Around the Home

Thinking about remodeling, making a craft, cooking a new dish, working on your garden, or training your pet? The Around the Home section has resources from house plans to appliance repair, training your pet, cooking, and so much more. Stop by to get your project off to a good start!

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Handcrafted Holidays!

Here come the holidays – time to gather up the art and craft supplies and get busy!

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It’s Not Too Late!

On my morning walk today, I could feel the season beginning to shift from autumn to winter. This brings to mind all the things I want to do before it winter truly arrives! I definitely want to plant some spring-flowering bulbs, but I was concerned about whether it is getting too late to plant them.

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A Garden to Treasure

Topeka has many beautiful gardens and one of the most interesting is the Ward Meade Botanical Garden located on the grounds surrounding Ward Meade house built in 1860.


Migrating Monarchs

Monarchs are southbound to Mexico where they will overwinter. Watch for them as they continue to pass through Kansas on their journey.

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Upcycle Your Wardrobe!

There are lots of ways to update your wardrobe – and they don’t all involve sewing! You can go for a look that is edgy, off-beat, casual or haute couture.

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Squash Bugs & Beetles & Aphids, Oh My!

About this time of the summer you might be wondering if the bugs are going to leave anything in the garden for you! If you are like me, you’ll want to use a minimum of chemicals in the garden, but that doesn’t mean that you have to give in to insect pests.

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Free Art Supplies in Your Own Backyard!

Summer is a great time to collect natural materials to use in your arts and crafts.

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Slow Cookers Rock!

Have you ever wanted to come home at the end of a long day and walk into your house to smell a wonderful aroma because dinner was already cooked? I know that I have and that’s where my slow cooker comes into play. I had never realized how much a slow cooker could make my […]

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How Does Your Garden Grow?

The gardening season is in full swing now and the Lawn & Garden Neighborhood has a great crop of new gardening books for you to peruse, devour, pour over, dream of, be inspired by, absorb information from and spark your imagination!

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Check out arts & crafts with kits from the library!

Learn to rubber stamp, cross stitch, knit & more with an arts & crafts kit.

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Loose Leash Walking

Most dog trainers have a canine behavior that irks them more than others. Personally I don’t enjoy walking a dog who constantly pulls on his leash. I like a dog with polite leash manners, but I won’t resort to punishment-based tools like choke collars, prong collars, or shock collars to get this behavior.

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Adding Style with Trim

Want to change the interior style of your home? An easy way to do this is by adding or changing trim and molding on the inside of your home. Some of the great things trimwork adds or modifies include: creating a separation of rooms, adding a splash of color, making a room appear larger, changing […]


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