Top 10 Little Life Hacks



are you familiar with the term 'life hack'?  a life hack is any little tip or trick that you use each day to make your life more efficient.  it saves time and sanity and helps you check everything off your to do list quicker and cheaper.  so today i partnered with one of my sponsors this month, quinn, who blogs at desgettier, to bring you our top 10 life hacks.


fist up, here's quinn's 5 awesome tips (i didn't actually know any of these before, i'm excited to protect my flowers!)


1. Line the edge of your lips with a clear wax crayon to prevent red lipstick from bleeding. Mine is a Dior pencil just because it was a Dior sales assistant who gave me the tip, but I saw a NYX clear crayon at Target for a much cheaper price & I’m sure it’d work the same. 

2. Use a cup-sized thermos to upgrade your eating and drinking. I found this cute 8-oz thermos at Starbucks on sale for $10… and then my life changed. I use this every day, almost exclusively compared to all the other mugs/bowls in the house. Why use a cup when this thermos will keep my iced tea cold? Why use a mug when this thermos will keep my coffee hot? Why eat ice cream in a bowl when this thermos will keep it from melting? True story, once I even drank white wine out of this thermos to keep it chilled. Lol okay fine I do that a lot.

3. Invest in a breathalyzer to keep in each car. These can be found on Amazon for $80-120ish. My boyfriend and I bought these in January and can’t believe we ever drank at any restaurant/friend’s house/any location outside of our house without them. We use them every time we’ve had even one drink — and have been surprised to see the BAC % after even one glass of wine. If you’ve ever said “I only had one drink, obviously I’m fine to drive” you should blow into a breathalyzer just once to see the numbers. You can’t accurately gauge your level of “buzz” unless you have numbers to reference it with, right?

4. Mix one drop of bleach in with water to prolong the life of flower arrangements. When the florist told me this, I was a little surprised — bleach seems like such a harsh agent to be putting near delicate flowers! But since bacteria is the real culprit of wilting flowers, just a drop — barely even that — is enough to combat the bacteria without hurting the blooms.

5. If you use 2GB+ data every month on your cellphone plan, consider buying a grandfathered unlimited data line. Jon and I used to pay $30/month each for a measly 2GB of data from Verizon, but we typically actually use 3GB+... costing us another $10 — not anymore! Some people still have the now-discontinued “$30/month Unlimited Data Plan” and they can transfer them to you on eBay for about $250. So you’ll break even after just two years but now you’ll have access to unlimited data! Oh, and don’t worry about being scammed — when you call into Verizon to take over the lines, you confirm everything with Verizon before finalizing :) 



leave it to quinn to take a great photo with all the items she mentioned.  i'm not that together.  ah well.  here's my top 5 life hacks:

1. freaked out by opening a bottle of champagne?  hold the cork in place with one hand and twist the bottle with the other.  the cork won't go flying, the champagne won't overflow.  the secret is twisting the bottle, not the cork.  if you didn't just shake the bottle, there's no excuse for spilled champagne - that's a waste of perfectly good alcohol.

2. the fastest way to chill said champagne (or beer, wine or other beverages) is to wrap the bottle in a wet paper towel and put it in the freezer for 10 to 15 minutes.  it'll be cold as ice.

3. technology is your friend.  use sidereel.com to track your favorite shows.  dvr is great but sidereel alerts you when a new season is starting or when your show changes days.  even better?  they let you know when the episodes are available online and where.

4. rubbing alcohol cleans a microfiber couch.  water leaves water marks and takes forever to dry.  rubbing alcohol cleans, doesn't leave an odor, and evaporates faster than water.  a little rubbing alcohol and a sponge are all you need to get stains out.  even grease stains from where hawkeye decided to eat her fried chicken.

5. and i think my biggest life hack is laundry.  here's my secret - i don't separate colors and i wash everything in cold.  'eek!' i'm sure you're thinking.  but honestly it's a huge time and sanity saver.  i tend not to buy a lot of white clothes because i'm not tan enough for them, ever, and it's not a good shade with my cool undertones.  but even white clothes, i've thrown in the wash with orange, with green, with grey.  whatever!  i'm lucky enough to have an in-unit washer dryer, and when something is dirty, i throw it in.  when the wash is full, i start it!  washing my white towels and sheets each week are the only exception, they get washed on hot because they are a big enough load.  i also wash new reds or dark wash denim solo or with like colors for the first wash or two, since those are big color bleeders.  but most items are just fine being washed in cold and get just as clean.


what are your favorite little life hacks?  don't forget to head over to desgettier to see more beautiful photos from quinn as well as fun notes on brands and, especially helpful this time of year, how they keep you shopping!

35 comments

  1. I too wash EVERYTHING in cold - - and everything in the same load, its so easy and nothing bleeds - but then again I wash everything new by itself for the first wash.

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    1. The first wash for darks or reds is the only thing I worry about - but if you throw it in with blacks, then it doesn't even matter! Separating is just too much work!

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  2. One time I had a large glass of wine and mine was a 0.04. I was super surprised. So much goes into drinking and BAC levels, such as the size of the person. It's crazy... one drink can definitely put you over.

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  3. I wash all my clothes in cold water too and never separate colours unless it's new dark denim or red/purple, but once that's been washed a handful of times it goes right in with everything else!

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  4. Now I feel weird. lol I was all of my things together in warm water but rinse in cold. I have yet to have a problem.

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    Krystal
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  5. separating colors from whites? AIN'T NOBODY GOT TIME FO' DAT. everything gets shoved into one load and and if they don't like it, they can do their own laundry. that even applies to 5yr olds! :D

    and i WISH my carrier had an unlimited data plan; typically when things are grandfathered, they're not available anymore (for the public) but companies must continue to support them from an IT and operations perspective since can't decommission them until there aren't any more customers on that plan (or system). but believe me, if they had an unlimited, i'd be all over that!

    -kathy
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  6. How did I never know about Side Reel? TV is my LIFE!!!!! I have an in unit washer/dryer, too... I could never live without it because 99.9% of the time if something is wrinkly I just throw it in the dryer for a few. I don't iron.

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  7. I am with you on not separating colors! Who has time for that shit!!

    ~Erin @ The Party Girl's Guide

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  8. I do my laundry the exact same way!

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  9. Your #5 = my life! Like why wash separate loads of laundry when I can do it all in one load? If I know I have a new shirt in the red family or a new pair of really dark jeans, I just forgo anything it could bleed on to and voila!

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  10. I was everything in cold, but I do separate whites.

    Side reel! On it.

    Great tip about the wax pencil.

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  11. Hell yes!! I don't separate my laundry either! What a waste of time...

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  12. I'm going to try the alcohol on my couch right now!

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  13. I thought I was the only one who just threw everything in with cold water! (With the exception of some really neon/dark colored tops) My mother judged me hardcore when I told her I did this... she's a firm believer in separating. Sorry ma!

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  14. Love this! I do laundry the same way as you, and how funny is it that I literally just ordered a breathalyzer off of amazon two days ago? I'm excited to try your tips for bleach in flowers and rubbing alcohol on my microfiber!

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  15. Good to know about chilling champagne/wine. I love Tervis tumbler cups to keep drinks either keep coffee hot or drinks cold. Great tips!

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  16. I need to check out sidereel. I never seem to know when new seasons start. I have Sprint so it is unlimited for me. Yeah! I need to get that thermos for testing purposes of course! ;)

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  17. I've always washed everything cold!! I usually sort just in case but lately we've been lazy and will probably stop doing that haha.

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  18. I learned how to open a bottle of champagne by watching a YouTube tutorial, haha. Ever since then I tell friends to just let me open the champagne since everyone else seems to think wasting the bubbly is a good idea!

    And I have a laundry basket with three divisions so I don't have to separate my clothes when it's time to wash them. But if I need to wash something and I have a small load I'll toss them all together and wash in cold water too.

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  19. I'm loving the sidereel tip but TBH, that is EXACTLY how I do my laundry. I'm too lazy to separate and I don't own that many whites. If it's nicer stuff, like a sweater or blouse, I'll hand wash or save them up and do a load.

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  20. I love these tips. I knew about a few, but the others are awesome. The rubbing alcohol on microfiber?!

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    1. Yep, it's the best thing! I always have to clean Hawkeye's food stains, and it works perfect.

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  21. I am a huge fanof the tumblers with straws for the same reason - my wine stays cooler longer. I love the wet paper towel idea and the flower thing - I need to get on both of those!

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  22. Loving your blog, just found it and so glad I did.

    I'm buying the thermos for my drinks I drink in-house now. Honestly, why hadn't I thought of that already? Great hacks here.

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    1. Glad you found it, thanks Meredith! I know, I'm rushing out to buy a thermos too, what a great idea.

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  23. YES, I do the same thing with laundry. I spent a weekend with my parents and my mom lost it that I was throwing all kinds of things in the washing machine, but it's a huge energy saver too. I'm glad I'm not alone.

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  24. I definitely don't separate laundry either, unless it's new jeans!

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  25. Life Hack that is pretty funny. Oh I have my life hacks...caffeine in the morning, wine in the evening...it is all good!

    Allie of ALLIE NYC
    allienyc.com

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    1. Hahaha!! Those are my kind of life hacks!!

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  26. These are pretty awesome! I also don't bother to separate my laundry by colors, takes too much time!

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  27. uh, sidereel? you just improved my quality of life by 45%

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  28. These are great! I have never heard of so many of these! i especially love the paper towel around the wine bottle in the freezer. Thanks for sharing!

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  29. This is a fantastic post. I need to get on a lot of these things!

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    1. Thanks! They'll definitely help you a lot!

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  30. These are amazing! I especially love the clear pencil for lipstick... billiant. Thanks for sharing.
    x
    Lightandsweetblog.com

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