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Sunday, 22 March 2015

Life Hacks by Rachele

One of my favourite things to read about on social media websites is life hacks. Of course, what I mean by that is when I'm done familiarizing myself with all of the important world events, human rights movements, and local news stories of the day, I go on Buzzfeed for maybe 5 minutes (tops!) and read about helpful hints and tricks to make my life run a little more smoothly. That is a pretty accurate breakdown of how I spend my time online.

In today's post, I thought I would share a few of my own life hacks with you. It strikes me that everyone has their own little "hacks", and the world would be a much more efficient place if we all shared them. So please, share your life hacks in the comments below. 

Of course, this blog is an academically-oriented and industry-specific content hub exploring the world of advertising in Canada. So, let me begin by saying that this blog post is sponsored by Sheridan College and the Advertising Account Management program. For anyone who's interested, the following is an example of a "native advertisement". A native advertisement is a type of ad where the information matches the form and function of the platform on which it appears, but it is, in fact, sponsored content. You can learn more about native advertising here.

Now that I have been sufficiently educational, let me introduce...Life Hacks by Rachele: 

Put your Presto card in an outer pocket of your wallet. You can tap on without taking the card out, which is not only efficient, but makes you feel a bit like a super spy.

Put dryer sheets in every drawer in your house. They make everything smell amazing.

The best and easiest way to eat an avocado is to slice it in half, cover it in lime or lemon juice, add salt and pepper, and eat it straight out of the shell. It tastes exactly like guacamole, and is socially-acceptable to eat in spoonfuls.

Don't want someone to see what's on your screen? Hit Alt Tab to quickly switch windows. I found out about this hack in Grade 8 and not a day goes by that I don't use it.

Have too much junk food in the house? Put some of it in the freezer. You're less likely to eat it at 2am if it takes a half hour to thaw.

Pour some paint into an old wine bottle. The colours mix in really cool ways, making a pretty (and cheap) decoration.

Or, if you don't have any paint in the house, use old nail polish. When it dries, it takes on a glossy, embossed look.

Ever go to hotels? Take all of the soaps and lotions home with you. No, seriously. They're perfect for the next time you have to travel, and if you're low on shampoo anytime soon, you have a whole bunch of back-ups.

Need to pass a grade 12 art class but have no talent whatsoever? Try abstract expressionism. What does it mean!?!

Ran out of ink? Before you replace your old cartridges, take them out and shake them. You're bound to get at least a few more drops of ink out of them.

Worried your friends might judge you for your choice in literature? Put your books in your 6-year-old sister's bookshelf. Not only will you retain the respect of your nearest and dearest; your little sister comes off looking pretty smart as well.

This device slices bagels perfectly every time. Invest in one.

Shoe horns are so, so important. They will make your morning a billion times easier.

Instead of putting posters up, buy some old records and put the cases up on your wall. It looks cleaner, and people assume you listen to records.

I hope you have enjoyed my life hacks. Please add your own hacks to the comments below. User engagement is one of the most important parts of native advertising, of which this is most definitely an example. I look forward to reading all of your life hacks.


  1. Not sure I like the ALT Tab hack... I'm not starting to wonder...

    1. Colin--this is a classic misunderstanding. I use Alt Tab to fool my other professors into thinking I'm taking notes....when I'm actually doing media assignments.