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A simple sail is all you need to transform a watermelon fruit salad into a seaworthy centerpiece. Cut a triangle from ticking fabric and fold it in half over a dowel. Hot-glue the fabric along the dowel to secure and along the loose edges for a stiff sail.

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The World Wildlife Federation estimates that the fires in Australia have killed around 1.25 billion animals to date.

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Eventually, I’d love to replace the seats with fancier versions. Perhaps some leather ones from a junked-out truck could be scored, or heated and cooled seats could be purchased aftermarket. For now, these will do fine with some fixes. That includes a sad armrest that needs new cushioning and a tear on the front left of the driver’s seat that needs a needle and thread.

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Everyone loves a comfy fleece, but they’re not all created equal. It turns out that traditional fleeces have a problem that you probably don’t know: It’s called microfiber shedding, and it happens in the washing machine. Tiny particles of synthetic material are washed away from the garment and end up polluting the water system. While the source of microplastic pollution is complicated, synthetic fabrics are a cause for concern. Enter the Power Air Houdi from Houdini. The top was created with a process developed by Houdini and Polartec that results in a fabric that sheds five times fewer particles than the best fleece on the market now. While traditional fleece has exposed fibers, the Power Air features fibers that trap the air in small pockets that are knitted into the fabric. You’ll just notice that the hoodie is light, comfortable, and excellent at keeping you warm. Yet it’s also breathable, so you don’t overheat when wearing it inside or during exercise. It’s made from 54% recycled polyester, and with extended sleeves with thumb loops, a two-way zipper, a high-collared hood, and a bottom hem with a hidden draw cord, it’s designed to keep you warm for any outdoor adventure. It’s good for both the environment and your comfort.

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Layering for winter running can be a challenge. If you start with an ultra-thin, moisture-wicking top like you wear most of the year and pair it with a light shell, chances are you’re going to stay cold. But if you add a fleece insulation layer, that probably makes you too hot. The solution: Change to a base layer with some insulation like the Waffle Layer by Tracksmith. This 100% Merino wool top is naturally moisture-wicking and odor-resistant. The waffle pattern in the fabric traps air against the skin to increase insulation, but it also helps excess heat to escape once you warm up. The soft and cozy next-to-skin feel is welcome on cold winter mornings — it may just provide the boost of motivation to push you out the door. When the sun’s out and the temperature isn’t too low, you can wear this on its own. Add a jacket for protection from the wind and rain, and you’re set for everything but the most frigid conditions. The piece is so comfortable — not to mention good looking — that it just may become your go-to top for any winter activity.

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Our team of experts has selected the best grill covers out of dozens of models. Don't buy a grill cover before reading these reviews.

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Our team of experts has selected the best drying racks out of dozens of models. Don't buy a drying rack before reading these reviews.

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It’s the time of the year when we have to start covering up, which for most of us — at least in the northern part of the country — means it’s time to break out the fleece. These versatile pieces of clothing are lightweight and breathable, meaning that you can wear them indoors without overheating, yet they provide enough insulation for outdoor comfort in most conditions. But the drawback to a traditional fleece becomes evident if you wear it outside during blustery weather — the wind cuts right through the fabric. The usual solution is to wear a windproof shell (and waterproof; a fleece doesn’t do well when wet, either).

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If you find yourself regularly pinning West Elm’s gorgeous acorn mid-century bed frames, but can’t justify splurging on a $1,000 bed, this Zinus frame will give you the look you crave without breaking the bank. Here’s why this bed is the perfect affordable way to make your bedroom Pinterest board dreams a reality.

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Fall is officially here, and that means your nights might feel a little chilly. Next time you’re sipping hot apple cider and watching your favorite Halloween movies, curl up with this cozy heated blanket for the perfect night in.

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Whether you’ve felt that first chill in the air or not, fall is here, and it’s the perfect time to incorporate some warm and cozy accents within your decor. To give your home a golden glow all season long, think rich tones, soft and chunky textures and plenty of extra lighting. (Hint: You can get up to 75% off those fall essentials on Houzz right now!)

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Coffee lovers know one of the best ways to get the most flavor from your beans is by preparing coffee using the pour over method. But buying pour over coffee filters can quickly add up, and cloth alternatives to paper filters are difficult to clean. That’s where this $12 stainless steel pour over dripper comes in.

Maintaining a bathroom that feels at once functional, soothing and clean can be tricky. But when it really comes down to it, focusing on the small details can make a big difference. Light a candle, switch out old towels and put everything in glass containers — and watch your bathroom start to feel like your own personal spa. Read on to find just the right accent piece to transform your bathroom.

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