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Reducing your energy and water usage at home is good for the environment, and it can also save you some money on your utility bill each month! Here are just a few quick tips for an energy-efficient lifestyle.     Unplug electronics when not in use. Even if you aren’t charging your phone, a phone charger that is left plugged into the wall will continue to use...

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Over the past few weeks, we've been hard at work trying to make an Electronics workshop that is educational and hands-on while still remaining remote. We are happy to announce that we have multiple Electronics workshops for y'all that you can follow along with completely online!  Enter TinkerCAD Circuits.   Many patrons of the IRL may know of TinkerCAD for its simple browser-based 3D modeling software, but did...

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How to Save Money on Entertainment Buy rush tickets or tickets on discount sites-  Many places offer tickets an hour or two before the show starts at a discounted price. These can be found at the theater sometimes, but also at discount ticket booths. In Chicago, there is one of these booths down the street from the row of theaters (in Block 37).  There are...

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Have a remote summer job?   As we adjust to working from home during this time of uncertainty, here are a couple tips to keep you on track:       Wake up at the same time everyday: While it is nice to sleep in, this can really impact your energy levels and sleep cycle as the week processes.      Get dressed: While you are at home and can dress...

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In this tutorial, you will learn how to turn an old t-shirt into a stylish, comfortable facemask you can wear outdoors. It’s quick, easy and does not require any sewing skills or a sewing machine! Here’s what you will need:   1 cotton t-shirt (at least 16” wide when you lay it flat) Scissors Ruler/measuring tape   The first step is cutting off the seam at the...

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In our Alcohol Ink workshop we introduce you to the basics of alcohol ink and how to use them to make fun and colorful artwork! So what are Alcohol inks and what are they used for?! Alcohol inks are fast-drying, highly pigmented, alcohol-based inks. They are great to use on any hard, non-porous surface including glass, metal, plastic, ceramic, stone, leather and polymer clay. Alcohol ink...

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So you’re interested in designing a place to grow your own food? Let’s do it! First, identify where you want your garden to be located.  This can be your backyard, front yard, porch, balcony, or even your kitchen window sill. Anywhere that is conducive to plant life. Factors of space and place are some of the most crucial in deciding how/what your garden will become....

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To follow this guide pick an item in each step    Step 1. BASE (add this to the water while boiling pasta for more flavor)   -bone broth (adds protein to your meal) -chicken or veggie broth (flavor) -milk (makes the dish creamier) -tomato sauce or soup (great start for Italian type dishes)  -liquid from canned beans or veggies (you won't have to salt your dish later)   Step 2. Pasta    -Penne or Rotini (you can’t...

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Interested in learning how to make an iced mocha from the comfort of your own home? If so, you’re in luck. Here’s what you will need to get you started: 3 glasses, coffee maker, ground coffee, ice, cocoa powder, almond milk (or milk of choice), and water.    Fill a glass with ice. Fill another glass with 3 tsps of cocoa powder.  Add hot water (about...

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This is a quick and easy way to provide extra nutrients to your plants. All of these are basically free and zero waste.   Cooking water If you like to boil veggies before you use them and then throw away the water, dont! Not only is this cooking water nutrient rich, it also can serve as a natural dye in many cases. You can also use it to...

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