10 Spring Cleaning Storage Ideas to Get Organized

photo credit: Jannoon028 I’m a baseboard-cleaning, hands-and-knees-scrubbing kind of gal, but that doesn’t mean I don’t accumulate dozens of hardly used spices and mentally suffer when I look under the sink at my disarrayed makeup/hair product/nail polish catch-all. Having a clean house is totally different than having a neat house – but I’m determined to have both. For optimal organization, check out these ideas and products that are sure to elevate your spring cleaning game. 1. Feeling Spicy Pretty much everything has an expiration date, including spices. And it’s harder to go through them if you keep buying cinnamon every time you decide to bake snickerdoodles. While spices don’t “go bad” per se, they do lose their potency and won’t flavor foods as well. Baking agents can also lose their leveling/rising effects. If you’ve had it for more than 4...
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5 Cozy Date Night Ideas

Baby, it’s cold outside. But that doesn’t mean you can’t stay warm with bae and have fun this winter. Check out these 5 date night ideas for inspiration. 1. Glassblowing Heat things up by taking a class together at Rainier Glass Studio. There are several tiers to choose from, but some of the one-of-a-kind items you could make include an ornament, glass flower, votive, concave bowl, martini glass or vase. There’s even an option to BYOB (blow your own bong). You start with a flaming chunk of gooey, molten glass that you then dip in color and return to the furnace. After, you roll it, blow it, twist and/or turn it as a taffy-like glob hardens into your shape of choice. Master glassblowers will help you through the whole process – no artistic skills are necessary! Rainier Glass Studio ,...
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4 Holiday Road Trip Getaways

photo: Salish Lodge at Snoqualmie Falls by John Westrock via Flickr If there’s one thing we can count on this winter, it’s Seattle’s rain. But, the beautiful thing about precipitation is that a drop of a few degrees and a rise in elevation transforms that constant drizzle into a floating, ethereal delight of white. With mountains encircling us, snowy escapes are waiting at our doorstep – you don’t have to go far to get away. Here’s a list of 4 spots within a 4 hour drive that you won’t want to miss this season. NORTH Bellingham / Mt. Baker Driving distance: 1.5-2.5 hours photo: Artist Point Snowshoe by Sarina Clark What to Do Snowshoeing (or snowmobiling). Mt. Baker holds the record for most snowfall in a single season (95 feet!) and offers countless snowshoe trails off State Route 52 –...
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2017 Holiday Gift Guide: 12 Cool Kitchen Gadgets for Every Budget

For the ones who love to cook with the latest gadgets or the inspiring chefs that need a little help, these kitchen gadgets in our 2017 Gift Guide make a great gift that you can afford on any budget.  On a Tight Budget: Gifts under $20 Norpro Grip-EZ Jalapeno Pepper Corer - $6 If you’ve ever had that fiery-devil-oil-residue on your hands from a jalapeño, this product is for you. The curved design and sharp inner teeth easily removes the seeds and core to minimize skin contact, leaving you with empty shells perfect for stuffing all sorts of cheesy goodness inside. Salad Cutter Bowl by WEBSUN - $11 Simply add your ingredients to the salad bowl , rinse, and slice away using the guided knife grooves for easy cuts without any mess or frustration. It also has two rotation wings...
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5 Best IKEA Hacks

Whether it’s the $9.99 side table or the Billy bookcase, IKEA has budget-friendly staples for every home. Sometimes, though, you want something a little more unique, personal, and let’s be honest, expensive looking. Luckily, the Swedish superstore’s products are versatile and easy(ish) to modify, and with a little DIY magic, those mass-produced, assembly nightmare projects can become one-of-a-kind focal pieces that will make even Pottery Barn snobs envious. I’ve scoured the web and collected the 5 best IKEA hacks to make all of your home décor dreams come true. There’s something about mid-century design that is epically classy. This bookcase turned entertainment stand/sideboard would easily fit in Don Drapper’s office. Or your living room. Get the directions on IKEA Hackers . Classic white with a touch of gold make this campaign dresser extra glamorous. Check out how to build it...
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Four Tips for Flying Cheap

I have a love/hate relationship with booking airline tickets. I love traveling, but hate fluctuating prices and the stress of finding the best deal. There are some general rules that are helpful – don’t book on a Friday (business trip bookings raise prices), fly on a weekday, and purchase a ticket more than two weeks in advance. However, if you really want to find a steal, simply follow these four tips to flying cheap. Search multiple airlines with the flexible date function. There are tons of search engines that allow you to compare airline prices at once. My favorite is Google Flights – it has a calendar view that shows you the cheapest day to travel on all the major airlines (except Southwest, which doesn’t allow automatic search engines to monitor its fares so you'll need to go to their...
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