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Orchids

Keep Orchids Beautiful and Blooming

Lift your spirits, enliven your indoor décor or give the gift of beautiful blooming orchids. You’ll enjoy these exotic blossoms for months with just minimal care — once you know what to do. Start with a healthy flowering plant. The phalaenopsis or moth … read more

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Easy Pumpkin Carving

Traditional Pumpkin Carving Techniques

Editor’s note: Are you among the estimated 64 million Americans who will be carving a pumpkin this Halloween! This excerpt was adapted from the newly published book “Easy Pumpkin Carving: Spooktacular Patterns, Tips & Ideas” can help you make the best jack-o-lantern on … read more

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Storm Season

12 Tips to Help Home and Business Owners Prepare Ahead of Storms and Floods

The preparations you make now, ahead of storms or floods, can help you recover faster and stay safe during cleanup. The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI), an international trade association representing small engine, utility vehicle and outdoor power equipment manufacturers and suppliers, reminds … read more

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Enjoying the Fall Flavors of Apples
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Enjoying the Fall Flavors of Apples

Who doesn’t love the sweet, juicy crunch of fall’s first apple? It is as if all of nature has concentrated the best days of summer and the cooling nights of fall into one beautiful red, shiny gift that makes us happy to be … read more

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Houseplants

Tips for Buying Houseplants

Editor’s note: This excerpt is adapted from David Squire’s book, “The Houseplant Handbook: Basic Growing Techniques and a Directory of 300 Everyday Houseplants.“ Choosing and buying plants for the home needs care if they are to create spectacular displays that last a long … read more

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Kids Eating School Lunch (Photo courtesy Getty Images)

Make Lunchtime Fun Time

Tips for creating back-to-school lunches

With school back in session, it’s a good time to focus on smarter eating habits. Packing your little learner’s lunch is an easy way to help ensure his or her diet contains enough protein and calcium. By letting your kids play a role … read more

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Watermelon
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Watermelon!

The ubiquitous summer fruit that appears at nearly every picnic or beach party and is nearly everyone’s favorite must be watermelon! Those who come from hot-weather summer climates have memories of the sweet, succulent melon, sold at fruit stands and off the back … read more

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Sheds

‘Shedding’ Light on a New Trend in Building

As a kid in the 1970s, I remember all my neighbors having those cheesy, metal sheds with a barn-style roof in the backyard. Yes, one of those where they kept all the Christmas stuff, the lawnmower — you name it. They were patently … read more

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