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Since you don’t have all day to scour the web for noteworthy sales and discounts, we rounded up the best bargains for you to shop in one convenient place.


1. Save $50 on an Amazon Kindle Paperwhite essentials bundle

With the ability to have a whole library at your fingertips, the Amazon Kindle is a must-have for avid readers. The Paperwhite model is meant to read like paper, so you can read outside on a sunny day without getting any distracting glare like you would on a regular tablet. This essentials bundle comes with the Kindle e-reader as well as a power adapter and a leather cover to protect your device. It’s all you need for a great reading experience.

Buy an Amazon Kindle Paperwhite essentials bundle for $129.97 (originally $179.97) [you save $50].

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2. Save 20% off on Williams Sonoma Cookware

Quality cookware is a worthwhile investment for your kitchen. These pieces offer style, longevity, and functionality, but with all of this usually comes a higher price tag. Still, you can find great cookware on sale, giving you something in your budget without sacrificing any quality. Right now, you can save 20% on Williams Sonoma cookware. They offer a wide range of products, from stainless-steel to copper to ceramic nonstick, that’s sure to please any cook.

Shop Williams Sonoma Cookware and Save 20%.

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3. Get 25% off your purchase at J.Crew

J.Crew has a great assortment of clothing for men, women, and children. Right now, you can get 25% off your J.Crew online purchase, including full-price items and new releases just in time for fall. Simply use the code “FLASH” when you checkout to redeem this great offer.

Shop full-price items at J.Crew and save 25% on your purchase.


4. Save up to 25% off on home items at Target

If you’re heading off to college, or just got to your dorm and realize you need some more items for your room, you should check out Target. You can get up to 25% off on home items which includes everything from kitchen accessories to living room furniture. It’s a great place to look if you need any updates for your dorm, apartment, or home.

Shop home goods at Target and save up to 25% off.

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5. Save $105 on a Vitamix 5200 Blender

Vitamix blenders have garnered a cult-like following, and for good reason. These machines are so much more than just blenders. Forget smoothies — although the Vitamix of course makes delicious ones — this blender can help you easily make sauces, ice cream, doughs, and even hot soups. While these are pricey, they are an amazing addition to your kitchen and, right now, Amazon is offering the standard 5200 model for over $100 off. Read one of our reviews if you’re still not sold on the value.

Buy the Vitamix 5200 Blender for $444.90 (usually $549.99; you save 19%).

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6. Get an extra 30% off fall essentials at Saks off 5th

Saks has everyday great deals from high-end brands. Right now, you can get an extra 30% off these already lowered prices on fall essentials for men and women. Just use the promo code “FIRSTDIBS” at checkout. With everything from cozy cashmere to sturdy leather boots, it’s a great spot to stock up on some pieces for your fall wardrobe.

Shop fall essentials for women at Saks off 5th and save

Shop fall essentials for men at Saks off 5th and save

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7. Save 25% off all shelving solutions at The Container Store

Get organized with The Container Store’s shelving sale. They have the right storage pieces to keep every part of your space tidy and now through October 14, it is all on sale for 25% off. From custom shelving to solutions under $100, you are sure to find something right for your home.

Shop shelving solutions at The Container Store and get 25% off.


8. Get $10 off on a Uniqlo ultralight down jacket

A light down jacket is great for fall weather and this one is a top contender. These are super light, comfortable, and pack down into a small pouch for easy storage on the go. Plus, they’re all under $100. While these jackets are already a great, affordable price for the value, you can now save an extra $10 on select models.

Shop men’s ultralight down jackets at Uniqlo and save $10.

Shop women’s ultralight down jackets at Uniqlo and save $10.


9. Get $200 off a Casper mattress when you buy an adjustable bed frame

Even if you haven’t been in the market for a mattress recently, it’s likely you’ve heard of Casper. This online mattress startup has been changing the game with it’s comfortable, easy to install, bed-in-a-box mattresses. Now, Casper has ventured beyond mattresses alone and has bases made to perfectly fit their best-selling mattresses. Right now, you can save $200 when you purchase an adjustable bed frame with your Casper mattress.

Buy a Casper mattress and base and save $200

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Best fry pan to buy in 2018 – fry pan Reviews – CoinIndeed

There are more than 12 new best fry pan being introduced in the market every quarter, and many of them have some or the other unique and advanced features you’ve never heard before.

That being said, if you choose any random fry pan, there are possibilities of facing some of the serious issues which can come from choosing the wrong product.

There are dozens of different fry pan models in the market, finding the best one really was a challenging task for us. After review all the products we have picked some according to the categories. Before Moving Forward, why not look for our selection of best fry pan picked up by our Experts.

That’s why we’ve decided to do an in-depth research around these fry pan. Now, at the end of those hours-long using sessions and analysis, we are all set to recommend the best choices you’ll have in the fry pan category. Obviously, we have our picks from premium, semi-premium and budget-friendly sectors. Therefore, when it’s time, you can have the best fry pan .

We are pretty confident about the best fry pan that we recommend. So, you can choose to pick the right one for you in a few minutes and enjoy.

T-fal B363S3 Specialty Nonstick Omelette Pan 8-Inch 9.5-Inch and 11-Inch Dishwasher Safe PFOA Free Fry Pan/Saute Pan Cookware Set, 3-Piece, Gray

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T-fal A857S394 Specialty Nonstick 3-Piece 8-Inch, 9.5-Inch, and 11-Inch Fry Pan /Saute Pan Dishwasher Safe Cookware Set, Black

All-Clad Nonstick Frying Pans, Cookware Set, 8 Inch Pan and 10 Inch Pan, Hard Anodized, Black

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A true kitchen staple, the All-Clad Hard Anodized E785S264 Set of 2 fry pans (8 10 In.) is ideal for searing, browning, and pan-frying everything from eggs to meats. The fry pans feature a flat bottom and flared sides that make tossing foods effortless and allow for easy turning with a spatula. The All-Clad frying pans are great for cooking at higher heat with oils to develop foods with full rich flavor, color, and crisp texture. With HA1 Hard Anodized cookware, you can experience the renowned quality of All-Clad and the ultimate convenience of nonstick. The All-Clad cookware’s three layers of PFOA-free nonstick coating ensure effortless food release and make cleanup a breeze. Even more, Hard Anodized nonstick cookware offers dishwasher-safe convenience, induction compatibility, and warp-resistant strength. Discover what it means to cook with All-Clad.

Tramontina 80114/535DS Professional Aluminum Nonstick Restaurant Fry Pan, 10″, Made in USA

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Tramontina’s Professional Restaurant Fry Pans are designed and manufactured to withstand the rigors of a professional kitchen, and easily adapt to home and non-commercial use. Ideal for frying, scrambling, sautéing, and searing your favorite recipes, the fry pans’ commercial-grade, heavy-gauge aluminum construction distributes heat quickly and evenly, while the reinforced nonstick interior allows food to easily release from the pan providing effortless cooking and cleanup. The cast stainless steel handle is riveted for added support and features a removable, silicone, soft-grip for versatility and maneuverability. This cookware is NSF certified, compatible with gas, electric and ceramic glass cooktops, can be used in the oven up to 400 degrees Fahrenheit (204 degrees Celsius) and is offered under a Lifetime Warranty.

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How to choose the right sponge (and make washing dishes less painful)

Most of us don’t give much thought to sponges. But if you hate doing the dishes (who doesn’t), a good sponge will make the task a little less painful. Better yet, using the right sponge can save time and prevent damage to your kitchenware.

Here’s a guide to every sponge type and how to choose the right sponge for your needs.

Common sponge types

Take a look at this list of sponge types you’ve likely encountered. Most are synthetic, though some are derived from plant cellulose. There are natural sponges, too, which have been used as cleaning tools for millennia.  


These sponges are made from recycled plant fibers. Sources include wood pulp and cotton. They’re inexpensive and very absorbent.


Sponges marked as heavy-duty are highly abrasive. Use them to remove tough, stuck-on debris from stainless-steel pots and baking pans. Don’t use them for nonstick cookware.

The sponge is a simple aquatic animal, to which all artificial sponges owe their name. Their porous, fibrous skeletons are soft and absorb lots of liquid. Throughout history sea sponges have been harvested for these properties.   


Sponges with this label are safe to use on nonstick pots and pans. They also won’t scratch the surfaces of ceramic bakeware.

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A sponge can clean many different surfaces around the home.

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Other cleaning tools

Plastic scrubbers

These round or rectangular cleaning tools are made of woven plastic fibers. They’re typically nonscratch, and are safe to use on nonstick and ceramic cookware.

Scouring pads

Much thinner than a sponge, these flat squares of fabric come in both nonscratch and heavy-duty varieties. Use them to rub away tough stains and grime from countertops, cookware and bakeware and in the bathroom.

Steel wool

The big guns of home cleaning, steel wool pads are abrasive in the extreme. Use them only on surfaces that can take their abuse, such as stainless-steel pots, pans, and baking sheets.

The right sponge for the job

Plates and dishes

You have a lot of options for hand-washing dirty dishes. If they’re fragile or awkwardly shaped, use a handled sponge tool. Otherwise, go with cellulose sponges.

These type of sponges are relatively inexpensive and absorb liquid and soap easily. They’re also prone to collecting bits of food over time. That means bacteria, not to mention funky odors, can develop inside them.

To combat this, make sure to sanitize your sponge weekly and toss it out when it shows signs of wear.

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When washing glassware, using a regular-shaped sponge can be awkward.

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Pots and pans

Stainless-steel saucepans, baking sheets and other hardy kitchenware attract lots of grime. To get rid of that buildup, use a sponge that’s just as tough.

Abrasive sponges are typically rough on one of their sides. Use that surface to power through caked-on grit and clingy food debris. They come in both synthetic and cellulose varieties.

Don’t scrub your nonstick pots and pans with an abrasive sponge. You’ll likely scratch and damage their Teflon coating. Your best bet is to use a nonabrasive sponge such as the O-Cedar Scrunge. And a little elbow grease.

That same is true for ceramic cookware. Abrasive sponges will scratch and mar the enamel. Soak these pans in water first, then wash with a soft cellulose or synthetic sponge. Harsh abrasives will harm copper pots and pans too.

For stubborn copper stains, pretreat pans with salt plus lemon juice (or vinegar). Then rub with a cloth rag or non-abrasive sponge.


To clean fragile glassware such as stemware and even water glasses, an abrasive sponge is overkill. Chose something soft and not likely to scratch, like a microfiber or nonabrasive cellulose sponge.

The shape of a glassware sponge is important too. For long, narrow glasses, sponges with thin heads and long handles work best.

Windows and cars

Detail your car like a pro. Grab a microfiber or a natural sponge that’s both non-abrasive, and absorbs plenty of water and soap.

They won’t mar automobile paint, window glass, or metal. Plus they’re great at wicking away oils and grease, to leave behind a squeaky-clean shine.

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Video: Madonna treats her face to a birthday makeover by Tarin Graham

How does Madonna keep her skin so fresh, even on her 60th birthday? This video from her esthetician, Tarin Graham, may offer some clues.

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Gift for Life Debuts Successful Text-to-Donate Initiative

Blue Q founders Seth and Mitch Nash were honored by Gift for Life with the 2018 Industry Achievement AwardA first-ever “text-to-give” campaign launched by Gift for Life, the gift and home industries’ sole charitable organization, in collaboration with Progressive Business Media (PBM) generated nearly $7,000 in contributions.

The fundraising campaign debuted at the 2018 Retailer Excellence Awards, an event at which Gift for Life also presented its 2018 Industry Achievement Award to Seth and Mitch Nash, founders of Blue Q.

“Text-to-Give” donations will directly benefit JBT Foundation (Just Been Tested), an organization using social media and innovative technology to promote HIV/AIDS testing and awareness. George Kacic, Gift for Life Chair, said, “We were delighted with the industry’s response to our first full-scale text-based fundraising effort. Not only were donations received during the Retailers Excellence Awards, but continued to roll-in during the final days of NY NOW: The Market for Home Lifestyle and Shoppe Object. We’re looking forward to developing more new ideas like this in the future.”

During the REAs, Gift For Life presented its 2018 Industry Achievement Award to Mitch and Seth Nash, founders of Blue Q. The company, which was launched with just one product – The Flat Cat, a six dollar, life-sized pet –established the company’s niche: reinventing things with wit, design and high quality. Today the company sells everything from recycled bags to lip balm to kitchen accessories to socks. In accepting the award, which recognizes overall excellence and contribution to the gift and home industry founders, Mitch and Seth Nash, credited their team’s creativity and empathy for the company’s success over the last 30 years.

In connection with their award, Blue Q has signed on as the first sponsor of Gift for Life’s 2019 Party for Life with a $5,000 donation. The 27th Annual Party for Life will be held on Monday, February 4, at New York City’s Stage 48. Sponsorship packages, which range from $500 to $25,000, are available online and individual tickets are $185 per person.

Each year, Gift for Life hosts events throughout the U.S. benefiting DIFFA: Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS. The primary mission of Gift for Life and DIFFA is to eradicate the AIDS pandemic in the U.S. With Gift for Life’s help, in 2017 DIFFA granted more than $331,000 to 31 organizations providing HIV/AIDS service and education programs nationwide.

Follow Gift for Life’s efforts via its free e-newsletter.

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Prepara Now Shipping Taco Making Accessories

Prepara is now shipping its collection of taco making kitchen accessories. The company has made available its single and multi-taco holders, taco spoons, taco party bowl and three-section serving tray.

The taco spoons and 6-inch taco party bowl are the newest items added to the collection. The taco spoons str designed to make filling and packing tacos easy. The company said the spoons are perfectly sized to fit between shells. They are available in sets of two, come in blue, red and yellow with unique graphic patterns and have a suggested retail price of $4.9.9.

The new 6-inch taco party bowl is designed for serving taco toppings such as guacamole and salsa. It is made of melamine and features the look of traditional ceramic in a graphic pattern. The bowl has a suggested retail price of $7.49.

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Old is New: Farmhouse Kitchen Gets Makeover From Country Classic to Modern Rustic

Drury Design recently renovated a country classic kitchen display into an on-trend modern farmhouse kitchen model. According to the 2018 Houzz annual renovation trends study, 51% of homeowners surveyed plan to begin or continue renovations this year; modernizing older, traditional design styles are top motivators for Drury Design’s home remodeling clients.

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Drury Design, in partnership with Grabill Cabinets, reveals their latest showroom renovation: a modern farmhouse kitchen with contemporary aesthetics. According to the 2018 Houzz annual renovation trends study, 51% of homeowners surveyed plan to begin or continue renovations this year. Modernizing older traditional design styles with high-tech, time-saving features are the top motivators for Drury Design’s home remodeling clients. To experience the Modern Farmhouse Kitchen, stop by the Drury Design studio at 512 N. Main Street in Glen Ellyn or visit

Country Charm to Modern Aesthetics

When it came time to modernize the original farmhouse kitchen display, Drury and Grabill teamed up on a project to reframe the classic farmhouse kitchen design with modern twists and contemporary finishes, including new time-saving appliances from Wolf, Subzero, Miele, Dacor, and Sharp.


Drury Design and Grabill Cabinets first collaborated on a classic country kitchen in 2002. With warm honey wood tones in the cabinets and on the ceiling, black and red accents added color, while a free-standing pie safe brought in character.


Out went the pie safe, the honey, black and red hickory cabinets, and the built-in table and chairs. In went white high gloss and rustic wood hands-free cabinets. A new island with shiplap siding and chrome accents, concrete-like Caesarstone counter tops, a Blanco Silgranit farmhouse sink, tech lighting LED pendants, and dine-in seating, is ready for in-studio cooking demos. Including a bit of a surprise element, a striking backlit cookware display hutch reflects a dramatic touch.

What defines a modern farmhouse kitchen?

“Modern farmhouse is a new take on an old style. It’s a revival of a simple farmhouse style from the mid-century,” observes Gail Drury, CMKBD, Drury Design President, and Creative Director.

“Some of the characteristics of the original farmhouse style are simple slab doors with possible accents of shiplap siding, some natural stained woods or painted doors. Modern farmhouse takes these elements a couple of steps further. In our design, painted slab doors are replaced with a high gloss, white foil door that is very durable – unlike the original paint. Shiplap siding is mimicked in the hood and island details with contemporary metal accent pieces added. Contemporary hardware and other design elements add to the ‘modern’ feel. And, the color scheme is simple and understated. It’s all about muted colors blended, as opposed to high contrast colors. The new twist is the greys added to the contemporary color palette,” Gail says.

Martin Heiny, President of Grabill Cabinets believes the Drury Design team is the industry leader in trends and modern design.

Logan Yoder, Grabill Cabinets – Product Development says, “”Modern Farmhouse design incorporates the warmth of natural wood tones, which is a welcomed change from the cool tones of the greys that have been popular for so long. There is beauty in taking something old, such as a country farmhouse and reinventing it in a fresh, new way. The comforting atmosphere of Grandma’s house is transformed into a modern rendition with all of the comforts of today’s technology. Drury capitalized on natural, rustic tones while pairing it with luminous high gloss, stunning metal accents. Drury added a level of sophistication to their design with luxe elements such as the amazing shiplap range hood, which incorporates a mirror accent.”

“This is a real practical kitchen that works effortlessly. Everything is where you need it, when you need it.” observes senior designer Janice Teague, CKD/CBD. “You’ll notice a lot of drawer accessories that are easy to clean. Even if a person is not organized, this kitchen is organized for you.”

Senior designer Alicia Saso, AKBD says the motion controlled, hands-free Servo drive cabinetry is one highlight of many integrated conveniences. “All of the features in this kitchen are meant to make the homeowner’s prep, cooking, serving and clean up as simple and enjoyable as possible. Modern-day accessories are key components to a fully functional kitchen,” Alicia says.

What’s different about this kitchen compared to a kitchen with no organization? Senior designer Linda Larisch, CMKBD says, “Kitchens store lots of stuff. Digging through a pile of pots and pans to find the perfect one takes time. In the modern farmhouse display, there’s a logical place for everything. For example, the pull-out pots and pans rack keeps cookware ready, on display and in better condition. This kitchen features lots of built-in organizers to save time and make cooking more enjoyable for everyone.”

Seating at an island is very high on most of Drury Design’s client wish lists, notes senior designer Diana Burton, “At the island, the Grothouse wood countertop is a glossy, contemporary contrast to the rustic quartz concrete texture. The raised area for seating creates a cozy spot for guests to pull up a chair, without being underfoot while the cook is at work.”

Jason Wickline, senior designer, notices the modern farmhouse mixture of textures, colors, and design styles becoming more popular, “Our clients want something different than the ‘all white kitchen’ or ‘white perimeter cabinets with a stained island.’ We’re also finding our clients want more modern technology and accessories. I think the Modern Farmhouse Kitchen display is a great demonstration of where interior design trends are heading.”

About Drury Design . . .

Drury Design began delivering home design-build services to the greater Chicago area in 1987. With Gail Drury at the helm, the company’s completed over 2,000 Chicago area home remodeling projects and won more than 70 design industry awards, including Trend Magazine’s Top 50 American Kitchens, KBDN’s Top 50 Innovators, Best of Houzz, American Society of Interior Design (ASID) and National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA). To interview Gail Drury, CMKBD, about home design trends or to request permission to use an image, contact Jim Drury at

630.469.4980. View Drury Design’s kitchen and bath design portfolio at

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