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Grow Your Own Pizza Garden

Grow Your Own Pizza Garden

Although “pizza” and “gardening” aren’t always in the same category, Better Homes & Garden touched on a great way to convince people to test our their green thumb – for the sake of fresh pizza toppings! Using a 6×4 foot space in full sun, the editors grew the plants in […]

3 Things To Know If You’re Buying a House Now

3 Things To Know If You’re Buying a House Now

Well, it’s too late. The $8,000 first time homebuyer tax credit has expired and I didn’t cash in on it. Oh well. The sales season is till under way and there are good deals across the country to be had. Here’s a few tips from the experts that I spotted […]

Watch Out For These Wiring Mistakes

Can you change an outlet or move a light switch? Do you consider yourself an amateur electrician? You may feel up to most electrical tasks but here are some pitfalls to watch out for that could save your life and your circuits. 1. Three way switch wiring 3-way switches can […]

How To Replace A Broken Window Pane

How To Replace A Broken Window Pane

The only time I’ve ever inadvertently broken a glass window was when I locked my brother out of the house during dessert. He was so angry he tapped on the glass until I’d let him inside. Needless to say I didn’t let him back in and he knocked until he […]

11 Ways to Prepare Your Home for Summer Heat

11 Ways to Prepare Your Home for Summer Heat

Summer is coming. Before it gets hot, you might want to check that you and the house are ready for the summer heat. That means you start by checking your home’s heat and air-conditioning system. 1. To begin, change your filters in your heating/cooling system. Change them regularly – at […]

EZ-Twist PaintStick: No Tray Needed

EZ-Twist PaintStick: No Tray Needed

Painting can be a messy affair and drips usually occur as you are reloading your brush or roller via a can or paint tray. The EZ-Twist PaintStick is a new product from HomeRight that allows you to paint without the need for a messy tray. Here’s how it works: Attach […]

Summer Safety: Tips to Prep Your Pool

Summer Safety: Tips to Prep Your Pool

Don’t forget safety when thinking about a backyard pool. Install it the right way and enjoy your oasis with peace of mind (and no liability). A fence is almost always necessary with any backyard pool over 24″ deep. If you install an above ground and have a non-climbable railing completely […]

Setup Your Art Gallery At Home

Setup Your Art Gallery At Home

I’m always inspired by the fancy shelter magazines and the way they artfully hang and style artwork. I attempted this in my own dining room (and by dining room I mean the wall that attaches the kitchen to the living room) and it came out okay. But trust me, it […]

Going Green, Simple and Cheap: How To Get Green Little By Little

Going Green, Simple and Cheap: How To Get Green Little By Little

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, going green is the new black these days. The benefits to your health, your home, and the environment are numerous and expansive, so I won’t regale you with every reason as to why you should go green. But I will tell you two […]

13 Things a Burglar Won’t Tell You, But We Will

13 Things a Burglar Won’t Tell You, But We Will

Let’s say you could have a conversation with a criminal before he breaks into your home and steals from you. Here’s what he would have to say, so read carefully and take notes. 1. Of course I look familiar. I was here just last week cleaning your carpets, painting your […]

11 Yard Sale Tips That Will Guarantee Sales

11 Yard Sale Tips That Will Guarantee Sales

We recently had a yard sale and came away from the weekend with some great tips after feedback from customers and neighbors. Spring is a great time to move items that are just collecting dust and make a little money while doing it. 1. Signage – In big bold letters […]

Caring For Your Motorized Lawnmower

Caring For Your Motorized Lawnmower

With the weather warming up and the days getting longer, I think it’s pretty safe to say spring is here (at least the calendar says so!) and with better outdoor conditions comes more maintenance of our outdoor space. I stumbled upon this how-to guide via my Twitter stream and thought […]

Weedy Situation

Weedy Situation

I took a recent trip over to the L.A. Times home blog where Emily Green, author of The Dry Garden column, takes on a nasty topic: weeds. The topic of weeds reminds me of summer vacations and getting “punished” for who-knows-what. I can never remember why I’d get in trouble […]

Spend A Little, Gain A Lot

Spend A Little, Gain A Lot

Ah, the housing market. For those of us who have property up for sale, we’re either forced to lower our asking price or take it off the market, crossing our fingers that it’s only a matter of time until it’s a seller’s market once again. Until that happens, it’s important […]

Refrigerator Organizing Tips to Keep Food Fresh and Healthy

Refrigerator Organizing Tips to Keep Food Fresh and Healthy

Some tips for organizing your refrigerator to keep food at it’s most fresh. Signs of a messy fridge. + Milk and eggs are on a shelf on the door. This is the warmest part of the refrigerator and shouldn’t house highly-perishable items. + Raw meat is on the top shelf […]

How to Plan: Kitchen Remodel, Part Three

How to Plan: Kitchen Remodel, Part Three

I was so impressed by the proactive approach used in the Melnick/Burton kitchen remodel that I could not let the series end without getting some general pointers from Steven (listed here, in his own words): 1. Design it yourself and design it for yourself (but show your plans to anyone […]

6 Tips to Assembling Store Bought Furniture

6 Tips to Assembling Store Bought Furniture

Sometimes ready-to-assemble furniture is a nightmare. And by sometimes, I mean most of the time. Even for a moderately experienced DIYer like myself, identifying parts, trying to understand diagrams and figuring out where the heck part “g” is can be a total hassle. After a recent battle with a Target […]

How To Keep Peeping Toms from Checking Out You and Your Stuff

How To Keep Peeping Toms from Checking Out You and Your Stuff

Growing up, my parents were kind of … neurotic. My mom had a thing about the “fishbowl effect” as she called it — the fact that when it gets dark at night you can see inside people’s houses if the lights are on and the curtains are open. She blames […]