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10 Free Things to Do When You’re Completely Bored

Really?

Yes, really. I don’t know about you but sometimes I can’t think of anything to do to occupy my time. This is usually because I’ve done everything already like self-care, house tasks, binging on Netflix, etc. So what can you do when you get really bored and can’t think of a single thing to do and don’t want to spend any money? Here are 10 free things you can do when you’re completely bored. (some of these might surprise you!)

  1. Make iron on shirts using supplies you already have around your home. You will need a printer, plastic wrap, parchment paper, iron and a t-shirt.
    • Print out your desired picture and make sure it fits wherever you’re going to place it.
    • Place your artwork between to large pieces of plastic wrap.  Flatten out any wrinkles and cut away the excess plastic wrap around your printed picture.
    • Place the plastic-wrapped image face-up on your shirt and place a piece of parchment paper on top of it.
    • Iron over the parchment paper for at least 3-5 minutes until you can lift the corners up and your printed picture fuses to your t-shirt.
  2. Create a household budget and get your finances in order instead of being bored. Here is all the info you need on how to create a super simple budget as well as free printables you can use.
  3. Go for a walk or ride your bike & play the ABC game. What is the ABC game, Melissa? Well let me tell you. You start with the first letter of the alphabet “A” and find something you can see that starts with that letter then you move onto the next letter “B” and continue through the alphabet. For example, you’re riding your bike and you see a Honda Accord parked in a driveway. Next, you see a lady walking her Bichon Frises just as a Cat approaches and distracts the Dog. You get the idea. We also play this game on long road trips.
  4. Learn origami! I found an amazing blog that shows you how to make a ton of different origami projects all geared towards beginners. Check it out here.
  5. Bake something! Whether it’s cookies, a cake or some other heavenly baked good, at least if you’re bored you’ll have a decadent treat to munch on.
  6. Watch a new movie or TV series. I don’t mean on Netflix either. Did you know that Amazon Prime has thousands of current movies and TV shows you can stream and watch at anytime? I use my Amazon Prime subscription to watch all of my favorite shows (Outlander, Black Sails) before they air on TV. I’m a total nerd, what can I say? You can get a free 30-day trial of Amazon Prime here! You can cancel at any time and are under no obligation to join. Why not try it out and watch whatever you want for 29 days for free before cancelling it? #savage.
  7. Read a book…or better yet, have one read to you! Audible is my ride or die when it comes to audio-books. They. Have. Everything. Really, they do. Sometimes, I just want to listen to a book with my eyes closed or listen to a book while I do other things. This is when Audible comes in clutch. You can try it out for yourself here. Of course, IMO nothing can compare to physically reading a book, the smell of the pages or the feel of the paper (I told you I was a nerd). So this is you too, then you can always check out Kindle Unlimited instead of heading to the bookstore. They offer unlimited reading on over 1 million ebooks that you can read on any device. Pretty snazzy, right?
  8. Make passive income. You’re totally bored, I get it. Why not make money while you’re bored? #winning. Here are 3 passive streams of income you can use right now to start making some cold, hard cash! Use one or use all 3 to earn some extra cash.
  9. Play 20 Questions. However, I play this game with a different twist using just myself and a piece of paper. I write down 20 questions that I currently have. Some examples would be, “is it better to foam roll before or after stretching?” or “when will the new season of Queen of the South air?” Then, I google each question and ta-dah! Just like that, I get answers to all of my questions. Is it weird to admit I like having answers to everything? Yes? Ok, just asking.
  10. Organize your phone apps. I am totally guilty of having tons of apps scattered on my phone. I literally download 3-4 apps that serve the same purpose then end up only using one. However, I never delete the remaining ones that I don’t use. It’s a vicious cycle. Organizing them into like-folders will not only make it easier to find a specific app when you need it but it will also make your phone appear more organized. It also allows you to see the apps you no longer use so you can delete them which frees up space on your phone. Ultimately, we all know that more space = more speed.

There it is There.

There ya go! 10 things you can do when you are completely bored and it doesn’t involve you spending a dime! Speaking of dimes, want to learn how you can save all your dimes and turn it into $500? Check it out here.

What are some things you like to do when you’re bored? Comment below and let’s help each other kick boredom’s booty! Till next time…

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DIY Quarantine Essentials

I am sure everyone has been affected by the Coronavirus pandemic in one way or another. These are scary times for sure. It seems like the course of this situation changes hourly and new information is always popping up. Even though it is important to stay up to date with the information provided to the public by the Centers for Disease Control, it is even more important to make sure that you and your loved ones are safe and prepared. I want to share with you my DIY quarantine essentials so that we can all stay safe and healthy.

Toilet Talk

I remember when the toilet paper hoarding first started. It was all over the news and social media. At first, I remember thinking “what in the world is everyone doing with all the toilet paper? They need to calm down.” Then, it happened. I went to replace a roll of toilet paper in my bathroom and noticed that we needed more. I headed to the store only to be confronted with swarms of people and absolutely zero toilet paper in sight. Now I was on high alert.

Ultimately, I headed home defeated and prepared myself to break the news to my family that we were soon going to resort to scooting our butts across the rug like our dogs do because of the Coronavirus. Even though my dogs seem to enjoy doing this, I wasn’t planning on taking it to this level. This was DEFCON-5 and I needed to find alternatives.

Here are my current DIY quarantine essentials. Or should I call these hacks? Either way, from toilet paper to washing laundry, here are the current things my household is using in order to successfully (and hygienically) survive while in quarantine.

Do You Tabo?

This may be a new one for most of you, unless your Filipino, then you already know what’s up! This handy dandy little “dipper” or aka “ladle” is what Filipinos use to jugas (or wash) your body parts, specifically your hoo-ha. Fill it up with water and rinse yourself after using the bathroom. Comment below for a full instructional video. (just kidding) Get your very own tabo here. Here is what a tabo looks like:

…But How Do I Dry Myself?

The easiest answer is with a small towel. This is where I got a little creative. I took several washcloths, cut them into 4 equal pieces and placed them in a cute little basket next to my toilet. After I use the restroom, rinse with my Tabo, I dry with these small sections of washcloth. These little towels get thrown into the washer to be used again later. How many of you didn’t expect to see this on a DIY quarantine essentials list? LOL

I know what some of you are probably thinking. Using a Tabo may not be ideal and a little too hands-on for some. If that’s the case, I do have another alternative for you. Although it is not a DIY solution, I feel a bidet can be considered a life hack item. This is a toilet seat that will wash and dry you after using the restroom. It even has a heated seat for that extra spa-like defecation session. Amazon has a lot of different types of bidets. I really like this one because it has all the bells and whistles at a more affordable price…and Prime shipping. What more could I ask for?

DIY Hand Sanitizer

With the empty shelves in stores than once held an abundance of hand sanitizer options, I have resorted to making my own. This has been a life saver when it comes to my DIY quarantine essentials because hand sanitizer is sold out every where! The recipe is really simple and I find comfort in the fact that I have an abundant supply of hand sanitizer to use when washing with soap and water is not available. Here is what you will need:

Now, all you do is pour all of the ingredients into a small mixing bowl and stir everything together. Once you reach a cohesive consistency, pour it into your cute pump bottle and begin using. Don’t forget to label the bottle appropriately as hand sanitizer. I like using my easy peasy label-maker to label all of my DIY concoctions. I don’t know how I ever survived without this label-maker.

Laundry Detergent

Ok, this is something I use to make all the time a couple years ago. It saved me a ton of money. Wait, why did I stop using this? Oh that’s right, I lack motivation. I have since gotten a bit lazy and now use laundry soap pods. However, thanks to COVID-19, my trusty little laundry soap pods are no longer available in my local stores. Am I worried? No. Do I have a back-up plan? Absolutely!

The best thing about this DIY laundry soap is that you can customize the scent, make as much or as little as you need and it looks super cute in this dispenser bottle up on the laundry room shelf. You will be able to make a ton of laundry detergent with it only costing you less than $1 per gallon to make. Here is what you will need:

I found this complete kit available on Amazon if you want to purchase all 3 items at once. Just add a bucket and say…well, nevermind.

Now, let’s get ready to make some detergent!

  • Grate 1/3 of your Fels Naptha bar
  • Melt the grated shavings in 3 cups of water in a pot on medium heat until completely melted.  (keep an eye on this as it will bubble over)
  • Add the Borax and Washing Soda to the pot and stir for a few minutes until dissolved
  • Add 3 gallons of water to your 5 gallon bucket
  • Pour your soap mixture into the bucket and stir
  • Let it rest for 24 hours – this allows the consistency to “settle” a bit
  • After 24 hours – pour your homemade detergent into your dispenser bottles or empty gallon jugs.

Tada! Now you have 3 gallons of laundry detergent! I think I am going to stick with my homemade laundry detergent even after life returns to normal after COVID-19. Using this DIY has saved me hundreds of dollars a year on store bought laundry detergent in the past. Honestly, I don’t even add in the essential oil because I feel like the Fels Naptha has a nice clean scent to it already.

That’s All Folks

There ya have it! These are the things I have implemented in my house since being quarantined. I don’t have to worry about running out or putting myself and my loved ones at risk by going out to the grocery stores. Our bottoms, hands and clothes are staying clean and sanitized with these DIY hacks.

I hope you enjoyed this post and found some useful information. Leave me a comment below if you tried any of these DIY’s or have other useful hacks to share. We can all benefit from sharing our knowledge with each other. Check out this post on how to prevent the spread of COVID-19 by doing one simple thing. Stay safe and healthy my friends.

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Nurse Advice: How to Prevent the Coronavirus

I know these are difficult times for many of us. Things become even more difficult when faced with a potential threat that we don’t really know a whole lot about. One thing is for certain , even though we are all fearful of different things, we all know what fear feels like…and it’s not fun. I’ve been a registered nurse for over 10 years and want to share some nurse advice on how to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus. So here it is, nurse advice for preventing Coronavirus.

Know Your Enemy

The first step in protecting yourself and your loved ones from the Coronavirus is understanding what it is. How can we figure out how to do this if we aren’t sure what it is? Here are the facts: the Coronavirus is just that, a virus. This virus affects the respiratory system and is spread by respiratory droplets. There are no vaccines or treatments for viruses. Viruses simply need to run their course. The average healthy person will not have any difficulty recovering from a virus, however people with weakened immune systems may.

The Best Defense

I know you have all heard the importance of hand washing, however I am going to step up on my soap box and preach about this until I am blue in the face.

This. Is. How. You. Prevent. Coronavirus.

Washing your hands with soap and water is the best defense you have to protecting yourself and your loved ones from contracting and/or transmitting the Coronavirus. I am not talking about a quick squirt of hand soap and a quick pass under the water faucet. I am talking about a dollop of hand soap, lathering it up good and scrubbing adequately between your fingers, palms, wrists and under your fingernails for at least 20 seconds.

Also, for the love of all things holy, after washing your hands in a public place turn the faucet (if its not touch-less) off with a paper towel. Reaching for the grimy faucet handle with your freshly cleaned hands to turn off the water will only reintroduce those pesky germs you just spent the last 20 seconds washing down the drain.

Can I Just Use Hand Sanitizer?

Alcohol-based hand sanitizers are a great option for when traditional hand washing with soap and water is not available. What most people don’t know is that it is not the hand sanitizer or the hand soap that effectively gets rid of the virus. It is actually the friction you create with your hands when washing them. This friction, the act of briskly rubbing your hands together, is what causes the “break-down” of the virus from contact with your skin and allows it to be rinsed down the drain during hand washing. If you really wanna get down and dirty, you can obtain the same effectiveness simply with friction and water, no soap needed. However, this is a discussion for another time lol.

Sneeze in Your Sleeve

This is a practice pretty much every healthcare worker already implements. When you have to sneeze or cough, do it into your elbow or shirt sleeve instead of covering your mouth and nose with your hand. By covering your mouth and nose with your hand, you are putting secretions on your hands which you will spread to surrounding people and objects when you touch them. If you bury your face into the crook of your arm, you are trapping these little germy-germs into the fabric of your clothing which keeps your hands cleaner and contaminate free. Give it a try next time you sneeze or cough. You’ll like it.

Final Prevention Tip

Try not to panic. I know, I know, easier said than done. Keep this in mind, we have been dealing with viruses foreeeeeever. Remember that pesky virus called Influenza that we all get shots for every year? Well, it too is a virus. It actually claims tens of thousands of lives every year, sadly enough. I won’t go any further about that because I’d have to pull out my big mama soap box. It would get real, real quick. Anyways, the point that I am absolutely failing to make is that keeping calm and thinking rationally will win the race every time. Freaking out in the isle 15 of your local Walmart because you aren’t able to buy 96 rolls of toilet paper is not going to help you prevent the Coronavirus. This is what my family and I use that keeps us from having to hoard toilet paper. You can thank me later. There are also a ton of DIY essentials you can use to replace items that seem to be non-existent in the stores.

Here’s my final food for thought and final nurse advice for preventing Coronavirus. Staying level-headed, sneezing in your sleeve and washing your hands like it’s going out of style is all the defense you need against this pandemic. Everything else is over kill and honestly, a complete waste of time. Till next time, happy hand washing.

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10 Ways to Burn 200 Calories Without Exercise!

Love/Hate Relationship

When I think of a love-hate relationship, only one thing comes to mind…exercise! Now don’t get me wrong. There are days when I am totally into it but let’s be real. Exercising gets me all sweaty, takes up free time and ruins my blowout. So, how can I lose weight/stay in-shape/be healthy if I don’t exercise? Well, it’s pretty simple. Here’s 10 easy ways to burn 200 calories without exercise.

It’s Like Science or Something

First of all, it takes approximately 3,500 calories burned to lose one pound of fat. This is the bare-bone basics. In order to lose one pound of fat in one week, you would need to burn or reduce your caloric intake by 500 calories. (3500 calories / 7 days a week = 500 calories per day) Now, you can cut back on your food calories, increase your calorie burn with exercise or a combination of both.

Theoretically, as long as you decrease your calories by 500 every day, you will lose one pound every week. ( I do need to mention for obvious reasons: the information in this blog is not to take the place of medical advice. I am only sharing what works for me. Please consult your physician prior to starting or altering your nutrition or exercise regimen. )

Now that that’s out of the way. Let’s get into it. I like to mix in sneaky little ways to burn extra calories during the day so that I don’t need to sweat out my blow-out. Here are 10 simple and easy ways to burn 200 calories without exercise.

  1. Drink ice cold water! Seriously?! Yes! When you drink cold water your body has to use extra calories to warm the water to body temperature. You can burn about 25 calories for every glass of cold water you drink. Just chug 8 glasses of cold water every day and you’ll easily burn an extra 200 calories! Put it in a water bottle like this one and you’ll be keeping cute and hydrated!
  2. Laugh. I don’t mean at this tip, I mean laugh out loud. Laughing can burn up to 40 calories in under 15 minutes. Imagine if you put on a funny movie or watched stand-up comedy? You could burn 200 calories in about an hour and a half.
  3. Take your pooch for a walk. Not only will your fur baby enjoy getting some fresh air but you will burn 200 calories for every one hour walk you take with your pup.
  4. Chew gum…all day long. It is possible to burn 200 calories by simply chewing gum for roughly 18 hours. Of course, you don’t need to chew the same piece for that long. Also, stick with sugar-free gum or you will be sacrificing some unnecessary calories that you don’t need.
  5. Take a nap or sleep for 3 extra hours. Not only do you burn calories while you sleep but you will also have prevented yourself from consuming calories you normally would while you were awake.
  6. Type 5,000 words. Yes I know that’s a lot. Maybe you have always wanted to write a short story. Well, here’s your chance to do it and burn 200 calories at the same time. Two birds, one stone.
  7. Get busy…and I am not talking about chores. With just one hour of sexual activity, you can easily burn 200 calories.
  8. Get to first base. No, no, no put down the ball and glove. I am talking about kissing. Grab your honey and make-out for 2 hours. You’ll burn 200 calories…and maybe even 400 if it leads to #7 😉
  9. Mop your floors and scrub your toilets! Deep cleaning your house for an hour will burn 200 calories. Plus, you’ll have a squeaky clean home to show for it. Here are the top 6 things you can do every day to keep your home clean and fresh.
  10. Last but not least…go shopping! Walking around a mall or pushing a cart around the grocery store are all ways that you can burn 200 calories in just a little over an hour.

There You Have It

You can use one or all of these easy ways to burn 200 calories a day without exercise. Which of these tips are you going to try? Leave a comment below so I can also share with you which one of these tips is my favorite to implement when I am trying to burn 200 calories without exercising.

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Top 3 Apps to Save Money

How it Usually Starts

You’ve seen posts like this all over social media. “Use this app and save money!” Then, when you click on the link to download the app, you realize it will take months to save a mere 5 bucks. I want apps that will save me money immediately! I usually get discouraged and end up deleting the app all together. Honestly, does this sound like you too? Don’t leave me standing out here all alone.

Honestly…

I am not going to sugar coat anything in this post. I am not going to try and persuade you to sign up for apps. If you find value in this post and want to give the apps a try, feel free to click on the download links. Also, I am not going to share only the apps that I am affiliated with. I am only going to share with you the three top apps that I personally use routinely that help me save money. Plain and simple. Ready? Let’s go!

Gasoline

First, I use the GetUpside app every time I put gas in my car. Here’s how I use the app. When I open the app, it automatically brings up a map of the area I am currently in. There are 3 options you can select: gas, restaurants & groceries. I have yet to try this app for anything other than gas. Next, I select the gas station I will be filling up at and hit the “claim” button. This claims the cash back offer that I will receive for getting gas at that particular station.

Now, since I have my debit card linked to the app, I do not need to submit any physical receipts. The app simple matches my purchase with the card that was used and within 24 hours (it’s usually only a couple of hours) I will receive my cash back. Finally, I transfer my cash back into my account.

I can’t believe it took me so long to find this app. I honestly only get gas now if there is a cash back offer I can claim on the GetUpside app. If you would like to try it out, you can use invite code WC9CMW when you sign up and you will get an extra 15 cents per gallon cash back AND an extra 15 cents per gallon cash back on your first use! Cha-ching! You can click here to download the GetUpside app.

My Frequent Purchases

Now, let’s talk about how I save money on stuff I frequently purchase online. For online purchases, I like to use the Drop app. I have talked about the Drop app on my blog before. If you’re interested you can check it out here.

Whenever I order groceries from Walmart Pickup & Delivery, I use Drop. When I take an Uber anywhere, I use Drop. When I buy Starbucks gift cards, I use Drop. All I do is open up the Drop app and select what I am going to buy. For example, when I order an Uber I will first open up the Drop app. I find the Uber logo on the app and click on it. It will then open my Uber app for me. Then, I just order my Uber as I normally would. By the next day, I will have accrued points in the Drop app for my Uber ride.

Finally, I will cash my points in for gift cards. Last month I cashed my points in for gift cards to Starbucks, Harkins theaters, Groupon, Whole Foods and Sephora. I am literally obsessed with this app. If you would like to try it out, click here. You can also Use my code x4e2b to get $5 – no strings attached. It’s a pretty sweet deal.

For Everything Else

This app, by far, is my favorite. I know you’re not suppose to have favorites, but I can’t help it. Or is that with your kids? Anywho-the Dosh app is where it’s at! The Dosh app in a nutshell is an app that tracks your purchases made with your linked debit or credit cards, matches them with cash back offers on Dosh and then gives you money back. I don’t have to waste time searching through the app for offers or submitting receipts, I just go about my merry way and let the app do all the work for me. It doesn’t get any better than that! Oh wait! Yes, is does get better.

Dosh isn’t like most cash back apps. Dosh doesn’t make you wait 3 months to get your cash back. Dosh gives you your cash back fast! I am talking between a few hours and a couple of days. None of this first quarter, second quarter bologna. I like to think of this app as a “set-it-and-forget-it” kind of app. It’s honestly the easiest money you’ve ever made. If you want to check out Dosh, you can click here. You will get an instant free $5 if you sign up through that link.

Is That All?

No, these aren’t the only apps I use to save money. However, these are the top 3 apps that I use almost on a daily basis. Between these 3 apps, I can confidently say that I save between $100-$300 per month. Every bit counts, right? Let me know if you try out any of these apps and what you think of them.