7 Things You Should Never Buy from 7-Eleven
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We get it, you’re in a hurry, but do you really need to eat these 7-Eleven products?
We’ll pass on the explosive indigestion, thanks
Do you like the lining of your stomach intact? Cool. Then you may want to skip the 7-Select Burritos at 7-Eleven. Plus, a 10-ounce burrito can be over 700 hundred calories.
Maple Pancake Sausage Rollers
It is processed meat rolled in processed pancake. Like, go eat a banana if you need a snack on the go, people.
Okay, okay. The super drunk college kid in us totally gets why these exist. But the part of us that doesn’t want to die of a heart attack before age 40 (90 calories a chip, people) thinks you should pass on this super cheesy bite.
Buffalo Chicken Rollers
We protest these on principle. The folks at 7-Eleven suggest this is a fun fact: “Buffalo Chicken Rollers are actually made of chicken and not some buffalo-chicken hybrid. Though we have to admit, that would be pretty awesome.” Just who do they think you are? Jessica Simpson?
Why? Because you’re a goddamn adult who pays bills, and mystery meat should be left to your high school cafeteria.
We are all for eating pizza. Pizza is tasty. But you can get really good pizza from a pizzeria pretty darn fast. You deserve better.
We know, we know. “But they are so tasty!” We get it! But do you have any idea how much mold could be living in those Slurpee dispensers? A lot if they aren’t properly cleaned, which some employees claim they are not.
7 Reasons Why You Should Never Buy a Hermit Crab
Growing up, I lived with two adopted cats who were considered members of the family. So when I started my first year of college, I felt lonely in the university dorms without an animal companion. At a mall one weekend, I came upon a store that was selling hermit crabs and decided that one of these little creatures would be the perfect companion for my dorm room! The rest is history. I took my crab home, named him Herman, and vowed to give him a great life. I followed the store’s “care instructions” and got a plastic tank for Herman, along with some gravel and some branches for him to climb on. I fed Herman every day and took him out of his tank to explore. I also bought a brightly colored spare shell in case he grew larger and needed to switch shells. But Herman never grew. In fact, he lived for only a few months.
Laura Cascada | www.plightofthehermies.org
I thought I was giving Herman a happy life, but in reality, I was only supporting a cruel industry that had torn him away from his home in the wild and shipped him off to a mall to be sold for profit. Here are seven reasons why you should never buy a hermit crab:
1. Just about every land hermit crab sold in a souvenir shop or mall has been captured from his or her home in the wild, as hermit crabs rarely breed in captivity.
2. Hermit crabs need lots of friends! They thrive in large colonies, where they often sleep piled up together. They enjoy climbing, foraging, and exploring, and they even collaborate in teams to find food.
3. Hermit crabs can live for more than 30 years in their natural habitats on tropical seashores, but after being purchased, most do not live for more than a few months to a year.
4. To their caretakers, captive hermies might seem to be acting normally, but over time, many crabs actually die slowly from suffocation because their modified gills require high humidity in order to breathe.
Laura Cascada | www.plightofthehermies.org
5. Hermit crabs also are often slowly poisoned by tap water and/or the toxic paint adorning their shells. Crabs don’t care if they are orange or purple, but they pay with their lives because humans do!
6. Crabs need space in which to molt (or shed their skin) and grow. A crab’s skin doesn’t stretch and grow like ours does, so they need very deep, damp sand to burrow under in order to molt. Without proper space in which to molt, a crab’s body will stop the molting process until his or her death.
7. The hermit crab trade hurts wild crabs, too. Workers collect thousands of shells from the ocean every year in order to paint them and sell them with “pet” crabs, which deprives wild hermit crabs of homes that are in short supply and contributes to what has been called the “hermit crab housing crisis.” At any given time, 30 percent of wild crabs are inhabiting shells that are too small for them, and after their growth phase in the spring, this figure can jump to nearly 60 percent.
7 Items You Should Never Recycle
Reduce, reuse, recycle. It's a saying all of us know by heart and have reused (haha, get it?) about a million and one times in our lives. But what if I suggested it be changed to "reduce, reuse, recycle&mdash except if it's one of the seven items that could actually cause more damage to the environment if recycled?"
Would you remember it as nicely? Probably not. But if bookmarking this list to your desktop or pinning it to a Pinterest board is your way of reminding yourself to not recycle the following items , by all means, please do! Because you wouldn't want all your recycling efforts to go to waste! (Disclaimer: Recycling regulations vary according to location, so it's always a good idea to check what your town or city specifies, but these are seven of the most common don'ts across the country.)
8 Surprising Things You Should Never Eat if You're Trying to Lose Weight
Lots of experts say it's stupid to forbid yourself from eating certain foods &mdash that denying yourself something you really want to eat can ultimately lead to binge eating and eventual weight gain. So dessert isn't on this list &mdash it's OK to indulge sometimes! But some foods really do deserve the ax &mdash especially if you are trying to lose weight. In which case, avoid these foods (when you can!) to fend off cravings and hunger, and support your efforts to slim down.
1. Any snack that only contains carbs
When you eat crackers, dry cereal, bread, or rice cakes alone, your body converts the carbs to simple sugars and sends it directly into your blood stream. In response to the sugar rush, your body produces extra insulin, which helps your body absorb the sugar ASAP. The problem: You end up with low blood sugar and the same hunger pangs that led you to carb it up in the first place. You then may be inclined to reach for sugary foods with no nutritional value to satisfy your need for instant energy, says Charlie Seltzer, M.D., a weight-loss specialist based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Eat This Instead: Snacks that contain a combination of carbs, healthy fats, and protein. They take longer to digest, and will, therefore, tide you over for longer. (Another thing: When you treat snacks as balanced mini meals, they contribute to a balanced diet instead of just holding you over between meals.) Try a slice of bread with nut butter, or whole grain crackers with low-fat cheese, suggests Rachel Harvest, a registered dietitian affiliated with Tournesol Wellness in New York.
2. Frozen meals
To make fresh ingredients last extra long in your freezer, food manufacturers often load frozen meals with sodium, a natural preservative, Harvest says. Sodium makes you retain water, which bloats you up &mdash so you won't look and feel your best regardless of how much weight you want to lose.
Also: When food manufacturers try to squeeze a meal's worth of calories into a teeny-tiny box, every bite ends up containing lots of calories by design, Harvest adds. While large portions trick your brain into thinking your body is full, the measly portions found in freezer meals are inherently unsatisfying, even though they contain plenty of calories.
Eat This Instead: Pre-frozen leftovers. Just double up on ingredients the next time you cook dinner, then cool and toss leftovers in a microwave-safe container to keep in your freezer for one to six months depending on what you're cooking. Or stock your freezer with frozen veggies and your protein of choice (like chicken breast tenders, which cook faster than full breasts, or veggie burgers) to whip up a meal in the same amount of time it takes to cook a premade microwave dinner.
3. High-fiber snack bars
Yes, everyone needs fiber &mdash it keeps your digestive system churning and keeps you feeling full, even when you're cutting back on calories. What you don't need: Nearly one day's worth of fiber (about 25 grams) in one snack bar, with a diet that's otherwise devoid of it, Harvest says. "Fiber intake has to be consistent throughout the day to stave off hunger, improve digestive health, and not cause stomach upset."
Eat This Instead: Produce that's naturally rich in fiber &mdash any fruit or veggie will do. Make produce a part of every snack and meal you eat throughout the day, and you'll get your daily dose of filling fiber, no problem.
4. "Low-fat" foods
Research suggests that people tend to eat upward of 30 percent more when they know they're eating a food that's low in fat. The problem (besides overeating, which can quickly thwart your weight loss goals) is that when food makers remove fat from food, they inevitably remove some of the flavor. To compensate, they often add sugar, which makes the product even worse for you.
Eat This Instead: Healthy fats in moderation. That means dipping your baby carrots in guacamole (which is rich in monounsaturated fats) or hummus (often made with olive oil, another good source of the same healthy fats) instead of fat-free ranch.
8 Things You Should Never Order From Cracker Barrel
Cracker Barrel is known for its homestyle, country cooking &mdash which is not exactly known for being healthy. There are a handful of gems on the menu that won't break your diet, but you're more likely to run into dishes that are calorie-packed and sodium-heavy. Avoid these ones.
Every dessert at Cracker Barrel packs more than the maximum amount of sugar you should eat per day, but the apple bake is seriously scary. It comes covered with pecan streusel, vanilla ice cream, and apple sauce, which increases the sugar to 118 milligrams &mdash a whopping five times the average amount a woman should have in a day. The calorie count will make you shudder, too: 1,720.
Order anything but this seafood soup if you want something to warm you up. A bowl of it has 1,800 grams of sodium, 54 carbs, and 880 calories. It's served with not one but two packs of crackers too, which together have half as many carbs as just the soup.
This is one of the heartiest morning meals you can find at the restaurant &mdash and also one of the worst for you. Even the dish description starts with "Just loosen your belt&hellip". The platter comes with three eggs, fried apples, and a hashbrown casserole to start, plus a choice of meat and all the fixings: gravy, buttermilk biscuits, butter, and jam. If you play your cards right (or wrong, actually), you risk eating a total of 1,615 calories, 74 grams of fat, and 140 grams of carbs.
The base of this dish is a healthy bed of lettuce, but it's topped with fried chicken. That brings the calorie count to 790 and the number of carbs to 62 grams. (The grilled chicken option is a slightly better choice in both departments.) Pair it with the worst offender on the dressing list &mdash honey French &mdash and you'll add another 25 grams of sugar, 580 milligrams of sodium, 27 grams of fat, and 350 calories to the whole thing.
It&rsquos pretty and has an appealing scent, but, like chocolate, this type of mulch is irresistible and dangerous for dogs. Ingesting it can cause rapid heart rates, seizures, and death.
Follow the package instructions, and keep your pet indoors during application. Make sure products are watered in when appropriate, and read the label to know when it&rsquos safe to re-enter a treated area. Did you know organic fertilizers are just as dangerous? Bone, blood, and fish meal are delightfully stinky and enticing to dogs. Eating these substances can cause joint and muscle pain or stiffness and products can clump in the stomach or GI tract, causing a blockage, according to the American Animal Hospital Association. Even compost can be risky because decaying plant matter may contain toxins that cause seizures, while toxic food leftovers, such as grapes or onions, may be present in partially decayed compost, says Chew.
27 Things You Should Never Buy at Costco
It's time to stop buying your sunscreen and spices in bulk.
For big families and people engaged in party prep, Costco is something of a sweet savior. As anyone who's ever shopped at the retail giant knows, everything is sold in bulk, and there isn't a product on your list that they don't offer. But while Costco is the ideal marketplace for certain individuals, others might actually find that shopping there results in overspending and an overwhelming amount of expired goods. (As they say, sometimes too much of a good thing is, well, too much.)
Before you make your next trip to the warehouse, read up on some of the things you should never buy there lest you want to waste money and food.Shutterstock
Though Costco is a great place to score deals on certain products, you shouldn't rely on the superstore for the best discounts on paperbacks or hardcovers. If you're in the market for a brand new book, Barnes & Noble almost always has coupons available for its email subscribers, and if you don't mind buying used, then the Amazon marketplace easily has the best prices around.Shutterstock
Unless you actually plan on using two pounds of strawberries in one week, buying fresh fruit at Costco is a waste. Since the store only sells things in bulk, you'll have to buy dozens of oranges and pounds of peaches if you want to buy them at all (and good luck getting through those before they expire).Shutterstock
Vegetables are another perishable product that you should never buy at Costco. Unless you're stocking up for a party or need hordes of legumes for a big batch of ratatouille, buying vegetables in bulk is only going to waste money and product.
New parents should skip the baby aisle at Costco and sign up for Amazon Family instead. Not only do they offer the same bulk buying that Costco does, but subscribers also get as much as 20 percent off everything from diapers to baby food. Win-win!
There's nothing wrong with Costco's milk, per se, but people tend to despise the square-shaped jug that it comes in as it makes it almost impossible to pour without spilling. Seeing as Costco doesn't offer much of a discount on milk, you're probably better off sticking to other stores' brands bottled in containers you can actually use.
According to many shopping experts, Costco isn't the best place to buy rice, especially Jasmine. When one frequent Costco shopper and YouTuber named Flo Lum did some research, she realized that the Asian rice sold at her superstore was as much as 35 percent pricier than the same product sold at a local Asian market. In some cases, the same amount of rice was $40 at Costco versus just $14 at a small shop.
Though Costco's cereal prices aren't terrible, most supermarkets and drug stores offer discounts on the same brands and will frequently feature additional coupons for those products. At the time this article was written, for instance, Rite Aid had a $3 off coupon on any 12 oz. box of Cheerios, putting the final price of the product at around $2. In comparison, buying two 27.5 oz. boxes of Cheerios at Costco would cost you $9.29 online, and your cereal would likely go stale before you could finish it.Shutterstock
With or without coupons, most soda brands are going to be cheaper at retailers other than Costco. For example, the same 12-pack of Diet Coke that's currently selling online on Costco for $5.79 is being offered at Target for $4.99—and if you want 3 packs of cans, you can get them for just $10 total at Target thanks to a superb special.
Look in any Sunday paper and you'll find at least one coupon for shampoo, if not several. With these coupons, you should be able to score incredible savings on brands like Pantene and Herbal Essences—savings that are far better than anything you'll find at Costco. (Just a few months ago, I was able to use a manufacturers coupon combined with an in-store deal to get free shampoo and conditioner at Shop Rite.)Shutterstock
Buying coffee in bulk might save you a few bucks, but you're going to have to compromise on taste in favor of these savings. As any coffee lover knows, the best coffee beans are the ones roasted within weeks of being brewed—and if you're buying in bulk at a place like Costco, it's unlikely you're going to be drinking fresh coffee for long.
"I replace my baking powder and soda every three months just to be sure they are always fresh for my recipes," writes Sally McKenney of the blog Sally's Baking Addiction. For her, a semi-professional baker, going through a giant jug of baking powder of baking soda is no problem, but the amateur enthusiast is going to have much more powder leftover after a few months—especially if they're buying it in bulk at Costco. To ensure that the pastries you're making are as flavorful and fresh as possible, stick to small cans of this leavening agent.
Though purchasing dried pasta at Costco isn't going to bankrupt you, there are better places to go to get steeper discounts on the pantry staple. According to price comparisons done by The Kitchn, both Walmart and Trader Joe's have lower priced pastas available at any given time—and this doesn't even take into account all of the coupons and deals frequently offered at other stores like CVS and Shop Rite.
Buying your spices in bulk at Costco will only save you money if you can figure out how to use cups of turmeric and oregano in under a year. Ground spices lose their flavor over time, and the longer you let them sit on your spice rack, the more flavor they're going to lose.
When you're in need of a bouquet of flowers, go to Trader Joe's instead of Costco. While flowers at the wholesale superstore can cost as much as $30, you aren't going to find a bouquet of flowers at Trader Joe's for more than $10—and you won't have to sacrifice quality to save money.
Even though it can't "go bad" like produce or dairy, laundry detergent does have an expiration date. Once opened, detergent must be used in its entirely within six months or else it begins to lose its effectiveness. Unless you're doing laundry every single day or happen to have an especially messy family, buying a massive container of detergent is only going to cost you money in the end.
When INSIDER compared razor prices at various retailers, they found that using coupons at drugstores resulted in greater savings than buying in bulk at Costco. At the time of their comparisons, buying a pack of Women's Gillette Venus disposable razors cost $8.99 at CVS, or .99 per razor, and $24.99 at Costco, or $1.43 per razor.Shutterstock
Once you become a savvy shopper and a coupon expert, scoring deals on toothpaste—and even getting the occasional free tube—will be a breeze. So, unless you're in desperate need of six tubes of toothpaste at once, you're going to save more money every time by buying your breath-freshening paste at the drugstore or supermarket instead of Costco.
Not only does Costco's in-house Kirkland brand toilet paper offer little to no savings, but it's also poor quality. When Consumer Reports analyzed the products at the store, they found that the product had just "so-so strength and tearing ease."
Once condiments like ketchup and mustard are opened, it's only a matter of time before their flavor fades and you have to throw them out. According to the US Department of Agriculture, ketchup has a shelf life of six months and mayonnaise just two—and unless you're working at a sandwich shop or hot dog stand, there's a slim chance you're going to use 32 ounces of ketchup or 64 ounces of mayonnaise in that short period of time.
If for some reason you're still out there shopping for DVDs, then avoid doing so at Costco. Unsurprisingly, Amazon has Costco beat when it comes to DVD prices, and it doesn't hurt that they'll also ship the discs directly to your front door.
Though not all brands have expiration dates printed on the bottle, sunscreen is only designed to last about three years—and after that, its ability to protect you from the sun's UV rays is pretty much non-existent. Generally, it's not a problem using up a single bottle of sunscreen before it expires (especially since you should be using the spray all year round), but it's another story when you buy a six-pack at Costco and need to finish it up in just a few years.
"The Kirkland Signature Gel is one of our lowest-rated detergents," writes Consumer Reports about Costco's exclusive dishwasher detergent. "It struggled with dishes, pots and pans, and resistance to water spots."Shutterstock
Have you ever wondered how Costco is able to sell clothing for so cheap? According to Kiplinger, it's thanks to the fact that items like sweatshirts and slacks are made with inexpensive and uncomfortable materials that come apart almost as easily as they're put together. Though the clothing selection at Costco is cost-friendly, it's almost guaranteed that you'll need to replace your frugal finds within a few months.
The best deals on canned goods aren't going to be found at Costco. Rather, as Teri Gault,CEO and founder of grocery savings site The Grocery Game, explained to Kiplinger, other stores sell the same canned goods for anywhere from 20 to 40 percent less per unit, especially when there's a sale.
Once again, using coupons—and not shopping at warehouse clubs—is key when it comes to saving money on your favorite lotion brands. If you wait for the right coupons and the right sale, you'll easily be able to score the same body lotions offered at Costco for half the price at other retailers.
If you don't know what Costco's signature brand protein bars taste like, then it doesn't make sense to buy 40 of them at once and risk hating their flavor profile. Plus, Costco sells their protein bars for about $1 per bar—and if you buy Pure Protein bars in bulk on Amazon right now, you can get them for cheaper at just .90 per bar. Basically, there is no benefit to buying your bars at the superstore.Shutterstock
While sometimes the prices of televisions at Costco are slightly lower, those $15 or $20 savings don't really work out to much when you factor in the yearly cost of having a Costco membership. Plus, if you wait until TV prices are at their lowest (like during holiday and end-of-year sales), then other retailers like Best Buy and Target easily have the warehouse giant beat.
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7 Things You Need to Know About Poke
The raw seafood salad known as poke certainly isn't a new creation, but lately we've been seeing versions of it everywhere. We caught up with Noreetuh chef de cuisine (and Hawaii native) Chung Chow for a primer on all things poke.
The raw tuna salad known as poke certainly isn&apost a new creation, but lately we&aposve been seeing versions of it everywhere𠅎ven stuffed into a burrito. One of our favorite new versions is on the menu at Noreetuh, a new Hawaiian restaurant in New York&aposs East Village run by three Per Se alums, Chung Chow, Jin Ahn and Gerald San Jose. We caught up with chef de cuisine (and Hawaii native) Chow for a primer on all things poke.
First of all, what is poke? Is it a dish with a clear origin story?
The word poke simply means 𠇌hunk” in Hawaiian. That said, in the past poke was typically any meat or seafood that is cut into small chunks and marinated. When referring to poke nowadays, it is generally seafood. It’s unclear exactly what the origin is, though many agree that chunks of marinated seafood have been consumed for a long time by locals, and if you ask anyone from Hawaii such as myself, I’ve known poke all my life and just grew up eating it.
What is the proper way to pronounce poke?
Poke is pronounced (poh-KAY) and rhymes with okay.
Is there one generally agreed-upon style, or are there regional variations?
Generally speaking, poke would refer to raw pieces of tuna cut into cubes, then marinated with soy sauce and sesame oil and mixed with onion though the variations go far beyond this generalization. Poke doesn’t necessarily have to be tuna or even seafood, nor does it have to be raw or cubed. If can be cooked or raw, cubed or scraped, and doesn’t even have to be fish or seafood. Cubed avocado is sometimes used. If you go to a local grocery store in Hawaii, poke is a staple, and there are endless varieties including poke made using octopus, poke that is dressed with a creamy mayonnaise and poke garnished with kimchi or wasabi, resulting from the strong influences of Japanese and Korean cuisines.
Can you tell me a little about the philosophy behind Noreetuh and how poke fits into that?
Noreetuh’s menu celebrates the wide spectrum of Hawaiian cuisine𠅏rom the play on the traditional musubi using corned beef tongue in place of Spam to the bigeye tuna poke, which stays true to what you would see in Hawaii. In addition to some of the more widely known elements that some may even deem kitschy, my team and I want to also explore the elements of Hawaiian cuisine that may not be so obvious, like the strong influences of Japanese, Korean, Filipino and even Portuguese cuisines on the Hawaiian table.
How do you make your poke?
The poke served at Noreetuh starts with cubes of raw sushi-grade bigeye tuna loin. It’s garnished with red onion, scallion, various types of seaweeds for texture and toasted macadamia nuts for crunch. The predominant flavors in the dressing are soy sauce and sesame oil, but we also add tobanjan, a spicy Japanese condiment made from chile and broad beans. Slices of soy-pickled jalapeño peppers add a savory kick.
Poke seems to be having a bit of a moment. Why are people paying more attention to it now?
As a Hawaiian, it’s very exciting to see dishes from my childhood growing in popularity in the country and particularly in New York City, where I live. The American palate for Asian cuisines has grown dramatically over the last couple decades𠅏irst Chinese and Japanese, now Thai, Korean and Filipino. It’s only natural that Hawaiian cuisine, which is directly influenced by many of the aforementioned cultures, would slowly gain in popularity. Not only is the cuisine gaining more popularity, but the idea of Hawaii as a culinary destination has also taken root with the pedigree of the chefs from restaurants such as MW Restaurant (Michelle and Wade Ueoka) and Vintage Cave (formerly Chris Kajioka from Per Se and Aziza and currently Jonathan Mizukami from The French Laundry), which also helps.
Do you have any tips on how to make a quality poke at home?
For a traditional ahi poke using bigeye or yellowfin tuna, the most important factor is using very fresh sushi- or sashimi-grade fish. Check with your local fishmonger specifically for sushi-grade tuna when you plan on making poke using raw fish. Beyond that, the seasoning and other elements that bring flavor and texture is really to your personal preferences. I enjoy a classic soy sauce and sesame oil seasoning and dressing the poke with crunchy seaweed and macadamia nuts.
Do eat: Lemons
In 1747, British researcher James Lind made history with some of the first controlled medical experiments ever conducted. He was trying to find a cure for scurvy, and found lemons worked so well that within a week, the patients he was treating were back on their feet (via the BBC). Today, we know why: A single lemon gives you 139 percent of your daily vitamin C.
LiveScience says that's not the only good thing there is about lemons, either. They're low-calorie, fat-free, and full of folic acid that's been shown to help protect against strokes and improve cardiovascular health. For anyone who's prone to kidney stones, they'll help you there, too. Half a cup of lemon juice a day has been shown to prevent the formation of stones, and studies have suggested, you're also helping your body protect itself against high cholesterol and even cancer.
Some claim lemons help aid in digestion, and while some nutritionists have debunked the idea lemons and lemon water help with weight loss, lemons are a great way to add flavor to water if you're trying to keep hydrated, no sugar needed.
7 Simple Ways to Make Your Bed Look Like It Belongs in a Magazine
If you’re anything like us, you’re probably planning to spend the next few winter months hibernating in your bedroom. And that means we want our beds to be as well-kept and designed as the rest of our homes, right? It’s easy to think of the bed as a place to drop your pajamas and lay out wardrobe staples while you brainstorm your outfit for the day, but if you’re not straightening things up and making your bed before you leave for the day, you’re missing out! There are a few simple things you can use to make the centerpiece of your bedroom work with, not against, your design (while also ensuring it’s basically the most comfortable place on Earth). Try these tips, and you’ll feel like you’re living in a magazine spread, not a college dorm.
1. Always make your bed
Before you go out and buy any fancy linens or throw pillows, the No. 1 thing you can do to start making your bedroom a little more luxe is making your bed. Yes, it will just get messed up later when you go to bed, but the effect a well-made bed can have on your room overall will astound you.
2. Get a headboard
A headboard, traditional or unique, can help anchor your bed in your room, and it’s also an additional way to add some of your personal design flair to the room. Opt for a classic tufted board, make a DIY wooden headboard, or hang a tapestry at the head of your bed &mdash whichever direction you go, it’ll help give your bed that magazine look.
3. Layer your blankets
Adding “texture” to your bed is as simple as layering your blankets. Put on your sheets, then add a soft blanket on top followed by your duvet or a fluffier comforter. Fold back the top so you can see both blankets. Then, add a cozy throw blanket, artfully draped over the foot of your bed.
4. Add pillows
Even if you only sleep with one pillow, you should have at least two standard pillows on each side of the bed to fluff up the look of it.
5. Add even more pillows
Don’t forget throw pillows! They’re a fun way to add unexpected pops of color and pattern to your room. Don’t forget tubelike bolster pillows, round pillows and oversize pillows &mdash they’ll add a lot of visual interest to your bed design.
6. Match your pillowcases
Making sure all your pillowcases match can make a big difference in how your bed looks. Most queen sheet sets come with just two pillowcases &mdash it’s worth buying an additional two or however many you need to make sure all your pillows look the same. Alternatively, stock up on some cheap white pillowcases at Ikea, and you won’t have to fuss over ordering extras of the sheet sets you buy.
Last but not least, accessorize! Leave a beautifully bound book artfully displayed on your bed, or get a wooden tray or bed desk that you can top with a book, candle and small vase of flowers. Yes, this step is extra-extra, but it will catapult your bed into the land of the home decor editorial.
1. Onigiri (Rice balls)
What you should buy at 7-Eleven in Japan is an Onigiri the first. There are about 10&ndash20 kinds of flavors at a store, which include various ingredients from salmon and tuna to Natto (fermented soybeans) covered by dried seaweed. Some are made with flavored rice without dried seaweed.
▽The list of 10 Best Popular Onigiri at Convenience Stores in Japan▽
▽Check out how to open Onigiri since it&rsquos a little hard to do for the first time▽