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Memorial Day is fast approaching, which means it's officially backyard — and grilling— season. That means the time is right to turn your backyard into a welcoming and relaxing oasis. And if you're planning to entertain over the holiday weekend, you'll want these five essentials to make your summer kick-off memorable and stress-free.
Smart Meat Thermometer with Bluetooth
If you’re constantly trying to serve the perfect steak, this Bluetooth meat thermometer from Meater is the tool that will end your frustration. The wire-free probe monitors your grill and guides you through every step. It features two sensors to monitor the internal and external temperature of your meats, while the app offers custom notifications and even lets you know how long to rest your food before slicing.
No party is complete without good music, and this MusiBaby's highly-rated speaker is under $30. Over 20,000 reviewers are raving about the crisp 360-degree stereo sound provided by a small subwoofer. You can even connect two speakers together for over 1500 minutes of more powerful playtime so you’re covered for your entire get-together and then some!
As far as décor goes, these globe string lights are the key to making your backyard a magazine-worthy oasis with minimal effort. They beautifully illuminate your space with a warm and cozy glow, and you can connect up to three strands for 75 feet of lighting. Don't just take it from me — they have more than 37,000 Amazon fans, too.
Nothing puts a damper on an outdoor gathering like pesky mosquitoes. I love this solution from Thermacell that works to create a 15-foot zone of protection without cords, batteries, candles or sprays. Plus, it’s citronella, smoke, DEET and sonic-free which means your guests won’t even know it’s there.
If you’re sick of losing half your meal to the grill grates, Renook's highly-rated grill mats are going to save your wallet and your sanity. They’re thick enough to give you durability and thin enough to leave those signature grill marks everyone aims for. They’re also made from premium materials, so you don’t have to worry about chemicals. You can even cut them to any size so they can fit your grill (or food) perfectly. Best of all, they will keep your grill clean so you can enjoy your party— and not worry about the clean-up later.
Kristin Cavallari is loving the skin she's in. In an interview with Us Weekly, the mother of three revealed that she feels stronger than she ever has and is "really comfortable" in her skin. What's not on the reality star's radar? Weight loss. "My goal is sort of, right now, just to maintain the muscle that I have. I'm not trying to lose weight," she said. Cavallari noted that she has gained weight in the last few years, something she has embraced, with no desire to step on a scale.
Kristin Cavallari is opening up about learning to love herself. The Hills alum, 35, appeared on Lewis Howes’ podcast The School of Greatness this week, where she discussed everything from parenting to finding confidence in herself. She spoke about making her reality TV debut as a teenager and how that taught her how to navigate hearing criticism from strangers. It's a skill, she explained, that she now can pass down to her three children, who she shares with ex-husband Jay Cutler.