There’s nothing worse than meeting a guy (or a girl), going through the natural sequence of events from casual coffee date to dolled-up dinner date, deciding that you really like him, and then…seeing his apartment. Yikes! Did he forget to clean up after the last earthquake?
While you can’t change another person (believe me, if you could then all my friends would be George Clooney), you can certainly steer them in the right direction. One way to do that is to call in an anonymous tip to the police directing them to your ex’s trailer. But a less witness-protection-programmy way is to simply download these apps onto their phone when they’re not looking. Come to think of it, the police may be knocking on your door if you do that….
In any case, here are 6 apps that will help you declutter and organize your life—or the life of someone you would like to date when certain health-code criteria are met: (more…)
Picnics at the beach, in the country or even in a city park can be amazing—a time to connect with friends, your partner, or the person you’re hoping might become your partner. With a bit of planning, and these nine items, you can prepare a perfect picnic basket.
Dinner party? Sweet. Weekend at your friends’ beach house? Even sweeter. And then, on your way there, you realize that you meant to bring something—flowers or wine or that salad you promised to make. You can always make a quick stop at the grocery store or gourmet shop for a last-minute gift. But even better is bringing a “hostess gift.” It’s an old-fashioned term for good taste and proper manners, and those never go out of style.
My recommendation is to stock up on a few types of hostess gifts so you’ll be prepared to show your appreciation every time you’re invited for a meal, a barbecue or a weekend away.
Hardwood floors? Lucky you! Hardwood floors are resilient, versatile—they work with everything from classic furnishings to modern style to dorm room décor—and they don’t attract allergens like carpets do. Whether old or new, hardwood floors can be absolutely stunning. They are also the easiest type of flooring to keep clean, once you know what type of wood floor you have.
If you’ve just moved into a new place that has hardwood floors, or if you have been in your place for a while but you haven’t cleaned lately, your first step is a good sweep. This is as basic as cleaning gets… any broom will do. If you don’t have a broom, for heaven’s sake, go get one!
All the boxes are finally empty. You’ve finally gotten everything unpacked. You have found a place to store or display all your possessions. There is only one thing left to deal with – what to do with all those moving boxes.
Do you just throw them away? Of course not! There are plenty of other options for handling these leftovers from the move. (more…)
Looking for something fun and fresh to do this weekend? Your local farmers’ market has a lot to offer: produce that’s so fresh it’s like you picked it yourself, homemade sweet and savory foods, baked goods, cut flowers, hot coffee and, of course, lots of samples. It’s a beautiful way to spend a morning on your own or with that person you’ve been texting all week.
First, you’ll want to pick a market. If you’re lucky enough to live in (or be visiting) Boston, you can check out Haymarket. In Chicago, Green City Market is the jewel of Lincoln Park. Take a look at a list of markets in California here. For the farmers’ market in your area, check out LocalHarvest.org.
Once you’ve chosen your destination, a few simple steps can help you to make the most of your day at the market.
There’s nothing like the feeling of walking out of your last college exam for the semester and into the glorious sunshine and freedom that awaits you. After months of windowless, crowded rooms full of informative lectures, illegible notes, and the overuse of the word “dichotomy,” you want nothing more than to get as far away from all things collegiate. You’ve been bitten by the travel bug and nothing is going to stop you from relaxing and having fun!
Well, except maybe your finances.
Don’t let a shortage of sawbucks deter you from letting your hair down (or up, as the case may be). Follow this handy guide that outlines cheap vacations for college students—and the best part is you don’t even have to be a college student. You just have to be living like one. (more…)
Hoarding may be a fascinating phenomenon that keeps us glued to the TV, but it can also be a very real and serious struggle.
While reality TV shows like “Hoarders” publicize some of the worst of the worst hoarding cases, the individuals featured are not the only ones who affected by hoarding disorders.
Melinda Massie, owner of Ft.Worth, Texas based Organization with a Side of Fabulous said she works with all levels of clutter, including rehabilitating hoarders. (more…)
Heading out to the dog park? You might want to bring this list along and anonymously tape it to a tree. It seems that the dogs at dog parks can be better behaved than their humans. If you’ve spent any time at your local dog park, you know what I mean.
Before I adopted Daisy, a yellow lab, I’d never been to a dog park. I’m not sure I even knew that they existed. But, like local vets and grain-free dog food, dog parks are a topic of conversation that comes up when dog parents get to talking. What rarely comes up, however, are the dos and don’ts of dog park behavior for humans.
There’s nothing like dumping your half-finished project on a coworker’s desk while yelling “In yer face, Johnson!” and then racing out the door at 5 p.m. sharp because your vacay has just started. Your flight to Metropolis, Illinois leaves at seven the next morning and you’re as giddy as a kid on Christmas. This is the Official Home of Superman, after all.
Lest your excitement at the prospect of meeting your hero carry you away, you may want to read over this unhandy guide about how not to pack when going on vacation. (more…)