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Get a jump on Spring cleaning: save 20% off the Ginger Pomelo collection of cleaners at Caldrea through 3/27. Sounds like the perfect scent for the season!
When not editing Shelterrific, I like to enjoy a nice glass of wine occasionally. Ok, more than occasionally. And sometimes when I’m editing. There, I said it. So what could be better than a little philanthropy with my glass of Cab? ONEHOPE wines, a new label from winemaker scion Rob Mondavi Jr., is doing just that: donating an impressive 50% of its profits to various causes, from autism research to AIDS awareness. The wines are sourced from California grapes primarily grown in Napa and Sonoma, and are available in Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Zinfandel. I was able to taste a few at a recent event, and found both the Cabernet and the Zinfandel to be very drinkable and food-friendly — and affordable at a $9.99/ bottle price point, though the website lists the prices at twice as much. It’s readily available at wine retailers everywhere (hopefully for the price I saw them at). Drink up! — Megan B.
1) Our love of Star Wars goes beyond the movie. Weâ€™ll take it in the kitchen, too, in a villainous cookie jar. Daffodil says: â€œIs it wrong that I kind of want one for an objet dâ€™art?â€
2) The Zip-It is reader-approved for unclogging problem drains. JulieKP says: “I love the Zip-It. It was an impulse purchase only because I was tired of putting chemicals down my drain. I figured for three bucks how wrong could I go. Now my two Rapunzels in training can brush and dry their long hair over the sink without me yelling for them to put a towel in it.â€
3) We love Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams and Room & Board for couch replacements. Where else should Sarah L. look?
4) Anthropologieâ€™s done it again in the cute kitchen accessories department, this time with these Milk Bottle Measuring Cups. Claire says: â€œHow cute! Anthropologie has the best stuff â€” where in the world can you find the cutest measuring utensils but here?!â€
5) The recent crisis in Japan has us all thinking about preparedness. Weâ€™re updating our home emergency kits. Whatâ€™s in yours?
Nothing sounds better this weekend than busting out the Dutch oven and slow-simmering some spicy Haitian Stewed Chicken, made from this recipe at Saveur.
And if cooking isn’t your thing, how about crafting with cat hair? Too good (bad) to be true. Via Whorange, of course.
Apartment Therapy discusses the safety of melamine dishware — a controversial topic in the comments.
The 50 most important inventions and discoveries in food and drink, at the Daily Meal.
Unclutterer has us coveting a flashback to our days hanging out at the library: a Kik Step stool.
At Casa Sugar, see 10 tiny homes that prove small is beautiful. Inspiration to minimalize!
We’ve all been glued to our computers and t.v.’s, heartbroken at the images of the destruction following last week’s Sendai earthquake/ tsunami. It inspired us to get prepared, as shown in Ginny’s post yesterday. But that helplessness we feel looking at the displaced victims — it has motivated us to give. The best way to do this is to donate directly to the Red Cross (though doing this through text message is a reportedly sluggish method). Businesses worldwide, large and small alike, have come up with other ways to help, donating some or all of their proceeds to help the people of Japan. Here are some of the ones we’ve ran across:
Three Potato Four will be donating 10% of their profits to relief efforts in Japan through Sunday. This would be a good time to splurge on a big ticket item, like this amazing 12 seat cafeteria table at $4000.
Seattle’s Zoka Coffee will be donating $1 per bag of coffee sold to the Red Cross. Coffee is a necessity anyway, so why not grab a bag of Organic Espresso Quatro coffee (which is crazy delicious) and help a bit at the same time?
Etsy is chock-a-block with generous artists who have donated their time and work to help the relief efforts. A search for “Japan relief” and “pray for Japan” resulted in a wide range of items, like the photo above, by erinlarue.
Other sites have more links to charitable crafters, like this post at Craft and this one at Readymade detail. Please leave any other businesses you know of donating to relief efforts in the comments. — as well as any other ways you’re giving to the relief effort. Hopefully we can all try and help Japan through this difficult time.
Image courtesy of Etsy Seller erinlarue.