This Woman Chose Her Dream Home Over Having Another Kid And Others Are Up In Arms

In the U.S., it’s no secret that raising a child can cost a pretty penny.

In 2013, it was estimated that raising a child until the age of 18 can cost parents over $245,000. If you have a family with three or more kids, you’re spending a small fortune just to ensure your children have everything they need. While most parents would prioritize their children over luxury goods, there’s no denying that at $245,000, you could buy a pretty lavish house in most towns across the country.

So how exactly do your prioritize having more children and living in your dream house? One mom is learning the hard way that making that choice isn’t as easy as it seems (especially if you share that decision online).

In an article written for Elle Decor, stay-at-home mother Sarah Scott detailed the sacrifice of giving up having a child to purchase her dream home.

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After giving birth to two healthy kids, Scott and her husband contemplated having a third child. When the possibility of owning their dream home came to be, they had to weigh the pros and cons of growing their family or buying a new, luxurious house.

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12 Ridiculously Clever Ways To Store Things At Home

When you can’t move to a place with more space, all you have to do is get crafty with your storage!

With these ridiculously easy home storage hacks, not only will you dramatically increase the amount of space you have to store everything you’ve accumulated, but you’ll feel way more at peace with your living situation, which is all we can ask for as adults.

If you have way more stuff than your tiny home or apartment can handle, try out a few of these 12 tricks!

1. Scarf Hanger

Use shower rings on a hanger to deal with all of those scarves that you definitely need no matter what your roommate says.

2. Hidden Pot Cupboard

This James-Bond-style drawer will help you discreetly get those clunky pots and pans out of the way.

3. Activity Mats

Tell the kiddos to put their toys back on this mat that can be tied up neatly seconds. After all, no one likes stepping on LEGOs. No one. Pick yours up here.

4. Jewelry Picture Frames

With a picture frame and some wire, you can keep your earrings tidy and use them as decor at the same time!

5. Fold-Out Shelves

This cabinet wizardry is perfect for bakers who have lots of heavy equipment in the kitchen. Fold-out storage units are the ultimate in space optimization.

6. Space Under the Bed

Why waste all that free space under your bed? Find some dividers at stores like IKEA and store unused clothes there during different seasons. (Or just stuff everything under there and hope for the best like I do.)

7. Toilet Storage

Your toilet probably has a perfectly good (and perfectly flat) top on its tank, so grab some wire organizers and store things like candles, toilet paper, and magazines up there!

8. Additional Fridge Shelves

Think about how much extra space you have in your refrigerator that you can’t use because the shelving that comes with it hates you and everything you stand for. Head back to IKEA for organizers that’ll help you store the 50,000 condiments you don’t need but have anyway!

9. Toilet Roll Cord Organizers

You could let all those toilet paper rolls go to waste, or you could put them to good use as mini storage units for your many, many phone chargers.

10. Narrow Chests for Tight Spaces

Have a little extra room next to your bed or a gap next to your toilet? Snag a few narrow chests like the one pictured above to take advantage of tight spaces.

11. Floating Shelves

Mount single shelves on the wall to make use of vertical space.

12. Magazine Holders

Grab a few of these at Target and use them to store everything from hair tools to tablets. You could also use them for, ya know, magazines.

Sure, living in cramped quarters might be a drag, but you can seriously improve your situation by getting smart about storage. Which of these tricks will you try?

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The 25 Best Tumblr Accounts for Book Nerds


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Tumblr has built itself as the center of a large creative community. You can find graphic artists, hilarious GIFs and talented musicians sharing their work. It’s also home to countless readers, writers and book lovers.

If you’re a true bibliophile, Tumblr has lots of blogs to feed your love of the written word. Here’s a small sampling of its book bonanza.

Real Authors

Social media is a great way to stay connected to people you admire, and there are several intriguing authors active on Tumblr. It’s an especially busy platform for young adult writers. For instance, if you loved The Fault in Our Stars, take a look at author John Green’s Tumblr thoughts.

Here’s just a handful of the great author-run Tumblrs out there:

Publishing Houses

While many individual authors have taken advantage of Tumblr as a way to share their thoughts, the publishing sector has built itself up as a great resource on the platform. Several well-known imprints offer readers of all stripes insights about the book industry, and spark conversations about reading.

Independent bookstores

Strand Books

Image: Flickr, Alan Turkus

Independent bookstores are also a great resource for readers. Even if you don’t have an indie outpost in your hometown, you can still find more obscure new authors and titles, as well as plenty of Internet humor, by following the accounts of some famed U.S. stores.

Reading Recommendations

Tumblr is great for figuring out the next title to read. If you don’t get enough ideas from the publishers or bookstores, luckily these accounts focus just on recommendations. Whether you’re looking for the popular titles or the indie authors, these Tumblrs will leave you with “so many books, so little time.”

Book Art

Old Book

Image: Flickr, latteda

Readers like a little art and a little humor in their Tumblr feeds, so here’s a handful of random book-related blogs to round out the list.

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Your Most Mobile Friend Deserves the Wallee Smartphone Mount

Giftoftheday16x91Mashable’s Gift of the Day series highlights cool, interesting and fun products for that special someone on your holiday list.

Gift of the Day

You bring your phone everywhere — your desk, the kitchen, your car and, dare we say, the bathroom. Wouldn’t it be handy if you could secure that valuable device in each of the places you use it most?

Created by Studio Proper, the Wallee M smartphone case features a rare-earth magnet that attaches to a variety of branded mounts. Once you’ve fitted the case to your iPhone or Samsung Galaxy S3 or Nexus, you’ll be able to secure your phone to all kinds of surfaces: virtually any wall, window or tabletop.

Studio Proper also manufactures a Wallee case for tablets (below), namely the iPad, Nexus 7 or Galaxy Tab 10.1. The only difference is that you’ll mount the case with a turn and click vs. a magnet. Attach this Wallee case to an even larger variety of mounts: a tabletop kickstand, a headrest or even a hand strap.

Give the gift of chic portability with the Wallee, ideal for your most stylish and organized friends and family members.

Price : Wallee M $29.95; Wallee for tablets $39.95

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Learn to Cook the Perfect Steak With This Simulator


A research group at the Tokyo Institute of Technology is developing a cooking simulator designed to help anyone prepare the perfect steak. It features a force feedback frying pan and a digital spatula that accurately recreates the sense of cooking.

Amateur cooks can turn the steak and move the pan and to feel a simulated resistance that mimics the weight of the ingredients. The simulator also calculates the heat transfer from the pan to the meat and displays the visible changes that would occur.

See the tool in action in DigInfo‘s video above.

This article originally published at PSFK

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5 Tech Toys for Your Geeky Dog


If You Have A Small Home Or Apartment, You Seriously Need To Buy Some Of These.

We can’t all live in mansions or penthouse suites, but that doesn’t mean you have to live up to your necks in your own stuff. Thankfully, if you use these products, you can truly make the most of what little space you have. These space-saving items are extremely useful, but they’re beautiful, too!

You’ll be amazed when you see what you can do with space that’s normally wasted.

1.) Stair Drawers

2.) Sofa Bunk Beds

3.) Painting Storage

4.) Fold-Up Table

5.) Litter Box Table

6.) Ironing Board Mirror

7.) Roll-Up Dish Rack

8.) Single-Slice Toaster

9.) Cat Hammock

10.) Dog Water Bowl Drawer

11.) Speaker Light Bulb

12.) Chairs That Fit Into Shelves

13.) Bookcase Staircase

14.) Chairs That Fit Into Table

15.) Open And Close Grill

16.) Shelf Chair

17.) Storage Under The Stairs

18.) Fold-Up Picture Table

19.) Knives Within Knives

20.) Toilet Sink

(via BoredPanda, BuzzFeed)

Some of these are so cool, I forgot that they’re also practical. Each and every one of these belong in my apartment (even if the toilet sink seems a little shady).

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Nuna Pepp Is a Compact and Lightweight Stroller for Urban Parents

The Nuna Pepp is sure to make you wonder why Americans need to have everything so big.

The European stroller, which only recently debuted in the United States, is compact and incredibly light, weighing in at just 19 pounds. Despite its smaller size, the stroller still has a shade, storage basket and five-point harness.

We had a chance to test drive the Pepp stroller, and found it to be snappy, compact and very chic. Assembly was a breeze, and it folds incredibly flat for easy storage.

The compactness of the stroller is probably its best feature; place it side-by-side with a typical American stroller, and you’ll definitely see the difference.

The Pepp is also made for one-hand navigation, so no more coffee-stained shirts while pushing your baby. The five-point harness, however, is something to get used to. Because it requires so many clicks into and out of place, prepare for a greater struggle with your writhing little one. What’s more, the basket underneath is reminiscent of typical European car trunks — very small without much room for storage.

The Nuna Pepp retails for about $300, so it isn’t the cheapest stroller on the market, but urban dwellers will appreciate what it has to offer.

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Natali Morris

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Awkward or Adorable? A Proposal at the Republican National Convention


Romance and politics go together like — well we’re not sure what. But apparently Republican National Convention staffer Bradley Thompson thought they were a winning combination for a proposal.

Wednesday morning, Thompson led girlfriend of two years (and fellow staffer) Laura Bowman on stage. Gigantic screens — usually reserved for the faces of GOP candidates — displayed pictures of their dog and the words “Laura Bowman will you marry me?”

Bowman said yes immediately and the crowd cheered while they kissed.

RNC chairman Reince Priebus even tweeted a congrats to the couple:

Thompson later told the AP he had gone to Tampa, Fla. with the ring but didn’t have his entire proposal mapped out. Something in the atmosphere of the convention must have inspired Thompson.

Move over, Mitt and Ann — these two are the cutest couple at the RNC.

What’s the cutest or most creative wedding proposal you’ve heard of? Tell us about it in the comments.

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