Putting Life Hacks to the Test

In my first post I promised to test products and things that would make a parents life easier. This week I went on to pinterest and choose a few that I wanted to give the old college try.  I choose taking a fitted sheet to the beach for a baby, making unpoppable bubbles, tested a site for easier meal options, shoe hack and more… it was an interesting time I can assure you but here is what I found.


First, taking a fitted sheet to the beach using coolers and other needed items as weights. Well I will say with the wind here in south Texas just set up was no easy feat, but once it was up and weighed down properly I could see just how amazing this idea would be if you had a baby that wasn’t walking yet.  I, however, have a five year old and she was determined to bring the beach onto the sheet with her. So if you do use this hack for a small child I would suggest letting older children know not to be climbing in and out. This would also be a better idea in my opinion for a romantic picnic on the beach, it gives you a barrier between the wind, sand and your food.  Be sure to bring four heavier items for your four corners and enjoy a day at the beach!


Next I tried to make unpoppable bubbles, the recipe is as follows: 6 cups of water, 1 cup of corn syrup and 2 cups of dish soap (this suggested joy but I used dawn). With this hack they didn’t give a lot of information, so I wasn’t sure if my batch came out correctly. I got two small bubbles that did pop in the bushes in my front yard, it was more of a mess to clean off my daughter as well. Something fun to try if you are in the mood for a craft/activity but I personally think it was just a was of dish soap. Think I will stick to the slip-n-slide for my yard dish soap needs.


Okay how many of you parents out there absolutely feel like a chicken with you head cut off in the evening and dinner is just one of those last minute decisions. Trust me you aren’t alone! Seems like school and sports just sap all the time you would be spending sitting around the dinner table for a family meal. Well let me introduce you to something I found this week. http://www.supercook.com This is an awesome site where you can put in all the ingredients that you know you have in your kitchen and it will give you ideas and recipes on things you can make for dinner!! You no longer have to ask your spouse what they would like to have and get the “I don’t know” response. Just ask supercook! I say it’s worth it!


This next life hack I will admit let me a bit skeptical.  So according to this hack you teach your child to put their shoes on the correct feet but cutting a sticker in half and adding it to the insides of their shoes. Now my daughter is 6… it is hit or miss if she will get her shoes on the right feet. I have tried telling her the designs go on the outside or if they don’t feel right they probably aren’t.  Well we tried this for a week, when I reminded her to take her time and look at the stickers she did pretty well. So it was pretty much just like normal, plus more than once the sticker got stuck to her sock during the day and would require a new one. It was a great thought but I don’t think it helped to much. Though that could just be my stubborn daughter, try it with your children and let me know in the comments if it works for you.


Well once again it is cold and flu season, yay.  This next hack might help your little one sleep a little easier (or your spouse or other family members…). This hack is putting Vicks on the bottom of your feet, then put on socks to prevent coughing in the night. Luckily it was the right time of year and I did get to try this out! It works. Though I cannot sleep in socks, so if you don’t mind sleeping in socks you should be good to go. If you are like me and the thought of sleeping with anything on your feet is a nightmare, just apply about 30 to 40 minutes before bed and you will be right as rain!


Now my final trial, I have heard of this before but I had never tried it myself. It said that if you throw a dry towel in with your wet clothes it will make your clothes dry in half the time. Being the trooper of testing that I claim to be I did get to try this hack this week (okay so I fell asleep with the clothes in the washer and it was a load of ALL of my husbands jeans). Well I picked out two pairs, threw in the towel and set the washer for 20 minutes. IT WORKED!! Trust me I was shocked and it saved me from being late to pick up our daughter for her birthday party. So I am not sure it would cut the time in half for a full load of laundry but I know it will save you in a pinch with a couple articles of clothing.


Okay here is my testing blog, I hope it was helpful! I will say it was a crazy crazy week and I am very happy to learn a few new tricks to add to my ninja book of tricks. Thank you are for reading and if you have any questions, comments, or other hacks you would like for me to try please leave them in the comments!  Have a great rest of your week!


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