10 Mother’s Day Gift Ideas that Only Look Expensive + Giveaway

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Photo: Studiodiy.com

Mother’s Day is a little over a week away! Following our popular series of DIYs (here and here) that look more extravagant than they really are, we’re tackling gifts for your mama. Don’t stress on what to do, we’re here to help you show your appreciation to mom. And if you’re all thumbs, keep reading because we’re giving away a gorgeous handmade wall hanging—a guaranteed winning gift

Vacation Time — 5 Eco-friendly Resorts to Plan Your Getaway

Vacation Time — Eco-friendly Resorts to Plan Your Stay

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Vacations are best when it’s a balance of relaxation and exploration. It only makes sense why people tend to favor resorts with their all-inclusive packages and amenities. But the truth is that retreats this large exhaust a lot of energy and waste, making the cost heavier on the environment than on your wallet. But that’s not to say you have to give up your enjoyment just yet—there are more and more lodgings minimizing their carbon footprint. These resorts are only the top of the picking that harmonize comfort and sustainable practices

Krrb Presents Quick Tips — How To Pack A Picnic Basket

We know you have no time for long-winded how-to’s, so we’ll keep it short. In under a minute, Quick Tips are here to help you with life’s little lessons. So unless you get caught up watching hundreds in a row, which – warning – you just might, you can quickly get back to monitoring your news feeds or whatever you were doing. Check out the full video series here.

Planning on a picnic this summer? These simple tips will keep your food fresh and chilled. The best way to pack a picnic basket is to work your way out of the basket. Start with the item you’ll need last — a trash bag at the bottom of the basket. Then add frozen drinks or grapes and layer your food and dishes inside. Keep your meal insulated by topping it all with a vintage tablecloth and maybe even a bouquet of fresh flowers. Plop the buds in a jar with some water and use as an easy centerpiece when you’re enjoying your outdoor summer meal.

Local Inspiration — The Urban Cowboy Hotel in Brooklyn and Nashville

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Photo: Urbancowboybnb.com

If you’re looking for somewhere to staycate (verb: the act of having a staycation) or if you’re traveling through New York or Nashville and want a truly unique accommodation experience, allow me to introduce you to the Urban Cowboy. Situated in both Williamsburg, Brooklyn and Nashville, Tennessee is this quirky, bed and breakfast/hostel-inspired hotel. With the trend of staying in Airbnb’s rather than traditional hotel options still widely on the rise, Lyon Porter wanted to introduce an option that combines the luxuries of staying in a hotel while still incorporating a strong local, community-based vibe that comes along with staying in other’s homes

Pinterest Roundup: Eco-Friendly Weddings

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Photo: 100layercake.com

With the cost of an average American wedding going over $25,000, it’s easy to assume that it’s producing a good amount of trash. Food, decorations, favors, dinnerware—things start to accumulate very quickly. Although your wedding should be special, it doesn’t need to be wasteful. I’ve dug through Pinterest to find the best tips and tutorials to make sure you can have the happiest (and greenest) day possible!

Get Inspired — Community Gardens to Follow on Instagram

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Photo: Birdsandblooms.com

With prime gardening time quickly approaching on the East coast, it’s safe to say we have all things green on the brain! We have a deep appreciation and love of plants in our own space, I mean, have you seen our office? However, nothing is as satisfying as getting outside and doing some planting. Whether you don’t have your own outdoor space or perhaps you aren’t the best at catering to a plant’s needs—community gardens are a great resource to meet fellow gardeners! Grab your own plot in the garden or learn from others in your neighborhood, either way get outside and participate! We went ahead and rounded up some of our favorite community gardens on Instagram to inspire you to get out there and join the rest of your neighborhood this season

The Unconventional Menu — Vegan Wedding Food Roundup

Krrb — Compassion Is Served — Vegan Wedding Food Roundup

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More and more people are starting to eat vegetable-based diets which means straying from the conventional wedding menu. So does giving up your steak, chicken, or fish option mean your reception dinner will be boring? On the contrary! You’ll be amazed at what you can eat with the myriad of combinations vegetables, grains, nuts and fruits can provide. Your guests will leave happy, healthy and most importantly—full! Check out this oh-too-good-vegan menu (complete with recipes) the Krrb team would love to eat

Seen and Heard — The Earth Day Everyday Edition

Seen and Heard — The Earth Day Everyday Edition

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We love how enthusiastic communities everywhere get about Earth Day, after all we should be celebrating this wonderful planet we call home. But the truth is that as society gets more educated about living sustainably and consuming mindfully, we’re spending every day doing more to keep Earth beautiful. That’s 365 days of Earth Day! The Krrb team is joining in by highlighting new products, trends and ideas that make eco-friendly living the norm

The Eco-friendly Stylings of Furoshiki

The Eco-friendly Stylings of Furoshiki

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I’ve recently become obsessed with the art of Furoshiki. Traditionally, Furoshiki was a shibori-printed wrapping cloth used in Japan to transport gifts, goods or clothes. But the term also refers to the process of using and reusing a piece of fabric to wrap around goods. In honor of the upcoming Earth Day (April 22nd), I wanted to share a few Furoshiki stylings. You’ll be surprised at the number of ways you can repurpose a piece of fabric around the home or on the go

5 Fashion Accessories Improved with Recycled Materials

 5 Fashion Accessories Improved with Recycled Materials

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Buying quality clothing and accessories saves you time and money in the long run but put your money towards well-made items sourced from recycled materials—and you get a win-win on a much bigger scale. Right now, our landfills are full of tons upon tons of discarded goods that can be repurposed into new cool and usable products. The potential of recycled materials is not going unnoticed by savvy designers! I’ve found five accessories made from old tires and the like that don’t compromise on style or sustainability. Keep reading to see what makes these eco-friendly accessories better than their traditional counterparts

20 Best DIYs For Your Garden

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Photo: Unsplash.com

Whether you’re a planting novice or came into this world with a green thumb, every good garden needs a game plan. And the best part: your craft skills are about to come into play! From the ground up, we’ve found our favorite DIYs that let you take total control over your garden, and guarantee a stress-free outdoor season

Local Resources to Make Your Wedding Planning a Breeze

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Photo: Theodysseyonline.com

I haven’t walked down the aisle yet myself, but I can only imagine the headache inducing stress of planning that special day. Everybody wants their wedding to be perfect, so it only makes sense that couples all around the world are busy scoping out the perfect location, perfect band, flowers, cakes etc to make their matrimony a memorable one! If you’re like me, i.e. not gifted with the skill of event planning yet yearning to be easy breezy like J.Lo in The Wedding Planner, then hopefully these local resources will help you, your special someone, wedding party, family and guests get through the day without seeing a “these aren’t the table linens I ordered!!” meltdown

Farm Sanctuaries to Volunteer at This Spring

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Photo: Farmsanctuary.org

If you’re looking for outdoor activities this spring, but are getting bored of the same old parks and trails that you always do- consider visiting a farm sanctuary! Round up a group of friends and family and head to one of the many sanctuaries all over the country. For minimal entry fees, many of these non-profit organizations offer guided tours where you learn all about the animals that have been rescued and now call these farms home

Kitchen Hacks — Foods that Recycle Themselves

Kitchen Hacks — Foods that Recycle Themselves

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We spend a lot of money and time with trips to the grocery store. Well, use scraps like those from your scallions or yogurt to produce more food without spending more money. Here’s a short list of kitchen staples that easily recycle themselves and how to get more food for your buck

Best Shopping App 2016 – Vote for Krrb!

Krrb Classifieds - Best Shopping App 2016

We’re very excited to announce that our iPhone app has been nominated for a Webby Award in the category for Best Shopping on a Mobile Site & App! The Webby Awards, which is presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences (IADAS) is considered to be the highest honor in internet based projects and we are thrilled to have been nominated along with the best in the industry

Member Spotlight — Lisa Quina of Barefoot Dwelling

Lisa at work in the shop!

Lisa at work in the shop!

When you’re in search of the perfect vintage piece, want something custom-built, or just need some design expertise, turn to Lisa Quina of Barefoot Dwelling. Operating out of a storefront in Baltimore, Maryland, Lisa has an eye for scouting the best vintage and retro pieces, while injecting personality into everything she works on. Get to know this master of Mid-century finds, and be sure to check out her Krrb corner to make them your own

April Showers — 10 Rainy DIYs That Embrace the Season

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Photo: Studiodiy.com

You know what they say: If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em. Rather than dread the springtime rainy season, learn to love it with these easy DIY projects! From essential gear and functional tools to pretty decor and fun activities, we’ve got you covered for the next time the clouds roll in

Retrospective — How to Keep a Wedding Personal

Wedding Retrospective — How to Keep a Wedding Personal

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What’s it like to plan your own wedding on the DIY, local, personal-touch tip? When it came to my wife and I getting married, it was very much a team effort. We made lists, assigned duties, shared Google Doc spreadsheets and did a whole lot of running around.

Very soon after Jessica and I got engaged, we knew right away that we wanted our wedding to be a true reflection of us and our relationship. Sure, you might think that goes without saying, but it actually requires effort. You can easily flip pages and pick the best, well-reviewed, mid-priced vendors and call it a day. You’d most likely be perfectly pleased with the results and it would definitely save a lot of time and headaches. However, I’d say that doing stuff yourself does indeed become worth while and offers a very particular gratification making everything all the more memorable

The Best Local Makers and Goods in Dallas

The Best Local Makers and Goods in Dallas

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Big cities mean tons of options, which unfortunately can also mean too many options when you’re pressed to find the best. So to share the best local makers in Dallas, we’ve assembled the A-team of insiders: some of our favorite Krrb members and resident influencers with knowledge on where to go and What to pick up. Let’s meet the team

Local Blogs — Dallas Bloggers to Read Now

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Photo: Styleofsam.com

Having personally only lived in the Northeast, I know extremely little about southern living and style. Lucky for me, everything is bigger and better in the Texas and there are plenty of blogs and social media accounts with an inside look at the culture of Dallas! We’ve rounded up some of our favorite bloggers and tastemakers from the city and can’ wait to introduce you to them! Happy reading