Nicole Shein

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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 Match.com, 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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FEBRUARY 20, 2024 | TUESDAY
20 Seriously Surprising Uses for Ziploc Bags

It’s been nearly 60 years since the invention of the Ziploc plastic storage bag, and our freezers, fridges, and even pantries are neater and more organized, thanks to the now-ubiquitous k...

JANUARY 17, 2024 | WEDNESDAY
Reviews Aren’t Everything—Sneaky Ways to Research Products Before You Buy

Raise your hand if you approach online shopping by searching for the item you want, then filter by “4 Stars & Up. ” Even if you leave results unfiltered, do you look at star ratin...

JANUARY 16, 2024 | TUESDAY
The 7 Most Expensive Countertop Appliances People Actually Buy

Do you have eleventy-billion dollars burning a hole in your metaphorical pocket? Do you like to cook and prepare food by the most targeted means possible? If so, this collection of expens...

DECEMBER 31, 2023 | SUNDAY
11 Dos and Don’ts for Cleaning a Wood Stove

Why would you want a wood stove in your home? There are plenty of pros. Reducing your reliance on the grid is one great reason. The fact that wood is far more renewable than other resourc...

NOVEMBER 29, 2023 | WEDNESDAY
Meal Planning 101: Why You Should and How to Start

Properly executed, meal planning can help a home cook navigate the uneven and often-shifting terrain of family food preferences and dietary requirements. It streamlines grocery shopping, ...

NOVEMBER 21, 2023 | TUESDAY
The Fascinating History Behind Lawn “Gazing Balls”

These reflective spheres we use as lawn ornaments are known by many other monikers, including mirror balls, yard globes, garden globes, chrome balls, mirror balls, witch balls, wish balls...

SEPTEMBER 29, 2023 | FRIDAY
Why Are There No Spiders in Cobwebs? The Mystery Behind the Messy Corner Creepers

File this one under T for “Today I Learned…. ” Despite emitting from the same arachnid derrière, spider webs and cobwebs are not the same thing. Spider webs are the sticky traps spiders s...

SEPTEMBER 18, 2023 | MONDAY
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 ...