Fresh Flowers, New Shoes & WIN A Case Of Kumala Wine

Kumala white wine

Two things I love in life: wine and life hacks that make things a bit easier.

If you read sites like Buzz Feed (or, you know, you’re just on Facebook where these posts are shared every-single-day) you’ll have seen a flurry of posts on life hacks in the past year. Kumala Wine have come up with some life hacks which will, in turn, leave you more time to relax with a glass of wine. Which, actually, sounds like the best thing I’ve heard all week.

As the UK’s favourite South African wine brand, Kumala know a thing or two about relaxing me-time. Personally, I love to have a sneaky glass of wine while in the bath (watching Hannah Maggs on YouTube, since you asked) but I can also regularly be found glugging sipping a glass of red on the sofa, watching Netflix.

For nearly twenty years, Kumala has been growing a wide variety of grapes in its beautiful tranquil vineyard with lush landscape, nestled in the foothills of South Africa’s famous Table Mountain. Somewhere that the travel blogger in me is desperate to visit.

But back to the life hacks! One of the Kumala’s favourite life hacks is this:

Make fresh flowers last longer by trimming the stems and dipping in boiling water

Why does this work? Apparently one of the main reasons for cut flowers to wilt and die is bacteria microbes in water. So the theory is that the boiling water will kill off any microbes on the stems. Try it – it really works!

rose-kettle-scissors

I’ve got a few life hacks that I use all the time – rolling up my clothes before putting them into my suitcase when I’m packing (you can fit so much more into your suitcase that way!) and using hair straighteners to iron shirt collars are two I love. But my favourite one is this…

Break in new shoes by wearing them with socks and blasting with a hairdryer

The idea behind this is that the warmth from the hairdryer softens the shoe and then as you walk around, you break in the shoe much faster. Rumour has it, this is how Victoria Beckham breaks in her heels!

Life hack to break in new shoes

Now you’ve seen these life hacks, I would love to hear about yours! Do you have a really useful one that makes your life easier? I’m giving away a case of Kumala wine (mmm!) to one lucky winner and all you have to do, to enter, is describe your favourite life hack in the comment box below, and fill in the Rafflecopter box to ensure your entry counts. I’ll then choose my favourite hack and that person will win a case of Kumala wine for the ultimate me-time moment.

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Big thanks to Kumala Wine for working with Not Another Mummy Blog on this post!

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  1. May 1, 2015 / 11:20 pm

    Ooh nothing better than a nice glass of wind and *whispers* I totally iron clothes with my hair straighteners if I’m in a rush! X
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  2. Jo Hutchinson
    May 2, 2015 / 2:42 am

    Use different coloured nail varnish on each of your keys so you know what they open quickly.

  3. Tracy Nixon
    May 2, 2015 / 5:09 am

    I love running postit notes between the keys on my laptop to pick up the crumbs!

  4. May 2, 2015 / 8:51 am

    Make a quick milkshake by whisking a small pot of children’s fromage frais with some milk, instant flavoured milkshake!
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  5. Leanne Moore
    May 2, 2015 / 10:47 am

    Baby wipes

  6. Jo Stephenson
    May 2, 2015 / 10:48 am

    I always try to have a couple of small ziplock bags in the bottom of my handbag – perfect for catching uneaten banana ends, biscuits and anything else that you don’t particularly want decorating your purse & othe bag contents, but that my little man insists he will eat later!

  7. Janet Dring
    May 2, 2015 / 10:57 am

    Always keep baby wipes in the car, no matter how old your children are they always come in handy

  8. Suzanne
    May 2, 2015 / 11:08 am

    Wipes

  9. jane simpson
    May 2, 2015 / 11:08 am

    Using my slow cooker for everything saves loads of time when everyone gets home tired from work and there is a hungry 4 yo!

  10. Andrew Petrie
    May 2, 2015 / 11:09 am

    Visiting the local supermarket at 4.30 pm and picking up cut price food that’s perfectly edible but near it’s sell by.

  11. Elizabeth Doody
    May 2, 2015 / 11:17 am

    Set your alarm for 30mins earlier its surprising how much you can get done with that extra 30mins!

  12. Michael Beaumont
    May 2, 2015 / 11:18 am

    visit the supermarket about 8pm friday night and get lots of stuff for 9p like I did last night!

  13. claire blaney
    May 2, 2015 / 11:18 am

    wrinkly clothes that you need straight away & don’t want to iron put the item in the tumble dryer with a ice cube or 2 then in 5 mins no wrinkles

  14. Mike Rance
    May 2, 2015 / 11:19 am

    Cut cupcakes in half to turn them into a sandwich by putting the bottom on the top, no more sticky faces!

  15. Liz Slade
    May 2, 2015 / 11:19 am

    When you need chopped parsley for a recipe, put the stalks in a big cup or mug and snip into the mug with scissors, chopped in seconds!

  16. Zoe G
    May 2, 2015 / 11:25 am

    I make scrambled egg in the microwave, so much quicker and no burnt pan!

  17. Roraima
    May 2, 2015 / 11:28 am

    Go for reduced items early evenings at your local supermarket

  18. Danika Lloyd
    May 2, 2015 / 11:32 am

    storing cleaning supplies in a hanging shoe rack!

  19. Lisa Everaert
    May 2, 2015 / 12:01 pm

    If you have furniture with small dings it it, use a un-shelled walnut on it to cover it up (rub in a circle).

  20. Sam McKean
    May 2, 2015 / 12:02 pm

    Using my steam cleaner to defrost my freezer!

  21. Ashleigh Allan
    May 2, 2015 / 12:10 pm

    Use a swimming noodle under the fitted sheet on your childs bed – its great to prevent them falling out the bed! Plus once they are older they can use it to learn to swim!

  22. Lorna Kennedy
    May 2, 2015 / 12:39 pm

    We don’t often have left over wine, but if there is a little left in a bottle, put it in an ice cube tray and freeze. Perfet for adding to many supper dishes 🙂

  23. Iris W
    May 2, 2015 / 12:46 pm

    I always have a pot of Quark in my fridge, helps for all sorts from sprains to sunburns.

  24. Fiona K
    May 2, 2015 / 1:30 pm

    Buying perishable foods at the end of the day in the supermarket when they are up to 90% reduced – and perfectly stored in the freezer for when needed

  25. May 2, 2015 / 1:39 pm

    fRESHEN MY CARPETS WITH BICARBONATE OF SODA MIXED WITH A BIT OF FRAGRENCED OIL.. DOES THE TRICK, SMELLS SMASHING

  26. Julie H
    May 2, 2015 / 1:45 pm

    Wash your bathroom mirror with a tiny but of shampoo. It stops it steaming up.

  27. PHILIP W
    May 2, 2015 / 1:53 pm

    I’m another late evening visitor to supermarkets, the local co-op and tesco have different discount times

  28. Edward Guerreiro
    May 2, 2015 / 1:56 pm

    Save up all of the junk mail you recieve, and use it to line the bottom of your bin bags. It will soak up any fluids, and stop the bag from leaking horrid juice when emptying it.

  29. sharon mead
    May 2, 2015 / 2:01 pm

    freezing wedges of lemons and limes, always handy for a g&t and don’t dilute the drink like ice cubes do

  30. Steve Curtis
    May 2, 2015 / 2:02 pm

    baby wipes will clean almost anything!

  31. Jackie Stevens
    May 2, 2015 / 2:45 pm

    STore pillow cases inside their matching duvet covers to keep them together

  32. Karen Barrett
    May 2, 2015 / 2:50 pm

    Everything in its place and a place for everything

  33. Alex Glynn
    May 2, 2015 / 3:01 pm

    I wrap wet kitchen roll around white wine/beer then stick them in the freezer when i start cooking dinner. Always perfectly cold when it’s ready and saves fridge space!

  34. Debbie Skerten
    May 2, 2015 / 3:03 pm

    I find ginger, lemongrass and fresh herbs go off very quickly, so I freeze them before they do. For instance with these ingredients and a few added more, I make a curry paste and freeze individual batches in icecube trays. It stops waste, plus when I make a curry it saves time, chopping and mixing. I also do the same with lemons. I slice them, pop in a container in the freezer and hey presto, when I fancy a gin and tonic, I have a slice of lemon on hand.

  35. Vivien Baird
    May 2, 2015 / 3:25 pm

    Spray WD40 onto a cloth and after you have cleaned your stainless steel wipe the cloth over for streak free surfaces
    .

  36. gemma brown
    May 2, 2015 / 3:46 pm

    not a hack as such, but prep as much food as you can for the week, then freeze what you can

  37. Mari Sutherland
    May 2, 2015 / 4:35 pm

    Fold clothes whilst hot from the tumble drier – saves on ironing.

  38. Kieran Mott
    May 2, 2015 / 5:18 pm

    Nail varnish on keys

  39. Michael
    May 2, 2015 / 5:46 pm

    Beermats from pups make great coasters for your cups at home

  40. laura banks
    May 2, 2015 / 6:06 pm

    re using my envelopes saves a fortune

  41. kim neville
    May 2, 2015 / 6:25 pm

    Putting little stickers on keys so I know which one goes with correct one

  42. Katherine b
    May 2, 2015 / 6:35 pm

    Keep your nail polish in the fridge . Keeping it in a cool place will extend its shelf life and keep your lacquer smooth and easy to apply.

  43. Louise Comb
    May 2, 2015 / 6:58 pm

    I always do exactly what I want to do, exactly when I want to do it – unless there is a seriously good reason not to 🙂

  44. Susan Jarrett
    May 2, 2015 / 7:09 pm

    peel a hard-boiled egg by putting in a jar, closing the lid and shaking – the shell comes off easily after a few shakes!

  45. kellyjo walters
    May 2, 2015 / 7:19 pm

    if items are on offer stock pup, better to buy cheap than full price

  46. May 2, 2015 / 7:37 pm

    using sellotape to get dog hairs off my coat

  47. antonia richardson
    May 2, 2015 / 7:40 pm

    pen spring from an old pen and wrap it around your charger cord. This will protect it from breaking and bending.

  48. Helen Battle
    May 2, 2015 / 7:42 pm

    body lotion to soften my leather sofa

  49. Tracy Newton
    May 2, 2015 / 7:54 pm

    Keeping snacks in our bedside table drawers. My husband and I love eating in bed

  50. iain maciver
    May 2, 2015 / 8:11 pm

    saving all I can

  51. janet humphrey
    May 2, 2015 / 8:18 pm

    Setting alarm clocks five mins early, so we arent so rushed every morning….

  52. jen morgan
    May 2, 2015 / 8:29 pm

    Always have baby wipes in your handbag they are fab for every situation believe me

  53. Su Tyler
    May 2, 2015 / 8:50 pm

    Rub a tiny amount of baby oil over your stainless steel cooker top / doors to keep them shiny and smear free.

  54. Jay Scales
    May 2, 2015 / 8:53 pm

    Use a plastic flip top cereal dispenser with a bin bag in as a mini bin in the car – stand it in the passenger footwell & you never get crisps packets & junk scattered all over!

  55. Jo m Welsh
    May 2, 2015 / 8:57 pm

    Get school bags ready the night before to save a lot of messing about in the morning

  56. May 2, 2015 / 9:04 pm

    I use fabric sheets to clean monitors & tv screens as it collects all the dust and keeps it from sticking so quickly again

  57. Tina M Holmes
    May 2, 2015 / 9:20 pm

    I USE A TOOTHBRUSH TO GET IN THE HARD TO REACH PLACES.

  58. William Gould
    May 2, 2015 / 9:39 pm

    Pre plan your next 6 days meals before the weekly shop, and stick to it apart from a possible re-jig if there’s an offer on. Seventh day have as a leftovers day, or beans on toast or similar if there’s nothing left! This saves loads of money and eliminates any wastage!

  59. Al MacInnes
    May 2, 2015 / 9:56 pm

    Put all matching bedding in a pillow case, for quick bed change and unexpected guests.

  60. Anthony Harrington
    May 2, 2015 / 10:04 pm

    use white vinegar on limescale, it saves time and money

  61. Stephanie Lear
    May 2, 2015 / 10:42 pm

    Take a photo on your smart phone of the timetable at the bus stop! Has been a lifesaver for me!

  62. pamela gossage
    May 2, 2015 / 10:59 pm

    Always have baby wipes in hand bags, they are so useful for cleaning

  63. Patricia Fraser
    May 3, 2015 / 1:25 am

    Definitely baby wipes, there is so many things you can use them for.

  64. Laura Kilby
    May 3, 2015 / 8:46 am

    Tape a lavender sachet to the inside of your linen basket lid to prevent dirty clothes from whiffing out your bathroom/bedroom. This also works for dirty clothes in your suitcase on holiday – pop them in a plastic bag with a lavender sachet inside

  65. Claire Bodin
    May 3, 2015 / 9:12 am

    Using my slow cooker love it

  66. Louise Smith
    May 3, 2015 / 9:39 am

    Keep youe eye liner pencil in the fridge

  67. Bex Allum
    May 3, 2015 / 9:43 am

    Batch freeze meals to be reheated

  68. Silvia
    May 3, 2015 / 10:46 am

    Always be ten minutes early to everything!

  69. Karen Christmas
    May 3, 2015 / 11:48 am

    Sipping on flat full fat coke is a great way to help you feel better after a vomiting bug – it really works , my Dr recommended this !

  70. Julia Nicholls
    May 3, 2015 / 1:09 pm

    I love the carrier bag over the paint tray idea. I’ve had the same tray for years and never had to wash it

  71. Alison J Hill
    May 3, 2015 / 1:44 pm

    baby wipes

  72. Alison J Hill
    May 3, 2015 / 1:44 pm

    baby wipes

  73. Sarah Lee
    May 3, 2015 / 3:25 pm

    Freeze left over wine in an ice cube tray so that you can add them to cool down glasses of wine instead of normal ice cubes without watering it down

  74. laura jayne bates
    May 3, 2015 / 4:04 pm

    making sanwiches on a sunday and freezing them for the week

  75. Paula Readings
    May 3, 2015 / 4:31 pm

    Wine in jelly is nice as a left over.

  76. olivia Kirby
    May 3, 2015 / 5:48 pm

    Put pancake batter in a ketchup squeezy bottle for easy pancakes

  77. Mark Palmer
    May 3, 2015 / 6:16 pm

    Hang up clothes stright out of the dryer means no ironing

  78. Kelly Lawton (@Jakeysmummy2006)
    May 3, 2015 / 6:48 pm

    Baby wipes! They are so handy!

  79. Chris Andrews
    May 3, 2015 / 7:04 pm

    slices of lemon in the freezer – makes ice & lemon quick and easy for your gin and tonic

  80. Tara Smith
    May 3, 2015 / 7:33 pm

    When planning a family day out, always have ‘escape plans’ up your sleeve – something nearly always goes wrong!

  81. bev
    May 3, 2015 / 10:20 pm

    keeping eye creams in the firdge for extra boost

  82. Lynsey Buchanan
    May 3, 2015 / 11:44 pm

    If you heat fruit in the microwave before juicing you get 30-40% more juice

  83. Natalie Crossan
    May 4, 2015 / 12:18 am

    Using colour powder to make mugs and spoons look brand new and stain free

  84. Chris Bell
    May 4, 2015 / 6:08 am

    Baby wipes are useful for so many things, from actually wiping your babies bum, to wiping toddlers faces and older children come to think of it, spillages, wiping tv screens and windows and mirrors, wiping off makeup!

    The person that initially created them should be given some sort of nobel prize!

  85. KIM GRIFFITHS
    May 4, 2015 / 9:42 am

    laughing at life

  86. Ruth Harwood
    May 4, 2015 / 9:42 am

    Turning the bedding inside out makes it easier to sort 🙂

  87. Chris Davies
    May 4, 2015 / 9:58 am

    Brushing my teeth in the shower, haha!!

  88. Hilda Hazel Wright
    May 4, 2015 / 10:04 am

    I carry a little cash bag (the ones the banks use for coins) with paracetamol, ibruprofen, indigestion tablets and plasters, its pocket or handbag sized and the perfect handy first aid kit!

  89. Jessica Powell
    May 4, 2015 / 11:34 am

    Anything to do with space saving – door shoe holder pockets are great for all kinds of things!

  90. claire woods
    May 4, 2015 / 12:13 pm

    Making a shopping list.

  91. Chrissie Curtis
    May 4, 2015 / 12:27 pm

    Visiting the supermarket once things are marked down. Saves a fortune.

  92. daniel baugh
    May 4, 2015 / 1:16 pm

    putting bread straight in the freezer and only taking out slices when they are needed

  93. Jennifer Bailey
    May 4, 2015 / 1:53 pm

    I know it sounds really weird but using vegetable oil to get rid of grease from the top of kitchen cupboards and the oven extractor. I little bit on a cloth just lifts of the grease!

  94. Kelly Ellen Hirst
    May 4, 2015 / 3:02 pm

    Stretch a elastic band around an open paint can and wipe your brush on it to keep paint from dripping down the sides of the can.

  95. aaron broad
    May 4, 2015 / 3:42 pm

    Peel banana’s the opposite way it works better

  96. Amanda Hattie
    May 4, 2015 / 4:02 pm

    Baby wipes, they’re the handiest thing ever to have

  97. kayleigh Bates
    May 4, 2015 / 4:16 pm

    I love the ikea ones, they are slowly transforming my life

  98. Louise A
    May 4, 2015 / 5:00 pm

    When buying on the internet check cashback sites first

  99. Kristy Brown
    May 4, 2015 / 6:01 pm

    Batch baking/cooking so that I have lovely home made freshness in the freezer if I’m running late

  100. Suzanne McC
    May 4, 2015 / 6:18 pm

    Get into the habit of doing little exercises during your daily routine, eg. 10 squats whilst waiting for the kettle to boil. A little and often soon adds up.

  101. Maureen findley
    May 4, 2015 / 7:40 pm

    cover paint brushes with cling film instead of washing every day.

  102. Ali Johnson
    May 4, 2015 / 7:42 pm

    Wine racks aren’t only great for storing bottles of Kumala but they also make super towel organisers.

  103. l
    May 4, 2015 / 8:11 pm

    Putting drenched mobile phones in rice to dry out.

  104. Gill Mitchell
    May 4, 2015 / 9:38 pm

    Another way to stretch shows that are too tight/nipping your heel is to push a tennis ball in them over night and leave under a radiator 😀

  105. Paula Phillips
    May 5, 2015 / 8:24 am

    I take a photo of important dates, such as school holidays, work rota, travel timetables, then store the photo’s in a separate folder on my phone so that I can easily see them when I need them.

  106. rebecca gibson
    May 5, 2015 / 9:52 am

    Using my slow cooker before I go to work so I have a yummy dinner ready when I get home

  107. Eleanor Powell
    May 5, 2015 / 10:21 am

    lists! lots of lists

  108. Lance Bellers
    May 5, 2015 / 11:34 am

    Never stand up if you can sit down. Never sit down if you can lie down.

  109. Tracy
    May 5, 2015 / 12:12 pm

    Oooh I have a few that I’ve picked up over the years… but my favourite has to be using frozen grapes to chill wine when the weathers warm, or you forget to chill the bottle (ahem… or can’t be bothered to wait!) without watering it down – because watered down wine??? *horrified face*

  110. kim plant
    May 5, 2015 / 12:58 pm

    a bath a onesie and a chic flick x

  111. Maxine Owen
    May 5, 2015 / 1:01 pm

    Using leftover dinner for next day’s lunch.

  112. Greig spencer
    May 5, 2015 / 1:09 pm

    slow cooker! for easy and quick meals ready for when you get home from work lol

  113. Amy Skinner
    May 5, 2015 / 1:26 pm

    I do a home delivery food shop so I’m not tempted to pick up extras we don’t need

  114. Kelly Hooper
    May 5, 2015 / 2:22 pm

    Always have baby wipes, no matter how old your kids get you’ll still find a use for them, eldest is now 14 and he takes them to army camp to get the war paint off!

  115. Donna Caldwel.
    May 5, 2015 / 2:22 pm

    Miniture bottles of Suncream in my bag you never know when that sun will appear

  116. Cheryl Kean
    May 5, 2015 / 4:30 pm

    always go food shopping on a full stomach

  117. lyn Burgess
    May 5, 2015 / 5:01 pm

    I keep a pack of travel wipes in each of my handbags, (I’ve got three at the mo) and in the car glovebox,so ‘ve always got some with me when needed

  118. clair downham
    May 5, 2015 / 5:09 pm

    leftover wine in icecube trays perfect for summer drinks or in cooking

  119. David Paterson
    May 5, 2015 / 5:34 pm

    Stick to what’s on the shopping list, no impulse buys

  120. sandra
    May 5, 2015 / 6:21 pm

    cut bananas in half, put a lolly stick in them and freeze for quick snack for kids after school- last much longer than a normal banana

  121. Helen Allan
    May 5, 2015 / 6:42 pm

    Use a plastic bottle to separate egg yolks from the white. Thank you!

  122. Maddy
    May 5, 2015 / 7:08 pm

    Roll out pastry on cling-film so it’s easier to lift & line tins

  123. cat
    May 5, 2015 / 7:34 pm

    put the duvet cover and one pillow case inside the other pillow case as a sack to store, when needing to change the sheets it’s all together

  124. Helen A
    May 5, 2015 / 8:08 pm

    Cook 2 dinners, save one for the next day

  125. June Gaynor
    May 5, 2015 / 8:09 pm

    When I can’t get the top off my nail polish, I plunge it in warm water up to the neck to loosen.

  126. Allison
    May 5, 2015 / 8:28 pm

    Chop up a lemon or lime, put it in the freezer so when in need of a G&T the lime is already chopped and it’s cold so acts like ice!

  127. Kat Allinson
    May 5, 2015 / 8:39 pm

    Slice up lemons and freeze them, instant lemon ice cubes for your drinks

  128. Barry Gorman
    May 5, 2015 / 8:42 pm

    A good fresh air walk when I can. It really makes me feel invigorated!

  129. Kay Panayi
    May 5, 2015 / 9:55 pm

    Bulk buy nappies and wipes when the baby events are on x

  130. Susie Wilkinson
    May 5, 2015 / 10:16 pm

    Never leave home without wet wipes! They can clean almost anything, and they’re great to wipe your face on a hot day too!

  131. annemarie kerr
    May 5, 2015 / 10:17 pm

    When trimming your own fringe between “proper” haircuts only cut the middle section slightly above your eyes and leave the side sections slightly longer & tuck behind your ears (my hairdresser told me to do this)

  132. Hazel Rea
    May 5, 2015 / 10:31 pm

    Vinegar is a wonderful treatment for fungal nail problems.

  133. Lindy Hine
    May 5, 2015 / 11:19 pm

    Organise your wardrobe! Colour co-ordinate and put together complete outfits so you’re all ready to get dressed and go. Saves that last minute “what can I wear?” panic! 🙂

  134. Diana
    May 5, 2015 / 11:45 pm

    I don’t have any :/

  135. katy
    May 5, 2015 / 11:53 pm

    Hair straighteners make a fab quick iron when you are stuck

  136. Gillian Hutchison
    May 6, 2015 / 7:35 am

    Hang dresses in the bathroom and leave the shower running and creases fall out

  137. Gemma Poulding
    May 6, 2015 / 9:02 am

    Use Ikea shopping bags for your dirty laundry, picking up all the toys at the end of the day. Also entering competitions!

  138. Pete
    May 6, 2015 / 9:32 am

    Hang T-shirts etc on hangers in the windows when it’s too wet to dry outside- like today :/ !

  139. Sarah Mills
    May 6, 2015 / 9:48 am

    my diary I would not know where I am without it!

  140. Natelle Cooper
    May 6, 2015 / 10:31 am

    Dry Shampoo works for the kids too when you just dont want the hair washing argument

  141. Cecilia Allen
    May 6, 2015 / 10:37 am

    always have baby wipes n your bag, even if you dont have the kids with you.

  142. May 6, 2015 / 10:41 am

    Squeeze fresh lemon in water makes a good mouth wash.

  143. Diana Cotter
    May 6, 2015 / 11:07 am

    Fill your sink with hot water, add a capful of Milton (or similar). Leave tea stained mugs overnight and the following morning, you’ll have both a clean sink and lovely sparkly mugs.

  144. Helen
    May 6, 2015 / 11:17 am

    Hang your ironing in a steamy bathroom.

  145. Maria jane Knight
    May 6, 2015 / 11:46 am

    Run out of shaving gel or foam?….Use hair conditioner!! Its thick enough for shaving legs and leaves then silky soft!

  146. emma falvi
    May 6, 2015 / 1:02 pm

    use money off coupons when you can

  147. Gavin
    May 6, 2015 / 1:20 pm

    Enter competitions 😉

  148. Rachael Marsden
    May 6, 2015 / 1:47 pm

    use the slow cooker to save time in the evening when everyone is hungry

  149. Mrs Rachel Heap
    May 6, 2015 / 2:01 pm

    stack clothes vertically so you can see them in a draw

  150. May 6, 2015 / 2:03 pm

    always have wetwipes to hand , they provide a VERY quick clean before last min visitors arrive!
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  151. May 6, 2015 / 2:39 pm

    Batch cook! When you’re cooking something freezable like a chilli con carne, bolognese or similar, make at least double, and portion out the rest and freeze. Means you’ll have homecooked meals even on evenings you don’t feel like cooking, so you can resist the urge to splurge on a takeaway!
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  152. Tracey Belcher
    May 6, 2015 / 3:10 pm

    Wiping radiators and lamp shades with zoflora – acts as air freshener when warm

  153. Gemma Aktekin
    May 6, 2015 / 4:36 pm

    Cheap fabric softener and a dash of your favourite zoflora.

  154. Romana Richards
    May 6, 2015 / 5:06 pm

    wear my hair short, easy to wash, dry and dries in seconds!

  155. Emma Ellison
    May 6, 2015 / 5:27 pm

    Wrap hair bobbles round my hairbrush so I always know where to find them x

  156. Angela Kelly
    May 6, 2015 / 5:33 pm

    Brushing my teeth in the shower

  157. Ali Thorpe
    May 6, 2015 / 5:55 pm

    Socks make fab dusters! Over a coat hanger to reach behind radiators, dampened to remove dust from surfaces etc.

  158. sarah
    May 6, 2015 / 7:02 pm

    video head cleaner gets dirty engine oil off my carpets 🙂

  159. Hannah Palumbo
    May 6, 2015 / 7:16 pm

    One ‘Life Hack’ which has made my life 100 times easier is ranger rolling my clothes. Because i’m a jeans and t-shirts sort of a woman this technique (invented my the US army) means that either on holiday or at home I can pack LITERALLY twice as many clothes into my suitcase or drawer. Now all my friends ask me to help them pack their suitcase. The tutorial can be found on youtube if you search ‘ranger roll t-shirt’

  160. Keshia Esgate
    May 6, 2015 / 8:02 pm

    batch cooking to save time later in the week!

  161. leanne weir
    May 6, 2015 / 8:02 pm

    Baby wipes, Baby wipes AND MORE Baby wipes

  162. Sue Dorking
    May 6, 2015 / 8:16 pm

    Place an elastic band around an open paint can to wipe your brush on and keep paint off the side of the can.

  163. Gemma
    May 6, 2015 / 8:20 pm

    Wear new shoes with thick socks to break them in. Freeze any leftover food so you have something ready if you are working late, cheaper than ready meals! Buy from local butchers instead of supermarkets as they can often do deals for you and advise on the best ways to cook certain cuts of meat.

  164. Kerry Kilmister
    May 6, 2015 / 8:25 pm

    live by the rule of baby wipes – baby wipes can clean anything! Fast!

  165. Laura Anne Farnworth
    May 6, 2015 / 8:26 pm

    When decorating put a thick elastic band around the tin from top to bottom once youve opened it and wipe your brush on this instead of on the side of the tin – youll save lots of paint. And wrap your brush in cling film between coats or when taking a long break then you wont have to kepp washing or drying it. Some really great tips here.

  166. Emma
    May 6, 2015 / 8:31 pm

    Use takeaway containers to freeze homemade soup, chilli etc in the freezer

  167. Hannah Cummings
    May 6, 2015 / 8:54 pm

    Always use money back website for anything you buy online.

  168. May 6, 2015 / 9:04 pm

    Bounce batteries to see if they’re good or not.

  169. Lucy Robinson
    May 6, 2015 / 9:11 pm

    My hair straighteners. Perfect for my crazy hair. x

  170. James Donovan
    May 6, 2015 / 9:15 pm

    Go food shopping after you have eaten a big meal. You will only end up buying what you need and not loads of snacks.

  171. Jane Middleton
    May 6, 2015 / 9:32 pm

    always shop for the best price around

  172. Sheri Darby
    May 6, 2015 / 9:34 pm

    Always check for restaurant vouchers

  173. Lisa Wilkinson
    May 6, 2015 / 9:42 pm

    Getting everything prepared the night before – clothes, food etc.

  174. joanna sawka
    May 6, 2015 / 9:42 pm

    I pretend I can’t cook and my hubby does it. I’ve been fooling him for 13 years now.

  175. May 6, 2015 / 9:50 pm

    Have a Sunday Review – where you spend anywhere between 5-60 minutes looking back over the last week, and working out what you’ve done well and what still needs to be done. Work out a To Do list of goals for the following weeks.

    Sounds boring and time-consuming, but it really isn’t. It helps you deal with those small things that keep getting forgotten about and keeps you on track with achieving great things!
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  176. Em S
    May 6, 2015 / 9:54 pm

    Using my slow cooker to batch cook and freeze portions of tasty homemade food, that’s my lifehack

  177. angela sandhu
    May 6, 2015 / 10:34 pm

    Use newspaper when cleaning windows for a streak free finish

  178. Gemma Snell
    May 6, 2015 / 10:44 pm

    recycling candle jars into sweet jars, paint them up with kids or reuse and make more candles

  179. May 6, 2015 / 10:51 pm

    Using my steamer….chicken breasts, potatoes, veg all in and leave it…no hassle.
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  180. Angie Hoggett
    May 6, 2015 / 10:59 pm

    one pot meals, they save so much time midweek!

  181. Monica Gilbert
    May 6, 2015 / 11:01 pm

    Lay out your clothes and breakfast dishes the night before to make the morning run more smoothly.

  182. Aimee Wright
    May 6, 2015 / 11:30 pm

    Having a magnetic strip in the bathroom to keep hair pins on so that they don’t get lost 🙂

  183. Jonathan Mason
    May 7, 2015 / 12:33 am

    Always get new shoes resoled and heeled to ensure that they last longer

  184. Caroline H
    May 7, 2015 / 1:52 am

    I spray the bathroom with cleaner, floor to ceiling then close the door, the window and shut off the fan. Then I run the shower on hot for a couple of mins and wipe over with kitchen towel. No scrubbing, job done.

  185. Nat Thomason
    May 7, 2015 / 2:28 am

    Baby wipes to clean my fasces the leather sofa plus the baby’s bottom

  186. denise s
    May 7, 2015 / 2:51 am

    put paper on top of kitchen cupboards change every few months quicker than cleaning

  187. Siobhan Lucy
    May 7, 2015 / 7:14 am

    Hang clothes in the bathroom whilst showering to get creases out :p

  188. Kaye Montgomery
    May 7, 2015 / 7:33 am

    Line the kitchen bin with newspaper to absorb any leaks.

  189. Hazel Rush
    May 7, 2015 / 7:42 am

    Put kids plastic toys through the dishwasher to clean them!

  190. Trevor Linvell
    May 7, 2015 / 7:50 am

    Buy in bulk and online

  191. Jacqueline Roberts
    May 7, 2015 / 8:37 am

    Sharpen blunt knifes by scraping them on the bottom of a ceramic mug

  192. Clare Hubbard
    May 7, 2015 / 9:30 am

    Turn a duvet cover inside out to put it on, just grab corners of the duvet and dance alot!

  193. Petra Hora
    May 7, 2015 / 10:37 am

    Prepare clothes for whole family the night before then in the morning we are ready to go.

  194. david cavender
    May 7, 2015 / 10:39 am

    making the sunday roast

  195. Susan Hunt
    May 7, 2015 / 10:57 am

    moist toilet paper keeps me happy in the hottest countries around the world

  196. Rachel Griffiths
    May 7, 2015 / 10:57 am

    Chewing gum whilst chopping onions will stop you from crying.

  197. clare davies
    May 7, 2015 / 11:18 am

    zoflora on the radiators so when the heatings on it gives off a nice smell x

  198. Rennene Hartland
    May 7, 2015 / 11:26 am

    Has to be baby wipes there great for everything

  199. Stephanie Whitehouse
    May 7, 2015 / 11:33 am

    Do a job while the kettle boils – it’s amazing how much gets done

  200. leanne abel
    May 7, 2015 / 12:09 pm

    getting reduced items from the supermarkets

  201. May 7, 2015 / 12:25 pm

    Slow cookers – make life so much easier!

  202. Kay Broomfield
    May 7, 2015 / 1:17 pm

    Always carry baby wipes. For kids, spills, freshening up – they’re so useful!

  203. Hannah Lord
    May 7, 2015 / 1:44 pm

    I love a trick my grandma taught me, egg white under the eyes helps keep away the wrinkles, which means you can put making cake on your beauty regime 🙂

  204. Christine Lockley
    May 7, 2015 / 2:01 pm

    I have a trolley keyring and I’ve attacked all my loyalty cards to it and then fastened it to the inside zip of my everyday bag – so I’ve always got a coin for the trolley and all my cards aren’t cluttering my purse – win/win

    • Christine Lockley
      May 7, 2015 / 2:02 pm

      haha, should say attached not attacked, lol

  205. D Winfield
    May 7, 2015 / 2:12 pm

    When packing a suitcase, roll up underwear and put it inside your shoes, its not only a space saver it also stops your shoes getting squashed!

  206. May 7, 2015 / 2:59 pm

    I use baby wipes for cleaning all sorts around the house. Great for those areas that have been left a little too long.
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  207. Rachel B
    May 7, 2015 / 3:05 pm

    Clean the shower whilst taking one.

  208. Fiona S
    May 7, 2015 / 3:08 pm

    Got to bed an hour earlier. Helps me anyway!

  209. Michael McHugh
    May 7, 2015 / 3:25 pm

    Hot bath, bubbles wine…chocolate optional

  210. Michael McHugh
    May 7, 2015 / 3:25 pm

    Hot bath and wine

  211. Oksana Fitzgerald
    May 7, 2015 / 3:49 pm

    Use baby wipes to clean your floor. They are the best!

  212. Catherine Gregory
    May 7, 2015 / 3:50 pm

    If you pet had an accident on your carpet bicarb all over the area till it’s dried and soaked up the stain then hoover up to remove the powder

  213. Carolynn Woodland
    May 7, 2015 / 3:51 pm

    Cut down on ironing by hanging everything up to drip try

  214. charlotte
    May 7, 2015 / 3:55 pm

    putting your socks in a pillow case so they don’t get lost and get washed all together

  215. Michelle kay
    May 7, 2015 / 4:02 pm

    For surfaces I use cleaning wipes rather than spray, they are much more hygienic and quicker

  216. Karen Usher
    May 7, 2015 / 4:02 pm

    Cook all my dinners on a Sunday and then freeze them so during the week all I have to do is defrost!

  217. teresa sheldon
    May 7, 2015 / 4:06 pm

    I keep baby wipes in the car, handbag and in most rooms at home great for cleaning mucky kids and dogs quickly great for getting marks of furniture there just great for most things

  218. Jane Willis
    May 7, 2015 / 4:07 pm

    Clean between the keys on your keyboard with the sticky side of a Post It note. I saw this on a life hacks site and tried it and it works brilliantly

  219. May 7, 2015 / 4:15 pm

    i always have a book in my bag so if i have to wait for the kids/husband/pets i can have a quick read

  220. Purmala Shrestha
    May 7, 2015 / 4:22 pm

    Running out Door

  221. Loredana Spano
    May 7, 2015 / 4:37 pm

    Babywhipes always come in handy! Even if you don’t have a baby!

  222. MichelleD
    May 7, 2015 / 4:38 pm

    Finding veg, herbs etc in the reduced section in the supermarket that still last for days.

  223. Deborah Hambleton
    May 7, 2015 / 4:39 pm

    My slow cooker – it’s brilliant when I have to be at work for 7am – a lovely meal ready when I get home

  224. Rachel Craig
    May 7, 2015 / 4:39 pm

    Babywipes, just so useful. I tend to keep some handy. As can be used to clean up spills, sticky faces, car dashboard and so much more.

  225. Lauren Old
    May 7, 2015 / 4:43 pm

    Using toothpaste to brighten jewellery

  226. May 7, 2015 / 4:45 pm

    Vinegar and water an excellent cleaner even if everything smells after using if vinegar

  227. Joanne Fisher
    May 7, 2015 / 4:53 pm

    i’m so going to try the socks & hairdryer to break in my shoes

  228. Alisa Moore
    May 7, 2015 / 5:11 pm

    freezing stock in ice cube trays

  229. James McKenna
    May 7, 2015 / 5:29 pm

    Book train tickets 12 weeks in advance for best savings!

  230. Louise Asekokhai
    May 7, 2015 / 5:33 pm

    Hand sanitizer in my hand bag

  231. Susan Sargent
    May 7, 2015 / 5:35 pm

    I only buy supermarket offers that I need, or just wait for them to come on offer again.

  232. Maddie Jasinska
    May 7, 2015 / 5:36 pm

    I melt chocolate in microwave, quicker than in steam 🙂

  233. Sue McCarthy
    May 7, 2015 / 5:37 pm

    Buying non-perishable stuff when on special offer / BOGOF (just gotta find the space to store it tho)

  234. lisa dolatowski
    May 7, 2015 / 5:37 pm

    Envelopes. Put part of your money for vacation or to buy yourself something. Then pretend the envelopes don’t exist and function on the money you have.

  235. Val Pownall
    May 7, 2015 / 5:38 pm

    Keep some frozen grapes in the freezer to cool down white wine without watering it down.

  236. May 7, 2015 / 5:42 pm

    rub the curtain pole with furniture polish to make the curtains close easier

  237. Rena Plumridge
    May 7, 2015 / 5:54 pm

    Wipes

  238. Kirsty Woods
    May 7, 2015 / 5:57 pm

    Always keep baby wipes and hand anti bacterial spray in my bag as you never know

  239. wendy stanger
    May 7, 2015 / 6:18 pm

    keeping chickens as lovely eggs, entertaining to watch and no food is wasted

  240. Heather Macklin
    May 7, 2015 / 6:44 pm

    Microwave mug cakes have improved life for me and my children alike

  241. Lynn Heath
    May 7, 2015 / 6:47 pm

    Freeze some grapes to use as ice cubes to keep your wine cool on hot days, grapes won’t melt and water down your wine like icecubes!

  242. ELISHA
    May 7, 2015 / 6:48 pm

    Freezing wine in the ice cube tray, as you never know. When you run out you have some frozen spare.

  243. May 7, 2015 / 6:54 pm

    My fav is buying some sweets and getting some more free !

  244. kristin burdsall
    May 7, 2015 / 6:57 pm

    On the rare occasions we have left over red wine, I put into an ice cube tray then store them in a small sandwich bag in the freezer. Great for a grown up spag bol when the kids are in bed or i have been known to just suck on the frozen cubes! When we’ve run out of everything else and the shop is shut obviously! 😉

  245. laura stewart
    May 7, 2015 / 6:58 pm

    bleach makes everything clean 🙂

  246. LORAINE DAY
    May 7, 2015 / 6:58 pm

    tie a piece of bright coloured ribbon to luggage to make it easier to identify your own

  247. Chris MC
    May 7, 2015 / 7:19 pm

    Ctrl-alt-del brain is my favourite hack.

  248. b johnson
    May 7, 2015 / 7:19 pm

    Baby wipes available in every room and car

  249. Jo Meichtry
    May 7, 2015 / 7:32 pm

    A freezer full of left over food ready for times when I don’t have time to cook and plenty of ice lollies for puddings when I have nothing else or little time

  250. Caroline Signey
    May 7, 2015 / 7:38 pm

    I always have tinned fruit in the cupboard for the kids in case I run out of fresh. So quick and easy and they love pineapple, peaches and pears.

  251. Suzanne Cooke
    May 7, 2015 / 7:38 pm

    We fill used yankee candle jars with fairy lights and others for shells we collect on our days out.

  252. Diana Socha
    May 7, 2015 / 7:40 pm

    don’t look back

  253. Michelle Ferguson
    May 7, 2015 / 7:51 pm

    Buying lots of big raosting joints when they are on offer and freezing.

  254. Robby Price
    May 7, 2015 / 7:54 pm

    Being a beer monster

  255. kirsty webb
    May 7, 2015 / 7:58 pm

    Use coupons whenever you can.
    Nobody should be embarrassed about saving money

  256. Hayley Lynch
    May 7, 2015 / 8:00 pm

    if you cannot get a sticky price tag of something use a dab of lighter fluid (you can buy a tin from the cheap pound stores )

  257. Lyla
    May 7, 2015 / 8:03 pm

    Buy clothes that dont need ironing

  258. karen cowley
    May 7, 2015 / 8:03 pm

    Label your plugs, we have so many behind the tv, if i ever need to pull one out you can guarantee its the last one i try x

  259. karen Howden
    May 7, 2015 / 8:03 pm

    Doggy Poo Bags, useful for lots of things

  260. Kirsty Greer
    May 7, 2015 / 8:12 pm

    Sticky labels on your plugs so you don’t confuse which is which x

  261. Sarah Heath
    May 7, 2015 / 8:19 pm

    Home make baby food and freeze in ice cube trays, ready to reheat in small portions when required.

  262. liz ferguson
    May 7, 2015 / 8:24 pm

    Rising earlier than the rest of the family so I can get organised in peacexx

  263. James Haslett
    May 7, 2015 / 8:30 pm

    Leave a giant bottle of water by the bed for those early hours of the morning after a heavy Fri or Sat night! When you wake up dying of thirst and powerless to move, the solution is right there 🙂

  264. HazelY
    May 7, 2015 / 8:36 pm

    Buy in bulk and freeze. Saves so much money!

  265. Keeley Shaw
    May 7, 2015 / 8:36 pm

    Baby wipes are good for everything from removing make-up to cleaning your shoes.

  266. christine westlake
    May 7, 2015 / 8:37 pm

    always keep scented nappy bags in handbag and coat pockets – they make great sick bags on car/coach journeys.

  267. Caroline Buckley
    May 7, 2015 / 8:44 pm

    I use baby wipes to clean anything and everything! No wonder I buy so many packs!

  268. Cheryl
    May 7, 2015 / 8:47 pm

    Adjusted work hours, start an hour early to finish an hour early. It feels like I have half my day back

  269. Micchael Rattray
    May 7, 2015 / 8:48 pm

    Booking flights months in advance

  270. Kim W
    May 7, 2015 / 8:50 pm

    as well as the above life hack about using a hairdryer on your shoes to soften them (fab idea by the way), use a little talc at the back and where they rub elsewhere to stop blister forming. And carry a few plasters just in case if you are going out. Nothing looks worse than hobbling!

  271. Angela Paull
    May 7, 2015 / 8:50 pm

    Baby wipes for cleaning the sofa, cleaning my boy and wiping surfaces

  272. Kevin Honey
    May 7, 2015 / 8:56 pm

    Learn something new every day

  273. Chris Fletcher
    May 7, 2015 / 9:01 pm

    Slipping a pound coin down the hem of a tie stops it blowing about on a windy day! Just remember to take it out afterwards!

  274. Laura Vitty
    May 7, 2015 / 9:13 pm

    Got loads of rolls of wrapping paper all unravelling? Get an old toilet roll tube and cut a slit in it and wrap it around, it will hold it all together and less messy!

  275. Claire Nelson
    May 7, 2015 / 9:14 pm

    Put leftover lemon slices in some water and heat in your microwave. The steam will p=make it easy to clean the microwave and the lemon will leave a pleasant smell.

  276. Abigail Cullen
    May 7, 2015 / 9:19 pm

    Browsing the internet and getting the best deal when shopping.

  277. Caroline Ferguson
    May 7, 2015 / 9:26 pm

    Frozen grapes as ice cubes in wine

  278. Carly M
    May 7, 2015 / 9:29 pm

    Turning the duvet cover inside out and putting your arms inside to grab the duvet corners with, shake it and it’s on!

  279. Wendy Smith
    May 7, 2015 / 9:30 pm

    If you have any left over veg in the fridge don’t throw it away, make soup with it

  280. Minnie15
    May 7, 2015 / 9:33 pm

    Baby wipes! Lifesaver anywhere, anytime 🙂 x

  281. Helen Hodgson
    May 7, 2015 / 9:38 pm

    Freeze red or white wine in ice cube bags , to use as needed for cooking.

  282. LORNA WIL
    May 7, 2015 / 9:41 pm

    Checking on the web to see which supermarket gives the best deal on the food i am buying, Surprise what you can find and save!

  283. claire fawkner
    May 7, 2015 / 9:52 pm

    Baby wipes! Fab for cleaning with

  284. Herbert Appleby
    May 7, 2015 / 10:02 pm

    grow your own herbs

  285. Eva Churchill
    May 7, 2015 / 10:03 pm

    Using bubble bath to fill up my soap dispenser – half the price !

  286. Julie Paton
    May 7, 2015 / 10:16 pm

    Using face cream residue left on my hands on my elbows

  287. claire little
    May 7, 2015 / 10:18 pm

    Baby wipes

  288. Genna St Michael
    May 7, 2015 / 10:23 pm

    Talcum powder on wet, sandy bodies – gets the sand off super-fast!

  289. Denielle Nicol
    May 7, 2015 / 10:31 pm

    Baby wipes are a life saver, if you press the door close when you get in a lift it will take you to ur requested floor not stopping at others on way, buy full fat milk and replace half with double to double amount of milk and it also be healthier, take advantage of offers and deals on things you always use, put duvet cover on inside out, using photo back up service on fone etc so you can’t loose all your pictures

  290. Julie Ward
    May 7, 2015 / 10:35 pm

    I use sellotape to pick bits up off my floor, especially when partner has combed his hair and beard cos its all dropping out

  291. May 7, 2015 / 10:35 pm

    hang creased clothes in the bathroom when showering – creases usually fall out and if the ones that dont come out you can iron out then on a much lower iron temperature
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  292. Iona Cornish
    May 7, 2015 / 10:42 pm

    Put an old sock on your hand and spray with a little polish. Use it for a quick dust round before visitors arrive.

  293. Charmian Filewood
    May 7, 2015 / 10:47 pm

    Wash delicate items, as in underwear or child fav cuddly toy inside a pillow case as no need to spend on fancy laundry bags for them.

  294. Tamara Payne
    May 7, 2015 / 10:48 pm

    Use your mobile light underneath a water bottle to make a lantern that gives a great light.

  295. Kim Lawrence
    May 7, 2015 / 10:56 pm

    Cream blusher – eye-shadow, lipstick or blush – you decide!

  296. ions
    May 7, 2015 / 11:09 pm

    Don’t think I’ve found one – but keep a positive outlook and have some time out once a week.

  297. May 7, 2015 / 11:53 pm

    My life hack is a boring parenting one; save left over mashed potato and freeze it in funky ice cube shapes for quick potato shapes toddlers will love!
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  298. May 7, 2015 / 11:54 pm

    I fold all my bedding sets up and store in one of the pillowcases. This makes finding a full set in the airing cupboard so much easier!
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