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Oh, App-y Day: Swapdom’s App Launches!

It’s official…there’s now no stopping the swapping, because we’ve just launched our (free!) app, AND extended our contest to win a shiny, new iPhone 5s to use it on!

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Swapdom’s New Badging System, a.k.a. How to Win Stuff for Having Fun!

As if snagging super swappable items for next to nothing wasn’t good enough, you can now win sweet prizes for doing so!

We’re more excited than a monkey in a banana tree to announce our new badge system! You can win gift cards to Amazon, Starbucks, and Etsy just for doing what you do already—uploading items for swapping, completing copious swaps, and telling your friends about the fun.

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5 Ideas for Healthy School Lunches That Are Too Stinkin’ Cute

Waxy red apples and tired flops of baloney on moon-white bread might be easy to pack and relatively kid-pleasing, but they’re far from the body- and brain-boosting meals your Mini Me’s deserve. Helping your kids eat more well-rounded lunches doesn’t have to complicated though. Just mix in an iota of creativity from the five recipes for healthy school lunches below, and your kids will have the tastiest, classiest lunches in their class!

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The Score From the Score! Pop Up Swap

Last Thursday was a day for the Swapdom history books: we sponsored a pop-up swap with Score!, and San Franciscans turned out at SoMa StrEat Food Park to join the fun! Check out these photos from the event (All photos by DeSean.)

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Earth to Everyone: Bringing Environmental Awareness to America with Rob Greenfield

As we spoke on the phone, he was on a bike in Wisconsin, racing to outspeed a storm cloud gathering behind him. A bit of an unusual situation for an interview, but for Rob Greenfield, it’s just part of the fun that’s his life. You may remember this gent as the man who took a year-long no-shower challenge, and these days, he’s tackling an equally interesting project aimed at inspiring people to lead more sustainable lives. Details below! Read more…

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Collaborative Economy Spotlight: PopExpert

Ever wanted to learn to play banjo? Need relationship or career advice? Hear good things about meditation, but don’t know where to start? Collaborative economy site PopExpert has got you covered. This heartwarming, head-smartening company aims to help people ‘discover how to live a more meaningful life,’ and the startup’s story is just as inspiring as its mission.

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Closet Cleanout Tips: Give Yourself the Closet You Deserve

Guest post by Emily of Bon Marche Couture. Swap her super stylish closet here!

As summer gets ready to wind down (sniff), it’s a good time to take stock of your closet and clear out any dead weight. But getting started can still be daunting. Here are a few tips to help you to be ruthless: Read more…

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Meet Our Swapper of the Month, IndYah

Killer style, a great outlook on life and swapping, and a love of vintage TV make this month’s featured swapper IndYah 100% awesome. Meet her below, and swap for some of her unique pieces here!

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Could You Buy Nothing for a Year? These Two Did.

Most people don’t act upon the crazy ideas that surface when sitting around with friends and shooting the breeze. But Calgary roommates Geoffrey Szuszkiewicz and Julie Phillips aren’t most people. Last summer, they came up with the idea of a year experiment in buying nothing…and they actually followed through with it! Read more…

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Famous People ‘s Favorite Swapdom Items

The things famous people don’t tell you unless you ask ‘em. It really is surprising. Or so we thought when we asked a host of notable characters about their favorite Swapdom items. Their answers reveals some juicy tidbits about their life stories we never would have known otherwise! Read more…

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The 5 Best Apps to Simplify Your Life

Guest Post by the lovely Carla Marie, producer & lifestyle contributor at the Elvis Duran Show. Find her on Swapdom here.
“Some apps are meant to kill time, keep us distracted, get us addicted and then there are others that make our lives easier and keep us on track, because let’s face it, we can use all the help we can get! Here are a few I use in my daily life!

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Five Stats About the Sharing Economy

Here are some cool sharing economy stats to make you seem all smart and stuff at the next cocktail party you go to.

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Simple Seamstressing: How to Sew On a Button

Guest post by Melanie of A Small Life. Pitch your guest post ideas here!

“Sewing on a button is one of those essential life skills—especially if you have a washer that indiscriminately eats buttons like mine does. Luckily, sewing on buttons is super easy.

Many articles of clothing come with an extra button, but unfortunately, the extra button to one of my favorite sweaters is no where to be found. So, I [figured] could replace all the buttons or I could add a little bit of extra flair to my outfit by choosing a button that doesn’t match the others. I chose the latter. If you want to get real crazy, you could even replace every other button so your flair buttons make a pattern. Wild! Just make sure you chose a button that has a similar size to the missing one so the new one will fit through the old hole. Enough fun, let’s get down to it.

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Top 5 Green Travel Tips

Ignorance is bliss, but sometimes it’s also idiotic. This is especially the case when it comes to travel. After all, that beach you can’t wait to lounge on or that wild place you plan to visit won’t be bearable—or even in existence—if climate changes continues to climb all over our world. As with many other environmentally conscious lifestyle changes, making your travel more eco-friendly doesn’t have to be difficult. So, get gung-ho for these five green travel tips, and you’ll be well on your way to helping fight the frightening impact of the travel industry!

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What to Do with Too Many Toys

With all the hand-me-down playthings, zealous grandparents’ purchases, and years of birthday gifts for the kids, it’s easy for any parent’s house to feel like it’s become a Toys-R-Us hit by a hurricane.  It doesn’t have to be like this! Instead turn to these tips on how to get rid of old toys in an eco-friendly and effective manner!

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Everything You Need to Know About Solar Energy

If electrical systems were Hollywood stars, solar would the supporting actor—a household name waiting for its chance to take the spotlight. Around since 1958, when it was used to provide satellites’ electricity, solar energy systems have gained fame thanks to the recent rise in concerns about climate change and fossil fuels use.

As a swapping site, we’re big on environmentally conscious habits, so we wrote this write a little ‘Solar Energy 101′ article to make it easy to understand this A-one eco-friendly technology!

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How To Get Swaps Faster

There it is, the thing you must have! But how to get that sweet sheet set or super-useful bassinet or heart-revving motorcycle jacket from its Swapdom listing to your home, and fast? It’s not by just sitting around and contemplating the wall, that’s for sure! Here are three terrific ways hack our algorithm so you get the swaps you want as quickly as you can count to 10!

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Support this Cause: Crowdfunding Clean Water for India

There you are, downing swimming-pool-sized glasses of water to keep the summer heat from holding you hostage. But what if, every time you turned to the tap for water, you got sick? Such is the case for thousands of people worldwide who don’t have access to clean drinking water. You don’t have to sit by and let this happen, though; your spare $10 (or, hey, $1) can go a long way to help thanks to crowdfunding! Read more…

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Is Not Showering for a Year Actually Possible?

The thought of not showering for an entire year is enough to make most people scream like Macaulay Culkin in Home Alone. But, maverick and environmental activist Rob Greenfield did it—and did so during an adventure which would make most people want to shower several times a day!

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Meet Cortney, Our Featured Swapper of the Month!

Obsessed with Hostess cakes, possessing a wry sense of humor, and a long time thrift shopper, this month’s featured swapper Cortney of To Life and To Love is a delight to get to know. Read about her favorite new songs (from a band you’ll wish you’d heard of months back), dream retirement plans (they’re so good, you’ll want to steal them!), and more below, and don’t forget to check out the items she’s swapping!

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Celebrate Independence by Decreasing Your Dependence on Fossil Fuels

Oh beautiful for polluted skies, for amber waves of acid rain. Has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it? No, you say? Well, this is where America  is headed if we don’t do something about our dependence on fossil fuels, which negatively affect people’s health, wildlife’s well-being, and, of course, climate stability. Here are a few simple, green ideas for filing down your use of fossil fuels so that this Fourth, you can set forth on a path to keeping our country in good shape!

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