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Now that we've officially scheduled a viewing of the Doctor Who Christmas episode, "The Time of the Doctor" on Christmas night at 9 p.m., BBC released this week more pictures of the show's annual special. This one, as the poster below forebodingly warns, is extra special — it marks a changing of the Doctors.
New clues to the episode's plot are out too. As BBC America explains:
Orbiting a quiet backwater planet, the massed forces of the universe’s deadliest species gather, drawn to a mysterious message that echoes out to the stars. And amongst them – the Doctor. Rescuing Clara from a family Christmas dinner, the Time Lord and his best friend must learn what this enigmatic signal means for his own fate and that of the universe.
Can you count all the villains? Daleks, Cybermen, Weeping Angels, and The Silence look to be battling for scariest ghost of Christmas past. The teaser trailer's tagline of "silence will fall" seems more like a reality now. See more question-riddled pictures of Matt Smith in his last episode and Jenna Coleman as Clara after the jump.
Anyone with a sister knows she's the hardest person to shop for. You know her so well that you have to pick something she'll love — and if she doesn't, she has no problem telling you to return it. To take the hard work out of the equation, we've handpicked six of the best finds for any tech-loving sis. These picks are pretty darn special, so there's no way she'll want to do anything but keep 'em.
- You have different personalities, and you always tease her for it. That's why this Kate Spade Type A iPhone 5 case ($35) is the perfect gift.
- Have you ever seen a prettier camera bag? Your shutterbug sister is guaranteed to swoon over this Rebecca Minkoff stunner ($128, originally $195).
- A great sisterly gift has a hint of nostalgia. That's just what she'll get with this C Wonder crayon stylus ($18) that'll remind her of your coloring days together.
- You have your own songs for one another, so give her a reason to blast them aloud with this cute Yuento music balloon speaker ($20).
- If she lives far away and you catch up via daily phone chats, gift her this Native Union retro-style handset ($22) for all your convos.
- Get this chic Clare Vivier iPad sleeve ($148) monogrammed with her initials for an extra fee — she'll love the personalized touch.
When we caught wind that Domaine Home recruited Jessica Biel to decorate her version of a holiday dream room, we were all ears. After all, she does live with a famous design hound (ahem, HomeMint cofounder Justin Timberlake)!
With the home's fashion-forward accessories, handsome furnishings, and thoughtful styling, we honed in on five design philosophies from the space that can be applied year-round.
- Channel Coco Chanel: From the graphic striped sofa to the gallery-style wall of framed black-and-white photos, nothing beats the classic color combo. Try accenting it with pops of your favorite brights or layering in neutrals for a cozy, sophisticated vibe.
- Rethink Rugs: Rugs aren't only for floors — create a tapestry feel by hanging a gorgeous kilim or antique find. The best part? Even smaller sizes can create a huge impact for less!
- Embrace Leather Furniture: For instant warmth and an ounce of rugged masculinity, try grounding a room with a vintage chair or sofa. If trolling flea markets for the right piece isn't your deal, then score the look with one of these vintage-inspired chairs that feel just as soulful.
- Decorate With Books: Stacking your most beloved books — from old hardbacks to coffee-table tomes — not only keeps them handy, but also creates visual interest. Try topping them off with your favorite decorative objects for a polished and curated effect.
- Layer Patterns: If you're a pattern-lover, then don't be afraid to mix and match! The secret? Stick to a limited color palette, and combine a variety of small- and large-scale prints.
Sorry to burst your bubble, but you're not going to save by drinking vodka! However, the liquor actually has a couple of household uses that will come in handy. Not to mention, you won't be splashing unnecessary money on products, and you'll be doing the environment some good because it's less toxic. Invest in a bottle of cheap vodka to stretch your dollar in these ways:
- Remove a bandaid: Dab vodka onto a bandaid with a cotton swab, and you'll be able to remove it in no time.
- Clean your clothes: First, do a spot test on the piece of clothing just to be on the safe side. If the material stays in the same condition, spray vodka on the outfit. It'll keep your clothes fresh in between laundry loads and kill any lingering odors. The liquor is also a good stain remover, so dab some on stubborn stains before throwing your clothes into the washer.
- Get rid of mold: Spray it on the mold in your bathroom, and after letting it soak in for a good while, wipe it clean. The alcohol will kill the mold.
- DIY deodorant: Make your own natural deodorant with this recipe, which includes vodka, water, and essential oils.
- Prevent flowers from wilting: Add a few drops of vodka into your flower vase to preserve your lovely bouquet. Vodka lengthens the life of the blooms because it inhibits ethylene production, which is what helps the plant mature, according to the Scientific American.
- Repel insects: Use vodka as an ingredient for a bug repellent. DIYlife.com recommends to mix it with apple cider vinegar and drops of citronella or eucalyptus essential oil. Spray it on yourself or areas you don't want bugs to come crawling, such as your patio furniture.
- Linen spray: Make this easy and effective linen spray with vodka.
- Polish and shine: Take a piece of cloth, wet it with vodka, and clean your eyeglasses with it. Alternatively, you can also mix it with some water, then spray the liquid on windows and mirrors to make them shine. So long, Windex!
- Glue remover: Remove the sticky residue left from peeling the label off jars by rubbing the leftover glue with a soft cloth soaked in vodka. You can also use this to dissolve the sticky residue that Band-Aids leave on your skin.
- Preserve razor blades: After shaving, leave your blades in vodka for a while to disinfect and prevent them from rusting.
- Soothe stings: Pour vodka on stings ranging from poison ivy to jellyfish.
- Treat dandruff: Mix one cup vodka with two teaspoons crushed rosemary, then strain the mixture through a coffee cup filter and let it sit for two days before applying it to your head and letting the solution dry.
- Air freshener: Make air freshener with vodka as the base. Start spraying away to get rid of any odor in the room.
Remember, getting an inexpensive brand is key — you don't want to shill out big bucks and waste money on something you'll be wiping your windows with!
Here are the materials you need:
- Jar: you can use a jam, olive, or salsa jar.
- Gift card
- Hot glue gun
Along with discovering eco- and budget-friendly ways to make your life easier, I spend countless hours testing each and every DIY. Some I only use once, while others are made over and over — and over again. Here are seven that I simply can't live without.
Garbage Disposal Refreshers
I keep a stash of garbage disposal refreshers under my sink and use them all the time. OK, I use them every day. And you can mix things up and use orange or lime instead of lemon.
Once I experimented with this smart trick, I couldn't stop. Now every box of tissues in my home is wonderfully scented. And you can use essential oils other than eucalyptus. I love orange, lavender, and rosemary for a nice, uplifting smell. And, I'll be honest: I usually use at least 10 drops of essential oil for a strong scent.
Square Canvas Prints
Yes, this isn't an essential DIY, but I make these square canvas prints all the time. I use personal pictures and display them around the home or give them as gifts to friends and family. They're so easy to make, and you can use basic printer paper with great results.
I'm a busy girl, and sometimes I, um, am not the freshest. This DIY spray deodorant is my go-to when I need a little refreshing. I have a small spray bottle in the bathroom, one in all my bags, and a bottle in the kitchen (really).
This easy air freshener makes your space smell amazing in seconds. And you can personalize the scent with your favorite essential oil.
I love how cute this hand sanitizer looks in an upcycled perfume bottle, but this spray is a winner, because it cleans my hands in a pinch. And it's made with natural ingredients that do a great job of cleaning without drying my skin.
These dryer sheets come together with only a few ingredients and leave my clothes so soft — without any lingering vinegar scent. I find myself refreshing the jar every couple of weeks and often experiment with different essential oils. So far, tea tree and lavender are my favorites.