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Why tinsel and Seventies tat is the height of cool this Christmas

It was once an integral part of Christmas. Yet, long ago, tinsel was dismissed as irredeemably naff. Too brash, too sparkly, too Bet Lynch; it had no place on our tasteful Nordmann Fir decked in Scandi-chic wooden decorations, thank you very much.<p>But now, the sparkly stuff is back as part of the …

10 genius products you can buy on Amazon that will completely change the vibe of your house

You’ve done your summer cleaning and now you’re in the process of doing some redecorating for fall. But as anyone who has attempted redecorating can …

The London train explosion is the latest of 5 terror incidents in 2017 in the UK

<b>(CNN) —</b> The blast of an improvised bomb Friday on a London Underground train brings the number of terror incidents in the United Kingdom this year to at least five.<p>The explosion, which injured more than two dozen people during the morning rush, is being treated as terrorism, London's Metropolitan …

Extremism

Garden Hacks: 10 Ideas for Privacy Screens

A privacy screen is one of our favorite garden hacks. Fixed or portable, partitions with slats, grids, lattices, and translucent fabrics will block …

9 cool ideas for creating shade

Made in the shade<p>Spending time outside is generally good for you, even if you're just lazily lounging in your own backyard. The sun can also be a …

Gardening

To be a creativity machine, arrange your time and tasks according to these seven categories

Art is hard. Creative insights are hard to predict, and just when it gets difficult, your mind immediately jumps to a distraction: something easier to do, an excuse, a scapegoat.<p>To get the most out of your creative energy, carve out space for creative work. To make that space, you need to make …

Gardening 101: Lemon Verbena

Lemon Verbena, <i>Aloysia citrodora</i>: “Tea Master”<p>I am a voracious tea drinker. And I love making my own combinations of different herbs, like some sort …

Gardening 101: Sorrel

Sorrel, <i>Rumex</i>: “Sour Lettuce”<p>Please don’t be intimidated by the fact that “sorrel” derives from the French word for “sour.” I have picky kids in my …

17 signs you're obsessed with your garden

<b>Gardening is a lovely way to spend a sunny afternoon as you potter away between your roses and peonies. But for those of us who love our gardens,</b> …

Gardening

The 8 Most Heartbreaking Moments in HBO’s Princess Diana Documentary

Princes William and Harry open up once—and only once—about their beloved mother, Princess Diana.<p>To celebrate Princess Diana on the 20th anniversary of her tragic death, her sons <b>Princes William and Harry</b> have done something they’ve already vowed to never do again—publicly share their personal …

Cindy Crawford

A Beginner’s Guide To Saving Seeds From Your Favorite Vegetables

Everything you need to know to get a repeat performance of your favorite edibles next year without ever buying new seeds again.<p>If left to them their …

Gardening

Alan Titchmarsh: How to keep a perfect pond

Alan Titchmarsh says that now is the time to clear out the weeds and keep your pond in top condition – and you can even get the grandchildren to help …

22 Useful Tips And Tricks For Anyone Living In A Small Space

Because you need room to breathe and stretch your limbs once in a while.<p><i>Reviews here have been edited for length and/or clarity.</i>

Boy, five, is 'youngest person in Britain' investigated by police for sexting

A boy aged just five is believed to have become the youngest person in Britain to be investigated by police for allegedly sexting.<p>The child and his parents were spoken to by officers after he took an intimate picture of himself and sent it to another child on an iPad, it has emerged.<p>The number of …

Raw Diamonds Are the Next Big Trend for Engagement Rings

And we can see why!<p>When it comes to engagement rings, more and more brides are looking for designs that are unique and one-of-a-kind. That's why colorful gems were a huge trend this past year. And now, a new stunning style is taking over: raw diamonds. These rings embrace the rough, natural texture …

Jewelry

What to plant in tiny spaces to help bees and butterflies thrive

Every centimetre planted with the right flowers counts when helping pollinators<p>The loss of flower-rich habitat since the 1930s has taken its toll on our pollinators, but thoughtful planting of a plot even the area of the page that you are reading can make a world of difference to a bee. That may …

Gardening

What I Learned from My Mother's Suicide

For years I blamed myself. Now I'm grateful.<p>I was 13 years old when I first realized that my mother did not want to live. One night during spring break of eighth grade, I woke to the dog barking and red and yellow lights splashing across the walls. When I peered out my window into the darkness, I …

Ways to Get More Blooms From Your Roses

Roses can be finicky plants, but you can maximize the blooming potential of your roses by following the basic tenets of rose culture and maintenance. …

Gardening

18 Recipes for Eating Well (and Feeling Strong!) During Ramadan

Muslims around the world look forward to the month of Ramadan, a time within the holy calendar not only to restrict yourself from food and drink from sunup to sundown, but also to reflect and refocus. For 30 days, we get up before the sunrise for a meal and the first prayer of the day, and fast …

4 ways tech can help you grow the garden of your dreams this summer

<i>— Our editors review and recommend products to help you buy the stuff you need. If you make a purchase by clicking one of our links, we may earn a small share of the revenue. Our picks and opinions are independent from USA TODAY's newsroom and any business incentives.</i><p>I like plants a lot, but the …

Gardening

Lasagna Gardening

Lasagna gardening is a no-dig, no-till organic gardening method that results in rich, fluffy soil with very little work from the gardener. The name …

Container Gardening: Sarah Raven’s 7 Tips for Perfect Flower Pots

Perfecting the art of container gardening is no mean feat but Sarah Raven, the Sussex-based author, grower, cook, and lifestyle guru, has built a …

Gardening

When and how often should you apply plant fertilizer: Dan Gill's mailbag | NOLA.com

<b>QUESTION:</b> I'm trying to decide when to fertilize the many different kinds of plants in my landscape. I don't know when to start fertilizing or when I …

Gardening

Tate Britain could be our greatest museum – if it only loved its treasures

Its current displays aren’t just terrible. They turn the story of British art into one long joyless slog through brown and grey sludge. The proposed rehang won’t fix that<p>In its 17 years of existence, Tate Britain has practically killed British art history. Drawn from the biggest collection of …

Museums

Tickproof Your Yard Without Spraying

This year is expected to be one of the worst on record for ticks, and not just in the Northeast. At least one variety of disease-transmitting tick …

Disease

Dealing with Rose Diseases

Roses have a reputation for getting all kinds of diseases. While modern roses are a lot less prone to problems than the tea roses favored not so long …

Gardening

Angelina Jolie Dating After Brad Pitt Split? The Truth About Her Rumored Lover

Single and ready to mingle! Angelina Jolie is back on the market after her split from Brad Pitt, so is the stunner looking for romance? …

Tiffany & Co's new City Hardwear collection: voluptuous yet tough, as modelled by Lady Gaga

There are few brands that spark such a range of associations as Tiffany & Co. For some, that instantly recognisable robin’s-egg blue conjures up nostalgia for the Return to Tiffany heart-shaped padlock they treasured as a teenager; for others it’s immediately associated with their engagement ring; …

Jewelry

Labour candidates complain Jeremy Corbyn is 'radioactive' on the doorstep as voters head to the polls

Labour's local election candidates have complained they could lose council seats today because Jeremy Corbyn is "radioactive" on the doorstep.<p>The Labour leader is facing major loses across the country as voters head to the polls to vote in the local and mayoral elections.<p>Electoral forecasts …

United Kingdom

Indonesian navy fires on Chinese fishing boat, injuring one, Beijing claims

An Indonesian naval vessel has fired on a Chinese fishing boat, injuring one person, according to China’s foreign ministry.<p>The incident is the third reported confrontation between the two nations this year as regional tensions mount in the South China Sea.<p>South China Sea: Indonesia summons Chinese …

China