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7 Online Interior Designers To Make Your Home Special (on a Budget!)

There are a whole bunch of sites that offer interior design services. Some are flat-fee, some hourly, some are newer start-ups and some are independent designers offering e-design options. Packages range from simple (choosing paint, accessorizing) to full room re-design with buying options. Just like seemingly every other industry, ID is growing with the internet. You can hire a designer and never have to put on pants! 

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One Dozen of the Best Shows to Binge Watch

There is too much good TV. So, with winter breaks and spring breaks and Easter breaks and all the breaks coming up, I thought I'd compile a binge-watching list.

At the moment, Joe and I are working our way through X-Files on Netflix. We've never seen it and are hooked. We also recently watched Chelsea Does. Have you watched that? It's a 4-episode docu-series by Chelsea Handler. I'd like to watch The Wire next, since I've never seen that and it's considered some of the best television ever. 

Below: six must-watch comedies to discover or revisit, and six addictive dramas. 

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Building a Computer and Other Things to do in Florida

Joe and I are back now from our trip to Florida! And this post is a day late (sorry!) because we spent our first day back yesterday doing a double feature (Deadpool & How to Be Single) and some shopping. That's an okay excuse, right?

Florida was really nice. We stayed at Joe's Mom's house (thanks Jeanette & Michael!) and got to see all the local southern Floridian sites.

We also built a computer. Joe helped his brother Hunter pick out the components and, since we extended our stay by two days due to the weather in NY, we were there when the parts arrived. So, Joe got to help Hunter put it all together as well. And I was there to watch - I've never built a computer before, so it was very interesting for me!

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Our Best Book Club Book Picks

In 2010, three of my college girlfriends and I decided to start our own Book Club. Unofficially called "Gabby and the Caitlins" (three of us are Caitlin, one is, well, Gab), six years later, we are still at it! Over the years, we've had members Skype in, we've ended up in a Bronx playground at 4 AM the night before one of us was going wedding dress shopping, and most recently, we all headed down to DC for the weekend where one of our members lives. In 2010, three of my college girlfriends and I decided to start our own Book Club. Unofficially called "Gabby and the Caitlins" (three of us are Caitlin, one is, well, Gab), six years later, we are still at it! Over the years, we've had members Skype in, we've ended up in a Bronx playground at 4 AM the night before one of us was going wedding dress shopping, and most recently, we all headed down to DC for the weekend where one of our members lives. 

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The Best Alternative Greeting Cards for Birthdays, Weddings, Sympathy & Just Because

Who says letter writing is dead

Email is wonderful, and texting so easy, but nothing beats receiving a note delivered after a few days by a uniformed letter carrier. I love getting mail "just because." And there's a whole world outside of Hallmark! You can find a card for every occasion and every personality. 

Below, I round up the best alternative greeting cards - the Weezers of the world of correspondence, if you will. This list includes cards from the beautiful to the unusual and the snarky to the heartfelt. 

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Joseph's Early Christmas Present: An iPad Pro Review

In preparation for the move, Joe downgraded his computer set-up. A desktop with tower and two monitors is a bit unwieldy for international travel. So, he sold the whole kit and caboodle a couple of months ago and we've been sharing my laptop ever since.  

But last week, he bit the bullet and purchased an iPad Pro. His reasonings for this purchase include:

  • the iPad is a much better travel companion than desktop computer
  • now we won't have to bother one another to get a turn on the laptop
  • the iPad Pro & Apple Pencil combo will enable & motivate Caitlin to get serious about trying freelance graphic design
  • he gets to try out a cool new toy
  • and my favorite: it doubles as a Christmas present!

Since we've been using the thing non-stop now for the better part of a week, Joe has put together some thoughts into a thorough review of the iPad Pro. His thoughts below!

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The 2015 Moveable Mess Gift Guide: 20 Ideas for Kids from Babies to Teens (& Pets too!)

And for my last Gift Guide: 20 Ideas for Kids, Teens & Pets, including:

  • Your friends' new baby who is bound to rule the world
  • Your cousin's toddlers who are not lacking in personality
  • The inbetweener cousins who are still figuring out how cool they are
  • The kids you used to babysit for who are suddenly taller than you and cooler than you
  • Your furry, flighty, or scaly friends or, specifically, Buzz the cat

Also see: Gift Guide for Him & Gift Guide for Her for more inspiration!

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The 2015 Moveable Mess Gift Guide: 20 Ideas For Her

To continue with the gift guides: a Gift Guide for the women you love! Below, find 20 ideas for all the ladies on your list including:

  • your sisters who are living approx. 3000 miles away from one another but are still referred to as a single unit: "the redheads"
  • your aunts who fill more roles for you than anyone originally planned
  • your beautiful cousins who are some of your best friends
  • your childhood friends who can pick up where you left off no matter how long it's been
  • and the new ladies in your life who inspire and encourage you 
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The 2015 Moveable Mess Gift Guide: 20 Ideas For Him

In preparation for the holidays, I wanted to put together a few gift idea lists. Hopefully this will be both inspirational for you and motivational for me. I hate when I drop the ball and have to shop at the mall the week before Christmas...

This week, a Gift Guide for Him! Including gift ideas for:

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Joe's Car Guide: Five Cars To Buy In Europe That You (mostly) Can't Buy In The United States

Due to rigorous United States motor safety regulations, it's not possible to import a car to the US until it is 25 years old (barring a few exceptions). One of the most fun and exciting parts of moving to Europe for Joe has been all the cars that are available to us in Ireland that haven't been available in the United States.

It turns out that new cars are pretty damn expensive in Ireland. So, we've been focusing on used. We have two options, as Joe sees it: 

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The Best Date Ideas on Long Island

Long Island is a lovely place. It has a little of everything: from beaches to breweries, historic homes to Harbor Fest. But it can be difficult to find the gems among the suburban sprawl - anything you want to do is at least a 20 minute drive. It's not easy living in the shadow of the city. It can be just as (if not more) convenient to head into the city to do all the newest things in one place as it can be to find and travel to one great thing on the island. 

Joe and I have done a ton of fun stuff ranging from the totally dorky to relatively hip.. So, I've put together a list of a few of my favorite places for dates on Long Island. We're both from Nassau, so most of our suggestions focus on places in Nassau (sorry to underrepresent you, Suffolk!). And I've included a handy-dandy hipness rating - from the coolness of practical fanny packs at Disney to the coolness of the ironic fanny packs of Williamsburg.

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Clumsily Learning: DSLR

I've always wanted to get into photography, but never pulled the trigger for various reasons... lack of confidence, lack of budget, etc. But for my birthday, I treated myself to a Nikon D3300. Joe and I did a bit of research, and considered briefly a mirrorless camera, but I decided in the end that I wanted a traditional DSLR with viewfinder and all. I'm really excited! And really clueless. 

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Mighty List

This is a list of hopes and dreams - some more realistic than others. I want to keep the list evolving as I discover new ways to enrich my life. I'm sure there are millions of things I don't even know about yet that I would like to experience. The inspiration for starting this list came when I joined GoMighty.com. I started my list there, and thought it would be pertinent to my own blog as well.

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