Made in America — More Handmade, Eco-friendly and Small Batch Goods from the West

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Photo: Kinfolk.com

It’s no secret that I’m a fan of locally-made businesses: our series on unique local makers across America helped us discover a ton of new favorite brands last year. Now that you’re all caught up, why not take another trip and see some different small businesses worth checking out? After a whirlwind journey around the South, Northeast and Midwest, check out our grand finale: the best of the West.

Give Locally — What Neighborhood Homeless Shelters Need this Holiday Season

Give Locally — What Neighborhood Homeless Shelters Need this Holiday Season

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Shopping seems to be a bigger part of the holiday season with advertisers pushing consumers to spend earlier every year. Instead of this being the season of getting, make it the season of giving to those in need. Your efforts will make the biggest impact locally. We’ve asked homeless shelters in major cities what they need this holiday season. Read on to see what to give and where

25 Ways To Live More Collaboratively Without Drastically Changing Your Lifestyle

25 Ways To Live More Collaboratively Without Drastically Changing Your Lifestyle

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With all this talk about the sharing economy being the way of the future, a person could easily be overwhelmed with visions of sleeping in bedrooms with multiple families or being forced to take out the entire neighborhood’s garbage. Never fear! There are all sorts of ways to participate in this new lifestyle without giving up your own individual home or identity. Check out our list of 25 simple ways to live more collaboratively and communally to start stretching your budget and limiting your footprint now

What’s Cooking — Soups from Around the World

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When you’re looking for a bit of comfort, have some soup. Traced back as far as 6000 B.C., soup was sold in Greek marketplaces and is thought to be the first ‘fast food.’ At this time, soup was little more than broth. People would dip bread into the broth, and the bread, or the “sop,” as it was called, was the substantive ingredient of the meal. Over time, the word “sop” evolved into the word “soup,” our name for the hearty meal of broth packed with leafy vegetables, meat or potatoes.

From thick, creamy soups and gazpachos to water-based broth and chilis, every country around the world has a traditional recipe to call its own. We’ve rounded up the world’s favorite soup recipes to enjoy in the comfort of your own kitchen

Made in America — More Handmade, Eco-friendly and Small Batch Goods from the Midwest

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Photo: Wearewichita.com

It’s no secret that I’m a fan of locally-made businesses: our series on unique local makers across America helped us discover a ton of new favorite brands last year. Now that you’re all caught up, why not take another trip and see some different small businesses worth checking out? We’ve already paid a visit to the South and Northeast, so let’s continue our journey to celebrate the best handmade, eco-friendly and small batch goods that the Midwest has to offer

Helping Dreams Happen – 10 Slogans That Changed The World

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A group of sanitation workers march for civil rights in Memphis, Tennessee in 1968. Photograph by Ernest Withers.

Sometimes, all it takes is a few words to spur the hearts and minds of a generation to change the world. In honor of the election tomorrow, we decided to take a look at some of the short-yet-powerful turns of phrase that have motivated people to move political mountains.

In no particular order, here are ten awe inspiring slogans that really rocked the world, and not all for the better

5 Crazy Cocktails Recipes and the Barware to Serve Them In

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Photo: Cocktailgogo.com

We have a taste for the wild and unusual. The ingenious and especially the delicious. That’s why we’re sipping on these totally-out-there cocktails. Some are too sweet and some are just right, but you can’t deny they all have you wondering, “Who the heck came up with that?” We’ve even paired them with our favorite barware so you have an idea of how to serve them up

Artist Interpretations of the Political Playground

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It’s the season for political discourse and artists around the nation are making their mark on the campaign trail. Sarah Sole, Jermaine Rogers, Julian Raven and Sabo are all artists that have created works of art in favor of their presidential candidate. Whether the paintings, prints, and posters are for Politician Sanders, Cruz, Clinton, or Trump, the message is clear… vote this November! Keep reading to see how these artists interpreted their support for the Democratic or Republican nominees into a grassroots art campaign

How To Make a Staggered Wood Vase

How To Make a Staggered Wood Vase

All photos by Mateo Londono.

I’ve learned that in woodworking, perfection is not always a guaranteed result. Sometimes wood splinters, tools fail or the finish ends up a bit messy. However, learning to love the perfect imperfections of working with wood is in it’s own way—very rewarding. In this project, I wanted to celebrate the beauty of imperfection by creating a functional wood vase that appears as a staggered stack of rings. Despite the illusion of the vase being off-center or irregular, it is very much how it was designed to be! If you want to create your own uniquely imperfect staggered wood vase, keep reading for a full tutorial

Spice Up Your Life — 7 Creative DIYs to Use Cinnamon

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Photo: Authoritynutrition.com

It seems like as soon as August ends, our brains go fully into fall mode. It’s not quite time to bust out the pumpkin carving tools, but it is nice to start swapping out summery things for something a little more seasonal…like cinnamon! Here are some great DIYs that utilize the spice in creative ways: from all-natural cleaning aides to refreshing beauty products. It’s time to get spicy

20 Hacks to Make Your Whole Home Feel Bigger

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Photo: Apartmenttherapy.com

As someone who currently has a desk-nightstand-vanity hybrid, trust me when I say that I get all of your small-space living woes. I’ve turned to the wise voices of Pinterest to find the essential tips and tricks you’ll need to make your home feel open and welcoming, no matter what the size. Let’s navigate this big journey through small spaces together

Get Organized — Tips and Tricks to Maximize Your Dressers

Get Organized — Tips and Tricks to Maximize Your Dresser

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Getting organized isn’t easy but staying organized is even more of a challenge. We scoured the internet for ways to make the most of your dressers. No matter what room it’s in or what purpose it’s serving, we found ideas to optimize your storage in ways you’ve never even dreamed of

Local Folklore — Haunted Tales Across America

Local Folklore — Haunted Tales Across America

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Most scary stories have a hint of truth to them. We’ve combed through the haunted history of cities across America, sharing only the most chilling tidbits of local folklore. Fact or fiction—you be the judge. Either way, these tales will leave you in a fright

What’s Cooking — Waffles for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

What's Cooking — Waffles for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

The Anchor serves up delectable waffles to locals in Manchester’s Rusholme neighborhood. Photo: Unsplash.com/anchorcoffee

My waffle iron is in constant play lately. To say I’m on a waffle kick is an understatement, I’ve been experimenting every possible way to make a meal using this kitchen gadget. Here are some of my favorite recipes to whet your appetite

Made in America — More Handmade, Eco-friendly and Small Batch Goods from the Northeast

Photo: Zimmermanshoes.com

Photo: Zimmermanshoes.com

It’s no secret that I’m a fan of locally-made businesses: our series on unique local makers across America helped us discover a ton of new favorite brands last year. Now that you’re all caught up, why not take another trip and see some different small businesses worth checking out? We’ve already checked out the South, so let’s head north to celebrate the best handmade, eco-friendly and small batch goods that the Northeast has to offer

5 Ways 3D Printing Is Reaching New Creative Heights

5 Ways 3D Printing Is Reaching New Heights

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Where technology, design and craftsmanship meet lays the 3D printer, a modern machine that can engineer a 3D object from the bottom up by “printing” layers of material. The first 3D printer made its mark as just a prototype tester back in the 1980’s but that technology has given way to a whole new world of accessibility. With 3D printing, engineers have developed inexpensive prosthetics customized for the individual, ecological cars that can go from concept to production in months and radical new ways to conceive and produce art. Not to mention, the open-source initiative that has allowed local makers and DIYers to collaborate and fabricate 3D printed items in their own homes. Keep reading to see five ways 3D printing is changing how we create

Local Harvest — Visit Your Neighborhood Pumpkin Patch

Local Harvest — Visit Your Neighborhood Pumpkin Patch

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Take a wild hayride. Sip apple cider. And get lost in a sea of pumpkins. The season calls for outdoor fun at a pumpkin patch. We’ve rounded up the best places to get a taste of autumn. Read on for a few pumpkin patches in the memory-making business

Experience the Historic Trip Across Route 66

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The famous Rt. 66 shield is painted on the old road outside Roy’s Cafe in the desert town of Amboy, California. Photo: Travelroute66.tumblr.com

Next month Route 66 turns a spry 90 years old. The corridor that runs through eight states—connecting Chicago to the West Coast—has had quite the impact on American culture throughout history. Established on November 11, 1926, this interstate highway was the first of its kind, making American travel simpler and more efficient.

Although it’s mainly been a thoroughfare, communities developed all along US 66, opening businesses and attractions to serve those passing by. In the 1960’s, Route 66’s popularity went into decline as new infrastructure connecting cities began popping up. But the nostalgia and historic importance of this first passageway—fondly known as “Mother Road”— remains present. If you’ve never experienced Route 66, see just how to travel and what to see along the way

Top 20 Scariest Stories to Tell on Halloween. Muah Ha Ha Ha.

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Halloween is a couple weeks away and what better way to celebrate the spookiest holiday of the year than a round up of the 20 most blood-curdling, hair-raising, spine-chilling stories of all time. We must warn you though, these chilling campfire tales and haunting urban legends aren’t for the faint of heart. We won’t judge you if you have to leave the lights on…

In The Kitchen – 25 Warming and Scrumptious Fall Recipes

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Sweet Roasted Rosemary Acorn Squash Wedges, see recipe below. Photo: Pioneerwoman.com

Fall is definitely here and with chilly weather comes warm and filling comfort foods for our tables and maybe more importantly, our bellies. From rib-sticking roasts to the sweet and earthy veggies that are so ubiquitous this time of year, there are many ways to please that palette. So sit back, gaze and graze on these 25 fall recipes to get you started on this season’s culinary escapades. Mmm, tasty