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    Look into any woman's eyes and you'll see her soul ... maybe. But look at a woman's refrigerator door and you'll see her life. What's on your fridge door? Mine has some kid art and snapshots of my son and me, along with some banana stickers. It definitely reads: Single mama. Here's 9 different refrigerator doors -- and what we think they reveal about their owners. Can you relate to any of these?

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    Mom Vicki described this room for little Leif as "a happy hodge-podge of new and old." The family moved from an ultra-modern condo into their current 100+-year-old cottage and met the challenge of merging modern tastes with their new surroundings. They've turned it into a comfortable space packed full of treasures both new and old. Click through to see a bit more below!

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    I think playrooms are the holy grail when it comes to features you want in your home. A designated room with a door that shuts, where you can stow all the toys and kid stuff. Heaven!

    This particular playroom has an educational twist with a Montessori-style setup, and I have to admit, it's appealing. I've always been a fan of the tactile learning approach, and this room seems to have some really good things going on in that department. Click through to see more! 

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    Gisele Bundchen boasts the kind of beachy waves any woman would die for, but it turns out she isn't much of a California girl after all.

    She and husband Tom Brady are selling their insanely gorgeous L.A. estate -- less than a year after it was completed -- in order to spend all of their time in another absurdly huge abode in Boston, where Tom is stationed as the New England Patriots' quarterback. Don't worry too much about them, though -- they'll have plenty of money to put a down payment on a second property if they choose considering how their Cali mansion is listed for a whopping $50 million!

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    Neighbors. Can't live with 'em; can't sneak a 'for sale' sign onto their lawn to force 'em out. Oh, true, there are people out there who have those "borrow a cup of sugar" neighbors (all five of them), but a Pew survey a few years back found more than half of Americans don't even know the names of the people living next door! Not exactly the "open door policy" you see on most sitcoms.

    America is full of bad neighbors. Really bad neighbors. I once had a lady around the block who threatened to shoot my dog, right in front of my kid!

    But that's nothing on what some folks deal with on their block. If you think you've dealt with the worst ever, well, just wait! The Stir asked folks to share their absolute neighbor from h--l stories, and let's just say we're glad we don't share a neighborhood with these folks!

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    Hey, all, remember that crazy demon house in Gary, Indiana? How mom of three Latoya Ammons claimed that her three kids were possessed because of a portal to hell in their home and how child workers and cops and psychiatrists all witnessed so many bizarre demonesque shenanigans that the house became famous? So famous that Zak Bagans, the host of Travel Channel's Ghost Adventures, bought the house for $35,000 so he could film in it? Well, now we know at least some of what he's gonna film!

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    Nurseries might catch the lion's share of my attention, but I can't pass up a cool kids' room when I see it, either. This one caught my eye, and I knew I had to share. Yes we've got black and white, but with a little splash of neon pink for dramatic effect.

    Click to see more of this hip space for Addison below!

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    Imagine stepping outside of your front door into ... nothing. That's what reportedly happened to a 74-year-old woman in Atlanta, Georgia. The elderly lady stepped outside of her home and into an 8-foot-deep and 12-foot-wide sinkhole that had opened up overnight, apparently the result of a private waterline that had been installed over a decade ago. Luckily, the woman's husband was there to pull her out.

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    Over the past 12 years or so, I've lived in many different places -- about 6 different apartments, and two houses -- and I've learned a thing or two about decorating. It's an art, really; one I, myself, am yet to perfect, but I definitely understand the keys to making your home as comfortable and relaxing as possible.

    Perhaps it's the lighting-obsessed, OCD neat freak in me, but I feel fairly confident doling out advice on this subject.

    Here are 5 super easy ways to make your home instantly more comfortable.

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    When Mark and I moved into our home, I was obsessed with making it fabulous. I painted it myself in hip hues. I placed unread books on bookshelves and organized them by color simply for the aesthetic. I set up little vignettes on counters in groups of three to make my home seem chic, yet warm, you know, a cross between make yourself comfortable and maybe you shouldn't touch that?

    Yes, one day our home would be the perfect blend of comfy/zen/chic and people would gush upon entering and then complement it with gusto and envy. (At the very least it would be clean and organized.)

    HA ha ha ha ha ha haaaa.   

    I'm sorry, did I do that out loud? I was just remembering what I envisioned, you know before my kids and pets ... and husband ruined, stained, chipped, wrote on, or buried (under toys) everything I owned. Oh, and I had the time or energy to care.

    We all had idealistic visions (do these sound familiar):   

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