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Fun in the Sun With Solar-Powered Items

April 14, 2016

Solar electricity: Free energy constantly streaming down from the sky, right? Indeed! It’s easy to love solar panels, as you can’t get much more green than electricity generated from the sun. In the big picture, all of Earth’s energy (except for geothermal processes) ultimately comes from the sun, so using solar eliminates the expense—and waste—of…

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How to Create a Mudroom Almost Anywhere

April 09, 2016 1

Like a pair of top-notch rain boots, a mudroom sounds like a luxury—until, that is, you’ve been stuck in a storm and realized it’s an absolute necessity. After all, where else can you strip off soaking-wet socks and store dirt-splattered jackets so the grit and grime isn’t spread throughout your house? But if you are…

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6 Household Tools Everyone Should Have

April 04, 2016

Unless you are lucky enough to have a live-in handyman standing around waiting to fix every broken doorknob or stuck window, you’ll have to tackle some small home-repair tasks yourself. For that, you need a small but powerful set of simple tools that you can keep anywhere in the house, ready at a moment’s notice…

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Did You Know We Sell: Plant Kits

March 25, 2016

Spring may be just around the corner, according to the calendar. But outside—at least around my place—things don’t look anything close to green and growing. No fear! Cure your late-season cabin fever (and get a jump on spring at the same time) by checking out some of these great growing kits from Bed Bath & Beyond….

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Rock Solid Tips for Using Minerals in Your Decor

March 23, 2016

When I was a kid, our family took a trip out to New Mexico. Everything about the state enchanted me: the stark deserts, the towering sunflowers, and the rocks. Oh, the rocks—all streaks of vibrant colors and twinkling facets that made these beauties seem alive. I begged my parents for a geode—cut right there in…

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Fresh Tips For Refrigerator Reorganization

March 21, 2016

Jars of jam comingling with milk jugs. Expired lemon curd for a trifle that never got made. Languishing leftovers in plastic wrap. If your refrigerator looks anything like mine, it’s time for an intervention. Enter Gayle Goddard, who runs The Clutter Fairy, a professional organizing business in Houston. Goddard gets paid to clean out other…

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