Cinderella's Guide to Modern Life

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Cinderella’s story and look recently got a much-needed modern makeover on the big screen. Gone are the “ugly,” one-dimensional stepsisters (although they remain entertainingly evil) and the heroine’s enthrallment with the prince for, well, just being a prince – and, in their place, are two girls rendered insecure by a sad, desperate mother and a Cinderella who falls for the prince’s charm and kindness before she even knows he is royalty.

Now that Cinderella finally has been graced with an updated backstory, she surely could also use some tips for surviving modern life.

Cinderella's Guide to Modern Life

1. Recycle your fruit-based transportation.

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Walt Disney Pictures (Image: Cinderella Stepping Out of Carriage Disney)

When the clock strikes midnight on the night of the ball, poor Cinderella is left with one slipper, a tattered dress, a fading memory of her magical night with the prince and... a pumpkin. They say when life hands you lemons, you should make lemonade -- in the case of Cinderella, when life hands you a carriage-turned-pumpkin, roll up your ripped sleeves and make pumpkin chocolate chip beer bread or pumpkin spice latte muffins. Sure, it's not exactly a life with the prince, but these pumpkin-infused treats are one heck of a consolation prize.

2. Express your appreciation for your goose-turned-driver

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Walt Disney Pictures (Image: Cinderella Thanking Driver Disney)

When your driver turns back into a goose, let the goose know how much you appreciated the ride by making an effort to communicate with him in his own language and learning what makes him happy. You never know when you may need to hitch a magical ride to the prince's ball again!

3. Learn How to Fix a Dress Ripped by Your Jealous Step-Sisters

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Walt Disney Pictures (Image: Walt Disney Pictures)

Let's face it -- you're not going to trip over an old beggar woman in the garden who reveals herself to be your fairy godmother every time your step-sisters ruin your dress right before the big ball. So do yourself a favor and arm yourself with helpful sewing tips for ripped seams next time you find yourself in that situation.

4. Remove Scratches from Your Glass Slippers

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Walt Disney Pictures (Image: Walt Disney Pictures)

The only thing worse than coming home from the ball with a tattered dress and no prince, is discovering you scratched your beloved glass slipper(s) in the process. Buff that slipper back into its original fairy godmother-minted condition using these glass scratch removal tips -- then wait for the prince to finally return with the other slipper. Once he sees how crafty you are with just tooth paste and nail polish, he'll undoubtedly ask for your hand in marriage.

5. Create Your Own Amazing Wedding Hairstyle

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Walt Disney Pictures (Image: Walt Disney Pictures)

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