Tip of the Week: Preserving Your Jack-o'-Lantern

Make your pumpkin last longer by spraying it with a bit of WD-40 after you're done carving! It will keep your jack-o'-lantern from rotting, and also keep critters from gnawing on it.

Tip of the Week: Removing Scratches from Wood

To make scratches on wood invisible, reach for a nut! Pick a color that matches your wood (pecans, walnuts, and hazelnuts usually work best), break apart the nut, and rub its insides against the scratch. Who knew?

Everything You Need for an Easy Halloween

Having three rambunctious boys (and an energetic husband), it's no surprise that Halloween is a big deal around our house. If you're caught up in the excitement too--or you just desperately need a cheap costume idea--here are some great sites to help.

Now that our oldest has gotten too old to want to dress up, it makes me all the more excited to help our other boys (and Bruce) assemble their costumes. This year, our littlest is dressing as a New York Giant, and our middle, some version of the Pillsbury dough boy. If your kids are still picking something out, check out these great kids' costume ideas from Real Simple, which are still simple enough to assemble before Halloween. If you're like me and haven't figured out what you want to be, check out this free e-book that gives you lots of costumes you can make from clothes purchased at your local Goodwill. As for Bruce, he'll be heading for YouTube for inspiration--I can't even imagine what he'll come up with (and almost don't want to).

Pumpkin Carving
Ever wanted to make one of those cool pumpkins that had a design on it rather than a face? Now you can, with Martha Stewart's pumpkin templates. Her site has more than 40 free designs, with links to print them out and use on your pumpkin. While you're prepping your pumpkin, make sure to save those seeds, which are both nutritious and super-tasty once they've been roasted. Or if you're truly adventurous, try this recipe for pumpkin seed brittle--great for dipping in hummus and other snacks.

Having a Party?
If you're hosting a Halloween party this year, check out our Halloween party tips on our new website, including cheap ways to create atmosphere and fun and easy games.

Tip of the Week: Quicker Drying

This week's tip is one of our favorites--such a simple way to save energy! Just add a large, dry towel to the dryer with your wet items, and they'll dry much faster!

Tip of the Week: Making Your Shower Curtain Liners Last Longer

Soak your vinyl shower curtain liners in saltwater before you use them. Saltwater prevents mildew, and will make your shower curtain last longer.
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