Life Changing Hacks You Can Make Today

What can you do to improve your overall quality of life besides backpacking through Europe, eating sushi every day and hanging out with Oprah? Well, you know what they say, it’s all in the little things. Check out these life changing hacks you can make today for a pinch of inspiration. Spoiler alert: nothing will happen overnight, and nothing will happen if you only try these tricks out once. We suggest having an open mind and heart, taking everything with a pinch of salt and customizing the tips to better suit you. After all, we’re not xerox copies, we all have something different (albeit fingerprints).

1. Chin up, shoulders back

Life Changing Hacks You Can Make Today

It’s ideal to strike a balance between a low self esteem and narcissism. That means keeping up the positivity and confidence levels, while keeping the negative thoughts at bay. If you’re struggling with the latter, practice makes perfect. You won’t be able to dismiss them from your first try, but if you keep at it, thought restructuring can work wonders.

2. Make your bed as soon as you wake up

Life Changing Hacks You Can Make Today

This must seem a no-brainer, but it has been shown that if you leave your bed messy it can actually cast a shadow over your productivity. And you don’t want to miss deadlines, fail exams, drop out of university and end up homeless, do you now? Long story short, it’s a simple habit that can help you start your day with the right foot and can serve as a foundation for other equally positive habits.

3. Less complaining, more laughing

Life Changing Hacks You Can Make Today

It’s no secret that happy, optimistic people have it easier. Even if this doesn’t come naturally, faking a smile has been proven to lead to genuine smiling and even laughter. A pessimistic and negative outlook on life can really bring you down both physically and emotionally. Remember mens sana in corpore sano. Romans knew what they were talking about.

4. Go all out for others

Life Changing Hacks You Can Make Today

If people around you are happy, it can help you be happy as well. Even more so when you are the reason why they are smiling. So next time you’re at work and feel like a coffee, ask around and see who else would like one. And when’s the last time you bought your mom flowers for no reason at all? What about surprising your significant other with their favorite dinner and a foot rub? Ok, you get the point, play nice, feel nice.

5. Have a sleeping schedule

Life Changing Hacks You Can Make Today

One that you actually follow religiously. And no, making up for lost hours of sleep on the weekend doesn’t count and won’t help you in the least. I’m not advocating for being in bed at 10 pm. I think a smarter move would be to listen to your body instead of ignoring the signals it’s sending you. When you feel tired, don’t make another coffee to pull an all nighter. At the same time, if you feel refreshed at 6 am, don’t linger in bed for four more hours. You’ll feel even groggier and tired after.

6. Gratitude

Life Changing Hacks You Can Make Today

Say “thank you”. A lot! Thank the mail man, thank the sales man, thank the driver who hits the brakes to let you jay walk, although he shouldn’t, thank you mom for dinner (and for cleaning your room, and for giving you pocket money, and for carrying you nine months in her belly). What will this do for you? It will help others see you’re kind and they’ll treat you nicer. The mail man will make an effort not to lose your letters and the sales man will make sure you’re the first one to find out about sales and loyalty deals. Doesn’t sound too bad, does it?

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7 Things You Didn’t Know Before Moving Out

As kids, we all day dreamed about growing up, living alone and taking all the decisions for ourselves. But when it gets to it, the whole experience loses its charm, especially if you experience these 7 things you didn’t know before moving out. When you live with your parents you don’t bother too much paying bills, doing laundry or cleaning the house. It usually hits you on your way to college, with a trunkful of clothes, teddy bears and CD collections. It dawns on you that from here on you’re an adult. With responsibilities. That you have to make sure you eat three times a day, and floss daily and have clean socks. Which is both thrilling and depressing.

1. So much laundry

7 Things You Didn't Know Before Moving Out

Before I moved out I always used to complain I had nothing to wear. Now, as an adult living on her own, I realize I own way too many clothes every time I have to do laundry. And the sorting! Beware the red socks, they are your worst enemies. And you know that knob on your washing machine? Recent studies show it allows you to select different programs for different types of clothes. Just putting it out there!

2. What’s for dinner? A jar of Nutella

7 Things You Didn't Know Before Moving Out

And ice cream. With potato chips! And a bucket of Pepsi. Because you’re living on your own and you can. But really, no one will keep tab on what you’re eating once you move out. Except your body, which is probably what matters the most. Your first impulse will be to go in the candy lane and fill your cart with every kind of chocolate in there. You should fight this urge if you still want your parents to recognize you when you go home for Christmas.

3. You’ll have to clean yourself

7 Things You Didn't Know Before Moving Out

Unlike your parents house, which magically cleaned itself, where food appeared every day on the table and the fridge stocked up itself (just kidding, those were your parents keeping you fed and clean), once you start living on your own, things will change. You’ll learn what dusting implies, you’ll discover that you can’t clean your furniture with water and you’re going to have to vacuum. A lot. Better start practicing now.

4. Also, there is ironing

7 Things You Didn't Know Before Moving Out

If you don’t like creased shirts, I have more bad news for you. Hanging your clothes in the bathroom won’t do the trick. You’ll need to watch some Youtube tutorials and burn some shirts before you master the technique, but hey, no one was born knowing it all, right?

5. They have everything at Ikea…

7 Things You Didn't Know Before Moving Out

You’ll go in to buy some glasses and cutlery… and you’ll come out with more than your car can carry. But how could you resist those polka dots curtains, the fake plants, the soft blankets or that set of six versatile, durable pans?

6. … but putting it together is not that much fun

7 Things You Didn't Know Before Moving Out

If you buy a desk for Ikea, you better  be popular in your dorm, because you’re going to need back up. And by that I mean at least six people. Have you seen their instructions? Sure, it’s not rocket science, but it ain’t easy either. And make sure to triple check before you screw everything in tightly. I learned it the hard way.

7. You’ll want to hang out with your parents more

7 Things You Didn't Know Before Moving Out

Yes, it ‘s going to happen. You’ll only remember mom’s awesome lasagna and dad’s mean spaghetti. And you’ll find yourself calling home more and even jumping on a train for a surprise visit. It’s all part of moving out and becoming and adult.

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Back To School Mistakes We All Did

As much as I loved summer break, I’ll go ahead and admit I also liked starting school again. It wasn’t because I got to learn new things, or study for test papers or start thinking about what I wanted to do with my life. Nope! It was all about the stickers, the stationery, the colored highlighters, the backpacks, the new clothes and the smell of new books. Who’s with me? Preparations usually started a couple of weeks before school and it involved running up and down to find the notebook that would strike the perfect balance between an ingenious design, functionality and a unique touch that would make it stand apart. From all these, I have learned lots of back to school mistakes we all did. And, to be frank, still do, even though we don’t get ready for school anymore.

Back To School Mistakes We All Did

I’m pretty sure everyone had one of these at some point. They looked so cool in the store. They were unique and just coming out on the market, they were clear, we just had to have them! And then you’d get home and realize everyone could see everything you put in them. Every-thing! Not so functional in the end, but still cool, to this day.

Back To School Mistakes We All Did

Let’s be honest here, the stickers mania is still going strong and not only for students. And how could you dislike a pokemon sticker, or an Adidas logo? How could you refrain from sticking Donald Duck’s face on your English notebook? I used to stock up on stickers like crazy. Of course I needed one square foot of butterfly stickers, I intended to take biology classes. And how could you say no to those Paris stickers? I used to day dream about visiting the Eiffel Tower every day during math classes.

Back To School Mistakes We All Did

But mom, I need that 400$ leather, hand made folder. How am I supposed to be able to study and get good grades and get into a good university and become a successful doctor and have a happy life without it? In retrospective, we all know we never used it much, it was way simpler to shove handouts in random books and forget them there.

Back To School Mistakes We All Did

Oh, the fashion magazines were a must before starting school. How were you supposed to know what colors matched your hazel eyes and what belt style you should go for? And of course, one magazine was never enough, you had to have multiple points of view in order to form an accurate opinion about the latest fashion tendencies. Which translates into me buying at least seven of them. Just to make sure what color to paint my nails on the first day of school.

Back To School Mistakes We All Did

It was all about colors back then. Everything had to be as colorful as possible. You could feel instantly happy just by looking at a pink highlighter. Oh, good times! By the way, remember pencil grips? Now I can’t help but go “eww!” from all their geekiness, but back then they were all the rage. It was the only way you could have both a nice penmanship and keep your fingers from getting sore.

Back To School Mistakes We All Did

What else did kids with braces do before the first day of school besides flossing even more religiously and washing their teeth eight times a day? Choose the perfect braces color, of course. And man, the struggle was real! Should I go tutti frutti or keep it classy, mono color, and go all blue? Come to think of it, green goes better with those new sandals, I should stick to green. Oh, the purples ones sure look nice. Needless to say, I ended up wearing the clear ones.

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7 Embarrassing Situations All Parents Go Through

The little bundles of joy are not always just that: happiness factories. They cry, they scream, they snatch and pull, they don’t really like sleeping when you’re tired and oh, did I mention they cry? A lot? But how can we resent them when they have such big wet eyes and innocent faces and find everything fascinating? Even tearing a piece of paper in front of them will throw them into fits of laughter. Still, parents sometimes pay a heavy price for the simple fact of being a parent. And kids usually wait till they’re out with mommy or daddy to pull out the big guns and make them go scarlet with uneasiness. Take note of the following 7 embarrassing situations all parents go through and either reminisce or be afraid.

1. Let’s talk about eeeverything!

7 Embarrassing Situations All Parents Go Through

It’s not a secret that kids enjoy everything that’s new. And they definitely don’t shy away from pointing and laughing, pointing and shouting or pointing and crying. Sometimes, these might all happen at the same time. At other times, your kid might want to let you know they need to go for a wee. From across the room. A room full of important people from your job. Just smile, pick up your bundle of joy and head to the toilet like nothing happened.

2. Blunt, Raw, Cold Hearted Honesty

7 Embarrassing Situations All Parents Go Through

Another quality kids possess is honesty. That might put an end to you making excuses to go out with your friends, who will find out you weren’t feeling sick at all on Alice’s birthday. And careful what you say about Tom’s shoes when your kid’s hanging around. Tom might be really hurt when he hears you don’t like his fake crocodile pointed lacquered shoes. That are also red.

3. Dinner Time!

7 Embarrassing Situations All Parents Go Through

Attention all mommies out there, be careful around hungry breastfed babies with deft fingers. It has been reported that since they can’t gently whisper into your ear they would like to be fed, they resort to other techniques. Before you know it, your shirt will be over your head and the little guy will be breastfeeding like an angel, to the surprise of all your uncles that came at your dinner party.

4. It’s Santa!

7 Embarrassing Situations All Parents Go Through

Use your adult height to your advantage and be quick on your feet when you spot a man with a white beard and rosy cheeks strolling down the same alley as you and your kid. If you’re not quick enough to distract your kiddo, get ready to come up with an explanation about why Santa is taking a walk in the park in July and he’s not overseeing the toy factory!

5. I didn’t invite you over…

7 Embarrassing Situations All Parents Go Through

Your mom just flew for nine hours and drove three more hours to see her favorite niece and her favorite niece… can’t leave her twenty nine toys unsupervised because the boogie man might come and steal one. You should show your mother the guest room, she must be SO tired.

6. This couch is too white, let’s cover it in neon green!

7 Embarrassing Situations All Parents Go Through

Pro tip: you might want to leave your kid’s coloring crayons or sharpies at home when you go visit. And hide your hosts’ pencils, if they have any. You should also hide any scissors, forks, toothpaste and nail polish while you’re at it. Just to be safe. Better yet, stay within one meter of your bundle of joy. This way you’ll minimize the furniture damage they’ll do to your cousin’s eighteenth century baroque coffee table. Don’t underestimate them, they’ll think of something.

7. Frog. Fox. Fork.

7 Embarrassing Situations All Parents Go Through

Simple words, right? Except when a toddler tries to utter them. That spells disaster. I rest my case.

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8 Insane Celebrity Outfits from the 2000s

The 2000s were the golden years of pop culture. Stars experimented with music and new clothing styles were invented. Check out these 8 insane celebrity outfits from the 2000s. The tasseled flip flops, outrageous stilettos, denim outfits, ripped t-shirts and tacky jewelry are just a few tricks artists had up their sleeves back then. Still, it’s a tad ironic we were head over heels in love with the quirky outfits back then, but we’re pointing and laughing now. We all have skeletons in our closets and by that I mean embarassing high school pictures back from when our mom was still in charge of buying our clothes. Or that cringy close up taken the day after you decided you can totally pluck your own eyebrows. Let’s dive in some even weirder photos, illustrating celebrities’ clothing style (or lack of it) in the 00s.

1. P!nk at the MTV music awards in September 2000

Insane Celebrity Outfits from the 2000s

What should we start with? Should it be the outrageous neon pink hair color, the tacky golden hooks adorning her jeans, the flashy top or the shiny coat with fur on the inside? We all love her unique voice and admittedly her songs give us goose bumps. But to be honest, this picture does that too.

2. Christina Aguilera – April 2001

Insane Celebrity Outfits from the 2000s

We can tolerate the madwoman hair, the wispy eyebrows and even the lipgloss shade. But why would you wear a velvety dress that looks that it was chewed on by Godzilla? Here’s another bright idea: let’s accessorize it with some golden tinfoil shaped as a sack. Brilliant!

3. Lil’ Kim – September 1999

Insane Celebrity Outfits from the 2000s

Trying to be a mermaid, Lil Kim managed to set some new standards for hideousness. She could have pulled off the hair color if it would’ve been the only purple thing on her… but she didn’t. The jumpsuit looks like something a 5 year old could design and the pattern is downright fugly.

4. Paris Hilton in January 2001

Insane Celebrity Outfits from the 2000s

Cute hair, cute jeans, cute smile… Oh, wait, are those Yeti’s boots? I mean sandals. I mean shoes. I’m very confused right now. I can definitely see what she was trying to do, matching her top to her shoes, but that still doesn’t start to account for the weirdness and the awkwardness in this photo.

5. Fergie – November 2003

Insane Celebrity Outfits from the 2000s

I know big girls don’t cry, but am I the only one tearing up looking at this? On the other hand, it sums up the 2000s pretty well: we have the cleavage, the passionate red color on the eyes, lips, jacket, purse and in the hair, we have the white overalls and the tiny shabby chic bag. And presto, she’s ready to hit the streets.

6. Anastasia – February 2002

Insane Celebrity Outfits from the 2000s

Oh, the colorful rimless sun glasses, the braids, the beads, the leather. So many memories. Anastasia’s outfit was surely eclectic, with a predominance towards leather and brown. Despite damaging our retinas now, she seemed to have fun in her abnormal outfit, so I guess that’s all that really matters.

7. Britney Spears – November 2000

Insane Celebrity Outfits from the 2000s

Oops, she did it again! She spilled that iced tea latte all over her slightly ripped stretchy dress. And is that a heart shaped stain at the bottom? The romantic side of Britney never failed to shine through. Even in this muddy outfit which looks like something you should drop at your dry cleaner’s.

8. Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake – January 2001

Insane Celebrity Outfits from the 2000s

We’ve left the best (or worst!) for the last. Ladies and gentlemen, we give you… the denim couple. Even though we can’t see Britney’s shoes in this picture, I’m pretty sure they were made from an old pair of jeans as well. And all I can say about Timberlake is that yes, I will cry you a river over this insane outfit.

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