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Featured Articles from the West Sound. These are the highlighted articles from the WestSound Home & Garden Magazine.

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organic backyards

4 Simple Steps to an Organic Backyard

Because everyone is spending more time in their own backyards now, parents are wondering how to create healthier lawns for their families. You might be surprised to learn that exposure to pesticides, herbicides and chemical fertilizers can be harmful, particularly for growing children. … read more

The Autrands' garden offers spectacular views of Hale Passage.

Gig Harbor Garden Tour’s Lush Offerings

Due to Coronavirus precautions, Gig Harbor Garden Tour...

Variety is the spice of life. This year’s Gig Harbor Garden Tour truly exemplifies that old adage. From elegant, English-style greenhouses to sweet, pocket-sized gardens to big, community raised-beds bursting with herbs, fruits and vegetables, there is something for every garden taste in … read more

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retirement planning

Can You Still Live on Your Retirement in the Coronavirus Era?

If you're making withdrawals from your retirement account,...

No doubt about it: The market has had a brutal couple of months. It’s upsetting to check your retirement account and see that some sectors are down as much as 40-50 percent. Granted, some weeks of upswings have been a welcome respite — … read more

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Washington State Employment Security Department

What Everyone Needs to Do in Light of the Recent Unemployment Scam by International Ring

Kitsap Sheriff’s office offers tips on how to...

An international ring has defrauded the state of Washington of hundreds of millions in fraudulent unemployment claims — which means that the identity of tens of thousands state residents have been stolen. According to media reports, a well-organized Nigerian ring orchestrated the scheme, … read more

Swedish Death Cleaning

Swedish Death Cleaning

What Is It — and Why on Earth...

By now you are probably familiar with the KonMari method of organization, made popular by Marie Kondo and her show, “Tidying Up.” Move over, Marie, there’s another method! And it is, by design, the last one you will ever need. This method is … read more

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Savory Walnut Egg Cups

Make-Ahead Breakfasts for Easier Mornings

If you’re juggling a new set of responsibilities right now, you’re not alone. Those busy mornings may still pose challenges even if your commute no longer exists. Making breakfast in advance can give you a few extra minutes to move your body, center your mind … read more

Harbor History Museum

Gig Harbor’s Maritime ‘Library of Things’

Much of Gig Harbor’s history is written in fish. For centuries before white settlers arrived, Native Americans had a village on Gig Harbor Bay, near today’s Austin Estuary and Donkey Creek. They were the sxw babš band (pronounced sk-WHUH-babsh) or “swift water” people … read more

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backyard vacation

Turn your Summer Vacation into a Relaxing Staycation

Does social distancing have you worried about your summer plans? For many, summer is the time for the family vacation. The kids are out of school, the weather is fantastic, and the days are longer — allowing optimal time to venture to new … read more

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regrow vegetables

Want to Regrow Veggies? Here’s What You Need to Know

Editor’s note: This is an excerpt adapted from the book “Regrow Your Veggies: Growing Your Vegetables from Roots, Cuttings, and Scraps,” recently published by CompanionHouse Books. Living in a globalized world has many advantages. Of course, transporting people and goods is much quicker, … read more

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