Monday, November 29, 2010

GREAT book giveaway! Real Simple's 869 New Uses for Old Things!

Lucky you! One of you can win this awesome book! It's like a bible for Real Simple's popular monthly feature "New Uses for Old Things"


Here are a few of my favorite from the book:

birdbath: Swap birdsong for blooms. Plant flowering succulents in an underused birdbath.

baby powder: Prevent sweat stains on white shirts. Sprinkle powder on the underarms and the collar, then iron. The powder acts as a barrier. (I have lots of whites so I'm gonna try this one!)

bowl: Peel garlic. Place cloves in a bowl, cover it with another bowl to form a sphere, and shake. The papery skins will flake right off.

ketchup bottle: Driplessly parcel out pancake batter. Pour it into a clean bottle, then squeeze onto the pan, whether in plant=size rounds or silver dollars

coffee filter: When snapping a close-up, soften the brightness for a more flattering photo by placing a paper coffee filter over the flash. (I HATE using the flash so I'm going to try this one next time instead of taking photos that are way too dark!)


One of my personal new uses for an old thing is using rubber bands on hangers to keep cami's and other delicates from slipping off. What works best for me though are the thick rubber bands that are used to keep bundles of broccoli and other veggies together.

So how do you get a chance to win? Just leave a comment on this post - and feel free to share your own ideas! On Tuesday Dec. 7th I'll draw a winner at random and announce the lucky reader the next morning.

The book can be purchased on Amazon.

Good luck!

disclosure: I received this book as a sample

51 comments:

Abby said...

Love this feature from Real Simple!

poindextr said...

the coffee filter-camera flash cover is a superb idea! This is a constant source of consternation! What a fabulous giveaway.

Andrea said...

Great Giveaway! I really enjoy learning about new uses for everyday things you can find around the house.

Sarah said...

oh man i love these kinds of things! one of my favorite tips that i've gotten from Real Simple is to use bbq shish-ba-bob sticks to poke the four corners of your beach towel into the sand so it doesn't move around when you're laying out in the sun.

Megs said...

This book looks fabulous! I would love to read all of them.

The Feisty Redhead said...

Ooooh, count me in on this giveaway, especially since I didn't renew my Real Simple subscription!

Liz said...

I'm definitely going to try the coffee filter one.

One trick I read on a blog that I thought was a good idea was to soak a cotton ball in vanilla extract and put it into a new vacuum bag so when you vacuum, you don't get that stinky smell!

Nicole said...

Love Real Simple! And their idea to use half a tennis ball to remove old light bulbs is one of my favorites. I always worry it's going to explode in my hand.

Lacey said...

I love giving books as gifts! I would definitely give this one to my MIL!

Emily said...

great book, I love all the other ideas as well!

pallavi said...

Very nice! Would love to go greener with ideas from this book!

pallavi
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Jenny M said...

What a fun book, thanks!

Anne B. said...

Good ideas! Thanks for the chance to win!

Kelly said...

What great ideas... Now I am so intrigued I think I will have to go buy it if I don't win :)

Stephen said...

yes, please. I love this section/column typically in Real Simple's mag.

Christine said...

Love Real Simple!

LaurenSchoon said...

I really like the ketchup bottle idea. And the coffee filter idea sounds really great! I hate using the flash too, so I'm definitely trying that!
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Jamie said...

nice! i would love this book! i have already thought of something similar to the ketchup bottle idea. i have these star wars pancake molds that i need some kind of squeezie tool to get the batter into all the nooks and crannies. i was thinking a generic condiment bottle, like the ones you see at BBQ restaurants, would work perfectly! a heinz bottle would work too!

Talia said...

I LOVE Real Simple. What a great book to have around for all your upcycling and recycling needs! I've actually used the filter idea myself many times. I would love to have this on my shelf!

Liesel said...

Oooh! This is a great book!

Mamma said...

I'm such a sucker for good tips!

Dawn in OKC said...

Love the ideas you shared from the book....great giveaway! Thanks.

allison said...

my favorite feature in 'real simple' each month. happy to see an entire book dedicated to such great ideas!

Hello Lover... said...

Love this giveaway- I've literally picked this book up at the grocery store each week for 3 weeks now and I keep putting it back down - trying to convince myself I don't need it - but I really probably do!

k. ryan said...

this book looks incredible! ...AND the most perfect gift for my mother :)
-kait

pippirose said...

The book looks fantastic!
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Caiti said...

Sounds awesome! I love things like this. As a college student, I tend to make do with whatever I can find. I use rubber bands for everything, from holding bags of chips close (which actually works better than chip clips) to curtain ties.

Erin said...

I miss my Real Simple subscription! This book features my favorite part of the mag—new uses for old things. Love it!

T:o)ve said...

Oh, that seems like just the book for me :)

Lauren said...

what a great giveaway!! i'd love the book!

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Carol said...

What a great give-away. I've often torn out that section from my Real Simple to keep for reference. It would be nice to have them all in one place, especially since I didn't tear all of them out - and can't find them since we moved!

DeAnna said...

what a fabulous giveaway! i miss getting my real simple in the mail! this would be so handy!!

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Anonymous said...

I've seen wine corks used to create a back splash for a kitchen counter in a basket weave pattern. It was very cool!
Vickie Canham

Emily G. said...

What a brilliant book! I love repurposing everyday gadgets and am sure this book is full of lovely ideas. Thanks for the giveaway!

Kelsey said...

I would love this - what a great giveaway!

the_comforts said...

What a great book and a great giveaway!

Jennifer E said...

Also loving the coffee filter idea...I have a flash that's always a little too harsh, and my diffuser blots it out too much.

Wendy said...

What a great giveaway! I could use some of this ideas!

Baby Cakes said...

I am a HUGE fan of Real Simple and especially their New uses for old things section. I have a tip of my own, don't know if it's in the book because I don't have it (yet?) I slip on a mateless sock and use it as a dusting mitt. sock covered fingers are perfect to get all the nooks and crannies my regular duster can't.

emjohnston said...

Ah, I do *love* my RS subscription. And the New Uses section is always inspiring!
My New Use - I keep a "Girl Scout Box" in my car. It is a photo box (from a Michael's sale) filled with travel-size packs of pain killers, tissues, baby wipes, and sunscreen, as well as stamps, nail clippers & file, tape measure, mini screwdriver set, etc. I keep another with non-perishable snackies (nuts, granola bars) because I ofen find myself rushing to client appointments without time to stop for food.

emuhle said...

real simple = awesome! this book would be great!

Anonymous said...

this is my favorite feature of Real Simple! I hope I win! JLTRN (Janet)

Jen said...

I knew I kept those elastic bands for a reason!

Alisa said...

This would make a great gift for my dad. And then I could borrow it!

Kel said...

This is a commom sense book! Once you see the solutions you go, of course that makes perfect sense to do that. And yet I cannot think of those things. Already with the intro I learned more than I knew before. Would love to win!

A Jung Lady said...

I am a huge fan of real simple! Thanks for sharing! :)

katie g. said...

I lack the cleverness Real Simple does at using things in different ways. But I'd love the book!

kayduh said...

I love these little tricks!

laura @ so alaurable said...

I can't wait to try the coffee filter flash idea! I love Real Simple and would enjoy reading this book -- which would also be the perfect gift!

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