How To Make an Upcycled Love Bandit Valentine

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Chrissy demonstrates step-by-step instructions on how to create these adorable, little valentines. With construction paper, scissors, glue and a little imagination you can make a love bandit valentine for your special someone. Fill it with candy, love letters and other treats for your sweetheart

Then & Now: A History of Wind-Up Toys

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It may be difficult to find a wind-up toy in today’s toy store, with battery-operated gadgets and electronics increasingly outnumbering their mechanical counterparts. Nevertheless, they are far from becoming extinct. Considering that mechanical wind-up toys were of the first automated toys designed (along with air and steam pressure), their origins can be traced all the way back to Greece in 400 BC. A couple of millennia later and designers are still at the drawing board coming up with creative ways to advance the evolution of wind-up toys. From swimming, crawling, walking, jumping, dancing and even transforming, wind-up toys have captured all forms of movement with a simple crank of a key and with it, the amusement of generations of children.

One of my favorite childhood memories of my sisters comes from a family video where my siblings were reluctantly sharing play time with some wind-up toys at Disney World. Completely in awe of Pluto and Donald Duck shuffling their way across the table, my sisters didn’t want to part with their plastic wind-up toys for very long. And while my sisters don’t have the toys anymore, they haven’t forgotten them. Keep reading to find out about the history of wind-up toys and how they have literally paved a way into our hearts

Top 5 Naughty (but Nice) Valentine’s Day Gifts on Krrb

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Photo: Biblicalarchaeology.org

William Shakespeare once said, “When I saw you I fell in love, and you smiled because you knew.” Yeah, that’s nice but sometimes you want something a little racier. Carefully selected from our 2016 Valentine’s Gift Guide, these five suggestive gifts will leave your valentine knowing just how passionate you’re feeling

Wine Vineyards That Are Giving Back

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Photo: Unsplash.com/majapetric

I’m Italian, so, I’m technically prewired to be a an avid drinker of wine. Hey, it’s healthy to have a glass a night, right? It’s pretty easy to go through bottles of wine, and sure you can recycle the bottles or DIY them into something great, but you can also be a conscious consumer by picking up some vino made at vineyards that support charities. Whether you’re having a solo night at home with the TV, heading to a game night or hosting a dinner party- consider choosing one of these wines

The New Krrb iOS App has Arrived!

The New Krrb iOS App has Arrived!

We’ve rebuilt Krrb iPhone app from the ground up, using all the latest iOS goodies. Along with a fresh new design, advanced filter options and streamlined selling tools experience, our new app includes secure mobile payments

A Brief History of Telling Time

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Photo: Flickr.com/photos/jessieessex

It’s the end of the first month of another new year, and we’re all wondering where the time went. Some of us wanted to focus on self-care and take the steps required to having more energy, but there seems to be little to no time for changing habits. Have you ever considered that you may be looking at time the wrong way?

Many cultures understand time differently, and this knowledge could motivate you to transform your New Year’s resolutions into lasting habits after all. Hey, even Mahatma Gandhi, a man who owned very few material possessions, believed in keeping a watch. Check out these different timekeeping mechanisms that people have used throughout history to keep track of time and how they spend it

3 Kid-Friendly Reuse Centers to Check Out

3 Kid-Friendly Reuse Centers to Check Out

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The idea of repurposing and reusing is being introduced to the pint-sized demographic everywhere. It makes sense, of course, to get children thinking about new ways to retool materials and keep goods out of the landfill. These three reuse centers are catering to the imaginative minds of kids, offering classes, workshops and playtime. Read on to see where to take your little ones

Apps to Help You Keep Your Resolutions on Track

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Photo: Unsplash.com/alejandroescamilla

The first month of 2016 is coming to a close and if you’re anything like us you’ve set some high expectations for yourself with your resolutions! With the temperatures rapidly dropping, streets covered in ice and little to no sunlight- it’s hard to stay on track with these goals we’ve set. Need a little extra something to help you stay motivated? There’s an app for that. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite tools to help us make 2016 the best year yet

A Valentine’s Day Inspired by Saint Jordi – 5 Novels for Real Life Love

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Photo: Cataloniavotes.eu

Saint Jordi’s Day, Catalunya’s version of Valentine’s Day, is the most romantic day in Barcelona. Also called “El Día de Los Amantes,” or Lovers’ Day, and “El Día de la Rosa,” the Rose Day, St. Jordi’s Day is celebrated on April 23rd of every year with the gifting of books and red roses. While carts of used books line the streets, roses are sold to couples enjoying lunch outside at cafes and in the parks. On this day, tradition has it that men in Catalunya give their sweethearts a red rose, and ladies give their lovers a book in return.

The history of Catalunya’s Valentine’s Day applies to everyone, as books and roses also represent culture and love, respectively. Because culture and love exists in friendships and intimate relationships alike, Krrb selected a few novels that represent love as it’s experienced in all of human culture, and not how it’s romanticized for lovers. Instead of recommending a classic tragedy, here are five love stories that will remind you that the spark between you and your Valentine, best friend or family member is alive and well. And go ahead – mark your favorite page with a single red rose

7 Tea Etiquette Rules to Serve By

I love a good cup of tea. Something about the warmth of a cup allows for a breather and a chance to enjoy conversation. Take advantage of the cooler temperatures (and Krrb’s selection of tea sets) to gather friends for a tea party. Whether you keep it simple or deck the table with towers of mini pastries, etiquette makes for a polished experience that’s fun for your guests

Routines — Overcome Challenges to Build Better Habits

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Photos: Flickr.com/photos/mpieracci

We are nearing the end of January and many of our new year’s resolutions are long forgotten. Why? It’s been said that sometime between 21 and 66 days lies a sweet spot where a new behavior transforms into a habit. But before anything becomes routine in our busy lives, we have to overcome several challenges that can trip us up and send that new behavior out the door. Running a 5k or saving for the future takes more than a vocal contract, so take the time to sit down and plan out your path to success! Read on for tips to better support your new habits

Resolution 2016 — My Goal to Increase My Energy Through Exercise

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Photo: Nymag.com

My favorite thing to do is bump Drake jams and dance in my bedroom by myself. After reading that last sentence, I realize that maybe I should reevaluate my 2016 resolution and perhaps try to be more social. But for now, I’ll stick to finding exercises that’ll help keep me energized and motivated throughout the day.

I’m a morning person, so I tend to to be a bundle of sillies until lunch time and then quickly crash into cuddle mode around 3 pm. My goal for this year is to find quick (and healthy) ways to boost my energy in order make it through the day. Hoping to have as much perk in the afternoon as I have when I’m rolling out of bed, I’m coming for ya, 2016

New Years Is Over, The Resolutions Are Waning, Now What?

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Photo: Flickr.com/photos/chrish_99

As with every start of the New Year, there are promises of resolution. Eat right, work out, save money, organize — all nice gestures towards a better you. But the problem is always momentum, isn’t it? How do you maintain your resolutions past week two? Maybe if we kept up the practice, we wouldn’t have to start anew every January.

So this year, in hopes of tackling a resolution we think we can keep, we’re focusing on de-cluttering, purging and generally staying organized as far as our “stuff” is concerned. Gathering our in-house expertise and that of some professional organizers, movers and de-clutterers, we have some realistic goals to turn your resolution into a year-long practice

Local DIY Roundup — Seattle

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Photo: Fineartamerica.com

Here at Krrb we love doing it ourselves. Whether it’s a vintage TV turned into a bar or a dresser repurposed into coasters, there’s nothing quite like the feeling you get after building something yourself. That’s why it’s so great to know that if you go looking in any city you can find a nice, little DIY shop that might just have everything you need.

This week, we’re exploring a few of our favorite DIY shops in Seattle. If you’re a native or just in the area for a visit, these are the go-to shops for your crafting needs

What’s Cooking — Soups from Around the World

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January is National Soup Month, which merits a bit of history. 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. Since January becomes colder by the day, we’ve rounded up the world’s favorite soup recipes to enjoy in the comfort of your own kitchen

Coast to Coast: One-Of A-Kind Vegan Bakeries

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With more people switching to a plant-based diet these days, vegan bakeries specializing in local cuisine have begun popping up across the country. It has never been easier to eat vegan without compromising on taste or convenience. Traditional foods like beignets and biscuits are re-made without eggs, dairy, and meat, but still have all the cultural significance of their non-vegan counterparts. If you’re hungry, stick with me as I round-up five vegan bakeries in the U.S. with a knack for local snacks. Unfortunately, carbs are still included

Resolution 2016 — My Goal for a Tranquil Apartment in NYC

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Before I moved to New York City, the idea of applying feng shui principles to home decor was too self-indulgent for my tastes. I grew up in the woods, so to speak, and never experienced the problem of noise pollution during the night. In the midst of rushed taxis and constant construction, my apartment is no longer a quiet, tranquil place to call home. Because I can’t change the city itself, I’m going to change my personal space this year. Using feng shui, the ancient Chinese art of placement, and rearranging or replacing a few pieces of furniture is my only hope of creating a little serenity of my own. To promote better rest and relaxation, read on to learn about a few principles of feng shui that I’m applying to my bedroom decor

10 Fun Activities to Keep Kids Entertained on a Snow Day

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Photo: Sky.com

Snow days: the one thing that made living in a suburban tundra actually worth it. As a teenager, snow days were my chance to savor late wake up times, catch up on TV and attempt backyard snowboarding (which never ended well).

But children are a different story. A ton of pent-up energy combined with the excitement of a day off, and you have a potential powder keg of chaos…unless you try these tips out. Celebrate the specialness of a snow day while keeping kids (constructively) entertained—out in the snow or in front of the fireplace

Get the Look — Revamp Your Home Accessories on a Budget

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Photo: Unsplash.com

It’s the beginning of the new year so something that is on all of our brains is sticking to our financial budgets. While conserving on cash is a top priority, making changes is another high ranker in the “things to do” list for January and onward. If you’re looking to update your space you don’t necessarily have to do a style overhaul, start with accents and accessories in order to bring new vibes into your space without having to invest in high priced pieces. Don’t jump at the first stunning piece you come across though- do your research and you’ll be happy to find that item that made your hear flutter for a fraction of the price

Routines — The Landing Strip Essentials that Build Good Habits

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Photo: Flickr.com/photos/soikkoratamo

It’s the last place you see before you leave your home and the first place you’ll unload when you arrive. Building an efficient and effective entry way is key to keeping organized in other parts of your life. Create good habits by making the most out of your space. A landing strip will remain tidy and inviting by adding a few essential pieces of furniture. If you establish a space where you’re able to find things quickly, get out of the house faster and most importantly give a good first impression to guests, this is one routine you’ll have no problem sticking to! Start by finding a home for your keys, shoes and jackets, solving 90 percent of your problems. Here are our favorite ideas to get you started with your entryway redesign