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Ways To Take Abuela’s Clutter And Turn It Into Something You’ll Actually Use

We all remember it well: Walking into abuela’s house after church on Sunday, greeted by a frighteningly realistic statue of Jesús, the plastic covers on the couches, and the rosaries hanging on the staircase. Abuela’s house hits us with nostalgia, but could you ever guess that some of those traditional Latino relics are actually super useful in other ways?! Who knew!


Here are nine things you can find in abuela’s house that, with a little thought, will make you do a double take.


1. Plastic Couch Covers As A Trendy Raincoat

Tbt 80s ilsi #tbt#jerseycity #poloroid #80s #plastic #couch #covers #plasticcouchcovers #sticky#velcro

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Who could ever forget about those sticky couch covers that abuela just loved, despite any semblance of comfort or style?! If you yearn for that skin-nearly-peeling-off feeling when get off the couch (because abuela never saw the benefit of air conditioning… it’s healthy to sweat out our sins), never fear! These tiresome things can double as a pretty dope, trendy raincoat:
 

#transparentraincoat #clearraincoat #plasticraincoat #mannittoni #rainwear #clearcoat #clearcape #harajuku #streetstyle A photo posted by Mannittoni Rainwear (@mannittonirainwear) on

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Er mer gerd, so cute.


2. Catholic Candles As Picture Frames

. . . . #paris #catholiccandles #catholiccathedral

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Remember these bad boys, that always seemed to be watching you at every turn? They can totally double as a thrifty picture frame! Observe:
 

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PERFECT. Save that trip to IKEA. God would approve.


3. That Outdated Singing Bass As A Gift For Your Brother, Whose Birthday You Forgot

This just made my day…?? #IWillSurvive #SingingBass #BigMouthBillyBass #fish #california A video posted by Udeesha Kannangara (@udeewashere) on

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Abuela doesn’t realize that the singing bass is outdated and no one has them anymore – she keeps it on her wall proudly! Which is why it’s perfect for Alejandro’s birthday, which you forgot about…AGAIN. Get it together; he’s your little brother!

4. Toilet Paper Cover Doll As A Baby Shower Gift For The Girl You Didn’t Really Like In High School

  Remember this??? Neither did I until Rhianna walked the Grammy red carpet. #notaninsult #ilovebadgirlrhirhi #stillastunner #toiletpapercoverdoll   A photo posted by Natalie Reimer Anderson (@blondesovereign) on

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Not sure what to get that girl who made your life a living hell in high school for her baby shower? Feeling awkward that she invited you in the first place? Never fear! Abuela’s strange-yet-charming toilet paper cover dolls make the perfect gift to celebrate a pregnancy!


5. The Greca As A Vase

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Ahhh, the most sacred of all things in abuela’s house! While known for making a badass cup of cafecito, it can also double as a cute vase. Just make sure abuela doesn’t see how you’re defacing such holy property:


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6. The Cookie Tin Abuela Uses As A Sewing Kit… As A Sewing Kit

  Who else eats these #Cookies at #Christmas time? ? #RoyalDansk   A photo posted by JULIE CHEN (@juliechencbs) on

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Honestly, abuela’s got the right idea! Why throw out this tin of cookies the minute you’re done eating them? This baby can double as a sewing kit for days. Also included is bitter disappointment every time you expect a cookie.

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7. Vaporu For Pet Makeovers

There’s nothing #vivaporu can’t cure. Hoping to wake up feeling a lot better in the morning A photo posted by Michelle Tineo-Collazo (@iammichyc) on

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Vaporu can be found at many an abuelita’s home, and she’s probably doused you in it any type you had the slightest ache or chill. But did you know it’s also great for making things ~extra cute?~ It’s true! Or true-ish.  Use it to cute-ify your prize show dogs by giving their coats that menthol-scented sheen they so covet. Now there’s a winner:


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8. The Domino Table As Changing Table For Your Niece or Nephew

  Surprise my grandfather for his bday with his own custom dominos table ???? #Valentinebday #DominoTable #CustomDominoTable #WhatHeAlwaysWanted #AllHis   A photo posted by ‼️‼️THE ORIGINAL DJ 3MEN2 ‼️‼️ (@dj3men2) on

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Why go out and buy an entire changing table for a kid that’s not even yours?! Abuela and abuelo won’t even notice that you’ve snagged their domino table and use it to change nasty diapers on!


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There’s so many uses for abuela’s household items and so little time.


READ: 7 Home Remedies From My Colombian Abuela (That Actually Work)

What are some of your favorite things you remember from your Abuela’s house? Let us know in the comments!

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This 103-Year-Old Abuela Got Her First Tattoo After Starting A Bucket List During The Pandemic

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This 103-Year-Old Abuela Got Her First Tattoo After Starting A Bucket List During The Pandemic

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It’s easy to believe that as time goes by and the older that we get that we have fewer opportunities to pursue our dreams. A grandmother from Michigan is setting out to prove us all wrong.

Dorothy Pollack is a 103-year-old grandmother who has been spending her time in the pandemic crossing off her bucket list.

The grandmother, who recently celebrated her birthday in June, has been spending the past few months in isolation at a nursing home in Muskegon, Michigan. Just like the rest of us, for Pollack, it’s been a struggle.

“Covid-19 had her in prison for months,” Teresa Zavitz-Jones, Pollack’s granddaughter told CNN. “The nurse in the home said she was horribly depressed and we needed to get her out. We couldn’t see her so we had no idea how she really was. She’s extremely hard of hearing so phone calls were not helpful.”

Weeks after being discharged from her nursing home Pollack decided that she was going to get a tattoo.

“It was pretty exciting because years ago my grandson wanted me to get one and I wouldn’t do it,” Pollack told CNN. “All of a sudden, I decided I would like to have one. And if I could, a frog. Because I like frogs.”

Last Friday, Pollack sat down for a session with a local tattoo artist and got her frog. “She took it like a champ. I didn’t even see her wince. Maybe she had half a wince once,” Ray Reasoner Jr, the artist behind her tattoo told CNN. “She was just so excited. It was an amazing experience. If someone over a century old tells you to do something for them you just gotta do it.” Reasoner, who works at A.W.O.L. Custom Tattooing in Muskegon, noted that Pollack is the oldest person that he has ever tattooed.

Pollack told CNN that she “absolutely loved” loved her tattoo and has been further inspired to cross more items off of her bucket list.

Onto more adventures for this one!

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Señora Myths are Passed Down From Generation to Generation, But Are Any of Them Real?

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Señora Myths are Passed Down From Generation to Generation, But Are Any of Them Real?

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At some point during our formative years, we all heard an old wives’ tale or two, right? Some seemed innocent enough — think “eating bread crust will make your hair turn curly” or “cracking your knuckles will give you arthritis.”

But actually, lots of these old wives’ tales came with some extra baggage that may have done a number on our collective psyche. Sure, they may have seemed harmless when we first heard them, they’ve managed to worm themselves into our thought patterns and maybe even created a few bad habits along the way. But don’t blame abuela, she too was passed down this knowledge before she passed it on to you.

These superstitions get passed down from generation to generation, and often enough they’re so effective they get snap us into total compliance. But few of us know why we’re so fearful or the reason behind them.

Nevertheless, these old wives tales are part of Latino culture.

Vick’s Vapor Rub Will Cure Everything

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Sure, you may know it as Vaporub or something totally different depending on where you grew up, but no matter your background, we can agree this menthol pomade has been hailed as a cure all by abuelas everywhere.

Sure the ointment may make us feel better (placebo anyone?) but it actually can be deadly if ingested and is toxic when used improperly.

Having A Baby Daughter Will Steal Your Beauty

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This sends several problematic messages. First of all, it implies there is something inherently wrong with having a daughter — which is obviously ridiculous. I swear this sounds like something a man who wanted a strapping young boy to “carry on his good name” started spreading.This old wives’ tale would have you believe beauty is entirely physical or superficial. But beauty is many things: mental, physical, emotional, psychological… none of which can be stripped away by the natural and, it must be said, beautiful act of giving birth to a baby.

You Can’t Make Tamales When You’re Angry

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According to this old wives’ tale, if you even attempt to make tamales when you’re enojada…they just won’t turn out right. And nobody’s wants to work so hard on tamales for them to end up flat and flavorless.

Opening An Umbrella Inside Is The Worst Luck

Seriously, this one I believe in so much I freak out at even the thought of it happening by accident. This is another superstition that crosses cultures but leave it to Latinos to add in another layer – if you do this, you won’t get married.

Going Out With Wet Hair When It’s Cold Will Make You Sick

If you grew up in a Latino household, you can bet you’re used to hearing your mom or abuelita scolding you for going outside with wet hair. But this myth has been debunked more times than you’ll eat pozole when you do actually have a cold. Colds and the flu come from viruses (and some bacterias) – plain and simple.

You’ll Never Get Married If A Broom Touches Your Feet

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Basically, if you’re single and ready to mingle, don’t go near any brooms. This old wives tale says that if someone is sweeping and they accidentally brush your feet with the broom, you’ll end up single forever.

To Find Love, All You Need Is Four Eggs

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To draw someone to you, you need 4 eggs: break two in corners, and one more at the door of the person you want to attract. The last one put inside a white cup and place it under your bed. That’s it. True love.

Cutting Your Hair During A Full Moon Could Mean…?

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It’s believed that cutting your hair during a full moon could actually make it grow faster. Is it true? Well, maybe. The long-trusted Farmers Almanac actually lists the best dates to cut your hair based on the lunar calendar…so maybe?

Shaving Your Legs Causes the Hair to Grow Back Darker

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Let’s be clear: there’s nothing wrong with not shaving. This old tale would have you believe that having thicker or darker hair anywhere on your body is cause for major concern. The reality is that cutting does not stimulate new hair growth.

Brooms Can Help Determine Your Social Life

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Again, with the brooms. This one says that if you put a broom behind the door, your guests will leave sooner. And if a broom falls, it can tell you a lot about your visit depending on the direction it falls. Backward = bad visit. Forward = good visit.

Putting Your Purse On The Floor

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“A purse on the floor is money our the door.” This isn’t specific to Latino families, in fact, it’s very common belief across Asia as well. But both cultures share the believe that if you place your purse on the floor, you’ll soon be losing some money.

Itchy Palms And Your Finances

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This is another very common wives tale across cultures but Latinos add a unique twist and get very specific. Basically, if your right palm itches you’ll be coming into some coins. Meanwhile, if it’s the left – be prepared to be a little less wealthy since you’ll likely be giving money away.

Heartburn During Pregnancy Can Lead To A Head Full Of Hair

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There are soooo many superstitions related to pregnancy but this one is definitely interesting. Woman struggle with all sorts of symptoms during pregnancy including heartburn. So this one stands to reason if you’re dealing with heartburn, your baby will be born with beautiful locks of hair.

If You Drop a Biscuit, It is a Sure Sign Your Husband Will Be Poor

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This one is straight up laughable but for some reason is still all to common. I mean let’s dissect this one real quick: not all little girls are going to grow up to marry a man. Nor will every little girl even want to get married. Then there’s the whole issue with thinking that women only value wealth in their potential mate. Yea, this one has got to go.

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