Fancy Up Cheap Potato Chips With Black Pepper

Fancy Up Cheap Potato Chips With Black Pepper

There are no bad potato chips, but some chips are definitely better than others. On the lower end of the spectrum you have thin, flimsy, greasy, super salty generic potato chips: pretty good alongside or in a sandwich, but I underwhelming in a bowl on their own. On the other…

These Free Books Can Help Kids with Autism Understand the Pandemic

These Free Books Can Help Kids with Autism Understand the Pandemic

It can be difficult for any child (or adult, honestly) to grasp all the changes we’ve had to make in our lives this year because of the coronavirus pandemic. But children with autism often need a little extra help in understanding why life looks so different right now, especially as…

The Best End of Financial Year Sim-Only Phone Plans

The Best End of Financial Year Sim-Only Phone Plans

The end of any financial year is a great time to bag a bargain, with all sorts of sales on offer as companies seek to shore up their bottom line. Phone plans may not normally be the kind of thing you think about when it comes to tax time discounts,…

Launch Google Assistant on Your iPhone as Quickly as Siri

Launch Google Assistant on Your iPhone as Quickly as Siri

If you’re a Google loyalist who just happens to be an iPhone owner, too, you can now summon Google Assistant almost as easily as you would Apple’s digital assistant. All it takes is a little creativity, a Shortcut, and a finger — and it’s almost as good as having a…

How to Combine Lifting and Running

How to Combine Lifting and Running

If you’re a runner, it helps to be strong. If you lift weights, it’s still good to do a little cardio. But sometimes you just want to be good at two things at the same time. Is it possible to train for running and lifting simultaneously? Yes, I’ve done it….

How to Bring Extra Stuff on the Plane Without Paying

How to Bring Extra Stuff on the Plane Without Paying

Gone are the days when checked baggage was automatically included in economy tickets for domestic flights. Or when there weren’t any airlines charging for carry-on luggage because, well, it’s a carry-on. Airlines have taken the time to make it just that much pricier to get your essentials (and non-essentials) on…

What Not to Do When Volunteering Abroad

What Not to Do When Volunteering Abroad

Post-pandemic, there will more than likely be an immediate need for volunteers to help places around the world rebuild. Tourism has plummeted, and many nations whose economies rely on it will be in extreme need of aid.

How to ‘Unplug’ Your Kid’s Tech Addiction

How to ‘Unplug’ Your Kid’s Tech Addiction

The global pandemic has changed the world on a macro level, but it has also reshaped the microcosm of our family routines. Once, screen time was a special treat for my kids, saved for weekends and movie nights. Oh, but then all the schools closed. And the daycares. Suddenly, screens…

Why This EOFY Is the Time to Buy a New Car

Why This EOFY Is the Time to Buy a New Car

Whether you’re looking to update your wardrobe or snap up a new set of wheels, savvy consumers know the end of a financial year is one of the best times to go shopping. For those hunting for their dream ride, things are a bit different this year. With a combination…

Why You Should Never Dilute Bleach With Hot Water

Why You Should Never Dilute Bleach With Hot Water

Bleach makes a great disinfectant, but safety is important. You already know not to mix it with ammonia, vinegar, or alcohol, but did you know that the temperature of the water also matters?

Our Kids Are Watching How We Act Right Now

Our Kids Are Watching How We Act Right Now

I’ve written about how to have a variety of “big talks“ with our kids as they grow up ” enough of them that we’ve grouped them into their own section so you can peruse them easily. Right now we, as parents, can’t afford to avoid talking with them about any…

You Don’t Need a Grill to Make Grilled Eggplant

You Don’t Need a Grill to Make Grilled Eggplant

It’s no secret that I love eggplant and, over the years, I’ve gotten every preparation under the sun down cold — with one glaring exception. With no space at home for a grill and a strong aversion to turning on my oven, grilled eggplant has remained my culinary white whale….

Here’s How to Get Back to Limiting Single-Use Plastic With Restrictions Easing

Here’s How to Get Back to Limiting Single-Use Plastic With Restrictions Easing

As COVID-19 restrictions start to ease, we’re unlikely to return to our previous behaviours, from our work-life balance to maintaining good hygiene. But there are downsides to this new normal, particularly when it comes to hygiene concerns, which have led to an increase in an environmental scourge we were finally…

Put Your Mask Over Your Damn Nose

Put Your Mask Over Your Damn Nose

We know that you should be wearing some form of face covering to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. You just should. Don’t argue with me on this.

The Best Way to Remove an Errant Piece of Eggshell

The Best Way to Remove an Errant Piece of Eggshell

It is true that one cannot make an omelet (or any egg dish) without breaking a few eggs. And even if you are the most careful egg cracker around, a bit of shell will make its way into the pan from time to time. This is not the disaster it…

Take a Virtual Drive in a Mars Rover

Take a Virtual Drive in a Mars Rover

If you’ve ever aspired to be a real-life Mark Watney — collecting samples of rocks and dirt on Mars — now is your chance. With NASA’s AI4Mars project, you can take a virtual trip around the red planet in the Curiosity rover.

Use Google Assistant to Listen to Articles on Android

Use Google Assistant to Listen to Articles on Android

Most of my reading has shifted over to audiobook form these days — it’s easier to fit into my schedule and sometimes more entertaining. I often find myself wishing I could just listen to articles in the same way I listen to audiobooks. Well, it turns out Android is equipped…

How to Beta Test Apple’s New OS Updates from WWDC 2020

How to Beta Test Apple’s New OS Updates from WWDC 2020

I love a good beta. And while I wouldn’t recommend that you install a developer beta of Apple’s just-announced operating systems on your primary devices, just in case something goes catastrophically wrong, the urge to play with new features is hard to ignore.

How to Make Sure Your Washed Face Masks Are Dry the Next Day

How to Make Sure Your Washed Face Masks Are Dry the Next Day

My new nightly ritual is to hand-wash the day’s pile of face masks in the sink (hashtag normal things we do in 2020), but if I wasn’t hanging them just so, they wouldn’t be dry the next day — and wearing a wet face mask is a definite no-no if…

A Large Amount of a Mundane Food Is a Good Gift

A Large Amount of a Mundane Food Is a Good Gift

My boyfriend is a tomato sauce guy. You know, the kind of guy who puts tomato sauce on a lot of things, some of which feel a little inappropriate. (It really bugs me when he puts it on mashed potatoes, for instance.) But love means accepting, even celebrating, your partner’s…

How to Carry a Key While Running

How to Carry a Key While Running

I’ve had shoelaces come undone before. We all have. So if I need to stash something valuable on my person — like a car key (while I’m running) or a wedding ring (while I’m lifting weights), working it into my shoelace knot (as suggested in this Reddit thread) doesn’t feel like…

Challenge Yourself With Shrimp Squats

Challenge Yourself With Shrimp Squats

Squats are an excellent strength-building exercise for the legs, but if you’re doing home workouts without weights, they’ll quickly get too easy. One-legged pistol squats are a classic variation, but they’re incredibly difficult. For a different one-legged challenge, try shrimp squats.

Get Started Birdwatching With This Free App

Get Started Birdwatching With This Free App

Now that we’ve been embracing slower, low-tech activities like puzzles, knitting and crafting, it could also be a good time to start birdwatching. It’s something you can do by yourself out in nature, or from the convenience of your own home (or even fire escape). If you’re an old birdwatching…

Watch a Livestream of the Summer Solstice at Stonehenge

Watch a Livestream of the Summer Solstice at Stonehenge

Getting to watch the sunrise at Stonehenge on the summer solstice is one of those things a lot of people probably want to do, but few get to experience. This year, that’s definitely true — even if you live in England — because there will not be an in-person event….