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18 Essential Oils To De-Stress, Restore, and More

Self-care looks different for everyone. For me, it includes engaging in daily movement, reading as many books as possible, and indulging in some serious couch time. For others like CEO of luxury pet fashion house Pagerie and self-care expert Mandy Madd…

Self-care looks different for everyone. For me, it includes engaging in daily movement, reading as many books as possible, and indulging in some serious couch time. For others like CEO of luxury pet fashion house Pagerie and self-care expert Mandy Madden Kelley, essential oils are key to holistic well-being. “I’m a big believer in nurturing your body in as many ways as you can, which is why I fell in love with aromatherapy,” she says. “When I discovered essential oils, I was invested in finding the best ones to enhance my moods, and relax my body and mind."

Mandy isn’t alone in her quest for the best essential oils for every situation, which is why we chatted with nine experts about their favorite oils and blends that help de-stress, boost energy, encourage a restful sleep, and more. Read on for their tried-and-true picks.

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How to Remove Sticky, Clingy Tree Sap From Your Clothes

If you like to camp, hike, or bring home a Christmas tree during the December season, then you know the sinking, pit-in-your-stomach feeling of realizing you’ve sat in or leaned against sap. At first, it might not register. There are a lot of sticky el…

If you like to camp, hike, or bring home a Christmas tree during the December season, then you know the sinking, pit-in-your-stomach feeling of realizing you’ve sat in or leaned against sap. At first, it might not register. There are a lot of sticky elements in the great outdoors and not all of them are as lethal to your favorite quarter-zip fleece as sap often is. Though once you’ve become conscious of the fact that you’ve managed to get sugary tree excrement on your beloved leggings, the heart-wrenching sensation is unmatched.

But what if we told you that you’d never have to experience that pain again? That you’d never have to discard another contaminated puffer jacket? Well, that is, in fact, what we’re here to say. We’ve scoured the internet for every sap-eliminating tip and trick in the book, so you have multiple methods at your disposal the next time your garments come in contact with this dreaded natural adhesive. From expected remedies like stain remover to avant-garde options like peanut butter, here is how to get tree sap out of your clothes.

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Put Down the All-Purpose Spray—Here’s How to Clean Wood Furniture

For centuries, wood has endured as the most popular material for crafting furniture. It’s durable, naturally beautiful, and can be designed to suit just about any style. Most importantly, though, wood furniture is low maintenance and doesn’t require mu…

For centuries, wood has endured as the most popular material for crafting furniture. It’s durable, naturally beautiful, and can be designed to suit just about any style. Most importantly, though, wood furniture is low maintenance and doesn’t require much effort to keep it in tip-top shape.

But low maintenance doesn’t mean no maintenance, so it’s important to know how to clean your wood furniture if you want it to last. With just a little bit of regular upkeep, you’ll certainly be able to pass your wood furniture down to your grandchildren. From dusting to removing water stains, here’s everything you need to know.

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16 Fresh, Floral, and Fruity Summer Wreaths to Make or Buy

Now that spring is here, our eyes are on summer. With just a taste of warm weather, we’re already dreaming of the shining sun, glistening pools, abundant produce—and stunning, colorful flowers. And while a bouquet in a vase is a classic way to showcase…

Now that spring is here, our eyes are on summer. With just a taste of warm weather, we’re already dreaming of the shining sun, glistening pools, abundant produce—and stunning, colorful flowers. And while a bouquet in a vase is a classic way to showcase such vibrant florals, we like to get a little more creative here.

The wreath, which may be filed away in your mind as a holiday season-only decoration, is a beautiful, dynamic way to celebrate nature’s bounty any time of year. With sunflowers, hydrangeas, and lavender blooming during the hotter months, we encourage you to either buy a summer wreath or craft one yourself to spread summery joy around your home.

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20 Under-$25 Gifts That’re Totally Priceless

Believe it or not, a big budget is not the only path to a great gift. Sometimes, the very best presents are inexpensive—about the thought and not the price tag. Even if it costs under $25.

Your self-care enthusiast of a sister will appreciate a set of…

Believe it or not, a big budget is not the only path to a great gift. Sometimes, the very best presents are inexpensive—about the thought and not the price tag. Even if it costs under $25.

Your self-care enthusiast of a sister will appreciate a set of eye masks that recreate spa vibes in the home, while your wine-loving bestie will graciously accept a cute bottle tote for all her on-the-go drinking needs. As long as you get personal, the meaning and usefulness of a gift transcends its cost. For your inspiration, we gathered 20 incredibly thoughtful gifts under $25 that are sure to delight and surprise.

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16 Small-Space Desks That’ll Fit Just About Anywhere

It’s been almost a year since plunged into quarantine (for the first time) and transitioned to remote work, so we should probably already have our perfect at-home offices set up by now, right? Well… many of us definitely still resort to posting up on…

It’s been almost a year since plunged into quarantine (for the first time) and transitioned to remote work, so we should probably already have our perfect at-home offices set up by now, right? Well... many of us definitely still resort to posting up on the couch with our laptops or forcing the kitchen table to double as a desk, which means we’re settling for an altogether uninspiring work environment.

If this happens to describe you, and you're finally ready to create a dedicated workspace in your home, we’re here to help. We’ve rounded up our favorite desks for tight areas, because even though our Pinterest boards are filled with expansive, luxurious writing tables, we know they’ll never fit in our apartments. Our picks, on the other hand, will be able to squeeze into the awkward corner you just emptied for the occasion—and look great while doing it.

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Want Better-Tasting Morning Brew? Try Cleaning Your Coffee Maker.

For most people, the coffee maker is a sacred appliance tasked with providing the day’s critical caffeine supply. And while the coffee maker gets a ton of use for this reason, it doesn’t actually receive as much care as it should. If you clean your cof…

For most people, the coffee maker is a sacred appliance tasked with providing the day’s critical caffeine supply. And while the coffee maker gets a ton of use for this reason, it doesn’t actually receive as much care as it should. If you clean your coffee maker regularly, we stand corrected—but we’d be willing to bet you don’t. You’re not alone, though. Until we did our research, we weren’t maintaining our coffee makers properly, either. But once you know, you’ll never go back to your old ways.

According to an NSF International study, the reservoir of a coffee maker is the fifth germiest place in the home. Yeast and mold were found in half of the makers tested, which really shouldn’t come as a surprise. The warm, moist environment of most reservoirs is ideal for such microbes, as well as other germs and bacteria, to grow. We can all agree this is pretty off-putting, but it can also be harmful, especially to those with allergies and asthma.

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34 Unique Gifts That Give Back—For Twice the Joy

As people around the world continue to struggle with a whole range of pressing issues and climate change continues to reshape how we live, the desire to share our resources is stronger than ever. Donating directly to a cause you love and volunteering a…

As people around the world continue to struggle with a whole range of pressing issues and climate change continues to reshape how we live, the desire to share our resources is stronger than ever. Donating directly to a cause you love and volunteering are both impactful ways to help those in need, and conscious shopping is another great way to contribute.

There are a ton of brands that support meaningful causes by providing resources or donating a portion of profits. So, if you’re going to spend money on holiday gifts anyway, why not buy things that support these efforts for double the joy?

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The Dishwashing Step You Should Actually Skip

We’ve teamed up with Miele to share expert-approved tips for making sure your dishes—from everyday plates to your fanciest glassware—are sparkling-clean every time you run them through the dishwasher.

In my apartment, the dishwasher is my domain. Th…

We've teamed up with Miele to share expert-approved tips for making sure your dishes—from everyday plates to your fanciest glassware—are sparkling-clean every time you run them through the dishwasher.


In my apartment, the dishwasher is my domain. This is partly by default: I’m lucky enough to have a boyfriend who does most of the cooking, so taking on the dishes is only fair—but I also happen to love this duty.

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7 Laundry Tips for Making Your Clothes Last (Almost) Forever

We’ve teamed up with Miele to share expert-approved laundry tips and tricks for making sure your clothes (and sheets, towels, and more) stay in tip-top shape—no matter how many times you run them through the washer and dryer.

As a sentimentalist and…

We've teamed up with Miele to share expert-approved laundry tips and tricks for making sure your clothes (and sheets, towels, and more) stay in tip-top shape—no matter how many times you run them through the washer and dryer.


As a sentimentalist and a nostalgic dresser, my most prized piece of clothing is a cream-colored Lehigh University crew neck from the mid-1980s. This vintage sweatshirt belonged to my mom in college and was passed down to me as a child, when it hung below my knees. It’s been a treasured garment ever since, keeping me warm from elementary school all the way to adulthood.

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