Connect With Nearby Friends And Family With A ‘Family Drop Box’

Connect With Nearby Friends And Family With A ‘Family Drop Box’

When my husband’s parents returned from a trip to Florida back at the beginning of March, I picked them up from the airport and my son and I elbow-bumped them in greeting in place of our usual hugs. We haven’t been within six feet of them since that night, despite…

How To Adjust The Audio Sensitivity Of Your Google Home Device

How To Adjust The Audio Sensitivity Of Your Google Home Device

Accidentally summoning an AI helper like Google Assistant by inadvertently speaking the wake word (or something that sounds enough like it to fool a computer) has become a fact of life ever since Siri was first introduced. It can be a chronic problem too, depending on your living situation and…

How To Stop Accidental Netflix Skips And Pauses On Android

How To Stop Accidental Netflix Skips And Pauses On Android

It’s always annoying when you’re watching a movie on your phone and accidentally stop or skip through it when you adjust your grip and touch the wrong part of the screen. Netflix seems to have heard our collective irritated groan and has added a helpful screen-lock function to its Android…

How To Compost In Your Apartment

How To Compost In Your Apartment

As part of our new pandemic preparedness lifestyle, many of us have turned to gardening, to the point there are now widespread seed shortages. Given that seeds also need nutrient-rich soil to grow in, you might be wondering about how to turn your food scraps into compost. After all, who…

Is Your Kid Acting Out, Or Just Sad?

Is Your Kid Acting Out, Or Just Sad?

It sounds like yet another sibling argument. Or stomping feet followed by a slammed door. It sounds like loud voices and defiance or those two particularly whiny words parents everywhere love: I’m bored. It sounds like a lot of different things, but what it actually might be is sadness.

Make ‘Cheater’ Blini By Thinning Out Pancake Mix

Make ‘Cheater’ Blini By Thinning Out Pancake Mix

Due to the surge in fancy home baking, it’s still quite hard to find flour, eggs, and yeast, but mixes remain abundant, pancake mix being among them. I—renowned lazy lady—was already a fan of the complete, just-add-water pancake mix, particularly since I discovered I could use it to create not…

The Best Grammar Tips We Learned Last Year

The Best Grammar Tips We Learned Last Year

I might be Lifehacker’s parenting editor, but I also took on the unofficial role of the site’s grammar writer in 2019. Whenever I had to double-check the usage of a word or phrase or recalled a mnemonic device I found useful, I wrote about it. And then I’d get specific…

The Case For Eating Sandwiches For Breakfast

I am two things in the morning: angry and nauseated. I have always been this way, even as a youth, which made getting to physical chemistry at 7am all the more difficult. Frying an egg for breakfast was simply not an option, but I’d be so hungry during lecture that…

This Is The Week We All Try To Find Someone To Blame

This Is The Week We All Try To Find Someone To Blame

Each week in this crisis seems to have a theme to it. There was the week in early March when many of us experienced lockdown for the first time, an innocent week of home workouts and sourdough loaves and hope that this would all blow over pretty quickly. Just a…

What It Will Take To Reopen Everything, According To The WHO

What It Will Take To Reopen Everything, According To The WHO

In the same way my tiny daughter looks forward to Christmas all year, all of us who are physically distancing look forward to “things reopening.” Reopening is more a wish than a plan, since most likely we’ll face months of adjusting restriction. We just want things to be back to…

What Parents Need To Know About TikTok’s New Parental Control Tool

What Parents Need To Know About TikTok’s New Parental Control Tool

If TikTok was having a moment before the pandemic, it’s really experiencing a surge in popularity and attention right now as tweens and teens everywhere are stuck at home and have nothing better to do than convince their parents to perform choreographed dances for social media. So the timing is…

Make A Sidecar With Whatever Brandy You Have

Make A Sidecar With Whatever Brandy You Have

I have been making a lot of sours recently, simply because they work with almost any spirit and don’t require a ton of ingredients. Booze, citrus, and sweetener make up the entire drink, but things get a little more interesting when you supplement a syrup for more booze.

No, We Haven’t All Gotten And Recovered From COVID-19

No, We Haven’t All Gotten And Recovered From COVID-19

I first heard this theory back in February from a family member: “What if that awful cold I had this winter was actually COVID-19?” Unlikely, of course, but an interesting what if. But then I started hearing it from more and more people, and now it seems everybody on Facebook…

How To Disinfect Your Bags

How To Disinfect Your Bags

At this point, we’re all washing our hands for the allotted 20 seconds (right?) and cleaning the surfaces in our homes—but what about our bags? Although recreational travel may be at a halt, many of us are still travelling to work or the grocery store. The CDC doesn’t consider objects…

It’s OK If You Can’t Relax Right Now

It’s OK If You Can’t Relax Right Now

Do you remember those idyllic days, back in March or so, when we all realised we’d have a lot more time on their hands? Office workers would be working from home, restaurants were closed, events were cancelled. Suddenly, whether you were working or not, there just weren’t as many places…

Download This Free Workbook On Anxiety And The Coronavirus

Download This Free Workbook On Anxiety And The Coronavirus

If, like me, you’re someone with an anxiety disorder, this whole pandemic situation has probably made things especially difficult for you. And given all the uncertainty and our lack of control over pretty much everything right now, even those who typically don’t have an issue with anxiety are feeling it….

How To Fix Your Suddenly Crappy Google Nest Videos

How To Fix Your Suddenly Crappy Google Nest Videos

Now that most of us are spending all day at home, we’re consuming a ton more data, and while the tubes of internet haven’t burst yet, they’re definitely fuller than ever before. In an effort to get ahead of a potential disaster, some companies are taking measures to reduce the…

Install The Latest Windows 10 Patch To Block Serious Vulnerabilities

Install The Latest Windows 10 Patch To Block Serious Vulnerabilities

Downloading a Windows update can be a gamble these days, but this week’s Windows 10 “Update Tuesday” patch feels more important than most. The update includes plenty of important security fixes, including patches for two actively exploited vulnerabilities in the Windows Adobe Font Manager that affect all Windows 10 users.

How To Not Eff Up Your DIY Haircut

How To Not Eff Up Your DIY Haircut

Quarantine life and personal grooming make poor bedfellows. If you’re used to maintaining your look via regular hair appointments, chances are good that things have already gotten bleak. Maybe you can’t see out from behind your curtain of bangs, or your beard has finally turned the corner from “charmingly scruffy”…

The Do’s And Don’ts Of Cloth Face Masks

Now that people around the world are being reccomended to wear cloth face masks in public, it’s best to remember the basics of what to do and what not to do. Here is a quick guide:

How To Have A Successful Zoom Date

How To Have A Successful Zoom Date

At this point in the coronavirus pandemic, our lives have moved almost entirely online—and dating is no exception. If you’re actively dating (or at least were before this outbreak started), you may be used to putting in a considerable amount of time and effort into meeting a potential romantic or…