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20 (In)Genius Healthy Living Tricks…and one wacky one

This weekend we took the kids “camping” “up north” for their school break and now I’m so tired I can’t see straight. But how awesome is this family pic? (Taken by Gym Buddy Allison) Check out my middle son – it’s like Guy Fawkes’ childhood picture surfaced. This will officially be known as the year I couldn’t get one single picture with no one making a face. 

The “snot freezing index” was one of the first tips I learned when we first moved to Minneapolis. Basically it means that you can officially say it’s cold here when your boogers freeze while still inside your nostrils. It’s a strange (crinkly) feeling but not as weird as the first time I went running here in the winter and came home with my eyelashes frozen together at the corners. (Freaky fact: The average winter temperature of Minnesota is lower than that of Alaska. These cheeky Norwegians won’t tell you that but there’s a reason all the buildings are connected by “skyways” – you can walk all over downtown without setting foot outside. Although rat-in-maze dreams will haunt you.) But the best Minneapolis weather tip I got was when my neighbor told me to ignore the tornado sirens since they go off for everything from thunderstorms to high winds. According to her, only noobs hit the basement when the sirens blare. The real way to tell if a tornado is imminent? The sky turns pea green.

If it’s one thing I’ve learned from moving as much as I have it’s that it’s the little tips, tricks and hacks like these that make life not only better but more fun. So when I recently came across this Tumblr 99 Life Hacks to Make Your Life Easier, I was on it like Tom Cruise in a couch factory. I’m not sure if this girl made all these up or just gathered them from the corners of the interwebs but they are awesome. There were only a few that made me scratch my head. (Like the colored pencil organizer. Who has so many colored pencils they need to organize them? Who even owns colored pencils unless they’re an artist or the mother of an elementary school child??). Anyhow, I culled the best healthy living tips from the 99 for you guys. And one that’s just… weird.

20 (In)Genius Healthy Living Tricks…and one wacky one

Sure you could buy those fancy waterbottles with the removable freezer cores. Or you could just do this. (Or, if you live in Minnesota, just leave your water bottle in the car. I pretend that it’s so cold it also freezes the bacteria out too!)

20 (In)Genius Healthy Living Tricks…and one wacky one

First, this is kind of brilliant, right? Second, my fridge is not this clean. I’m afraid if I took a pic of my fridge, I’d spend my whole shopping trip crying over spilt milk (literally).

20 (In)Genius Healthy Living Tricks…and one wacky one

Having just watched my husband hit his finger with a hammer (while helping me hang sparkly gem lights in our living room in my latest attempt to make it look less like a Gymboree and more like… a Gymboree envisoned by IKEA) I can appreciate this one.

20 (In)Genius Healthy Living Tricks…and one wacky one

Great for messy kids and slow eaters like me. Works great for ice cream cones too!

20 (In)Genius Healthy Living Tricks…and one wacky one

Confession: I didn’t even realize headphones had a left and a right until about 10 minutes ago.

20 (In)Genius Healthy Living Tricks…and one wacky one

Seriously, how have I lived all my life and not known this?! Next strawberry season I’m stocking up on straws!

20 (In)Genius Healthy Living Tricks…and one wacky one

With the explosion of muffin/protein brownie/sugar-free cupcake in a mug recipes on healthy living blogs, how cool is to have the basic proportions and directions laid out?

20 (In)Genius Healthy Living Tricks…and one wacky one

I am currently sporting a massive bruise on my left hip from walking into a chest press machine. It probably would have hurt less if I’d iced it. Besides, you’ve heard sponges aren’t good for cleaning right? (Ack, bacteria proliferation chamber!)

20 (In)Genius Healthy Living Tricks…and one wacky one

Oooh hairy corn is my pet peeve!!

20 (In)Genius Healthy Living Tricks…and one wacky one

Aw, how cute are these?! Best use of a tennis ball ever! (And yes I’m including tennis in that.)

20 (In)Genius Healthy Living Tricks…and one wacky one

I can’t tell you how many times as the gym we’ve wished we had a speaker for our phones so we could listen to the workout explanation, er, show each other silly YouTube videos…

20 (In)Genius Healthy Living Tricks…and one wacky one

Um, mind blown. That’s all.

20 (In)Genius Healthy Living Tricks…and one wacky one

Just this weekend I had a whole bag of unsweetened coconut shreds dump out all over the counter. This would have saved me. (And also saved me from scrounging for twist ties or rubberbands.) Chopped nuts, chia seeds, flax, the options are endless! Plus, you’re recycling!

20 (In)Genius Healthy Living Tricks…and one wacky one

As a girl whose last apartment had no less than 4 flights of stairs between the parking lot and the kitchen, I really wish I’d known this before. Do you think it works for 50 pounds of toddler too?

20 (In)Genius Healthy Living Tricks…and one wacky one

Best use ever for Gatorade!

20 (In)Genius Healthy Living Tricks…and one wacky one

Works well for the gym too! Especially for those girls who keep their spare cash in their bras. Now you don’t have to hand the barrista a soggy $5!

20 (In)Genius Healthy Living Tricks…and one wacky one

Make your own tortilla bowls and way healthier than the kind you buy at the store!

20 (In)Genius Healthy Living Tricks…and one wacky one

This also works for cutting hard boiled eggs! And when you’re done, might as well floss your teeth too and kill two healthy birds with one stone. (Oooh that didn’t come out right?)

20 (In)Genius Healthy Living Tricks…and one wacky one

Used this trick tonight when boiling a pot of beans! It works!

20 (In)Genius Healthy Living Tricks…and one wacky one

Aw, I don’t usually eat bagels (nothing against them, just not my thing) but this is SO CUTE. Although I don’t know that people really have a problem with their bagels getting squished, do they?

20 (In)Genius Healthy Living Tricks…and one wacky oneAND: #21 – Best use of Doritos ever! Although I’m a little afraid of what that says about the ingredients that they’re so flammable…

 

And a gratuitous Jelly Bean shot! Man, I love that kid! I bought this vintage dress for her when she was an infant and have been dying for her to get old enough so we could wear matching vintage! Dream come true.

Any of you have a weird/unconventional/ingenious tip to share? Were any of the other 99 helpful to you? (I LOVED the one about using a can opener to open blister packaging!)

Written with love by Charlotte Hilton Andersen for The Great Fitness Experiment (c) 2011. If you enjoyed this, please check out my new book The Great Fitness Experiment: One Year of Trying Everything for more of my crazy antics and uncomfortable over-shares!

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