Repurpose business magnets with personal photos

Dear Heloise: Many businesses have magnets with advertising on them that they give out. I glue pictures of my grandchildren and pets into the magnets. You can cut them down to size or in funny shapes. Sometimes I use pinking shears to dress them up a little. — J.S., via email

Dear Readers: Thanksgiving is almost here! Another year to count our blessings and give thanks.

Let’s make it easy on ourselves this year. Simplicity will save time, and a simple party can be just as memorable as a fancy spread. Here are some hints to help create a football-themed buffet:

* Hit the grocery store with a plan. Thinking ahead will save time and money.

* Plasticware and paper plates will save time and cleanup.

* Fresh vegetables and in-season fruits can make a colorful, healthy, inexpensive and delicious centerpiece!

* Slow cookers will be your best friend. Cook, simmer and serve.

* How about just hors d’oeuvres or just desserts for the football frenzy?

Relax and enjoy your guests, and remember the reason for the Thanksgiving season! — Heloise

Dear Heloise: My husband and I are real DIYers (do it yourselfers) and have learned a trick or two. One really helpful tip is using apple-cider vinegar for all kinds of tasks. When we do tile work, the grainy mortar can really dry out your hands. Also, after a few hours of yardwork (sometimes I do not wear gloves), my hands feel just awful. Vinegar to the rescue. I pat on some apple-cider vinegar and let it dry, and it makes them feel so much better. — G.H. in Central Texas

How wonderful! Yes, vinegar can be a health and beauty treatment, too. Rinsing hair and hands with diluted vinegar will remove soap and hair-product residue, and help itchy hands.

Vinegar has a multitude of uses around the home, and it’s cheap, safe and friendly to the environment. For a collection of my favorite vinegar hints around the home, order my pamphlet stuffed with money-saving hints using vinegar. Visit my website, www. Heloise.com, or send a long, stamped (68 cents), self-addressed envelope, along with $5, to: Heloise’s Fantabulous Vinegar Hints and More, P.O. Box 795001, San Antonio, TX 78279-5001. Every household should have at least a gallon of vinegar around, really two. It comes in handy. — Heloise

Dear Heloise: I made a checklist on the computer of all the things we are supposed to do around the first of the month. Examples are: check smoke detector, check the tire pressure on the car, feed the inside potted plants with plant food, check the AC filter, and so on. I print it out, tape it on the refrigerator door and mark though what has been completed. — R.B., via email