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Use Legos in Creative Ways For Practical Household Solutions

Use Legos in Creative Ways For Practical Household Solutions

Remember those colorful plastic blocks that nestled into each other with a satisfying click? Maybe you even have a pail of them still hanging around? You can use Legos as an adult and have as much fun as when you were a kid with this list of creative and practical ways to use Legos for household fixes, entertaining, and design solutions. Where possible, I’ve included links to which Lego kits you’ll need, and instructions for how to do your own creative Lego build.

1. Creative Wall Art

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    Photo courtesy of Robert from IkeaHackers

    How to: Pairing Ikea RIBBA box frames with Lego from the Lego Architecture Range.

    2. Game of Chess

    chess
      Photo courtesy of p1050350 by Fonzy72 on Flickr

      How to: See a basic tutorial here.

      3. Mountain Train Book Ends

      bookends
        IMGP1875 by deborah higdon on Flickr

        How to: If you ask nicely, this creative man may give you a few pointers.

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        4. Character Clock

        DIY-LEGO-Clock-Collage
          Photo courtesy of http://ournerdhome.com/diy-lego-clock/

          5. Multi-Colored Mirror

          mirror
            Photo courtesy of Hot Legos http://media-cache-ec0.pinimg.com/originals/9a/e5/8e/9ae58e856b2d34955801466503d00ac1.jpg

            6. Stuck In Rows Blocks – Super Mario Style Planter

            planter
              Photo courtesy of Lego 8-Bit Warp Pipe Planter by Mr.Attacki on Flickr

              7. Lion Hearted Light Switch

              lightswitch
                Photo courtesy of craftswoman https://www.zibbet.com/BrickShtick/1261061

                How to: Assuming that this basic design is your starting point, research what Lego sets or parts you may need and let your imagination run!

                8. Click Art Flowers

                legoflowers
                  Photo courtesy of http://legoexpress.tumblr.com/post/3149213054/legozz-virag-a-dohanyzoasztalra-by-mariann

                  How to: Try this simpler version for a start, then add your own flair.

                  9. Slide Lock Coaster Set

                  legocoaster
                    Photo courtesy of http://graffitibeach.wordpress.com/2012/04/22/adam-builds-lego-king/

                    9. Light Stories Lamp

                    lamp
                      Photo courtesy of http://www.reddit.com/user/crim_girl

                      How to: Lamp socket and cord sold separately, for the rest you can try this.

                      10. Connect-a-lot Knife Block

                      http://www.reddit.com/user/A_Fiddler_Crab
                        Courtesy of reddit user A_Fiddler_Crab http://www.reddit.com/user/A_Fiddler_Crab

                        11. Amazing Angles For Fish

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                          Photo courtesy of Amy Ratcliffe http://www.nerdist.com/2014/07/the-best-aquarium-is-a-lego-super-mario-bros-aquarium/

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                          How to: Give this youtube video tutorial a try.

                          12. Underwater Station Air Pump Cover

                          legofishtank
                            Model: Underwater Station (1 of 2) by fridgeuk on Flickr

                            It kind of looks like 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, but it is actually a cleverly designed air pump cover. The “How” of it is a mystery. Drop me a line if you find a good tutorial for it!

                            13. Lock(et) and Chin Dog Tags

                            dogtags
                              http://www.reddit.com/user/spatiality

                              14. Darling Purple and Blue Earrings

                              earrings
                                https://www.zibbet.com/BrickShtick/1261061

                                15. Quick Fix Cuff links

                                cufflinks
                                  http://www.reddit.com/user/hippocrocadogapig

                                  16. Colorful Favors Party Rings

                                  partyrings
                                    https://www.zibbet.com/BrickShtick/1261061

                                    17. Green and Blue For You Bracelet

                                    bracelet
                                      Bracelet courtesy of Brickworm http://www.pinterest.com/pin/373235887840006723/

                                      18. Piano In the Key of Lego Jewelry Box

                                      jewelrybox
                                        https://www.zibbet.com/BrickShtick/1261061

                                        19. Plastic Puzzle Gift Box

                                        giftbox
                                          https://www.zibbet.com/BrickShtick/1261061

                                          20. In Case of (Lego) Emergency Break Glass Box

                                          emergencykit
                                            https://www.flickr.com/photos/loozrboy/

                                            The author of this design notes that the item inside is a Lego sorting tool.

                                            21. White Tiled Toilet

                                            toilet
                                              http://www.pinterest.com/rretzler/

                                              I do not know if it was ever really used, but I can imagine your guest’s surprise if you put one next to, or in front of, your own toilet.

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                                              22. Superhero Key Keeper

                                              keyhanger
                                                http://www.reddit.com/user/y0immatt

                                                23. Make Your Own Microscope

                                                microscope
                                                  LEGO Microscope Side by Carlmerriam on Flickr

                                                  Why buy when you can build one for yourself? And, yes, this is a working model.

                                                  24. Keep It Straight Lego Sorting System

                                                  legosorting
                                                    https://www.flickr.com/photos/repoort/

                                                    25. On The Go Play Wall Repair

                                                    wallrepair
                                                      http://www.fanpop.com/spots/lego/images/1491985

                                                      This phenomenon is a very real thing in Europe where ordinary citizens are participating in keeping the crumbling walls of very old places together using Lego. It is not known if they used glue or mortar.

                                                      26. Brilliant Bookshelf

                                                        Photo courtesy of http://www.homeanddecor.com.sg/portfolios/401-space-sense

                                                        Lego shelf made from… Legos.

                                                        27. Not Just Kidding – A Train

                                                        legotrain
                                                          https://www.flickr.com/photos/billward/

                                                          For kids of all sizes and ages, I present to you a working Lego train set complete with tracks and all sorts of accessories, like Lego-built cars.

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                                                          28. Double Puzzle Play House

                                                          legoplayhouse
                                                            Lily’s Lego House 2005 by “MOOSE” on Flickr

                                                            29. Bathroom Art Harry Potter

                                                            harrypotter
                                                              https://www.zibbet.com/BrickShtick/1261061

                                                              30. For Halloween Howls (or medical school graduation day) Lego Syringe

                                                              legoneedle
                                                                https://www.flickr.com/photos/seanmichaelragan/

                                                                31. Bob Business Card Holder

                                                                legobusinesscardholder
                                                                  Business Card Holder by Legohaulic on Flickr

                                                                  32. Lego Loom Knitting Machine

                                                                  knittingmachine
                                                                    http://www.want.nl/lego-machine-breidt-een-sjaal/

                                                                    33. Natty Napkin Holder

                                                                      Photo courtesy of http://catchmyparty.com/photos/101010#101002

                                                                      34. Silly Silverware Holder

                                                                        Silverware holder has compartments inside the lego box. Photo courtesy of http://catchmyparty.com/photos/101010#101002

                                                                        35: Cool Cake Platter

                                                                          Photo courtesy of http://catchmyparty.com/photos/101010#101002

                                                                          36. Light and Fun Lego Kitchen Island

                                                                          LEGO TABLE  BY PHILIPPE ROSETTI_ PARIS
                                                                            Photo courtesy of http://www.dwell.com/people/c%C3%A9line-clanet

                                                                            37. Smart Looking Lego Snowman

                                                                              Photo courtesy of http://www.pinterest.com/hotlegos/

                                                                              38. Spelled Right Lego Letters Room Decor

                                                                                Photo courtesy of http://www.pinterest.com/deafitmom4/

                                                                                39. Crafty Christmas Tree

                                                                                  Photo courtesy of http://creator.wonderhowto.com/jmeyers/

                                                                                  40. Best Birthday Cake

                                                                                    Photo courtesy of http://www.flickr.com/photos/powerpig/5610707006/


                                                                                    Here are some extra resources to get you started: BrickLinkLego OfficialLego MindstormLego Ambassador Network

                                                                                    Featured photo credit: FonthipWard 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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                                                                                    How to meditate? Here’re 8 Meditation Techniques for Complete Beginners

                                                                                    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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                                                                                    Featured photo credit: Sweethearts/Patrick via flickr.com

                                                                                    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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