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These 20 Gardening Tips Will Leave You Sporting A Green Thumb

They say gardening is the best form of therapy. It also might be the cheapest.

I have the utmost respect for those who grow fruits and veggies in their very own gardens. I can’t even fathom the time commitment it must take to plant, water, and harvest everything. I barely find the time to walk through the produce department at my local grocery store, so kudos to those of you with green thumbs.

With that being said, I’ve tried my hand at gardening on quite a few occasions, each time with disastrous results. Long story short, everything green I touch turns to dust. I am really good at making fertilizer out of all the plants I’ve managed to kill, though.

So for those of you out there in the same boat as me, here are 20 tips that will make everyone think you belong on the cover of Fine Gardening.

1. Turn your used plastic cutlery into garden markers.

2. No watering can? No problem! Make one with an empty milk container.

3. Store your extra seed packets in an empty photo album.

4. Save your fast food cup carriers for an awesome place to start growing your seedlings.

5. Decrease the number of tools you need in your garden by turning your rake into a measuring stick.

6. Create your own garden markers out of rocks.

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7. Combine four liters of vinegar, 250 grams of table salt, and one tablespoon of hand soap to make your own weed killer.

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8. Adding diapers to your pots will hold in moisture, keeping your soil moist for days.

9. Toilet paper also serves as an excellent seed tape.

10. Start out your seedlings in used egg shells for a perfect biodegradable pot.

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11. Water your houseplants with just a glass of water and a paper towel.

12. Keep soil from leaking out the bottoms of your pots with a coffee filter.

13. Create this awesome hanging garden with a shoe organizer.

14. Have an old shower caddy hanging around? Transform it into a vertical garden.

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15. Who knew you could grow seeds in a lemon?

16. Soak your seeds in water 24 hours before you’re ready to plant them.

17. Paint your worn-out tires and turn them into unique planters.

18. Banana peels are the perfect fertilizer to help your rosebushes grow.

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19. Save the ashes from your summer campfires — they make an excellent fertilizer.

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20. Never forget to water your plants again with this automatic waterer.

These tips make gardening look so easy. I’ll have a green thumb in no time!

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21 Weird Parenting Hacks That Are A Little Odd, But So Useful

There are countless parenting books that are aimed at helping first-time moms and dads prepare for all the ups and downs of parenthood.

While these books may contain useful information, nothing can truly ready you for the struggles that come with being a parent. You have to live and learn, and you have to find what works best for you. Luckily, the birth of the internet has given parents all around the world the ability to share their experiences and advice with other parents.

The tips below might be a bit off the wall and unconventional, but for some parents, they may just be blessings in disguise. So moms and dads, listen up! Here are 21 weird and wacky parenting tips that are surprisingly helpful.

1. Have your son or daughter count to 10 after they’ve finished going to the bathroom to ensure they’re completely done and to prevent any accidents.

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2. After a long day, remove your shirt and lay your child down with the shirt to give them the feeling of being close to you while they sleep.

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3. Mix icing with your child’s medications to make medicating your son or daughter easier.

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4. Give your child a place to create (and keep crayon off of your walls) by letting them color the inside of a cardboard box.

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5. When shopping for new kids’ clothes, take an article of clothing with you to eliminate the need for guesswork.

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6. Sprinkle edible glitter on vegetables to make eating veggies more appealing to kids.

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7. Ensure your infant stays asleep at night by placing a warm water bottle in their crib prior to their bedtime.

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8. Use talcum powder to remove sand from your child’s arms and legs.

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9. Tell your kids they can’t wash the car, and watch them get right to work.

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10. To coax children from one room to another, simply turn off the light in the room you want them to vacate and turn on the light in the room you want them to occupy.

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11. Use the ears of a juice box as a carrying tool for young children to prevent spills.

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12. Removing the excess space from sticker sheets will prevent your children from tearing them.

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13. Contain used tissues by putting them in an empty tissue box.

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14. Iron small articles of clothing with a flat iron.

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15. Add your child’s medicine to a glass of milk for easy digestion.

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16. Wedge a cooking sheet between your bed and box spring to serve as a step for little ones.

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17. Place toilet paper over the sensor on automated toilets to prevent unwanted noise and fuss.

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18. Avoid a mess by adding condiments to hot dog buns first, before the meat.

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19. Replace shoelaces with elastic for no-hassle slip-on shoes.

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20. Put socks over footie pajamas to keep things in place.

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Read More: What’s It *Really* Like To Have Kids Later In Life? These Moms And Dads Dish.

21. Use pantyhose to store puzzles and other toys with stray pieces.

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I guess when it comes to parenting, the new motto to live by is:

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If You Don’t Do These Things In The Morning, You’re Setting Yourself Up For Failure

If you’re like me, your morning routine looks a little something like this:

Within the first hour after waking up, I’ve usually hit the snooze button at least once, gotten my daily exercise by trudging down the stairs, opted out of eating breakfast, showered, gotten dressed, and before the hour’s up, I’m out the door and on my way to starting the day. Probably not the healthiest of morning routines, but in my defense, I’m usually still mentally asleep at this point.

But according to the managing director of CV-Library, Lee Biggins, that first hour of the day can be the most crucial in achieving a productive and successful workflow. “When it comes to staying productive and setting yourself up for a successful day, it’s important to make sure that you’re energized and focused on what you want to accomplish,” Biggins confirmed. Here are some tips you can use to get the most out of your mornings.

1. Get in some pre-work exercise.

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While you may dread working out at any hour of the day, working out first thing before work can help clear the mind and reduce stress levels. This work out can include a morning jog, yoga, pilates, or weight training.

Read More: 15 Surprisingly Useful Body Hacks You Can Use Right Now

2. Eat a healthy breakfast.

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They don’t call breakfast the most important meal of the day for nothing. By properly fueling your body, you can boost both your energy levels and allow your focus and workflow to reach their fullest potential. A high-vitamin, high-fiber diet should do the trick.

3. Clear out your inbox.

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Clearing your email and voicemail inboxes first thing in the morning can allow you to prioritize the important tasks and save time later.

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4. Determine your goals for the day.

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Once you’ve gone through your inbox, the time has come to set a list of goals for the day. It helps to accomplish your goals, if you have a clear mindset of what exactly you wish to accomplish during the day.

5. Create a prioritized to-do list.

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Once you’ve set your goals, the obvious next step is to prioritize these goals into tasks that need to be completed. I’ve always found that a to-do list helps me stay focused and also serves as a visual progress aid.

Read More: 20 Amazing Life Hacks That You’ll Actually Use (We Promise)

Aside from my love of to-do lists, I’ve been going about my mornings in all the wrong ways. I wish someone would have told me sooner I was this bad at adulting.

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62 Ridiculously Simple Ways You Can Start Saving Money Right Now

Looking to save a bit of money for a summer trip? Of course you are. We all are.

And the best way to do it is to start small. Although it’s easy to think, “Okay, if I buy fewer shoes this month, I’ll save X amount of money after four weeks,” saving money starts with changing everyday behaviors. Do you end up throwing out a few veggies here and there? Do you grab a latte from Starbucks on your way to work every morning? You’re not alone! Just by doing things like becoming one with your freezer or changing your morning routine, you can save hundreds in the long run.

Here are 62 tips to help get you started!

1. Cut down on Starbucks runs to save anywhere from $15 to $100 per month.

2. Make your own coffee house drinks instead.

3. Making dinner at home instead of eating out saves between $150 and $200 per month.

4. And packing a lunch every day can help you save between $40 and $200.

5. Buy produce in season and then freeze fruit for smoothies or dehydrate it.

6. Set a grocery budget, make a grocery list, and stick to them!

7. Make your own bread to save $15 a month.

8. Make breakfast for dinner.

9. Grow your own vegetable garden.

10. Only shop organic for the dirty dozen.

11. Freeze leftovers.

12. Get into canning.

13. Stock up when you find a deal.

14. Buy a quarter or side of beef.

15. Get produce from local farms.

16. Make your own taco seasoning.

17. Make your own almond, cashew, hemp, rice, or coconut milk.

18. Make your own yogurt.

19. Buy whole chickens instead of parts.

20. Use Pinterest to find new recipes.

21. Take advantage of price match guarantees.

22. Shop organic at Costco.

23. Stop buying lottery tickets.

24. Buy discounted movie tickets, theme park tickets, and restaurant gift cards at Costco.

25. Be content with the money you’re bringing in right now.

26. Learn about money management.

27. Don’t carry a credit card balance so you can save about $30 a month.

28. If you have trouble dealing with credit, opt for cash or debit.

29. Pay off debt as quickly as possible.

30. Use your tax refund to give you a boost

31. Make a budget that covers just about everything from entertainment to food.

32. Shop for gift wrap at the dollar store.

33. Keep it simple when you have company over.

34. Decorate for parties with what you already have.

35. Pack food for breakfast and snacks on vacation.

36. Take the bus, ride your bike, or walk instead of driving. This can save between $30 and $400 per month.

37. Carpool.

38. Commit to being a one-car family to save an average of $400 every month.

39. Save money on gas by getting all your errands done at once.

40. Make sure tires are properly inflated to save $30 a month.

41. Drive the speed limit to save a few bucks.

42. Do your own car maintenance.

43. Keep your eyes peeled for better car insurance rates.

44. Quit smoking to save hundreds of dollars a month.

45. Cancel that gym membership in the summer and exercise outside.

46. Quit coloring your hair.

47. Save manicures and pedicures for special occasions.

48. Use in-network providers for healthcare to save between $30 and $120 a month.

49. Use cloth diapers instead of disposable ones.

50. Try out cloth baby wipes instead of throwing a bunch out.

51. Buy gender neutral baby clothes and gear. That way, you can use them for any other bundles of joy who come along!

52. Switch to cloth napkins so you can save money and look extra fancy.

53. In fact, you can make your own cloth napkins.

54. Do your own home maintenance.

55. Shop for better deals on health and life insurance, and always bundle when you can!

56. Move to a cheaper, more efficient home.

57. Downsize when the time is right.

58. Do your own yard work.

59. Replace plastic bags with reusable food containers.

60. Make your own laundry detergent.

61. Sign up for free samples.

62. Make your own cleaning supplies.

See? That’s not so hard, is it? Most of these changes are so small, they won’t even feel like sacrifices.

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What Are Your Best Tips For Getting In Shape?

Awesome workout ideas? Best-ever healthy recipes? Unbeatable motivational mantras? Tell us all about how you do fitness.

1. Miracle workout plans and weight loss secrets are everywhere.

 

2. And they always seem to promise major results after a really short amount of time.

3. Yet when was the last time any of us magically got rock-hard abs in six weeks?

4. Or got into a habit of regular exercise we actually enjoyed thanks to some get-fit-quick plan?

5. So, maybe the best health and fitness tips actually come from people who have fun doing healthy stuff.

You know, like that friend whose Instagram feed is full of elated #seenonmyrun posts, or the co-worker who can’t stop talking about hot yoga.

6. People who’ve been there, and who have discovered a few habits and tricks that work for them.

Like visualizing how you’re going to treat yourself after you complete that 18-mile run.

7. Are you one of those people who has legit fallen in love with fitness (maybe in spite of your better judgment)?

8. Are you tired of seeing get-fit-quick schemes, and ready to share your own truth?

Six-packs are OK, but feeling strong and capable and healthy is so much better.

9. Are you the type of person who has like, a million favorite smoothie recipes?

Great pre-workout fuel!

10. Please, share your secrets with us! What is your best piece of advice for people who want to start living fitter, healthier lives?

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What have you learned on your own journey? What are your favorite tips, habits, mantras, and/or recipes (smoothie or otherwise) that have helped you along the way?

Tell us in the comments below for a chance for your pointers to be featured in a future BuzzFeed post.

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25 Pro Tips That Will Make Your Life (And The Lives Of Those Around You) Much Better

As you probably know by now, there’s always room for improvement.

At home, at school, and at work, most of us find little ways to do better every day. But as winter fades into a rainy spring, it’s sometimes hard to find inspiration.

And that’s where this list comes in. We went ahead and compiled some tips and tricks that you can try to make your life — and the lives of everyone around you — way better in the long run!

1. When leaving a message, say your phone number at the beginning and the end.

2. Always check the license plate number on your parking tickets. Sometimes, people take tickets off of their cars and stick them elsewhere.

3. If your significant other is always giving you ultimatums, get out of there.

4. When working out, listen to live concerts if you can. After all, performers feed off of all that energy. Why shouldn’t you?

5. Make a huge batch of waffles at once, and then freeze the rest. You never know when you’ll need some comfort food.

6. Every time you open drawers with knobs, twist them a little bit to ensure that they stay tight.

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7. If you don’t have a lint roller, dampen your palms and swipe them on your clothing in a similar motion to take care of pet hair in a pinch.

8. If you are experiencing foot pain, roll your foot across a tennis ball a few times to soothe achy muscles.

9. Make copies of all your keys.

10. Don’t go into conversations with winning in mind.

11. If you don’t care much about spoilers, read the last chapter or paragraph in a book before committing a ton of time to reading it.

12. Listen to podcasts and audiobooks at 1.5 times the regular speed. Sure, it’ll make people sound like chipmunks, but you’ll be able to cram so much more great content into your lunch break!

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13. If you’re someone who hates working out, try out active hobbies until you find one that sticks. It won’t feel like exercise if you’re having a great time!

14. Offer to help plan your friends’ weddings. It will give you the inside scoop you’ll need when it comes time to plan your own.

15. Pretty much everyone sucks at bowling, so if you’re trying to combine friend groups, participate in this great equalizer.

16. Hydration is key, so even if you hate drinking water, stick with it. Sure, it’s not as delicious as coffee, but you’ll develop a taste for it after a while.

17. Stuff old newspapers in your shoes. The paper will absorb odors and help shoes retain their shape.

18. Grab a vacuum cleaner with a hose attachment and clean out your dryer once in a while. You’ll be shocked when you see how much lint is hanging around in there.

19. When you get into a car accident, document the crap out of everything. Put that iPhone camera to good use so no one can pull a fast one on you down the line.

20. The same goes for getting hurt on the job. Document everything from official reports to doctor’s notes so that you recieve compensation.

21. Don’t hesitate to tell waiters that something is wrong with your food, because helping customers deal with meal issues is in their job description. (Just don’t be rude about it!)

22. ALWAYS HAVE A PLUNGER IN YOUR HOUSE. Always.

23. If you order something that isn’t on the menu at a restaurant, always be appreciative, even if it doesn’t end up being what you expected.

24. Feed your senior dogs and cats softer foods as they get older. Dental issues can cause our elderly friends a world of hurt in old age.

25. When your friend’s loved one dies, mark the date in your calendar and give them a call on that day a year later. Everyone likes to know that people are thinking of them when life gets hard.

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Go out and give these tips a whirl! They might seem insignificant when they’re out of context, but tweaking your daily life in little ways now can spare you a headache or two later.

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