Instagram. iCal. We look at our phones all day, so why not make them pretty? Fortunately, these websites offer free (as in zero dollars) wallpapers worth staring at. Just point, click, and download for an instant makeover.

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Wonder Forest
For us, summer spells strawberries. Bonus points if they’re garnishing a champagne glass. This foodie-friendly print is cheerful and in season, and it may even remind you to eat your fruits and veggies.
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June 18, 2015

Puppy Instagrams. Cat memes. If you’re anything like us, you can’t get enough of the animal kingdom. But there are a few celebrities whose love for furry friends extends past the domestic and into the great outdoors.

weird celebrity petsAudrey Hepburn
Well-known for her classic pearls and quintessential LBD, turns out our favorite Funny Face also fell for a fawn. The name of her unusual pet? Pippin.
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June 10, 2015

That dream kitchen you pin over and over again? It probably looks something like Ina Garten‘s (a.k.a. the Barefoot Contessa), clean and white with hints of French country style. We’d cook just to hang out there. But since a full remodel probably isn’t in the cards, here are six pieces that easily channel Ina’s laid-back Hamptons look.

Ina Garten–Inspired Kitchen

  1. Stainless Steel Cookware
    If you’re going to follow Ina’s recipes to a T (she is, after all, the author of nine cookbooks), you might as well follow her cookware lead. Even if all you can do is boil spaghetti, a gleaming set of pots and pans makes you look like a pro.
  2. Flowers
    Ina goes for the real deal, but if you don’t have a green thumb, a forever-fresh arrangement can come in the form of silk florals or a faux topiary. Set it down and never give a moment’s thought to watering.
  3. French-Style Baskets
    Woven baskets made from natural materials – this set is water hyacinth – bring that rustic country touch. Use them to store anything from dish towels to cutting boards and cooling racks.
  4. Cake Stands
    Scoop up as many as you have room for. Ina displays her collection on a top shelf as if they were sculptures. No shelves? Putting them in a glass-front cabinet works equally well.
  5. White Dinnerware
    That clean, white look we’ve been going on and on about? This is a key piece of it. Stock up on sparkling white plates and serveware and you’ll never be in danger of setting out a mismatched set.
  6. Quality Wood Cutting Boards
    Displayed on the countertop, the rich wood tone adds a natural contrast to gleaming stainless steel and white everything. Plus, they’re easier on your knives.

Get that kitchen makeover started. Our The Hamptons Kitchen: Inspired by Ina Garten Boutique opens Tuesday, June 9, at 11AM ET.

By Chrissy Makkas, Associate Content Editor

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June 9, 2015

Summertime and the living’s busy (beach days, anyone?). Which is why you need easy, on-the-go snacks in your life. Enter: No-Bake Energy Bites, courtesy of Gimme Some Oven.

No-Bake Recipe

These power-packed balls of protein are perfect for a quick breakfast or road-trip treat. Not to mention, they’re incredibly delicious and can be ready in a snap. No oven? No problem. Just measure, mix, and you’ll be eating the healthy equivalent of cookies in no time.
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May 29, 2015

It appears that Apple’s much-improved iOS 8.3 keyboard was just the tip of the emoji-update iceberg. The Unicode Consortium has just released a whopping 38 proposed new characters, and according to Yahoo Tech, we can expect these additions to grace our keyboards around June 2016.

New Emoji 2016

In the meantime, check out our 10 most-anticipated additions below:

1. Bacon
2. Clinking glasses
3. Face palm
4. Man dancing
5. Avocado
6. Croissant
7. Selfie
8. Prince
9. Face with cowboy hat
10. “Call me” hand

Our only question: Why are we getting a carrot, a potato, and a cucumber, but still no burrito? Food for thought.

By Keir Cullen Janey, Staff Writer

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May 26, 2015

Shopping for the man who “doesn’t want anything” can be excruciating (if we can be dramatic for a minute). But don’t worry, we’ve come up with a foolproof plan to score Dad the gift he didn’t even know he needed.

 

So whether your dad is a Sports Fanatic, a Hobby Enthusiast, a Dapper Dresser, or Youngster at Heart, pick up the perfect gift in our Best Father’s Day Ever Boutique.

By Ashley Bell, Staff Writer

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May 22, 2015

Raise your flags and pull out the white denim  Memorial Day is almost here. That means a three-day weekend of parades, BBQs, and relaxation to kick off summer (as long as you’re fully prepared)So set yourself up for Monday-funday success with a few key helpers from Care.com.

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Babysitter

Hire a local sitter so you can celebrate with adults-only mojitos. Pick from a pool of tutors, craft lovers, cooks, and more to keep the kids entertained for hours.

Dog Walker

Whether you’re headed to the beach or a neighbor’s backyard, find a pet pro who can wear your pup out and teach them a trick or two.

House Cleaner

Hosting a BBQ? Make clean-up a breeze with a team of housekeepers. They’ll freshen up every inch of your abode and you won’t lift a finger.

Ready to help yourself? Our Care.com Boutique opened Monday, May 18, at 3PM ET.

By Emily Ketterer, Staff Writer

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May 21, 2015

DIY Mason Jar Lemon Flowers Centerpiece
You’ve got guests coming. Or maybe you simply want to spruce up the table, because hey, spring is finally in full bloom. Enter this chic centerpiece, a super-simple mason jar DIY brought to life by Rue Stylist Emma L. In just a few quick steps you’ll add some serious charm to any surface.
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May 21, 2015

Let’s be honest: An extra pair of hands around the house is always welcome. Below, we’ve outlined a few all-too-familiar scenarios that Care.com (the largest one-stop shop for caregiving needs) can help you with.

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Destination Wedding

So, you’re flying to the Caribbean for faraway nuptials. Enlist a pet sitter and know that Fido is in good hands.

Date Night on the Town

A babysitter who can help with math homework? You and your little ones are in for an A+ evening.

Graduation Bash

After the party, it’s the after-party – a.k.a. time to sweep. Connect with cleaning pros who’ll do the dirty work.

Ready to find helpers? Our Care.com Boutique opens Monday, May 18, at 3PM ET.

By Emily Ketterer, Staff Writer

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May 18, 2015

Chances are you’ve been to a wine tasting or two at a vineyard or perhaps a local wine shop. But now it’s time to take your wine-connoisseur status to the next level – right at home with good company. Here’s how to pull it off like a pro.

Global Wine Cellars Vino Tasting

1. Provide simple glasses. No need to use specific styles for each wine – your small pours won’t be in the glass long. As long as you have one glass per person and a water pitcher for rinsing between tastes, you’re good.

2. Make each glass personal. A variety of festive coasters or wine charms will add a custom element to each person’s tasting. Because assessing lip-prints shouldn’t be the way you avoid mixing up glasses.

3. Prep the wine before guests arrive. Ideal serving temperatures for white wines range between 49 and 55 degrees, while red wines should be in the 62- to 68-degree range. And don’t forget to let the full-bodied reds breathe. Decant at least 25 to 30 minutes before you plan to taste.

4. Stock up on snacks. Set out crackers and a mix of cheeses. Use one mild – think Brie, Teleme, or Jack; one medium like Havarti, Gouda, or Edam; and one strong blue, like Gorgonzola or Stilton. Finish the spread with grapes or strawberries, crunchy Marcona almonds, and chocolates.

5. Educate your guests. They should be seeing, swirling, smelling, sipping, and swallowing to fully experience each wine. And if they can’t quite pinpoint the flavors? Keep tasting notes on hand to identify hints of plum, lavender, leather, oak, and more.

Ready to host? Stock up on wine and tasting notes in our Global Wine Cellars Boutique, which opened Thursday, May 7, at 3PM ET.

By Chrissy Makkas, Associate Content Editor

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May 10, 2015