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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

                        LEGO-aquarium-1_featured

                          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 February 21, 2019

                                                                                    Top 9 Foods for Incredible Brian Health And Brain Power

                                                                                    Top 9 Foods for Incredible Brian Health And Brain Power

                                                                                    Your brain is the most intricate and powerful organ in your entire body. It’s essentially a super-computer with brain power like a Ferrari.

                                                                                    If you have a Ferrari, would you put cheap gasoline in it? Of course not. You want to put in high-octane performance fuel to get the most out of your investment.

                                                                                    When it comes to the brain, many people are looking for the top foods that will supercharge the brainpower to help focus better, think more clearly and have better brain health.

                                                                                    In this article, we’ll look at the top 9 brain foods that will help create supercharge your brain with energy and health:

                                                                                    1. Salmon

                                                                                    Salmon has long been held as a healthy brain food, but what makes this fish so valuable for your brain health?

                                                                                    It’s important to understand that your brain is primarily made up of fat. Roughly 60% of your brain is fat. One of the most important fats that the brain uses as a building block for healthy brain cells is omega-3’s.

                                                                                    Omega-3’s are essential for building a healthy brain but one of the most important omega-3’s for your brain is DHA. DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) forms nearly two-thirds of the omega-3’s found in your brain.[1]

                                                                                    Omega-3’s and DHA in particular help form the protective coating around our neurons. The better quality this coating is, the more efficient and effective our brain cells can work, allowing our brain power to work at full capacity.

                                                                                    Studies have shown that being deficient in DHA can affect normal brain development in children, which is why so many infant formulas and children’s supplements are beginning to include DHA.

                                                                                    Being deficient in DHA as an adult can cause focus and attention problems, mood swings, irritability, fatigue and poor sleep.

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                                                                                    2. Blueberries

                                                                                    Blueberries top the list as one of the most beneficial fruits to maximize your brain health and performance.

                                                                                    Blueberries have some of the highest content of antioxidants, particularly anthocyanins, than any other fruit, which helps protect the brain from stress and promote healthy brain aging.

                                                                                    Blueberries antioxidant content also help reduce inflammation, which allows the brain to maintain healthy energy levels.

                                                                                    Blueberries have begun to receive attention for their connection to brain performance.[2] Studies have demonstrated that eating blueberries on a regular basis can not only improve brain health but also brain performance as well including working memory.[3]

                                                                                    Blueberries not only taste great but are low in calories, high in Vitamin C, Vitamin K and Manganese.

                                                                                    3. Turmeric

                                                                                    Turmeric is a very impressive spice that has well-researched and proven to have tremendous benefits for your brain. Turmeric’s main compound that benefits the brain is called curcumin, which is responsible for turmerics bright yellow appearance.

                                                                                    Curcumin has been shown to have anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, and anti-cancer properties.[4]

                                                                                    Curcumin increases the production and availability of two important neurotransmitters serotonin and dopamine, two important neurotransmitters involved with happiness, motivation, pleasure, and reward.

                                                                                    Curcumin has been well documented to have powerful anti-depressive effects. In one study, it was found to be as effective for depression as popular medications such as SSRI’s like Prozac.[5]

                                                                                    Curcumin has also been shown to:

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                                                                                    • Increase blood flow to the brain.[6]
                                                                                    • Increase BDNF production, a powerful stimulator of neuroplasticity.[7]
                                                                                    • Increase DHA availability and synthesis in the brain.[8]
                                                                                    • Increase antioxidant levels in the brain to prevent brain aging and inflammation.[9]

                                                                                    4. Coffee

                                                                                    Coffee is the wonderful elixir of energy that many people cherish every single morning. The biggest reason people drink coffee is to get a dose of caffeine.

                                                                                    Caffeine is a natural neurological stimulant that not only gives you energy but also prevents adenosine, a neurotransmitter involved with feeling tired, from binding in the brain.

                                                                                    Many people are surprised to find that coffee actually contains a large quantity of antioxidants called polyphenols, which are important for reducing inflammation in the brain and keep your brain energized. The antioxidants in coffee also provide a neuroprotective effect, protecting the brain from stress and damage. [R]

                                                                                    Coffee can also:

                                                                                    • Improve alertness and concentration.[10]
                                                                                    • Help with neurodegenerative disorders like Parkinson’s disease.[11]
                                                                                    • Reduce your risk of depression.[12]
                                                                                    • Improve your memory.
                                                                                    • Provide short-term boost in athletic performance.[13]

                                                                                    5. Broccoli

                                                                                    What was your least favorite food as a kid growing up?

                                                                                    Most likely, broccoli was your answer.

                                                                                    Broccoli may not have been your top choice, but it might be the top choice for your brain.

                                                                                    Broccoli contains a compound called sulforaphane. Sulforaphane has been shown to promote the proliferation and survival of brain cells by reducing inflammation and boosting production of BDNF. It has also been shown to boost neurogenesis, the production of new brain cells.[14]

                                                                                    Broccoli is also loaded with important nutrients Vitamin K and Folate. Vitamin K plays a vital role in protecting brain cells.[15] Folate plays a crucial role in detoxification and reducing inflammation in the brain.

                                                                                    6. Bone broth

                                                                                    Bone broth wasn’t just created to combine with soups, you can actually drink bone broth by itself.

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                                                                                    Drinking bone broth has become one of the biggest trends in the health and wellness industry and for good reason. Bone broth isn’t actually a new thing. Bone broth has been used for centuries as a healing tonic to promote health and longevity.

                                                                                    Much of the nutritional benefits and value of bone broth comes from its substantial vitamin and mineral content. Primarily calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, and potassium.

                                                                                    Your gut is called your second brain for a reason. Research continually shows that there is a direct and indirect connection between your gut and your brain. Your gut also houses and stores many important brain compounds involved with optimal brain performance. Therefore the health of your gut is vitally important for your brain health and performance.

                                                                                    Bone broth has become a go-to tool for helping heal the gut and provide the gut with the vital nutrient and resources it needs to heal and perform optimally.

                                                                                    With the vast amounts of nutrients that bone broth contains, it makes the list as a go-to food for your brain health.

                                                                                    Look for high quality, organic bone broth for the best results.

                                                                                    7. Walnuts

                                                                                    Walnuts are one of the top choices of nuts for brain health. Walnuts also look similar to a brain.

                                                                                    Amongst the wide variety of nuts available, walnuts contain the highest amounts of the important omega-3 DHA. DHA, as seen above, is a critical building block for a healthy brain.

                                                                                    Walnuts also contain high amounts of antioxidants, folate, magnesium, potassium, and phosphorus, which help to lower inflammation.

                                                                                    Melatonin in walnuts is an important nutrient for regulating your sleep. Having low amounts of melatonin can make it challenging to get good quality sleep and getting poor quality sleep can dramatically impair brain health and performance.

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                                                                                    8. Eggs

                                                                                    For years, eggs were put on the nutritional naughty list; but now, eggs are finally getting the credit they deserve. Eggs can provide a tremendous boost to your brain health and longevity.

                                                                                    Eggs, particularly the yolks, contain a compound called choline. Choline is essential for building the neurotransmitter acetylcholine. Acetylcholine plays an important role in mood, memory, and intelligence.

                                                                                    Egg yolks contain some of the highest quantities of choline. This is very important because low levels of choline can lead to low levels of acetylcholine, which in turn can cause increased inflammation, brain fog, difficulty concentrating and fatigue.

                                                                                    9. Dark chocolate

                                                                                    You’re about to love chocolate even more because chocolate, particularly dark chocolate, is great for your brain.

                                                                                    Chocolate boosts levels of endorphins, your brains “feel good” chemicals. This is why you feel so good eating chocolate.[16]

                                                                                    Chocolate also increases blood flow to the brain which can help improve memory, attention, focus, and reaction time.[17]

                                                                                    Dark chocolate contains high levels of magnesium, which has been coined “natures valium” for its ability to calm and relax the brain.

                                                                                    Lastly, dark chocolate has one of the highest antioxidant profiles out of any other food, including popular superfoods like acai berries, blueberries, or pomegranates.[18]

                                                                                    Conclusion

                                                                                    Your brain is a high performing organ and it uses quite a lot of energy, roughly 20% of the bodies energy demands.

                                                                                    In order to maintain a healthy brain, you need the right fuel to ensure that your brain has all the nutrients it needs to perform as well as adapt to the stress of life.

                                                                                    If you want to keep your brain performing well for a lifetime, then you want to make sure you are including as many of these brain health foods as possible.

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                                                                                    Reference

                                                                                    [1] US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health: DHA Effects in Brain Development and Function
                                                                                    [2] Canadian Science Publishing: Enhanced task-related brain activation and resting perfusion in healthy older adults after chronic blueberry supplementation
                                                                                    [3] US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health: Cognitive effects following acute wild blueberry supplementation in 7- to 10-year-old children.
                                                                                    [4] US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health: Curcumin: the Indian solid gold.
                                                                                    [5] Herbal Medicine: Biomolecular and Clinical Aspects. 2nd edition.: Turmeric, the Golden Spice
                                                                                    [6] US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health: Effect of combined treatment with curcumin and candesartan on ischemic brain damage in mice.
                                                                                    [7] Science Direct: Curcumin reverses the effects of chronic stress on behavior, the HPA axis, BDNF expression and phosphorylation of CREB
                                                                                    [8] US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health: Curcumin boosts DHA in the brain: Implications for the prevention of anxiety disorders.
                                                                                    [9] PLOS: A Chemical Analog of Curcumin as an Improved Inhibitor of Amyloid Abeta Oligomerization
                                                                                    [10] US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health: Effects of Caffeine on Cognitive Performance, Mood, and Alertness in Sleep-Deprived Humans
                                                                                    [11] American Academy of Neurology: A Cup of Joe May Help Some Parkinson’s Disease Symptoms
                                                                                    [12] American Academy of Neurology: AAN 65th Annual Meeting Abstract
                                                                                    [13] US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health: Effects of caffeine on the metabolic and catecholamine responses to exercise in 5 and 28 degrees C.
                                                                                    [14] US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health: Hyperammonemia induces glial activation, neuroinflammation and alters neurotransmitter receptors in hippocampus, impairing spatial learning: reversal by sulforaphane
                                                                                    [15] Oxford Academic: Vitamin K and the Nervous System: An Overview of its Actions
                                                                                    [16] Diana L. Walcutt, Ph.D: Chocolate and Mood Disorders
                                                                                    [17] Health Magazine: Chocolate can do good things for your heart, skin and brain
                                                                                    [18] Chemistry Central Journal: Cacao seeds are a “Super Fruit”: A comparative analysis of various fruit powders and products

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