Posts in category "Life Hacks"

Why I'm renewing my Lincoln Park Zoo membership via snail mail

View image | gettyimages.com The time has come to renew my membership to the Lincoln Park Zoo and I’m doing it the old-fashioned way: by mailing in my renewal application instead of paying online.  Why not use the modern convenience of online bill pay?  First, some context. While I might have skipped a year here... Read more »

Deleting everything in my Inbox and Not Feeling Guilty about it

So I use the email account associated with this blog (therunninggod@gmail.com) to subscribe to other blogs I like as well a few random newsletters like Tomshardware and How-To-Geek, along with my fair share of Nigerian Bank Scams and Hot Local Women who want to meet me. I generally do a good job of keeping up... Read more »

Facebook Life Hack: An alternative to de-friending

Updated: When I started working on this post, it was as a compliment to my other Two for Tuesday post. However, after doing some diligent fact checking…okay I went to grab a screen capture and found that my information is now obsolete. Apparently Facebook changed things again! Still the point in this post still stands.... Read more »
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Facebook Life Hack: How to handle those stupid Chain Posts

Has this ever happened to you? You are reading through your Facebook feed, sorting through all the cat pictures, memes and status updates that are much happier than the people are In Real Life when suddenly you see a strange or unusual status on a friend’s status. Without thinking you like or comment and the... Read more »

PSA: Five things to keep in mind when selling on Craigslist

Recently I was looking for an item on Craigslist and I decided, what better way to share my experience than to tell everyone how to do something better! I’m looking for a specific item and this post will focus on that. however these rules apply for almost anything you are selling on CL except perhaps... Read more »

5 places to get good cheap produce in Chicago

<a href="http://www.yelp.com/biz/stanleys-fruit-and-vegetables-chicago" target="_blank">Stanley's Fruits and Vegetables</a>

<strong>1558 N Elston Ave
Chicago, IL 60642

Neighborhood: Noble Square</strong>
Produce can be expensive at Big-Box stores like Jewel and Whole Food. Mariano’s is starting to uptick their prices as well.  And while the Farmer’s Markets will be here soon, they can get pricy as well. What you may not realize is that there are tons of smaller family run grocery stores.   They’re not located... Read more »
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What to do before a Parent Dies Part III: Safetyproofing the home

A friend of a friend went through the aftermath of losing a parent not too long ago and after all the dust cleared, she sent around an email that covered a lot of bases. In this three part series I will share her advise along with what she learned. [At her request, I am preserving... Read more »

What to do before a Parent Dies Part II: Post-demise planning

A friend of a friend went through the aftermath of losing a parent not too long ago and after all the dust cleared, she sent around an email that covered a lot of bases. In this three part series I will share her advise along with what she learned. [At her request, I am preserving... Read more »

What to do Before a Parent Dies Part I: Gather all the paperwork

Something almost everyone might face some day is the loss of a parent or parents.  What can you do to prepare for that inevitable day?  Well, you could try to convince them to live forever, but we are not there yet. The next best option is to be as prepared as possible.  It’s a difficult... Read more »
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IKEA Hack: Entryway Storage using Expedit Shelving Unit

The previous owners had the hallway painted a dark red and had a storage bench with coat hooks.  Unfortunately, they took this piece with them when they moved.
So we were trying to figure out what to do with the hallway of our new house. We needed storage because the three hooks on the wall were insufficient to hold our coats, especially since somehow coat after jacket after coat after handbag  would pile on until the poor hook screamed for its life.  Not... Read more »