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Update Your Yard to Create the Perfect Outdoor Living Space As we move into spring and summertime and the weather gets warmer, you’ll want to spend as much time outside enjoying the seasons as possible. After a long, dark winter spent indoors, time spent absorbing sunlight in the fresh air has been shown to fight off depression and improve overall mental health. A...
Spring is right around the corner, which means one thing: it’s almost time for spring cleaning. After months of being bundled up inside with the windows closed, trying to keep warm, spring cleaning gives us a chance to open our homes to the fresh air and sunshine, clear out some dust and clutter, and start with a clean slate. For many homeowners, it can be daunting to...
Winter can be hard on all kinds of outdoor plants, especially lawns, and spring is a crucial time to revitalize your yard and prepare it for the hot summer months to come. Cold weather, ice, and snow all have an impact on the lawn, and road salt can leech into the topsoil, affecting its chemistry. As the weather starts to warm back up this spring, follow these steps to...
How to Make Keeping House Fun with the Family For many families, especially those with young children, keeping the house clean can be a constant struggle. Odds and ends accumulate everywhere, and parents can start to feel like they are always running around after the kids, trying to clean up each mess as quickly as it’s made. This can be even more stressful when one...
Maintaining Your Driveway During Winter It can be difficult to keep your driveway looking attractive, particularly for those who live in an area with heavy rains, snow, and ice. Your driveway is visible from the street and can be an enhancement for the property when it is in good shape. Maintaining it properly during winter is important in keeping it looking great year-...
How to Plan a Community Garden When the Snow Melts If you’re looking for a way to bring healthy food to your area, connect with the community, and beautify your city or town, a community garden might be the perfect activity. Community gardens are a great way to meet new people, as well as an educational opportunity for people of all ages. Get a group together of...
Fun Valentine’s Day Ideas and DIY Gifts Valentine’s Day is the holiday when you want to show your partner love and appreciation. It is the perfect opportunity to plan something outside the ordinary for your loved one, and have some quality time together to celebrate your relationship. Whether you have been together for years or are in a newer relationship, it adds...
Winter weather is tough on lawns, particularly in areas with snow and ice or where the temperature often drops below freezing. When spring rolls around, you’ll want to make sure your lawn is in perfect shape and ready to handle the traffic of outdoor parties and children playing out-of-doors. The following tips will help you keep your lawn healthy and flourishing when the...
Hosting Tips for Unforgettable Super Bowl Parties If you are throwing this year’s Super Bowl party for family and friends, it is time to get your plan in place. With the big game coming up, it’s important to start the party preparations as soon as you can to make sure it comes off without a hitch and a great time is had by all. Here is some advice to make sure you have...
Live Positively Healthy In Your Home We all know that having a positive attitude is important – but it isn’t always easy! That angry driver, rude salesperson, or work conflict can be depressing. Here are a few easy tricks that can help you stay positive through the trials and tribulations of daily life. Get enough sleep. For young parents, getting adequate sleep is...