Tuesday, October 20

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Chefs are parents, too. Here are their tips if your kitchen is now a makeshift school cafeteria

Yahya Noor from East Boston’s Tawakal Halal Café has seven kids — four of whom started virtual class last week — so he knows what he’s talking about.“Think about it like going to school all day, where you don’t have the option to just go to the cafeteria,” he says. Instead, he packs Tupperware containers of lunches and snacks the night before for easy distribution at set times so his kids don’t get distracted. A favorite? Basmati rice with wild-caught salmon from Market Basket (his go-to grocery store), mozzarella cheese sticks, and grapes.Yahya Noor of Tawakal Halal Café.HandoutGet creative at breakfastIf your kid eats on the fly, use breakfast as the main meal. Valentine Howell from Krasi in the Back Bay has an 11-year-old daughter with an “eclectic” palate and a remote curriculum in Ros...
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What it’s like to be a New York University student living on campus right now, from a mandatory 2-week quarantine in a dorm room to a $100 Grubhub gift card for meals

Akpovwa's quarantine suite is the same room she'll be in all year. She currently does not have a roommate. She says it was hard to tell how full the dorms were with quarantining students in late August, because everyone kept to their rooms.During the two-week quarantine, students were expectd to stay in their individual rooms. They were not allowed to walk around or go outside."Quarantine means not leaving your suite, except for testing. So for food and all that, they have runners that bring up food to the front of your door, three meals a day. If you have packages, they bring up your packages to your room, too," Akpovwa said.Students also had to submit two negative COVID-19 tests before being cleared to attend in-person classes and being allowed to ent...
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My First Home: Instagram star Meggan Grubb on building a home gym

Personal trainer and social media star Meggan Grubb, 24, spent lockdown renovating her first home.If her fitness tips and videos on social media don’t get you out training, maybe Meggan Grubb’s house-hunting skills will inspire you to get that dream pad. At 24, the personal trainer and social media star has not only earned 1.3 million followers but she’s even bagged her own ‘grown-up’ house near Winchester and managed to do it all up during lockdown. The insta star and her fiancé spent lockdown decking out their bathrooms with Bali-inspired designs and building a home gym. And there we were watching Tiger King on the couch… When did you buy your first home? I bought my first home when I was 23, almost exactly a year ago. Before that, I was living in London in student flats. Bu...
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25 The Elf on the Shelf Ideas For Every December Day ‘Til Christmas

Click here to read the full article. Ah, the The Elf on the Shelf — the bane of so many parents’ holiday seasons. Maybe you have a love-hate relationship (or, OK, a hate-hate relationship) with the wily little guy. But chances are, your kids love him. And hey, the internet loves him. He’s basically the best thing to happen to holiday mischief since Santa himself.Although it can be fun to come up with your own creative ideas for where to place the beloved/dreaded elf (and we encourage you to do so) it can also be a little… exhausting, to say the least. And nowadays, The Elf on the Shelf has so many accessories — Elfie’s even got his own pets — to keep this yearly activity fresh and exciting. Elfie can almost give Barbie a run for her money. So here are more than two dozen easy The Elf on th...
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These 34 Harlem Public Bathrooms Are Open Despite The Pandemic

HARLEM, NY — Among the many small inconveniences imposed by the coronavirus pandemic has been the temporary closure of public facilities we once depended on for comfort — or a bathroom break. Thankfully, some public restrooms remain open, and a new report by the Manhattan Borough President's office compiled more than 100 of them across the borough, including their hours and wheelchair accessibility. Patch put together the 34 restrooms that remain open in Harlem — here they are, ordered, roughly, from furthest north to furthest south. Scroll to the bottom to click through the interactive map from the Borough President's office. Central Harlem, West Harlem & Hamilton Heights Wright Brothers PlaygroundWest 156th Street & St. Nicholas Avenue8:00 a.m. - DuskNot wheelchair accessible Hol...
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Advice for Decorating Your Home

This column is part of a series for the Design special report of The New York Times. Readers are invited to send questions to [email protected] moved into a new place in March, and our plans to furnish an extra room were waylaid by the pandemic. Is it a good idea to get a pullout sofa bed for guests, given that we don’t know when we’ll be able to host anyone? Day to day, we use the room as an office.Choosing a sofa is tricky even without adding a bed to the equation. Will it fit through your front door? How can you gauge its comfort level without sitting on it first? What if the upholstery gets stained? (Short answers: Measure accurately, check out the cushion composition and consider Crypton fabric.)Keep in mind that a good sofa will last a decade or more, and hopefully you’ll b...
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Debbie Travis: Bathrooms are hardworking spaces that deserve attention

The bathroom is one of the busiest, hardworking spaces in your home. It’s there for you when you begin and end your day, and how well it looks and functions can have a big impact on your mood. Whether you are in a hurry to get to work in the morning or relaxing in a bath in the evening, this is a room that deserves your attention. It may not be the right time for a complete renovation, but here are a few tips for creating the best bathroom for you right now. Your first priority is to ensure that everything in this room works. Fix or replace anything that is in poor repair, such as dripping taps, a marred or rusty bathtub finish, or damaged floor tiles. Set a budget for your project and include enough for a splurge item or two. Check out the on-trend designs in taps and faucets. ...
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Projected Plans brings renderings to life | News

Brian Porch opened Projected Plans after identifying a need that had yet to be fulfilled in the state.As the owner of Norman Heating and Air Conditioning in Norman, he often works with blueprints of houses when dealing with builders and homeowners. He discovered the concept of projecting blueprints online and realized there was a need for it in Oklahoma.After receiving strong feedback on the idea, Porch began to build the business based on this visual idea, using large projectors to project floor plans and other blueprints on a one-to-one scale. “It’s very visual whenever you’ve got these giant projectors on the ceiling and it’s projecting the floorplan of a whole house on th...
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Alarm Lock PIN Lock Solution Converts Bathrooms to Single Occupancy

The Trilogy Privacy Standalone Pushbutton PIN lock is geared towards college campuses and K-12 schools to help avoid spread of the coronavirus. Alarm Lock, a division of Napco Security Technologies, introduces “an easy, economical COVID-19 solution to quickly convert multistall restrooms to single occupancy, to create social distancing and help avoid spread of the virus,” according to an announcement from the company. The new wireless Trilogy Privacy Standalone Pushbutton PIN Locks solution is geared toward college campuses and K-12 schools as administrators work to reopen and remain as such by employing preventive methods, the announcement states. Retrofitting standard locks in minutes, the new solution features an inner privacy pushbutton. After entry, using a PIN code or ID card, th...
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West Lafayette Junior-Senior High School to provide free menstrual products in all girls’ bathrooms

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI)- The West Lafayette Junior-Senior High School will soon add free menstrual products to all girl's bathrooms. The change was made after several students sent their support for the school doing so to the administration "Menstrual products shouldn't be taboo they should just be available to students that need them," said Molly Edwards. Edwards is one of the students who helped convince the administration at West Lafayette Junior-Senior high school to add free menstrual products to the girl’s bathrooms. ...
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Aldi throws and cushions = LUSH living room ideas on a budget

Aldi is having a bit of a moment (again). This week's release of new furniture and home accessories has been a bit of a treat – and these throws and cushions are no exception. They're a) good looking and b) brilliantly priced. It's the kind of stuff we've learnt to love Aldi for: stylish throws and cushions in some beaut colourways, including pink, teal and dark and light grey ('cos who isn't obsessed with grey interiors?).  © Provided by Real Homes aldi throws in pink teal and grey Keep scrolling to see these buys – but bear in mind that they won't be in store for long and will sell out fast. Which is why we've helpfully added some well-priced, handsome alternatives for you, below. There's always an excuse for more cushions and these simple yet luxurious velvet effect scatter cu...
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Plans for free menstrual products in WL high school bathrooms in the works | City & State

West Lafayette Jr./Sr. High School has agreed to develop a plan to make free menstrual products available in girls’ bathrooms after a push from students and parents.The movement hastened Sept. 15 when freshman Eshaal Hussain used Instagram to start an email campaign to the superintendent, Rocky Killion, who forwarded the letters to the principal and school nurse.“I posted the email template for a letter to the superintendent on my Instagram, and other people who followed me put it on their Instagram stories, which helped spread it around,” Hussain said. “A lot of people started emailing and having their parents email. On Thursday, they called me into the office and said they’re going to start working on it.” WLHS Principal Ron Shriner said in an em...
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How We Turned Our Living Room Into NYC’s Best Karaoke Den

© Cole Saladino/Thrillist Welcome to Karaoke Week, Thrillist's celebration of our favorite global phenomenon, with singing advice, celebrity recommendations, drink recipes, tips for hosting at home, and much more.When you're invited to sing karaoke in a stranger's living room, you might be understandably apprehensive, but all that fades when you walk into Lion's Roar Karaoke House. The business, run by Roberto Williams, a former contract linguist for the FBI, and Zaida Soler-Williams, who works in TV production, out of their home in the East Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn, is a magical place where songs are performed under blue light, Batman and Robin mannequins greet you in the kitchen, and a pet cat named Jedi wanders up to you mid-performance. For year...
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Savant teams up with Robern to add circadian lighting to high end bathrooms

22.09.20 Home automation company, Savant has partnered with Robern, a manufacturer of luxury furnishing for bathrooms, to bring circadian lighting to high end bathrooms. Robern’s elegant cabinetry, vanities and mirrors have tunable white LED lighting which Savant’s circadian lighting functionality can now seamlessly pair with, giving homeowners a healthier lifestyle in more areas of the home. Founded in 1968, Robern designs and manufacturers all of its products at its Pennsylvania facility. Select Robern solutions are available with tunable white LED lighting as well as night lights, mirror defoggers, USB chargers and concealed electrical outlets. The tunable white LED lig...
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Stay-at-home design: Bright gathering spaces and moody nooks for study and work

Jacquelyn Burke and Jeremiah O’Connor finished reading the Harry Potter books to their son and daughter, ages 7 and 8, during the COVID-19 shutdown this spring. The 18-month marathon took place in the tucked-away space at the top of the stairs (no, not underneath) next to the kids' craft table. The 42-square-foot reading or “nap nook,” as the family calls it in honor of its somniferous effect, boasts a window seat made from a twin mattress wrapped in tweed, built-in bookshelves, and soot-colored shades. It’s painted in Sherwin-Williams Basil, a cozy shade of saturated green. “We’re a family of readers who love to be home,” Burke says. “It was important that the rooms be comfortable.”Burke, an attorney who traveled frequently pre-pandemic, also wanted their Milton home to be stylish and clu...
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10 decor ideas for a more stylish living room

Gallery: 10 contemporary kitchens to inspire your next update (belle) Flack_Maxwell_Ct_120320_92740.jpg David Flack used a palette of "materials that age well and look better over time" including black steel, grey render and natural stone in this modernist mansion. The layering of polished plaster render, dark American oak joinery and Cosmic Gold granite in the kitchen creates a moment of indulgence without the need for over-the-top ornamentation. 1599438867325_7Poin...
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The Bathroom Sink Style We’re Currently Seeing Everywhere

There’s a world of bathroom sink silhouettes out there (pedestal, under-mount, vessel, bucket), yet when it comes to material, they all tend to be made out of the same thing: slippery white ceramic. It’s easy to clean, sure, and you can’t call it an eyesore, but when was the last time you got excited about the basin style? Things are looking up, as this space is experiencing a big change, and—to no one’s shock—it’s partially farmhouse inspired.  We’re currently seeing antique stone sinks pop up in bathrooms and powder rooms everywhere. The go-to choice among designers like Kelly Nutt (see her space, above) appears to be limestone: a durable, readily available (read: cost-effective), and easy-to-clean option. However, weighing in at hundreds of pounds, these heavy troug...
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Thinking of brightening up your living room? THESE unique lighting ideas will do it instantly

The living room is one of the most important parts of a house. From spending leisure time to welcoming guests, this area plays a major role in our abode. So, this part has to have great lighting to brighten up the entire décor. But are you sure about the lighting of your living room?   Well, great lighting can entirely change the decoration and enhance the decorative items. So, you can recreate your living room décor just by changing its lighting. Here are some ideas to do it creatively.    Lighting décor ideas to spruce up the living room area.   1. If you have a reading nook in your living room, then you can simply use a mini pendant light to brighten up that area to make it a focal point of the room. This will look classy and elegant.   2. Pick a catchy lampshade with a vibrant colour t...
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Challenges: Bathrooms Evolving

Bathrooms have certainly come a long way from the crescent moon carved in the door of the quaint (if scented) privy out on the south forty, and the communal tub by the kitchen fireplace! © Provided by Lake County Record-Bee (Photo courtesy of Robert Boccabella) Function can include beauty — even in our most personally pragmatic Interior space! Time passed, and in many of the stately old Victorian homes, the “evolved” bathrooms consisted of several small rooms in close proximity; one for the water closet and commode, one for a sink with counter and cabinets and one for the bathtub!   Of course, there were variations on those themes and configurations, in order to accommodate all the functions of ablution at that time in history. The logic applied then, and the design ratio...
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Best gadgets to turn your living room into smart living room

By Masabata Mkwananzi Sep 10, 2020Share this article:ShareTweetShareShareShareEmailShareJohannesburg - If you are thinking of turning your home into a smart home, the living room should be the first place to start since we spend most of our time there. You probably have a few smart items around your walls.A lot of activities are done in the living room so turning your living room into a smart one is a great idea. Whether for gaming, family movie night, or simply binging your favourite series - we are most likely doing this in the living room.There are a lot of items that can make your living room smart, for instance, a voice-activated assistant, smart bulbs, smart TV as well as smart plugs. Here are some of the gadgets that can help you get started:AlexaAlexa is a virtual assistant and it ...