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Banish Coffee Cup Rings

Sure signs you’re in a responsible grownup’s apartment: there’s an actual bed frame, not just a mattress and a box spring; there’s the good, soft, thick kind of toilet paper in the bathroom; and there is a set of coasters on the coffee table. Everyone knows cup rings scream “stuck in adolescence.” Project the air of maturity we know you possess to all future house guests with this chic and earthy set of clay and glass coasters by potter Kelly Brooks. Pretty and functional, hooray!

[$32.00 Anthropologie]

The Slush Mug Is Back And Ready For Freezing!

When I was growing up, one of life’s greatest pleasures was going over to my grandmother’s house and making Coke slushies and microwaved s’mores. These days, I can still make s’mores when I’ve got the hankering, but my homemade slushie cravings have long gone unquenched because I lacked the proper device — but not anymore! The Slush Mug is back, baby! This retro mug miraculously turns your favorite tasty beverage into frozen slush thanks to the highly scientific “Glaciercore.” Plus, now that I’m of age, I can use it to make alcoholic versions of my old favorites. Jack and Coke Slushies, anyone?

“Paletas” Is Spanish For Heaven On A Stick

On a recent boiling hot summer day, we were on a stroll, dripping with sweat from head to ass to toe, craving something cool and refreshing. An answer to our prayers came in the form of a woman selling what she called paletas (also known as “Mexican ice pops”). Not your average popsicle, these babies are packed with fruit and other fresh flavors in wicked combinations like mango-chile, horchata-strawberry, and dulce de leche. We were in heaven. Imagine our delight when we discovered that there was a cookbook — called Palepas: Authentic Recipes for Mexican Ice Pops, Shaved Ice & Aguas Frescas — filled with recipes for these easy-to-make treats. Now all future cravings can be satiated in our — and your! — own kitchen. Hallelujah!

[$11.55 Amazon]

13 Of Your Easy, Fuss-Free Exercise Tips

I admitted last week that after several months of no exercise, I’ve gotten a little flabby. Since I’m not the most creative person when it comes to fitness, I asked you to give me your easy, fuss-free exercise tips. Many of you suggested I begin running or walking, instead of working out in the small inside space I have available. You’ve definitely convinced me to use the several-miles long park that is right across the street from my home. But what were some of Frisky readers’ other creative tips? Keep reading »

Got Any Easy, Fuss-Free Exercise Tips?

Earlier this year, I decided that my personal trainer wasn’t a necessity. I told myself that I could save the money I paid him, while employing the exercises he taught me and taking advantage of BeFitNYC, NYC’s free or low-cost fitness program. But you know what? I got lazy … big surprise right? So, now I’ve got a tricycle tire around my mid-section, a droopy butt, and fat knees. I need help! Please reveal your easy, fuss-free, and dare I say fun at home/free exercise tips in the comments. Hopefully, these exercises can be performed in a 3′ x 5′ floor space because that’s all the room I have. And look out for a post of all the good tips next week. Keep reading »

5 Books That Changed My Life

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Like A Book On A Wire

Your best books deserve a peaceful place to perch. Nest your classics between these resting finch bookends with a lovely antiqued bronze finish. Sit back, relax, and fly away to your favorite fictional worlds.

[$64.00 Amazon]

Would You Decorate With Your Own Face?

There’s even a name for it: Autodecorating. And Gawker’s calling out the worst offenders: Along with Lindsay and Paris, Kanye West, Padma Lakshmi and “The Real Housewives of Atlanta”‘s Kim Zolciak are guilty of filling their houses with paintings, photos and — most notoriously — pillows with their likenesses. Now, I kind of understand celebrities’ motivation here: These are people who are accustomed to seeing their faces on billboards and in magazines. They’re desensitized to it. Right? Or maybe because they make their living off of their faces they’re just excited to pay tribute to their moneymaker. In any case, it’s hardly surprising.

I’m more interested in the rules of face-centric decorating for us normal, non-famous people. So I turned to two friends who own self-portraits. Hear them out! Read more… Keep reading »

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Where Are We Living?: Ami’s Apartment!

Where Are We Living?: Ami
Since it’s The Frisky’s 7 Days To A Prettier Place week, we are showing off our humble abodes. My apartment would be considered large and in charge by New York standards, but don’t get too jealous. I live in a less desirable outer borough, I have a roommate, and the best thing about my apartment is also its Achilles heel — it hasn’t been remodeled since 1970. Literally. Sometimes I want to pull up the red shag carpeting or lime green, floral linoleum myself, but hey, I rent. My 80-year-old Greek landlord who lives downstairs would be displeased. Instead of fighting the apartment’s kitschy vibe, my roommate and I have tried to embrace it full-on. Check out the rest of my groovy grandma pad after the jump.
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