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The tulip is one of our favorite flowers and they're also one of the easiest to grow. If you want to go beyond the common red and yellow versions, the distinctive Princess Irene tulip looks like a bit of fire at the end of a stem. For best results, don't skimp with the bulbs when you plant them this fall. Tulips like to be surrounded by other tulips. In return, you get beautiful flowers... more
The problem with a lot of environmentally-friendly cleaners is that they require a lot of elbow grease to remove tough stains and grime. But thats not the case with Simple Green Biodegradable Cleaner. The non-toxic, all-purpose formula is super-concentrated, so a little goes a long way, making it an economical choice. We love its pleasant scent, and use it all over the house, from mopping our floors to wiping our countertops.
Bocce Ball is our kind of sport. Anyone can play it and the objective is simple. With Park and Sun's Bocce Ball set, you can have a backyard game any time, and the carrying case means it doesn't have to be your backyard. Or, you could try your hand at the less-elegantly-named cornhole, with portable game boards and bags. If you aren't happy with one of the numerous sport-themed designs, you can opt... more
Even though summer is winding down, there are still plenty of warm days ahead. Having good air circulation is key for keeping cool. This Casa Vieja Endeavor Cherry Ceiling Fan will not only lower the temperature, but it will also add a little flair to your living space. The blades' cherry finish go nicely with the modern brushed nickel accents, while the opal light fixture offers a stylish way to add light to your... more
Fabric softeners aren't that great for your skin as they often contain harsh chemicals and fragrances. But you still have to find an easy way to soften your clothes and keep them static free once they come out of the dryer. Dryer balls are a great option because they don't use chemicals to lift and separate the clothes as they tumble in the dryer. They also reduce drying time, which is good for the... more
In a poll some years ago, Pew Research found that more Americans could name Homer and Maggie Simpson's kids, but not so many were able to name the five freedoms mentioned in the 1st Amendment. Which means, of course, that you should be very good at Scene It's Deluxe TV Tin DVD Game. It's pretty simple -- you watch the clips from popular shows and try to answer the challenges first but only... more
Normally, we hate to do the weekly cleaning chores around the house. But recently we've become addicted to the delicious smell of Caldrea's Lavender Pine products. It's so bad that we sometimes find ourselves cleaning the counters just to get a whiff. To feed the addiction, we've got the whole line, from the dishwashing liquid to the all-purpose cleaner. The best thing is that the Caldrea products not only smell good, but they're really... more
Board games are making a comeback, and for those of you who are fans of Yahtzee, you'll especially love Yahtzee Free for All. It offers a new spin to the popular dice game: The old-school tablets and pencils are replaced with a gameboard, and the object of the game is to match cards to various dice combinations and beat your opponents' dice rolls. It's a cheap and fun way to spend an evening at... more
Getting the most from a small second bedroom or living room means getting creative when choosing the furnishings. A futon can be the perfect solution. And if you're remembering the flimsy metal futon of your first apartment, you'll be surprised by the Sea Breeze Futon. It actually looks like a real sofa, with arm rests, wood accents, and matching throw pillows. The beauty of the futon is that when you want to redecorate, you... more
Plastic fans that sit on the floor may circulate the air, but they're not very attractive. It's surprisingly simple to install a beautiful ceiling fan instead. Craftmade International ceiling fans are made for every room and decor, indoors and on the patio. We particularly like the outdoor fans, which lend a Southern touch to evenings on the front porch, especially if you have a glass of real lemonade. And if you live in warmer... more
Whether you're trying to be more environmentally conscious or you don't have the room for a dryer in your tiny apartment, a drying rack for your clothes is a great way to save both energy and space. This Whitney Design Chrome Extendable Dryer Rack expands in width from 20 inches to 34 and a half inches to hold sweaters, swimsuits, and any unmentionables. Plus, it folds up easily and can be stored away for... more
Swing with your sweetie in Algoma's All Natural Double Hammock. The cotton rope hammock is 82 inches long and 58 inches wide, and is made to hang from the trees or on a custom stand. Take advantage of cool spring days to lounge around in the backyard, cocooned in a hammock reading the latest bestseller. When summer heats up, it's perfect for nighttime star gazing with your favorite amateur astronomer.
? A heavy wool rug is perfect for keeping floors warm in the winter, but with temperatures rising, it's time for a change. We love these bamboo area rugs, not only because they look good, but because they're durable and have a non-skid backing. We know from experience that they don't slide around, even on hardwood or kitchen floors. They come in several shapes and sizes, and in lovely neutral shades or bold stripes... more
Whether you're planning on spending the Kentucky Derby in the infield or barbecuing with some friends in your backyard, a picnic blanket is essential for relaxing and enjoying the day. Picnic Time Siesta Blanket's nylon exterior is waterproof and protects the blanket while on the ground. The fleece interior makes it extra comfy for lying in the sun. It also folds into itself and comes with a shoulder strap for easy portability.
Even if you didn't know that Kate Spade made accessories for your house, and not just your wardrobe, you'll like these fun Larabee Dot vases. The clean lines and fresh dot design are the perfect finishing touch to showcase your favorite posies. The large vases will hold a big bunch of fresh cut flowers from the market or your back yard, while the simple bud vase is perfect for a flower or two to... more
Once you've cleaned up your house inside and out, get rid of that worn out mat at the front door and replace it with one of these welcome mats. Not only is the perfect finishing touch for your freshly cleaned home, but it will help keep the dirt outside where it belongs. You don't have to go with the traditional straw mat either. Show your team support, proudly proclaim your family name, or... more
If you're tired of outdoor sports equipment or gardening tools cluttering your backyard, but don't have room for an oversized shed, the sturdy Suncast Garden Shed is a good solution. It's made to stand up to the weather and measures only 4 1/2 by 3 feet, so it will fit nicely in smaller backyards or serve as storage for spillover from the jam-packed garage. If you're so organized that you don't have backyard clutter,... more
No matter what you do to those cheap, stackable plastic chairs and tables, they never look good, don't last long, and they're rarely comfortable. Stop buying new ones each year and invest in some real patio furniture. These 3-piece sets are so much classier than their plastic counterparts, and your back yard will look good even if you don't mow the grass. In fact, these sets look good enough to be used inside, and... more
This is one of those little maintenance details it's easy to overlook, but regularly changing the air filter is good for you and for the furnace. We'll never compete with household divas who make their own cleaning supplies, but here's a tip to take the guesswork out of when it's time to change the filter. Buy a year's supply, write the month it's to be used, and stack them next to the furnace. Buying... more
Window treatments can be expensive, but that's no excuse for keeping those sad, pull-up blinds, especially if they're beige and look like they came from the supply house for cheap landlords. If you're décor is evolving, you may not be ready to commit to expensive curtains. Go with wood shutters, and you won't need to replace them when you get new furniture or paint the walls. Although we love the bare wood look, the... more