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The 12 bad-ass stand-up coolers that'll make your outdoor parties "chill"

I was at a small house party recently where the owners of said small house had the coolest freaking party accessory ever — a counter-top-height cooler on wheels. It was compact, it was brightly colored, it had a bottle opener built in, and it was full of booze… it was beautiful and I want one. So now I'm on the hunt for a best outdoor party accessory ever. Grab a cold on and join me?

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How to enjoy a perfectly mixed hot beverage without using a stirrer

As a former barista, little strikes me as more wasteful than the gigantic piles of coffee straws, stir sticks, and spoons that reliably accompany every warm beverage display. Many coffee and tea drinkers don't realize that by simply rearranging the order in which one mixes a drink, it's possible to never need a stirrer and still enjoy a perfectly mixed cup o' whatever. It's all in the swirl!

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Mouse poops helped me kick my coffee addiction

Some people might think this is blasphemy, but I gave up my coffee habit. I work overnights. I wake up when the rest of the world goes to bed. As you can imagine, it's not particularly easy to go to bed at 2pm. Nor is it easy to wake up at 9:30pm. I was intrigued when a radio DJ I follow on twitter — who works about the same hours I do — mentioned that he had given up caffeine for a while, and had never slept better.

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Megan-simple kale salad (with bonus scavenger cocktail action)

It seems my friends make EVERYTHING with kale — salads, risottos, pastas, and even drinks. I go to my buddy Jessica's house once a week so that she can make sure I'm eating at least one meal that's not microwavable, and this time I stopped drinking wine long enough to document her incredible kale salad recipe. (Not only that, but we got a little creative and made a cocktail out of the leftover kale stocks.)

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Make your own "12 Beers of Christmas" gifts

It can be a challenge when it comes to Christmas shopping for your spouse, friend, parent, or co-worker… but the gift of booze is usually a win! The downside, however, is that a pre-packaged box or carton of booze can also come across as "easy" or "thoughtless." Well, I recently stumbled across a box that gave me an idea — a 12 bottle storage box could be transformed into "The 12 Beers of Christmas!"