Home and Garden Tips

Halloween at home and around the world

Halloween in America is a night of costume parties, candy, haunted houses, spooky tales, and—if you’re lucky—more treats than tricks. Yet the Halloween we know today didn’t come to be until the second half of the 19th century when Irish immigrants, fleeing the potato famine, arrived on American shores. They brought with them a well of rich tradition that would […]

Make costumes from items already on hand

Nothing says Halloween like the perfect costume. Children may spend months thinking about what they will wear and how they can bring their favorite characters from movies, comics and books to life. Billions of dollars are spent each year on Halloween costumes, advises the National Retail Federation. Many of these costumes are worn just once. The environmental group Recycle Nation […]

Create coziness in your home this fall

Ladies and gentlemen, fall has arrived. Time to wrap up those outdoor projects and bust out the extra blankets, your favorite sweater, and hot cider. With the autumnal equinox behind us, many of us will be spending more time indoors. Personally, I love this time of year. Much like spring cleaning, I perform an annual fall button-up where I assess […]

Making fall clean-up chores eco-friendly

Certain tasks become necessary once autumn arrives. Whereas spring and summer were spent tending gardens and maintaining a yard prime for entertaining, autumn is about preparing properties to survive the winter. Just as with other jobs around the house and yard, fall clean-up can be done in a manner that is respectful to the environment. Leave plant stalks and leaves […]

Upgrade cabinets for the price of groceries

There’s no denying that kitchen cabinets lead a rather difficult life. Greasy fingers open and close them. Food and drink splatter them. We bump them with pans, chairs, elbows, and the occasional flying noodle (hey, how else can you know for sure that the pasta is done?). Not to mention the temperature fluctuations from cooking. Even the sturdiest of wood […]

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