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Although Chiffon margarine touted in a 1970s television ad campaign, "It's not nice to fool Mother Nature," Berkshire and Southern Vermont green thumbs can trick the ole gal into having an early spring — at least indoors. more
When it comes to Easter eggs, dipping them in dye is fine, but for a more decorative and longer-lasting result, try decoupage.I tried three DIY techniques for adding colors and patterns to eggs using decoupage glue — Mod Podge is a popular … more
I often hear disparaging comments about the word etiquette.For example, "etiquette is only for stuck up people, etiquette is old fashioned, etiquette does not belong in schools," or more discouraging, "etiquette is class-based." Even a friend … more
NEW YORK — With Easter coming up it's time to start plotting how to best your kid baskets from last year.Some ideas:GET CREATIVE WITH POPCORNIs there anything more versatile than popcorn?You can chocofy it, caramelize it or dye it in your … more
"Executive orders" — everyone seems to be talking about them these days, but how many of us really understand how they work?"They can be kind of this weird thing that's kind of vaguely defined in the Constitution under Article 2," says Eliana … more
Designer and blogger Monica Mangin, host of "The Weekender," a home-renovation Web series by Lowe's, joined staff writer Jura Koncius last week on The Washington Post's Home Front online chat. Here is an edited excerpt.Q: I am … more
You've found the perfect new home for your family, but your current house hasn't sold yet. You can't afford to carry two mortgages, or maybe you were counting on money from your sale to help with the down payment and closing costs. more
WASHINGTON — On Facebook, 210 friends "liked" the wedding announcement of Zita de Pooter and Jeremy Meek. Almost immediately, the good wishes began pouring in.Congratz!Good Looking couple!Wowowow!But offline, no one attended the … more
Forget about keeping up with the Joneses. This time of year you want your house to be as crummy as possible. Why? Because it's property tax assessment time, which means it's also assessment appeal time. And if you can successfully argue that your … more
A set of little wings. Ceramic fountains. Tiny versions of ornate cottages and brick walkways fit for the English countryside. These are just some of the whimsical decorations that adorn fairy gardens. When such miniature decorations are paired with … more
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