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    One of the highlights of summer for any home cook is the ability to run out to the garden -- rather than the supermarket -- to gather fresh herbs. But just because the seasons change doesn't mean you have to say good-bye to your beloved backyard bounty of herbs and spices

    Planting an herbilicious garden indoors is not only easy, fun, and flavorful, but also it can save you from spending a bundle at the grocery store or farmers' market. Getting going, or growing, is simpler than you might think. Start by picking up planters, potting soil, and some seeds. Or get a head start by choosing already-mature healthy plants. 

    Even if you're short on space, don't worry: Some herbs make fine "roommates" and can be planted in the same pot. You'll find that basil, parsley, thyme, sage, chives, oregano, and rosemary will be happy house guests long after summer has ended if you follow these three tips for growing herbs inside:

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    You've heard composting will save the world -- or will save us all from our garbage and feed our gardens, anyway. But isn't it smelly? Doesn't it attract pests? Isn't it just a complicated hassle for hippies? Well, maybe I'm kind of a hippie, but I've been composting for over a decade. And if a flake like me can do it right, anyone can. It's actually easier than you think.

    Here are 7 tips for turning your kitchen scraps into a rich, nutrient-dense fertilizer your garden will love.

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    There is almost nothing in the world more frustrating than stepping out of a perfect shower only to find that your bathroom mirror is completely fogged. Okay, so that might be a SLIGHT exaggeration. Mirror fogging is hardly a matter of national importance. But the fact is it really is one of life's little annoyances and one of those things you often wish you could find an easy way to combat.

    The answer, my friends, is so much simpler than any of us could have imagined. It turns out, something you already have in your bathroom can stop the foggy mirror blues once and for all. It's as basic as a bar of soap and a towel. I've tried it. It works!

    Defogging your bathroom mirror is an easy six-step process. Wait 'til you see how it's done ...

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    I think most of us would agree that spiders are kind of scary, but here's a fear of the arachnid taken to the extreme. A man set his house on fire trying to kill a spider. You read that correctly. A man in Seattle set his house aflame, causing some $60,000 in damage and displacing a family, all because he wanted to kill an itsy bitsy spider. You may be wondering to yourself, how does one go about burning down one's own house in an attempt to kill a spider? How does that happen, exactly? Well I'm glad you asked, because there's an important lesson here for us all to learn.

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    A garden is an amazing wonderland for children. There's so much to learn from plants, from smelling, touching, growing, and even tasting them. But not all plants are friendly to kids. Especially if you have a curious baby or toddler exploring your yard, you'll want to be extra watchful of them when they're near plants that are poisonous. 

    Keep in mind, nature has its own defense mechanism to help protect your kids. Babies and children are extra sensitive to bitter tastes and will usually spit out toxic plants they taste, says landscaper Lisa Cangialosi of When In Bloom

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    Nobody starts out wanting their garden to die on them over the summer. But somehow it just ... happens. You begin with the best intentions, watering regularly and making all your plants happy. And then all hell breaks loose. The kids are out of school, you're always out at some activity, you go away on vacation, and it's just too hot to work in the yard. By summer's end your paradise is a disheveled graveyard where beautiful botanical dreams go to die.

    I know. It's happened to me. But there's hope! Here are 8 clever hacks that make summer gardening so much easier. This is how to not let your yard die on you this year.

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    What horrors lurk within your refrigerator? Are there foods well past their prime crouched, ready to unleash food poisoning upon you and your family? Well it's time to drag them out and banish them forever. Most of us have at least a couple things in our fridge that should probably go -- I know I do. And it's easy to lose track of what's fresh and what's not, especially if you're busy. But it's worth the time and effort if you can pin down just 10 minutes to screen your fridge for these food safety red flags and throw them away.

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    I know we just barely started summer, but there's one big autumn event you should be thinking about right now: Halloween. Why? So you can have your very own backyard pumpkin patch, of course! Oh sure, you and your kids could visit one of those farm patches to pick out the perfect gourds for your Jack 'o Lanterns. BUT! Wouldn't it be amazing to grow your own pumpkins? To see those squashes get bigger and bigger over the summer and into the fall?

    If that sounds like a fabulous idea, NOW is the time to get planting. Those pumpkins won't just pop up overnight. We rounded up gardening expert Shirley Bovshow of Eden Makers and Foodie Gardener to show us how.

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    So, you've got a ring stuck on your finger. It happens to all of us -- especially with wedding rings during pregnancy, but also any time your finger suddenly swells for whatever reason (hello, hot weather!). So how the heck do you get your stuck ring off without having to cut it off?

    There are many home remedies for loosening a ring, like lubricating everything with butter or margarine. But if you'd like a less messy, quicker at-home method, try this string trick for removing a stuck ring.

    The video is seriously pretty amazing to watch -- no wonder it's gone viral and has blown up on Facebook! -- and it's so simple an idea we can't stop sharing it with everyone we know! You've got to see how it works ...

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    A shocking video of a Swiffer Floor Mop being used to help a man remove an owl that had nested in his doorway is destined to be the cutest -- or most terrifying -- thing you see all day.

    It all depends on how you feel about owls.

    Here's the story: A man finds an owl -- a LIVING owl -- hanging out in his kitchen (OMG!). He becomes a wee bit hysterical. He grabs his Swiffer mop (as one does) and miraculously uses it to remove the bird gently and efficiently. Say what?!

    Even more miraculous? The whole thing was caught on video ... which has since gone viral. See below:

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