Make Your Own Deodorant

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Yep its definitely summer, you can feel it in the warmth of the air and the see it in the constant sweat collecting on the armpits of many a shirt. What better way to help combat the sweat than to make your own deodorant.

Over at Instructables.com they have a step by step instructional guide to help you make your own deodorant, using just a few simple ingredients.

This is perfect for those with allergic reactions to the chemicals in the store bought deodorant or for those with sensitive skin. Whats nice about making your own is that the ingredients are almost all already in your cupboard.

You start by picking out your favorite scent in an essential oil, something that wont be too strong or cause sensitivity. Then after you mix the ingredients you use your old deodorant container and fill it up and let it sit for a day or two. It really seems like an easy project and well worth it.

They claim it takes only 5 minutes, I guess I have to try it out to see if it sincerely will only take 5.

Homemade Father’s Day Gifts

fathers-day-glitters-05Just a reminder to all you kids and mothers out there, Sunday is Father’s Day! Father’s Day is a day honoring fathers, celebrated on the third Sunday of June in 52 of the world’s countries and on other days elsewhere. A chance to honor dads, fire up the BBQ and enjoy time with family. Father’s can be a little more difficult to shop for than Mother’s at times, especially if Dad already has all the tools and BBQ supplies he needs. Instead, consider making some personal gifts that are not only cheap, but will be special to Dad. Check out these websites for some fun ideas for the special day…

FamilyFun-Great ideas that get the whole family involved with making crafts.

Homemade Crafts-Make dad’s day special with these clever Father’s Day cards and personalized gifts.

Father’s Day Guide-Here you’ll find ideas for gifts for dads, grandfathers, uncles and all the special men in your life.

Holidays-Check out these great Father’s Day gifts, super fun Father’s Day crafts and delicious recipes.

Happy Father’s Day


Things To Do This Summer Other Than Watch TV

kids-watching-tv-saidaonlineIts Summer Time and the kids are out of school. This is the time for enjoying the outdoors, time at the pool and going on family vacations. So what do the majority of kids do during the summer? Watching TV.

According to the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF):

  • two-thirds of infants and toddlers watch a screen an average of 2 hours a day
  • kids under age 6 watch an average of about 2 hours of screen media a day, primarily TV and videos or DVDs
  • kids and teens 8 to 18 years spend nearly 4 hours a day in front of a TV screen and almost 2 additional hours on the computer (outside of schoolwork) and playing video games

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that kids under 2 years old not watch any TV and that those older than 2 watch no more than 1 to 2 hours a day of quality programming.

It has been proven that TV can have many adverse effects on children (and adult) well-being. So here are some fun things you can do with your kids this summer instead of watching TV:
Go for a walk
Sing and dance
Collect leaves
Draw on a sidewalk
Go to the zoo
Race little matchbox cars
Make a snack
Visit somebody you know
Take a cool bath with your swim suits on
Wash the car
Put puzzles together
Play dress up
Go fishing
Write a story together
Finger paint
Play hopscotch
Fly a kite
Look at the clouds for shapes
Go to the library
Memorize states and capitols
Build a house of cardboard
Go roller-skating
Write a letter and send it
Pick fruit at an orchard

These are just a few suggestions. There are so many more things you can do with your kids this summer! So get out there and enjoy the extra time you have.

Cheap and Creative T-Shirts

870661228690525Yesterday I met the bravest squirrel I have ever known. My wife and I were driving to a high school graduation party outside of the city where we live. We were enjoying the beautiful drive, the weather and the rolling fields in front of us. As I was driving, up ahead I spotted a squirrel in the middle of my lane. I knew that there was no way I was going to be able to completely stop before reaching the doomed squirrel, and I knew I wasn’t going to swerve to miss the squirrel, because as much as I love all the animals of the Earth, I’m not going to put my wife and the child she’s carrying at risk. So, I tried to slow down and hoped the squirrel would hop out of the way, like they normally do.

But this squirrel responded in a remarkable way. Instead of running off to the side of the road, he turned and I am sure that he looked me straight in the eyes. Then, instead of bolting off out of the way, he actually RAN toward our car! I slowed down as fast as I could but couldn’t stop, I knew I was going to hit the squirrel. As the squirrel continued to sprint towards me and I knew the impact was certain, he didn’t stop. He ran toward the car and as I drove over him, I waited for the inevitable thump that was going to be me hitting the squirrel and sending it to the great beyond. I waited, and waited, for the thump but it didn’t come. I looked out my rear-view window and I could scarcely believe my eyes when I saw the squirrel continuing to run down the road, unscathed.

I was stunned and amazed by the courage of this squirrel. Though he may have simply been frozen and reacted by instinct, heading the wrong direction into a confrontation with my mechanical beast, I can’t ignore the apparent courage of this squirrel.

This squirrel is the bravest squirrel I’ve ever encountered and it has changed my outlook on life. I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to get his beady eyes out of my mind and his courage and bravery have inspired me to face my fears.

What’s comical about the timing of my encounter with this squirrel, was that I ordered this t-shirt that is pictured above from Threadless.

Threadless is a graphic t-shirt design website that offers fun and creative t-shirts that are inexpensive and would be great to wear in the heat of summer. The t-shirts are designed by anyone who has creativity, and the most popular are then selected on and printed. Check out their site and find a fun and creative t-shirt that fits your personality!

Crazy & Fun Flash Drives

Spending time on the internet looking for a flash drive, I found that there are so many crazy fun flash drives out there. Here are a few of the ones that I found, but there are so many more out there, go find the perfect one for you and make life a little more fun.

Jewel Guitar Necklace USB Flash Drive

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Hamburger USB Drive

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Fruit Plate Cake USB Drive

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Fortune Cookies USB Drive

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Robot USB Drive

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Memorial Weekend Traveling Tips

memorial_dayEver wonder how Memorial Day came to be? Memorial Day was officially proclaimed on 5 May 1868 by General John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, in his General Order No. 11, and was first observed on 30 May 1868, when flowers were placed on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery. The first state to officially recognize the holiday was New York in 1873. By 1890 it was recognized by all of the northern states. The South refused to acknowledge the day, honoring their dead on separate days until after World War I (when the holiday changed from honoring just those who died fighting in the Civil War to honoring Americans who died fighting in any war). It is now celebrated in almost every State on the last Monday in May (passed by Congress with the National Holiday Act of 1971 (P.L. 90 – 363) to ensure a three day weekend for Federal holidays)

According to AAA, an estimated 32.4 million people — roughly 11 percent of the U.S. population — will take some kind of trip over the holiday, most of them on the road. That’s an increase of 1.5 percent from last year’s dismal travel season, when pump prices rose above $4 a gallon and millions of people stayed put.

So here are some tips to traveling this weekend that you’ll want to be sure to remember.

1. Make sure your car is in good shape and ready for the journey. Check the oil, the tires, the air-conditioning, etc. to make sure they all work.

2. Stay up to date on the traffic patterns so you don’t get stuck in bumper to bumper traffic on the way out of town.

3. Bring games, music, movies and other items for your kids while in the car (which will prevent them asking, “Are we there yet?” every five minutes)

4. Bring essentials in the car with you in case you’re stuck on the freeway with nowhere to ‘go’ (that means toilet paper). Bring water, snacks and other essentials for a car ride as well.

5. Have a plan for your trip. Make sure you know where you’re going and what you’ll be doing. Reservations can also be helpful on a busy weekend

6. Have fun! Enjoy life and being with family. Appreciate the freedom and privilege that many have given their lives to protect for us.
Happy Memorial Day Weekend!

We’re All Connected, Even If We Don’t Know It

Check out this video below of a group of dancers that randomly show up at a train station in Belgium. Through choreographed dancing, they express the joy of moving in rhythm together.

We live in a world that is full of chaos and suffering. But this world is not without hope. And that hope lies in our ability to come together as communities of people and fight for common goals and ideals. To live in rhythm with each other and with the Earth, to be willing to fight injustice and protect one another.

HackALife is constantly trying to find for you the best tips and tricks to help you in your everyday life. But one of the best tips we can give you is not a budget saving idea or a trick to get ahead or save more time. Instead, its to value the people around you. Amid the busyness and stress of everyday life, stop for a moment, whether its in a crowded bus station, your workplace or your home, and enjoy the realization that we are all connected and that we can live in rhythm and harmony together if we would take the time to realize it.

Live out the joy of community today.

Last Minute Wedding Tips

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June is the most popular month to get married, making May the month from hell for most brides and their families. Planning a wedding is no easy task and with only weeks left before the big day you probably have much to think about and get done.

Below are some tips and resources that can help you make it to your wedding day happy and with little stress.

1. Have your maid of honor put together a Bridal Emergency Kit. Including items like extra stockings, hairspray, mints, etc…

2. Make sure and make confirmations from rehearsal dinner, to the honeymoon details. Make sure everyone involved knows exactly where they are supposed to be and exactly what they are to do while the wedding is going on.

3. Put together a basket or box with all your needed wedding ceremony items in it.
– Bible (Bible Bearer)
– Pillow (Ring Bearer)
– Basket (Flower Girl)
– Bell (Town Cryer)
– Guest Book & Pen
– Unity Candle (candles & stand)
– Bridal Bouquet & Throw-away bouquet
– Attendant bouquets & Boutonnieres
– Corsages
– Petals for Flower Girl
– Ceremony Program

4. Assign different members of your wedding party to each vendor so that you dont have to worry about it the day of. So then those members of your wedding party can make sure the flowers, Pastor/Priest, Cake, etc.. all know the correct times and they can help the vendors get to where they need to be.

5. Make a list of certain snapshots you want the photographer to take because on the day of your wedding, you will not want to have to think about it, nor will you remember what it is you wanted.

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All Natural Household Cleaners

Spring Cleaning doesn’t have to involve lots of harsh chemicals. Here are some helpful ways to use natural household items to clean your house. Most of these natural cleaners will do a better job than the toughest claimed store bought cleaners.

baking_sodaBaking Soda – Great gentle scrub for dishes, pots, and cooking surfaces. Great to clean silver with also. To clean silver: Use a paste of 3 parts baking soda to one part water. Rub the paste onto each item, then rinse with warm water and dry with a soft cloth.

kossalt_largeKosher Salt – A great choice when you need a tougher scrubber for dishes or counter top surfaces. Kosher salt works wonders on cast iron. To clean cast iron: Use a mixture of kosher salt and water to create a paste, then use a nylon scrub brush to scrub the cookware.

white_vinegar1White Vinegar – Use to cut dirt, grease, and smudges on counter tops, windows and floors. To use: Dilute it with water. Works wonders on hard water deposits and soap scum but you will need to use it full strength for these. One of the most often heard reasons for not using vinegar for cleaning is the fear of smelling like vinegar. The vinegar smell dissipates once it dries.

990084_80400134Lemon – For a citrus cleaner, combine baking soda with a bit of dish soap and use halved lemon to scrub the paste across surfaces. Lemon can also be used to get stains out of Tupperware. Squizze some lemon juice in the Tupperware and then add some baking soda, use the lemon as the cleaning tool and work the mixture in.

Learn to Juggle in 3 Minutes

Tomorrow, April 18, is International Jugglers Day so what better day than today to learn how to juggle.

Below is a instructional video to help you learn how to juggle in 3 minutes. This boy does a great job explaining and showing you how to hold the balls and just how easy it is to juggle.

International Jugglers Day and World Jugglers Day celebrates talented people who can juggle many balls and objects at a time.

What is juggling? According to Wikipedia, Juggling is a physical human skill involving the movement of one or more objects, usually through the air, for entertainment.

In Rochest New York is the 32nd RIT Spring Juggle-In Public Show on Saturday April 18, 2009. RIT is pleased to present a Special American Debut Performance of “GEARS” featuring Wes Peden & Patrik Elmnert. Check out whats going on in your community to celebrate International Jugglers Day.