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When I Saw This List Of Things Balloons Could Do, I Wished I Knew It Earlier

When I Saw This List Of Things Balloons Could Do, I Wished I Knew It Earlier

With Google’s balloon-powered internet in the news, you might be wondering what else a balloon can do. The answer is, a heck of a lot. Check out these creative uses for balloons:

#1 Give Yourself Waterproof Pockets

Simplest waterproofing ever: carry a balloon in your pocket. When you need to keep your cash and other small objects dry, stuff them inside the balloon and tie off the neck,

#2 Support Your Papier Maché Creations

Paste newspaper strips over your balloon, let the whole thing dry, then pop the balloon and trim the stiffened paper to the shape you want. You could make a giant egg, a bowl, or even a candy-filled piñata.

#3 Play Water Darts

This one is easy and a lot of fun on a hot day! Fill balloons with water, hang them from a wall, and throw darts at them until they burst. Darts are sharp — duh — so watch out for children, animals, and other innocent bystanders.

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    #4 Make Your Own Stress Ball

    Fill a balloon with grains of rice or wheat and tie a knot in the neck. Squeeze and squish for instant stress relief!

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    #5 Help Your Garden Grow

    A balloon used in place of a gardening tie will support your plants without cutting into them, because it stretches as they grow.

    #6 Go Cluster Ballooning

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      This is like something from the movie Up: fill lots and lots of balloons with helium, then use them to lift you into the sky. You need large, super-strong balloons to pull off this stunt, so maybe start with a trial at home using normal balloons and an action figure.

      #7 Exercise With Balloons

      You might think a balloon isn’t heavy enough or resistant enough to exercise with. You’d be wrong. Holding a balloon between your hands or between your knees during push-ups, for example, makes you more aware of your posture and muscle tension, improving your form.

      #8 Hold on to Your Glasses

      Use a long, thin balloon as a strap for your eyeglasses or sunglasses—just tie one end of the balloon to the end of each glasses arm, stretch the balloon around the back of your head, and it’ll hold your glasses firmly in place.

      #9 Make Chocolate Eggs

      You can use small, rounded balloons as the support for your chocolate creations. Inflate them enough to hold a firm shape, then dip and roll in just-melted chocolate before hanging from a line to set. Stick a piece of tape over the exposed rubber near the neck and push a pin through it to let the air out gently before removing the balloon.

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        #10 Power a Car

        Yes, really. NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory held a balloon car contest in 1998 and the fastest vehicle reached speeds greater than 10 feet per second.

        #11 Make Cola Explosions

        You remember the Mentos-and-cola fun of a few years ago, right? Well, this uses the same chemistry with a bit of extra physics. Put your Mentos inside a balloon and stretch the balloon neck over the neck of your cola bottle, then push the mints down through the balloon into the bottle. The balloon lets pressure build up inside it until it either pops off the bottle or bursts, showering the surrounding area with minty cola foam. [Fun but potentially dangerous. Play responsibly!]

        #12 Pipe Frosting

        If you fill a long balloon with frosting or buttercream icing, then prick a hole in the bottom end, you can use it as a piping bag to decorate cakes and cookies. Don’t apply too much pressure, or the exit hole will stretch and give you uneven lines.

        #13 Give Your Pens Grip

        Trim the neck from a balloon, or cut a tube from the midsection of a narrow balloon, then slip it over the body of your pen to give it extra grip. Also works on drumsticks, laser pointers, and other stuff you need to hold.

        #14 Paint With Colour Bombs

        Fill some balloons with liquid paint, stretch a large canvas or sheet of paper over a hard backing, then throw your balloons at the canvas to make a fun work of art.

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          #15 Pee Anywhere

          You’ll need a large balloon and a small funnel. Put the funnel neck inside the balloon neck, pee into the funnel, then carefully remove the funnel and tie off the balloon. [Hygiene note: clean your funnel after each use and dispose of the filled balloons responsibly!]

          #16 Make Your Own UFO

          Activate a glowstick and push it inside the body of a balloon before inflating with helium. Tie off the balloon and add a long string so you can float it above your house to freak people out.

          #17 Keep Your Drinks Cold

          Fill balloons with water and freeze them. On a hot day, keep your drinks in a bucket surrounded by ice balloons and they’ll stay chilled for hours. Perfect for picnics and garden parties!

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            #18 Build a Terrarium

            Use a funnel to put soil, seeds and water into a clear balloon, then inflate it and tie off the neck. Stand it in a spot that gets some sun each day, and watch your seeds sprout inside.

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            #19 Make Floating Gift Bags

            To balloon-wrap a small gift, push it inside a balloon along with some confetti and then inflate the balloon with helium before tying it off. Tie a ribbon to the neck and add a gift tag, then leave the balloon tied to the recipient’s bedpost or door handle to surprise them. [If you use this trick to propose, wrap the ring in a scrap of cloth or crepe paper first and tie it up with a piece of ribbon. Cut jewels can burst balloons!]

            #20 Create Your Own Cloud

            Inflate several balloons with helium and tape them all together, then cover with glue and roll the balloons in lightweight polystyrene pieces or cushion wadding that you’ve pulled apart and fluffed up. Add a string and you can take your cloud with you wherever you go.

            #21 Make Balloon Porn

            It happens. If you don’t believe me, see Rule 34: “If it exists, there is porn of it“.

            And finally…..

            #22 Make the next famous party animal

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              18 Benefits of Journaling That Will Change Your Life

              18 Benefits of Journaling That Will Change Your Life

              The act of writing in a journal often seems daunting or unnecessary to many people. Even authors who work on novels might shun the idea of daily diaries. What purpose does jotting down words on a regular basis do if not contributing to the next novel, play or song? I know from experience many benefits of journaling that I wish to share.

              1. Understand Yourself Better

              Though many people and even writers avoid keeping journals, I vow to do it more often. Not only do I desire to take up daily journaling but also I plan to do it with pen to paper.

              Some of the benefits I’ve found from my more active days include finding myself in the sense of understanding what matters to me and what I want out of life. I’ve been incredibly fortunate to find a spouse who is my best friend and advocate in raising children. I attribute this and much more to what I learned about myself in keeping journals for years.

              2. Keep Track of Small Changes

              I’ll admit that I never got very far with my guitar lessons, but in writing in a journal, I have seen the ability to track small changes like those that come when you practice anything.

              Those learning a musical instrument often fail to see the small improvements that come with regular practice. Writing won’t help you switch chords any faster, but it will help you to develop a better sense for language and grammar just by doing it.

              3. Become Aware of What Matters

              As you continue to write in a journal, following a stream-of-consciousness feel, you can look back on the topics that you chose to write about. Those issues and emotions that poured out of you will provide insight on to what matters most to you.

              You may not even realize that you’re job is depressing you or that you want to spend more time with your kids until you look over your thoughts that you weren’t really thinking about.

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              4. Boost Creativity

              The idea that the brain and its neural activity across hemispheres encourages learning also shows up in increased creativity. Just like with learning an instrument, your increased activity will inspire your thoughts to connect and reconnect in different ways.

              When I wrote in a journal, I often wrote poetry as well as just my thoughts as they came out. I started to hear poems more in my mind; so much so that I took to scrawling lines on napkins and finding metaphors in mundane activities.

              You really are what you do, so writing helps grow more than being a writer. Writing boosts the way you communicate and structure language, which really is a creative process.

              5. Represents Your Emotions in a Safe Environment

              A journal is as private as it gets. You can lock it in a safe or tuck it under a pillow and no one will accidentally share it on social media or have an opportunity to “leave a comment.”

              Write about your sorrow as much as your happiness and frustration and know that you don’t have to keep your emotions inside your body. You can put them on paper.

              6. Process Life Experiences

              When you take the time to look back over what you’ve written, be it a week or a year later, you will have the distance you need to more objectively interpret your raw feelings.

              Everything from losing a job to losing a loved one can emerge in a new light for a fresh perspective. Figuring out how the benefits of journaling affect your perspective on life will create connection and increase creativity.

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              7. Stress Relief

              In combining the exercise inherent in fine motor coordination that comes from the act of writing with the emotional release of self expression, those who maintain a journal relieve stress.

              Try it out. Go home and write about your day. Write about the traffic. Write about the coffee order the barista got wrong but you didn’t have time to change. See how you can physically purge some of that pent-up stress by putting it on paper.

              8. Provide Direction

              Though journaling is often conducted as an activity without much direction, it often provides direction.

              One of the biggest benefits of journaling is that your chaotic thoughts merge to show a direction in which to head. Asking the right questions is the only way to achieve the best solutions, so look to your journal to find your way toward your next goal.

              9. Solve Problems

              Just as in practicing math problems, we all get better at finding hidden solutions through the act of processing.

              Think of your next goal as X and solve your life problems by reading your journals as word problems. The benefit of journaling here is that you write, explore and process to recognize and then solve problems.

              When life is too in-your-face, you have to step back to see reality. Living in the moment allows us to write in the moment and use that expression to solve problems.

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              10. Find Relief From Fighting

              Solving your problems only comes after time to process, recognize and strategize. Just as in the benefit of journaling where relief comes from the act of writing, relief from fighting comes when you decide to “sit this one out” and communicate one-way.

              Fighting is only productive when the fighters care to communicate and find common ground. When the emotions are as high as the stress levels, writing will function as the best time out.

              11. Find Meaning in Life

              Journaling will show you why you are living, whether you are wallowing in things you wish to change or striving to make the changes. Your life will begin to take on new meaning and your own words will reveal the actions that got you where you are so that you can assess and pave a new path for your future.

              12. Allow Yourself to Focus

              Taking even a small amount of time out of every day will provide you with not only peace of mind but also increased focus. Taking a break to meditate in writing and journaling will sharpen your mental faculties.

              13. Sharpen Your Spirituality

              When we write, we allow all the energy and experiences to flow through us, which often provides further insight into our own spirituality. Even if your parents didn’t raise you to follow a specific religion, your thoughts will start to show you what you believe about the universe and your place in it.

              14. Let the Past Go

              I’ve mentioned a few examples where going back over your writing offers advice and direction, but the simply truth is that writing down our feelings can be the best way to let them go. We can choose to literally throw these pages away when they’re filled with negativity and hate.

              15. Allow Freedom

              Journaling is the perfect way to not only express yourself but to also experience the freedom of being who you are. Your books can stay private or you can publish them. Your freedom stems from your sense of self and your perception of your thoughts.

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              16. Enhance Your Career

              Again, the private act of pen-to-paper processing provides the benefits of journaling mentioned above, but you can also enhance your career when you take similar ideas and categorize, edit and publish them in an online blog.

              Your thoughts will often be personal and express emotions, but another benefit of journaling is uncovering fresh ideas about your work.

              17. Literally Explore Your Dreams

              All the benefits I’ve mentioned explore ideas, thoughts and emotions, which is also what our dreams and nightmares do. Through writing down your dreams from the previous night, you can enhance your creativity as well as connect some of the metaphorical dots from the rest of your journal.

              18. Catalog Your Life for Others

              No one wants to think about dying, but we all die. Leaving a journal will act as a way to reconnect with family and friends left behind. The ideas you wish to keep personal while you process the life you’re living will serve to rekindle and inspire those who loved you through the process.

              We consider our partners our life witnesses, but writing provides a tangible mark on the world.

              Now that you’ve learned all the benefits of journaling, it’s time to start writing a journal:

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