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May 18

The Quote That Finally Changed My Mind on Minimalism

I’ve always had sort of a personal gripe with the minimalist movement. It’s a complicated cluster of feelings, but I can boil down my difficulty with minimalism into three words: I like stuff.

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May 18

Does Sun Bleaching Really Work? We Tried It

Nothing compares to the smell of fresh laundry that’s been hanging outside to dry. Not only is it a fresh and efficient way to do laundry, it’s also oft-touted as a way to brighten whites without having to use special detergents or harsh chemicals. All you need is plenty of time and sunshine.

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May 18

One Simple Hack to Break Up the Weeknight Dinner Monotony

There aren’t a ton of excellent restaurants where I live. But there’s little traffic, I run into people I’ve known all my life at the grocery store, and my friends have been my friends nearly all my life, so for what it lacks in dining, it makes up for by simply being the place I want to be.

But good lord, trying to find a decent salad a shade more interesting than a Caesar is a struggle, which is why I’ve had to really brush up on my at-home salad skills. Nothing has made them more delicious than this quickie two-ingredient salty, herby nut topping.

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Apr 18

8 Grocery List Hacks That'll Save Time and Money

Grocery shopping isn’t always easy. Along with the crowds, screaming kids, and long lines, you have to successfully secure a week’s worth of foodstuff, most likely while on a budget. That’s why it pays to plan for your trip to the grocery store ahead of time, so you can avoid draining searches and high prices as much as possible.

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Apr 18

6 Super-Quick Ways to Curb Your Spending & Save More Money

Bad spending habits — we all (well, I’d like to think we all) have them. But whether it’s an Amazon addiction, that mid-afternoon coffee habit, or your tendency to swing by Target when you need a little pick-me-up (guilty), there are better ways to spend your time and your money – especially if you’re trying to save more or meet your budget. And because baby steps are always a good way to get started, here are six super simple, super quick ways to curb your spending and change those habits for good.

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Apr 18

Why "Clearing the Coffee Table" is the New "Making the Bed"

We all know the benefits of making the bed every morning. Along with tidying up your bedroom in a pinch, this neat ritual helps set an orderly tone for the rest of your day.

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Apr 18

4 Terrific Habits of Homebodies (That Anyone Can Do)

Everyone knows a homebody. (And if you don’t know one, you definitely are one.) Homebodies aren’t boring and they’re not necessarily shy. They just know hanging around the house can be pretty awesome. Here’s why…

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Mar 18

4 Tricks for a Lively Table Convo (That'll Keep Everyone Off Their Phones)

When my in-laws came over for Thanksgiving, we had a wonderful time together. Nothing like a visit from grandparents and three fun uncles to keep the kids happy and entertained while I prepared our feast. I was surprised, then, when our ’round-the-table conversation was devoid of the effervescent conversation I’m used to with my own (Italian) side of the family. I became acutely aware of the silence and then the inordinately loud sound of forks tinkling on plates.

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Mar 18

The Quest for Happiness Could Actually Make You Unhappy, New Study Says

Trying to be happy should result in more happiness, right? Not so fast. Aekyoung Kim of Rutgers University and Sam Maglio of the University of Toronto recently released a study on happiness for the Psychonomic Bulletin & Review. And as a lifelong cynic and generally skeptical person, this new report brings great joy to my cold, pessimistic heart.

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Mar 18

6 Streaming Documentaries Sure to Fuel Your Minimalist Fire

In an increasingly overwhelming world, minimalism is having a moment. It seems very appealing (and doable!) to take control of your life one possession at a time. You can purge what you don’t need, get educated and intentional about what you do need, and forget the rest.

If you constantly feel like you’re too busy, too tired, or too broke, minimalism says that a life with less stuff promises more. More time, more contentment, more money, and perhaps most appealing of all, more happiness. So whether you’ve already Kondo-ed your whole home, are looking for inspiration to do so, or have no idea what I’m talking about, here are 6 documentaries to fuel your minimalist fire this weekend.

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