Archive for December, 2009
2. Use two to play drums. Just synchronize and start playing.
3. Good for sword fighting. Mini sword duels are the best when having less work or when you just want to play with your kids in the house on a rainy day.
4. Hippie Hairdo holder. Girls use pencils to quickly arrange their hair or you get a funky punky look. If you want to look cooler, use colored or funny design pencils.
5. Door stop. Ideal when you just want to get outside for a few moments and do not want to take the key or to be locked outside.
6. Clean your muddy shoe treads. After a short run in the park or a short trip in the mountains it’s time to clean the shoes and this is no easy work. But if you use the pencil you will finish the job faster.
7. Chew them when nervous. Or just because you have a bad habit that you can get over it.
8. Funny poses. Stick them in your ears, up your nose or under your lip just like fangs. This is a quick and easy way to lighten up someone’s mood.
9. Darts arrows. Sharp them so they are quite pointy and play darts from close range
10. Measuring tool. When you have no other measuring tools around, the pencil is quite a saver.
11. Clean your ears with the erasers. Kind of yucky, but many do it. Look at your colleagues to see if you catch them red handed.
12. Pinwheel. Make one out of paper and stick it with a pin onto the pencil’s eraser
13. Fetch stick for your dog. Not very fancy but the dog will love it. Hopefully the pencil will last in the dog’s mouth so you can play longer.
14. Back scratcher. It’s so hard to reach sometimes to the place where you have that awful itch but the pencil will save the day.
15. Cat toy. I guarantee that the cat will play with it for hours and could even get addicted. Mine did!
16. Magic wand. This is a cheap and handy object that with a few add-ons can become a cute, magic wand in the hands of your little girl.
17. Reach for something in places out of reach. Like under the bed, the closet, between two furniture objects etc.
18. Foot scratcher so you don’t have to take off your shoe. I can not stand those itches. I feel the need to scratch immediately. I guess is better to scratch with the pencil rather to take your shoes off, right?
19. Pointer. This is a no-brainer.
20. Dexterity exercises. When I am tired I find this quite relaxing and it also helps my reflexes.
21. Time waster. You can do this by simply bouncing the pen in the eraser as many times as you can (without getting extremely bored).
22. Use it as a plane and fly it in the air.
23. Button pusher. For the lazy of us!
24. Kindling. You might need more than two-three pencils for this.
25. Buy more pencils and play pick up stick with them. It will be fun.
26. Prop something light with it.
27. Use it as a weapon. If is sharpened it can work as a small knife.
28. As a ruler. You can use it to draw a straight line.
29. Bookmark. Not the best solution but it works.
30. Make a hole in soil to plant seeds. It’s quick and effective
31. Plug up a hole.
32. Stir drinks. Still, use it at home not at the bar.
33. Support a plant. Is very useful for small plants
34. Make holes in plastic wrap that is around new products. Quite useful when you do not have scissors.
35. “Cut” the duct tape on sealed boxes.
36. Push stuff down into the kitchen sink if it gets caught in the drain.
37. Sculpture. Just get a knife and start crafting. (Look close; it’s a cat and a mouse)
38. Long dice. Write the number on each side and good luck!
39. Ice remover. Be careful not to scratch the surface. Make a test on a smaller, hidden zone.
40. Miniature sundial. You can do this with your kids.
41. Splint. This is can be part of a first aid treatment applied quickly.
42. Colored pencil shavings can be used to make a nice picture.
43. Frame for a small teepee. To remember your scouts days.
44. The base of a miniature water vehicle like a raft. It may work, why not?
45. 8 pencils can be used to hold toes apart while polish dries. It may be difficult to walk, though.
46. Grab gross things with two pencils. This doesn’t need more explanation.
47. Search with a pen among nails, screws and other pointy, sharp objects.
48. Use a pencil to roll out the last drops in the toothpaste tube or else.
49. The graphite is a dry lubricant and it can loosen up sticky locks.
50. Use a bit of the eraser to hold your pierced earrings into the ear if you just lost the back piece.
51. Duplicate a pattern. Place paper on an embossed wall panel, tile, or incised woodwork and lightly scribble over the surface to transfer the details.
52. Rub out grime. Some pencils erasers contain pumice. You can use the mild abrasive to shine a brass doorknob, remove scuff marks from a tile floor, or scour off sticker residue on a window.
53. Writing in the sand. You can write a sweet declaration for your lover in the sand at a glance. All you have to do is to have the pencil with you
54. Cuticle stick. Ladies know what I am talking about.
55. Get stuff out of the heater vent. Be careful not to drop the pencil in there as well.
56. Tracing shapes. For fun or for your project.
Do you know what things you can safely buy in a dollar store?
knock-offs, made in the Far East with inferior materials. They
leak acid and don’t last as long as other, well-known brands.
You may save on the up front cost, but replacements or damage
will cost more. Children’s Toys and Jewelry – “Consumer Reports” has found
many of these items to have high concentrations of lead. The
countries of origin lack the government oversight or have lax
regulations. If you do want to buy, look at the label closely.
Where was it made? Is it a brand name? Again the Frugal Yankee
suggests staying away from these, especially for babies and
toddlers who put everything in their mouth. Paper Goods – Again this is usually an inferior product. Foam
cups and paper plates are the most frequently cited example of
bad products. You can find better deals and better products at
a good warehouse store. (The exception is party goods for
little kids. If you find the princess or monster truck theme
that your child wants, go ahead. You’ll use them for about 10
minutes and the quality isn’t much of an issue.) Vitamins – Name brand purchased by dollar stores may be a
deal, but look closely at the expiration date. Expired
vitamins defeat the purpose. Food – Tread carefully here. There can be some bargains, but
read the entire label carefully, especially if you don’t
recognize the brand. Look not only at the expiration date but
also at the ingredients and where it was made. Then make an
informed decision. Electrical Products – Knock-offs from other countries should
be avoided. They are simply not up to the standard we are
accustomed to. Look at the cords and the construction. If
anything looks “off,” avoid it. See if it has a UL label on
it. That is usually a sign of minimum quality standards. Toothpaste – In 2007, most of us heard how certain toothpaste
from China had nasty chemicals in those seemingly innocuous
looking tubes. Even if you were to buy it from a dollar store,
prices at pharmacies and supermarkets are usually competitive,
so why bother? Peanuts – The recent salmonella scandal with peanuts and
peanut butter should be a wake up call for everyone. But did
you know that the first recall did not include dollar stores
even though they had a bunch on the shelves? Our advice is to
stay away from peanuts and peanut butter in dollar stores for
some time. Looking at the above list carefully, there are a few
constants. These constants are good advice for any shopper,
any place and any time. Read the label carefully. Check the
expiration date. Know the country of origin. Know the
ingredients. Does the package looked damaged? Make your
purchases smarter and safer. Ask one more question. Can I buy this item someplace else for
a better price and/or higher quality? Often, warehouse stores
offer better prices for bulk purchases. You can stock up at
sales in supermarkets and drugstore chains. Consider both when
shopping. OK, with all that, what are the good deals in dollar stores? Gift-Wrap – This is especially true right after a holiday.
Prices for gift-wrap, ribbons, and greeting cards are
remarkably low. Cleaning Supplies – Like many products, cleaning supplies go
through fads or seasons. What may be the hot product one year
quickly becomes dollar store shelf filler the next. Perhaps
this is because the manufacturer has introduced a new scent.
There is no reason to avoid these products just because they
are no longer hot. They still will clean, as long as the
expiration date hasn’t been reached. Kitchen Accessories – A sharp shopper can score with kitchen
accessories. Sometimes these items are simply out of fashion,
sometimes they are imported and sometimes the dollar store
scored on a close out. Just be careful about where it is made
and what you are using it for. After a brief period of use, kitchen towels or potholders will
get stained and worn. No amount of laundering helps. Recycle
them or toss them. Expensive or inexpensive, the same fate
awaits. Dollar stores are the place to pick up the fresh ones. Food – Yeah, I know that’s in the “be very careful” category
but read the labels. Good products at good prices can be
found. The Frugal Yankee found some very good coffee for $3.50
a pound that normally would sell for about $9 a pound. Be
sharp, be savvy and scores can be found. If it is a huge
score, why not stock up? Office/School Supplies – There is no expiration date. There is
little chance for contamination from lead or other chemicals.
So paper, erasers and many school/office supplies are decent
deals. Again compare prices at a discount office store before
committing. Plastics – Buckets, bins, organizers, clothes hangers, and the
like can be good deals. If you expect heavy use, hold out for
a national brand. If you just want to organize some things on
a shelf, these will be fine. I have one more caution. It’s easy to toss a lot of little
things into the shopping cart when prices are low. Dollar
stores count on that impulse. Don’t clutter your life with
useless deals. Resist the cute little vase, a spoon rest, or
an auto deodorizer. There are more products, but the most important thing to
remember about dollar stores is simply this. These stores make
a living on finding low priced goods and then selling them.
Where the goods come from, how long they have been around or
what’s in them is not necessarily closely inspected by the
store. When shopping dollar stores, do so knowing you have to
be the one making the smart decisions. You are not paying
someone to do that for you.
MEDICAL TEST –
STARE INTO THE CAT’S EYES FOR 10 SECONDS ….
Then Scroll Down
NOW STARE IN THE PUPPY’S EYES FOR 10 SECONDS…
Your CAT SCAN
And LAB TESTS
Are now complete
– couldn’t resist….
Do you feel like working today?
The day after?
I just want to party!
…have a GREAT Day!!!
Life is short! Break the rules! Forgive quickly! Kiss slowly!
Love truly, Laugh uncontrollably .
And never regret anything that made you smile.