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This forgotten jewelry box holds my grandmother's ghost

Suddenly, I heard a weird tinkly noise. I have a new phone, and it makes weird tinkly noises I don't recognize, but this wasn't one. I wandered through the house trying to track down the noise, and found it coming from our bedroom… in my closet… on top of my drawers.

The jewelry box I hadn't touched in almost a decade was playing music. What the fuck?

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What's the best thing about your local library?

Libraries are getting more popular as Millennials and Gen Z re-embrace the idea of not purchasing everything we consume. It's one of the only places you can go outside of your home where you're not expected to spend money. You can use your library to look for jobs, scour the internet, take classes, join book clubs, and more. But we want to know what makes YOUR library amazing…

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6 of our favorite organization tools you can buy online

We rounded up a few of our favorite new ways to organize all our stuff, and it can all be purchased online. From headphone hangers (get them off the floor!) to tiny space savers all around your house, these organizational wonders get the job done.

Here's how to save money by making your own vinegar cleaning spray

If you're going greener with your home cleaning, you've probably wondered about using white vinegar as a replacement for commercial cleaning sprays. You'll also save a ton of money since water + vinegar is CHEAP. Here's how to mix up your own vinegar cleaning spray at home that actually smells nice…

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Learn from my mistakes: Questions to ask before accepting a job teaching English abroad

I am just finishing a job teaching English in China. Unfortunately, it turns out that I was hired by a nightmare employer. I won't go into all the details, but by reading my suggestions you can guess what kind of problems I ran into. I would like to make some suggestions so that you don't make the same mistakes if you decide you would like to teach English in another country.

4 brands that let you rent your whole wardrobe (& end fast fashion!)

I'm sure many of you are just as guilty of succumbing to fast fashion as I am. Fashion rental brands like Rent the Runway are opening the door to sustainable fashion that lets you have a minimalist closet but loads of quality fashion options.

Here are a few companies that are paving the way for the future of your wardrobes…

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Here's the easiest way to de-stem strawberries

If you're a strawberry lover like I am, you might be used to chopping off the stem of the strawberry before making it into your oatmeal topping, smoothie ingredient, or shortcake deliciousness. But with that technique, you're sending a lot of the yummy fruit into the garbage or compost. Here's a trick I learned to save as much strawberry guts as possible…

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Delicious ways to use Trader Joe's umami seasoning at every meal

If you're unfamiliar with the savory glory that is "umami," you're not alone. It's one of the basic five tastes (like sweet, sour, bitter, and salty) but definitely the least known. Trader Joe's rolled out a version of the flavor in a handy sprinkly seasoning. I think a lot of us went out, bought it, and then didn't have a clue how to use it. So I did some digging and came up with some ideas on how to cook using Trader Joe's umami seasoning.

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It's dangerous to snack alone, take these: geeky candy gifts to perk up your nerdy pals

Are you surrounded by hungry geeks who need candy right now?! Maybe you're having an RPG party, game night, geektastic birthday that needs fun candy or maybe you want to send a gift to a nerdy pal who needs a little love. No matter the occasion, I scrounged up some truly adorable and geeky candy gifts that you can snag for only a few galleons or sickles.

Gather your gold and grab a gift worthy of adventuring…

17 gingerbread house fails that made the sugary housing market crash

Not every gingerbread house attempt turns out as sweet and pretty as the one above. Sometimes the sweet turns sour and you end up pouring icing over the wreckage and calling it a day. Not all of us are meant to be baked good architects (myself included!) but most of these are pretty hilarious in their chaos. Let's revel in the holiday spirit of trying our best. It's the thought that counts and it all tastes yummy in the end, right?

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How to navigate your kids through that rigid gender concept phase

Categorizing the world (including based on gender) is a really important developmental phase and one that kids shouldn't be shamed for. However, introducing kids to many incarnations of gender is important. Kids categorizing and gendering items and people is based on what they see around them. I know this phase can be REALLY hard for a lot of gender-bending parents. Here are my tips for getting through this phase…

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Yep, there's a safe child's car seat that fits in your pocket(!)

I was introduced to a truly neat, seriously overdue concept: a super safe child safety seat that condenses down to the size of a medium cup of coffee. It weighs less than a pound, secures in about 20 seconds, and is perfect for traveling, cabs and other rideshares, and for keeping on hand whenever you need it.

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Keep your dog leashed: thoughts from one friendly pet owner to another

Where signs clearly say, “All dogs on leash," folks can’t help but release them. I get it. There’s nothing like seeing your four-legged friend filled with joy as they bound freely through the field or trot proudly down the path.

But here's why I'm asking for everyone to keep their dogs leashed in those areas. It's for a few reasons…

My cat medication hack (that I stole from dog owners!)

My cat has diabetes and has to be given food and a shot every 12 hours. It's a pretty smooth process unless I can't be around at that 12-hour time and have to do a big schedule adjustment. Or worse, I'm on a 5:30am and 5:30pm schedule where I'm giving a sleepy shot and forget to write it down. Either way, I needed a solution that let me keep track of the fact that I gave her the shot. I stole this idea from a dog owner…

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I tried out a space-age automatic cleaning kitty litter box to see if it was worth the hype

I own two kitties who love to crap. All the time. I recently got the chance to try out a product I'd been eyeballing FOREVER: a Litter-Robot! Yep, one of those fancy-pants automated litter box cleaning machines. Plus it's the really nice kind that isn't cheap and it shows.

I decided to give it a whirl to see if a robo-litter box from the future was the better way I was seeking.

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Here's how to save money by making your own vinegar cleaning spray

If you're going greener with your home cleaning, you've probably wondered about using white vinegar as a replacement for commercial cleaning sprays. You'll also save a ton of money since water + vinegar is CHEAP. Here's how to mix up your own vinegar cleaning spray at home that actually smells nice…

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Crafting projects + charities = DIY for good

We've been talking about the hurdles of learning to sew recently and got a great comment that made me think: can charities + crafting = DIY for good? If you're learning to sew, quilt, crochet, whatever, is there a way to donate your crafted items to a charity who needs them? Sees like a no-brainer. I decided to find out.

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Bollocks, Pulp Fiction, & Oregon Trail: 9 subversive cross-stitch patterns

When you're more about the LOLs and less about the "live laugh love," these are the subversive cross-stitch patterns for you. Most are DIY patterns you can download, but a few are available to purchase completed, so you can find something no matter your skill level.

From bollocks to Pulp Fiction to IT Crowd references to Oregon Trail, the cross-stitch market has gone hilarious…

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Intimidated by learning to sew? These are the resources you need (with reader advice!)

Back in the day we had a great discussion about sewing anxiety from a reader who wanted to learn but didn't know where to start. Our amazing readers stepped up to the plate to offer some great sewing advice on where to start and how to wrangle a needle and thread. (My favorite resource is Threadbanger on YouTube!) I pulled some of my favorite comments so that we can share in their collective sewing knowledge and start making clothes, totes, costumes, and whatever strikes your fabric fancy.

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This forgotten jewelry box holds my grandmother's ghost

Suddenly, I heard a weird tinkly noise. I have a new phone, and it makes weird tinkly noises I don't recognize, but this wasn't one. I wandered through the house trying to track down the noise, and found it coming from our bedroom… in my closet… on top of my drawers.

The jewelry box I hadn't touched in almost a decade was playing music. What the fuck?

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6 of our favorite organization tools you can buy online

We rounded up a few of our favorite new ways to organize all our stuff, and it can all be purchased online. From headphone hangers (get them off the floor!) to tiny space savers all around your house, these organizational wonders get the job done.

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