A Summer to Remember: Storing & Displaying Your Summer Photos

Summer is the time of year when we visit friends, embark on road trips or head to family reunions. Those get-togethers will likely mean that cameras and smartphones will be a frequent sight. Of course, you want to preserve all these special moments!

As a result of these happy photo opportunities, you’ll likely have many, many photographs to store and to display. It’s frustrating when it’s difficult to find those photos you want to share, especially when they’re of your kids and your grandkids. That’s why properly storing and organizing your summer photo memories is so important. Check out Kimball Corner for ways to show off those memories, as well as how to preserve and store your photos with our favorite photo storage boxes and frames.

Store Your Summer Memories

Displaying Your Summer Photos

It’s comforting to be surrounded by those you love. Photos are an opportunity to have those precious moments in time as a daily reminder of the summer fun. One way to show off those summer photo memories is to display them in decorative picture frames, available at Miles Kimball. Create a wall of framed photos with a specific theme (for example, a black and white photo theme or a collage of a special vacation) for a striking photo display that will be both artistic and heartwarming.

Unique Photo Frames

At Miles Kimball, you’ll find wonderfully unique photo frames in many different styles, sizes and shapes. Many of our photo frames can be personalized, so these pictures and their displays will be extra-meaningful to you and your family. Hang them, set them out on tables or on bookshelves as a constant reminder of the people you love. In addition to summer-themed photo frames, you’ll find other selections that are ideal for other occasions and holidays. Show off your grandkids’ cute costumes in Halloween-themed photo frames, celebrate first communions or graduations. Miles Kimball has all the frames, both personalized and non-personalized, that will bring you pride and joy every time you look at them. (Psst! Personalized photo frames make great gifts, too.)

Personalized Photo Frame for Summer Memories

Photo Storage Boxes for Organizing Your Memories

Storage and organization is a challenge for many household items. This can be especially true for photos. Given the nature of your summer photo memories, you want to ensure that these memories are safe and are at your fingertips when you need them. Perhaps you’re wanting to organize these photos for later use in photo albums or in scrapbooks.

Today’s photo storage solutions from Miles Kimball make it easier than ever to keep these summer photos together and organized. Our plastic photo storage boxes provide multiple containers that are just the right size for your vacation photos, family reunion photos or photos of family visits. Choose between 7-piece photo storage box sets or large 17-piece storage box sets, each with individual acid-free containers that will provide safe-keeping for your treasured photos until you need them. The lids snap tightly closed and keep your photos free from dust, debris and dampness. Individually label each of these clever containers by year, by family or by occasion. When the time comes to organize your summer photos in albums (or to show them off to friends!), you’ll know exactly where to look.

17 Piece Photo Storage Box

Photo Albums

Whether you’re a scrapbooking guru or you want to begin organizing your photo collection better, photo albums are the way to go. It’s important, however, that you choose the right photo albums for the job: cheap photo albums can cause damage to your precious photos. You want to find top-notch albums that will offer the protection you need as well as with plenty of room, beautiful bindings and classic presentations that you’ll be proud of. Look for acid-free paper, non-adhesive backing pages and high-quality plastic. Cutting corners with cheap photo albums can cause issues later.

Miles Kimball Exposures photo albums have all of what you need. These beautiful, keepsake-worthy photo albums will not only beautifully display those summer photos, they’ll also look stunning when arranged on bookshelves or on coffee tables. Our high-quality leather photo albums can be personalized with dates, names or special events. Want to commemorate your granddaughter’s graduation from college and the party that went along with it? These albums are excellent for all of life’s memories, such as a special family vacation or road trip that you never want to forget. We even offer wedding albums that are specially made to create a stunning presentation of that super-special family event.

Our Exposures photo albums are perfect to keep those memories all in one place and at your fingertips. Choose from many different sizes, colors and style options. We also offer non-personalized photo albums, which allow you to label your album to your preference. Arrange by dates, events and more. With these high-quality photo albums, it’s easy to create something perfect.

Enjoy, Appreciate and Love Your Summer Photos

Summer is the time to shine; the warm weather beckons us to get together, make memories and enjoy each other. Enjoy all that summer has to offer with these ideas that will allow you to enjoy the many photographs taken to commemorate those memories. With Miles Kimball, it’s easy to do with all our great ideas to enjoy, appreciate and love your summer photos.

5 Easy Summer Heat Hacks: Stay Cool this Summer

Hot Summer Days
Those Hot Summer Days Can Be a Challenge

The dark and cold winter days made us long for the warmth of the summer sun. Now that we’re in those dog days of summer, reality has set in. It’s hot! At Kimball Corner, we’ve put together some summer heat hacks that will help you beat that heat and stay comfortable when those temperatures soar.

#1 Heat Hack: Use Cooling Items to Stay Comfortable at Night

Sometimes, the toughest part of the summer heat is getting comfortable at night when you go to bed. This is even tougher if there is no air conditioning in your home; the heat can really damper a good night’s sleep. Miles Kimball has some great products that will help you stay comfortable at night and escape that heat of the day. Sheets made of 100% cotton often have a soothing, cool touch when you crawl into bed at night. A light sheet and blanket will also help; no need to have that comforter on-hand during those summer months. A cooling under sheet will also help you stay comfortable. Our cool-to-the-touch Simply Cool Under Sheet uses cooling technology that feels amazing when your room is hot. This product is also a great barrier between your cotton sheets and your mattress. Mattresses often contain materials that can cause discomfort in the summer (think hot memory foam). Another way you can stay cool is to take a cool shower before bedtime, dry off lightly and go to bed when slightly damp, while a quality oscillating fan circulates the air in your room. Cooling pillow wraps also add a measure of comfort to your nighttime routine.

#2 Heat Hack: Opt for Cool, Comfortable Clothing

Staying cool during the summer days can also be challenging when the temperatures are high. When you’re choosing your clothing for the day, opt for cotton fabrics that are cooling and comfortable to beat that summer heat. Loose-fitting clothing is a must-have in your closet, as are comfortable undergarments. Miles Kimball has you covered in both areas. Check out our selection of cool, comfortable clothes, like our Poly Knit Lounger by Sawyer Creek and Cool Comfort Clogs . These items not only keep you comfortable during the heat of the day, they are available in colorful styles that look great when company drops by.

Cool, Comfortable and Stylish

Comfortable, non-binding undergarments are also important — particularly bras. Miles Kimball has cooling bras that will help keep that heat away from your body with thoughtful mesh fabrics, while providing support that you need throughout your day. Opt for our Easy Comforts Style™ Mesh Cooling Comfort Bra or the easy-on Easy Comforts Style™ Cooling Zip Front Bra. To help alleviate moisture underneath the bust, our Cotton Bra Liners are available in convenient sets of three. We also have a great selection of cooling socks and leg items, such as our Cooling Therapy Knee High Socks.  For tired legs after a long day, don’t miss our Cold Gel Calf Wraps, which can be refrigerated to provide cooling support to your legs.

#3 Heat Hack: Keep the Heat Out During the Day

It is often tough to keep your home cool during the day. This might be the most important summer heat hack of them all, especially if your home is not air conditioned. Keeping your windows open at night and closed during the day will help you stay comfortable and those temperatures down. This trick will keep cooler temps “trapped” inside your home. During the day, deflect the hot summer sun, which can cause the temperatures within your home to soar. A good pair of insulated window panel curtains is a must-have during the summer months (as well as the winter months, too!). Check out our Microfiber Energy Saving Curtains in a wide range of colors to help your home remain cool throughout the hot summer days. Leave your fans running to help keep that cool air moving during the day. At night when the sun goes down and the temperatures drop a bit, open your curtains and your windows to ease discomfort and stuffiness in your home. The old-fashioned trick of placing a bowl of ice cubes in front of a fan is a great way to keep cooler air moving, too.

#4 Heat Hack: Add Cooling Items to Seats

Individuals who lack mobility face special challenges during the summer. For those who are homebound and are confined to chairs and wheelchairs, the summer can be particularly uncomfortable. Miles Kimball has ways to keep your seating from overheating during the day.

Adding a cooling pad to a chair, a recliner or a wheelchair can help keep your bottom cool. Cooling gel technology adds comfort to your seating areas. These versatile pads are also portable: add them to the seat of your car to keep you comfortable when running errands or taking road trips during the heat of the summer day.

#5 Heat Hack: Choose No-Bake Meals and Stay Hydrated

Sometimes during the heat of summer, it is tough to think about cooking. The heat of the oven can really cause your indoor temperatures to rise. For this reason, think about no-bake meals that are healthy and filling. Fruits and raw veggies are great ways to stay sated and hydrated. Check out our large section of Microwave Cookware, these gadgets make no-bake cooking a breeze.

Be sure to drink water throughout the day, too. Adding ice to 100% fruit juice and water will cool you down from the inside out. Our Polar Ice™ Cube No Spill Honeycomb Ice Tray is a great way to have ice that is easy to access when you need it. Freeze cucumber slices, fruit and other tasty items to your ice cubes for a cooling treat.

Summer: Here Today, Gone Tomorrow

Although they may be uncomfortable, summer days are fleeting. If you’re able, now is a great time to get out and enjoy the warm days and soak up the vitamin D, replenishing those depleted vitamin levels in your body that may have dropped during the dark winter months. Enjoy these summer days and apply our tips to help you manage the heat of summer.

Thank you for reading our Blog. Feel free to comment with your favorite summer heat hacks and please share on your favorite social media outlet.

Until Next Time,

Your Friends at Kimball Corner

5 Reasons to Wear Slippers in Your Home

As the chill sets into the air, there are just certain things that we reach for to give us comfort. It could be that mug of hot chocolate or tea, your favorite warm, fluffy blanket or that extra-cozy sweater. Soft, warm slippers go hand-in-hand with the fall, winter and early spring seasons. They’re also naturals to give as gifts during the holiday celebrations, as well as birthdays, special occasions and more. Here at Kimball Corner, we’ve put together some reasons why slippers for men and slippers for women are some of our favorite winter items — and why wearing them in your home is such a good idea (as if you needed more reasons to love slippers!).

Slippers Take Away the Chill and Keep You Healthy

Cold floors are no match for a cozy pair of slippers. Keep a pair beside your bed (along with a super-warm robe) to put on first thing in the morning so you can get that first cup of coffee or tea in comfort. When the outdoors is bitter cold and flu season hits, did you know slippers can actually keep you healthy? Studies have shown that cold feet directly affect your body’s ability to fight off illnesses. When your feet are cold, your body experiences a protective mechanism that helps control the escape of heat from your body: the blood vessels in your nose and throat constrict. The tiny protective hairs in the nose that “catch” germs and bacteria can also be affected, making them less effective. Who knew that cold feet could directly affect your body’s defenses against sickness?

Slippers Are Hygienic

Think about where your shoes have been all day: on the bus, in restrooms, at school, at the grocery store. It’s enough to give you the heebie-jeebies (so maybe don’t think about too much). In fact, some studies have shown that the bottoms of your shoes are dirtier than a public bathroom. Although many countries have incorporated taking shoes off at the door into their cultures (Scandinavia, Japan, etc.), Americans are known for not requiring family and friends to take their shoes off upon entering their homes. Want to implement this practice? Having a basket of “guest slippers” at the door can soften your request for guests to take their shoes off at the front door. The “no shoes in the house” rule can keep your floors, carpets and rugs cleaner and can reduce the chances coming into contact with nasty germs.

Slippers Help Reduce Communicable Diseases

Although bare feet can be comfortable, when you live in a home with others, bare feet can help facilitate the spread of certain fungal infections and communicable disease like athlete’s foot, fungus, warts, staph infections, viruses and more. This is especially concerning if you have kids who participate in sports or family members who are in and out of gym locker rooms (because who knows what they can contract in those public places!). Enacting a “no bare feet” policy in your house may take some time to get used to, but it can do so much for the health and wellbeing of your family. Make this transition easy by buying a pair of comfy slippers for each member of your family and make it fun, colorful and cozy.

Slippers for Men and Slippers for Women at Miles Kimball

Love slippers? Can’t get enough of these super-comfortable footwear items? Miles Kimball has a ton of slippers available for both men and women that makes it easy, convenient and ultra-affordable to wear these comfortable footwear pieces in your home. Shop slippers, casual shoes, active shoes and indoor sandals in our selection here at Miles Kimball. You’re sure to find a slipper and footwear style that will fit your lifestyle — whether you’re indoors or outdoors. Don’t forget to purchase a few extra slippers for guests to make their visits warm, safe and clean.

Slippers Reduce Household Slips and Falls

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that 3 million older people are treated in emergency departments each year due to falls. In 2015, falls cost the American public more than $50 billion in medical costs. One easy way to stay steady on your feet is to wear slippers in the house. Although socks keep your feet warm, they don’t have hard soles and can cause slips on tile or other slippery surfaces. At Miles Kimball, our slippers are available in dozens of slipper styles for men and women — from comfort slides and Mary Jane-style non-slip slippers to clogs, ballet slipper styles and edema slippers, which allow you to adjust their fit via Velcro fasteners to personalize your comfort level. Have someone in your life who needs some extra security around their house? Consider browsing Miles Kimball’s selection of slippers and give them the gift of safety for holidays, special occasions or birthdays.

Slippers Help You Get Things Done

When you’re cold or chilled, it’s tough to concentrate on much else. Did you know that studies have shown that slippers help increase productivity — both at home and at work? No, slippers are not just for at home — they can also be great additions to your office as well!

Cozy Home? Yes, Please. Five Ways to Cozy it Up This Fall

We think that Dorothy hit the nail on the head: there’s just no place like home. The place where you sleep, hang your hat and relax is inherently special — it is where all your favorite things are; it’s the place where memories are made; it’s filled with your own special comforts. Your home should make you happy. You also should feel good in your space and surround yourself with items you love.

As we’re heading full steam into the chilly fall and winter seasons, you may be looking for home décor pieces and ideas to make your home cozier — you know, achieving special feeling you get when you’re “hunkering down,” listening to the wind, weather and chaos outside and feeling cozy, comforted and calm. Creating a cozy home is easier than you may think and can be achieved with just a few items. Also, creating a cozy home also doesn’t have to cost a lot. Here we’ve provided five tips for creating a cozy home that we think are quick, easy and inexpensive.

Tip #1: Add Some Warm Lighting

Creating a cozy atmosphere can be as simple as turning of those overhead lights (they’re often harsh, unflattering and too bright) and adding several table lamps. There’s nothing cozier on a dreary day than turning on a warm lamp and watching the rain or snow from the comfort of your home. Don’t miss Miles Kimball Lighting and Lighting Accessories department on our website for some home lighting ideas. Add light to a dark corner with a decorative nightlight, add a Himalayan Salt Light to a shelf or add a good set of LED candles to a coffee table. If you need great lamps but are on a very tight budget, second-hand stores are often fantastic places to pick up table lamps. We love the look and the ease of string lights — they can be added above paintings, in plants and on console tables for instant brightness. Purchase string lights you can plug in or opt for battery-operated fairy lights for a magical and cozy effect in your home. Remember, if you’re looking to make your home cozier, opt for “warm” white lights. Cool lights or “outdoor” lighting are great for tasks like reading, crocheting or other crafts. If you’re wanting to achieve a cozy vibe, however, look for “warm” white lights.

Tip # 2: Green it Up

Adding some organic green home décor item can make your home seem instantly cozy. Plants are also beneficial to air quality: through photosynthesis, they use carbon dioxide and release oxygen. Don’t have a green thumb? No worries. There are several plant options available that are easier to tend to than you may think.

Plant beginners (or those who are especially plant challenged) can start with plants that are notoriously hard to kill, such as aloe vera, jade plants and other plants from the succulent family. These plants are much, much easier to overwater and require a hands-off approach to care. (They only really need a good soaking about once a month—or less.) Pothos (pictured above) and spider plants are also easy to care for. They are also easy to propagate (make baby plants with) and don’t need much light. Pothos can be purchased as a hanging plant, too, which adds instant coziness to a corner. Add an inexpensive bracket to a wall (or over a window) and add a hanging pothos plant. Pothos stems can be cut and added to wine bottles, vases or mason jars full of water and scattered throughout your home for extra coziness. Just empty and replace that water twice a month to make sure it doesn’t get dank — these easy plants will thrive in even the darkest rooms and provide a cozy vibe to your home.

For those who REALLY can’t keep plants alive, artificial flowers are often a great option. Today’s artificial flowers and faux plants are unbelievably lifelike and require zero care. Consider artificial hanging stems placed on high shelves, on top of cupboards or on the top of curio cabinets.

Tip # 3: Textiles, Rugs, Throws, Blankets

Nothing says cozy like a soft, cuddly blanket that you can wrap around your shoulders or throw across your lap on a cold night. With today’s options of affordable textiles, rugs and blankets, you can swap out these items seasonally with every season, too. Add several throw blankets across chairs, couches and sectionals for easy comfort and color and to coordinate them with your existing décor. Check out Miles Kimball’s selection of blankets, throws and plush blankets for instant softness. Add a good scattering of throw pillows so everyone has a comfortable place to sit. Add some ottomans and welcoming benches throughout your home where you can add pillows. For those who don’t have carpeted floors, you can create a cozy ambiance with decorative rugs, doormats and rug sets.

Tip # 4: Curtains

There’s just something about shutting the world away, closing curtains and turning on the warm light of lamps in the home. Adding inexpensive curtains to your home can not only keep away chilly drafts, it can soften the look of your home, creating a cozy effect. New room darkening curtains can also control the outside lighting, which is beneficial in spaces like bedrooms. Curtains are also a great seasonal way to swap out your décor. Miles Kimball has a fantastic selection of curtains, room darkening curtains, valances and more that will add some warmth and coziness to every room of your home.

Tip #5: Make it Welcome

Today’s home décor is really focused on being welcoming, grateful and positive. With inspirational sayings, Bible verses and uplifting sentiments, you can add these pieces for a modern cozy feeling. These easy additions to your home can really make guests feel welcome, at home and cozy in your space as well. Large “welcome” signs outside your door and a well-decorated porch can give guests, friends and family members a positive, welcoming vibe before they ever step foot in your door. Adding a large, leafy plant just inside the front door (if space is available) is also a way to cozy up your entryway. Add a console table to your foyer and add a plant, a candle, a lamp and a welcoming, eye-catching home décor item.

See? It’s easy to add some coziness to your home. Have some tips or specific items you use to make your home cozy? Be sure to share them below.

Fun Gifts to Send in the Mail – Kimball Corner

We’re moving into the holiday season, which means that gifting is on the mind. Not all our loved ones are close, however, which means that often gifting has to take place over many miles. This can be a wonderful opportunity to shine — send them “gift packs,” themed gift boxes and special sentiments that they’ll be delighted to receive.

It doesn’t really get a whole lot better than discovering an unexpected gift at the mail. With the plethora of bills, responsibilities and junk that often arrives via post, isn’t it lovely to receive something fun? This is especially true in recent times, when everyday life has seemed, well, a bit gloomy. Go ahead — make somebody’s day. Send a small gift and spread some joy.

Looking to surprise that someone you love with a “just because” gift? Searching for ideas for fun gifts to send in the mail for the holidays? We’ve gathered some of our favorite ideas here that will make anyone’s day.

Themed Boxes

For friends, family and loved ones who love their baths, consider putting together a “Spa Day” basket or gift box and include items that they can use to relax and unwind. Include a bottle of deliciously scented bubble bath, a bath pouf or loofah, a box of relaxing chamomile tea, some cookies and a personalized mug in which they can enjoy their beverage while soaking. Consider our popular bath pouf belt with handles, which allows you to clean those hard-to-reach places (like the back) with ease. Add a special bar of gentle soap, such as our goat milk based manuka honey soap from Natures® CommonScents. Our Personalized Tea Bag Mug is perfect to send in a “Spa Day” gift basket — it is easy to personalize with your loved one’s name and provides a side “pocket” that holds a used tea bag after it has seeped for the preferred amount of time. We think they’ll thank you for the reminder that they should stop, take a moment to themselves and relax.

Gifts for Hobbyists

Everyone has a friend who has a special activity that they enjoy. Whether it is knitting, crocheting, coloring, painting or puzzles, this fact can be a great starting point for a gift to send in the mail. Take an activity or hobby that someone loves to do and create a thoughtful gift or gift box to send. For example: know someone who loves to color? Get a new coloring book along with a set of special gel pens, new colored pencils or crayons. There’s something wonderful, thrilling and inspiring about receiving brand-new coloring utensils. Miles Kimball has great options for coloring books in our Hobbies and Books department — check out our selection of coloring books available that will keep your friends and family busy. Puzzles are also a great gift to send in the mail. See a new, interesting puzzle that someone on your gift-giving list would love here in our Puzzles and Trivia nook? Choose a new puzzle to send and include some puzzle glue so that they can preserve the piece that they spent so many hours on. Have someone who is looking for a new way to create something beautiful? Don’t miss our Brain Games Sticker by Number books. These popular books can be something to send to a coloring book fanatic so they can try out something new and exciting.

Gardening Glory

For a friend or family member who just can’t wait for gardening season, consider gathering some unique gardening gifts to send. Add some seeds, wind chimes or other outdoor garden décor and garden accessories to your gift box. Check out our Gardening Tools and lawn tools to see if there is something that they could both love and incorporate into their gardening care routine, such as a new pair of gardening shoes or gloves. For a thoughtful gift, consider one of our garden flags — many which can be personalized. Create a seasonal gift box and add a garden flag to it that corresponds with the season. These quick and easy ways to incorporate movement and color into gardens are a tried-and-true favorite here and are highly recommended here at Kimball Corner. Consider seasonal gifts with some unique yard stakes and figurines — a delight to add to any garden. Decorative garden stakes are also a quick and easy way to brighten up a space and to make great gifts for the outdoor garden décor enthusiast on your gift list. Think seeds are not too interesting and not that exciting to send as gifts in the mail? Think again. Check out our Plants and Garden Rolls, available at Miles Kimball. Developed by a horticulturist, they can be tailored to interests, such as wildflowers or butterflies. They can also be bought for some specific microclimate needs, such as shady areas, sunny areas or ground cover. Of course, everyone loves hanging flowerpots — especially when they’re low maintenance. Check out our realistic artificial flower hanging baskets that come perfectly assembled and ready to hang. These gems are ideal for spaces that are notoriously inhospitable to plants and flowers.

Just Because

Enter into your shopping trips, even to the grocery store, keeping your eyes open for specials and sales. See something that “reminds” you of someone? Buy it. There doesn’t need to be a reason; sometimes the most unexpected surprises are the best. Add a note with a personalized note card or stationery that explains why the item you bought made you think of him or her. These little “just because” gifts don’t have to be much: decorative napkins and pretty paper plates, cute notepads, coffee mugs, pretty journals, interesting-looking books or home décor. Sometimes the best places to find fun gifts are in the checkout lanes. See a magazine you think a friend will love? A decorative lip balm? A travel-sized lotion or cute hand sanitizer keychain? Sometimes these little gifts will cost a bit more to mail than they were to purchase; however, the happiness that these little gifts will inspire will mean so much. We guarantee it. Check out the Special Offers or Sale sections of our departments at Miles Kimball to see if anything here “reminds” you of someone you love. It’s easy to spread love and happiness when you get creative with gifts you send in the mail. Have you received a spectacular in the mail? Share a memorable gift you received in the mail below.

Thanksgiving Dinnerware & Table Décor Ideas

What’s your favorite thing about Thanksgiving? Is it the cozy, comforting spices, like nutmeg, cardamom and anise, blended together into your favorite beverages, desserts and dishes? Or is it the warmth of those Thanksgiving dinnerware décor colors — muted sages, golden yellows, brilliant crimsons — that are incorporated into styles that range from whimsical to traditional? From everyday meals as a family to large Thanksgiving meal gatherings, we love a good opportunity to spice up a tabletop with festive colors, designs and goodies that will help you make the most of your memories together.

Thanksgiving Dinnerware and Tabletop Décor Ideas

Thanks to Miles Kimball, your fall and Thanksgiving dinnerware tabletop décor options have never been easier. We offer a fantastic selection of Thanksgiving dinnerware and fall items that will dress up everything from your dining room table to your landscaping. We’ve brought together some Thanksgiving holiday table tips and tricks, so you brighten these spaces up quickly and easily and add some fun to your dinner. You can even enlist your smallest family members to participate in dressing your family’s Thanksgiving Day table. Read on for some tips to make this year’s Thanksgiving dinner your family’s most memorable!

Choose Fun, Functional Thanksgiving Table Covers

There’s something appealing about fully draping your dining room table in the colors of the season. These Thanksgiving-inspired table covers and colorful tablecloths also pull double duty: they not only look great and add a simple, all-in-one décor option, they also help protect your table from everyday wear, spills and mishaps. Choose a waterproof, durable Thanksgiving tablecloth that has a soft cotton fabric back that will help keep your table in top shape, preventing scratches, indentations and moisture damage. Bonus: When you incorporate an autumn-inspired tablecloth to your Thanksgiving tabletop décor, cleanup is super-quick and easy.

From drop tablecloths and table covers in multiple shapes and sizes to our ultra-convenient Falling Leaves Blessings elasticized tablecloth that has elastic edging for non-slip security, our effortless décor items take only an instant to swap out for each occasion. Choose a high-quality table cover that is warm and inviting. With our selection of tablecloths and table covers at Miles Kimball, you have a great choice of patterns, designs and colors that will add so much to your table.

Thanksgiving Kitchen Essentials

There’s nothing like the Thanksgiving main course, of course. Thanksgiving is a time to bring out your family’s favorite culinary traditions to be enjoyed by all generations. What’s your favorite Thanksgiving Day treat? Is it your grandma’s sweet potato pie? Mashed potatoes? Turkey or ham? Luckily, Miles Kimball has the kitchen essentials that will help create these items. Need measuring spoons, liquid and dry measuring cups or cooking aprons? What about glassware, dinnerware sets or silverware? Miles Kimball has the kitchen must-haves to create a spectacular Thanksgiving meal that your entire family will be talking about for years to come. Don’t forget to shop our food and candy selections for everything from appetizers to after-dinner drinks for the kids. Shop here for cheese spread, caramel candy, coconut macaroons and hot chocolate. Yum!

Thanksgiving Table Décor

With so many options in Thanksgiving décor options available today, creating a festive Thanksgiving tabletop has never been easier. Shop the traditional tabletop finds and add some of Miles Kimball’s favorites, such as William Roberts designs, tabletop must-haves and special occasion add-ons (like our acrylic leaf-shaped gems) that will add an extra-special touch to your Thanksgiving décor. Love the look of fall flowers yet don’t like the mess or the upkeep of fresh flowers? Decorating with the colorful look of mums is easy and hypoallergenic when you use our artificial mum bush by Oakridge™ to add instant color to your Thanksgiving table. (This is also a great option for those who cannot tolerate fresh flowers because of allergies.)

Our artificial mums are available in some of the season’s most vibrant colors, such as gold, rust, yellow, cream and purple. Add these realistic-looking artificial flowers to our personalized “Grateful, Thankful, Blessed” wooden planter box for a rustic centerpiece. These lovely mums can also be added to one of our personalized stoneware crocks. Check out our other unique Thanksgiving accessories that feature the delightful scenes of the season, available at Miles Kimball.

A Family Affair: Thanksgiving DIY Tabletop

Incorporate some fun finds from your kids’ nature walks to your Thanksgiving tabletop décor. Take advantage of fall’s rustic décor options by leaving the decorating task to the littles of your family. Send them outside with bowls and buckets to collect pretty pinecones. These lovely textured pieces can be left au naturale; they can also be spray painted (with an adult’s help, of course) gold for a tabletop centerpiece addition that is guaranteed to pop. Kids also love collecting colorful maple leaves, acorns, fallen magnolia pods or other nature-inspired finds from their neighborhoods. You can even find good (and great smelling) decorating options in your pantry (think cinnamon sticks and anise stars). For a super-simple minimalist lighted centerpiece option, have children collect sticks and other downed branches. Tie them together with a piece of raffia and add them to a clear glass centerpiece vase, along with some battery-operated string lights, for a delightful, easy piece.

Unique Thanksgiving Tabletop Décor

Since 1935, Miles Kimball has been dedicated to bringing you charming, nostalgic and unique décor items that will set the tone for your holidays. We’ve been part of the Thanksgiving dinnerware and décor tradition for American families for decades, and we’re proud to offer the best selection of essential home products and décor. We’re all for making memories throughout the entire year. Stop back often to get ideas for your home, décor and other special family times at Kimball Corner.

Do you have a special family Thanksgiving meal or décor tradition? Leave a comment below to let us know something your family does to make Thanksgiving memorable!

Best-Selling Puzzle Books

Who says that expanding the brain can’t be fun? Puzzle books have been popular for decades among adults and children alike. These books contain dozens, or even hundreds, of puzzles that test a person’s knowledge and/or ability to think. In many cases, they develop critical thinking skills — all in a way that’s charming and satisfying for the reader.

But what are the best puzzle books you can own? Seeing which books are popular, and why they are, is a good place to start. Miles Kimball is here to help with this look at our best-selling Brain Games puzzle books for adults and kids. You just might find something that provides hours of entertainment while helping you get a little smarter!

Word Puzzle Books

By far, the most popular puzzle books we sell — and the most popular puzzles period, for that matter — are word puzzles. As the name suggests, these puzzles involve working with words.

The two most common word puzzles are word search books and crossword puzzle books. Despite its popularity, word searches are one of the newest puzzle forms; they were created in 1968. To complete them, one must find all words on a provided list within a grid of letters. The words usually involve a certain theme and might be side-to-side, up-and-down, diagonal or even backward. Word finds can be a real brain challenge for children but are primarily a source of amusement for adults. Alternate versions involve finding words within a picture or using the remaining letters to form a phrase.

Crossword puzzles, which were created in 19th-century England, add knowledge and critical thinking to the mix. A grid of white- and black-shaded squares is provided, and the reader must fill the white squares with words or phrases by solving the provided clues. The clues can be as simple or as complicated as you want, meaning that all ages can test themselves with the right puzzle.

Both of these puzzle types fall into the larger category of paper-and-pencil word games. There are also letter arrangement games (e.g. word scrambles) and semantic games (e.g. Mad Libs). However, these are not as popular in book form. They’re most often seen in compilation books, book sets (pictured above) or in themed books that build puzzles around knowledge of a certain subject (such as our John Wayne puzzle book).

Picture Puzzle Books

Connect the dots puzzles are the third-most-popular type of puzzle book we sell behind word searches and crosswords. This puzzle — sometimes referred to as dot-to-dot or join the dot — is a form of a picture puzzle. Each page in the book has numbered dots spread across the sheet. (Letters can be used, too.) Drawing lines to connect them in the correct order creates a certain object such as a car or tree. These are some of the best puzzle books for kids as they test a young brain’s counting and sequencing ability. As a bonus, children can then engage their creativity by coloring in the picture.

This is by far the most common type of picture puzzle book we sell. However, you can find some other versions in our puzzle compilations and collections. Comparison puzzles are a popular way of testing one’s attention to detail. They involve placing two similar pictures side by side and asking the reader to find the differences between them. Sticker-by-number books are a fun variation of paint-by-number that doesn’t make a huge mess. The Hangman guessing game combines words and pictures for a classic good time, and the book versions create a one-player version by making the letters scratch-off clues.

Keep Your Mind Working

A puzzle collection is a great way to stimulate the brain, pass the time and have fun with. Take a break from the TV or gossip sites and test yourself with the best puzzle books for ages 5 to 95. They’re also an excellent gift for a family member or friend. Miles Kimball has been trusted for generations and will help you find unique puzzle books at affordable prices.

Logic Puzzle Books

Perhaps it shouldn’t be surprising that the most challenging puzzle category comes in here. But make no mistake: these are great books for anyone to own. These adult puzzle books keep your cognitive muscles active well into old age by expanding logic, reasoning, creative thinking and more. Our top-selling Sudoku books are a great example of this. Readers are provided with a 9×9 grid that’s subdivided into nine 3×3 blocks and partially filled with numbers. They must fill the remaining boxes so that all columns, rows and blocks contain the numbers 1 to 9. This puzzle type, which became popular in the 1980s, combines memory and logic while requiring high concentration.

The deductive reasoning book Who Done It? is another great way to test your skills. The reader is presented with a variety of brain challenges with a spy theme. They might need to solve a math riddle, answer comprehension questions after reading a paragraph of text or plan a mission using certain parameters. The best part is that some of the puzzles can be solved in multiple ways, meaning you can do them again later and find improved or alternative solutions.

Honk Honk! It’s Goose Week!

Welcome to Miles Kimball’s very first Goose Week. This week we celebrate the adorable fun our Goose Outfits bring to our customers doorsteps. They’re cute, clever and sure to put a smile not only on your face, but also your passing neighbors face! Each day we will be offering 50% Off on a specific goose outfit! So make sure to look each day to see if your favorite outfit will be discounted. Check it out here! Shop for humorous costumes, holiday outfits, seasonal sensations and more.

Best of all we are offering a Goose Week Sweepstakes that will include a Grand Prize, Second Place Prize and Third Place Prize. Each prize was picked perfectly for you to enjoy each goose outfit for all the seasons! Enter the contest here!

Lastly, check out Miles Kimball Facebook if you would like to partake in a vote on 9/5/2019. The votes are made up of previous Goose Outfit that Miles Kimball used to offer in their Goose Wardrobe! All you have to do is comment the alphabetic letter of the Goose Outfit you would like to see back on our website! We will then choose the winner and get that Goose Outfit in our wardrobe as soon as possible. While you are there feel free to like our Facebook page and follow our Instagram page.

Grand Prize

The Grand Prize consisting of 2 Large White Geese and 12 Outfits (Pictured above)

Second Place Prize

The Second Place Prize consists of 1 Large White Goose and 6 Outfits (Pictured above)

Third Place Prize

The Third Place Prize consists of a new product that Miles Kimball will be introducing later in September. This will be our Seasonal Goose Notecards, Set of 24. The Notecards are dressed to to celebrate all four seasons throughout the year! Simply adorable, and only found here, the set of 24 holiday cards includes 4 of each colorful design: “Happy Spring!”, “God Bless America!”, “Thankful For You!” and “Seasons Greeting!”. Blank space inside the greeting cards allows plenty of room to write your own special note, whether sending Easter blessings, catching up on Patriotic holidays, expressing gratitude on Thanksgiving, or wishing friends and family a merry Christmas season.

Sweepstakes end on September 9th @ 11:59pm. Winners will be announced on September 10th @ 9:00am on Miles Kimball Facebook page & will be emailed

How to Design Small Spaces

Adding comfort, style, and functionality to a small space can be challenging, but with the right approach and well-designed furniture, you can make the most of limited square footage. When you’re shopping for a small space, one of the most important things to keep in mind is the importance of functionality. Choose furniture pieces that are compact but stylish, preferably serving dual purposes or offering storage.

Miles Kimball carries an excellent selection of small space-friendly furniture, including these popular customer favorites:

Chairside Table with USB Power Strip by OakRidge
With a slim profile and built-in power strip, this side table is a smart way to add functionality, storage, and style to even the smallest space in your home.

Three Drawer Multipurpose Rolling Cart by OakRidge
You don’t have to sacrifice style in the name of storage with this multipurpose rolling cart, crafted with solid wood in a gorgeous dark finish that will complement any décor style.

Newport Magazine Table with Drawer by OakRidge
Keep your everyday necessities within reach with the Newport Magazine Table, complete with a convenient drawer, magazine holder, and attractive mahogany finish. If you’re searching for smart solutions for your small space, you can find a wide variety of stylish, high-quality options from Miles Kimball. Choose from thoughtfully-designed furniture pieces that are both attractive and functional, making it easy to design an attractive but practical space.

Shaker Desk by OakRidge
The clean lines of this beautifully-crafted desk add simple style to any room, with a spacious top offering a useful work surface and discreet drawers that provide valuable storage space for office supplies and more.

Cleaning Tips

There’s nothing quite like enjoying the feeling of a freshly-cleaned home, but keeping up with the daily chores can be a challenge for anyone with a busy schedule. From everyday tasks like dusting and dishes to bigger jobs like scrubbing the floors, it can often feel like there’s no end to the upkeep of your home.

But as the old saying goes, work smarter – not harder. Use these 3 genius cleaning tips to simplify your cleaning routine and make your home shine with less effort and time:

1. Do a little bit every day. Instead of letting the chores pile up, set aside 30 minutes a day to knock out a few simple tasks.

2. Choose high-quality products. Stock up on products that make it easier to clean effectively, saving you time and money in the long-run.

3. Make use of innovative tools. Using smart tools can make your cleaning routine easier. Here are just a few of the useful products offered by Miles Kimball:

Telescoping Scrubber with Removable Head
Make your shower sparkle with minimal effort using this telescoping scrubber, designed to reach into corners and pivot for easy use.

Microfiber Flexible Mop
Clean floors and baseboards with ease using this flexible mop, designed for both wet and dry use for the ultimate in versatility and value.

Ceiling Fan Duster
Use this telescoping ceiling fan duster to safely clean your fans, removing dust and improving your home’s air quality.

Flat Flexible Duster by OakRidge
Eliminate dust from hard-to-reach spaces like underneath furniture and behind appliances, then toss this duster in the wash for easy cleaning.

If you’re searching for more ways to streamline your cleaning routine and keep your home sparkling, browse the full selection of cleaning products and accessories from Miles Kimball.