The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up

Recently I’ve been on an organizational binge with my personal belongings. I feel a lot more relaxed when clutter is gone and everything is in its place (too bad that doesn’t happen as often as I’d like!!).

Out of all the stuff I’d looked through, the one that stuck with me the most was Marie Kondo’s philosophies of cleaning from her book The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up. The reason our homes are cluttered is because we simply have too much stuff! Why do we hold onto things because we “might need it one day?” I’ve definitely fallen victim to this and it’s something I’m starting to work on.

Her way of folding clothes, I find super relaxing too. It’s a little more tedious to conventional methods but it saves a lot more space and makes it easier to find the things you’re looking for! Check the video below out to see what I mean!

HOWEVER. That still doesn’t solve the problem of my folding nemesis: fitted sheets. Oh fitted sheets, how I loathe thee and your refusal to fold easily.

Apparently there have been people online who have bested fitted sheets and shaped them into a neat square. It still baffles me.

See what I mean??? It’s still baffling and magical to me. But it’s awesome to see that it is possible! Woo!

Let’s go clean and fold together!
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Ashe

New from the Author of Divergent

Carve the Mark (Carve the Mark, #1)Hey, guys.  Now that all the Divergent books have been made into films, author Veronica Roth has begun a new series with Carve the Mark. Roth has continued to focus on futuristic dystopian fiction for young adults. In Divergent, society was split into five factions; in Carve the Mark, the protagonist’s home planet is divided into two completely separate and warring cultures. The peoples on either side of a vast plain have been caught in violent conflict for generations with multiple assassination attempts all around. So, naturally, there will be star-crossed lovers! I don’t want to get too into spoiler-territory so I’ll keep things kind of vague here.

Carve the Mark is full of space travel, fight scenes, love scenes, snarky sarcasm, teen angst, things that would cause people of any age to feel angst, and mystery. What it doesn’t have is an original plot. I fell like I’ve read this story before. And the name on that book was not Veronica Roth. It’s not uncommon to be able to tell a writer’s influences and inspirations from the stories they tell and how they tell them. And that’s fine, as long as they rework the bits and bobs that they’ve borrowed into something new and different. While Carve the Mark had a lot of exciting moments, it didn’t feel new and different.

If you enjoyed reading Divergent, I’d still recommend Carve the Mark.I But, if you read a lot of futuristic dystopian fiction for young adults (as I do), don’t be surprised if you experience a little literary deja vu.

For Steven Universe Fans!

Whaaaa…? It’s a celebration just for fans of Steven Universe and the Crystal Gems! Aw, yeah!

Join us on Monday, March 20 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. to watch some Season 1 episodes and have a ton of gun! We’ve got some gemtastic DIY and crystaliscious games, not to mention the flavors of Beach City!

Mark your calendar today!

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Tara

 

Click here for details!

Anime Recommendation: Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid

miss kobayashis dragon maidAge Recommendation: 13+

Genre: Fantasy / Comedy

# of Episodes: 8+ (show is currently airing on crunchyroll)

Synopsis:

“Miss Kobayashi is your average office worker who lives a boring life, alone in her small apartment–until she saves the life of a female dragon in distress. The dragon, named Tohru, has the ability to magically transform into an adorable human girl (albeit with horns and a long tail!), who will do anything to pay off her debt of gratitude, whether Miss Kobayashi likes it or not. With a very persistent dragon as a roommate, nothing comes easy, and Miss Kobayashi’s normal life is about to go off the deep end! “ -Crunchyroll

Commentary:

At our last anime club (February), we viewed Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid for the first time! It is hilarious and I recommend to any of you who missed it, to see it for yourselves!

As a dragon, Tohru is very confused by human interactions and way of life. It’s up to Kobayashi to teach her how and to not out herself as a dragon to the rest of the world!

 

Watch for free at Crunchyroll.com to meet Tohru and her other dragon friends!

Also don’t forget about our monthly anime nights! The next one is April 3rd! Come for anime, stay for the pocky!
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Ashe

Fountaindale’s First Maker Fair

You guys!! We’re having a Maker Fair!

You can:

  • Program and test drive different robots
  • Experiment with Raspberry Pi and Arduino mini-computers
  • Learn basic coding
  • Build electronic circuits
  • Make LED-based projects
  • Discover DIY home-automation ideas
  • Solve the Spaghetti Bridge Building engineering challenge
  • See 3-D printing in action
  • Use a computerized cutter to create vinyl designs
  • Checkout our new STEAMbox kits filled with ready-to-go-home maker activities
  • Build fantastic structures with DUPLO® and LEGO® blocks

No need to register! Just drop in on Saturday, March 11 between 1p.m. and 4p.m. and join in the fun!

Visit our website for more details!  See you there!

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Tara