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Why radical homemaking makes sense

As incomes drop or disappear due to the financial fallout from the coronavirus, many of us who were already spending more time at home will realize that soon we won’t be able to afford going out at all. Baking, gardening,…

How much should we worry about pyrethrins and pyrethroids?

The problem with pesticides is that they can be dangerous to more than the pests they’re targeting. You’ve likely heard of pyrethrins and pyrethroids. They are types of pesticides specifically used to wipe out insects. Pyrethrins are botanical insecticides derived…

How an indoor fountain can help you relax

A tabletop fountain is an easy way to create a relaxing indoor space. (Photo: FotoHelin/Shutterstock) You may have wondered why a lot of doctor’s and dentist’s offices have fish tanks. While fish are fun and distracting to look at, it’s…

Why we're all paranoid about porch pirates

If it hasn’t happened to you, you’re likely worried about it happening. You definitely know it’s occurred in the neighborhood. Though the holiday season is a time of good tidings and cheer, it’s also prime time for porch pirates. They…

How to recycle your Christmas lights

It doesn’t feel right to put Christmas lights in a trash can. Maybe they’ve stopped working, or maybe you’re replacing incandescent lights with safer, more energy-efficient LEDs. In any case, after brightening so many holiday seasons over the years, it…

When is it 'too soon' to decorate for Christmas?

Thanksgiving still may be a few weeks away, but for one Texas family, the holiday season is already in full swing. Claudia and Nick Simonis of San Antonio decided to put up a few Christmas decorations at their home in…

A Fourth of July to remember

Wondering what “Atlanta to Appalachia” is all about? It’s part of an occasional series about life in the wilds of West Virginia through the eyes of a couple who never dreamed they’d love it there. Read previous installments here. *…

How to get rid of roaches naturally

You can keep cockroaches out of your home without toxic chemicals. It just takes some time and creativity. (Photo: paween/Shutterstock) When you see roaches in your house, your first thought might be to grab a bottle of insecticide or to…

How to kill bedbugs

Ants are painful, cockroaches are unsanitary, but bedbugs are just plain gross. That’s reason enough to want to rid your home of them. They were almost exterminated from North America years ago because of insecticides that we no longer use….