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Hits & Misses #4: 12 more things I’ve tried so you don’t have to

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Ready for some more Hits & Misses? (12 more things I’ve tried so you don’t have to.)

If you read just one, make it the first one, OK?

 

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More Cooking for Dummies: 12 Things I’ve Learned

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Chicken Caesar Salad with homemade croutons

Remember, I am not a cook. Or, well…maybe I am now? I have stripped fresh rosemary leaves off the stem, butterflied chicken breasts, whipped up pan sauces, cooked green beans in a frying pan and steak in the oven, made my own condiments (aioli, teriyaki sauce), and performed many other culinary feats. I can see a little bit more now why people like to do this cooking thing (smells great, tastes delicious, creative, meditative).

It’s been over six months since I subscribed to the Hello Fresh meal kit service, but I’ve taken time off here and there. I love being able to pause the plan when I want to. I have to pay attention to the delivery schedule, of course, to make sure I’m not charged for or sent a box I didn’t want, but they’re reducing the cut-off time from seven days in advance to five to make it easier.

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Top 10 Org4life Blog Posts of 2015

Depositphotos_7243444_m-2015Here is a roundup of my top 10 blog posts of 2015:

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Could You Live in a Tiny House?

Hazel's tiny house

Hazel’s tiny house CLICK TO ENLARGE

One upon a time, when I was a poor, starving, college student, I lived in a tiny house (small t, small h), which is not the same as living in an adorable Tiny House. Have you seen them? Tiny Houses are usually no more than 400 sq. ft, often hand-built, craftsman-style, sometimes on wheels, and largely off the grid. They are for people who want to decrease their impact on the earth and who don’t have a lot of stuff. Here are some links to give you an idea:

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14 Reasons Why They Haven’t Replied to Your Email (and what to do about it)

email I often hear people bemoan the fact that someone has not replied to their email. Sure, it’s possible that they are snubbing you. But their lack of response is far more likely to have nothing to do with you at all. Don’t take it personally!

Before YOU get upset that someone hasn’t replied to YOUR email, consider the many reasons why this might be the case (paying special attention to #14):

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Let’s Play Organizing & Productivity Bingo!

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Ever wonder how organized and productive you really are?

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Hits & Misses #3 — 12 More Things I’ve Tried So You Don’t Have To

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Back by popular demand! By the way, I am not affiliated with any of the products I promote. I just either like them, or I don’t. Enjoy!

The Hot Spoon Method of stopping the itch of a mosquito bite – I’ve tried every preventative tactic and topical ointment known to mankind. Too many to list here. Just want you to know this one works! I don’t let the water run until hot, though. I heat a cup of water for 1 minute in the microwave and dip the spoon in for a few seconds. Press to skin, as soon as bearable, for 10 seconds or however long the heat lasts. Repeat with same hot water for additional bites. HIT

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Decluttering Your Facebook Friend List

FACEBOOK FRIEND Clutter Flow Chart

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I’ve joked before about Facebook friend clutter, but never really felt the need to do anything about it. Who cares if a friend never posts, or has abandoned their account without deleting it? How is that hurting me? (more…)

MORE Hits & Misses: 12 More Things I’ve Tried So You Don’t Have To

What can I say? I’m on a roll. Plus, y’all seemed to enjoy the first batch!

My new vacuuming accessory.

Hearing Protection — I got these “food industry earmuffs”, because they were the cheapest ones I could find, on the theory that if I could reduce the noise of vacuuming, I would vacuum more often. Yes, vacuum. (more…)

Hits & Misses: 12 Things I’ve Tried So You Don’t Have To

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Frozen bananas

I enjoy trying new things. Maybe you do too, or maybe my experiences will save you some trouble.

Freezing bananas with their skins on. I use frozen bananas (which I usually peel before freezing) in smoothies instead of ice cubes. When I recently left for a trip I had a couple of bananas sitting around and decided to stick them in the freezer as is because I’d heard that would work too. (more…)