19 ish LIFE HACKS (travel-kitchen-closet)

Today I’m sharing 19 ish Life Hacks with you.  These are life hacks for the kitchen, life hacks for travel, life hacks in the closet, and life hacks for cleaning.  These 19 tips and tricks are from friends, other social media friends

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Choose a light fabric inside your handbag.

and hacks I have figured out on my own to help you my viewerslight fabric inside life hackdark fabric cannot see things in purse

The number one life hack is to make sure your purse has a light colored inner fabric to help you see what’s in the Deep black hole of your purse.  This hack is just a helpful tip that I got from my friend Shawn. 

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Life hack for kitchen

Another life hack is for the kitchen from my friends Desneige and Carrie.  When you have to cook shredded chicken for tacos or for a crowd, boil your chicken.  Then toss 2-3 chicken breasts in your kitchen mixer to shred it.  Shredding your chicken with a mixer will shred it perfectly.

This life hack is to help you get through airport security with peace of mind and more quickly.  Take a screenshot of the email pass from your airline so you will not have to scroll through emails while in the security line.  This pass is what will get you through security.  TSA can easily scan it from your photo.  You won’t be worried about finding wi-fi in order to open your emails.  No need to look up the email when you get to the airport; just show your picture on your phone.  It is also one less thing to keep up with-no paper ticket thing.

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Use pants coat hanger from the hotel closet to keep those curtains closed and the morning light OUT.

We are an airline family so do not miss my travel videos.  In my Travel Hack video, a subscriber commented with this life hack.  Use pants hanger from your hotel closet to keep hotel curtains closed and keep the morning light out!

This next life hack is for your closet.  Put a rubber band on the edges of your hanger to keep your wide-necked blouse on the hanger.  I got this idea from Benriwaza on YouTube.

For makeup hacks, store your beauty blender in a plastic easter egg!  Since Beauty Blenders are damp after using them, an easter egg allows air flow if it has holes in the bottom and top.  Brilliant!  I cannot remember who I got that idea from; it was like a year ago.

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Store your damp beauty blender in the holed plastic Easter egg. Brilliant

Lazy Budget Chef suggests using a cotton ball to remove permanent marker from clothing by rubbing the alcohol-soaked cotton ball onto the piece of clothing stain.  She also says you can remove sticker label excess from jars or for me, this foundation container that they sealed it with so you couldn’t open it.  Works like a charm!  My foundation from an Over 40 video was sealed with this tape.  It took forever to take off the tape, but the residue left is still sticky.  Her hack took it off.  The video proves each of these life hacks.

My creative husband has a life hack for your home office.  Use a plastic gum container to hold multiple usb sticks.  This plastic is sturdy.


Keep copy of insurance card (health) inside glove box.  This life hack is for other people God forbid you’re in an accident.  I’m talking about your health insurance card in addition to your car insurance card.  Having that health insurance card will lead authorities to your doctor and then to your emergency contact person.

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This is not your proof of insurance. It is a way to get in contact with your family via the doctors.

This next life hack is for when you are traveling abroad.  Stuff cash in-between the padding of your sports bra when you travel-in the suitcase but also while you’re wearing one in a foreign city.


This next life hack is for the kitchen.  Use an apple slicer to cut potato wedges or to make steak fries.  I suggest cutting the bottom rounded end so that the potato stands flat and so that the blade goes all the way through.

When we moved to Houston three years ago we were so excited to have fresh guacamole.  Avocados are cheap here, and there is a life hack for finding a beautiful green one…a perfect avocado like Barefoot Contessa would use.  When you are in the grocery store, pop off the stem thing on the end.  If it’s light green or has just a few spots of brown, you have found a fantastic one.  Green avocado everytime.

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Green avocado every time!

This next life hack is for the closet.  If you have a long shirt tail that you don’t want to tuck in, use Cheryl’s idea from Northwest Mountain Living.  Loop it through a belt loop.  Either belt loop will work.  Isn’t that cute?

Another subscriber gave me this life hack and that is to use the free newspaper bag that gets thrown on your driveway for travel.  Pack shoes in that free bag.


You have heard of the lemon wedge down the disposal life hack.  If you do not have a lemon, you can toss 10-15 coffee beans down your disposal to absorb funky smells.  Flight attendants will sometimes clip a coffee filter bean pouch to the inside of the lavatory on board airplanes.  Coffee beans are great at absorbing smells.

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One drop of rosemary oil on this cotton ball will help give a fresh scent; like it’s been cleaned.

My friend Tammy sells essential oils (Oily Goals on Facebook), and she suggested putting one drop on a cotton ball and storing it in the bottom of your kitchen trash can.  This life hack gives your kitchen a fresh smell.  It does not smell like your kitchen has rosemary blooming, but it just smells fresh and clean.

We love FatHead Pizza and slathering a tube of basil on the crust.  It tastes like pesto but all the work has been done for you.  Just cut the tube and you have a good two tablespoons left of basil.  This tube is in the produce section, near the herbs, of your store.

We also use this life hack with our stand up lotion bottle.  I use strong kitchen scissors to cut the bottle, giving me three weeks of lotion.  It is a financial life hack.

Take it from my mistakes when you use this next life hack.  Do not wash your tassels when washing your cute tops.  Hold them out of the sink.  If you absolutely need to wash them, run water over them while forming the same tassel shape.  It will help prevent unruly tassel threads.  I had to cut mine on this shirt because they were so damaged.

Another hack came from Brenda Kinsel and Northwest Mountain Living (Cheryl).  Pull your long shirttail through a belt loop for a feminine life hack.


This last life hack comes from Frugal Miss Julie.  She repurposed a mug holder for her bracelets.  Such a clever DIY idea for a jewelry holder and a way to store bracelets.

Thank you so much for visiting my LauriePOP Channel.  I hope these life hacks give you tips and tricks to help you in travel, in the kitchen, and in daily life.

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17 Things to NOT Forget When You Visit Colorado (In the Summer)

When you visit Colorado or any of the surrounding areas in The Colorado Rockies, do not forget these 17 things.  We had a family reunion early summer in Silverthorne, near Breckenridge, Colorado.  I had visited Colorado during the winter, but I forgot several packing items this summer.  So here are 17 things to NOT forget when visiting Colorado this summer.

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My sandals are old, but these Merrell shoes can get wet and are supportive, perfect for walking around Breckenridge.

Booties or hiking shoes – You will be walking to restaurants or walking down one of the thousands of trails around town so be prepared for mud or dirt.  For hiking near Breckenridge, in Frisco, Colorado, I recommend hiking shoes, a shoe with grip because the trail will be muddy or dry.  If it’s dry, you slip around and do not take as sure of a step with just sneakers or tennis shoes.  I also think Teva sandals or Merrel sandals like the ones I wore would be a good Colorado travel shoe because they have a grip and are such high quality sandals!  I have had mine for 3 years.

I wore my Merrel sandals to kayak in and stand up paddle board around Frisco, Colorado.  These shoes can get wet, dirty and give me support. And I’m very picky about support.  These Merrell sandals have a rubber sole with a leather upper section.  Merrell sandals have an air cushion in the heel that absorbs shock.

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Do not forget a skort for kayaking during the summer in Colorado

I LOVE this skort with built in shorts that is long enough and wicks away wetness from rowing your kayak and getting splashed by the person in the back.  And they have pockets.  When you’re in The Rockies you will do some type of outdoor adventure so having activewear is a must.

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Frisco Marina (Breckenridge exit) kayaks

Fleece – Weather in The Rockies will be warm or hot during the day and cool at night or in the shade so take a fleece or light jacket when you visit.

do-not-forget-thick-lotion-in-coloradoI recommend taking lotion to Colorado for everyday wear (I used a travel tube of Aveeno) and lotion for deep moisture (Gold Bond Diabetics-no idea why they call it Diabetics).  I use these disc containers for my 7 pumps of Gold Bond Diabetic Lotion in my liquids bag because it seeps into your dry skin so well.  Since this lotion is very thick, I knew it would not leak or get watery.  But I used Aveeno for a quick application in the morning and took it in its own travel tube.  And you can get the thick Gold Bond Diabetic Lotion in your grocer’s lotion aisle.  

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Do not forget a hat when you visit this beautiful area in Colorado.

Sunscreen – the sun in The Rockies is intense.  We hiked in Frisco and were at The Continental Divide near Silverthorne and used it!  The Denver Post says that at high altitudes, those who participate in the outdoor activities get higher doses of ultraviolet rays. If you are going to a Colorado location with mosquitos, I can vouch for Sunsect-made for the military when they would be in sunny areas but need insect repellent as well.  I took this to Costa Rica and highly recommend it.

Pjs that can be cool in the evening but warm when you first get up.  The heat from the day warms your bedroom, and many houses do not have air conditioners because of the pleasant temps.  So we were HOT going to bed but cold by the time we woke up.  Leggings to throw on when you get out of bed will help keep you warm.

Sunglasses – ultraviolet rays above?  Keep those out of your eyes.  Now that I’m 46, my eye doctor insisted on polarized sunglasses for eye cataract protection especially in higher altitudes.

Eye drops – Because the air is so dry in the surrounding areas of Breckenridge I use Systane Preservative Free eye drops.  They come in individual vials, and one vial will last 2-3 days.

Hat – to protect you or your man’s head

waterproof cell phone holder case
Cell Phone Waterproof Case for kayaking in Colorado

Wiffle ball or soccer or football to play with because of all the parks in Breckenridge, Silverthorne and Frisco, Colorado.

Brush – I forgot my brush.

Swim suit – your rental house will probably have a hot tub.  You will want to get in after a warm day and in the 50 degree nights.

Shoes that can get muddy and u won’t be upset.  It will maybe rain in the afternoon, and some parts, as the snow is melting, will be muddy.  Just beware.

Puzzle – it’s a cool activity you can have out in the main living area…while the fire is going maybe?

Water bottle for hike or just dry mouth while touring around town~

My brother let me use this water bottle holder for hiking and for kayaking in Frisco.  The condensation doesn’t come off, and the holder keeps it insulated while keeping your fingers free.  There is also a thin-line fanny pack type bottle holder that my niece used.  This one is even more hands free for hiking.

Waterproof cell phone holder – because if you do a water sport, there is an emergency phone number to call the marina’s office.  Well we did not take our cell phones because we were kayaking.  If I had taken my waterproof phone holder, I would’ve felt a lot more at ease.

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For water adventures in Colorado, do not forget a waterproof under water disposable camera.

I don’t know if you would want to bring this to Colorado, but when we got in the kayaks, watching our son stand up paddle board, I wish I would have brought a water-proof under water camera – those disposable kinds that you wind up. 

Baggies to keep leftovers when you rent a house and to store snacks for hiking.  We used an empty Doritos bag the first night for leftover chicken.

Thanks for watching, and let me know if there is one more item we should not forget the next time we visit Breckenridge.  Sharing is caring!  Let’s be friends on Instagram.  not-forget-when-visit-colorado-in-summer

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Summer Outfits for Women Over 40

Now that summer is in full swing, I want to share some outfit inspiration for your wardrobe.  I will share my summer outfit pieces I have purchased from Ann Taylor Loft, Nordstrom Rack, Target and more.  

Being over 40 what my body needs in a pair of shorts or in a t-shirt and other tops has changed.  What I shop for as a 46 year old has morphed into a renewed style.  I am still the same 20 and 30 something girl, wanting to express my creativity while paying attention to fit and length now that I’m near 50. 

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Great frayed hem jean for women over 40

On trend this summer is the frayed hem; I do not feel comfortable with long fringe or distressing on my jeans, but I have found a pair from Ann Taylor Loft that I love!  I almost bought the light pink frayed hem capris, but i got the light gray ones with a hint of green.  They are comfortable and fitted.  This Loft Skinny Crop Denim is flattering for women over 40.  The frayed ends are delicate and age appropriate.  These Skinny Cropped capris have a higher mid-rise – they’re not high rise, but they are a nice secure mid-rise fit.   If you have large thighs, I recommend Loft’s Curvy Crop – I’ll show you those in a minute.

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The video shows them much better. Not too much frayed hem, right?

I paired these capris with this Target floral pocket tee with gray cotton at the top.  Get Your Pretty On first debuted this cute top on her blog, and it sold out immediately. Our local Target got these in a few weeks later.  So check yours.  This top skims my stomach and blouses out enough without adding extra bulky look to my over 40 outfit. 

Also paired it with gray Walmart cargo pants and Coach super padded loafer from Amazon.  I also wore my curvy crop denim capris too.  Aah, I love this light colored denim from Loft!  It is a true mid-rise and is roomy without being loose.  I sized down, and they fit great!  In my Spring clothing haul I’ll show you why I love these curvy crops from Loft because when I exercise, the waist doesn’t budge.  Very comfortable for me.  But those Walmart cargo pants, super stretchy.  But wear a belt.

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Such soft, stretchy but does not budge denim capris

This palm frond sleeveless top from Target is beautiful and a classic.  For this outfit I paired it with my coral Loft kick Crop from last year.  Loft capris have a classic style to me.  The fabric is a little stiff, and it would be a perfect work top.  Love the colors of pink and this pattern.  Look at this functional and smart detail under the arm holes!  Love this attention to detail.  You know I always do an under arm check before keeping tops. I took it back because I felt it was too stiff for me near the neck.  I wanted the collar-ish area to fold down more loosely.DSC_0101

This new linen brand from Loft is just an easy, flattering hang of a top for women over 40. This tee is a linen blend so it’s soft and happy and looks like fireworks, but they’re dainty flowers.

Paired this top with navy Nordstrom Rack shorts.  Y’all I bought these shorts in 4 different colors!  The length of these Nordstrom Rack shorts are long without being bermuda length for over 40 and tall.  I wore my turquoise ones to Costa Rica.

White shorts  I paired my white Nordstrom Rack shorts with a cobalt blue v-neck tassel tee by Ralph Lauren in Dillards.  Finding white pants or white shorts for women over 40 has been tricky, but I love these for summer.

Dillard’s has so many feminine, nice tees and tops for women over 40.  This Ivanka Trump Blossom flutter sleeve top is my favorite.  The top does not cling, and the arm holes are secure.  Do you see the detail stitching on my shoulders?  This pattern is found on Amazon too.  This black colored one that is exactly the same.  I made a foundations for over 40 makeup video wearing this top.

Hunted forever for this one. No snagging, great storage and on Amazon haha.

Here’s a straw bag for this summer.  Do you have this straw beach looking bag yet?  I bought this one off of Amazon; they have a darker one in the same look.  This straw purse holds three bags as well as my cell phone.  And it has a pocket; it does not zip.  But the straw bag does zip!  I love this bag’s storage.  The straps can poke into the bag if you want to use it as a hand strap bag.  Plus, it does not snag on ANYTHING.

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3 bags and my phone stored in here

I bought this kimono spur of the minute from Kohls.  It’s a deep purple with a hint of navy from the Junior Department, but the size small was big enough for me.  I wanted to wear it as a travel outfit, but after my What Not to Wear on an Airplane video I remembered that I’d be tugging at the sleeves if I wore it.  I’m wearing this Kimono with all navy.  These Capri jeans have a tummy control in them and are a bit frayed.  I’d say they’re a little higher than mid-rise.  I would also wear it with my high waisted leggings and black tunic from Amazon.  I can wear it back for a more laid back look or all the way up.  I like that it is boxy and tie dyed.

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Kimono outfit – all navy. LOVE!

I did take my skort  on a vacation.  This women’s active wear by Tek Gear at Kohls is long enough for a skort.  These have hidden shorts and pockets.  The easy wicking fabric helped when I kayaked in The Rockies.  They are not see through.  I’m showing you a turquoise just so you can see the details.  I bought navy.skort-women-active-wear

These very comfortable shoes from Kohls look great with dark denim capris.  They run true to size, and have support for my picky feet.  Wearing navy shoes is tricky because they can not match or look weird.  I absolutely love these!

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I have already worn these for airline travel. Very comfortable shoes!

Other LauriePOP Ideas That POP videos you may find useful:

7 Tips for Your First Time in an Airplane

What’s in My Carryon Backpack

3 Drugstore Foundations for Women Over 40

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Occasionally I use affiliate links, and all opinions that POP into my head are my honest ones.