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Get back to school organization ideas at upcoming event

Get back to school organization ideas at upcoming event

Mark your calendars for Thursday, August 11 at 6 p.m. for our next Moms Night Out!

The theme is Back to School Organization. The pros at West Sacramento's IKEA will give us great tips on how to start the schoolyear on the right foot with a place for everything and everything in its place!

We'll have treats and prizes! And the event is FREE!

Kids 10 and up are welcome to attend as well!

Sign up now!

 

Winscape

Winscape

This is really cool... I stumbled across this recently and I love the concept. It has limitations but overall it's a great idea and this guy brought it to life brilliantly. I imagine an all-in-one unit could be mass produced for easy installation. Imagine what it could do for basements and other spaces with limited views!

Winscape: Virtual Window

Soldier Beetles, Or Leatherbacks, Are Real Troopers in the War on Damaging Insects in Your Garden

Soldier Beetles, Or Leatherbacks, Are Real Troopers in the War on Damaging Insects in Your Garden

Every spring I marvel at the numbers of insects devoured by soldier beetles. They're real troopers in the war on damaging insects in my landscape.

Around the world there are about 3,500 different species of these members of the Cantharidae family. They are sometimes called firefly mimics because their color patterns resemble those of fireflies, but without the ability to give off light. The common name leather back comes from the fact that the colorful elytra, or outer wings, are soft with an almost leathery feel to them. The common name soldier beetle has two potential reasons attributed to it. You can decide for yourself which one is true. One is that one of the common British species has bright red coloration, which reminds people of the red of soldiers' coats.

Effective Techniques for Eliminating Common House Mice

Effective Techniques for Eliminating Common House Mice

There’s an old saying in business.   “Build a better mouse trap and the world will beat a path to your door.”  While this adage holds true when it comes to products and services that the public wants to buy, it doesn’t necessarily mean that we need better mouse traps for trapping real mice, because the secret isn’t so much in the trap you use as in the techniques employed.  Beyond that, traps are not the whole answer.  There are other measures you can take to keep your place mouse free.

Mouse Habits and Life Cycle

Control begins with understanding your target species.  The common House Mouse, Mus, musculus, infests homes and businesses throughout North America, causing millions of dollars in damage annually.  This species thrives in human occupied structures where food, water, shelter and nesting materials are readily available.  Mice prefer to remain and forage within 10 feet of their nests (up to 30

Furry birds sighted in Carmichael

Furry birds sighted in Carmichael

The nearly endless rains have ended for now. The sun is out, and it is finally starting to look like Spring.  The birds are chirping, and gratefully nibbling on the sunflower seeds many Carmichael residents put in their bird feeders.  Just one problem in my yard.  Some rather large, and furry birds have taken over the bird feeder.   And as many of us know, those furry birds have yet to find a bird feeder that is squirrel proof.

Gallery showcase: The Ayana Bath Caddy

Gallery showcase: The Ayana Bath Caddy

Our friend Ms Lady Goats has done it again!  She literally built this fine friend the day it posted!  I adore the color, and I’m pretty fond of the final use for it, that she settled on…


What would you use it for?


I was thinking this would be fabulous for my own personal needs to make it a tad wider and use it for filing and paper!


Free DIY Furniture Plans for this unit can be found here…and to read about her build, visit her here~


Roses in the Sacramento Valley - Part 1

Roses in the Sacramento Valley - Part 1
My dad was a backyard farmer, as was his father before him and my Irish great-grandfather before him (although he had an actual farm!). I remember my grampa’s deep, narrow lot in San Francisco where he grew corn. My dad grew asparagus and planted fruit trees and vegetables in Southern California, my mom canned. My brother and I sold avocados door to door. Small wonder I fancy gardening. It’s my heritage. Read more.