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Featured Reader Tip:

“If you are at a social gathering where you are exchanging numbers with someone, rather than open a new address card and take forever to add them to your phone, have them dictate their number and send them a text with YOUR name. That way, you have their number in your sent texts to save later and they also have your number and name (spelled correctly!)” — from reader Courtney

Past Featured Reader Tips:

“Have a cheap ring that tarnishes your finger? Coat the inside of the ring with clear nail polish. It will create a barrier between the ring and your finger. Say goodbye to that green stain!” — from reader Rachel

“When I’m tempted to bake a friend cookies when she’s going through a tough time, I try to buy her a bunch of really good fruit or berries instead. Fruit is one of the first things I run out of after a grocery store run, so having someone give me a bunch of raspberries or mangos or peaches is awesome.” — from reader Hannah

“When you’re composing an email, wait until you’re sure it’s ready to send to add the addresses. That keeps you from accidentally sending something that you weren’t finished with yet.” — from reader Courtney

“How to be Smarter: Instead of putting your bobbypins in with your hair elastics and clips, put them in a paperclip holder! They are magnetic and this is so much easier than digging to the bottom of my hair accessories!” — from reader Lauren

“Never respond to a voicemail with a text – if someone has the courtesy to call you, do your best to call them back. If it will be awhile before you have time for a phone chat, text them to let them know you got their voicemail/call and that you’ll call as soon as you can. Throwing in the old ‘everything ok?’ doesn’t hurt either.” –from reader Caroline

“How to be Smarter: Read “The Omnivore’s Dilemma” by Michael Pollan. It has made me much more aware of what I am eating, and inspired me to change my eating habits to be much healthier.” — from reader Laura

How to be Prettier: Tom’s shoes at Tomsshoes.com. Cute flats and wrap boots, especially good for spring or summer. You can feel extra pretty each time you wear them knowing that your purchase helped a child in need. For each pair you buy, they donate one pair of shoes to a child in a poor country, who otherwise might have never had a pair of shoes.” — from reader Laura

“How to be Smarter: I just bought these vitamins the other day because I wanted a better alternative to swallowing those giant pills that One-A-Day usually makes. These Vitacraves are actually delicious – I had to stop myself from eating more than the recommended 2 per day!” — from reader Erin

“If you’ve just started a new job, internship or co-op job, do not cook popcorn in the company kitchen. You’ll never have enough to share and everyone will smell it and hate you. Plus, chances are you will burn it and everyone will hate you regardless. Either way, lose lose.” — from reader Amanda

“No matter how sexy the shoes are, if you can’t walk in them…don’t wear them. You do not look sexy in sexy shoes if you’re stumbling and shuffling around.” — from reader Cassandra
“Wear some sort of eye make-up during the day to stop yourself from rubbing your eyes because it creates premature wrinkles.” — from reader Eva

“I get free samples all the time from Dove.com My favorite sample is the little mini deodorants because not only do I get to try out new types without the commitment of buying the full sized one but I can also throw one in my purse and in case I have to run to work/a meeting/etc. I can always duck into the bathroom and restore my lovely smell and confidence.” — from reader Emilie

“Go swimming! The weather is perfect, so there is no excuse not to pull on a swimsuit and hit the pool. Don’t worry about what others think; everyone is there to just cool off and enjoy the sunshine.” — from reader Shikha

“How to be (less) Awkward: Never wear wooden flip flops when getting a pedicure. You will slip and slide all over the place on the walk home from the lotion they use and likely mess up the pedi you just paid $30 for.” — from reader Leslie

“Regarding your Wednesday, February 11 post about being less awkward: I work at a nightclub and we don’t arbitrarily put the stamps or an “x “on the outside of the hand for no reason. We do it for the staff and bartenders to identify underage drinkers easily, which helps the establishment keep it’s liquor license. You don’t know how many times we’ve had to explain it to professional people who don’t want others to know they go out and have fun occasionally. And don’t wash it off in the bathroom after we stamp you. We don’t just do it for fun!” — from reader Adrienne

“How to be Prettier: I always put on lip gloss before I get ready in the morning (I use clear). It makes me feel prettier and I end up putting on less makeup and looking more natural!” — from reader Fatimah

“How to be Smarter: To keep your bedroom organized, spend the 82 seconds it takes to make your bed every morning. Having just one important part of your space looking tidy will help you to keep the rest of the room looking just as good.” — from reader Laura

“How to be Prettier: This morning I found myself in a horrible mood, cranky as ever as I was late to work and having boy issues. When I boarded the subway, a cranky old lady was shoving her way around, snarling at people surrounding her and making cranky comments. That’s when I realized no one likes a cranky person and I snapped myself out of that horrible mood and remembered to stay positive. Happy is healthier, but more importantly, prettier.” — from reader Laura

36 Responses

  1. This is hilarious. I am very impressed with John’s math skills, and your ability to take his response and run with it. 🙂 Although I think I improved more than 1% the day I dropped out of math class completely, about five years ago! haha.

    I love this blog.

    -l.fo

  2. Do you think the blog on July 8th and the voice you hear might just be your father’s??
    Love your blog and I love you …go Moll doll!

  3. I love your site 🙂 I saw the ad on facebook.com and was glad I clicked. Bookmarked!

  4. How to be prettier: If you’re looking for jewelry that is quirky and interesting without being large and flashy, buy a cute piece from http://www.emilyelizabethjewelry.com. The charms come in a myriad of interesting shapes. Very good conversation starters without being totally in your face.

  5. To be less awkward: When hanging up a landline phone, press the receiver button before setting the handset in the cradle to save the person on the other line from the clanging noise in their ear. You never know when you might drop the phone and who wants that to be the last impression somebody has of the conversation?

  6. Dear Molly,

    Screw calculus. Love your site.

    – Elizabeth

  7. Exponential growth is algebra 2, not calculus…

  8. Just wanted to say I adore you website !!! =)
    I have it set as my homepage so everytime I get online, I have a friendly little note and reminder to be a little more upbeat and it makes me an all around better person !!!

    Thank you so very much !!!

    Your Loyal Reader,
    Kady

  9. You are in my favorites and on my facebook. Keep up the good work!

  10. I swear by this website. It has taught me so many valuable lessons and I always catch myself saying things like, “so true and wow, i never thought of it that way.” I can often times be found searching the website patiently awaiting the next update. Even my mom digs your page! Keep up the good work and all those people that are super critical of little things like math (ick!) can start their own blog and see how many viewers they get. 🙂

  11. Hi Molly,

    Just finished reading your whole blog. Wonderful! You have great things in it even tips for me at my advanced age.

    Love you,
    Nee

  12. This is the smartest and most uplifting blog I’ve ever read.
    The quotes are great, and the advice is even better!

  13. A (less) awkward tip: ALWAYS check your pockets before you go into the bathroom to avoid something important like your cell phone falling into the toilet. There’s nothing worse than having to stick your hand in a public toilet in Milwaukee to pull out your cell phone.

  14. I believe John is wrong. You would be 4.65 /as good,/ but only 3.65 times /better/.

  15. Molly,
    I just want you to know that I truly adore your blog. You are witty and insightful. You have inspired me and I am thankful there are people in the world that possess the outlook on life that you have. Keep up the good work, you have no idea how many people you are impacting.

  16. Ditto to what Amanda said. I check your blog regularly and I love the advice you give. It is almost always directly applicable to my life. Thank you so much. My only complaint, I guess if it even counts as a complaint, is please post more regularly! Sometimes you go a few days without posting at all. I think it would be awesome if you did it every day, but if you’re too busy, I understand. I’m just saying I like the idea of getting daily fixes of your wisdom!

  17. I wrote the “Twelve Hours Before the Test Study Plan” on a pink post-it and I am employing it for my trig exam tomorrow! I have a good feeling about this. Wish me luck!

  18. Congratulations on your one year anniversary!!
    May there be many more.
    Nee

  19. Less Awkward: Always carry mints with you. No one likes bad breath.

    Prettier: cute headbands are great for those days that you did not have time to properly wash your hair because of studying the night before and a list of things to do that reaches a million.

    Smarter: No common phrases in Spanish. Chances are they will come in handy when you least expect it.

  20. hi molly!

    i JUST started my own blog, today actually, and wanted to let you know about it. it is a bit similar to yours, with me doing a mind body and soul piece every entry, but will also have an anecdote. i am still trying to spruce it up, but hopefully you will check out sometime in the future (it looks hideous right now).

    keep posting, i love this blog! 🙂

  21. You always seem to be advertising some product that we can buy in every entry of advice you give.

  22. Prettier/Less Awkward- Buy a bag for grocery shopping. Plastic bags are neither stylish nor environmentally friendly.

    Be conscience of making this face http://antiduckface.com/ in photos and anywhere else and don’t do it at all costs

    @Renee – I think Molly’s’ referrals are primarily for independent or homegrown companies that are deserving of a nod; always coinciding with her commentary.

  23. Sorry; obviously I wasn’t sure which plural apostrophe was correct in that last post.

    P.S. – There was a quote a while back involving Michelangelo and time management, just wanted to point out that his toenails along with his personal hygiene were horribly grotesque, and he barely talked to anyone

    http://dsc.discovery.com/news/2008/07/21/michelangelo-portraits-02.html
    http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_qn4188/is_20030302/ai_n11379642/

    “Worse than Michelangelo’s frugality was his personal hygiene, or lack thereof. “His nature was so rough and uncouth,” wrote Paolo Giovio in his biography of the artist, “that his domestic habits were incredibly squalid, and deprived posterity of any pupils who might have succeeded him.” Even Condivi was forced to admit that Michelangelo had some disgusting habits after witnessing how he “often slept in his clothes and in the boots, which he has always worn . . . and he has sometimes gone so long without taking them off that then the skin came away like a snake’s with the boots.” This sight was disconcerting even in an age when people changed their clothes and went to the public baths, at most, only once a week.”

    This is to mean, I love you and sorry I haven’t been more in touch.

  24. Amazing stuff! Your are so witty and know exactly how to say things. When I need some cheering up, I find my way back here. 🙂 Thanks so much for your insightful words!

    ps. love the quotes…they’re genius.

  25. A friend introduced me to your blog a year ago and your entertaining quotes and wonderful fashion advice keep me coming back every morning. I absolutely love it! Anyways, my mom brought a home a piece of jewlery she picked up from an artist’s fair. Thought you might enjoy :). http://www.spiritlala.com/EcoHeart.html.

  26. I just wanted to thank you for this blog! It’s the first thing I read in the morning and it always puts a smile on my face.

    Please keep posting!

  27. I love this blog!! Keep up the fantastic tips! I thought of one tip this weekend:

    How to be Smarter: Fight flight germs with Emergen-C by packing a packet of your favorite flavor into your flight carry-on. When the flight attendents come by, ask for some water and mix in the Emergen-C packet for a mid-flight boost.

  28. I subscribe and read your entries daily! =] They’re fantastic tips and love and use them in my life. ❤ So thank you.

    I tried out this tip from one of my co-workers and thought I would share it –

    How to be Smarter: Before you go to bed, take a piece of lemon or cucumber and squeeze the juice out into a glass or a bottle of ice water (if you're on the go). Let it soak over night, and you will instantly get natural flavored water!

    I don't even like artificially flavored water, but I loved this!

  29. My friend passed on your site to me and now it is a must read for me. Your tips on being less awkward have saved me multiple times! Thank you so much for keeping this blog up :]

  30. Thanks for a great uplifting site 🙂
    Love the tips, quotes, and ideas.
    Keep up the great work!

  31. I like your blog, it’s nice.

  32. Hey,

    Just want to say I love your blog. It’s short and sweet. Keep it up!

  33. I love love love your blog!!! I stumbled upon it a month ago and I’ve been an avid follower! I even went back to all your previous entries. You are practical and adorable! More power!

    Venice

  34. Hi Molly,

    23 months! Not possible! Love reading your site!! Here’s to lots more.

    Cookie

  35. Hi Molly,

    Love to read your blog. Lots of great tips and
    fun advice. Keep it up.

    Anna

  36. Thank you so much for this wonderful blog! It is so spot on with so many things! I look forward to reading it and have told all of my girlfriends about it. We love it!

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