Moving away from home to a new city or country can be a great thing, but everyone misses their roots now and then, especially during the holidays. Here’s what to gift your favorite homesick transplant to keep her old home in her heart while she makes a new home in her current digs.
I just moved in to a new apartment a few weeks ago and am so jazzzzzed about it. Being a bit OCD, I was unpacked and set up within 24 hours (seriously), but there’s still one area of my new digs that still needs a little decorating: my reading/weaving nook. Really, this nook is just a specific corner of my living room, near the window, but I want to give it its own ambiance. I know I want to put in a potted fiddle fig tree and I definitely need a chair that’s idea for curling up in, but what kind of chair? Should I get some sort of lamp? What about a little side table? Perhaps a throw for those cold winter days when the snow is falling? To get into the right head space for decorating this tiny postage stamp-sized nook, I’ve been trolling Pinterest for inspiration. Here are 27 nooks that totally have the best vibes…
I’ve had one fork in my apartment since I moved in six months ago. Some may find this sad, but I find it liberating. No longer do I feel like I need to live in this self-imposed multiple fork prison that culture demands from us. Why do I need to spend more money on forks (and the resources to wash and store them), when I can use that same amount of money on the things that I truly find enjoyable, like going to dinner with my friends. Now let’s take this flatware microcosm and expand it. Why do you need two tables? Why do you need two bathrooms? Why do you need a backyard? Why do you need a house? The answer to all of these trick questions is that you don’t need any of those things, you want those things. Read more on Ask Men…
So ya wanna go all-natural, eh? Tired’a lookin’ around for recipes, ehhh?
Well here you go! There are about a million reasons to DIY your makeup, self care, and home care routines and it gets even cheaper the more you make (these recipes will bring your cost down up to 95 percent), as you can recycle old makeup containers, including any you end up having to buy the first time. Keep reading »
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 »
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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