Ahhh, the internet. I miss the good old days when it was full of cat pictures, quizzes that convinced you that your favorite season really is Autumn (even though it’s clearly Winter, duh), and Myspace profiles with obligatory top ten lists (let’s be honest, 8 would have been sufficient). Now it’s full of this stuff called knowledge that’s supposed to do things like make our lives better (weird). Well, today, I want to fight the power (you don’t own me, Internet man!). Without further adieu, in no particular order, I present to you: 4 Random & Completely Unnecessary, Utterly Ridiculous Life Hacks (And One Legitimately Cool One). No thanks necessary, folks, I did this out of the goodness of my heart (I’m a giver, it’s true).
#3- “No Ice, Ice Baby!”
As any self-professed iced-tea addicted (also known as “me”) will tell you- there is very little on this Earth that is worse than that feeling of emptiness associated with taking the last sip of your beloved drink and your local fast food chain isn’t doing anything to help you out (greedy bastards). In fact, they’re doing the complete opposite (pfft!). When they load your cup with ice before handing over your refreshing treat, they’re cheating you out of precious ounces but since nobody likes to drink their tea lukewarm (gross), I’ve come up with a handy solution for you. That’s right folks, I’m the first person who has ever thought to do this and I’m excited to share the idea with each of you: get an extra cup of ice!
“What?! Stop it…you mean to tell me that I can get an extra cup of ice and the ENTIRE 32 ounces of my precious tea all in one fell swoop?”
By the way, this bad boy yielded almost five small teas (with ice). Boom.
Yes, yes you can. Brilliant, I know. I told you I was a giver. So here’s what you do. Next time you pull up to the drive thru window, don’t let them know that you’re onto their little game. Instead, simply ask for drink with no ice and then ask for an extra cup with ice. I know your mind is blown right now. I’ll give you a minute to digest this. Ready now?! Okay, moving on…
#5- Repurpose Your Leftovers
Nobody hates leftovers as much as I do but I’ve discovered a way that I can live with eating the same food twice. I know, I know…you’ve never thought to make something different with your uneaten food. It’s brilliant. Take a look at how I transformed yesterdays dinner into today’s breakfast:
I had leftover tater tots (which are never good heated up again in the microwave) and needed some hash browns for breakfast.
So I chopped them up, threw them into the skillet with some seasoning and EVOO (imagine me saying that like Rachel Ray, because that’s exactly how I intended for it to come across), and BOOM I had a pretty spectacular breakfast.
Now you, too, can be a culinary genius. #Awesome.
#B- Clean Up As You Go
Now, here’s the thing…one would think that the whole notion of cleaning up as you go would be second nature but, apparently, it’s not so here’s another tidbit of advice for you- if you clean up what you’re doing as you’re doing it: you won’t have a mess to contend with later on.
Relax, you’re not being arrested (but, now that we’re on the topic, is there anything you’d like to confess?!) Since it’s Summer time in our part of the World, the weather is warmer and cold food has a harder time staying cool when you’re outside. If you freeze your drinks the night before, they’ll keep the rest of your food cool while thawing out during your day so by the time lunch rolls around, you’ll have a chilled drink and a cool sandwich. It’s pretty amazing.
Now that I’ve helped to simplify your life with four absurdly random life hacks, I want to introduce you to one that I actually really like. I was recently given the opportunity to try out a new and upcoming product called Nail Cones. Basically, it’s a sticker that you apply around your nail when you’re giving yourself a manicure (or pedicure) to help prevent the nail polish from getting on your skin. It’s pretty cool. Check it out:
#A– Nail Cones (Bye Bye, Nail Polish On The Skin!):
Has this ever happened to you: You’re trying to give yourself a great little manicure and POW suddenly there’s nasty nail polish all over your skin. It’s the worst, right?! (Guys, trust me, it’s the worst). It’s easy to apply and easy to remove. #Fantastic You can find this nifty little product online at NailCones.com and be sure to check out Cindy’s story, I happen to think she’s pretty cool.
Well, everyone, I hope that your lives are now changed for the better thanks to the incredible life hacks that I’ve so lovingly outlined for you within this post. I know what you’re thinking, “This is the kind of post that’s going to make it onto Huffington or even Upworthy” and you’re right, I think it is, too. Thanks for the compliment.
Disclosure: I had the opportunity to test out Nail Cones before writing this blog through my membership with Tomoson.com.I only recommend products that I think would be great for my readers and I’m happy to answer any questions you might have about this review. Feel free to reach out to me anytime.