Things I learned on TikTok


Dancing, Lip Syncing, Jokes — OH MY!

As with millions of other humans – I turned to TikTok for entertainment during 2020 (the year of the Pandemic).

Things I learned on TikTokI started with an account to “spy” on my teenage daughter – but it quickly turned into something fun.  (Disclaimer – it can cause you to waste a lot of time scrolling through videos.)

While it can be addicting — I use it for pure entertainment.  The algorithm quickly recognizes what I like and what I see.  So my FYP (for you page) – is filled with military surprise homecomings, sweet proposals, family jokes, DYI home improvements, life hacks and lots and lots of moms.  Which means, since I do not interact with teenagers or drama-type people — I simply do not see it.

As we wrap up this year — I am sharing with you the top 10 things I learned on TikTok.

  1. Folding a cereal cox – to help prevent stale cereal. 
  2. Costco brand leggings ($20) are the same as LuLu Lemon leggings (apparently they are made at the same place just a different price tag).
  3. Use tinfoil in the sink drain to capture bacon grease – after it solidifies, simply throw it all out without clogging up your pipes.
  4. Several things I didn’t know I needed off Amazon. (my personal favorite is the candle lighter where it doesn’t blacken the insides of the candle). 
  5. Garage door easy upgrade (stay tuned for a whole blog post on this one in January).
  6. Christmas tree cookie decorations with 3-D effect. 
  7. Digitally sign a document (with a signature) on my iphone without printing.  (screenshot, plus sign, signature, BOOM).
  8. Post a trending video can get you crazy amounts of views/likes.
  9. I can not dance or lip-sync. 
  10. There is a great group of mom empowerment ladies on TikTok – supporting each other through social media.  And I am here for all of it. 

I realize that TikTok isn’t for everyone – but I promise you — if you have the “time” and you want to laugh — it really is a pretty awesome app for adults.

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Darcy Esparza
Darcy started her professional career in CC in 1994 and immediately moved away for her job, got married to her husband, Louie, and started her family before moving back to the Coastal Bend in 2012. Darcy grew up in Florida before making Texas her home. She has a journalism degree from the University of Florida but is more known for her middle school math teaching career and her now title as co-owner of a local mattress store, BoxDrop Mattress (social medial handle @boxdropcc). Darcy and Louie have been married for more than 20 years, have 4 children, 2 granddaughters, and 2 dogs.