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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MAY 30, 2022 | MONDAY
How to Organize an Epic Block Party That Will Have Everyone Dancing in the Street

Summer’s here, and the time is right… for dancin’ in the street! Our toes have been tapping to the beat of that iconic summer jam, first performed by Martha and the Vandellas, for nearly ...

MAY 27, 2022 | FRIDAY
Don't Sell It, Swap It! How to Host a Successful Community Swap Meet

When clearing away items that no longer serve your household, some may still have plenty of value for someone else. Giving away stuff for free online is always an option, and yard-sale ho...

APRIL 29, 2022 | FRIDAY
11 Pests That Pose a Threat to Your Pets

Opening your home and your heart to a special pet—be your buddy of the feline or canine persuasion, or an animal more exotic—is to invite a lot of joy into your days. Naturally, there’s a...

10 Harsh Realities of House Hunting in 2022

Many home-buying hopefuls dutifully donned masks to attend open houses in late 2020 and 2021 only to find themselves priced out of a housing market that heavily favored sellers. Although ...

MARCH 29, 2022 | TUESDAY
11 Ways to Make the Most of Your Town’s Curbside Cleanup Day

Many towns designate certain days for curbside cleanup (aka bulk trash pickup), when residents can rid themselves of heavy, awkward, or unwieldy items. Here’s what to know before you part...

11 Reasons We Love Pinterest’s New Barkitecture Trend

American pet owners spent over $103 billion on their animal family members in 2020, and our furry companions have enjoyed more attention than perhaps ever before in the two years since th...

How to Make Your House Smell Like You Don’t Have Pets

Show us a person with a pet—a freewheeling, fun-loving ferret, an adorable corgi, or a cuddly “chonker” of a cat—and we’ll show you someone who lives in a smelly home. As much as we treas...

10 Ways to Keep Your Pet Safe During the Holidays

Keep the Whole Family SafeThis is a pretty good time to be a pet—or a human who’s invested in the pet industry. These halcyon days for your hound or hamster are among the few silver linin...

12 Ways to Make Your Kitchen Look Cleaner Than It Really Is

Sometimes you have to fake it 'til you make it. Other times, you might not even care about making it—you’re perfectly OK with faking it forever. If that’s how you feel about having a clea...

The Weird History of Witch Windows

Q: On a recent road trip to see New England’s glorious fall foliage, my wife and I noticed a number of farmhouses with funny, full-size windows tilted at a 45-degree angle. What are they,...