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8 smart home gadgets that make life so much easier

If you think about it, there are a lot of little annoyances that we put up with every single day. The smoke detector battery beeping because it’s …

Home Automation

These are first 7 Alexa skills you should enable

After you take the time to set up your new Alexa speaker, explore some of its topical features, and find other ways it can help you through the day, digging into third-party skills is the next logical step.<p>But the world of Alexa skills can be daunting. There are so many to choose from, it can be …

Smart Homes

11 Common Plants You Should Never (Ever!) Bring Home from the Nursery Again

Avoid these invasive, disease-prone, foul-smelling, and just plain tacky plants.<p>Taking a trip to the plant nursery is all about preparation. Arriving …

grumpy

How to Pick the Perfect Paint Color

Take your furniture and light into consideration.<p>Picking the right color(s) for your home can be an overwhelming task—there are so many swatches and color chips to choose from!<p>To help you keep your sanity, and find the perfect hue for your home, we sought out advice from various color experts on …

Home Decorating

The Proper Way to Teach Kids to Introduce Themselves, According to an Etiquette Expert

For a Southern mama, there are few better compliments than, “Oh, your children are so well-behaved and polite!” Around here, where good manners are …

How to Teach a Kid to Float

Floating is the first skill every kid should master in the water. Here's how.<p>Floating can be scary for kids. It means letting go of the ladder, the …

Listen Up: A Mom Shares the 7 Best Parenting Podcasts

As with most of us, Amy Parker Anderson's time is of the essence. She works at Warby Parker and is the creator of the lifestyle site Parker Etc. She …

This Paver Patio Base Will Save Your Back

Plastic panels eliminate TONS of labor.<p><b>Pavers:</b> The top layer will be the pavers of your choice.<p><b>Paver Base Panel:</b> Lightweight panels spread the load …

Raising Kids Who Want To Read — Even During The Summer

<i>This piece combines two interviews from 2015 and 2016</i>.<p>You sneak them into backpacks and let them commingle with the video games (hoping some of the latter's appeal will rub off). You lay them around the kids' beds like stepping stones through the Slough of Despond and, for good measure, Vitamix …

Kids

The Unexpected, Yet Totally Natural, Way to Repel Mosquitoes

I live in a one bedroom "garden" apartment, which means that I get to have my own front door, porch, and small strip of flower bed. The only downside?<p>…

13 Things You Should Never Do To Your Lawn

Whether you have a green thumb or not, it’s easy to maintain a blissful, barefoot-worthy backyard. For starters, avoid these 13 no-nos.<p>Leaving grass …

Paint Your House This Color and It Could Sell for Almost $5,000 More

Originally published by Real Simple<p>It’s true that it’s a seller’s market out there, especially with reports that this year is one of the most …

5 baking soda hacks to keep your laundry smelling super fresh

As the buzz around multi-tasking ingredients and pantry-staples hacks reaches an audible roar, happy news: Another ingredient is about to join the …

Cleaning

How to Give Your Home Positive Energy with Flowers & Plants

Has the season's unpredictable weather have you feeling gloomy or unmotivated lately? Does your home feel stale, uninspiring? If you've been in a rut of any kind, we're here to share one way to bring some positive energy into your home, stat―and it might be as simple as taking a trip to your local …

Your Middle School Kid

Middle school is an exciting time for a child and for the parents. Middle school students are on their way to becoming independent, developing their …

Want to Raise a Creative Child? Here's How

Too often, society and the educational system overlook creativity in favor of academic achievement. But a creative child can change the world — and …

What Kind Of Parent Are You: Carpenter Or Gardener?

There are two kinds of parents in modern America, says Alison Gopnik in her recent book, The Gardener and the Carpenter.<p><b>About 'How To Raise A Human'</b><p>Does raising kids have to be stressful? Is it really dangerous for babies to sleep with mom? Do chores have to be a fight? Over the next month, NPR …

Parenting

This Plant Will “Bring” You Money – Have You Heard of It?

Do you love plants? If yes, then please read on. Plants are awesome – they will purify the air in your home, protect you from dust, radiation, …

10 Mosquito Repelling Plants to Keep You Safe this Summer

Did you know that only the female mosquito bites? Let that sink in for a second. As much as we all get eaten alive each summer by pesky mosquito …

6 Money-Saving Car Accessories Everybody Should Have – Yes, Even You

It’s okay, we get it: There are plenty of people for whom the car is simply a conveyance of necessity—a vessel, not a ride. Yours will not be pimped …

The 10 Best Plants for Your Bedroom

Our bedrooms are meant to be our havens, but the chemicals within disrupt this peaceful zone where we go to recharge our batteries. Formaldehyde from …

Plants

5 Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Real Estate Agent to Sell Your Home

Ready to unload your property? Here's how to find the right professional to help you.<p>Whether you want to relocate for work, downsize, or get more …

Real Estate

Mosquito Repellent: 5 Flowers and Herbs to Keep Pests Away

Mosquito repellent plants are garden heroes: colorful flowers and herbs with natural fragrances that chase away buzzing insects even as their …

These Houseplants Will Bring All The Good Vibes

• Grazia<br>• Life<br>• Home<p>by Jazmin Kopotsha | 15 04 2018<p>Because sometimes you need a horticultural hand achieving your zen<p>Houseplants can do lots of things …

Plants

How to wash your car properly to protect the paint – and add value

It used to be the weekend ritual – as much a part of the routine as mowing the lawn and a Sunday roast. Now washing the car has virtually disappeared off our driveways - consigned to the metal dustbin of nostalgia with Chopper bikes and glass milk bottles.<p>Back in the Seventies and Eighties, …

6 furniture and home decor sites that let you see what furniture will look like in your room before you buy it

<i>The Insider Picks team writes about stuff we think you'll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships, so we get a share of the revenue from your purchase.</i><p>I'd like to hope that this blue couch will be a good addition to my room, but it's honestly hard to tell without using Target's Virtual …

Furniture

Here’s How to Get Great Image Quality with the Old Camera You Already Own (VIDEO)

Most photographers would love to upgrade their camera every time an innovative new model with enhanced capabilities is introduced. But let’s face it: …

37 Things Under $10 That'll Make Your Life So Much Easier

Cheap buys to take care of the little but not-so-fun things in life.<p><i>We hope you love the products we recommend! Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales from the links on this page. Oh, and FYI — prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.</i><p><i>Reviews have been</i> …

Considering a Polished Concrete Floor? Here’s What You Should Know

Polished concrete is an increasingly popular and versatile flooring option when it comes to interior design. Anyone looking for a unique floor that …