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I usually use my microwave to keep track of cooking times, but there’s something much more satisfying about using an actual kitchen timer. Maybe it’s that the ring is less jarring than the mechanical beep of the microwave. Not long ago a friend of mine bought this old-fashioned vintage timer, and not only is it a funky kitchen gadget that looks great on the fridge (it’s magnetic), but it has a nice ring to it, too! It comes in four colors: light blue, red, black, and yellow. $10.95 at wrapables.com.

If you have a record of killing plant life (such as myself), perhaps the best way to bring the outdoors inside is through some creative decor. These garden-inspired dinner plates will certainly do the trick. The bold green and white pattern would be gorgeous with white table linens for a sophisticated, natural look. Or, I can imagine a place setting with pink linens for something a little more…tropical? The plates are made of glass.  A set of four is on sale for $29.99 (marked down from $38.95) at wrapables.com.