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Mowing The Lawn: Ways To Make It Easier

Lawn mowing is a part of lawn care. Here are some ways to make it easier and improve the health ...

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The Front-Yard-Farm Revolution

In the 21st century home, we're rethinking land use, food production, and home economies. How do these converge? Well, here's ...

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Earth Building: Adobe Brick and Compressed Earth Blocks

Adobe brick building is thousands of years old. But, it's modern too. Here are some ways to use earthen bricks ...

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Over 50% of North America’s 31 million people living alone are female, and experts say decorating their homes is part of the new feminism. *** I absolutely loved this story in the Globe & Mail, “For women who live...
happy parasailors
Science tells us that it’s easier to be happy when you invest in experiences and not materialism. Why? Read on. *** We live in a world filled with industries who only make money if they convince you to buy...
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A rich relative dies and leaves you $100,000. How would you use that money to improve your home? What’s your dream project? Here are 5. *** I asked on Twitter recently what folks would do around their home if money was...
jatoba brazilian cherry flooring kitchen
Jatoba or Brazilian cherry flooring is a popular choice in exotic hardwood floors. Here are some things you should know about it; hardness, color, and more. *** Let’s start with a little bit of a clarification. It’s an important...
buy local produce
A controversy in Canada has reignited debate: What’s better — buying local food, or buying imported organic? This writer says: Buy local! Here’s why. *** Canada’s grocery industry was rocked by a whistleblower revealing that a large organic chicken...
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Summertime means hot days. Ditch your dependence on the energy hungry AC and adopt these methods of staying cool instead. *** I am blessed to live in a place where we don’t need air conditioning. The air is dry,...
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Reseeding flowers, vegetables and herbs surprise you every year in the garden. Here are some ways to keep things varied and interesting in your garden. *** Decades ago when I was first getting turned on to the plant world,...
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On Spain’s south coast, they take their patios seriously, and will usually have more than one. One will always be a high-walled, shaded patio. Here’s why. *** I have seen few private homes in my lifetime that have included...
Mediterranean style deck and backyard
In the dog days of summer, there’s no better lifestyle to emulate than the Mediterranean’s. Here are some ideas to bring that lifestyle to your yard. *** Few people in the world seem to enjoy the outdoor life as...