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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 November 15, 2019

                                                    10 Real Reasons Why Breaking Bad Habits Is So Difficult

                                                    10 Real Reasons Why Breaking Bad Habits Is So Difficult

                                                    Bad habits expose us to suffering that is entirely avoidable. Unfortunately, these bad habits are difficult to break because they are 100% dependent on our mental and emotional state.

                                                    Anything we do that can prove harmful to us is a bad habit – drinking, drugs, smoking, procrastination, poor communication are all examples of bad habits. These habits have negative effects on our physical, mental and emotional health.

                                                    Humans are hardwired to respond to stimuli and to expect a consequence of any action. This is how habits are acquired: the brain expects to be rewarded a certain way under certain circumstances. How you initially responded to certain stimuli is how your brain will always remind you to behave when the same stimuli are experienced.

                                                    If you visited the bar close to your office with colleagues every Friday, your brain will learn to send you a signal to stop there even when you are alone and eventually not just on Fridays. It will expect the reward of a drink after work every day, which can potentially lead to a drinking problem.

                                                    Kicking negative behavior patterns and steering clear of them requires a lot of willpower and there are many reasons why breaking bad habits is so difficult.

                                                    1. Lack of Awareness or Acceptance

                                                    Breaking a bad habit is not possible if the person who has it is not aware that it is a bad one.

                                                    Many people will not realize that their communication skills are poor or that their procrastination is affecting them negatively, or even that the drink they had as a nightcap has now increased to three.

                                                    Awareness brings acceptance. Unless a person realizes on their own that a habit is bad, or someone manages to convince them of the same, there is very little chance of the habit being kicked.

                                                    2. No Motivation

                                                    Going through a divorce, not being able to cope with academics and falling into debt are instances that can bring a profound sense of failure with them. A person going through these times can fall into a cycle of negative thinking where the world is against them and nothing they can do will ever help, so they stop trying altogether.

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                                                    This give-up attitude is a bad habit that just keeps coming around. Being in debt could make you feel like you are failing at maintaining your home, family and life in general.

                                                    If you are looking to get out of a rut and feel motivated, take a look at this article: Why Is Internal Motivation So Powerful (And How to Find It)

                                                    3. Underlying Psychological Conditions

                                                    Psychological conditions such as depression and ADD can make it difficult to break bad habits.

                                                    A depressed person may find it difficult to summon the energy to cook a healthy meal, resulting in food being ordered in or consumption of packaged foods. This could lead to eventually become a habit that adversely affects health and is difficult to overcome.

                                                    A person with ADD may start to clean their house but get distracted soon after, leaving the task incomplete, eventually leading to a state where it is acceptable to live in a house that is untidy and dirty.

                                                    The fear of missing out (FOMO) is very real to some people. Obsessively checking their social media and news sources, they may believe that not knowing of something as soon as it is published can be catastrophic to their social standing.

                                                    4. Bad Habits Make Us Feel Good

                                                    One of the reasons it is difficult to break habits is that a lot of them make us feel good.[1]

                                                    We’ve all been there – the craving for a tub of ice cream after a breakup or a casual drag on a joint, never to be repeated until we miss how good it made us feel. We succumb to the craving for the pleasure felt while indulging in it, cementing it as a habit even while we are aware it isn’t good for us.

                                                    Over-eating is a very common bad habit. Just another pack of crisps, a couple of candies, a large soda… none of these are needed by us. We want them because they give us comfort. They’re familiar, they taste good and we don’t even notice when we progress from just one extra slice of pizza to four.

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                                                    You can read this article to learn more: We Do What We Know Is Bad for Us, Why?

                                                    5. Upward Comparisons

                                                    Comparisons are a bad habit that many of us have been exposed to since we were children. Parents might have compared us to siblings, teachers may have compared us to classmates, and bosses could compare us to past and present employees.

                                                    The people who have developed the bad habit of comparing themselves to others have been given incorrect yardsticks for measurement from the start.

                                                    These people will always find it difficult to break out of this bad habit because there will always be someone who has it better than they do: a better house, better car, better job, higher income and so on.

                                                    6. No Alternative

                                                    This is a real and valid reason why bad habits are hard to break. These habits could fulfill a need that may not be met any other way.

                                                    Someone who has physical or psychological limitations such as a disability or social anxiety may find it hard to quit obsessive content consumption for better habits.

                                                    Alternately, a perfectly healthy person may be unable to quit smoking because alternates are just not working out.

                                                    Similarly, a person who bites their nails when anxious may be unable to relieve stress in any other socially accepted manner.

                                                    7. Stress

                                                    As mentioned above, anything that stresses us out can lead to adopting and cementing bad habits.

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                                                    When a person is stressed about something, it is easy to give in to a bad habit because the mental resources required to fight them are not available.

                                                    Stress plays such a huge role in this that we commonly find a person who had previously managed to kick a bad habit fall back into the old ways because they felt their stress couldn’t be managed any other way.

                                                    8. Sense of Failure

                                                    People looking to kick bad habits may feel a strong sense of failure because it’s just that difficult.

                                                    Dropping a bad habit usually means changes in lifestyle that people may be unwilling to make, or these changes might not be easy to make in spite of the will to make them.

                                                    Over-eaters need to empty their house of unhealthy food, resist the urge to order in and not pick up their standard grocery items from the store.

                                                    Those who drink too much need to avoid the bars or even people who drink often.

                                                    If such people slip even once with a glass of wine or a smoke or a bag of chips, they tend to be excessively harsh on themselves and feel like failures.

                                                    9. The Need to Be All-New

                                                    People who are looking to break bad habits feel they need to re-create themselves in order to break themselves of their bad habits, while the truth is the complete opposite.

                                                    These people actually need to go back to who they were before they developed the bad habit.

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                                                    10. Force of Habit

                                                    Humans are creatures of habit and having familiar, comforting outcomes for daily triggers helps us maintain a sense of balance in our lives.

                                                    Consider people who are used to lighting up a cigarette every time they talk on the phone or munching on crisps when watching TV. They will always associate a phone call with a puff on the cigarette and screen time with eating.

                                                    These habits, though bad, are a source of comfort to them as is meeting with those people they indulge in these bad habits with.

                                                    Final Thoughts

                                                    These are the main reasons why bad habits may be difficult to break but it is important to remember that the task is not impossible.

                                                    Do you have bad habits you want to kick? My article How to Break a Bad Habit (and Replace It With a Good One) gives you tips on well, how to kick bad habits while my other article How Long Does It Take to Break a Habit? Science Will Tell You gives realistic information on what to expect while you’re trying to quit them.

                                                    There are many compassionate, positive and self-loving techniques to kick bad habits. The internet is rich in information regarding bad habits, their effects and how to overcome them, while professional help is always available for those who feel they need it.

                                                    Featured photo credit: NORTHFOLK via unsplash.com

                                                    Reference

                                                    [1] After Skool: Why Do Bad Habits Feel SO GOOD?

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