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Save on energy costs, even in your rental!

With a little practice, I have been able to save around 20% on my energy usage each month. Imagine if your electric bill for your one-bedroom apartment is $100 in the winter, these few tricks will save $20 right away, which means an extra $240 in your yearly budget. You could do things like: treat yourself to a cheap dinner out, buy yourself that fancy new tablet, or just load up on the geeky swag of your choice! Here are some things you may not have thought of to help you use less in your rental…

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How to throw a Solstice Party, Montaninavian style

My love of the Winter Solstice has nothing to do with the New Agey stuff and everything to do with the fact that I am a badass Montanan of Scandinavian heritage. And I have been getting my Yule on since 1995. Here is my guide for throwing a party for this kind of Solstice. I've grouped party ideas by age, but you can borrow from any category.

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Non-sucky, non-overdone, holiday music

I've taken the interwebs to find some of my favorite non-sucky holiday tunes. A lot of them are so non-overdone that they're songs you may not have ever heard before from artists you've never heard of. And some of them are songs you've heard a lot, but from artists that make them sound new again. Grab a cup of cider and have a listen…

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Baked oatmeal: the ultimate fall/winter breakfast for the week

Baked oatmeal is one of the many dishes I had never heard of before moving to South Central Pennsylvania. It's oatmeal made casserole-style, so that it's gooey on the inside and crunchy like granola on top. It's an awesome and versatile fall or winter breakfast dish, and since it's casserole-style, you can eat it all week!

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Hot chocolate on a stick and 9 other hot beverage innovations

First let's talk about the magic that is hot chocolate on a mutha-fuckin' STICK, people. Not since snakes on a plane has a thing on another thing had such a profound impact on me.
Can you imagine hosting some friends over for dinner, and handing everyone a cup of steaming hot milk and a STICK OF HOT CHOCOLATE "for a creamy, interactive hot chocolate experience"!? That's how Kristi over at 30 Pounds Of Apples describes these things, which she then goes into detail how to make.

Inspired by creamy, interactive hot chocolate experience, I'm rounding up a few of my other fantasy hot beverages for y'all to serve up on a cold winter night. Some of these are boozy, some of them are not, but all of them are HOT.

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How to build a Japanese-style heated floor desk

I'm all about floor-furniture like the kotatsu, a 14th-century invention used in many Japanese homes all winter. It's like the floor-oriented table often associated with Japanese homes, but with the added convenience of a heater and blanket. Sometimes I have daydreams about how awesome it would be to have one of these suckers. SO WARM. So cozy. None of the crampy discomfort of a western-style desk!

I've got a little floor-desk of my own going on, and this IKEA hack came just in time for me to play with.