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  1. Sunburn Solution

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    Outdoors, sunburn can strike even the most diligently lotioned vacationer. An infusion of black tea and fresh mint makes a fragrant sunburn soother. The tannic acid in black tea draws heat from the burn and restores the skin's acid balance; the mint cools the skin.

    To make, pour four cups boiling water over two cups of fresh mint leaves and three or four tea bags. Cover, let stand 10 minutes, then strain. Let cool, and transfer to a glass jar. Apply to sunburned skin with a washcloth or cotton balls. The infusion keeps for a few weeks in the refrigerator.

     

    Source
    Martha Stewart Kids, Volume 4 2002
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  2. Caring for Leather

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    If you love playing polo or riding horses, keep your leather boots and saddles clean and beautiful with these simple steps.

    Boots
    1. Wash with water and a sponge to remove sweat. Let dry.
    2. Polish with cordovan color shoe polish.

    Saddles
    1. Clean with water and glycerin soap after riding to keep leather supple and shiny.
    2. Apply cerasoline to saddle with soft cloth once or twice a month.

    Source
    The Martha Stewart Show, January 2010
  3. At a Glance

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    Windowed boxes (on the left) covered in tweed make it possible to find a specific sweater in an instant. Magnetic catch-and-pull tabs ensure that the lids close tightly.

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    Martha Stewart Living, January 2009
  4. Good Thing

    Longer-Lasting Blooms

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    When using daffodils in mixed bouquets, place them in separate bud vases. The stems contain a poisonous sap that causes other flowers to wilt quickly.

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    Martha Stewart Living, March 2008
  5. All-Natural Mists

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    A refreshing spritz of fragrant water is a great way to keep cool in summer. To create sprays, simply fill mist bottles with water and a few strips of julienned cucumber or sprigs of lavender and mint. Label bottles (labels from chroniclebooks.com), and set them on a tray at your next backyard barbecue. 

    Bonus: Cucumber is known for its hydrating properties, and lavender and mint are reputed insect repellents.

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    Martha Stewart Living, August 2009
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