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A Most Useful Meme: Actual Advice Mallard

With the emergence of so many new memes across the Internet, it can be hard to pick out the best and brightest. One that I think deserves a lot more recognition is the “Actual Advice Mallard” meme–each one contains clever and useful life advice, a life hack, or a handy tip to make things easier, printed on a picture of a green-headed (male) mallard duck.

Here are just a few samples of Actual Advice Mallards from across the Internet:
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This REALLY works, and not just for pizza–it works for any food that you want to rehydrate after a night in the fridge!

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Very, VERY wise words…

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(Important note: Check the Wikipedia page’s sources and make sure they are reliable and trustworthy before putting them on your source list–the content of your paper is far more important than not sourcing Wikipedia in your bibliography. This advice brought to you by a former English teacher.)

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(Also known as: Don’t argue back while your parent is talking.)

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Such appropriate advice for our time.

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I’ve tried this fix, and it absolutely works–I’ve got two pairs of pants I’ve fixed with this advice.

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Very important, especially while outside in direct sunlight!

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Steam, also known as “the lazy person’s iron.” LOL

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This needs to be plastered on every road billboard in my town.

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From experience, I can say AMEN to this!

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For all us job seekers out there!

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SUCH TRUTH

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I’m going to print this and put it in my wallet…XD

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I can’t believe I never thought of this!

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Something to keep in mind, especially for the summer months here in the Southeast!

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Never knew about this little keyboard shortcut!

For More Actual Advice Mallard:

(Warning, some Actual Advice Mallards may have curse words)

Actual Advice Mallard @ Tumblr
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12 Personal Favorite Beauty Hacks

I’m no beauty maven, but I’m still a girl and still want to look good…and I’m used to finding my own solutions for problems and issues. We all like to find shortcuts and lifehacks, even for girly stuff!

Over the years, I’ve found that all of the following hacks have been my mainstays in helping me look put-together without too much fuss–just the way I like it! Read on to discover the little beauty tricks I use just about every day.

Makeup/Skincare Tricks

My fix for chapped lips:

  1. Apply a medicated lip balm right before you get in the shower.
  2. At the end of your shower, right before you turn the water off, use either a soft toothbrush (or even a little facial scrub) to exfoliate your lips.
  3. Rinse lips off thoroughly with shower water.
  4. Reapply medicated lip balm as soon as you get out of the shower to lock in moisture.

Caught without blush? A little rosy lipstick (matched as closely as possible to your natural flush) on your fingertip, blended onto the apples of your cheeks, works just fine. (I start with a tiny amount, as seen in the bottom picture, and build up color until I get the blush color where I want it.)
When I don’t have any actual contouring powder for my cheeks, I sub in a little bronzer, swept with a fluffy blush brush under my cheekbones. (Be careful not to apply too much–you’ll end up with a dirty-looking face if you’re too generous with the bronzer! LOL)
I use a facial scrub once a week, but I do it in the shower, right at the end when the water’s a little cooler, my skin is softened, and my pores are more open–and my skin glows even the next day! (Usually, I follow it up with the moisturizer tip below for even better results. 🙂 )
Want to moisturize your face even better? Don’t let all the steam escape from the bathroom right after your shower. You can use all that steam and heat to help moisturizer sink in even better.

I usually dry off my face a little, then apply the moisturizer and let it absorb while I dry the rest of me. (This is best done after you’ve put your hair up and out of the way, so you don’t grease up your hair accidentally. Speaking from experience here.)

When I want to subtly highlight my eyelids, I use a metallic cream eyeshadow, applied with my fingertip directly on my bare eyelid. The cream formula warms up and spreads easier with body heat, and it looks more dimensional and pretty instead of glaringly obvious.


I use the two eyeshadow palettes above to mix my own eyeshadow shades when I want to try a new color, or I just want to match my eyeshadow to my clothing.

Some shades I’ve made:

  • Pale blue (sapphire blue + white)
  • Forest green (lime green + bit of teal + black)
  • Silvery pink (burgundy + white + bit of gray)
  • Copper (orange + burgundy)
  • Lavender (sapphire blue + burgundy + white)

Hair Tricks

If you’re like me and can never get the conditioner distributed through your hair right, a conditioner/water mix in a spray bottle might be just the thing for you. I mixed up about 2 parts conditioner and 1 part water into a spray bottle, seen at left; I spritz the mixture into my palm and rub it onto the ends of my hair for easier/less heavy application. (You can also spray it directly into your hair if you trust your aim–I don’t trust mine. xD)

I find that if I match my shampoo and conditioner to the time of year and weather conditions, I end up with a better-looking head of hair right from the shower. In the summer, or in more humid conditions, I choose lighter-weight shampoos (top left picture) and use conditioner more sparingly, just at the ends. In the winter/drier conditions, I choose creamier shampoos (bottom left picture) and use conditioner from the midlength to the ends of my hair.

To tailor my shampoo to my hair’s daily needs, I become something of a shower chemist. (LOL) If my hair needs more cleaning power (say, after a workout), I’ll mix my regular shampoo with a bit of clarifying shampoo (top left picture). But if my hair needs a bit of TLC due to weather outside or hard styling the day before, I mix in a little conditioner instead (bottom left picture).

This really seems to help–it makes both the drying and styling process much easier, and my hair feels better to the touch throughout the day.

As a girl with very sleek, very flat straight hair, static and flyaways are a huge problem for me, especially in the dry wintertime–I can’t wear anything on my head without my hair clinging to it like a creepy ex. (It always seems to happen most when I’m nowhere near any styling cream or anything, too!)

To calm my needy hair down when there’s no mousse in sight, I use just a tiny, tiny bit of light hand lotion; I rub my hands together briskly to distribute the product, and then lightly glide my hands over my hair.

I’m not vain about much when it comes to beauty, but I am concerned about doing my hair lasting heat damage. One trick I’ve found is to dry my hair mostly using the “low” setting on my hair dryer–I only blast the fastest hot air for 1-2 minutes, and I only use that setting for the spots that take the longest to dry (for me, that’s the sides and back of my head). This seems to help my hair look shinier when dry, as well as less damaged in the long run.

Papercrafting Post #3: Gift Tags

Yes, I know, Walmart and other big-box or discount places sell little gift tags you can tie onto your gifts. But who wants to spend $2 a pop for these little cardboard gift tags, when you can make loads of them yourself for a lot less money (and a much craftier, customized look)? This is part of papercrafting–making personalized items that cost less and also use up material that you might otherwise throw away.

The reason I chose to cover gift tags on this Papercrafting Post is because it’s a useful item that could easily save you money if you know how to make it yourself. You just have to be willing to break out a little creativity and spend a bit of time putting it together. Not as hard as it might seem!

What You’ll Need

  1. Card stock of any color OR unlined index cards of any color
  2. Any colorful or patterned paper you have lying around (crumpled-up tissue paper, old wrapping paper, etc.)
  3. Solid-color printer paper OR construction paper
  4. Double-stick tape OR a glue stick
  5. Single-hole puncher
  6. String, thread, ribbon, OR yarn

Eight Steps to Your Own Gift Tag

  1. Cut out a piece of card stock or an index card in the desired shape. Doesn’t have to be square–you could even cut it into a really fun shape if you want to!
  2. Using your cut-out shape as a guide, cut out a piece of your selected patterned/colorful paper. Make sure that your paper’s shape is about a centimeter/half an inch bigger around the edges than your card stock/index card shape.
  3. Wrap your paper shape around one side of the card stock/index card, taping or gluing down the edges as you go, kind of like wrapping a present. You will end up with one side of the tag completely covered with the paper and one side just covered around the edges. This is what you want.
  4. Get a piece of your solid-color piece of paper and cut out a smaller version of the shape of your gift tag.
  5. Affix this to the back of the tag (the side that is only partially covered) with tape or glue stick.
  6. Use a single-hole-punch tool to punch out a hole in your gift tag, for the string to be threaded through.
  7. Sign your tag on the solid-color side as appropriate (better to write on it now rather than wait until after you’ve tied it to your gift, trust me)
  8. Thread string, thread, ribbon, or yarn through the hole and tie to your gift, and you’re done!

Resources

Available at Office Supply Stores

  • Card stock
  • Index cards
  • Printer paper
  • Double-stick tape
  • Glue sticks
  • Single-hole punchers

Available at Big-Box Stores’ Craft Sections

  • Wrapping paper
  • Construction paper
  • String, thread, ribbon, and yarn

Likely Available In Your Home
Don’t forget to shop your home first–you might have more crafting materials hidden in your junk drawers and recycling bins than you’re aware of.

  • Old giftwrap/tissue paper
  • Scraps of printer paper and construction paper
  • Random bits of thread, yarn, string, or ribbon–even a twist tie can work!
  • Index cards that have been barely used and could be erased