Sonos One: Alexa for Music Lovers

You’re an audiophile. You’re obsessive about sound, and you only allow your music to travel through the finest of speakers. You’ve been thinking about getting Amazon’s Alexa for years now, but the thought of using subpar audio inside your living space is enough to make you cringe.

We’ve got news that’ll be music to your ears.

Sonos is pleased to announce the release of its latest innovation: The Sonos One. This single-speaker device combines the convenience of Amazon’s Alexa with the auditory majesty of a Sonos speaker. With Alexa built right in, you’ll be able to do everything Alexa does, with the bonus of every note and lyric in your playlists being heard with Sonos-quality sound. Here are some highlights … Read more...

Why Dishwashers Are Better Than Hand-Washing

According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, a dishwasher is present in 68% of American homes. However, a full 20% of people who own a dishwasher use it less than once a week. What gives? If people have access to such a convenient appliance, why wouldn’t they make it a point to use it whenever possible? Unfortunately, many people are misinformed about the effectiveness of dishwashers, and genuinely believe that hand-washing is a better choice. We are here to make the case in favor of dishwasher use and debunk some unsubstantiated rumors. If you’re on the fence, we promise you’ll be on Team Dishwasher by the end of this article!

Dishwashers Conserve Water & are More Energy Efficient

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Hosting Your First Thanksgiving

Your family’s Thanksgiving torch has been passed, and now it’s in your hands.

Gulp.

We know that hosting Thanksgiving dinner for the first time can be overwhelming, but before you decide to curl into a ball and cower under your dining room table until Black Friday, allow us to share some helpful advice. We’ve got a collection of tips to help you run your Thanksgiving dinner as efficiently, smoothly, and enjoyably as possible. Take a deep breath, read on, and by the end of this article you’ll be ready to take on Turkey Day like a seasoned pro!

Timing is Everything

The most important (non-edible) ingredient for a successful Thanksgiving dinner is good timing. Make sure you schedule out adequate … Read more...

Can Thanksgiving Leftovers Be Frozen?

For many of us, Thanksgiving leftovers are as exciting as the dinner itself! Anyone who wants to extend this holiday’s deliciousness has probably considered freezing every morsel of Thanksgiving dinner remnants to keep them edible for as long as possible. If you’re unsure about what will or won’t hold up in the freezer, here’s a handy guide for freezing the most popular Thanksgiving favorites. Play your cards right, and you’ll be digging into Turkey Day leftovers for weeks!

Turkey

Turkey is at its finest when eaten fresh, but freezing it is certainly an option. You’ll get the best results by removing all the meat from the bones before you freeze it. The bones and other scraps can be used to … Read more...

How to Make Your Mini Fridge Colder and Run Longer

You’ve just bought a mini fridge, and you’re probably thrilled by the prospect of having cold beverages and refreshing snacks close at hand. Before you start stocking it with the finest edibles, make sure your mini fridge is set to operate as efficiently and safely as possible. Here are some important tips!

When you’re in the process of moving, always keep your mini fridge upright. Laying a refrigerator on its side allows oil to seep from the compressor into the cooling lines, which will hinder your refrigerator’s ability to cool. If you’re reading this too late and you’ve already stored your mini fridge sideways, don’t panic – just turn the unit upright and leave it for 24 hours before … Read more...

3 Reasons NOT to Use a TV as a Computer Monitor

You’re looking to make some updates to your computer setup, and at the top of your list is an idea to replace your computer monitor with a TV. It’ll make everything you do on your computer bigger and better… right?

Not so fast. While utilizing a TV may sound like an ingenious way to upgrade, the fact is that sticking with a computer monitor is a much better choice for a slew of reasons. We’re here to make the case with three important points!

 1. The Connection

Depending on your computer’s connection capabilities, your plan to use a TV as a monitor may be thwarted right out of the gate. Many computers don’t have the ability to connect to an … Read more...

How to Use Your Outdoor Space in the Fall

When the days become shorter and temperatures become cooler, don’t let the end-of-summer blues stop you from having fun outside. Crisp weather and beautiful foliage make autumn a perfect time to revel in the open air, so here are some ways to make the most of your outdoor space this fall!

Add Layers

Throwing on a sweatshirt is just the beginning – keep comfortable in cool weather by adding layers to your outdoor space wherever you can. For example, if your outdoor seating doesn’t have cushions, improvise with a few thick throw pillows and keep some fuzzy blankets on hand. To create an even cozier feel, why not lay down a rug? It’ll create another layer of insulation while adding … Read more...

What are the Different Types of Refrigerators?

A refrigerator is a serious purchase – after all, it’s not often you buy something you intend on using every single day for at least the next ten years. We understand that anyone who’s been out of the refrigerator-shopping game for a while may feel overwhelmed by modern icebox options, and we want to make sure you’re well-informed before taking the (refreshingly cool) plunge into refrigerator commitment. Here’s a breakdown of today’s most common refrigerator styles!

Top Freezer Refrigerator

Tried and true, this is the classic refrigerator style that’s been a kitchen mainstay for decades. While the top freezer refrigerator is less energy-efficient than other options, and having the refrigerator at a lower level may not be ideal for some … Read more...