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By Lauren Phillips
September 21, 2018
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The seamless surface of this English Oak bird feeder keeps squirrels from getting a good grip, so the bird feed is just for the birds. The burnished acrylic lacquer surface provides weather-proofing and makes the feeder an eye-grabbing yard accessory. To buy: $70; uncommongoods.com.
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Silpat Silicone Muffin Pan

Turn any sheet pan into a muffin pan—one with a no-greasing-needed silicone surface—with this lightweight and flexible add-on. Plus, the pan is flexible enough that you can easily pop out muffins (or cupcakes or pastry shells) without crumbling them in the process.

To buy: $50; williams-sonoma.com.

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Couch Arm Table

Give yourself an excuse to curl up for hours on end with this genius table, which has adjustable spring clasps that can grip any sofa arm chair up to 15” wide and holds a mug, a snack, remote controls, your phone, and whatever else you want close at hand for those cozy fall mornings.

To buy: $150; uncommongoods.com.

 

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PackIt Freezable Grocery Bag

Pop this colorful tote into the freezer, then take it with you to the store or farmers market to keep your perishables fresh however long it takes to get home. A freezable gel liner is built into the walls of the bag, so there’s plenty of room for your veggie haul.

To buy: $25; thegrommet.com.

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Apple Core Bird Feeder

The seamless surface of this English Oak bird feeder keeps squirrels from getting a good grip, so the bird feed is just for the birds. The burnished acrylic lacquer surface provides weather-proofing and makes the feeder an eye-grabbing yard accessory.

To buy: $70; uncommongoods.com.

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Black+Decker PowerCrush Personal Quiet Blender

Cut down on the chaos of the morning rush with this stainless steel blender. Its Quiet Technology keeps the making of your go-to smoothie a little less obtrusive, so you can oversee bag-packing and field questions while blending.

To buy: $33; walmart.com.

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Kitestring

This SMS-based safety service allows anyone—even those without smartphones—to check in with friends and loved ones. The free service will check up on you at pre-determined intervals, and if you don’t respond, Kitestring will send your emergency contacts a personalized alert message.