Hacking's meaning has now evolved into more than breaking into a computer. Thanks to countless YouTube videos and the entertaining TV series on truTV, Hack My Life, hacking is all the rage. (Yes, the watermelon/rubber band hack aired there 1st) Well I am here to say women have been hacking for generations! Hacking skills have been passed down from mother to daughter & we are proud of it.
My friends & I reminisce about this one every winter. It is the bread bags on the kid's feet held up by rubber bands before they go in the winter boots to keep the feet dry hack. Our Mother's generation began this one. (Sliced bread was not commonplace in our grandmother's generation) With those bread bags, the kids were able to play out in the snow longer. Yes, our mothers were pretty crafty with their hacks! Also, our moms showed us the secret to a happier marriage: by keeping any non-necessity (i.e. shoes) shopping purchases in the trunk of the car until an opportune time came to secretly unload. My Mom did this and among my friends, most have done this one and we are definitely passing this hack to our daughters.
For all my years the Vaseline (petroleum jelly) hacks have been a part of my life. Everything from beauty hacks (moisturizer, healthy mascara, cuticle cream) to preventing blisters, healing cuts, removing scuffs marks & shining patent shoes have been seamlessly used from generation to generation.
In a few weeks, Mother's Day will be here. This is not just another Hallmark holiday, Ladies. No, it is a hack that has enabled women for decades to have that one day a year to be waited on hand & foot and do whatever they please. (mimosa time, gardening time & nap time for this Mom!)Some of my favorite gardening hacks include using coffee filters in the bottom of you pots to help the water drain a bit slower while keeping the soil in place. In the larger containers, displacing some space in the bottom of your pot with packing peanuts (not the water soluble kind!) or an overturned destined to be disposed of plastic pot. This bloggers favorite hack to refresh your garden furniture, chachkis & birdfeeders is spray paint. It is my single most favorite springtime hack (along with my Mother's Day nap) Enjoy & keep hacking away; generations of daughters are depending on it!