After Monday's devastation in Oklahoma City, residents are just starting to take stock of surroundings. Amidst all the wreckage and ruin, one woman stopped to share her story with a local television station with an end result no one could have possibly imagined. Watch as a very special reunion takes place to the absolute amazement of everyone involved.
When you get to the last slice of bread and it's not as fresh as you'd like it to be, instead of tossing it, there are ways to transform that crumbling mess into something useful. After all, why throw away the old when you can upcycle it into something new?
You might be surprised at the various things you can do with stale bread, ensuring you get every penny out of your favorite loaf. Here are several cool uses for stale bread:
- Artisan bread crumbs: Cube stale bread, and season it for delicious bread crumbs that can be used for topping soups, stews, or fresh salads.
- Happy plants: Dry stale bread in the oven, and then grind in the blender, creating fine bread crumbs. Simply mix with your potting soil or rake into your garden. The crumbs will add nutrients and moisture to your happy plants. While you're at it, throw in some crushed egg shells for a nutrient-happy plant.
- Special bird treats: Instead of tossing dry chunks of bread to the birds, grind stale bread in the blender and leave out in small dishes for your friendly birds. Or mix together equal parts bread crumbs, birdseed, peanut butter, and lard, and roll into rounds. Place in bird feeders for a really special bird treat.
From ferocious lions to swimming penguins, this collection of artsy pictures from the Hagenbeck Zoo in Hamburg, Germany, will have you mesmerized. The zoo, which opened its gates in 1863 and has been run by the Hagenbeck family since 1907, was the first to use open enclosures surrounded by moats instead of barred cages to create a more natural setting. Encompassing several acres, the park houses animals from all over the world, including tropical sharks, Asian elephants, tigers, and lions. Click through this collection of artistic images that share the amazing beauty of the animals of this zoo.
If you've got a special graduate in your life and are having a hard time finding the perfect unique gift for her, consider a hand-crafted Etsy item that will look awesome on a new desk or help her stay organized. Along with card holders, helpful notepads, and the coolest pens, this collection of Etsy finds all ring in at $20 or under, making any of these gifts easy on the wallet when sticking to a budget. Click through to find the right gift for any friend finishing her studies — or something special to treat yourself on graduation day!
Here's a quick tip: don't trash your bread when it's stale; just repurpose it by feeding it to your living greens.
Dry stale bread in the oven, and then grind in the blender, creating fine bread crumbs. Simply mix with your potting soil or rake into your garden. The crumbs will add nutrients and moisture to your happy plants.
If you're looking for a fun way to feed your wild bird friends, then make these seriously easy bird treats to hang from trees or outside windows. And they come together with ingredients you probably have on hand with really cute results, making them an adorable gift idea for any wild bird lover. Peanut butter is high in protein and a great binder for making these simple treats.
Along with finding helpful living essentials at your local flea market, you can also pick up really cheap home decorations. You might be surprised at how those $1 table vases and figurines can be transformed into seriously chic accent pieces. Here are a few tips for spray-painting your flea market finds:
- Search for ceramic or wood vases or plates to use for spraying. You can also spray-paint glass jars and containers with really cool results. Try not to be distracted by the colors of the original item, and concentrate on the shape and form of the figurine. We couldn't pass up these finds at our local flea market that rang in at $1 total!
- Before painting, wipe down with a damp paper towel, removing any grime or dust stuck in the grooves. Allow the item to completely dry, and then select a color to use for spray painting. White is elegantly chic, while using a pastel blue or green is fun and fresh too.
- Take the items outdoors, and lightly spray with paint. You'll need to apply at least three to four coats to get a nice and solid covering of paint. Don't rush, and do light coats; they keep the paint from dripping or pooling, which can alter the shape and design of your cool figurines.
- Let completely dry before handling, which can take several hours. Display the painted figurines on bookshelves, mantels, or special corners of your home.
We all know that kittens and hedgehogs are adorable, so putting them together is heart-explodingly cute. Watch as a curious kitty meets a hedgehog for the very first time. Instead of being scared away by the hedgie's quills, this kitten really wants to get to know her new friend better. Click to watch this absolutely adorable pet video.
Front-loading washing machines are energy efficient and use less detergent than top-loaders, but they sometimes have a tendency to harbor mold and unpleasant smells. By giving your washing machine a quick clean once a month, you'll keep your front-loader fresh, which means cleaner clothes, too. This eco-friendly method doesn't use bleach, costs only pennies to make, and comes together with ingredients you already have on hand.
When your favorite bling just doesn't have the same sparkle, instead of purchasing expensive cleaning solutions or bucking out for a professional scrubbing, try this easy DIY jewelry cleaner. Using ingredients you already have in your pantry, this concoction costs pennies to make and doesn't use any harsh chemicals — just the power of science. And you can give your old toothbrush a new life by gently scrubbing jewels postsoak. Before you know it, your special gems will be dazzling.
May 13-17 is National Bike Week, which makes these adorable pictures of dogs on bikes so fitting. Along with being a fun way to get a bit of exercise while enjoying some fresh Spring air, jumping on a bike with your furry friend is great for the environment. Click through for a collection of happy pups enjoying a bicycle ride paired with helpful riding tips and products.
Instead of bucking out for high-priced living essentials, head to your local flea market or garage sales in your community for all the things you need. Before your flea-market adventure, take the time to do a couple of things to ensure shopping success. Set a budget so you know what your top dollar is, and write down measurements of spaces you're hunting for, along with the amount of room you have in your vehicle for new purchases. And get ready to have an open mind while bargain hunting — you never know what you might discover! Click through for a collection of living essentials you can find at your local flea market with some smart tips to take into consideration while shopping.
There's nothing worse than standing in front of your front door shuffling through your keys to find the right one. Instead of wasting time (and carrying around boring keys), give them a coat of paint to stay organized and look chic. This life hack tip already caught our attention, so we figured it was a great DIY to try. And even if you're not crafty, you can easily transform your set of keys into a cool and personalized collection. Just make sure to keep a list reminding yourself which color key fits which lock. Here are a few tips for decorating your keys:
- Go through your key ring, sorting keys into a pile of ones that are used daily, another pile for those that aren't used as often, and a pile to ditch.
- The easiest way to paint your keys is to coat them with fingernail polish. But, while trying this, we discovered that only saturated colors or glitter polishes really worked and that keys needed several coats to be brilliantly shiny. Pick your favorite dark shade or glitter polish, paint the top side of a key, let it dry, and continue coating until you're happy with the results.
- Another fun way to paint your keys is by using spray paint, which allows you to get a bit crafty. Use strips of painter's tape to create designs, or even letters on the top of the keys — or simply leave as is for a solid pop of color. Tape the bottom of the key to a piece of cardboard, covering the entire base. Take outdoors and give it a quick spray. Once dry, remove the tape, and you've got a really cool set of keys.
Have you tried painting your keys? Leave a comment sharing which method worked best for you!
There's nothing better than sinking into your freshly fluffed feather bed at the end of a long day, but if it's feeling a bit flatter — and grubbier — than usual, then it's time for a cleaning. Instead of taking it in for a high-priced professional laundering or potentially ruining your own washing machine with a feather eruption, clean your feather bed with a few items you probably have around the house. You'll love drifting off to sleep on your refreshed feather bed while dreaming of all the ways you'll spend the money you saved by cleaning it yourself.
There's nothing cuter than a curious kitty, which makes this silly pet video of the day so funny. We already know cats love cardboard boxes, and what kitty can't resist string? You'll definitely get a chuckle out of this quick short.
Celebrate National Pet Month with this collection of adorable pets that are as happy as they can be. From grinning guinea pigs to smiling cats, all of these pets are seriously cheery. The month of May is dedicated to sharing just how special animals are and the benefits of taking care of pets. Giving your favorite friend a cuddle lowers blood pressure and promotes good overall health — and shows your pet that you think he's special too. Click through for some instant animal love.
Recycle your plastic bottles in style with this easy DIY. Perfect for adorning small patios or apartment windows, these planters can be hung indoors or out and take minutes to make. And they also make delightful gifts during Spring and Summer. For basically the cost of the plants, you've got a cute planter that will add a touch of sweetness to any space.
Instead of throwing glass jars into the recycling bin, upcycle those pasta and condiment containers into something really pretty and functional. Get organized with a chic jar dedicated just for your nails, a sweet jelly jar vase, or a creative container for your random bits and pieces. With the help of some gold spray paint and a few foam stickers, you've got all the fixings for a fun and crafty DIY. Invite all your besties, and their glass jars, to make stunning statement pieces that help organize and make great gifts.
Even if you're not a fan of horse racing, the running of the Kentucky Derby isn't just about the sport. From the hottest celebs that attended the event to sweet sips like mint juleps, the fun couldn't be stopped by this year's drizzle. The first race of the Triple Crown was met with mud splatters and a hot race, ending with Orb splashing through the finish line, making jockey Joel Rosario the first Dominican to win. Orb was the five-to-one favorite and burst out of the gates to run the track in 2:02.89. Click through for a few highlights from the running of the 139th Kentucky Derby.
If you're still searching for the perfect gift for your mom, we've found a few budget-friendly gifts that will make her feel loved. From sparkling jewels to heavenly scented soaps, these handmade gifts from Etsy crafters are a unique way to show Mom she is special. And these gifts are also inspiration for Mother's Day DIYs that are easier than you think to pull off. What are you waiting for? Get clicking to find the perfect gift for your mom!