How To: Carve A Pumpkin

It’s that time of year again! Time to get spooky, and silly, and anything in between. Halloween has always been my favorite holiday, and pumpkin carving is a big part of that. My dad is a master pumpkin carver, and every year of my childhood after I got big enough to be trusted to wield

How To: Take Care of Your Bras

There are few relationships more complicated than that of a woman and her bra. The dynamic is constantly in flux, often occupying several phases of a pendulum swing at once, which defies physics and like, the general concepts of all human sciences; simultaneously sacred and infuriating, empowering and disenfranchising, sexual yet so fucking uncomfortable, women

How To: Fix a Leaky Pipe

It’s a widely known and generally accepted fact: Adulting ain’t no jolly walk in the park. Ask anyone who’s had to move out of their parents’ house, gotten a utility bill in the mail, or purchased a vacuum cleaner. But nothing screams “adulting” quite like a burst pipe in your apartment. Not only is it

How To: Sharpen Your Knives

  Knives are one of the most important tools in your kitchen, so it goes without saying that it’s very important to keep them clean and sharp at all times.     In the worst case scenario of cutting yourself on a knife, it’s also much better to be cut with a sharp one instead

How To: Make Your Own Freshening Room Spray

The whole DIY movement has meant a lot to me. It’s actually hard not to get into DIY when you live in New Orleans, because every parade is an excuse to put your creativity to work and make something cool and unusual. It’s one of my favorite things about a city that values ingenuity, passion,

How To: Check If Eggs Have Gone Bad

Eggs are a staple, affordable protein that come in mysterious boxes with mysterious numbers on them. Instead of guesstimating if your eggs have gone bad, here’s a simple trick:   Fill up a cup (or mug) with water. Place your egg in.   If the egg floats, it’s time to toss it. If it sinks,

How To: Move to a New City

Whether you’ve decided to move across the country, across the pond, or across the state, moving to a new city can be stressful! You’re likely leaving family or friends behind in the hopes of encountering something fresh and exciting in your soon-to-be new home.  Having recently moved from Los Angeles to New York City (and

How To: Change a Smoke Alarm Battery

It’s 3:00am and… BEEP! BEEP! BEEP! …in all it’s high-pitched and awful glory, ringing out around your bedroom. Is that my alarm? Can’t be. Your alarm is a pleasant and lovely melody that gently eases you out of your slumber, not this obnoxious mechanized chirp that you hear, again shouting at you… BEEP! BEEP! BEEP!

How To: Play Dreidel

Are you ready for some Hanukkah fun? Break out that menorah, unwrap that creamy chocolate gelt, and don’t forget to dust off your dreidel AND your gambling spirit! Dreidel is a traditional Jewish game played at Hanukkah, and will always be a Hanukkah highlight for me! . You can buy dreidels in lots of places:

How To: Hard-Boil Eggs

The illusive hard-boiled egg. The idea seems so simple, yet the execution can be tricky. Read my tips below to see how I achieve the perfect H.B.E! (Side note, if you’re unsure how fresh your eggs are, check out our guide here!)   Step 1: Decide how many eggs you want to boil. This decision