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Cat’s pollinator garden with a canyon view

Cat’s pollinator garden with a canyon view

May 16, 2019 Three years ago my friend Cat Jones (check out her IG and blog) and her husband, Derrick, newly empty nesters, sold their house and Cat’s lovely garden and moved to a different home in their Steiner Ranch neighborhood, not to downsize but — fellow gardeners, can you relate? — to upsize their lot.
A canyon view in the backyard, perfect for summer sunset-watching, sold them on the house. Out front, Cat has been steadily turning the standard lawn with foundation shrubs into a beautiful pollinator garden with a low-profile evergreen backbone.
Cat is not afraid to take risks, like this Berkeley sedge and silver ponyfoot meadow in a sunny spot by the front door. She punctuates the green-and-silver combo with a rusty basin she’s turned into a tiny pond, complete with water lily and floating steel balls. With chocolate-spotted, fleshy leaves, a flowering ‘Macho Mocha’ mangave is the perfect companion.
Detail of the ‘Macho Mocha’ mangave flower spike
She says she didn’t plan t..

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The Perfect Outdoor Summer Patio

The Perfect Outdoor Summer Patio

When building a house, everyone wants to make sure that all parts are perfect. JeriKay Moujoodi of Farmhouse Love Interiors was able to put the finishing touches on her dream home by creating the perfect summer patio. Just in time for outdoor entertaining.

In 2017 we built our forever home in sweet home Alabama. We knew being new construction there were a lot of things we wanted to do as far as adding a few custom touches and also making the ultimate dream outdoor space. We have a very large area to work with and before I just had random tables everywhere that just didn’t look great. I wanted to make a space that is comfy, cozy and functions great with our family. With the amount of events I host at my house we want something that just screams “perfect oasis patio”! I am so thrilled that The Home Depot picked me to participate in the 2019 Patio Style Challenge!

The Home Depot is our go-to for all things DIY. We have been shopping at The Home Depot for many years along with buying sup..

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You Can Now Compost Your Loved Ones, Rather Than Bury Them in a Coffin, in Washington State

You Can Now Compost Your Loved Ones, Rather Than Bury Them in a Coffin, in Washington State

Traditional burial, in a coffin, takes a huge toll on the environment.
Every year Americans cut down 4 million acres of hardwood forest to bury our dead.
Once our bodies are “preserved” and sealed into wooden or metal caskets, they are buried in vast fields of granite tombstones, along with nearly a million gallons of formaldehyde per year.
These cemeteries or “memorial parks” — which together use up a million acres of otherwise fertile U.S. land — are typically covered in heavily watered and synthetically fertilized lawns.
Cremation, which shoots tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, isn’t much better.
But dying doesn’t have to harm the earth. Burying our bodies directly into the soil without any chemical preservatives would actually enrich it, as it has done for millions of years.
Unfortunately, this ancient, natural way of handling death doesn’t sit well with civilized people who are terrified of the thought of putting bodies directly into the earth and letting them deco..

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I Have Herpes: What I Wish I’d Known About Herpes Before My Diagnosis

I Have Herpes: What I Wish I’d Known About Herpes Before My Diagnosis

I was in fifth grade when I learned about sex for the first time in school. We were taught how babies are made, how to protect ourselves from pregnancy, and all about the dangers of sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Of course, I knew the gist of it because I had an older brother and two very open-minded parents, but this was the first time I’d had a sex education lesson. I was uncomfortable when my teachers talked about penises and vaginas.
You may also want to read this: When To Take Your Teenage Daughter To Her First Gynecologist Visit A few years later, as a freshman in high school, sex ed was a little more advanced. Rather than teaching us how babies are made, they focused more on the “being safe” aspect of sex. Talking about condoms and birth control and all the different kinds of sexually transmitted infections you can get if you are not safe. I cle..

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