We dream of remodeling our kitchen. But the last time we looked at our bank account, well, we have a better chance of winning the lottery than affording a remodel.
If you’ve got some DIY skills you can update your home for less with Coating Remodeling instead of Replacement Remodeling.
What in the name of nachos is Coating Remodeling?
C.R. uses microscopic particles of materials such as stainless steel, stone and pigments to achieve the look of those materials without dropping some change to buy those materials.
Our friends at Giani Inc break things down for us:
Wood Cabinets: $4,911.00
Quartz Countertops: $2,500.00
Tile Backsplash: $1,500.00
Fixtures and Lighting: $636.00
Appliance Coating made w/stainless steel: $104.90
Cabinet Coating – roll on: $69.95
Countertop Coating made w/stone – marble: $89.95
Backsplash Coating made w/stone – tile: $49.95
Fixtures and Lighting Coating made w/stainless steel: $24.95
Good deal! Think of all the tacos you could buy with the money you saved…
Yes, all this kitchen talk is making us think of food...
That non-meteorlogical groundhog predicted an early spring. (Again, what college did he earn his degree, and WTH does a cute chubster animal know about shadows and weather and stuff?) So, his non-scientific prognostication has everyone even more excited than usual for warmer weather and longer days.
TV personality and naturalist David Mizejewski has all the tips on how we can invite the goodness of warm into our backyards. Snag yourself a copy of his book, Attracting Birds, Butterflies & Other Backyard Wildlife. It’s a practical how-to guide to natural gardening filled with projects, diagrams, plant lists and inspirational full-color photos.
Pre-order the book now, and get your Spring game plan together.
Good luck attracting all the good stuff to your homestead.
P.S. Wonder if we can get a pet owl for our backyard retreat?
We’ve got to give props to those who travel frequently for business. It’s nerve-wracking enough the one time every five years we at Crack Wise actually get to take a vacation (we should’ve picked a better career). But we digress.
We’ve seen pro travelers at the airport. They've got the most efficient bag-packing method—with everything fitting into a carry on so they don’t need to check a bag. They've got the getting-to-the-terminal-in-two-seconds-flat walk down pat. And while on the plane, they pass the time like a boss.
So, frequent travelers may be interested in one of these cool items from Grand Trunk.
The Tech Throw Travel Blanket is lightweight, using 150-grams of micro-thermal insulation to keep you warm from your head to the sewn-in foot pocket. Nice. Plus, it’s the only blanket on the market that was designed with a carry strap that fits over your rolling bag. Just attach it. And—the blanket is weather-resistant. Fancy!
The Hooded Travel Pillow is a cozy neck pillow made of micro-fleece and memory foam. Enjoy ergonomic comfort while the storable hood covers your eyes for instant darkness.
Get theHooded Travel Pillow in black, and you may look like a brokedown Darth Vader.
Wish we would’ve found these sooner! If you ever played with Barbies growing up and wanted all her fabulous clothes, shoes, houses, cars, etc... in real-life, well… this is close.
Absolutely adorbs blow-up chairs from BloChair. This is real-life Barbie blow-up furniture!
The latest creation: the Mongolian Faux Fur chair:
It’s described as “relaxing on a cloud of softness.” Yes, please!
If the faux game ain’t your thang, BloChair offers a vast variety of colors, metallics, glitter, illuminated, and more.
Use ‘em indoors or outdoors. They’re comfortable (firm, yet soft with lumbar support), and chic.
Plus, you can deflate at-will if you need more space.
We’re in love.
Oh, parents. You know the pain that teething can bring for you and your little one. The joy in seeing your baby grow; the sadness from the discomfort in order to grow.
Best teeth in style then.
Itzy Ritzy has the cutest, coolest line of silicon teethers in vibrant colors.
They’re made of food-grade silicone and the textured side is perfect to soothe sore gums. Itzy Ritzy also just released a Silicone Teething Mitt to keep baby from scratching themselves while also calming teething pain. Get ‘em at Target or online.
Honestly, we want these for ourselves. Hey, we have tense moments in our lives. Rather chomp on one of these than our tongues or grind our teeth down to the gums.
Let’s say you’re single for Valentine’s Day. So what? More food and booze for you, and you’re saving money by not having to buy anything nor care about your appearance on that day for lovers.
But… If you’re lookin’ for love and haven’t been fortunate in finding a forever heart home, then maybe you need to move.
Our buddies at WalletHub have been burning the candle at both ends to compile this life-changing research about the Best & Worst States for Singles.
Some factoids to fill up your head space:
Louisiana has the highest share of single adults, 53.85%, which is 1.3% times higher than in Utah—the state with the lowest at 42.38%.
California has the most fitness and recreational facilities per square root of population at .06413%, which is 8.8 times more than in Hawaii—the state with the fewest.
North Dakota has the lowest unemployment rate for the single population, 4.39%, which is 3.1 times lower than in Mississippi—the state with the highest.
Click the map and see where your state ranks in finding-love. Good luck!
For years’ Harlequin has made women tingle south-of-the-border with its steamy romantic fiction. Now, the publishing powerhouse has launched the Feel Good Project—a four-part initiative designed to explore the power of positive experiences.
"I am constantly inspired by all the heartwarming stories our fans share with us," says Merjane Schoueri, the Feel Good Project Director. "Harlequin books have uplifted readers for decades, helping them deal with the stresses of life and, we believe, inspiring them to share this feeling with their community. Promoting feel good experiences has never been more important, and this is at the heart of the Harlequin Feel Good Project."
The four initiatives are: Feel Good Sciences, the Harlequin Creator Fund, the Feel Good Challenge, and Feel Good Events. Through these engagements, Harlequin will explore more fully the joy and positive feelings their fans describe, launch new storytellers across a variety of media and create more happy moments for everyone to enjoy.
This might be your chance to feel good, and to spread the feel-goodness.
Feel Good Sciences
Over the course of almost 70 years, Harlequin stories have positively affected millions of people. Feel Good Sciences will delve deeper into understanding how these positive experiences affect people and empower them to contribute to the well-being of others. By working closely with fans and authors and inviting input from leading scientists and academics, Harlequin will expand their understanding of the powerful impact of positive storytelling. The platform will encourage, support and share expert and academic works, along with heartwarming tales from fans and popular social influencers. To learn more, visit feelgood.harlequin.com/sciences.
Harlequin Creator Fund
With the Creator Fund, Harlequin continues its 70-year tradition of promoting female storytellers. This fund is designed to attract and support a wide range of new and established female content creators, whether they be novelists, screenwriters or TV script writers. This first fund will focus on feel good story submissions in several categories. The writers of the chosen submissions will receive funding and guidance for an opportunity to complete and package their story ideas for advancement with Harlequin. Story selection criteria, submission format and rules will be available soon at feelgood.harlequin.com/creatorfund.
Feel Good Challenge
In today's chaotic and stressful world, the need for uplifting experiences has never been more important. The Feel Good Challenge invites fans to identify important people in their lives, then surprise and delight them with unique gifts and enjoyable experiences. This initiative launches in January—a time when people often need a little emotional boost. To learn more, visit feelgood.harlequin.com/challenge.
Feel Good Events
Beginning in the spring of 2019, Harlequin will curate pop-up, feel good occasions to provide fans with more opportunities to experience and share happy moments. Attendees will be immersed in a variety of uplifting events and have a chance to connect with other fans. Further details will be announced in the coming months. To learn more about coming events, visit feelgood.harlequin.com/events.
Ah, the day of love- Valentine’s Day. You finally got up the nerve to ask the object of your affection out on a date. They said “yes”. Now, you’re sharing the evening deemed most-romantic together, and things get…. Uncomfortable.
What to do?
Sharon Schweitzer is an international etiquette and modern manners expert. She’s also the founder of Access to Culture—which means, she knows stuff. She’s got some advice on how to handle potentially awkward situations:
You’re a traditional guy and a modern woman asks you out for Valentine’s Day: In today’s world, this is perfectly acceptable. 20 years ago this might have turned a few heads, but in 2019 women can and should ask men for a date.
Who pays the bill? The server places the bill on the table and there’s silence and you both look at each other. Don’t let this happen. As a sophisticated host, arrive early and provide a credit card, or call the restaurant in advance. Women in male-dominated cultures must do so if they extend the invitation.
You run into your ex: This is one of the most awkward situations possible, but you can handle it like a pro. You have two choices: 1. Hope they don’t notice you and say nothing at all. 2. You cross paths. Although it’s awkward, there’s a lot riding on this moment as your date will see what you’re really made of. Be polite and courteous no matter what you think of the person. Say hello. Ask how they are doing. Introduce your date. Close it out by saying, “It was nice to see you. We really must be going. Have a good evening.”
Your date has spinach in her teeth: You’re eating dinner and notice that your date has a big piece of leafy green spinach stuck between her teeth. Do you say something or let it go? It’s best to nicely say something because if she takes out her mirror to reapply lipstick and sees the spinach, she will be embarrassed at first, and then upset that you didn’t tell her. Say something like, “This food is so good but the spinach keeps getting stuck between my teeth. Oh, by the way, there’s a very small piece sitting right there between your teeth. You have beautiful teeth by the way. How do you get them so white?”
You momentarily forget your manners: It happens. You’re out on a date and you burp, shove the food in your mouth, chew with your mouth open or put too much water in your mouth and it flies out. Catch the mistake and apologize before your date says something. When you own up and take responsibility, it speaks volumes about the kind of person you really are.
Laugh at those things you can’t control: Maybe you spilled your soup allover your nice Polo shirt. Maybe you walked into a glass door. Perhaps the comedian at the show pulled you on to the stage and had a little fun with you. Don’t let these awkward situations get the best of you. Your demeanor and how you handle it tells your date a lot about you.
Awkward conversations: Don’t ask your Valentine’s date how many kids they want to have or how much money they make. Stay away from talk about sex, politics and religion. Stick to lighter topics likes books, food, movies, hobbies and sports. Ask questions that help you get to know your date better.
Be careful with alcohol: A glass of wine or cocktail with dinner is perfectly acceptable; however, don’t drink to the point of no return. Alcohol might calm those date night jitters, but if you have to call for a cab or start dancing on the tables, you’re not going to impress your date.
You are absolutely miserable on this date: Although you might not necessarily care for your date or you’re not having the time of your life, it’s a few hours at most so try to make the best of it. Refrain from pulling out your Smartphone and texting your friends or surfing the web. If all else fails and the date has no end in sight, simply say something like, “I apologize. I do need to get going soon as I have a big presentation at work tomorrow morning.”
Good breath equals good kiss: If you decide to go in for the goodnight kiss, make sure you have a breath mint handy to erase the memory of the garlic bread you ate with dinner.
And we've experienced all seven of these in one date... such is the Crack WIse life.
Make this V Day spectacular with some fun gift boxes from Juju Be Gone. Their “Spice It Up” gift box is for couples looking to enhance their “sexual spirit”, while the “Galentine’s Goodies” box is a playful assortment of lighthearted gifts to surprise your best gal-pal.
Juju Be Gone’s boxes are filled with hand-selected products developed to clear energy and remove stagnant negativity from life to maximize happiness. We see. Hand-selected for a hands-on experience…
Wanna take a peak inside one of these boxes? Deep inside the Spice It Up box are:
If you’re flying solo on the day of love, it’s okay. There’s a “Breakup’s a B*tch” box for men and for women, tailored to each.
So. Many. Puns. Must. Resist.
We love these boxes! So much fun. So worth the money.
Whether you’re on your own or with someone (or someones—no judgement), grab a box and go!
Haus of V is a creative collective that shares a similar mindset -- with a twist.