Brenda Swan

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How I added four hours of battery life to my smartphone every day for free

I’ve had big-time battery drain issues on my last three iPhones. I just figured it was my fault — maybe I’m too addicted to apps, take too many photos, or just use my phone too much?<p>It’s an issue I’ve gone to Apple for help with many times. But the Genius’s — Apple's retail support — were …

Apps

I've Been Using This Drugstore Moisturizer For 2 Years and I Refuse to Switch

<i>"Moisture is the essence of wetness. And wetness is the essence of beauty." — Derek Zoolander</i><p>The year was 2016. I was working on a piece about affordable night creams for women in their 20s, and I had just received a product that would change my beauty routine forever: Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water …

Skin Care

How I Cured My Acne Using Only Drugstore Products

I've suffered from acne for as long as I can remember. In high school I had small bumps covering my cheeks and would get random zits constantly. Starting in my 20s, my skin got worse and my acne turned cystic. To top it off, I'd still get whiteheads and had large pores with super dull skin . . . I …

Skin Care

44 Beauty & Grooming Products That Seem Too Good To Be True But Actually Work

Everybody loves a good shortcut. A faster route to work, a quick peek at the answers to the crossword puzzle, and maybe even happy, healthy skin …

These are the ingredients you need to deal with *every* single skin issue

With shiny packaging, bold graphics, and alluring promises of clearer, firmer, and brighter skin in just days, the skin-care aisle can prove …

36 Beauty Products On Amazon Our Readers Loved In 2017

Pimple patches, witch hazel toner, an incredibly inexpensive eyeshadow palette, and 33 other favorite beauty products from our posts this year.<p><i>We hope you love the products we recommend! Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales from the links on this page. Oh, and FYI — prices are</i> …

25 Things You Didn’t Know Your Microwave Could Do

Microwaves make everyone’s life a little easier. In fact, if you’re just using yours to heat up your frozen dinners, you’re missing out on a whole …

How to make homemade microwave popcorn in a paper bag

I love movie theater popcorn. There’s something about the enormity of it, the sheer thrill of sitting down with a tub of popcorn as big as your torso …

Cajun Shrimp and Rice

Recipe courtesy of<p>From:<p>Total:20 minPrep:14 minCook:6 min<p>Yield:4 servings<p>Level:Easy<p>Nutritional AnalysisPer ServingCalories357 calorieTotal Fat11 …

Food

How, When, & Why to reset the PRAM & SMC on your Mac

Is your Mac acting just…<i>odd</i>? Stuff like drives not appearing, screens not adjusting correctly, Bluetooth problems, AirPort non connecting? Maybe your fan is running non-stop or your battery has said that it is 50% charged…for two days…and your MacBook is <i>plugged in</i>. Yeah, these aren’t problems that …

Operating Systems

Why You're Probably Wearing the Wrong Shoe Size

Looking after your feet is important for many reasons—we've already seen how much a simple piece of tape can seriously lessen the amount of pain …

High Heels

DIY Chicken Feed Sack Tote

Here’s a great way to repurpose, reuse and recycle your empty chicken feed sacks. It’s not a new idea: I’ve seen several online sites with …

Free Crochet Socks & Easy Crochet Slipper Patterns Ideal for Beginners (Step-by Step)

Free Crochet Socks & Easy Crochet Slipper Patterns Ideal for Beginners (Step-by Step)<p>Updated on April 4, 2018<p>Easy Crochet Slipper Boots<p>Crochet Sock & …

DIY License Plate Pencil Cup

Have an old license plate lying around collecting dust? You can easily turn it into a <b>DIY pencil cup</b>. I say pencil cup because that’s the best way to …

Tired of Ironing Shirts? DIY This Wrinkle Release Spray

Next time you've got a wrinkly shirt, mix up this quick and easy chemical-free wrinkle release spray instead of reaching for your iron. We put this …

Forget the scissors! Here's the easiest way to open clamshell packaging

Sometimes the only thing that stands between you and a product your purchased (or gift you opened) is that pesky, annoying, impossible plastic clamshell packaging.<p>But before you tackle it with your bare fingers — or, in the ultimate point of desperation, your teeth — try this hack first! All you …

How to Make a Garden Hose Doormat

<i>by guest blogger</i> <i>Mark Kintzel</i><i>, designer</i><p>As we all prepare for a great season of gardening, I'm sure you're coming across some gardening tools that have worked all their gardening magic and seen their day in the dirt.<p>For me, the time had come for an old garden hose. For weeks, I'd been trying to throw …

Make Sturdier Wood Joints by Using Hot Glue as a Clamp for Wood Glue

Wood glue is designed to hold strong and create long-lasting wood joints, but it takes awhile to dry. Hot glue, on the other hand, hardens almost …

10 Furniture Problems You Can Fix Yourself

A professional furniture restorer shares her secrets on making repairs that last.<p>Crystal Dvorak has been fixing, creating, restoring, and upcycling furniture for more than 20 years. The owner of Urban Patina in Shakopee, MN, she's seen every problem a piece of furniture can have. And she's fixed …

Woodworking

DIY Velcro Bedskirt

Vintage headboards are pretty easy to find at antique shops and flea markets, but the caveat is that they usually don't come with bed frames. I …

DIY Cleaning Wipes Will Save You Tons Of Money

<i>By Bethany Braun, writer at LittleThings.com</i><p>We all love a little convenience when it comes to cleaning. If it gets the job done easier we will often splurge of a Swiffer vs. a mop, or fancy do-it-all scrub instead of a million different products.<p>One of my favorite products are cleaning wipes. They …