The Best Kitchen Knives? Let’s Cut to the Chase

There comes a time in every home cook’s life when they realize they can no longer survive on a single dull, hand-me-down knife alone: It’s time to upgrade, toss that old workhorse of a blade, or invest in a decent sharpener. If you’ve recently come upo…

There comes a time in every home cook’s life when they realize they can no longer survive on a single dull, hand-me-down knife alone: It’s time to upgrade, toss that old workhorse of a blade, or invest in a decent sharpener. If you’ve recently come upon this realization in your own cooking, you’ve come to the right place.

While a single chef’s knife can tackle plenty of cutting and chopping on its own, a few additional (and some would argue: just as essential) knives will round out your collection and make you feel all the better prepared to tackle whatever task a recipe may call for. So, in addition to the ever-versatile chef’s blade, a paring knife, serrated knife, and carving knife, to name a few, deserve a spot in your arsenal as well.

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23 Unique Gifts That Give Back—For Twice the Joy

As people around the world struggle with a whole range of pressing issues, the desire to be charitable and share our resources is stronger than ever. Of course, donating directly to a cause and volunteering are both impactful ways to help those in need…

As people around the world struggle with a whole range of pressing issues, the desire to be charitable and share our resources is stronger than ever. Of course, donating directly to a cause and volunteering are both impactful ways to help those in need and improve our planet, but as it turns out, conscious shopping is another way to contribute. Several brands support meaningful causes by pledging to provide resources or donate a portion of profits to organizations and charities. So, if you’re going to spend money on gifts anyway, why not buy things that support these efforts? After all, twice the joy is twice the fun in giving.

To help you buy more meaningful presents for your loved ones, we've gathered 23 beautiful home and kitchen gifts that, in turn, give back. We guarantee your recipient will be doubly thankful.

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13 Colorful Ceramic Plates to Jazz Up Your Summer Table

I am one of those people who believes in using white dinner plates. Mine are some of my favorite objects I own, a mix of the inexpensive hand-me-down set that I got at a castoffs giveaway at work years ago and my great aunt’s sturdy, vintage ironstone …

I am one of those people who believes in using white dinner plates. Mine are some of my favorite objects I own, a mix of the inexpensive hand-me-down set that I got at a castoffs giveaway at work years ago and my great aunt’s sturdy, vintage ironstone that I recently inherited. They’re white ceramic and incredibly simple, but, like little blank canvases, they make whatever’s on them look good (even if I’m having cheese and crackers for dinner for the third night in a row). Whenever I set the table with them—even if that’s plonking two plates and a couple of forks down—they somehow make the whole thing look crisp and put together. I’ve never considered straying.

Yet lately I’ve been wondering if it’s time to set them aside—just for a minute—in favor of bold, colorful, playful ceramic dinner plates. There are so many out there at the moment, in surprising two-tone palettes, vibrant hues, and bold patterns, by independent ceramicists and well-known retailers alike. Many of them are hand-painted or glazed. And I recognize they add a certain sense of joy and levity to the tabletop that white plates just can’t.

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Sharpen Your Knives (at Home!) With These 11 Best Knife Sharpeners

You no longer dice onions—you can only mash them. You’re not so much cutting into a steak as you are wrestling with it. The truth is as clear as your slices aren’t: Your trusty kitchen knives are in need of sharpening.

If it’s been a while or if this …

You no longer dice onions—you can only mash them. You’re not so much cutting into a steak as you are wrestling with it. The truth is as clear as your slices aren’t: Your trusty kitchen knives are in need of sharpening.

If it’s been a while or if this is your very first foray into knife maintenance, you might not have the proper tools on hand to get your knives’ edge back. While a honing steel is a great piece of equipment for keeping well-kept knives aligned, it’s not going to cut it (pun absolutely intended) if your blades are already decidedly dull. If that’s the case, you’ll need to up the ante.

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The Viral Upholstery Cleaner With Over a Thousand 5-Star Reviews

Somehow, from a child who never saw her bedroom floor, I grew into an adult who lists cleaning as one of her hobbies. Cleaning. As a hobby. I know.

Now, some chores I prefer—removing wall scuffs and wiping down glass surfaces—and some I still loathe (…

Somehow, from a child who never saw her bedroom floor, I grew into an adult who lists cleaning as one of her hobbies. Cleaning. As a hobby. I know.

Now, some chores I prefer—removing wall scuffs and wiping down glass surfaces—and some I still loathe (I’m looking at you, dishes). But on the whole, I can admit that scouring something until it sparkles is a favorite pastime of mine.

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Yes, You Can Get a Brand New Sofa for Under $500

Home is the place we feel the most like ourselves—where we kick off our shoes, share our meals, and make memories. We’re taking our love for all things home and bringing it to Instagram. Follow along at Home52 and make yourselves—well, you know.

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Home is the place we feel the most like ourselves—where we kick off our shoes, share our meals, and make memories. We're taking our love for all things home and bringing it to Instagram. Follow along at Home52 and make yourselves—well, you know.


Back when I was couch-less, I put off getting one, partly because, okay, I didn’t have much space, but mostly because I didn’t have the budget. At some retailers, even couches of questionable quality seemed to hover somewhere around $2,000, and high-end ones soared to four times that. Who can afford that kind of commitment? Not me. Getting a couch was an insurmountable financial hurdle, so I just made do without, offering guests a seat on one of my stackable plywood stools and working from my bed.

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6 Things to Know if You’re Switching to Linen Sheets

Sleep sure has been getting a lot of attention lately. Perhaps it’s because we all need more of it—we know!—and so we’ve brushed up on the best ways to wind down and the most sleep-inducing styles for bedrooms. And yet, sitting beside all of this infor…

Sleep sure has been getting a lot of attention lately. Perhaps it’s because we all need more of it—we know!—and so we’ve brushed up on the best ways to wind down and the most sleep-inducing styles for bedrooms. And yet, sitting beside all of this information is one simple truth: Good bedding is at the heart of restful slumber. When a bed is too comfortable to resist, we probably won’t try.

If you’ve been on the hunt for sheets that lend themselves to a solid eight hours, linen may have crossed your mind. “Linen is one of the most durable and sustainable fibers in the world. It's also one of the oldest in history,” Paul Denoly, cofounder of Hawkins New York, says.

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11 Surprising Kroger Secrets You’ll Wish You Knew Sooner

Guess who has two thumbs and had never been to a Kroger? Yep, it’s me.

Despite the fact that there are over 3,000 Kroger stores in dozens of states (including my own), I had astonishingly never stepped foot inside one. Read More >>

Guess who has two thumbs and had never been to a Kroger? Yep, it’s me.

Despite the fact that there are over 3,000 Kroger stores in dozens of states (including my own), I had astonishingly never stepped foot inside one.

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9 Cozy Essentials to Make Winter Sleep Even Sweeter

As soon as the temperature drops below freezing and the sun starts setting before 5 p.m., I lose pretty much all desire to hit the town after work. And once there’s snow on the ground? Forget about it! I’d much rather curl up under a blanket or two, sn…

As soon as the temperature drops below freezing and the sun starts setting before 5 p.m., I lose pretty much all desire to hit the town after work. And once there’s snow on the ground? Forget about it! I’d much rather curl up under a blanket or two, snuggle with my dog, and read a book—usually all at once. (I just finished Beneath a Scarlet Sky, and I’d definitely recommend it.) And if I end up falling asleep at 9 p.m., so be it!

If you’re feeling snuggle season as much as I am, you know there are things that could take it from cozy to best-sleeps-of-your-life—for instance, a lofty down comforter for optimal warmth! Here are some of my absolute favorites to help you get comfy, cozy, and ready for sleep...until the sun decides to come back in spring.

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8 Whole Foods Shopping Tips for Your Next Grocery Run

Whether you’re an occasional Whole Foods shopper or have been making trips to the store for decades, you probably know a thing or two about this ubiquitous supermarket chain. Its claim to fame: stocking scads of high-quality and organic foods, like fre…

Whether you’re an occasional Whole Foods shopper or have been making trips to the store for decades, you probably know a thing or two about this ubiquitous supermarket chain. Its claim to fame: stocking scads of high-quality and organic foods, like fresh produce, pantry staples, scores of vegan options, and plenty of prepared dishes.

Recently purchased by Amazon, Whole Foods definitely has a reputation for being pricey (it picked up the nickname “Whole Paycheck” for a reason). But their ever-growing 365 Everyday Value line of products tend to be more budget-friendly, and every store offers some nifty specials week to week.

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