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 20, 2021 | THURSDAY
8 Zen Garden Ideas for Peace and Relaxation at Home

The term “Zen” has come to serve as shorthand for a state of being chill, calm, and copacetic. How did an ancient branch of Buddhism eventually become an Insta vibe? Learn all about the m...

MAY 18, 2021 | TUESDAY
The Surprising Benefit of Opossums All Homeowners Should Know About

The opossum needs a new publicist. This nocturnal animal—America’s only marsupial—is much maligned, but why? Is it the animal’s vaguely rat-like vibe? That unflattering (albeit funny) mem...

Set Up Your Garden for Success by Ordering Online from These Seed Companies

Heirloom, heritage, organic, open-pollinated: there’s a whole world of exciting, exotic seeds out there, just waiting to be tucked gently into your garden soil—and there’s never been a be...

APRIL 19, 2021 | MONDAY
How To: Get Rid of Chiggers in Your Yard and Garden

Chiggers: Good News, Bad NewsWhen it comes to the creepy-crawly buggers known as chiggers, there is good news and bad news. Let’s start with the good news: These nuisances do not burrow i...

How to Get Rid of Earwigs

It’s almost impossible to imagine what Earth looked like 208 million years ago. For one thing, humans weren’t even a twinkle in the universe’s eye; it would be 206 million years before ou...

MARCH 26, 2021 | FRIDAY
Proof That Bob Vila Still Lives in Tim Allen's Head Rent-Free After All These Years

Fans hoping for a reboot of the ’90s hit sitcom Home Improvement may be disappointed to learn that Tim Allen and his longtime sidekick, Richard Karn, won’t be reprising their roles in the...

MARCH 22, 2021 | MONDAY
Vole vs. Mole: How to Tell Which Pest is Tunneling Through Your Yard and Garden

Here’s a riddle: What’s nearly blind, eats insects, and can be found in both your backyard and the local arcade? If you guessed “moles,” ding-ding-ding! That’s correct. Whether you’re wha...

This Popular House Style in Chicago Is Going Extinct

Workers cottages, once a staple of Chicago’s middle-class culture, came to define the character of its residential neighborhoods. Now they’re being demolished in the name of urban develop...

15 Gorgeous Rock Garden Ideas for Your Landscape

When it comes time to create a backyard that’s both beautiful and practical, you can’t do much better than sourcing materials from Mother Nature. Incorporating elements from the local lan...