Check out these amazing products that will get your party going.You've bought all the snacks. The booze is in the fridge. Your delicious dip is cooking in the oven. You've been planning this soirée for weeks, and every detail down to the playlist has been meticulously thought out. Or has it?
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You may think you know how to throw a shindig, but a few upgrades in your gadget arsenal could make all of the difference. Planning to play your perfected playlist out of your laptop speakers? Not if you want to hear the tunes over the din of your guests chatting. For less than what your KitchenAid cost you, you can have a booming wireless speaker that will fill any room. Or how about a corkscrew equipped with a digital thermometer, and an iceless wine-chiller to make sure it maintains an exact temperature for the wine connoisseur? And craft brew lovers in your crew will love the stylish mini keg we found, which will keep their brews ice-cold.
Technology exists to simplify our lives, and there is no
Check out these amazing products that will get your party going.You've bought all the snacks. The booze is in the fridge. Your delicious dip is cooking in the oven. You've been planning this soirée for weeks, and every detail down to the playlist has been meticulously thought out. Or has it?Read More »from 5 Gadgets to Improve Your Parties
- Astrology.com Home and Garden Horoscopes | At Home – Fri, Aug 30, 2013 4:53 PM EDT
Aries (March 21 - April 19)
You can set a timer or watch the pot closely, even so, you're likely to scorch the milk or burn the bottom of the pan tonight. Stick with fool-proof recipes -- those you've done a million times and you could make in your sleep.
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Taurus (April 20 - May 20)
A little arrogance will go a long way in your kitchen tonight as you battle over who makes the better guacamole. Though you may have an age-old recipe handed down from your father, let someone else try their hand at mashing up the dip. Guaranteed, it will be delicious either way.
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Gemini (May 21 - June 21)
Is it the sunshine or the people around you? Either way, this is turning out to be one fabulous day. Sun seems to be seeping in through windows you didn't know you had, and unexpected visits from friends keep interrupting your day to the
Bury your nose in these new booksFind a comfortable seat - once you pick up one of our recommended books, you won't be able to put it down until it's done!Read More »from 8 Page-Turners to Get You Through Fall
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The Wedding Gift
By Marlen Suyapa Bodden
Born into slavery, Sarah is the property of Clarissa, the child of a plantation owner. The secret: They're half sisters, and their families' futures are bound together. A potent debut inspired by an 1840 court case.
2. For Romance
The Girl You Left Behind
By Jojo Moyes
Before heading to the WW I French front, Edouard paints his beloved Sophie, who uses the portrait in a risky bargain with occupying Germans. A century later, the painting plays a pivotal role in the life and love of another couple.
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A House in the Sky
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An ill-advised trip to Somalia in 2008 led to the author's abduction by jihadist mercenaries. The tools that help her survive abuse - grit, wits, empathy - as her family works to free her make
Design a gathering space the whole family will love with these family room ideas for both indoors and outside.
Encourage free play
A media center doesn't have to be the focus of the room. Consider going unplugged instead and providing ample play space for games and puppet shows.
Transform unused space
Once this small building was, literally, for the birds. It was a pigeon coop, abandoned long ago, and it was falling to the ground. But it sat at the end of the lawn and screened a view of the neighbors' yards. The family wanted a play area for the kids, so it made sense to save it. Now there's room to relax on a daybed with a book, draw on a chalkboard, or play at a kidsize table. Later the family may turn it into a studio, office, or guest house.Artifacts reflect personalities
Design a social space
A functional seating area, placed in a U-shaped configuration, encourages conversation. Artifacts from family travels reflect the personalities of those who live here, while the fireplace and television anchor the space.A fun display board
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Have you hopped on board with the whole watercolor trend? I absolutely love it. It's just so dreamy! I have seen so many types of watercolor DIYs all over the internet and each project just gets more and more creative and beautiful. I love the colors and the artsy-ness of these projects, but I especially love that most watercolor projects are really easy and can be done by any skill set! You can also complete most of them start to finish in just an afternoon! What's not to love? Here are 7 absolutely gorgeous DIY watercolor projects to try your hand at!
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Put big-ticket items on your buy-in-September list. With the first cool winds of fall come sales on major consumer products. The Labor Day holiday presents the best discounts on select items until Black Friday rolls around in November. Here are the September deals to look for:Grab deals on bedding.
Mattresses, Bed, and Bath Supplies. Labor Day sales kick off the action early in the month. This is one of those holidays when mattress retailers offer deep discounts on piled-up inventory. You may also find some better-than-normal deals on bed and bath supplies, such as linens and towels, during Labor Day sales and throughout the month.
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Planes, Bikes, and Automobiles. Looking for a cheap mode of transportation? September ranks high when it comes to snagging low prices on holiday airfare, a bicycle, or a car. Life Hacker recommends buying plane tickets about eight weeks prior to your travel date. September puts you a bit more than eightRead More »from What to Buy in September
Let clutter be a thing of the past! Here's how to find extra storage space in every room of your house.
1. Build your own unit. Spray-painted yellow and topped with plywood, three Goodwill filing cabinets morphed into a bright storage space.
2. Give antiques new life. Use vintage breadboxes as sneaky storage for table linens in a kitchen.
3. Try industrial shelving. Construct a pantry from a pair or metal storage units.
4. Seek out open spaces. Rather than let a rarely used fireplace go to waste, stack books inside.
5. Install floor-to-ceiling shelves. Replace upper cabinets with shelves and hooks that make kitchenware easily accessible.
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6. Go for an artistic arrangement. Cover cardboard boxes in old French maps and newspapers.
7. Use what you've got. Remove cabinet doors underneath window seats to create a clever spot to stash your stuff.
8. Take advantage of vertical space. Rather than waste a kitchen closet, use tall
- Astrology.com Home and Garden Horoscopes | At Home – Thu, Aug 29, 2013 5:35 PM EDT
Aries (March 21 - April 19)
A call comes in from a friend who needs some help carrying up a new washing machine to his apartment. Even though you feel more like reading the newspaper while lingering over a cup of coffee, you should not turn down his request. His gratefulness means you will come home with a wide staghorn fern that you'll need his brawn to make room for.
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Taurus (April 20 - May 20)
Just the thought of fresh, juicy mangoes and you can practically feel the juice dripping down your chin. Make it a point to celebrate this mid-summer fruit that is usually found in Indian, Mexican and Indonesian dishes with ceviche, chutney or spicy mango salads.
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Gemini (May 21 - June 21)
It seems as if your phone won't stop ringing; you're getting one invitation after another. De-stress your day buy turning off your cell phone's ringer.
Carve out a work area where you won't mind spending some time. Steal a few design ideas via thisoldhouse.com
Quirky Cottage-Style Home Office
Quirky Cottage Home Office
A home office should be functional, but not at the expense of character-or even a little risk-taking. The design of this workspace, for example, is traditional English cottage style with a twist. It's where nature-inspired wallpaper and 19th-century antiques, such as a spindle-back armchair and a rustic pine chest, take supporting roles to a scene-stealing mid-century brushed-steel desk with an industrial edge.
"There's a quirky juxtaposition of styles and periods, but the harmonious colors and weathered finishes make it work," says Ros Byam Shaw, author of Perfect English Farmhouse (Ryland Peters & Small), which features this room. The contrasts continue with accessories such as a graphic flat-weave rug, which enlivens and warms up theRead More »from 7 Inspirational Home Offices You Can Copy
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It's kickoff time and what better way to celebrate football season than to be frugally festive? Tailgate parties, fan gear, and even game-day tickets don't need to deflate your wallet. We discovered bargain techniques to help fill your football-on-a-budget needs without any costly penalty flags.
Cheap Tailgating. Tailgating is essential to any game-day gathering. By definition, tailgating is cheap. But you can still shave prices and do so in style.
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One strategy is to host bigger bashes and save on bulk meats from a club store, such as Sam's Club or Costco. A cheap grill comes in handy for those tailgating bashes and September happens to be the right month to find good deals on grills. Finger foods are customary on game day, which means utensil costs are almost nonexistent. But you'll still need paper products like napkins, paper plates, and cups, so check out the local dollar store or club store ifRead More »from How to Enjoy Football Season on a Budget
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