1. Don't be too open at first : Easing into a relationship is about ensuring that there is plenty of space for the two of you to get to know one another and trust that you're right for one another. If you try too soon to "make" something more out of your relationship than it already is, premature pushiness can scare him away and spoil what is 'there' to be a good thing. Instead, be patient and realize that it takes time to nurture a solid and enduring relationship. If you want to make it last, avoid the following things. 2. Be honest : While being honest to your guy is very important, to the point of being paramount, it is equally important that you are honest with yourself. If you overreact or make a mistake, you can acknowledge your error and apologize. If you're feeling vulnerable or upset, you can sort through your feelings and verbalize them to him in a non-accusing way. 3. Speak your mind : Don't be afraid to make your desires, needs, and opinions known, even when they may conflict with his. You don't and shouldn't exist solely to please him. Besides, showing that you are your own person with your own needs, desires, and approach to life will keep him interested in getting to know and understand you as a person. If you're comfortable with speaking your mind, then he'll be comfortable with speaking his mind, too. 4. Be yourself : Don't create a fake you just to impress him. It might be tempting if you think he'd prefer a different type of girl but usually this is just cobbling together snippets of things said or suggested and you're likely to be wrong. After all, he wants to date you, not some imagined form of perfection. And if you really feel tempted to change things about yourself because he insists that you'd be better thinner, taller, prettier, quieter, whatever, then it's a good indication that you're not compatible. Be Supportive 1. Take an interest in his interests : Remember what he likes to do and what he likes to talk about. You don't have to act like you love his hobbies, but at least try to understand why he's such a fan. If he loves a band, try to understand why. If he just loves to be playful and immature, remember that it might just be his way of releasing stress. In learning to accept his unique way of being, you'll also be learning more about yourself and ultimately whether you could see yourself spending the rest of your life with this person. 2. Learn to work as a team : As in any healthy relationship, you'll experience your share of conflicts, some tiny, some big. Remember to be true to yourself and try to abandon any significant selfishness. A relationship is a matter of teamwork and a symbiotic relationship, not a parasitic one, where a party gives and the other one just takes without giving enough back. In a team, you have each other's back, you don't undermine one another and you openly cherish each other in front of others. 3. Complement him more than you criticize him : If everything you say around him is a criticism or an attack, he won't look forward to seeing you and he'll start reconsidering being with you. All the same, you don't always have to agree with him just because he is your boyfriend. Tactfulness is a better strategy in mature relationships and establishing boundaries and making compromises are important relationship strategies to learn and adopt. 4. Learn to compromise : If you want to be a good girlfriend, then you have to learn to compromise instead of fighting or being angry the second you don't get your way. To compromise well, you both have to be able to calmly and rationally discuss a situation while understanding the other person's perspective. Try to understand where your boyfriend is coming from instead of blindly focusing on what you think you need. 5. Give each other space : You should support your boyfriend, but you should also be able to "be there" for him in spirit when you're not actually around. If you want to be a good girlfriend, then you have to make time to do your own thing, to hang out with your girlfriends, and to see your boyfriend. He should know that you're thinking of him and rooting for him even if you're not around. If you feel insecure and doubt the strength of your relationship the second you're apart, then you have a problem. Be Loving : 1. Be affectionate : There are various ways to show your affection, some are more obvious than others and the way you approach this will depend on how openly affectionate you like to be personally. Affection is close to but not the same as intimacy––affection is about openly displaying that you care about this person and can be shown any time of day or night, publicly or privately. Think about how you like to show affection to people you care about, such as holding hands, touching an arm, quick kisses on the cheek, a hug, stroking hair, supportive words, mentioning how great someone is in front of other people, etc. 2. Give him gifts : When you're in a relationship, it's fun to give each other small gifts. Guys love to get presents and giving him one shows that he means a lot to you. Don't overdo it -- just give him a gift when you're feeling loving and want to let him know how much he means to you. You don't want him to think you're trying to buy his affection. 3. Don't get jealous : You should be loving, but not to the point where you start seeing red the second your boyfriends talks to, or even just mentions, another girl. Nothing will turn your boyfriend off faster that a girlfriend who is so insecure that she can't stand the other thought of other women existing in the universe. Your boyfriend will appreciate you even more if you're nice to his female friends instead of talking about how ugly or annoying any girl you see is.
DEEP CLEAN FIRST : Start your quest for fresh-smelling carpet with a clean slate that begins with deep cleaning. Rent a carpet cleaner from a home improvement store, or hire a professional cleaning company with good references. If you own a carpet cleaner, be sure that the machine itself (like the tanks) are clean and free of residue. LOSE THE SHOES : If you want to keep as much dirt as possible off your carpet, make sure shoes come off before anyone walks on it. Anything shoes have stepped on will stay on their bottoms rather than your nice clean carpet. RUGS : Keep rugs on your carpet in areas with high traffic. Places such as the front and back door areas should have a rug so that you can wipe your feet and leave your shoes there, instead of tracking mud and dirt throughout your home. VACUUM : To keep your carpet fresh, vacuum your home at least three times a week (every day if you have pets). This prevents the particulates from becoming airborne and creating nasty smells. Use a lightly scented carpet freshening powder, following the directions and vacuuming thoroughly afterward. Fabric refreshers can help eliminate odors harbored by your carpet, as well. HEPA : True HEPA vacuum cleaners (with airtight casings) remove particulates embedded in carpet fibers, preventing them from becoming airborne. If a true HEPA vacuum cleaner is not available, high-efficiency microfiltration vacuum bags will also trap very small particulates. Don't forget to clean your vacuum's filters to maintain its efficiency. AIR FILTERS : Changing your furnace's air filters regularly to improve the circulation of air in your home and maximize the particulate-catching efficiency of the air filter itself. RULES OF THUMB FROM THE EXPERTS : Rodney Brown, owner of Millicare Textile and Carpet Care in Tempe, Arizona, has two simple recommendations for maintaining the fresh smell and look of carpet: 1. Use soap-free chemicals when cleaning carpets. The soap residue acts as a magnet for dirt, just as shampoo would if you forgot to rinse it from your hair. Instead, try using water-based compounds. 2. Where possible, eliminate moisture that acts as a food source for smelly bacteria. If you have to spot clean, use a clean, white cloth dabbed in a solution of vinegar and water to blot the spot, repeating as many times as necessary until no more stain transfers to the cloth. Vacuum the carpet after the stain has been removed. A carpet can be the main decorating element of a room, and its cleanliness can make the difference between beautiful and dingy. Use these basic maintenance tips to enjoy a fresh, clean carpet.
Maternity clothes around the world have been undergoing significant changes. In both Eastern and Western cultures, there is greater demand for fashionable maternity clothes. Pregnant women in the public eye are taking the lead on maternity fashion. As a result, pregnant women are no longer trying to hide or disguise their pregnancy, instead choosing to wear garments which closely fit their new shape, often emphasizing the bust and abdominal area. High-tech fabrics such as elastane are the material of choice for maternity wear in Western cultures as they allow garments to be form-fitting while allowing the abdominal area to expand as necessary. Here are few designs of maternal clothes. Check them out.
Gardening is a hobby for most of the people. for house wives it's a time pass and of course its a duty too. here are few gardening tips from master gardener paul james. have a glance. 1. To remove the salt deposits that form on clay pots, combine equal parts white vinegar, rubbing alcohol and water in a spray bottle. Apply the mixture to the pot and scrub with a plastic brush. Let the pot dry before you plant anything in it. 2. To prevent accumulating dirt under your fingernails while you work in the garden, draw your fingernails across a bar of soap and you'll effectively seal the undersides of your nails so dirt can't collect beneath them. Then, after you've finished in the garden, use a nailbrush to remove the soap and your nails will be sparkling clean. 3. To prevent the line on your string trimmer from jamming or breaking, treat with a spray vegetable oil before installing it in the trimmer. 4. Turn a long-handled tool into a measuring stick! Lay a long-handled garden tool on the ground, and next to it place a tape measure. Using a permanent marker, write inch and foot marks on the handle. When you need to space plants a certain distance apart (from just an inch to several feet) you'll already have a measuring device in your hand. 5. To have garden twine handy when you need it, just stick a ball of twine in a small clay pot, pull the end of the twine through the drainage hole, and set the pot upside down in the garden. Do that, and you'll never go looking for twine again. 6. Little clay pots make great cloches for protecting young plants from sudden, overnight frosts and freezes. 7. To turn a clay pot into a hose guide, just stab a roughly one-foot length of steel reinforcing bar into the ground at the corner of a bed and slip two clay pots over it: one facing down, the other facing up. The guides will prevent damage to your plants as you drag the hose along the bed. 8. To create perfectly natural markers, write the names of plants (using a permanent marker) on the flat faces of stones of various sizes and place them at or near the base of your plants. 9. Got aphids? You can control them with a strong blast of water from the hose or with insecticidal soap. But here's another suggestion, one that's a lot more fun; get some tape! Wrap a wide strip of tape around your hand, sticky side out, and pat the leaves of plants infested with aphids. Concentrate on the undersides of leaves, because that's where the little buggers like to hide. 10. The next time you boil or steam vegetables, don't pour the water down the drain, use it to water potted patio plants, and you'll be amazed at how the plants respond to the "vegetable soup." 11. Use leftover tea and coffee grounds to acidify the soil of acid-loving plants such as azaleas, rhododendrons, camellias, gardenias and even blueberries. A light sprinkling of about one-quarter of an inch applied once a month will keep the pH of the soil on the acidic side. 12. Use chamomile tea to control damping-off fungus, which often attacks young seedlings quite suddenly. Just add a spot of tea to the soil around the base of seedlings once a week or use it as a foliar spray. 13. If you need an instant table for tea service, look no farther than your collection of clay pots and saucers. Just flip a good-sized pot over, and top it off with a large saucer. And when you've had your share of tea, fill the saucer with water, and your "table" is now a birdbath. 14. The quickest way in the world to dry herbs: just lay a sheet of newspaper on the seat of your car, arrange the herbs in a single layer, then roll up the windows and close the doors. Your herbs will be quickly dried to perfection. What's more, your car will smell great.
A return gift is something that remembers the event or a person. whatever the gigt might be, packing it beautifully matters a lot. when they see the pack, one should be eager to know what existed inside. Gift bags have become very trendy and they're very easy to use! You can find designer bags, but you can also find inexpensive bags at warehouse. For the finishing touches, buy prepared bows and ribbons already curled. Use colored tissue paper to cover the gifts. here are few examples which can pep your ideas.
In the modern age and even due to limited supply of Indian Traditional Mehndi artists, usually people buy ready-made Henna cones, which are ready to use and make painting easy. Whether used for outlining or by itself, mehendi designs beautifully imbibe the traditional with the modern, thus being trendy and classy all at the same time. It create an appealing and traditional yet modern design. Usually for weddings, design from finger tips to elbow will give fullness to hands and looks attractive. Here are few designs. Have a glance.
తనకు కాబోయే భర్త అలా ఉండాలి, ఇలా ఉండాలి అంటూ ఏవేవో కలలు కంటుంటారు. మరి నేటి అమ్మాయిలు వారికి కాబోయే మొగుడికి ఎలాంటి లక్షణాలు ఉండాలని కోరుకుంటున్నారో తెలుసుకుందామా...! ప్రతి అమ్మాయి తన జీవిత భాగస్వామి అందంగా ఉండాలని కలలు కంటూ ఉంటుంది. అందంతోపాటు అతని చదువు, ఆదాయం, వ్యక్తిగత గుణాలు, మంచి అలవాట్లు కలిగిన వాడైతేనే ఇష్టపడుతున్నారు నేటి అమ్మాయిలు. చాలా మంది అమ్మాయిలు తనకు కాబోయే భర్త తనకన్నా గొప్పగా చదివి వుండాలి, మంచి తెలివిపరుడై ఉండాలి. అందరికన్నా యోగ్యుడై ఉండాలని కోరుకుంటున్నారు. కనీస్ ధైర్యం అయిన ఉండాలి. తన భర్త పక్కనుంటే కొండత ధైర్యంగా ఉంటుందని భార్య అనుకునే వారినే నేటికాలం అమ్మాయిలు కోరుకుంటున్నారు. తల్లిదండ్రుల ఆదాయంపై లేదా భార్య తెచ్చే ఆదాయంపై ఆధారపడి జీవించే అబ్బాయిలంటే అమ్మాయిలు మొహం చాటేస్తున్నారు. సొంతగా సంపాదించే అబ్బాయిలనే తమ జీవిత భాగస్వామిగా కోరుకుంటున్నారు అమ్మాయిలు. మంచి లక్షణాలు, బాగా డబ్బున్నవారంటేనే ఇష్టపడుతున్నారు. తమ ఆలోచనలను పదిమందితో పంచుకునేవాడు, పదిమందికి ఆదర్శప్రాయుడై ఉండేవాడు,అలాగే అమ్మాయిల ఆలోచనలను గౌరవించేవారంటే మరీ ఇష్టపడుతుంటారు. భర్తగానే కాకుండా తనకు మంచి మిత్రునిగా కూడా ఉండాలని... సుఖ దుఃఖాలలో, కష్టనష్టాలలో, సంతోషంలో తనతో పాలుపంచుకునే వాడినే తన జీవిత భాగస్వామిగా కోరుకుంటున్నారు నేటి అమ్మాయిలు. తనంటే ప్రేమ, గౌరవం, అభిమానం పంచేవాడైతేనే అమ్మాయిలు ఇష్టపడుతున్నారు. తనని విడిచిపెట్టి విదేశాలలో ఉద్యోగాలు చేసే భర్తలను నేటి అమ్మాయిలు ఇష్టపడట్లేదు. చిన్న ఉద్యోగం చేసిన కూడా, తన కళ్ళముందే ఉంటూ, సంతోషంగా చూసుకునే అబ్బాయిలంటే ఇష్టపడుతున్నారు నేటి అమ్మాయిలు.
ఆడవాళ్ళ ఒంటరి ప్రయాణంలో తీసుకోవల్సిన జాగ్రత్తలు : 1. మీ వస్త్రధారణ : మొట్టమొదట మీ వస్త్రధారణ బట్టి అందరి దృష్టి ఆధారపడి ఉంటుంది. బిగుతైన దుస్తులు మరియు పొట్టి స్కర్టులు ధరించటం మానేయండి. వీటిని ధరించటం వలన ఇతరుల అనవసరమైన శ్రద్ధను ఆకర్షిస్తారు. మీరు జీన్స్ మరియు కుర్తాను షాల్ తో ధరించవొచ్చు. 2. మీ వస్తువుల మీద ధ్యాస: మీరు మీ వొస్తువులను దగ్గరగా ఉంచుకోండి. మీ కనుసన్నలలోనే మీ లగేజ్ ఉంచుకోండి. ఎప్పుడు వాటిమీద ఒక చూపు ఉంచండి. ఇది భారతదేశం. మీకు నమస్కారం చెపుతూనే వస్తువులను మాయం చేస్తారు. 3. ఎవరి వద్దనుండి ఏమి తీసుకోవొద్దు: అపరిచితుల వద్ద నుండి ఏమి అంగీకరించకండి. ఒకవేళ ఎవరైనా బిస్కట్స్ లేదా పండ్లు కాని ఇస్తే, మర్యాదగా తిరస్కరించండి. 4. మీ డబ్బు పర్స్ జాగ్రత్త : మీరు మీ పర్స్ ను ఎప్పుడు దగ్గరే ఉంచుకోండి. డబ్బును ఒక స్థలంలోనే కాకుండా దానిని భాగాలుగా మీ బ్యాగ్ సైడ్ పాకెట్ లలో మరియు కొంత మీ వెనుక జేబులో కాని ఉంచండి. ఒకవేళ దురదృష్టవశాత్తు ఏదైనా జరిగితే, పరిస్థితిని బట్టి డబ్బు కొంత మీ దగ్గర కాపాడబడుతుంది. 5. అపరిచితులతో మాటలలో మునిగిపోవొద్దు: మీరు అందరితో కలిసిమెలిసి ఉండటం ఇష్టపడతారు. అవును, మేం అర్థం చేసుకోగలం. కాని మీరు ఒంటరిగా ప్రయాణం చేస్తున్నప్పుడు మాత్రం అలా ఉండకండి. ఎవరితోనూ సంభాషణలోకి దిగవొద్దు. ఒకవేళ ఎవరైనా మీతో మాటలు కలిపి సంభాషణను పొడిగిస్తే, మీరు కనీస సంభాషణ జరపండి మరియు మీ వ్యక్తిగత వివరాలను తెలియనీయవొద్దు. 6. ఒంటరిగా ఉండవద్దు: మీరు రైలులో కాని లేదా బస్సులో కాని ఒక పురుషుడితో ఉన్నట్లుగా అనిపిస్తే, వెంటనే ఎక్కడ ఆడవారు ఉన్నారో ఆ ప్రాంతానికి వెళ్ళండి. ఒకవేళ మీకు, మీ తరువాత కూర్చున్న మనిషితో అసౌకర్యంగా అనిపిస్తే, వేరే సీట్ కోసం అభ్యర్థించి మారండి లేదా ఇతర ప్రయాణీకుల సంభాషణలలో పాల్గొనండి. 7. నమ్మకంగా ఉండండి: మీరు ఏదైన ప్రదేశాలకు కొత్తగా..మొదటి సారి వెళుతున్నప్పుడు విశ్వసనీయంగా ఉండి. బిత్తర చూపులు చూస్తుంటే ఇతరులకు మీరు కొత్త అని తెలుసుకొని మీకు ఇబ్బంది కలిగించవచ్చు. కాబట్టి మీకు ఆ ప్రదేశం కొత్తైన సరే మీకు అన్ని తెలిసినట్లు ప్రవర్థించాలి. 8. ప్రయాణం తేలికగా చేయండి: లగేజ్ ఎక్కువగా తీసుకెళ్లవద్దు. మీరు ఒంటరిగా వీటినన్నిటిని చూసుకోవలసి ఉంటుంది. అందువలన ఒక బాక్ పాక్ మరియు ఒక ట్రాలీ బ్యాగ్ తో ప్రయాణాన్ని తేలికగా చేయండి. ఎక్కువ మొత్తంలో డబ్బు మరియు నగలు కాని తీసుకెళ్లవొద్దు.
The tradition of 'return gifts' playing a key role in ones marriage. No wedding is complete without a return gift. People who take with them valuable gifts in wedding ceremonies, engagements, birthdays and such other parties expect to receive some gift in return. People usually prefer plastic and tupper ware boxes. apart from them huge varieties of gifts available in the markets under reasonable prices. Let us now check out the items. More... If you want to place an order for the Indian Wedding Return Gifts, Click here
indian weddings are bright events, engaging with rituals and celebrations,that continues for several days. these are not small affairs. for a bride, along with jewellery, accessories used are one of the most important elements. bridal accessories are important piece of art in any indian women's life. weather it is a necklace set, pendant set, bangles, rings, bracelets, earrings etc.. Adding accessories to the bridal dress takes some planning and careful matching. Here are some some to help you plan the best accessory matches.check it out.
ఇంట్లో పనంతా చేసుకుని, పొద్దున్నే ఇల్లు వదిలి ఆఫీసులకు పరుగెడతారు ఉద్యో గినులు. మళ్లీ ఎప్పటికో ఇంటికి చేరతారు. ఈ మధ్యలో విశ్రాంతి తీసుకునే సమయం ఉండదు. ఒకవేళ ఉన్నా, ఎక్కడ విశ్రాంతి తీసుకోవాలో తెలియదు. అలాంటి వారి కోసమే ‘కాస్కా స్లీపింగ్ కేఫ్’ని ప్రారంభించారు టోక్యోలో. అలసిపోయి కాసేపు ప్రశాంతంగా నిద్రపోవాలనుకునేవాళ్లు ఇక్కడికి వెళ్లవచ్చు. చక్కని గదిలో, మెత్తటి పరుపు మీద హాయిగా కునుకు తీయవచ్చు. పది నిమిషాల నిద్రకు 1.60 యెన్లు వసూలు చేస్తారు. తీరికను బట్టి గంట నుంచి ఎన్ని గంటలవరకైనా బుక్ చేసుకోవచ్చు. సమయాన్ని బట్టి చార్జ్ వసూలు చేస్తారు. కానీ ఇది ఆడవాళ్లకు మాత్రమే. ఆఫీసయ్యాక ఇళ్లకెళ్లి కూడా వాళ్లు పని చేసుకోవాలి, విశ్రాంతి తీసుకోవడానికి కుదరదు కాబట్టి ఈ ఏర్పాటు చేశారు. భలే ఐడియా!
If you are dreaming of looking the best on your wedding day then wake up and start up a good pre bridal skin care routine well before two months of your big day. use some skin care tips that would help you to enhance your skin beauty and would make you the flawless, beautiful woman on your wedding day. using packs and naturals from 2 months before your wedding instead of just making up yourself on your wedding day. here are few cosmetics that can help you out to look better than what you are. more If you want to place an order for the Bridal beauty care solutions, Click here
Bangles (aka churi or Choodi) are traditional ornaments worn mostly by South Asian. It is tradition that the bride will try to wear as many small glass bangles as possible at her wedding. The designs range from simple to intricate handmade designs, often studded with precious and semi-precious stones such as diamonds, gems and pearls. Mostly for weddings, brides are recomended to wear heavy bangles so that they give full ness to the hand. a sparkling hand with colourful bangles look beautiful and more beautiful when they are photographed. more.. If you want to place an order for the Indian Bridal Bangles, Click here
మన సామర్థ్యాలని ఉపయోగించుకుని అందుకు తగ్గ అవకాశాలని మనం పొందలేకపోవటానికి నిజానికి మన భయాలే కారణం. కొత్తగా ఏదన్నా చేయాలంటే భయం ఓడిపోతామనో, అందరూ ఏమనుకుంటారనో, చేయగలమో లేదో అనో ఇలా రకరకాల భయాలు పట్టి వెనక్కి లాగుతుంటాయి. కానీ మనసులో మాత్రం నా శక్తి సామర్థ్యాలకు తగ్గ ప్రతిఫలం, గుర్తింపు నాకు దక్కటం లేదు. నేను ఇంకా చేయగలను. అవకాశం వస్తే అని మదన పడుతుంటాం. ఇక్కడ ఓ విషయం గుర్తించాలి. అవకాశాలు ఎక్కడి నుంచో రావు, అవి మనం సృష్టించుకోవాలి. అలాగే మనకి ఎదురొచ్చే అవకాశాలని గుర్తించాలి. అందుకు ఒక్కటే సూత్రం. "మార్పు". "మార్పుకి సిద్ధంగా ఉండాలి"
Bridal dress is the very first thing that can create very beautiful bridal look in the wedding ceremony. Everyone in the ceremony is trying to know the dress style and the designs of your Bridal Sarees that what type of Bridal Saree you are going to wear on your wedding day. So if you are looking to have a very good-looking saree for yourself that can make your personality more impressive let’s have a look on the following saree designs which have become the trend of the current fashion industry. If you want to place an order for the Indian Wedding Sarees, Click here
The most precious item for a bride during marriage is Jewelery. If a bride can manage to wear jewels suitable to her saree, she looks extremely gorgeous. She is the only center of attraction through out the ceremony. After selecting the saree, jewelery is the most important thing that brides need to take care of. Many collections, many designs but selection matters a lot. Simple and trendy designs look better than heavy weighted ornaments these days. Here are few designs from which you can choose the simple and best one More.. If you want to place an order for the Wedding Jewellery collections, Click here
Marriage is the most memorable part in ones life. Every person will dream big of their marriage. As the wedding bells are going to ring in a month, all the brides will start their preparations like saree selections, Mehandi, jewelery etc..we are here to help you out with our latest bridal fashions from clothing to jewelery. Blouses: Fancy sarees have become part of marriages along with silk these days. An exactly designed blouse will give the saree a posh look. Blouses made with pression, semi pression stones, thread, jardosi, kundan gota and sequence will make the bride look more attractive. though the saree is cheap, the work done for blouse will give extra richness and looks eye catchy. More... If you want to place an order for the trendy blouses, Click here
Re using and re cycling are the best ways for us to have a positive impact on the world in which we live. It is extremely important to both the natural environment and us. We must act fast as the amount of waste we create is increasing all the time. SIMPLE THINGS, GREAT USES There was a time when “waste not want not” was an adage followed and passed on to the next generation by the elders of the house. Proper disposal of unwanted things, re using, re cycling were taken care of easily and were never considered an effort. Today though the concept of “use and throw” rules the world, it comes with a very heavy price tag. Toxic wastes choking up the water bodies, no place in landfills, Acid rain, and the list is endless. So it now seems that in these modern times it has become all the more important that we learn to re- use and re- cycle innovatively and all by ourselves. Here, in this series, you will find that you can solve many a day to day problem quite easily, all by yourself with minimum effort and at the same time make re use and recycling a part of your daily routine. Ordinary household items lying around the house can sometimes help you save a great deal of time and money, and of course, the satisfaction of having achieved a purpose, is an added bonus. Do share your own ideas with us. We look forward your creative tips and suggestions, in addition to the ones mentioned here. Aluminium Foil : 1. Prevent the edges of homemade pies from burning and getting overdone by covering them with strips of aluminium foil. Remember to take them off near the end of baking to crisp up the edges. 2. Keep your oven and pans clean by lining them with sheets of aluminium foil to catch those messy drips from gravies, cheese, tomatoes etc. 3. Sharpen your scissors: used aluminium foil can be great for sharpening scissors. Fold a used sheet before you throw it away, into several layers ( seven or eight times is good enough) and start cutting. 4. Polish your dull and tarnished silverware easily by lining a bowl with aluminium foil. Fill the bowl with cold water, add two teaspoons of salt and leave your dull silverware in this solution for five minutes. Rinse off and pat dry with a soft cloth. 5. For long term storage of clean silverware wrap each individual piece tightly in a plastic or cellophane paper and cover it with aluminium foil. This prevents tarnishing. 6. Aluminium foil can save the day if you suddenly need a funnel, a piping bag , a palette for your child’s painting project, a protective layer on your spectacles arms if you have used henna or hair dye and want to sit down to read for some time. Apples : 1. Apples produce ethylene gas, a natural ripening agent, and can be affectively used to ripen raw vegetables and fruits like green tomatoes etc. Keep a ripe apple in a paper bag with green tomatoes or any other raw fruit or vegetables that might need to ripen, for a day or two. 2. Brown sugar often hardens into a lump when exposed to humidity. Solve this problem place a piece of apple in a zip pouch along with hardened sugar, Seal it tightly and leave it in a day place for a day or two. Sugar will soon be soft enough as before. 3. Absorb extra salt in soups, gravies etc. Apples, just like potatoes can absorb that extra bit of accidently added salt in your gravies and other dishes. Remember to cook the dish for a few minutes with a wedge of apple in it. 4. Running short of flowers and decorative centre pieces just when the guests are about to come? Core two apples, place candles in the centre and add a few fresh leaves around the arrangement for an impressive center piece on your dining table. Check out this space for more unique tips. - Veena Shyam Raja