5 Last-Minute Halloween Costumes That Only Require Face Paint

Five quick and easy costume ideas that only require a bit of face paint

Every year I set lofty goals for what I want my Halloween costume to be. I daydream that my costume will be obscure, creative, witty, complicated, unique… What inevitably ends up happening is that Halloween weekend rolls around and I'm still scrambling for inspiration. This year, I grabbed an inexpensive palette of face paint from the costume store so I'd be ready for any last-minute parties that creep up on me. If you're in the same perfectionist-steered boat and can't settle on ideas until it's almost too late, here are five last-minute Halloween costumes that only require face painting. Continue Reading

Craft Idea for Kids!: Miniature Fish Tank

Kids Craft: Make a mini fish tank!

School is out for the summer, and that means loads of down time. Need a kids craft idea to keep little hands busy? Making a mini fish tank is inexpensive and fun (even if you’re a grown up!). I actually pulled the idea for this project from my own childhood. When I was a kid, I made one of these mini fish tanks for my dollhouse. I remember being so pleased with myself, because it looked so real with the tinted water, and the fish could actually float! Continue Reading

Curbly Roundup: Bringing Nature into the Office

Nature is good for us. Introducing it to the office can help us breathe easier and take the edge out of a stressful workday. When we think of bringing nature to the office, plants first come to mind, and although we’ll be covering vegetation in this Curbly Roundup, we’ll also be exploring a few other options as well.    

First, the flora.

For the brown-thumb-ers out there, I’d highly recommend snake plants and ZZ plants (pictured below), both of which are about as easy to maintain as a fake plant. Continue Reading

How To Change Water in a Fish Tank.

I've got tremendous allergies to furry things, so fish and lizards were my only pet option. When cleaning or changing water, I, out of ignorance, apparently made a few mistakes, and the next morning, my dander-less friends were often floating atop the tank.

I was asked to help clean and change the water of an aquarium at a nursery with which I am associated, so this time I decided to do it right!  I found these tips from EHow to be of most use. Continue Reading

15 Variations on the Standard Fish Bowl.

Designer Roger Arquer has created Fish Bowls, a project that presents fifteen new variations on the standard fish bowl. “Each piece examines a topic or suggests a solution to a different issue. In this project human qualities had been attributed to fish through the design. Thoughtful and yet playful, FishBowls relate with Birdland and Mousetraps, two previous projects also conceptualized on variations.”

See all 15 designs, and learn what they teach us. 


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For the retro-chic fishy

The Retro Room Aquarium from Wishing Fish comes pre-furnished with such retro-chic items as a groovy lounge chair, lava lamp, area rug and, just in case fishy gets bored, a vintage-style console TV. The swanky aquarium ($20) is designed to hold a real fish, but it comes with a plastic finned friend, who compliments the room perfectly.

Fish Tank Coffee Table.

Have a look at this excellent coffee-table shaped aquarium from Clear-Seal. Each coffee table comes with a “toughened glass top” with polished, rounded edges for safety, a light diffuser, a progressive filter system. In your choice of finishes: Dark Oak, Light Oak, Limed Oak, Medium Oak, Yew, Mahogany or Mirrored glass, and in several size.
But, with the tips offered by these guys, one could surely come up with a DIY version customized to fit your space.
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How To Make a Fish Martini

1. Make a martini

2. Buy these cool drink markers at Perpetual Kid and stick them on/in your martini glasses

The markers have powerful earth magnets so they shouldn't become de-attached while you’re tossing down your beverage. But to be on the safe side, I’d suggest not drinking alone just in case you need to be Heimliched.