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Ellen's Blog Home Improvement Ideas & Quick Tips Practical Tips For the Home Remodeling

4 Tips for Avoiding Remodeling Headaches and Mistakes

Some of my neighbors installed a new type of insulation a few years ago, and their contractor assured them that he knew what he was doing.  Unfortunately, he didn’t:  He …

Housekeeping Ideas & Quick Tips Kitchen Practical Tips For the Home

Citrus Rinds to Freshen the Disposal

Don’t toss citrus rinds in the trash. Instead, toss them into the garbage disposal for a fresh scent.

Home Decor Ideas & Quick Tips Practical Tips For the Home

Fresh Flowers Help Make You Happy

Research shows that having a fresh bouquet of flowers in your home can make you happier and energetic. Add fresh flowers by the bed for a bright wake-up!

Holiday Ideas & Quick Tips Landscaping & Gardening Practical Tips For the Home

Keep Poinsettias for the Following Year

To keep your poinsettias for next holiday, continue feeding them through the spring and summer. In late September, place the plant where it will receive bright light during the day …

Ellen's Blog Home Decor Ideas & Quick Tips Parties Practical Tips For the Home Recycling

Host a Décor Swap to Revitalize Your Home

I keep hearing about people who do “purse swap” or “jewelry swap” parties, and it’s got me thinking: Why not have a home décor swapping party? We all have accessories …

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10 Tips for Keeping Your Home Party Ready

If you’re a person who breaks out in a cold sweat just thinking about hosting a party, take heart. There are lots of easy time- and effort-saving ideas that will …

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Gardening in the Winter Months

Ensuring that your plants survive the winter not only saves you the cost of replacing them come spring, but also it often gives you a healthier, more mature-looking garden. I’ve …