All in home-making

CHOPSTICK ETIQUETTE 

As a Korean, I think I may have been born with chopsticks in hand. I don't remember ever learning how to use them, they were just in my hands and I never knew the struggle as an adult. My wonderful boyfriend, an Englishman, had used them before but was not blessed with the years of practice and I got to put him through chopstick boot camp before he met my Asian grandparents. Let's just say that they were impressed and giggling through the meal. 

The gentle nature of wooden chopsticks makes them a great tool on non-stick pans. They're my bacon flippers, scrambled egg mixers, Flaming Hot Cheeto grabbers, and my all-around finger extensions. Continue reading to learn how to officially use them and also learn how not to offend cultures while you do. 

A CLEAN HOME IS A GIFT TO YOU

We're about to take a trip just north of Sydney to Central Coast, so I've starting to do the weekend pickup for the entire apartment. There's nothing I hate more than coming home to a messy house. When we get back, we should be able to take a shower and lounge on the sofa with nothing to do. I've been stressed out after a relaxing vacation before and I don't want that ever again. What are the main things to clean if you don't have time to clean the entire house? 

CHANGE YOUR BEDROOM INTO A BEAUTIFUL RETREAT

Other than being a brothel in Melbourne (you learn something new every day), I am talking about the bedroom! Based on the recommended 8 hours sleep, we spend over a third of our lives in our bedroom. THAT'S RIDICULOUS! It should be one of our favorite rooms in the home, but I'm finally in love with the place I sleep. 

I used to take for granted my ability to sleep like a rock, but my body has been yelling at me.

GRAB YOUR FREE VALENTINE'S DAY PRINTABLE HERE

Chocolate. Flowers. Champagne.

Those are the Valentine's Day standards now, but seeing that this is my first VDay in-person (after two years of long distance) I want to do something a little more special. 

I look back on the cute things my mom used to do with us to make special gifts for my dad. I'm sure my dad appreciated 'hugs' coupon I made him and thought it was a cute gift, but I'd like to up the ante a bit more now. 

HOW TO MAKE YOUR HOUSE A HOME, SWEET HOME

Hi [MTV] and welcome to my crib!  Okay I wish. Today I'll be taking you into our apartment for a little bit of home decor and opening up the possibilities for DIYs. Would love your feedback in terms of what content you like and what you'd rather gloss over. 

Here's a shot of a part of our living room set up for optimal tv watching and ready for visitors. I wish I could keep the streamers up all year, but I'm trying not to be a student anymore. I've numbered the pieces I want to talk about above, so follow along or jump to what you want to see!