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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SEPTEMBER 20, 2021 | MONDAY
How to Wash Shoes in a Washing Machine

While you generally get what you pay for when it comes to apparel, a good pair of sneakers is probably going to cost you a pretty penny. Athletic shoes, particularly the super-high-tech v...

SEPTEMBER 13, 2021 | MONDAY
7 Smartphone Apps for Emergencies That You Need to Download Right Now

Want to be notified if there's a tornado coming your way, or need a way to communicate with others if cell phone towers are down? These emergency and weather apps can help you stay safe.

AUGUST 18, 2021 | WEDNESDAY
Returning to the Office? These 11 Tips and Treats Will Keep Your Pets Happy While They’re On Their Own

Heading back to work and swapping sweatpants for business casual is exciting for some, but it may not be easy for our pets. Here are strategies and products that’ll help smooth the transi...

JULY 27, 2021 | TUESDAY
9 Things You Should Know Before Buying a House With a Pool

Nothing turns your home into a summertime hangout quite like a swimming pool, but there’s more to pool ownership than providing towels and inflating a few floaties. Before you buy a home ...

JULY 23, 2021 | FRIDAY
Solved! How Can I Find the History of My House?

Q: During a recent renovation of our home, we found an old tin box hidden under some floorboards in one of the closets. Inside were some matchbooks and a black-and-white snapshot of a you...

JULY 19, 2021 | MONDAY
5 Interior Car Detailing Tricks You Can Do at Home

Americans love to personalize cars. We give them names, decorate them, and even put eyelashes on them. In 2019, we shelled out an astonishing $415 billion on car accessories to make every...

JULY 12, 2021 | MONDAY
This Vibrant Paint Color on Fences and Trees Isn't Just for Curb Appeal

The Meaning of a Purple FenceThe term “trailblazing” has become a common metaphor for something that is new or innovative, but it originally referred to marking a path through heavily woo...

JUNE 28, 2021 | MONDAY
Solved! What is a Kamado Grill?

Q: My wife and I just bought our first house, which has a beautiful deck overlooking a huge backyard. Since we finally have the space to entertain outdoors, it’s high time we replaced our...

JUNE 23, 2021 | WEDNESDAY
Ragweed vs. Goldenrod: A Case of Mistaken Identities

Aaaaachooo!Allergic rhinitis, aka hay fever, is a condition that can really hinder your enjoyment of outdoor activities. Characterized by sneezing, sniffling, congestion, red and itchy ey...

JUNE 9, 2021 | WEDNESDAY
7 Things to Know About Hugelkultur Gardening

There’s something magical, even miraculous, about shepherding tiny seeds through the process of germination and growth. Gardeners reap plenty of tangible rewards—nutrient-rich and delicio...