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How to Clean an Outdoor Rug Before Putting It Away for the Season

Anyone fortunate enough to live somewhere with outdoor space—whether it’s a compact patio, sprawling deck, or tiny balcony—has had a distinct advantage throughout the pandemic: Having a place to sit that’s not the inside of their home. Even those who hadn’t taken advantage of these areas before have been purchasing…Read more...

How to Watch the 2021 Tony Awards, and What to Know About This Year's Show

Over the past few weeks, Broadway shows have slowly been returning to the stage, after theaters have sat dark since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020. Along with the plays and musicals, the 2020 Tony Awards were also canceled (multiple times).Read more...

Try These Simple Strategies for Improving the Air Quality in Your Home

When we think about air pollution, it’s usually in terms of it being an outdoor problem and something we can escape once we’re indoors—especially inside our own homes. But that’s not how it works. Some sources of air pollution, like pet dander and dust mites, come from within our own homes. Fortunately, there are ways…Read more...

Your Smart Scale Probably Isn’t Accurate Enough to Be Useful

Your weight on the scale changes for so many reasons. We can gain or lose muscle, and we can gain or lose fat. We can be lighter when we’re dehydrated, or heavier because we ate a lot of salt last night and we’re retaining water. Wouldn’t it be great to tell the difference between all of these things? That’s what many…Read more...

Remember These Foul (Yet Often Forgotten) Places in Your Fall Cleanup

Most of us know the basic things that should be included on our home and garden fall cleaning checklists (whether we do them or not is another story). Things like: Deep cleaning the house, replacing HVAC filters, installing storm windows, clearing out gutters, and storing outdoor furniture. But there are some areas we…Read more...

8 Surprising Ways to Use Up That Half-Empty Can of Pumpkin Puree

Opening a can of pumpkin for a recipe that only needs a little usually means putting the remaining amount in the fridge, where it sits until it eventually gets thrown out, spoiled and unused. After all, there are only so many ways you can use pumpkin puree, right? Or so we thought.Read more...

How to Deal With Living in a State of Perpetual Crisis

At this moment, it’s hard not to feel overwhelmed by the state of the world. We are facing an unprecedented climate disaster, the impact of which is already causing droughts, famine, flooding, wildfires, and mass extinction events. The political situation on the national and global level feels perpetually tenuous. And…Read more...

You Should Spike Your Shirley Temple

When I was a kid, my dad owned a sports bar that opened every day at 6 a.m. I have no idea how he came to own this bar, it just was. When I asked him, some years later, about the obscenely early hours, he said matter-of-factly, “It’s when a lot of truckers finish their shift.” Oh, right.Read more...

Peanut Butter and Pumpkin Will Be Your New Favorite Fall Sandwich

As our colleagues over at The Takeout point out, there’s a weird peanut butter sandwich in all of us. For my mother, that meant packing a peanut butter and pickle sandwich for lunch every single day of her twenty-year career as a public- school teacher. And as she often pointed out, she never had to worry about…Read more...

12 Peacock Originals That Are Definitely Worth Watching

Peacock launched just last July, largely on the promise of The Office reruns, but it also brought the power and checkbook of NBCUniversal to bear in creating some solid original content (“creating” being, in some cases, a euphemism for “importing”). Even though the library of originals is relatively small, there’s an…Read more...

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