Healthy Meals in the Dorm – Back to School Solutions

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Send your teen off to college with tools for healthy eating whether they are in the freshman dorms or sharing their first apartment as a sophomore.

Here are our finds for the best in Dorm Appliances this season (and how to use them):

Kalorik 3 Tier Food Steamer
The Kalorik 3 Tier Food Steamer takes healthy eating for students to a whole new level, with a rice bowl and 3 steamer baskets for cooking up fresh vegetables, fish and more. The base measures just 9.5″ x 7.5″ space-friendly, safe and fast. Read more

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Bedroom Storage – Stylish and Savvy Solutions

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Ideally, the bedroom should be a place of calm where you can go to relax. Yet often we find ourselves overwhelmed by clutter in there just as we are in other areas of the home. If you have already maxed out your closet space and are wisely utilizing the area underneath your bed for overflow, but still find yourself in need of storage, here are some stylish bedroom furnishings that double as storage vessels for everything from personal items to linens.


Make the most use of your nightstand. Look for one, like the “Myriad” Foliage Trunk End Table, that has built in storage and a versatile style. If you access items daily in your nightstand, however, choose one with drawers or even a cabinet door on the front to hide clutter but still provide ease of use. Read more

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Small Bathroom? Help is on the Way!

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Small bathrooms can be frustrating for families, roommates and even single-dwellers! Let’s face it – a spacious, carefully organized bathroom takes a good chunk of the chaos out of the so-called “morning routine”. But don’t worry if a full-scale remodel is not in the works for you; there are still many things you can do to make your bathroom work better for you and the whole family.

Here, our best tips for dealing with small bathrooms:

Towel Bar and Cabinet Organizer Combo
The cabinet door itself provides a fresh dose of storage to a cluttered bathroom. This Towel Bar and Cabinet Organizer Combo is a wonderful tool, using both sides of the cabinet door to hold a hand towel, cleaning supplies, makeup or toiletries. Read more

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Taking Baby Steps to a Modern Makeover

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For years I’ve resisted furniture and decorative pieces that could be considered “modern” or “contemporary”.

tableI think my aversion to this style comes from growing up in the 1980’s. Remember what modern looked like back then? Very stark, sterile and cold. Black and chrome were the ultimate combination. What was modern then is now totally outdated.

Lately I’ve been looking at my furniture and thinking, am I stuck in a style rut? Has my avoidance of modern furniture made my house look like my grandmother’s? Perhaps I could just introduce a few pieces here and there to update my look. That way I won’t feel overwhelmed by committing to a specific style, one that not everyone can pull off. Read more

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Throwing a Successful Summer BBQ or Potluck

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Deluxe Charcoal GrillSummer has barely begun, and I’m guessing you have already been to a number of barbecues, cookouts and potlucks. We humans sure love summer entertaining! Gathering with family and friends to gobble down good food, share stories, splash in the pool and soak in the sun is what we live for all winter long. But as we know, throwing a successful summer party is no easy task. There’s a lot to prepare, and a lot to handle once it’s over.

I’m going to address three key issues and offer up some solutions for making your barbeque or potluck easier and better than ever: Read more

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Patio Blues… Ocean-Inspired Outdoor Furnishings

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Fridays in the summer are all about preparing for a weekend of fun outdoors! In that same spirit, this Friday we are having fun with outdoor decor finds for the patio and garden, each designed with comfort and a commitment to summer-blues in mind.

Here you will find an array of seaside colors to add a cheerful, calming influence to your outdoor space:

Ravella Stripe Rug Denim
The Ravella Stripe Rug Denim reflects the darker range of ocean colors: true blues, browns, and sandy tans. A wonderful way to provide comfort under the feet and define a sitting area out on the patio or deck. Easy care and UV-stabilized. Read more

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Hangadoo Pet Organizer – Product of the Week

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Hangadoo Pets OrganizerDog lovers gather ’round! This week’s featured product is designed to make life with your pooch easier and more enjoyable! The Hangadoo Pets Organizer is a wonderful tool for organizing all of your pet’s stuff. This handy pet organizer hangs over a hook, closet rod and even comes with an over the door so you can grab and go on your way out the back (or front) door. The cute colors and paw print pattern keep the look fun and whimsical. This makes a great storage place for leashes, collars, medicines, treats and more!

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Savvy Outdoor Storage Solutions

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So you’ve decorated and groomed the patio and gardens for summer entertaining, now what? Besides the obvious next step (inviting friends over for a party), the next great upgrade for your outdoor space, whether it is a front porch, a back deck or a grassy garden area, is to add storage for all of those summer-entertaining tools to keep your outdoor space neat and tidy. Here are some great finds for either adding storage or making the most of what you already have:

Storage Box
A sturdy deck box, like this beautiful dark brown eucalyptus Storage Box, can hold cushions, candles, even dishes, and should always double as extra seating for those summer parties. Check weight capacity limits on any deck box you buy to ensure your guests can use it that way. Read more

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Outdoor Kitchens: No Plumbing or Electricity Required!

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You don’t have to go through a costly remodel of your backyard to enjoy the benefits of an outdoor kitchen. Enjoying a meal outside with friends and family, whether it was created on your stove inside or on the grill outside, is one of the finest ways to take advantage of the summer season! Gather these simple items that will be there for you every morning, noon and night, keeping you outside (and maybe even entertaining), more often!

Anti Fatigue Deck Mat
It all starts with the right space, and an outdoor rug is a great way to define that space. This Anti Fatigue Deck Mat eases back strain while standing over a hot grill. Read more

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