Jenni Pyhäjärvi

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You Can Live in a Former Monastery in the South of France

The restored Benedictine monastery outside Aix-en-Provence dates to the 12th century.<p>If you've ever dreamed of moving to the South of France, here's your shot. A former Benedictine monastery outside Aix-en-Provence is being offered by David Stanley of Emile Garcin for 1.19 million euros (about $1.4 …

Make Your Own Fruit Fly Trap

Battling a swarm of fruit flies in your kitchen or bathroom? Get rid of them quickly with this simple, homemade trap.<p>What You Need:<p>Apple cider …

How to make compost – feed your garden for free

Help your garden and the environment by creating your own compost heap. We explain how to make compost that will improve the soil in your borders, …

Gardening

10 Things Truly Confident People Do Differently

True confidence -- as opposed to the false confidence people project to mask their insecurities -- has a look all its own. One thing is certain: truly confident people always have the upper hand over the doubtful and the skittish because they inspire others and they make things happen.<p><i>"Whether you</i> …

Self-improvement

How do you make new friends as an adult? Be like the golden retriever

When you are an adult, it is hard to make new friends. I myself used to be real weird about it. At a party, for example, a potential friend might ask about my favorite sandwich. <i>This is it!</i> I would think. <i>My big shot! What’s a cool kind of sandwich to like?</i> But in my eagerness to impress, my mind …

Pets

Heartwarming Photos of Little Kids and Their Big Dogs

Photographer Andy Seliverstoff over St. Petersburg, Russia, has been working on a heartwarming photo project that will put a smile on your face, …

The dog training strategies that work on kids

There’s a lot we can learn from dogs, from how to improve our sense of smell to how to be empathic.<p>But the learning curve extends even further to how we approach our children. Dogs and kids, it turns out, are surprisingly similar creatures. “Researchers have shown that dogs hijack our oxytocin loop …

Gardening 101: Aloe Vera

Aloe vera, <i>Aloe barbadensis:</i> “First Aid in a Pot”<p>Temperatures are dropping here in the Northeast and soon the urge to grow things will have to be …

Plants

How Tony Robbins Went From Broke to Rich

If you are going to learn life lessons from anybody, it may as well be someone who owns a 525-acre private island in Fiji.<p>That is the enviable life …

Let's Face It -- We're Deathly Afraid Of Authenticity

<i>Part of the series “Living and Working Better”</i><p>If you’re on Facebook, I’m sure you’ve had discussions with your friends as I have about how we work so hard (consciously or subconsciously) to make our lives look great to others on these public forums. A friend of mine said “I wish my life were as …

Positive Thinking

How to design your home for less stressful mornings

A beautiful home is one thing but a stunning space that also functions to perfection and promotes productivity is surely the holy grail.<p>Well, we've …

Interiors That Inspire

“I tend to dabble in things that are often kind of serious—weddings, luxury products, fine jewelry.<p>Berkus has gone through over 1,000 renovations in his career and has learned some key design lessons along the way.<p>Engineered for versatility, Bosch appliances fit into the contemporary kitchen with …

Luxury Lifestyle

The Rustic Family Home with Fabulous Views

At homify, we love homes that incorporate raw materials into the design, bringing an earthy and rustic touch to contemporary design.<p>Today, we are …

25 Of The Best Things I've Ever Done For My Body And Mind

I've done a lot of things to my body over the past 3 decades that I've been alive, and I have to be very honest: Not all of those things have been helpful or healthy. In fact, some were downright harmful.<p>But just like everything else, you learn from your mistakes and turn them around by deciding to …

Jeans

10 things emotionally intelligent people refuse to think

The language you use affects how you experience your world, and how others experience you. Inevitably, things get "lost in translation."<p>If you're familiar with cognitive distortion or cognitive bias, these psychology terms teach us that there are subtle ways that our mind can convince us of …

Psychology

How to Build a Happier Brain in Two Easy Steps

<b>Why Can’t We Just Be Happy?</b><p>“The world is so full of a number of things/I’m sure we should all be as happy as kings,” wrote Robert Louis Stevenson.<p>Yet …

Happiness

42 Brilliant Ideas To Make Your Home Really Freaking Organized

Inspiration for every room.

24 Charts That Will Help You Be Healthy AF

Whether it's tips on how to eat healthier, work out more, or just be kinder to yourself.

15 Things Your Baby Doesn't Give a Sh*t About

You officially have permission to let. Them. Go.<p>For someone so tiny, it seems like babies require a lot. Don't be fooled. Babies only <i>require</i> food, shelter, warmth, and a pair of loving arms. Everything else is optional. So why does the average new parent spend $13,000 in just the first year of …

8 clever ways to separate your kitchen and living area

In today's bustling cities, it is not uncommon for individuals to have to make the most of cramped and cloistered living conditions. Living in the …

Living Rooms

12 must-know styles of domestic lighting

Lighting is unquestionably a crucial design tool, essential for creating a stylish and, most importantly, welcoming abode. Of all the ingredients …

12 floors to sweep you off your feet!

Of all of the components within an apartment or house, it is the floor that really boasts the title of domestic workhorse. Carrying the (literal) …

Interior Design

10 Totally Genius Cabinets Everyone Needs in Their Home

Imagine having your stand mixer come to you instead of it taking up all that counter space.<p>There are some things you want to keep hidden from guests, like your extensive dish collection or over-the-top morning coffee routine. Luckily, these sneaky cabinets will keep them behind closed doors.

Low Maintenance Indoor Plants

A little bit of greenery can do wonders for your home décor: adding some life to a space and brightening a room with color. If you’re worried that …

10 Ways to Cultivate a Positive Mindset and Change Your Life

<b>“Each morning we are born again. What we do today is what matters most.” ~Buddha</b><p>I remember how I used to think; it was always, “People suck” and “I …

Self-improvement

Adolph Sutro's 1884 Gardener's Cottage Asks $3.5 Million

One Sutro building that's no longer ruins<p>Talk about humble roots. This craftsman home in the Outer Richmond at 542 46th Avenue, a hop and a jump from Sutro Heights Park and Ocean Beach, was once a mere gardener's cottage belonging to none other than Adolph Sutro himself.<p>Sutro's gardener was the …

7 Decorating Mistakes That Make Your Home Feel Smaller

Even if you have space to spare,<p>you're going to want to read this.<p>When it comes to great design, every inch counts. And, as anyone who's ever owned …

Home Decorating

Trees and Plants to Grow for an All-Year Fruit Garden

If you have a little space for a garden, you’re probably growing seasonal vegetables—but there’s never a bad time of year to grow fruit, either. This …