Helping You Help Yourself #47

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How to get nail polish out of a carpet. Information you don’t need until the moment you really, really do.

Let’s all enjoy this WikiHow article on having a potbellied pig for a pet.


What’s Up?, an app that uses cognitive behavioral therapy techniques to help you through difficult emotions. I’ve also gotten interested recently in Koko, an app/community that encourages people to practice providing CBT reframings to each other in order to practice the skill.

Services and strategies to stop junk mail, both snail mail and digital.

You are maybe already familiar with writer and illustrator Yumi Sakugawa and her books. It is then no surprise that her twitter is also great, along with the little illustrations and suggestions she sometimes shares on it. Like this one, which was brought to my attention from one of my favorite newsletters.

I like to think of myself as fairly self-sufficient, even where cars are concerned, but I realized I don’t have any real idea how to jump start a dead battery. Good thing there are instructions!

This headline really took me on a journey: A Former FBI Hostage Negotiator Explains How to Ditch a Bad Tinder Date.

If you are a chronic loser-of-things, these three tips probably aren’t totally new to you, but still perhaps worth it to revisit three strategies to avoid losing things.

Notifica, an app designed to send out “secure messages to your support network when you need it most,” made with ICE raids in mind, from United We Dream.

Thanks to Heather, you already know how to build an outdoor shelter for a cat or similarly-sized creature; here i a guide to a quick and cheap indoor one for your pet! Especially crafty people could probably use papier mache to make this really cute.

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Originally from Boston, MA, Rachel now lives in the Midwest. Topics dear to her heart include bisexuality, The X-Files and tacos. Her favorite Ciara video is probably "Ride," but if you're only going to watch one, she recommends "Like A Boy." You can follow her on twitter and instagram.

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  1. Just this week I was thinking about how to stop junk mail. You read my mind, Rachel. Thank you so much!

  2. I’m so excited to use try out the What’s Up? app! The design is extremely minimalist and it so far hasn’t pressured me to buy anything, which is really nice.

    Have y’all done any reviews of free/cheap meditation apps? That would also be super helpful.

  3. Wish I had known about that first tip when I was 15 and spilled black nail polish all over my bedroom carpet… twice.

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