Home & Garden

The biggest holiday decor trends, according to a Williams-Sonoma stylist

Nothing compares to the nostalgia we all feel once the holiday season hits. This really is the most wonderful time of the year - a moment for us to sit back and reflect on all we've achieved, embrace our family and friends (without the nagging of work emails), indulge in the art of feasting and prepare ourselves (both emotionally and physically) for the new year ahead. If you're feeling the festive spirit too, then it's officially time to set the mood and create a space where memories can be made.

Home & Garden

Yardsmart: The care and keeping of cactuses

Early American pioneers always knew the north side of the tree produces moss. In the woods, this knowledge saved many lives. In drier climates of North America, it's the barrel cactus that is our most reliable orienteering plant for barren desert conditions. Here, each one will lean to the south to access the maximum amount of sunlight year-round. The lean is so reliable that Ferocactus cylindraceus, a common native is called "compass barrel."

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Yardsmart: This holiday season, put away the poinsettia and try these bright, tropical plants

Traditional Christmas decor isn't for everyone. There are alternatives to poinsettia and holly that may work much better with your style. Bromeliads are among the most brightly colored, exotic, tropical flowering houseplants. While many are small air plants or epiphytes, the highly decorative potted bromeliads originate in the depths of South American jungles. They are adapted to perch in the crotches of jungle trees and cover canyon walls.


High-tech toys teach STEAM through play

There's so much more to digital toys than your typical video games and computer programs. These eight innovative picks bring STEAM education to life through coding, robotics, animation, and more - plus they're a lot of fun.


Jamaica's sweet lodgings over the water, atop the sea

(A big deal is happening: the first overwater bungalows in the Caribbean were to open Dec. 2. Similar to overwater bungalows in French Polynesia, Jamaica's Sandals Royal Caribbean in Montego Bay has figured out how to put the romantic lodgings safely in Caribbean waters. We got a sneak peek and the chance to be among the first test guests to stay overnight in one of the most romantic lodgings in the world.)


Book review: 'Penguin's Christmas Wish,' preschoolers learn the true meaning of Christmas

Parents need to know that "Penguin's Christmas Wish" is the sixth book in the popular "Penguin" series by author-illustrator Salina Yoon. Here, the loveable Penguin and his family go into the forest and decorate a Christmas tree, but when they wake up the next morning, they find a blizzard has dumped snow on all the trees and their decorations and presents appear to have vanished. How they make do and have a lovely Christmas anyway is a gentle story filled with the key message that Christmas isn't just about presents and decorations. And a fun, fresh twist guarantees that Penguin gets his wish to "share Christmas with the whole forest" after all.


Family Meals Matter: Soup's on

The first day of winter is still a few weeks away, but temperatures have dipped in most parts of the country. Changing temperatures can put some folks at risk of colds and flu. To help families stay warm and healthy, we've assembled some soup-er recipes this week.


App review: Thinkrolls: Kings & Queens, excellent fairy-tale inspired puzzler

Parents need to know that Thinkrolls: Kings & Queens follows the same smart, fun format as Thinkrolls and Thinkrolls 2 with more of a story-based focus including kings and queens, dragons and castles. The scientific-thinking required to solve the puzzles has a magical tone, with flying potions, ghosts and mirrors, and magical harps to put crocodiles to sleep. The challenges require thinking and planning ahead, but kids can try without penalty until they figure it out. The levels get progressively harder, and kids must complete all of the chapters in one story before moving on to the next. As players complete each level, they collect candies and gems that unlock more costuming options to customize Thinkrolls characters. No reading is required to play, and parental information is available in 14 languages. Read the app's privacy policy to find out about the information collected and shared.


Seniors bring Ford Model As back on the road

A group of seniors gathers monthly to tinker with their Ford Model A collection, with a mission to bring the cars back on the road in and beyond Columbus. With the youngest member, Jason Conry, 30, joining the club two months ago, the senior members hope to pass on their knowledge and love for Model A.
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Seniors bring Ford Model As back on the road 3:00

Seniors bring Ford Model As back on the road

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Hungry? How about duck breast and foie gras confit?

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These conjoined twins have beaten the odds before and they'll survive separation, mom says

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Inside Tippin's: Kansas City's popular pie maker