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March 20, 2017

Freshen Up Your Privacy Fence

If you have a yard, chances are you have a privacy fence. While they are functional and in most cases, quite necessary, they can be… boring! And if they have fallen into disrepair, they may even be ugly. Replacing a fence can be costly. So whether you have a new and boring fence or you have an older fence that has seen better days, here are some fast and inexpensive ways to beautify your privacy fence.

Whether you paint or stain the whole fence the same color or you paint every slat a different color, changing the hue of your fence can make a big difference.


A more modern take is [...]

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December 22, 2014

Warm up for Winter with Hot Citrus Punch

My mom made the best drink during the holidays. I called it “hot drink” growing up but since that doesn’t sound very snazzy I decided to go with a more descriptive name. For me this hot drink is to winter what cider is to fall. I can’t imagine not making it when the weather outside starts getting frightful. To me, there is nothing more relaxing in the winter than an evening at home by the fire with the ones I love and a cup of hot citrus punch. This drink is very simple to make and can simmer on the stove all afternoon making your kitchen smell amazing. You can even prepare it in a slow cooker.

Hot Citrus Punch


2 cups sugar (can be [...]
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November 17, 2014

How to Decorate Your Mantel for Fall

The minute the air starts to get a little chilly and the leaves start changing on the mountains, I get busy on decorating my mantel for fall. Here's how!
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October 27, 2014

How to Decorate Your Porch This Fall

Fall is here and it is very easy to neglect decorating outdoor spaces - use what you have on-hand to add curb appeal this fall to your porch!
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September 17, 2014

Grow Your Own Herbs: Green Thumb Optional!

Herbs are easy to grow, beautiful, and best of all edible. With a little know how you can successfully grow herbs yourself, indoors our out!
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August 28, 2014

Choosing the Best Flowers for Your Location: What to Grow and Where

Check out these tips and resources to help you have the most gardening success based on your specific location.
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July 18, 2014

Choosing Flowers to Create a Colorful Flower Bed

Growing the perfect flower beds starts with choosing the right flowers. Add curb appeal to your home with these flower bed tips!
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April 15, 2014

Gardening 101: Tips for a First-Time Gardener

Gardening for me is like cheap therapy! There is something about getting my hands in the dirt that makes me feel one with nature and it soothes my soul. Not only do I enjoy the process of gardening, but come harvest time, my family gets to eat the best tasting (and organic!) produce around. If you have never gardened before it can seem daunting. Here are some basic tips to get you started! These are pictures from my garden. I usually plant 25-30 different fruits and veggies in my 20 foot by 85 foot garden. I have heard the phrases “green thumb” and “black thumbs used before. But really people are not necessarily born with the gift to garden. What separates a [...]

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