House + Home editor Cynthia Billhartz Gregorian experiments with dyeing Easter eggs first using shaving cream and gel food coloring, then Kool-Aid. One method turned out great. The other one? Not so much.
Students from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo made multiple treks to their sister school in Pomona over the past few months to decorate their Rose Parade float, which had the theme “A New Leaf." It was the only student-built float in the parade, which was held in Pasadena on Jan. 2, a day later than usual, because the parade is never held on a Sunday. (Courtesy of Cal Poly Pomona)
A home energy checkup helps owners determine where their house is losing energy and money - and how such problems can be corrected to make the home more energy efficient. A professional technician - often called an energy auditor - can give your home a checkup. You can also do some of the steps yourself such as checking for leaks, examining insulation, inspecting the furnace and ductwork, performing a blower door test and using an infrared camera. (Courtesy of U.S. Department of Energy)
There are benefits to keeping leaves in your yard but you do need to mow or shed them to be sure they break down rapidly. Advanced Master Gardener Debbie Courson Smith also explains how leaves can be used as mulch in the yard and garden. (Katy Moeller / The Idaho Statesman)