There’s nothing like being outdoors. It soothes the soul, calms the spirit and delights the senses. Most of us can’t spend as much time as we’d like outside, but many clever methods can bring the serenity and beauty of nature into your home. Take a look at a few of the innovative ways that you can introduce nature’s beauty, from a lush garden to a spectacular rocky coastline, into your interior spaces.
(BPT) - The countdown to this year’s holiday season has begun. Department stores have decked the halls. Families are scheduling trips to visit far-away loved ones. And hosts everywhere are stressing about entertaining family and friends during this frantic season of peace and good will.
(BPT) - Every holiday party is as individual as the hosts and interesting as the guests. Yet whether you plan a sophisticated dinner party or an afternoon buffet, all parties do have one thing in common: the need for entertaining space.
For many of us, cooler weather means higher utility bills. As the temperatures drop, it takes more energy and money to power our homes. Research conducted by EnergyStar.gov found that lighting accounts for 12 percent and heating nearly 30 percent of energy usage in an average American home.
(ARA) – The new school year is upon us and with it comes hectic schedules and harried mornings that make weekdays a mad dash. With school lunches to make, snacks to prepare and evening meals to plan, getting out the door on time can be a challenge. Having the house in order and a few things made ahead of time can be a huge convenience that means a world of difference in those time-crunched minutes.
What does "paradise" mean to you? For most of us, thoughts of paradise conjure up sundrenched beaches and glistening waters, swaying palm trees and a bright tropical drink with a tiny umbrella on the top.
(ARA) - Warm weather has arrived and Americans are planning to shake out the rugs and wash the windows for the unofficial tradition of spring cleaning ... or are they?
(ARA) - You've dreamed of this day your entire life - from the vows to the dress to the reception decor. But often, it can take a king's ransom to make the fairytale wedding of your dreams a reality.
(NAPSI)—Runoff of agricultural fertilizers into streams, rivers and watersheds is a major environmental concern, but U.S. farmers are aggressively adopting more environmentally sound crop production methods and technologies that address this problem.
(NAPSI)—From Alaska to Florida, millions of people visit America’s National Forests each year, and with two-thirds of Americans living within 100 miles of a National Forest, these lands truly are “America’s Backyard.”
Many of us are trying to live more sustainable lifestyles by wasting less, recycling more, and purchasing products made with recycled materials. What about our kids at school? Does back-to-school shopping - which doesn’t really end when the kids are back to school - offer an opportunity to teach our kids a thing or two about sustainability?
(NAPSI)—A combination of the latest weed management recommendations and financial incentives is helping farmers fight tough-to-control and glyphosate-resistant weeds.
(ARA) - Green driving is easier and more important than many people think. It's important because, according to the Environmental Protection Agency, highway vehicles account for 28 percent (1.5 billion tons) of U.S. carbon dioxide emissions each year.
(Family Features) - According to the Farmers' Almanac, this winter will see an increase in "shivery conditions," where temperatures will average below normal for about three-quarters of the nation and snowfall will be significant. Are you and your family winter ready?
(Family Features) For most Americans, the holiday season is the busiest and most demanding time of the year. From social engagements and travel to buying gifts and baking, it's often hard to juggle competing commitments. In fact, 80 percent of Americans anticipate stress during the holiday season, according to the American Psychological Association.
(Family Features) - Nothing captures the warmth of the holidays quite like the gentle glow of candlelight. This season, set the mood with delicious holiday scents and decorations by making fragrance your centerpiece.
(Family Features) - Parking a lawn mower in the corner of a garage or storage building is not tucking it in for winter.
(Family Features) The change in seasons should bring about more than just a change of wardrobe. It's important to check out your appliances and home systems now in order to help prevent unnecessary repairs when you need those systems the most.
(Family Features) If you've got a gardener on your holiday shopping list, but you can't tell a peony from a petunia, don't fret. This handy gift guide will let you pick out a gift that will make any home horticulturalist happy.
(Family Features) Every chef knows a properly outfitted kitchen is a must in order to create culinary masterpieces. This year, make sure the special food lover in your life has everything he or she needs to stir their passion for food and drink. Expand their culinary library with a book that serves up helpful food tips and original recipes. Let them prepare their favorite recipes with a set of ergonomic and innovative knives. Perk up their mornings with a coffee maker that quickly brews a customized cup at the touch of a button. Or, help them serve up delightful dishes by keeping their pantry stocked with superior quality olive oil. This guide will help you find unique gifts for every kitchen connoisseur on your list.
(Family Features) With frigid weather and gloomy days, adding some charm and pizazz to your front porch can seem like a lost cause in the winter. But there are a few ways to bring a fresh, chic feel to your porch that will last well past the holidays.
(BPT) - Pollinators such as bees, butterflies, hummingbirds, bats and beetles play an important role in producing healthy plants and food for people and wildlife. Without pollinators feeding on nectar and moving pollen from one flower to the next, most plants would not produce fruit or seeds.
(Family Features) - Are you shivering and bundling up inside your house? If your thermostat is set at the desired temperature, your furnace runs continuously, your utility bills are ridiculously high, but you are still cold, it is probably because energy is escaping your house.
(BPT) - Fake and faux are far apart. Fake is meant to deceive, but faux is intended as a tribute or a toast to something great or beautiful.
(BPT) - Many people are already familiar with the benefits of soft water for their skin and hair and how it significantly reduces energy consumption and increases the life of heaters, appliances and home plumbing. But what most people are totally unaware of is the ability for soft water to prevent microbial contamination in plumbing, thus minimizing the consumer’s exposure to pathogenic bacteria such as Legionella, which can cause Legionnaire’s disease. This research was discovered by the School of Sustainable Engineering at Arizona State University.
(BPT) - No matter what time of year it is, the kitchen is always the busiest room in the home. That’s especially the case during the holiday season. With the added stress of planning the perfect menu and creating the ideal holiday atmosphere for your guests, it’s no surprise that many people feel overwhelmed with the planning process.
(BPT) - Remodeling the kitchen. When you decide to tackle this daunting undertaking, you want to do it right. And, you’re not alone. Forty-nine percent of homeowners plan to completely gut their existing kitchen and start with a clean state, according to a recent survey by Houzz.com. Regardless of the scope of your project, if you’re itchin’ to update your kitchen, follow these five steps to design the space you’ve been dreaming about.
(BPT) - Home decor can convey many different emotions - from warmth and comfort on cold and dreary winter days to elegance and festiveness during the holiday season. The colors and materials you use set the stage; everything from the textures that appear in the accessories, the arrangement of the furniture and even how sound reverberates in a room.
(BPT) - Mattress shopping isn’t a matter to take lying down. The average American spends three full years sleeping on each mattress they buy. A mattress is the single most important factor in achieving the quality sleep that is crucial to a high quality of life.
(BPT) - “A kitchen provides physical and spiritual nourishment, and for many homes is now the heart and soul of family life.” That’s how Terence Conran opened his classic Kitchen Book 20 years ago, and it’s probably even truer today. The kitchen’s central importance in most households means that Americans are paying more attention than ever to the design and decoration of this vital space - a search for functionality, comfort and beauty that’s reflected in current trends in hardwood kitchen cabinetry.
(BPT) - You do it every day ... and sometimes more than once a day ... but, how often do you actually think about your shower routine? And, is it living up to its potential? Follow these seven simple steps and soon your daily shower escape can become sensational and safe – all with only a minimal investment.
(ARA) – Our lives are busier today than ever before. Trying to balance the demands of work and home life is no easy feat. At home, day-to-day chores like cooking and cleaning easily chip away at precious time that could be better spent on a little rest and relaxation. If you’re looking to take back some of your time at home, the kitchen is a great place to start. With a few simple tools, you can dramatically reduce your workload, making more time for the things that really matter.
(ARA) - As fall approaches, the daylight hours are dwindling, kids are headed back to school, and the lazy days of summer will soon be long forgotten. As you establish new routines, it seems like there are 10 additional tasks to handle each day, and cleaning, while one of the most important things on your to-do list, often falls to the bottom due to lack of time.