15 Food Hacks I Use Constantly

15 Food Hacks I Use Constantly

In my nearly five years of writing for Lifehacker, I have written about, edited, tested and developed many food hacks and recipes. Picking a favourite is not like picking a favourite child, only because I don’t have any children (and never felt those motherly emotions); picking a favourite child would…

The Difference Between a Strike and a Boycott

The Difference Between a Strike and a Boycott

If you follow sports at all (or even if you don’t), you probably noticed that neither the NBA nor WNBA played any of the games they were scheduled to play yesterday. It started with the Milwaukee Bucks refusing to play their scheduled playoff game with the Orlando Magic, and quickly…

How to Help When Your Child Is the New Kid in a Virtual Classroom

How to Help When Your Child Is the New Kid in a Virtual Classroom

This school year is going to be downright bizarre. There is a lot of new in our new normal to adjust to — especially if, in addition to everything else, you’re also the new kid in what is suddenly a virtual classroom. Being new to the class is exciting and…

Dim Tweets You’ve Already Seen With This Browser Extension

Dim Tweets You’ve Already Seen With This Browser Extension

Twitter’s insistence on showing tweets out of order has been a long-running complaint. Sure, there’s a setting that claims to show your feed in chronological order, but it almost always resets back to the “top tweets” view if you don’t keep an eye on it.

Here’s Everything You Get With an eBay Plus Membership

Here’s Everything You Get With an eBay Plus Membership

When it comes to online shopping, there’s a multitude of retailers to choose from. Each differs in products, prices and delivery times which usually guides your decision on whether or not to shop with them. Some online retailers offer membership options which allow you to gain access to exclusive offers,…

Watch Celebrities Read Picture Books by Black Authors

Watch Celebrities Read Picture Books by Black Authors

Parents often use books as a way to introduce and spark conversations around important topics, concepts or themes with their kids. Using books in this way is particularly important now, as the country grapples with so many social justice issues. That’s why Netflix says it has created a new live-action…

How to Catch a Fly in Your Hand

How to Catch a Fly in Your Hand

One of the perks of living in a desert climate is that you don’t necessarily need air conditioning — in many cases, evaporative cooling will do the trick. Since so-called swamp coolers work best with good air circulation, we can leave our windows (and sometimes our doors) cracked all summer…

How to Use the Best New Google Home App Features

How to Use the Best New Google Home App Features

Google Home version 2.27 adds a bunch of new features to the app, including new in-app controls for Nest home security products on iOS and Android and expanded device support for Android 11’s Power Menu shortcuts. Oh, and there’s finally a dark mode on Android — though it might be…

6 Strategies for Managing After-School Meltdowns

6 Strategies for Managing After-School Meltdowns

Back-to-school is traditionally a stressful and trying time for kids. They just spent an entire holiday playing Minecraft, running through sprinklers and staying up late. Now they’re either expected to sit still in a classroom with a mask on all day, or they’re logging in from home and sulking through…

11 Human Foods Your Dog Can Safely Eat

11 Human Foods Your Dog Can Safely Eat

Most dogs can quite accurately be described as “hungry bois” and human foods are not out of the question for them. While we tend to know the foods we definitely shouldn’t feed them, there are some human foods that dogs can safely eat. Dogs are loveable and loyal pets. They’ll…

Is It an Anxiety Disorder, or Just Life in 2020?

Is It an Anxiety Disorder, or Just Life in 2020?

Although anxiety and fear are two different things, constantly dealing with fear of uncertainty is something many people with anxiety experience regularly. And for the past six months — amid a global pandemic — almost nothing has been certain. It makes sense that we’re anxious about whether we, or our loved…

How to Talk to Teens About Weight Loss

How to Talk to Teens About Weight Loss

You’ve probably heard adults complaining about the “quaran-ten” or even the “quarantine 15″ — a quippy way of acknowledging the weight gained while we’ve been mostly isolated from the rest of humanity during the pandemic. I’ve heard similar sentiments from my friends and family and seen them sprinkled throughout my…

How To Get the Most Out of a NBN and Phone Bundle

How To Get the Most Out of a NBN and Phone Bundle

Bundling your NBN and phone plan together is a great way to save yourself a few dollars. Depending on which provider you’re with (or possibly deciding to change to), you can open yourself up to some nice discounts that can knock a few dollars off your monthly bills. You can…

How to Keep Android’s ‘Nearby Share’ From Using Your Mobile Data

How to Keep Android’s ‘Nearby Share’ From Using Your Mobile Data

I love Android’s Nearby Share, because it finally — finally — lets you shoot files over to another Android phone, just like iPhone users have been able to do with AirDrop since 2014. I always hated having to turn to third-party apps to make this happen on Android, so it’s…

8 Strange Ways Coronavirus Can Affect Your Skin

8 Strange Ways Coronavirus Can Affect Your Skin

As the pandemic progresses, we’re growing increasingly aware COVID-19 affects multiple parts of the body beyond the lungs. That includes the skin. We’ve seen reports of skin symptoms ranging from “COVID toes” to hair loss, and different types of rashes. Some skin symptoms appear soon after infection, while others arise…

Emu’s Pronunciation Is Starting a New Emu War

Emu’s Pronunciation Is Starting a New Emu War

The Great Emu War may have finished nearly 90 years ago but a new one is brewing online after an NPR employee declared the correct way to pronounce emu was ee-moo. Stu Rushfield is National Public Radio’s (NPR) technical director of Weekend Edition but after a seemingly innocent tweet posted…

Start Preparing for NaNoWriMo Now

Start Preparing for NaNoWriMo Now

Even under normal circumstances, early planning for major events is critical to their success. This year, of course, we are in far from ordinary circumstances, which makes it that much more important for writers to begin planning for National Novel Writing Month (or NaNoWriMo, for short — NaNo, for even…

Stop Partying in Your Airbnb

Stop Partying in Your Airbnb

We’re many months into a global pandemic (have you heard?) with no end in sight, and while it shouldn’t need to be said, please: stop throwing in-person parties. And definitely don’t throw a party at your rented Airbnb — if you do, you could be banned from booking with the…

Use These 4 Tips to Master Digital Communication

Use These 4 Tips to Master Digital Communication

At one time or another, we’ve all gotten that text, email or instant message from a colleague that made us question everything. Even though we know it can be difficult to convey tone in writing, we still may analyse every word and punctuation mark trying to find clues. Along the…

How to Use Storytelling When Facts Fail to Convince Someone

How to Use Storytelling When Facts Fail to Convince Someone

Not all arguments are worth your time and energy. In some cases — like when someone fundamentally disagrees with you — there’s nothing you can say or do to change their mind. But in other instances, it’s entirely possible to make your case and get someone to agree with (or…

We’re Drinking Corn Milk Punch Now

We’re Drinking Corn Milk Punch Now

“What is up with you and corn lately?” my boyfriend asked me this morning, quite rudely. It was not yet nine o’clock, and I had just announced I would be making a corn milk punch (for work), thus continuing my 2020 Cornpaign for Cornplete Cornification (in the face of much…

What Can I Do About My Tonsil Stones?

What Can I Do About My Tonsil Stones?

It’s time for another instalment of Burning Questions, the column where I answer the health questions that you maybe don’t want in your google history. As a reminder, this is not medical advice and I’m not a doctor. Today, we’re talking tonsil stones.