2017-10-11 / Columns

Nows Here's a Tip

• Use glow-in-the-dark paint to light a path in your yard. Simply paint a series of rock markers, and when the sun goes down, your path will be lit up.

• Ingenious way to hide a back-up key: Hot glue a decorative or distinctive stone to the top of a clean pill bottle. Insert key and close top. Simply bury the bottle somewhere in your yard or garden bed, leaving the stone above ground. When you need a key, it’s easy to pull up.

• Got a few minutes standing in line? Go through the photos on your smartphone, deleting those that are out of focus or no longer relevant (like the pic you snapped a month ago of your grocery list written on the fridge white board!). Download photos off your phone to a storage device weekly. You’ll thank yourself if your device is lost or damaged.

• Fun pre-Halloween activity alert: “Our family likes to host a spooky movie night near Halloween for all the kids. If the weather is nice, we project a kid-friendly movie on an outdoor screen and invite neighborhood kids over to have a pajama party in the back yard.” — E.L. in Tennessee

• Make your own face paint with a few simple ingredients. Mix cornstarch and lotion together to form a paste. Mix in a few drops of vegetable oil to keep the paste from drying out and cracking. Then add washable paint to the paste to color. Apply with makeup sponges or cotton swabs, then add glitter, etc. Have fun!

• Recipe substitution: Need baking powder? Mix 1/4 teaspoon baking soda with 1/4 teaspoon cornstarch and 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar.

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