What’s Cooking — 20 Healthy Summer Snacks for Kids

Photo: Skinnyms.com

Photo: Skinnyms.com

Despite being a time for kicking back and relaxing, summer also means constantly feeding active little kids now that school’s out. But don’t panic! We’ve found some deliciously simple recipes that will keep your kids happy and well fed; all the convenience of junk food plus solid nutritional benefits. And unlike bologna sandwiches or string cheese, you don’t have to be a kid to want to chow down on these snacks

The Anatomy Of A Thank You Note – Krrb’s Guide To Expressing Gratitude With Style

a kid thank you note

First off, if you can get your hands on a kid who is just learning to write and then convince said kid to write (or make a good go at writing) "Thanks" on a piece of paper that you can put into an envelope and send, you are golden. Your job is done. Who is not going to be touched by a child's early attempts at writing?

Nothing says thank you like a note written by a 4 year old. But for those who don’t have the monk-like patience it takes to elicit the above pictured type of work from a pre-schooler, there is hope.

You too, can produce thank you notes that would make your grandparents proud and that would bring a smile to even the most jaded of faces. Just come along as we guide you through the ins and outs of these written expressions of gratitude, hopefully inspiring you to discover just how far a little extra effort can get a person in this world

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Brain Teasers Re-imagined as Jewelry

Brain Teasers Re-imagined as Jewelry

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The words elegant and fun are not often paired together, except when it comes to jewelry that is crafted with a puzzler in mind. Imagine taking advantage of the magical sleight-of-hand found in physical puzzles and applying that to a necklace, ring or bracelet. What you are left with is the same fascination and wonderment, but in a more stylish package. If you loved solving puzzles and figuring out brain teasers as a child, check out this round up of puzzle jewelry, complete with assembly videos

Explore Locally — Day Trips Just Outside City Limits

Day Trip Just Outside City Limits

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Too often we stay inside self-imposed boundaries. This summer we’re challenging you to explore outside your limits, city limits that is. Whether you like outdoor activities or you prefer a good museum, we’re highlighting potential day trips near you. So get out and discover some local gems

5 Secrets to Selling Your Stuff Quickly

5 Secrets to Selling Your Stuff Quickly

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As Community Director at Krrb, I pay lot of attention to buyer and seller activity. From professional sellers to individuals looking to unload their stuff before moving, I’ve seen it all. In some cases, selling is about finding the right buyer. After all, not everyone wants a Mr. Peanuts costume. Typically the right buyer for your stuff is every buyer, you just need to turn that inquiry into a purchase. Keep reading to see what tactics work best at selling quickly

The Best Blogs to Read for Budget Friendly Tips

Photo: Thehousethatlarsbuilt.com

Photo: Thehousethatlarsbuilt.com

If you’re looking to update your home, switch up your personal style or try out some new recipes but don’t necessarily have the funds to do so- we’re here to help you out. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite bloggers in the home decor, fashion and cooking fields that know a thing or two about sticking to a budget. Check them up and pick up some pointers to get those looks and meals you want, without damage to your wallet

Travel Thoughtfully with Sustainable Eco-friendly Vacation Groups

Thoughtful Traveling

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In the summer months, our wanderlust reaches an all-time high. Before you start packing, check out these interesting travel groups and dwellings that offer a more thoughtful way of exploring the world. These people give more than financial support to the local economies they visit—they offer a real connection with the individuals and communities that make up your whereabouts

11 Screen-Free Ideas to Keep Kids Entertained on Road Trips

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Photo: Unsplash.com

To prepare for a summer of road trips, we’ve covered most of the basics: portable snacks, essential gear and offbeat attractions, but haven’t dared to mention a road tripper’s greatest fear: unruly kids. Never fear, weary travelers. We’ve found 11 simple ways to keep your kids engaged and entertained without electronics. So leave the tablets and smart phone at home when loading up the car and take a few minutes to try out these tips and tricks (your kids and sanity will thank you later)

Hacking Ikea – 7 Ingenious Ways To Take That Swedish Stuff To A Whole New Level

from a bankers chair

Here's what happens when you take apart two Ikea chairs and mix them up with a couple of vintage banker's seats. Bet you haven't seen anything like this baby on the Ikea showroom floor!

This might be outing myself as prehistoric, but my first encounter with Ikea was before the age of the cell phone, in France. Back in the day, like, before they even had Ikea stores over here in the United States. “No wonder everyone’s apartments look so much better over in Europe,” I remember thinking to myself, somewhat wistfully

Local Lodgings — The 30 Best Airbnb Finds in Seattle, Dallas and Philadelphia

All photos courtesy of Airbnb.com

All photos courtesy of Airbnb.com

We’re back! We’ve already rounded up the best Airbnb listings in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and Boston, San Francisco and DC– but now let us show you some of the coolest pads available in Seattle, Dallas and Philadelphia. From modern duplexes to vintage gems, you’ll be sure to find a place you’ll want to stay on your next visit. Check out these spaces and you’ll want to book that trip immediately—and maybe never even leave

Seen and Heard — Summer Bucket List Edition

Seen and Heard — Summer Bucket List Edition

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The long dog days of summer can make the season feel endless. But it’s not. Excited to make the most of it, we’re sharing our plans. From picnics to road trips, get inspired to fill the time with fun

How to Update a Secondhand Mirror with Chalk Paint

Mirror Frame Painted with Chalk Paint

Using chalk paint as a tool for furniture refinishing has been gaining in popularity during the last several years. Chalk paint is basically a matte or flat paint base with a wax topcoat. There are several brands on the market, each with several colors, plus clear and dark waxes.

An advantage to using chalk paint is that it doesn’t require sanding or priming. Although you can use it on any piece of furniture, I particularly like to use it on pieces with carving details or a distressed finish. I knew this mirror in a lovely—yet boring—wood frame was the perfect candidate for chalk paint. You can find budget-friendly mirrors for sale in your neighborhood on Krrb

Member Spotlight — Kraig Bantle of Garage Brothers and His Mission to Keep Junk Out of Landfills

Member Spotlight — Kraig Bantle of Garage Brothers and His Mission to Keep Junk Out of Landfills

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Kraig Bantle happily does a chore that most people dread; cleaning out the garage. His business Garage Brothers launched in 2007, removes junk out of storage at no cost to the owners. He then turns around, selling valuable items and recycling the scraps. One can only imagine what sort of items have been unearthed, from expensive artwork and collectibles to the strange like a bag of toenails. If you’re not already watching, you can follow Kraig’s excavations on his DIY Network television show, Garage Gold.

So successful is Garage Brothers as a business, that they’ve been able to service local charities with proceeds and supplies. Their warehouse serves as a drop-off recycle center for the public as well as their clients. They recycle electronics, scrap metal, food waste and even cigarette butts and the sort. We chatted with Kraig about how Garage Brothers began and his altruistic goals

How To Make Shelves From Vintage Suitcases

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Photo: Houzz.com

Vintage suitcases in faded orange and blue hues are frequently listed on Krrb and piled high at flea markets and garage sales. Although they aren’t the most convenient travel companions anymore, old-school travel bags are retro-cool for displaying in groups. We had to share this idea from Krrb member Mandy Heth for upcycling colorful suitcases into creative shelving. Check out her Vintage Baubles and Bits store for vintage clothing, jewelry and home decor. Read on for a step-by-step tutorial on crafting a few of these “travel” displays

Get the Look — Design Inspiration From Chic Palm Springs Hotels

Photo: Hotellautner.com

Photo: Hotellautner.com

No matter where you turn these days the desert city of Palm Springs, California is all the talk. Since the Palm Springs episodes of Saved by The Bell in the 1990’s, I’ve been enamored with the city mostly known for its golf courses (my dad is a big fan). Recently Palm Springs has been rebranded as a hot spot for all things cool. From vintage shopping to design to food and everything in between, this hot city (we’re talking high 90’s and 100-degree weather) really is the hottest place to be right now. Whether you make it to Palm Springs or not, see how to get these chic desert vibes in your own space

Architectural Hacks For Your Home

Architectural Hacks For Your Home

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Now that we don’t have to venture out too far to see incredible architectural feats, I wondered what are some other ways I can bring my love for urban architecture indoors. Little did I know that there are plenty of easy DIYs that can add unique and striking design to the home. Check out my top three architectural projects that can be done at a minimum cost for maximum inspiration

Celebrate the Summer Solstice with Local Events in 11 Cities

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Photo: Unsplash.com

Monday, June 20th marks the summer solstice: the longest day of the year. Wondering what to do with the extra hours of daylight? We rounded up some fun and interesting events last year, and cities all over the country are back with cool ways to celebrate the season

Live Collaboratively — City Residents are Choosing Community Living

Live Collaboratively — City Residents are Choosing Community Living

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There are so many ways to live collaboratively without making drastic changes to your lifestyle. We even list 25 here that won’t have you packing up and moving to a commune. But that’s also an option because community living is back and in a whole new way. If you’re thinking 1970’s-era hippies living in the middle of nowhere, this is not. Read on to see why young professionals in cities are gravitating toward this collaborative housing and more

Souvenirs — Ideas on What to Bring Back When You Travel the World

Souvenirs — Ideas on What to Bring Back When You Travel the World

When souvenir shopping, think outside the box. Photo: Trekearth.com

When you leave home for a trip, your senses get a kick exploring new sights and sounds. Bring something meaningful back with you to remember the journey forever. Souvenirs are such that: keepsakes that allow you to relive the experience again and again. It’s become such an important part of traveling, that mass-produced objects are available everywhere, including the airport for last minute obligatory buys for friends and family. But souvenirs don’t need to be bought at a run of the mill tourist trap, try finding everyday items locally that represent your experiences and the people you met along the way. We have five great ideas for souvenirs you can’t wait to bring home

Member Spotlight — Jim Dietrich of Breukelen Tafel is the Ghost Wood Whisperer

Jim working on his latest project.

Jim working on his latest project. All photos: Ashley Davidson

In an era where so many people seem to promote fast consumption and the “cheaper is better” mentality, it’s refreshing to get to meet someone who’s all about celebrating and preserving the best of the past. Jim Dietrich is the man behind Breukelen Tafel, a furniture company that produces handmade (and beautiful) statement pieces using only reclaimed wood. Get to know Jim and the fascinating stories behind crafting his furniture