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July 29th, 2015
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An Interview with The Horticult

A delicate mixture where a combination of original design, creative gardening, and cultural explorations take place, The Horticult, winner of 2015 Better Home and Garden Best Gardening Blog, is an incredible intersection where practicality and design flourish. In our chat with co-creator, Ryan Benoit, we learned a bit more about how it all began, their motivations, and what they’re most proud of. Ryan Benoit and Chantal Aida Gordan began the Horticult four years after they started their first garden in 2009 in their new rental home in sunny San Diego.

by Linda Lu

July 29th, 2015
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Let’s Talk Baggage

The next time a prospective love interest asks you if you have baggage, unflappably say “Yes, and I love to travel.”  If you’re at the crux of a burgeoning relationship whether you’re contemplating whether to make the long haul or not, it might be time to take a road trip and bring your baggage with you.  And no, this is not your psycho-emotional, shrink-worthy baggage.  A road trip offers a few things:  long hours together alone (to see if any homicidal ideations pop up) and getting out of your comfort zone (helps you to keep it real).  Now let’s talk baggage.

by Anne Middleton

July 29th, 2015
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Patience is a Virtue

We’ve all been lectured on the cliché “patience is a virtue.”  Most people strive for this lofty goal, but it can be grueling to achieve. It’s easy to become frustrated, irritated and edgy when people push your buttons. For a lucky minority, patience is a natural state of mind.  They project a zen-like aura in stressful circumstances that make them the envy of others in this fast-paced, unforgiving world. These folks are uniquely qualified for careers that many of us would cringe at pursuing.  For example: 1.

by Anne Middleton

July 28th, 2015
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Get Ready For College

Finding everything you need to before you head back to college is never effortless. I always feel overwhelmed when remembering all the different things I have to buy to prepare for the year. It’s always hard to find everything you need, from bedding, school supplies, to wall décor, it seems like I’m making oodles of trips to get everything together. Luckily for me, I have both a Bed, Bath, & Beyond and a Walmart within close proximity to my university.

by Anne Middleton

July 27th, 2015
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An Interview with Garden Betty

A wholesome homesteading blog, Garden Betty is rich with humor, DIY tips, and recipes you’ll be eager to try out in your own kitchen. We talked to Linda Ly, the sole blogger and face of Garden Betty to find out what inspired her.  When Linda and her husband, Will, moved into their home in 2010, they had no prior gardening experience, leading them to question what they’d do with the vegetable garden and fruit trees that had been planted by the previous owners in the backyard.

by Linda Lu

July 27th, 2015
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Not Your Parent’s Ice Cream Anymore…

National Ice Cream Day was July 19th! Grab some extra napkins and get ready to indulge! Growing up, many of us would saunter down to the local drug store and procure a simple vanilla ice cream cone for a quarter. And hearing the sweet sounding music of the ice cream truck rounding the corner caused us to run boundlessly with joy toward this magical vehicle. Ah, the nostalgia and fond memories! Then we thought we all went to heaven when Baskin-Robbins stores opened, offering 31 flavors.  In these days of yore, no one could have imagined the explosion of frozen treat sales. Now, the U.S.

by Anne Middleton

July 24th, 2015
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Exploring Shoe Textures

Color and shape is something we’re always looking at when we buy shoes.  What about texture?  We think of textures in the top half of the body—fuzzy sweaters, sequins, brocades, but shoes can explore textures too.  It’s time to get tactile while peddling about.    Want to feel beachy without wading through the surf and sand?  Bring the beach wherever you venture with Boston Proper’s Shell Embellished Wedge.  Studded with milky cowrie shells with pops of hue from artisanal beads, you can wear an island utopia on your feet.

by Anne Middleton

July 23rd, 2015
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Auto Shopping

If you’re frustrated with pretentious runway mavens dictating what you should and should not wear, nix the fashion rags and get some apparel from the auto parts stores online.  Many e-tailers have an array of quirky, fun and functional clothing to express your love of all things cars.  Let’s check out what’s available.  Finding your overpriced department store rain coat lacking?  If you’ve ever had a raincoat fail, you know how tempestuous it can make you feel.  Never feel left out in the rain again when you invest in a Mossi Men’s Fabric Rain Jacket from Advance Auto Parts.

by Anne Middleton

July 23rd, 2015
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Georgia On My Mind

If you find yourself humming “Georgia on My Mind” incessantly, it might be time to visit.  Georgia boasts vibrant, thriving cities with old school charm, but that doesn’t mean you can’t find novel ways to enjoy the haunts of Georgia.  Travel with us through Georgia, sporting some peachy keen shoes through The Peach State.   Would-be real housewives of Atlanta will love Boston Proper’s Python Embellished Sandal, studded with rhinestones and peachy accents.  Whether you’re looking for some retail therapy or planning a celebrity soiree, you’ll look great in these flirty sandals.

by Anne Middleton

July 22nd, 2015
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An Interview with The Gray Boxwood

Longtime friends, Joel Kratzer and Kaleb Wyse, are a vibrant duo.  Both interested in enhancing lifestyle with creative design, they were able to channel their passions and launch their blog, The Gray Boxwood. Encompassing a little bit of everything, from recipes, to design, to entertaining tips, The Gray Boxwood gracefully exemplifies the founders’ creativity, and their ability to draw inspiration from the farm they live on. A product of the two friends’ dissatisfaction with their lives in the corporate world, this blog has served as a way for them to keep in touch with their passions, while providing an outlet for what they love.

by Linda Lu