Start the Day Off Right: Healthy Morning Routines

Rise and Shine to a Healthy Morning Routine

There are hundreds of morning quotes and sayings that communicate the importance of starting the day off right. From, “be willing to be a beginner every morning,” to the wise words of popular children’s book character, Lemony Snicket: “Morning is an important time of day, because how you spend your morning can often tell you what kind of day you are going to have.”

The importance of starting your day off right, along with a good attitude and putting good habits to use, is a vital part of making the most out of your life. Everyone has their own ideas about what constitutes a perfect morning: is it a brisk walk? A morning meditation with a cup of coffee or a hot tea? What about a good breakfast or a special beauty routine that makes you look (and feel!) your best. We’ve put together a few suggestions on some easy ways to help jumpstart those healthy morning routines so you can rise and shine, be the early bird that catches that worm and don’t snooze — or lose!

Early to Bed, Early to Rise — Without the Use of a Smartphone

Good morning habits begin with good sleeping habits. We all know those healthy sleep habits, such as going to bed at the same time, getting exercise during the day, limiting alcohol and caffeine before bed and using your bedroom only for sleeping. It’s also important to wake up at the same time every day, preferably with the use of a quality alarm clock — instead of that smartphone. Experts say that smartphones in the bedroom can disrupt the quality of your sleep. It can also be tempting to check those texts, play a round or two of your favorite game or pop into your preferred social media account when you wake throughout the night. Keep that smartphone off your bedside table and opt for a traditional alarm clock, such as one of our alarm clocks available for sale at Miles Kimball. Add one of these digital or analog clocks to your bedside and replace the phone that is hampering your quality of sleep, as well as your good morning routine.

Nutritious Breakfast for a Healthy Morning Routine

A Good Breakfast is the Start of a Good Day

We’ve all heard that breakfast is an important meal of the day, but not just any old breakfast counts. Although a delicious stack of pancakes with butter and maple syrup may sound amazing, it’s not doing a whole lot to start your day off healthy. A whole lot of carbs will leave you feeling hungry before lunch. A high-protein breakfast will help keep you satisfied for longer, allowing you to do your job without succumbing to the dreaded munchies, heading off to snag that last donut in the breakroom or reaching for that bag of chips. Luckily, creating a healthy breakfast isn’t hard or time-consuming, particularly when you opt to use one of our small kitchen appliances. Whether you’re whipping up some scrambled eggs and bacon in our compact electric skillet or you’re toasting your favorite whole grain bread in one of our toasters, you’ll always be well-equipped to tackle breakfast head-on! Don’t miss our microwave cookers, including our microwave egg cookers and microwave bacon cookers, too. (Hint: These quick and easy meal-makers are great for easy kids’ breakfasts.)

My List: Count My Blessings, Practice Kindness, Breathe

Start off your day by making a list. Why? Lists can help you prioritize your day and get things done efficiently. Psychologists have said that lists are also important for our brains: they provide structure, make sense out of jumbled thoughts and are black-and-white reminders of what was accomplished. Whether you have a journal in which you keep your thoughts or you reach for the closest piece of scratch paper to make your daily list, starting your day off by writing out what needs to be done is an important exercise in productivity. Check out our planners and calendars from Miles Kimball to keep important dates and occasions at your fingertips. Also, don’t miss our other organizers and other great stationery options, which include great personalized options as well!

Get Active for a Healthy Morning Routine

Rise and Shine: It’s Exercise Time!

A daily walk or jog is a great way to energize you and get you ready to face your day. Studies have suggested that those who dive right into early-morning exercise routines are more likely to stick with it and to reap additional benefits, like improved productivity throughout the day and improved fat burning. There is also something to be said about doing something that is good for YOU first thing in the morning — before you worry about spouses, kids and work. To help motivate you to exercise in the morning, download an audio book or tune into your favorite podcast. Even better, add your favorite four-legged friend. You’ll both benefit from this early-morning routine that is healthy and uplifting. For great footwear options, don’t miss our selection of comfortable walking and active shoes, slippers and other styles at Miles Kimball.

Healthy Habits Worth Getting Behind

Getting the most out of your life begins with healthy habits. How you begin your morning is important. Do you have a special morning routine or healthy habit that you recommend? Leave a comment down below to let us know how you start your day off right.

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.

3 Easy Tips: How to Improve Your Mental Health

Are you unhappy? Feeling alone or blue? You’re not alone. Depression and poor mental health have become increasingly common in today’s world. According to dosomething.org, more than 43 million Americans struggle with mental illness. Depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide.

Because they may experience many challenges in their lives, older adults are often a group that struggles the most with depression and poor mental health. They’re often less able to get out of their homes as well as they used to, which may lead to increased isolation. They may also begin to reflect on their lives, which can possibly cause regrets. In addition, they may begin to experience loss of their peers by old age. There’s a lot going on in the world of older adults that can affect how they feel.

Take Care of Your Mental Health

To stave off the blues, it is important to take care of your mental health. That means taking time for you, making good choices in your everyday life and surrounding yourself with positive people who nurture your well-being. We’ve put together a few tips that will help you improve your mental health. Below are some tips for improved mental health that are easy to apply in your life, helping you stay positive, connected and mentally well in the following years.

Picture of and elderly women writing in a journal

Keep a Journal

Sometimes putting your thoughts down on paper can help you sort through them and make sense of any doubts, confusion or depressed feelings you may be experiencing. Journaling also helps you boost your sense of well-being, working both the left side of your brain (the analytical side) and the right side of your brain (the creative side). Sometimes just writing about what’s going on in your life, how you feel about it and what you can do to mitigate any confusing, scary or anxiety-producing feelings can help.

Some of the best mental health advice is to try to start your journaling with statements like “I want” or “I feel.” Keep your thoughts in the present tense and take a deep dive into those feelings. Investigate why you feel the way you do and how these feelings can be minimized. For example, if you’re experiencing anxiety about an upcoming social get-together or a class reunion, you can start by recognizing and writing down those thoughts, such as, “I’m feeling anxious about my 50th class reunion because I am nervous about seeing old acquaintances and friends after so many years.” Then, acknowledge the fears you have about the situation: “I’m afraid I won’t have anyone to sit with,” or “I’m afraid I will be judged by what I have done, or haven’t done, in my life.” After reflecting on everything that you’re afraid of, you can create solutions for those fears that can help you deflect them, reducing their effect. “I can reach out to a couple of old friends and make plans to meet them before any events, so I won’t be alone.”

Purchasing a pretty or colorful journal can make this self-reflective journey more exciting, too. Check out our journals at Miles Kimball for a convenient place to jot your feelings, your fears and your thoughts, making sense out of them and making them more manageable.

Picture of a women knitting

Knitting, Sewing or Crocheting

Much has been made of mindfulness and the importance of quieting our minds. The act of sitting and focusing on the task at hand can be soothing and can stave off those depressive thoughts. In crocheting and knitting, the act of counting rows and stitches can be soothing in itself: at that moment, nothing else matters except for that row, that stitch and that loop. These quiet yet creative activities also let you have that selfish “me” time, which for some can be difficult, especially when so much of our lives have been spent taking care of others.

Think of knitting, sewing or crocheting as a mental health exercise. Crafts also take time away from your phone, tablet or other devices, all which have been proven to be detrimental to our brains and our mental health. Miles Kimball has a great selection of sewing, knitting and other crafting essentials, such as sewing machines, organizational items for hobbyists and fun gifts for those who love to craft.

Getting Organized

Clutter is proven to drag us down. The opposite, a neat, clean and organized space, is also proven to help boost our moods. Not knowing where you put your keys, your remote or a book can be stress inducing. Leaving items laying around can also lead to slips and falls. Having a lot of clutter around you is also bad for your allergies: knick-knacks are notorious dust collectors. In addition, people who live with a lot of clutter can be self-conscious about it. This can lead to keeping visitors, guests and family members at arms’ length, and can quickly lead to isolation.

Sometimes staying organized is easier said than done, however, especially if you are limited on storage space and lack handy organization items. Sometimes just incorporating some simple yet clever items to improve your storage can help you get your home in order. Miles Kimball has a great selection of unique storage and organization items that can help! Over the door storage racks can help eliminate clutter on the floors of your closets, in your pantries and in your linen closets. Shelf dividers can help organize towels, clothing and other items. Wooden shoe racks can help keep your shoes organized and will prevent them from becoming scattered all over the floor. When you’re seeking to become more organized, Miles Kimball has great storage and organization solutions!

Stay Mentally Healthy and Happy

Caring for mental health isn’t always easy, but it is 100% worth it. With our easy solutions to help boost your mood and to help care for yourself, you can stay mentally healthy and happy for years to come!

Summer Outdoor Home Maintenance Tips

It’s summer! Now is the time to gather your to-do list for your home’s summer maintenance plans to make sure your ducks are in a row for the upcoming fall, winter and spring. The summer months are the time of year when you need to be especially cognizant of home maintenance, taking care of your home’s exterior (and interior) areas to ensure they’re in good shape. With the pleasant, longer days, you’re able to do so much more outdoors! Miles Kimball has a great selection of outdoor home tips, as well as products, that make spring and summer cleaning fast and easy. We’ve put together four important summer outdoor home maintenance tips to ensure that all those essential tasks are checked off your list.

Clean Windows

When the sun is shining during the summer months, it’s easier than ever to spot those dirty windows. Springtime’s pollen and rains may have left your windows looking cloudy and streaked. Clean windows let more of that sweet sunshine in and provide a brighter, clearer view of all your summertime flowers and beautiful plants. Now is the time to clean them well, both inside and out. Although it’s quite easy to use your favorite traditional window washing method for ground-level windows, high and second story windows and windows can cause a little bit of a problem. A telescopic window washer, like our Long Handle Window Cleaner, is a great tool to have on hand. Thanks to its six-sectioned handle, it can be easily modified to take on those hard-to-reach windows. This must-have tool reaches up to 10 feet and has a two-sided cleaning head that features a foam scrubber on one side and a rubber squeegee on the other. It also includes a hook-and-loop microfiber sleeve that works great for ceiling fans and other light fixtures.

Empty Gutters

Debris, such as leaves, twigs and pine needles, has a way of clogging up gutters throughout the year. Dirty, debris-packed gutters, if they are left unattended and are not properly cleaned, can lead to roof and foundation issues. Keeping your gutters well cleaned is much easier (and less expensive) than paying for repairs down the road. To keep your gutters performing well, it’s important to clean them well at least once a year, depending on how many trees you have surrounding your home. The perfect time to do so is when the temperatures are nice. Experts suggest that the latest that gutter cleaning be performed is in the fall to prevent issues like ice dams over the winter. Miles Kimball has a great selection of home maintenance and gutter cleaning options, such as our handy Telescopic Gutter Brush. This aluminum brush extends up to 6 feet so you can easily clean the leaves, twigs and other debris from your gutters. Our Home & Gutter Flusher is also a great choice. This tool attaches to a standard garden hose and adds pressure to the water flow, quickly and easily blasting debris from your gutters and downspouts.

Trim Shrubs

Overgrown shrubs not only look messy and unkempt, they can be damaging to your siding and your home’s exterior. When greenery is allowed to grow too close to your home’s exterior, it can affect moisture evaporation and air circulation. This can ultimately cause mold, rot and other issues. During the summer, it’s easy to trim these shrubs to keep them away from your home’s siding, brick or stucco. It’s particularly easy if you have a sharp, easy-to-use tool that makes trimming and pruning quick and easy. Our Lightweight Garden Sheers provide a strong, yet easy to manage, way to trim small to medium-sized branches. From rose bushes to landscape shrubbery, our hedge shears are a must-have in your garden tool lineup.

Storage

Summer is a great time to clean out your sheds, tidy your outdoor storage areas and reassess your needs. Keeping all your spring, summer and fall gardening items in good condition and on-hand when they’re needed is important. Luckily, Miles Kimball is the place to go for your garden and garage storage and organization needs. Hoses can be a particular issue during summertime; a hose without convenient storage and organization can become quite tangled and can ultimately break and crack. Our Hose Holder is an affordable way to keep your hose neatly nestled next to your home, so it is ready for use whenever it is needed. For garages and sheds, keep your gardening tools and other items organized with our Corner Garden Tool Rack or our Garden Tool Organizer. Having a designated place to keep your shears, shovels, rakes and hoes makes it much easier to find them. Otherwise, these items have a way of taking over your garage.

Miles Kimball: Your Source for Outdoor Products

Make the most of what’s left of the summer and keep your lawn and garden area looking beautiful. You’ll find everything you need to create a colorful and well-tended garden at Miles Kimball. Shop here for lawn and gardening tools, planters and hanging baskets as well as garden rolls that are fun and easy. Don’t miss our outdoor lawn décor, including bird feeders, garden flags as well as spinners, chimes and windsocks.

Enjoy the Warmth and Complete Summer Tasks Go ahead — enjoy the warm summer months! However, make sure that you take care of those home maintenance tasks while the warmth is abundant. Before you know it, it will be time to pack things up for fall and winter.

5 Reasons to Use Personalized Address Labels

As the holidays come to a close, planning for those holiday cards and yearly correspondence letters become a very real (and perhaps daunting) task for millions of people all over the world. Holiday greeting cards are a chance to catch up with friends and family members that live far away, letting them know you’re thinking about them, wishing them well and sending well wishes from your home to theirs.

Personalized address labels are a great way to add an extra-personalized touch to your holiday cards. They can also be helpful in implementing this sometimes-overwhelming task — who wants to handwrite all those return addresses? These peel-and-stick personalized address labels are an easy-peasy way to knock out those addresses in no time at all. At Kimball Corner, we’ve compiled five reasons to use personalized address labels to add delight to everything from your holiday card greetings to your everyday correspondence.

#1: Self-Stick Address Labels are Convenient

Have you ever gotten your correspondence together, envelopes stuffed, letters written and envelopes stamped — just to find that the very last task of writing return addresses has been forgotten? The result? It is usually a hastily scrawled address that won’t help anyone out in the event that your letter needs to be returned. Personalized address labels come in convenient sheets and rolls as well as in many different styles — even in large-print styles — so you can tailor your return address needs to your design preference. Keep Miles Kimball’s personalized address labels with your postage stamps so they’re ready to go when you are! No more sloppy return address writing — these convenient, colorful personalized address labels are a welcome addition for both you, for your letter’s recipient — and for the postal service workers who may have to refer to that return address. Remember, too, that many individuals keep and read those return address labels to update their address books each year — so make this task easy for them (especially if you’ve moved in the past year) by adding personalized address labels from Miles Kimball to your cards.

#2: Personalized Labels are Easy to Use

These little additions to your correspondence really couldn’t be easier to use: just peel and stick on the return address section of your envelope for a secure, easy-to-read return address. Whether you prefer a personalized address label sheet of 20 with matching seals or a roll of 200, Miles Kimball has the personalized address labels needed to get that tedious task whipped out in no time at all! Not only are personalized address labels easy to use, they’re also super easy to create. Just click on the blue “Personalize It” button to be taken to our easy-to-use personalization tool. Type out four lines, 25 characters per line, and verify that the information is correct. Hint: Sometimes it is a great idea to have someone else double check your input skills. Ask someone in your house to verify that the information is correct to ensure that no mistakes are present before submitting your order. No one around? Take a photo of your information and send a quick text to a child, a grandchild or a friend you trust to catch any errors. It’s always better to be too cautious than receive an entire order of address labels that have one wrong number or a misspelled street name!

#3: Personalized Address Labels Brighten Your Letters

With personalized address labels from Miles Kimball, you can go basic or go bold. The styling options are truly endless with these clever self-stick add-ons that will make your life exponentially easier. From clear address labels and colorful address labels to personalized address labels that match your Christmas cards’ décor and theme, Miles Kimball has a fantastic assortment of personalized address labels from which to choose. Whether you’re searching for holiday address labels, religious-themed address labels, personalized address labels with wildlife and animals, floral designs or classic styles, there’s a personalized address label set and style that fits your needs.

#4: Personalized Address Labels Can Complement Your Holiday Cards

If you’re doing your Christmas card shopping here in Miles Kimball’s Card Shoppe, make sure you check to see if there is a corresponding personalized address label and seal set that matches your Christmas or holiday greeting card selection. Just scroll down to the bottom of the page to check for the “Coordinating Items” section. There may be a matching set of personalized address labels and seals that match your Christmas cards. These affordable options add such a special touch to your holiday cards and brighten up your envelopes with an extra dose of holiday cheer.

#5: Personalized Address Labels Make Great Gifts

Our personalized address labels are not just for holiday cards and your own personal correspondence. Personalized address labels make great gifts, too! Weddings, housewarming gifts, new homes, holidays — there is always a great occasion at which to give these thoughtful gifts. Consider giving a housewarming or a wedding gift basket. Include personalized address labels, a personalized calendar and/or stationery item, postage stamps and a personalized made-to-order kitchen item that they’ll love to add to their home.

Think outside the box with personalized address labels from Miles Kimball! How do you use your personalized address labels from Miles Kimball? Have a great tip? Be sure to share your tips, hints and suggestions by leaving a comment below. We would love to hear about how you use personalized address labels throughout your home.

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!

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!

Top 7 Thanksgiving Kitchen Gadgets

The holidays are the time of the year when you can flex those culinary muscles. Thanksgiving is your chance to shine: bring out those family-favorite recipes, both new and old. It’s a time for traditions — for both those old-fashioned traditions as well as newly created traditions. Regardless of the details, the highlight of Thanksgiving is often the food. Thanksgiving is the time to add those sweet details to savory dishes (cranberries or raisins in stuffing, anyone?) and to experiment with cool kitchen gadgets that make your life easier. Let’s get ready. Incorporate some of your favorite Thanksgiving and fall home décor, create a welcoming table and let’s talk about some fantastic kitchen gadgets that no kitchen should be without this Thanksgiving holiday.

Miles Kimball’s Top 7 Picks for the Must-Have Gadgets for This Thanksgiving

#1: A Quality Baster

Whether you’re a turkey fanatic or opt for ham, no kitchen should be without a high-quality baster. Our Chef’s Pride multi-function turkey and barbeque baster set comes within everything you need to keep those meats juicy. Are you a baster? A brusher? A flavor-infuser? Whatever your method is for maintaining that optimal flavor and tenderness during cooking, this baster set has what you need to create something amazing. One of the biggest woes about basters is their cleaning. No worries — this baster set comes with its own cleaning brush, so you can maintain cleanliness without hassle.

#2: A Marble Cheese Slicer

Appetizers are the mainstay of every holiday home. And who doesn’t like cheese? Everyone knows that those store-bought cheese trays are at least twice as expensive than buying blocks of cheese and doing it yourself. Those store-made options also can be quite boring. With your own marble cheese slicer, you can incorporate gourmet cheeses and meats into your finger foods. Cut your own gouda, asiago, experiment with cheddars, add some brie and some blue cheese. Then, throw on some almonds, Greek olives, figs, jellies and crostini. Voila. You’ll have an epic charcuterie tray and cheese board that will be the highlight of your Thanksgiving get-together.

#3: My Favorite™ Knife

Who doesn’t struggle when cutting and serving? (With Thanksgiving dinner, as you know, there’s a heck of a lot of cutting and serving.) Whether you’re cutting pies, cakes, bars, lasagna or meatloaf, My Favorite Knife will get the job done. This knife is not too big, not too small and will get into the sides of your pans with almost zero effort. Best of all? My Favorite Knife won’t scratch your non-stick pans and is heat-resistant up to 410°F.

#4: Bamboo Toast Tongs

Think these bamboo toast tongs are only for your morning toast? Think again. Although they’re fantastic for safely removing hot toast from your toaster, they’re also fantastic for serving your breads, cheeses and other foods during Thanksgiving dinner. They allow you to take one piece of bread — without the use of fingers (something that’s extra important now when we are so conscious about spreading germs.). Avoid hands and fingers touching food with this bamboo toast tong — purchase several for multiple platters. These bamboo toast tongs are also ideal to use on your charcuterie tray and cheese board (see above).

#5: Clever Food Preservers

Thanksgiving means baking (duh). With all that baking, however, comes those half-used bags of staples, such as flour and sugar. We all know that the packaging these items come in do little to keep out moisture, humidity and (eeek.) sometimes bugs. Check out our super-clever food preservers and ingenious food storage items — all which are particularly helpful around the holidays. Check out our flour and sugar keepers, pie keepers, bread keepers, bun keepers, deviled egg keepers and square and round cracker keepers. Looking for an interesting way to keep your brown sugar free from those gross dried-up clumps? Check out our set of two brown sugar preservers, made from all-natural terra cotta.

#6: Three-Piece Cooling Rack

Still looking for a good cooling rack? How about three? These stackable three-piece cooling racks make the most out of your counterspace when you’re making those gingersnap cookies for Thanksgiving dessert. They’re also great to use while making those famous Christmas cookies of yours. There will be plenty of room for those cookies to completely cool so you can move on with your family’s cookie decorating tradition.

#7: Jadite “Drippings” Bowl with Lid

Does anyone really know what to do with meat drippings? You can’t pour them down the sink and dumping them into the trash makes a huge mess. As grandma used to say: “A place for everything, and everything in its place.” We think this is ideal for drippings, as well. Whether you’re a bacon grease saver or need a secure, lidded place to drain your hamburger, this jadite drippings bowl with a lid by Home Marketplace is the perfect place to put them. You can then allow them to cool so they can be disposed up properly at a later time.

Miles Kimball for All Your Kitchen Helpers

Miles Kimball has a ton of cool kitchen gadgets that make your holiday cooking ventures easier, including measuring spoons, liquid measuring cups, cooking aprons, microwave egg cookers and dinnerware sets. From kitchen linens, towels and kitchen chair cushions to cookbooks and instant pot cookbooks, we have everything you need for a well-stocked kitchen — all throughout the year.

Fall Muffin Recipes for a Festive Breakfast

Think that muffins should only be whipped up on special occasions? At Kimball Corner, we’re here to challenge you on that. Why are you saving your best muffin recipes for special occasions like Christmas morning, Thanksgiving morning or Easter? Fall-inspired muffins can be a delightful addition to any morning. Really. Manic Mondays, anyone? Fabulous Fridays? Someone — anyone — please make something good about Tuesdays. These delicious treats add a specialness to mornings and make them marvelous.

Fabulous Fall Muffin Recipes

Miles Kimball and Kimball Corner have some fall muffin recipes here that will make you want to create these goodies any day of the week. From their autumnal additions (like nuts, maple, apples, pumpkin or cranberries) to their good-smelling spice add-ins (like cinnamon, cardamom and nutmeg), there’s no other place you’ll rather be than in your cozy, great-smelling kitchen when you’re baking these treats. Keep reading for three of our favorite fall muffin recipes.

(Hint: These favorite fall muffin recipes can be mixed up the evening ahead…all that’s left for you to do in the morning is to pour the batter into a muffin tin, bake and serve. An even better idea? Muffins are awesome to heat and reheat; make several batches of your family’s favorite fall muffin recipes and spring them out to make an ordinary morning extraordinary. Enjoy.)

Recipe #1: Fabulous Fall Muffins

Diced apples? Cranberries? Cinnamon? Yes, please. These easy-to-make fall muffins are full of autumnal goodness.

Ingredients

3 cups flour

¾ cup light brown sugar

¾ cup white sugar

½ teaspoon salt

1 tablespoon baking powder

½ teaspoon baking soda

2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon ground ginger

½ teaspoon cardamom

1 tablespoon Watkins’ Baking Vanilla Extract

1 cup butter, melted

2 large eggs

1 ¼ cups milk

1 cup chopped cranberries

1 peeled, cored and diced apple

1 cup chopped walnuts OR chopped pecans (optional)

Directions

Preheat your oven to 375° F.

Grease your muffin tin or add some decorative paper muffin liners to a tin. Mini muffin tins can also be used for bite-size size treats. Looking for something different? Consider a mini loaf pan.

Now is the time to core and peel your apple, either by hand or with an apple peeler corer/slicer. Cut the apple into small pieces. Set aside.

In a large bowl, stir the dry ingredients together: brown sugar, white sugar, baking powder, baking soda, flour, salt, cinnamon, vanilla, cardamom, ginger and cinnamon.

Add wet ingredients: melted butter, eggs and milk.

Stir until all ingredients are well blended and smooth.

Add your cranberries and apples.

Add the batter to your muffin tins with our Easy Portion cupcake batter scoop. The cups should be about ¾ full.

Bake for 15-20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Recipe #2: Mouthwatering Pumpkin Muffins

What’s more “fall” than pumpkin muffins? They go with coffee, with tea or with a big glass of milk. They’re the epitome of fall. Here is our go-to pumpkin muffin recipe.

Ingredients

1 ¾ cups flour

1 cup white sugar

½ cup dark brown sugar

1 teaspoon baking soda

½ teaspoon salt

¼ teaspoon nutmeg

¼ teaspoon ground cloves

2 teaspoons cinnamon

1 teaspoon Watkins Baking Vanilla Extract

½ cup oil (applesauce can be substituted for oil)

1 15-ounce can pumpkin puree

2 eggs

Instructions

Preheat your oven to 375° F.

Grease your muffin pan, your mini muffin pan, your mini loaf pan or gather your paper muffin liners and place them in your muffin pan.

Measure the dry ingredients: white sugar, brown sugar, flour, soda, salt and spices. Stir them together.

Add the wet ingredients: vanilla, oil, pumpkin and eggs.

Stir everything together; avoid over stirring.

Add the batter to your pans using our Easy Portion cupcake batter scoop.

Bake your muffins for 20-22 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into one muffin comes out clean.

Recipe #3: Pecan Maple Muffins

Maple syrup? Pecans? Count us in. This fall-inspired muffin recipe is a delightful addition to teatime, breakfast or lunches.

Ingredients

1 cup chopped pecans

1 cup white sugar

2 ½ cup flour

1 tablespoon baking powder

½ teaspoon salt

¾ cup maple syrup

1 cup buttermilk*

4 tablespoons butter, melted

1 tablespoon Watkins Baking Vanilla Extract

*No buttermilk on hand? No problem. Add one tablespoon of cider vinegar (or lemon juice) to your measuring cup, then fill it with regular white milk. Let set while you prepare the dry ingredients. It will curdle a bit. This can be substituted for buttermilk in any recipe that calls for it.

Directions

Preheat your oven to 350° F.

Grease your muffin tins, mini loaf pans, mini muffin tins or add your paper muffin liners to your tin.

Add dry ingredients: chopped pecans, white sugar, flour, baking powder and salt.

Stir together lightly.

Next, add your wet ingredients: vanilla, butter, buttermilk and maple syrup.

Mix dry and wet ingredients together.

Add the batter into your muffin tins with our Easy Portion cupcake batter scoop.

Bake for 15-20 minutes or until the top of the muffins are slightly golden and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

Turn your broiler on high and broil for one minute. This gives the tops of your muffins a little crunch.

A Festive Fall Muffin Tradition

While we’re heading into the holiday season, take a moment to consider whether or not you’re ready with a well-stocked kitchen. Miles Kimball has everything you need to cook and bake until your heart’s content (or when your family’s tummies are full). Be sure to check out the Kitchen department at Miles Kimball for everything you need to be successful in your kitchen endeavors this fall-into-winter season. From bakeware and cookware to cool kitchen gadgets and kitchen organization and storage, there is something here for everyone.

Make fall mornings your time to shine. Incorporate these fall muffin recipes into your family’s morning throughout the fall season and let us know how they turn out.

Trick or Treat: Outdoor Halloween Decoration Ideas

Happy Howl-O-Ween!

From its candy and its food to its outdoor decorations, costumes and décor, it’s no secret that Halloween continues to rise in popularity. Billions of dollars are spent on Halloween goodies every year. Americans clearly know how to eat, drink and be scary!

Creep it Real

Halloween’s popularity shows no sign in slowing down, and why should it? October 31 is the time of the year to express yourself, to come as you aren’t, to have some fun and to apply your creepy creativity to some outdoor spaces. Outdoor Halloween décor is easy with today’s pre-lit, whimsical and super-fun outdoor décor. Both kids and adults can get into the spook-tastic fun: Halloween is created for both the young — and the young at heart. Whether you’re bone to be wild and love your outdoor skeletons or you’re the ghostest with the mostest and love to shake your boo-ty, you’ll find some something totally awesome at Miles Kimball’s Halloween store. Below, we’ve featured some of our favorite Halloween décor and outdoor décor items that will turn the heads of neighbors and make you the talk of your town.

Light-Up Halloween Flair

When it comes to outdoor Halloween items, nothing is easier than pre-lit Halloween décor items that are just your (blood) type. If you like the look of whimsical, pre-lit holiday décor, you love the glow that these charming designs with mini lights will provide when placed in a window. All that is needed is a nearby electrical outlet and/or an extension cord for instant Halloween décor. Choose between our Black Cat and Moon Light, our charming Jack-O-Lantern Pumpkin Light or our batty “Happy Halloween” Shimmer Light.

DIY Halloween Lighting: Pumpkin Carving

Prefer DIY Outdoor Halloween lighting? You can’t get much easier (or classic) than pumpkin carving — which is the quintessential outdoor Halloween décor. Pumpkin carving has been the go-to family friendly activity for decades and allows you to be as traditional — or as unique — as you want. Whether you opt for a simple, smiling jack-o’-lantern or you spend hours creating an intricate, funny or scary scene, this staple outdoor Halloween decoration offers you hours of fun — not to mention tasty pumpkin seeds to be shared with the family.

Consider a scarecrow-themed lighted jack-o’-lantern: “sew” your pumpkin’s mouth up with twine. Turn the traditional pumpkin-carving on its head and use the “stem” of your pumpkin as your jack-o’-lantern’s nose, cutting a silly or a traditional smiling mouth below and triangle eyes above the stem. Pay homage to your four-legged furry friends by carving cat or dog paw silhouettes into your pumpkin. Want a super-easy outdoor pumpkin decoration that takes mere minutes to create? Consider spray painting multiple sizes of pumpkins and gourds gold metallic, black, silver or white and arranging them on your porch steps, patio or landscaping areas. When it comes to outdoor décor, it’s best to go big or gourd home!

Take a Gander at Outdoor Halloween Goose Decor

Everyone is talking about our Outdoor Goose and his wacky wardrobe that includes outfits for every season, including Halloween. Just in time for Halloween, our friendly neighborhood decorative goose has decided to don his Pumpkin Goose Outfit, his Witch Goose Outfit and/or his Frankenstein Goose Outfit. Pair one or more of our outdoor geese for a fantastical, fun and fa-BOO-lous outdoor garden décor looks that will add conversation starters and whimsical interest to your front yard.

Decorative Yard Stakes, Garden Flags and Halloween Garden Décor

Looking for some fun, quirky and adorable looks for your Halloween-inspired garden décor? Consider decorative garden stakes and Halloween-themed garden flags. These are almost-instant outdoor Halloween décor choices that add color, fun and whimsy to your spaces. Metal garden stakes, plant stakes and garden flags are a quick and easy way to brighten up potted plants, hanging baskets and more. Choose from several charming garden stake styles by Fox River Creations™, including Jack-O’-Lantern plant metal stake sets (which will give ‘em pumpkin to talk about), Halloween Planter Stakes Set or Metal Black Cat Stake sets. What about eye-catching Metal Witch Leg garden stakes? These’ll turn any yard, planter or landscaping island into a fun-loving “crime” scene that may require further scrutiny.

Lift Your Spirits

Halloween is about keeping your outdoor décor fun; Miles Kimball has the outdoor Halloween decorations and décor ideas to stay festive all season long. We not only carry Halloween decor, we have other holidays decorations available in our Holidays and Occasions department, including Thanksgiving and Fall looks, Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day and Patriotic holidays as well as Easter, Christmas, birthdays or Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. Many of our one-of-a-kind products are sold only here and can be personalized, which means that you’ll receive a unique décor product that is made to order. Love personalized Halloween items, gifts and décor? You’ve come to the right place for high-quality products that are meant to put you the mood for a fang-tastic Halloween!