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Cities That Surprise: Lyon, France

Lyon, France is often referred to as “Little Paris,” but after spending a few days there last month, I would like to propose some other potential nicknames that more accurately capture the character of this city, and its relationship to Paris:

  • “Kinder, gentler, cheaper Paris”
  • “Paris for beginners”
  • “Paris without the suffocating pee smell”

And yes, Lyon City Managers, if you’re reading this, you are welcome to use any of those as Lyon’s official new slogan. As much as I adore Paris (and I do, oh, I do!), Lyon might be my new favorite French city. At the end of our stay, while packing up to head back to Paris, I found myself asking my boyfriend Nick if we “really had to leave,” which sounds ridiculous, because going to Paris is never a bad thing, but it just goes to show how great Lyon really is. It can make you complain about going to PARIS. That’s impressive, isn’t it?

Here are a few of the things that made Lyon so surprisingly wonderful, and why I’m dying to go back! Keep reading »

Thank God This Exists: Goats Singing The “Jurassic Park” Theme

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Today is my last day at The Frisky. This morning I told the rest of the staff that I wanted to write one story about Nickelback, one story about goats, and one story about Celine Dion today, because those are my main beats/life passions and it seemed fitting to bookend my time here with that trifecta. I’d just finished writing my Nickelback story when this link popped up in my Facebook feed: A VIDEO OF GOATS SINGING THE JURASSIC PARK THEME. Not to brag, but I’m pretty sure I manifested this, especially because “Jurassic Park” is, like, my 6th favorite movie of all time. I’m going to listen to it on repeat while I manifest some crazy breaking news about Celine Dion. [Jezebel]

Two Men Were Arrested In Idaho For Talking About Nickelback

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I know that headline makes it seem like Idaho has become a totalitarian state where the mere utterance of the name of a reviled Canadian rock band is a jailable offence, but fortunately (or unfortunately, depending on how you look at it), that’s not exactly the case. Here’s what actually happened… Keep reading »

Found: The Most Perfect Mason Jar Of Them All

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Like any twenty-something middle class white woman with a Pinterest account, I love mason jars. I want to organize and compartmentalize my entire life in a collection of artfully arranged mason jars. I firmly believe there is no such thing as too many mason jars. I will always say yes to mason jars. So when Jarden Home Brands contacted me and asked if I’d like to give their 100th anniversary green mason jars a spin, I thought I’d died and gone to heaven. Of course I said yes.

I opted for the pint size jars, which are perfectly proportioned to use as drinking glasses, for DIY projects, or storing a wide variety of foods, cosmetics, toiletries, or large spiders that you don’t want to kill but are too scared to put outside.  The green tint is so eye-catching and ideal for decorating around the house. Also they’re made in the USA. What’s not to love?

Here is a brief sampling of the ways I’ve used my mason jars so far, none of which are earth-shatteringly original, but damn if these things aren’t versatile: Keep reading »

Dolly Parton Refutes Lip Syncing Rumors The Way Only Dolly Can

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She's still got it!

“My boobs are fake, my hair’s fake, but what is real is my voice and my heart.”

Dolly Parton made her debut at the Glastonbury Music Festival this year, and due to a slight audio/visual delay in her televised performance, viewers (and various news sources) accused her of lip syncing. Dolly set the record straight with this quote in The Sun that will surely go down in history as a perfect summation of Dolly Parton. Oh, and check out her performance of “Jolene” above if you don’t believe her. That gorgeous voice is as real as it gets. [Telegraph]

10 Life-Changing Cleaning & Organizing Tips For People With ADD

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For pretty much my whole life, I’ve been a huge slob. We’re talking gigantic piles of clothes on the floor, dirty dishes all over the house, disgusting bathroom, “What is a duster and how do you use it?” levels of slobbery. I have ADD, and I always found it nearly impossible to focus long enough to clean something up, let alone maintain any semblance of organization. A couple years ago, I decided I was tired of my apartment looking like a frat house, so I made a commitment to change my behavior. I read this book, which is amazing and highly recommended. I learned to work with my ADD instead of against it. I consciously created a bunch of new organizing systems and cleaning habits. Today, I feel like an ADD success story. I’m still no neat freak (dusting will never be my thing), but I clean my house pretty much every day, willingly, and – gasp! — I enjoy it. Here are a few things I’ve learned along the way that might help you, too:

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