This Is What The Extra Shoelace Hole On Your Shoes Is For

As a runner with feet problems, I’ve known about this nifty little idea for a while. But when talking to a friend recently, they admitted they didn’t know what the little extra hole on their gym shoe was for.

It’s to create a “heel lock.” If you get blisters on the heels of your feet, or if your feet move around in your shoe, you might want to try this method of tying your shoe.

The extra hole is used to create a loop with your laces so they cinch and lock into place. This will then help keep your foot secured in its spot. Watch the short video to see how to do it.

The more you know.

This Company Created A Bunk Bed For People And Their Pets

If you’re an animal lover like me, your pets often sleep in the bed with you. Unfortunately, the quality of sleep is never that great, as they sometimes reposition themselves.

In an effort to not disturb their sleep, I find that I move into uncomfortable positions, like the diagram below. You’re probably nodding your head in agreement right now.


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Thankfully, a Brazilian Company has heard my cries and designed a bed with a special pet compartment. Built inside the box spring, it’s puuurfect for pets to get the ability to cuddle close by, without the fuss.

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Having the pet bed lower to the ground does have it’s advantages for older or smaller pets: they no longer need to jump, be lifted, or have custom stairs to get into their cozy abode. Because the pet bed is customizable in size, it can be made to fit larger breeds too.

Sounds like a win-win. Would you consider buying this bed?

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Frosting Piping Tips From Baking Pros

In the mood to enhance your frosting skills? Check out this awesome guide from Gygi. The easy-to-follow chart shows which tip to use to produce all different kinds of frosting designs.

Gygi also gives some really helpful piping tips on its website. My favorite? “Add a few teaspoons of cornstarch to give your buttercream a smoother and glossier finish.” Good to know.

I love to bake, but feel my frosting presentation skills are lacking. This will definitely help me step up my game. Which style is your favorite? Share your thoughts with us on our Facebook page.

Answer: Can You Find The Pikachu Amongst The Charlie Browns?

There he is!

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But why was Pikachu hiding in the first place? Maybe someone pulled his tail. Here’s some fun facts about one of the most beloved Pokemon characters:

There are male and female Pikachu.

How can you tell the difference? The female has a dent in her tail.

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How did Pikachu get it’s name?

In Japan, “Pika” is the sound electricity makes. “Chu” is the sound a mouse makes. Since Pikachu is a mouse with electric powers… it all makes sense now.

How popular is Pikachu?

In Japan, Pikachu is as popular as Mickey Mouse. Often, people will dress in Pikachu costumes and make appearances at outings and events.

Yes, there really is Pikachu currency.

Niue (a small island nation in the South Pacific) created five $1 Pokemon coins in 2001 as part of a commemorative piece for the franchise. The most popular coin featured Pikachu on one side of the coin, and the nation’s coat of arms on the other side. And yes, they can legally be used as a form or currency in Niue.

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This Is The Fastest Way To Peel An Orange

If you love fruit, you probably love oranges. Except oranges can be quite challenging to peel. Until you try it this way.

Rumble Viral shares the fastest and easiest way to peel a whole orange in less than 45 seconds. It’s less messy and will result in nice plump slices of the delectable fruit.

The trick? Slice off the ends of the fruit then vertically slice (same direction as the slices) half way into the orange. You can then unroll the orange like a carpet and easily pull out the slices.

What are you waiting for? Give it a try right now!

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Can You Find The Hidden Images In This Picture?

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In this drawing, you can clearly see a man’s face. But can you find the three hidden images?

According to BrainBashers, this image first appeared in an advertisement for the Ford Pill Company. Hidden in the picture are his three daughters. Can you find them?

Here, get a closer look at the image (which I think looks like Abraham Lincoln, by the way—not sure if that was the artist’s intent!).

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Another side note: This image also reminds me of a Shel Silverstein drawing. Like something you’d find “Where The Sidewalk Ends” or “The Giving Tree” or “A Light In The Attic.”

If you need a hint, BrainBashers has a nifty little button called “swap image.” It will highlight the hidden images you are seeking. And then come back for more.

Ready For Another?

The Coffer Illusion—which has been making the rounds on Facebook—has everyone questioning the sanity of the person who first created it and posed the question: How many circles are there really?

Because: wait. Circles? Are you out of your mind?

Take a look at the image in question:

At first glance, this would appear to be just a bunch of black and white lines and squares. But no. There are actually 16 circles in this photo. Can you spot them? Take a second to stare at it.

Or a minute.

Or an hour.

As one commenter on the photo said, “Once you see them, you can’t unsee them.” Still can’t find them? I’ll give you a hint: Look between the rectangles…

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Ohhhhhhhh… now I see it. Do you?

Now Try This Triangle Puzzle

Hey, speaking of shapes, here is a brain teaser recently posted by Quora that has been making the rounds on the internet lately.

The image shows a large triangle broken up into smaller triangles:

So just how many triangles are there? Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to total up all of the triangles in this photo, including the triangles made up of other triangles.

I’ll give you some time to count them all.

So, ready for the answer?

There are *SPOILER ALERT* a total of 24 triangles in this puzzle. You can see an illustration of all 24 here if you don’t trust me.

And if you want to delve deep into the math, you can check out the discussion on Quora.

Which Letter In The Alphabet Is Not In Any U.S. State’s Name?

Here’s a fun brain puzzle: Can you name the one letter in the alphabet that doesn’t appear in any of the names of the 50 United States?

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Got an idea? Maybe you guessed J. And you’d be close — the letter J actually appears in only one state name: New Jersey.

Another Simplemost staffer guessed X out of the gate.

But that’s not right because:

TEXAS.

Adobe

And New Mexico.

Adobe

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‘Fixer Upper’ Joanna Gaines Released A New Line Of Paint – And It’s Wonderful

As if we couldn’t love Joanna Gaines any more, she goes and releases a new line of paint colors. Called Magnolia Home by Joanna Gaines, the line features 25 beautifully calming and charming hues.

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The paint is made by Kilz, so you know it’s great quality paint.

According to the website, it’s a paint and primer in one, has resistance to dirt and grime (of course it would, she’s got a whole herd of kids) and has a lifetime warranty.

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RELATED: Joanna Gaines Spills Secrets About Season 4

The paints come in matte, eggshell or satin and you can order an 8-oz. sample size—or just pull the trigger and buy the entire gallon. An 8 oz. sample size is $8.00 and the gallons range from $42.00-$46.00.

I think my personal favorite from the swatches above is Shiplap (surprise, surprise). Which one would you buy? Share your favorites with us on our Facebook page.

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Joanna picked her favorite colors for 2018! See them here:

Disney Princesses Surprise Little Girl During Her Adoption

On June 8th, 5-year-old Danielle had her ultimate fairy tale dream come true.

On this day, this sweet little girl was officially adopted by her foster parents. What made her day extra special is Samaritas, her adoption agency, arranged to have Disney princesses present.

When they discovered Danielle was obsessed with princesses, Samaritas staff members dressed as eight different princesses: Belle, Cinderella, Ariel, Snow White and more.

Watch the short video. Her reaction is absolutely priceless and it will make your day. Oh and make sure you have tissues handy.

Danielle’s Princess Adoption Day from Samaritas on Vimeo.

Create A Bullet Journal In 4 Easy Steps And Be Instantly More Organized

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I consider myself an extremely organized person, so when I came across this video I immediately thought to myself: “This is me.”

Ryder Carroll, a designer from Brooklyn, New York, created the bullet journal as an “evolving, adaptable platform meant to be shared and self curated as you determine what works best for you.”

In short, it’s a clean and simple way to stay organized. The main points (somewhat like chapters) are the Index, Future Log, Monthly Log, and Daily Log. According to Jason Mcdermott, it’s best to create a bullet journal with a dotted or gridded notebook.

Here’s how you do it:

1. Start With An Index

This is like a table of contents and helps you easily find things later. List out the following points (and leave the space to the right blank so you can fill in page numbers later). Leave a few pages at the front of your notebook blank for the index after the daily log—you’ll see why later.

  • Future Log
  • Monthly Log (I recommend to vertically list the months of the year: Jan, Feb, March, etc)
  • Daily Log

2. Create A Future Log

A future log is the section where you block off a few months at a time. Here, fill in big ideas, events, travel and goals. Then go back to your index and list the pages of this set of months.

3. Create A Monthly Log

After the future log, dedicate each page for a month. In this section, you should enter birthdays, specific events, etc. Vertically assemble the days of the month with the name of day of the week + the actual date. For example:

  • T : 1
  • W : 2
  • TH : 3
  • F : 4

Once completed, visit your index and list the page numbers of each month.

4. Create A Daily Log

Lastly, you will need to create a daily log. You can use as much pace as you need for daily logs. I personally try to keep things simple and prefer to dedicate about 1/3-1/4 of a page to each day, so a week cleanly fits onto two pages (like the image above). You can plan each day or week out in advance, or take each day as they come – the choice is yours.

After each day or week, you’ll want to record the days or weeks in the index. This is where you’ll neex extra pages in your index. I personally “block” the daily logs like this:

  • January 1-15  p. 52-53
  • January 16-31 p. 54-55

Using Signifiers To Stay Organized

The Lazy Genius Collective recommends using the following signifiers as bullets. If you want to get fancy, you can come up with your own. I like to color code mine (boxes are green, triangles are orange, dots are blue, etc)

  • An open box: for tasks and things that need to get done. When completed, fill in the box.
  • An open triangle: for appointments. When completed, fill in the box.
  • An open dot: For things you need to remember. It could be the name of someone you met, a book you want to read, or movie you want to watch.
  • A heart is for memories that are sentimental.
  • A star goes next to a signifier above that needs extra attention or is deemed really important.

For inspiration, here’s some gorgeous bullet journals:

This one prioritizes fitness at the top.

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You can even have a section (just be sure to put it in your index) for a budget.

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This one seems to be broken down by hour each day.

This one has beautiful pastels.

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I like how this one includes a little meal planner for each day. This would be helpful if you filled out this little section at the beginning of the week before you go grocery shopping.

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Packing list = brilliant idea.

[h/t: Hello Giggles]

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How To Clean And Whiten Yellowed Pillows

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I’m willing to bet that if you looked at all your pillows right now, you’d find at least one that has begun to turn yellow. Even if you use pillow cases, your pillows will eventually turn yellow from the sweat and skin you shed while sleeping on them each night.

Eww, enough of that. I scoured the internet to find a solution to this irritating problem and here it is. The blog One Good Thing By Jillee has shared a winning tip for getting out those nasty yellow stains. You can watch the step-by-step video that shows just how to do it or get the instructions by reading them below.

Ingredients

  • Very hot water (boil some on the stove if your hot water heater doesn’t get that hot)
  • 1 cup chlorine bleach
  • 1 cup powdered dishwashing detergent
  • 1 cup laundry detergent
  • 1/2 cup borax

Directions

  • Fill your machine 1/3 way with very hot water. Add the cleaning solution.
  • Turn on your washing machine and let it agitate for a few minutes (so the mixture dissolves fully).
  • Put your pillows in (two at a time works best so your machine is balanced).
  • Fill your washing machine the rest of the way with water.
  • Wash in a full cycle (make sure you have the second rinse cycle turned on).
  • If you have a top loader, Jill recommends turning the pillows over halfway through the cycle so both sides get fully washed in the solution.

To Dry

  • For down and feather pillows, be sure to dry on air-dry mode.
  • Synthetic pillows should be dried on low-temp setting.
  • A tip from Jill: to help keep the fluffiness in your pillows, add a tennis ball or dryer ball in the dryer.

There you go! Now you don’t have to cringe every time you take the cases off of your pillows.

Can You Spot The 5 Horses Hidden In This Artist’s Painting?

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Bev Doolittle

As an equine enthusiast, I grew up loving Bev Doolittle’s paintings. Growing up around horses, and still riding today, I love looking at her paintings of wild horses.

The way she’s able to capture a horse’s curious eyes, flowing tail and delicate but muscular frame, has always captivated me. Recently, I came across her painting, Pintos, and learned one of her specialties is a “camouflaged technique.”

In the description of the painting on ArtUSA.com, Bev says, “I was observing a small group of chestnut horses in a grassy meadow when I became aware that they were observing me. This seemed like an interesting situation for a painting. I also thought it would be fun to have the horses observing you, the viewer, before you could find the horses! So I began to think of ways to camouflage them. The chestnut horses became pintos, and the grassy meadow turned into a backdrop of rocks and snow.”

It’s pretty incredible. Can you spot the 5 horses? Share with friends and see if they can spot them too!

Want a hint? Look for the little foal.

[h/t: Little Things]