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The Science Behind What Naps Do For Your Brain–And Why You Should Have One Today

Studies of napping have shown improvement in cognitive function, creative thinking, and memory performance. Ready, set . . . snooze.<p>I’m a big fan of afternoon naps.<p>In fact, I was super excited when I joined Buffer to hear that the team is pro-napping. It’s not every day you come across a company …

Are you Paying Attention? (The Three Minute Test)

The 'Brain App' That's Better Than Spritz

We all have so much to read these days. Wouldn’t it be nice if we could read it <i>faster</i>? The possibility that this fond wish could actually be granted …

The introvert brain explained

<b>Why it’s OK to stay home reading a book or lock yourself in the bathroom at crowded parties.</b><p>Let’s make one thing very clear from the start: being an …

Pros & Cons of Shipping Container Homes from someone who's built one. --> http://apttherapy.com/1fmZ6WE

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Want more bang for your Starbucks? We tested 8 money-saving hacks

Even if you're a die-hard penny pincher, your daily Starbucks routine may be a habit you're just not willing to kick. Fortunately, there's no shortage of Starbucks addicts online, sharing tips for how to shave cents or even dollars off each cup. We tested eight of the hacks they brag about the …

Coffee

Teach yourself how to papercut - http://www.poppytalk.com/2014/03/new-e-book-teach-yourself-to-papercut.html

Mini House (2008)

The idea for the Mini House concept started already in year 2006 as a prospect for a Master Thesis at Konstfack University Colleage of Arts, Crafts …

4-Ingredient Easter Egg Oreo Truffles

Easy30 mins<p>Hee hee — look what I made!<p>Actually look what <i>we</i> made! My designer friend, Meg, was the one who dreamed up the idea for these cute little …

Transformable Space Saving Kids Rooms

• 1 |<p>The contrast of bold colors like pink with neutral white and gray keep this bedroom young and playful without being offensively bright.<p>2 |<p>What …

Tutorial: PB-Inspired Tiled Mirror for $10

Our most popular post of all time is the PB-Inspired Tiled Mirror, but there’s just one problem: the original tutorial for that project has been …

10 Do-It-Yourself Projects To Organize The Kitchen

Spring cleaning may be over, but you should try to reorganize your home at the start of every new season. As we near the end of summer, it’s time to …

Custom Built Entry Table

I’ve often wanted a cute little foyer right off my entry way. One where I could put a nice little bench or settee. One that would have so much room …

Entryway makeover and an IKEA hack

This weekend we had the perfect fall weather. It was cool (and by cool I mean in the 60's) and rainy. It made me long for fall, pumpkin spice lattes, …

Repurposed Card Catalog Reveal - One Dog Woof

UPDATE: The card catalogs have found their permanent home here!<p>Well, this post has been one year in the making, and I finally finally FINALLY get to …

How to Make Crepe-Paper Flowers

Crepe-paper flowers capture the essence of flowers without all the botanical details. Their whimsy makes them not only a pleasure to behold, but also an enjoyable project to undertake. They also offer several practical advantages over their natural cousins -- they are far more durable and won't …

Flowers

How to Make Any Caramel Corn in 5 Steps

<i>Here at Food5, we love recipes -- but do we always use them? Of course not. Because once you realize you don't always need a recipe, you'll make your favorite dishes a lot more often.</i><p><i>Today: Take back caramel corn from the state fair. With 5 simple steps and the perfect caramel ratio, you can make</i> …

Dessert

Best of DIYs | Polymer gift tags

15 Comments<p>Continuing on with our Best of DIYs this summer, I loved this project by Mitsy of the lovely shop and blog ArtMind . These polymer gift …

EP21 The ZipStich Chair ‹ HomeMade Modern

Chairs are generally more difficult to make than benches or stools, but here's one that can be made by stitching (or what we're calling 'stiching') …

8 super-fun weekend projects to try! http://www.poppytalk.com/2013/07/8-super-fun-weekend-projects.html … …Happy Friday! #DIY

11 super cool things to make! http://www.poppytalk.com/2013/08/11-super-cool-things-to-make.html …

The 6 Commandments Of Buying Gadgets

<b>1) Spend The Most Money On The Items You Use The Most</b> <br>So simple, yet so often overlooked: It’s smart shopping to splurge on the items you spend a lot of time with, and skimp on the ones you don’t.<p>“Don’t worry about the price,” says Brian Lam, founder of gadget decision-making site The Wirecutter. …

Mainstreaming Green: Motel 6 Gets LEED Certification

LEED certification: it isn’t just for high-end apartment buildings, giant office complexes, and swanky hotels. Motel 6–yes, the famously low-rent motel chain we all know and love–expects to get Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification for its newest franchise, located Northlake, …

AT&T to go nationwide with prepaid Aio Wireless service

AT&T is pushing more aggressively into the no-contract market, announcing Thursday that it's taking its prepaid network, Aio Wireless, nationwide in mid-September. The wireless service was first launched in May to customers in Florida, Texas, and Atlanta.<p>Aio has three plans to choose from, and they …

Why Chicago Is A New Hot Spot For Entrepreneurs

Entrepreneurial hubs are popping up all over the country — from Seattle to Boston to Las Vegas. This week, I attended Techstars Chicago Demo Day, and the city’s incredible ecosystem for entrepreneurs proved that it should set the standard for any town wanting to create an entrepreneurial draw.<p>Here …

20 of the Best Apps Released in August 2013

As August draws to a close, we thought we’d take a retrospective look at some of the more notable apps to hit our radar over the past month.<p>From Android through iOS and onto the Web, here’s a quick snapshot of some of the best.<p>New on Android<p><b>Tunester</b><p>Tunester is a minimalist, gesture-based …

100+ Ways to Reuse Thrift Store Finds

<i>Shopping at thrift stores, secondhand boutiques and garage sales in your area is a great way to avoid buying new items – saving both cash and virgin</i> …

Dont Throw It Grow It 68 Windowsill Plants from Kitchen Scraps by Deborah Peterson

Synopses & Reviews<p>Publisher Comments<p>Magic and wonder hide in unexpected places -- a leftover piece of ginger, a wrinkled potato left too long in its …