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I Decorated a 760-Square-Foot Apartment - Here's What Was Worth Buying

When I signed the lease for my first apartment, I immediately dreaded finding furniture small enough to fit inside. At just 760 square feet, this little one-bedroom box did not have "so much room for activities." No, when my boyfriend and I took measurements of the space, we were not feeling like Brennan and Dale in Step Brothers, that's for sure. I actually felt myself gulp when I looked at my closet.

Even still, we loved the sleek, modern appliances and the marble counter top. We were beyond stoked to choose our bedding, the curtains - the things we'd have to have! We went on a hunt to find some really gorgeous pieces that came at the right size, and especially, price. (Though I will say, I do think it's OK to splurge on at least one or two items you really love.)

Decor is also super important to me, and I believe that a home should reflect personality, so I kept our quirks and our hobbies in mind while shopping. I even discovered a handful of fashion brands with home lines that I never knew about. Read on to see what was worth buying, and how we organized and displayed everything once we were settled. Keep that credit card handy, too, because I'm about to show you some...

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Insider Tips For Saving Money on the Great Summer Road Trip

Picture this: the windows are down, your favorite tunes are filling the air, and there's nothing but the open road ahead. Oh yeah, we're talking about the great American Summer road trip. This country is so vast and diverse, you can take a completely different trip just about every year. Mountains, rugged coastlines, sandy beaches, 250-foot-tall sequoias – it's all here.

But we get it – funds can get tight. Don't let that stop you from planning your dream route! We asked the experts to weigh in on their proven methods for slashing costs of the great Summer road trip. So get your playlist ready, wanderlusters.

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Don't Leave Disneyland Without Trying These Cookies

If you've seen the new Pixar film The Incredibles 2, you know how much Jack-Jack loves cookies, and we totally relate to that! In fact, Disneyland recently came out with a new sweat treat for guests at California Adventure's brand new Pixar Pier, Jack-Jack Cookie Num Nums, so we can all enjoy the adorable baby's favorite fresh-baked chocolate chip cookies any time.

Disneyland isn't just the place to be for traditional types of cookies - there are flavors to please any palate and cookies as small as a few bites all the way up to massive dinner plate-sized cookies. You can find these delicious treats all over Disneyland and at Disney's California Adventure, and most are right around $6 and worth every calorie! Check out our favorite cookies at Disneyland now, and be prepared to want every single one.

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Reinvent Surf and Turf With Shrimp and Chorizo Skewers

There's something so satisfying about the combination of briny seafood and hearty, juicy meat. While this marriage - surf and turf - is nothing new, it gets cleverly updated in this simple Summer recipe. Before being threaded on skewers with thick slices of chorizo, the shrimp is tossed in a bold mixture of garlic, chile powder, and caraway seeds. Although caraway may seem like an odd pairing with shrimp, it helps marry the flavors of the dish.

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Disneyland's New Glittery Unicorn Cupcake Has a Tasty Surprise Inside

Some of the best things in life have surprises inside: cereal boxes, Easter eggs, and now Disneyland's new iridescent unicorn cupcake! This cupcake has everything - rainbow, sparkles, edible "pearls," and confetti, not to mention a tasty secret filling. It's available for $7 at the Jolly Holiday Bakery Cafe, and it's worth the price for the colorful photos alone.

Disneyland enthusiasts on Instagram describe the cupcake as a sweet confetti cake base filled with a mango-passion fruit center, topped with a white chocolate and champagne frosting and decorated with a white chocolate horn, chocolate ears, and edible glitter.

Don't mind that sound - it's just our stomachs grumbling!

The new iridescent unicorn cupcake joins a family of other adorable Disney cupcakes available throughout the parks, so it might even be time to create a Disney cupcake bucket list. Ahead, scope out every angle of this new rainbow treat!

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15 Solo Activities For Extroverts Who Want a Little Alone Time

If you're an extrovert, you might thrive on social interactions, love group settings, and find fostering relationships to be reinvigorating. The idea of a solo adventure might not seem like it pairs well with an extrovert personality, but it's the best opportunity to build new relationships while nurturing an extrovert's most important one (the relationship with yourself!). There are even some solitary activities that those with an outgoing personality would especially enjoy. Yes, seriously. If you're hoping to recharge with some me time, we've rounded up some activities that are primed for extroverts to do alone, from ideas that may push you to do some introspection to those that will lead to meeting new people. Calling all parties of one!

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This $11 Pumpkin Wine Is Available All Year Long, So Why Wait For October?

Pumpkin is essentially a perfect flavor - why should we have to wait for October to enjoy it? Perhaps we don't need to chug a pumpkin spice latte every morning of the year, but there's nothing wrong with partaking in some pumpkin-infused goodness during non-autumnal months. Luckily, Three Lakes Winery creates a white pumpkin wine that's available year round by popular demand, and great news: you can order it online!

According to the Wisconsin winemaker's website, the semisweet unique wine tastes similar to a Chardonnay and is made purely with pumpkin pie pumpkins. And at only $11 a bottle, you can keep one in your fridge for whenever the mood strikes. Enjoy it chilled during warm weather, then warm it up when it gets nippier outside.

Ahead, shop the wine for yourself and see photos from other happy pumpkin-lovers. We'll cheers to that!

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These Photos From the Loveland Theme Park in South Korea Will Make You Blush

Jeju Loveland: A place in Korea where sex-themed art and eroticism meet. The Loveland Theme Park opened up in 2004 and boasts 140 works of art that may make you blush - but are undeniably interesting to look at. The park also runs sex-education films and has some interactive pieces as well. And of course, there are ample photo opportunities featuring various phallic sculptures and depictions of people in moments of extreme pleasure.

All penis jokes aside, Loveland is pretty remarkable in that, being the only sex-themed park in Korea, it aims to break down traditional taboos about sex. While sometimes graphic, the overall experience is one of a kind. Visitors must be 18 to enter, and admission is just a little under $10 USD. Take a look at the kinky photos of the park ahead.

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How to Remove Sweat Stains From White Shirts

When your crisp white dress shirt or favorite tee starts yellowing around the collar or under the arms, don't sweat. Removing those unsightly stains is easier than you think with the help of natural ingredients that will leave that article of clothing looking fresh. And this eco-friendly cleaning solution costs basically nothing, which means the money you save on dry cleaning can go toward an indulgent coffee at your favorite spot.

What You'll Need:

  • 1 cup vinegar
  • 1/2 cup baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon hydrogen peroxide

Read on for directions!

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Sam's Club Is Giving Away Free Samples of an Epic Secret Menu Item - ICEE Floats!

Sam's Club is celebrating National Ice Cream Month with one of the best frozen treats imaginable: an ICEE float. This "secret" item isn't on the menus at Sam's Club cafes, but it's long been enjoyed by employees and in-the-know shoppers. To share the love, Sam's Club is offering free samples of its ICEE floats on July 15 and 16 from 11 a.m. through 6 p.m. at all Sam's Clubs in the US. You can choose from three flavors: Frozen Cherry, Frozen Pepsi, and Frozen Blue Raspberry - bring on the nostalgia!

Each float is topped with vanilla ice cream, and each cup of sugary goodness is guaranteed to make grocery trips a whole lot sweeter. If you miss out on the freebie or you can't resist getting another one, you can also buy a 20-ounce ICEE float for $1 this Summer.

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This Weighted Blanket Is "Like Advil PM For Your Whole Body"

Anxiety and insomnia are common problems these days, and while you could treat these issues by taking one of the many of drugs on the market, you can also try wrapping yourself in a weighted blanket. The deep pressure these blankets produce is akin to being embraced in a hug, which is said to stimulate the production of serotonin and endorphins, two naturally calming chemicals in the body. As a result, you'll fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer. Sounds incredible, right? There are a handful of weighted blankets on the market already (including the Swadl, Mosaic, SensaCalm, and BlanQuil), but a brand called Gravity has one of the most innovative and luxurious weighted blanket models out there.

"Taking design cues from renderings of gravity planes, we used the same grid-like pattern to evenly distribute the crafted poly pellets to specifically target pressure points throughout your body," the company said. To achieve the perfect seven to 12 percent bodyweight to blanket weight ratio, it's offering three different pound options made from nontoxic, food grade filling - 15-pound, 20-pound, and 25-pound - all retailing for $249. And unlike many of its competitors, Gravity's...

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10 Summer Beach Products So Genius, You'll Wonder How You Survived Without Them

Going to the beach has to be one of the greatest parts of Summer. Besides the fact that it instantly makes you feel like a kid again, it gives you a chance to lay back and relax. Of course, just because waterfront living is the best doesn't mean that it doesn't come with its own problems, as anyone who has had to vacuum out their car after a trip to the shore will tell you. Protecting yourself from the elements is integral to ensure that you can actually enjoy that pitcher of frosé you made. Here are the 10 beach products you desperately need to make sure you have fun this Summer at the beach.

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We're Not Sure If Disney's Rainbow Ice Cream Is For Eating or Putting in an Art Gallery

Shaved ice. Soft serve. Candy. All good things on their own, but even better combined! Luckily, this ultra-Instagrammable dessert from Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea checks all of the boxes. Available for only a month every Summer during the Tanabata Days ("Star Festival") celebration, Cream Shaved Ice is a rainbow-colored frozen delight that is almost as much of a treat for the eyes as it is for your tastebuds.

The base of the dessert drink is shaved ice flavored with either peach or a "blue jelly," which reportedly tastes like a fruity soda. On top of the ice is a soft serve ice cream, then rainbow-colored creme candy balls. If you're lucky enough to attend Tanabata Days and enjoy this limited-time menu item for yourself, you can find it at Rackety's Raccoon Saloon behind Space Mountain and at other eateries throughout the Tokyo Disney resort.

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We Need to Talk About Disneyland's Magical Doughnut Selection, Y'all

If your doughnut doesn't inspire exclamations of envy from random passersby, is it really worth it? (Probably, because doughnuts are the freakin' best, but that doesn't serve to illustrate our point.) Thankfully, the fried, doughy rings of goodness at Disneyland are the best of the best. It wasn't until quite recently that Disney started offering doughnuts for hungry guests, but the addition to the resort's snack selection was an instant hit. As it turns out, nobody does doughnuts quite like the happiest place on earth!

You can find Disney doughnuts at several locations throughout the California resort: the Coffee Cart near Fantasy Faire on Disneyland's Main Street, Schmoozies in Disney's California Adventure, and the Disneyland Hotel Coffee Shop. Most items in Disney's impressive doughnut selection run about $6 per pop, but based on photos from contented park guests, they definitely seem worth the cost!

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When we say Disneyland has every doughnut imaginable, we're talking everything from maple-bacon bars and Reese's peanut butter doughnuts to tropical fruit flavors topped with...

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6 Closet Organization Tips I Learned Straight From an Ikea Pro

Marie Kondo once said, "Storage should reduce the effort needed to put things away, not the effort needed to get them out." From personal experience, I can attest she's right. For years I lived with my bedroom in a state of perpetual clutter for the sole reason that there was no easy place for me to put my stuff away. Piles of pants grew into mountains, purses overflowed out of one tiny closet until the door wouldn't close, and shirts took up long-term residency atop one of three dilapidated dressers because the broken drawers required exhaustive wrestling to open. Soon the room was more laundry pile than personal space. I was overwhelmed, and my response was to keep the door shut.

Despite the poor condition my clothing and accessories were living in, I valued them and had spent time building a fashion collection I cared about. I wanted a storage solution to match; something that not only accommodated all my items, but celebrated them. I wanted a celeb-worthy dream closet - but getting Champagne on my beer budget wasn't going to be easy. Just when I had given up and resigned to living in a name-brand garbage dump, Ikea reached out to me.

The retailer's incredibly talented home...

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68 Mostly Free Ways to Entertain Yourself at Home

Staying at home is always fun when you need to recharge. And it has its perks. Not only can you get a lot done, but you can also save money since home entertainment is mostly free. Here are some ideas to while away your time in your humble abode.

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Target Is Holding Its Own Mega Sale on Amazon Prime Day; My Bank Account Is Shaking

All right, it's time to break out your wallets. Looks like July 17 is gearing up to be the deal day of the year. While Amazon Prime members have been eagerly anticipating Prime Day for months, Target just introduced itself to the game in a bold way by holding a mega sale on the same day - "no membership required."

Target's deals are no joke either. The superstore is offering 25 percent off beauty brands, so stock up on all your drugstore favorites. Grab a Google product such as Chromecast or a Google Home for up to 30 percent off (no shade to Alexa). You can even start a home redesign at a discount by snagging some Target-exclusive decor at 30 percent off.

This sale isn't just for adults; your little ones can benefit from the savings as well. The mega sale will have deals on toy brands, 30 percent off select baby gear, plus $5 savings on books, when you spend $20. There really is something for the whole family. Plus, if you end up spending more than $100 on Target's website, you qualify for free six-month same-day delivery through Shipt.

So, if you're interested in the savings on either site, set an alarm in your phone: Target's Mega Sale starts the morning of July 17 and...

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The Room You're Most Likely to Unpack First, According to Your Zodiac Sign

The stars aligned perfectly and you signed a lease on a coveted apartment or emerged victorious in a bidding war for your dream home. Congrats! Now, it's time to unpack and get settled in. Sure, you don't need a full-on horoscope to tell you where to start; but your zodiac sign might inspire you to prioritize one room, or space, above all others. To help, we asked astrologists which room you should unpack first—based on your sign.

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6 Fascinating Plants That Will Perk Up Your Lifeless Room

So, you're thinking about doing some redecorating. And, in addition to switching up your wall art and accent pillows, maybe you want to introduce some new greenery into your life. There are literally hundreds of houseplants to choose from, so where do you start? First let's rule out the usual suspects: Everyone and their mother has a spider plant or a peace lily. Lovely as they may be, they're probably not the showstoppers you're looking for. For something dramatic and just a little bit out of the ordinary, check out these six sculptural beauties.

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10 Stylish Ways to Add Texture to Your Wall

There's no faster way to bring interest to a room than with texture—but there's no reason to limit that design trick to fur rugs or velvet sofas. While an artfully placed knit throw on an armchair makes a space feel more "finished," and a sheepskin rug underneath a planter lend sophistication, those same principals can now be applied to walls.

There are plenty of genius ways to add texture to your walls, but be warned: they may not be for the faint of heart. This trend is all about maximalism, where whole kitchens are covered in subway tiles, breakfast nooks boast black crocodile wallpaper, dining rooms are wrapped in 1970s wood paneling, and terrazzo has made its way onto bedroom walls. Check out these inspiring examples below and get ready to rethink your walls.

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Two Savvy Solutions for Ugly Rental Kitchen Lights

Considering the amount of spectacularly hideous light fixtures in rental kitchens around the country, it's almost as if installing the ugliest, most unflattering light fixture was at one time the law. That's of course not true, but for anyone who's ever walked into their rental kitchen, looked up at their light fixture and wondered "why that?," this post's for you.

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The 6 Smartest Ways to Use Your Slow Cooker in the Summer

While you might associate the slow cooker with colder months (the stews! the chilis! the meats!), it shouldn't collect dust the second it gets hot out. In fact, it can save you a lot of time and won't heat your kitchen up. That's why we asked our readers to share their best recipes and ideas for using the slow cooker this summer. Here are six smart ideas to inspire you during the coming months.

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12 Things to Declutter for National "Give Something Away" Day

When we declutter, our focus tends to be on getting things we don't need or love out of our homes. But it never hurts (and often helps) to flip the script, turn our eyes away from ourselves, and, in this case, consider where our shed items are going. Turns out there's a national day for that: July 15 is National Give Something Away Day, and it's the perfect occasion to squeeze in some decluttering and feel extra good about it—on both ends.

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This Is How Long It Takes Most Americans to Save For a Down Payment

It doesn't matter how much you smash that piggy bank—your first home is going to be really expensive and it's going to take a long time to save up for that down payment on your own. According to a new study from HotPads, most renters will spend nearly six and a half years saving to put a down payment on a home.

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A Cool Chicago Condo Didn't Start Out This Way — House Call

Name: Jamie Nuccio, my cat, Ruby
Location: West Loop — Chicago, Illinois
Size: 900 square feet
Years lived in: 1 year, owned

As soon as I walked into this space, I had a strong gut feeling that it was "the one" (it was only the second place that I toured when I started my condo search!). The walls were painted a dingy mint color, the bedroom carpet was hunter green and about 1,000 years old, all of the fixtures and hardware were outdated, but the natural light is amazing and the view and location can't be beat.

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10 Essential Cleaning Tools Every Home Should Have

Whether you're just getting started in a new space or looking to complete (or maybe upgrade) your homekeeping kit, we've put together a list of the most essential cleaning tools that we believe no home should be without.

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Is This the Best Country For Millennials?

Millennials often get a lot of slack from baby boomers because we're too busy "buying avocados" instead of diamonds, houses, and other things that apparently stabilize the economy. Clearly, baby boomers have never had a good avocado toast.

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About this site

The DIY movement is a re-introduction (often to urban and suburban dwellers) of the old pattern of personal involvement and use of skills in upkeep of a house or apartment, making clothes; maintenance of cars, computers, websites; or any material aspect of living.

DIY amongst the fashion community has become very popular. With the use of social media such as YouTube, a great number of people watch videos on a daily basis. YouTube has an array of DIY fashion videos from distressing jeans, bleaching jeans, redesigning an old shirt, and studding denim, just to name a few. This new trend is increasingly becoming more and more popular. There over 1,000 videos that individuals have posted demonstrating how to do those things. There are also other DIY videos that individuals could look up such as DIY jewelry, DIY room decor, and DIY hairstyles.