Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Life Hacks: Part 2

I did a LIFE HACKS post a while back and promised to make it a regular thing. Then forgot.
Today, we're bringing it back!
The idea is that these little tricks are too small for blog posts, but still things I wanted to share, so here are 4 more! Enjoy!
Light up your night. Install touch lights on the underside of bookshelves. John wakes up a couple of hours earlier than I do, but we still like to go to bed at the same time. Since I then stay up later reading, we stuck small LED lights (HERE) on the underside of the bookshelf next to my side of the bed. I really love having a bookshelf next to my bed, PS. The shelf that is level with the bed has an alarm clock, lip balm, collection of hair ties, glass of water and other necessities. The rest of the shelves are storage.
The light is so useful for reading at night after John has gone to sleep. I also use it to find my eye mask, water or anything else during the night. The picture is taken in the middle of the night so you can see how bright it is. Multiple are installed, but I only have one lit up for the picture.
Stamp pad revival. I hadn't used this black stamp pad in over 4 years. It was totally dried out, as you can see from the photo on the left. One spritz of water from a spray bottle and 30 seconds later, it was totally useable! If you spritz it and then let it soak in for a few minutes and then test it, you'll be able to see if it needs a second splash of water.  You don't want to overdo it.
Save on greeting cards. Cards are expensive. Instead of buying a million birthday/thank you/shower cards at $5 each, I buy packs of inexpensive standard cards. The kind that are sold at Michael's in the dollar section. Next, I use alphabet stickers to personalize them. This particular card is for a baby shower (the baby to be is named Piper). Where it now says "Piper", it originally said "thanks". The alphabet stickers were $1 for 160 letters at Target. It's much cheaper to buy a 10 pack of cards and personalize them with stickers, and it's also more fun!
Stabilize hunger. I have blood sugar issues and constantly need snacks between breakfast and lunch to stave off the shakes. I've found that adding a teaspoon of coconut oil to my coffee keeps me going! John has been trying it (with a tablespoon) since he works 6 hours between breakfast and lunch and is constantly ravenous. It works really well for him, too! If you struggle to make it to lunch, give this a shot. I have a lot more energy and feel satisfied for much longer. I'd recommend a nice cold pressed, organic coconut oil, but this is what we had on hand.
Spring is just around the corner, and I can't wait to get back to creating and refashioning clothes for the warmer weather. I hope you're excited for the new season! All the best, and as always, thanks for reading.

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