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Want your dog in the wedding? Pros can make it go smoothly

When Kelly Curry was planning her wedding, she knew her dogs Charlie, Zoey and Izzy were going to be in it, and that her friends would expect no less. “They’d be surprised if they weren’t there,” says Curry. The question was how to make it work. She happened to see a social-media ...

From medications to toys, it’s time to spring clean pets

NEW YORK (AP) — Spring has sprung for many and it’s time to air out the house, toss the closets and start plotting the yard work. For pet owners, it’s also the perfect time to take an accounting of furry and feathered loved ones. From a medication check to grooming, there’s lots that ...

In a class by herself

As I removed her from the cupboard, I said “You haven’t changed a bit!” A second look at this longtime kitchen friend and I notice her gentle curves and bright appearance. Considering all the heat she has taken over the years, she is showing no signs of being warped. She keenly conducts ...

Kindness is Contagious: Anonymous kindness matters greatly

My husband and I drove the 90 minutes to the cancer center with no idea what to expect. We knew they were going to confirm I had breast cancer, but beyond that, we were clueless. I wore the white and pink robe around the facility from machine to machine, doctor to doctor, until I got to the ...

Minding Our Elders: End-of-life comfort drugs are sometimes misunderstood

Dear Carol: My mother, who has advanced dementia, went into a nursing home six months ago. She’s received excellent care but is now declining quickly so that she no longer swallows any type of food. Her doctor has determined that she is ready for hospice and I’m glad for their help. Hospice ...

Top wedding trends from tulle turbans to carbon neutrality

NEW YORK (AP) — When Ashley Yore and Derek Ultican were planning their wedding, the question of the garter and bouquet tosses didn’t come up. “It just wasn’t something I ever wanted to do,” said the 33-year-old Yore, who lives in Tampa, Florida. “Maybe because a lot of our friends ...

In weddings, the ‘90s are back and better than ever

From butterfly clips to polka dots, 1990s trends have been making a fashion comeback. Now, as ‘90s babies increasingly reach average marrying age, these trends are popping up all over the wedding industry as well. An Etsy 2019 wedding trends report declared ‘90s nostalgia a top trend of ...

Invitations today reflect varying styles of celebrations

Whether formal or casual, wedding invitations these days are meant to set the tone for the celebration, reflecting the themes of the weddings themselves. Heavier, more expensive papers reflect fancy black-tie weddings. Simple textured invitations with interesting fonts reflect celebrations in ...

Creative ways to steer guests to their seats in style

The most memorable special occasions often have some elements that are a little offbeat. At weddings, one easy place to add a creative and personal touch is the escort cards, seating charts and place cards that steer guests to their seats in style. “Getting creative with seating chart and ...

Kindness overflows during times of trouble

Shortly after we were married, my father gave Saul and me matching work boots. I remember being perplexed at the time. We didn’t live on a farm, and I wasn’t known for my manual labor skills. Sure enough, Dad was right. In 2009, my husband and I donned our matching boots hour after hour ...

Want to help bees? Plant flowering herbs

Herbs are among the most useful plants in nature. They can tantalize the taste buds, help cure what ails you, oil the body, perfume the air, and attract bees, butterflies and hummingbirds. “People are getting more into herbs, with herb sales definitely on the rise,” said David Trinklein, ...

Lavender: all-purpose ‘Swiss army knife’ of fragrant herbs

editerranean ancestry, but it has been hybridized to such an extent than it can survive Toronto winters. This perennial evergreen shrub is a prized ornamental but its utility is endless. The fragrant herb can be grown from seeds or transplanted cuttings, and is easy to manage once you meet ...

Your houseplants are getting hungry; some feeding tips

No matter what the weather outdoors, plants indoors are getting hungrier and thirstier this time of year. How are you going to give them the food they need to keep growth apace with burgeoning sunlight? If the plants are new to your home or you just repotted them, the potting soil itself ...

Are your seeds saved in old packets worth sowing? Test them

Depending on where you store them and what types of seeds they contain, your old, dog-eared seed packets may or may not be worth using this season. Seeds are alive; they do not live forever. Sprinkling dead seeds out in the garden or into seed flats is a waste of time. When you buy a packet ...

HOMETOWN HOLLYWOOD: Thanks for the failure

Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about failure. I’ve never been good at it, even as a kid. At my elementary piano recital I forgot a note during my performance of “Lightly Row,” and I still think about it sometimes as I go to sleep at night. (It was a G, Jessica, a G!) I tend to be ...

Kindness is Contagious: Kindness may be a matter of perspective

You know what’s better than one third-grade boy in the back seat of your car? Three third-grade boys in the back seat of your car. In the course of a 15-minute ride, my son Ben will ask at least 150 questions, including, “Mom, does Area 51 really exist?” “Mom, do you think there will ...

What says ‘modern’ now in decor?

As the weather improves and our winter hibernation ends, the urge to refresh and renew a room or two often follows. It may be as simple as adding a few new decorative items or changing a worn-out piece of furniture. Or maybe it’s something a little more ambitious, like a new room layout or ...

Welcome the end of winter with a new spring wreath

Christmas wreaths on the front door are a tradition, but there are also wreaths that celebrate the arrival of warmer weather. You can put up spring wreaths with an assortment of faux flowers and greenery even when chilly winds are still blowing. They stay looking great well into the heart of ...