Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Article Repost: Random Things Every Grownup Should Know

If you've never been to HelloGiggles, you should check it out here.

They are funny and insightful and hip with women. The article "Random Things every Grownup Should Know" by Amy Foster had many insightful reminders about what we should be doing now as adults, with many 20- and 30-somethings having a hard time feeling like an adult. Even with a husband and kid, and kid on the way, and career, I still don't feel like an adult most of the time.

Anyway, here are some of the things we should know that I found interesting or related to...

  • The right lighting will turn your house (or apartment, condo or dorm room) into a cozy home. You should know the wattage of all your bulbs and unless you are in the kitchen or putting on make up you don’t need anything brighter than a 40 watt bulb anywhere. Let me amend that. Three way lightbulbs (that go from 40 to 65 or 70 are helpful for reading or crafting) will also do. Point is, harsh light will make you look tired and old and…wide, especially in the bedroom. 
  • Hairspray takes ink marks out of clothes. 
  • Take the burden out of laundry by appointing two days for the task. It is especially helpful if you choose the same two days because then it becomes habitual and actually less annoying because it becomes programmed into you, like a robot. Take one day to change your sheets and wash the dirty ones and also, all of your towels and other linens. Take the other day to do clothes. Yes, this means changing your sheets every week. Seem impossible? I have three kids. It’s possible.
  • Always moisturize every night. It doesn’t matter what you use or how much it costs or the brand. From a drug store to Neiman Marcus, there is never any excuse not to wash your face at night. There is no room for discussion. There is no sometimes. If you want your skin to look good into your old age you MUST wash and moisturize it every night. 
  • Have a sad looking empty wall somewhere in your home? Create a photo wall. Print out as many pictures as you want in varying sizes from 3×5 to 11×14. Go to Michael’s (or equivalent) and buy all black or all wood or all white frames. A uniform color. There will also should be pre cut mattes there too. Put your pictures and matting in the frames and then start by placing, randomly, the biggest pictures around the wall. Then go the next size down, then lower and lower until you get to the smallest size. This way your wall looks neatly done, but not like you tried too hard. Or wallpaper it. Obviously. 
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