DIY Custom iPhone Charger

14-06-10Is there any minor inconvenience worse than not having a charger or losing yours? In a time where it seems like almost everyone I know is using an Apple device of some kind, there’s something to be said about marking your charger to make sure no one mistakes it for their own. Having once lived in a suite with seven other girls in college, I know how difficult it can be to keep track of “your” charger (for phone, computer, etc) when there are several identical other ones in close proximity. You could write your name on it, but  in my experience, even permanent marker wears off with the heat chargers generate. What’s a quick, inexpensive solution to making a custom colored charger? Continue reading


Bach in the Bath

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Fun fact about me: when I was little, I used to be afraid in the shower because I’d watched some scary TV show where a slime monster would invade people’s homes through their pipes. I was always scared that when I closed my eyes to shampoo, the creepy thing would come out of the drain and attack me. Normal, right? My irrational fear happened to compete with how much I enjoy baths and showers – like every other normal human I know, I can’t get enough of the water, the warmth and the deliciously scented products that are a part of the bathing process. I’d take three a day if I wasn’t concerned about my skin being adequately moisturized. My solution back in the day to my Goosebumps-induced issue was, naturally, to bring my little tape player into the bathroom and listen to a Pocahontas book on tape. Not only was I not scared anymore, but I found myself especially capable of pretending to be a Native American princess hanging out under a casual waterfall. You know, if waterfalls ever were located in the upstairs bathroom of my house in Rhode Island.

Sadly, my “Just Around the Riverbend” themed-shower days have passed, but it still holds true that I like listening to music as I rinse and repeat. Generally, the radio in my shower has always been set to my favorite car radio stations (shoutout to 92PRO-FM), but this past month I made a small alteration that has been a huge game changer to my morning routine. I find myself feeling more calm, joyful, and invigorated when I start my day…and if you know me you know another fun fact about me is that I am not a morning person.  Thus, those are not words I would usually use to describe my feelings before 10 am. So, what’s my nifty trick? Continue reading

DIY | Scented Cents


In life, there are a lot of shockingly good smells. Cookies, Chanel, peonies, and Ralph Lauren Blue all immediately come to mind. However, one scent I simply cannot abide is that of change. Not in the metaphorical sense (“Change is in the air…”) but literally, I hate the smell of coins. They remind me of blood, or something equally gross and metallic. Also, sidewalks. Obviously, you can imagine I might be a bit sensitive to opening my wallet, seeing as how it’s the place where those nasty rounds of metal live. However, I’ve come up with an innovative fix for my issue! (#thankgoodness) If you, like I, don’t care for the musty odor that coins – really, money in general – bring to the purse party, then take note of the following solution. Spoiler alert: it’s both effective and f-r-e-e! Continue reading

Doggie Diapers

Although a big emotional jump from my last post, I’m here to address another family member: my dog. This is Snowy.Snowy(He’s looking especially good here because he’d just been groomed)
As a dog of a rather advanced age, (turning sixteen in February!) Snowy has developed some senior tendencies as he’s gotten older. One such development has been far, far worse than any of the others – he has become an angry tinkler. Indeed, this innocent-looking white fluff ball will actually angrily pee while staring you in the eye if you don’t give him what he wants sometimes. This has been especially frustrating for those of us who live with him. Imagine heading up to bed only to step your foot into a fresh pile of pee. #gross The solution? Continue reading

The Cardinal Rules of Party Playlists

In honor of the festivities I will be attending this evening, which largely include a Heights reunion and dancing, I offer you some tips that are sure to ensure you become the go-to DJ at the next party you attend.

1. Take requests (within moderation). A happy crowd is one that can sing along to their song of choice (#WagonWheel). I’m not saying go solely on the advice of others (because that will ensure anyone can swap in for your music duties – don’t be replaceable) but a good DJ goes out of their way to incorporate suggestions.

2. Along those same lines, play to your audience. The group that wants to hear a solid set of house laced with Britney is a very different challenge than the people who crave a combo of oldies and indie rock. A little intuition goes a long way. Bonus: if it’s a party honoring someone (birthday, graduation) and you can include some of their particular favorite songs without asking, you’ll be invited back.

3. If you’re going to take the wheel on music choices you better be sure to stock a great selection on your device. In the pressure of the moment, no one wants to be the person saying, “Oh, sorry I don’t have that song…” Ain’t nobody got time fo dat.

4. Throwbacks, throwbacks, throwbacks. For real though, play songs people used to listen to at their middle school dances or would put on mixed CDs to play on their Discman (because there were too many cuss words to ask Mom and Dad to play it on the car stereo, obvs) because crowds go wild for that s&#t. Some suggestions: Hey Ma – Cam’ron, Ignition (Remix) – R. Kelly, Move Ya Body – Nina Sky, Gasolina – Daddy Yankee, Tipsy – J. Kwon, Get Busy – Sean Paul.

5. Try to be a little bit of a party-music-hipster and include at least one or two songs that noone has probably heard before. If you’re not into scouring the internet for coolio remixes of hot songs, feel free to pull a #1 and ask your incredibly in-the-know friends who love pop culture more than anything for a hip suggestion. Disclaimer: Just because I’m suggesting you be a little hipster about including songs no one knows doesn’t mean I like hipsters. I don’t. Sorry guys.

6. Try to include at least one of your favorite songs (here’s looking at you “I Want It That Way”…). If you’re a real pro, you can Jedi-mindtrick all your friends into loving it too. Alternatively, if you have amazing friends, they’ll probably be awesome enough to like the same songs. Those friends are ones worth keeping.

7. Utilize the Dance Test: ask yourself, “Would I dance to this song? Do I want  to dance to this song? Am I already dancing to this song as I craft this playlist?”. Like the Bend and Snap, this practice has a very high rate of success.

Happy Wekeend kiddos! xx CMQ