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Adjusting your thermostat might improve your thinking

You think best when the air temperature is at a level that makes you feel the most comfortable, new research suggests. More>>

Spring cleaning safety tips

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While doing their spring cleaning, families will use a wide range of products that can cause accidental poisonings, an expert says. More>>

Does housework count as exercise?

Most household chores can count toward your physical activity quota, but to really stay fit, you need to make sure you're getting your heart rate up. More>>

The best flowers to plant in spring

Spring is a favorite time of year for many people. The weather is warming up after the cold winter, trees are beginning to bud and spring plants are blooming with vibrant flowers. More>>

Dress up your house with wainscoting

Ever walked into a home and felt like it's just a little more classy than your average house? Chances are that sleek interior look was helped along by crown molding, or wainscoting. More>>

6 nifty ways to organize your laundry room

Is it time for a laundry room overhaul? To become an organization pro, here is some advice that works like magic. More>>

Seamless hardwood floor repairs

Old hardwood floors are enchanting. While they're easy to admire, they can be tricky to restore and repair for the very reasons that make them so desirable. More>>

Banish fruit flies, naturally!

No one wants to see a little cloud of insects hovering around the kitchen, darting in and out of the garbage, or making merry in the compost. Yet, even in a clean house, fruit flies can start to multiply in the warmer months. More>>

Gardeners, start your seedlings

Spring is springing, and it's finally time to start your seedlings for your garden. More>>

How to store food right

Before you set up a food storage system, plan ahead to anticipate basic safety needs. More>>

Taking pride in the nursery

Think ahead and design a room that will evolve with your baby as she grows. More>>

Your spring pruning guide

Are you scared of pruning? Lots of gardeners who are picking up the shears for the first time are definitely worried about making a mistake that will damage or even kill their plants. More>>

Deicing the safe way

With a cold, snowy winter lingering in many parts of the United States, many of you may be struggling with a perennial winter problem: an icy front walk.

The progression of a house fire

A few simple measures can radically reduce the risk of fires in the home. More>>

Growing a bee-friendly garden

Getting ready to pick up plants from the nursery this spring? Worried about bee deaths? You'd better think twice about the source of your plants. More>>

Dreaming of a new kitchen?

Thinking about remodeling the kitchen? Before you pick up the phone to call a contractor about the kitchen of your dreams, you have some things to think about.

7 unexpected uses for honey

Honey sure is great stuff. Bees may make it to provide nutrition to members of the hive, but we've been liberally "borrowing" it for centuries. More>>

Old wood stoves a costly way to keep warm

Although many people use indoor and outdoor wood heaters to save money on fuel costs, burning wood to stay warm during the cold winter months might not be cost-efficient, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. More>>

Who's the greenest floor of all?

Your choice of flooring isn't just an aesthetic decision, it's also an environmental one. More>>

5 naturally soothing scents

While we can’t always crawl into bed at any given hour in the day, we can surround ourselves with calming aromas at anytime. Here are five scents that have been proven to naturally soothe.

11 cool uses for jars

We all know that mason jars are super hip in home decor right now, but what about jars in general?

Could turning down the thermostat help you lose weight?

Could your warm and cozy home be hindering your weight-loss efforts? More>>

10 tips to go green in the laundry room

The EPA estimates that if Americans went green in the laundry room, they'd save three trillion gallons of water annually, along with over $18 billion per year.

Gardening for dummies

First things first: you don't need to be a green thumb to grow a garden More>>

Formal Valentine's Day decoration ideas for the dining room

Whether it will be a romantic meal for two, or a festive holiday banquet for a large group, Valentine's Day décor will enhance your dining room's holiday atmosphere. More>>

Ways you can beat household odors

A busy home with sealed-up windows can lead to stale, unpleasant odors. And the last thing that any host wants to hear is, "What's that smell?" More>>

Winter chores made easier - and safer

Cold weather sure does make household tasks pile up. Before you tackle your to-do list, chill out with these tips from injury-prevention experts. More>>

5 inspiring new year's resolutions you can keep

If the new year’s resolutions you’ve made already sound unrealistic, here are some new ones that you’ll actually be inspired to keep. More>>

How can you recycle your Christmas tree?

Before you settle for a Christmas tree collection service, consider one of these ways to repurpose and recycle your tree. More>>

Keep a germ-free home for the holidays

The holidays are all about opening your doors and welcoming friends and family. But along with hostess gifts, your guests may also bring sniffle-causing viruses and colds.

How to decorate your home like a winter wonderland

Creating a white winter wonderland in your home to celebrate the holiday season can add a sparkle to this festive time of year. More>>

Get your kitchen holiday party-ready

The most important prep step? Plan ahead.

Streamline your holiday schedule

When it comes to staying organized over the holidays, being realistic instead of holding yourself to some fictional standard goes a long way toward staying sane during December. More>>

Etiquette tips for surviving social awkwardness

Whether you’re attending a holiday party, wedding, business event or other celebration, you can sometimes find yourself in an awkward situation and wishing Miss Manners were by your side. More>>

Protecting your plants from frost

With November rapidly galloping towards a close, the nights are starting to get very, very chilly in many corners of the US. In some regions, frost is already on the ground. More>>

7 uses for candle stubs

What do you do with those little nubbins of wax that are too short to burn, but just large enough to make you feel guilty for tossing them? More>>

Smarten up your dumb house with Z-Wave Automation

If you're even moderately interested in DIY home automation, you've likely run across the name "Z-Wave" at some point.

Is a gas fireplace for you?

The crackle of flames in a fireplace is especially appealing this time of year. It conjures up images of lounging on comfortable furniture, drinking hot chocolate, and snuggling. More>>

8 unexpected uses for mustard

Mustard. This small, humble seed is used in cuisines the world over, from the sharp spicy mustard served with dim sum to the rich, seedy variety applied to sandwiches.

Eco-friendly mold removal tips

Few things are quite as unpleasant as uncovering a patch of mold.

Fall home makeover tips

Check out these predictions on the hottest house accessories for the season.


7 ways you haven't hurricane-proofed your home yet

Do these seven things now to protect your home and family.


When old wiring is dangerous, not quaint

Buying, and living in, an older home can be totally charming. But along with the quaint comes the antiquated. More>>

Straight talk on meat and dairy in the compost

There are a lot of questions surrounding compost, what you can put in it, and what you shouldn't toss in the compost bin. More>>

Halloween decoration ideas for the office

If you find yourself spending more time at your desk than on your couch, there's no reason you can't celebrate the Halloween season in your office, and use these fun and festive décor ideas to liven up your work space. More>>

Your guide to green lawn care

A lawn doesn't have to be an ecological disaster area with these tips. More>>

Using color to set the mood in your home

The use of color in a room can change it dramatically.

Make a small room seem bigger

Here are a few tricks that can make a small room seem more spacious More>>

14 great uses for salt

You might think of it primarily as that thing on the dinner table you use to add some flavor to your food, but the uses of salt extend far beyond that. More>>

7 laundry time savers

A national survey revealed that laundry ranks among our top three least favorite chores.

Make more money at your next garage sale

How do you bring in the buyers -- and get the most money for your attic treasures? More>>

A new twist on the Labor Day barbecue

Think Labor Day weekend is just another excuse for a barbecue?  Try celebrating the last days of summer in an all new way. More>>

10 mind-blowing baths

A hot bath can be just the thing, right? Most of us have to settle for pretty basic models if we even have room for a bathtub at all, but we're allowed to dare to dream. More>>

The "starter home" just got a lot bigger

According to the US Census Bureau, the average size of a home in the United States has grown by 50% in the last 40 years, even as households are actually 15% smaller. More>>

11 ways to keep your garbage down

If you pay for garbage service, getting that monthly bill can sting, especially with prices rising across the US in response to rising costs for handling fees. More>>

Top bathroom plumbing tips

In order to remove some of the mystery and trauma from common bathroom plumbing problems, we've rounded up the best of the bathroom plumbing articles that we've published into one handy post. More>>

Is your bed hot? How to sleep cooler

There are ways to have a tolerable night's sleep without air conditioning in one's bedroom. Here's how. More>>

6 flowers that smell like candy

Check out these top six picks for the most delectably-scented flowers you can find. More>>

Bathroom cleaning ideas without air contaminants

These DIY cleansers are air-friendly and get the job done. More>>

Reasons why plants don't produce fruit

While we hear stories about people's gardens producing so much zucchini that they fill neighbors' cars with it as a prank, an increasing number of gardeners are experiencing lower yields of fruits from their gardens. More>>

Basil: The perfect summer herb

Basil is the quintessential garden plant -- equally happy to sprawl out over the expanse of a walled-in plot or flourish in a box on the window sill. More>>

Bodacious tomato plant photos and growing tips

There is no feeling quite like eating a ripe tomato, fresh off the vine. Growing tomatoes isn't hard, but there are definitely some tricks to the trade. More>>

7 clever uses for old colanders

Colanders - also called strainers - offer especially excellent potential for creative repurposing. More>>

3 projects to do for your dad on Father's Day

Don't buy the tie! There's no need for your standard go-to Dad's Day gift this year. Try one of these simple projects as a Father's Day present. More>>

Red, white, and blue porch decor inspiration

July 4th is coming, and here are some great patriotic decor ideas for you. Fortunately, red, white, and blue look fantastic together. More>>

Best cheap tips for keeping your house cool

The dog days of summer are coming, and in some parts of the U.S. of A., they have already arrived. Here are some tips to help your house stay cool in the heat. More>>

Memorial Day games & activities for kids

Here are some active, outdoor games that are fun but simple to play; get ready to create summertime memories. More>>

5 germ hot spots you aren't cleaning

Here are five germ hot spots you're probably missing when you clean, and the most powerful tools to add to your cleaning arsenal today. More>>

Summer gardening guide

Summer is the time to freshen up the garden, pay careful attention to maintenance and enjoy the fruits of your labor. More>>

7 Mother's Day gifts for DIY moms

If you or your mom are DIY enthusiasts, here are seven Mother's Day gift ideas that she'll love. More>>

10 tips for organizing closets

If your average, bummer of a closet is ready for an overhaul, use these cheap and easy tips to whip it into shape. More>>

10 kitchen gadgets you probably don't need

There are many kitchen gadgets out there that claim to make your life simpler, but there might already be something in your kitchen that can do the same job. More>>

Tips for better green cleaning

Green cleaning is so popular. Every blogger is posting their "totally ah-may-zinggg" homemade cleaner recipe that involves three magical ingredients. More>>

Three new ways to decorate Easter eggs

Eggs have really come a long way, from shells that contain albumen and yolk, to a blog-worthy craft. More>>

St. Patrick’s Day history, traditions & facts

It's the day when being Irish or even just attempting a lyrical brogue will make you an honorary member of the Emerald Isle. More>>

Household uses for rubbing alcohol

Although it's not perfect for every cleaning job, rubbing alcohol is a fairly cheap and relatively environmentally-friendly solution to some tough cleaning challenges. More>>

Turn your bedroom into a getaway

Your master bedroom should be your oasis from the rest of the world. And yet it's often the last room in the house to get a good makeover. More>>

De-clutter your life -- and your mind

Even for those who are not hoarders, holding on to large quantities of unnecessary stuff can raise anxiety and lower well-being. More>>

The most dangerous spiders in your home

Venomous spiders can be dangerous to those who spend time outside. These spiders occasionally find their way inside home and can present a serious risk. More>>

Are electric blankets safe?

Most safety problems related to use of an electric blanket are preventable.

Top 5 ways to reuse a CD spindle

Being somewhat of a repurposing connoisseur myself, I got to thinking about those CD spindles, and wondering how they might be re-applied in our lives. More>>

Unique gift wrapping ideas

There's a wide world of ways to wrap a present. More>>

Vintage Christmas decorations

Holiday decorating goes through fashions and styles, and the tree you remember as if it was yesterday has become today's vintage look. More>>

BPA: Is there danger in your kitchen?

The toxic chemical BPA could be contaminating your containers, cans and more. Here's what to look out for. More>>

Fun election-themed foods

This election year, try looking at the first Tuesday in November as what it truly is – the Super Bowl of politics! More>>

Living room clutter busters

You can transform this room from the messiest area in your home to the organized, relaxing family haven you desire. More>>

10 air purifying plants for the home

It turns out that houseplants aren't just a great way to spruce up a room, they can freshen the air in a room as well. More>>

What is steampunk home decor?

Part history and part imagination, steampunk creates a futuristic "past that never was," combining classic antique clocks, gears, fabric and accessories with modern, edgy touches. More>>

This election year, why not throw a political party of your own

This election year Maker's Mark is backing The Cocktail Party, but if don't want to march under their banner here are a few ways you can throw a political party of your own. More>>

What to know before you hang a flat screen TV

If you've ever been to Graceland, you've undoubtedly seen the "TV room" with its three televisions built into the wall. More>>

24 surprising uses for coffee grounds

Coffee grounds have numerous uses around the house and in the garden. You can even use them in your beauty routine. More>>

8 ways to make your home healthier

Your house's air quality and the products you use every day can all have an effect on your health and that of your family. Here's how to make your home a safer and healthier place to live. More>>

Bluetooth device and iOS app ensure you never lose your keys again

The Kickstarter project vows that you'll never misplace your keys again by using a Bluetooth 4.0 device and iOS app to locate the lost item. More>>

How to plan a monster garage sale

A garage sale is a great way to bring in some extra cash, clear out clutter and do some good for the environment. More>>

The most dangerous animals in your backyard

Your backyard should be a safe haven for your family and pets, but there may be dangers hiding under your bushes. More>>

Five essential tips for designing your kitchen

It's the little things that warm a space most, not the appliances or the layout or the material of the countertops. More>>

How to build a tire swing

A tire swing hanging from a large tree is a tradition that is as American as hot dogs and apple pie. Here's how you can make your own. More>>

10 weird plants from around the world

Flowers with unexpected animal features? Masters of camouflage? Here are 10 weird and wacky plants that can be grown by any gardener. More>>

Hidden household cat poisons

While you assume your home is a safe and happy place, you may have some surprising things around that are toxic, and even fatal, to your cat. More>>

Spring cocktail party ideas & tips

Spring cocktail parties are the perfect way to welcome the new season, enjoy the warming weather and take advantage of the newly blooming landscape. More>>

Backyard barbecue ideas for Memorial Day

Hosting a backyard BBQ for Memorial Day is a great way to enjoy the warming weather, celebrate a time-honored tradition with friends and family, and try your hand at working that new grill. More>>

Spring-cleaning special: Allergy-proof your house

These simple steps will help you breathe easier at home in no time. More>>

Junk drawer no more

This spring, make a commitment to organize your junk drawer -- or drawers! More>>

How to repair a wooden dining table

Repairing a worn or damaged wood dining table is an easy weekend project that will have you entertaining in style. More>>

Guide to buying a kitchen faucet

With a flick of the wrist or a gentle touch, it enables food preparation, cleanliness or a drink of water in your home's busiest multipurpose room. More>>

How to weather-strip your front door

If you feel a draft around your front door, chances are you're wasting energy and throwing money away through leaks around the perimeter. More>>

How to decorate with apothecary jars

There are apothecary jars for every taste and budget, so start exploring the possibilities. More>>

Need to hang your flat screen TV?

Wall-mounting a flat screen plasma, LCD or LED television is a smart and aesthetic way to update a room and make TV viewing more comfortable. More>>

7 questions to answer before buying a new vanity

Simplify your search for the perfect bathroom vanity by first considering these options. More>>

How to mount a mirror in your bathroom

What's the best way to hang a bathroom mirror? The answer depends on what kind of bathroom mirror you'd like to mount, as mirrors are either framed or frameless. More>>

What are the best scented candles for every room?

Candles quickly create a soft, romantic ambiance when placed in any room, and can be used throughout the house as both décor and lighting. More>>

Winter bedroom design ideas

If you're feeling inspired by snow covered mountains, luxurious furs and rural woods, create a warm and comfortable winter bedroom design. More>>

The essential winter cleaning checklist

Use this checklist to make sure your home is ready for cozy nights and cooler temperatures. More>>

Outdoor winter party ideas

If you have great weather all year long, or even if you don't, try throwing an outdoor winter party this year, and celebrate the season surrounded by nature. With the right decorations, lighting and accessories, your winter party is sure to rival the best of summer BBQs. More>>

Winter pruning guide: Why you should prune each year

Pruning during the winter months can help improve your plants shape, form and growth. Think of winter pruning as preventive maintenance. More>>

Easy kitchen updates under $100

If your kitchen is sorely in need of a facelift and your budget is next to nothing, don't be discouraged. Your kitchen can get a whole new look for under $100. More>>

8 space-saving tips for a compact kitchen

By equipping yourself with an environment conducive to neatness and order, you will get into the habit of keeping your space clean. Here are a few tips to help you maximize space in your kitchen. More>>

How to organize your garage

Are you asking yourself "How did my garage get this way?" Here are some specific steps to help you organize your garage. More>>

Tips to protect your home from severe weather

When people think of winterizing their homes, most often their heating bills spring to mind - along with insulation and weather stripping. The winter months bring not only high energy bills, but also an increased chance of certain kinds of damage to your home and its contents. More>>

Guide to buying a dishwasher

Today's dishwashers come with a host of features and upgrades. Click through for tips on waht to consider when you're shopping for a new model. More>>

Guide to buying a high-efficiency washing machine

If you're in the market to buy a high-efficiency (HE) washer, join the crowd.  Here are nine things to consider before you buy a HE washer. More>>

Guide to buying a range

Whether you cook frequently or just once in a while, every kitchen needs a range; it's a necessity and a focal point in the heart of every home. But with so many types and models to choose from, how do you know which range to select? More>>

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