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Benefits of Organic Cotton Sheets

We know that one of the most important jobs as parents is to keep our kids safe and healthy. We also know it isn’t always easy to do, which is why we’re here to lend a helping hand. We’re designing more and more organic products like bedding, clothing and towels, making it easier to find safer, healthier products for your precious little ones. By the end of the year, we aim to have the majority of our sheets 100% organic cotton, and we couldn’t be more excited. Learn the benefits of organic cotton and you’ll see why we’re so happy to be making the switch!

Organic sheets are healthier for your kids:

They are made without synthetic chemicals, which is really important because the sheets come into direct contact with your children’s skin for almost a third of every day. Sleeping on organic sheets reduces your kids chemical exposure.

Organic sheets are especially beneficial for kids with skin allergies because they are made without the harmful, irritating chemicals that traditionally cause reactions. Paired with an organic mattress and pillow, they can also help kids with asthma breathe easier at night.

Organic cotton has great breathability, which will help small bodies keep a more regulated temperature throughout the night. That means your kids can stay warm in winter and cool in summer. You can choose from twin, full or queen sheet sets to match your needs.

We’re confident that you’ll find our durable organic cotton bedding stands the test of time better than traditional cotton. That’s because we firmly believe it’s better quality. Our cotton isn’t treated with harsh chemicals, meaning the fiber remains stronger and more durable when made into fabric.

Organic Cotton is less damaging to the planet:

Producing cotton with conventional methods requires a disproportionately large amount of pesticides, insecticides and herbicides compared to other agricultural products. Some consider cotton the “dirtiest” crop out there.

The chemicals used to grow cotton can be damaging to the surrounding land as they sink into soil and contaminate water. Keep in mind that the US is one of the largest producers of cotton, so this impacts our country as well as many others across the globe.

These chemicals are also dangerous for the people working in the cotton fields, who come into close contact with the chemicals and can suffer health problems as a result.

Choosing organic cotton bedding means you’re choosing cotton that was grown without harsh, environmentally damaging chemicals. It also means that the cotton did not come from genetically modified plants. Your kid’s bed should be a cozy oasis, and we believe keeping it chemical free makes it all the better.

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How to Choose the Best Knives

How to Choose the Best Knives

The first set of knives from Crate and Barrel should be your last. What’s the “best” knife? It’s the one that immediately feels like it was made for your hand. Which is why we offer a range of only the “best,” and why we encourage you to come into your stores and try them out.

Hand-Forged Knives

Cutlery forged by hand is top-of-the-line in quality. Made from a solid piece of steel, these knives are heated, tempered, sharpened and finished almost entirely by hand. A forged knife typically has a bolster, which is a raised area between the handle and blade that enhances strength, stability and comfort in your hand.

Stamped Knives

A stamped knife is cut from a continuous piece of steel. Its blade is machine tempered, sharpened and finished, then fit into the handle and attached with rivets. Stamped cutlery is typically lighter than forged.

Key components of a quality knife


We offer only knives with high-carbon steel blades. These types of knives combine the advantages of a finer blade edge that’s easy to keep sharp and a rust-free, non-staining finish that won’t react to acidic foods.


The blade’s midsection is for cutting and slicing meat, vegetables and more. Look for a finely ground edge that will stay sharp even when cutting through thick food.

Full Tang

All of our knives have a full tang, meaning they are made of one continuous piece of steel extending from the tip of the blade to the end of the handle. You can actually see the steel sandwiched and riveted between the handle. This gives the knife superior balance and feel.


Our hand-forged and metal injection molded knives feature a thick bolster with finger guard for added weight, balance and safety.


Ergonomic, riveted knife blade handles are made of extremely durable and hygienic synthetics.

Knife Care


A sharp knife is one of the best tools a cook can have on hand. To keep your knives cutting cleanly, try a honing rod or an electric sharpener. A rod will realign the knife’s edge to the center. An electric sharpener will sharpen the blade evenly, then polish the surface to a fine finish.


Rinse knives immediately after use. Hand wash with warm, soapy water with the blade pointed away. Dry with a soft cloth. For stubborn, dried-on food, let the knife sit in shallow water before hand washing.


Keep your knives in a dry place where their blades won’t scuff other kitchen tools (which could also dull the blades over time). Choose a block, magnetic wall bar, dock or blade guard. Store knives together and arranged in a way that allows you to easily access the knife you need.

Sets and Open Stock Care

Block Sets

Freestanding knife block sets offer sleek design and convenient countertop access. Blades stay protected and sharp, and because each knife has a designated spot, you’ll always know where to reach. Choose a starter set, which offers the “building blocks” of a cutlery collection, or opt for a more complete range of knives, from a 12-piece set to 17-piece and more.

Steak Knife Set

Steak knives are most commonly used by guests at dinner, so store them away from other knives and kitchen tools to keep the blades sharp and scratch-free. We suggest a storage box for a set of four knives. It also makes a beautiful presentation right on the table.

Open Stock

Looking for just one knife? Completing your starter set? We sell most of our knives as open stock, so you can customize your collection or double up on knives you use most often.

For Every Task, There is a Knife

The basic types of knives most cooks need include Chef’s, Paring, Slicer, Bread and Utility. Many of these are available in different sizes for different jobs. For example, there are five sizes of Chef’s knives ranging from 4.5″ to 9″.

Chef's knife Chef’s Knife

Classic wide blade efficient at repetitive slicing, dicing, mincing and chopping fruits, vegetables and meats.

Japanese chef's knife Santoku Knife

The Santoku, or Japanese Chef’s Knife, translates to “three great things,” which are slicing, dicing and mincing.

Paring knife  Utility/Paring Knife

Small knife blade provides close control for peeling or dicing fruits and vegetables.

Bread knife  Bread Knife

Long serrated blade neatly slices through crusts and pastries without compressing the softer interi

Vegetable knife  Tomato/ Vegetable Knife

Small serrated knife blade slices through the outer skin without crushing the tomato’s delicate interior.

Carving knife  Slicing/Carving Knife

Long, thin steel blade slices roasts, turkey or ham in one clean stroke, allowing meat to fall away from the blade.

Boning knife  Boning Knife

Narrow blade and sharp point allow for easier access to remove bones from raw or cooked meat, poultry and fish.

Meat cleaver  Cleaver

Broad, strong butcher’s blade is used primarily to cut through meat and poultry bones. This knife type is also an efficient utensil to cut through frozen foods.

Steak knife  Steak Knife

Contoured blade with a serrated edge is designed especially for control when slicing meat. Curved handle rests comfortably in the hand.

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Personalize Your New Apartment

Though moving into a bland rental apartment with lots of decor limitations can be a bummer, it doesn’t mean you’ve got to stay stuck with a home you don’t love — or that doesn’t express your personality. Use one or more of these proven tricks for renters for a big impact on the look of your space — without spending a lot of money, either.

  1. Paint or personalize an existing furniture piece

You might not be able to paint your walls thanks to a strict lease, but one of the easiest ways to inject a lot of personality into a room is by painting on a lot personality (in the form of color, texture or pattern) to an existing piece of furniture. Remember though, that you don’t have to do a lot to bring about a big personality change — even just a well-placed design detail can be attention grabbing and put your mark on a space.

  1. Dabble in removable wallpaper

Wallpaper is one of the easiest ways to make a room scream “you,” but of course, if you can’t paint, you probably think you can’t have wallpaper, either. Well, you’d be wrong. Today’s selection of removable wallpaper is more impressive and personality-filled as ever, and worth delving into if you’re looking for something to really make your rental stand out. With a bold or colorful enough pattern you wouldn’t have to even use a lot; just one wall or one part of a wall could do the trick. And of course, you could use non-removable wallpaper in non-permanent ways (like framing) to add personality, too.

  1. Layer rugs

Unless you’re quite lucky, you might not have the best floors in your rental. In fact you might even have old carpet. The thing you’re going to want to try is layering rugs. Though it’s true it might come off a bit bohemian (and if that’s not your style, this might not work for you), but layering small to medium rugs over floors you don’t love gives you control over disguising those floors, and creating your own hip look under your feet. And since buying smaller rugs to layer can be more affordable than buying big versions, you can save some money. Or you can try and keep to budget by DIYing patterns on more affordable rugs, too.

  1. Nail the lamp game

You’re going to want to really ace the lamp lighting situation in your rental for several reasons. One — great lighting creates an undeniably awesome atmosphere that can make even the most blandest of blank rentals look warm and inviting. And two, dynamic lighting in a space is always a great addition to someone’s style. And since you might not be able to do any drilling in the walls or ceiling to hang pendants or install wall-mounted lights, upping your lamp game is a natural and easy way to add personality to a rental. Don’t neglect upping each individual lamp, either, by tackling old lampshades. It can be a fun DIY way to add a spot of color or pattern.

  1. DIY big art

Hey if you can afford to buy a giant art piece, all the more to you. For the rest of us, we’ve got to get a little crafty to add personality to our rental spaces. A big DIY piece of art is an awesome way to do that (and depending on the project idea, could be easy too). If you can’t drill into your rental walls, consider leaning your art.

  1. Incorporate big mirrors

Mirrors are one of the easiest ways to shake up the kind of wall decor you’ve got in your home, reflect a lot of light and, if you play your cards right, show off your personality, too. Look to thrift stores, Craigslist or garage sales to score really giant mirrors that you can DIY the frames of to add bold color or pattern.

  1. Add temporary pattern in the kitchen or bathroom

The kitchens and bathroom of boring rentals can be some of the blandest rooms of the whole home. Often small and sometimes even windowless, when you’re stuck with plain white or beige cabinets and walls, you might feel a little confused about how to add personality into these spaces. So go straight for the backsplash. There are lots of ways you can use temporary products to mimic the look of boldly tiled backsplashes in the kitchen or bathroom that will make the place look like it got a remodel.

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Uses for Coffee You Never Knew

Save your leftover coffee, coffee grounds and even coffee beans to use in  unexpected ways around the house.

-Next time you make a pot of coffee, pour some into ice cube trays. Once frozen, you can use them to chill iced coffee without diluting it.

-For smoother skin, mix coffee grounds into regular body lotion to make it exfoliating.

-Deodorize unpleasant kitchen smells (such as in the freezer or refrigerator) by placing a small bowl of coffee grounds anywhere you want odors absorbed.

-Rid stubborn smells from hands after cooking by gently rinsing them with coffee grounds.

-Coffee grounds can help clean grimy, grease-stained objects such as pots and pans – just be careful of light-colored items that might be stained.

-Diminish cellulite with this easy trick: Mix warm coffee grounds with any basic massage oil and rub onto skin. Caffeine (an ingredient found in many skin creams) can help reduce the appearance of cellulite.

-Repel insects (particularly ants and slugs) by sprinkling coffee grounds anywhere you want to keep bugs out.

-Many experts say that coffee is the secret to ultra-shiny strands. Brew a pot of coffee, let it cool, and then rinse over wet hair in the shower.

-Fix light furniture scratches by rubbing damp coffee grounds onto the mark. You should see an instant improvement.

-Steep coffee grounds in hot water to make a natural, sepia-colored dye for Easter eggs or crafts.

-Liven up a clear decorative vase by putting coffee beans in the bottom, then use as a holder for makeup brushes or pens.

-The nitrogen in coffee grounds can help fertilize plants that require acidic soil, such as roses and hydrangeas.

-Before cleaning a fireplace, sprinkle any leftover ashes with coffee grounds to prevent dust and ash from polluting the air in the room.

-Keep pets out of the garden by sprinkling a mixture of coffee grounds and orange peels in the area.

-Absorb odors by sprinkling coffee grounds in the soles of dirty shoes.

-Coffee grounds are great for composting.

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 Apples to Apples-This is a game “filled with surprising and outrageous comparisons.” It moves quickly but is intended to keep you and everyone else laughing.

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Adult Hedbanz – Wear a headband with card attached that has an object such as an animal or food on it. Everyone except you can see the card forcing you to ask questions to try to                                                               guess what’s on your card before time runs out.

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The Game Of Things – These days everything comes in a box, even humor. In this game a topic card such as “things a chimp thinks about when he sees you at the zoo” is read aloud. Participants write their responses which can be anything they think of. After, responses are read and everyone tries to figure out who said what.

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Scattegories- Scattegories gives each player a list with various categories. A dice is then rolled to reveal a letter. Players find words that start with the letter that was rolled and fit in to the categories on their list. For example if your list includes categories such as fruit and buildings and the letter “A” is rolled, you could write words such as apple and apartment. The catch is that you’ve only got three minutes so need to think fast!

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Size Matters – A testament to the fact that for many folks size does matter. In this humorous game players “compete to determine the longest, fattest, thickest, and generally the biggest things in life!”

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More Dirty Minds- In this second edition to their first game, because there are more people with dirty minds than one might think, everyone gets to see whose spouse has a dirty mind by reading “naughty clues” to opponents as they try to guess the subject. Amazon gives the following example: “Q: A man does it standing up. A woman does it sitting down. A dog does it on three legs. A: A handshake.”

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Baffle Gab– Have a way with words do you? In this timed game, write your own story using five “game words” before you run out of time.

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Til Death Do Us Part– Love a good mystery, good food or a good party? Then this “mystery dinner party” game is for you and, it even comes with menu and costume suggestions. “Eight guests arrive at a lavish wedding reception in the Cayman Islands when one of the guests is mysteriously murdered.” You and the other “wedding guests” must work together to expose the killer.

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Would You Rather?– This funny game gives two awful scenarios in which the player if forced to chose one. Yup! You have to choose. None is not an option in this game.

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What’s Yours Like? – Come up with clever and crazy ways to describe things ranging from your neighbor to hair while trying to keep the player in the “Hot Seat” from finding out what your word is.

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Taboo – In this party favorite, players have to get their teammates to guess a word while not using “taboo” words. Hasbro gives the example of trying to get your team to guess “brain freeze” while not being able to say words such as ice cream, cold, or headache. Oh and you are on a time limit!

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Reverse Charades – Charades in Reverse! One person has 60 seconds to guess as many words as they can while a team acts them out.

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5 Second Rule – The 5 second rule doesn’t just apply to dropped goldfish crackers. In this game you do something such as “name three breeds of dogs” but you have to do it in five seconds. Will you get flustered or can you think fast? In this game, only time will tell.