Why Didn't I Think of That!

Sometimes the simplest ideas elude me. Thankfully, I live in the age of the internet, where I can benefit from the cleverness of others. If you google "Life Hacks" - tips and tricks to shortcut or simplify your life - you can find ways to make a grilled cheese sandwich in a toaster, how to turn an empty toilet paper roll into a speaker or how to tumble dry shoes without ruining them. I can't tell you how many times I've read a life hack that made me smack my forehead in disbelief that I didn't think of it.

Hacks like weaving bacon before you cook it so you can have bacon in every bite. Doh! Genius, simple, and something I would never of thought of in a million years. I've found many useful "hacks", too many to list them all here, but here is my list of those I use most often.

  1. To get rid of turkey neck in photos, stick your neck out and slightly tilt your chin down.

  2. Carry a silk/rayon scarf in your purse at all times (or better still, tie it to the strap of your purse!). It’s perfect for covering your shoulders in overly air-conditioned restaurants, movie theaters and airplanes. Plus, it’s chic and fun and you can pick outrageous patterns and colors with abandon, something you might not have the comfort level to do with a sweater.

  3. If you're driving a rental or friends car and need to fill it up, look at the gas pump symbol on the dash. There is a little arrow that points to the side with the gas cap.

  4. Save yourself some money on BB or CC creams and mix your favorite liquid foundation 50/50 with moisturizer for a fresh youthful natural look that covers but doesn't cake.

  5. Keep a pair of rubber gloves handy in the kitchen. They make opening jars a breeze.

  6. Use a paper clip to help fasten bracelets.

  7. Put a Lazy Susan in your refrigerator or pantry for jelly, salad dressings, sticks of butter and more. It makes it so much easier to reach items that often get pushed to the back.

  8. If you have trouble twisting, put your belt through the loops of your slacks before you put them on.

  9. Slip a small flashlight into your suitcase when traveling so you can safely make your way to the bathroom at night.

  10. Pack jewelry in a pill or contact lens case so you don’t lose them in your makeup bag.

Bonus Tip: If you don’t have children around, and you have weaker hands or arthritis, you can ask your pharmacist not to use childproof caps on your medicine.

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