Because I’m a jealous and petty person, I can’t stand to read lifestyle/home/craft blogs. Who are these people with endless amounts of free time, money and craft experience who seem to effortlessly turn their homes into the back page of a Martha Stewart magazine? They obviously don’t have cats. And because I’m jealous and petty, and not going to subscribe to Folk Magazine anytime soon (though they keep threatening me with a subscription), I need shortcuts to elevate me from sloth to semi-functioning, well-designed person.
Which is why we’ve collected a bunch of easy, really easy, tips to help make your house one others can be jealous of. Keep reading »
As a person with a moderate case of OCD, nothing stresses me out like a tangled mess of wires and electrical cords ruining the otherwise pristine ambiance in my home. So I fell in love with this sleek and compact plug hub that has room for a power strip, contains three cord anchors for hiding longer cords, and can either sit on the floor or anchor to the wall or even underneath a desk. I can’t wait until mine arrives in the mail and I can spend an evening drinking wine and finally tiding up the only eyesore in my precious abode. Shut up. This is the kind of night us OCD types live for. [$24.99, Quirky]
Jane Austen was the original homebody. She knew how to make the most of her alone time. Remind yourself that there’s nowhere else you’d rather be than curled up, reading a book alone in bed every time you approach your front door. And if you have any visitors — a Mr. Darcy or a Mr. Knightley, perhaps — this doormat shall remind him to wipe his feet before he enters. [$40, Etsy via Outblush]
Ahh, dorm living. For many a college student, sharing a 15 x 15 space with one window is an unavoidable reality of the higher learning experience. But your room does not have to be a dull, lifeless crash pad! It can be a warm and inviting space where everyone wants to hang out. And for the first time ever, you don’t have mom and dad’s silly rules to abide by — go buck wild! Make your dorm room your own little spot of heaven on earth, dangit. Here are 30 dorm room decorating tips we’ve culled just for you students who are headed back to school this month. Keep reading »
I had such a case of the Mondays this week and accidentally spilled coffee all over my mousepad. My search for a replacement brought me to Etsy, where I found tons of cute, unique options that would add a hearty dose of style and personality to any desk. Ready to give your mouse a smooth new spot to rest? Click through to check out 10 of my favorites, featuring sugar skulls, flowers, polka dots, mustaches, and more!
As a thirsty person, I need a beverage, sometimes several, near me at all times. As a klutz, I am prone to knocking over any drink that crosses my path. This becomes a serious issue whenever there are technological gadgets or important papers in my midst, which is the case every Monday through Friday while I’m at work. This Drinkclip Portable Cupholder should solve all my problems. I can clip it on the edge of my desk and it will keep my my various drinks at a safe distance from my elbows, yet still close enough that I don’t actually have to move from my seat to take a sip. Ah, the comforts of modern life. [$20, Outblush]
Paperse just made gift-giving a whole lot easier. This thick, paper card transforms into a pretty, little vase. Just write your personalized message, fold along the lines and put flowers in the vinyl tube, which fits inside to keep buds fresh. The only thing Paperse doesn’t provide are the flowers and the words. But you can come up with those on your own, Romeo. You’re not that lazy, are you? Even if you are, Juliet will never know when she receives such a thoughtful gift. [$6, Cauca]
Those who know me best — or those who read The Frisky with any regularity — know that I love bath time. I am always looking to take my bubble-filled soaks up a notch, which is why I gasped with excitement when I came across this Spa Bath Planetarium gizmo. It’s like these geniuses knew that second only to my love of baths is my love of space and they created this with me in mind! But for those of you who are not into stargazing (weirdos), there are two other settings — a pretty rose glow and a “bottom of the sea” effect. Whatever, I’m sure they’re lovely, but I’m only interested in going where no one has gone before — especially in a bathtub. [$123.75, GeekStuff4U]
I am one of those people who likes my bananas without brown spots. The most annoying things about my favorite fruit is how quickly they ripen (and how they make everything in their general vicinity smell like banana). And, as you may remember from the Chiquita Banana song, bananas like the climate of the very, very tropical equator, so you should never put bananas in the refrigerator. The Banana Bag is the kitchen appliance Chiquita always dreamed of. The sunny, yellow bag provides the exact amount of insulation and air to keep your bunch from over-ripening, while keeping the skin warm enough to prevent those brown spots. The Banana Bag will keep your fruit fresh and cereal-ready for at least two weeks. [$12.99, Amazon]
In my house, however much pasta you make, you must eat! (This, I believe, is the unofficial slogan of Italy.) But because I never correctly estimate a proper portion of noodles (particularly long ones like spaghetti, fettuccine, etc.), and always air on the side of more, I end up eating a lot more than I really originally intended. That’s why this “I Could Eat A Horse” pasta measuring tool, which portions out child, adult, and family-sized amounts of dried pasta, is so genius. I’ll never end up eating a family-sized portion of pasta again. Unless I want to, that is. [$16.90, Reykjavik Corner Store]