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Douglas County has so many amazing things to offer and we are lucky to have so many incredible parks. My husband and I love to take our kids on all kinds of adventures and encourage them to explore.

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Christmas is over, folks — We did it. Whether or not you got all those decorations out of the attic, whether or not your mother caused your eye to start twitching, whether or not you were up until 3 a.m. Christmas Eve putting together that train table, Christmas 2018 is in the books.

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Question: We have weigela shrub in our front yard that has really pretty flowers and I would like to add a few more of these plants to our backyard. I’ve heard it’s possible to make new plants from a current plant. Can you tell me if this is possible and if so how to do it?

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There is a sign near my house that displays different phrases almost every week. Some are comical, others are inspiring. It currently hosts, “Old ways won’t open new doors.” With the new year approaching, this is rather advantageous. Of course, it was probably intentional.

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Question: I’ve always thrown out my holiday plants in January but I’ve been told that it is possible to help the beautiful amaryllis bloom again. Any tips on how to do that?

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Last Thursday, one of my sons came home from school and asked if we were making gingerbread houses this year. It was an innocent question, but it almost made me cry.

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Don’t be surprised if your holiday party invite tells you to forgo the cocktail dress and wear your paint-ready attire this year. Local party-and-paint art studio, Create & Sip, is not only bringing the community together for public paint sessions, but it bills itself as the new trend in…

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Question: The phrase “firescaping” has been in the news recently. I’ve read that firescaping is a form of landscape design and routine maintenance to keep my home protected from potential wildfire risks; however, what specific steps should I take to achieve this goal?