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Today’s Solutions: July 15, 2024

The power of pumpkin: Nutritio

The power of pumpkin: Nutritional benefits and delicious ways to enjoy

As the autumn leaves turn gold and crimson, pumpkin season approaches, which means it's time to indulge in all things pumpkin spice. Pumpkin takes center stage in everything from lattes to desserts. But did you know that, aside from its delicious taste, pumpkin has a slew of wonderful health Read More...

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Ditch the rake and discover the benefits of leaving fallen leaves in your yard

The annual ritual of raking and disposing of fallen leaves has been engraved into the autumn dance for generations. But, in reality, those vivid plant layers offer more than just a gorgeous backdrop. They are an important part of nature's cycle, providing numerous advantages to our lawns and Read More...

Getting ready for autumn: 5 wa

Getting ready for autumn: 5 ways to celebrate the autumnal equinox

Autumn, the season of abundance, arrives with the Autumn Equinox on the 23rd of September. This a period when the lengths of day and night are about equal. It's a season of changing leaves, brisk air, and plentiful harvests of pumpkins, cranberries, brussels sprouts, and apples. As the weather Read More...

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Make the most of your garden's fallen leaves by making leaf mold

As we delve deeper into autumn, many gardeners will find themselves with a surplus of fallen leaves. One great way to use that free natural resource is by gathering the fallen leaves and making leaf mold. You may have never heard of it before, but leaf mold is an excellent way to make your own Read More...

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This stovetop potpourri will make your home smell deliciously festive

If you live in the Northern Hemisphere, fall is in full swing and you’re likely looking for ways to make your home feel more comforting as the days get shorter. Conventional air fresheners can contain irritating chemicals, but that doesn’t mean you can’t make your home smell deliciously cozy. Read More...

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Why do leaves change color in the fall?

The vibrant colors of autumn leaves is one of the best parts of the fall season, but why exactly do trees put on this colorful display each year? Today we’re exploring the scientific reasons behind one of nature’s most gorgeous phenomena. Preparing for winter As the weather slowly starts to Read More...

Female hands holding a pumpkin spice latte on a festive table

The science behind the pumpkin spice latte

It’s pumpkin spice latte season, and whether you love or hate this classic festive beverage, you can’t deny that there is a nostalgic power to its sweet brew. To explore why exactly we love pumpkin spice so much, a pair of perception researchers from John Hopkins University decided to look at Read More...

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3 Tricks to keep your sweaters in tip top shape

Autumn is in full swing, which means pumpkin picking, hot lattes, and sweater weather—but this year, instead of buying new knit sweaters, use these three tips to wash, unshrink, de-pill, and store whatever you already have in your closet so that you can make them last longer. Using what your have Read More...

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6 In-season superfoods to add to your grocery list this fall

As we head into the fall season, many of us are looking forward to changing leaves and cooler weather, but one of the most exciting parts of autumn is a whole new range of superfoods coming back into season. Just as we anxiously awaited the arrival of strawberries and summer squash back in May, Read More...

harvest moon over field

How to best see the Harvest Moon tonight

The most notorious full moon of the year, the "Harvest Moon," is here! It is traditionally known as the Harvest Moon because it’s the full moon closest to the autumn equinox and illuminates the sky enough for farmers to continue harvesting their crops well into the night. The Harvest Moon Read More...