Amish Sheds and Prefab Garages from PA

Precisely what makes Amish sheds and prefab garages from PA come chosen is that they are handmade. Carpenters put in the time to discover the best products and after that handcraft each structure to excellence. With the care and thriftiness that they are understood for, the Amish take their time to develop sheds and garages that are difficult to beat. That they do not cut corners like the huge producers do and has enabled them to obtain a huge piece of the sheds and garages products, their items can be discovered in all corners of the United States.


A short history of Amish sheds and garages.

So how did it all begin? Have the Amish continuously produced sheds and garages? The Amish have constantly been called a self-dependent, modest and effort individuals. Since they are so convenient, they have continually created their own furnishings. They began to trade it in the 1920s. Sheds and garages came much later on. As Amish business people arised, a few of them began little business that made handcrafted sheds. Their quality was promptly evident – they were made from much better products and they likewise looked a lot much better than those that were made by conventional shed and garage business.

When it pertains to high quality, lasting prefab sheds and garages the Amish of Lancaster, PA, have developed a tradition. They have offered the hundreds of countless products not simply in Lancaster also in numerous locations beyond. The manufacturers of Amish sheds and prefab garages from PA is not restricted to simply the huge producers; there are lots of small companies had and ran by households that produce outstanding structures.

As the need grew so did this business. There are now a number of multi-million dollar Amish shed and garage production business in Pennsylvania. It does not stop there. The industrious nature of the Amish individuals enables them to begin small companies that are worked by simply members of the family. The quality of their sheds and garages is not any less than that of the bigger business. The households work hard to make sure that each product that they offer is outstanding enough to bring them a return to the company.

Why do you require an Amish shed or garage at your location?


We have currently discussed the high quality of Amish sheds and prefab garages from PA. Why, however, would you require one? If you have more than one car, as the majority of houses do, you may not have sufficient garage area to save them both. Although numerous households in America decide to keep the other automobile outside the garage this is an enormous threat; it can bring in burglars, and your insurance coverage premiums will certainly be greater since the included threat.

When it concerns sheds, you require them because you wish to arrange products in your house. There are lots of products that you have actually gathered for many years that mess up your house. You might choose to save them in the garage however this just consumes your garage area. With an Amish shed on your home, you can keep away all products that you are not making use of. In addition to that, the simpleness and charm of an Amish building will indeed make your home appearance fantastic.

Amish garages and sheds you can pick from.

Sheds likewise can be found in various designs. Updated sheds consist of the Kountry Shed, the Cottage Shed, and the Transom Dormer, the Carriage Shed, the Potting Shed, the Elite Workshop, the Corner Shed, the Manchester or the Dakota Dormer. If you have a pool you could wish to think about a pool shed. It keeps your floors dry since your guests can dry off there prior to entering your home. Many sheds made from either wood or vinyl siding.

The other sort of garage is the two-car garage. This one can be found in modular garages that are then assembled at your home. It has a partial wall at the ends, and the middle is open for space. The single automobile garage, this one can likewise be personalized, and you can have things like ramps set up. If you desire a garage with a concrete floor it can be built at your home. In truth, you can even have a three automobile garage or a two story garage if you desire one.


There are 2 type of garages readily available. The very first is a single car garage which, as you might think of, is constructed for one vehicle. Because our Amish garages are customized, you can have everything you desire consisted of in your garage. You can decide to have shelves set up to hold other products that you could wish to keep therein. Typically, portable garages feature a wooden floor. Your garage will certainly be provided with a single system and put where you desire it on your home.

How long do you need to wait?

When you buy an Amish shed or prefab garage you can anticipate to obtain it in 2 or 4 weeks from the day you buy it. In spite of the finesses and effort that enters into developing these structures the Amish work relentlessly to make sure that clients do not need to wait longer than essential to have their orders satisfied.

As you can see, Amish sheds and garages are the option to storage requirements in your house. They are tastefully done with the greatest products, and they provide great value for your home!

The Family Ties That Bind Urban Outfitters

The fact that the first female ever to be named to the board of Urban Outfitters was chief executive Richard Hayne’s wife should not be shocking at all. The free-spirited hipster clothing company has been quietly run like a family commune for years.

According to regulatory filings, Urban Outfitters, which is publicly traded and therefore technically owned by shareholders, actually has an unusually high number of people working with it that have blood or business ties to Hayne or company co-founder Scott Belair.

As the president of sister store Free People, Hayne’s wife Margaret made $451,038 last year. She has been working at the company since the 1980s and was elected to Urban Outfitters’ now seven-member board at an annual shareholder meeting last week.

Their son, David Hayne, is also on the payroll as the chief operating officer at Free People, making a little less than mom at $414,912.

A branch down on the family tree sits Scott Addis, Richard Hayne’s brother-in-law, who serves as president of the Addis Group, the company’s commercial insurance broker and risk management consultant. While Urban Outfitters doesn’t pay Addis directly, regulatory filings show he “has received commissions from other parties to such transactions.”

Co-founder and board member Belair’s brother-in-law, Wade McDevitt brokers “substantially all” of Urban Outiftters’ new real estate transactions through his namesake McDevitt Co. That means that pretty much every time Urban Outfitters or its sister brands open a new store, McDevitt gets a commission. Moreover, McDevitt’s wife, Wendy, is the president of the company’s nascent gardening brand, Terrain, and used to lead Anthropologie.

Sitting outside the founders’ bloodlines, but on the board of directors, is Harry Cherken Jr., a partner at law firm Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP, which collected just under $2 million in legal fees from Urban Outfitters over the past year.

Urban Outfitters’ head of investor relations didn’t return a voicemail and email seeking comment. According to the company’s annual filing, however, the board must approve business transactions between Urban Outfitters and associated family members.

A group of investors has been pushing Urban Outfitters to nominate at least one female or minority director and to “publicly commit itself to a policy of board inclusiveness,” citing research that shows companies with diverse boards tend to outperform those with none, as Gretchen Morgenson of The New York Times pointed out in a May 25 column.

“There’s a problem with independence at this company on the board of directors,” said Christine De Groot, an associate sustainability analyst with Calvert Investments, one of the shareholders backing the proposal. “We do not believe that Margaret Hayne is really the best choice for Urban Outfitters here. She’s not an independent director and while she does satisfy the criteria for gender diversity on the board, she does not bring in the outside ways of thinking and new perspectives that are a critical aspect of board diversity.”

The proposal was voted down last week.

Outside of the boardroom, Freeman Zausner, the company’s chief operating officer, is also married to an employee named Sun Min Lee, who earned $190,063 last year. It’s unclear what she does at Urban Outfitters.

While the board setup and business relationships at Urban Outfitters might rankle some shareholders, the retailer has been on a roll. Its stock is up 57% in the past year and it just posted record first-quarter sales of $648 million.

Urban Outfitters on Business Transactions with Family Members

Under the Code of Conduct and Ethics, a conflict of interest can arise whenever a person’s private interests interfere in any way with the interests of the Company, including when a director, officer or employee takes actions or has interests that make it difficult for such person to perform his or her work objectively and effectively, or when a member of such person’s family receives improper personal benefits. Each of the relationships described above has been reviewed and approved by the Board of Directors.

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Unpopular Opinion: Why Tangled Is Better Than Frozen

Disclaimer: This is an argument against Frozen in favor of Tangled. Yes, I enjoyed both films. Yes, I liked Frozen. Is everything I’m saying going to apply to everyone? Of course not, but I think some people will agree with me, which is why I brought these points to life.

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When I saw Tangled for the first time I liked it, but I didn’t love it. The second time I saw it, something awoke in me that I hadn’t felt since The Lion King was released in 1994. It was pure Disney magic and Tangled quickly joined my top 5 Disney animated features of all time.

The first time I saw Frozen I was deeply disappointed and walked out of the theater embarrassed I had made my date sit through it. My friends and I spent quite a while passionately discussing its many short-comings, particularly in the emotion department.

Then the reviews came out…. Wow, did we miss something!?

I waited a while before seeing it again, and I will admit I liked it much better the second time, but it in no way pushed its way into my top 5, nor even my top 10. So, why do I think Tangled is such a superior film? Allow me to explain my thought process. No one has to agree with me, but I have a feeling some might…

Let’s begin at the beginning:

I am not ashamed to admit that I much prefer Frozen’s beautiful opening ice cutting sequence to Tangled’s overplayed “Once Upon a Time” intro, but here’s the issue: That glorious opening scene had me bouncing in my seat in anticipation of a film that was equally as visually stunning and culturally significant. Buuut, I never got this. Not even close. I got a cute little story filled with weak characters that I never really came to care about, particularly Elsa. (More on this later).

Cartoons though they may be, audiences can only suspend their beliefs so much in this day and age. Compare Tim Burton’s Batman films to Christopher Nolan’s. Yes it’s a superhero in a cape, but Nolan makes it seem like Batman could actually exist in the real world.

What’s my point? Tangled illustrates to us immediately why Rapunzel has special powers, showing us how her mother drank a brew made from a magic, golden, life-giving flower. Disney felt it was important to divulge this information to viewers, so why didn’t they feel the same way about Elsa’s powers? Why do they exist? Why does no one else in the family or on the earth suffer from this and why do these trolls know so much about it? These questions still haunt me.

In Tangled, We know Rapunzel and Mother Gothel have had a fairly pleasant life in the tower for 18 years. Other than being bored, Rapunzel is bubbly, healthy and very much in love with her mother. We also know that Rapunzel’s parents are devastated by her loss, so much so that they lead the entire kingdom in a floating lantern ceremony every year on her birthday in hopes that she will return to them. When the story actually begins, they have been doing this same thing for 18 years.

What do we know about Anna and Elsa’s parents? We know they are alive, they are royalty, they have two daughters, and they have knowledge of trolls. We know their idea of being supportive of Elsa is to ask her to conceal and not feel for the rest of her life. We know they seem to have said nothing to poor Anna explaining why Elsa can’t build a snowman, not even a white lie. We know that they leave the kingdom one day for an unknown reason and die on a sinking ship. That’s about it. We really can’t even be sure they were particularly good people or parents.

Look at Rapunzel’s father in the opening scene of Tangled when his wife is dying. The expression of sheer terror in his eyes in tangible. Watch the scene when they lift the lantern into the sky on Rapunzel’s 18th birthday. Again, her father’s face is utterly devastated. The mother, her eyes so sympathetic and sad, sees this look as she straightens his medallion and gingerly touches his face. So much is said in this 10 second wordless exchange it’s simply incredible. In fact, Rapunzel’s parents do not utter a single word in the entire film and yet they manage to leave a lasting impression.

When Elsa and Anna’s parents died I didn’t feel so much as a flutter in my stomach. There was certainly no Bambi or Lion King moment there. Perhaps, to many people, this was a relief, but I am a believer that those heartbreaking scenes exist for a reason and that reason is to emotionally involve viewers in the story. Empathy is a powerful tool for a film to work with, and one that helps them stay in people hearts forever. (Up, anyone?)

Another emotional wordless encounter in Tangled occurs when Rapunzel finally returns to her parents. Her mother examines her, not quite ready to believe the impossible had actually happened, and then tearfully embraces her, joined soon after by her father. Naturally Anna and Elsa cannot be reunited with their parents, but there is no equivalent scene to match this. Anna and Elsa hugging after Anna’s selfless act is the resolution we’re looking for as an audience, but it does not give off an emotional impact. It doesn’t really do anything for the viewer except wrap things up.

Let’s talk about sidekicks for a moment. Everybody knows that Anna and Elsa are practically twins of Rapunzel (don’t even get me started) but what about Maximus and Sven? They may not look exactly alike, but aside from the fact that Maximus is more driven and intelligent, you’ve got to admit they share very similar personalities. I love that Kristoff provides a funny human voice for Sven. This was a definite check plus for Frozen in my book. However, on the same token, I love how Maximus has an equal amount of personality to a speaking character without any kind of voice at all. He begins as a villain (or rather a good guy that we are meant to view as a villain since the thief is our hero) chasing Flynn Rider through various near-death experiences. His loyalty to his job never falters until the sweet, innocent Rapunzel bargains with him for a day off. Maximus’ impact on the film is so great that he could potentially have ended the entire movie in the first scene by capturing Flynn and sending him to prison. Though lovable, I don’t think Sven could have altered the plot much at all.

Frozen does have Olaf, an equivalent of which Tangled lacks. When I saw the previews for Frozen I expected to hate Olaf, but instead he became one of my favorite characters. His song, “In Summer” is a comical masterpiece and I am happy to give him credit as a great comic-relief sidekick. So, why am I including him in this argument if this is supposed to be pro-Tangled? Because Tangled stands proud and tall without an extra “Olaf” character. In other words: Tangled didn’t need him the way Frozen desperately did.

And now let’s move on to villains. Did Frozen have any? Oh yeah, the hot guy that Anna almost married. How could I forget? Easily. I remember watching the movie the second time around with my roommate. Three quarters of the way through the film when Kristoff and Anna are racing to get her kiss from whatshisname (I honestly don’t recall at the moment) she said, ”Oh, now I remember.” It took her that long to even remember that Hans was the villain! (I seriously just Googled his name because it was lost to me. He’s just not memorable…) When you find out he’s actually a bad man you gasp and you think, well-played Disney. But he doesn’t just go “bad”. He goes slimy, black-hearted evil. (I’d like to as you to pardon this run-on sentence in advance:) We’re talking about a character who goes from flouncing around in “Love is an Open Door” and handing out blankets to freezing people to a character who delivers a greedy speech and a sinister laugh while pouring water on the fire in front of a freezing, dying Anna without so much as a blink! What? Huh? What? How is anyone supposed to buy this? We need more! There’s not enough! I am left so unsatisfied with this plot twist. What’s his motivation? He has a zillion brothers and will never get to sit on a throne? So what!— Is this enough to make you a cold-blooded murderer?

Enter Mother Gothel. She’s genius. Like Hans, she’s fairly attractive, especially for a villain. Rapunzel loves her mother and has no idea she is a bad woman. This much is akin to Frozen, but that’s where the similarities end. One might argue that Frozen’s bait-and-switch was a clever idea, but the beauty of Tangled’s villain is the constant question of our loyalties. Unlike Frozen, the audience knows Mother Gothel is evil from the moment the film starts, and yet we can clearly see that she has raised Rapunzel well. As I mentioned earlier, Rapunzel is healthy, happy, plucky, educated, loyal and loving to her mother. Mother Gothel, aside from the obvious, has been a good parent to Rapunzel, and there are moments when you actually believe she loves her. (Softly: “I love you most”.) Every once in a while, for some twisted reason, you might even think “Oh, Gothel actually has a point.” THIS is the real clever idea. A villain you are aware of, but feel for regardless; a villain who you almost start to like until, “YOU ARE NOT LEAVING THIS TOWER EVER!” And pow! You are reminded of what you’re dealing with. That little moment after Mother Gothel shouts this when you see Rapunzel’s fingers lift from the closet handle is just amazing. In such a tiny gesture you witness a major plot turn; you witness a decision being made that will change everyone’s life forever.

Tangled is filled with tiny moments like this that steal the show, but of course it also has one big moment that everyone remembers. The lanterns. Breathtaking imagery, enchanting orchestral accompaniment (that Spanish guitar intro when the King and Queen step onto the balcony that melts into a burst of orchestra, gasp!). Then comes the moment when Rapunzel, who has been quietly dropping flowers in the water with Flynn, sees the lanterns for the first time. She panics and trips over herself to get a better view and then sinks into her glory. You can see that for one shining moment nothing else in the world matters but those lanterns… And then suddenly Flynn matters.

Frozen has only one comparably visual stunning scene and that is during Elsa’s “Let it Go” song in which she creates a palace of ice. Is the imagery beautiful? Yes. Is the song good? Yes. Do I feel emotionally moved when the scene is over? Mm, not really. I mean, I may have a sudden rush of “girl power” feelings come over me, but honestly, I don’t care about Elsa. Not only does the film not mold her as particularly likable, but it doesn’t even make me feel sorry for her. I have no emotional attachment to her whatsoever, and this all stems from the points I previously discussed. The explanation of her problem is so vague and her role in the film is actually quite small. We see Anna’s side of the years of loneliness but we never really see Elsa’s. Where is Elsa’s “Part of Your World” moment? Where is Elsa’s “When Will My Life Begin”? Aside from a few flaccid incidents, we, the viewer, don’t experience the struggle with her. We aren’t given many opportunities to feel her pain and loneliness. So when Elsa decides to break free and live alone and sing a powerful song and build a beautiful ice palace all I can think is: Good for you, Elsa. I’m happy for you.

And finally we get to the music. Both films have great music. We are at a draw here. At first I hated Tangled’s opening song, feeling like it was fresh out of an episode of Hannah Montana, but I soon realized it was a perfect fit. Rapunzel is 17. She’s innocent, naïve and inexperienced with a culture-less life that consists of mainly arts and crafts. What other kind of a song should she be singing? Mother Gothel’s Broadwayesque diva tune is hilarious and adds heaps to her character, plus is gets a reprise which I’m always a big fan of. “I’ve Got a Dream” may be a bit kitchy, but what Frozen fan could possibly judge it while “Fixer-Upper” exists. “The Kingdom Dance” has no words, but if you’ve seen the film once or twice I bet you know the tune. That montage, with its exciting crescendo build is one of my favorite parts of the film and it acts as the perfect setup to the following scene (lanterns). And finally, “At Last I See the Light” is a beautiful lover’s duet that illustrates the mood perfectly while being cloaked in breathtaking animation. Not much more needs to be said because no one can deny how good it is. As for the music from Frozen is almost all great, and quite frankly, very fresh in people’s minds, so I don’t see the need to lay it out here. The main problem I have with the music is how hard it tries to be a Broadway score. I found the drama of the music to be a bit over the top and I squirmed at how seriously it took itself. There is a distinct reason why I couldn’t join in in taking the music serious… My lack of emotional attachment. Don’t know what I mean? Think of the difference between Aladdin and Jasmine singing with each other in Aladdin and then put Popeye and Olive Oil in their place. Nothing else changes. Same song, same orchestra, same passion. The difference: you don’t really care what happens to Popeye, and therefore the song becomes comical, not romantic. This film didn’t really make me care about Elsa, so her passionate musical exchanges with her sister seemed almost laughable to me.

Emotions take movies from good to great. They give movies the power to move people and power to be remembered forever. They can influence a plot so much that even the most mundane and overdone story can seem fresh. They turn fictional characters into people that you wish you actually knew and people that you carry with you in your heart when you leave the theater and return to reality. They make music more memorable and visuals more stunning. They make you laugh and cry and sing along and dance. Tangled is littered with emotions. Every moment that isn’t making you laugh is making you think or feel. With Frozen, this simply isn’t the case, and I know I can’t be the only person who feel this way…

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Suddenly, John Boehner And Eric Cantor Are Acting Like BFFs

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WASHINGTON — Palace intrigue has always been a mainstay of life on Capitol Hill, and the offices of Speaker John Boehner and Majority Leader Eric Cantor have provided plenty of fodder over the years.

From disputes over the debt ceiling in 2011 to last months ugly, and public, split over the Fiscal Cliff, GOP leadership infighting has been a sporadic, and often overblown, reality.

But facing an emboldened foe in President Barack Obama and trying to find their footing after last year’s electoral troubles, the two offices seem to be putting their differences behind them. At least for now.

The most notable example of the new detente came in the run-up to Cantor’s policy speech at the American Enterprise Institute, where the Virginia Republican laid out his vision for the GOP’s agenda beyond fiscal matters.

Boehner aides talked up the address, and both camps engaged in a twitter campaign that devolved, at times, into a mutual admiration society.

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22 Cool Kids Crafts You Can Make From Toilet Paper Tubes

C’mon, get your glue gun and get creative.

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1. Cardboard Minions

Cardboard Minions

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2. Tube Binoculars

Tube Binoculars

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3. Farm Animals

Farm Animals

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4. Cardboard Snakes

Cardboard Snakes

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5. Angry Birds Tubes

Angry Birds Tubes

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6. Bird Feeders

Bird Feeders

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7. Cardboard Tube Bowling

Cardboard Tube Bowling

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8. Cardboard Tube Monsters

Cardboard Tube Monsters

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9. Paper Roll Flowers

Paper Roll Flowers

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10. Pinata Garland

Pinata Garland

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11. Race Car Tubes

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12. Toilet Paper Tube Owls

Toilet Paper Tube Owls

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13. Toilet Paper Tube Pencil

Toilet Paper Tube Pencil

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14. Flying Carp

Flying Carp

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15. Where the Wild Things Tube Crafts

Where the Wild Things Tube Crafts

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16. Birthday Crowns

Birthday Crowns

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17. Toilet Paper Roll Lanterns

Toilet Paper Roll Lanterns

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18. Superhero Cuffs

Superhero Cuffs

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19. Cardboard Tube Desk Caddy

Cardboard Tube Desk Caddy

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20. Spring Beaded Butterflies

Spring Beaded Butterflies

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21. Toilet Paper Tube Castle

Toilet Paper Tube Castle

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22. Airplane Tubes

Airplane Tubes

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22 Things You’re Doing Wrong

1. You’re Doing It Wrong: The BLT


The Right Way to Make a BLT:

Basketweave that bacon.

2. You’re Doing It Wrong: Boiling Eggs

The Right Way to Boil Eggs:

Add one teaspoon of baking soda. It’ll make the shell come off effortlessly.

3. How NOT to Eat a Cupcake:

The right way to eat a cupcake:

Make a cupcake sandwich. Equal frosting to cake ratio in every bite.

4. You’re Doing It Wrong: Bobby Pins

The bobby pins are constantly sliding out of your hair and coming loose.

The Right Way to Insert a Bobby Pin:

5. You’re Doing It Wrong: Nail Polish

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How to Properly Apply Nail Polish:

6. The Wrong Way to Make Cookies in the Summer:

Everything gets even hotter with the oven on.

The right way:

Best car air freshener ever.

7. How You Normally Fold a Fitted Sheet:

The Right Way:

8. You’re Doing It Wrong: Cleaning the Blender

You reach your sponge down, accidentally cut yourself on one of the blades, and start bleeding everywhere.

The Right Way:

9. You’re Doing It Wrong: Taco Eating

The shit is just spilling out everywhere.

The Right Way:

Use lettuce leaves as a taco liner. Even if the taco shell breaks, your taco contents are still contained.

10. You’re Doing It Wrong: Eating a Popsicle

You’re a slob. You’re only human.

The Right Way: Use a Cupcake Wrapper

11. If This Is Your Dresser, You’re Doing It Wrong

The Right Way to Fold Clothes

File folded clothes to save space.

12. You’re Doing It Wrong: Squeezing Lemons

The Right Way: Use a Pair of Tongs

You’ll get much more juice out. Another tip: microwave for a few seconds. It’ll make the lemon softer and more squeezable.

13. You’re Doing It Wrong: Stale Ass Chips

The Right Way: Master the Origami Bag Fold

14. You’re Doing It Wrong: Peeling a Potato with a Peeler

You are wasting so much valuable potato!

The Right Way:

After boiling the potato, put into cold water for 5 minutes. Twist the potato skin off with your hands — it should come right off.

15. You’re Doing It Wrong: Living Through the Pain of New Shoes

The Right Way: Break In Your Shoes In Under Five Minutes

Put on a thick pair of socks and then put on your shoes. Aim a hairdryer at the shoes, concentrating on the tighter spots. Wiggle your toes and feet around. Keep them on while they cool.

Remove the socks and test out shoes. They should be stretched out, but if not, just repeat the process.

16. The PB&J: You’re Doing It Wrong

You haven’t quite mastered how not to get jelly all over yourself.

You have no excuse.

The Right Way to Make PB&J: The Pocket Method

17. You’re Doing It Wrong: Opening a Banana at the Tip

The Fast, Efficient Way to Peel a Banana:

Pinch the bottom ends and split open. You’ll end up with a cartoon-perfect banana peel, plus it eliminates the stringy stuff.

Watch the video tutorial.

18. You’re Doing It Wrong: Cutting Cherry Tomatoes One by One

As if you had all the goddamn time in the world to spend on a stupid salad.

The Right Way: Sandwich the Tomatoes Between Two Plastic Lids and Slice Across

You, Eating Pomegranates: WRONG!

The Right Way to Get Those Pomegranate Seeds Out Intact:

Cut the pomegranate in half, submerge in cold water, and extract the seeds from under the water. They’ll release effortlessly from the papery membrane and sink to the bottom of the bowl.

19. How You Normally Eat Tic Tacs:

An entire container of these dainty little candies, consumed in one sitting, like a heathen.

The Right Way:

The Tic Tac dispenser is specifically engineered to allot ONE AT A TIME.

20. The Wrong Way to Enjoy a Bag of Chips:

HAHA you actually use your hands to hold the bag??

15 Home Upgrades You’ll Want To Make In Your Thirties

1. Your mix-n-match glassware collection for a set of wine glasses.

Good news! Wine glasses aren’t actually that expensive, and actually, I wouldn’t spend too much money on them because they do break. Nevertheless, it is time to start drinking alcohol from vessels that are meant for alcohol, not tomato sauces.
Make it happen: A set of 6 wine glasses from Crate & Barrel (depending on the model) will run you about $30.

2. Your basic Ikea flatware to a fancier, more attractive set.

Ugh, how gross has your Ikea silverware gotten? So bendy. So cloudy. It just seems wrong to make a nice dinner for someone and have them eat it with the bendy, cloudy fork.
Make it happen: This West Elm gold flatware set (4 settings) is $104.

3. Your $30 vacuum to a Dyson (or at least something better than your $30 vacuum).

You know you’re getting old when you daydream of Dyson vacuums. Buying a cheap vacuum is all fine when you’re just moving into a place, but after a year or two, they’ll be doing half the work and leaving your carpets still full of dirt.
Make it happen: Dyson’s least expensive model is the DC40 Origin at $399.99 and comes with a 5 year warranty.

4. Hand mixer to a standing mixer.

Oh my gawd you are so sexy, KitchenAid. Gimme now. This isn’t to say you need to chuck your hand mixer — you’ll still have use for it — but for bigger and more ambitious jobs, the beauteous artisan standing mixer is king.
Make it happen: This KitchenAid mixer goes for $349.95 at Williams-Sonoma.

5. Your whatever bed to a proper bed.

And by proper, I mean you have a good mattress, a quality mattress pad or topper, a solid box spring, and a handsome bedframe.
Make it happen: Oof. It depends what kind of bed and mattress combo you get, but let’s say…you might spend anywhere from $500-$900 and $600-$1,300 on the actual bed. UGHGHGHGHG.

6. Your god-awful Ikea knives for knives that actually work.

I mean. There’s a reason you didn’t get nice knives in the first place. They cost like a million dollars.
Make it happen: This Wüsthof Classic 7-Piece Knife Block Set is currently on sale at Williams-Sonoma for $299.95.

7. “Artsy” photography prints you bought at Ikea or for art you actually care about.

It’s not like you’re ready to become an art connoisseur, but having unique things on your walls makes a difference. Maybe you have a childhood souvenir or a print lying around that would look great framed?
Make it happen: Obviously, the price varies depending on what kind of art you’re buying. But if you have something already, take it to your local framer. Again, this service varies quite a bit in price but expect to spend at least $50 to $120 per item, depending on what it is.

8. That crap salad spinner for one that actually gets the job done.

Did you buy that super cheap Ikea salad spinner, too? Then certainly you have had the experience of having mixed greens expelled across your kitchen counter. Or by now it’s broken and you’re using sad paper dowels to individually dry off each lettuce leaf.
Make it happen: An Oxo salad spinner costs $29.95 at Crate & Barrel.

9. Paper towels for real table linens.

Not like you have to use them everyday, but for guests, it’s nice.
Make it happen: Depends on what you get. If you want something you’re not afraid to mess up, $50 at Target will be money well spent. However, if you’re in the market for something classy, Rachel Craven’s handmade table linens are truly special. The tablecloth pictured is $220.

10. Your lumpy pillows for some high-quality ones.

Did you even buy those pillows you’re using now? Or did you just steal them from your parents’ guest room? It’s worth the upgrade — you’ll sleep better.
Make it happen: This set of 2 Famous Maker down and feather pillows are $59.99 at

11. Your cheap-o cookware from a 10-piece-in-a-box sets to sturdy, quality stuff.

This may take some time because quality cast iron skillets and non-stick pans aren’t cheap. But aren’t you longing to make your collection more well-rounded? A Dutch oven is an investment that can last you a lifetime. Roasting pans, casserole dishes, baking dishes … le sigh. I want you.
Make it happen: Start your kitchen makeover with a Le Creuset oven, which, depending on shape and size, starts at $105 and can be as much as $400 or $500 on the higher end.

12. Your grody couch for a grown-up couch.

The time has come to get rid of the sheet-covered or bargain basement couch that is the eyesore on your living room. Couches should not look like the face of a disgruntled old man. A beautiful couch will make your living room look a million times better. Save up. Feel the pain of spending $1,000 on a thing that touches your butt, and get over it.
Make it happen: West Elm’s Everett loveseat starts at $899.

13. Your crazy collection of wire/plastic/store hangers for a uniform set.

Making all your hangers uniform can actually save room in your closet.
Make it happen: Joy Mangano’s huggable hangers are a favorite because they’re thin and texturized, so they grip slippery clothes. A 34-piece pack is $19.99 at Target. Let’s assume you’ll need quite a few hangers, so you’re looking at $40-$60.

14. That nothing desk chair for a proper desk chair.

Do you have a bad back? Kinda? Ugh, getting old is the worst. Just…don’t sit in a folding chair or an Ikea cafe chair, mkay?
Make it happen: Oy. Turns out high quality, traditional office swivel chairs can be quite pricey (like in the $500 to over $1,000 range). This gray linen Pastoe desk chair is $485, but with some research or good Craigslist skills (if you’re OK with buying used), you can probably swing an upgrade for about $300.

15. Whatever it is you put flowers in for a proper vase.

Why thank you for these lovely flowers! Allow me to just put them in my beer stein. A vase doesn’t have to be fancy or pricey, but just have one — after all, isn’t this all about appreciating the space you’re in?
Make it happen: This sturdy vase by Heath Ceramics is $92, but you can also pick up a standard glass vase anywhere for as little as $10.

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Community Post: 40 Things We Learned From “The X Files”

1. If it sounds like the most ridiculous thing you’ve ever heard, it’s probably the truth.

2. If you smoke, you’re in on it.

3. If you work with someone long enough, they’ll want your baby.

4. An FBI badge makes you better than everyone else.

5. No proof, no case.

Even when it’s slapping you in the face.

6. Never trust new team members.

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7. Never leave an important character in a hospital bed.

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They will be taken.

8. Important events happen when you pee.

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9. You should befriend children who are world-class chess players.

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10. Stay away from black oil.

11. If you’re emotionless, you’re one of them.

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12. Your dad never loved you.

13. A mole will help you but not really… but he will… but he wont…

14. Hear a sound? Pull a gun.

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15. It’s OK to look at porn at work.

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16. By the end of the series, Mulder and Scully know everything.

17. The government archives everything. E-V-E-R-Y-T-H-I-N-G.

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18. Religion + Science = Dana Scully

Catholic, scientist, doctor, federal agent and…

19. Scully is immortal.

Season 3, Episode 4: Clyde Bruckman’s Final Repose. In what seemed like throwaway dialogue, Scully asks Clyde, a man who can see how people die in the future, what her own demise will look like.

Scully: “Ok. Tell me: How do I die?”
Clyde: “You don’t.”

This theory has been verified by series producer Frank Spotnitz.

20. Cockroaches are aliens. They will kill you.

21. Bees help aliens. They will kill you.

22. If you find a mysterious metallic implant in the back of your neck, DO NOT REMOVE IT!

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23. If your sister hasn’t returned from her alien abduction after two decades, she’s dead.

24. Do not leak any information to Mulder. It’ll end badly.

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25. If you have a thing for Scully, don’t. It’ll end badly.

26. Inconspicuous train cars are the most conspicuous.

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The Government runs experiments in train cars.

27. Never live in a gated community.

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Monsters live in them.

28. When you don’t know, touch it.

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29. If that doesn’t work, taste it.

30. Government controls the Oscars.

According to Cigarette Smoking Man but he could care less.

31. Government controls the Olympics.

According to Cigarette Smoking Man but he could care less.

32. Government controls the Super Bowl.

According to Cigarette Smoking Man. He could care less as long as the Bills don’t win. Not while he’s alive.

33. You can run in heels.

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34. When in doubt, leave it to a nerd.

In this case, three: The Lone Gunmen.

35. They are always watching… Always…

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36. Things go down at the FBI parking lot… A LOT.

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Car chases, explosions, murders, secret meetings, rundowns… But as we learn in Season 9, “the tape shows nothing.”

37. If your clock blinks 12:00, you should probably run.

8 Amazing Tiny Houses

Living small can be affordable, comfortable, stylish and eco-friendly.

1. 1.) E.D.G.E.

1.) E.D.G.E.

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The E.D.G.E. can be used for year-round living. It has 320 square feet living space on the ground floor with two 80 square foot sleeping lofts above. Although small, the large windows and uncluttered floor plan make it airy and comfortable.

2. 2.) Tumbleweed Tiny Houses

2.) Tumbleweed Tiny Houses

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The original tiny house company, Tumbleweed has a variety of sizes and interior layouts to choose from. You can buy plans and build yourself or buy already made for a very affordable home on wheels.

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A tiny but comfy space to curl up in.

4. 3.) Earthship

3.) Earthship

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Earthships are glorious constructions using a radical approach to systems we currently have in our homes. Made largely of recycled materials, one must research before delving into such a DIY building project. If this labor-intensive home is successfully built, you can live off-grid without giving up comfort. Plus, a year-round vegetable and fruit garden is an important part of the entire design! Oftentimes the opposite of tiny, the survival (basic) model is as compact as Earthships come at around 500 square feet.

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An Earthship system.

6. 4.) The 12.20 House

4.) The 12.20 House

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This is a one-off design from Brazil that can be used as inspiration. It has 484 square feet of living space with a spacious open-concept floor plan. The bathroom is tucked behind the kitchen and the living room is concealed behind an etched window.

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Floor plan for the 12.20 House.

8. 5.) Shipping container homes

5.) Shipping container homes

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Whether buying a prefab model or having a container delivered to you from the dockyard, the possibilities are almost endless. Multiple containers can be arranged by architects to build large homes, but in our case, one small container can also be a canvas for the design-savvy homeowner to create a sanctuary within. The version above includes living walls to hide the austere metal exterior and make an inviting little space.

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A prefab model from Cargotecture priced at about $60 000.

10. 6.) Camano Cabin

6.) Camano Cabin

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This one-off design from V+C Architects is beautiful inside and very well planned. A wonderful inspiration for living small!

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Bright, roomy interior of the Camano Cabin.

12. 7.) Armadilla Pod

7.) Armadilla Pod

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Found at a campground in Scotland, these little pods have it all! A bathroom with shower, tiny kitchenette, and a couch that turns into a bed. If you plan to live in one, you’d probably need to increase the size of the pod or heighten to put a bedroom loft above the ground floor, but some may think these pods are perfect the way they are.

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The bathroom is very compact.

14. 8.) NOMAD Micro Homes

8.) NOMAD Micro Homes

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These Canadian prefab permanent homes are 10’ by 10’ with three floor plans to choose from. You can have your tiny home delivered to your site for under $30 000 CDN, which is incredible when you consider how nice and livable they are inside. For colder climates, these micro homes are insulated for Canadian winters!

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Look at the smartly-incorporated stairs above the kitchen counter!

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The NOMAD bedroom loft is airy.

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A very livable, tiny space! I might have a Canadian bias, but I’d love to call one of these little beauties home.

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