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6 Things You Should Never Do with Essential Oils at Home
Essential oils, which are essentially (see what we did there?) concentrated plant parts used for aromatherapy, are ultra-trendy for a reason. Not only do they smell good; essential oils can be used around the house to clean, soothe, and set the mood. Having a hard time sleeping at night? Studies show lavender might help. Tummy problems? Grab your peppermint oil. Looking for a non-toxic way to de-germ your countertops?
Feb 23, 2019
8 Ways to Maximize Your After-Work Time
It starts with good intentions. How many of us have, in an effort to shake off the stress of the workday, ended up in a daze on the couch? Whether you spend your evenings bingeing on Netflix or mindlessly scrolling social media, the post-work lull can compromise productivity and, in the end, keep you from truly relaxing. So why not set your post-work self up for success? All it takes is a little intention.
Feb 18, 2019
Some Genius Is Making a Coffee Mug and Water Bottle in One
If you’ve ever commuted by train, bus, or bike or regularly hike with your dogs, then this genius new hybrid to-go container will no doubt solve one of life’s pressing problems—by combining your water bottle and travel coffee mug in one. No longer do we have to literally juggle beverage containers while trying to channel an octopus, or choose between life-giving caffeine and hydration.
Feb 15, 2019
Here’s What Every Love Language Is Like at Home
Everyone shows love differently. The Five Love Languages, developed by counselor and author Gary Chapman, sum up the most common ways we give and receive love. Chapman’s theory is that every person has a primary “language” for loving, which is how they naturally show their affection to the people closest to them. Curious how your roomie or partner’s love language comes out at home?
Feb 14, 2019
How Well-Designed Homes Support Healthy and Satisfying Sex Lives
We know that you can design a home that supports your priorities and goals. So what does a bedroom built for better sex look like?
Feb 14, 2019
5 Things Happy Couples Always Do on Valentine’s Day
Whether you’re in a long-term relationship or newly coupled, Valentine’s Day is all about celebrating you and your partner’s unique relationship. And while that can make picking out a good V-Day gift tough sometimes, it also means that there’s a whole day devoted to celebrating all the special things you and your partner do for each other on a daily basis.
Feb 13, 2019
5 Small Home Habits That Keep Punctual People Running on Time
“Early is on time, on time is late, and late is dead.” You probably heard your parents say this a thousand times while you were growing up—turns out they might’ve been onto something. You might strive to be fashionably late to parties, but when it comes to starting your day, few things feel as good as being punctual (also coffee—definitely coffee).
Feb 7, 2019
Is It Ever OK to Sleep with a Space Heater On?
For as awesome as having an electric space heater can be during the cold weather season, they often come with a lot of safety risks. We called on Jim Bullock, a retired FDNY Deputy Chief and President of New York Fire Consultants (NYFC) for advice on how to manage our space heaters properly at home. From when to turn yours off to places you should never put one, here are 10 expert tips for handling your space heater safely this winter.
Feb 6, 2019
A Goop Series Is Coming to Netflix
Pour yourself a glass of kale juice, because Netflix is about to get Gooped. The lifestyle company, helmed by patron saint of jade eggs and juice cleanses, Gwyneth Paltrow, has inked a major deal with Netflix to create a docu-series that will air this fall. Split into 30-minute episodes, the program will be hosted by Paltrow and other members of the Goop team, and will discuss “issues relating to physical and spiritual wellness,” Variety reports.
Feb 5, 2019
10 Amazon Buys Under $10 to Support Your Active Lifestyle
When it comes to health and wellness, nothing matches the motivation that comes with fresh start of the new year. But new stuff comes pretty close. If January had you motivated to try a new workout class or integrate more exercise into your routine, the secret to keeping up those healthy habits in February might be treating yourself new workout gear.
Feb 1, 2019
This $30 Amazon Buy Improved My Hair and Skin After Just One Use
My hair is anything but easy—I’m constantly on the hunt for shampoo and conditioner that will give my limp locks some extra volume, while keeping my unnaturally blonde shade looking healthy. It’s been a daunting journey to say the least. So imagine my surprise when my longtime—and life-changing—hair stylist, CoCo, examined my limp locks and declared that my hair care products, in fact, were not the problem.
Jan 30, 2019
The $4 Trader Joe’s Buy That Saved My Dry Winter Hair
As January turns into February, it would seem that the harsh cold weather is here to stay. One day we have temperatures in the 40s, and the next, it’s a frigid 5 degrees. With these fluctuating temperatures comes dry skin and brittle, damaged hair. The winter weather can even take a toll on those who don’t color or use heat tools, or those who already have silky hair. One way to combat dryness is using a hair mask to help keep your locks hydrated.
Jan 29, 2019
Here’s How Darren Criss Spends His Perfect Night In
Perfect Night In is a series where we ask actors, artists, entrepreneurs, and beyond how they’d spend the ultimate luxury—a blissful evening at home. If you watched the Golden Globes, you witnessed Darren Criss hitting a major career milestone when he won Best Actor in a Miniseries or Television Film, beating out big names like Hugh Grant and Benedict Cumberbatch.
Jan 24, 2019
5 Small and Smart Ways to Shop More Sustainably This Year
Conscious shopping is all the rage, and it’s not hard to see why. Along with supporting ethical and eco-friendly clothing and furniture companies, shopping sustainably can help the environment (by cutting down on production waste), the economy, and the lives of workers who are unfairly paid. It’s no surprise then that more and more people are starting to smarten up about where they shop, even taking on sustainable shopping challenges to help spread awareness and make an impact.
Jan 20, 2019
5 Home Truths That Are Worth Remembering Over and Over
Over the years I’ve written a few posts on Apartment Therapy about certain home “truths.” Like 9 Home Truths We Tend to Forget (That Are Worth Remembering), or the rental-centric 9 Important Design Truths Every Renter Should Remember. I’ve even shared truths about stuff that we should strive to remember. The reason why these ideas have resonated with myself and others is that the world is an incredibly complex, fast-moving place.
Jan 18, 2019
5 Ways to Be Better with Money in 2019
It’s official: 2019 is here and it’s time to get your money right. We called on Priya Malani, co-founder of Stash Wealth, a financial planning firm for millennials, for advice on how to better handle our money in the New Year. From setting up a different savings account to signing up for automatic withdrawals, here are five money-savvy tips to jumpstart your 2019 financial goals.
Jan 13, 2019
The $20 Magic Makeup-Removing Towel Amazon Reviewers Are Obsessed With
If you wear makeup (ever), you know the dread of taking it off at the end of the day. Good news: we discovered a top-rated product on Amazon that will make removing your makeup a breeze—and won’t cost you a fortune either. If you haven’t heard of the MakeUp Eraser, we’re here to catch you up. Beloved by beauty bloggers and vloggers around the globe, it’s basically a microfiber towel that can remove even the most stubborn of makeup with nothing more than water.
Jan 12, 2019
The Best Planners for 2019, According to People Who Get Sh*t Done
‘Tis the season for thinking about finally getting our sh*t together, and there’s no better way to get started than investing in a good personal planner for 2019. But with all the fancy options on the market, we thought it would be wise to ask a few of our favorite hustlers (i.e. people who already get stuff done) what their preferred planners were instead.
Jan 5, 2019
This Tiny Teardrop Trailer Can Sleep a Family of Four
We’ve seen that many travelers have been eager to indulge in the #camperlifestyle. This includes scouting the perfect sites to explore and sleep in, but most importantly, shopping around for a camper that will make for the perfect road trip. Add incredibly cute, family-friendly, and comfortable into the mix, and you’ll get the Summit: a charming teardrop trailer from Colorado Summit.
Jan 4, 2019
How Jonathan Adler Spends His Perfect Night In
Apple pie is his answer to four questions, FYI.
Jan 3, 2019
This Furniture Collection Is Part-Bed, Part-Desk
It’s safe to say that telecommuters will experience love at first sight with designer Geoffrey Pascal’s Unexpected Office collection: A brightly-colored set of unique office furniture that creatively meshes the bed and desk together, which makes working in bed more feasible. Named Grafeoiphobia, Pascal’s collection takes its name from the fear of desks.
Jan 2, 2019
Women Sleep More Peacefully Next to Their Dog, Not Their Significant Other
There are some things about sleeping that seem to just be a fact. You sleep better in your own bed, totally true, right? Flipping your pillow to the other side will instantly cool you off and lull you back to sleep? Also true! Sleeping with your dog next to you, instead of your partner, will give you a better night sleep? That is also, apparently, true. Are you one of the many dog owners who has been saying this for years?
Dec 29, 2018
The Best New Year’s Resolution for Every Zodiac Sign
A new year always brings about thoughts of self-reflection: What can you do in 2019 to make your life better? “Better” of course is different for everyone. Your better might translate well to “more colorful,” or “more sustainable,” or “more well-rested.” If you know something that needs improving in your life, then write that down as your New Year’s Resolution and get to resolving.
Dec 27, 2018
The 3 Words that Keep Me Grounded When Life Gets Out of Control
To put it euphemistically, my house is full of life. We have five children, ranging in age from 10 to 4 months. The only time we aren’t mired in chaos or teetering on the verge of it is for a couple hours after the brood is in bed—and that’s only when the 2-year-old isn’t escaping from his crib and joining us in the living room with a reckless cackle. As my pal (good old Shakespeare himself) says, here’s the rub: I’m a Highly Sensitive Person and an introvert.
Dec 24, 2018
Hot Sleepers Can Finally Sleep Comfortably Through the Night With This Cooling Weighted Blanket
Are you one of those people who cannot sleep without the fan on? It might be below 20 °F degrees outside, but you still need your fan on to sleep peacefully. Some of us need the added coolness when we are all bundled up during the winter. Did you know that your body changing temperatures while you sleep (think: waking up at 3 AM drenched in sweat) has to do with the overall quality of your sleep. Sleep occurs when your core temperature is dropping during a normal circadian rhythm.
Dec 23, 2018
One Really Good Reason to Sleep with Your Bedroom Door Closed
If you thought leaving your bedroom door open every night was the safer way to sleep, then think again. According to new research from the UL Firefighter Safety Research Institute (FSRI), in the event of a home fire, a closed door can actually be an effective barrier against deadly levels of carbon monoxide, smoke, and flames—plus it might buy you more time to escape.
Dec 23, 2018
33 Productive Things You Can Do Instead of Spending Money
They say idle hands are the devil’s playground. Or is it an idle mind? When our twitching fingers tap from “add to bag” to “checkout” before we know what happened, it certainly feels like our good intentions of not spending money uselessly have been thwarted by a devilish boredom that whispers, pitchfork held aside, to go on ahead and just check to see if there are any good sales.
Dec 8, 2018
It’s Sagittarius Season: Here’s Your December 2018 Home Horoscope
Unfurl your magic carpets and throw back the sash, astral voyagers. December in the cosmos asks us to give it up and turn it loose, as we surrender to the trust in what we cannot see, and offer ourselves up to be blended by the fully immersive experience of living. With mutable fire sign Sagittarius leading the pack of wild ponies, it’s a rolled-back ride to meet the rising road.
Dec 5, 2018
What Your Birth Month Can Reveal About Your Home
The driving force in how you decorate your home—and really just how you live in it—is dictated most often by your personality. Who you are as a person impacts what art you hang, how you set up your rooms, how often you host people, your cleaning tendencies, and how you unwind at home.
Nov 28, 2018
40 Fun and Fulfilling Things to Do on “Buy Nothing Day”
Maybe you’ve already stretched the dollars you’ve saved during what has become, somehow, Black Friday month. Or you could be one of those who would never dream of spending a precious day off saving money at the cost of braving dense crowds on the prowl for a good deal. Whatever your reason for skipping shopping on Black Friday, there’s a day—the same day—just for you: Buy Nothing Day.
Nov 23, 2018
This Common Bite-Sized Grocery Habit Could be Costing You Big Money
Fact: The convenience of having a pre-portioned, pre-packed snacks in your fridge or pantry to grab and go anytime, whether you’re packing up for work or school, is undeniable. And so I remain eternally grateful to the companies that make the little hummus-and-pretzel packs and sacks of olives. (They’re much better alternatives to picking up a bag of chips at the convenience store!) And yet. As you already know, with convenience comes a price.
Nov 18, 2018
Here’s How Alyssa Edwards Spends a Perfect Night In
Perfect Night In is a series where we ask actors, artists, entrepreneurs, and beyond how they’d spend the ultimate luxury—a blissful evening at home. Alyssa Edwards is all about the hustle.
Nov 15, 2018
You Can Get Your Whole Life Together with an “LFT” Weekend
Life is all about balance. While some weekends are made for sitting back and relaxing, others are made purely for productivity. Recently, a reader called Jinnet suggested the idea of an occasional “let’s finish that” (LFT) weekend, and we have to admit, it has a nice ring to it. “Every once in a while I declare a ‘let’s finish that’ weekend. I start nothing new and tackle projects that may be three-quarters done (that tends to be where I lose interest).
Nov 9, 2018
7 Daily Home Habits That Will Boost Your Creative Energy
Creativity starts at home. That’s why it’s important to know what kinds of things you can do around the house to get your creative juices flowing. We called on two of our favorite creative experts: Rahti Gorfien, Professional Certified Coach (PCC) and ACCG at Creative Calling Coaching and Danielle Raine, a U.K.-based creativity coach for advice on everyday habits that can help improve our creativity from the privacy of our own place, and they had lots to share.
Nov 8, 2018
Print Off This Checklist & Save $100 This Month
Budgeting is too often misunderstood. The problem: Many people look over their expenses after the money is gone. Then they get startled or—even less productively—embarrassed at how much money was spent on things like eating out or buying new clothing, and vow to cut back next month. It’s an endless cycle that does little to change your spending habits.
Nov 1, 2018
7 Secrets of People with Incredible Discipline
Have a goal (or a few of them) you want to meet? You probably already know that discipline is your friend. Whether you want to learn how to get things done more efficiently at the office or just muster up the motivation to check the first thing off your to-do list, you won’t accomplish much without the daily grind of hard work.
Oct 28, 2018
This Glamping Site Lets You Sleep Near the Grand Canyon
At this point, you’ve probably heard of “glamping” a time or two, if you haven’t already experienced it in person. This term that has gone from foreign to familiar comes in various forms, from a minimalist tree house in Norway to a covered wagon in Yosemite National Park. And now, the latest glamping attraction to make its debut is Under Canvas Grand Canyon, a luxury camping site 25 minutes away from the National Park entrance in Valle, Arizona.
Oct 28, 2018
Sleep Under the Northern Lights in a Dome-Shaped Tiny House
Travelers from all around the world voyage to see the sky’s natural lightshow that is known as Northern Lights. But thanks to this tented dome, you can experience the phenomenon in an entirely new way—in the comfort of your own bed. Located on the shores in the Finnish Lapland, this tiny home can comfortably fit up to four guests with one bedroom and nearby bathroom facilities.
Oct 26, 2018
You’re 5 Minutes from a Better Financial Future
When it comes to getting your financial life in order, a little effort can go a long way. So to help you get your money right, we put together a list of foolproof five-minute tasks that will get your fiscal future on the right track. From weekly budgets to 401K contributions, here are seven simple things you can do today to start taking control of your finances. Do you avoid checking your credit report because, well, you’re scared of what you’ll see?
Oct 24, 2018
Is it Better (and Cleaner) to Shower at Night or in the Morning?
While my showering habits have shifted since having kids (read: I shower less), I’ve always been a morning shower-er, purely for practical reasons. My fine hair styles better when I don’t sleep on it, and the ritual of a morning shower jolts me awake and helps me mentally prepare for the day ahead. Plus, I tend to get hot at night, and I feel fresher when I rinse it all off in the A.M. But fans of night showers defend their habits for similarly practical reasons.
Oct 10, 2018
Sleep Better, Save Energy: Amazon Is Having a Flash Sale on Blackout Curtains
Blackout curtains are a great way to reduce outside light and keep heat inside. With winter coming, now is a great time to invest in a set or two for your home–think of it as upgrading your winter nesting schedule. Need more encouragement to buy? Amazon is currently having a flash sale on a variety of colors and sizes until 3:20 pm ET.
Oct 10, 2018
Schedule a “Should-Less Sunday” To Revitalize Your Weekend
Your to-do list is long and your bullet journal is bursting. It seems like there’s always something you could or should be doing—but maybe that’s exactly the problem. While the pressures to be (and stay!) productive have reached an all-time high, overscheduling your free time could actually do more harm than good. Enter “Should-Less Sundays”—your new favorite weekend tradition.
Oct 5, 2018
The 3 Life Lessons I Learned from Interviewing Dozens of Women Over 50
I never used to spend much time thinking about aging. I’m 29 and hang out in a mostly 20- and 30- something bubble in Washington, DC. Getting older was a vague, abstract concept on a far off, distant horizon. But then I began seeking out conversations with ladies in their 50s and 60s. I had started a new job in innovation focused on women over 50, and embarked on a quest to uncover ideas by speaking with the target market.
Oct 2, 2018
4 Ways to Participate in National Voter Registration Day (Without Leaving Your Sofa)
National Voter Registration Day is held each year on the fourth Tuesday in September. Here are a few easy ways you can get involved.
Sep 25, 2018
This $10 Find Protects Your Most Precious Bathroom Investments
If you’re anything like me, getting the most of your beloved (and often pricey) bathroom supplies—a.k.a. quality shampoos, body washes, skincare, etc.—is always a priority. And while flipping your bottles upside down when they start running low might seemingly work well enough, we found an affordable item that will ensure you get every last drop of all your most precious products (even the ones with the pump tops).
Sep 22, 2018
The 5-Minute Stretching Routine You Should Do Daily
Whether your day job involves sitting at a desk, driving to sales calls, or bent over your phone responding to emails and texts while you run around town, we all could use stretching breaks throughout the day. “Stretching is very important, but not in the way people think, says K. Aleisha Fetters, M.S., C.S.C.S. You’re not thinning out your muscles, she says.
Sep 18, 2018
14 Designers Share Their Best Productivity Tips
What is it about the beginning of fall that always brings out the back-to-school spirit in us? It doesn’t matter how long it’s been since you graduated school, there’s something about September that makes us want to turn over a new leaf and be more productive. So, we get organized, set bigger goals for ourselves, and buy some super chic office supplies.
Sep 11, 2018
Why I Made a Shopping List Template (Organized by My Trader Joe’s Layout)
For quite a while, I was a huge fan of grocery list apps—they save paper, make it easy to add items as soon as you remember them, and are simple to share with other household members. But at a certain point I realized one unavoidable fact: I hate fiddling with and staring at my phone while I shop. So I gave up my high-tech habits and returned to the low-fi, totally nerdy grocery list template I created during my pre-smartphone days. And you know what? It’s awesome.
Sep 10, 2018
I Tried Furniture-Free Living for a Week to See if I Felt Healthier
Minimalism is all the rage in decor. From Marie Kondo to the airy white images floating around Instagram, it’s hard to escape the burgeoning love for simple living. I used to joke with colleagues that soon, the new minimalist trend would be to toss out your furniture. Well friends, it’s finally happened. The furniture-free movement is the newest home decorating trend—and it’s all in the name of optimal health and minimalist living.
Sep 9, 2018
7 Simple Living Room Stretches You Should Do If You Sit at a Desk All Day
When you’re hunched over a desk for hours on end, you’re likely to feel tight in a number of places by the time you head home. Sure, a “desk job” isn’t considered physical labor, but tell that to your aching neck, shoulders, back, and hips. Then after a day of typing away and staring at a screen, many of us revert to lounging on our couches, watching a TV screen, and scrolling through our phones. We’re not doing our bodies any favors.
Sep 7, 2018
10 Things to Do with the Last 10 Minutes Of Your Day
A morning gone wrong can make us feel like the rest of the day is doomed, a thought which might all too easily become a self-fulfilling prophecy. Of course, there are things like the proverbial (and actual!) spilled milk that we can’t control, but there are plenty of things we can. Setting ourselves up for success in the morning is one of them. And it starts with the last ten minutes of the night before.
Sep 5, 2018
Sleep In These Covered Wagons For An Old West Glamping Experience
Glamping is taking a page from the Oregon Trail. Yosemite Pines RV Resort and Family Lodging is offering a one-of-a-kind experience inside their new ( but old-looking) Conestoga Wagons. Located in the Northern California town of Groveland, the covered wagons allow locals and guests alike to feel like they’ve traveled back in time to the Old West, minus the lack of electricity. The four-person or six-person wagon are furnished with king-size and twin-size beds.
Sep 4, 2018
33 Small, Mindful Home Habits That’ll Save You Money in the Long Run
Little money-saving habits don’t ever feel like they’re doing much in the moment, but in the long run they can add up to significant savings. And, no, we’re not talking about the same well-worn advice to brew your own coffee or bring your lunch to work. These are at-home habits, most of which involve a minor change in your routine and might only take a few seconds each.
Sep 1, 2018
Sorry, but Here Are 5 Things You Should TOTALLY Worry About at Home
We recently wrote about things at home you don’t need to worry about. But that doesn’t mean you’re off the hook. For every ahh, it’s not actually that big of a deal item on the list, there’s—sorry—something waiting to take its place. And it’s not always the stuff you might think about. So, just in case you need something to keep you up at night, here are five things that you should be worried about.
Aug 31, 2018
Sleep In This Vintage Red Double Decker For The Ultimate U.K. Experience
Turns out that red double decker buses aren’t all hop on, hop off. Located in the village of Hartland, Devon—about a four-hour drive from London—is the Bertram’s Hotel, a bright red converted bus that provides a one-of-a-kind overnight stay.
Aug 28, 2018
Never Forget Your Reusable Bag Again, Guaranteed
When it comes to reducing our ecological footprint, most of us have our hearts in the right place. We try to save water and do our best to recycle (although staying up-to-date on local regulations can be tricky). And we try to stick to reusable containers when we can, like when we amass that endless collection of reusable bags so we can avoid picking up plastic when we shop.
Aug 27, 2018
The 5 Happy Secrets of Effortlessly Positive People
Life can be taxing sometimes. With busy work schedules, family responsibilities, and financial obligations to worry about, staying optimistic throughout day-to-day life often feels all but impossible. But fret not my stressed out friends: There’s hope to be had. We called on life coach Annie Lin of New York Life Coaching for advice on how to keep positive in everyday life, and she had lots to share.
Aug 26, 2018
One Calorie-Burning Exercise You Can Do During Commercial Breaks
Whether you’re watching a “House Hunters” reunion, catching up on the nightly news, or tuning in to the latest fall premiere, you can squeeze in a quickie workout during commercial breaks when you have the right tool in your living room: A kettlebell.
Aug 20, 2018
How Green Space Can Help Your Mental Health, According to Science
Have you been collecting succulents or other small plants recently? If you don’t have a garden of your own, chances are you’ve got a plethora of plants adorning your apartment. There is actually a reason you might love to have green little plants around your place. Green space is good for your mental health. According to a recent study, symptoms of depression can be reduced when people in urban areas have access to green space.
Aug 18, 2018
I Gave Up Plastic for One Week and It Was Very Eye-Opening
I’ve been thinking a lot about my relationship with plastic. Perhaps you have too, Because the problem with our plastic-filled world is a topic that has become impossible to ignore. First, there was that awful, horrible video about the turtle with a plastic straw in 2015 (watch at your own risk). This year there was the June 2018 National Geographic cover unveiled in May, with an arresting photo of a plastic shopping bag partially submerged in the ocean, giving the illusion of an iceberg.
Aug 16, 2018
How Gross Is It to Bring Your Phone into the Bathroom?
You might not want to know.
Aug 14, 2018
One Week to a Better You: 7 Smart Ideas to Try This Week
Maybe I should try drinking that warm lemon water like so-and-so… Next month I’ll get up at 5 every morning… I really should take a walk on the trail behind the office during my lunch break. We all have those nebulous “someday” ideas that we never quite get around to (I bet you could name a few right now!). This week, let’s put the excuses aside and actually test out some small but significant practices that promise to make each day just a little bit better.
Aug 13, 2018
The Dark Side of Renovations That Nobody Talks About
If you’ve ever done a home renovation you know what comes along with it. Gut-shredding, teeth-grinding, hair-pulling, night-terrors stress. It is an absolute wonder why any of us would ever do it again. But, maybe as is the case with other painful things like tattoos, or (I hear) childbirth, we seem to forget in our headlong rush to start that next project just how bad it can be.
Aug 12, 2018
The New, Supremely Satisfying Way I End My Day
Most of us take on a lot of different roles in life. You’ve got to be the housekeeper, bookkeeper, nutritionist, chef, personal shopper, stylist, events coordinator, therapist, bodyguard, CEO and assistant of You, Inc.—all the time, around the clock. Oh, and cheerleader too, if you hope to have the stamina and enthusiasm to do it all over again tomorrow.
Aug 2, 2018
9 Purchases Where It Can Pay to Buy Used
We’re all about scoring quality used stuff: Who doesn’t love saving money while cutting back on waste? While some items are more than worthy of a second (or third or fourth) life, others—like makeup, mattresses, and vacuum cleaners—are best left alone after use. That’s why it pays (literally) to know what kinds of goods are okay to purchase pre-owned, and which ones are best bought brand new.
Aug 1, 2018
10 Ways to Survive (and Thrive) During Mercury Retrograde
Free your mind and the rest will follow. Forget what you thought you knew about email mix-ups, plane delays, and endless panic over signed contracts. This mid-2018 Mercury Retrograde season (from July 26 to August 19) is ripe for deep dives into our past narratives, revised relationships to our mission statements, and juicy convos about what we really want. To get to the good stuff though, we’ve got to first be willing to engage in a little myth-busting and self-empowered action.
Jul 28, 2018
Stop Worrying About These 5 Things at Home
Full disclosure: I’m the last person to give advice about not worrying. I was up half the night last night thinking about everything currently going wrong with my home renovation. Trust me, if it wasn’t that it would be something else. But look, there’s plenty of actual Bad Stuff happening out in the world—none of us need to add to that worry load. So take a look at a few things around the house that I believe we can just strike off the list.
Jul 28, 2018
10 Essential IKEA Finds for Anyone Who Lives with Roommates
Having roommates isn’t always easy. For every good thing you share (a.k.a. rent, bills, groceries, etc.) there’s usually something a little more difficult (i.e. space and storage) to divvy up. Thankfully, IKEA knows the roomie struggle is real. The super stylish and affordable retailer offers tons of roommate-friendly solutions—think: Furnishings that are lockable and dividable—to help make sharing and sorting household stuff easier.
Jul 26, 2018
The Best Prime Day Beauty Deals (That Our Makeup-Obsessed Staffers Vouch For)
At Apartment Therapy and Kitchn, we mostly talk about home and food, but one company Slack channel is packed with staffers discussing the best serums and latest lip hues. I asked them what they’re buying during Prime Day, and this is what they recommend. For beauty fans on a budget, Amazon is offering up to 30% off select luxury beauty brands during Prime Day, including makeup, skincare, hair products and tools, as well as fragrance.
Jul 17, 2018
Conserve Resources and Money: How to Take Shorter Showers
According to the Boston University sustainability department, an average shower uses about 5 gallons of water per minute. That means if you shorten your shower by just 2 minutes each day, you can cut your water use by 10 gallons at a time. It really adds up–with major impacts to your wallet and the environment. Whatever your goal–lowering your bill or just your water usage overall–it’s quite the challenge to try and shorten your time in the shower.
Jul 14, 2018
4 Fool-Proof Ways to Stay Centered When Life Is Chaotic
Well, we try our best, most of the time. But there are some things that are just out of our control. From natural disasters to DIY disasters to science projects that start on the dining room table and spread out to other parts of the home (to work projects that do the same) — sometimes our homes are chaos.
Jul 12, 2018
This $6 Bathroom Staple Saves Me Money Every Day
Super simple, this tiny tool has one job—and does it well.
Jul 8, 2018