Friday, 13 September 2013

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22 Home Tips That'll Make Your Life Easier!

We usually spend too much time just trying to streamline our lives, making daily living a bit easier, a bit quicker. There are thousands of ways to make your daily lives easier. Here are 22 solutions you may not (or may) have thought of, that will make daily life just a bit simpler!
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Instead of contacts - Pills!
Instead of carrying around bottles or packages, put your (non-prescription) pills in a contact lens box. This way you don't have to carry around those cumbersome and often noisy boxes, and they pills will be safe and secure in this handy little box.

Take notice: This method may not be good for people who have small children who may go through their bags and swallow the pills. 


Bills in the napkin holder
Although we often promise to be more organized with our paper bills and other documents, most people still have a clutter. Use any napkin holder to hold the pages up, and organise them by date or by importance. Not only is it an aesthetic and easy way to organise these papers, but it will also serve as a good warning and a reminder to start paying your bills when you can't fit anymore in... 
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Matchbox for sewing
Empty a matchbox or use an old one. Insert some needles, strings, safety pins and buttons that will serve you as an emergency sewing kit for quick fixes! 

Using straws to keep necklaces from getting bundled up
If you're going on a trip and want to pack various jewelery like necklaces and bracelets. Instead of throwing them in a box and spend a lot of time trying to unbind them from each other, thread a straw through the end of each piece of jewelerry, so it stays exactly the same! 
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Multi-purpose Toilet Paper Roll - part 1
WAIT! Before you throw that roll of toilet paper away, you can actually do quite a bit with it. 

For example, a roll of toilet paper is a perfect solution to keep cables from getting too bound with each other. 


Multi-purpose Toilet Paper Roll - part 2
Another handy option is to use it as a device to hold hair pins and bands, which as we know, have a tendency to get lost. 
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Plastic bag on demand
Forget about the pile of plastic bags you are hoarding under the sink or putting one inside the other to make a puffed up ball. Make their storage a lot more pleasing to the eye.

Find an old tissue box, insert plastic bags in good condition, and just pull them out one by one when you need to. It'll look nicer and give you a handy option in any room of the house.

Oiling your shoes
Shine your leather shoes using plant oil.
At first, use a soft, moist towel to remove the dirt and dust, and then drip a little oil on a moist cloth. Rub the oiled cloth gently against the shoes and you will have a shining solution! 
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Camera or phone in a soap box
If you've lost your camera satchel, it isn't the end of the world! You can still keep it safe. Find a plastic soap box, make sure the size is right so the camera doesn't move inside and suffer hits - and there's another creative solution! 


If you want to toast some bread and add a piece of cheese, there's no need to use the oven - just put the toaster carefully on its side and do the same with the bread and cheese to get cheese toast. 
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Shoes in a shower cap
A shower cap is a convenient, clean and easy to fit solution for packing shoes.
Instead of carrying around noisy plastic bags or suffer the dirty shoes touching your clean clothes, use this delicate hat and its high quality rubber to store and carry around shoes easily. 


Clean corn
Use a new and clean tooth brush to brush the fibers off the corn cobs, and to make it ready for lunch quickly and efficiently.  
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This glass won't slip
If you want to avoid having a glass slip from between your fingers, put a few rubber bands around it, and it'll never slip again!


Manicure kit
A safe and easy way to carry your manicure set from place to place (scissors, nail file etc.)  is by putting these sharp items in a plastic box meant for glasses. Of course, make sure it doesn't already have glasses inside... The hard plastic will keep the pointy ends from doing damage and is extremely easy to carry. 
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Handy boxes
Audio cassettes may not be in use anymore, but you can still use their plastic casings.

If you want to keep earphone cables or USB cables from intertwining, use these boxes to loop them around neatly, and they are also transparent and compact, perfect for checking that the cables haven't made knots! 



Removing stubborn stains
A lemon is very useful in removing stubborn stains from plastic or wood cutting surfaces. Squeeze half a lemon on the surface, rub well and let it sit for 20 minutes before washing. 
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A magnet in the medicine cabinet
To prevent your metal tools (scissors, tweezeers, file, or any other small metal objects) from getting lost in your cabinet, glue a small magnet in the inner side of the cabinet, so they are never out of reach... 


From frame to tray
Don't want your old picture anymore? No problem! Turn it into a handy and decorated tray! 
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Safety clip
If you're going on an errand and don't want to carry your keys and wallet with you, use this clip to carry both key and money without losing anything. 


Metal foil on handles
Painting around door or window handles is always a bit of a problem, and plastic bags usually take too much space around them. A great solution is just using metal foil to wrap the handles tightly, and to remove after you're done painting! 
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Popcorn to the rescue
Instead of using styrofoam or paper to keep a package from damage, just use popcorn!  



A strainer to keep ice
While you are hosting, instead of putting ice in wet buckets, which makes it thaw all the quicker, put it in a strainer over a bowl. That way the water will go into the bowl and the ice will remain longer for use, and not surrounded by water... 
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[] Interesting stuff you did not know


 Subject: Interesting stuff some of which you did not know

It takes glass one million years to decompose, which means it never  wears out and can be recycled an infinite amount of times!

Gold is the only metal that doesn't rust, even if it's buried in the ground for thousands of years .

 Your tongue is the only muscle in your body  that is attached at only one end .

 If you stop getting thirsty, you need  to drink more water. When a human body is dehydrated, its thirst mechanism  shuts off.

 Each year 2,000,000 smokers either quit smoking or die of  tobacco-related diseases.

 Zero is the only number that cannot be  represented by Roman numerals.

 Kites were used in the American Civil War  to deliver letters and newspapers.

 The song, Auld Lang Syne, is sung at  the stroke of midnight in almost every English-speaking country in the world  to bring in the new year.

 Drinking water after eating reduces the acid in your mouth by 61 percent.

 Peanut oil is used for cooking in submarines  because it doesn't smoke unless it's heated above 450F

 The roar that  we hear when we place a seashell next to our ear is not the ocean, but rather the sound of blood surging through the veins in the ear.

 Nine out  of every 10 living things live in the ocean

 The banana cannot reproduce  itself. It can be propagated only by the hand of man

 Airports at higher  altitudes require a longer airstrip due to lower air density

 The  University of Alaska spans four time zones

 The tooth is the only part of  the human body that cannot heal itself.

 In ancient Greece , tossing an  apple to a girl was a traditional proposal of marriage. Catching it meant  she accepted.

 Warner Communications paid $28 million for the copyright  to the song Happy Birthday.

 Intelligent people have more zinc and  copper in their hair.

 A comet's tail always points away from the sun

 The Swine Flu vaccine in 1976 caused more death and illness than the  disease it was intended to prevent

 Caffeine increases the power of  aspirin and other painkillers, that is why it is found in some medicines.

 The military salute is a motion that evolved from medieval times, when  knights in armor raised their visors to reveal their identity.

 If you get into the bottom of a well or a tall chimney and look up, you can see stars, even in the middle of the day.

 When a person dies, hearing is the last sense to go. The first sense lost is Sight.

 In ancient times strangers shook hands to show that they were unarmed .

 Strawberries are  the only fruits whose seeds grow on the outside .

 Avocados have the  highest calories of any fruit at 167 calories per hundred grams.

 The  moon moves about two inches away from the Earth each year

 The Earth gets 100 tons heavier every day due to falling space dust

 Due to earth's  gravity it is impossible for mountains to be higher than 15,000meters

 Mickey Mouse is known as "Topolino" in Italy

 Soldiers do not  march in step when going across bridges because they could set up a  vibration which could be sufficient to knock the bridge down

 Everything  weighs one percent less at the equator

 For every extra kilogram carried on a space flight, 530 kg of excess fuel are needed at lift-off

 The  letter J does not appear anywhere on the periodic table of the elements.

 And last but not least:

This is called 'money bags'. So send  this on to 5 and money will arrive in 5 days. Based on Chinese Feng Shui, the one who does not pass this on will have money troubles for the rest of  the year

Superstitious or not, I passed this along because it is interesting information

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[] Mahalaya Paksham - 2013 [2 Attachments]

[Attachment(s) from Raman K included below]

 Mahalaya Paksham 2013 is starts from 19 September 2013.

A 'paksha' is 15 days. When the Sun enters 'kanya rasi' (Virgo) in Krishna paksha, the period is termed as 'Mahalaya paksha'.
 It is said that our ancestors get Yama's permission and descend from Pitru loka during Mahalaya paksha, and receive with 
satisfaction the offerings of their progeny. 

This year this Paksham starts on Friday, the September 20th 2013.

Karunyaka pitrus:
This is also the only paksha where we get an opportunity to offer 'tarpana' even to the departed souls of our choice, other than our
own pitrus. This is known as 'karunyaka pitru tarpana'. For instance, we can do it for persons who died without issues.

At least on one day:
Persons who have lost their father can perform 'Tharpanam' daily. Yes, during the entire period. 

Or else, one should perform 'Mahalaya sraaddha' at least on one day during the paksha as hiranya roopam. 

Significant days:
Those who wish do it on only one day as Hiranya sraaddham, they can do it on a convenient day.  Following days are considered 
significant, one can consider, if possible, to choose a day cited here:  Maha Bharani (23rd Sept),  Maha Vyatheepadham (26th Sept), 
Madhyaashtami (27th Sept) and Gaja chaaya (2nd Oct). 

Brahmana Bojanam :
Brahmana Bojanam also is (as samaaraadhana menu) also highly recommended during the Hiranya roopa Sraaddham.

Chaturdasi Amavasya:
Of course they have to avoid certain days, ie., Chaturdasi Amavaasya (3rd and 4th of Oct. These days are meant for particular persons, ie., Chaturdasi is allotted for those who died in accidents and by other unnatural (durmaranam) deaths. It is said that widows and Brahmacharis can observe Mahalayam on the day of Amavaasya, the 4th.

For those who have attained 'siddhi' (Sanyasis) , the 1st of October (Tuesday) is recommended.

Paarvana Sraaddha:
While on the subject let me point out that though it is no mandatory as such, this Mahalaya Sraaddha can also be performed as 'Paarvana' vidhaanam ie., with Homam.  But as it may involve a lot of preparations in addition to the monetary aspects it may not be possible to perform this every year for all.Sufficient (more) space also is required. Hence, if possible, one can think of doing this, at least once in the life time. 


More details and sangalpa details are in the attached files


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