Want to avoid the long Walt Disney World lines in the sweltering heat of a Florida Summer? We can help with that. Some of the park’s biggest fans came together on two Quora threads to offer tips and tricks for making your trip to Disney World even more magical – and more economical, too. These hacks will help you navigate the parks, find the best deals, and make the most of the happiest place on the planet.
We’ve all heard the lottery horror stories about winners who had it all and lost it. From bankruptcy and jail time to murder and suicide, many lottery winners seem to be cursed with bad luck – or maybe just bad judgment.
Fortunately, a sunnier side to lottery stories exists. Some winners have done great things with their winnings, and others have wisely chosen to employ experts to help them manage the lump of cash they lucked into. Below are seven lottery stories that prove winning the lottery can be a blessing, not a curse!
- Allen and Violet Large Donated All Their Winnings
- Colin and Christine Weir Gave to Their Community and Children in Need
- Jim and Carolyn McCullar Planned For Future Generations
- Louise White Hired Legal Help and Established a Trust
- Les Robins Founded a Day Camp For Children
- Jim Dancy Gave It All Away
- Ed Nabors Went Fishing
This Canadian couple made headlines in 2010 not only for winning $11.2 million in the lottery, but also for giving most of it away. When the pair, in their 70s at the time, received the money, they decided that others needed it more. After setting up their family members financially, the Larges chose to donate the majority of their winnings to hospitals and other charitable organizations.
While known to splurge every now and then, this Scottish couple has given large amounts over the years to causes that moved them. Since winning about $250 million in 2011, the two have made notable donations to a little girl with cerebral palsy, a promising young artist, and a child in need of a prosthetic limb. They also gave their house to their neighbor, who was a teen mother, and contributed countless dollars to fund causes in their community through the Weir Charitable Trust.
In 2011, Jim and Carolyn McCullar, from a small town in Washington state, won half of a $380 million prize in the Mega Millions lottery. The couple, who claimed their part of the second-largest jackpot in US history at the time, took the win in stride. Instead of blowing the money all at once or planning extravagant trips around the world, the McCullars said they planned on using the money to give future generations of their family comfortable lives.
Eighty-one-year-old Louise White walked away with around $210 million in 2012, after claiming a lump sum prize from the $336 million Rhode Island Powerball lottery jackpot. White decided not to detail her exact plans for the money. She did indicate that it would make her family happy, and also hired legal help and safely deposited the winnings in a trust named after the sherbet she bought alongside her winning ticket.
When Les Robins won the $111 million jackpot in 1993, it was the highest Powerball jackpot to date. It’s likely that his background as a middle school teacher inspired Robins to use a large portion of his winnings to build a day camp for children. Camp Winnegator is still a successful camp over 20 years later.
Jim Dancy didn’t break any lottery-winning records when he claimed $10,000 in the Michigan Lottery’s Club Keno game, but he warmed many hearts when he chose to donate all of his winnings to Greater Kalamazoo United Way instead of keeping any for himself.
One winner, former Georgia truck driver Ed Nabors, decided to take a simpler route than most when he claimed half of a $390 million prize. He chose to call it a day and go fishing.
This vintage glam house built by Tiny Heirloom has every luxury amenity you would expect to find in a mansion, but it’s only 200 square feet! Highlights include an elegant chandelier, marble countertops, wood floors, a fully equipped kitchen, a living wall, and even a romantic clawfoot tub! There’s a motorized platform in the main expanse that can be converted into a pullout bed, bench seats, a table, and even stairs for when you want to climb up to the sitting area at the top. The swanky design comes at a steep price – well, steep for a tiny home, that is. This house will cost you $150,000. Take a tour of this incredible tiny home in the slideshow ahead.
Your bed is always made, toilet bowl polished, and coffee table styled just so, but is your house really clean? Filth can quietly build up in unexpected places, from the decor to the appliances. Read on to discover the most overlooked spots to clean – and to learn how you can get them back in tip-top shape.
- Throw Pillows
- Kitchen Trash Can
- Curtains and Upholstery
- Bathroom Decor
- Washing Machine
- Knobs, Handles, and Switches
If your morning java is starting to taste funky, it’s probably because your coffeemaker is in need of a cleaning. Hard-water deposits and brewing residue can take over your machine if you don’t wash it every month or so by running a 50-50 mix of white vinegar and water through the brew cycle. Turn off the machine halfway through brewing, and let it sit for an hour before turning it back on to complete the cycle. Then run fresh water through it a few times until the vinegar smell is gone. The carafe and filter can be cleaned in the dishwasher.
You know it’s important to clean your bedroom pillows, but what about those stylish throw pillows on your sofa? Whether you’re using them to prop up your feet after a long day or rest your head during a Netflix binge, they’re collecting the same (if not more) dead skin, dust mites, and filth. Be sure to run the vacuum’s upholstery attachment over pillows when cleaning the living room, and remove pillow covers for periodic laundering according to the care instructions.
Is that foul odor lingering even after you take the trash out? It could be leftover food debris and bacteria that have made their way into the trash can. Get it clean by hosing out any gunk before spraying with a disinfectant and an odor-eliminating product and giving it a thorough scrub down.
They might look clean to the naked eye, but curtains and upholstery trap everything from pollen and dust mites to bacteria and mold. Take the vacuum to them regularly, and for especially dirty fabrics, check the label to see if washing or professional cleaning is an option.
This one might seem counterintuitive, but even dish-cleaning machines require cleaning. Dishwashers get clogged with food debris, soap scum, hard-water deposits, and even mold. Start by cleaning out the filter of the dishwasher – yes, your dishwasher has a filter, and if this is the first time you’re learning of it, odds are yours is clogged with old food particles – and then run a heavy-duty cleaning agent through the wash cycle. We’re partial to baking soda bombs.
From the cup you hold your toothbrush in to the glass jars atop the toilet, you would be surprised how bacteria spreads around the bathroom. Give all your bathroom accessories a good antiseptic rubdown when you’re cleaning the bathroom.
If you’ve ever noticed that your clothes smell less than fresh after being washed, then it’s probably time to clean your washing machine. With all the water and damp clothes that go through them, these machines are especially susceptible to mold and mildew. You can clean your washing machine by running a mix of white vinegar and baking soda through the hottest cycle available.
Based on the number of dirty hands grabbing at them, knobs, handles, and light switches seem like an obvious place to disinfect, but they’re frequently overlooked. Don’t forget to address these bacteria hot spots when wiping down places like the kitchen and bathroom.
Looking for a travel mug to store your Felix Felicis? These Harry Potter-themed tumblers definitely caught my eye, especially with their added Starbucks inspiration. If you were grabbing a drink to-go from the Three Broomsticks, I’d hope they’d look a little like this. Plus, each mug comes with a protective lid, so you can avoid any pumpkin juice spillage in (and out) of the Great Hall. These tumblers are sure to add a magical touch to any morning commute, even if it isn’t by broomstick.
Whether your guilty pleasure is Butterbeer, you’re experimenting with Polyjuice Potion, or sticking with your regular A.M. latte, keep reading to see more of these mystical mugs and be sure to check out our other affordable Harry Potter gifts.
If you are gluten free and have been searching for a moist home-style muffin bursting with flavor, our Pillsbury Gluten-Free Muffins are exactly what you’ve been looking for!
These ready-to-eat muffins are individually wrapped for on-the-go convenience and certified gluten free by the Gluten-Free Certification Organization. Sold in packages of four and available in Blueberry or Chocolate Chip, they can be found in grocers’ all-natural freezer cases.
Try our decadent, no-bake Gluten-Free BLUEBERRY TRIFLE
Makes 12 Servings
- 12 Pillsbury Gluten Free Ready to Eat Muffins
- 16-ounce tub gluten-free whipped topping, thawed
- 3 pints blueberries
- 1 pint strawberries
- Cut or break 6 muffins into chunks and spread evenly in the bottom of a trifle bowl (or any clear glass bowl with round side and a flat bottom).
- Spread half of whipped topping (8 ounces) on top of muffins.
- Layer on a little more than half of the blueberries.
- Repeat steps 1 through 3. For the final layer, form an outer ring of sliced strawberries (save one whole strawberry to decorate the top) and place all the remaining blueberries in the center (see photo).
Cover and refrigerate for several hours, or overnight, before serving.
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We peered into the future and predicted that Starbucks would release yet another viral beverage, and now it’s here! Following the success of the Unicorn Frappuccino – and many subsequent iterations – Starbucks has launched the Crystal Ball Frappuccino for just a few days in March.
Even before the coffee chain confirmed the launch, several baristas shared pictures of the drink on Instagram. As expected, reactions also began rolling in on Twitter and the lucky few who tried it early said it’s pretty delicious and “worth a try.”
The Crystal Ball Frappuccino features a peach-flavored cream base topped with whipped cream and colorful rock candy. As with many of the previous festive Frappuccino flavors, the drink will only be available for a limited time from March 22 to March 26 – so mark your calendars and pick up this marbled turquoise treat while you can!
Have you ever come home from a long day of work, stepped through your door, and noticed that your home smells a little musty? Between lingering food smells from the kitchen, damp towels in the bathroom, and other day-to-day activities, there are lots of things that contribute to your home smelling a little less than fresh. It happens to the best of us, but luckily it’s an easy fix! DIY air fresheners, houseplants aplenty, and some essential cleaning tips are some of our favorite ways to get a fresh home that smells amazing.
After buying our condo three years ago, my husband and I knew we’d eventually have to redo the guest bathroom in our hallway. It had a wobbly shower insert, dated finishes, and an impractical vanity without much storage. I hated going in there. So after a couple years of saving – and avoiding the room – we decided to bite the bullet and take on a small remodel project.
A before photo of my bathroom.
An after photo of my bathroom.
Creating a bathroom that reflected my own style was one of the main goals of the project. But I also wanted to stay in budget and avoid quirky updates that would decrease the value of my home. After doing some research, I discovered where I could save – and where I should splurge.
Don’t just take my word for it. I caught up with HGTV star Scott McGillivray to check my work. After talking to him, I now know which updates gave me the most bang for my buck. McGillivray is the host of Income Property and wrote How to Add Value to Your Home. According to him, “next to the kitchen, the bathroom is the most important room in the house when it comes to resale.”
That doesn’t mean you have to spend more to make more. There are specific updates in the bathroom that are worth the investment, and others areas where a little goes a long way. Based on McGillivray’s expertise these were the seven changes that had the biggest impact on my home’s value.
Change the mirror.
“My number one suggestion is to get rid of the frameless builder grade mirror over the vanity,” says McGillivray. Check! I did just that. We found this modern mirror ($240) that came with the bonus of a built-in shelf to hold candles, a small vase, or guest toiletries. It also acts as a statement piece.
Choose affordable tile.
What’s the best place to save when you’re redoing your bathroom? Tile, says McGillivray. “There are so many great, inexpensive tile options out there. I don’t know why anyone would blow their budget on high-end tile.” The marble hexagon floor tile is one of my favorite details in my bathroom, but it didn’t break the bank. We were dedicated to getting an affordable price and limited ourselves to looking at wholesale warehouses – not even entertaining more expensive options.
Can’t help yourself? “If there’s a really expensive version that you’ve fallen in love with use it as a feature somewhere, like over the vanity, and then surround it with a less expensive version,” recommends McGillivray. He also has this advice for making less-expensive tile last: “Make sure you’ve got a good waterproofing system like Kerdi board underneath it. This will ensure that whatever tile you choose it will last as long as you live in the house.”
Get rid of 1980s wall texture.
I was determined to rid myself of that orange-peel look on the bathroom walls. But I wondered, was the more modern clean look worth the expense? “Yes,” McGillivray reassures. “If it looks dated it indicates that it might not be well taken care of, and it might put potential buyers off.” It’s the same with those classic blue and pink fixtures, he says. “Some people like the retro feel, but they can be a nightmare for resale value.”
Opt for frameless glass shower doors.
“Two things that are seriously worth considering are frameless glass shower doors and heated floors,” says McGillivray. “I wouldn’t go so far as to say they always add value, but I try to include them whenever possible.” While we didn’t need heated floors in San Francisco, we did change out our aging frosted shower insert for glass doors and blue glass subway tile.
I decided to chuck my existing vanity, which was an awkward height and had no shelves or drawers inside. I traded it for the GODMORGON / BRÅVIKEN model from Ikea, which has deep drawers and a decent amount of space around the sink.
A vanity with storage must always be considered, according to McGillivray. “Don’t get me wrong, pedestal sinks are nice,” he says. “But they’re really only practical in small powder rooms. Get as big a vanity as the room can handle and make sure it’s got plenty of storage space.”
Mix high and low.
“I’ve never believed that you have to spend a ton of money to make a room look great and to get a good return on investment,” McGillivray reassures. “Spend money and invest in high-quality items when it comes to the items you touch everyday – like faucets and hardware.”
I’m happy to say I took that approach. As mentioned, I opted for the GODMORGON / BRÅVIKEN vanity, which cost $479 from Ikea. It looks remarkably like the modern high-end vanities that go for thousands of dollars. I paired this “low” item with high-end hardware. We went for sink and shower pieces from the European brand Grohe. Chances are that potential buyers will notice the quality brand name, if and when we resell.
Add non-permanent personality.
“When it comes to resale value, you always want to keep the major elements clean and simple. Stick with neutral colors,” says McGillivray. But let’s be honest, I wasn’t selling my place tomorrow and wanted to have a little bit of fun. According to McGillivray, it’s safe to personalize things like lighting, hardware, and accessories. That’s what we did with our light from Cedar & Moss ($269) and print from Minted ($165).
“There’s no particular accessory that adds value,” McGillivray explains. “It’s more about how they work together to make the space look fresh and updated.” Admittedly, when it came to our accessories my husband and I didn’t worry about matchy-matchy. We wanted accessories that had the same overall feel, without obsessing over whether the wood or metals matched. And here’s the beauty: if the next buyer doesn’t like those non-permanent details, they can always change them.
When they’re not at the center of scandals, HGTV shows often find themselves the subject of scrutiny. First House Hunters was famously accused of being fake, and now Property Brothers is being accused of being disingenuous. The reason? A New York Times article that reveals the show’s stars Jonathan and Drew Scott work with their show’s producer and director to re-create drama, often shooting scenes several times to “nail” the shot, so to speak.
The author highlights two instances, one in which Jonathan repeatedly pulled a toilet out of a bathroom while shooting the demo and another of Drew telling construction crews to halt work due to dangerously high winds that had actually happened the day before.
Gasp! There’s some acting involved in reality television? If we sound like we’re being sarcastic, it’s because we are. Entertaining television requires some production, so unless the work and plotlines are being fabricated, we’re fine with reshoots.
Plus, POPSUGAR has spoken with the Scotts enough to know that – apart from reshooting some action shots – they’re the real deal. Don’t believe us? Take it directly from Jonathan’s lips. He personally revealed to us the insider scoop on exactly how Property Brothers is made. If it takes a little finagling to make the show more fun to watch, frankly, we’re fine with it.