Basket makes houseguests feel at home

Dear Readers: Make your houseguests feel right at home with a bag or basket filled with travel goodies. When people stay at your home, it might be awkward for them to have to ask for things they forgot to pack. So make it easy on your houseguests and have a supply of toiletries and other goodies -- and here are some ideas:
You can put together a special welcome basket with all the little things your guests might need during their visit. Include a toothbrush, travel-size toothpaste, shampoo, dental floss and soap.
A disposable razor and a plastic comb are also nice ideas.
If you travel a lot, you can also stock up on hotel freebies like shower caps and lotions, shampoos, bath gels, etc.
Decorate with a pretty ribbon, add some fresh flowers, fruit, etc., and don't forget to include a note welcoming your guests.
This special basket is a welcoming touch that will really make your houseguests feel at home. Heloise
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Dear Heloise: Could you suggest some uses for those heavy, plastic wine bags that come in boxed wines? I hate to throw them out because they're so well-made, but I can use just so many water bags. Dennis V., Green Bay, Wis.
Dennis, these wine bags can be reused several ways -- just fill with air and ...
Use as a pillow while soaking in a hot bath.
Great for lumbar support at your desk or in your vehicle.
Pack in your suitcase (deflated) and use as a travel pillow.
When summertime comes around, use in a friendly game of pool "catch."
Readers, do you have other unique ways to reuse these "bladders & quot;? Send them to: Heloise/Wine Bags, P.O. Box 795000, San Antonio, TX 78279. Heloise
Dear Heloise: My friends and I have so many books, we pass them around to friends and family. After someone has read a book, that person writes his or her name and the year on a blank page (usually in the very front of the book). If you don't want to write in the book, add a "sticky" note to the inside cover for people to write on. This helps as a reminder -- "yes, I've read this book before." A Reader, via e-mail
Dear Heloise: I have used my cell-phone camera to take pictures of some different styles of chairs for my homebound mother to see before buying. This way, she was able to see the style and color without the hassle of going to the furniture store. -- Veronica from Nebraska
Dear Heloise: I work in a convenience store. Some people are in such a hurry, they just can't wait in line to pay for gas. They step in front of others and throw the money on the counter -- sorry, I can't read your mind, what is this for? Roze from Brazil
Send a money-saving or timesaving hint to Heloise, P.O. Box 795000, San Antonio, TX 78279-5000, or you can fax it to (210) HELOISE or e-mail it to
King Features Syndicate

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