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Overnight oats are a breakfast meal prep standby for good reason. TikTok creator @kathleenbalmonte shows how fast it is to prepare two days of breakfast. Using cupcake liners to keep add-in ingredients dry is also a smart meal prep hack.

In warm weather, there’s nothing better than opening a double-hung window to let a cooling breeze inside a stuffy room; but when the weather turns cold, you want that window to be tight and keep drafty cold air outside. If you’re remodeling, one option is to replace the window with a new energy efficient unit, but a less expensive alternative is to install a sash replacement kit.

It’s that time of year when you might be thinking of starting your first indoor fire — if you haven't already gotten your fireplace or wood-burning stove going. I happen to have two wood-burning fireplaces in my own home. Both are see-through, so four rooms in my house get the benefit of a roaring fire.

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Pups travel in comfort and style with Bark n Bag’s fashionable and eco-friendly CheckerBarc pet carrier ($80/small; $85/medium) in hand-loomed cotton canvas. Featuring locking zipperheads and ventilating mesh on two sides, the carrier has a machine-washable polar fleece liner, plus top and side entries and roomy pockets. It is a comfortable carry with padded handle wrap and shoulder strap. Bonus: it fits under most airline seats. barknbag.com

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Sometimes I can sound like my mother. (Imagine a high-pitched voice coming from a man with a gray beard.) “You’re not wearing those pants are you? It’s snowing, where are your boots?

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As you hunt the aisles of local stores this holiday season for that perfect Christmas gift, I have a couple of suggestions for gear that has been given to me, or purchased by me, that has stood the test of time.

Most of us will rejoice in turning our clocks back this Sunday and gaining an extra hour of beloved slumber. As exciting as winter hibernation may be, the end of daylight saving time is still an adjustment nonetheless. Here are eight tips for making the time change transition a little easier.

Mudrooms are quite the handy place. They provide a spot for coats and shoes, keep backpacks and mittens corralled and might even have a corner for extra sports gear. However, not every home comes equipped with such a convenient space. This doesn’t mean there’s no hope; with a little creativity, you can create a makeshift mudroom. It may not consist of an entire room, but it can still fulfill the general duties of a traditional mudroom.

Ready to toss that rattan chair from your first apartment? Turn it into an oversize plant container for the patio instead. Lay down a plant liner, fill with organic matter and watch your plants grow.

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