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Quick and Easy Home Decor Projects

November 12, 2014 6:39 pm

You'd like to spruce up your apartment, but you don't want to spend a lot of time doing so. Lucky for you these fast and easy projects will make a big impact without a big commitment.

  1. Add some simple artwork. With just one trip to the art supply store and a few minutes at home, you can create a beautiful gallery wall or a statement piece in any room. Fill frames with family photos, old wallpaper, or vintage prints from the thrift store to add a bit of character in one simple step.
  2. Spray painted vases. If you have a few mason jars, old vases, or just about any type of glass container, create a matching set of colorful, stylish vases with bright spray paint. Paint the whole thing, or use a sweeping motion to add a gradient look to just the bottom.
  3. Cover pillows. You don’t have to be an expert seamstress to cover those drab, old pillows with something fresh and stylish. There are a number of online tutorials that show you how to make your own pillow covers in just minutes, and some don’t even require sewing!

Fast and Fabulous Decorating Projects [Better Homes and Gardens]
10 Décor Projects for a Quick and Easy DIY Fix [Mashable]
5 DIY Decorating Projects [Real Simple]

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How to Improve Your Penmanship at Any Age

November 6, 2014 5:03 pm

Having good penmanship is an invaluable life skill, and even if it’s been decades since you first learned to write in cursive, it’s something that you can always try to improve. Here are a few helpful tips to help you improve you handwriting or teach your children the proper way to write.

  1. Point out the flaws. Write a few sentences and evaluate them to see where you’re going wrong. Is the slant uneven, or are the letters spaced too far apart? Do you write with straight, bold lines or are they shaky and fine? Deciphering where your handwriting needs improvement will help you to make it better.
  2. Use the right muscles. Most people with less-than-perfect handwriting draw the letters on the page with only their fingers instead of using their full arms to write properly. Try writing with your entire arm and shoulder in order to put the right amount of force behind each letter.
  3. Go back to the basics. Many bad habits begin when people start writing letters in a way that is different than the proper formation. Using a kindergarten-style alphabet worksheet, re-train yourself to write each letter the way it should look. This will help you to make your writing more consistent and, in turn, more legible for those who have to read it.

How to Improve Your Handwriting [wikiHow]
8 Easy Tips to Improve Your Handwriting [Matador]
Improve Your Handwriting by Writing With Your Shoulders, Not Your Fingers [Lifehacker]

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Bluberi: Treat Your Tastebuds to All-Natural Fro-Yo

November 5, 2014 5:03 pm

The frozen yogurt at Bluberi is all natural, non-fat, and always contains real yogurt, which is why loyal customers return to this Woodbridge shop again and again. In addition to the shop's signature blueberry flavor, you'll find classics like chocolate and strawberry, as well as some more unusual and fun varieties, like the rich matcha green tea yogurt. Of course, no cup of frozen yogurt would be complete without some fun toppings, and you'll find many to choose from at Bluberi. The toppings bar always includes lots of fresh fruit, as well as treats like toasted coconut or cheesecake bites with a buttery graham cracker crust.

Don't miss Bluberi's smoothies, either, which are mixed with the yogurts for a rich, creamy texture. You'll also lots of teas—both traditional hot teas and cold bubble teas with chewy tapioca pearls at the bottom. Whatever you order, it's likely that you'll find yourself making plans to return before you even leave this quaint fro-yo cafe!

14901 Potomac Town Place
Woodbridge, VA 22191
(703) 580-0156

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