Make your candles burn longer by placing them in the freezer for 24 hours prior to using.
The freezer hardens the wax, which slows the burning process.
Cut your sponges in half.
You can also spray them with a little vinegar to keep them fresh.
Mix your nice hand soap with water and dispense from a foam handwash bottle.
When the eraser on your mechanical pencil gets down to an infinitesimal nub
Prop it up with a little piece of crumpled up paper.
Make a bouquet of flowers last longer by adding a capful of vodka.
It’ll keep bacteria at bay. Add a pinch of sugar, too, for nourishment. If you don’t have vodka, a capful of bleach will also work.
Use an olive oil bottle for your dishwashing liquid.
Only a few drops will come out at once, which will keep you from wasting product. Just make sure it’s clearly labeled so no one accidentally starts cooking with it!
Store your salsa and marinara sauce jars upside down in the fridge.
It’ll prevent mold from sprouting up.
Placing a paper towel in with your salad lettuce will keep it fresh all week long.
The paper towel will absorb the moisture, which is the culprit for wilting lettuce.
Break your bananas apart.
As an alternative, if you wanted to keep the bananas in a bunch, you could wrap the stems with aluminum foil.
Double your butter by whipping it with equal parts water.
Store it in an old margarine container. It makes an easy spread that’s half the calories. Just don’t use it for baking.Via 24/7 Bebenta Sa'yo
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Mass produce a specialty condiment
Most people no longer have relatives that make things like homemade jam, pickles, mustard, or salsa. You can whip up a huge batch of one of these items and buy a carton of pretty jars to give to everyone you know. It will only take a few hours of baking on afternoon and the gifts will end up costing less than $5 each. For larger gifts, make your own set of three different flavors of something like jam or mustard. Here’s a massive list of other cheap gifts you can make with jars.
Who doesn’t need a stiff drink after months of family get-togethers and awkward holiday parties? You can buy a few handles of vodka, infuse something interesting into it, and redistribute into pretty (smaller) bottles you can buy at any craft store. You could make Bloody Mary infused vodka, Skittles vodka, or Bacon infused bourbon.
Give the gift of nostalgia
You can buy tons of 90′s stuff on Amazon for a penny, and if you take the time to buy from the same seller you only have to pay for shipping once. So, for your childhood friend you can gift him/her with box filled with blasts from the past for under $10. Some ideas include Fear Street and Goosebumps books, a ‘How To Dance The Macarena‘ VHS, Baby Sitter’s Club Super Mysteries, or a VHS of New Kids On The Block performing ‘Hanging Tough.’
You can make your own with photos and magazine cut-outs/sharpies or make one on a site like Shutterfly. If you sign up for emails from photo printing websites and Groupon, you can wait around until there’s a great deal (which there inevitably will be before the holidays). It might seem cheesey or kitschy, but in a few years, you’ll look back at it and it will be a perfect time capsule of 2013.
Turn memories into decor
Ask the people you’re buying for what the best part of the last year was for them. Figure out a way to represent this in a beautiful frame (you can find these at thrift stores). It could be a picture of the event, a memorable quote, a kid’s handprint, or a newspaper clipping. Let them display something that’s meaningful to them.
A year long advent calendar
For someone you’re close with (like a significant other) you can make some kind of cute package of 12 sealed envelopes–one for each month at 2014. Each month your loved one can open the envelope and find a unique/fun/free activity you’ll do that month.
Cheap/free things to include:
- going to a museum or flower garden
- having a beach day
- going to an apple orchard or corn maze
- hiking to a local scenic location
- borrowing a friend’s equipment to do something new like cross-country skiing, biking, or camping
- a homemade pizza/hot wings/fondue competition
- tour a brewery or winery in the area
- rent a projector from the library and watch a movie outdoors
Gift a fun or relaxing night
For under ten bucks you could gift someone a drugstore bubble bath, a great bath read, and a bag of (somewhat) fancy chocolates. For a family or couple: a cheap DVD (you can find tons of new releases on sale for $3 or less on black Friday), a few bags of popcorn (buy in bulk and take a few bags out of the box), and a box of Sour Patch Kids.
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Letters from 16th century explorers in the New World told of great volcanoes that turned the night into day and lakes of fire that never stopped burning. Those brave enough to climb the Masaya Volcano described fire, smoke, and a seemingly endless abyss beyond the crater mouth. It’s easy to see why they started referring to the volcano as the Mouth of Hell. And European explorers weren’t the only ones to think that. For generations, the native people believed that the volcano was one of the forms of a god, and volcanic activity was a sure sign that he needed to be appeased. Young women and even children were thrown into the volcano as sacrifices, a practice oddly termed “fetching water.” The volcano was also supposed to be the home of a powerful sorceress who was consulted on only the most important matters. The description of both the sorceress and the deity were so similar to the European’s ideas of what the Devil looks like, that it seemed obvious they were one and the same. Interestingly, the volcano and the beliefs surrounding it also spawned a discourse from Friar Juan de Torquemada, in which he cited the corporeal existence of volcanoes as reason why they could not be Hell or the entrance to it.
Greek and Roman mythology is a somewhat strange mix of the corporeal and the incorporeal—after all, Mount Olympus, home of the gods, is a real place, so why shouldn’t the gateway to Hades be real? Legend says that Pluto’s Gate, also known as the Ploutonion at Hierapolis, is the entrance to the Greco-Roman underworld. Long unknown, the site of the cave has been found in Pamukkale, once the ancient city of Hierapolis, which is also the home of breathtaking hot springs and the reputed burial site of St. Philip. Located in an ancient temple where pilgrims sought visions and prophecies, the gate was supposed to be protected by toxic fumes, which would kill any non-priest who tried to enter. An inscription at the mouth of the cave refers to this legend. The deadly fumes are still there, carbon dioxide gases that kill living creatures that get too close.
Of all the religious traditions and stories that Israel and Jerusalem are associated with, perhaps the least well-known is their connection to Hades, Persephone, and Demeter. As the story goes, Hades fell in love with the beautiful Persephone, daughter of the harvest goddess Demeter, who he kidnapped and took to the underworld. Before her mother could find her, Persephone ate the seeds of the pomegranate and was forever bound to the underworld. She would spend three months with Hades (during which time Demeter grieved and winter fell) and the rest of the year on the surface with her mother. Caves were long thought to be entrances to the underworld, and archaeological discoveries in the Judean Hills’ Twins Cave show that it was the site of numerous pagan rituals. Roman lanterns, placed to help guide Demeter to the underworld in her search for her daughter, were found throughout the cavern.