This Trick to Removing Grease Stains Is Also the Simplest

Sometimes I feel like I can’t have nice things. Because in a world of nice things, there is also burger grease.

Take, for example, the cautionary tale of my favorite jumpsuit. I loved it, but it was too big for me and had languished, unworn, in my clo…

Sometimes I feel like I can’t have nice things. Because in a world of nice things, there is also burger grease.

Take, for example, the cautionary tale of my favorite jumpsuit. I loved it, but it was too big for me and had languished, unworn, in my closet for more than a year. One day, inspired to invest in what I had rather than buying new things, I splurged: I took my jumpsuit to an old-school tailor in New York. I watched as he expertly pinned it to fit me just so, paid 50 percent upfront, and went home to await his call.

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Psst: This Supermarket Trick Can Save You Money

We’ve teamed up with Walmart to share tips for saving money on your weekly grocery trip. From their simple online and in-app ordering to seamless in-store pickup or delivery, shopping Walmart brands is an easy way to save big.

I”m going to let you …

We've teamed up with Walmart to share tips for saving money on your weekly grocery trip. From their simple online and in-app ordering to seamless in-store pickup or delivery, shopping Walmart brands is an easy way to save big.


I”m going to let you in on a little secret: Not everything you buy at the grocery store needs to be name brand. So much of what we might purchase based on the brand name can actually be much more affordable—with the same level of effectiveness and quality—if we just buy generic. I know I’m not alone in cringing as my total increases with each item scanned at checkout, when I likely went to the store for only a handful of things. That’s why I started looking at the ingredients and comparing big-name brands with Walmart’s in-house brands. And wouldn’t you know it? More often than not, the Walmart brand is exactly the same, but for much less money.

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Everyone Loves Their Air Fryer—But How Does it Actually Work?

They’re all the rage in health-conscious circles for “frying” food without added oil, and anyone who loves all things crispy can’t get enough of theirs…but, err, what is an air fryer? It’s a question that might feel silly to ask since everyone from y…

They’re all the rage in health-conscious circles for “frying” food without added oil, and anyone who loves all things crispy can’t get enough of theirs...but, err, what is an air fryer? It’s a question that might feel silly to ask since everyone from your grandmother to that super-popular food blogger is using one almost daily. But have no fear, plenty of “food people” have a hard time coming up with a definition. We're de-mystifying this ultra-popular kitchen appliance below.

How Does an Air Fryer Work?

In short, an air fryer is a countertop appliance that acts like a mini convection oven. Instead of using a ton of oil or fat, it harnesses wind from an internal fan and heat to cook your chicken wings thoroughly and crisp up your French fries with ease. Both of those cooking elements—the fan and heat—are located above whatever the fryer is cooking and while the food sits in a slotted basket. That super-heated air gets around every side of your steak or asparagus to cook it all the way through, and fast, as if by magic.

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6 Ways to Sniff Out an Online Shopping Scam

I recently fell victim to a scam while shopping for home decor online. The short version is that I ordered a set of decorative wall panels and waited several months for them to be delivered. Despite the company’s repeated assurances that my package was…

I recently fell victim to a scam while shopping for home decor online. The short version is that I ordered a set of decorative wall panels and waited several months for them to be delivered. Despite the company’s repeated assurances that my package was en route, nothing was ever delivered, and when I asked for my money back, they told me they couldn’t refund my purchase unless I returned the goods—which would have been tricky to do since I never received them in the first place.

In the end, I disputed the transaction with my bank and was thankfully able to get my money back, but it got me thinking about how convincing shady brands can be these days. They often have professional-looking websites and good marketing, and it can be hard to tell what’s a scam and what’s legitimate—even for someone like me, whose whole job revolves around the internet. After my latest experience with a duplicitous brand, I did some research on how to spot online scams, and I’m passing along the best tips to you, in hopes it saves someone from the frustration I went through.

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The Command Strip Step You Simply Cannot Skip

Command Strips are quite possibly one of the greatest inventions of the 21st century. I’m not being hyperbolic here, either. They started off revolutionizing the art-hanging process, and have since expanded into other products like shelving and storage…

Command Strips are quite possibly one of the greatest inventions of the 21st century. I’m not being hyperbolic here, either. They started off revolutionizing the art-hanging process, and have since expanded into other products like shelving and storage solutions, from picture ledges, jewelry organizers and key holders. I have several of them in my home: for mounting wall art, hanging the dog’s leash on a hook by the door, and organizing hats and bags in the closet.

The key to using them successfully, though, is following the directions exactly.

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PSA: Please Don’t Skip the Drywall Anchor

I’ve hung a lot of things on the walls of my apartments (past and present). Floating shelves, picture frames, mirrors, TVs—you name it, I’ve probably attached it to the wall. As a result, I get asked a comparable amount of questions about hanging thing…

I’ve hung a lot of things on the walls of my apartments (past and present). Floating shelves, picture frames, mirrors, TVs—you name it, I’ve probably attached it to the wall. As a result, I get asked a comparable amount of questions about hanging things. “Can I use a nail for this? Do I need a laser level? What about a Command Hook?” But the most common question, hands down, is “Do I really need a drywall anchor?”

Well… unfortunately, you probably do. Not in all cases, but in a lot of them.

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This Tension Rod Hack Changed My Shower Curtain Game

Picture this: It’s 3 a.m. and you’re snoozing peacefully. The fan is gently whirring next to you; your silk eye mask is blocking out errant light; the dog is curled up at your feet, keeping them nice and warm… and then, CRASH. Suddenly, you’re convince…

Picture this: It’s 3 a.m. and you’re snoozing peacefully. The fan is gently whirring next to you; your silk eye mask is blocking out errant light; the dog is curled up at your feet, keeping them nice and warm… and then, CRASH. Suddenly, you’re convinced there’s a murderer inside the house (and so is the dog), so you stumble out of the bedroom to suss out the source of the noise.

Well, it’s not a murderer… it’s worse. The shower curtain rod has fallen down.

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The Spot In Your Home That Definitely Needs a Clean

The walls in our spaces go through quite a lifespan of wear and tear. Between everyday scraping and scuffing, cooking residue, and dirty pet paws or kid hands, our walls are lucky to fare as well as they do. Much like deep-cleaning the entire floor, w…

The walls in our spaces go through quite a lifespan of wear and tear. Between everyday scraping and scuffing, cooking residue, and dirty pet paws or kid hands, our walls are lucky to fare as well as they do. Much like deep-cleaning the entire floor, washing the walls is a task often avoided because it’s just. so. overwhelming.

Good news, though! Cleaning your walls is not as difficult as you might think, it’s actually pretty simple (albeit tedious). Below, find the best ways to get the job done.

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3 Ways to Remove Pesky Heat Stains from Wood Furniture

Hosting season is upon us, and as fun as it can be to have your house act as the hub of all holiday commotion and gathering, it does come with a few perils, too—mainly for your furniture and decor. From Aunt Jean spilling her wine on your brand new rug…

Hosting season is upon us, and as fun as it can be to have your house act as the hub of all holiday commotion and gathering, it does come with a few perils, too—mainly for your furniture and decor. From Aunt Jean spilling her wine on your brand new rug (ugh!) to your favorite platter meeting an untimely death at the hands of a “helpful” kiddo, it’s not uncommon to head into January with a few bumps and bruises around your house from all the entertaining you’ve done.

One of the most annoying? Heat stains on your wood furniture. Here’s how it happens: As sides are passed around at dinner, they’re often set down on the bare wood of your table without a second thought—even if you had good intentions and paired them with a stylish trivet at the start. Tablecloths are great, but most are thin and can’t protect your beloved mahogany dining table from the damage caused by a steaming ceramic dish filled with green bean casserole. The next thing you know, you’re cleaning up post-party only to spot numerous crop circle-like stains on the surface of your wood. The culprit? Heat.

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All My Bookcases Failed Me—Then I Found This IKEA Hack

Like many people, the first bookcase I ever bought was IKEA’s Billy bookcase. Affordable and simple to assemble, my Billy lasted for a few years before starting to look worse for wear (and eventually falling apart). When I moved to my current apartment…

Like many people, the first bookcase I ever bought was IKEA’s Billy bookcase. Affordable and simple to assemble, my Billy lasted for a few years before starting to look worse for wear (and eventually falling apart). When I moved to my current apartment almost seven years ago, I bought a new IKEA bookcase that I thought was my library's soulmate: the 35-inch Hemnes bookcase. It was sturdier than the Billy, made of solid pine instead of particle board, and still very affordable. (I loved Hemnes so much that I even wrote about how great it is!)

The old bookcase Photo by Weston Wells
Supported by a... soup can. Photo by Laura Fenton

However, my husband and I are serious book lovers and over the years, even Hemnes didn’t hold up to the weight of our collection. I learned that not all solid wood is created equal: Pine is particularly soft, so the peg holes for the shelf supports eventually stretched so that the shelves got wobbly. Then, earlier this year, the bottom rung of our shelf split in two. (Readers: Don’t blame IKEA, it’s my fault, we crammed those books in and even loaded them up on top.) I ended up propping the whole thing up with... a can of soup. It was time to find a new bookcase, and I swore that I wouldn’t buy another IKEA bookcase.

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