Just a Couple Ways to Make Your Life a Little Bit Easier in the Kitchen!

Save time in the kitchen when it comes to prepping food and make cooking easier with these genius kitchen hacks! From delicious homemade yogurt pops to shredding chicken in a flash, there’s a hack for everyone!

  1. Check your eggs for freshness by placing them in water – if it sinks it’s good, and if it floats it’s bad.
  2. Boil Chicken and then put it in a bowl and use a hand mixer for easy shredded chicken.
  3. Use a warm glass to soften a stick of butter quickly without putting it in a microwave or melting it.
  4. Push popsicle sticks through the lid of yogurt cups and put them in the freezer for a simple frozen yogurt pop.
  5. Use tongs to easily juice citrus without a special tool.
  6. Make your own buttermilk! Add 1 teaspoon of white vinegar to 1 cup whole milk.
  7. Add a couple of large marshmallows to brown sugar to keep it from clumping and drying out.
  8. Chunk of eggshell in your bowl? Use the shell to scoop the little piece out.
  9. Keep potatoes from sprouting by storing them with apples.
  10. Keep avocados fresh longer by storing them with a chunk of onion.

7 Reasons Why You Should Never Throw Away Your Silica Gel Packs

Silica Gel packs seem to come in everything and anything you buy these days, and while you might think that they are just an annoying piece of trash you need to throw away, they are actually quite useful.

You should actually be keeping them all in a sealed bag or container so that you can use them for a variety of useful hacks that will make your life so much easier! They are super versatile and can come in handy more often than you’d suspect.

Here are some ways that you can use them:

Sure, you’ve heard that rice works, but instead of wasting perfectly good rice, you may as well use these silica gel packs. They work even better than rice! Just fill a bag with a bunch of them and add your wet phone and seal it overnight.

If you want to clear up your windshield, keep a few of these packets on the dash and it will help your car stay fog free without needing to blast the air.

We all have those big boxes of photos from back when people would actually get pictures printed, and we want to keep them looking their best because we can’t just print them out again. If you throw some silica gel packs in with the pictures, it will get all the moisture away from them and keep them safe.

But that’s not all they can do…

5 Food Myths That We Are All Guilty Of Believing

It seems like we all have a bunch of so-called facts about food preparation and eating that have been passed down to us like they are the wisdom of some kind of cooking wizard. However, it turns out that a lot of the things that our grandmothers and mothers have been telling us aren’t exactly true.

These 5 myths are often thought to be valid, but they are actually not based on any true facts. While they may have been habits we have formed over the years, these myths aren’t actually true at all.

People often think that by using a plastic cutting board they will be able to stop a lot of the bacterial build-up that can get into the grains of a wooden cutting board, however scientists have proved this isn’t true.

In a research study done by Dean O. Cliver Ph.D, he found that even plastic cutting boards are prone to bacteria build up.

“Although the bacteria that have disappeared from the wood surfaces are found alive inside the wood for some time after application, they evidently do not multiply, and they gradually die. They can be detected only by splitting or gouging the wood or by forcing water completely through from one surface to the other. If a sharp knife is used to cut into the work surfaces after used plastic or wood has been contaminated with bacteria and cleaned manually, more bacteria are recovered from a used plastic surface than from a used wood surface.”

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The fact of the matter is that while salt water technically has a different boiling point than regular water, there is no way that the amount of salt you add will make any kind of difference. If you were going to add enough salt to alter the boiling point, the water would become basically inedible.

Those aren’t the only myths that we have been fooled by…

5 Types Of Snoring, And How To Make It Stop So You Can Finally Get Some Sleep

We are all exhausted. That’s basically just a universal fact at this point. It doesn’t seem to matter whether or not we go to bed early, we all wake up feeling a bit like a zombie. For many of us, it’s because snoring is interrupting our sleep.

Whether you are the perpetrator or the person trying to sleep next to it, it’s bound to keep you up all night. It’s not just the people beside the snoring sleeper, the person who is making those lawnmower sounds with their mouth is actually experiencing a worse quality of sleep than they need to feel rested.

To stop someone from snoring, you need to know why they are snoring. There are 5 different causes and each have their own best solution so you can finally sleep soundly through the night.

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Cause: Blocked nasal passages or by nostrils that actually collapse, which makes a person breathe through their mouth.

Test: How can you tell if it’s your nose causing the snoring? Try pressing one nostril closed and try to breathe through your nose with your mouth closed. Does the other nostril collapse? Can you breathe easily? If not, then you are probably snoring because of your nose.

How to make it stop: The best methods to stop nose snoring is by using nasal strips, a nasal dilator or a nasal spray that will help widen your nasal passages and prevent the nostrils from collapsing, therefore reducing the vibrations (aka the terrible snoring noises).

Cause: The mouth and jaw relaxing too much while sleeping, and falling open.

Test: If you open your mouth and make a snoring noise, try to close your mouth while doing it and see if it continues.

How to make it stop: They actually make straps that hold your mouth closed. You can also use a mouth guard designed for snoring or a mouth spray to help relax the muscles.

Cause: The tongue drops to the back of your mouth and blocks the airways.

Test: Make a snoring noise and then stick your tongue out as far as you possible can, gripping it with your teeth. Can you still make the noise or is it reduced?

How to make it stop: A Mandibular advancement device (MAD) is your best bet for tongue snorers. It helps secure your lower jaw forward along with your tongue so that you are capable of breathing through the night.

Unfortunately those aren’t the only causes of snoring…

5 Weird Hacks To Help You Sleep Better Every Night

Sleeping is the most important thing you can do. Sure, some people spend a lot of time thinking about work, family, relationships, or what they are going to eat, but fact of the matter is sleep affects every moment of your day and can greatly impact your health. It’s important to get enough sleep if you want to be healthy and happy in your day to day life, but it isn’t easy for all of us.

Sometimes getting enough sleep is tricky. Whether it’s because of insomnia, overactive thoughts or pain and discomfort, sleeping isn’t always as easy as closing your eyes. There are however a few unusual tricks that can help you sleep that you may not have thought about before.

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A lot of us close our bedroom doors when we go to sleep, but apparently this creates poor ventilation that make it harder to relax. The build up of CO2 in a poorly ventilated room make people feel less relaxed while they sleep, and according to studies causes people to wake up more frequently in the night. By leaving the door ajar you are allowing fresh air to circulate, which helps you sleep better and more soundly through the night.

Sure, knowing how long you sleep is helpful, but there is a limit. Tracking your sleep using one of those motion trackers can be useful if you are looking for a problem, but for the average person it can be the cause of an obsession that you don’t need. It’s creating more stress than you had in the first place, so just take it off and get as much sleep as you can.

Tai chi has been found to help insomnia by helping establish a relaxing routine over time. It helps to regulate your circadian rhythm, which helps you fall asleep at the same time each day. The slow-moving motions of tai chi are relaxing and research has shown that it benefits those with insomnia at a surprising rate.

There are also some even more unusual methods to getting better sleep…

8 Grocery Store Tricks You’ve Been Falling For All Along

Going to the grocery store is one of those things that you have to do each and every week. If you want to eat, you need food, but sometimes going into the stores is such a hassle. It feels almost like a trap going in there. You go in for milk and eggs, but you come out with a tray of fresh cupcakes, a bunch of chocolates, and a weird prepared meal that looks like it will probably taste good. How do they trick us every time?

There are tactics that the grocery store uses to make sure you spend money, and you’ve been falling for them this whole time. Whether it’s the packaging, the business tactics they use, or even the products they sell, grocery stores are way sneakier than you’ve ever realized. Here’s how they do it.

You might think they are doing it to keep the produce fresh, but that isn’t actually the case. It’s actually done so that it will look as if it is freshly picked. Wet produce actually adds a little bit of weight as well, so make sure you shake it off before heading to the cash.

While you might think the ones on display are as fresh as it gets, former bakery employees suggest that you always order one in advance. That way you are guaranteed to have a fresh cake made for you on the day, instead of being given a cake that has been sitting out for a couple days.

You know how basically every grocery store puts their produce up front? It’s always the first thing you see when you walk in. That’s done on purpose because apparently the “bright colors put you in a good mood and inspire you to buy more,” grocery industry expert Phil Lempert says.

If they have fruits and veggies that are about to go bad, they will often give them over to the prepared foods department so they can use them to make all the dishes you buy. That way they can cook them in before they spoil, but it does mean that there is a potential you aren’t getting the freshest ingredients.

Those aren’t the only tricks the grocery store uses…

11 Hacks For Things You Didn’t Realize Had A Purpose

Wouldn’t it be great if you could do more with your life without having to buy a ton of new things to get it done? Like what if you could easily fix squeaky hinges, open glass jars with no problems, or get all the ketchup out of the bottle, every time?

Well as it turns out, you can put your commonplace items to work in more ways than you would have thought when you bought them. Some of these are pretty creative, and some are just plain obvious!

The metal clip on your tape measure is meant to hold screws in place when checking lengths!

Have you been using bobby pins wrong your whole life? Turns out, it should be wavy side down to grip your hair!

Your dishwasher gloves are incredible for opening glass jars!

Ever forget which side your gas tank is on? Check the arrow on the dashboard!

Have you missed an exit before because it was on a weird side of the highway?  Check out the alignment of the exit sign!

Wait, did you think that the hole was only for straining pasta?

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10 Tricks Supermarkets Use To Get You Spending More Money

Experts have discovered that the average consumer tends to remember the price of only four items in a grocery store – and we all know that there’s no way most of us leave the grocery store with less than that many items.

Every business has their own methods to get customers spending more money.

Here are 10 tricks grocery stores use to get your cart full and your wallet empty.

The bigger the size of the shopping cart, the more inclined you are to fill it. Think about it, have you ever walked out of Costco or Sam’s Club with only one or two items in your shopping cart?

Grocery shopping is not the highlight of anyone’s day. The array of bright colors in the produce section will brighten up your mood and get you motivated to shop right when you first walk in. However, the produce aisle requires the most work, so it’s easy to just grab pre-packaged produce and leave that section. Be aware that those bags are more expensive than the un-cut produce.

Your eyes had some beautiful colors to look at in the produce section, but that amazing, fresh smell that gets your stomach grumbling is from the bakery. Now that they’ve made you hungry, you’re ready to buy anything that looks good.

Supermarkets want to draw your attention to top-selling or more popular brands, which, conveniently for them, happen to be the more expensive options. For example, you’ll notice how popular sugary cereals are placed at eye-level, while healthier options are either on the bottom shelf or on a high shelf. This method is also used to entice kids to see more popular and expensive brands first in the snacks aisle.

If you’re like many customers who tend to buy the same products over and over again, you’re likely not inclined to try something new. This is why many supermarkets offer samples to try their foods, which encourage you to buy that product. If you like it, you’ll be adding an extra item on your grocery list.

12 Things Our Parents Have Been Lying About This Whole Time

We’re all familiar with make-believe stories about Santa Clause and his whole ensemble, the Tooth Fairy, the Easter bunny, Bigfoot, and the list goes on and on.

If your family was anything like my family, they spent more time thinking on how to trick me than actually trying to let me know why things are the way they are. For example, my dad had me believing that if I bite my nails it will come out of my eyes.

But to be fair to parents, it’s hard to explain many thing to your children, but you can’t deny that some lies are downright annoying.

Anyway, let’s elaborate on the ‘on and on’.

Parents say they’ll be right there, which only means ‘I heard you’. If they happen to remember, they may make the effort to be where they said they’ll be.

This one was cruel. Pets are part of the family too!

This happened to me every single time we got a pet. This is how I said goodbye to my fish, crab, cat, frog, and lamb. It was as if we got the animals on loan from their mothers and they suddenly were requested to be returned.

That’s not how it works. Milk can contribute to stronger bones but it’s not the main factor attributed to your growth rate. Genetics play a big role. So if mommy and daddy are not tall and their mommies and daddies are not tall, the ‘apple of genes’ won’t fall far from the tree.

It doesn’t matter if it’s on the weekdays or weekends, my bedtime seemed to always get pushed to an earlier time.

Shooting stars, throwing pennies in a fountain, fallen eyelashes,11:11, and dandelions were nothing more than wishful thinking. As adults, we all know these wishes won’t come true by blowing on a plant or watching a comet zoom past the planet, but I’m sure plenty of us still hope something good will come out of it.

Yes, if almost there means two more hours of driving on the highway and then one hour stuck in traffic. OK, then we must be almost there.