Top 10 Shrubs, Bushes, and Trees to Plant in your Garden this Winter

Contributed by Emma Metson

As we near the end of fall, the temperatures really start to drop and the nights start to draw in; it’s now that you want to start ticking off your list of winter garden jobs. For many though, this is the time of year that our gardens slip to the back of our minds as we start spending more time indoors.

However, just because the bright blooms of summer have died back and leaves are starting to fall from the trees, doesn’t mean the season to enjoy our gardens is over! If you get smart with what you plants, you can have a beautiful garden all year round.

The trick is to choose the right plants with aspects that still deliver visually during colder weather. The best choices are shrubs, bushes, and trees.

Here are some top picks for you to plant in your garden this winter.

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1. Paperbark Maple (Acer griseum)

When choosing what to grow in your garden, don’t make the mistake of only thinking about flowers. Plants that provide texture, especially during the winter, are ideal for creating an all round, all seasons garden.

The Paperbark Maple is perfect for the addition of texture to your garden. All year round the brown bark on its branches and trunk peels back in thin layers to reveal the brighter red colored wood beneath.
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Winter Vermin: 5 Pests that May Harm Your Children

With temperatures dropping and snow on the way, you and your family can retreat to the warmth, comfort, and safety of your home. Unfortunately, many outdoor pests will try and do the same. Many of nature’s critters can actually pose a danger should they enter and nest in the dusty corners and behind the walls of your property, so take the necessary precautions to keep your home free of these pests this winter.

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Reasons Why You Should Try Skiing This Winter

Guest post contributed by Savannah Wardle

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Interested to try skiing for the first time? There’s no time like the present. Here are a just a few reasons why you should try skiing this winter:

It’s a Great Way to Get Fit

Skiing is an excellent calorie burner. You can burn up to 3000 calories in six hours just shooting down the slopes. It offers aerobic, cardio and strength training all in one. And it’s good for your mental health too. This is one the few holidays where you could return home lighter and fitter than when you left. 
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Wardrobe Essentials to Pack for Your Winter Road Trip

Guest post contributed by Christine Rudolph

Can’t wait for the vacations to start? Road trip plans intact? Well then, this calls for a lot of preparations. From getting your vehicle checked by the mechanic to packing up all the essential items, you need to make a huge list and tackle all the tasks one step at a time.

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Since you plan to make the road trip during the winter season, the one thing you will need to pay most attention to is what clothes you take along with you. If you are not equipped with the right gear, you won’t be able to enjoy anything as your time will be spent shivering.
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Go Out Of Your Vacational Comfort Zone This Winter

Comfort zones. They keep us feeling happy, calm and collected during our pursuits on this Earth. However, there is a large chance that staying within them can only fatigue us and make our lives devoid of major positive meaning. There is always something important and beautiful lying just over the horizon, but unfortunately stepping out of your comfort zone to experience it is a must.
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How Soon Do You Start Planning For Winter?

There’s no doubt that hearing that summer is coming to a close is a tough one. Summer is traditionally the season that we all love the most. It’s when we feel our happiest, our systems flooded with Vitamin D thanks to all the sun exposure, and the days feel long and glorious. It feels like we have more time when it’s still light at 8pm, even though the hours in the days don’t change.

So saying goodbye to all of that is tough, for sure. Packing away the seasonal summer gear into the attic for another year feels akin to packaging away the source to your happiness; well, it does in your more melodramatic moments, anyway. Don’t worry, we all have them.
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Tips for Storing Winter Clothes

It is that time of year when we say goodbye to winter and hello to summer. If you live in North Carolina you may not be totally convinced. Temps dropped down in the 50s just last week! For the majority, part of this transition is store away our winter clothes until the cold weather arrives once again in about 6 or 7 months. Believe it or not, there is a proper way to store your winter clothes.
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How to Bring Your Hair Back to Life After Winter

Thankfully, winter is slowly coming to an end. However, your hair is still feeling the winter effects. Between the dry air and the cold air, your hair likely lacks moisture and experiencing split ends and breakage. Have no fear, though, because here are some great ways you can bring your winter hair back to life.
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How to do Your Winter Beauty Detox in 5 Steps

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Winter holidays are truly magical and we all enjoy ourselves during this festive break. Still, with so many parties, heavy eating and lounging around, your health and skin are bound to suffer. Therefore, once the holidays are over, it’s the perfect time to start thinking about your winter detox.

If you used to follow a specific regimen for healthy lifestyle before the holidays, this won’t come as something too troublesome for you. On the other hand, if you neglected your health and appearance a lot longer, then it’s time for some healthy New Year’s resolutions!

If you’re curious on how to detox properly but simply and effectively, keep on reading.

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