Here’s A Super Easy Way To Crochet A Rug (No Hook Required)

There’s nothing better than walking on a soft and plush rug.  This is especially true in the winter when those hardwood floors can get downright cold.  Here’s a fun DIY project to make your own rug.  All you need is a some time and lots of wool.

Expression Fiber Arts demonstrates how to make a nice rug without the use of any special crochet tools.  In addition to the video above, she also provided detailed step-by-step directions that can be found here.

Good luck!

Here’s The Best Way To Freeze Ground Meat

If you’re like me, when ground meat goes on sale, you tend to stock up and throw it in the freezer.  The only problem with this approach is that when you want to make a meal and don’t need to use a whole package, you still wind up having to thawing it all out. It seems more often than not, I find myself in this frustrating situation.

Fortunately, I found this really slick trick that serves two purposes:

  1. It distributes the meat, making it thinner for quick defrosting.
  2. It divides the meat into portions for easy removal using just one bag.

Here are the steps from the video:

  1. Put the meat in a freezer bag
  2. Using  a bottle of wine or rolling pin, go over the bag to spread the meat out evenly
  3. Using chopsticks or a back of a knife, divide the meat into sections
  4. Then freeze

When you need some meat you just open the bag and the sections will easily break apart.

Pretty cool!

Here’s How To Seal A Bag Of Chips Without A Clip

In those rare instances (for me at least), where you didn’t finish the whole bag of chips, here’s a great tip on how to seal them up so they stay fresh.

While a clip is the easiest and best way, sometimes there isn’t an extra clip sitting around.  I’ve personally found myself in that situation many times.  In those cases, this will be pretty helpful.

The Latest Argument On The Internet: How Should A Dog Wear Pants?

People will argue about anything on the Internet.  From that famous dress color to those Starbucks holiday cups.  It never ends. The latest argument comes from a question posed by Twitter user Jared Keller.

The image was originally created by the person who runs the Facebook page Utopian Raspberry – Modern Oasis Machine. Then to ignite the discussion, the image was shared by Maxim editor Jared Keller.

Keller interviewed the original creator and this is what he said.  “I created it last night at about 2 or 3 am. I saw some dogs wearing pants, and I thought about how they don’t really have arms so their pants should technically go on every leg. I just tried both versions. I honestly didn’t expect it to become so popular. I’m just glad people found it entertaining.”

So what do you think is the proper way?

 

Baby Tries Bacon On Christmas Morning And Has The Perfect Reaction

For many people there is nothing better than the smell and taste of bacon. I don’t remember the first time I enjoyed the delicious meat, but I’m sure my reaction was very similar to the boy above.

Easton was caught on video by his parents on Christmas morning when they gave him bacon for the first time.  After he takes his first bite, he joyfully exclaims “Bacon.”   My thoughts exactly, Easton.

 

This Pizza Ball Christmas Tree Is Cheesy, Garlicky Goodness

Here’s a great tasting and easy appetizer you can quickly make for Christmas.  After all, you are business enough with the thousand other things you have going on.

Items You Will Need

  1. 2 Cans store-bought pizza dough
  2. 8 Mozzarella string cheese sticks
  3. 8 Tablespoons salted butter, softened
  4. Handful parsley
  5. 3 Garlic cloves
  6. Pizza slicer
  7. Pastry brush

You can get the full recipe and instructions here.

Plant This Book When You’ve Finished Reading And It Grows Into A Tree

A children’s book publisher in Argentina created a fascinating new way to reuse old books. The initiative is called  Tree Book Tree. The publisher, Pequeno Editor, in partnership with FCB Buenos Aires, developed a new type of book that when you plant it, a new tree grows.

According to the video above, over 45 million pieces of paper are produced each day in Argentina.  The goal of Tree Book Tree is to provide a new way to reuse the paper in books and provide a positive impact to the environment. The book is made of environmentally friendly products and jacaranda seeds that sprout when planted.

The first book is called Mi Papá Estuvo en la Selva (My Father Was In the Jungle) and is made for children between 8-12 years old.

What a great way to educate kids about the environment. Kudos to this publisher.

 

Whether you’re looking for a simple decoration for the house or a fun project to do with the kiddos, making these snowflake decorations is the perfect festive activity to keep you and your family entertained this season.

Creating these only requires a few items, so you won’t have to shell out a lot of money on crafts. But the best part? The entire process is fairly simple!

Here are the four items you’ll need to kick off to make your own lacy snowflake paper decorations:

Items

1. Paper (choose whatever colors you like)

2. Glue

3. Scissors

4. Ruler

The video above explains the steps on how to make these cool winter decorations, but here’s another brief summary:

Directions

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1. Fold 10 squares of paper into triangles

2. Draw five lines (with the ruler) across the triangle about 1 centimeter apart

3. Cut along the lines, stopping about 1 cm before the edge

4. Repeat the line-drawing and cutting process six times.

5. Open the squares and glue the center points together. Turn the square over and glue the next two points.

6.  Repeat the process (continuing to turn the square over between each gluing) until you’ve connected each strip of paper on each square.

7. Glue all of your squares together end-to-end in a snowflake shape.

As noted in the video, the size of the snowflake will depend on the size of the squares you start with. The bigger you go, the bigger it will be.

Related:  12 Easy & Fun DIY Christmas Crafts To Make With Kids

You can also feel free to get as creative as you like the style of snowflakes you’re making. You can use plain white paper if you want to stick with the traditional snowflake look. If you want to make the decorations look a bit more colorful and festive, you can go for red, green or metallic colored paper. You can even use patterned paper if you want!

When you’re done, you’ll be left with a lovely snowflake decoration that you can hang in a window, as seen below, or elsewhere in your home.

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Will you be making these snowflake decorations this holiday?

Additional Reporting by Michelle Regalado. 

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How To Tie The Perfect Bow

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Now go out there and make those presents look their best!

Rejoice! You Can Now Buy Girl Scout Cookies Online

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This Barcode Alarm Clock Forces You To Get Out Of Bed And Go To The Bathroom

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This Mashup Of 2015’s Biggest Movies Is Amazing

If you love movies, then you will love this video by Jo Blo Movie Trailers.  Named “Final Cut 2015”, it’s a really cool mashup of all the year’s biggest films. It reminds us that 2015 was a great year for movie lovers.

How many movies in the mashup have you seen?  After watching, I realized I need to get back out to the theatres and see the ones I’ve missed.

 

This Is The Ultimate Window Seat – A Glass Bubble On Top Of A Plane

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Krispy Kreme Is Giving Away Free Donuts On Saturday (12/12)

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There Will Be A Christmas Full Moon This Year And That Hasn’t Happened Since 1977

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Here’s A Gift Wrapping Trick To Wrap A Present In Less Than 15 Seconds [Video]

I don’t know about you, but I’m not a fan of wrapping gifts. I always defer to the gift bag whenever possible. But there are occasions when wrapping a present is still the best approach.

Watch this video above to get some tips on how to improve your wrapping skills and get the job done in a few seconds. The key is to start with an oversized piece of paper and wrap it diagonally. No additional cutting required.

As a bonus tip,  we’ve found dollar stores are one of the best places to buy gift wrap and bags.

RELATED:  You can now buy gift wrap that has your face printed on it.

Here’s another video that shows the trick in more detail. Watch and learn, then sit back and enjoy all the time you’ve saved thank to this gift-wrapping trick!

 

 

 

 

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This Cat Carrier Lets Your Pet Travel Like A Little Astronaut

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Your cat can now boldly go anywhere you go thanks to this fantastic space-age cat carrier.

The ventilated carrier, pictured above, created a lot of buzz across social media and for good reason. It provides a cute little window for your cat to check out what’s going on as it travels with you.

The Dodo traced the “cat-pack” back to a company called U-pet.  The company’s tag line is “Give your pets a window to the world,” which makes perfect sense when you look at the consistent design of all their carriers.

We haven’t tested this here at Simplemost (yet), but if you look at the reviews on Amazon, the product is rated very highly with 4.5 out of 5 stars.

 

 

98 Year Old Couple Recreates Their Wedding Photo And It’s Beautiful

Wang Deyi and Cao Yuehua were married 70 years ago in a small town in the southwest part of China. So on their 70th wedding anniversary they went back to the magic spot to relieve the moment.

With the help of their four children, they were able to recreate that special day. The bride wore her original wedding dress and the groom even pinned the same type of flower on his suit.  How adorable is that?

The couple met in 1943 on the dance floor and it was love at first sight. Unfortunately, Cao had to leave her for a year to serve as an interpreter during WWII. But when he returned, he knew he needed to propose ASAP. He slipped a ruby engagement ring on her finger at the train station.

The couple’s youngest son, Cao Pangpei, told CNN, “They have been together for so long, going through the war, the political turmoil and diseases, and can still stay with each other and love each other. We want to help them to commemorate their love.”

Congratulations to the amazing couple. 70 years is no trivial feat and an inspiration to us all.

 

 

This Is Why You Shouldn’t Drink Water After Eating Spicy Foods

Hot and spicy food can make your mouth feel like it is on fire.  Some people love the sensation while others try avoid it as much as possible. Personally, I love spicy foods but hate that fiery sensation in my mouth.

What actually causes the burning sensation and why is water the worst thing you can do to calm the pain? The American Chemical Society put together this helpful video that explains the science of it all.

Basically, there is a chemical compound in spicy foods called capsaicin that causes the burning sensation. The compound binds to the pain receptors in your mouth, therefore triggering that eyes to water up and make your mouth feel like it’s swallowed the sun.

According to the video, capsaicin is a non-polar molecule and actually dissolves away when combined with other non-porous molecules.

This is why milk, a liquid that also contains non-porous molecules, will help provide relief of pain.  However, water is a polar substance and will not help dissolve the capsaicin, but will actually just spread it around your mouth.

So there you go. Next time you are eating your Thai food or spicy wings, try to avoid chugging water.

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Here Are The Year’s 50 Biggest Hit Songs Packed Into One Sweet Mashup

This mashup, named 50 Shades of Pop, brings together the top 50 songs of the year into one slick track.  Created by Jordan Roseman, aka DJ Earworm, the video has everything from Adele to Drake.   Jordan has been doing these year end summaries since 2007 and they seem get better each year.

I love this video because it’s basically a 5 minute summary of the entire year in pop music.

Enjoy.

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