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Veganizing cinnamon toast muffins

We've linked to The Sweetest Vegan before, but I couldn't resist another video! This time, our sweet vegan is veganizing Paula Deen recipes, getting some sweet-ass southern comfort food fully vegan… including these cinnamon toast muffins that I want to shove in my face and perhaps rub all over my body.

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What would YOUR neighborhood sound like?

This design concept from UK designer Nicola Hume is called "Listen Here," and would make it so that locals could share the sounds of their hometown. The idea is that you could put wireless microphones around your favorite neighborhood locations, and visitors could listen to them via a public kiosk. The sounds would be mapped — so visitors could listen in, and then head off to go experience the sounds first-hand.

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Puerto Rico's unobtainable bathtubs

Last month I took a press trip to Puerto Rico to tour destination wedding and honeymoon venues (full Offbeat Bride post coming in a couple days!). It was a lovely trip, but I was keenly aware that many of the venues we were touring were TOTALLY out of range for 99% of my readership. We're talking $3000/night hotel rooms, $15,000 ballrooms, etc.

Rather than get frustrated, I decided I would start taking photos of some of these lovely venues' beautiful bathtubs so that we could all admire and be inspired. Most of these tubs are not in places most of us can afford, but that doesn't mean they aren't amazing!

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ZOMG Smells now has ZOMG SOAPS!

Do y'all remember ZOMG Smells from when we talked about them last fall? Well, I just happened to get my hands on a few samples of their brand spanking new ZOMG SOAPS. Needless to say, these soaps smell amazing — with names like Baby Unicorn Party and Dr. Zomg's Superlative Polytonic Mira-suds, you know they're at least going to smell interesting. But even better, SOME OF THEM ARE SPARKLY.

Come with me as I do my detailed testing right here in my bathroom.

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Let's dream about sleeping porches

The last time I was over at my mom's property, she was mentioning all the different places on her property where her and her partner like to sleep. They've set up beds on just about every deck, porch, and patio surface they could find. Now that it's finally summer, I say 'TIS THE SEASON for this kind of sleeping around. So let's dream about some sleeping porches — and even one sleeping balcony, for those of us in the city.

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My unglamorous life in an artist's loft

The loft was 1500 wide open square feet, shaped like an L. Rent was about the same as what we'd been paying for our studio, which is to say relatively affordable considering the space, but perhaps not when you consider the lack of kitchen, bathroom, and heat. It was cavernous, freezing, and filthy. WE WERE IN. We would live the dream!

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Should we trust apartment review sites?

y fiance and I are going to be moving soon, and have started apartment hunting. We have a definite budget for rent, so that means we're looking at cheaper complexes.

We have found several places that we can afford, and everything seems decent enough, but the online reviews for these places are all very disappointing.

I'm wondering how seriously I should take these reviews — can I trust apartment review sites?