LifestyleDIY

That time we looked at the creepiest and cheapest rental in Chelsea, Mamhattan

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Sure it’s likely to be small.

Sure it doesn’t have its own bathroom.

But.. it could suit our needs perfectly and offer us a crashpad to sleep at in between petsits. After all, as it stands, in January, we have so but 7 nights covered with petsits, and in February even less.

However, the moment we stepped into the building, any dream of this as an option immediately halted when ours noses twitched and picked up the scent of urine.

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The Prettiest Chanukah Wrapping Paper 2018

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I’m all about giving experiences and time to those you love, and anything sans wrap, or wrapped with paper you can reuse – newspaper, packaging paper that came with an Amazon order, or even magazine sheets. I, myself, often rummage through our shared ┬ábuilding recycling bins for mags to read, as I enjoy taking a break from my phone to read the while running on the treadmill at my gym – hence the stash of Allure in our bathroom ­čśë. But… if you’re really feeling an urge to wrap, especially with gifts for the little ones, here are some Chanukah … Read More

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Would You Ever Outsource Your Cleaning Chores?

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The sparkling and glamorous lifestyle of staying in a co-op apartment begins with us each doing our part to keep the common area clean. For me that means waking up early and getting in everyone’s way as they head to work and I sit and clean the 6 dusty stair flights of our walk up building. The water turns black with silt floor by floor, but I enjoy the slow, repeated movements as I prepare for Halloween watching movies on Amazon Prime from my phone: And As I meticulously rub down the railings and crown molding along the wall edges. … Read More

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Am I a Redhead if I have Bright, Fiery Orange Hair?

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I try to steer away from self-congratulations, especially in regards my appearance. I live in a city full of 9s and 10s, wagging about in the yoga pants with all the cut slits in the right places to accentuate their flesh. I feel like a 6 on a good day, but Dammnnnn Lesley @hairlove_nyc f’ing brought the house down with this vibrant mix of yellows, oranges, and reds! Personally, I never thought I could be a redhead. I’ve obviously done blues, silvers, purple, and pink. I’ve done various levels of blonde. But when we were in Toronto week ago, while … Read More

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My Father is a Scam Artist: Life Lesson #1 – How to Get Free Coffee at Dunkin Donuts

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I was brought up with toys stolen from the Salvation Army. My dad loved stopping by our local Salvation Army, either late at night, after it closed, or early in the morning, before it opened. He’d open the bags Good Samaritans had left there and would sort through the items to find things he could either use or sell. Our household was formed with objects others had owned and donated, and while they did not meet their original intention of being sold in the store, they did help out a poor family. I don’t take items from SA, Goodwill, or … Read More

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How to Composte in the City

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Guest Blog by Nikki Ott, one of our work exchange guests This week we got our composter back up and running at the Jersey City Bnb. For those of you unfamiliar with composting, it’s an incredibly easy way to turn waste into useful fertilizer to use in organic gardening. The original way to compost was to reserve a specific place in a backyard to discard of food scraps, sometimes as simple as an undefined pile and sometimes a barrel or boxed area. Composting in the past took months to years for the food to break down to create organic fertilizer, … Read More

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Basement Discoveries – High School in Two Minutes

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As I mentioned in my last post, lately I’ve been focusing on organization. When I took a trip to Hoboken a couple weeks ago to clean up our storage unit, I found a torn up bag filled with the old Hi8 video tapes that I had recorded in high school. Over the last two weeks I’ve slowly been digitizing them so that, in 50 years when I want to recall how I spent my youth, I will have video records to share with the world.