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Yardsmart: How to pressure wash for plant health

All over the West, drought-ravaged gardens are coming back to life. The rain alone is pushing a banner growth year in the wild and in gardens, but many of the longer lived plants may need special attention. The new growth will be a huge lure for all the tiny bugs that seem to show up overnight, suddenly there as if by magic. That is the consequence of years when weather is unusual: The bugs get unusual, too.

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Painting your bathroom this color increases your home's value by $5,440

Color psychology probably doesn't affect your life on a day-to-day basis – until you're trying to sell your home, that is. The color of your walls can actually raise or lower the value of your property, a dollar amount that changes annually along with the year's color trends. Zillow recently examined over 32,000 photos of sold homes around the country, dissecting how certain colors impact their closing price. While some of the don'ts from 2016 still stand, 2017 has ushered in brand-new swatches of profitable paint colors. Here are the dos and don'ts of paint colors in 2017, as originally reported by MarketWatch.

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Style at Home: A family Fourth of July

Sometimes you don't have to travel very far to get that refreshed, just-been-on vacation feeling. That's how it was the first time I had dinner at Sandy's cottage on the lake. Even though it's just a stone's throw from the city, spending the evening at this family's weekend retreat gave me the same reboot power as a long weekend away.

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Commencement advice for the Class of 2017: Community, courage, and connection

Commencement advice to the class of 2017 came from comedians, politicians, media moguls and songwriters. Each of speaker had wisdom and jokes to encourage the graduates. Among the most repeated themes were the importance of community, taking on fears with courage, and staying connected to make a change in the world.
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Commencement advice for the Class of 2017: Community, courage, and connection

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Dad customizes kids' cars to the Mad Max

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Vaccines by the Numbers: A public health achievement