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How to cut down your heating bills this winter

Did you get sticker-shock opening your first home-heating bill this year? Those initial late fall/early winter utility bills are an unfortunate reminder that the tiny gaps in your house or apartment are really little heat-sucking vampires costing you money.

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Caring for the Christmas cactus

As the Christmas season rolls around again, I fondly remember the large Christmas cactus that my mother had, and I always enjoyed its beauty especially around Christmas when it was in full bloom. This houseplant has been a favorite since Grandma or Great Grandma’s day. It’s not unusual for a single plant to be passed down from generation to generation because they’re long-lived and rather easy plants to grow. I always wondered how my mother got the Christmas cactus to come into full bloom during the holiday season. To me as a small boy, it was another miracle of Christmas, just like how did Santa get down our chimney when the fire was blazing without getting burned.

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On Gardening: Golden Berry hollies, dazzling in the winter landscape

This time of the year everyone is thinking of decking the halls with hollies and their colorful red berries, but you just may want to consider adding a touch of gold. Can you even imagine hollies with bright golden berries? These would show out in the landscape like small trees or shrubs adorned with a thousand little golden lights and the same for the mantle too! My preference, however, would be to see birds celebrating with a Christmas feast.

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Plumber: The ins and outs of toilet shopping

Q: Dear Ed: My wife and I have been toilet shopping for our master bathroom, and we've noticed that some toilets have smooth sides and some toilets have wavy sides with curves. What's the difference, and why would you choose one style toilet over the other?

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13 zero-cost ways to make your home feel fresh

There comes a time in the life of every busy person when a decor refresh becomes not only necessary but also imminent. That doesn't necessarily involve a full-blown remodel or decor overhaul, but just like any good spring-cleaning session, you sometimes need to roll up your sleeves to make your home feel new again. Are you hosting the holiday parties this year? Do you have guests staying over for a few days? Don't let your home show that you've been working 10-hour days every week and that your decor has suffered accordingly.

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Yardsmart: How to grow your own apothecary rose

As Rome declined in the wake of excesses, barbarians sacked the city. They destroyed the rose gardens of species brought from around the world as medicinal plants. Roman medicine and a love of rose flower scent sent placed them in great demand all over the city. Sadly those collections were lost with decline, their remnants surviving only in the abandoned Roman buildings that soon became monasteries. Monks kept the plants in continuous cultivation so many of the earliest we have are descendants of these rescued Old World roses.

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Hobbies: Make holiday memories last with DIY tree decor

If Halloween is a tribute to candy and costumes and Thanksgiving is all about food and football, how would you characterize Christmas? You could focus on Christmas cards, holiday parties or gifts, but I am all about the holiday decor. With Thanksgiving in the bag, it's time to forget about dressing the turkey and think about dressing the tree.

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Style at Home: Holiday table inspiration

Many of us have fabulous dining spaces in our homes ... that collect dust. It's time to fix that. This holiday season, and into the new year, resolve to fill your dining room with people you love, gathered together for good food and great conversation.

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