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Preparing for the holidays isn’t just about wish lists or shopping Christmas presents for the loved ones and friends; it’s also the perfect time to give your house some much-needed makeover to make it holiday-and-guests-ready for that coming family reunion! What would the holidays be without family reunion? I don’t know about you, but family reunions do happen. We don’t know how the tradition started, but we can only tell you what to do in case you have relatives coming over for the holidays. It’s never too late to make your...Continue reading »

One way to make your house comfortable is through proper ventilation. Efficient heaters give warmth in winter nights and air conditioners provide coolness in summer afternoons. Although HVAC systems are constructed and designed with the same functions, the energy it consumes depends different factors. Some systems not only provide comfort, but also cost-effectiveness. For it to be cost-effective, it should deliver proficiency in power usage. Energy efficiency in HVACs can be achieved in many ways. Install the System Properly Make sure that your system is installed properly....Continue reading »

Decorating a home can be fun and exciting, especially for new couples who just moved in. With so many ways you can do to achieve the design you want for your home, things can become quite tricky, as well. The problem with most new homeowners is becoming a tad too excited. As a result, they usually end up buying the wrong items. Keep in mind that this task requires more time and research to achieve your goals successfully. It shouldn’t be just the output; consider your budget, as well. To help you out, here are some practical ways to...Continue reading »

A report from the National Gardening Association said more Americans are considering gardening as a good way to get healthy and locally produced food. A survey conducted by the association showed the number of households growing food at home or in a community garden has increased by 17% compared to five years ago. In 2009, 36 million families were growing their own food. This year, the number of households with backyard gardens rose to 42 million. Results of the survey also showed that one in three households is growing food or participating in community gardening programs. Increased...Continue reading »

Despite being hailed as the most expensive footbridge in the world, Thomas Heatherwick’s proposed £175 million Garden Bridge has gained approval from the Westminster Council. The 367-metre pedestrian bridge, which was conceived by actress Joanna Lumley, is set to span the River Thames between the South Bank and Temple Station. It will feature five linking gardens and two fluted piers supporting a promenade planted with trees. Most Expensive of Its Kind The rumors are true. BBC journalist Tom Edwards reported earlier today that the Garden Bridge would be the “most...Continue reading »

A boom in home repairs and improvement helps Lowe’s increase its profits by 17%, report from the company says. The retail home improvement and appliance store chain giant’s shares are trading near all-time highs as Wall Street bets. This year, Lowe’s stocks have soared almost 20%. What the Numbers Say Lowe’s released a report that shows how much their third quarter sales and earnings have increased. Their total sales were $13.7 billion, 5.6% higher than its sales last year, which amounts to $13 billion. Comparable store sales have increased by 5.1%. The company’s...Continue reading »

A group of researchers found high levels of toxic heavy metals in a community garden in Vancouver. They warn what looks like a beautiful garden may still be contaminated. A series of tests were done to identify the metal contaminants present in the native soil from the community garden at Oak St. and 16th Ave. Results showed that the soil had high levels of lead and zinc. With concentrations reaching 219 parts per million (ppm), lead exceeds the standard set by the Canadian Council of Environment Ministers. According to experts, this discovery is important in educating...Continue reading »

Having an opportunity to visit the White House is a dream come true for many. Actors, sports icons, and musicians have been on the news shaking hands with the President. Now, people have more reasons to take a tour at the most secure house in the US. Gardeners from across the country visit the White House not only to see the President and his family, but also to take a closer look at the kitchen garden. The scenery amazed everyone. Visitors could hardly believe something as beautiful and green as the garden could ever exist in the White House. A Wonderful Experience It’s...Continue reading »