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Tufted Titmouse

The tufted titmouse is a bird you’ve likely seen in parks, woodlands, and in your back yard. They’re native to the eastern parts of the United States and are attracted to areas where there is an abundance of broadleaf trees, such as oaks, hickories, and maples. 

Glass of Creamy Blueberry Shake

The Food Factor: Creamy Blueberry Shake

July 12, 2022

This Creamy Blueberry Shake is great for quick breakfast or an on-the-go snack.

Purple petunias.

How to Deadhead Petunias

July 8, 2022

Petunias are great summer annuals to have in your landscape. They offer beautiful blooms that can withstand the Mississippi heat and thrive up until the first cold snap of the winter. Get the most out of your petunias by properly deadheading them! Deadheading the wilted or dead blooms only encourages new blooms to grow and keeps them looking great for several months.

Tuna cakes on a plate

The Food Factor: Tuna Cakes

July 5, 2022

If canned tuna is a pantry staple in your house, these Tuna Cakes can be on your dinner table in no time!

Fireworks explode in a night sky

Fireworks: How to Keep Pets Safe, Comfortable

July 1, 2022

We celebrate the Fourth of July this weekend, and I dread holidays that include fireworks celebrations. The noises that accompany those light-filled sky displays absolutely terrify my dogs. However, there are a few things you can do to ease your pets’ fear and keep them safe.

A hand sprinkles eggshells on garden soil

Can Eggshells Prevent Blossom End Rot?

June 28, 2022

Most of us have heard that eggshells can help increase the calcium in our garden soil, and some of us may have even tried it in our own yards. The goal is to help prevent blossom end rot on tomatoes and other plants affected by calcium deficiency. As it turns out, using eggshells really doesn’t fix anything.

slice of Overnight Blueberry French Toast

Overnight Blueberry French Toast

June 21, 2022

This casserole recipe makes French toast simple. It’s great for breakfast but could easily be a dessert with the cream cheese and berry combination.

Joro Spider

Joro vs. Golden Silk Spider

June 17, 2022

You may have recently heard about joro spiders on the news. The gigantic yellow spiders are creepy enough to give anyone the heebie-jeebies! The good news about these spiders is that they have not shown up in Mississippi yet. 

A woman stands in front of a tennis court

Get Active: Why and How

June 14, 2022

Regular physical activity is one of the most important things you can do for your health. No matter your age, you can gain many long-term benefits from being active, like improving your strength, supporting emotional and mental health, and helping manage or prevent illnesses.

a collage of various poison look alikes.

Poison Look-Alikes

June 10, 2022

Summertime is here. School is out and children are spending more time at home. Do you know what potential poisons are in your household? Could you, your children, or your babysitter mistake a harmful product for a safe product? You may be surprised by how often these close calls happen!

Easy Veggie Bake casserole

The Food Factor: Easy Veggie Bake

June 6, 2022

Not a fan of vegetables? Try this Easy Veggie Bake to camouflage them with a cheesy flavor and creamy consistency.


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