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7 Tips to Brighten the Look of Your Cozy Outdoor Space

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A well-designed outdoor space can be as inviting and comfortable as a cozy living room. Whether it is a small balcony or an expansive garden, simple transformations can turn it into a warm retreat that’s big on style. Compact landscape designs, vertical gardens, and minimalistic dining nooks can change the mundane look of your backyard or patio to a luxurious outdoor space enveloped in fresh air. Here are a few tips to expand your home’s footprint in the simplest ways. Choose Compact and Bright Furniture Overcrowding the outdoor space with furniture may leave it looking cluttered. Instead, organize furniture, leaving...

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25 perfect gifts for people who love traveling

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— By clicking one of our links you're supporting our labs and our independence, as we may earn a small share of revenue. Recommendations are separate from any business incentives. Whether you're shopping for a frequent flier or a camping enthusiast, finding gifts for those who love to travel is all about focusing on utility and design. From a power bank that keeps their phones and cameras fully-charged to an e-reader that packs as many books as one could possibly read, these presents can mean the difference between an okay journey and an amazing one. We've rounded up the best gifts for travelers of...

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This Plant Stand From Amazon Transformed My Small Apartment - For Just $22!

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As someone who budgets around extreme San Francisco rent prices, daunting student loans, and then whatever money is left over for "fun," let's just say I don't get around to shopping for my apartment too often. Buying items for a home that I know is temporary is typically the last thing on my mind, especially when I'm a "freshman" in the workforce - SO much can change! However, when I do make a purchase? You can be damn sure that it's worth it. After looking at my snake plant one day, I decided its plastic pot needed to go, and...

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Shelters for Outside and Feral Cats

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by Karen Rose Smith Several years ago, we cared for a yellow tabby stray who came into our yard and seemed to want to stay.  We named him Lancelot because the first time we spotted him, he was protecting a kitten. We got him care and found out he had FIV.  He lasted through the summer. When he first began staying on our property, I wanted a protected place for him to nestle and we bought an igloo.  The following year another yellow tabby came to us.  We named him Sunnybud.  He stayed for three years until his FIV took...

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Our Favorite Christmas Traditions

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I think one of the best things weve ever bought for our family was buy a membership to meijer gardens in grand rapids. It has so many activities in the summer and in the winter provides a nice warm place to soak up some green plant life amongst the snow. It even has an awesome play place for otto to run around in and burn off some steam. We received an email earlier this month that they were having reindeer on the Saturdays leading up to Christmas. Otto is finally learning and understanding more about Santa Claus that we had...

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