Pressed for Time? Try These On-the-Go Breakfasts!

Skipping breakfast can throw off your whole day, leaving you feeling hungry, lethargic, and, yes, even a little bit grumpy. Instead of forgoing your morning meal when you wake up late, ensure that you always have a healthy breakfast on hand by making these tasty meals ahead of time.

Zap It! Scrambled Eggs and Cheese []
Think that you need a lot of time to make eggs for breakfast? Think again! With this modern update on classic scrambled eggs, you can make your favorite breakfast dish right in your trusty microwave.

Peanut Butter, Strawberry and Banana Quesadillas []
Simply grill the delicious combination of natural peanut butter and fresh fruit in a classic whole grain tortilla for a sweet and creamy breakfast in just minutes. As a bonus, you can even eat this handheld breakfast on your drive to work!

Frozen Fruit Smoothie []
If you really just don’t have time to eat breakfast, try drinking it instead with this nutrient-rich fruit smoothie. Blend some frozen fruit, fresh orange juice, and low-fat yogurt to create a sippable breakfast that you can enjoy on your morning commute. Try adding a spoonful of flax or even some oats before blending!

How to Clean Cell Phones and Other Tech Devices

Since water and electronics don’t exactly go well together, you may wonder how you can safely (and still effectively) clean your much-used tech devices. Since these things accumulate a ton of bacteria due to frequent touching, it’s important to clean them frequently. These tips will show you how.

  1. Use a disinfectant. While you likely want to clean your gadgets to remove those signs of smudging and fingerprints, it’s far more important to clean them to remove germs and bacteria. Use a disinfectant by spraying it lightly on a soft cloth and gently wiping the screen or keyboard—never by using pre-soaked wipes, which can drip into your device.
  2. Care for your touchscreens. Touchscreens may become damaged if they come in contact with alcohol or a disinfectant, so you might want to invest in a cleanser designed especially for them.
  3. Use compressed air. To clean dust from keyboards and crevices in other devices, use a can of compressed air, which can be purchased at your local office supply store.
  4. Clean earbuds. Constantly sticking your earbuds or headphones into your ears isn’t exactly sanitary, so you’ll want to regularly wipe them with an alcohol-dampened cotton swab.
  5. Go easy on the TV. Experts advise against cleaning your flatscreen television with glass cleaner or even water. Instead, wipe the screen gently with a microfiber cloth to remove dust and fingerprints.

How to Safely Disinfect and Clean Your Gadgets [Lifehacker]
How to Clean Your (Disgusting) Cell Phones and Tablets [The Mac Lawyer]
Find out how to clean your cell phone and other dirty gadgets [Today Home]

How to Host an At-Home Book Swap

Do you have a group of book-loving friends who love to talk about their latest literary endeavors? Get them all together for a book swap at your home! These fun gatherings are great opportunities for you to trade books that you’ve read and loved and receive new recommendations. Here are a few simple tips for planning your first book swap.

  1. Set a minimum. In order to ensure that everyone brings enough books (it wouldn’t be much of a swap with just a few titles, after all), set a minimum for each person. For a group of around 10 people, 10 books per person should do the trick.
  2. Bring books that are in good condition. While you may want to get rid of your college philosophy books with notes all through the margins, your friends likely won’t appreciate receiving these in the swap.
  3. Give out tickets. The easiest (and fairest) way to run the swap is by giving everyone a ticket with his or her name on it for each book that they bring. Toss all of the tickets into a hat, and then draw names to decide who picks next.
  4. Add descriptions. If you want to get really in-depth with your swap, instruct your guests to write a short description of each of their books on a Post-It note (think “Recommended if you liked…”).

How to Throw a Book Swap Party [Reader’s Lane]
How to Host a Book Swap Party [One Good Thing]
How to Host a Swap Party [Real Simple]

Every Future Prediction From ‘Back to the Future Part II’ (And Whether the Movie Was Right or Wrong)

Today marks the day Marty McFly traveled to the future in "Back to the Future II". Check out some of the predictions that came true and the ones that weren't quite on the mark. What predictions are you most excited about having or wish came true?

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Game-Day Eats Any Football Fan Will Love to Try

If there’s one thing all football fans can agree on, it’s that you have to have the perfect snacks to get you through the big game. The next time you have your friends over to Windsor at Arbors to watch some football, make these game-day eats that everyone will love.

Super Quick Chili []
While cooking chili may seem like an all-day affair, it doesn’t have to be when you have a recipe like this one. In just under 30 minutes you can create a perfectly spicy, flavorful chili and serve it in miniature bread bowls made out of store-bought dinner rolls.

Asiago-Artichoke Dip []
Make your usual cheese dip a bit more sophisticated with this unique but equally simple recipe. The addition of prosciutto and green onions gives the cheesy concoction a big burst of flavor, and you can serve it with your choice of bagel chips, toasted bread slices, or gourmet crackers for easy dipping.

Crispy Baked Chicken Wings []
If you want to make classic chicken wings a bit healthier, this baked recipe is a great option. Instead of frying the wings in a deep fryer, this recipe involves baking them in the oven with a complex ginger-soy glaze that’s still spicy enough to satisfy your hot wing cravings.

Be Prepared for Hurricane Joaquin!

With Hurricane Joaquin expected to make landfall in the DC area this weekend, be prepared by following these guidelines provided by the City of Alexandria government:

How to Prep Your Home for Fall

Spring cleaning may get all of the glory, but there’s certainly something to be said about deep cleaning your home before the fall season hits. Here are some of the best things to do to prepare your living space for the chill of fall.

  1. Thoroughly wash windows. Prepare your windows for fall by cleaning each one thoroughly with a steak-free cleaner.
  2. Deep-clean any carpets. Whether you own a carpet shampooer or you decide to pay for a professional, it’s important to deep-clean the summer’s worth of dirt out from inside of your carpets.
  3. Organize your closets. Donate any unworn clothing, pack away summer items, and organize your colder weather clothes throughout your closet.

Fall Homekeeping Tips [Martha Stewart]
Fall Cleaning Checklist [Real Simple]
5 Tips for Cleaning for Fall [How Stuff Works]

Easy Decorating Tips Every Renter Needs to Know

Decorating the bare walls of your new apartment may seem overwhelming at first, but even if you’re not a professional interior decorator, you can create a magazine-worthy rental by following a few simple tips. Here are just a few smart tricks that you should know before hitting the home goods store.

  1. Incorporate storage wherever you can. Choose furniture items that contain built-in storage, and make sure to hang shelves in spaces like the kitchen or bathroom.
  2. Replace the hardware. Showerheads and drawer pulls are easy to replace to reflect your style. Hit up your local hardware store and invest in a high-pressure, filtered showerhead, and then choose kitchen and bathroom pulls in whatever style you like. You can easily switch these back once you move out.
  3. Work around a rug. Unsure about the color scheme for a room? Choose a rug first, then decorate around it since it will likely be the largest item in the space.
  4. Add temporary wallpaper. Try temporary wallpaper in a fun color or edgy pattern to create a designer-inspired look that you can easily remove.

The 10 Commandments of Rental Decor [PopSugar]
5 Easy, High-Impact Rental Decorating Ideas (That Can Move With You) [Apartment Therapy]
6 Ways to Decorate Your Rental—Without Losing the Deposit [Oprah]

Read All About It: Nifty Ways to Reuse Old Magazines and Newspapers

You love reading magazines and newspapers, but you don’t love having to throw them out after you’re done reading. Instead of tossing out your old reading materials, use these creative tips for making something new and exciting out of your favorite periodicals.

Starburst Clock []
Use this surprisingly simple DIY project to make a gorgeous mid-century modern-inspired clock that actually works. Simply roll the pages of magazines into small tubes, string them together using sturdy twine and attach some attractive hands to the center.

Recycled Gift Bows []
Instead of purchasing pre-made gift bows for birthdays or holidays, make your own out of colorful magazine or newspaper pages. Cut the paper into strips, do some crafty folding, and glue it together to create a bow that looks just like the ones from the store.

Woven Magazine Basket []
Weave a cute and quirky basket by folding the pages into accordion shapes and securing them with a bit of string. These can be used to hold knick knacks or brighten up an empty shelf.

Nail Art []
Press old newspaper pages onto your fingernails for a unique manicure that you won’t find at the nail salon. All it takes is some nail polish, rubbing alcohol, and a few pages from an old newspaper.

Easy and Healthy On-the-Go Snacks

Whether you’re going on a summer road trip or just going to the gym, there are always times in your life when you could use a healthy snack to keep you going. Rely on these simple, on-the-go snack recipes for a boost of energy — whenever you need it!

Gorp []
This unique take on trail mix includes a tasty and nutritious mix of nuts, dried fruit, and dark chocolate chips for a bit of added sweetness. Make a big batch and keep it sealed in an air-tight container at home, then scoop out just as much as you need for those days when you’re just too busy to stop and eat.

Baked Kale Chips []
Instead of grabbing a bag of fattening potato chips when you’re feeling hungry, make this crispy kale chips at home. These offer the same salty flavor and satisfying crunch as traditional chips, but with much less fat and calories.

Spiced Apple Crisps []
If you frequently crave sweet treats throughout the day, replace your usual chocolaty indulgence with these spicy, sweet apple crisps. Their only ingredient is dried apples and a bit of cinnamon, but they still offer a deliciously sweet taste that is sure to satisfy.

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