11 Life Hacks that are Actually Useful

11 Life Hacks that are Actually Useful

I've scoured the articles of “life-hacks" that people claim are actually helpful. I present the top 11 tips that you actually need to adopt in your life to make things easier.

1. Laugh or curse without being corrected on your phone.

Did you mean duck? Or gaha?

Just type in “haha" as the phrase and “gaha" as the shortcut in your phone if you frequently type that instead of what you actually mean.

2. Use stapler removers to hold open the key rings to slide on your extra keys.

This prevents ruining your nails or screaming in annoyance when the ring slips out from under your fingernails.

3. Use dryer sheets to remove deodorant stains from clothes.

A clean cloth or towel can also work in a pinch.

4. Use a few drops of contact solution to re-vive your mascara if it's getting dried out and flaky.

You can also place it in your bra while you're getting ready to warm it up so it won't clump. Just remember to throw it out after 3 months to avoid infection.

5. Also use Visine eye drops for redness to minimize the redness of acne.

It can help reduce redness and puffiness, so you can look like this model in the morning:

6. Apply perfume behind your ear, inside the wrist, on the base of the throat, inside your elbow, and behind your knee to make it last all day.

The body heat from your pulse points helps your perfume amplify and emit its scent. As Coco Chanel puts it best, "a woman should wear perfume wherever she wants to be kissed."

7. Bobby pins placed upside down lasts longer.

Placing a bobby pin with the ridges down towards your hair makes the bobby pin stay put. You can also spray some with hairspray for extra wear.

8. Hang your clothes in your closet with the hangers going the opposite way.

When you wear something, hang it back up the right way; at the end of the season or the year, donate whatever clothes are hanging on the hangers that are still backwards.

9. Put your phone on airplane mode to make it charge faster.

Although you won't be getting any texts that might be sent out, it helps charge your phone faster when you're running out the door!

10. Tried everything and still have the hiccups? Get a friend to ask you what your middle name is. After you respond, your hiccups are gone!

This sounds so silly, but I use this trick on my friends all the time!

11. Make a playlist with the exact amount of time you have to get ready.

Once it's over, you need to head out the door! Conversely, have the tempo and beat of the songs in the playlist get increasingly faster to let you know it's time to finish getting ready.

I like to listen to Taylor Swift and 90s throwbacks like the Spice Girls and Hilary Duff, so I can start my morning right and wake up by dancing along!

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13 Of London's Greatest Eats

What you should eat during your travels.

London's food scene is definitely up and coming. Although they have a reputation for awful food there are definitely a few places that rival food from back home in NYC.

1. Wagamama

I know this is a chain, but it's one of the places I'm probably the most excited to eat at. I know this is a huge favorite of Londoners so it's bound to be good.

2. Homeslice

I know that I will miss pizza while I am abroad and Homeslice is the most acclaimed pizza in London. I don't know that it will be comparable, but it's worth a shot.

3. Poppies

Poppies is one of the most highly rated fish and chips restaurants in London. As London's most notable cuisine better go big or go home and get a dish from a 5-star restaurant.

4. Grill My Cheese

Grilled cheese (or cheese toasties as they call it in England) are never bad, so how could you go wrong. Grill My Cheese does it right making creative sandwiches with well-sourced ingredients.

5. Fortnum & Mason

The Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon at Fortnum & Mason is known as the best and most classic afternoon tea experience. Even the queen has gone to Fortnum & Mason.

6. Bao

Famous for its steamed buns and drinks, Bao's simple menu is filled with foods that are sure to be good. Everything is made in-house daily keeping everything fresh and delicious. Be warned, each location boasts a different menu, meaning you'll have to hit them all.

7. Patisserie Sainte-Anne

The owners of this cafe are straight from Paris, they brought their bakery to Lonon in 2014 after over a decade of success in France. Their £ 3.70 breakfast deal and £6.60 lunch deal is sure to leave you full and happy.

8. Smack Deli

Who doesn't love lobster? Smack deli has a menu of creative lobster rolls different from anything else in the city.

9. The Great Exhibition

Known for its £25 bottomless brunch, The Great Exhibition is a pub with real food. The brunch includes a meal, bottomless mimosas or bloody marys and unlimited toast with jam as well as tea and coffee.

10. Nandos

Another well known English favorite, Nandos is a name known around the world. This is a stop you should be sure to make during your trip.

11. Bob Bob Ricard

Famous for having a "Press for Champagne" button at every table, it is arguable that Bob Bob Ricard serves more champagne than any other restaurant in the city. They take bookings three months in advance, so this is probably not a spur of the moment kinda place.

12. Bourne & Hollingsworth Buildings

Also known for its brunch, Bourne & Hollingsworth has unforgettable decor as well. It's an experience you're certain to remember.

13. Borough Market

Borough Market is probably the most iconic market in London, not to mention its filled with good eats. Check out the Prosecco Bar for drinks, they look delicious. The market is also filled with delicious pastries, jams, and fresh fruit.

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Fanfiction Is Just As Important To The Writing Community As Novels And Stories

Why we need to stop being ashamed of what gets us to write.

Starting with a definition, fanfiction is when a fan of a particular popular media (books, shows, movies, more recently celebrities themselves, etc.) writes a story that writes a different version of the established canon. There are several sorts of receptions to the idea of fanfiction, and it is largely frowned upon in society, and as a writer, I want to tell people that this needs to stop. And here's why:

Fanfiction is just as important to the writing community as E-Journals or blogs are in a several ways. It provides a supporting structure and established world for a writer to practice character building, as well as provides for challenges in fitting into a world, fulfilling plot points, and establishing character dynamics. There is also a 'stress-free' environment for a writer to practice their craft by writing about something they really enjoy.

In creating this safe environment for a writer to practice, and challenge themselves in their craft, we are given practice with critical thinking, problem-solving, and more all within a provided structure. This helps to learn what an author is good at, what they need to work on, as well as emulate authors that they enjoy.

Another reason for this is that fanfiction is everywhere. We see it on TV show adaptions that vary from books, from book series like "The Shadowhunter Pages," and "Fifty Shades of Gray." Some of these even get fanfiction of their own, which adds to the cycle of creativity and brings more and more stories.

Yes, this will add to the argument that there are no original ideas in the world. However, all stories follow a basic arch, there are only so many stories to tell.

The difference is how we get from point A to point B, and what elements of craft get you there. Writing in any medium is important, and if starting with your fanfiction is how you get your name out there, then all the power to you, my friends. Because at the end of the day, you are writing for you, and people should be honored that you are sharing it, to begin with.

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