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6 gifts to celebrate a special anniversary

Ideas & Tips

6 gifts to celebrate a special anniversary

June is one of the most popular months to get married, which means it's also the anniversary month of many wedded couples. Here at StainlessLUX we're also celebrating a big anniversary — as of this month, we have been in business for more than 10 years! Here are some of our favorite anniversary gift ideas to celebrate the special milestones in your life: Beer steins: If your significant other loves beer, get them a six-pack of their favorite pale ale and these special, double-walled steins. A reflective finish provides extra shine. Steel is the traditional gift for couples celebrating 11...

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A brief history of salt and pepper

Eating Healthy Food & Drinks Herb & Spice Ideas & Tips Kitchen

A brief history of salt and pepper

The use of salt and pepper as America's quintessential condiment combination has been so deeply ingrained in our culture that one rarely ever stops to wonder how that came to be. Even in Europe, the two seasonings are inseparable. Surprisingly, the story of salt and pepper goes back centuries. Pepper has been used since before the common era, serving as both a condiment and medicinal property in Ancient Rome. Though long pepper originally stood as most popular during the Roman era for a great while, the pepper we've come to know usurped its status by not only being more affordable but also...

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7 tips for making fresh flowers last longer

Gardening Home Ideas & Tips Seasonal

7 tips for making fresh flowers last longer

Nothing brightens your home or your day quite like a bouquet of fresh cut flowers. On the other hand, nothing is more frustrating than finding your blooms sad and wilted shortly after you bought them. Did you know that how you treat the bouquet can make a big difference in how long it lasts? Here are some tips for better-looking, longer-lasting flowers: Avoid the sun: It may seem counterintuitive, since live plants need light, but Woman's Day says direct sun actually hastens your flowers' demise. Keep them in a cool, shady area in your home.  Change the water: This is one of...

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Throw a garden-themed baby or bridal shower

Celebration Food & Drinks Gardening Ideas & Tips Wedding

Throw a garden-themed baby or bridal shower

Are you in charge of throwing a friend or family member a wedding or baby shower? If so, consider using a garden-theme for a fun and flower-filled affair. Here are some tips:  Arrange fruit: Set out this beautiful basket and fill it with fresh fruit for your guests to snack on. Invite them in style: Send mailed invitations that are in keeping with your garden theme. You might choose a floral stationery or tuck a silk daisy inside the envelope.  Make floral straws: We love Martha Stewart's idea of using pretty paper to turn your straws into awesome centerpieces. For the "stems,"...

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5 tips for making your own flower arrangements

Celebration Home Ideas & Tips Practical Gifts Seasonal

5 tips for making your own flower arrangements

There's nothing better than a bouquet of fresh flowers to brighten up your home, unless it's a bouquet of fresh flowers that you put together yourself. You don't have to be a professional florist to learn how to make your own beautiful arrangements. Here are some tips for beginners:  Build a foundation: Real Simple magazine recommends creating a "base" for your arrangement using foliage, such as ferns, leaves or baby's breath, that touches the lip of the base. Don't worry about making it perfectly even — a little asymmetry can be pleasing to the eye.  Don't stress: HGTV tells us...

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