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Stop Scrubbing Grimy Pans With This Hands-Free Trick

A laundry room staple really helps out come dishwashing time (go figure).<p>For many of us, the worst part of cooking is the cleanup that follows. Dealing with stuck-on grease and burned bits on your pots and pans is not a fun chore.<p>But this clever trick changes everything, and really reduces the …

The Breathing Trick That Puts You to Sleep in Seconds

Sweet slumber can be yours in a minute or less.<p>Nothing is worse than lying awake at night, willing your brain to shut down so you can rest. Warm milk, lavender oil, and counting sheep — we've all tried them. But the new solution could be simply learning to breathe.<p><b>What is it?</b><p>The 4-7-8 breathing …

Switchel: The Most Refreshing Drink No One Is Drinking (Yet)

<i>Switchel is like cheater's lemonade—but maybe even better. Learn how to make it at home.</i><p>I had never heard of switchel when my friend Hannah asked if I would be her bar-back at last September’s Queen Bee Cocktail Classic, a honey-driven cocktail competition put together by NYC Honey Week.<p>The whole …

Vigo: a city break and a beach holiday

New direct flights to Vigo, on the coast of Galicia, bring the Caribbean-like beaches of the Cíes islands within easy reach. And there’s lots to enjoy in the newly confident city itself, too<p>On the wide crescent of soft white sand that stretched ahead as far as we could see, we spent a lazy …

Clean your home (and jewellery) with SHAVING FOAM!

• <b>Reports say shaving foam works for many household jobs</b>• <b><br>It does everything from buffing up your jewellery to cleaning your oven</b>• <b><br>Armed with a can of foam</b> …

How to Change a Flat Tire in 11 Easy Steps

The first installment in The Independent Man, an ongoing series about skills every guy should know, delivered step-by-step.<p><i>Whether it's the rattling that comes and goes with the moon phases, a timing belt that obeys only changes in barometric pressure, or the sudden flickering of that dreaded</i> …

Men's Fashion

Deliciously Ella's healthy sweet treat recipes

There’s not a spoonful of sugar in sight, but these snacks and desserts taste so great you’d never guess that they’re good for you, says Ella Woodward<p>Everyone who knows me will tell you that I’ve always had a serious sweet tooth. Growing up, all I wanted to eat was Haribo, pick’n’mix, Nutella and …

Healthy Eating

Can't sleep? Try the 4-7-8 breathing technique that claims to help you nod off in 60 SECONDS

• <b>Method has been pioneered by Harvard-trained Dr Andrew Weil</b>• <b><br>It involves regulating your breathing to various counts of 4, 7 and 8</b>• <b><br>It lets</b> <b>oxygen better</b> …

Spritz hairspray onto bobby pins, apply dry shampoo the night before and create perfect curls with SOCKS: The essential hair hacks every woman needs to know

• <b>Spritz your brush with hairspray to tame flyaways</b>• <b><br>Wrap your hair around a sock to create perfect curls</b>• <b><br>Use your hands to apply hairspray and boost your</b> …

1 Tbsp. of apple cider vinegar for 60 days can eliminate all these health problems

<b>By Dr. Mercola</b><p>Vinegar is said to have been discovered around 5,000 BC, when unattended grape juice turned into wine and then vinegar. Originally used …

How to Style Your Home Like a Staging Pro

Home stager extraordinaire Meridith Baer gives the lowdown on creating a dreamy space (even if you don't plan on moving).<p><b>1. Pick the perfect paint color:</b> When you go to pick paint, either go for a perfect shade of white, a color that flatters every skin tone, or go for bold in a dark shade of red …

Home Decorating

Caribbean island-hopping: Antigua, St Kitts and Tobago

The names of the <b>Caribbean islands</b> hover hazily in the minds of most people. Barbados, Antigua, Grenada, will be familiar for sure. But are we sure where some of the others are (Anguilla? St Maarten?) or even if they really exist (Redonda? La Désirade?). And Barbuda might almost be some mystic …

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The Unexpected Tool That Will Solve Life's Tiny Messes

Besides on your clothes, of course.<p>Ah, the humble lint roller. It's lightweight. It's sticky. You always have one handy in your sock drawer. And it makes quick work of picking up life's tiny messes when you don't feel like getting the vacuum out. Seriously, you'd be surprised by how many cleaning …

12 Problems That Can Be Solved With Baby Powder

This medicine cabinet staple is handier than you think. This article originally appeared on GoodHousekeeping.com.<p>If you believe baby powder is only for keeping skin smooth and fresh, you're really underestimating its power. Try sprinkling it some on these household woes to unleash its full …

73 of Our Favorite Potato Recipes Ever

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30 Cozy Bedrooms You'll Want to Lounge in All Day

Welcome to the ultimate snuggle zone.<p>Steal these ideas to create a comfortable getaway in your bedroom. You'll never want to leave.

15 Reasons Why Vinegar is the Ultimate Cleaning Solution

The secret fix to most household messes was already in your kitchen cupboard.<p><b>1. Kitchen Surfaces and Utensils</b><p>Vinegar has antimicrobial and antibacterial properties that make it a good choice for cleaning in the kitchen. Mix equal parts white vinegar and water, then pour it into a spray bottle. Use …

City campsites in Europe: readers' travel tips

Planning a visit to a European city? Save money by staying on campsite close to all the famous sights • To add a tip for next week and be in with a chance of winning a £200 hotels.com voucher, go to Guardian Witness<p>Winning tip: Camping Michelangelo, Florence, Italy<p>Just outside the ancient city …

Paris

Most Paris numbers start with 01; mobile phone numbers start with 06; numbers beginning 08 are special-rate numbers, ranging from 0800 freephone to premium-rate calls<p><b>Time difference:</b> +1 hourTravelling times: London to Paris by Eurostar takes 2hr 15min. Flying time is about one hour<p>Local laws and …

France

Cumin lamb with carrots three ways

A delicious and fragrant meat dish to warm up winter days<p><i>Serves four</i><p><b>for the pickled carrots</b><br>175g (6oz) medium-sized carrots, peeled~<br>3½ tbsp caster sugar<br>100ml (3½fl oz) rice vinegar<br>¼ tsp fennel seeds, bruised<br>½ tsp coriander seeds, bruised<p><b>for the carrot puree</b><br>335g (11½oz) carrots, peeled and …

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