Every day is someone’s birthday. In honor of that, celebrate by treating yourself to a cupcake or slice of cake. There are many bakeries that specialize in just cupcakes and cakes, and there are even television shows devoted to the delectable confections. If gourmet and designer cakes are beyond your budget or taste, bake your own and decorate as elaborately as you can. Out to lunch or dinner? Tell the server it is your birthday and you may be treated to a complimentary dessert! Caution: You may be surrounded by a swarm of staff singing “Happy Birthday!” to you!
Add some challenge and fun to folding towels by creating origami style animals. While origami is traditionally done with paper, hotels sometimes will present origami towels created in the shapes of dogs and other critters to amuse guests. For some interesting results, check out buzzfeed.com/donnad/15-examples-of-towel-origami. There are many sites offering step by step instructions and videos. They make a great touch for a gift (beach towel with a beach bag filled with goodies). You may need to practice first. It’s not as easy as it looks!
Source: MinneMom on Flickr
Be gentle with your clothes the next time you send them through the wash cycle; use cold water. Warm or hot water tends to fade items more quickly and can be more costly. For heavily soiled items, you can soak them first and rinse under water before putting them in with the load. Not convinced? Try it and see if you can tell the difference.
One of the niceties of going on vacation is indulging in luxuries you might not normally get to enjoy. Even something as simple as complimentary soaps and shampoo can be enough to make you feel special. Consider adding that same kind of special touch the next time you have an overnight guest by placing a few chocolates or other candies on their pillow. Add a note: “We’re so glad you came!” No overnight guests? Extend the gesture to your spouse, children, or significant other. The effect will go far when they are not expecting it.
Image source: This cute pillow set by restintheword on Etsy
Take a look in your medicine cabinet, refrigerator, pantry, or even garage for products that can either be consolidated or can be replenished with a “refill” item. Save space by combining the two half-filled ketchup bottles on the door of the refrigerator. Restaurants do this! Check for economy saving refill containers for items such as window cleaner or hand soap the next time you go shopping. Fill the gas tank in the lawnmower so it’s ready to go for the next time you cut the grass; maybe you can get someone to do that chore for you!