Building Your Forever Home

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Guest Blog contributed by Ryan and Mike of A Forever Home.

Five years ago, my husband and I decided that we needed to get out of our small condo and began the search for a home in Chicago. We didn’t have much luck at first but eventually found what was the perfect home for us. It was an eyesore for most and probably too much work but it was exactly the challenge we were looking for. The old victorian was in a total state of disrepair and every single room needed to be renovated. After five long years of hard work we are so happy with our forever home!

What’s Cooking — Breakfast Bowls

What's Cooking — Breakfast Bowls

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During the warmer months, you can fuel up for the day easily with a breakfast bowl. It all began with the popularity of Acai bowls—essentially blended smoothies topped with crunch granola, seeds and frozen fruit. Whether you go the sweet or savory route in the early morning, we cover it all. Check out all these healthy and fun recipes for breakfast bowls. We think you’ll bowl over for these yummy meals

The 5 Strangest Listings on Krrb This Week

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Krrb is a great place to find everything and anything secondhand, handmade and vintage. We can only imagine how these finds ended up on the classifieds in the first place. Whether or not you were looking for these unusual listings, The 5 Strangest Listings on Krrb This Week are for sale, each in need of a new home.

This week we’re checking out some antique Ford headlights, a vintage sink, and a 70’s Bug convertible. Let’s go

How to Start Your Own DIY Club

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Photo: Brit.co

Supper Club? Book Club? Nah. DIY Club? YES!

Supper club requires that you cook, and who really want to talk about symbolism and character foils at book club—so why not get together to do what we all love to do: gorge on chardonnay and chocolate while creating some crafty DIY projects?

You know, the ones we all admired in our favorite blogs and on Pinterest, but rarely had the confidence or the drive to actually tackle. That night, our group of eight or so ladies made a promise to get together monthly and handcraft unique and usable décor, trinkets, jewelry and knick knacks—with each project coming in at $25/person, max.

Go For A Swim — 5 Cool Pools Open To The Public

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Photo: Roughguides.com

As we longingly say goodbye to Memorial Day, we can now welcome in Summer! And what better way to cool down during this scorching season than by taking a dip in a pool. Don’t have one? No worries! I’ve compiled a list of the coolest public pools around the world and their entrance fees. From China to Germany, it’s time to strip down to your speedo and go for a swim at these awesome water getaways.

I Want This — Antique Bicycle Taxi

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Bicycling is one of the fun, while still eco-friendly ways to get around your city. Just yesterday I was watching as couples strolled through the park together on one bike—the girl awkwardly sitting on the back rack holding on for dear life. That’s why I want this antique bike taxi! Think of how cool I will look riding up to any date I have in NYC in this bad boy. Walk to our destination? Take a cab? No way! I’ll pedal us the whole way there. Apparently, this bike taxi is so antique that it’s not meant to be functional anymore but we’ll see about that!

Memorial Day Roundup

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Photo: Giphy.com

Happy Memorial Day everyone! We’re celebrating the day with good weather, better friends, and tasty hamburgers and hot dogs! How are you celebrating? We’ve gathered some of our favorite Krrb articles to guide you in the best ways to celebrate Memorial Day! Let’s get to it.

Get Outside — Cook Out All Season with Grilling Menu and Tips

It's the season to be grilling.

It’s the season to be grilling.

This summer if you can’t stand the heat, take your kitchen outdoors. We’re looking at a long season of dog days and heat waves so don’t bother turning on the oven. Let’s celebrate being outdoors by making most of our meals al fresco. Read on for cookout essentials, tips and a multi-course grilled menu

Smoke Yourself Silly with Homemade Smoked Foods and a DIY Smoker

Photo: Declan McCullagh

Photo: Declan McCullagh

Smoked anything is so dang delicious but so hard to make. Right? Wrong! With a little DIY action and some smokey know-how, you can make your very own smoker and start feasting on homemade trout, almonds, ribs, oysters, and almost anything else that would do well with a flavor blast reminiscent of a campfire. And with tailgating season in front of us, it’s time to get going. So say goodbye to bottled liquid smoke and say hello to all the hungry people with empty plates

Krrb Presents Quick Tips — An All-Natural Method to Cleaning Your Grill

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.

A summer’s worth of cookouts can leave your grill caked with food. Keep it clean without harsh chemicals. Slice a potato in half and use it to scrub grime and smells from the grates. The key is to do it when the grill is very hot. Now you can get a nice char on your dessert fruit without it tasting like ribs!

Flea Market Fabulous: Get the Biggest Bang for Your Buck

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Summer flea market season officially opens in the Midwest this upcoming weekend! Here in Chicago, it’s marked by the Randolph Street Market taking the festivities outside. I’m super excited that this year, I’ve been invited to the media breakfast and early buy (before the market opens) to mark my favorite vintage finds with a green ribbon.

If you’re in Chicago and shopping the market keep your eyes peeled for the green ribbons. Lots of design lovers, bloggers, and media are invited to pick their favorites. Trust me, I can’t bring everything I love home, so I’ll mark the good stuff for you too!

If you’re not in Chicago, or out-of-town for the holiday here’s a 2014 USA Today article listing 10 of the best vintage flea markets in the states.

7 Grilling Technique Videos from the Experts

7 Grilling Technique Videos from the Experts

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Grilling is a trial and error experience. With plenty of time in front your Weber grill, you too can become a master griller. Looking to get proficient in the language of barbecue sooner than that? If you’re a visual learner, well we’ve got you covered. These seven techniques will have you feeling pretty good about your high grill marks

Get to Grilling This Weekend!

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Photo: Giphy.com

Grill Week 2015 continues here on Krrb.com and to help get you prepared for the summertime sunshine I’ve compiled a list of all the grills I could find on Krrb. There’s some great deals in here and you’d be foolish not to get ’em while they’re hot. Let’s get to grilling!

What’s Cooking — Healthy Knockoff Smoothies

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Photo: Cbsfitnesstrainer.com

As soon as the temperatures start to rise, I’m craving one thing: smoothies. While I’m not too discerning with where I purchase it once the craving hits (shoutout to convenience stores), the cost and caloric count of some popular brands are hard figures to ignore. So I found healthier options from various chains that you can make at home. Start your blenders!

5 Freezer Friendly Foods to Help Save Money in the Kitchen

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Guest Blog contributed by Beth Moncel of Budget Bytes.

Freezers have increasingly become dedicated storage space for ice cream, frozen pizzas, and other convenience foods, but they can actually be one of the most useful tools for saving money in the kitchen. Not only is your freezer good for saving leftovers of cooked meals, but its fantastic for storing individual leftover ingredients that usually end up in the trash. Not sure which food items you can and can’t freeze? Here are five freezer friendly items that changed the game by helping me reduce waste and save money in the kitchen.

Keep Your Grill Session All Natural

Keep Your Grill Session All Natural

Getting ready for a summer full of grilled meats and meals outdoors? We’ve rounded up the best new products to make your cookouts chemical-free. These grilling accessories are all natural and eco-friendly—now doesn’t that sound good?

The 15 Most Unique Murals Across the Country

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Photo: Foucauldianrhythm.files.wordpress.com

The global street art community is truly a sight to behold. Incredible art murals rich with culture and history grace outdoor facades in every major metropolitan city in the world. We decided to take a look at the street art in the Krrb community’s top 15 cities…check out our favorites below.

Discada — A Tex-Mex Cookout

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Start with a smoking wood fire.

Although it’s existed for generations along the Texas-Mexico border, discada is still a mostly unknown form of grilling outside of the locals. At its essence, discada is simply meat cooked outside over a fire. But what makes discada unique is the repurposed plow disc its cooked on. Rules are few—and vary from household to household—when it comes to cooking up this regional dish. Like a lot of the best northern mexican cuisine (tacos, burritos, etc) discada originated with the peasants and cowboys

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