Gretchen Heber

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Gretchen is a writer, marketer, and entrepreneur based in Texas. A former garden editor and designer with the Austin American-Statesman and Lexington Herald, she is passionate about succulents, herbs, and fruit trees, as well as lighting, energy efficiency, and all things home.

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JANUARY 11, 2024 | THURSDAY
17 Things You Should Never Leave in a Cold Car

When you’re running errands in the winter, it can be tempting to rush back into the warm house and put off unloading the car. But while you're thawing out indoors, groceries and other car...

JANUARY 5, 2024 | FRIDAY
15 Things You Can Do to Prepare for a Winter Power Outage

Power outages can be difficult to weather any time of year, but frigid temperatures without a working heater can be hard on both you and your home. When there's a winter storm in the fore...

NOVEMBER 22, 2023 | WEDNESDAY
Shopping for a Christmas Tree? Answer These 3 Questions First

For many families, the annual rite of selecting a Christmas tree is a fun tradition, but not one to be taken lightly. Some folks have a list of criteria that are important to them. Some p...

NOVEMBER 21, 2023 | TUESDAY
16 Colorful Shrubs for a Standout Winter Garden

It’s fairly easy to have a beautiful landscape in spring and summer, but you’re really showing your green thumb if come wintertime your landscape stands out on a street of leafless, dull ...

NOVEMBER 14, 2023 | TUESDAY
Beyond Poinsettias: 23 Houseplants That Bloom in Winter

Winter is a long season of brown lawns, bare trees, and frost-covered shrubs, which is precisely why it's the perfect time to add a pop of color indoors. While poinsettias are traditional...

OCTOBER 30, 2023 | MONDAY
12 Pro Tips for Hanging Holiday Lights Outdoors

Whether you’re battling with the neighbors for the best holiday lighting display or want to hang outdoor lights for the first time, it’s best to have a plan when it comes time to adorn yo...

OCTOBER 25, 2023 | WEDNESDAY
20 Ways to Stay Warm Without Turning on the Heat

When winter winds blow, some homeowners dread the accompanying—and often outrageous— heating bills that Jack Frost brings with him. Heating costs in the winter of 2022–23 were particularl...

OCTOBER 13, 2023 | FRIDAY
18 Spots in Your Home You Probably Never Clean—But Definitely Should

If you’re like 78 percent of the respondents in a 2022 survey conducted by OnePoll, an untidy home adversely affects your well-being. Perhaps more significant are the health ramifications...

SEPTEMBER 28, 2023 | THURSDAY
The 24 Best Cities in the U.S. for Trick-or-Treating

Some American cities really, really love Halloween. Some have a historical connection to the frightful holiday, while others are just happy for the excuse to decorate, don crazy costumes,...

SEPTEMBER 26, 2023 | TUESDAY
13 Fall Bugs That Are Invading Your Home—and What to Do About Them

Insects typically aren’t out to get you. Most bugs are simply looking for shelter from the cold, a source of food and water, and a warm, dark place to spend the winter. And while scientis...