Thursday’s Ramblings; Cool Google Chrome Hacks

If you’re a Google Chrome user, I think you’ll enjoy this post as much as we did. In it you will find a whole range of neat and fun tricks to do with Chrome!

Find out what they all are by clicking here.

Our favourite is definitely the running and jumping t-rex at the beginning. That definitely looks like fun – and we’re almost tempted to turn off the internet to try it out!

Aside from these, do you know about some of the other brilliant hacks to do with Google Chrome?

Maths
Did you know that if you type an equation into the address bar it’ll give you the answer? Definitely quicker than trying to find your calculator if you’re already in Chrome!

Tabs Saved!
Accidentally closed the browser? No worries! As soon as you re-open Chrome simple press “CTRL+SHIFT+T” and they’ll all come back!

Incognito Window
Want to be sneaky at work and have a quick look at your Facebook? Why not use the Icognito window. Click “CTRL+SHIT+N” and it will open a window that will not keep your history or cookies. You then just have to be aware of people standing behind you…

Pin Tabs
Got a page you want to stay open but don’t want clogging up the bar? If you “pin it” (Right click > Pin Tab) then it becomes the size of the favicon, moves to the left of the bar and will stay there till you close Chrome. Very handy!

All Open Tabs In One Bookmark Folder
If you click “CTRL+SHIFT+D”, it’ll save all of your current open tabs into one bookmark folder. A lot easier than adding each page in separately!

Keep All Your Personalised Settings
If you sign in to your Chrome, when you’re on a different computer, you can sign in again and you will find all of your bookmarks and personalised settings still there again.

Multiple Users
On the same note as above, if you have more than one person using the computer, you can each personalise your chrome how you want it to be and then just sign in and out as you wish.

Auto-Fill
When filling out forms, especially when entering your address while shopping, it can be a bit of a pain to always be typing out the same thing. But Chrome is rather nifty in remembering what you’ve typed before and if you start typing your name, it will give you the option to auto-fill your address afterwards. Very helpful!

Extensions
All of that not enough? There are also THOUSANDS of extensions that you can add to your browser which will help you with certain tasks such as making images bigger with a simple hovering mouse, dictionary extension, and many, many more.

There are a lot more tips, tricks, and hacks, when it comes to Google Chrome, and an endless list of reasons why it may just be the right browser for you. But that’s all from us today.

If you liked this post, don’t forget to pop back next Thursday to see more posts like it!

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Tuesday’s Tips – Simple Spaghetti Holder

One of the things that I find incredibly difficult is knowing how to store my dry spaghetti. Unlike pasta bags, it isn’t possible to just close the bag over the spaghetti and tape it up, as the size of the spaghetti always stays the same. But I also loathe the idea of spending a fortune on the right sized container for my spaghetti.

Thus I was incredibly glad when I came across this brilliant spaghetti-saving idea.

If you, like me and my family, enjoy pringles, then this tip will be perfect for you as well. Instead of just throwing the tub away once you’ve finished the moreish crisps, use it to hold all of your spaghetti! Simply wash the tube, and then you’ll find that the dry spaghetti fits nicely inside the tub and it even has a handy lid to keep everything fresh!

Perfect!

For more tips like this, don’t forget to pop back next Tuesday!

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Faith in Nature; Chocolate Shampoo and Conditioner

If there is one thing in this world that I love, it is chocolate. So when I heard about Faith In Nature’s Chocolate Shampoo and Conditioner, I knew that I had to give it a try! Fortunately my hair is a dark brown, the perfect shade for these yummy sounding products. The best thing about this product is how it smells both before, during and after use. But then, I am a sucker for both smells and chocolate so I may be a little biased.

Aside from what compelled me to try these products and the smell, I’m pleased to let you all know that the product really works. It was really nice to use, created a lot of bubbles – which I love! – and kept my hair feeling clean and fresh throughout the day. I actually got a few compliments about my hair too which definitely helped to make me feel great. The shampoo and conditioner complement each other well and helped to keep my hair smooth and shiny, which is always what I look for.

On top of all of that, this product is also full of natural ingredients that are safe and good for both your skin and your hair. It is paraben and SLES free and uses no artificial preservatives or colours; which means that you know you are using a great organic product that is good for you and the environment. It is the kind of product that shows that eco-products are not all a complete waste of time. This product smells good, works just as well (if not better) than other competitive chemical brands, and is incredibly good for you.

If this sounds like the kind of product that you’d like to use within your home, the company that we use – and love – is Natural Selection. What’s great about this website is that while you’re buying this product, you can browse the hundreds of other eco-friendly products on offer. What’s not to love about that?

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Tuesday’s Tips – Wrapping Paper Saver

Christmas is over but as usual, I still have mounds of wrapping paper left over and the one thing I hate is that it never stays neat and I usually have to cut off a part of the paper before I use it again. It also just gets very frustrating as it doesn’t tidy away easily and I like things to always be in their place.

Thus I was incredibly happy when I learnt of this tip. When you’re done with your wrapping paper, you can keep it clean and neatly tidied away with empty toilet roll! One thing that seems to not happen in our house is moving the small pieces of cardboard from the bathroom to the recycling bin, and now this has been very helpful! If you cut one side of the roll, and then wrap it around opened wrapping paper tubes, it keeps it all together. No mess and no fuss!

This has definitely gone down well in my home!

Hope it becomes handy for you too.

If you like this tip and want to read more like it, come back next Tuesday for another handy household tip!

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Ecozone All-Purpose Heavy-Duty Biodegradable Cleaning Paste

There is nothing more frustrating than stains that seem completely impossible to remove. So when I discovered Ecozone All Purpose Heavy-Duty Biodegradable Cleaning Paste, I felt like I hit the nail on the head. This product is incredibly helpful, can be used for many different tasks and on a variety of surfaces. It is strong, easy to use, and is a brilliant product to keep stocked in your home for odd stains you would never have thought about using it for.

Aside from being multi-purpose, this product is also perfect because it is made using only natural ingredients and is therefore an amazing eco-friendly product. It allows you to have the peace of mind that while you’re cleaning, you’re not using harsh chemicals that can damage your surfaces. Yet despite that, it is also a very efficient product that works incredibly well and it will seem unbelievable that this product is in fact biodegradable, preservative-free and uses no added phosphates.

On top of all of that – just incase that isn’t enough – it also has a very welcoming aroma. Just from opening the lid of the product, you will straight away smell the fresh scent of the product. This smell helps to make your home feel and smell clean and fresh. It is much better than the repellent smells of harsh chemicals and just gives this product that extra greatness and another reason you should choose it over other similar products like Astonish.

Ecozone All Purpose Heavy-Duty Biodegradable Cleaning Paste has helped clean stains that I was certain would stay forever, such as remnants of mould, pen marks and oil marks. It is very handy, easy to use, and even comes with a very useful sponge so you don’t have to run around looking for a clean cloth to use. It comes in a cute circular tub with a fresh design and is really a brilliant addition to your cleaning products that I am certain you will find incredibly useful.

If this sounds like the kind of product that you’d like to use within your home, the company that we use – and love – is Natural Selection. What’s great about this website is that while you’re buying this product, you can browse the hundreds of other eco-friendly products on offer. What’s not to love about that?

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Tuesday’s Tips – Popcorn Kernels

When the weather is cold outside, my favourite thing to do is curl up in front of my tv and watch movie after movie. The perfect thing for this is always microwave popcorn. But there is something so very frustrating about grabbing a handful of popcorn and finding that in the middle of it is a pile of unpopped pieces of corn.

Thus I am here to tell you about a really fantastic tip that I found out about. It is the perfect solution to this problem and is super easy. All you have to do is open the popcorn bag slightly once it’s all popped, just big enough for the kernels to fall out without losing any popcorn. Then turn the bag upside down and pour all those pesky kernels into a separate bowl or straight into the bin!

Voila!

What a comfort lifesaver!

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Faith by Nature Revitalising Body Lotion

Winter can be incredibly tough on skin causing it to become dry and brittle, often breaking and becoming irritating and itchy. Thus it is essential to regularly use some form of moisturiser in the winter to keep skin fresh, healthy, and smooth. Often it can be a struggle to find the right kind of lotion to help in the best way possible and so today I thought I would tell you about a product that I have found to be a lifesaver, Faith In Nature’s Revitalising Body Lotion.

The best thing about this lotion is that it is hypoallergenic and paraben free which means that it is perfect for all types of skin – especially those who have sensitive skin. It is also a completely organic lotion, therefore naturally helping the skin to regain its healthy smooth and supple appearance. You can know that you aren’t covering your skin in harmful chemicals that may have long lasting damaging effects.

Another great thing about this lotion is that its smell is not overpowering but is a subtle hint of freshness using only natural products. This is perfect for me as I detest products that have a strong smell that I dislike. It also means that I am certain that this product is incredibly good for my skin as it doesn’t use damaging chemicals.

I would definitely highly recommend this product as it has made the winter months more bearable for me and my sensitive dry skin. I feel a lot more confident using this product over other brands as well because it is organic, natural, hypoallergenic and paraben free. If it wasn’t for the fact that I enjoy testing new products, I would never use another product.

If this sounds like the kind of product that you’d like to use within your home, the company that we use – and love – is Natural Selection. What’s great about this website is that while you’re buying this product, you can browse the hundreds of other eco-friendly products on offer. What’s not to love about that?

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Ecover Washing Up Liquid

If there is one product on the high street that many people are reluctant to change it is their washing up liquid. Fairy has been the leading liquid for many decades and it is easy to see why people would be so indecisive about using a different product. I am here today to question this behaviour completely as I believe that while Fairy is great at what it does, I personally do not believe that it should always be seen as the best product out there. Incidentally there are other washing up liquids on the market that have no substance, disappear quickly, and seem to be a complete waste of money – especially when compared to Fairy Liquid. It has come to the point where it is incredibly difficult to find a product that can rival it, especially one that is eco-friendly.

But then we stumbled across Ecover Washing-Up Liquid, and we are convinced that we have found a strong competitor.

This is a washing-up liquid that not only works well, but it is also good for sensitive skin – which so many people suffer from – and you don’t need to use a lot of it to achieve desired results. This may not seem like it is true but from our tests of the product, it definitely outlasted the cheaper products on the market and was a favoured product here in the office. While it still may not outlast Fairy, we honestly believe that it is a product that many people will eventually prefer to this leading brand.

Where Ecover really works is in the bubbles. Many washing-up liquids generate too many bubbles, making it difficult to keep control of the dishes in the sink but Ecover only produces a small quantity of the bubbles. This makes it easier to wash with, is a large reason why it is gentler on the skin and makes empty the sink at the end of the washing up ten times easier as well! While it may seem that less bubbles means that this product simply doesn’t work efficiently, that is simply not the case. The liquid is strong enough to remove stains with minimal effort in spite of these fewer bubbles.

Last, but certainly not least, it is worth mentioning the smell of this product. While it would be impossible to smell quite as lemon-y as Fairy does due to the nature-friendly ingredients used, it does have a very light and fresh smell that is very pleasing – though as an advisory warning I wouldn’t smell the product straight from the bottle as it is much stronger and not nearly as nice – but once it is mixed with water, it is a lovely and welcoming smell that I am certain many people will like.

Once more, it appears that Fairy does beat this product in a few ways, but personally I would choose Ecover simply because it is eco-friendly, has a lovely smell, and a lot less bubbles to deal with! (fyi; I do not like bubbles, if you hadn’t guessed!)

If this sounds like the kind of product that you’d like to use within your home, the company that we use – and love – is Natural Selection. What’s great about this website is that while you’re buying this product, you can browse the hundreds of other eco-friendly products on offer. What’s not to love about that?

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Organic Surge Eye Gel

In this day and age, how we look has become incredibly important. With adverts on the television and beauty magazines pushing “anti-wrinkle” creams at us, it is becoming abundantly clear that we’re expected to look our best at all times. While many may not take this advice to heart, a large proportion of people are now more worried about their appearance. One of the biggest issues that many people face is the area around the eyes. How can we keep it looking fresh and healthy when we’re not sleeping as well as we should?

There are many creams and gels that are available on the market that we can use but just as we can never be sure if the anti-wrinkle creams work until we try them, the same can be said for these eye products as well. We don’t want to be fishing out a large sum of money on a product that we’re not even sure will work. Plus, if you’re as eco-conscious as we are here in the office, you also want to make sure that the product you’re buying hasn’t been tested on animals and are using lots of products that are beneficial to the environment.

So, to save you the trouble of trying cream after cream, I am here to tell you all about Organic Surge Eye Gel, which, in my opinion, works incredibly well. This gel is easy to apply, is safe to use even on the most sensitive skin and those blemishes around the eyes that give away our unhealthy lifestyle vanish until we look clear and crisp in the blink of an eye*. But for me, there is more to the workability of this product. It doesn’t just aim to make you look good, but it also makes you feel good as well. The ingredients in the product work by rejuvenating the skin around the eye and making you feel healthier in an instant.

Aside from how well the product works, I also found the packaging to be incredibly handy as well. It has an easy-to-use push which only releases a small amount of gel which you can then apply to the skin. It is small but lasts for a long time but also means that it is easy to carry with you when you travel. It has a simplistic design which may not draw the eye completely but it does show what this small product can do. It is a simple product that does a lot, it simply works. And, finally the colours work really well together, making the product look beautiful and interesting. Definitely something that I would happily pick up from the shelves.

If this sounds like the kind of product that you’d like to use within your home, the company that we use – and love – is Natural Selection. What’s great about this website is that while you’re buying this product, you can browse the hundreds of other eco-friendly products on offer. What’s not to love about that?

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Method Squirt & Mop

One of the reasons I opt for using eco-friendly products in my home is because I have three cats and one day want to have children and wish for them to be brought up in a clean and friendly environment that is good for their health. I have found that the biggest problem area for this is cleaning our hard floors with products that work but without highly toxic chemicals. So, in our search to find the best product, we stumbled across Method Squirt & Mop and have found it to be a truly remarkable product.

This is an eco-friendly product that has a tagline which states it is “safe for all floors, safe for the planet.” I would happily add in there; safe for all the family as well. With no harsh chemicals, this product is one that we feel great about using in our home and feel that many parents would agree with us as well. There is no worry for the safety of children or pets who may eat something that has dropped onto the floor and been there for a long time. Using this product means that there is less need to use products like Flash which are often toxic and harmful.

Aside from this, this product also has a very nice smell. It doesn’t smell like detergent that makes you feel like your home is being cleaned with strong, disgusting chemicals but instead it is a smell that is a mix of lemon and ginger. It leaves your house smelling fresh and clean, almost like the smell of your house on a summer’s day when you leave your windows open all day long, and I honestly couldn’t recommend the smell more. As soon as we started using this we knew that we would never be returning to other methods of cleaning the floor.

On top of everything else, this product is really easy to use and lasts for a long time as well. There is no need to mix this one in a bucket of water, which is often a long and tiring chore. All that is needed for this product is to squirt it on the floor you wish to clean and then to simply mop over it. It is quick and efficient and just simply does the job that it sets out to do in an easy way. No more scrubbing on the floor, just a simple wipe and done motion. So not only is this product safe for people with children, it is also good because it can be used with the children around as it doesn’t take too long to do! It is therefore impossible not to recommend this product.

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