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J Simpson

J. Simpson is a prolific freelance writer, blogger, and musician, based out of Portland, Or. He is fascinated with every aspect of modern living, and how to make the best of it, frequently writing about business, technology, and spirituality, as well as every aspect of culture - music, art, literature, cinema, TV, and comics. For more from J., follow him on Twitter at @for3stpunk.
Tips For Hosting a Stress-Free Thanksgiving Dinner
Tips For Hosting a Stress-Free Thanksgiving Dinner

Tips For Hosting a Stress-Free Thanksgiving Dinner

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Whether it’s your first time hosting Thanksgiving, or you’re just looking to up your turkey game, there’s a lot to plan when hosting a Thanksgiving dinner. First of all, relax. Holidays are about enjoyment and appreciation of the simple things, even when many Americans seem to forget it. We stress out all-day, every-day, so take…
3 Easy, Delicious, Cheap Fall Recipes
3 Easy, Delicious, Cheap Fall Recipes

3 Easy, Delicious, Cheap Fall Recipes

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While we live in a world where we can eat pretty much anything we want, whenever we want (providing it’s available and you’ve got enough money), but there’s a lot to be said for eating seasonally. Seasonal dishes are not only good for your health and your wallet, they’re also good for the environment. Food has…
Furniture Shopping Online: IKEA Vs. Crate&Barrel
Furniture Shopping Online: IKEA Vs. Crate&Barrel

Furniture Shopping Online: IKEA Vs. Crate&Barrel

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  Buying furniture online is challenging, to say the least. Obviously, it would be preferable to go to a storefront – check out the fabrics, colors, and textures; bounce on the mattress; sit on the sofa, and so on. Unfortunately, we don’t always have a brick-and-mortar storefront accessible. Even if we do, there’s no guarantee…
Embrace Your Stuff! Forget Minimalism, Meet Clutter Chic
Embrace Your Stuff! Forget Minimalism, Meet Clutter Chic

Embrace Your Stuff! Forget Minimalism, Meet Clutter Chic

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Move away minimalism, Clutter Chic is coming! There is a backlash brewing against the seemingly inescapable austerity of the modernist interior design trend. The minimalist trend is even starting to receive complaints as being elitist, classist, and the product of privilege. Minimalist living might not be realistic for a lot of people, for a lot…
$5 Meals: How To Make 3 Meals Out Of 1 Rotisserie Chicken
$5 Meals: How To Make 3 Meals Out Of 1 Rotisserie Chicken

$5 Meals: How To Make 3 Meals Out Of 1 Rotisserie Chicken

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Finding time to make delicious, healthy, homemade meals is hard to do, despite our best intentions. Between work, school, running errands, paying bills, and trying to have a life, dinner has a way of falling by the wayside. Either we end up starving or we go out to eat – one is bad for the…
Four Expense Splitting Apps To Make Collecting Bills A Snap
Four Expense Splitting Apps To Make Collecting Bills A Snap

Four Expense Splitting Apps To Make Collecting Bills A Snap

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Living with roommates is a fact of life for most of us. That means the occasional headaches, like divvying up utilities, calculating rent portions, and incessant communication are also a part of our daily lives, for better or for worse. Expense splitting apps are making that less of a headache, thank the stars. From easily…
How To Handle All Your Address Changes Correctly
How To Handle All Your Address Changes Correctly

How To Handle All Your Address Changes Correctly

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If you’re moving into your first apartment, you might not have had an opportunity to forward your mail, let alone know how to handle all your other necessary address change correctly. With so many of our daily interactions happening in the digital space, it’s easy to overlook this step. But important things do come in…
$5 Meals: Pinto Beans & Andouille Sausage
$5 Meals: Pinto Beans & Andouille Sausage

$5 Meals: Pinto Beans & Andouille Sausage

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Pinto beans, rice, and Andouille sausage is one of the most delicious, healthy $5 meals  you can make! Dried pinto beans are a staple of the bare cupboard. How many times have you gone into the kitchen, pilfered through the cabinets and thought, “There’s nothing to eat!”, despite seeing copious mason jars, ZipLoc Bags, and…
5 Ways To Preserve Your Peace Of Mind While Working From Home
5 Ways To Preserve Your Peace Of Mind While Working From Home

5 Ways To Preserve Your Peace Of Mind While Working From Home

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Working from home is increasingly a reality for many of us millennials.  According to Gallup Poll’s State Of The American Workplace 2017, 43% of Americans are working remotely, and that is not even taking into account the “gig economy” and side hustles scored off sites like Craigslist or ProBlogger’s Job Board. Working from home can…