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To add a little multipurpose bling to your outfit, skip the candy necklace and go slip on some crayon rings. These chunky bands provide artsy oomph, and as a bonus, they’re super easy and inexpensive to make. Read More
Europeans have been baking with olive oil for thousands of years, so they know that if you partially freeze olive oil, it acts a lot like butter. Once in the oven, the cold pockets of oil react with the heat to make steam, creating flakiness. About an hour before starting to bake, place the olive oil in a thin plastic container. Freeze until it’s opaque and congealed but still soft, like the consistency of slightly melted sorbet. Top this pie with a scoop of coconut-milk ice cream and you’ve got a dairy-free confection that’ll tempt even die-hard butter lovers. Read More
Do you love pineapples? So do I. Do you know the best way to cut one up? Neither did I. But after some practice, I’m proud to say that I’ve mastered a method that looks sweet and saves more of the good stuff.  What You Need: A whole ripe pineapple Chef’s knife Paring knife (optional) Cutting board Trim The Roughage Using a sturdy cutting board and sharp knife, slice off the base of the pineapple. Keep the leafy top to use as a handle while cutting. Stand the pineapple upright and trim down the outer skin. Read More
  Make Your Own Peanut Butter Flax Seed Bars Oh, the sadness of biting into a mass-produced protein bar in the middle of the woods! You’ll never have to struggle with that cognitive dissonance again with these super simple bars. They’re chewy and toasty and not too sweet. Plus, they can take a beating in your backpack. You can really customize these to suit your tastes, using a different nut butter or adding up to a cup of your favorite dried fruit or nuts.  Ingredients ½ cup smooth peanut butter ¼ cup agave nectar ¼ cup brown rice syrup 1 tsp. Read More
Curiosity cabinets gained popularity during the Renaissance, and are considered the precursor to museums. Originally, a “cabinet of curiosity” referred to an entire room filled with extraordinary items. Eventually, though, the term came to mean a single “curio” cabinet used to display a personal collection of objects—including (but certainly not limited to) preserved animals and bugs, bones, teeth, claws, feathers, horns, coral, stones, shells, plants, medical objects, drawings, paintings, interesting relics, and creepy doll heads. Read More
Baby showers usually blow. Don’t get it twisted; we love our friends and want their kids to have nice things. But sitting around watching someone open presents and playing lame games just isn’t awesome. Here are some tips on how to throw a shindig that both guests and the mom-to-be will love. Here’s what not to do: Don’t have a big gift-opening ceremony. Without it, people can come and go as they please without feeling like jerks, and the mom won’t miss out on valuable hang time with her homies. Don’t ban the guys. Read More
Chanel Reynolds of Seattle, WA, never got around to doing any estate-planning—after all, she and her husband José were young and super-healthy. So when José was killed while bicycling near their home, Reynolds found herself drowning in confusion, grief, and unexpected paperwork. For three years, she wrangled insurance documents and muddled her way through probate court battles. Her lack of planning was typical—a recent poll found that 61 percent of American adults don’t have a will, let alone power of attorney or other legal documents in place. Read More
Originating in the 17th century, literary salons were once the perfect training ground for aspiring authors, helping them improve their writing by getting feedback and criticism from the greats. (If you made it into Gertrude Stein’s super-elite salon in 1920s Paris, you were definitely hot shit.) Now, many lit lovers are organizing readings to connect with their communities. These salons, which are often free, erase the gap between audience and artist—they’re all about stimulating conversations in which everyone’s voice is heard. Read More
New Sites Make It Easy To Create Your Own Fab Fabric by Jen Ng Thanks to a handful of new DIY-fabric companies, you can now take your handmade creations to a whole new level of customization. Are you obsessed with your pet bunny? Reupholster your favorite chair in fabric printed with her likeness. Can’t stand the holiday-inspired textiles at your local craft mart? Create your own neon plaid. The options are endless; all you need is an Internet connection and a little creativity. Read More