Nicole Shein


As a full-time freelance writer and editor, Nicole has been wearing sweatpants to work since way before coronavirus made it cool. Her past and previous clients include, Pinterest, and HowStuffWorks. When she isn't arranging and rearranging words, she spends her time knitting, reading, cooking, attempting to cuddle one of her two cats, and embarrassing her teenage children—occasionally on purpose, but more often just by existing.

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A Bear Strolls Into Your Backyard—Now What?

First came Pizza Rat, quickly succeeded by Taco Squirrel. Then—faster than you can say “trending hashtags”—more unlikely animal influencers grabbed their share of the social media spotlig...

AUGUST 28, 2023 | MONDAY
10 Items It’s Time to Replace in the Bathroom

Bathrooms are where we go to clean ourselves, of course, but all that dirt, grime, germs, dead skin cells, makeup residue, hair-product flakes, and bodily effluvia has to go somewhere. Wh...

AUGUST 25, 2023 | FRIDAY
Why Do We Have Grass Lawns?

Beyond a weekly mow and the occasional weed treatment, you probably don’t ponder your lawn and its purpose very much. Sure, you pay plenty of attention to the backyard, but that might be ...

JULY 24, 2023 | MONDAY
The Fascinating History of the Pink Flamingo Lawn Ornament

American lawns are dying. This decline has nothing to do with widespread drought, greenhouse gasses, pollution, or our penchant for chemical fertilizers and weed killers. Lawns are simply...

JULY 18, 2023 | TUESDAY
8 Backyard Glamping Ideas

‘Fess up: the first time you heard the term “glamping,” did you laugh—or scoff? You’d be forgiven for thinking that this buzzword, short for “glamorous camping,” sounds a little ridiculou...

MARCH 10, 2023 | FRIDAY
11 Zen Garden Ideas to Bring Peace and Relaxation to Your Outdoor Space

We owe a debt of gratitude to the centuries-old culture of Japan. Consider the complementary concepts of wabi-sabi and kintsugi, which have helped Westerners gain an appreciation for the ...

The Ancient Origins of Groundhog Day

When it comes to the mash-up of mammals and meteorology, we’ve come a long way. Before Punxsutawney Phil was even a glimmer in our collective eye, folks in Europe relied variously on bear...

10 Furniture Pieces That Have a Special Space for Your Pet

With its gabled roof, barn-red shingles, and classic arched doorway, Snoopy’s house is arguably the world’s most recognizable dog dwelling. Of course, it’s also famous as a Sopwith Camel ...

Party Like a Rock Star: How to Host the Best-Ever, At-Home Karaoke Night

Karaoke got its start when a Japanese bar owner invited customers to stand in for a no-show band. Today, a popular pastime around the planet, the most popular karaoke song ever is the cla...

19 Must-See Home Improvement Flicks to Watch at Your Next Movie Night

There’s no denying that home renovations can be fraught with drama and frustration. For instance, unexpected expenses can trigger money troubles. History hidden behind your home’s walls c...