A Stitch in Time

The Road Not Taken

It’s still a mystery around here why Woman’s Day magazine shows up every month (we think it has something to do with the demise of Domino and Hearst having to fill subscriptions) but when it does, we always seem to glean a tidbit or two of useful information.  October marks the magazine’s 75th anniversary and included in the issue were two bonus pullouts – one on decorating (which we’ll cover next week) and one on “timesaving tricks and little indulgences.”  Along with #18 (Take a different route during your walk.  You’re bound to see something you have never noticed before), here are some of our favorite smart tips from the past 75 years…

A Fashion Plan

#3 – Plan out more than your clothes the night before.  Decide on shoes and jewelry, too.

Tea Time

#16 – Instead of brewing your tea in a mug, use a teapot so the drink will properly steep and stay warm.

Peppermint Adds Pep!

#46 – Take a deep whiff of peppermint.  Research shows that the scent can stimulate your brain and help beat an afternoon energy slump (we prefer ours in candy form!)

Easy Breezy Salad

#50 – Mix the salad dressing in the same bowl you’ll use for the salad for quick cleanup and fewer dishes.

The Biggest Word You’ve Ever Heard

#72 – If you can’t turn off your thoughts when you go to bed (and our minds are constantly ON), spell long words backwards…

We know we’ll be applying some of these to our own busy lives and may come up with tips of our own now that early mornings and late nights are part of our daily schedule.  Do you have any favorite timesaving tricks or little indulgences you’d like to share?

Photos via Pinterest, The Coveteur, Petit Elefant, Epicurean Mom and Zoe Ingram


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  • Reply theenchantedhome September 14, 2012 at 6:53 am

    All clever, have to remember that about peppermint. My “trick” is lists and more lists…I live by them but they keep me on track and organized and nothing is as empowering as checking things off!

  • Reply pve September 14, 2012 at 7:38 am

    My Mother taught me to always go to bed with a clean kitchen. She told me that dirty dishes in the sink are the devil. I really don’t want to mess with that devil in the morning so I clean up all the dishes and even the sink to a heavenly sparkle. I do sleep well too.

  • Reply Teresa @ Splendid Sass September 14, 2012 at 8:24 am

    My mother never missed an issue of Woman’s Day, so this is a sweet memory for me. Great tips to.
    Thank you for sharing.
    Happy Friday.

  • Reply Jeanne McKay Hartmann September 14, 2012 at 10:07 am

    Clever tips! I follow Patrica’s practice of treating dirty dishes in the sink as the devil and try to treat clothes and shoes the same way. Always back in their proper place at the end of the day so they don’t pile up!
    Happy Weekend, ladies! XO

  • Reply stitchfork September 14, 2012 at 11:02 am

    I’ll swap you the Woman’s Day for the mysterious presence of Readers Digest in my mailbox!
    Off to find some peppermint…
    xo Cathy

  • Reply Stephanie @ La Dolce Vita September 14, 2012 at 12:08 pm

    Both useful and charming! terrific! have a great weekend ladies!

  • Reply claudia lane September 14, 2012 at 8:39 pm

    My mum also taught me not to leave dirty dishes in the sink overnight and she was right, there’s nothing worst than to wake up in the morning and find a dirty kitchen (almost instantly puts me in a bad mood!) I love the peppermint tip and the teapot one is one that I knew but hardly follow for some reason, must try and do it from now on.Have a great weekend x

  • Reply quintessence September 15, 2012 at 2:19 pm

    I haven’t seen Women’s Day for years but looks like they have something fun to offer!! Happy Weekend!!

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