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25 Creative Products That You Never Knew You Needed

25 Creative Products That You Never Knew You Needed

These days, everybody is looking for someway to make their daily lives a little bit easier, in every aspect.  With so many different gadgets that are out there these days, the are endless possibilities of things you can get that can help you around the house, at the office, or on the go.  Whether you have heard of them, or not, these are some of the most useful products out there that you never knew you needed and you can find most of them on Amazon!

1. Baby Shower Cap

Baby Shower Cap

    This is perfect to help keep water and shampoo out of your little ones eyes, nose and mouth.  And for only a couple of bucks on Amazon, it is worth the investment.

    2. Couch Armrest Table

    Couch Armrest Table

      I love the idea of these as a space saver.  You can get many different variations of this on Amazon starting at $6, or you can even seize this as an opportunity as a DIY project.

      3. Ironing Board Mirror

      iron mirror 1

        This is another cool space saving project.  You can find it on aissalogerot.com, or even attempt your own design to save yourself a little money.

        4. Mirror Wiper

        mirror wiper

          Never again do you have to struggle with wiping down a foggy mirror with a towel.  This handy product will only cost you around $6 on Amazon and I can almost guarantee you will not regret the purchase.

          5. Pizza Scissors

          pizza scissors

            These are just ingenious.  Faster than a slicer and easier to serve up just in time for dinner!  These will run about $20 on Amazon, but are sure to pay for themselves in no time.

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            6. Rolling Bench

            rolling bench after rain

              I don’t know where you would buy this, but they would sure be a useful addition to any city or town!

              7. Toothpaste Tube Squeezer

              tooth paste squeezer

                You don’t have to worry about wasting any toothpaste anymore with this.  Starting at around $2 on Amazon, this gadget will save you money in no time.

                8. Umbrella Cup Holder

                Umbrella Cupholder

                  This is a handy gadget for those who take on a walking commute everyday.

                  9. Universal Word Search Wrapping Paper

                  wrapping paper

                    One roll for every occasion!  This is perfect for the avid gift giver. It’s trendy, too!

                    10. Rotating Sockets

                    rotating 360 degree sockets

                      With these sockets you can add, or take away outlets as you wish. Rotate them to accommodate larger plugs. Similar products run around $15 and up on Amazon.

                      11. Lego Key Holder

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                      lego key holder

                        This is a cool DIY project you can do with all of the old Lego’s that you, or your kids grew out of.

                        12. Onion Holder

                        onion holder

                          I wish I had one of these sooner!  Keep your hands stink free, and slice your onions a lot easier!  This will cost you only $10 on Amazon.

                          13. Pre-threaded Sewing Kit

                          prethreaded sewing kit

                            A $3 lifesaver.  You will never have to worry about trying to thread your needle and you can fix your wardrobe quickly and avoid an embarrassing wardrobe malfunction while out as a night on the town, or in a business situation.

                            14. Hanging Gas Pumps

                            korean pumps that hang from roof.

                              These are currently used over in Korea and they should be used everywhere!  These gas pumps make it easier to just be able to pull up to the pump any way and not worry about what side your gas tank is on.

                              15. USB Stick with memory indicator

                              lexar usb

                                This USB stick has a memory indicator on it, so you can easily see how much space is on it without having to plug it in.  It only costs $10 on Amazon, so its really affordable!

                                16. TV Mirror

                                tv mirror

                                  Not very practical, but super cool!  This way you can watch the news and get ready in the morning!

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                                  17. Faucet Thermometer

                                  faucet thermometer

                                    This would certainly come in handy for parents with young children.  Help monitor temperatures so there are no burnt little hands, or make a perfectly warm bottle.

                                    18. Ice Cream Lock

                                    ice cream lock

                                      I’m not sure if this is pure genius, or just pure evil.  But it certainly would help to control ice cream consumption in your home.

                                      19. ChargeCard

                                      ChargeCard-for-iPhone-5

                                        These are nifty little devices.  A credit card sized phone charger would certainly come in handy if you are out and about all day and your battery gets low.  These run for about $35 on Amazon.

                                        20. Food Huggers

                                        food huggers

                                          These are nice for half used fruits, and vegetables.  They are better than storage bags because they are reusable and will not spoil the food as quickly and for $12 they will pay for themselves really quick.

                                          21. Iphone Lenses

                                          iphone lenses

                                            These are really cool for those into photography.  Take quality photos without having to haul a lot of expensive equipment around.

                                            22. LED House Numbers

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                                            led house numbers

                                              These are a really cool alternative to porch lights.  They make it easier for people to find your house at night, and they look really cool!

                                              23. Plug Outlet Organizer

                                              plug organizer

                                                Declutter your oulet space for only $7 with this handy little organizer.

                                                24. Lunch Pot

                                                lunch pot

                                                  Now you don’t have to lug around a big, heavy lunchbox, or thermos.  For only $25 on Amazon, this neat container will give you a stylish, compact way to take a lunch from home.

                                                  25. Handle Band

                                                  handle band

                                                    For only $5, you can use this to mount your smartphone on the handle bars of your bike.  Use it to have a GPS up, for music, or whatever you may need it for!

                                                    Most of these products can be bought right off of Amazon.com.  Happy shopping!

                                                    Featured photo credit: http://pixabay.com/en/users/kropekk_pl-114936/ via pixabay.com

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                                                    Last Updated on March 25, 2020

                                                    How to Live Longer? 21 Ways to Live a Long Life

                                                    How to Live Longer? 21 Ways to Live a Long Life

                                                    When it comes to living long, genes aren’t everything. Research has revealed a number of simple lifestyle changes you can make that could help to extend your life, and some of them may surprise you.

                                                    So, how to live longer? Here are 21 ways to help you live a long life

                                                    1. Exercise

                                                    It’s no secret that physical activity is good for you. Exercise helps you maintain a healthy body weight and lowers your blood pressure, both of which contribute to heart health and a reduced risk of heart disease–the top worldwide cause of death.

                                                    2. Drink in Moderation

                                                    I know you’re probably picturing a glass of red wine right now, but recent research suggests that indulging in one to three glasses of any type of alcohol every day may help to increase longevity.[1] Studies have found that heavy drinkers as well as abstainers seem to have a higher risk of early mortality than moderate drinkers.

                                                    3. Reduce Stress in Your Life

                                                    Stress causes your body to release a hormone called cortisol. At high levels, this hormone can increase blood pressure and cause storage of abdominal fat, both of which can lead to an increased risk of heart disease.

                                                    4. Watch Less Television

                                                    A 2008 study found that people who watch six hours of television per day will likely die an average of 4.8 years earlier than those who don’t.[2] It also found that, after the age of 25, every hour of television watched decreases life expectancy by 22 minutes.

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                                                    Television promotes inactivity and disengagement from the world, both of which can shorten your lifespan.

                                                    5. Eat Less Red Meat

                                                    Red meat consumption is linked to an increased risk of heart disease and cancer.[3] Swapping out your steaks for healthy proteins, like fish, may help to increase longevity.

                                                    If you can’t stand the idea of a steak-free life, reducing your consumption to less than two to three servings a week can still incur health benefits.

                                                    6. Don’t Smoke

                                                    This isn’t exactly a revelation. As you probably well know, smoking significantly increases your risk of cancer.

                                                    7. Socialize

                                                    Studies suggest that having social relationships promotes longevity.[4] Although scientists are unsure of the reasons behind this, they speculate that socializing leads to increased self esteem as well as peer pressure to maintain health.

                                                    8. Eat Foods Rich in Omega-3 Fatty Acids

                                                    Omega-3 fatty acids decrease the risk of heart disease[5] and perhaps even Alzheimer’s disease.[6] Salmon and walnuts are two of the best sources of Omega-3s.

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                                                    9. Be Optimistic

                                                    Studies suggest that optimists are at a lower risk for heart disease and, generally, live longer than pessimists.[7] Researchers speculate that optimists have a healthier approach to life in general–exercising more, socializing, and actively seeking out medical advice. Thus, their risk of early mortality is lower.

                                                    10. Own a Pet

                                                    Having a furry-friend leads to decreased stress, increased immunity, and a lessened risk of heart disease.[8] Depending on the type of pet, they can also motivate you to be more active.

                                                    11. Drink Coffee

                                                    Studies have found a link between coffee consumption and longer life.[9] Although the reasons for this aren’t entirely clear, coffee’s high levels of antioxidants may play a role. Remember, though, drowning your cup of joe in sugar and whipped cream could counter whatever health benefits it may hold.

                                                    12. Eat Less

                                                    Japan has the longest average lifespan in the world, and the longest lived of the Japanese–the natives of the Ryukyu Islands–stop eating when they’re 80% full. Limiting your calorie intake means lower overall stress on the body.

                                                    13. Meditate

                                                    Meditation leads to stress reduction and lowered blood pressure.[10] Research suggests that it could also increase the activity of an enzyme associated with longevity.[11]

                                                    Taking as little as 15 minutes a day to find your zen can have significant health benefits, and may even extend your life.

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                                                    14. Maintain a Healthy Weight

                                                    Being overweight puts stress on your cardiovascular system, increasing your risk of heart disease.[12] It may also increase the risk of cancer.[13] Maintaining a healthy weight is important for heart health and living a long and healthy life.

                                                    15. Laugh Often

                                                    Laughter reduces the levels of stress hormones, like cortisol, in your body. High levels of these hormones can weaken your immune system.

                                                    16. Don’t Spend Too Much Time in the Sun

                                                    Too much time in the sun can lead to an increased risk of skin cancer. However, sun exposure is an excellent way to increase levels of vitamin D, so soaking up a few rays–perhaps for around 15 minutes a day–can be healthy. The key is moderation.

                                                    17. Cook Your Own Food

                                                    When you eat at restaurants, you surrender control over your diet. Even salads tend to have a large number of additives, from sugar to saturated fats. Eating at home will enable you to monitor your food intake and ensure a healthy diet.

                                                    Take a look at these 14 Healthy Easy Recipes for People on the Go and start to cook your own food.

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                                                    18. Eat Mushrooms

                                                    Mushrooms are a central ingredient in Dr. Joel Fuhrman’s GOMBS disease fighting diet. They boost the immune system and may even reduce the risk of cancer.[14]

                                                    19. Floss

                                                    Flossing helps to stave off gum disease, which is linked to an increased risk of cancer.[15]

                                                    20. Eat Foods Rich in Antioxidants

                                                    Antioxidants fight against the harmful effects of free-radicals, toxins which can cause cell damage and an increased risk of disease when they accumulate in the body. Berries, green tea and broccoli are three excellent sources of antioxidants.

                                                    Find out more antiosidants-rich foods here: 13 Delicious Antioxidant Foods That Are Great for Your Health

                                                    21. Have Sex

                                                    Getting down and dirty two to three times a week can have significant health benefits. Sex burns calories, decreases stress, improves sleep, and may even protect against heart disease.[16] It’s an easy and effective way to get exercise–so love long and prosper!

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                                                    Reference

                                                    [1] Wiley Online Library: Late‐Life Alcohol Consumption and 20‐Year Mortality
                                                    [2] BMJ Journals: Television viewing time and reduced life expectancy: a life table analysis
                                                    [3] Arch Intern Med.: Red Meat Consumption and Mortality
                                                    [4] PLOS Medicine: Social Relationships and Mortality Risk: A Meta-analytic Review
                                                    [5] JAMA: Fish and Omega-3 Fatty Acid Intake and Risk of Coronary Heart Disease in Women
                                                    [6] NCBI: Effects of Omega‐3 Fatty Acids on Cognitive Function with Aging, Dementia, and Neurological Diseases: Summary
                                                    [7] Mayo Clinic Proc: Prediction of all-cause mortality by the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory Optimism-Pessimism Scale scores: study of a college sample during a 40-year follow-up period.
                                                    [8] Med Hypotheses.: Pet ownership protects against the risks and consequences of coronary heart disease.
                                                    [9] The New England Journal of Medicine: Association of Coffee Drinking with Total and Cause-Specific Mortality
                                                    [10] American Journal of Hypertension: Blood Pressure Response to Transcendental Meditation: A Meta-analysis
                                                    [11] Science Direct: Intensive meditation training, immune cell telomerase activity, and psychological mediators
                                                    [12] JAMA: The Disease Burden Associated With Overweight and Obesity
                                                    [13] JAMA: The Disease Burden Associated With Overweight and Obesity
                                                    [14] African Journal of Biotechnology: Anti-cancer effect of polysaccharides isolated from higher basidiomycetes mushrooms
                                                    [15] Science Direct: Periodontal disease, tooth loss, and cancer risk in male health professionals: a prospective cohort study
                                                    [16] AHA Journals: Sexual Activity and Cardiovascular Disease

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