Blogversation 2012: What practical tips can you pass along?

Throughout this year, several bloggers will engage in a conversation here and on their blogs — asking questions of each other and responding. Others are absolutely welcome to join the conversation, as well. Learn more about the ladies of Blogversation 2012.

Today’s question comes from Mary Jean Babic, a Brooklyn-based writer and a new blogger on a Tumblr site called Her Royal Babicness.

I’m a real Hints From Heloise kind of gal.  Inspirational, inner-searching advice is all well and good, but super-practical tips for day-to-day living totally rev my engine.  Pour *fast* from a just-opened carton of juice, and it won’t dribble down the sides and slosh all over the place.  Tough out the first half hour of a mosquito bite without scratching, and it’ll stop itching altogether.  If you’re in the stroller years of parenting, buy a raincoat with a hood because you won’t always have a hand free for an umbrella.  When I learn things like this, I feel like I’ve found keys to a secret world, one that’s a little less messy, itchy, annoying, and befuddled than this one.

Sometimes I figure these things out on my own, but more often I learn them from someone.  Pouring fast came from my Aunt Anne; I think of her every time I open a fresh carton of juice or milk.  Lou was the first one to stop my hand from scratching my skin down to the bone, and he helped me grit my teeth through that  thirty minutes the first time.  It’s a nice connection to have with someone.  Not long ago I sent an email to my friend Nick to tell him that I had had sushi that day, and I remembered that he was the one, years ago, to show me how to mix soy sauce and wasabi in the little bowl that comes with sushi.  He was pleased to hear it and said he, too, remembered who taught him that.

So here’s your chance to earn some lifelong gratitude and lodge yourself in another person’s memory:  What practical tips can YOU pass along?   


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10 replies

  1. I loved each of these! I do the cast iron pan trick all the time. This might be weird, but since I don’t have a garbage disposal, I freeze my food garbage and throw it away when I take out the garbage so my garbage doesn’t stink.

  2. This is a fun question. Wow. I feel as if there are so many MacGyver tips that I have but I’m hard pressed to think of many now.
    Lipstick can double as firestarter
    Toilet seat liners can be used as blotting papers
    A Sharpie can fix shoe scuffs or furniture nicks
    Twist-ties can be used as stitch markers when knitting

    I’ll keep thinking on this one…

  3. If you have a cast iron pan that’s really messy from cooking, instead of scrubbing it, put a little water in it and put it on the stove on high heat. Whatever junk is stuck to the pan will peel off as the water comes to a boil.
    (Then you’ll have to dry it, oil it and heat it again, but at least you won’t wear out your arm scrubbing.)

    I’m also told boiling some salt and vinegar in a non stick pan works the same way, but I haven’t tried it yet.

  4. When you get home from work or errands, make the first thing you do be to empty out your bags and/or purse to find homes for things. Have a staging area where you keep things that you will “re-load” into your bag or purse the next time you go out – keys, wallet, important documents, etc. Makes packing and unpacking much simpler!

    • Eleanor, I like this idea — I’m a stickler for hanging up my keys immediately after walking in, as I’ve wasted too many hours of my life looking for wayward keys, but I’ve never had a process to immediately deal with the junk stuffed in my bag. I might have to try this.

  5. If you’re trying to cut down on nighttime snacking (or kill your craving for dessert), brush your teeth right after dinner.

  6. If you’re squinting at the computer screen because the website you’re on uses a teeny tiny font, hit CTRL and + on your computer at the same time and the font will magically enlarge. You can even do it multiple times. Hit CTRL and – to shrink it back down.


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