7 Superhero Tricks for the Novice Parent

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Everyone knows kids are adorable, but they’re also notorious for crying, getting their hands sticky, and spilling glitter all over the rug! Here’s how to lifehack past the troublesome bits, so you can concentrate on the cute.

1. Make an Ink Stain Disappear

Kids are such great artists that can turn anything into a canvas. Including your skin. But if Lil’ Picasso gets pen ink all over your hands before a big meeting, don’t fret. Instead, take a deep breath and make yourself a hot cup of tea. And while the delicious beverage can be soothing, it’s really the tea bag you want here: rub the wet, room temperature bag against the ink stain, and it should work like a magic eraser on your skin.

2. Beach Bums

While the beach can make for a great field trip, spending 20 minutes trying to rub sand off a crying kid’s legs before you leave can make you wonder why you came in the first place. But baby powder can save the day. By pouring a little powder onto the skin, then brushing it off with your hand, the friction-reducing substance not only takes the sand off without any pain, but it has the added benefit of leaving your kid’s skin feeling silky smooth.

3. Make a Baby Stop Crying

Fussy newborns are tricky to soothe. The next time you’re seated next to a tiny tyrant, use this Japanese lifehack: take a sip of beverage (any beverage will do!), put your face close to the baby’s ear, then swish the drink around your mouth vigorously like you’re using mouthwash. The sound of the churning liquid nearly matches the decibel level in the womb, invoking memories that should lull the infant into sleep mode.

4. Create a Drip-free Popsicle

Give an icy treat to a kid and they inevitably end up with “popsicle hands”-- the horrible condition where all the melted drippings turn regular fingers bright and sticky. But there’s an easy parenting hack to prevent the syndrome. Just take a cupcake holder and slide the popsicle stick through. Instead of slimy hands, the little cup will catch all of the melty bits, leaving your kid’s paws miraculously drip-free.

5. Get Rid of Glitter

Everyone knows that princesses love the shimmer of glitter. And unicorns frolic in magical rainbows made of the stuff. But any parent who’s tried to get glitter bits off a kitchen table knows how frustrating the material can be. The stragglers from a glitter party are like house guests who refuse to take the hint: You can ask them to leave politely-- with a broom, or a wet cloth, or a dustbuster even, and yet they continue to linger! Luckily, there’s an easy trick for escorting the glitter away: lint rollers. Simply roll a roller across the offensive surface, and you’ll return it to glitter-free glory in no time.

6. Inflate an Army of Inflatable Toys

Pool parties can be great for the family, but hard on your lungs-- especially if the kids want 100 beachballs inflated “RIGHT NOW!” So, how do you service their demands while continuing to breathe easy? With a garbage bag and a straw, of course! Insert the straw into the beachball hole, and wave your garbage bag into the wind to collect air. Then put the lip of the bag around the the straw, and squeeze the air out of the garbage bag until it transfers to the beachball. Voila! Now just repeat the process 99 more times, or until your kids want to go home.

7. Own the Theme Park

One genius secret employed by big amusement parks is how they control crowds. Often a park will orchestrate a parade as a way to draw people away from congested areas of the park. That means, if you want to cut down your wait time for a popular ride, grab your kids and head towards it as soon as you see a parade coming your way. But there’s another little trick that might give you an edge as well. Research shows that when there are two lines, people tend to choose to the right lane. If you’re trying to get onto a ride faster, just go left!

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The New Apple Watch SE Is Now Available on Amazon

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Apple products are notorious for their high price tags. From AirPods to iPads to MacBooks, it can be difficult to find the perfect piece of tech on sale when you are ready to buy. Luckily, for those who have had their eye on a new Apple Watch, the Apple Watch SE is designed with all the features users want but at a lower starting price of $279— and they're available on Amazon right now.

The SE exists as a more affordable option when compared to Apple's new Series 6 line of watches. This less expensive version has many of the same functions of its pricier brethren, except for certain features like the blood oxygen sensor and electrical heart sensor. To make up for the truncated bells and whistles, the SE comes in at least $120 cheaper than the Series 6, which starts at $400 and goes up to $800. The SE comes with technical improvements on previous models as well, such as the fall detection, a faster processor, a larger screen, water resistance, and more.

Now available in 40mm ($279) and 44mm ($309), both SE models offer a variety of colors to choose from, such as sliver, space gray, and pink. If you want cellular connection, you’ll have to pay a bit more for the 40mm ($329) and the 44mm ($359).

For more, head to Amazon to see the full list of offerings from Apple.

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10 Awesome Things Bill Murray Has Done

What unpredictable but awesome thing will Bill Murray do next?
What unpredictable but awesome thing will Bill Murray do next?
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Bill Murray—who was born on September 21, 1950—is known for popping up and doing something awesome every once in a while. Here are a few of our favorites.

1. Karaoked With Total Strangers

When a group of karaokers saw Murray enter NYC's Karaoke One 7 one night in January 2011, one of them worked up the courage to invite the movie star into their private karaoke room. Fifteen minutes later, Murray knocked on their door. "He was super nice and they all fit right in," one of the karaoke crew, Mike, told The Chive. "He bought us all a round of some weird green drink and wouldn't tell us what it was. ... The high point was when Bill and I sang a duet of an Elvis song called, 'Marie's the Name.'" Murray and his friends stuck around for the next four hours.

2. Walked Down a Hallway in Slow Motion

Why ask for Bill Murray's autograph when you can ask him to stroll down a hallway with you in slow motion? David Walton Smith told Reelz that he was making a commercial for a school in South Carolina that one of Murray's children attends; Murray was appearing in the spot. Smith didn't want to give Murray a bunch of things to autograph at the end of the shoot, and instead proposed asking the actor to walk with him and his friends down the hallway (they slowed it to slow motion in post). Murray, of course, obliged.

3. Got Invited to a Party, Did the Host's Dishes

Even when he's crashing parties, Bill Murray is polite. During a 2006 trip to St. Andrews, Scotland, for a celebrity golf tournament, Murray accompanied 22-year-old anthropology student Lykke Stavnef—whom he and his friends had met in a bar—to a house party. "Nobody could believe it when I arrived at the party with Bill Murray," she told The Telegraph. Murray then washed all the dishes in the students' sink. "It was really funny because he was pretty old compared with all the other people there, but he was so relaxed and it was really amusing when he started to wash up," Stavnef said.

4. Looked Great in a Christmas Card

“How and why I got this from Bill Murray, I have no idea!” wrestler Rowdy Roddy Piper once tweeted. (The Frisky also published this card in 2012.)

5. Used an ice Luge at his Christmas Party

It should come as no surprise that, in addition to looking great on holiday cards, the actor throws epic Christmas parties, which he told Esquire include an ice luge for booze:

"It's a big magilla to get an ice luge, but if you do, you can pour vodka into it and it chills it on the way down. It looks like an Olympic ski jump. It's more for visual effect. You can put your head underneath it, like you're guzzling gasoline, but we just fill shot glasses. Hundreds of little shot glasses. So, we drank this stuff, and it took the party to a completely other level. The party lasted much longer. No one left. The year before, people would leave at, like, two or three in the morning. With the vodka luge, they didn't leave until five. The last two years I've had this luge. That's how I like to drink. Out of a large ice structure."

Murray Christmas, indeed.

6. Played Kickball with Random People

Kickballers enjoying a game on Roosevelt Island in October 2012 when Murray "popped out of nowhere," team member Chris DiLella told Entertainment Weekly. "He was bouncing the ball… ran over to second base. Played for a bit… Gave us all high-fives and let us pose with him in the picture."

7. Bartended at SXSW

During a visit to Austin's Shangri-La during SXSW 2010, Murray hopped behind the bar to serve drinks (apparently, even if a patron asked for whiskey, he'd give them tequila). Someone caught it on video, which you can see above.

8. Gave an Excellent Speech at a Bachelor Party

In 2014, Murray crashed a bachelor party in Charleston, South Carolina, and gave an excellent, impromptu speech:

"You know how they say funerals aren't for the dead but for the living? Bachelor parties are not for the groom, they are for [the other guys]. So, I'm going to give you all advice, because it's too late for this one. If you have someone you think is the one, don't just sort of think in your ordinary mind, think 'Okay, let's make a date, let's plan this and make a party and get married.' Take that person and travel around the world. Buy a plane ticket for the two of you to travel all around the world and go to places that are hard to go to and hard to get out of. If when you come back to JFK [airport], when you land in JFK and you are still in love with that person, get married at the airport!"

Wise words.

9. Crashed a Couple's Engagement Photoshoot

Not long after he crashed that bachelor party, Murray happened upon Ashley Donald and Erik Rogers taking engagement photos in downtown Charlestown and decided to get in on the action. "When I set up Ashley and Erik, I saw this look of surprise on their faces as they looked over my shoulder. I asked them to look at the camera, but they just looked stunned and with his eyes, Erik motioned that I better look behind me," Raheel Gauba of Fia Forever Photography told the Huffington Post. "As I turned around to potentially ask the person distracting them to give us a moment, I see Bill Murray with his shirt up, belly out and patting it—his attempt to make the couple laugh. I joined the couple in the shock and surprise of the moment. At that point, I invited him to join the couple for a quick shot and he did. So genuine and nice of him to make the couple's day!"

10. Read Poetry to Construction Workers

When New York City's Poets House was being built in 2009, Murray showed up to read poetry to the construction workers. He began with Billy Collins's "Another Reason I Don’t Keep a Gun in the House," joking afterwards, "They get worse, OK, so if you want to lie down or get sick, take a sick day, do it now." He followed it with a poem for "the shorter attention span crowd," Lorine Niedecker’s "Poets Work" and finished with Emily Dickinson's "I Dwell in Possibility." Murray could not, unfortunately, get any of the workers to volunteer to read their own poetry.