The beginning of school brings many things – practices, recitals, and that most dreaded of all – homework. Our kids will soon (if not already) be lugging mountains of homework with them every afternoon, and we know they will eventually need our help getting it done.
But it doesn’t have to be all bad – helping my kids with homework is a yearly reminder that even as adults, we should never stop learning (or re-learning) and exploring new things. With that in mind, here are a few things everyone needs to know to start the school year. Call them life hacks, call them FYIs, whatever you call them; they’ll make you smarter! Plus, these tidbits might just make you look like a real wiz at that next game of trivia!
4 Clever Life Hacks for Busy Moms
1. Wine can be good for you…but so can Beer!
- A recent study shows beer can have equivalent or better anti-cancer fighting properties than wine. Beer also contains vitamin B6, which can be good for your heart, and studies show that beer drinkers have lower blood pressure and better bone density. So when choosing wine or beer (in moderation of course), you can’t go wrong!
2. The ethanol in your gasoline helps you save money and the environment.
- Anyone ever seen those signs at the gas pump saying your fuel “contains 10% ethanol?” If you haven’t, it’s good to know why ethanol is there and why it is so important. Ethanol is an earth-friendly biofuel that helps keep the price down at the pump while lowering greenhouse gas emissions. In fact, the ethanol in our gasoline has also replaced toxic fuel additives that were also more expensive. So next time you are at the pump and you notice that sign, remember that the small portion of ethanol in your gasoline packs a big punch; for your wallet and for the environment!
3. When picking a line at the supermarket, get behind the person with the full cart.
- What?! This may seem counter-intuitive, but research shows that you’re better off getting in line behind someone with a full cart than behind multiple people with just a few items. Here’s the reason: every person requires a fixed amount of time to greet the cashier, pay, exit the line, etc. So the more people, the longer it takes to checkout. Choose the fewest people in a line and you’ll be out of the store much faster.
4. Use white bread to remove stains
- We’ve all heard of a million different ways to remove stains from clothing, but this one is pretty out there. Remove the crust from a piece of white bread, ball up the doughy middle, and dab lipstick or other stains. After this treatment, wash normally.
We hope you’ll enjoy using these game changing life hacks as you’re juggling all those things that come with the back-to-school season. Do you have a helpful life hack that saves you time, money or keeps your household running in tip top shape? We’d love to hear about it. Please share in the comment section below.