Life & Lifestyle

Gardening

Enhance Your Landscape with Tropical Plants

Brighten your landscape with tropical plants, which naturally thrive in hot, humid, shady climates. Plant them in the ground or in containers in the landscape (not just on the patio). Most prefer shade, but some …

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Earthing Barefoot

Earthing: Barefoot Benefits

As a little girl growing up in the Midwest, I hated wearing shoes outdoors. I guess I couldn’t get enough of that total sense of freedom. Now, even as an adult, I still love going …

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Travel

Lake of the Ozarks: A Perfect Vacation Spot

Planning a summer escape from the Texas heat? An eight-hour drive from Dallas, Lake of the Ozarks is a great warm-weather destination where the entire family can relax, unwind, and immerse in nature. Tucked into …

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Winter Driving Tips

Baby, it’s cold outside, and Dallas and Fort Worth roads are slick. The hazards created by winter weather make it difficult to safely operate a vehicle, even for the most experienced drivers. If you do …

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Technology

Getting Testy, Aren’t We?

I so wanted to write an April Fool’s Day column. But I know my wife would scowl at me for teaching people how to pull mean pranks, so writing how putting clear tape over the …

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It’s a Phone. It’s a Camera. It’s iPhoneography!

Above photo: ‘To Catch a Butterfly’© Rita Colantonio’  | www.theappwhisperer.com ~  Yes, it’s a real thing. The Apple-enhanced call it iPhoneography. The Android-possessed call it smartphone or mobile street photography. For a growing number of …

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Pets

How Pets Boost Your Brain Power

Pets can boost our brain power? Yes, please! Dr. Tiffany Braley, an associate professor of neurology at the University of Michigan, found evidence suggesting pet ownership could be helpful in the fight against cognitive decline. …

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Pets — They Do Your Mind and Body Good

I joke I’m the waitress and housekeeper for two cats and a senior terrier mix always on the hunt for her next meal. They landed in shelters after living on the streets, but now share …

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Local Dog Parks for Your Fur Babies

Your one-stop directory of all the dog parks in the Dallas Fort Worth area.

Horoscopes

May & June Horoscopes

Spring Is Here, and Summer Is on the Horizon Enjoy your horoscope for the lovely months of May and June Illustrations by Jess Hock ~  ARIES (March 21–April 20) Love is on the menu for …

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March & April Horoscopes

Illustrations by Jess Hock ~  ARIES (March 21–April 20) April Fool’s Day won’t fool any of you fast-talking, fast-acting Fire Babies! You’re on it, and so help those who try to pull the wool over …

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Organizer Coach

Who has the Messiest Garage in DFW?

Calling all homeowners who have too much stuff! The DFW Chapter of the National Association of Productivity & Organizing Professionals (NAPO) has the answer for one lucky homeowner to help with the dreaded garage cleanup. …

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Decluttering Donate, Keep and Sell Boxes

The Benefits of Decluttering Your Space

You’ve probably already heard of Marie Kondo’s system of decluttering and downsizing: If something isn’t useful or doesn’t spark joy, it needs to go — after thanking it for its service, of course. The emotional …

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FASHION

Refresh Your Makeup Bag

The beauty products you need for spring and summer. When it comes to spring cleaning, we often forget our makeup bag needs as much love as our closet. As the weather warms, our beauty routines …

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Step Out in Style with These Spring Shoes

As you start your spring cleaning, make room in your closet for the shoe styles sure to put a spring in your step. Strappy Sandals  When it comes to sandals, the more straps, the better. …

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