Donate These 5 Items to a Shelter

Donate These 5 Items to a Shelter

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At Krrb, we believe wholeheartedly in the “Want Not, Waste Not” philosophy. Have as much as you need and what you don’t need, you give on to someone else. It’s a great mantra to practice as your tackle your new year’s resolution to unclutter your life. But it’s an even better mantra to have when we talk about giving back to the community. We did a little research on 5 items you probably have at home that you can donate to those in need

How to Make a Nautical Wood Tray for the Office

How to Make a Nautical Wood Tray for the Office

This rustic and charming wooden tray is a great addition to a masculine and casual office space: Hold office supplies, paperwork or even lunch while you work. With its organic materials, the tray combines texture and color with form and function. You can create this project in an afternoon for under $20

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7 Easy Ways to Do Good This Winter in Your Community

7 Easy Ways to Do Good This Winter

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Before the holiday season, we hear of so many ways to give back or help those in need. But don’t put away your charitable spirit when you’re packing up your Christmas decorations. It’s really easy to make a small yet significant difference right in your own community. These projects take a few hours and can be delivered to your local animal shelter, nursing home or homeless shelter. Some of them are very kid-friendly so the whole family can help out together

The Do’s and Don’ts of Regifting

The Do's and Don'ts of Regifting

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There’s no need to dress it up. You don’t have to love every gift you receive, afterall it’s about the act. Not every gift you receive fits your style or is useful to your needs. Just be kind and gracious to the giver and make plans to regift it. Regifting is smart and pragmatic and a much better option than tossing it into trash. However proceed into the arena of regifting with caution, there are Do’s and Don’ts to keep in mind

11 DIYs to Warm Your Winter Up

Photo: Deliciouslyyum.com

Photo: Deliciouslyyum.com

As a byproduct of the Great White North known as Buffalo, New York, I can handle my cold weather. But I’m no polar bear, and there are always days where I can’t seem to fight the frost that’s sneaking it’s way in.

Rather than cranking your heat up to hellfire levels, we’re gonna beat the cold like DIY pros! Here are some essential tips and tricks that everyone should know for when it comes time to show Jack Frost who’s the boss. So listen up, it’s about to get toasty in here

DIY Elegant Christmas Tree Skirt with a Touch of Glam

DIY Elegant Christmas Tree Skirt with a Touch of Glam

Photos by Merri Cvetan.

December is my favorite time of year. I love getting my house ready for Christmas. For me, that means decorating three large trees and several small ones. I know, I can’t help myself! Half the fun is deciding on a different theme for each tree, then buying ornaments and trim that coordinate with the themes. Although I love traditional red and green decor, I always “dress” a tree untraditionally in an elegant palette of cream, white and gold. What’s Christmas without a little bit of glitz and glam

What’s Cooking – Twelve Days of Christmas Cocktails

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Photo: Giantbomb.com

At church, the Twelve Days of Christmas marks the period between Christmas and Epiphany. In song, it’s a celebration of gifts that steadily increase in grandeur as each day passes. In this roundup, at the bar and in your kitchen, the Twelve Days of Christmas is the time to try twelve different holiday cocktails that steadily increase in ingredients, heaviness or, well, a jolly-ole good time. Avoiding the traditional eggnog and mulled wine this year, here’s to twelve days of holiday cocktails that put a very merry Christmas in your cup

Last Minute Holiday Prep – Eat, Gift & Be Merry

Photo: Peanutbuttered.com

Photo: Peanutbuttered.com

It’s one week until Christmas, and I’m sure there are some of you who aren’t feeling so ho-ho-hopeful about pulling off everything that needs to be done. We’ve all been there: just because you started playing Christmas music the day after Thanksgiving doesn’t mean you remembered to actually act on all of your holiday spirit. For all of my fellow procrastinators who’ve been caught up in the jolly rush, don’t panic. Here are some great jumping off points via Pinterest to tackle all of your gifting, decorating and snacking needs this season

5 Festive Instagrams to Inspire You with Holiday Spirit

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Photo: Unsplash.com

First, let’s state the obvious: Christmas is in a few short weeks. But before the panic that always seems to pop up this time of year sets in, take a minute to kick back with some of our favorite festive Instagram feeds. We’re continuing the seasonal journey from last year, with five new accounts guaranteed to keep you entertained (and hopefully calm) until New Years

The Only Christmas Music Playlists You Need this Holiday Season

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Photo: Liveloveguitar.com

Christmas time is here again and with it comes all our favorite Christmas songs. And even if you don’t celebrate Christmas, there are bound to be at least a few holiday inspired tunes that you can’t help but hum along to. In preparation for these next few weeks until December 25th, I have created the three Christmas music playlists you’ll need. Whether you want a fun happy song to help motivate you to do your Christmas gift wrapping or a soothing, classic jam to get you through the cold winter nights, I’ve got you covered. So grab your loved ones, choose a playlist and get into the Christmas spirit. You can see the full song list on my Holiday Mixtape after the jump. Also, I should note, there is extra Christmas cheer for those of you who listen to these playlists on a loop

All Aboard — Holiday Train Shows to See Around the Country

All Aboard — Holiday Train Show to See Around the Country

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For me, train shows are as much part of the holidays as hot chocolate and watching A Christmas Story. I love watching the electric “Polar Express” trains weaving in and out of tunnels and through the snow-topped mountains. Part of the fun is seeing all the tiny, intricate details of city landmarks and cute vignettes of winter fun. This holiday season, make way to a local holiday train show in your neck of the woods. I’ve pulled together a comprehensive list of where and when to go

From Your Backyard to Your Front Door: A DIY Christmas Wreath

Nature Inspired Christmas Wreath

Nature-Inspired Christmas Wreath

There’s more than one way to decorate for the holidays. Is your style traditional with red and green? Or do you prefer gold and gilt? Maybe back-to-nature suits your home and lifestyle. When I plan my decorating theme for the holidays (I change it up every year!), I choose a color or item, such as a star, snowman or angel, and repeat it throughout the house. Regardless of the theme, I always start with the wreath. And although a wreath on the front door welcomes guests, you’re not limited to the entry. Learn how to make Christmas wreaths from items gathered in your backyard, and hang one on a mirror, fill in an empty wall or decorate a closet door

On Trend — How to Make Copper and Concrete Christmas Ornaments

On Trend — How to Make Copper, Crystal and Concrete Christmas Ornaments

All photos by Mateo Londono.

Lately you’d be hard-pressed to walk into any home furnishings or kitchenware store without running into copper-accented decor. And with good reason, the bright, shiny color of copper is a sight for sore eyes in a sea of nickel and stainless steel metals. With Christmas around the corner, I decided to swap out the cherry red tone used in traditional decorations with this rose-gold metallic. But because it can almost be too pretty and one-dimensional, I incorporated unfinished concrete and shattered crystals to create the perfect Christmas ornament. Equal parts natural and glam, this DIY is sure to make your Christmas decor memorable this year. Check out my easy four-step tutorial to learn how to make this project yourself

Embrace the Season with These Peppermint DIYs

Photo: Pastryaffair.com

Photo: Pastryaffair.com

One of the biggest flavors and scents associated with the holiday season is none other than peppermint. Since December is coming up, I’ve been living it up with peppermint everything, from candy canes to my chapstick. There’s a variety of ways you can introduce this refreshing mint into your daily routine, and we think you’ll be very pleased with the outcome! Check out some of our favorite ways to get your home smelling of holiday cheer

Small Business Saturday — Local Shop Owners Share Their Support

By Brooklyn, a store owned and operated by local Gaia DiLoreto, sells products born in Brooklyn.

By Brooklyn, a store owned and operated by local Gaia DiLoreto, sells products born in Brooklyn.

It was a humid Thursday evening in Bedford–Stuyvesant, a neighborhood of 153,000 inhabitants in Brooklyn. In November, it’s not supposed to be this hot. The people are mixed here. Men dressed in suits walked briskly beneath umbrellas while others carried on casual conversations on street corners, sleeveless and wet. During this time when ‘gentrification’ is a dirty word in New York City, the complicated culture of a place is both the appeal and controversy for local business owners. On the one hand, buying and selling within a multicultural community is their chance to support multiculturalism. On the other hand, there’s always that risk of business influencing culture, instead of it being the other way around.

For the final interview of local business owners who support their communities, I walked briskly and without an umbrella to an address on Lexington Avenue. I came to Bed-Stuy to ask Shane and Johnna what it means to buy and sell locally. The answer of these two business owners was similar to those of Erica, and Brandy and Sean, all of whom operate in different neighborhoods throughout Brooklyn. The diversity of Brooklyn fuels them, and the business of buying and selling locally here is the business of job creation, self-preservation and multiculturalism for everyone—no matter who you might be. Keep reading to learn more about six local business owners who keep their communities of Brooklyn beautiful

How to Put a Personal Touch on the Holiday Season

How to Put a Personal Touch on the Holiday Season

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For most folks the holidays are a blur of things to do, gifts to buy and events to attend. It’s easy to become detached from the spirit of the season when you’re ordering gifts off of someone’s wish list with the tap of a finger. Stop going through the motions and really connect with others by putting a bit of yourself in everything you do this holiday season

Thanksgiving Meal Hacks — 3 Ways To Impress Your Family and Friends

Thanksgiving Meal Hacks — 3 Ways To Impress Your Family and Friends

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Thanksgiving meal is generally about the staples: turkey, stuffing and all the oven-made sides. This year we implore you to bring some creativity to your dinner table to spice up those classics. And what better way, than to experiment with new cooking techniques. Cooking sous vide or using an anti-griddle should not only be reserved for restaurant chefs. It can actually be done at home in any kitchen using a few materials. Here are 3 easy ways that you can elevate your Thanksgiving meal without spending big bucks on new kitchen gadgets

History of New York City’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

Hippo Balloon circa 1940, Times Square, Manhattan, NY (Buzzfeed.com)

Hippo Balloon circa 1940, Times Square, Manhattan, NY (Buzzfeed.com)

If waking up on Thanksgiving, hopping on the sofa in the family room and scrambling to turn on the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is a tradition you’re fond of, then you’re not alone! I was lucky enough to grow up being able to go to the parade every year with my family and watch dreamily as the floats went by. After years and years of admiring the classic balloons, The Rockettes, the Broadway performances and Santa’s grand arrival at the end of the parade I’ve found myself wondering more about the origin of this iconic parade

How to Set the Perfect Budget-Friendly Table

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Photo: Greenweddingshoes.com

Special occasions unfolding between the months of November and January require a more formal table than the daily place setting. However, the essentials of a well-set table come at a cost. From food to flowers, there’s always the worry that there won’t be enough to go around, the table will appear a bit bare and everyone will notice where corners were cut. This is not what the holidays are about, and so Krrb has come up with a few tricks to gloss over your minimal effort. Your Great Aunt probably will think you outdid yourself, and she will tell you so.

Here are our simple, chic tips for making it all happen while setting a party-ready table on a savings-ready budget

Holiday Detox – 5 Green Juice Recipes to Make At Home

Holiday Detox – 5 Green Juice Recipes to Make At Home

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If your Thanksgiving plans include plenty of mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie, take some time to revitalize and re-stabilize your diet before holiday cookies makes its appearance on the menu. Here are five green juice recipes that will keep you feeling good through the next batch of holidays. So, before you pick up those snowflake cookies and eggnog, and check out some detoxing recipes that will keep you feeling jolly through the start of 2017