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Three best gas ranges

Gas ranges provide excellent control and adjustment of cooking temperatures. As gas ranges have continued to grow in popularity, the number of choices on the

Weekend deals: Best deals for President's Day

If you shop on Amazon frequently then you know how often prices change. That's why we use price trackers to help us find the best deals offering the best

Three best upright vacuums

Choosing the wrong type of vacuum might leave you wondering how mounds of pet hair and dust particles managed to survive a round of hoovering. An upright

A guide to throwing an Oscars party

It’s the best time of the year for movie lovers: awards season. With the 91st Academy Awards just a few weeks away, now is the perfect time to plan an Oscars

Three best travel mugs

If you need a cup of coffee to get going in the morning, you can save plenty of money by brewing your own and bringing it with you to the office, school, or

Three best Xbox consoles

Way back in the technical dark ages of 2001, Microsoft launched the first Xbox console. Over the years, Microsoft has achieved video game dominance through a

Best President's Day mattress sales

If you’re in the market for a new mattress, you’re in luck. The sales taking place this President’s Day weekend are just as competitive as the Black Friday

What to do for your dog so they're happy when you're not around

Our dogs bring so much joy to our lives, but we bring joy to theirs, too. That's why it's tough for your canine companion when you're not home to hang out with

Three best cookware sets

Buying quality pots and pans is one of the best things you can do to up your cooking game. Whether you’re setting up your kitchen for the first time or looking

Everything you need to know about the health of your car battery

There’s never a right time for your car’s battery to fail. Whether you’re on your way to work, off to the airport, or just cruising around town, the dreaded

Three best milk frothers

Play barista at home with a milk frother and make foamed milk to top off espresso shots to make cappuccinos or add to your regular cup of joe. With a milk

Weekly deals: Save your floors from winter's mess

There’s no doubt that winter is tough on floors. Wet, snow-covered feet and muddy paws take their toll on carpet, hardwood, tile, and vinyl flooring throughout

Three best snowshoes

If you want to get into an outdoor winter sport, snowshoeing is an inexpensive option that offers a lot of fun for all ages. No prior experience is needed to

Three best pillows

A pillow can make or break your sleep. Choose the wrong one, and you could end up tossing and turning all night and waking up with a stiff neck in the morning.

Weekend deals: Home security, safety items

You can't always avoid the unexpected, but you can take steps to be prepared if or when it occurs.

Three best gaming computers

If you consider a computer a tool for work and nothing else, then a gaming computer is not for you. However, if you like to use the computer for fun and work —

Three best wine aerators

Want your favorite bottle of wine to taste as good as it possibly can? Then you need a wine aerator to keep beside your wine collection. An aerator adds oxygen

How to spot the early signs of autism

Autism, or autism spectrum disorder (ASD), can include a broad range of strengths and challenges. People with autism may suffer difficulties with social,

Three best fire safes

All homeowners have valuables they want to keep safe from theft and accidents. In particular, you might be concerned about what would happen to important

Three best curling irons

Whether you’re headed to an event or just want beautiful hair for your day-to-day, curling irons are highly useful styling tools for virtually any hair type.

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Forget roses: A dozen unique Valentine’s Day gifts for him and her

Flowers are expensive and they die. This year, be heart smart with our stylish Valentine's Day gift picks for any guy or gal. From the Fjallraven’s water-resistant backpack to Kate Spade's New York Be Mine leather card holder, these gifts say forever.

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5 Valentine's Day gifts that will help you survive the Sweethearts shortage

How to express your love this Valentines Day? It probably won’t be with Sweethearts Conversation Hearts. You know, the chalky little candies printed with cute messages like “Be Mine” and “Cutie Pie” that date to 1902. It turns out they aren’t being made this year. The original producer of the candy, the New England Confectionery Co., also known as Necco, went out of business in July and was subsequently purchased by Spangler Candy Co. (producer of famed Dum Dums lollipops) last September. Earlier news reports said the company had stated that it would not be able to produce the conversation hearts in time for Valentine’s Day. While Spangler didn’t return our calls for comment, it posted a three-heart response to loyal fans: a photo of three candy hearts printed with the messages “Miss You,” “Wait 4 Me” and “Back Soon.” To help ease the pain and fill the need to communicate your feelings to the one you love, Krispy Kreme Doughnuts has stepped up and introduced Conversation Doughnuts for Valentine’s Day. The doughnuts will be available through Valentine’s Day at Chicagoland Krispy Kreme shops in Homewood, Evergreen Park and Hillside. There’s no substitute for the beloved conversation hearts, but to help make up for the loss, we found a few other ways to let your loved one know how you feel. dsyrek@chicagotribune.com

How to have the perfect movie night at home

The lights are low, the volume's up, and a great film is playing on the big screen — you can't go wrong with a movie night. However, a trip to the movie

Three best kitchen utensil sets

If you want rave reviews for the meals you prepare in your kitchen, it all starts with the right tools. A kitchen utensil set includes a number of tools that

Three best external hard drives

Whether you’re looking for a backup, some extra space, or an easy way to take your data with you, there are many external hard drives to choose from that offer

Weekly deals: Manage snowfall better

Don't let the fluctuating temperatures that bring snow one day and spring-like weather the next fool you, because there is still a lot of winter to go before

How to prepare for a day of skiing

To get the most out of your time on the mountain, you should think through each part of your adventure — equipment, clothing, food, and travel. The more

Three best home brew kits

If you like to spend time in the kitchen creating fun new recipes, we have a new hobby for you to try. Brewing your own beer at home can be an interesting way

Three best digital photo frames

With smartphone cameras becoming increasingly advanced and the price of digital cameras dropping, capturing memorable moments has never been easier. But in an

Weekend deals: Best bargains for Valentine's Day gifts

The countdown is on – you only have about two weeks to find a perfect Valentine's Day gift for that special person in your life. You may be considering

Three best yoga mats

Yoga may seem like a trendy exercise these days, but it’s a workout that dates back to ancient India. There’s are good reasons why it has been practiced for

Most anticipated 3DS games of 2019

Nintendo 3DS and 2DS owners were treated to a range of unexpected surprises from Nintendo in 2018, including a collection of 300 wildly different microgames in

Three best digital cameras

Digital cameras are incredible pieces of technology. If you remember the days of film cameras, you’ve likely noticed that digital cameras have drastically

Best Valentine's Day Gifts if you've been dating less than a year

The day of love is fast approaching, and while some couples have been planning epic surprises for months, Valentine’s Day can be a difficult holiday to

Three best knife sharpeners

If you’ve invested in a high-quality set of knives, you know how much easier they make slicing, dicing, and chopping for your favorite recipes. But if the

Most anticipated Nintendo Switch games of 2019

Nintendo Switch owners enjoyed a tsunami of great video games in 2018, including Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!, Donkey Kong Country:

Three best Nest cameras

If you want a connected home, you may already be a fan of Nest products. The company makes smart devices to help you keep tabs on the many goings-on that occur

Weekly deals: Bargains for the toughest days of winter

Winter is definitely in full gear, and many parts of the country are in a deep freeze. Dealing with the cold temperatures and the many hassles that come along

Three best countertop blenders

There might be an endless variety of cool kitchen gadgets that would be nice to own, but very few qualify as must-haves. On the short list of must-haves, near

Best TVs for watching the Super Bowl

The Super Bowl is one of the biggest sporting events of the year, bar none. It’s only fitting that a Super Bowl party is equally epic, and for a soiree like

Weekend deals: Deeply discounted TV, air fryer, more

From handy kitchen appliances to feature-packed TVs, there are always bargains available this time of year — it just takes a little effort to find them.

Three best weighted blankets

The concept of a weighted blanket might seem odd to the uninitiated, but they've proved useful to countless people worldwide. Weighted blankets provide general

Three best meat slicers

Meat slicers were once the purview of old-school delicatessens, but now home cooks have discovered that there’s nothing better for slicing foods quickly and

Tips for making a killer Super Bowl spread

Super Bowl Sunday is an exciting day. It brings fans across the country together as they cheer on America’s top two football teams. Whether you’re a sports fan

Three best wireless routers

When you sign up for internet, your service provider probably will give you a wireless router. It may do the job just fine … or it may leave you with a weak

Three best panini presses

Everyone loves a tasty sandwich, but if you want to take lunch to the next level, serve up some paninis. There’s something delectable about grilled bread,

How to plan a Super Bowl party (even if you don't like football)

The Super Bowl is always more fun when you watch it with other people. One of the best ways to bring all your favorite football fans together is to host a

Three best streaming devices

Not too long ago, only younger generations seemed to recognize the wisdom of abandoning paid TV services. But the DVR has allowed viewing habits of all

Three best knee braces

Knee braces can go a long way toward minimizing the pain you feel from a recent knee injury or surgery and preventing further harm. But it’s not always easy to

3 ways you're exposed to cyber threats and what to do about it

In the age of online security, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. It feels like new breaches get announced every week, and traditional advice like “pick a password

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