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Household Tricks You’ll Use For the Rest of Your Life! April 29, 2015

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Rather recently, DLIH stumbled upon a phenomenal article at Funcage.com – 18 Useful Household Tips and Tricks. Like with all things, DLIH happily accepted the challenge! We are happy to report that the tips and tricks we chose, not only, blew our minds, but changed our lives forever. Here are the DLIH TESTED, DLIH APPROVED household, life-changing, tricks! Try all 18 for more fun and mind blowingness!

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 How has no one else ever thought of this?! It’s perfect for in the office, at the gym, or especially if you work from home and always forget to stay hydrated!

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So logical! Most of all, you save the earth – no more toilet paper roll trash! I have also seen toilet paper roll tubes used to organize your dresser drawer (ladies). Roll your stockings or tights and then stick them in the tube, opening facing up, just like the box above. Then, when you are getting dressed you can easily see all your colors and it will keep them safe and snag free.

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I did not think this would work. It totally worked! Of course, don’t turn the thing up full blast and leave the room, but for normal boiling (pasta, rice, potatoes) it works wonders! Wooden spoon salute!

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It’s “Etsy”llent – DLIH tested, DLIH approved! March 22, 2015

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Screen Shot 2015-03-16 at 6.33.19 PMImagine 50,000 years into the future, where you can go to an outdoor craft fair or market but instead of walking around and seeing the same four things – leather goods, vintage jewelry, handmade knickknacks, and decorative flasks, you can actually search for what you want or get someone to make it for you. Instead of you walking through aisles and aisles of vendors, they magically appear before you with examples, prices, and instructions on how to get more out of what you’re looking for. Enter, the world of Etsy!

“I wanted a nonsense word because I wanted to build the brand from scratch. I was watching Fellini’s 8 ½ and writing down what I was hearing. In Italian, you say ‘etsi’ a lot. It means ‘oh, yes.’ And in Latin, it means ‘and if.'” – Rob Kalin, cnn.com

A nonsense word, what’s not to love! It makes what Etsy is even that much more interesting. For those who aren’t familiar, Etsy is what’s known as P2P Commerce, specifically P2P e-commerce since it’s solely based online. This means that users who can provide a good register on this website as a seller, then users who need that good register as a buyer and BAM! – Crafty, homemade, customizable, funny, sentimental items appear! Like a magic potion.

The “Etsy”llent thing about Etsy is not even what you’ll find, but what you didn’t know you would find. It’s my number one place to go for gifts because I can guarantee that I will find something A. Unique, B. Something my giftee probably will never see in a store C. An item I can customize as needed. Not to mention you’re dealing with a real person, so if you should have a problem or question you’re talking directly to someone who knows the product, if not made it themselves. None of that “custom service call waiting” annoyance.

The thing I especially enjoy about Etsy is that no matter who you purchase from, you’re supporting a small business in America. This site continues to uphold the American dream. Some of these sellers do this as a part-time gig to make a little extra cash with a hobby they’re good at, to some, this is their full-time job; making and selling these handmade or unique items.

Items and sellers of note that DLIH personally recommends:
Boojiboo – sells the most adorable and cute, handmade aprons. I use mine at home and at cooking classes and get complimented every time. Ordering was easy and delivery was very timely.

JeniSewButtons – A wonderful crafter who works with fabric. I had four personalized Christmas stockings made by her – we communicated almost daily for about two weeks to make sure the fabric, names and overall look of the stockings were what we wanted. She sent multiple photos of fabric and was overall a joy to work with. The stockings came out perfect! She can make just about anything out of fabric.

LakeJade – makes the most beautiful and unique glassware items out of photos you send him. We had a small crystal made in memory of a loved one, as a Christmas gift. He made sure it got there in time for the holiday and the quality was top-notch!

Nelson Studio – This is the most hilarious and talented husband and wife team! They make “face mugs” which are essentially hand crafted mugs, bowls and other items with funny faces on them. A picture is only worth a thousand words because the quality is amazing and you can tell they put a lot of time, effort, and love into each mug (which comes with its own name and story!)

DiResta – a personal friend of DLIH! She does the most beautiful jewelry and will make a custom creation! She’s open to almost anything you can think of and incredibly talented! If you want a unique piece for you or a loved one, this is the shop to visit!  Screen Shot 2015-03-16 at 6.33.58 PM

It’s Okay to Be a Girly Girl January 18, 2015

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From our earliest days in the nursery we are raised in pink, purple and pastels. As we grow older we fall into lipstick, high heels, hair curlers, and little black dresses. Then, somewhere along the way, we start hearing about the “guy’s girl”, the girl who wears jeans and a baseball jersey to sit on the couch and drink beer while watching the game. Girls play sports, girls work in construction, girls run marathons and girls can finish that tallboy just about as fast as any grown man could. So, if girls can do anything, why do we sometimes feel uncomfortable just being who we are…a girl?

There are a lot of feminists out there that will tell us pink makes us weak. There are a lot of men out there who are looking for a girl who can throw on a hoodie and go for a hike. There are also a lot of females out there who will give you a dirty stare if you walk into a room with your 6-inch heels and chandelier earrings. It’s almost as if we’re only comfortable wearing our pretty dresses and false eyelashes when we’re in a room full of men, until the meat market looks start, then we’d much rather crawl into our flannel sweatpants and Winne the Pooh zip-up. When did being pretty become such a weird thing? Is Bravo TV the only place a woman can throw on her skinny jeans and wedges and walk around confidently with her Marc Jacobs?(okay, maybe using Bravo TV is just a bad example, but…). I call a personal foul on the whole world!

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Making Life Choices…and Facing Hilarious Realities January 8, 2015

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Check out this great post about the Catch-22’s of being in your twenties! Grab a glass of wine, and laugh your bad day away – The 20 Catch-22s Of Being In Your 20’s, by Lauren Martin at the Elite Daily.

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It’s a Birch Box! April 15, 2014

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Perhaps you’ve heard the buzz going around about this thing called a Birch Box. I first heard about it when a friend posted a photo of her first Birch Box. Looking at it, I could tell two things – it was, in fact, a box, and it had a lot of small cosmetics, and such, in it. I’ve never been a samples girl, usually when they get thrown in my bag at Sephora or elsewhere, they sit around on my vanity for a couple of months collecting dust until I try them out, all in one day, in an effort to get rid of them. So, the concept of a Birch Box wasn’t really something I thought I would enjoy. The holidays came and when I opened my presents on Christmas morning I had a complimentary 6-month subscription to Birch Box. So, I thought, why not?

First thing’s first, What is a Birch Box?

A Birch Box is Netflix for the girly girl (Men, you don’t have to keep reading, but you DO need to scroll to the last sentence!). Like trying new eyeshadows, perfumes, nail polishes and chocolate (yes, chocolate!)? Then you’ll like Birch Box. Birch Boxes arrive on your doorstep once a month, like a magazine, and are filled with a variety of different new product samples for you to try. They aren’t just samples like you get from a store, some of them are large enough that you can really try them out by using them for a month or two. I got a face primer that I’ve been using since January! A Birch Box can contain any of the following – makeup, perfume, skin care and lotion, hair products, tea, chocolate, nail polish, a healthy snack, fun cards with tips or motivational quotes, and other fun things!

So, how do you know what’s coming to you?

Well, you don’t, but you can control what you like and don’t like. When you set up a Birch Box account you create a profile and by answering certain questions, Birch Box knows what to send you a lot or a little of. If you’re not a nail polish person, or if you really love perfume you can tell them so they don’t send you as many, or send you a lot! If you try a product and you really like it, you can mark it “favorite” on your profile or buy it! For everything you buy you get Birch Box points which can be credited towards purchases! In a way, its like a personal shopper that gets you everything you want in one, easy place, and you try it out first!
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“I’m just not a samples person, I know what I like and don’t like.”

Said, ME!, but I love Birch Box. I’ve bought so many new products in the short time I’ve had it. Sometimes I need something (like face primer) but because they can be rather expensive, I don’t want to shell out for something I won’t like. Additionally, perfume; every time I find one I like, it gets discontinued. I hate shopping for perfume because it’s so time-consuming and there are a lot of brands I won’t even try because of preconceived notions. I found a fantastic new perform through Birch Box, it was sent to me, so in an effort to get rid of it I tried it and I loved it! Birch Box isn’t just about getting samples, it’s really about making your makeup, skin, nail and hair care easier!

…Did I say chocolate before?

Yup! 90% of your Birch Box is makeup and such, but you’ll also get chocolate to try, tea, an other goodies like healthy snacks and granola. So, if free nail polish isn’t enough to be excited about, you can look forward to a scrumptious little something too.

How do you get a Birch Box –> sign-up! you can get different lengths of subscriptions so you don’t have to commit to a full year.

What if you’re thinking, “I’m a guy, this was the most pointless post ever!”

HOLD YOUR HORSES! there’s Birch Box for men! No, it’s not masculine nail polish and invisible mascara, it’s stuff for you guys! check it out on the website!

The Fifteen Items a 20-something Should Own February 27, 2014

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Inspired by this article, the DLIH 15 Items a 20-Something Should Own:

A Watch:
We live in a world where we use our cell phone for everything, from telling time to following recipes. While this handy (pun, totally, intended) device is definitely a lifesaver, it’s also sucking away at our minds and our reputations. Imagine your Born Pretty Watch 4absolute idol asking you for the time on the street, you could just look down at your watch, or you could shuffle through your bag or pocket to find your phone. By the time you’ve found it, your superstar is gone, or has already gotten the answer. More importantly, being at a job interview, in front of the boss, on an important date, or other defining life moments, having a watch says that you are responsible and care about, not only, your time but other’s. It also doesn’t look half bad.

A Sewing Kit:
The mom’s are long gone friends. Whether you’ve been stitching all your life or simply need to learn how to put a button back on, a small sewing kit with the essentials will help you exponentially. It’s time to be grown-ups. It also doesn’t hurt when someone you’ve got thing for needs some sewing assistance, and you’re their to offer.

A Coffee Machine:
In the amount of time and money you spend at Starbucks, you could have bought 80 coffee machines. Let’s start saving our money for things we need or deserve and stop leaving home fifteen minutes early to stand in line at our nearest Coffee Bean. A coffee machine also serves as something for others, when you have company or overnight guests. You don’t want to be caught with a caffeine addict sleepover and no java to offer them!

A Passport:
A passport opens doors; literally and figuratively. Even if you don’t have any trips planned outside of the country, being prepared never hurts. Owning your passport will not only make you feel like a citizen of the US (and the world!) but open the door to traveling at the flick of a wrist. It can also be a convenient employment document so you don’t risk losing your social security card.

Books:
Kindles are amazing…but they’re not books. There is something beautiful about starting your own library. Invest in your favorite books, or books you have great respect for. You don’t need to read them over and over, but collecting literature and having the option to read it offers a new level of intelligence, conversation, and curiosity. Also, get a library card, it will help you in your adventure to building your own collection.

A Photo Album:
The most fun you can have is reminiscing about old times. NO one is going to reminisce over an iPhone screen. Building a photo album is like building a little home for your past; you won’t look through your albums often, but when you do it can kill hours of time! Remembering where you took each photo, how you felt, and the fun you had, with the people there. Think of your parents, when they wanted to show you their memories, they didn’t pull out a computer, they pulled out an old book of photos.

Board Games:
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playing them with friends during a rainstorm. With every generation, new trends are made, protect the trends you know and love by buying a few! Everyone has their five or six games that they remember fondly!

A Bar Set:
A bar set is a special gift a 20-something can give themselves. A bar set can be anything from a shaker, strainer and the whole shebang, to just a small corner of wine and liquor and some glasses. Invest in nice wine glasses (Pier 1 Import sells them for $1!) and a good cork screw; and if you’re feeling adventurous buy a cocktail book (Bed, Bath & Beyond sells books and sets)

Address Book/Phone Book:
Going back to our anti-technology theme, how many phone numbers do you know by heart? How many addresses? What would happen should you be on vacation and your phone suicides itself into the pool? Now what? Having important numbers and addresses written down not only makes them memorable and easy to find, but also prevents the embarrassing “Hi Guys, phone is dead. If you need me, get me on here” Facebook post. Not to mention, it gives you an excuse to buy a really beautiful, old school, phone book. Your phone should only have immediate contacts; for those people you need to know, but don’t necessarily need to know everyday, you’ve got your phonebook.

A Good Pen:
Growing up means doing grow-up things, it also means having grown-up gifts. When I was little, I didn’t understand why my dad had one really nice pen that he always used during really important moments. Now I get it, there is something about having one beautiful, expensive pen that you whip out during important meetings or check writing that makes you feel like you’ve made it in life…at least a little bit.

A Recipe Book:
Every single recipe comes from online, your head, or your mom. Every time you forget how to make Lasagna you have to re-find the bookmark on your computer, then post it up somewhere “safe” in the kitchen, or waste paper printing it out. I once heard a story about a mother who gave her new daughter-in-law a book of recipes. She said “So you can learn to make my son all his favorite dishes, so they can become your family dishes like they were our family dishes”. I not only thought this was a great idea, but how symbolic, a passing of the torch. Recipes on the internet will come and go, but a recipe book is something you can have and hold forever.

Stationery:
Whether it is something you buy, or something you get custom printed, stationery is old school. It tells people you’re serious, you’re personable, and you go the extra il_fullxfull.184108110mile. It also provides a greeting card anytime you need one without the added expense, and gets you away from the computer and informal, speedy e-mails. It’s romantic but still practical and fun.

Business Card Holder:
The coolest thing in the world, when you’re in your twenties is getting your first real business cards! But then…where to store them? Taking them out of your wallet or pocket looks awful and unprofessional. Even if you don’t have business cards yet, having something in your sight can motivate and inspire you to get that job you want, or get through school.

Branding Yourself February 3, 2014

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Many of you may be familiar with this scene from The Office:

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While stampeding into a room, announcing your self-proclaimed, new personality isn’t exactly the same thing as self branding, it does do one thing, it makes you memorable.

Whether you’re in a great job, trying to advance in your career, or looking for the next move, creating a self brand makes you stand out. What many people don’t know, is that branding yourself makes it look like you care about your job and your career. Anyone can get up in the morning, throw on a suit and go do a great job at work, it takes extra effort and time to create something about yourself that’s different. If your company does advertising for a soda company, maybe you wear that company’s logo on casual Friday’s; if you’re a sales rep, you have a unique greeting of sign-off such as “Thank for calling Sweets Inc, it’s a great day for candy” or “Sincerely Bob, may your day be magical”. Sure, some branding is cheesy, but it works.

Branding means consistency, in how you dress, how you act, what you say. Your brand is two things, it’s a choice and a commitment you make, and its also true to what you are. I say what because sometimes who we are, in our professional lives, is just a version of who we really are. If you have children, you don’t want to be seen as the working mom, you want to be seen as the account manager with super cute kiddos. It’s not about hiding anything, it’s just being selective about what will bring out the best you for your job. You need to choose which little parts of you to include in this recipe for a brand. Once you choose them, stick with them, make them so unique to you that if anyone copied them it would seem ridiculous. Think Joey from friends, “How YOU doin’?”.

Don’t know where to start? Try this- pick two things about you that are unique or that you enjoy or that you want to somehow incorporate into your professional image. Then exaggerate these times 50 until you find something you’re comfortable with. Here are two real life SK examples:

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See a pattern? Way back when I started working in sports, I knew I needed something about me that made me look less corporate and more fun. When I was younger, I had one go-to style was a hair bow, every game hockey game I went to with my dad I had a set outfit. So, when it came time to work in sports, it was a logical outfit to incorporate. It wasn’t only something I wanted, but something that was important to me because it was something I did as a kid. What I didn’t know, right off the bat, was that I would soon be known as “the girl with the bow”. Fans, teammates, staff, my bosses, everyone referred to me as the girl with the bow. It was something I did to get the hair out of my face and then it became what made me hirable and marketable. Sure, it wasn’t the reason I got hired to team after team, but it made me unique and it showed my bosses that I cared about coming to work and finding a way to make the great game something fans could relate to.

So, upon my retirement from sports, I also retired the bow, but that didn’t mean I wasn’t looking for the next way to make myself marketable. When I started at my new company, I wanted to represent the brand, which is hard too do in a skirt suit. So, I took a look at my wardrobe and realized I LOVE blazers…I wear them everywhere, office, bar, birthday party, the movies, and I had a lot of them. I also noticed that my company’s branding was a shade of purple which I had none of, sure I could go and buy 12 purple blouses and then have 12 purple blouses. Not exactly an idea I was crazy about. I also wanted my branding to be fun and cute, so I mixed all the concepts together and found myself a purple blazer. I can wear it in every photo, at every big meeting or corporate event and it won’t be weird. Everyone in my office commented on what a great idea it was and how cute it will soon be when every photo I have, I’ll be wearing my brand “uniform”. Sure, I threw in a purple shirt here and there, but I didn’t just want to be a member of the company, I wanted to be my own person in the company.

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Attire is an easy way to start branding yourself; I also sign all my e-mails with “have a great day”, and I always laugh on the phone, I take notes in meetings and I always send follow-up e-mails. These are things many people do, but if you can find one or two things about yourself that will make you go far and beyond just the average job, then you’re on your way to branding yourself in the best way possible.

SK Fashion Post: Winter Weather Warmer! January 8, 2014

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For years I had avoided the  winter weather wardrobe, layering my summer clothes with sweaters and running from building to building. For the most part, it worked, until one year when I was cold all the time, everywhere, and I began the art of winter weather warmth! It’s not as hard as you may think, if you invest in a good coat, warm boots, and some long sleeve shirts and wool socks, you’re pretty much set, with some logic, of course, but what happens when you’re in a setting that isn’t conducive to boots and socks and long sleeve T’s with hoodies? The guide to winter when your office is an ice box.

The cardinal rule of winter warmth is layering, but there is a technique to it. If you’re wearing dress pants or work slacks to work (which insulate about 1% of any heat) throw on some leggings underneath, or a pair of stockings. For guys, long johns work great. Long sleeve cashmere or wool-mix sweaters work best through winter but when it’s a day for a blazer or a dress shirt, you’re going to freeze so throw on an undershirt. I’ve found that quarter sleeve shirts work best, they cover enough to keep you warm but don’t give that bulky feel or stick out. Even a basic T will work as most warmth needs to be kept in your torso region. For women, sometimes layering can actually give you a cute look, like placing  a long sleeve white shirt under a black blazer and pairing it with some bright red, green, blue or gold jewelry to make your outfit pop.89a79f58735a85f73870ffd5a7cf5a34

If you work in an office like mine, heels are pretty much par for the course, and unless you’re the kind of lady whose wearing stockings everyday, your toesies are gonna freeze. There are several solutions here, 1. bring a heater to work, a new, up-to-date one that has mechanisms to prevent fires, 2. Wear socks. Getting some neutral black, or thin dress socks and just keep them at work, put them on with your heels. In smaller offices, or those were everyone is collectively freezing, no one is going to judge you. However, if you have a meeting with the big boss or the record breaking client, take them off and just suffer for the hour that you’re making the sale. 3. Invest in a pair of closed toe, booties, keep them under your desk and wear them everyday. Buy them with some extra room for big, fuzzy, socks! (Guys are so lucky…they have a million dress shoe options for winter, and always wear socks!)

knee highsAnother point of contention  is the ugly turtleneck look. I mean, really, does anyone out there still own one? Here’s a solution, buy a rack of pashmina scarves, three or four will give you enough options to match outfits and also look like your still dressing professionally for your day of duties. Guys can do a nice, warm scarf at their desk, tucked into their suit jacket and then remove for important meetings or conversations.

For the ladies out there, here’s another helpful hint that’ll actually make you not totally and completely dread your skirt-suit. Invest in a bundle of colorful stockings and/or tights. 1. They’ll keep you warm, especially if you can find opaque, thicker ones (sometimes a bit more costly, but worth it). 2. they make the blah of winter not so, well, blah. I’ve found that the colors I enjoy most are black, gray, and maroon or burgundy. I like to wear solid color skirts and then match my tight color to my top. I stay away from anything that looks like I’m in Kindergarten like blue or green, but if you can work it and your boss won’t send you home to change, try it out! A co-worker of mine has layered lace stockings, which provide the warmth of a bikini, over black leggings or darker stockings and it gave it a nice, professional look while adding another layer.

Also, do the to and from outfit. Don’t completely change to get to and from work, but have some variation. Put on a warmer sweater and stick your blazer in a bag, put super warm, boot socks on before leaving the office and change shoes. Some days I’ll even do my hair when I get to the office so I can wear a hat or hood and not worry about ruining whatever locks I have going on that day. Also, for ladies, having an extra set of makeup basics in your desk can come essential for really rainy or snowy days were the elements might make your makeup run.
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Finally….have warm drinks! Stash tea, coffee, or even just drink warm water. It’ll help give your hands a boost of warmth and also circulate it through your body. Keep a mug at work so you won’t break the bank with Starbucks. Use hand and foot warmers, too, if you’re particularly susceptible to being cold and give yourself a computer break and run your hands under some warm water. While most employers won’t hate you for being cold in the winter, there’s no doubt that most of our offices are either too toasty for their own good, or freakishly freezing. So “weather” you’re trying not to sweat, or just trying to get some heat, try these tips for a more pleasant work-wear experience.

The Woman Cave October 19, 2013

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The easiest things to write about are the ones you believe in. Earlier this year, when I read this post by The Urban Dater, I knew I had to write my rebuttal. Now, when most people hear the word “rebuttal”, they hear “battle”. I agree with every single thing written in the post, and I actually think man caves look pretty cool. So, when I say rebuttal, what I really mean is the flip side – the woman cave.

20131019_135144_HDRAs women, we take on a lot of responsibilities. Our job is to look good, look sexy, look professional; be soft and empathic but be able to hold our own in a crowded room or a meeting full of men. We work, we cook, we clean, we care and we even give ourselves jobs others are supposed to do in fear that they won’t be done right if we don’t do it them ourselves. We need time to decompress too! However, when you ask your man to build you a spa, or a walk-in closet they usually respond with “What do you need that for?”. We need space differently than men. We don’t necessarily need to hunker down in a room dedicated to the glory days of our alma mater. We need space to feel pretty being simply who we are. Those days we stay in our favorite sweats and paint our nails while watching Channing Tatum movies. So, how are we ever going to do that when there’s no place to just be ours?

A woman cave is different from a man cave. It may not be our own room, it may not even be separate from our significant other’s stuff, but it’s a space that’s uniquely ours that no one wants to steal. Pick a space, a small section of the bathroom, the top of our dresser, or a naked wall. Then do things that make it ours. The top of your dresser can become your jewelry and makeup station, a naked wall can turn into a bag and accessories wall, or the corner of your bathroom can be a small powder room just2012-10-14-191 for you. There are certain compromises you can make when you can’t have a room all to yourself; if you have a guest room ask your hubby, boy, or partner if you can decorate it. That way, when you need a break from the world, you can hang out in a place that has a piece of you, and makes you feel comfortable. Also, if there is a spare room, see if you can share it, maybe one side of the room can be your office space, with your trinkets, pictures and candles and the other can be their wall of memorabilia. Many can do this in their bedroom, one side of the bed versus the other. Get creative by buying things that are girly, or “you”. A fancy mirror, decorative photos or wall art, things that are shiny or your favorite color. There are lots of DIY projects out there that can make creating your space cheap and still very classy. These great ideas work especially well for people with small spaces or apartments. Simple things like an empty shelf in a bookcase, the top of a nightstand, or even those cubby style organization units can act as part of your special territory. Every time you use the space you’ll feel relaxed and alone… but alone in a good way.

Space is important, but we can’t always get it when we need it, so we have get creative and make compromises. Sure, it may seem unfair that your man might get a whole room just for his beer mini-fridge and an old couch, but at least you’ll know you always have a secret space that means a lot to you.
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Ten Things to Do This Fall October 15, 2013

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Before the weather gets too cold to run around and the chills begin to stick to our bones, make a list of ten things to do this fall that’ll make the turning of the seasons exciting, and the loss of summer a little less painful. Here is the collated and DLIH approved list of MUSTS to do this fall! You’ve got until Thanksgiving time to check them off your list…so GO!

Drink a pumpkin spice latte!!!!

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Celebrate a college football victory with people you’ve never met at a bar

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Smell the air! Fall always reminds us of apple picking, back to school, and scarves and boots, take a walk in the tree-est area you can find and watch the leaves turn!

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Get yourself ready for fall! Put your summer clothes away, get your sweaters out, spruce up the place, buy some autumn scented candles and give anything you don’t want to goodwill or charity! Remember to hang DYI or store-bought decorations!

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Pay off your credit cards…or make a plan to. Holidays are around the corner, and you’re going to need the spending limits!

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Play Heads Up! on the first, stormy, fall night-in!

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Learn how to bake a warm, autmuny treat. Some great ideas are: baked brie, pumpkin bread, apple crisp or cobbler

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Bundle up in scarves and hoodies, go to your nearest beach and drink hot apple cider!

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Take a photo for your holiday cards!

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Get in the habit of going to the gym, every time you go, put a dollar in a jar, then reward yourself next fall with a new coat, boots, or a night out!
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