Crystal Dobson Lutz

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8 Succulents That Make Pretty, Easy-Care Ground Covers

These low-growing succulents create interest in the drought-tolerant garden.<p>Brought to you by<p>Succulents, with their interesting shapes and colors, …

8 Simple Ways Happy Couples Stay Happy

Love is obviously a hot and tricky topic, and while we can all agree good love takes time and effort, love seems to fall apart quickly when the ball is dropped and laziness creeps in.<p>Here are eight things happy couples do to keep that from happening:<p><b>1. They deal with past pain.</b><p>This one is a biggie. …

What's a Normal Portion Size?

We tend to eat what's on our plate. Most of us have a hard time stopping at satiety or assessing caloric count; we therefore rely on outside cues and eat the unit offered, believing that that unit is what normal people eat.<p>So restaurants influence how much we'll eat just by deciding the serving …

38 Simple Food Swaps That Could Change Your Life

This list makes it almost too easy for you to get healthier.<p><i>By Laura Schwecherl for Greatist</i><p>Whole grains for white, quality for quantity, Wii Fit for Mario Kart—just one smart swap can pave the way to a healthier and happier life. So we decided to go all out and provide 38 "this for that's." Now …

Healthy Eating

Be Your Own Personal Trainer: 4 Tips for Strength Training On Your Own

How to maximize muscle-building time—no giant trainer bill required<p>Six weeks ago, I decided I was ready to inch away from the cardio equipment and pump some iron. I signed up for my gym's six-week training camp program, ETC, so I could tone up and build up my strength-training self-confidence. (You …

Exercise

Q&A: Can Water Really Help You Lose Weight?

We asked experts if drinking H20 can affect the number on the scale.<p><b>The question:</b> I've heard the rumor that you should drink water to lose weight. But can simple H20 <i>really</i> help you shed pounds? It sounds too good to be true.<p><b>The experts:</b> Brooke Alpert, R.D., founder of B Nutritious, and Keri …

Weight Loss

House of Sand and Fog

• <b>Author:</b> Andre Dubus III<p>The National Book Award finalist, Oprah Book Club pick, #1 New York Times bestseller and basis for the Oscar-nominated motion picture.<br>A former colonel in the Iranian Air Force yearns to restore his family's dignity. A recovering alcoholic and addict down on her luck struggles …

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Clothing

Lavender Scented Cleaning Spray

How does a lavender scented cleaning spray sound?<p>About six years ago I decided I wanted a natural product to clean with.<p>Something made using …

The Twelve Tribes of Hattie (Oprah's Book Club 2.0 Digital Edition)

• <b>Author:</b> Ayana Mathis<p><b>The newest Oprah’s Book Club 2.0 selection: this special eBook edition of The Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis features exclusive content, including Oprah’s personal notes highlighted within the text, and a reading group guide.</b> <br>The arrival of a major new voice in …

I Know This Much Is True

• <b>Author:</b> Wally Lamb<p>With his stunning debut novel, She's Come Undone, Wally Lamb won the adulation of critics and readers with his mesmerizing tale of one woman's painful yet triumphant journey of self-discovery. Now, this brilliantly talented writer returns with I Know This Much Is True, a …

Kensal Rising Fabric

Kensal Rising is the first in a series of fabrics designed for St. Jude’s by Old Town – well known for their classic British workwear.<p>The design is a …

North London

Gardening 101: How to Root Herbs in Water

Rooting herbs in water is so easy to do that the first time it happened to me was a surprise. A friend brought me a housewarming gift–a bouquet of …

Gardening

What's wrong with an ugly winter garden?

I have spent a long time berating myself about my ugly winter garden. If only I was better, if only it were prettier; if only I were prettier... and so it goes on. I think that if only some of these things were true, then I'd go out into a winter wonderland rather than just picking my way through …

What to do in the garden this week: cut back clematis

Our handy weekly list of top gardening tasks. This week: clematis cutback and stop the slugs<p><b>Stop the slugs</b><p><b>Delphiniums</b>, <b>brunnera</b> and <b>hemerocallis</b> will benefit from a dressing of grit or <b>SlugGone</b>. Use as a top-dressing for pots of <b>hostas</b>, too.<p><b>Time to prune</b><p>Prune <b>rugosa roses</b>, taking out the oldest shoots …