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Pike Nurseries to host potting party weekend

Pike Nurseries to host potting party weekend

ATLANTA -- The garden experts at Pike Nurseries are helping customers start 2015 off right with refreshed container gardens and houseplants.

On Saturday, January 10 and Sunday, January 11, Pike Nurseries will host Potting Party Weekend at all store locations. Gardeners of all levels are invited to bring an empty pot from home or purchase a new one, as on-hand associates help them plant indoor or outdoor container gardens, houseplants and terrariums.

Pike Nurseries will also provide complimentary Pike Potting and Container Soil and E.B. Stone Sure Start for pots planted in-store.

With expert potting advice and a wide selection of plants available at Pike Nurseries, guests can welcome the New Year with the perfect container garden for any home.

6 ways to save On Halloween decorations

6 ways to save On Halloween decorations

ATLANTA -- Every year there are millions of dollars spent on Halloween, from costumes, snacks and candy to decorations.

Hopefully after reading this, you will be able to save a ton on Halloween decor for your yard and home.

Do You Have a Green Thumb?

Do You Have a Green Thumb?

Want to learn the core principles of landscape design? Check out the Emory University Certificate in Landscape Design program. Eric King, ASLA, and Holly Brooks, who are local landscape professionals, teach students over the course of a year how to design a functional, beautiful landscape that gets better as it ages.

"People learn the basics of hardscaping, how to conduct a site analysis, and how to develop a design that fits that site and makes the homeowner happy," said Eric King, King Landscaping. "They also learn the basics of what would be needed to actually install the plan. That way they have a sense of cost and understand the complications that might come up during the installation."

King said 60-80 percent of the students are considering a career in landscape design. The remainder are there for personal enrichment. The male to female ratio is evenly split, and all ages are represented.

MODA offers tips on caring for area rugs

MODA offers tips on caring for area rugs

By Janice Howell, vice president, MODA Floors & Interiors, www.ModaFloorsandInteriors.com

Area rugs need the same attention and consistent maintenance as your carpeting, ceramic tile or hardwood flooring. Knowing what’s expected of you regarding their upkeep can be a determining factor in the type of rugs you purchase.

Although a handmade rug is a work of art, it’s made to be walked on. So are all machine-made rugs. With usage, as the top layers of pile break, (in most cases wool), the pile looks shinier and smoother, and with light exposure the colors look more harmonious.

Here are a few steps to make sure that your area rug ages gracefully, naturally and beautifully.

DEALCHICKEN: $49 for $110 from Laughing Rainbow Cleaning Services

DEALCHICKEN: $49 for $110 from Laughing Rainbow Cleaning Services

ATLANTA -- Make sure that your home is sparkling clean with Wednesday's DealChicken Atlanta deal.

For one day only, DealChicken members can save 55 percent on two hours of housing cleaning from Buckhead-based Laughing Rainbow Cleaning Services. That's $49 for a scrub down with environmentally-friendly cleaning products, valued at $110.

Laughing Rainbow sets itself apart by sending the same cleaners to clients' houses for every appointment. Why the name? The company owner named it for her two daughters -- Ayeola (which means "rainbow") and Sekaya (meaning "laughter").

This deal expires on June 29, 2012 and is good for customers who live inside the perimeter; those outside the service area must pay a fee ranging from $15 to $30.

Food Bloggers Dish On How to "Spin" Your Favorite Thanksgiving Dishes

Food Bloggers Dish On How to "Spin" Your Favorite Thanksgiving Dishes When it comes to Thanksgiving food bloggers or “foodies” are anything but traditional. Their favorite philosophy is “Think Outside the Box”. Putting down the Thanksgiving menu is as exciting for them as cooking and sharing the meal with family and friends. Foodies always like to place a creative pin to traditional dishes. The result are unique scrumptious and mouth-watering dishes that could give any professional chef a run for their money.


Recently, food bloggers from "The Brown Culinary Experience" offered their takes on their favorite Thanksgiving dishes.

Emory History Minute: Candler Mansion

Emory History Minute: Candler Mansion

To celebrate Emory's 175th anniversary, Emory Report brings you a look at little-known facts about the university. 

The Candler Mansion on Emory's Briarcliff campus is a beautiful yet eerie estate. Built in 1920 by Asa "Buddy" Candler, Jr., the second son of the founder of Coca-Cola, the 42 acre property once housed wild animals including four elephants: Coca, Cola, Refreshing and Delicious. In the 1960s, the mansion was turned into a mental health institute.