Your holiday food spreads are bound to look amazing–especially if you happen to follow any of our Halloween and Thanksgiving classic recipes. That being said, delicious food deserves to be displayed in a way that makes it look even better and these colorful serving utensils from Amazon are a great way to add personality to a table setting.
Similar in color to the fan-favorite Aldi rainbow utensils, these serving spoons and tools are rainbow metallic and will catch the light beautifully. The 13-piece set from Amazon comes with a ladle, skimmer, slatted turner, pasta server, cooking spoon, potato masher, egg whisk, slatted spoon, tongs, flat turner, flexible spatula, basting brush, and a matching holder to keep all of the tools displayed on your counter. You can get all 13 items from Amazon for just $45 and it’s eligible for Prime shipping so it can all be at your door in two days.
This colorful aesthetic has found its way onto so many kitchenwares, like the aforementioned Aldi rainbow utensils, as well as these glass iridescent wine and Champagne glasses at Nordstrom. For a Halloween-themed aesthetic, you could pair the vibrant servers with matte black wine glasses for contrast and a dark look to match your spooky baked goods and appetizers.
Each utensil in the set is rust-proof, dishwasher-safe, and non-stick so you don’t have to worry about any mishaps in your kitchen…besides struggling to decide where exactly you want to put these on display, that is.
As many Americans face months on end stuck indoors, some are using their time (and money) to create a change of scenery or upgrade their surroundings. Office equipment purchases are on the rise, and people are tackling more renovation projects than usual.
But expensive new stuff and significant home improvements can leave you underinsured. If you’re considering making changes to your home — or if you already have — it’s smart to revisit your homeowners or renters policy. Here’s how to ensure it covers the new additions.
TELL YOUR INSURER ABOUT YOUR PLANS
There’s a good chance you’re underinsured before you even make changes, according to Don Griffin, vice president of personal lines at American Property Casualty Insurance Association. Talk to your insurer before making any expensive purchases or changes to your home to inform the company of your plans and clarify your policy’s current coverages and limits. If your home costs more to replace after you’ve improved it, some insurers will pay the new expense to rebuild, but “that’s not every policy, and it may not cover everything you need,” Griffin says. He also recommends once a year reviewing what your home insurance policy covers.
In some cases, you may need to change carriers to get the coverage you need. Frank Jones, an independent agent and partner at Mints Insurance Agency in Millville, New Jersey, has seen clients switch insurers because an addition wasn’t covered. “It’s in your best interest to have these conversations now rather than to have a claim denied,” he says.
A new desk and computer for remote learning, plus that monitor and chair in your home office will add up and could exceed your personal property coverage limit.
Renters insurance policies cover your stuff, but they have limits too. If you have new electronics or office equipment, check with your insurer to make sure you have enough coverage for them.
MAKE AN INVENTORY OF YOUR PROPERTY
To help you know if you’ve exceeded your policy limits, keep records of what you buy. In fact, Griffin recommends taking inventory of your belongings every year — a written inventory is best, but even a simple smartphone video tour of your home will suffice.
Losing a home is an emotional time, Griffin says. When it’s time to file a claim, “you don’t always remember what you have.” An inventory will clearly show what you had before a disaster and will make the claims process easier.
ADD SUFFICIENT COVERAGE
Structural changes, such as a full kitchen replacement or adding an in-ground pool, will have the greatest impact on your homeowners insurance. But even something as simple as adding a fence can change the value of your house, and if your home’s value increases, so should its dwelling coverage, Griffin says. Otherwise, in the event of a claim, your insurance policy won’t be enough to rebuild, according to Griffin.
When adding coverage, pay attention to how much it would cost to rebuild your home, not how much you
If you’re someone who loves hoarding stuff, is a compulsive buyer and craves a need to re-decorate empty spaces only to regret it later, here are some ways to minimize all that and simplify your life for a mindful living space.
In order to stop feeling anxious, you need to declutter your house, organize them and add only the essentials. The benefits of decluttering your house are many as it often leads to decluttering your mind in return. You feel more in control of your possessions, and less stressed. Here are a few ways to declutter your house and get rid of all the unwanted stuff that doesn’t belong to your house.
A simple step to declutter your house is by actually buying less furniture, getting rid of the old ones and replacing it with more house plants. This way, you’ll feel more relaxed, calm and composed. Plants are said to release more endorphins in your brain and hence, produce more positivity in the house.
2. Paint Your Walls
Instead of purchasing wall hangings and wasting money, you can simply use your skills and art to paint walls and draw subtle murals that will amplify your room and make it look simple. You can also add fairy lights to make it look more elegant.
Now, this should be a part of your monthly routine while cleaning your room. We always have too many clothes and still feel the need to buy more. Start by decluttering your wardrobe and donate clothes that you never wear to the needy ones.
4. Get rid of all the unnecessary beauty products
The trick to this is, buy one makeup product that will serve all purposes. You can reduce one step in your skincare or makeup routine. Some products that you own may not be of any use and they must be lying in your drawer for months, simply get rid of them!
5. Throw away all the expired canned food
How many times do you do a thorough check of all the food items lying in the kitchen, on your dining table, or in your refrigerator? Check their expiry date and throw them in the trash can before you or anyone else in the house gets diarrhea.
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IKAR publishes a Yizkor book every year that features members’ stories of loved ones who have died. Reading these reflections during Yom Kippur services — along with the Yizkor service — was a way to connect deeply with other IKARites, and to serve as witnesses to their loss and learn more about how they became the people they are today.
This year, as with everything relating to the High Holy Days in the era of COVID-19, the space that IKAR carves out for grief had to be rethought. The result is IKAR’s Yizkor Memorial Garden, a physical space on IKAR’s patio off La Cienega Boulevard, with an exhibit that holds people’s memories and limits the number of visitors at any one time for health and safety reasons.
IKAR Assistant Rabbi Keilah Lebell, who created the space with co-chairs and IKAR members Samara Hutman and Sarah Goldfinger, said the goal was to create “a way for people to come to a physical space and have a Yizkor moment that didn’t have anything to do with a screen.”
Feedback from several mourners shaped a more interactive experience that also adhered to safety guidelines. Hutman, who had been a set decorator for years, suggested a garden, Lebell said, and created “something that’s alive, where people could visit and spend time there.” Lebell credited Goldfinger for knowing “how to create sacred space and a sense of beauty.”
“[The experience] had to be something touch-free,” Goldfinger said. “How do you create a space that feels interactive even if you’re not touching anything?”
“We were groping for how people can be together because it’s been so painful to mourn in isolation.” — Samara Hutman
The team settled on asking visitors to take a stone with them from the entrance and deposit it in a mandala’s spiral before they exit. “When you go to a cemetery, you leave a pebble,” Goldfinger said. “With our stone activity, the idea is to pick one up and carry it through and put it in a spiral in a sacred community of mourners. So even though you didn’t touch anyone, you see people mourning with you.” She added, “The sculptures and mandalas on the ground do the job of ushering you into the space.”
Hutman said, “We were groping for how people can be together because it’s been so painful to mourn in isolation.”
Lebell noted that one guiding idea was the wall of candles present in many churches. “You might be completely alone but you light a candle and see the other candles that are lit and know that others have been there,” she said. “We are all part of this space together, creating connection between community members.”
On Monday afternoon, the garden was empty of people, but the breeze carried sounds that you only hear when human voices are absent: air lightly whipping at sheltering tarps, wind chimes tinkling idiosyncratically, the bubbling fountains creating a spa-like calm.
It’s a home makeover but 200 miles above Earth: The next resupply delivery mission to the International Space Station will include a new re-designed commode for the astronauts.
A cargo re-supply launch is scheduled to liftoff on a Northrop Grumman Antares rocket Sept. 29 from NASA’s Wallops Island Flight Facility carrying supplies for the astronauts, research, hardware and a marketing experiment for the makeup company Estee Lauder.
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Loaded up among nearly 8,000 pounds of supplies, the Northrop Grumman’s Cygnus cargo spacecraft will also deliver a new “Universal Waste Management System,” also known as a space toilet, to the floating laboratory in space and home to astronauts 365 days a year.
The system actually has two important purposes on the ISS. Outside the bathroom needs, it also cleans water to be used again by the astronaut
“We recycle about 90% of all water-based liquids on the space station, including urine and sweat,” NASA astronaut Jessica Meir said in a news release. “What we try to do aboard the space station is mimic elements of Earth’s natural water cycle to reclaim water from the air. And when it comes to our urine on ISS, today’s coffee is tomorrow’s coffee!”
The engineers behind the low-gravity loo spoke about the technology during a press call Thursday with reporters.
The new toilet design will be used on the ISS and for NASA’s second Artemis mission to the moon with astronauts. According to government contracts, NASA awarded two contracts totaling more than $18 million to design and build the new system.
The new toilet is 65% smaller and 40% lighter than the current potty on the ISS. It’s about the same size as what you might see in a camper, according to Melissa McKinley, NASA Advanced Exploration Systems Logistics Reduction project manager.
The new toilet has also been optimized for female astronauts.
“NASA spent a lot of time working with the crew members and doing evaluations to improve the use of the commode seat and the urine funnel to make it more accommodating to the use by female crew members,” McKinley said.
The new toilet will have a fan that helps pull urine and feces away from the body because, without gravity, humans need a little help.
“We have gravity that helps pull the feces and urine away from our body and into the toilet,” Collins Aerospace engineer Jim Fuller said. “In space where we have microgravity, we don’t have that luxury. So this dual-fan separator actually creates the motive force by creating a strong airflow that helps pull the urine and feces away from the body.
It’s been a while since the space station got a full bathroom upgrade.
“We’re really excited about this new toilet,” Fuller said. “I don’t think we’ve developed a new toilet in a couple of decades.”
The launch is scheduled for 10:27 p.m. EDT Tuesday and
Among the changes the pandemic has brought to New York City real estate is increased demand for outdoor living.
Developers at 30 Warren Tribeca brought on a resident landscape architect to satiate residents’ desire for outdoor living in the city.
Todd Haiman, the resident landscape architect, says he’s never been busier.
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Among the changes the pandemic has brought to New York City real estate is the demand for outdoor living.
And some spaces are taking an extra step to attract residents.
This is the case at 30 Warren Tribeca, where the new luxury condominium site’s developers, Cape Advisors, have brought on veteran landscape designer Todd Haiman as its resident landscape designer, to provide residents with exclusive in-home services, fit for New Yorkers who aren’t ready to escape the city just yet.
Cape Advisors and Haiman say the role is the first of its kind: To advise residents on how to transform their terraces and balconies into “garden oases.” Haiman and his and his team provide customized design consultations and ongoing maintenance services for private terraces and outdoor spaces, services that are part of the development’s Tribeca Select program, which provides residents with access to a collection of the neighborhood’s best establishments.
“Residents can call on me to provide direction on how to make the most of their outdoor space, analyzing it from an architectural, aesthetic, functional, and sustainable perspective,” he said of his new role. “I am available to consult with property owners, offer design proposals, execute approved designs, and manage these gardens for the residents.”
The partnership comes as “New Yorkers with terraces, roof gardens, townhouse gardens are valuing their outdoor spaces and gardens significantly greater than ever before,” according to Haiman, who told Business Insider that residents really want to “bring nature in.”
And though the pandemic has induced in many a need to escape city-living, some are embracing a new look for apartment living in the pandemic and post-pandemic age.
“Urban dwellers are comprehending their need to be in nature, their inherent psychological and emotional ties to the garden, their desire for an urban oasis. The pandemic has intensified that desire.” He said the demand for oases is soaring: “My iPhone won’t stop ringing!”
Haiman said he’s glad Cape Advisors had the “forethought to prioritize the emotional appeal and functionality of an indoor-outdoor lifestyle.”
Haiman said he gets “great satisfaction creating a sensory and experiential space — as simple as placing a scented plant just outside of a door such that the plants oils are released as people brush past it, perfuming the air, stimulating olfactory senses.”
Urban landscape design is really about improving a client’s quality of life, according to Haiman, who was born in Brooklyn, received a Master’s in Landscape Design from Columbia University, and said he’s lived in Lower Manhattan for the last 25 years.
Even the most seasoned pet owners might not realize there are a number of foods that, while perfectly harmless to humans, can put a pet in grave danger, Jamie Richardson, DVM, Medical Chief of Staff at the Small Door Veterinary practice, tells Reader’s Digest. Top food dangers include chocolate (and anything flavored with real chocolate, including chocolate chip cookies, chocolate frosting, chocolate sauce, etc.), grapes, raisins (tiny as these are, a single raisin can send your dog to the hospital with kidney damage and other health issues), and these other common foods that could be toxic for dogs.
But being aware of the danger isn’t enough, points out Kait Hembree, head of training at GoodPup, a virtual dog training service. Dogs and cats are all too good at jumping on counters, so you also need to be careful about how you store your food. Keep potentially toxic foods well out of their reach and in airtight storage containers, like this Chef’s Path 7-piece food storage container set, that even the craftiest dog or cat won’t be able to open.
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If, after being stuck at home for months on end, you are taking stock of your surroundings and looking for ways to spruce up the appearance or improve the functionality of your home, you are not alone. According to a report from Review Home Warranties, online searches related to home remodeling are up 84% this year.
Small but achievable updates in bathrooms, such as tile, hardware or paint, are among the more popular projects, according to the report. If you’re going to update a bathroom and you want your design choices to stand up over time, the first step is determining what styles will be timeless for you specifically.
“People tend to fall into one or two camps,” interior designer Michael Winn of Winn Design and Build in Virginia said. “They want a very classic-looking bathroom, or they want something contemporary and spa-like, like the Four Seasons.” Translation: For many people, the bathroom might not be the place to get splashy with trends.
But what if you adore bold colors and patterns? “Sometimes, the most timeless things are the things that you love,” said Katy Harbin, a designer based in North Carolina. “There are people that redo their bathroom every 10 years,” and for them, choosing a paint color of the year and of-the-moment hardware might work.
For those who want to do it right and be done, though, Winn, Harbin and Boston-based interior designer Erin Gates, author of “Elements of Family Style,” agreed on five bathroom updates that are truly timeless.
An all-white palette
Whether you prefer a classic-looking bathroom or a spa-like retreat, Winn said, “white doesn’t go out of style.” Think white paint, tile, countertops, vanities and textiles.
If you find yourself craving color, you can add it with window treatments and towels, Gates suggests, or wallpaper and art. “Just be wary of installing wallpaper in an often-used bathroom with a shower, as the steam can sometimes cause the paper to peel.”
Harbin likes white towels with a contrast trim “in a perky color.”
Choosing the right paint color can be tricky, Harbin said, so it’s important to order larger color samples from paint stores rather than relying on paint cards. “You can have an earthy bathroom, like a really pretty travertine … and if you put a stark white with it, it falls flat, but rich creams” will work, she said.
If you can’t find larger samples, get a sample pot and paint a poster board to see how everything looks under your bathroom’s lighting. Put the paint next to tile and countertop samples to be certain they all work together.
Blending two types of metals in the space can stand up better than going with one trendy finish throughout the room. In terms of particular metals, “polished nickel is timeless,” Winn said. Gates, too, prefers polished nickel; in her bathroom, she pairs it with a gold mirror.
When using two different metals (and no more than two), Harbin said to “repeat them enough,
For a little over a year now, the owners of Sidewall Pizza Company have been working on something new that would build upon their successful brand while also positioning the company for dynamic growth. Now, they are ready to share.
Sidewall Pastry Kitchen will open Saturday, Sept. 19, offering an array of sweet treats like macarons, muffins, cookies, cakes, fancy rice crispy treats and soft serve ice cream.
The new venture includes a retail and catering component as well as a full mail-order line. The former is available locally while the later will be its own entity, with specific branding, packaging and website.
Executive pastry chef Kirsten Martin fills baking cups with cupcake batter at Sidewall Pastry Kitchen Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020. (Photo: JOSH MORGAN/Staff)
The mail-order business will be a separate entity, offering a variety of items ranging including several specialty product lines. A line of gluten free treats and a line of vegan treats will both be their own brands.
The offerings will also include a line of what Sidewall owners are calling biscuit cinnamon rolls, which combine the best traits of a biscuit and a cinnamon roll into one.
Sidewall’s pastry chefs have been perfecting the recipes and techniques for well over a year, said Andy O’Mara, co-owner of Sidewall Pizza Company.
The company closed its Sidewall Pizza Clemson location last month, and it is on track to open its newest location in Five Forks later this month.
A peanut butter pie at Sidewall Pastry Kitchen Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020. (Photo: JOSH MORGAN/Staff)
The Pastry Kitchen will be in the former Rocket Surgery place, at 164 S. Main St., Travelers Rest. That restaurant closed last year, and the space has remained empty until now.
The pastries grew out of having certain resources, O’Mara said. Namely, having some talented bakers. The company now has three full-time pastry chefs who have been slowly making their presence known over the past couple years.
The team will supply Sidewall restaurants, along with Monkey Wrench, the barbecue restaurant the company opened in 2017.