I recall as a kid making Christmas trees out of old magazines. Take each page and fold the upper-right corner down and in towards the binding (making a triangle), glue the outside covers together and fan it out in a tree shape. You then spray paint it green (not all of it, just the outside inch or two, whatever… » 8/24/08 10:20pm 8/24/08 10:20pm

I'd suggest first look to see if you can ditch the drink all together. I used to drink apple and orange juice daily, but when I started my diet replaced each with the actual fruit which has the added benefit of filling me up. Too bad coffee with cream doesn't come in vegetable form. » 6/08/08 7:13pm 6/08/08 7:13pm

I agree, many do try to make composting overly complicated. If you want the exact perfect soil then yes, it can be complicated. If all you want to do is reduce your weekly garbage haul, then a well ventilated space is all you need to toss your kitchen scraps on be it a garbage pail with holes, a home made container… » 5/25/08 3:07pm 5/25/08 3:07pm

I don't know about vinegar on weeds but I've been using it for years to kill the moss that collects on the roof of our guest house. Easiest thing for weeds is to pull them out, most are shallow rooted so come out easy. If you kill them you still need to pull them as they become unsightly. » 5/24/08 7:18pm 5/24/08 7:18pm

Seriously, what's an affordable fund that averages 8%?! Most that I've seen are between 3%-5% (I looked at Vanguard.com, very briefly so I may have missed some obvious ones). Saving is relatively easy, investing is the hard part. » 5/19/08 9:30pm 5/19/08 9:30pm

Here's what I did and it's been working great. I set a goal of 100 pushups in 100 days. First day I was able to do 12. Every day after I add one more. Today I'm at 54. I can't do them all in a row, but I do as many as possible in the first set which so far has kept pace at about 50-60% of my daily goal, then I do… » 3/13/08 8:55pm 3/13/08 8:55pm

I've been putting used dryer sheets in my jogging sneakers for a couple years now, just rotating them in and out as I do a load of laundry. They're light enough to let air get in so the sneaker dries out and the fragrance is minimal since they've been used already, but it's just enough to mask the stinkies. » 10/21/07 7:46pm 10/21/07 7:46pm

Exercise: What did it for me was setting aside an hour and half every day for exercise. Some days I was just too tired from the day before but instead of jogging that day I walked or instead of lifting weights I stretched. The key was every day regardless I set to exercising and more often than not I'd end up doing… » 9/30/07 6:31pm 9/30/07 6:31pm

I've been Wii-ing with my left hand recently and getting much better at it! I tried mousing with my left once but it honestly just wasted so much time it. Do try doing every day things with your opposite hand though; pouring coffee, eating, remote controlling, etc. » 9/25/07 8:53pm 9/25/07 8:53pm

What Mr. Schlifstein fails to recognize is that some of that force being exerted down is absorbed by the cushioning that treadmills have, usually in the form of small plastic air sacs, so less force is then exerted back up from the running surface. I would argue the benefit is more in your ankles and feet but your… » 8/12/07 3:47pm 8/12/07 3:47pm

Actually maintaining a bonsai is fairly easy, growing one from scratch or creating one from an existing tree is very difficult and time consuming. If you can spare $20-$50 just get a bonsai at your local garden center or the ones sold through amazon from Brussel's are good, I've purchased 4 through them with no… » 8/06/07 4:29pm 8/06/07 4:29pm