Your Guide to Decorative Garden Stakes

Decorative yard stakes are a fantastic way to add a little something extra to your lawn or garden. You can use them to celebrate holidays, welcome the seasons or let your neighbors know some of your interests. Take a look at these fun and cute garden stakes ideas.

Holiday Stakes

Decorative garden stakes are perfect for celebrating holidays, especially the less prominent ones. Christmas and Halloween involve a lot of decorating to begin with, but what about all the other holidays that pop up throughout the year?

Easter is a holiday that usually isn’t decorated for, but Easter yard stakes can bring some more color to your garden or lawn. With pastel colors and cute characters, they’re sure to catch the eye of anyone passing by. Check out these Easter bunny garden stakes that can be used to greet your guests. 

During July, you can show your patriotic side with some red, white and blue. Garden stakes are a great way to show your pride and celebrate America. You can go a more lively route with something like these patriotic dog stakes or you can choose something on the sophisticated side like these banner star stakes (to the right).

For St. Patrick’s Day, you can bring the luck of the Irish to your house with a personalized leprechaun stake with your last name on it. No matter the holiday, you can find the right garden stake to celebrate with.

Seasonal Decorative Plant Stakes

You can decorate your front yard with garden stakes that fit the season. Spring yard stakes are the perfect addition to your garden because they let you have flowers on display while waiting for your own to grow. Some good choices are tulip stakes or daisy stakes. They will bring some life to your garden and be a preview of what’s to come. If you don’t want flowers, some hummingbird stakes (to the left) will look beautiful in front of your house.

In the summer months, dress up your lawn or garden with beachy garden stakes like these summer boy and girl stakes. They’re a fun way to welcome the warmer months and kick off beach season. If you’re into a summer sport like golf, you can get this golf cart stake featuring solar power headlights that automatically turn on when it gets dark.

For autumn, this harvest truck stake will bring some fall flavor to your yard with the bright pumpkin a red truck bed. Plus, the wheels on the truck spin in the breeze for extra fun. You can swap this yard stake out with an adorable witch stake around Halloween. 

Garden Stakes That Light Up

If you want to add some extra light outside your home, solar-powered decorative plant stakes have you covered. These stakes soak up energy from the sun during the day to power their bulbs once night begins to fall. 

A set of solar balloon stakes can make your yard more festive. Place them along a walkway to light up a path for visitors and guests. You could also go with a color-changing butterfly stake (to the right). It comes with four butterflies that you can adjust with its flexible wires. Best of all, the butterflies put on a show by changing colors. For something more rustic, this metal tractor stake will provide a soft glow with its solar headlights.

Yard Stakes with a Car Theme

Garden stakes can also be terrific decorations for car enthusiasts. There’s no better way to show off your love for classic cars than through some lawn and garden decor.

This antique car stake not only features the font view of an antique car, but it also comes with solar-powered headlights and a welcome sign on the stake. It’s a fantastic way to greet anyone who might stop by your home.

For a sleeker design, a classic car stake is a good choice that will bring some nostalgia to your yard. This stake comes in a beautiful light blue color and the solar headlights turn on automatically at dusk.

The vintage car stake has an iconic yellow design that everyone will recognize. It’s a sturdy decoration that will help you remember the good old days every time you see it. 

CHAPTER 1. Loomings

Call me Ishmael. Some years ago—never mind how long precisely—having little or no money in my purse, and nothing particular to interest me on shore, I thought I would sail about a little and see the watery part of the world. It is a way I have of driving off the spleen and regulating the circulation.

Whenever I find myself growing grim about the mouth; whenever it is a damp, drizzly November in my soul; whenever I find myself involuntarily pausing before coffin warehouses, and bringing up the rear of every funeral I meet; and especially whenever my hypos get such an upper hand of me, that it requires a strong moral principle to prevent me from deliberately stepping into the street, and methodically knocking people’s hats off—then, I account it high time tozz get to sea as soon as I can.

Animal Garden Stakes

Some of the most popular garden stake designs include animals. With choices from farm animals to pets, there’s something for everyone. 

You can stick to the classics with options like a cow yard stake. This stake will look right at home on your lawn. It also comes with a back hook so you can display it on a wall or fence. Another option is a set of duck family stakes. The momma duck comes with three little ducklings, making this decoration perfect for your human family. 

You can go more fantastical with this raincoat cat stake. The whimsical design features a cat standing on two legs in a yellow raincoat and holding an umbrella over its head. As a bonus, this yard stake doubles as a rain gauge because the cat holds a little glass jar to collect water. 

For those with a flair for the dramatic, a gorgeous peacock stake will take center stage in your lawn or garden. This brightly colored stake will draw the attention of all your neighbors and have your yard looking great. 

Other Yard and Garden Decorations

Don’t stop at just garden stakes when it comes to decorating your yard. At Miles Kimball, we have a wide selection of outdoor decor to help you make your home look its best. From birdbaths to garden flags, we have what you’re looking for. 

Easter Basket Ideas for All Ages

Pastel colors, chocolate bunnies and brightly dyed eggs are just a few of the things that make Easter such a fun holiday. It wouldn’t be Easter without baskets full of plastic eggs, candy and little toys, though. Depending on who you have on your list, it can be difficult to come up with the right Easter basket stuffers. That’s why we’ve gathered this list of Easter basket ideas for everyone, no matter their age.

Babies 

Easter basket ideas for babies might just be the hardest to come up with. You can’t fill them with all the traditional things like candy and small trinkets and toys, but there are still ways to make those first Easters special for little ones. 

When it comes to babies, it’s a good idea to get a soft, plush Easter basket instead of a woven one. These are safer for infants and will give them a more tactile experience with the basket. With a personalized plush basket, you can also have a cute keepsake that can be held on to for years to remember the baby’s first Easter with. 

Stuffed animals are a great toy to put in a baby’s Easter basket. Any stuffed animal will work, but you can’t go wrong with a plush bunny for the holiday. This will be something the baby can play with, sleep with or have as a personalized decoration in their room.

While babies shouldn’t be given traditional Easter candy, you can still put some special treats in their baskets. Yogurt snacks, applesauce and cereal puffs are perfect sweet treats to help babies celebrate the holiday with you.

Don’t be afraid to include more practical and useful items in a baby Easter basket as well. Pacifiers, teething rings and bottles are wonderful additions to a basket, especially if you can find Easter and spring-themed ones. You can also never go wrong with Easter clothing like hats or shirts. 

Toddlers

Coming up with Easter basket ideas for toddlers is a little easier. They are at an age where they can enjoy more sweets and play with more toys than they could in their infant years. However, it’s still a good idea to go with a soft personalized Easter basket in case it ends up getting thrown around. Having one with a stuffed animal backing will also give them something to play with. 

Toddlers can have more fun with the toys in their baskets, but you want to avoid anything that’s too small and can pose a choking hazard. Wind up bunny toys are an Easter staple and will keep your toddler entertained for hours as they watch it hop around the floor. An Easter flip doll will give toddlers a two-in-one plush toy perfect for Easter storytelling and adventures. 

You want to be careful with what candy you include in your toddler’s basket, staying away from hard candies. However, jelly beans and chocolate are Easter classics that make for good egg and basket stuffers. Put the jelly beans in an Easter treat jar to combine candy and fun. 

Teens

Teenagers may think they’re too cool for Easter baskets, but deep down they still want one. Finding Easter basket ideas for teens that they will enjoy can be hard. You need to find the right balance of fun without being cheesy. You’ll want to go with a more sophisticated wicker Easter basket. This lets you give them a traditional basket without it being something they’ll see as too childish. 

Teens likely aren’t going to want the same toys you gave them as children, such as sidewalk chalk, bubbles and dolls. However, a classic personalized stuffed bunny is something they can keep on a shelf or place on their bed. Tiny versions of toys they used to have growing up are also a great option. Toys like the World’s Smallest™ Magic 8 Ball ® will give them the nostalgia of an old toy but in a cooler form. 

Candy is the easiest part of a teen’s Easter basket. Simply find your teen’s favorite candy or chocolate to fill the basket. You can also get creative and surprise your teen with something different. A milk chocolate dinosaur egg will appear to be a traditional chocolate Easter egg, but when you’re teen looks inside they’ll be amused to find three miniature chocolate dinosaurs. It’s exactly the kind of twist a teen Easter basket needs. 

Adults

Don’t leave the adults out of all the Easter time fun. Easter basket ideas for adults might look a little different than those for kids and teens. 

Instead of toys, look for trinkets and decorations you can put in an adult’s Easter basket. Spring themed figurines are something fun you can include. They will look great on a friend’s or family member’s knickknack shelf. Another unique idea for adults is an Easter-themed picture frame. If they have kids, this is a wonderful way for them to remember those special Easters by. For more religious adults, you can include a beautiful Easter suncatcher with a Christian poem on it. 

Adults are just as into sweet treats as the kids, so don’t leave the candy out of their baskets. You might want to choose something other than candy necklaces and bubble gum, though. Some good candy ideas of adults are dark chocolate marshmallow eggs and coconut bonbons

Holiday Supplies for Easter and Beyond

Miles Kimball has you covered when it comes to supplies for holidays and special occasions. From Christmas to Mother’s Day, we’ve got what you need to celebrate. 

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.

Fun Coffee Décor & Gifts

There’s no substitute for a good cup of coffee in the morning — but cool coffee decorations and gifts are a close second. Miles Kimball knows how many people out there love their brew, and we’ve picked out some of the best ways you can celebrate that love.

With coffee-themed kitchen décor, you can create a home coffee bar, brighten the living room or expand your coffee horizons. Our selections for the best coffee décor and kitchenware will pay the ultimate respect to java. You’ll also find plenty of coffee-themed gifts for family, friends, employees and others who can’t live without their morning Joe. We’ve stocked unique gifts and unexpected finds at an affordable price since 1935 and will do the same for coffee-lovers everywhere.

Coffee-Themed Décor

Tabletop Adornments

 Turn any flat surface — whether it’s a rustic coffee table, kitchen counter or work desk — into a coffee shrine with the right decorations. A metal coffee cup clock is proof that any time is a good time for your favorite brew. Set it by your bed or hang it above the coffee maker for a well-timed alert. Personalized vanity trays are another cool gift. These trays are a perfect place to set down your mug without sloshing any liquid onto the table.

Coffee-Loving Animals

Do you own a large white goose statue or other garden figurines? You can turn them into coffee lovers, too! Simply order an “I Heart Coffee” T-shirt for them to wear proudly in the garden, on the front porch or in the living room. After all, any home can always use an extra messenger of this drink’s power.

A Coffee Nightlight

Just because the sun goes down doesn’t mean coffee time ends. Coffee nightlights are cute and functional coffee-themed décor that can show the way when it’s dark outside. Get up before the crack of dawn, find your way to a late-night snack or give your kids some extra security without waking up the entire house.

Coffee Wall Art

Everyone will know how much you love your coffee when that love is covering the walls. Hang a coffee plaque with a simple but to-the-point message such as “Coffee is Always a Good Idea” and “All You Need is Love and a Lot of Coffee”. They just might spur you or the recipient to make an extra cup. If you prefer something with a more vintage or industrial vibe, metal coffee cup wall art is an instant pick-me-up that will have a kitchen buzzing.

Affordable Coffee Gifts

Whimsical Coffee Mugs

Everyone who drinks coffee can use more mugs — especially when it’s a mug chosen and designed just for them. Personalized coffee mugs with a name or message printed on them will quickly become a loved one’s new favorite hot beverage cup. Kids can give their dad a tear-jerking Father’s Day gift with a personalized father mug. Is someone you know a huge fan of both coffee and football? Help them wake up for the big game with an NFL coffee mug. Every team is available so you can enjoy good java no matter who you cheer for.

Coffee Warmers

If you’ve made a great cup of coffee, you want to savor it, not chug it down. But that’s hard to do when the coffee gets cold halfway through. A compact mug warmer will keep your beverage at the right temperature so you can drink it as slow as you want to. Give it to anyone who is tired of lukewarm or cold coffee as they’re getting ready for the day. Insulated coffee carafes will keep larger amounts of coffee hot longer for a second cup that’s as good as the first.

Coffee Holiday Sample Packs

A sampler pack is a great coffee-themed gift for someone who wants to try new brews without going to a shop or buying huge bags of each. The Twelve Coffees of Christmas gift set will be the perfect holiday present. It contains a dozen gourmet blend packets that each make 10-12 cups of coffee — all for an unbelievably low price. You might just end up giving it to yourself! A single-serve Christmas coffee pack is also available. If you want to get a holiday beverage for the whole family, get the Christmas sampler trifecta that includes all the great holiday coffees plus 12 gourmet teas and 12 hot cocoas.

Coffee Snacks

A cup of Joe is even better with a tasty treat on the side. Some bakery snacks or candies are a delightful holiday present or addition to the Christmas party coffee table. Coffee cakes are a clear option, and a pumpkin streusel or apple streusel cake will be gobbled up fast. Dark chocolate espresso beans and caramel macchiato candies also add that coffee flavor to an edible form. Plenty of other breads and cookies also pair well with a coffee palate.

Countertop Holders

Every coffee drinker needs a place to store their coffee-making accessories. A wire coffee pod holder is a creative gift for organizing up to two dozen single-serve pods, whether they be store-bought K-cops or reusable coffee pods. They also can be used for utensils, napkins and other coffee supplies. A ceramic cow creamer is another fun option. Pour milk or cream from these elegant holders at lunch and say goodbye to wasteful disposable containers.

Comfy Loungewear and Sleepwear for Lazy Days

When you’re planning to spend the day at home, you go about picking your outfit a little differently. Comfort takes on a bigger priority, but looking good is still nice, too — even if your roommate is the only one who will see you. Comfortable loungewear and sleepwear are something every adult should have in their chest, dresser or closet. It’s the perfect attire to study for midterms in your dorm room, play videogames on the couch or unwind after a tough day at the office.

Better yet, adult loungewear has become outdoor clothing, too. The right lazy day clothes are now an acceptable choice for walking the dog, running a few errands or even going to casual nightclubs. That means setting aside the stained T-shirts, ripped pants and runny leggings for something more fashionable. Miles Kimball is here with recommendations of the best loungewear for men and women so you can treat yourself well even when you’re relaxing. Buy lounge clothing from our online store to get unique apparel at affordable prices!

Lounge Robes

Sometimes you just want to wake up, throw something on, and call it a day clothing-wise. A comfortable lounge robe is the solution for times when you want to dress simple but feel luxurious. They’re commonly known as bathrobes because many adults wear them between getting out of the shower and putting on their regular clothes. Lounger robes are also a good way to cover up and dry off at the beach. And now stylish apparel such as snap-front fleece robes and embroidered robes are accepted morning and nighttime wear around the house, too.

When you’re not planning to leave the house (except to go to the beach), loungewear robes allow you to get dressed in seconds. You can get short robes or long robes in classic, kimono, gown and hooded styles. Materials include terry cloth, cotton waffle, microfiber and plush micro-fleece for the ultimate stay-at-home comfort. Personalize your robe and make it a go-to on truly casual days.

Lounge Pants

When the goal is to be comfy, the last thing you need is tight denim jeans or khakis squeezing your legs like a tourniquet. The most comfortable lounge pants are made of softer materials that are looser and have some stretch. They should also be warm for those cold autumn and winter mornings.

The most common choices for lounge bottoms are sweatpants, track pants and joggers. This athletic attire is also incredibly comfortable casual-wear for all ages and genders. The differences are as follows:

  • Sweatpants are made of a heavy material that’s nice and warm with a baggy, loose fit.
  • Track pants are made of a lightweight nylon material that is more form-fitting and provides more ease of movement.
  • Joggers are “dressed-up” sweatpants with a better fit and large elastic cuffs at the ankles.

Any of these pants will be great loungewear options. Leggings and yoga pants are also a strong loungewear choice for women. These provide a form-fitting look with spandex and other stretchy materials so you can still move freely.

One-Piece Loungers & Caftans

Now we’re getting into the ultimate combination of simplicity, comfort and style. Loungers and caftan dresses are one-piece woman’s outfits with versatility for various occasions. Both are everyday variations on the robe or tunic that have been worn for thousands of years around the world, making them timeless loungewear.

Generally speaking, a woman’s lounger is longer and has a more form-fitting dress-like shape. Caftans are often shorter and have a looser, less defined fit. Both are available in a variety of styles for various levels of casual. For example, a floral front zip lounger or blue scroll caftan is fine outdoor summer-wear, while a flannel lounger is a cozy stay-at-home winter outfit. Ladies will certainly find something they’re comfortable in and is easy to slip into on a Saturday morning!

Sleepwear

You don’t just need lazy day clothes for when you’re awake — comfortable sleepwear is important, too. You spend a third of your life sleeping, so why not be cozy while you’re at it? Generally speaking, you’ll want something lightweight and loose-fitting while you snuggle under the covers. For both men and women, knit pajama shirts and pants (or shorts) offer affordable comfort. When temperatures cool down, microfleece pants and flannel pants should be your go-to. Get bottoms with an elastic or drawstring waist to avoid squeezing your hips.

If ladies prefer a one-piece outfit, a rib terry gown or silky chemise robe adds some sophistication to your nightwear. People with long hair — even the guys — should also consider a sleep cap. They’ll keep your locks contained as you slumber so you don’t wake up to tangles, frizz and hours of hair clean-up.

Comfortable Shirts

You don’t need to think too hard about what top to wear on a lazy Sunday. For a good loungewear shirt, nothing beats the classic T-shirt. Throw on a cotton T-shirt or an athletic polyester T-shirt and you’ll be good for the day. We recommend ordering one size up from your normal shirts for a fit that’s loose but not frumpy. Graphic tees are fun to keep in the drawer and will be a true friend. Need to step outside to get the mail or pick up milk? Make sure you have a few cozy sweatshirts, sweaters or hoodies on-hand if it’s cool or rainy.

Must Have Gadgets for Quick and Easy Meal Prep

Whether you are cooking for your family or expecting guests, food is the best way to show others how much you care. While spending all day in the kitchen making an elaborate meal can definitely let people know you value and appreciate them, you probably don’t have that much time. Thus, easy meal prep is necessary, and you are probably always on the lookout for easy meal prep ideas.

When it comes to making meals quick and easy, you need to have the right food prep tools. There are many gadgets in the world that can help you accomplish a variety of tasks, but below are some of the meal prep must haves that you should add to your list.

Easy Twist Jar Opener

One of the most frustrating parts of cooking is not being able to open your supplies. This can add time to the meal prep, and may make you consider making a completely new dish. To make things easier, you need an easy twist jar opener. This tool has the ability to help you open a variety of different sized jars quickly and easy. Whether it’s a jar of pickles, sandwich spread or another item, you won’t have to worry about hurting yourself or asking for help after adding this tool to your kitchen.

Bamboo Expandable Cutlery Drawer Organizer

When it comes to easy meal prep, one of the best ways to make food quick and easy is to be organized. When you know where everything is, you can grab it and get to work. To save yourself precious time digging through drawers to find your meal prep tools, get the bamboo expandable cutlery drawer organizer and always know where your utensils are.

Multi-Function Turkey & Barbeque Baster Set

Getting together with friends and family for holidays or other special occasions can be a lot of fun. When it comes to meal prep tools that make feeding the crowd quick and easy, you’ll want to get the Multi Function Turkey & Barbeque Baster Set.

These food prep tools can be used for a variety of different chores and are good at Thanksgiving and for the 4th of July—as well as any time in between. Once you add these to your kitchen accessories, you’ll wonder how you ever lived without them. The set comes with a baster, brusher and infuser, so you can add spices and injections to any food you might be cooking.

Bamboo Rooster Cutting Board

When it comes to tools to make meal prep easy, having a cutting board is imperative. It protects your countertops from damage and contains messes to an easy to clean surface. Of course, you don’t have to pick a boring cutting board. If you want to add some style and whimsy to your kitchen, then you should consider getting a bamboo rooster cutting board.

Once you are done using this item, you won’t to hide it away in a cupboard. It is functional as well as aesthetically pleasing, so when it’s not in use, you can use it as a decoration. Since it is constructed of bamboo, you can rest assured knowing it is mold- and mildew-resistant, as well as incredibly durable and strong. It is also made from a renewable resource, so you can feel good that you are doing something nice for the environment.

Rolling Meat Tenderizer

Every so often, the meals you decide to make for your family needs some extra attention. However, that doesn’t mean it should take more time to prepare. If you have meat that needs some tenderizing, then you need the rolling meat tenderizer.

This gadget is made from stainless steel and has a jagged surface and the right amount of weight to make steaks, pork chops or chicken nice and tender for you and your family’s eating pleasure. The long handle keeps your fingers away from the sharp edges, and the fact that it rolls means you won’t have to overexert yourself to create a delicious meal.

Stainless Steel Cake Server

If you enjoy having guests over, then you probably enjoy serving cake. To ensure that every slice is the same size and the cake doesn’t fall apart during the cutting process, you need the stainless steel cake server. This useful gadget can also lift the cake away from the plate for you. This utensil will add style and sophistication to any get together, include birthday parties, holidays, anniversaries and more!

You enjoy cooking for friends and family, but you don’t want to spend the entire day in the kitchen. If you’re always looking for easy meal prep ideas, then you are looking for ways to make the process faster. There are tools to make meal prep easy, and investing in them is worth the time and effort.

Spice Measuring Spoons

Letting your family and friends know you love them through food means adding the right amount of spice. When it comes to meal prep must haves, you should look into getting spice measuring spoons.

These measuring spoons are designed with smaller spice bottles in mind, and the narrow shape makes it possible for even the tablespoon to fit into a spice jar. They are constructed from stainless steel and are dishwasher safe. Not only do they make meal prep quick and easy, but cleaning them is also a breeze.

Storage & Organization Ideas for Small Spaces

No matter where you live, whether you own your home or rent, it doesn’t take long for you to acquire a bunch of stuff. If you’re like most people and don’t have the option of having a large home, then you need to find a way to organize your belongings in the space that you have. Keeping all of these items organized and your house clutter-free can become an issue, and it may have you wondering how to organize a small space.

While dealing with stuff can be stressful and frustrating, don’t let it get to you. There are small space storage ideas that can keep your house clean and your belongings right where you need them. Below are some ideas on how to organize small spaces with lots of stuff.

Add Some Shelves

No matter how small your space is, there is always room for shelves. Since these come in a variety of different sizes, you have the ability to add them to any room in your home, as well as place them in cupboards and closets. When it comes to a small space storage solution, shelves have got it covered.

In your kitchen, adding shelves under your kitchen sink can keep your cleaning supplies and other items organized. This is probably one of the smallest cabinets in your kitchen, but with the right small space storage ideas, you can give sponges, brushes and other items their own place and keep your sink area free from clutter.

For that cupboard in your kitchen that is always cluttered with pots and pans, you can add a frying pan organizer. This gadget will keep your pans in their own place, as well as neatly stacked and easy to access. No longer will you have to make a lot of noise getting out the pan you need, and your cupboard will have more space for other cooking implements.

Should you find that your bathroom space is lacking and you are wondering how to organize the small space, you can also add shelves into this room. Whether it is a 3-tier bath tower with open wire shelves or a new bathroom cabinet, either of these will give you the extra space and ability to keep your bathroom products together and organized.

When it comes to adding shelves to your living room, you want something that is both functional and adds style to the room. Getting four tier wicker and metal shelves can accomplish both of those goals. You can store a lot on these shelves, including books, plants and decorative items, among other things. No matter what your small space storage needs, these shelves can give you the extra space you’re looking for to keep items neat and organized.

You can also add a wooden shoe rack by the front door to keep footwear out of the way and in a place where it can be easily found. This shelf is not only functional, but it’s also aesthetically pleasing. No matter what kind of décor you have in your home, this rack is sure to match it, as well as keep the entrance to your home free from trip hazards.

Add Some Pockets

When it comes to small space organization in a closet, you can add a hanging 5-section organizer. This item can be used for a variety of different items, including shoes, sweaters, ties or anything else that will fit into the pockets. It will add more space to your closet so that you can reduce clutter and know where all of your belongings are located.

While shelves are a great small space storage solution that can be used in a variety of rooms throughout your home, adding pockets can also help with your organizational endeavors. Some pockets you might consider adding to your home include an armrest organizer, which will keep your remotes and other items within arm’s reach while you are relaxing in your living room.

Think Outside Your Home

Of course, your home isn’t the only place that needs small space storage ideas. Your car is also a place that could benefit from clutter reduction. If you’re looking for a small space storage solution for your vehicle, you might consider adding a trunk organizer with cooler. Placing this in the back of your car will keep things from rolling around, as well as be a great place to keep your groceries and other items cool until you reach your destination.

Top 10 Favorite Candies

There are certain times throughout the year when candy becomes an incredibly important part of life. This often occurs at Halloween, but Valentine’s Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas are other times when indulging your sweet tooth is acceptable.

However, you shouldn’t limit yourself to these specific times of year when it comes to enjoying your favorite candies. Live a little and consume these delicacies whenever you want. Below are some of the top 10 candies that you should consider eating whenever the cravings strike.

1. Candies from Childhood

If you’re like most people, then your love of candy developed when you were a child. Your first taste of the sugary sweetness opened up a whole new world of flavors that you didn’t know existed. You would do anything for that candy, including finishing all of your dinner.

Every generation has candy that defines them, and you probably have great memories of those flavors. When it comes to your candy favorites, it’s possible to find the items you enjoyed as a child. You can find top candies from the 1950s all the way up to the 1990s, including the decades in between. Take a trip down memory lane and enjoy the sweets that got you started on candy in the first place.

2. Fruity Candies

Fruity candies have the ability to add some elegance and variable flavors to any candy dish. They are great to set out for guests to enjoy. They are also a great way to finish off any meal or as a snack during the middle of the day. If fruity candies are some of your favorite candies, then you need to try some Italian candies that have been delighting people for generations.

3. Peanut Butter and Chocolate

If there is a classic combination of candy that is hard to resist, it’s peanut butter and chocolate. It was like these two items were made to go together, and many people have this item in their top 10 candies.

There are so many different types of peanut butter and chocolate candies to choose from, but some of the best include Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Pillows. They are melt-in-your-mouth soft and perfectly balance the chocolate and peanut butter flavors. Indulge your taste buds with this classic and delectable candy favorite.

4. Hard Candies

For many, when eating their favorite candies, they want the flavor to last. They want to enjoy the taste sensation for as long as possible, so they turn their sights to hard candies. These treats come in a variety of different flavors and forms, and they have the ability to last for a long time. Whether you are looking for smaller candies or Old Fashioned Candy Sticks, there is a hard candy that will make you happy.

5. Sugar-Free Candies

If you are unable to eat sugar for whatever reason, then sugar-free candies are probably high on your favorites list. If you’re looking for a way to indulge your sweet tooth and bring back memories from your childhood, then you’ll want to get the Sugar-Free Nostalgic Candy Tin. With five different types of candy, you’ll be able to enjoy the flavors from yesteryear and not feel guilty about eating them.

6. Candies with Nuts

If you enjoy candy that has a bit of texture and indulgent flavors, then some of your top candies probably include those with nuts. Whether it is chocolate with pecan pralines or a soft almond nougat bar, there are many options that are full of rich flavors and indulgent.

7. Advent Calendar

Most of the candies on this list are things you can enjoy throughout the entire year. You are more than likely not going to be buying a Chocolate Advent Calendar in July, but you should consider getting one in December. Not only is this a delicious way to count down the days until Christmas, but it’s a favorite among kids and adults alike. Start or continue a holiday tradition by adding this to your festivities.

8. Fancy Candies

Many people have sophisticated taste buds, and they want to satisfy their sugar cravings with something on the fancy side. Luckily, there are candies that can accomplish this task. One of the most favorite fancy candies includes cherry cordials.

Combining cherries in decadent, rich syrup and surrounding them with milk and dark chocolate makes these candies irresistible and luxurious. Whether you are throwing a party and trying to impress your guests or just want something after a long day, these candies can help you accomplish your goals.

9. Saltwater Taffy

People from all walks of life enjoy the variety of flavors and soft texture of saltwater taffy, making this one of the top candies for a lot of people. It brings back memories from childhood, as well as makes the present a little sweeter. If you haven’t enjoyed this sweet treat recently, it’s time to remind yourself what makes this candy so delicious.

10. Caramels

The creamy smooth taste of caramel is appealing to a lot of people. Whether you are eating it as a hard candy or indulging in the sweetness of soft chews, eating caramel throughout the day is a great way to bring a smile to your face.

There’s no rule that says candy can only be eaten at certain times of the year. Indulging in your candy favorites whenever you get the craving can make you happy—and everyone deserves to be happy.

House Cleaning Tips

Keeping our house clean can be a pain, but having a clean house is amazing. Since the space often doesn’t clean itself, you are probably always on the lookout for some house cleaning tips on how to accomplish this job quickly and easily. No one wants to spend a lot of time doing this chore, so here are some ways on how to clean house fast and easy.

Get Rid of Clutter

The first step when it comes to how to clean house is to get rid of clutter. Piles of papers and other items can make your home look dirtier than it really is, and it also makes it look smaller. Getting things organized is imperative, and there are several things that can help with this task, including adding a mail basket to your countertop. This will keep small items contained and organized.

There are other organizers you can add to other rooms in your house, including shelves or baskets. Either of these options will ensure that your belongings have a place and are easy to find, as well as assist when it comes to keeping your house sparkling.

Dust and Then Vacuum

If you are wondering how to clean house fast and easy, it’s a good idea to dust first and then vacuum. That way, you can knock all of the dirt onto the floor, and then the vacuum can take care of the rest. Pretty much every surface in your home will need to be dusted, and using a flat flexible duster will ensure that you get into every nook and cranny.

For those high to reach places, such as ceiling fans, use a ceiling fan duster. This will make it quick and easy to get rid of dust and other debris on the fan blades, and you won’t have to drag out a step stool or ladder to accomplish the task.To remove the dust once it has settled into the carpeting, you need a vacuum that is powerful but lightweight. This will make it easier to move it where it is needed, as well as increase your cleaning speed. The Bissell FeatherWeight is a great option for this job and will make vacuuming a breeze.

Wipe Down Counters and Then Mop

When it comes to cleaning tips, working from top to bottom is your best option to get the job done quickly and effectively. Thus, when it comes to cleaning the kitchen and bathroom, the first thing you’ll want to do is wipe down the counters and then mop.

On kitchen and bathroom counters, this is when those sponges in your caddy will come in handy. You’ll also want the right type of cleaner, and Twinkle Countertop Cleaner is a deep cleaning solution that can be used on granite, stone or laminate countertops in both your kitchen and your bathroom.

When it comes to cleaning the bathroom, one of the challenges you have to face is cleaning the tub and shower. Since it can be hard to reach certain areas, you should consider using a telescopic tub and tile scrubber. This will make cleaning the tub and shower from floor to ceiling incredibly easy, and the bristles on this item are strong and durable. The head also swivels, so you can get into hard-to-reach places to remove filth.

When it comes to how to clean house, after you have cleaned the high surfaces, you can then focus on the floors. In the kitchen and bathroom, you’ll need to sweep up any debris, and then you can run a mop over the surface. To make this task fast, consider using a microfiber cleaning spray mop.

While using a mop and bucket is a great way to deep clean your hard floors, when you are trying to get through the cleaning process quickly, using a spray mop is your best option. You won’t waste any time getting cleaning product onto your floors, and it is easy to move this item from one room to another.

There are certain things that are guaranteed to happen in life, and your home getting dirty is one of them. When trying to figure out how to clean house fast and easy, there are some tips and tricks you can follow. The first is to keep it picked up and clutter-free. After that, all it involves is having the right tools

Keep Cleaning Supplies Together

When it comes to how to clean your house fast, not only should you get rid of clutter, but you also need to keep all of your cleaning supplies together. This will save you time and effort searching for what you need, as well as make it easy to transport these items from one room to another.

Items that you should include in your cleaning caddy include a microfiber dusting glove, to make removing debris from various surfaces quick and easy, as well as numerous cleaning sponges that can be used on a variety of different surfaces. When it comes to how to clean your house, having the right supplies is necessary.

Slow Cooker Holiday Recipes & Helpful Hints

Crock-Pots and slow cookers became extremely popular in the 1970s. Subsequently, they dwindled to near extinction before recently undergoing a revival. The best thing about the resurgence of this handy appliance is that now, there are so many more options in slow cooker design (e.g. both manual and digital models, ceramic or stoneware insets, availability of non-stick coatings such as Teflon, portable models and even choices in lid design). During seasons when the weather is cold, and at busy times around the holidays, slow cookers can be invaluable for the following reasons:

  • Nutritious and balanced one-pot meals can be prepared inside a slow cooker, cutting down on meal prep time.
  • Slow cooker recipes can be set up hours in advance, allowing a hot meal to be ready and waiting for you when you come home from work or school.
  • Crock-Pots and slow cookers don’t heat up a kitchen the way an oven can. They also utilize less electricity, cutting down on your energy usage.
  • The slowness of the cooking process helps to tenderize less expensive cuts of meat.

Obviously, for people with hectic schedules, the timesaving aspects of slow cooking can be a huge benefit. You may be surprised at the number and variety of mouth-watering recipes that can be made with this relatively low-cost appliance. Below are some suggestions on making meat, soups and stews, and desserts in a slow cooker, and a few yummy recipes to check out:

Meat Dishes:

  • All types of meat can be slow-cooked, even whole chickens and large cuts of beef, but for better taste and texture, choose meats that have a firmer texture and are higher in fat, such as chuck roasts, short ribs, pork shoulders, lamb shanks and dark meat chicken. The extra fat makes the meat tender and flavorful when cooked with the moist, low heat of a slow cooker. Leaner meats like chicken breasts and pork tenderloin tend to dry out with when slow-cooked.
  • Another tip with meat is to trim the excess fat; otherwise, you’ll wind up with your meal stewing in an unappetizing, greasy liquid. This includes removing the skin from chicken, too.
  • If you are cooking meat along with vegetables (potatoes, carrots and onions work well in a slow cooker), make sure you layer the vegetables on the bottom of the cooker and put the meat on top.
  • Finally, consider browning your meat and sautéing the vegetables before you put them into the slow cooker. The payoff is food with an extra layer of rich, caramelized flavor.

Try these delicious meat recipes:

Slow Cooker Turkey — Perfect for holiday meals.

Slow Cooker Thai Chicken Meatballs — These make a delicious appetizer or holiday potluck dish.

Crock Pot Ham with Brown Sugar Glaze — Another holiday meal crowd-pleaser.

Soups and Stews:

Combine colder weather with an active family and a crockpot, and voilà — delicious slow cooker stews make the perfect mealtime solution. Stews can be a combination of meat and vegetables, as in Slow Cooker Beef Stew, or tasty vegetarian dishes like Classic Lasagna and Slow Cooker Stuffed Peppers.

  • Remember, avoid opening the lid of your cooker while in operation, as this can add considerably to the cooking time required.
  • Regarding cooking time and slow cooker settings, it generally takes twice as long to cook a dish on the “low” setting as on “high.” Different recipes call for specific settings to yield the best results.

Soup is another Crock-Pot-friendly dish which can be made using any of countless recipes, with or without meat. To make it even easier, consider using a pre-prepared soup mix, possibly even adding a few additional ingredients of your own. A couple of holiday soup classics to make in a slow cooker include Healthy Crockpot Potato Soup with Chicken and Easy Crockpot Vegetable Lentil Soup.

Desserts:

There is no skimping on decadence when using a slow cooker to make desserts. Crockpots are excellent for making moist cakes and crumbles, and even some kinds of pies, cookie bars and fudge. People with experience using slow cookers to make desserts comment on how easy it can be: “Just dump all the ingredients in and let the slow cooker do the work.” Of course, we love that.

Since the holidays go hand-in-hand with sweet indulgences, check out these recipes:

Slow Cooker Hot Fudge Turtle Brownies — Fulfills every sweet-tooth

Slow Cooker Blueberry Cobbler — Serve a la mode with vanilla ice cream or your favorite whipped cream.

Cookies and Cream Slow Cooker Fudge — Perfect homemade gift

If you threw away your slow cooker sometime during the ‘80s, it’s time to get a new one and try some of the recent recipes made possible with improvements in this appliance. Think of all the gift-wrapping and Santa-letter-writing you could do while your dinner or party recipe is taking care of itself inside your Crock-Pot.