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I write about the happy things in life: pets, food, home, family, and gardening. I also cover history, rural life, and horses, and I'm the author of 10 books. Drop me a line at:

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5 Quick-Grow Veggies for Gardeners Who Can't Wait  - Above & Beyond

BY SAMANTHA JOHNSON | These exceptional “quick-grow” veggies that will jump-start your garden and propel you to harvest time in no time flat....

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Prep Now, Plant Later: Kick-Start the 2016 Gardening Season Now - Above & Beyond

February could be the perfect time to begin your gardening adventure by starting seeds indoors....

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Throw a Stocking Stuffer Party - Above & Beyond

A stocking stuffer party is a festive, low-key, laid-back way to spend time with friends during the hectic holiday season....

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Thanksgiving Table Linens: Cover All Your Options - Above & Beyond

As Thanksgiving approaches, we tend to focus our attention primarily on the people around our table and the food on top of it, but it’s just as important to pay attention to the table itself. Whether we realize it or not, table linens set the tone for the meal and...

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5 Reasons We Love Plaid - Above & Beyond

While it’s sometimes overshadowed by some of the other patterns and prints, plaid is truly one of the most attractive, unique designs in existence....

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Ways to Display Antique Family Photos — Above & Beyond

Your family photos are a form of décor that is distinctly yours, so keep those familiar faces prominently displayed for future generations to cherish....

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Easy-but-Elegant Tabletop Decor for Easter - Above & Beyond

You can have a sophisticated and splendid Easter holiday table with the latest spring decorating trends while still maintaining a simple style....

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Don’t Need But Want: Cozy Throws - Above & Beyond

Need some cozy throws to keep you warm while watching movies during the winter months? Here are a few of our favorites....

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3 Ways Humidifiers Make Winter Bearable - Above & Beyond (Bed Bath & Beyond)

Winter's air is tough on our skin; luckily, we have tools to combat this painfully dry atmosphere. Here are three ways humidifiers help make winter bearable...

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The Art of the Appetizer - Above & Beyond

Appetizers are an art worth mastering, but simplifying their prep can go a long way toward making an hors d’oeuvres party flow smoothly....

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Make Guests Feel Comfortable - Above & Beyond

Holidays bring families together, and what does all of that togetherness equal? Houseguests....

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Outdoor Decorating for the Holidays

Outdoor holiday décor sets the tone of season even before you open the front door; here's how to transform your outdoor space into a happy holiday oasis....

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Four New Uses for a Slow Cooker - Above & Beyond

Everyone knows you can make excellent one-dish meals in a Crock-Pot but there are more “unusual” (non-food) uses for slow cookers....

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Elegant Halloween Decor - Above & Beyond

Not everyone thinks that cobwebs, skulls, and spiders make attractive and inviting home decorations. Here are our tips for tasteful Halloween decor....

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Decorating with the Color Pumpkin - Above & Beyond

We explore some of the best ways to utilize pumpkin in autumn decorating and find out which colors are the most complementary choices....