8 Best Dog Beds, According to Their Humans

Dog beds are one of the most important things for a happy pup—after treats, of course. They provide comfort, coziness, and orthopedic support (especially for large breeds like Great Danes) so your goodest boys and girls can sleep and lounge in style.

Dog beds are one of the most important things for a happy pup—after treats, of course. They provide comfort, coziness, and orthopedic support (especially for large breeds like Great Danes) so your goodest boys and girls can sleep and lounge in style.

But while treats are mostly universally loved, finding the right dog bed can be a bit of a gamble. You—and your dog—won't know if it's the right size or offers the right amount of support without a few test runs. That's why we turned to our team for their absolute favorite dog beds—some humans even loved the same beds (spoiler: the super-popular Best Friends by Sheri), so you know these are legit.

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16 Fun Swimming Pool Accessories for Your First Summer Dip

When it comes to swimming pool accessories, we say more is more. Even though our bags can’t zip because they’re overflowing with sunscreen, snacks, and sunnies , we’ll always find space for a fun pool float or game.

In fact, we bet you’ll want to pack…

When it comes to swimming pool accessories, we say more is more. Even though our bags can’t zip because they’re overflowing with sunscreen, snacks, and sunnies , we’ll always find space for a fun pool float or game.

In fact, we bet you’ll want to pack these 16 swimming pool accessories even before the essentials. From a yacht-shaped lounger for yourself and a floating paradise for your furry BFF to waterproof playing cards and cute beach balls, these are the 16 best swimming pool accessories for hours of fun in the sun. And if you need a pool to begin with? Yeah, we've got that, too.

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11 Ways to Use Peel & Stick Wallpaper—Not Just on the Walls

Wallpapering nearly broke up my parents’ marriage. Yes, that’s right. Applying wallpaper to their home almost broke up a two-kid, three-home, 20-year marriage, because that’s how miserable a task it is. Peel and stick, though? Much less life or death—o…

Wallpapering nearly broke up my parents’ marriage. Yes, that’s right. Applying wallpaper to their home almost broke up a two-kid, three-home, 20-year marriage, because that’s how miserable a task it is. Peel and stick, though? Much less life or death—or, in this case, marriage-ending... What’s even better? You’re not wedded (pardon the pun) to it—it can be endlessly changed around.

Of course, we’ve all likely seen several rental makeovers put peel & stick wallpaper to good use—bright pops of pattern in small bathrooms, half-papered walls in bedrooms, kitchens rendered totally unrecognizable—but given that peel and stick wallpaper is, in essence, just giant pieces of sticker… there are lots more uses to be found.

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6 Kitchen Scraps to Use in the Garden—Even if You Don’t Compost

If you’re already composting (be it on your countertop, in your backyard, or squirreled away in the freezer), good for you! Composting, while very advantageous for the environment and our kitchen scraps, is sometimes a hard hobby to get into. If …

If you’re already composting (be it on your countertop, in your backyard, or squirreled away in the freezer), good for you! Composting, while very advantageous for the environment and our kitchen scraps, is sometimes a hard hobby to get into. If you haven’t yet picked it up, but are looking for ways to reduce your kitchen waste, look no further. There are plenty of ways to use your leftovers in your garden, from organic pest deterrents, to yellow jacket traps, to ground covering that prevents weed growth. Read on for some of our favorite scrap-lications.

eggshell seed starter pots

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Picnic Dinners Are the One Thing I’m Keeping From Last Year

There’s a lot from the last year that I am ready to toss to the wayside: Zoom birthday parties? No thanks. Remote learning? Never again—please! My house slippers? I’m planning a bonfire. One of the few things I’m keeping? Picnic dinners. While I am del…

There’s a lot from the last year that I am ready to toss to the wayside: Zoom birthday parties? No thanks. Remote learning? Never again—please! My house slippers? I’m planning a bonfire. One of the few things I’m keeping? Picnic dinners. While I am delighted to be patronizing our favourite taco spot and dosa shop again, I’m definitely not giving up the casual outdoor meal tradition my family came to discover—and love.

Last spring, when the weather turned warm enough to eat outside (or to be honest, while it was still a tad too cool), my husband, my son, and I started packing up meals to eat outdoors. It was a way to escape the confines of our relatively small home and also a necessity on days when we’d planned a hike or beach trip and we couldn’t pop into a restaurant. Al fresco lunches had always been a part of our routine—and frankly, expected—but picnic dinners were new—and they were a revelation.

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17 Summer Candles With Major Vacation Vibes

If you’re a candle fan, you know they’re not just for the colder months of the year. In fact, trying new scents each season is one of the best things about candles. When the weather turns warm, I can’t wait to ditch the beloved pine tree and firewood c…

If you’re a candle fan, you know they're not just for the colder months of the year. In fact, trying new scents each season is one of the best things about candles. When the weather turns warm, I can't wait to ditch the beloved pine tree and firewood candles for brighter, summery options.

The right summer candle can add ambiance and sophistication to any room without cloaking it in heavy, heady scents. Not to mention that they also make for lovely hostess gifts if you're visiting friends and family again—throw in some hand-turned wooden candle sticks and a ceramic match striker for a set anyone would love.

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Low on Natural Light? These 6 Indoor Plants Will Thrive Anyway

Looking for a plant that will survive in your dark bathroom or next to a north-facing window in your home? Or maybe in your basement window? Don’t fret—there are lots of different houseplants that thrive in low-light conditions.

But can a plant surviv…

Looking for a plant that will survive in your dark bathroom or next to a north-facing window in your home? Or maybe in your basement window? Don’t fret—there are lots of different houseplants that thrive in low-light conditions.

But can a plant survive in a totally windowless room? The short answer to this question is... no. There is no living plant that will do well in a room that does not have at least a sliver of natural light, and while some of the plants on this list may be able to survive in artificial light for a short period of time, eventually—unless you give them a spin around your home to get some light every so often—they will die from lack of exposure to sunlight. If you have a windowless room in your home that's crying out for a plant, consider adding grow lights which will help provide a plant with the light that it needs to survive.

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How to Keep Your Plants Alive While You’re On Vacation

Keeping your plants alive when you go on vacation is almost as stressful as packing for said vacation. How many pairs of shoes do I need? Do I need something fancy? Should I water the plants before I go? All questions that took me years (and a few sad …

Keeping your plants alive when you go on vacation is almost as stressful as packing for said vacation. How many pairs of shoes do I need? Do I need something fancy? Should I water the plants before I go? All questions that took me years (and a few sad plants) to answer.

As an avid indoor plant parent and traveler, one of the last things I do before heading off into the sunset is water my 15+ houseplants. The very last thing you’d want to see when you get home after all that sunshine and tequila are your plant babies wilted, yellowed—and worse still, dead.

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Want to Be a Minimalist? Here’s What No One Tells You.

Simply Living is a new column by Christine Platt, aka the Afrominimalist. Each month, Christine shares her refreshing approach to living with less, with clever tips for decluttering, making eco-friendly swaps, and creating a more mindful living space t…

Simply Living is a new column by Christine Platt, aka the Afrominimalist. Each month, Christine shares her refreshing approach to living with less, with clever tips for decluttering, making eco-friendly swaps, and creating a more mindful living space that's all you.


I remember the day I began my journey towards minimalism. I had considered the lifestyle for quite a while—each time I had the nagging feeling that I owned too much stuff. To prepare myself, I’d look for inspiration online, and although I was mesmerized by the beautiful, serene spaces I was seeing, I had real concerns about how I’d whittle down my belongings to a hundred items or less. Still, one day in June 2016, I decided the time had come for me to do more than just acknowledge my overconsumption, and actually do something about it.

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11 Novelty Kitchen Gadgets That Only Have One Job—And I Want Them All

We spent the last year and a half reorganizing, reimagining, and decluttering almost every part of our lives and spaces, but there will always, always be one thing that I’d happily cram into my newly-organized cabinets. That’s right—I’m talking about k…

We spent the last year and a half reorganizing, reimagining, and decluttering almost every part of our lives and spaces, but there will always, always be one thing that I’d happily cram into my newly-organized cabinets. That’s right—I’m talking about kitchen gadgets.

There are kitchen gadgets that are genuinely useful, like potato ricers and avocado slicers. But then there are novelty gadgets that have a singular—and often extremely specific—purpose like a butter cutter or a hands-free stirrer. Turns out, I’m an absolute sucker for any type of novelty tool that has just one job—and on Amazon, there are many.

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