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Homemade Gift Basket Ideas

Creating a homemade gift basket is a great way to celebrate a birthday, holiday, or special event. Whether you are trying to create a gift for a birthday, wedding or graduation, gift baskets are an excellent option. When you make homemade gift baskets instead of purchasing them premade, they can perfectly match the recipient’s interests and preferences.

Create a Stress Reducing Outdoor Retreat

Gardens and outdoor spaces can be places of tranquility, harmony, and mindfulness. But knowing where to begin your design can sometimes be overwhelming. Here's how to create a stress reducing outdoor retreat.

Outdoor Games for Kids and Families

Looking for some great outdoor games for kids to play? You are not alone. It seems like every parent is trying to find fun things for the kids to do outside. It’s too nice to stay indoors. And you don’t want your kids to play video games ALL DAY. It’s time to reach into your parental “bag of tricks” and find some really fun outdoor games for kids—and some fun outdoor activities, too. So here are some…

Best Air Purifying Indoor Plants

When we bring furniture, carpets, inks, and dyes into our homes, we often unwittingly introduce toxins into the air. If left unabated, these toxins can cause long-term issues such as respiratory ailments, allergies, and headaches. The best air purifying indoor plants can help.

Tips for Growing Orchid Plants

Growing orchid plants is not difficult. In fact, all it takes is a few simple tips to become a successful grower of orchids. Here's how orchid expert Teresa Watkins grows healthy, happy, blooming orchid plants.

Home Maintenance Tips for Spring and Summer

Winter weather can be harsh on your house. The good thing about warmer months is that you get to take care of your home while enjoying the sun. Just follow our list of home maintenance tips – spring and summer edition – to get the most out of your home and yard this year.

How to Repot a Peace Lily Houseplant

Need to repot a peace lily houseplant—or another type of houseplant—but aren’t sure where to start? This post will explain what to look for when your peace lily (Spathiphyllum) is ready for a larger pot. I will also show you exactly how to repot your peace lily houseplant step-by-step with photos. These steps can also be used to repot other varieties of houseplants--including pothos, monstera, snake plant,…

19 Ways to Save Energy at Home

If you are looking for ways to save energy at home, you have come to the right place. Millions of homeowners want to make their homes more energy efficient. After all, sustainability starts on the homefront. The good news is you don’t have to dramatically overhaul your lifestyle or invest tons of money in renovations. Just follow these easy tips.

How to Grow Tropical Fruits in Containers

If you have always wanted to grow tropical fruits, Byron Martin, co-owner of Logee’s Tropical Plants, has good news for you. You can grow tropical fruits in containers in most climates. The key is to choose dwarf varieties of plants that have been bred to produce fruit on a small plant.

Best Cordless Vacuum Cleaners

The best cordless electric vacuum cleaners are more impressive than ever. It doesn’t matter whether you call them cordless vacuums or stick vacuum cleaners. Many lightweight cordless vacuums can now offer the performance of the heavier, full-size vacuum cleaners. These cordless vacuum cleaners are powered by rechargeable batteries. So say goodbye to that cumbersome power cord.

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Randy Schultz

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Randy Schultz is the Content Editor of He is a Master Gardener and a long-time member of GWA: The Association for Garden Communicators. Write to him at


Jessica Ford


Jessica aka Frugal Garden Gal is an avid gardener and garden writer based in Colorado Springs, CO. She has over 10 years in the garden industry, and is a self-described horticulture nerd and plant addict. Jessica shares her eco- and budget-friendly gardening tips at   


Ellen Zachos


Ellen Zachos is the author of seven books including The Wildcrafted Cocktail and Backyard Foraging, and she co-hosts the Plantrama podcast ( Ellen writes about wild foods at and has created an online course for beginning foragers.

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