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DIY: Make Your Own Standing Desk… Plus Why You NEED One

Hey everybody! Welcome to another annelovescoffeemore DIY: Standing Desks – MacGyver edition. First: fun fact! “…some research shows inactivity now kills more people than smoking.” Yah, you read that right. The quote, by author Tom Rath, is from this Forbes.com article. And though it seems like hyperbole, the key word is “kills,” because even though smoking is a terribly unhealthy habit, it is possible fewer people are dying from smoking because fewer people are smoking period. At the same time, more and more people are spending big chunks of time sitting/inactive – working at a desk job, binge-watching Gilmore…

Life Hack: How Avocado Can Make Your Skin Smooth

The avocado: a creamy, green, glorious fruit and one of the best food reasons to live in California. I love avocado so damn much. It’s good on toast with salt, lemon and olive oil when I am feeling like a little hipster, and, as guacamole, it’s the best thing about Mexican food (and there are a so many good things about Mexican food). The best thing about avocado, though, is that it is so super good for you. According to [the 100% factually accurate] Wikipedia, 1/2 cup of avocado provides the following RDA: Vitamin C (12%), B…

Life Hack No. 2: How to Get a REALLY Good Price on a Prescription (Even if You Have Insurance)

I am writing this post as a PSA because a couple of days ago I was talking with a friend who is currently without health insurance.* She was telling me that the generic version of one of her meds is more than $200 per month. That is a lot of money, no matter what your situation, but since she isn’t currently working, this necessary expense is particularly hard on her bottom line. I asked her if she was using any kind of online prescription coupon to find the lowest price, and she told me she hadn’t…

Life-Hack No. 1: Stick-on Wallet

From time to time I can be known among my friends as a person who has some info about how to make life a little easier. Due to this fact, I’ll be putting together a series of life hacks with some of these useful tips. This is the first one, therefore, life hack no. 1. So, without further ado, today I am telling you about the best thing that has happened to my iPhone, possibly ever: the stick-on credit card holder. And this is why. This little baby has made it so whenever I have my iPhone…

Harnessing the Meditative Addictiveness of “Grown-up” Coloring

In early November, an extremely thoughtful and generous friend sent me an early birthday present: a Paris coloring book and a box of colored pencils. I live on social media, so I had been hearing more and more about adult people coloring as a way of calming the mind and reducing stress. But I had not yet tried it myself, so I was so happy to have everything I needed literally arrive at my doorstep – with no effort on my own part. (Thank you, Kimberly.) So, since coloring is supposed to be both calming and meditative, one day, I…

SodaStream: Because There’s No Power Quite Like the Power of Carbonating Your Own Water

Once I was visiting a kind-of newish friend, and she offered me home-made sparkling water (because she loves the earth). I was so excited because I had wondered how the at-home carbonators worked and figured this was my chance to try it before I buy it. It was terrible. It was so flat it was like drinking a bottle of soda that had been open for a week. Sadly, I didn’t know this friend well enough to complain to her [ 🙂 ] so that day I didn’t get to learn that the amount of carbonation…