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Here’s the weird thing about getting fit after 40

“I have never felt this good!” is not what you’re told your 40s are supposed to feel like.

This makes me wonder: what other common narratives around aging aren’t necessarily true?

Crafting projects + charities = DIY for good

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.

Our experience living in and restoring a Buckminster Fuller geodesic dome

Our experience living in and restoring a Buckminster Fuller geodesic dome

We live in a three bedroom, two bath, two-story dome with four foot riser walls on the central Oregon coast. Built in 1981, we are about two city blocks from the beach and elevated 151 feet above sea level tucked into the trees with ocean views on two sides among conventional houses. If you want to purchase a dome, the most important thing to consider is the QUALITY of the initial build. Don’t go cheap and buy someone else’s problem. If the owners are having leaking windows and roofing, you will, too. Here’s our take on renovating and living in a Buckminster Fuller geodesic home.

Ikea's new fall collection has DIY Ikea Hackers in mind

Ikea’s new fall collection has DIY Ikea Hackers in mind

If you’re an Ikea fan, you’ve probably seen the world of Ikea Hacking, or taking Ikea pieces and making them your own with mild or extensive customization. Ikea seems to be running with this idea in their new limited edition collection, SJÄLVSTÄNDIG. They are launching the collection in U.S. stores in October with customization in mind.

subversive cross-stitch patterns

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…

This fall foliage map will tell you when fall will be in full swing in your area

This fall foliage map will tell you when fall will be in full swing in your area

It’s early September which, for me, means it’s Halloween. Yep, full-on Halloween month number one has begun! I kid (kinda), but really, now is the time for apple picking, pumpkin patches, costume making, cider drinking, bouquets of freshly sharpened pencils, and above all, enjoying the leaves change color — FALL. Don’t know when and where to head to capture the best photo ops for Instagram? This fall foliage map will help.

11 unexpected dorm items you'll need in college

10 unexpected dorm items you’ll need in college (or in a new apartment!)

If you’re heading off to college (or even just living on your own for the first time), you’ll need more than a cat, a rat, or a toad when you get there. Apologies to non-Potterphiles for that reference. You already know you’ll need those long bed sheets and shower shoes and maybe a mini fridge, but here are 11 unexpected dorm items you may not have thought of that will surely come in handy…

Pumpkin Spice Latte date 2018: The Pumpkin Spice Latte is back today: love it or hate it?

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.