Quicktips # 22 – Spaghetti Matches

Thought pasta was only good for Italian food and macaroni beads? Wrong! Here’s a handy little Quicktip that I’ve picked up recently. If you need to light a candle or a barbeque and don’t have a long reach lighter or matches, you can use a piece of spaghetti to fire them all up in one go!

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Quicktip #21 – Visine For Your Zits

Got a crazy, red, blotchy zit? Here’s a quick tip… put some Visine on a cotton ball or a Q-Tip, and hold it on your zit for a minute. Turns out the active ingredient that decreases the redness in our eyes will also decrease the redness of your zit, and make it much less noticeable!

I wish I had known this in my teens…

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Quicktips # 20 – Plastic Bag Glove

Tired of always getting your hands dirty while playing with your dog? Realize that it does in fact rain a lot in Seattle and that you will most likely have a muddy dog (and ball) on your hands anytime you go outside before 8am? Want to fix all of that?

Well, you’ve come to the right place! Here’s a Quicktip I’ve come to use quite often… If you want to keep your hands clean, take a baggy (which you should be carrying with you anyway) and put it over your hand (just like picking up poops). You’ll keep your hands clean/dry/warm, and when nature calls, you’re already primed to pick up the mess!

Huzzah!

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30 Days to Hawaii: Quicktips #19 – No Speakers? No Problem!

I have a set of portable speakers that I bring anytime I travel. The speakers are the size of a small book, and can run off of outlet power through the AC/DC adapter or through AA batteries. Having them has come in handy so many times in the past and at only $39.99, using it for the past 8 years has definitely made it a solid investment.

But I got to admit, it’s a little unnecessary now.

I was staring at these speakers the other day, deciding if I should bring them to Hawaii, when I realized that I really don’t need to anymore. At the time, I bought them because there was no such thing as a smartphone, and iPods didn’t have speakers built into them. All you could do was to plug in your MP3 player to a speaker to play music out loud, otherwise you would be relegated to only listen in solitude through your headphones. But now, smartphone speakers are exponentially better, both in quality and volume, so portable speakers have almost become expendable.

But what if you still want an extra “oomph” for your phone? Want to hear your music throughout the entire hotel room? Over the crashes of the waves on the beach? If you don’t have a set of speakers with you, don’t worry! Here’s a Quicktip: Just put your phone or iPod Touch in a bowl and crank up the volume. The concave shape of the bowl will amplify the music. Make sure to aim your speakers at the bottom of the bowl so it reflects the sounds up the sides and out with a significantly greater volume.

On top of that, since there won’t be roaming in Hawaii, I’ll be able to access anything I want through my phone! So, dear old speakers, I won’t be bringing you on my trip. It’s been real.

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Quicktips #18 – Peeling an Orange

Before you peel an orange, roll it back and forth on a hard surface, like a table. This will loosen up the peel from the actual orange, and make peeling an orange a hundred times easier!

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Quicktips #17 – Bathroom Fog

I take hot showers. I love soaking up the steam, melting away at the boiling water, and just enjoying my alone time in the bathroom. Unfortunately for me, the ventilation in my bathroom is crap, so when I walk out of the shower the mirrors are completely fogged and you can’t see anything. Wiping it off doesn’t help either, as it just steams up again in a couple of seconds and is quite frustrating to deal with.

I did a little research and apparently wiping your bathroom mirror with a dab of shampoo or soap keeps the fog off. And it works! You have to re-wipe it with the cleaning agent about once a week, but welcome to fog-less mirrors!

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Quicktips #16 – Drunk Packing

Always pack your suitcase one extra night in advance for any upcoming trips. Not only do you have an additional day to remember the “should have packed…” items, but more importantly you prevent the possibility of having to pack hungover.

Often times you end up going out the night before (“I don’t have work tomorrow! I’m going to so and so!”). Trust me, packing while hungover or still drunk is probably one of the most unpleasant things one can do in the modern world. Having to remember everything you will need for x amount of time before your flight leaves in an hour and 15 minutes with a splitting headache/loss of balance? No thanks. Packing one day ahead of time (you don’t have to finish packing, just pack most things away) will solve this problem. It’s well worth it, trust me.

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Quicktips #15 – Peeling a Banana

Peel a banana from the bottom and you won’t have to pick the little stringy things off of it. That’s how the monkeys do it!

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Quicktips #14 – Cooking with Butter

I love cooking with butter, but it often burns too quickly. I just learned, if you drizzle olive oil on top of the butter, it won’t burn!

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Quicktips #13 – Bell Peppers

Bell Peppers with 3 bumps on the bottom are sweeter and better for eating raw.
Bell Peppers with 4 bumps
on the bottom are firmer and better for cooking.

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Quicktips #12 – Storing Cheese

Store chunks of cheese in aluminum foil or waxed paper (versus saran wrap or leaving it out in the open). It will last longer and won’t mold as easily.

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Quicktips #11 – Grocery Shopping No-No

Never go grocery shopping when you are hungry. Studies have shown that when you’re hungry, you’re willing to pay much more for food than you normally are, and are more likely to load up on things that you would have never bought to begin with.

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Quicktips #10 – Washing Pots and Pans

To easily remove burnt on food from your skillet, simply add a drop or two of dish soap and enough water to cover bottom of pan, and bring to a boil on stove top.

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Quicktips #9 – Splinter Help

When you get a splinter, forget about a needle and definitely don’t bother with tweezers. Get some scotch tape and place it over the splinter, and then pull it off. Scotch tape is perfect for most splinters, and is much easier than trying to dig something out of your skin… ouch.

P.S. Do not google image search “splinter in finger” unless you want to lose your appetite.

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Quicktips #8 – Permanent marker permanent no more

Ever need to erase permanent marker from a whiteboard? All you have to do is take a black whiteboard marker, and color over the permanent marker writing/drawing. Make sure you color slowly over the original markings, then take a tissue and erase everything in one swipe. Now pick up your jaw from off the ground.

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Quicktips #7 – Check Your Time Zone

After moving to a new time zone, make sure to remember to change ALL your clocks (including settings in your online calendars). Of course, checking why people are going to Happy Hour at 8:30pm instead of 5:30pm would be a wise decision as well.

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Quicktips #6 – Drunk Yet Still Not British

When it’s 2am and you start speaking in a British accent, do yourself a favor and just go home (I’m looking at you, guy in the mirror).

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Quicktips #5 – Wasabi Fix-All

…It’s flu season.

Forget Theraflu, Robitussin, and NyQuil. If you want to clear up your sinuses, eat a small block of wasabi.

It works!

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Quicktips #4 – Where’s YOUR Gas Cap?

Always forget where the gas cap is in your car? Just look at the arrow!

*If there is no arrow, it is usually on the same side the gauge is on!

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Quicktips #3 – To-Do Lists

Never leave your To-Do List lying around.

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