3 Animal Habitats that Double as Contemporary Furniture

We all love our animal friends, but often times their homes don’t fit the rest of the your house or apartment design. These animal habitats can fit in your contemporary home.

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  1. Qute Hamster and Gerbil Cage. This hamster cage is nothing to be ashamed of. Put childish hamster and gerbil cages away and opt for this stylish alternative that acts as a piece of contemporary furniture. It comes in three colors: white, walnut, and birch. Not only does this cage look great but it can also be cleaned in just one minute. You will be proud to show of this hamster house and your pet will love it too!

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2. BowHaus Modern Dog Furniture. This dog den doubles as a fashionable end table. “From its round design that allows your pup to curl up along its edges to its space-saving, sliding door, the Bowhaus will appeal to comfort loving canines and design conscious owners alike.” It is available in three colors: red, silver, and black as well as two sizes.

3. Umbra FishHotel Aquarium. “Modeled after a contemporary condominium, this reinvented aquarium features a sleek white shell with symmetrical windows. Individual units can be stacked to create a condo effect.”



5 Sweet Potato Recipes Perfect For Fall

Get into an autumn mood with these sweet potato recipes.

Sweet potato and black bean tacos with avocado-pepita dip - cookieandkate.com

  1. Sweet Potato and Black Bean Tacos with Avocado-Pepita Dip. These vegetarian tacos are a great weeknight meal filled with sweet potatoes, black beans, cilantro, avocado and pepita dip.

2. Spicy Sweet Potato Hummus. Served as an appetizer or a light lunch this vegan hummus is perfect for those who love something sweet and spicy.

Cinnamon Sugar Sweet Potato Fries by @sallybakeblog

3. Cinnamon Sugar Sweet Potato Fries with Vanilla Icing Dip. A desert version of traditional sweet potato fries coated in cinnamon sugar and served with a sweet vanilla icing.

Sweet potato burrito smothered with avocado salsa verde

4. Sweet Potato Burrito Smothered in Avocado Salsa Verde. Create these burritos filled with roasted sweet potato and black beans, smothered in a simple but flavorful avocado salsa verde sauce for a Meatless Monday meal or any other day of the week.

Sweet Potato Hash with Baked Eggs...Perfect for Meatless Monday or weekend brunch. 157 calories and 4 Weight Watchers PP | cookincanuck.com #vegetarian #gluten-free

5. Sweet Potato Hash with Baked Eggs. Whip up this healthy sweet potato hash with baked eggs for breakfast or brunch.

3 Youtube Yoga Videos for Your Morning Workout

Focus your morning and start it right with an at-home yoga workout.

  1. Twist and Detox: Yoga Journal to Go. A great 20 minute video for when you are running short on time in the morning. Give your digestive system a natural boost with this twisting, detoxifying practice.

2. Yoga For Weight Loss. If you have a little longer in your morning try this 40 minute video focusing on weight loss. It is designed to reunite you with your abs and your mind. Connect with your breath, build strength, tone belly fat, burn calories, detoxify, improve digestion and support a happy healthy back.

3. Morning Yoga For Hip Flexibility & Energy. Check out this 30 minute workout that will help you open up your hips and hamstrings, stretch the side body and build up a little bit of strength to give you energy for the day ahead. A great video to follow for your morning workout that ends in a seated meditation instead of savasana.

The Future of Beekeeping — Now.

Flow is the future of beekeeping. Cedar and Stuart Anderson, who come from a long time of beekeepers, came up with the revolutionary idea after Cedar felt bad about how many bees get crush by the honey during harvest of a traditional beehive. It took the two of them over a decade to come up with the Flow system and after one of the most successful crowdfunding campaigns, a new way of beekeeping was born. It is, as the Flow website claims, “so much easier for the beekeeper and so much easier on the bees.”

So what’s the big deal? How does the Flow system work?

The Flow™ frame can fit into a standard langstroth super. The frame consists of honeycomb cells that are not fully formed. The bees can then fill these cells with their honey and complete the formation of the cells with their wax. When the frame is full of honey, a special tool can be inserted into the end of the frame and rotated to split the cells open. This causes the cells to turn into channels. The bees are protected from being drowned in honey and no smoke is required to protect the beekeeper. After the cells have turned into channels, the honey can then flow  out the end of the frame and straight into a jar.


5 Great Downloadable Apps for Modern Living

Update you life (and your phone) with these five apps.

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1. Sidekix. “Finding trending places in a city takes effort. With Sidekix, you can see the highly rated places around you, including curated listings specially chosen by local bloggers. Why grab mediocre coffee at the same old chain, when a cool specialty shop might be just around the corner?” Download for iOS or Android (coming soon).

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2. Fork It. An app that turns eating and cooking into a game. Find new dishes, set weekly cooking goals, earn points, experiment, gain badges, and level up. Learn how to use your groceries in new and exciting ways. Download for iOS.

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3. Mint. Mint is modern money management powered by Intuit. Use it to create budgets, check your credit, pay bills, and understand your finances better. Available to access online or through the app.  Download for iOS or Android.

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4. Fitlist. A streamline fitness tracking app built for weightlifting and strength-training. “Create a workout for today on the fly with our list of over 1000 exercises, or add your own custom exercises.  Reorder your workout with the tap of a finger in case that bench you needed is taken.” Download for iOS or Android.

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4. Wunderlist. Create to-do lists wherever you are. Available for use on almost any device. Assign tasks to specific people, share lists with friends, and automatically have due dates added to your Google calendar. Wunderlist will help you get stuff done. Download for iOS, Android, or Windows.