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September 5, 2017

Sephora helps save you money! Plus some ideas for those little sample containers

August 16, 2017

How cool is this wizard photo? No, it's not a trick of editing. It's just a little augmented reality. Turns any regular muggle photo into a wizard photo that comes to life (when you view it with the Prynt app). No, this post isn't sponsored, and it's also not meant to...

August 2, 2017

A quick search on Pinterest (or the Google) reveals the many varied uses for coconut oil. But, did you know it's really good at removing labels and their attendant sticky residue? I've been collecting small containers for my niece. I'm putting together some Montessori...

July 19, 2017

Do you shop online? More and more of us are. We've all heard of coupons and know that we can use them in stores. You've probably also heard of coupon or promotional codes you can use to get a discount when shopping online. But did you know about these other easy ways t...

July 5, 2017

Sometimes you want to give the perfect present to someone. It's her big birthday, he's getting married, she just bought a house. Whatever the reason, it can be tough to think of the best present for a great person. I have two ideas to help you.

The first is to keep a ru...

June 21, 2017

Translation: Careful author!

English is an interesting language because we have borrowed many words and phrases directly from other modern and ancient languages. Being a romance language, many of our words have roots in Latin. To this day, we also use actual Latin phras...

June 7, 2017

Recently, I've seen some confusion over the words 'lead' and 'led.' Confusingly, the first spelling has multiple pronunciations, which is what I think is causing the problem.

Let's take a look:


Pronunciation: /lēd/ 

rhymes with: weed, feed, seed, bead

Verb: 3rd person...

May 24, 2017

Cosmetics companies saw revenues in excess of $62 billion in revenues in 2016. That's because people are spending more and more on skin care and cosmetics each year. In fact, the Washington Post reports that women are choosing cosmetics and skin care over clothes more...

May 10, 2017

Wish I had learned... Could have, would have, should have...

We've all heard and said those phrases many times. However, we've also heard (and maybe said) them incorrectly. As a self-professed grammar nerd, it makes me cringe when I hear or read intelligent people using...

April 26, 2017

We've all seen those texting memes about parents who misuse popular messaging abbreviations to the chagrin and chuckles of their children. Kudos to those parents for trying to keep up with the times, but if they've a smart phone from which to text, they also have Googl...

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