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About Hummingbirds and How to Attract Them to Your Garden
by Lesley Dietschy
Visualize watching a bright green hummingbird in your garden moving from flower to flower in search of the tasty nectar within. These beautiful and tiny birds weigh about 2 to 20 grams and are found in a wide variety of environments from the high Andes to lowlands, and from dry desert areas to rainforests. <more...>

Five Easy Tips to Save $590 on Your 
Food Budget This Year

by S. L. Simmons
Would you like to help the planet and save an easy $590 this year? It's not a gimmick. Many families can save an easy $590 without even having to give up their lattes from Starbucks, turn down the heat, or ride their bikes to work. All it takes is a little better menu planning. <more...>

What is the Best Juicer to Buy?
By Natalie Greggain
People are always trying to figure out what the best juicer is. In my eyes, there is no one perfect juicer out there. However, there is such a thing as the best juicer for you! The way I see it, the best juicer for you is the juicer that is going to make you want to juice every day. And of course, that's going to vary from person to person. But not to worry, I've outlined a few different aspects you should look for to when trying to find that perfect juicer for you! <more...>

Choosing the Right Roses for your Garden
by Kathy Burns-Millyard
There are literally hundreds of types of roses that you can grow in your garden. With such a selection to choose from, it can be extremely difficult to choose the rose that's right for you. To make this task a bit easier, We've outlined a few important factors you should consider, and explained some of the different types of roses to aid in your search.  <more...>

Ladybugs, Ladybugs, Come to My Garden
by Lesley Dietschy
Ladybugs, also called lady beetles or ladybirds, can be a gardenerís best friend. The ladybugís bright coloring brings welcomed cheer to the garden, as well as helping with pest control. Since medieval times, ladybugs have been valued by farmers all over the world. <more...>

Growing Geraniums Indoors Or Outdoors
by Lee Dobbins
The geranium has long been a favorite plant for both garden beds and containers. This common geranium is actually a member of the genus Pelargonium while the wild geranium is a member of the genus Geranium.  <more...>

Nature Year Round
by Dionna Sanchez
If you want to encourage a love of the outdoors year-round for your children - here is a list of activities they can do. Even in the winter!  <more...>

10 Tips for Successful Rose Planting
by Kathy Burns-Millyard
Planting roses isn't actually complicated, as long as you have some good advice and tips to start with...  
1. Check with your local gardening center or florist for the best type of roses to grow in you climate. If you are a novice, you should look for disease resistant types of roses because they require a lot less maintenance.  <more...>

Five Tips for Decorating a Girlís Bedroom 
by Melissa A. Boyd
Little girl's love to spend time in their bedrooms. It's a place all of their own. A place where they can not only sleep, but dream. What better way to help your child's dreams come true then by surrounding them with their favorite things! Decorating your childís bedroom can be both a fun and rewarding experience for both of you. Here are five simple tips to get you started in the right direction  <more...>

How To Get Your Pet To Strike The Pose: 
Tips For Photographing Your Pet

by Ian White
If you have ever tried to take a picture of your dog, you will realize how hard it is to capture the pups full personality and beauty in a photograph. Dogs arenít human, and they donít understand what we are doing when we try to take their photo. They may
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How To Grow Luscious Tomatoes
by Marilyn Pokorney
The tomato is the most commonly grown vegetable in the States. Here are some tips on how to grow your own bountiful crop of tomatoes. <more...> 

How To Plant And Care For Geraniums
by Lee Dobbins
Geraniums have long been a popular plant for both outdoor and indoor use. The common geranium can be grown in beds or containers and will do well in either. The ivy leafed geranium is a natural for hanging planters. The Regal or Martha Washington geranium does not do well outside and should be indoors. <more...>

Kitchen Design Ė 
Understanding the Work Triangle and Kitchen Layouts

by David Buster
Having a good layout for your kitchen is important, because the kitchen should be an efficient and pleasant area in which to prepare meals and do related tasks. Understanding the kitchen work triangle concept and the basic kitchen layouts is a valuable starting point for having a good kitchen design that you like. <more...>

Training Your Dog To Sit
by Lee Dobbins
A poorly trained dog is a nuisance and can even be a danger to himself and others. A properly trained dog, on the other had, is a wonderful and pleasant companion. In addition to helping you bond, it can even protect your pet from being hurt if he listens and will come when called. <more...>

Training Your Dog To Lay Down On Command
by Lee Dobbins
Training your dog to obey commands is an important part of pet ownership . When your dog is properly trained, it is much easier for you to communicate with him and this enhances your relationship. In addition to making him mind you, it may even help save your pet from harm or danger.
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Training Your Dog To Stay
by Lee Dobbins
A properly trained dog is a joy to be around for both the owner and anyone else you happen to come in contact with. Not only will it make for a better relationship but it can help save your pet from being hurt or worse, if he is able to be called to your side to avoid danger. <more...>

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