An animal-welfare organization is trying to capitalize on the notoriety of serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer's childhood home by suggesting it might turn the house into a vegan restaurant.

Creativity is abundant in the Advent calendars that appear in December to count down to Christmas. I borrowed from the secularized side of that tradition to mark the days until Easter.

The percentage of mothers who stay home with their children is rising due to shifting demographics and a troubled job market.

Is it spring yet? Are we there yet? Can you feel it? Regardless of the weather outside, the inside of your home can be made "spring-y" without much effort or cost. Just freshening things up will make a big difference.

On the heels of an unusually frigid winter, it's important for homeowners to take a critical look at their fireplaces to assess if any damage was sustained from the season's heavy usage. Cracks in the hearth or a build-up of soot are especially important conditions to note and have rectified. To help you inspect your fireplace, here are some life-saving tips for keeping the home fires burning - safely.

If your neighbor's house has knee-high grass, dilapidated siding or a car up on blocks in the backyard, don't wait until you're ready to put your house on the market to try to get theirs fixed up, said Janet Johnson, supervisor of the Office of Community Engagement for the city of Wichita, Kan.

Planning to put your house on the market? Here are some things to do and some things to avoid before and after the sign goes in the yard.

Curb appeal is something we all should shoot for, whether we're putting our house on the market or not.

When people are getting their house ready to put on the market, it's better to get problems taken care of first rather waiting for an inspector to uncover them with a contract on the line, real estate agents say.

Spring is here, and the warm winds of change bring a fresh crop of houses for sale.

No mowing and saves water, too? Synthetic turf indeed sounds like the perfect lawn for parched landscapes.

I love advent calendars which made me wonder why I only see them for Christmas. Why not create one for all of the holidays that you like to celebrate? I made one to countdown the days until Easter and it was both quick and easy.

Dear Helaine and Joe:

Q: Ed, I'm planning a major kitchen remodeling job. The first thing I want to do is purchase all my plumbing fixtures, like the faucet, disposer and sink. My issue is choosing the correct kitchen sink. Because of budget concerns I'm not sure if I will go with a top-mount or under-mount sink. Do then make a kitchen sink that can be installed both top-mount or under-mount? This way I can get my sink now and install it either way later.

Q: I have plans to build a new energy-efficient home and I'm getting different views on how to insulate the attic. The home is a single story with a walkout basement. My plans are to use foam to insulate the rafters in the attic and to cover the attic floor with a combination of spray foam and loose fill cellulose. I have been told the more insulation the better, but others are telling me that insulating the attic floor is not necessary when the roofline is insulated. What are the advantages or disadvantages to these ideas?

Dear Angie: When I contact contractor references, what should I ask?

Michele has been enduring a never-ending renovation nightmare for the past year. After buying a stately 116-year-old home, she set about painstakingly restoring every inch to its original condition. Queen Anne-style homes like Michele's are known for their opulent elegance and are characterized by towers, asymmetrical facades, wraparound porches and intersecting gables. It was important to Michele that the renovation remained as true to the historical condition of the home as possible, both inside and out. But after a year of back-breaking work, Michele finally ran out of steam, calling us in to complete her master bedroom - which was the last piece of this relentless restoration.

Light and breezy, super easy: it's a good motto when it comes to setting a stunning table for a spring soiree. The spring tablescapes that lift my heart are filled with intriguing layers and a beguiling combination of colors, yet feel airy and fresh. Here are five insider tips on how to achieve this delicate balance:

Is it spring yet? Are we there yet? Can you feel it? Regardless of the weather outside, the inside of your home can be made "spring-y" without much effort or cost. Just freshening things up will make a big difference.

In early spring a massive wisteria in California is so large it's considered among the great horticultural wonders of the world. This single vine that now shades an acre of ground in Sierra Madre was planted from a one gallon sized seedling a century ago. Today the Guinness Book of World Records lists it as the largest flowering plant in the world.

Every day that I'm not on the road, I look out my office window toward the garden, and walk the property at least once or twice. My mind never stops turning with all the projects and to-dos I see for my landscape. I'm exhausted just thinking about it.

Well, this is awkward. Actress Gwyneth Paltrow and her musician husband, Chris Martin of Coldplay, bought a house in Malibu for $14 million, then they turned around and announced their "conscious uncoupling."

Sacramento, Calif., gets about as much annual rainfall as arid Flagstaff, Ariz., but its lush lawns are modeled on those of rain-soaked England.

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