Life Hacks

Life Hack #101

Before you toss that sticky note, run it between the keys on your keyboard.


Dust is electronic enemy #1. Keep it in check with a quick swipe of something you were going to toss anyway. Simple, effective, and environmentally-friendly.

Hair Hack # 72

Purple Kool Aid really works.

martins-zemlickis-328365And not just to turn your hair lavender. (But feel free to use it that way too.) Nope, this tip is to tone down brassiness. Mix a packet of Kool Aid with a big wad of shampoo, about a 1/4 cup. This is much more than you’d usually use, but lather up! Rinse it (and your tub so you don’t wind up with a violet ring). Voila! Brassiness begone. Best of all, this works not only for brunettes but turns blonde hair shiny and bright too.

Bonus tip: Salon color too strong? Tone it down with ordinary dish detergent. Add a few drops of a ‘natural’ dish soap to your regular shampoo and work it in. Rinse and condition as usual.

Travel Hack # 37

Be everyone’s hero: pack a power strip.

With so many devices to recharge, your family will love you for providing a place to plug them all in at once.

Bonus tip: Peppermint essential oil is great for nausea, fresh breath, and combatting odors when you’re stuck next to strangers for hours on end.

Extra bonus: Instant oatmeal in a plastic baggie. Add your favorite dried fruits and all you need is a cup of hot water to make yourself a delicious, nutritious meal.


Life Hack # 96

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As crazy as it sounds, this kitchen standard can save your blond hair. At this point in the summer, you’ve probably spent a fair amount of time at the pool or ocean which can lead to the dreaded Sea Monster Head, aka,  green hair. What’s a marvelous mermaid to do? Get rid of unwanted green tones by soaking your hair in tomato juice. The red in the tomato juice neutralizes the green, boosting your blond!

Soak for 20 minutes, then shampoo and condition like normal. Repeat if necessary.

So long sea witch, hello beach babe.

Bonus hack: When you head back to the pool, wet your hair in the shower first. Hair that is already damp absorbs less chlorine.

Life Hack #101

Magic Elixir #2: Lemons.


One word: Detox.



(I know that’s 3 but I’m repeating it because supposedly it helps people remember better.)

  • The Vitamin C helps fight viral infections like colds and flu.
  • Also effective agains bacterial infections like cholera, malaria and diphtheria.
  • Your liver ❤ lemons. Your detoxifier’s favorite sidekick. I mentioned detox already, right?
  • Lemon peel can help with brain disorders like Parkinson’s.
  • Lemons contain over 20 cancer-fighting compounds.

Next time life hands you lemons, say Thank you very much.

Life Hack #99

Looking for a magic elixir?  Try ginger.jyfmyif4n70-dominik-martin-2

  • fresh ginger fights infections
  • works great to prevent or ease nausea
  • anti-inflammatory; can help with muscle aches and arthritis
  • aids digestion
  • helps with PMS pain
  • ginger can lower blood sugar and prevent against heart disease
  • with all these great benefits, it should come as no surprise that ginger might even prevent against cancer and Alzheimer’s.
  • Gingerol is the primary ingredient that makes ginger a superfood.

I already loved ginger. Learning about all these great health benefits, I ❤ it even more.

Life Hack #86

Got wrinkles in your shirt front but no place to iron? Use your hair iron.


For tight spots like between buttons, this is a great trick even if you do have a regular iron. If it’s just your collar that needs a touch-up, you don’t even have to take your shirt off!

Touch up your hair at the same time, and look pressed and put together in no time flat.

Life Hack #123hamburger

Want to do something good for the environment and save yourself some work at the same time? Stop using dishes.

But don’t feel obligated to just eat burgers; get creative:

  • A tortilla makes a great no-wash plate.
  • So does lettuce.
  • Use bucatini pasta as a straw. Bonus points for sipping hot liquids through it to soften. (side note: my husband does not believe pasta needs to be cooked in order to make it edible.)
  • So many things can convey food to your mouth besides utensils: carrot sticks, apple wedges, extra crispy bacon. . .

If anyone dares to complain that bacon or celery taste weird with yogurt, explain that you’re trying to help them expand their palate. Besides, I can’t think of anything that doesn’t go with bacon.

Go forth, get creative, and best of all, no more dishpan hands!


Life Hack #3

Everyone knows we need sleep. So why do we have such a hard time getting it?

  • Turn off screens at least a half hour before bed. All of them.
  • While you’re at it, turn off all the lights. Even with eyes shut, light can disturb sleep.
  • Meditate. Not sure what to do with your phone off limits? Now you have something.
  • Go to bed at the same time. A routine helps your body relax faster.
  • Eat protein early in the day. Maybe not the most obvious thing, but switch your high protein to breakfast and save the carbs for dinner. We all get sleepy after eating them. Might as well capitalize on it.


Sweet dreams.

Life Hack #15

Want to lose weight and keep it off? 

Eat breakfast.


Research shows that eating breakfast (a healthy one, meaning sans donuts) helps dieters banish the pounds for good.

Why? One theory suggests that eating a healthy breakfast reduces hunger, leading to better food choices throughout the day, while another proposes that eating breakfast is part of a healthy lifestyle in general.

Either way, breakfast is a winner.


Other benefits of a morning meal:

  • Improve concentration and performance.
  • Increase strength and endurance.
  • Lower cholesterol.
  • And let us not underestimate, eating helps avoid morning crankiness.

Like the president of Senegal once said, “Human rights start with breakfast.”

Life Hack #28

Always hungry?

You’re probably just thirsty. Have a glass of water. 


  • Thirsty? You’re already dehydrated.
  • Always tired? Yep, you guessed it. Most common cause of daytime fatigue is  dehydration.
  • How much water do you need? Divide your body weight in half. That’s how many ounces you should drink per day.
  • If you’re overweight, add 8 ounces for every extra 25 lbs.
  • Headaches and other pains are often caused by dehydration.
  • Caffeinated beverages and alcohol dehydrate. If you’re thirsty, stick with good ole H2O.

Don’t like the taste of plain water? Add lemon, or chamomile flowers, like in this picture. Adds flavor without calories (and this cup just looks so much prettier than the pix of plain water).

You’re still reading? Go get a glass of water already!

Life Hack #67

Popcorn has more antioxidants than most fruits and vegetables.


Don’t ever feel guilty about not serving lima beans again.

More fun facts about America’s favorite snack food:

  • Popcorn is higher in protein than all other grains, and more iron than eggs or roast beef. Cooking dinner just got a whole lot simpler.
  • Popcorn can pop 3 feet in the air. Dinner and a show all rolled into one.
  • You can make a quart of popcorn from just 2 tablespoons of kernels. That’s what I call economical.
  • Popcorn is the only snack food that is 100% unprocessed.
  • Nebraska alone produces 125 million tons of the stuff. Plenty to share.

Nutritious, entertaining, economical and delicious? I know what we’re having for dinner tonight. And maybe lunch and breakfast, too.