to always laugh, even at yourself.

  • Clean your toilet:  Drop two Alka-Seltzer tablets in, wait 20 minutes, scrub and flush.  from a creativity circle eMail- Linda/Tennessee

  • Clean a Thermos Bottle or Juice Pitcher:   Fill with H20 and drop in four Alka-Seltzer tablets.  Let it soak for min. 1 hour.  Rinse.   from a creativity circle eMail- Linda/Tennessee

  • Make your Hair Shine:  Add 1/4 cup vodka to 1/4 cup shampoo.  Wash hair as usual.   To bring out blond highlights, use 1/2 cup water and 1/4 cup lemon juice as a final rinse.  For dark hair use 1/2 vinegar as a final rinse.

  • Perfect Proportions:  Three ounces of meat or fish is roughly equal to the size of your palm.  Medium-sized fruit is the size of your fist.  1/2 cup of rice is the size on my hand-fingers closed.

  • Stop Tears fast:  if you don’t want to cry, as soon as you feel the tears swelling, look up.  This temporarily quells the tears.

  • Fragrant Sleep:  Sprinkle baby powder on your mattress and pillows.  Rub in well.

  • Swimsuit Fading: To help cut down on fading of your new swimsuit, fill a small sink of water and add 2 cupfuls of white vinegar and then soak the suit for 20 minutes, rinse well. after wearing wash suit in shampoo for oily hair, rinse well and dry flat in the shade!  submitted by Renee.

  • Glow N Tint – table centerpiece: Springtime centerpiece:  Fill a glass bowl with colored water (use food coloring), Rest a pillar candle in the center and add some flowers floating on the colored water.

  • Aromatic Table Trim:  Find a cute watering can (metal is best).  Place a fragrant candle inside the watering can.  Add some fresh flowers:  Roses, grape hyacinths, daffodils.

  • Keep Candles Steady:  Rub the bottom of a taper candle with a glue stick.  This will hold the candle in place.

  • Smooth Away Summer Blackheads:  Pulse a handful of Parsley in a blender until it forms a paste.  Boil water and pour into a large bowl.  apply the paste to blackhead prone areas, then hold your face over the bowl.  The Parsley, a natural humectants, and the steam team up to soften skin and loosen any blackheads.

  • Shine Pots and Pans without scrubbing – Aluminum cookware. add 2 to 4 tablespoons of cream of tartar to 1 to 2 quarts of water and boil for 5  to 10 minutes.  Rinse, scour lightly with a steel-wool soap pad and rinse again.