Tips & Techniques

6 Ways to Be a Better Listener When You’re Catching Up with a Friend — Make More Good

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Whether you're meeting up with a friend at a bar, taking a walk around the neighborhood together, or having him over for tea, there are some things you can do to make sure it's full of good vibes only.

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The Best Way to Get Garlic Smells Off Your Fingers — Powered by Lemon

My kids love to help me cook, which is equal parts rewarding and frustrating. It all starts with good intentions — lessons about healthy food and passed-down recipes — and quickly devolves into an egg-cracking, kale-throwing, glorious mess. Toddlers are super tactile; they want to be elbows-deep, feeling and tasting everything they can get their hands on. So naturally cleanup is a big part of the ritual. Huge.

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Buy This, Not That: IKEA Kitchen Supplies — The Financial Diet

Welcome to a new column from The Financial Diet, one of our very favorite sites, dedicated to money and everything it touches. One of the best ways to take charge of your financial life is through food and cooking. This column from TFD founders Chelsea Fagan and Lauren Ver Hage will help you be better with money, thanks to the kitchen.

I'm a huge fan of IKEA, and not just because I spend the majority of my waking hours talking about budgets. I love the store because I believe that, if you know which products to look for, there is almost no better value for your dollar in terms of versatile, sturdy home goods. It's not just about being affordable — it's about being super-usable pieces for that affordability. And while there are certainly IKEA products that earn their occasional eye-rolls from the home decor community, someone who turns their nose up at the store in general simply doesn't know what to look for.

Shopping at IKEA doesn't automatically mean "buying that same tragic LACK side table everyone had in college" or even "buying anything made of particle board" — period. In fact, for your kitchen space, the store can be the ultimate lifesaver for making things cute and functional without taking a shredder to your wallet (or sacrificing on product quality).

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5 Questions to Ask Yourself When Picking Kitchen Window Treatments

Choosing window treatments or drapery for any room in your home can be challenging, but the kitchen can be especially tough. Not only are there already a lot of design elements to contend with (like tiles, cabinetry, countertops, and more), but there are also safety and practicality factors to think of as well.

That's why we've come up with a five-question checklist you should run through when deciding on window treatments for your kitchen. Here goes.

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My Formula for the Easiest, Most Luxurious Weeknight Soup — Tips from The Kitchn

There are times when only a steaming bowl of slow-simmered soup will do, and then there are more realistic times when a meal needs to come together right this minute. This soup has been my saving grace when my stomach is rumbling, I want something healthy, and I don't have much kicking around in the fridge. With this formula, a quick, nourishing soup is mine for the slurping in just about 10 minutes.

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Raise a Toast to Mom with This Easy Champagne Brunch Menu — Mother’s Day

A Champagne brunch is always a good idea for Mother's Day because it automatically makes the occasion feel special and elegant. So grab a few bottles of the finest bubbles around and put together a spread that's full of spring flavors, like an herby egg and potato frittata and a fresh fruit salad. This menu feeds six to eight people comfortably and doesn't require much prep. We've even included a timeline on how you to can pull this together with a day's head start.

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