Preparing for Thanksgiving is no easy task: Every year, our family takes several days leading up to the event to clean the house, put together the menu, and collect enough chairs and serving pieces to accommodate our guests. This year,…
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Do-it-yourself home repair can save you a bundle if you’re willing to put in the work. But whether you’re fixing a leaky faucet or putting in a new floor, it’s important to take your time and not cut corners. Many homeowners make costly mistakes like rushing through home repairs or using inferior materials, which can result in poor results. If you’re thinking of taking on a home repair project, make sure to avoid these common mistakes.
Outdoor entertaining isn’t limited to the summer months: Autumn is a wonderful time to celebrate with friends and family while enjoying the cooler weather. To make your fall get-togethers a success, draw inspiration from these creative ideas for outdoor entertaining.
Every year, I look for new ideas for my Halloween landscape. To save money, I prefer to make most of my decorations myself using materials found around my home. This October, try your hand at creating some spine-chilling Halloween décor using these ideas.
As winter approaches, the days get shorter and the weather gets cooler. Now is the perfect time to finish up those critical maintenance tasks that you didn’t get to during the summer. I actually prefer doing outdoor projects in the fall to avoid the extreme heat of the summer sun. Performing maintenance in autumn still leaves ample time to make any necessary repairs before the onset of winter. Roll up your sleeves and complete your home maintenance tasks with this list.
Many gardening tips and tricks are passed down from generation to generation. Much of what I know about gardening was taught to me by my grandfather. Along with advice on how to choose the right plants, eliminate weeds, and fertilize the lawn, my grandfather unknowingly passed down many garden myths. In an effort to set the record straight, I’ve debunked some of the most common garden myths out there.
Want to have an adventure? Enjoy autumn while exploring the different types of leaves that have fallen in your backyard! Use this leaf identification chart to name which type of tree each beautiful leaf has fallen from. These images of different kinds of leaves reveal the full splendor of the different colors and shapes of autumn. When you pick up a leaf, do you have a smooth and curved fruit tree leaf or a five-pointed, spike-like shape indicative of the many types of maple leaves? Is it simple or compound, palmate or pinnate, or lobed or not lobed? Study the shape and texture closely if you want to complete a tree identification by leaf shape. Pay especially close attention if you’re trying to determine the specific type of a common tree, like a maple tree. Leaf identification can be a fun activity with kids as you’re walking about, and it can teach them to tell the types of fall leaves apart as well as encourage their scientific curiosity. But it doesn’t need to be autumn for you to use our guide to tell alder tree leaves from oak tree leaves; identification can be fun year-round!
One of the first major projects I tackled when moving into my home was the basement. It was dark and dingy but had plenty of potential. This fall, take the time to finish your basement and create a cozy new addition to your home. You’ll first want to address any moisture or flooding issues: Waterproofing is crucial before finishing your basement to prevent moisture from ruining drywall, carpets, and other items. Once your basement is dry, you can move on to more fun aspects, such as design.
I love outdoor fire pits: They not only provide warmth but also give a property a more high-end look. Today, there are many styles of fire pits that you can buy or make yourself, ranging from traditional paver-built pits to non-traditional gas-powered pits. Before choosing a fire pit for your backyard, consider what pit size, style, and design would look and work with your outdoor space.
Breakfast is not only the most important meal of the day but also my favorite. Instead of reaching for a doughnut or box of sugary cereal, I sweeten my breakfast with fresh fruits from my garden. On occasion, I also incorporate nutrient-rich veggies and herbs to keep my meals balanced and full of flavor. In honor of Better Breakfast Month in September, start your days off right by bringing fresh fruits, vegetables, and herbs from your garden to your breakfast table.