Think Newly Built Homes Are Problem Free? Think Again. July 18, 2012. By Amy Fontinelle: Buying new construction seems like a great way to avoid the hassles and expenses that come with buying a home that’s been around the block. Any older house will have things that need repair or replacement. Brand-new homes are perfect and move-in ready. Right? This is a faulty belief that can leave you battling issues with your home for years to come.

Prevent Natural Disasters with Smart Landscaping

Naturally Vibrant Living BlogTalk Radio. Fall 2012. Interview by Diane Brandon: Planting shrubs and trees not only beautifies our homes, but also allows us to dig in the dirt and develop a closer relationship with nature. There can be many factors and considerations that go into landscaping and choosing plants, but one may be overlooked. Can you landscape your home in a more sustainable way? And could you actually landscape in a way that helps to prevent natural disasters?

Urban Gardening Part Two: It’s All in the Herbs

BeachBody. May 2012. By Lisa Palac: It’s spring, the time when everything starts to, literally, spring up. And every year, urban dwellers the world over have the same reaction: this is it! This is the year I finally plant that veggie patch and spend autumn feasting on homegrown produce. Then they look around their third-story walk-up with nothing but a fire escape for outdoor space and realize that’s just not going to happen. Or is it?