Deck the halls! Decorating for Christmas is one of the most joyful things that you can do, but what happens when you don’t have the space for a Christmas tree? There’s a simple solution, and everyone with a house has the space to create this centerpiece of the holiday season.
You can use wall space to create a flat Christmas tree that will give you all of the same holiday spirit as a traditional Christmas tree.
Holiday Wall Space
The first step to make a Christmas Tree on your wall is to find a place that works best. You want a wide, open wall space that’s near the center of your home but isn’t directly in the line of foot traffic. Try to find a spot that’s not interrupted by things like heating vents or other obstructions.
Before you begin, remove any pictures or other things that might be hanging on your wall. Be sure to create a space at the bottom of your Christmas tree where the family can gather as well.
Let Your Creativity Sparkle
Mark out the shape of your Christmas tree using painter’s tape. This will come off the wall easily but will give you a framework to create in. Using adhesive hooks, run green tinsel (or whatever color you like) back and forth across the space that you marked out. This will give you the shape of the tree.
Once you have the tinsel arranged, now it’s time for lights. Run your Christmas lights back and forth, hanging them on the same removable adhesive hooks that you hung your tinsel on. Next, hang baubles and ornaments from your tinsel and your sparkle lights. Be sure to top it off with a star at the top!
Don’t let your lack of space for a traditional Christmas tree keep you from enjoying the holiday season! Create a beautiful display of Christmas magic on your wall, and you really will feel like you’ve decked the halls in the most fun and magical way. You’ll be ready for Santa too!
Corn on the cob is unquestionably delicious, but it is so completely messy (if it’s fixed correctly – with loads of butter!). Still, the messiness of corn on the cob doesn’t stop you from cooking it at every barbeque, crawfish boil, and get-together you host or attend. You also fit it into supper at night every chance you get. But there’s got to be a cleaner way to eat cob corn, right? Prepared to have your corn-on-the-cob-loving mind blown – because there definitely is a way!
Grab the Skewers, Honey!
There are some “cleaner” ways to eat corn on the cob – like cutting it in smaller halves or thirds, putting corn holders or toothpicks into the ends to hold it, or cutting the corn kernels off the cob with a knife. However, all of these methods of eating the corn make a mess. Simply biting into the kernels while they’re on the cob sends butter and juices down your chin, neck, and chest and sends juice flying into someone’s eye. So, these methods won’t do.
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Laptops are a very popular choice for personal computers today because of the convenience and portability they offer. You can easily transport your computer between work and home to prevent having to buy a second computer. However, there are some not-so-fun aspects about laptops that can be rather annoying. The most disliked feature of laptops is their ability to run hot – really hot at times. And when they start to run hot, they don’t perform well.
However, there is no need for you to have to worry about a hot laptop because you’re about to discover a life hack that is so cool it’ll cool your laptop as well!
Head to Your Kitchen
Before you try this cooling hack, you need to make sure that your laptop is on a flat surface like a desk or table. There are two reasons for this: the first reason is that your laptop shouldn’t be on anything but a desk or table if it’s running hot and the second reason is that the hack simply won’t work without a flat surface.
Place the two forks prong-side down and vertical to your body about 6 inches apart.
Set your laptop on top of the forks.
That’s all you have to do. The forks will add a slight lift to your computer, allowing more cool air to reach it. Now, you can finish working (or playing your game).
See recommended laptop cooling pads here:
This fork hack will definitely help your laptop stay cool in the short term, but it does not help when you are not around forks and a flat surface. If your laptop is running hot often, invest in a cooling pad for it or consider replacing it because it may just be too old to keep up with your needs.
Pets and houseplants don’t mix. This is something that every pet owner with houseplants has learned the hard way. Dogs tend to knock the plants over while observing them, and cats tend to just destroy them – clawing at the leaves and digging the dirt out. You’ve moved the plants out of reach. You’ve tried spraying repellent sprays.
You’ve Googled and tried every single preventative measure that you can find, but you come home from work every day to overturned and dug out houseplants – and guilty looking pets. Quitting is not in the cards for you, though, because this incredibly obscure and random life hack will keep your pets away from your plants for good!
See 5 ways to keep your pets out of your houseplants here:
You’ve Outsmarted Your Pet
This is a rather simple and smart way to deter your pets from your plants. Remember that it may not work for every pet. Some pets are insanely brave – especially cats. However, another tip to keep cats out of your plants, specifically, is to keep their litter boxes clean!
Every time you’re tasked to plan a party, you immediately try to think of ways to make your party memorable. Some things are simply overused, and if you want your party to stand out, you have to feature something that is totally inspired. One new and exciting way to serve your desserts is with edible chocolate bowls. You definitely want to read on to find out how to make them!
Bowls You Can Eat
You can serve your party snacks in decorative bowls, but then you can serve your party snacks in edible chocolate bowls. These edible bowls are extremely customizable and always an absolute hit at parties! All you need is a bag of chocolate candy coating or a bar of chocolate bark and a bag of small balloons.
First, melt your chocolate. Melting chocolate in the microwave in intervals is the best way to get your chocolate smooth without burning it.
Once the chocolate is fully melted, set it aside to cool.
While the chocolate is cooling, blow the balloons up to the size you want your bowls to be. The chocolate will coat the bottom half of the balloon.
Cover a baking sheet with waxed paper or aluminum foil.
Hold each balloon by its knot and dip each one in the chocolate. Make sure the chocolate covers the bottom half of the balloon and the depth of bowl you are wanting.
Sit the balloon on the covered baking sheet to set.
To remove the balloons once the bowls dry, cut small slits right at the knots, let the air out, and remove the balloon. It’s so easy! You can even use white chocolate for white bowls or put food coloring in white chocolate for rainbow colored bowls.
See how to make edible bowls with chocolate here:
Serving in Style
These chocolate bowls will surely make your party memorable. You can use them to serve ice cream or to hold candy favors for your guests. You can serve fresh fruit topped with whipped cream in them. There are many ways to incorporate edible chocolate bowls into your party – and every single one of them is super tasty!
Stale bread doesn’t have to instantly be thrown out. There are plenty of uses for stale bread that are really easy to make and taste fantastic! So, if you just had a get-together and have a ton of bread left over, don’t try to eat it all before it goes bad. Use stale bread to make some of the following recipes.
The Yeast You Can Do
There are a number of recipes that call for bread that you can use stale bread in, and there are other recipes that work better with stale bread.
Make homemade stuffing. This is probably an obvious one, but stuffing mixes bread with bunches of other flavors and results in a delicious and filling dish.
Make croutons. Croutons are literally just baked stale bread. Making your own means you can make them taste however you want to. You’ll probably never go back to store-bought croutons.
Make bread pudding. There are different kinds of bread pudding – like cinnamon or peach. All of them are best when made with stale bread.
Make oversized breadcrumbs. These breadcrumbs which are smaller than croutons but larger than crumbs, make excellent toppings for baked pasta dishes.
Use stale bread to top soups. Stale bread works as a great soup topping because the liquid softens it but it is firm enough to not turn your soup to mush.
See 5 ways to use stale bread here:
No Use Crying Over Stale Bread
With this many options for stale bread, you won’t throw your bread away ever again! Please be aware that stale bread is completely different from bread that has gone bad. If there is mold on your bread, it has to be thrown away.
Fractions are one of the hardest math concepts that children have to learn, and Legos are one of the most common children’s toys. So, what if you were told that you could use those Legos lying around your house to help your child learn fractions?
Legos as a Math Tutor
Legos are easily used to teach the concept of fractions because most Legos are fractions of larger Legos. Gather the Legos around your home and look at them closely. You’ll see how the dots on them guide you in noticing how they are split apart.
Grab a container of Legos and help your child sort them by size. Once they are all sorted by size, compare the different sizes to each other. Talk about how they are halved or quartered. Talk about how some are two times and three times the size of others. This introduces the concept of splitting shapes into even parts.
Have your child use different colored Legos to represent all of the parts of a larger Lego. For instance, a large blue Lego can be placed next to two smaller Legos – one red and one yellow. You can show your child how the two smaller pieces are combined to make the larger piece. Once your child can split the larger pieces into even smaller pieces, you can reverse the lesson and have him or her find larger pieces that match combinations of smaller pieces.
Teach your child to add and subtract fractions with Legos by writing down the addition and subtraction problems on paper and having your child translate them into Lego pieces. Your child can then figure the problem out by reorganizing the Legos according to the problem.
Hard boiling eggs is easy, but peeling the hard boiled eggs can be a pain. Some eggshells insist on being picked off in tiny pieces. Some eggshells pull parts of the egg off, resulting in uneven eggs – which isn’t what you’d want for dishes that display the hard boiled eggs like deviled eggs. However, there are some steps you can follow to make sure you peel the perfect egg every time!
Add cold eggs to already boiling water and boil them for 14 minutes. Make sure the eggs are cold and the water is boiling when you put them in.
Drain the eggs and put them back into the pot with cold water. Add ice cubes to the water to make it even colder to cool eggs faster.
Stir the eggs around in the pot so they run into each other and begin cracking.
Tap the eggs against each other and the pot gently to create more cracks.
Start to peel the eggs using the following method:
Start peeling at the bottom, wide part of the egg by removing some of the cracked chips.
Push your thumb into the side of the eggshell through the opening at the bottom.
Move your thumb around the egg in a circular motion and watch the eggshell fall off.
Rinse the eggs in cold water.
See how to peel a hard boiled egg in 10 seconds here:
No Longer Walking on Eggshells
Knowing how to perfectly peel a hard boiled egg is an important skill for any cook, and it can result in beautiful egg dishes that look almost too good to eat. Remember that practice makes perfect, so start boiling and peeling eggs now to nail down your technique!
The process of folding a fitted sheet usually ends with angrily rolling the sheet into a ball and throwing it into a drawer just to get it out of your face. Why does it have to be so difficult? What makes fitted sheets so challenging to fold? Folding a fitted sheet properly is one of adulthood’s greatest mysteries, but there is a way to neatly fold and tuck your fitted sheets away.
Now that you’ve learned how to fold a fitted sheet, your linen closet or drawer will be the tidiest one in the neighborhood. Seriously – make sure you brag about your perfectly folded fitted sheets to your friends. You’ll be the talk of the town, and you’ll also probably be recruited to teach everyone else how to folded their fitted sheets!
Have you ever accidentally shrunk your favorite T-shirt? It’s infuriating! You cannot just replace the comfort and perfect feel of your favorite shirt. But what can you do once the damage is already done? Luckily, there is a way to “unshrink” T-shirts that can remedy this situation.
Honey, I Shrunk Your Shirt
As unfortunate as it feels when you discover that you’ve shrunk your shirt, there is no reason to toss it out in frustration. This process can unshrink your shirt and restore it to its previous splendor. You’ll need water, hair conditioner or baby shampoo, towels, and your shrunken shirt. Then, follow these steps.
Fill a large container, sink, or tub with lukewarm water.
Add the conditioner or the baby shampoo to the water and mix it. You need to add enough to make the water turns a bit bubbly.
Lay your shirt on top of the water, making sure it is flat. Push it down into the water.
Leave the shirt to soak in the water for 15 minutes.
Remove the shirt from the water and squeeze out as much water as you can.
Put your shirt on top of a dry towel then put another dry towel on top of the shirt. Roll up the towels and squeeze to remove more moisture.
Once your shirt is only damp and not wet, put it on top of another dry towel and stretch the shirt out with your hands until it is back to its original size.
Hang the shirt to dry fully.
See how to unshrink your clothes here:
Back to Good
This unshrinking method works on many different types of clothes and fabrics, so you no longer have to stress over shrunken clothes. However, do not throw caution to the wind. The best way to preserve the fit of your favorite clothes is to launder them properly and with care.