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09 Dec 18:30

Get a Free College Degree by Studying Abroad

by Melanie Pinola

Get a Free College Degree by Studying Abroad

We don't have to tell you that college is incredibly expensive and student debt just keeps going up. What if we told you you could get a completely free education overseas?


01 Dec 09:03

Kale, Avocado, Tangerine, and Sesame Salad

by joythebaker

Kale, Avocado, Tangerine, and Sesame Salad

Forgive me, belly.  I’ve done you wrong.  I mean… I’ve done you so so so right, but wrong wrong wrong.

I’ve done you with too much macaroni and cheese.  I’ve done you with ALL of the gumbo in New Orleans, the smothered greens, the doughnuts, the doughnuts again… I’m sorry.  It was delicious so you’re welcome… and I’m sorry.

You deserve a break.  Enjoy this salad.  It’s just about time to start making fudge.  Hold on tight.

Kale, Avocado, Tangerine, and Sesame Salad

Let’s talk about these green things.

Kale is chopped nice and fine.  It’s raw and fibrous so smaller bites are better.

Romaine lettuce is light and crunchy… chop that business nice and fine, too!

Tangerines and sweet and perfect right now.  Grab those.

Avocados for always, and sesame seeds because we’re going to need something to get stuck in our teeth to embarrass us later.  If you want to leave out the sesame seeds, you might as well go ahead and walk around with your pants zipper accidentally unzipped to properly embarrass yourself.  It’s the way of a Monday.

Kale, Avocado, Tangerine, and Sesame Salad

To soften my kale, I rubbed it with a bit of olive oil and sea salt.  It’s a kale massage… a totally normal thing to do.

Once the kale is massaged, the dressing ingredients go into a small jar.

Rice wine vinegar, sesame oil, honey, soy sauce, pepper.  Toss is a tiny bit of fresh, minced garlic if you’re feeling it.

In a jar.  Seal the lid  Shake like mad.

Kale, Avocado, Tangerine, and Sesame Salad

Citrus segments and avocado are a dream combination.  Bright and juicy meets soft and creamy.  As the salad is tossed together, the orange segments may split and the avocado may mash a bit making these elements a lovely addition to the sesame dressing.

Kale, Avocado, Tangerine, and Sesame Salad

More with the sesame, salt, and pepper.

Now is a good time for you to grab a fork.  Your belly will thank you for this not-doughnut-salad.

Not that you’ve been eating doughnut salads… that’s me.  I’ve been all over that.

Kale, Avocado, Tangerine, and Sesame Salad

Kale, Avocado, Tangerine, and Sesame Salad

Serving Size: 2 large or 4 small servings

Kale, Avocado, Tangerine, and Sesame Salad


  • 3 heaping cups clean and well-chopped kale
  • 1/2 tablespoon olive oil
  • pinch of salt
  • 3 heaping cups clean and well-chopped romaine lettuce
  • 2 tangerines, peeled and divided into segments
  • 1 large ripe avocado, sliced
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon black sesame seeds
  • 3 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • fresh cracked black pepper, to taste
  • coarse sea salt, to taste


  1. Place kale in a large bowl and drizzle with olive oil and a pinch of salt. Massage the oil and salt into the kale.
  2. Add the romaine, tangerines, and avocado the the bowl.
  3. Sprinkle with black sesame seeds.
  4. In a small jar with a tight-fitting lid, combine vinegar, sesame oil, soy sauce, honey, and pepper. Place the lid on the jar and shake vigorously until emulsified. If you don't have a jar, whisk the ingredients together in a medium bowl until well combined.
  5. Drizzle the dressing over the greens, oranges, and avocados. Toss to combine. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and enjoy!
02 Dec 13:30

Coffee is Serious Business

28 Nov 14:16

Apple Buttermilk Beignets and New Orleans Originals

by joythebaker

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I‘m really excited to spend my first holiday here in New Orleans.  There’s a chill and a palpable spirit in the air.

New Orleans is such a unique place, it’s only natural that I would want to dive all the way into the holiday spirit here.  I’m hitting the streets to put together a casual holiday gathering with my friends at NYDJ.  In order to make it feel as special as New Orleans, I’m stopping in at some of favorite local shops:  LoomedNOLA for sweet and cozy gifts, Keife & Co for amazing wine, and St. James Cheese Company to make the perfect cheese plate.

No New Orleans gathering at my house would be complete without freshly-fried beignets.  They’re best enjoyed from scratch with your friends gathered around a heaping plate of fresh fried dough and powdered sugar.

I hope you find loads of holiday inspiration here!  Add a little New Orleans spirit to your holiday!

zNola Originals

Loomed Nola is my favorite textile store in New Orleans.  They sell lovely Turkish cotton kitchen towels, scarves, and blankets.  It’s the perfect place to shop for a thoughtful hostess gift or a comfy treat for your best girlfriend.

Keife & Co. is my go-to spot for wine in New Orleans!  Not only is it stocked with really unique bottles, the brothers that own the shop are more than willing to find the perfect bottle of bubbly for your holiday party without totally breaking the bank.  No pretension, just great wine and bubbles!

One of my favorite stops in New Orleans is St. James Cheese Company.  Step inside and the staff will dazzle you with cheese knowledge and let you sample your way through your cheese purchase.  Putting together a cheese plate can feel rather daunting but St. James makes it easy… and it’s always fun to eat all the cheeses before you buy them!

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I set out into the streets of New Orleans sporting my favorite pair of NYDJ jeans.  Super flattering, fitted, slimming, and real.  They’re perfect for jaunting around town in style and hoping in the kitchen to get down with some beignets.  My style also has to be functional.  I want to feel pretty, stylish, and I definitely need plenty of room to fry up and eat my fair share of New Orleans treats.

This holiday I’ve paired up with NYDJ to bring you flattering comfort, radiant style, and a big bundle of holiday inspiration and confidence.  Let’s look great, eat well, and entertain in easy style!  Here are all the recipes you need to do it!

nydj + jtb holiday party originals

jtb+nydj holiday recipes:  for cocktail, salad, and gifting inspiration!

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Let’s make these delicious Buttermilk Apple Beignets!  We’re making  a soft and tender dough studded with fresh apples, frying the dough, and smothering each little friend pocket in waaay too much powdered sugar.

Yeast is combined with warm water and sugar and allowed to foam and froth… that’s how you know it’s active and alive.  I stirred in the remaining sugar, a beaten egg, and buttermilk into the yeast mixture before adding to the flour and salt mixture.

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The dough will be fairly thick.  Give it a stir just combine.  Next up: shredded apples!

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Shredded apples are added to the dough and stirred in well.  The dough will become more wet with the addition of the apples.  That’s right.

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Add a bit more flour and really stir together the dough.  I used a wooden spoon and some serious elbow grease to bring the dough together.  About 10 minutes of stirring and kneading before we cover the bowl with plastic wrap to rest for 1 1/2 hours.

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After some quality rising time, the dough will still be a bit wet.  Nothing that a well-floured work surface can’t handle.

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Knead until smooth and supple, about 5 minutes.

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There’s no such thing as a baked beignet.  It just can’t be a thing.  Beignets, in their very nature, are deep fried (and delicious).  A fry/candy thermometer comes in very handy when it comes to deep frying.  You’ll want to know that your oil is heated to exactly 350 degrees F before frying.

The beignets are cut into rectangles, but since this dough is fairly wet, a few misshapen pieces here and there are more than welcome.  No one ever said fried dough had to be perfectly shaped.

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Beignets are fried for about 1 minute on each side.

Fresh from the frier and immediately into the powdered sugar bath!

Buttermilk Apple Beignets

Don’t stop until you fry them all!

Call your friends to gather around the powdered sugar bowl  These beignets are best served right out of the frier and sugar.

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This kind of powdered sugar is a New Orleans tradition!  There’s no way around it.  Embrace the mess, the clouds of white powder… enjoy every delicious bite!

I’m totally getting the hang of this New Orleans living.  It’s all about embracing tradition and making it your own, making it pretty, thoughtful, and absolutely delicious!

jtb x nydj

I hope you have the most simple, delicious, and stylish holiday season.  Sprinkle in some New Orleans inspiration!  May it rain like powdered sugar over your holiday!

Apple Buttermilk Beignets

about 18 beignets


  • 3/4 cup warm water (about 110 degrees F)
  • 1/4 cup granted sugar, divided
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 2 tablespoons melted unsalted butter, slightly cooled
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 3 1/2 to 4 cups bread flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 peeled and shredded Fuji (or other sweet) apple
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon (optional)
  • canola oil for frying
  • 4 cups powdered sugar


  1. In measuring cup, whisk together warm water, sugar, and yeast. Allow to sit and rest for 10 minutes. Mixture should foam and froth. That's right!
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together egg, butter, and buttermilk. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together 3 1/2 cups flour and salt. Add the yeast mixture, and egg mixture and stir with a wooden spoon to combine. The mixture will be fairly thick. Add the apples and cinnamon (if using) and stir to combine. The mixture will become more wet when the apples are added.
  4. Use a wooden spoon to work and knead the dough together for about 10 minutes. Remove from the bowl and place on a lightly floured work surface and gently knead for 5 minutes.
  5. Lightly grease the large bowl with a bit of melted butter or nonstick cooking spray. Return the dough to the bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and allow to rest and rise for 1 1/2 to 2 hours or until doubled in size.
  6. Towards the end of the rising time, place about 2 inches of canola oil in a large, heavy-bottom pan. Insert a fry or candy thermometer and place over medium heat. Heat the oil to 350 degrees F.
  7. Place powdered sugar in a large bowl and set aside.
  8. Dump the dough onto a lightly floured work surface and gently knead for 5 minutes or until smooth. Use a rolling pin to roll the dough out into a 1/2-inch thick rectangle. Use a pizza sliver to slice the dough into 2-inch squares.
  9. Carefully lower 2 or 3 dough squares into the frying oil. The oil temperature will go down once the dough is added so just make sure to bring it back up to temperature before frying more beignets.
  10. Allow the dough to fry for 1 minute on each side, or until a beautiful golden brown. Immediately remove from the fryer and toss in the powdered sugar to coat. Serve immediately fresh from the powdered sugar bath.
  11. Return the oil to 350 degrees F and continue frying until all of the dough is sugared and devoured.
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25 Nov 16:44

Original Thaï Boxing Hall in Paris Exhibiting a Fresh and Friendly Design

by Lavinia

architecture La Belle Equipe Original Thaï Boxing Hall in Paris Exhibiting a Fresh and Friendly DesignLa Belle Equipe is in an original Thaï boxing hall located in a charming Art Nouveau building in Paris. The unconventional sporting venue was envisioned by two friends (former Thai boxing champions) who wanted to keep their passion alive. Remy & Julien commisioned Spray Architecture to develop a place different from the traditional gyms, where boxing enthusiasm share their knowledge in a friendly atmosphere. The existing space was split in two levels, each having a height of over three meters each. A reception area, a desk, a cloakroom and individual tutoring space were created on the ground floor. Two changing rooms and a space for group boxing and yoga classes were designed in the La Belle Equipe Original Thaï Boxing Hall in Paris Exhibiting a Fresh and Friendly Design
Illuminated by a large glass roof, the reception and relaxation room set the tone for the belle equipe’s spirit. A sofa, a large library and a drinks bar are the first elements that visitors can see through the entrance door.  The floor composed of triangles (lacquered in white or painted in black) creates a resonance with the glass roof. Separated by a sliding door, the traditional boxing ring is the place where private lessons are held. Guests can admire the trophies, belts and photos of the two champions on the wall of fame along the Ring. [Photos and information provided via e-mail by Chloe Kessler on behalf of Spray Architecture]
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26 Nov 16:08

10 Designs That Incorporate The Rule Of Three

by Shelley Little
blue and white kitchen 10 Designs That Incorporate The Rule Of Three

What is the rule of three and how do you use it to design your home? Image Source: JK Leyman

You have probably heard this statement before—Always follow the ‘Rule of Three’ when decorating your home. What is this mysterious rule of three and how do we incorporate it into our home—and aren’t rules meant to be broken?

Most designers will tell you that the rule of three was put into effect due to the fact that an odd number of items looks more natural and less forced than an even-numbered grouping.  Why is this? Well, mostly because too much symmetry makes a room look stale and cold (although, we all know symmetry plays a huge role in design, too). Essentially, there is a balance to be found between symmetry and asymmetry.

In order to make this balance more clear-cut, we have gathered a library of ten room designs that follow this rule of three—some follow it to the letter, others show how flexible the rule can be, and then some outright break the rule.

Let’s look at these rooms to see how designers have dealt with this rule and how, at times, they have successfully broken the rule.

modern bathroom 10 Designs That Incorporate The Rule Of Three

The rule of three can be used in every room of the home. Image Source: Joel Kelly Design

 1. Three Colors In A Room

As shown in this WikiHow article, there is a standard equation that works best when choosing room colors—60, 30, 10.

60% being the main room color, 30% being the secondary color, and 10% being the accent color.

This ratio can be applied to all interior and exterior colors that you choose for your home. Take for example your living room— 60% may be a neutral beige, 30% may be a bold navy blue accent wall, and 10% could be coral-colored throw cushions with navy blue trim/accents.

If bold color combinations are not for you, then choose three varying shades of the same color for a neutral, more calming room design. Either way, if you follow the rule of three when choosing colors, then you are guaranteed to achieve a room that is well-designed and welcoming.

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This room has used a three color scheme that is bright and fun. Image Source: Tobi Fairley

2. Three Textures Look Best

Have you ever looked closely at an all-white room? If you did, then you probably noticed that the room is not really all-white, even though it initially appears that way.

In fact, upon closer inspection of an all-white room, you will see numerous shades of white, cream, beige and brown. You will also notice a lot of different textures—wood, rattan, linen, and nubby cottons. Yes, this rule of three extends to room texture, as well.

Notice the room in the image below; it has the rough texture of numerous wood accent items; it has a nubby linen fabric on the chairs; it has a rusty steel shade covering the pendant light. These three main textures combine within this room, offering a visual treat and creating a warm atmosphere within the otherwise neutral-colored theme.

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Try to incorporate three textures into a room design. Image Source: Bohemian Vintage Online

3. How To Combine Three Fabrics

Combining fabrics can be tricky. It can be tempting to just pick one fabric that you love and use it on your curtains, pillows etc… but wouldn’t that be really boring, and probably over-powering?

When designing any room in your home, it is best to choose three fabrics that play up one another’s colors, patterns and textures. Threads may be a sewing magazine, but their article offers very helpful ways to choose color combinations that can be applied to your interior design. They suggest you lay-out all your fabric options and choose fabrics based on texture, pattern and color.

A no-fail approach is shown in the room below— floral, damask and plaid combine perfectly together and play up each others green and red accents. When in doubt ask a designer for assistance; they can offer numerous fabric combinations for any given room in your home.

traditional bedroom 10 Designs That Incorporate The Rule Of Three

Try to incorporate three main fabrics throughout a room. Image Source: Kirsten Nease Designs

 4. How Many Light Fixtures Should A Room Have?

Three, of course! Yes, you cannot escape this rule of three even when it comes to lighting.  This doesn’t mean that a room should only have three lights in it, rather it means a room should have three different styles of lighting.

Usually, a room should have one overhead light (on a dimmer), numerous lamps on side tables, and then accent lights such as picture lights, or track lighting, or under-cabinet lighting. In the image below, the room has one large overhead lantern, a table lamp, and then accent lighting on the bookshelves.

Essentially, most rooms should be lit by one main ambient light, task lighting (via side table lamps and floor lamps), and then accent lights. All of these layered light sources combine to create a balanced room.

traditional sitting room 10 Designs That Incorporate The Rule Of Three

Try to incorporate three styles of lighting into every room of your home. Image Source: LK Defrances And Associates

5. Arrange Furniture Using The Rule Of Three

Arranging furniture within a room can seem like a mystery. There seems to be too many rules when it comes to furniture placement.  While you may be tempted to ignore some of those rules, we suggest you follow the rule of three in order to achieve a room that functions and flows.

Whether you have one large sofa and two large club chairs, or two dainty love-seats and one delicate chair—the rule of three will help you place your main furniture into cohesive groupings.  It is important to create furniture groupings where size and shape mimic each other, creating an integrated look.  The rooms visual height and scale can be adjusted with other various-sized objects, but furniture should be similar in size/scale/shape when grouped together.

Look to the bedroom in the image below; it is a very symmetrical room with one large bed and two large side tables—it would have looked “off” to have placed one small square ottoman at the foot of the bed, the scale would have been wrong. By placing three of the smaller ottomans, the room has maintained the correct scale and has an added visual interest .

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Every room should have some furniture arranged in the rule of three. Image Source: Dayna Katlin Interiors

6. Coffee Table Vignette

Arranging a coffee table or book shelf vignette seems like some mysterious art; an art that only a select few know how to pull off.

Luckily, an artful and pleasing vignette can be arranged anywhere in your home by following the simple rule of three.  When creating your coffee table arrangement, it is important to consider height, scale and color.  Try to pick three objects or three groupings of objects whose scale and colors go with one another and with the surrounding room. In terms of height, you can mix it up a bit (varying heights add visual interest).

If there is a smaller scale item that you would like to add to your grouping but you worry that it is too small, then consider making it appear larger by placing it atop a stack of books or atop a pedestal cake display or tray.

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Arrange your coffee table with three items. Image Source: Tamara Mack Design

7. Don’t Take The Rule Of Three Too Literally

Now that we have hammered this rule into your head, we are going to take a step backwards and tell you not to take it too seriously.  Don’t run about your home making arrangements of three everywhere. Symmetry is not bad, nor is breaking the rules.

The rule of three is a guideline that can be bent. Essentially, it was put into place so that people understand that a odd-number of items is more interesting than an even-number of items.  So, yes, you can arrange 5 items or 9 items into a grouping and still achieve the same visual interest.

As an example, look to the coffee table below. You will count 7 main items within the display, and they are all varying in size, height, and shape. So don’t be scared to mix it up and have fun.

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Rules were meant to be bent or broken. Image Source: Spinndev

8. Windows in Three’s

While symmetry in architecture is imperative for a balanced design, there can be nice touch of visual fun by imparting the rule of three into your homes architecture.

While one side of the house may have 1 large window, the opposite side could feature 3 smaller windows whose scale, when combined, match and balance with the larger singular window. This is just a fun way that your home design can be unique and play with visual symmetry and balance.

The image below shows a great example of this; its three smaller windows balance well with the opposing large window by matching height and scale.

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Even architecture follows the rule of three with window placement. Image Source: Usona Home

9. Even Minimalist Interiors Follow The Rules

When it comes to minimalist design, it is best to avoid a lot of clutter and knick knacks, but the rule of three can still be used to add visual depth and interest to even the most minimalist of interiors.

A contemporary design can still incorporate this rule by arranging its furniture into odd-number groupings, or by placing 3 simple objects onto a coffee table. The image below shows a clean black and white room with three large pictures lined up against the wall.

Try covering up one of those pictures with your thumb…it’s not nearly as interesting is it? Same with the dining room table; if you took away the third component of the candles then the two vases of flowers would seem boring. Odd numbers rule, even in minimalist design.

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No matter what your style, there is always room to follow the rule of three. Image Source: Tea 2 Architects

10. Scale Overrules All Other Rules

While we have shown that the rule of three adds visual depth and interest, there is something that makes that rule null and void—Scale.  The scale or size of your room or items within your room may require you to break the rule of three.

If the island in your kitchen is small, it may look cluttered and over-powering to have three large pendant lights dangling above it, forcing you to only have two pendants instead. Or if you have a small, dainty coffee table it may look too “heavy” to arrange three items on top of it.  On the other side of the scale spectrum, an item may be very large and require more than three items in order for it to maintain its balance.

Balance the rule of three with the scale of the room and its objects within,  ensuring that your room is well-porportioned and scale-appropriate.

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Scale overrules the Rule of Three. Image Source: Witt Construction

The rule of three is not so mysterious anymore—it is simply a fun way to add depth and visual interest to your home. Play with this rule and don’t get too caught up in the details of it. No matter what, rules can be broken, and sometimes the scale of an item doesn’t allow you to follow the rules.

Take pictures of your arrangements and let the camera tell you if something is “off”—pictures are great at revealing problems with the scale of your arrangements. Most importantly, have fun—decorating is not meant to be dreary.

Do you believe in the rule of three? Have you tried it in your home?

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25 Nov 19:00

Wot I Think: Tales From The Borderlands Ep One

by Adam Smith

Tales From The Borderlands Episode One is the funniest adventure game Telltale have released in years. Given that The Walking Dead and Wolf Among Us are the most recent offerings that might not seem like such a big deal. Throw in Back to the Future alongside those two and the average number of decent jokes actually goes down.

But Borderlands would stand out as a winner in any company and you don’t need to know, or be amused by, Gearbox’ games to enjoy it.

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24 Nov 18:30

Start Difficult Emails Off Right with These Templates

by Tori Reid

Start Difficult Emails Off Right with These Templates

Putting together the perfect cover letter or following up on a job interview can be pretty tough. Forbes has 27 pre-written email scripts to start you off on the right track. All you have to do is personalize it and fill in the details.


24 Nov 20:30

Learn to Read Emotions by Watching Micro Facial Expressions

by Tori Reid

Learn to Read Emotions by Watching Micro Facial Expressions

Reading body language helps us understand when people are offended, enthralled, or anything inbetween. Inc only discusses the basic emotions, from happiness to contempt, with an illustrated guide to recognizing them.


20 Oct 01:57

18 Great Reminders When You’re Having a Bad Day

by Marc Chernoff

18 Great Reminders When You’re Having a Bad Day

Sometimes you have to get knocked down lower than you’ve ever been to stand up taller than you ever were before.  Sometimes your eyes need to be washed by your tears so you can see the possibilities in front of you with a clear vision again.

Last night I had a long conversation with my wise, 71-year-old dad about living and growing through adversity.  One of the last things he said before we got off the phone resonated with me so much, I wrote it down:

“It’s been my experience that most people aren’t truly happy until they’ve had many reasons to be sad.  I believe this is because it takes all of those bad days and hardships to teach us how to truly appreciate what we have.  It builds our resilience.”

Honestly, I don’t think it gets any closer to the truth than that.

Not every day is good, but there is something good about every day.  It takes a strong person to see the positive on down days.  The key, I have learned, lies in letting go.  It’s about realizing that, except for your own thoughts, there’s nothing that’s absolutely in your power.  Knowing and accepting this gives you the ability to cope effectively with life’s constant stream of little tragedies – an aptitude we call resilience.

Ultimately, you can fight life, you can do nothing but complain about what you’re missing, or you can accept everything you have and put it together to create something worth smiling about.

So with this in mind, here are some good things to keep in mind when you’re having a bad day:

  1. The right attitude is the one thing you need right now. – What you focus on changes everything.  Don’t look back when you know you shouldn’t.  Don’t worry about what you can’t control.  Don’t stress over unimportant things.  Be positive.  Seriously, the most underrated trait of all successful people I’ve ever met is positivity.  Your attitude directly determines how well you live your life.  You simply can’t live a positive life with a negative attitude.  Don’t let mental blocks control you.  Set yourself free. Confront your negativity and turn the mental blocks into building blocks. (more…)
17 Nov 02:13

9 Good Reminders that Will Change the Way You Think

by Marc Chernoff

9 Good Reminders that Will Change the Way You Think

“The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking.  It cannot be changed without changing our thinking.”
― Albert Einstein

“This morning, nearly five years after my husband’s passing, a beautiful couple and their three kids knocked on my front door.  The man smiled and said, “Your husband was my heart donor.  He saved my life.  Not a single day has gone by that I don’t pray for him and think of you.  Thank you!”

This is the opening paragraph right out of an email I received today from a reader named, Colleen.  She goes on to admit that she couldn’t see any positive sides of her husband’s death, until she was staring at them on her door step.  “It doesn’t necessarily make things easier, but it certainly changed the way I think.  I feel like a small piece of my broken heart has healed.”

And the truth is, it happens just like that.  Although Colleen’s experience is unique, and somewhat extreme, at some point life slaps all of us with a good reminder that shifts our perspective.  Personally, I have been slapped with several of these reminders over the years.   And today, I want to pass a few of them along to you…

  1. Everything that happens helps you grow, even if it’s hard to see right now. – Circumstances will direct you, correct you, and perfect you over time.  Sometimes these circumstances knock you down, hard.  There will be times when it seems like everything that could possibly go wrong is going wrong.  And you might feel like you will be stuck in this rut forever, but you won’t.  When you feel like quitting, remember that sometimes things have to go very wrong before they can be right.  Sometimes you have to go through the worst, to arrive at your best.  Because our most significant opportunities are often found in times of great difficulty.  Thus, you will face your greatest opposition when you are closest to your biggest miracle. (more…)
23 Sep 14:00

Build a Modern Concrete Fire Pit from Scratch

by Kit Stansley on Workshop, shared by Whitson Gordon to Lifehacker

There a many different ways to construct a fire pit, from a simple ring of stones to something with more modern aesthetic like this poured concrete version. While the project is labor-intensive, you can build it in a weekend for around $150.


14 Nov 08:00

Borderlands Of My Dreams: Tales From The Borderlands

by Alice O'Connor

Oh, don't fuss over the Xbox controller prompts - these are just press kit shots, y'all.

I don’t enjoy Borderlands. I find the core first-person shooting unsatisfying, and I don’t enjoy how its action-RPG side augments that with boring incremental skills and randomised weapons.

I do, however, dig the idea of a weird west planet on the outskirts of known space filled with chancers, treasure-hunters, weirdos, and gangs of murderers. That’s nice, that. And gosh oh golly, I have very much enjoyed watching the new trailer for Telltale’s episodic adventure game series Tales from the Borderlands. It’s got all the griftin’, cheatin’, sneakin’, and rootin’ tootin’ robot shootin’ I would want from a game set in that world. Come see!

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14 Nov 22:00

The Minions Just Want to Heat Things Up!

The Minions Just Want to Heat Things Up!

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12 Nov 13:00

Why You Should Hire People Who Make Typos

by Evil HR Lady

The best people for certain jobs may not have perfect résumés. Oh, sure, they’ll have the skills you need, but you might spot a “their” that should be “there” or vice versa. Many hiring managers reject such people on the spot. Research suggests that this may be a bad idea.

Typos are made because we’re so busy trying to convey meaning that we don’t always notice when we’ve made an error. We all know that it’s difficult to catch our own typos, but why is that? It’s because we already know what we mean, so our eyes read one thing but our brain translates it into the meaning that it already knows exists.

This, of course, means our readers have to extract our meaning without the benefit of being inside our head. Plus, they can’t see our facial expressions or hear our tone of voice as they can when we speak. This is why some people can give fantastic speeches and yet be awful writers.

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10 Nov 01:46

9 Negative Thoughts that Push People Away from You

by Marc Chernoff

9 Negative Thoughts that Push People Away from You

If you realized how powerful your thoughts are, you would never think another negative thought.

In our line of work, Angel and I hear from hundreds of coaching clients and students enrolled in our Getting Back to Happy course every month.  Through this experience, we often see the same exact negative thinking patterns tearing otherwise healthy individuals apart.  And we’ve witnessed, firsthand, the devastation this negativity causes to their personal and professional growth, and to their relationships.

But let’s be honest, we all get our minds stuck in the gutter sometimes.  None of us are immune to the negative thoughts that creep up in the backs of our minds.  However, that doesn’t mean we have to succumb to them.  Whether your negative thinking is a common occurrence, or just a once in a while phenomena, it’s critical for your long-term happiness and success that you are able to recognize when you’re thinking negatively, and consciously shift your mindset from negative to positive.

Here are nine of the most common negative thoughts we see people struggle with, and some tips to get back on track:

  1. “I need to be exactly who they want me to be.” – Life offers you a priceless opportunity in every single moment to see and experience Who You Really Are.  Seize it!  Sometimes we get completely lost in trying to live life for others, trying to meet their expectations, doing things just to impress them.  Take a moment now and stop yourself.  Are you doing things because you truly believe in them?  Remember your own needs and goals.  Remember who YOU are.  Live, do and love so that you are happy too, because when it comes down to it, you can’t be true to others unless you are true to yourself first. (more…)
11 Nov 18:30

A Handy Resource For Electricians

27 Oct 13:30

Learn Unconventional Skills to Boost Your Value in the Career Market

by Eric Ravenscraft

Learn Unconventional Skills to Boost Your Value in the Career Market

You can't make it far in your career without a set of skills that make you valuable to an employer. To stand out from the crowd, however, be sure to also learn some skills that may not be taught in the curriculum everyone else is following.


29 Oct 11:30

Find the Right Bike Size for You with These Measurements

by Herbert Lui

Find the Right Bike Size for You with These Measurements

When you buy a bike, it's best to try them on for size. But you can get a good idea of what size to start with by measuring your inseam.


04 Nov 00:00

Develop Your Kitchen Knife Skills with This Free Online Course

by Patrick Allan

Develop Your Kitchen Knife Skills with This Free Online Course

If you're looking to really up your slice and dice game, this comprehensive online course teaches you essential kitchen knife skills, the best ways to cut different fruits and veggies, and how to take care of your blades.


08 Nov 21:00

Stop Overanalyzing Why You Might Get Fired: Just Do Your Job

by Dave Greenbaum

Stop Overanalyzing Why You Might Get Fired: Just Do Your Job

We all worry about getting laid off or fired at some point in our careers. We'll constantly look for clues to see which way the wind is blowing. If you stop reading into every action at work, you'll lower your stress. You probably aren't getting fired anyway.


04 Nov 16:00

That Freeze is for the War of the Roses

That Freeze is for the War of the Roses

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Tagged: dancing , twitter , school , reaction
05 Nov 18:30

Somebody Has to Do It

06 Nov 17:00

"Expelliarmus" Takes on a Whole New Meaning

06 Nov 17:30

Give Your Husband Some Credit

Give Your Husband Some Credit

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Tagged: cleaning , poop , pee , toilet , funny , g rated , dating
03 Nov 08:31

Candy Bar Cookie Bars

by joythebaker

Candy Bar Cookie Bars

This is me finding a solution to your Halloween candy dilemma.  It’s a problem, right?  I mean… how are we supposed to live surrounded by the mini Snickers bars?  It’s entirely distracting. Snickers breakfast lunch and dinner.  Let’s not talk about it.  Instead, let’s add butter and flour and disguise our Halloween stash into chewy sweet and salty cookie bars… all suited and booted for sharing and giving.

Suit and boot.  That’s what we do around here.

Candy Bar Cookie Bars

Let’s meditate on the simplicity of this recipe.

Ok… that’s enough, we’ve got cookie bars to get in the oven.

Think of these cookie bars as a giant press-in chocolate chip.  Buttery, crisp around the edges, filled with an obscene amount of candy.  You know how we do.

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Eggs, melted butter, and vanilla extract are the usual suspects.

We’re blending molasses into granulated sugar to deepen the flavor of the cookie bars.  That hint of base bitterness is just the ticket.

Yes… there’s still hella candy.

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Whisked eggs, butter, and vanilla meets flour, sugar, and leavening.  Stir stir!

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The batter will be rather thick and glossy.  That’s right.  Stir in a handful of candy and press into the pan for baking… but not before adding like waaaay more chocolate.

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Baked up chewy and golden.   All the candy, baked in bars, for sharing (and caring).

Candy Bar Cookie Bars

12 bars

Candy Bar Cookie Bars


  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons molasses
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 2 cups coarsely chopped Halloween candy
  • coarse sea salt for topping


  1. Place a rack in the center of the oven and preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease an 9x13-inch baking pan. Line with parchment paper, leaving two flaps hanging over the edges of the pan. Grease and flour the parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
  3. In a separate small bowl use your fingers to work together sugar and molasses until no molasses clumps remain and the sugar is tinted a light brown. Add the sugar to the dry ingredients and stir.
  4. In a separate medium bowl whisk together melted butter, eggs, and vanilla extract.
  5. Add the wet ingredients to the dry and stir to combine. Mixture will be thick and glossy.
  6. Stir in a scant 1 cup of coarsely chopped candy.
  7. Use your fingers to evenly press the dough into the pan. Top with the remaining chopped candy.
  8. Bake for 27 to 30 minutes until golden brown and cooked through. Allow to cool for 15 minutes in the pan before slicing into bars. Wrap individually and store at room temperature for up to three days.
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31 Oct 20:45

Elegant Kasokudo Bonsai Planter Inspired by the Automotive Industry

by Lavinia

bonsai modern planter Elegant Kasokudo Bonsai Planter Inspired by the Automotive IndustryA striking fusion of form and function, the Kasokudo Bonsai Planter by designer Adrian Magu is as stylish as it gets. The product is an artistic representation of the developer’s interest for everything green and his work in the automotive industry: “Referencing speed forms and manufacturing processes used in transportation design, this piece juxtaposes movement applied to what is usually a static object.” The unconventional shape and elegant black-gray silhouette makes this unconventional bonsai planter fit perfectly in modern interiors with a twist.
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Other unique features of the product are highlighted by designer Adrian Magu: “The piece gives the impression of an accelerating form that effortlessly floats to house a bonsai tree, evoking a perfect balance of dynamic harmony. The latest manufacturing processes of the highly polished finishes of the planter and 3D-printed ‘mountains’ contrast to that of nature that usually takes many decades to grow, sculpt and form the gnarled bonsai forms. In all, a unique synthesis of cutting-edge precision with the imperfect beauty of nature.” Find this planter design as captivating as we do?  [Photography by Andy Beard]
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31 Oct 03:57

Coconut Quinoa Bowl

I'm looking at the photo I'm posting here, and realizing it looks like a good number of bowls I've posted in the past. But the photo doesn't tell the whole story, so I hope you'll look at it with fresh eyes. What you're looking at is a quirky, unique bowl of quinoa, with a couple of secrets. And the next time you have leftover quinoa (other other favorite grain) give it a try. You toast almonds and coconut in a skillet before adding crushed garlic. Then use the same skillet to flash cook a bit of kale, finishing it off with a dousing of lemon juice. Everything comes together in a bowl with avocado and salted yogurt.

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I brought leftovers to the studio, keeping the yogurt and avocado separate until serving. The quinoa mixture was happy in a wide-mouth jar. So, it has the potential to be a good on-the-go option, if you plan a bit. It's the sort of meal you want to have at the ready if something like this runs in the weekend edition of the Wall Street Journal and there are boxes to pack :) - many thanks for the highlight Charlotte.

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30 Oct 16:14

10 Color Theory Basics Everyone Should Know

by Tara Mastroeni
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Color choice defines a room. Image Via: Kati Curtis Design

Most of us aren’t interior designers by trade and that’s okay. Whether you think of interior design as an enjoyable hobby or a necessary evil that helps keep your home looking presentable, sometimes it can be tough to understand the industry lingo. After all, how often do you hear about Tertiary Colors, anyway?

At Freshome, we aim for our content to be accessible to everyone – no college degree required. So, today, we’re going back to basics. Gear up for a little Design 101. In this post, we’ll tackle color theory basics that every design enthusiast should know.

After you’ve read, make sure to store this link somewhere readily accessible. It’ll come in handy next time you’re not quite sure whether you’ve chosen the right paint color.

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Understanding color theory will make your design projects much easier. Image Via: Caitlin Wilson

1. How To Use The Color Wheel

Like trigonometry, the color wheel is probably one of those things that you learned about as a young child and haven’t thought of since. However, to really understand color, you may have to dust off some of that knowledge.

Simply put, the color wheel provides a visual representation of which colors blend nicely together. It removes all the guesswork, essentially. Most models are comprised of However, in theory, the color wheel could be expanded to include an infinite number of shades.

Don’t worry if you haven’t memorized the color wheel just yet. There are tons of ways to access it digitally. Paletton is a website that will let you create your own color scheme from the comfort of your computer screen and ColorSchemer offers the same capabilities in an app that’s available for iphone.

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The color wheel is paramount when understanding color theory. Image Via: University of Makeup

2. What Are The Basic Colors

We bet some of you read the last paragraph and went, “12? How are there 12 colors in the color wheel? There are only 7 colors in the rainbow. “ True. But, trust us, there are, in fact, at least 12 shades on every color wheel. Here’s how things break down:

  • Primary Colors: Red, blue, and yellow. Cannot be made from mixing other colors.
  • Secondary Colors: Orange, Purple, and Green. Can be made by mixing the primary colors together.
  • Tertiary Colors: The six shades that can be made from mixing primary and secondary colors.

If you’re unsure of where to start when it comes to decorating a colorful interior, one of these 12 is often a good jumping off point. Pick one and it will help you narrow down your selections until you settle on the exact shade that you love.

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Primary and secondary colors instantly brighten any space. Tammara Stroud Design

3. Changing Colors With Neutrals:

Once you’ve selected a basic color, it’s easy to create many different versions within the same family. All you need to do is combine that color with a neutral in order to make it lighter or darker. In interior design parlance, this is known as tint, shade, and tone.

  • Tint: The act of lighting a color by adding white to it.
  • Shade: The act of darkening a color by adding black.
  • Tone: Slightly darkening a color by adding gray.

Many artists recommend experimenting with color by mixing paints until you have a feel for how drastically neutrals will affect a color. However, if you don’t have access to art supplies, you can easily see an example of tinting and shading by going to your home improvement store and picking up a few of those sample color palettes.

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Create tints and shades by adding neutrals to your base color. Image Via: Hughes Design Associates

4. Understanding Color Temperature

You may have heard colors described as having a temperature. A dining room may be decked out in warm tones while your friend may have chosen a cool color to finish off her bedroom. These temperatures also describe where the color falls on the color wheel.

Reds, oranges, and yellows are often described as warm colors. They are typically more vibrant and seem to bring a sense of liveliness and intimacy to a space. In contrast, blues purples, and most greens are the cool colors. They can be used to calm down a room and bring a relaxed feel.

When choosing color temperature for a space, you should also consider the size. Using a warm color in a tight room could make things feel a little claustrophobic. However, using cool colors in a spacious room could leave things feeling stark.

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Use warm colors to encourage lively conversation. Image Via: Axis Mundi

5. Complementary Color Scheme

When it comes to color schemes, complimentary is the simplest. It uses two colors that sit opposite each other on the color wheel. Typically one color acts as the dominant shade and the other as an accent. This means combinations like red and green, blue and orange, or yellow and purple.

This color combo is extremely high contrast, which means that it’s best used in small doses and when you want to draw attention to a particular design element. You could use it to make your powder room pop or to bring extra vibrancy to your home office.

If you choose a complimentary color scheme, you really need to embrace neutrals. They will provide a place for your eye to rest and keep you from becoming overwhelmed in the room.

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Use neutrals to balance out the high contrast of a complimentary scheme. Image Via: Katie Rosenfeld Design

6. Split-Complementary Color Scheme

If you like the idea of a complimentary color scheme, but are afraid it may be a little too bold for your tastes, split complimentary is a safer choice. To make this color scheme, you would first choose your base shade. Then, instead of choosing the color directly opposite of your base, you chose the two shades on either side of the opposite color.

Those two shades will provide a much needed sense of balance to the room. You’ll still get the visual impact of bold color, but you’ll be able to incorporate more of it instead of relying heavily on neutrals to calm the space.

Split-complimentary works best when you use your base color as the dominant. However, instead of choosing a saturated shade, try to focus on a color that is more muted. Then, go bold with your other two shades in the room’s accent pieces.

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Split-Complimentary color schemes are often calmer versions of their complimentary counterparts. Image Via: McCroskey Interiors

7. Analogous Color Scheme

The analogous color scheme refers to using three colors in a row on the color wheel. Typically, two colors will be either primary colors with the third shade being a mix of the two and a secondary color. For example, you could choose red, orange, and yellow or red, purple, and blue.

The key to using this color scheme successfully is proportion. Again, the 60-30-10 Rule comes into play. You’ll want to choose one color to be the dominant shade, one to support the dominant, and the third, most vibrant color as an accent.

Interestingly, you can also create a similar color scheme using neutrals. It’s typically referred to as a monochromatic color scheme. Simply choose black, white, and gray in lieu of brighter shades.

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Stay in one section of the color wheel to create a relaxing look. Image Via: Morosco Construction

8. Triadic Color Scheme

Triadic color schemes, sometimes also referred to as a triad, refers to using three colors with equal space between them on the color wheel. The three primary colors (red, blue, and yellow) are a perfect example, as are the three secondary colors.

This type of color arrangement is often extremely bold. Since the colors are in such high contrast and pure hues are often used, you’ll most often see this scheme in children’s bedrooms or playroom areas.

When using colors that are this lively, it’s always important to consider the spaces that are nearby. You wouldn’t want to put two different triadic color schemes next to each other. That would be too busy. Instead, make sure that the rooms next to your triadic space are calmer and mostly neutral.

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The boldness of a triadic scheme makes it the perfect choice for a kid’s room. Image Via: Wen-Di Interiors

9. Tetradic Color Scheme

After the triadic scheme, things get a little more complicated. We’re moving on to balancing four colors in the space. The tetradic scheme, also sometimes referred to as a rectangle scheme because of the shape it makes on the color wheel, focuses on using two distinct pairs of complimentary colors.

In this scheme, color temperature plays a very important role. Try to make sure that you choose two warm colors and two cool colors to fill the space rather than an odd number. Using an even amount of both will help bring balance to the space.

It’s also important to vary how we view the colors. Look for patterns that fall within your color scheme and don’t hesitate to mix them among your solid pieces. If you use all solids, the room will seem overly saturated, but too many patterns will clash, so focus on choosing one or two to help break up the space.

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Balancing warm and cool colors is essential in a rectangular color scheme. Image Via: John David Edison Interior Design

10. Square color scheme

The square color scheme is very similar to rectangular in both number and name. It uses four shades, but instead of focusing on opposing pairs, the colors are evenly spaced throughout the color wheel.

No matter which colors you choose, this scheme will be comprised of one primary, one secondary and two tertiary colors. Vary the intensity of the four colors by making two shades more neutral and two a little bolder.

Again, similarly to the tetradic scheme, you’ll want to pay attention to achieving an equal number of warm and cool colors. But, rather than giving equal attention to both color pairs, you should pick one shade to dominate the space and use the other three as accents.

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Mix patterns and solids to add visual interest. Image Via: Rachel Reider Interiors

Sometimes interior design lingo can seem like its own language. No one could blame you if talking about furniture, layouts, and décor, makes your head spin. There are so many terms! In an effort to make design accessible to everyone, we’ve revisited some color theory basics. Use this as a guide before starting your next project and you’ll be able to navigate it like a pro.

Did we miss any key color theory topics? Are there any other design fundamentals that you’d like us to explore? Let us know in the comments.

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28 Oct 16:00

How do They Take Photos of Rock Climbers? Like This!