How to Embrace Minimalism, With Christine Platt

How to Embrace Minimalism, With Christine Platt

This week we’re learning how to pare down our belongings and embrace the minimalist lifestyle with help from author and advocate Christine Platt (aka The Afrominimalist). Christine’s own personal journey from overconsumption to one of minimalism is an inspiration, and she helps us understand how everything from our childhoods to…

How to Sort Your iOS Reminders So You Actually Finish Them

How to Sort Your iOS Reminders So You Actually Finish Them

You might look at your sprawling list of to-dos in the iOS Reminders app and think, “That is a lot.” And while Apple’s upgrades to Reminders in iOS 14.5 might not help you complete them any faster, they’ll certainly help organise them. And that’s the first step toward completing any…

6 Easy-to-Use Vacuum Sealers Under $100 That Will Cut Down on Food Waste

6 Easy-to-Use Vacuum Sealers Under $100 That Will Cut Down on Food Waste

Whether you’ve got a passion for home cooking, or are simply trying to better preserve your leftovers, a food vacuum sealer might be the next kitchen appliance you need on your countertop. Commonly referred to as vacuum packers (you’ve probably seen the clothes versions all over organised peoples Instagrams), a…

Can You Do a Full-Body Workout Two Days in a Row?

Can You Do a Full-Body Workout Two Days in a Row?

It’s time to bust a gym myth. I remember being taught, explicitly, as if it were a fact that my life might someday depend on, that you should never strength train the same muscle two days in a row. There is, it turns out, no such law of nature. You…

Is It OK When Passive Voice Is Used?

Is It OK When Passive Voice Is Used?

Even when you think you’ve got a handle on grammar, you might not realise how easy it is easy to unwittingly venture into lexical territory that would rile your freshman year English teacher. Certainly back in my college days, I had a few teacher’s assistants who would get on my…

How Do I Install Windows 10 Without All Those Extra Updates?

How Do I Install Windows 10 Without All Those Extra Updates?

Every Windows PC would benefit from a spring cleaning. Hell, it doesn’t even have to be spring. If you can’t remember the last time you saved all your critical data, wiped your drive, and reinstalled a fresh copy of the operating system, you’re due.

How to Display Your Books Like a More Sophisticated Adult

How to Display Your Books Like a More Sophisticated Adult

Bookshelves have become the official unofficial backdrop for Zoom presentations. I can’t count the number of meetings where I’ve seen the speaker sitting in front of a wall of books, all strategically placed, and it makes sense: Nice-looking bookcases look professional. Elegant, even. They show off a sense of sophistication…

What Are Your Go-to Parenting Mantras?

What Are Your Go-to Parenting Mantras?

So much of parenting is about the long game. We may be raising children, but we’re really raising adults — people who, in a surprisingly short amount of time, will be off on their own, living their own lives. And how we parent them as kids will at least partially…

These Are the Boundaries Every Dog-Owner Should Teach

These Are the Boundaries Every Dog-Owner Should Teach

As the human of a smart, quirky herding dog, I’ve had to learn a few hard lessons about the importance of boundaries. If my pup isn’t given a job, for example, he’ll find one himself. And if anyone (especially a stranger) violates his personal space, he gets nippy. We’ve had…

How to Be a More ‘Playful’ Parent

How to Be a More ‘Playful’ Parent

Before they have kids, everyone has a different image in their head of the type of parent they think they’ll be. Maybe you’ll be a free-range parent, or the parent who prioritises family dinnertime above all else. Or — better yet! — you’ll be the fun parent, the parent every…

What We’re Getting Wrong When It Comes to Trauma

What We’re Getting Wrong When It Comes to Trauma

If you or someone you love is in need of support, help is available. Contact Lifeline on 13 11 14. When I began researching the transmission of transgenerational trauma and literary trauma testimony in 2010, I rarely encountered the word “trauma” in the media and national conversation. Trauma as a…

The Easiest Way to Keep Your Garlic From Sprouting

The Easiest Way to Keep Your Garlic From Sprouting

It seems that no matter where I buy my garlic, at least half of my haul is always on the verge of sprouting. As the germ (the little sprout thing in the middle) ages and turns green, it becomes bitter, and while I am capable of removing it, it’s an…