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Saturday, 15 December

01:00

Cool Crowdfunding: AI Infused Robot Kits, Dirt Cheap SLA 3D Printing, and Beautiful Watches Make: DIY Projects and Ideas for Makers

We receive so many pitches for crowdfunding projects. They pour into our inbox daily. Since crowdfunding is a bit of a gamble, it is always kind of hard to determine just how to write about these projects, considering that many of them may not ever deliver. Cool Crowdfunding is our []

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Friday, 14 December

23:00

Gift-Worthy Kids Books Under $20 At Home In Love

Thanks to Candlewick Press for sending us these books to review. All opinions are my own.

I've made holiday gift guides in years past, but honestly? I'm not big on the consumer aspects of Christmas, so this year I decided it would be more genuine to skip them. We aren't getting our kids (or ourselves) anything expensive, and I can't encourage you to drop hundreds of dollars on big, flashy gifts if I'm not. But one thing I can talk about in good conscience is books. I firmly believe that a love for reading is one of the best things you can give a child. For young kids, I especially love books that have a "wow" factor that captures their imagination, like an extra-large size, intricate pop-ups, or detailed illustrations. Here are four books we've picked up recently that have that special "extra something" to deem them gift-worthy. They're all somewhat travel-related, so they'll encourage a love for adventure and exploration too. And I purposely picked books that look beautiful on the shelf. I'm not saying you should judge a book by its cover, but a gorgeous design never hurts! ;) Best of all, these books are all super affordable (under $20), so you can feel good about your gift and how much you spent.

Gift-worthy kids books to inspire a love of travel

1. A World of Cities - From the lights of Paris to the cherry blossoms of Tokyo, you can travel the world through this beautifully illustrated tour of thirty dazzling cities across the globe. Printmaker James Brown has skillfully rendered each city in a stylistic nod to vintage travel posters, while incorporating historical and cultural facts for inquisitive minds to devour (travel-loving adults will love this book too). Wander the distinctive cities of the world, all from the comfort of your favorite reading nook.

Ten Horse Farm

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08:22

Holiday 3D-Printables on Thingiverse Make: DIY Projects and Ideas for Makers

3D Print these and many other Christmas ornaments and other decorations from Thingiverse.

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04:00

Essay: Kwanzaa Traditions & Reflections Design*Sponge

Today were thrilled to welcome Pamela Hilliard Owens to share her Kwanzaa traditions and also shed light on the seven-day holiday for those who are less familiar. Pam is the founder and CEO of Your Business Your Brand Creatively (YB2C), a branding and marketing system for creative professionals, and Detroit Ink Publishing, an independent publishing company. She is also the host of the weekly YB2C Live! Podcast for Entrepreneurs. Take it away, Pam!

Kwanzaa is a Pan-African holiday created in 1966 and is a community- and family-based cultural holiday celebrated annually over seven days from December 26 through January 1. Kwanzaa merges African-American and African cultural practices and is now celebrated all over the world. Kwanzaa is not a religious holiday, nor should it be considered a Black Christmas. The name Kwanzaa is derived from the Kiswahili phrase, matunda ya kwanza, which means first fruits. All in the community are invited to celebrate Kwanzaa and reflect on its values.

The Seven Principles of Kwanzaa

The celebration is centered around the Seven Principles of Kwanzaa, known as the Nguzo Saba or Seven Principles in Kiswahili. One principle is highlighted on each of the seven days of Kwanzaa.

Umoja Unity: To strive for and maintain unity in the family, community, nation, and race.

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03:53

Earthbag Canteen for Students in Nepal

In partnership with the Open Institute of Social Science, a research and teaching cooperative devoted to a fairer and more just society, Good Earth Global has built an earthquake-resistant, eco-friendly kitchen and dining hall for their vacation retreat. This project has a unique heart shape that combines 2 semi-circles. The canteen also has 3 attached toilets/showers. This project serves as a model of sustainable building.

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02:04

Bathroom Design Ideas For A Spa-Like Bathroom At Home In Love

This is a sponsored post. All opinions expressed are my own.

Are you sitting at home, wishing that you were somewhere else--perhaps a spa? Then why not bring the spa to you? The good news is that there are a number of things you can do to create that relaxation at home in your bathroom, and none of these require an expensive remodel. To replicate the ambiance and total relaxation you would get at a spa, you just need to make some simple updates to the bathroom you already have. And the good news is, all of these ideas can be implemented in a few hours, leaving you the rest of the day to enjoy your at home spa(aahhh). Heres how I would go about creating a spa-like bathroom at home.

Creating a Spa-Like Bathroom

Enhance your shower and bath

The first thing to focus on is your shower and bath and how to make them more relaxing. Did you know that different shower heads give you different experiences? Rainfall and waterfall showers offer a relaxing experience, larger shower heads give you a greater flow of water, and if its power that youre after, you should opt for a smaller head (if you get the power just right, it can almost feel like a massage--how's that for a relaxing way to start your morning?). We have a combo with both a rain shower head and a smaller hand shower. If you want help looking into the types of showers heads there are and what would be best for you, there are lots of websites that offer top shower head reviews to help with those decisions.

How to create a spa-like experience in your bathroom

Make minimalism a priority

If you want to create a space that you will feel totally relaxed and comfortable in, make minimalism a priority. Think about when you've been a spa. There was probably never any mess or clutter around, right? Lots of stuff isn't relaxing. So pare down the bottles of shampoo and tubes of lotion to the ones you actually use daily, put away the extra decor tchotchkes, and keep it minimalist: just a stylish and modern bathroom designed to create the ideal space for relaxation.

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02:00

Christmas Decorating at Our House Design*Sponge


Christmas is my favorite time of year to decorate. It usually involves tons of fresh greenery and cutting down a tree from our local Christmas tree farm and breaking out all the old family ornaments from over the years. I dont care much about Christmas gifts, because for me it has always been about the tree and ornaments.


I will never forget Julias first Christmas and seeing her genuine confusion about why anyone would want to bring a live tree into their home. Julia is Jewish and didnt grow up celebrating Christmas, but shes kindly learned to accept my intense love of all things Christmas tree-related. After four years of buying fresh trees and always (always!) forgetting to drag them out...

Thursday, 13 December

17:47

DIY Recipe: Spreadable Soft Cashew Cheese Treading My Own Path | Zero Waste + Plastic-Free Living

It is rare that I make something once and share it straight away, but I was so impressed by this recipe that I simply had to. Soft, spreadable and cheesy tasting, this simple blend of cashews and a few other things is a taste explosion, I promise. If youve avoiding dairy, want to eat more []

16:23

Finding the one at the Christmas tree farm Funky Junk Interiors

Bringing the Christmas tree home in the Dodge truckFor the longest while, I wasnt sure what direction I was going with the family Christmas tree this year. I do have this vision of a tree forest in the snow however my minds eye could see was anything but a faux tree. Quite the opposite! I love my faux Christmas Ikea tree but I []

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07:55

DIY Rustic Modern Plank Wall Shanty 2 Chic

Hey friends!  As many of you know, Ash and I just moved into our new office and we have been fixing it up week by week.  We had a big blank white wall that needed a little something, so we decided to shanty it up a bit!  Check out our DIY Rustic Modern Plank Wall!

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05:54

Free Printable Christmas Gift Tags Shanty 2 Chic

Merry Christmas everyone!  Enjoy and please share with your peeps! Just click the link below to download and print your own.  I always print my tags on white cardstock and use a hole punch to add the hole at the top!  Simple and inexpensive and pretty darn cute CLICK HERE to print your FREE

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02:00

Creating Fond Memories in A Hudson Valley Farmhouse Design*Sponge

Creating Fond Family Memories in An Upstate New York Farmhouse | Design*Sponge

Creating Fond Family Memories in An Upstate New York Farmhouse | Design*Sponge
After many years of spending their weekends as freeloaders at their friends country home in Accord, NY, Juliet Feehan, who works in furniture and interiors, and her husband Jon, a Creative Director, concluded that it might be time to find a weekend home of their own. The switch from guests to homeowners in the somewhat rural area of the Hudson Valley took several years of searching until they were unexpectedly introduced to an old farmhouse just down the road from their friends house. After a quick walk-through, Juliet and Jon were convinced  the house was calling out to them.

Making updates to the house was initially supposed to be an eight-week project, which felt feasible to the couple who called themselve...

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