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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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Review: Dystopian sci-fi ‘LX 2048’ has great ideas, James D’Arcy, Delroy Lindo … and muddled results

James D’Arcy (left) stars as Adam in Guy Moshe’s science fiction film “LX 2048,” with Delroy Lindo. Photo: Quiver DistributionAdam Bird is an old-school dude. He refuses to work from home, as his co-workers and apparently the rest of humanity do. He shows up in the office, drinks an awful cup of coffee and sits in an empty conference room arguing with his colleagues as he wears a virtual reality device. To get to the office, he drives on an empty highway. The ozone layer is a thing of the past, which means the sun and bad air are lethal. The sky is like the apocalyptic orange that enveloped the Bay Area recently, and Adam — wearing a hazmat suit — drives through it in a convertible. It is the year 2048, and Adam is your typical modern human: a slave to his job, going through a divorce,...
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Creative ideas for the Helena Valley | Letters

Letter to editor icon 1 I have some thoughts on the current zoning issues in the Valley. I think that with some creative thinking there is room for a win-win situation.A lot of people moved to the Valley because of the physical space that it provides and the opportunities that go with that space such as having livestock. Also many people don’t like high density living that cities provide and are looking for pea...
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Rage room hopes to help people relieve stress – News – Herald Democrat

The Sherman Planning and Zoning Commission cleared plans this week for The Wreck Room, a new business that will let customers take out their frustrations by breaking objects inside.The Wreck Room is an example of what has been called a "rage room," or an "anger room." The concept started more than a decade ago in Japan and has since spread across the world, with many similar rooms in the United States."The proposed idea is that we are going to put a lot of great items in there and we are going to allow people to book group activities to come in and break these items with sledge hammers, crowbars, baseball and bats," Wreck Room Owner Charles White said. "It is a great way to get out aggression, tension, tiredness and things like that in a safe environment."A traditional rage ro...
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Cozy Decorating Ideas for Living Rooms of All Sizes

A living room is the heart of a home, a place for entertaining, relaxing, and spending time with loved ones. These rooms are packed with inspiration on how to make a living room cozy, from layering textiles to adding a large gallery wall of family heirlooms. Whether your space is large or small, these cozy living room ideas will create a warm and inviting environment to be enjoyed all year-round. Plus, get more of our best living room inspiration here! Microsoft may earn an Affiliate Commission if you purchase som...
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Halloween decorating ideas from Instagram’s biggest influencers

© Provided by Real Homes null Fall is officially here, which means it's time to start gathering your best Halloween decorating ideas. But before you head to the party store, draw some inspiration from Instagram's biggest influencers. These fashionistas don't just throw a jack-o-lantern on the front porch and call it festive, either.Instead, these trend-setters' Halloween decor creates a whole mood throughout their homes. And the result is surprisingly chic. We've rounded up our favorites for you to recreate own spooky-stylish space. Looking for more decor inspiration?  Check out our favorite living room ideas. Steffy's pumpkin-filled living room Style blogger Steffy is known for her year-round love for orange, but the hue hits its peak this time of year. She starts with leaf garl...
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Overwhelmed? Try These 3 Shifts I’ve Made To Create More Breathing Room In My Life

For far too long, I bought into this Western concept that the key to fulfillment and success is more–doing more with my time, having more money and just all in all being more as a person. Unfortunately, this premise is flawed. More does not equate to better, and chasing more, for me and for many others, is all to often rooted in the idea that we are not enough as we are. Recently, I have switched gears from seeking out more to striving to slow down and lead an intentional life. Living intentionally, for me, means ditching the laundry list of “shoulds” and instead doing things that feel purposeful to me. This also translates to allotting space for breathing room in my days. Rather than filling every spare moment, I make a point to clear out parts of my day for doin...
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Bedroom Ideas For A Relaxing And Tranquil Space – Bedroom Decor Ideas

Photographed by Maria del Rio. No matter what you do in between, your bedroom is where you begin and end every single day. It's your sanctuary — or it should be, anyway — and that's why it's so important to make it yours. Luckily, there are countless stylish bedroom design ideas that'll help you do just that. Before you start tossing out furniture and knocking down walls, however, you might want to figure out which design plans are realistic for your particular space, budget, and abilities. Ultimately, when you're redoing a room, you can break down your design plans into three categories: decorative, aesthetic, and structural. All of them have the potential to transform a room, but some are more dramatic (and more expensive) than others. We'll start with decorative, since it's ty...
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7 decorating ideas for those on a budget

With high-end style comes high-end budgets – at least, that is what most people still believe. Well, today we’re sharing the good news (again) that even budget-friendly decorating ideas can still cause a style stir. It all depends on how you approach your interiors and what you already have. Let’s see 7 tried-and-tested ways to up your home’s style without blowing your decorating budget.1. Stylish home ideas: DIY © homify / Sarah Jefferys Design 1. Stylish home ideas: DIY Although obtaining the services of a professional (such as an Interior Designer/Decorator, Landscape Architect, etc.) can mean first-class results, it also costs more. Thus, be very certain about how far your DIY skills stretch – sometimes one just has to close one’s eyes and fork out some cash to ge...
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19 Console Table Decorating Ideas for Every Room In the House

When it comes to styling surfaces around the house, coffee tables tend to get the most attention, and thus, steal the spotlight. But console tables are just as important—in fact, even more so, since they're often located in the entryway, where a good first impression is crucial (though we're also spotlighting console table decorating ideas all throughout the house, too). So keep reading to learn how the pros style their's with the nineteen console table decorating ideas ahead. Trust us—these simple styling tricks will tie the whole place together. 1 Tuck Stools Underneath Sculptural, understated, and decidedly avant garde accents are the name of the game in Athena Calderone's living room. A rustic wood console is the perfect surface for scul...