How to bring HOTEL CHIC home

Inspired by the interiors of boutique hotels around the world, author Sara Bliss wanted to share easy and affordable tips on how to bring that style home. More...

Andy Boyle turns humor into advice for 20-somethings

NEW YORK Andy Boyle isn’t a parent. He isn’t a child development researcher or a psychologist or any kind of expert, really. More...

How much should be expected of a spouse?

A wife’s perspective on life in the military

A few years ago, my husband, Dustin, was taking command of a military unit, which is the equivalent of becoming a small company’s CEO. More...

Four great plants to brighten up the house

Winter is tough on many gardeners, myself included. We need flowers blooming and plants to tend.  But many of us are not enthralled with standard houseplants because they are often fussy and, if overwatered, too easy to kill. More...

Happy Galentine’s Day!

... and thank you ‘Parks and Rec’

NEW YORK Move over Friendsgiving. Galentine’s Day is on the way. Designating Feb. More...

Salute New Orleans ... with spicy dish

With Mardi Gras fast approaching, I thought it might be fun to salute New Orleans’ cuisine by finding a new use for the city’s unique and far-famed Creole spice mix. More...

It’s not about the hair or other stuff

A wife’s perspective on life in the military

I have a distinct memory from around the time my writing career began in the early 2000s, and, strangely, it involves Greta Van Susteren.  More...

Hemlock and pine: Trees your birds need

Recently a blue jay turned to me and said, “Thanks, Henry, for planting those hemlocks and pine trees back in 1972.” Well, perhaps I’m presenting alternative facts here, but I know that the birds really do appreciate those trees. More...

Master training creates volunteers

Like gardening? Want to share your skills with your community or family? Master Gardener programs are creating an army of volunteers who contribute hours of stewardship.  More...

Amped-Up Beef Stroganoff is ideal dish

Primed to romance your certain someone on Valentine’s Day? Nothing says “I love you” more persuasively than a home-cooked meal. This one-pot noodle dish, a variation on Beef Stroganoff, is the ideal messenger.  More...

Is it time to start seedlings?

A reader, Vicki, wrote recently asking if it’s time to start Brussels sprouts indoors, and if so, how? No, it’s not time for them yet. But I will start a few things soon. Here are some tips. More...

My son hits the road ... alone!

A wife’s perspective on life in the military

My son, Ford, drove me to work on Friday morning. More...

Trying trailer homes

Buyers find they can save money — and face, too

When Mary Ann Ridenour and Bill Ridenour became empty nesters last year, their 3,200-square-foot home suddenly seemed superfluous.  As many couples at this stage of life do, the Ridenours decided to downsize. More...

Calorie counting Q&A

Restaurants, others pepper federal agency with food questions

NEW YORK   How might a bread basket for the table be counted under America’s new calorie posting rules? What about seasonal items, croutons for salads, or pizza that’s cut into squares?  More...

Life-size balloon ... creepy and endearing

A wife’s perspective on life in the military

We recently had a 5-foot, 10-inch stormtrooper living with us. He was well-proportioned, moved swiftly and held a blaster. Also, he was filled with helium, a decoration for Lindell’s 10th birthday. More...

12 good rules for gardeners

I do a lot of public speaking, and was recently asked to give a talk that put forth a list of “Commandments” for gardeners. Not wanting to sound pretentious, I decided that 12 rules sounded better than 10 commandments. More...

Using yellow well

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Gorgeous shades of yellow have become increasingly popular in home decor, a trend that seems set to continue in the coming year. More...

Hygge ... This winter’s hottest trend has its heart in the home

Search the term online and nearly 10 million results roll in. It’s being touted by this winter’s shelter magazines, decor retailers and lifestyle mavens. What’s so huge? It’s hygge. More...

Michelle Obama and her garden

I recently was reorganizing my gardening books and came across a great book by Michelle Obama — “American Grown: The Story of the White House Kitchen Garden and Gardens Across America” (Crown Publishers, 2012). More...

If ’50s women trapped, so are we

A wife’s perspective on life in the military

I recently read a post on Mental Floss titled “Selling Shame: 40 Outrageous Vintage Ads Any Woman Would Find Offensive,” and what amazed me more than the almost overwhelming collection of startling ad copy (“If men ‘hate the s More...