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FATHER AND SUN: DAD’S DAY GIFTS FOR THE SUMMER MONTHS

Published June 13, 2016 on The Thread, a blog from Nordstrom.com 

Father’s Day is perfectly timed. The holiday comes at the onset of summer, when the days are longer, barbecues are stoked and microbreweries release refreshing new ales. So what to get the guy who pitched our first tent in the backyard, built a campfire on the beach, mastered grilling salmon and shot hoops in the glow of the porch light? (He’s pretty much the best.)

We’ve got you covered with a curated list of gifts that will encourage the dad in your life to soak up the sun in style.

4 WAYS TO DECLUTTER YOUR DESK

Published July 1, 2014 on The Movement, a lifestyle blog from SwopBoard.com 

It’s easy to see our work desk as the stopping point for every piece of snail mail, invoice and e-mail we receive: a huge stack of papers we might need someday.  What this translates to in our day-to-day lives is the dreaded, but oh so ambiguous desk clutter.

New research from Princeton University Neuroscience Institute suggests this visual clutter is doing more than cramping our elbowroom.  Turns out: mess on our desk translates to clutter in our brain.  Our brains naturally create tasks lists and a system for processing information, and clutter makes it difficult to think clearly.

Yikes. Who knew clutter could, quite literally, be such a drag. So, we’ve come up with 4 tips to help you create the workspace that will get you in top mental shape in no time.

EASY WAYS TO ORGANIZE A SMALL KITCHEN

Published July 14, 2014 on The Movement, a lifestyle blog from SwopBoard.com

Let’s face it.  Sometimes it’s hard to motivate yourself to get in the kitchen and make dinner (or even that bowl of oatmeal in the morning). Walking into an unorganized space doesn’t make things any easier. And when you do try to declutter the kitchen, you can run into even more challenges with the lack of wiggle room.

We’ve all had that kitchen: the one with one counter, a three-quarter-sized-oven and a shocking lack of cabinet space. After cooking one meal, dishes and kitchen equipment are spread all over the little counter space we had in the first place, and we remember why we usually order take-out or microwave something.

A small kitchen is a challenge, but it is possible to make the most of it. With the right tools, equipment and a little bit of elbow grease, a small kitchen can be surprisingly functional and dare we say, downright charming.

We’ve come up with our four favorite tips to declutter your kitchen, maximize your space and create a kitchen you’re happy to call your own:

SCHOOL FUNDRAISING IDEAS FOR THE SUMMER

Published July 24, 2014 on The Movement, a lifestyle blog from SwopBoard.com

With vacations, holidays, and weeks of gorgeous weather, it can be a challenge to organize families for a fundraiser during the summer.  And, let’s be honest, there are only so many cars that your kids will want to wash.

There’s no reason that a school fundraiser can’t be as fun as a normal summer weekend, complete with good food and friends. You can connect with your neighbors and boost school pride (and funds!) with these five enjoyable summer fundraising ideas: