Jenn Ryan


Jenn Ryan is a freelance writer who loves exploring eco-friendly and recycled options for home improvement projects. A Penn State English grad, Jenn enjoys researching and learning new things and is a sucker for reclaimed barnwood floors, green living, and Talavera tile. When she’s not writing, you can find her playing with her two rescued bunnies, enjoying a cup of herbal tea, or running down the road wearing biodegradable glitter. Find out more about Jenn and her work at

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How to Replace (Almost) All of the Paper Products in Your Home

Each year, the average American uses seven trees’ worth of paper in products. This means that in the United States alone, 2 trillion trees are used in paper products, such as newspapers, ...

AUGUST 30, 2021 | MONDAY
The Bamboozle Compost Bin Is Attractive But Is It Practical?

The Bamboozle Food Composter is an indoor compost bin that doesn’t create compost per se, but holds kitchen scraps until you can transfer them to an outdoor compost bin. I tested the Bamb...

JULY 26, 2021 | MONDAY
The War on Leaf Blowers: Why Some Communities Are Up in Arms Over the Loud Lawn Tools

Leaf blowers have been around for decades. Today, there is the choice between battery-operated and gas-powered leaf blowers, but many landscaping companies and homeowners continue to use ...

The Best Well Water Filtration Systems for Clean Drinking Water

Choosing the best well water filtration system for clean drinking water doesn’t have to be difficult. It’s easier when you know which contaminants are in your water, as there are differen...

The Best Bird Feeders for Cardinals of 2021

Cardinals are frequent visitors to bird feeders, but they have their preferences. Having the right bird feeder and food that they like can attract more of them to your yard. The best bird...

MARCH 30, 2021 | TUESDAY
The Best Terrariums to Create a Beautiful Indoor Garden

Terrariums are similar to aquariums, but instead of hosting fish and other aquatic life, terrariums contain plants. Arrangements of rocks, moss, plants, and even small decorative items in...

MARCH 15, 2021 | MONDAY
The Best Squirrel Proof Bird Feeders of 2021

Bird feeders provide entertainment for bird-watchers and nature enthusiasts alike, but unwanted guests such as squirrels can detract from this experience by preventing birds from truly en...

The Best Tomato Cages of 2021

Tomato cages are helpful garden tools that encourage tomato plants to grow upward and keep the tomatoes off the ground to avoid premature spoiling. The best tomato cages give plants the g...

MARCH 5, 2021 | FRIDAY
The Best Soil for Roses of 2021

From miniature blooms to hybrid tea varieties, roses are beautiful plants that can brighten up any home or office with their colors and scent. While planting roses outdoors is likely more...

The Best Rooting Hormones of 2021

Gardeners use multiple methods for growing new plants, including starting them from seeds, bulbs, and rhizomes. However, when the goal is to produce a plant identical to an existing plant...