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Tips for an Energy Efficient Home

An energy efficient home embraces the virtues of both comfort and sustainability. Here are 19 tips for creating an energy efficient home that is a joy to live in.

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.

Why We Kiss Under Mistletoe–and Other Mistletoe Facts

Why do we kiss under the mistletoe at Christmas? The tradition of kissing under the mistletoe started way back in 16th century England. The custom traveled to early America, where kissing under the mistletoe was mentioned in a Washington Irving short story. Here's everything you need to know about mistletoe--the plant and the tradition.

How to Take Care of Holiday Gift Plants

Do you know how to take care of holiday gift plants? It's easy. Just follow these simple tips for taking care of holiday gift plants and your plant will thrive.

8 Easy Rustic Holiday Decor Ideas

Rustic holiday decor is perfect for a big holiday get-together or a quiet family gathering. Make these 8 easy rustic holiday decor projects.

Create a Gratitude Tree for Thanksgiving

A Gratitude Tree (also known as a Thankful Tree) offers a great way for you and your family to appreciate the blessings in your lives. We’ve all got lots to be thankful for, but sometimes we forget to take time out of our busy days to simply say “thank you.”

Halloween Decorating Ideas for Home and Garden

Halloween decorating ideas start with bundled corn stalks and a few small pumpkins. For more ambitious Halloween decorating ideas, add skeletons and spiders

Water Bath Canning for Beginners

Water bath canning for beginners is growing in popularity. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, millions of people have discovered (or rediscovered) backyard gardening. The result is more gardeners growing more fruits and vegetables. With a bounty of new homegrown produce, these new gardeners now want to know how to preserve their harvests.

How to Make Lavender Essential Oil

Lavender is one of the most popular and useful plants grown in the garden. Many gardeners ask me how to make lavender essential oil, which can be used in so many ways. But there are so many wonderful uses for homegrown lavender. In this story, I will give you my recipe for how to make lavender essential oil. I will also give you nine more easy ways to use fresh homegrown lavender. These range from…

Tips for Visiting Open Houses 

Attending open houses is an essential part of looking to buy a home. Follow these tips for an easy and successful way to make home buying a wonderful experience.

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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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