10 Life Hacks…TESTED

So. I watch wayy too many YouTube videos for my own good, or productivity. Some of these videos are “LIFE HACKS TESTED” videos, but usually the life hacks the YouTubers test are rather redundant and useless in actual life.

I’m usually more interested in more “practical” hacks, if you will. So I decided to do a blogpost, with 10 lifehacks that were more relevant to me (as in, school).

(TL;DR, I couldn’t think of a blogpost idea, so threw together something)

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#1

google-translate

Pros: You can have your essay read out loud to you

Cons: 5000 character limit; sometimes mispronounces things

#2

essay

Pros: It works most of the time, but requires you consciously thinking about it.

Cons: Sometimes you can do a drop mic at a place that would be odd place to stop an essay

#3

whitenoise

Pros: There are so many choices!

Cons: Sometimes the choices distract me; also white noise just doesn’t work well for me.

#4

teachotheres

Pros: It actually works, particularly if you’re an auditory learner

Cons: If you don’t know enough about your topic, it’s rather sad and humiliating XD Also, you have to find a friend who’s willing to listen

#5

restore-tab

Pros: It works! It saves lives.

Cons: Not really anything that I can think of

#6

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Pros: It works; I don’t use it for getting ready, but to measure off increments of time (usually 30 minutes).

Cons: You have to go through and think through times, and sort music and stuff.

#7

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Pros: It works…and I have to say, I’ve used it more than once in the past.

Cons: It doesn’t strengthen your paper any, and is also a hassle, depending on your word processor

#8

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Pros: It’s healthy

Cons: I’d rather die first (although tbh I don’t eat any of the above regularly)…but NOT ICE CREAM OR CHOCOLATE

#9

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Pros: You stay alert, and can’t drift off; also aforementioned reasons

Cons: If you’re sick or something, then it’s very obvious

#10

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Pros: It has a lot of languages, and is pretty effective (also has Klingon and other cool languages)

Cons: They are lacking several languages like Chinese, also require almost exponential time to keep up progress.

And that’s it. 10 lifehacks that may or may not improve your school life!

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How are your NYR’s going?

Here it is, the end of January. How are the New Year’s Resolutions going? Here is a list of ways to keep your resolutions, from A to Z.

  • A. Accountability- There’s power in numbers!
  • B. Bring friends into the equation- Get a friend to do it with you! Again, accountability.
  • C. Call- Be willing to call for help when you need it; it’s okay to ask for help.
  • D. Discipline- While it isn’t fun and easy, discipline is required for change. Discipline yourself to do whatever you want to do.
  • E. Exclude- Exclude temptations from your life that make you want to break your resolution.
  • F. Find- Find others who are/are willing to make the same resolution as you and encourage one another.
  • G. Give- Give your resolution to God. Only He will be the one who determines whether or not it’ll be successful.
  • H. Hold on- Hold on! Although it may not be easy, it’ll get easier as it goes on.
  • I. Iron- Iron sharpens iron….accountability again. Trust me, it’s really helpful.
  • J. Just do it! Thanks, Nike…but….it’s freaking true!
  • K. Kvetch- A not-well-known word mean to complain habitually. Don’t kvetch! If you’re going to complain about how hard it is, you’re going to really think it’s hard, and it’ll be harder to accomplish.
  • L. Live it! Make the resolution a part of your lifestyle.
  • M. Mean it! Make resolutions that you mean and will keep.
  • N. Never give up! Yes, you may fail at times, but get back up and keep going! It’ll get easier are you go on!
  • O. Optimistic- Be optimistic, even when you feel like you can’t go on. You can!
  • P. Pray- Pray everyday about the resolutions, and Jehovah Jireh, the God who provides, will provide a way to accomplish it.
  • Q. Quit. No, not quit your resolutions when you get to Q! Instead, quit things that hinder your ability to keep your resolution.
  • R. Repeat. Whatever works, repeat it!
  • S. Surround. Surround yourself with positive people who will cheer you on to victory.
  • T. Track. Track your progress-something that marks progress will motivate you to continue.
  • U. Understand. Understand that you’re not perfect, but also understand that you get a second chance. Don’t give up!
  • V. Visualize. Visualize victory, and how awesome it’ll be.
  • W. Write. Write down your resolutions, and put them in a place where you’ll see them, so that you’ll remember what they are.
  • X. Xenophile. Another weird word, but it means “One attracted to foreign things.” Don’t get bogged down with what’s in this world, but remember what’s eternal.
  • Y. Yield. Yield every area of your life to Jesus Christ.
  • Z. Zeal. Zealously attack your resolution, and it’ll show up in your results.

I got the ABC’s from my devotional book and added the captions.

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Free Food Life Hacks

Well….isn’t that a title that gets people’s attention?! ūüėõ

Different restaurants have wonderful promotions/free food once every so often. Since a few of those days have passed just recently, I decided to make a post highlighting some of my free food findings (ooh, lookee, alliteration!! #proofofhomeschooler). XD

Starting with the special days of the year-

  • Jan 1st- Sheetz (y’know…that gas station that people…or is it just us??…..pass by…) gives out free¬†coffee¬†from 4pm December 31st to 4pm January 1st to¬†celebrate the new year.
  • Feb 14th- Boston Market is giving out¬†free desserts¬†but with the purchase of a main course¬†for Valentine’s Day. Starbucks also offers buy-one-get-one-free¬†coffees¬†on Valentine’s Day.
  • Shrove Tuesday (around February/March), which is also known as Fat Day (for breakfast)-¬†IHOP¬†is giving out¬†free shortstacks.¬†
  • First Day of Spring (around the end of March)-¬†Rita’s¬†(another store which is well-known yet which I’ve never been in….yes, I may not have a life) hands out free Water Ices¬†(don’t let the name fool you- it’s basically a slushee) to celebrate¬†The First Day of Spring.
  • Apr 15-¬†In honor of you spending half your life savings on taxes,¬†Cinnabon has free¬†Cinnabon bites, Arby’s¬†offers free¬†curly fries,¬†and there are free¬†small popcorns¬†at¬†AMC Theatres…..but you’ll have to buy a movie ticket. ūüėÄ
  • Mother’s Day- Take your mom to¬†TCBY¬†(yet another store I’ve never been to!) for some free¬†Frozen Yogurt¬†for¬†Mother’s Day.
  • Father’s Day- Just because¬†TCBY¬†is sooooooo original (#muchsarcasm), you can take your dad to get some more¬†free¬†Frozen Yogurt.
  • First Friday of June-¬†Krispy Kreme¬†offers a free donut for¬†National Donut Day¬†(seriously…are you kidding me?? DONUT is not a word???),¬†as well as¬†Dunkin’ Donuts,¬†but you’ll have to buy a drink with them first.
  • July 11- In honor of the date,¬†7/11, 7-11¬†offers a¬†free small Slurpee.
  • Around the middle of July-¬†Chick-fil-a¬†offers a free¬†meal¬†in honor of¬†Cow Appreciation Day….but you’ll have to dress up like a cow. No worries, though, Chick-fil-a also provides a starter kit¬†to dressing like a cow.
  • Sep 19- In honor of¬†Talk Like a Pirate Day,¬†both¬†Krispy Kreme¬†and¬†Long John Silver’s¬†provide free food. Get free fish at Long John Silver’s and have a free donut¬†from Krispy Kreme for dessert.¬†Just make sure you add a bunch of “arggg”s and “matey”s to your order, or else you’ll walk away booty-less.
  • Oct 31- For yet ANOTHER free donut, Krispy Kreme¬†is hosting another donut party in honor of¬†Halloween.¬†The catch this time? You’ll have to dress up in your costume!!
  • Nov 11-¬†A slew of spots offer free meals to current and former soldiers on Veterans Day, including T.G.I. Friday’s, Applebee’s, Golden Corral, Olive Garden, and Denny’s (where the deal is specifically all-you-can-eat pancakes). Come and enjoy your free food salute.
  • 4th Friday of November-¬†Fred Meyer¬†offers free¬†coffee and donuts¬†to¬†Black Friday¬†shoppers.
  • Dec 4- In honor of¬†National Cookie Day,¬†Quiznos¬†offers a free cookie¬†if you purchase something.¬†

For a printable calendar of these events, click here,

BONUS- for a list of free ice cream for National Ice Cream Day, click here.

Credits go to¬†Thrillist.com. (One of the other reasons I decided to do a blog post about free food was because there are so little pages about this. ūüėÄ )

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