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Style at Home: Picnic pronto! Pack a basket and get outside

For me, all great moments revolve around good food - and lots of it. So when I think of summer, I think of picnics. Picnics are the perfect prelude to your favorite outdoor events, like Shakespeare in the Park, Fourth of July fireworks or an outdoor concert. Or, for gatherings of friends and family to celebrate special days like Memorial Day weekend, birthdays or Father's Day.

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7 deceptively simple (and natural!) ways to make your home smell better

Nothing makes us feel more productive than whipping out our scrubs and subjecting our home to a deep cleansing session. Conversely, nothing makes us feel unhealthier than breathing in the chemical-laden scents that seem to linger for days. While cleaning often is paramount to maintaining a germ-free home, these harsh cleaning products can be hazardous to your health and also leave your home smelling like a hand sanitizer rather than a comfortable environment. With summer on the horizon, it's time to deodorize your home the right way to make it fresh for entertaining guests. That's why we've concocted a few natural formulas below that will not only leave your home clean but smelling sweet.

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Yardsmart: Ideas from Frida Kahlo's garden

Everyone saw her home, Casa Azul, in the movie "Frida," the biography of Mexico's most famous surrealist painter. The family house is in Coyoacan, where she grew up, a suburb just south of Mexico City. Today it is Museo Frida Kahlo for those intrepid enough to brave the trip to this lovely old town. And though wandering the house and Frida's studio is an exceptional experience, there are some great ideas outside in the garden.

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Plumber: A bathtub for all reasons

Q: Dear Ed, my husband and I are planning a bathroom remodel complete with a new bathtub. He wants a strong whirlpool tub, while I want to relax in a soothing bubble spa tub. Since his and hers tubs are out of the question, can you please help us with this bathroom bathing standoff?

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Minn. couple re-engineer '90s house for multigenerational living

When Joan and Reed Nelson built their house 22 years ago, it was a great fit for a young family with three active boys. The Nelsons installed a pool in their big backyard and a full kitchen on the walkout lower level where they hosted their sons' soccer-team parties. "It served us well, raising three kids," said Joan of their west Bloomington two-story.

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On Gardening: Bananas in containers offer thrilling tropical foliage

When it comes to selecting a thriller plant for your mixed container, I would like to put forth the idea of using a banana. They have the ability to instantly capture the imagination of all who gaze upon them and there is an immediate sense of tropical islands and gentle ocean breezes. It really makes no difference if you are using an ornamental banana or one that just might set fruit, it will be the large, coarse or bold textured leaves that transport you mentally to an idyllic Caribbean paradise.

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