7 Ideas for Hosting a Country PicnicIf the warm spring weather doesn't make you want to host an outdoor party, this will! Take a gander at these gorgeous country picnic party essentials. Whether for a beautiful country wedding, or a small Sunday afternoon with family, don't neglect these irresistible details.
Picnic Invitations1. Send Picnic-themed Invitations
These adorable invitations are happy -- and inviting! If they don't make you feel like getting cozy on a picnic blanket, I don't know what will!
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Hay Bale Seating2. Replace Chairs with Hay Bales
Add to the country ambience by substituting hay bales for chairs. The combination of the hay and the gorgeous, understated table setting is picnic perfection. I recommend topping them with quilts, however, to avoid a night of itchy discomfort.
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Glass Bottle Vases3. Use Glass Bottles as Vases
This detail isn't unique to picnics, but it does seem a perfect fit. The idea of opening a cupboard, selecting an object, and creatively beautifying it is "country" at its heart. Perfect for centerpieces or
7 Ideas for Hosting a Country PicnicIf the warm spring weather doesn't make you want to host an outdoor party, this will! Take a gander at these gorgeous country picnic party essentials. Whether for a beautiful country wedding, or a small Sunday afternoon with family, don't neglect these irresistible details.Read More »from 7 Tips for Hosting a Country Picnic
Liven up your outdoor space with these five durable dining chairs; each one stacks or folds for easy storage.Read More »from Five Chairs for Al Fresco Dining
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The Ikea Roxö Chair.
Comprised of powder-coated steel, the Roxo Chair can be wiped clean; $24.99 at Ikea.
The Fermob Bistro Chair.
The popular French-made Fermob Metal Bistro Chair comes in over 20 colors; $198 for a set of two at French Bistro Furniture.
The Rex Grey Armchair.
CB2 crafted the Rex Arm Chair out of handwoven recycled plastic and polished aluminum so it endures all sorts of weather; $69.95.
The Knoll Spark Side Chair.
Don Chadwick, the co-creator of the iconic Aeron office chair, designed the Knoll Spark Side Chair, which is UV-resistant and lightweight; $171 at Design Within Reach.
The Tarno French Cafe Chair.
With a sleek design and low price, the Tarno French Cafe Chair makes for an easy outdoor staple or extra seating option; $15 at Ikea.
The best places to find couponsI'm getting back into the coupon game after a bout of deals fatigue. That means I'm going to need some coupons! I've been buying the Sunday newspaper again, scouting the grocery store for coupons, and saving the ones that come in the mail. I've been amazed, yet again, at how many opportunities for grocery coupons there are out there. If you're looking to get started, here are the 7 great places to find coupons:Read More »from The 7 Best Places to Find Coupons
Sunday Newspaper1.Sunday Newspaper
This is the most common place to find manufacturer's coupons. The magazine-style inserts come in the Sunday paper almost every week. You can buy a Sunday paper at Dollar Tree all week, choose a discount newspaper subscription or check with your local paper for other options. I have a "shopper guide" delivered every Sunday for free, including store ads and coupon inserts.
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In the Mail2. In the Mail
Don't forget to go through your junk mail - you'll find restaurant coupons, grocery coupons, and more savings. My favorite
- The Daily Muse | At Home – Thu, May 17, 2012 1:01 PM EDT
Acing the interview isn't just about having the perfect canned speeches. Yes, you need to show off your experience, talents, and personality-but before answering each question, you also have to figure out what the interviewer is actually asking you.
Those seemingly innocuous questions, like "tell me about yourself" and "where do you see yourself in a few years?" aren't just get-to-know-you conversation starters. They're one of the key ways an interviewer will seek to uncover whether you're the right fit for the job.
So, before you start to share your life story-or recite the same answer you gave at the last interview-it's important to figure out what the interviewer really wants to know. Check out our guide to translating interviewer-speak, and learn how to plot your answers accordingly.
1. Question: Tell me about yourself.
Translation: Tell me why you're the right fit for this job.The interviewer already has your resume and cover letter, so she's not looking for a rundown ofRead More »from Interview Translation: What 4 Common Questions Really Mean
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Predicting what Angelina Jolie will wear to marry Brad Pitt later this year begins with first deciding what Angelina Jolie we're talking about. We asked some of our favorite designers to dream up fantasy gowns for the megastar's nuptials, and she offers no shortage of inspiring personas for them to choose from, be it the tattooed rebel with bleach blonde locks, the ultra-sexy movie star slinking down the red carpet, or the global activist balancing work with motherhood. See how nine designers-including Lela Rose, Watters, and Angel Sanchez-interpreted Jolie's style into wedding-day looks fit for Hollywood royalty.
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- The_Stir | At Home – Thu, May 17, 2012 12:54 PM EDT
guy with ipad on his lapThe "New iPad" (or third-generation iPad) is pretty sweet. The resolution is amaaaazing, and it's got all the snazzy bells and whistles you could possibly want from a tablet. But it's not really the gamechanger we've all been waiting for from Apple. You know what would be? An iPad Mini -- as in, the same awesome bells and whistles, but in a more compact form.
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Well, those of us who believe better things come in smaller packages might be getting our wish sooner rather than later. There's new buzz that the iPad's "mini me" could be slated for an October release!
If rumors are true, five reasons the Mini could become the must-have tablet.
- The portability. At 7.85-inches, the new iPad Mini would be the perfect solution for those of us who need something that's smaller than a laptop but bigger than our smartphone -- especially when it comes to work. For instance, I could see it helping my electrician
- Astrology.com Home and Garden Horoscopes | At Home – Thu, May 17, 2012 12:27 PM EDT
Aries (March 21 - April 19)
Don't be scared when an Indian recipe calls for you to roast an eggplant over the burner on your stove. Though it may feel strange holding the eggplant with the tongs, trust that you'll know just when it needs to be turned and exactly when it's done.
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Taurus (April 20 - May 20)
You may feel like you're living in a constant state of transition, but that's just the tarps and sawdust talking. The home renovation will be over soon. Keep the big picture in mind, even if it takes revisiting the sketches and looking longingly at the yet-to-be installed tiles.
Today's Taurus Reading: Free Sample Love Meter
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Gemini (May 21 - June 21)
When your hollyhocks simply refuse to bloom, don't spend time sulking in the garden -- get on the phone
- GALTime.com | At Home – Thu, May 17, 2012 12:26 PM EDT
Clean Sweep! Have you tackled your sping cleaning yet? What are you waiting for? Summer will be here before you know it. This is the season of hope, optimism and a chance for a fresh start.
We've witnessed the smell of new grass, rain showers and bulbs pushing through the soil with their long awaited colorful blossoms. But it's not just about the literal cycle of nature. It's also the perfect time to clean up your act and help you regain control of your environment and your best self! Here are my tips:
Spring Clean Your Home
1."Let Go of Clutter" with Baby Steps
Make room in your closets for your spring clothes by using my Stay-Maybe-Go system. Make 3 piles:
· Stay for the items you will keep.
· Maybe for the items you are undecided about and
· Go for donations, recycling or trash
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- Babble.com | At Home – Thu, May 17, 2012 12:10 PM EDT
You know how when a photographer gets excited about cameras, their normal speech starts to slur into this morphed jumble of numbers and f-stops and speeds, oh my? Just thinking about it makes me shutter (yes, photo pun intended). Well, I have some good news that will keep you from wanting to walk away as soon as you hear the word aperture. It's really not as hard to understand as it seems - once you learn the basics you'll be ready to start setting your own exposures (I swear!). Here are 10 basic photography tips anyone can master:Read More »from 10 Tips to Help You Capture the Perfect Summer Photograph
Photograph in Unexpected Places1. Photograph in Unexpected Places
The supermarket may not seem like a place that's bursting with creativity, but you may be surprised at the results you will get.
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Understanding Shutter Speed2. Understanding Shutter Speed
All the numbers can be confusing at first. Remember, shutter speed is measured in seconds or fractions of seconds. 1/1000 is way faster than 1/60. Use faster shutter speeds to get fast moving subjects in
- Astrology.com | At Home – Thu, May 17, 2012 6:39 AM EDT
Eclipses Are Coming! How Will They Affect Your Life?Read More »from Eclipses Are Coming! How Will They Affect Your Life?
Solar eclipses occur at a new Moon, while lunar eclipses take place at a full Moon. And with one of each on the astrological calendar over the next few weeks, it's time to prepare and make the most of these crucial -- and visually spectacular -- sky occurrences!
It makes sense that, in ancient times, people watched eclipses carefully and learned how to predict their occurrences. In our modern world, astrologers pay great attention not only to the signs of eclipses, but also to their planetary aspects in an effort to figure out what, when and where dramatic events will occur.
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May 20 sees a solar eclipse at 0 degrees of Gemini, while two weeks later on June 4, a lunar eclipse is set to occur at 14 degrees of Sagittarius. What does this mean for you? If you know the houses in your chart where these eclipses occur, you can identify the area of your
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