"The Best Months to Buy Everything" by Susan Johnston Taylor. U.S. News & World Report. September 1, 2014. Last accessed June 28, 2018.
What we liked: It's useful! What is the best time of year to buy things? This article outlines on a month-by-month basis what's typically on sale when. Need a new mattress? May might be your month. A wine lover? Check out the sales in August. Wish to give someone a new suitcase as a gift? March is probably the best time to go shopping. You get the picture!
Tags: smart shopping
Date added: June 28, 2018
"House Gifts, Welcome and Unwelcome" by Ron Alexander. The New York Times. July 31, 1988.
What we liked: We got a good chuckle reading this article from the 1980s, touching on host(ess) gifts - both wanted and unwanted. Let's just say croquet sets and peanut-butter-making machines are on the out!
Date added: May 10, 2018
"25 DIY Wrapping Paper Ideas for Gifts Too Beautiful to Tear Open" by Andrea Romano. Mashable. November 28, 2014. Last accessed February 16, 2018.
"The Business of Reselling Returned Shop Items". The Economist. November 24, 2016.
What we liked: As online sales increase, so too do returns - but, what happens to all those returned items? This article was an interesting read, touching on the increased focus on "reverse logistics," and the various paths that returned goods might take - be it to third party markets, or the incinerator.
Date added: December 29, 2017
"5 Things To Do With Unwanted Gifts" by Andrew M. Odom. Tiny House Blog. December 24, 2014. Last accessed December 27, 2017.
What we liked: Were you given snow boots for Christmas even though you live in Miami? Don't have pierced ears, but gifted a pair of stud earrings? If one or more of your loved ones did not consult your Little Birdie Me gift profile, perhaps you've ended up with several gifts you just won't use. Andrew Odom over at the Tiny House Blog outlines 5 possible solutions.
Date added: December 27, 2017
"Thanks, Boss. Next Time, Make It a Lump of Coal." by Lawrence Van Gelder. The New York Times. December 28, 2003.
"Eye for Art and Artistry Amid Jigsaw’s Jumble" by Jennifer A. Kingson. The New York Times. December 6, 2010.
What we liked: When a family member brought out an old-fashioned wooden jigsaw puzzle, we were delighted with its intricacy, including some pretty fantastic novelty pieces. Then, we came across this article which gives a bit of the history and craftsmanship that goes into making wooden puzzles - as well as introducing us to some of the modern day collectors and businesses that keep the tradition alive!
Date added: December 1, 2017
"Cutting a Round Cake on Scientific Principles" by Anupum Pant. AweSci.com. June 19, 2014. Last accessed October 19, 2017.
What we liked: We've been cutting our cake wrong all these years! Maybe you have too? Seriously though, we're likely not going to be changing our wedge-shaped approach to cutting cakes, but we got a chuckle out of learning that there is in fact a scientifically better way to go about the delicious business of portioning.
Date added: October 19, 2017
"Wrappers' Delight: A Brief History of Wrapping Paper" by Megan Garber. The Atlantic. October 11, 2017.
What we liked: Trivia lovers that we are, we really enjoyed this mini-history lesson on wrapping paper - and, having visited Kansas City, MO for the first time this year, had to chuckle when we discovered it's where wrapping paper (as we know it today) originated... But, we don't want to spoil a good story, so we won't say any more, except to encourage you to click on through!
Date added: October 11, 2017
"11 Amazing Thank You Notes From Famous People" by Adrienne Crezo. Mental Floss. February 10, 2012. Last accessed August 10, 2017.