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How To Turn Your House Into A Home Without Splurging On An Interior Designer

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Your home is your sanctuary, so it is important to do everything you can to make it warm, cozy, and comfortable. You can personalize your place by adding more decoration. Here are some ideas that you may adopt to turn your humble abode into a comfort zone.

Greenco Corner Wall Shelf

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Have books, CDs, vases or photos to show off? This wall shelf can turn your corner into elegant and useful storage and display space. Contemporary espresso finish fits any decor perfectly. It is very durable and easy to clean. The package comes with all necessary hardware, which makes it easy to assemble. The dimensions are 7.75″ L x 7.75″ W x 48.5″ H.

Lightshare Cherry Blossom Bonsai Light

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Trying to make your room look romantic? Why not try this cherry blossom bonsai tree with warm white light? This light tree is 16 inches in height and has 36 LED light bulbs. There are two charging options: battery and plug-in electric. A built-in timer automatically turns the light tree on for 6 hours and turns it off for 18 hours. The water-resistant iron base allows you to use it outdoors as well.

Comfify Key Holder

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I am the kind of person who spends a lot of time looking for my keys before leaving the house. If you find yourself in the same boat, you need to check this thing out. It is a wall mounted key holder with 4 key hooks. It is available in several colors and styles. This is a high quality, solid, heavy duty product because the metal key hooks are made from hand-cast aluminum. The installation is easy because the package comes with screws and anchors.

Umbra Trigg Geometric Wall Decor Container

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Is your wall looking boring lately? Liven up your space by adding this modern decorative geometric wall vessel. Its perfect for greening up your environs with succulents, cacti or faux plants. You can put it up in your bathroom, in your office or on any small wall space. The Umbra Trigg wall vase is available in both tabletop and hanging versions. Actually, I bet you can use it to organize your pens and pencils as well. Probably a better bet than the old coffee mug you’ve been using all these years.

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What Comes To Mind? Is My Latest Quarantine Pastime

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Earlier this quarantine, I promised to feature suggestions of games to play with the family while stuck in isolation. Last time, I reviewed Trivillennial. Though I promise that will not prove to be the last trivia game in the series, this week I’ll profile a game of a different type. It is called What Comes To Mind?

The well-known game “What Comes To Mind?” most closely resembles is Scattergories. Like Scattergories, the object of the game is to come up with a word or phrase when given a prompt. Unlike Scattergories, instead of aiming to conjure a unique answer, you are rewarded based off how many other players you match. Instead of testing your creativity, “What Comes To Mind?” examines how well you know your competitors. That twist makes things a bit more interesting. Furthermore, eliminates the tension that inevitably arises in Scattergories, when someone lobbies for the acceptability of their undoubtedly unique but hare-brained response.

The one problem I have with What Comes To Mind? is with the format of each question card. Each double-sided card features an image on the front and six questions or statements to be answered on the back. The sixth prompt is always “What comes to mind when you look at the image on the other side of this card?” It is a clever idea, but it fails in implementation. Almost always, everyone just names the contents of the picture: “Ferris wheel,” “butterfly,” “squirrel.” The only possibility for amusement is when a player completely misidentifies a commonplace thing and ends up, for example, writing down “parrot” when the photograph depicts a parakeet.

What Comes To Mind? comes with 75 cards, allowing for many nights of family fun. When our long national nightmare is over and done, it will presumably make for an entertaining party game as well.

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It’s Time To Get An Instant Pot

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At this point, everybody knows about the Instant Pot. After four or five years of it being the most popular product on Amazon Prime Day, plus the proliferation of dedicated social media fan groups and fawning media profiles, the Instant Pot has exceeded its cult status. We Know Products even featured an article about the Instant Pot a year ago. If you don’t own an Instant Pot by now, it is because you made a conscious decision.

However, it may be time to rethink that decision. With still no end in sight to mandated social distancing, we have to come up with ways to make life less mundane. That means trying out new things, especially when it comes to recipes. There’s no doubt you’ve tired by now of making your pre-quarantine staples. The Instant Pot affords you the opportunity to experiment.

The Instant Pot, famously, is seven kitchen appliances in one. It comes with the functions of a pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, steamer, sauté pan, yogurt maker and warmer. To some people, this might seem daunting. With so many options, how is one to know where to start? Now that we are in quarantine, it doesn’t matter as much. You have all the time in the world. If you fail, who cares? Just try another recipe the next day. There certainly is no shortage of Instant Pot recipes available.

The other day, we attempted our first foray into the wide world of Instant Pot by making beef and broccoli. It turned out great! I am already looking forward to the next quarantine creation.

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Lew Investigates: How Much Difference Does A Toaster Make?

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Are expensive toasters worth it? This is the question raised by Lew of Unbox Therapy after coming across the most expensive toaster on Amazon, a near-$400 model made by Mitsubishi (yes, that Mitsubishi — “Wake up and Toast”).

Can anyone justify paying that much for an appliance that, at the end of the day, does nothing more than make your bread a little browner? Lew and Willy Du conduct the ultimate test, comparing the Mitsubishi toaster with the cheapest version they could find, a $15 toaster made by Proctor Silex.

To make their experiment a little more robust, they tried both toasters out on two types of bread: a generic store brand bread as well as an expensive bakery-fresh bread.

Watch the video below to find out the results. Spoiler: The expensive toaster made superior bread. But for those not looking to splurge, you can increase the quality of your breakfast even with a cheap-o toaster just by buying better bread.

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