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If plants could go to high school, succulents would win “Most Popular” in the yearbook. They’re everywhere lately, probably because they work as well in modern décor as they do in retro and rustic settings. As the founder 
of shopruche.com—a shopping/lifestyle site—I made sure our offices were decorated with succulents aplenty. And if you want to bring succulents indoors, but more inventively than just plopping them in a ... Read More
If you’re a glitter lover (pre or post holiday season) this DIY project is one that will add some glamour to your morning cup of joe AND it's dishwasher safe (no microwaves though!) Here’s what you’ll need: Martha Stewart decoupage gloss finish Painter’s tape Brush A mug (solid colors work best!) Glitter (duh) Rubbing alcohol Now put it all together: Do a once over on your mug with the rubbing alcohol, insuring that it is clean and ... Read More
  Being a parent is hard (that goes without saying), but Sweden is dream for stressed out people looking to raise a family–no other country has such a generous outlook on family life. Sweden allows parental leave up to 480 days until the child reaches the age of nine. During that time compensation is given at 80% of the employees normal salary with the inclusion of a bonus because—here's the kicker—sixty of the allowed days must be taken by ... Read More
Fresh linens, minus the chemicals Tips and Recipes For a Cleaner, Greener Wash Walk the laundry aisle of your local supermarket, and you’ll see images of snow-capped mountains, vibrant lavender fields, and serene rivers. That’s way more appealing than what they’re concealing: toxic chemicals and dyed animal fats. Fortunately, we’ve got choices when we wash our clothes, and it’s damn easy to whip up homemade alternatives that clean ... Read More
I’m an illustration student – which is basically just an excuse to go see animated movies as an adult without children and not look creepy. So yes, that’s why I as a 21- year-old woman have intense opinions on todays animated features – especially when it comes to gender and race representation. Animated movies are feeding the creative parts of our children’s brains and it’s important to be critical of ... Read More
  Almost every home product advertisement you can think of features a woman acting out a pretty stereotypical domestic role; you’d think all we spend our time doing was wiping counters and asking our rambunctious husbands and sons to take their shoes off. In the wake of the recent Super Bowl ad frenzy, comes this amazing parody video advertising a product called “Swiffle.” Bringing awareness to important subjects like reproductive rights, ... Read More
  The Milwaukee artist Molly Evans was inspired by discarded furniture around her neighborhood, viewing each lumpy mattress as a relic of recent graduates, new families, and people moving on. To ad a little warmth to the remains of apartments and days forgotten, Molly adorned them with love ballads... literally. Stitching Lionel Richie’s lyrics across all the tossed-out furniture she could find, she created “Lionel Stitchie,” a straw-colored ... Read More
  My grandmother was an artist, and throughout her career, she’d make abstract sculptures and embroidery that I’d stare at for hours as a child: “oh, that looks like a face, and that there? That’s an animal.” Our play was art-making, and I was always amazed at how different her aesthetic would become when she was with me. Her paper dolls weren’t abstract at all; I’d make an abstract shape, and she’d magically ... Read More
Imagine leaving your home and family at age 13 to move by yourself to a country where you don't speak the language or know anyone. "I was devastated," Pimprae Hiranprueck told Slate magazine's David Rosenberg of when her parents sent her from Thailand to attend school in the States. But a few years later when she went to study at the Savannah College of Art and Design, Hiranprueck was able to turn her feelings into a beautifully self-reflexive project. Her senior ... Read More
  In a recent study involving over 2,000 men and women, entertainment company Mecca found that clean sheets are among women’s top three turn-ons. The well-kept linen closet beat out other strong contenders like a hot bath or a night out with the girlfriends. And the same holds true for men: clean sheets skyrocketed to the top three on the male list of turn-ons.    What else made it onto the lists? Men and women both expressed longings for sexy ... Read More
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