21 Reasons to Have a Staycation in Seattle

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Photo: Treasuretromp.com

You don’t have to wait for summer to hit the West Coast to justify taking a break! When the relaxation bug hits you, take comfort in knowing there’s a ton of entertaining things to do right in your backyard. Nature lovers, art aficionados, kids-at-heart (and regular kids) can all find something fun to do, and we’ve hand-picked our favorites

Alt Use – 10 Cool Projects That Give Urban Places And Personal Spaces A New Lease On Life

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The term “alt use” has become a catchall encompassing all sorts of clever upcycling of everything from tree stumps to discarded airplanes. And if you keep your eyes open, there is no shortage of fantastic projects creating new and inventive uses for the spaces we move through daily, be they the street corner, the laundromat or our homes.

To whet your appetite, we’ve looked around and come up with some wacky and wonderful examples of this growing trend. So check out these ideas and get inspired to do something different and change up your interactions with your everyday places

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Profess Your Love — Letterpress Cards for Your Best Friend

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Valentine’s Day isn’t only a time to show your love to a significant other, it’s also a great opportunity to express how much those special friendships mean to you! With all the inside jokes and special bonds you’ve formed with your pals over the years, we know that you want to give them a special card that doesn’t feel mass produced. That’s why we rounded up our favorite local letterpresses across the country for you to shop from this valentine’s season

Get the Look — Valentine’s Day Gifts (for a Steal)!

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Photo: Krrb.com/26916

I have a crazy proposition. This Valentine’s Day, while others are frantically mall-hopping and draining their bank accounts on the same mass-produced (and often overpriced) stuff, you’ll be kicking back with the perfect and affordable gift for your loved one. Before you accuse me of spreading false hope, let me assure you that I’m here to play Cupid…at least in the gift-giving sense.

Now that the Christmas frenzy is long behind us, I’ve rounded up some beautiful gifts from the site that will emerge victorious in the head-to-head battle against splurge items. If nothing here tickles your fancy, be sure to check out Krrb’s curated market of gifts for Valentine’s Day. Whether you’re on the hunt for jewelry or the coziest finds, I’ve got you covered. Let’s get started

Get the Look — A Valentine’s Adventure

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Once a year, relationships from all around the world come together to celebrate love of all kinds on a holiday known as Valentine’s Day. Now regardless if the relationship is romantic or platonic, the standard usually is to share some kind words and a small token of sorts. Remember when Valentine’s Day was just exchanging valentines with fellow classmates? Now flowers, chocolates and a romantic dinner for two is the norm, albeit, boring. For all of my fair weather friends, Valentine’s Day is ripe for an adventure

Dress to Impress This Valentine’s Day

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Photo: Hercampus.com

Valentine’s day is the perfect excuse to get dressed up! Whether you have plans with your significant other, your friends or you’re being daring and going on a first date- there are tons of different ways to dress for the occasion. Even if you are heading to the wine bar with girlfriends to whine about boyfriends past, February 14th is still the perfect day to pull out all the stops and get dolled up

Night on the Town — Great Date Ideas in the City

Night on the Town — Great Date Ideas in Your City

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The formula to romance includes a good dose of excitement. So pass on the tired dinner and a movie routine for something fresh and different. After all, studies show that new experiences bring couples closer together—and isn’t that what we’re after? I’ve rounded up some enticing options for the long Valentine’s Day weekend so you can spend the days in a lovey bliss

How to Make Your Own Shag Rug Out of Old T-Shirts

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Shag rugs were hugely popular in the 1960’s. Next time you watch an old movie, be sure to pay close attention to the room sets—you’re sure to spot a shag rug or two.

They started making a comeback a few years ago, but with lots of improvements. Weaving techniques and fiber content have changed. You no longer need a carpet rake to get the fibers fluffed up! Today’s wall-to-wall shag carpeting is commonly called “frieze.” However, if you’re not ready to replace your old carpeting, try making my version of a retro shag area rug. It’s perfect for the bath or kitchen. No sewing necessary!

5 Duos that Mix Friendship and Business

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Photo: Thegraphicsfairy.com

It’s February, the month known for chocolate, heart-shaped candy and love. We’re celebrating a particular kind of love, best friends who love each other so much that they’re united in their enterprise. Sure, some people advise against starting a business with your best friend. It’s kind of like getting married: does the friendship improve the new relationship, or does the new relationship ruin the friendship? Of course, results vary for different people, but these duos found a formula that works. Check out the following ten best friends who work together with no regrets

How To Make an Upcycled Love Bandit Valentine

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Chrissy demonstrates step-by-step instructions on how to create these adorable, little valentines. With construction paper, scissors, glue and a little imagination you can make a love bandit valentine for your special someone. Fill it with candy, love letters and other treats for your sweetheart

Then & Now: A History of Wind-Up Toys

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It may be difficult to find a wind-up toy in today’s toy store, with battery-operated gadgets and electronics increasingly outnumbering their mechanical counterparts. Nevertheless, they are far from becoming extinct. Considering that mechanical wind-up toys were of the first automated toys designed (along with air and steam pressure), their origins can be traced all the way back to Greece in 400 BC. A couple of millennia later and designers are still at the drawing board coming up with creative ways to advance the evolution of wind-up toys. From swimming, crawling, walking, jumping, dancing and even transforming, wind-up toys have captured all forms of movement with a simple crank of a key and with it, the amusement of generations of children.

One of my favorite childhood memories of my sisters comes from a family video where my siblings were reluctantly sharing play time with some wind-up toys at Disney World. Completely in awe of Pluto and Donald Duck shuffling their way across the table, my sisters didn’t want to part with their plastic wind-up toys for very long. And while my sisters don’t have the toys anymore, they haven’t forgotten them. Keep reading to find out about the history of wind-up toys and how they have literally paved a way into our hearts

Top 5 Naughty (but Nice) Valentine’s Day Gifts on Krrb

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Photo: Biblicalarchaeology.org

William Shakespeare once said, “When I saw you I fell in love, and you smiled because you knew.” Yeah, that’s nice but sometimes you want something a little racier. Carefully selected from our 2016 Valentine’s Gift Guide, these five suggestive gifts will leave your valentine knowing just how passionate you’re feeling

Wine Vineyards That Are Giving Back

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Photo: Unsplash.com/majapetric

I’m Italian, so, I’m technically prewired to be a an avid drinker of wine. Hey, it’s healthy to have a glass a night, right? It’s pretty easy to go through bottles of wine, and sure you can recycle the bottles or DIY them into something great, but you can also be a conscious consumer by picking up some vino made at vineyards that support charities. Whether you’re having a solo night at home with the TV, heading to a game night or hosting a dinner party- consider choosing one of these wines

The New Krrb iOS App has Arrived!

The New Krrb iOS App has Arrived!

We’ve rebuilt Krrb iPhone app from the ground up, using all the latest iOS goodies. Along with a fresh new design, advanced filter options and streamlined selling tools experience, our new app includes secure mobile payments

A Brief History of Telling Time

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Photo: Flickr.com/photos/jessieessex

It’s the end of the first month of another new year, and we’re all wondering where the time went. Some of us wanted to focus on self-care and take the steps required to having more energy, but there seems to be little to no time for changing habits. Have you ever considered that you may be looking at time the wrong way?

Many cultures understand time differently, and this knowledge could motivate you to transform your New Year’s resolutions into lasting habits after all. Hey, even Mahatma Gandhi, a man who owned very few material possessions, believed in keeping a watch. Check out these different timekeeping mechanisms that people have used throughout history to keep track of time and how they spend it

3 Kid-Friendly Reuse Centers to Check Out

3 Kid-Friendly Reuse Centers to Check Out

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The idea of repurposing and reusing is being introduced to the pint-sized demographic everywhere. It makes sense, of course, to get children thinking about new ways to retool materials and keep goods out of the landfill. These three reuse centers are catering to the imaginative minds of kids, offering classes, workshops and playtime. Read on to see where to take your little ones

Apps to Help You Keep Your Resolutions on Track

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Photo: Unsplash.com/alejandroescamilla

The first month of 2016 is coming to a close and if you’re anything like us you’ve set some high expectations for yourself with your resolutions! With the temperatures rapidly dropping, streets covered in ice and little to no sunlight- it’s hard to stay on track with these goals we’ve set. Need a little extra something to help you stay motivated? There’s an app for that. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite tools to help us make 2016 the best year yet

A Valentine’s Day Inspired by Saint Jordi – 5 Novels for Real Life Love

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Photo: Cataloniavotes.eu

Saint Jordi’s Day, Catalunya’s version of Valentine’s Day, is the most romantic day in Barcelona. Also called “El Día de Los Amantes,” or Lovers’ Day, and “El Día de la Rosa,” the Rose Day, St. Jordi’s Day is celebrated on April 23rd of every year with the gifting of books and red roses. While carts of used books line the streets, roses are sold to couples enjoying lunch outside at cafes and in the parks. On this day, tradition has it that men in Catalunya give their sweethearts a red rose, and ladies give their lovers a book in return.

The history of Catalunya’s Valentine’s Day applies to everyone, as books and roses also represent culture and love, respectively. Because culture and love exists in friendships and intimate relationships alike, Krrb selected a few novels that represent love as it’s experienced in all of human culture, and not how it’s romanticized for lovers. Instead of recommending a classic tragedy, here are five love stories that will remind you that the spark between you and your Valentine, best friend or family member is alive and well. And go ahead – mark your favorite page with a single red rose

7 Tea Etiquette Rules to Serve By

I love a good cup of tea. Something about the warmth of a cup allows for a breather and a chance to enjoy conversation. Take advantage of the cooler temperatures (and Krrb’s selection of tea sets) to gather friends for a tea party. Whether you keep it simple or deck the table with towers of mini pastries, etiquette makes for a polished experience that’s fun for your guests

Routines — Overcome Challenges to Build Better Habits

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Photos: Flickr.com/photos/mpieracci

We are nearing the end of January and many of our new year’s resolutions are long forgotten. Why? It’s been said that sometime between 21 and 66 days lies a sweet spot where a new behavior transforms into a habit. But before anything becomes routine in our busy lives, we have to overcome several challenges that can trip us up and send that new behavior out the door. Running a 5k or saving for the future takes more than a vocal contract, so take the time to sit down and plan out your path to success! Read on for tips to better support your new habits