Turn a Broken Umbrella into a DIY Waterproof Tote Bag

Rainy seasons can last for more than 3 months in some parts of the world. As if the wetness itself is not enough, sometimes strong wind can actually worsen it up where it will leave our umbrellas fragile and broken. In this kind of season, you will often see broken umbrellas being thrown away in trash cans or even on the roadsides. If your umbrella is broken and you do not want to buy a new one, you do not need to throw it away because fixing a broken umbrella is relatively easy. If the little rivets which hold the stretchers together got damaged, you can always fix the stretcher with some wires, a pair of scissors and a strong sailing knot.


Nevertheless, if your umbrella is beyond any possibility of repair, you can still turn it into something useful. There are more than 30 ways in which you can reuse and recycle your umbrella which include turning it into a skirt, a purse, a grocery bag, a pillow, a piece of home decor or art decoration, a magazine rack and a chandelier. You can even donate it to a designer which turns broken umbrellas into dog rain coats or winter coats as well as modern day babushkas. Having mentioned this, one of the greatest features of an umbrella regardless of it working well or being broken would be its waterproof ability. Created to keep people dry from the falling raindrops, a broken umbrella can also be turned into a waterproof bag by a few simple steps.

The first thing that you will need to do for turning a broken umbrella into a waterproof bag would be preparing the project materials. The materials consist of the broken umbrella’s fabric, an iron, a pair of scissors, a sewing machine, a smooth surface to cut on as well as another bag which will be used as a template. To obtain the umbrella’s fabric you need to carefully remove the fabric from its metal frame. After that, you will need to remove the little velco strap that you usually use for closing your umbrella after it is done being used. You can do this with the help of your scissors.

Moving on to the next set of steps, you probably will need to grab another bag which you want to use as a template. Once you have retrieved it, put it underneath your umbrella fabric and then fold the umbrella fabric in half to match the template bag’s height. Subsequently, you will have to fold the umbrella fabric’s sides to make a somewhat rectangular shape which matches your template bag exactly (length and height). After the folding process is done, get your iron and start ironing the creases. Once the creased lines have formed, sew it down and then cut the extra fabrics off. It will be recommended for you to have it stitched zigzag or to add a second line of stitching along its edges to make the stitch stronger. This will be especially useful if you plan to use your bag to carry heavy stuffs, such as your school books.

Now your waterproof bag should look like a normal bag, however without the necessary straps. To make the straps, take the extra fabrics which you cut off after the ironing process and sew it in the shape of two long rectangles. Stitch these long rectangles on top of the bag and voila, your umbrella-turned-into-a-bag project will be done. As for the velcro strap that you have put aside earlier, it will be useful to roll up your bag neatly into a smaller tidy package for you to carry everywhere.


The Secret to Amazing Tomato-Based Sauce: Roasting It In the Oven

Tomato sauce is pretty much everywhere. It is on top of your pasta, pizza and perhaps in the majority of any Italian dish. Mexican dish also incorporates quite a huge percentage of tomato sauce in its dishes, because it can be found almost everywhere mixed with spicy and mole sauces. Tomato sauce is also used as a condiment in a similar use to ketchup, giving taste to French fries, sausages, savory pies and even potato chips. It is also known as the marinara sauce, and it is simple, easy and tasty for almost any kind of savory foods.


Cooking your own tomato sauce with the traditional method is relatively easy. You will begin with simmering the tomatoes over medium heat for around 60 to 90 minutes with occasional stir. The length of time and how much you should stir really depends on your desired taste and consistency, because the more you stir it and the longer you leave it in the stove your tomato sauce will become less thick. You can also add additional ingredients such as lemon juice, vinegar or salt. If you want to go the extra miles, you can always stir the tomato puree in a large saucepan together with garlic and onions.

Nevertheless, having to check up on the sauce while stirring it for once every few minutes can be tiring and ineffective. Lucky for you, there is a food article posted online which suggests an unorthodox way of making your own tomato sauce: by roasting it. In order to do this, you will need to sauté onion and garlic first (possibly with a drizzle of olive oil) and then add some chili flakes, a dash of vodka and then the tomatoes. Put a lid on top of the saucepan, and roast it in an oven for about an hour and a half. You will see that the tomatoes will start caramelize and turn into a jammy texture. This helps blending all other flavors more than the usual simmering on a stove would do.

Furthermore, contrary to popular belief that alcohol used for cooking will extract aromas and flavors from food, the vodka used in this process on the other hand actually helped to provide a chemical reaction with the acids contained in the foods, and as a result a fragrant, fruity compound called ester will be produced. Ultimately, you will need to blend the reduced tomato sauce (which is now darker in color) and add a bit of cream and oregano if you want to. If you do not want to use alcohol or if you are forbidden from using alcohol in your food, you can apply this oven-roasting strategy to almost any kind of tomato sauce like the marinara, amatriciana, and puttanesca. You will definitely get a better more enhanced flavor if you cook the tomato sauce this way, and as an added bonus you will be able to leave it cooking in the oven while you do your house chores or enjoy your favorite TV show without having to go back and forth.


Airline Ratings Lists Everything You Need to Know About an Airline and Its Safety Record

With a very tight competition between airlines nowadays, customers are provided with various deals and promotions. Traveling has been made easy and convenient, but people should bear in mind that sometimes they risk their safety upon buying really cheap airplane tickets. Aside from looking for the cheapest price, customers should also look into the airline’s safety record because if it has terrible rating it may not worth the cheap price. Airline ratings in general consist of five criteria that are used to score each airline’s safety, where you can also check on the individual criteria written in the following list to make sure that the airline that you want to book is perfectly safe:


European Union Blacklist

With regards to keeping its aviation safety records to be the best in the world, the European Union implements high standards and cooperates closely with safety authorities to create a list of airlines which are banned from flying in their airspace. Several reasons which cause an airline to be banned from flying over European Union’s airspace may include poor aircraft maintenance, regulatory oversight or potentially risky passenger safety.

Fatality Record

Once an airline managed to be free of fatalities in the last ten years, a star will be added to their rating. Fatality in this case however, only refers to accident on board of a plane whereas acts of terrorism or hijackings are not included. So if your favorite airline seems to be very nice and decent but it does not get a perfect 7 out of 7 stars, you should find out why.

Federal Aviation Authority Endorsement

The Federal Aviation Authority Endorsement is a list issued in the United States which consists of countries (yes, countries and not airlines) which are banned from flying into the United States airspace. The ban resulted from basically one reason: seemingly lack of capability to comply with the standards of international aviation for aircraft operations as well as maintenance. As a result, an airline which has a flawless safety record may still be banned from operating in the American airspace if it originates from a prohibited country which is deemed to impose potential risk to airline safety record.

IATA Operational Safety Audit Certification

The IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) is an evaluation system created to examine the operational management and control systems of a certain airline. This audit is internationally recognized and accepted, where all members of the IATA must be registered to the IOSA in which they should remain registered to maintain their IATA memberships. The audit itself is conducted once every two years for each airline, and two stars will be awarded to an airline rating once they have passed this evaluation.

International Civil Aviation Organization Safety Parameters

The International Civil Aviation (ICAO) Safety Parameters consist of 8 criteria namely accident investigation, airworthiness, aerodromes, legislation, licensing, operations and organizations which airlines should fulfill as a whole if they want to be awarded with two stars to their rating. One star will still be given if 5 to 7 criteria are fulfilled. This parameter was designed to promote safety and orderly development to the world’s international civil aviation by setting standards and regulations that are necessary for the safety, security, efficiency and regularity for aviation operations. Not only that, the ICAO safety parameters also take into account aviation environmental protection.

In addition to the five given criteria above, airline ratings also take into account several other things. Another thing that is looked upon would be whether the airline has been grounded by their own country’s governing aviation safety authority. Furthermore, the types of planes, age of fleet, common routes, and history are also being examined although it may not directly affect the airline rating.


Manually Add RSS Feeds to Apple News

With Apple News you’ve got a digital magazine full of up-to-the-minute news and stories from around the world. Apple also claims that with this system, you will no longer need to move from app to app to stay informed because it’s all here with the Apple News app. Some of the ways RSS feeds are used to supplement content are news- and sport sites importing feeds to display current conditions and the latest sports news.


If you’re not in the United States and you haven’t updated to iOS 9.1, you can upgrade to the latest version of Apple’s iPhone operating system. You do this by going to Settings – General – Software Update. News app is included on iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch in iOS 9 as well as later releases. There are some users who will remember that iOS Safari has a Shared Links features which is also able to subscribe to RSS through Twitter accounts. For Mac users, there isn’t a dedicated built-in News app, but users can add and subscribe to RSS feeds directly into Safari within OS X.

RSS gives You Everything

Apple News serves you news from specific sites that it thinks will interest you. With RSS however, following a feed means you get everything, no matter what. RSS is the pipeline for everything put out by a given feed.


You also need to know how to add RSS, short for Really Simple Syndication or Rich Site Summary to Apples News . The reason for this is that have RSS means you don’t need to keep checking back to a site to see if it’s been updated. Subscribe to RSS feeds rather and read the updates from the site, delivered via RSS feeds. RSS feeds are just text files and once they have been submitted to feed directories, they will allow subscribers to see content quickly after its been updated.

If you want to know how to manually ass RSS feeds to Apple News, here is how you can:

Open Safari on iOS and visit the website you want to add a subscription to for Apple News. Take note that you may need to navigate to the RSS feed of the website in question. Tap on the Sharing icon in Safari while the RSS feed or webpage is open. Scroll over in the options screen and choose ‘Add to News’. You will then be able to launch News app and below the ‘Favorites’ section will be the RSS feeds and websites you added. You’ll be able to add whatever websites and feeds you want.

Some people think that Apple News greatest asset is that it is a filter, while others believe this is its greatest drawback. What happens if you miss interesting stuff because News didn’t think you’d e interested? With RSS, you get everything, with the filtering being done by yourself.



Why You Should Never Ask If You Got the Job Right After an Interview

Job interviews can be exciting and nerve wracking at the same time. You won’t to give a good impression of yourself and make sure to answer all the questions they ask. It can be a panel or a one-on-one, but they will always be putting you in the spotlight. There are some right and wrong ways to behave when you go to a job interview. You should always dress appropriately, shake hands, address people as sir and madam and be honest. The one thing you shouldn’t do when you’re in an interview is ask if you got the job when it’s over.


Don’t Ask if you Got the Job

The interviewer is more than likely going to ask you at the end if you have any questions. While you really want to know and you really want to ask, don’t ask them if you got the job. They don’t know yet; you don’t know how many other applicants they have to see before they can make a decision. Not to mention they have to check your references if they have decided you’re right for the job. You may think it shows enthusiasm for the job and it does, but not in a good way. It makes it look like you’re not as intelligent as you are. It puts them in an uncomfortable place, because how they have to answer differs. They aren’t going to come out and say anything until they’ve gone through the proper interviewing and preparing to hire procedures.

You also want to kind of seem unattainable. If you’re too eager for the job they may think, well we can sit on this because they already showed us they wanted the job and we don’t have to rush. If you aren’t doing that kind of responding immediately then they might think, we should scoop her up before someone else does and hurry the process along. When it comes to some places like state jobs the human resources department might be slow or the whole process might take a long time. Follow up with a thank you card almost immediately after your interview. You can check back after a few weeks, but don’t bombard the company with emails and phone calls checking to see if a decision has been made yet. You will know soon enough if you did or did not get the job.

Nail the Interview, Get the Job

It’s a good rule of thumb to avoid that question, or anything that might sound like that question. Also don’t ask them leading questions like how they think the interview went with you or what they did or didn’t like about the interview. This just puts them in an uncomfortable spot and makes it difficult for you to win them over for the job. So remember, be professional and avoid asking this question so you’ll do fantastic on your next job interview and hopefully score the job of your dreams.

The Red Flags to Look Out for When You Start Dating Someone

Dating someone new can be an exciting experience. It can also be a toxic experience if you make the mistake of dating someone who really isn’t a good fit for you. Fortunately, there are ways you can spot potentially bad apples and avoid dating them before you get in too deep. It’s a nice way to make sure you don’t waste agonizing hours trying to figure out what he or she meant when she said this or that.


They Drink Too Much

There is nothing wrong with a little alcohol to take the edge off of the first date with a new person. But, you should never get drunk on your first date. If your date starts guzzling booze like a fish, you should probably avoid a second date. You also should avoid a second date if he or she gets drunk. How can you get to know them and they get to know you if they aren’t even going to remember the date? Maybe they were nervous, but there is a difference between nervous tipsy and completely sloshed.

They are Rude to Wait Staff

If you go out to eat or to the movies (or anywhere really) and your date is rude to the people who are servicing you, you should just walk the other way. If they are rude to them, they are going to be rude to you as well. The only time them being rude is alright is if the staff merited the attitude and that’s really often not the case.

They Try to Get Pushy

You shouldn’t have to say “no” more than once. If they ask you to do something or they ask a personal question you are not ready to answer, you should be able to say no and move on. You shouldn’t date someone who appears to have trouble taking “no” for an answer. This is not a good sign of things to come. You have the autonomy over the date to shut down conversation when you need to.

They Are Irresponsible

Do they still live with their mother for reasons that don’t make sense? Do they struggle with bills? Do they just seem immature? These are all reasons for you to run for the hills. You definitely do not want to be in a position where you feel as though you are dating a child.

They Have Bedroom Issues

Dating someone who has issues in the bedroom is a sign of a bigger problem. There is nothing wrong with trying to talk to them to see why they have these issues, but you may find yourself with a very damaged individual if you try to date them even though they struggle in the bedroom.

As you can see, there are all sorts of red flags you should really be avoiding. The last thing you want to do is fall in love with someone only for them to turn out to be a horrible person because you overlooked one of these red flags.

The Differences Among Girl Scout Cookies Based on Where You Live


Those delicious, Girl Scout cookies that you enjoy every year won’t necessarily taste the same if you plan on moving in the near future. Not many people are aware, but the company do in fact use two different bakeries to distribute their cookies, so your Thin Mints might taste different depending on where you are living.




The two bakers that the Girl Scouts use are called ‘ABC Cookies’ in Virginia and ‘Kellogg’s Little Brownie Bakers’ from Kentucky. Now to begin with, where you happen to live will affect what kind of cookies will be available to you. You might have Tagalongs in place of Peanut Butter Patties, or Samoas in place of Caramel deLites. Although these cookies are essentially the same, they vary both in name and also sometimes in shape and flavor. The cookies are similar in all but name, but as you’d expect from two different companies, there will be some slight differences. Little Brownie Bakers supply most of the United States with these satisfying treats, but larger cities such as Boston, Philadelphia, Houston and Orlando are getting their cookies from ABC Cookies. Interestingly Thin Mints are named Thin Mints by both companies and so will be known as such wherever you are in the country, however there are still some subtle differences. ABC’s Thin Mints will be crunchier, and have a much more minty taste. On the other hand Little Brownie Bakers Thin Mints will have a much more distinctive peppermint taste.


Why Two Companies?


So why are there two completely different yet similar companies producing Girl Scout cookies for the same country? The short answer is because the annual cookie operation is huge. Roughly, Girl Scouts will sell 200 million boxes of cookies a year, which is equal to $800 million worth. Thin Mints are the most popular cookie of them all, and take up a whopping 25% of the entire sales, which is $200 million give or take. With this much volume in demand, in thousands of locations all over the country, having more than one distributor allows them to have greater production capacity, thus allowing more support and revenue for the Girl Scout Program. During their busiest period, the bakers can make as many as 9 million Thin Mints daily. This would be an impossible task with just the one bakery.


It is a little known fact, and can be very confusing if you move from one zip code to another and suddenly notice that your Girl Scout cookies have a different name yet a similar look and taste. But if you are in despair due to losing your beloved Tagalongs, don’t fret. You’ll still be able to find them, or at least a fairly accurate clone. They’ll only be known as Peanut Butter Patties from now on.