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Don’t forget the hummingbirds! One day a few years ago I looked up to see a hummingbird looking in my window. Actually he wasn’t just looking in the window, he was obvious trying to get my attention. It was the second week in May and I had forgotten to put out his feeder for the year. This is a true story, I could tell he was trying to tell me something.

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What do Busy Baby Monsters have to do with Home and Garden Tips? The answer is that my home and garden wouldn’t be complete without my grandchildren. Children for many of us is why we care so much about what happens in our homes and gardens, the two are definitely linked. Anyway my grandchildren inspired me to write and illustrate some children’s books. The adventures my adorable monsters tackle, take place in the home and garden. (No coincidence there.) || Read more

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Transplanting in spring makes sense.  Do you have a small tree, bush or maybe some perennials that you wished you could move or divide.  Last March I had three trees in my park strip that my husband hated mowing around. After considering various options, I finally said, “lets move them.” The pictures above were taken last fall and this spring.  || Read more

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Do your windows look like this?  I was noticing how dirty my windows are looking and thought I would go ahead and share this DIY recipe for Streak Free Window Cleaner. I love passing on a good cleaning tip. Share this on face book so you will have when the weather warms up. || Read more

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This picture illustrates better than anything else how I feel about spring. A late spring snow storm trying to dash my love affair with spring. Just like my humming bird friend I won’t give up on spring time and having a ultra green lawn by the first of April even if it gets snowed on. || Read more

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I’m afraid I didn’t instill in my children a love of gardening. Some of them only associate gardening with pulling of weeds; a chore that I admit I often assigned them as children. || Read more

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My grand daughter reminded me that it only takes a moment to enjoy a simple pleasure. This last week I was baking with my two grand daughters. The almost three year old smelled the batter and slid the bowl over to put her face almost in it. She inhaled deeply and marveled at how yummy it smelled.

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When I grow up…

Feb
2014
11

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I’m pretty sure I’m suppose to be all grown up by now, but maybe I’m not. When you ask a child what they want to be when they grow up, most of them have an answer for you. I’ve never really been able to come up with an answer.  || Read more

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Do you have something so nasty in your house that it has to be kept where no child could possibly get to it? A household product that even using it should scare you?   || Read more

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Is it time to make the big move from a crib to a big kid’s bed. Or maybe your teenager’s room is just a little cramped. A Loft Bed may be the answer.  Here is a great post on How To Build a Loft Bed. || Read more

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My husband and I love watching TV in front of a cozy fire. Unfortunately, we went through the first winter in our new house without a fireplace. We knew we had to change that, so last summer we added this ventless gas fireplace and flat screen TV.  It has been a great addition to our home. Winter has been much cozier. If you don’t have a fireplace, think about adding one. Here are some tips and how we did it. || Read more

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I love texture and depth and anything that adds personally to a house. Here is a great post on how to add molding panels to a flat door.  || Read more

Compost Bins

Jan
2014
27

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I admit it. This gardener has never owned a compost bin. I’ve spent plenty of money buying bags of the stuff at the home improvement stores, but I’ve never thrown so much as a single banana peel in a compost bin, but that is going to change. || Read more

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So I can’t seem to totally get rid of a stupid cough. I’m starting to think that there is more to this than just the cold I caught a couple of weeks ago. || Read more

The Clutter Trap

Jan
2014
25

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The holidays are over, and there isn’t much happening this time of year so why not take the time to make some positive changes in your life. Check out this great book by Robin Konie called The Clutter Trap. || Read more

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I bought a dwaft peach tree last year that came with some good detailed care instructions. One of the things that it instructed me to do was to water the tree in the winter! That’s right, winter watering was suggested at least once a month unless there was plenty of snow cover on the ground. || Read more

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Some people refer to Costco as the hundred dollar store. You can’t walk in without spending at least a hundred dollars. That may be one reason to watch yourself as you enter those huge overhead doors, but there are other dangers lurking just inside that you may not have thought about before… addictions my friends, Costco Addictions. This is my very short story about Costco addictions and Carmelita Bars. There is also a great recipe at the end.

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When hobbies run a muck! facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmail

It started out simple enough. My husband and I were between building houses and didn’t have a major project that needed to be done. We didn’t want to turn into total couch potatoes so we thought a new hobby was the answer. But what do you do when hobbies run amuck! || Read more

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A while back we did the rough Ethernet wiring in our daughter’s home for their internet and TV. You can find that here. The final part of this project is now ready to be completed with us wiring Ethernet ports and coax jacks together so they are ready to connect their devices. This post explains everything in great detail and has all the pictures you’ll need to do this project yourself and save a lot of money! || Read more

Best House Plants

Dec
2013
12

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You’ve heard of baby sitting, and house sitting, but have you ever done plant sitting? While my daughter has been waiting for her new house to be built she asked if I would take care of her plants for her. As I am writing this post about the best house plants, I am surrounded by plants, which I love. In the winter time when the skies are gray and we’re stuck indoors I’m glad I have plenty of house plants to add some color and clean the air. It’s been known for a long time that plants convert carbon dioxide to oxygen, but now we also know that they also trap and absorb many pollutants. || Read more

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It’s time to put the finishing touches on our closet. Here is the final post on how to build a closet. Back in the design stage my daughter decided that she wanted four shelves in her closet. You can customize your closet to fit you needs. The only thing to remember is that the top shelf usually is not as deep as the lower shelves, making it easier to access. || Read more

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Here is part two on how to build a closet including how to drywall, mud, tape, and texture your walls. I know a lot of people think that adding a couple walls to their house is an overwhelming project, but it’s not. Building a closet is quite simple. The framing, drywall, and the first coat of mud took about four and a half hours. Had we remembered our chalk line and had the battery on our drill not died, the project would have gone even faster. Forgetting some of our tools slowed things down a bit, but we improvised and got through it.  || Read more

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Could you use an extra closet? My daughter did. She lives in a condo with limited storage space and really wanted to add a closet in her hall area. We couldn’t say no when she asked my husband and I to tackle this new project. This is part one of three on how to build a closet. This first post will show you how to frame a closet. || Read more

DIY Chalkboard Wall

Nov
2013
14

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A diy chalkboard wall is easy and a fun idea for a play room or a child’s bedroom. When we were finishing our basement my daughter suggested that we do a chalkboard wall.  It turned out to be hit! Here are some simple tips for your own diy chalkboard wall. || Read more

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Storing leftover paint isn’t an exciting subject, but down the road you may be very glad you took the time to properly store your leftover paint for touch ups. Working in the paint department has been an eye opener for me. I have seen the most disgusting looking stuff in old paint cans. Rusted slime in a sea of thick chunky muck. || Read more

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Does winter ever make you long for some color in your life? It does me. When the skies are gray, and the snow turns gray my spirits get a little gray. This post originally was just about how to paint a wall, but it really was inspired by my need to color a room. While my outside world was shades of gray, my interior world was shades of brown. I wasn’t able to pick my own paint or flooring colors before we moved in. Everything was done to go with the brown carpet and there were no accent colors or rooms that had any color to them at all. So even though my walls were brand new and didn’t need new paint, I decided to color a room or two. || Read more

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Recently a fluorescent fixture in my daughter’s kitchen quit working. She tried replacing the tubes with new ones, but the fluorescent fixture was totally dead. Fluorescent tubes usually dim slowly or flicker, and then die one or two at a time. When all four tubes die at once, it usually means the ballast has gone bad.  Repairing a fluorescent fixture by replacing a bad ballast is not hard and cost a lot less than replacing the entire fixture. Here is how you can do it yourself. || Read more

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This is a quick and simple post for storing carrots from your garden.  I know there are a couple of ways of storing carrots that involve sand in a bucket, or a foot of compost over the top of them out in the ground. I don’t want to go tramping out in the snow to dig up my carrots, so here is a very quick and easy way of storing carrots that works for me. || Read more

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My daughter- in-law asked how to fix nail pops and small holes in her wall. It’s pretty easy but I’ve seen some really bad drywall repair jobs that turned into worse looking messes than when they started. In fact, while we were looking at houses with my youngest daughter we ran into this time and time again. People wanting to fix up their house in order to sell had rushed to fill small holes and then painted over them. Their walls looked like they had warts or craters on them. So here is how to fix nail pops and small holes so that your wall will look new again. || Read more

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How a countdown timer switch in the bathroom has made my everyday life a little nicer.

Two houses back, I used to get annoyed with my kids. They would go to the bathroom and turn on the fan (that part was good), and then after they were done they would leave the room with the fan running. I would walk by the bathroom and notice the fan going and go in and turn it off. Unfortunately, that was often hours later, sometimes it was the next morning. After this happening almost daily, I decided it was time to do something about it. || Read more

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Here are some tips for relieving sore muscles when you’ve over done it out in the yard, in the gym or even from sitting at your desk all day. My last DIY project was nothing I had planned on. I went out in the morning with no intentions of doing anything but a little pruning.  Then I walked over to the now empty dog run on the side of my house and suddenly I went into hyper drive. (Something that I tend to do.)  Eight hours later I was feeling the effects of a day full of hard physical labor which included trench digging for sprinklers, and relaying large cement pavers. My tip today is not on installing sprinklers, or a good pipe cutter, but on how to relieve sore muscles. || Read more

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Knowing how to care for perennial geraniums was something my mother taught me. Most people in Northern Utah don’t consider geraniums a perennial, but they would be wrong. Winterizing and even creating new zonal geraniums was a yearly event for my mother. The idea for writing a post on perennial geraniums started when my mom called to see if I had any extra left over plant containers.  A couple of hours later I was in her yard reliving a bit of my past. || Read more

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Pumpkin GutterOf all the easy pumpkin carving ideas you can find, this one makes the process enjoyable again. I don’t usually push products, but the pumpkin gutter made me want to give pumpkin carving a try again.

My husband and I joined my son and daughter-in-law in visiting a local farmer’s pumpkin patch. We thought it would be fun to watch their two year old pick out her own pumpkin. Personally, I haven’t carved a pumpkin in several years.  I was perfectly happy passing that tradition on to my kids, avoiding the mess.  I didn’t mind the actual carving, but cleaning out the seeds and stringy center junk took forever. Also, by the time I was done scraping the insides of the pumpkin, I had orange slime all over my hand and arm. || Read more

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Wiring ethernet cable (cat5 cable) for your internet and phones, and coax cable for your TVs is really quite easy and can save you a lot of money over hiring a contractor. Both coaxial cable and cat5e wire are low voltage wire that anyone can run in very little time. || Read more

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When I was a kid my dad knew how to store butternut squash. It included digging a very large hole next to the house and building his own cold storage shelter. Having no desire to go to such lengths I have learned a few tips on how to store butternut squash and other winter squash easily. || Read more

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Each year I look forward to my first ripe tomato from my garden.  Then after a couple of weeks I’m over run by tomatoes.  I give them to my kids, the neighbors and make all the salsa I can possibly use.  Then summer comes to a close and I have a bunch of green tomatoes on the vines that are just begging to be used.  Part of me is tired of tomatoes at this point, but part of me knows it will be a long time until that first ripe tomato next summer.  Not wanting to be wasteful, I decide to try and extend my garden just a little longer by using those green tomatoes. Here are three tips on what to do with them. || Read more

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I admit it, I’m fanatical when it comes to my lawn, so I want to water at the best time to help every blade of grass be perfectly green. As I drive through my neighborhood I can’t help noticing burnt areas in neighbor’s lawns that could easily be fixed.  Or worse yet, seeing some of my neighbors watering three times a day. (Hello, we live in a desert.) Here are my lawn watering and easy sprinkler improvement tips that will give you a beautiful green lawn without wasting a bunch of water. || Read more

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My garden wouldn’t be complete without my wonderful perennial plants. Not only do they provide a variety of color and texture, they also save me money since these beauties keep coming back year after year. To keep your perennial plants blooming, here are some tips on pruning, including dead heading and whether it is best to prune a perennial in the spring or the fall. || Read more

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Rather than making one long boring list on how to save money, I’ve decided to mention just a few simple ideas each month on how to save money. Easy ideas that anyone can do to stop wasting or spending money needlessly around the home.

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Spring is a long time away so lets talk about growing flowers indoors. On sale in the fall you will find tulips, daffodils, hyacinths and other hardy fall bulbs that bloom in the spring.  It’s great to see these beauties in your yard but it’s also fun and rewarding to “force” them to bloom in your home during those drab winter months. Growing flowers indoors will brighten your home and lighten your spirits during the winter while you wait for the snow to melt. If you have a cold storage space (a cooler in a cold garage) or a little extra room in your refrigerator you can experience the fun of growing flowers indoors.

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I get excited when I think about fall. I love the harvest, football games, Halloween, and the cooler temperatures, but planting in the fall? What can you plant in the fall and why not just wait until spring? || Read more