The Full Suburban: Classy decor or murder house for Halloween?

Hang on to your witch hats, everyone, because we’re midway through October, and the Ditto party train is full speed ahead until spring.

I love fall, but with its advent is ushered in a relentless eight months straight of holidays and birthdays in our family with their accompanying decorations, gifts and expectations.

I feel weary just thinking about it. First, there’s Halloween, then two birthdays less than a week later. Thanksgiving rolls around with its do-gooding and overeating, and then we celebrate our anniversary, Christmas, New Year’s and a birthday all in the span of about two weeks.

From there, it’s a steady march of almost biweekly celebrations: Valentine’s Day, birthday, St. Patrick’s Day, birthday, Easter, birthday, birthday. By the time June rolls around, I am leaping with joy on the graves of holiday decorations past relishing the coming four months with relatively little to celebrate. That sounds bad; I promise, I’m not a horrible person.

I go all-out for Christmas: hand-stitched stockings, a 12-foot Christmas tree, wreaths, garlands, nativities and construction paper Santas collected throughout my kids’ 12 years and counting in the public school system. Christmas is a holiday I can really sink my teeth into, you know? But Valentine’s Day? St. Patrick’s Day? Bah humbug.

More specifically, though, I have disappointed my kids for years with my lack of effort in the Halloween decorating department. My style is more “tasteful autumn vignette” and less “murder house,” and they don’t seem to appreciate that at all. “This is it?” they’ll blandly ask when they come home to find I’ve put up our decorations for the holiday.

“What do you mean, ‘This is it’?” I’ll say defensively, gesturing grandly at the four or five doodads I’ve scattered throughout the room. “Look at the giant velveteen spider that appears to be climbing down the picture above the mantel!

“And you can’t tell me you aren’t impressed with the vases that I’ve filled with alternating layers of black and white dried beans that Martha Stewart said – and I quote – ‘would be a very classy Halloween decoration.’ ”

“You know what would be awesome?” one kid will say to his siblings, completely ignoring my decor explanation. “We should fill the whole field in front of our house with zombie scarecrows.”

“What’s a zombie scarecrow?” I’ll ask naively, again stymied by middle age and common sense.

“Hmmm, I’m not sure. Just a regular scarecrow with blood dripping from its face?” another kid will reply. “It’s hard to describe, but you’ll know it when you see it.”

“I’m not sure I want an army of bloody zombie scarecrows welcoming friends and family to our cozy farmhouse,” I’ll say.

Again, ignored. “We could have one zombie look like it’s coming to life when someone walks by!” someone will yell, way more into this idea than the tasteful black faux-feather wreath I have hanging from our front door.

“Alexa, how do you make a zombie scarecrow come to life?” someone will yell across the

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The 2021 Acura MDX’s Luxed-Up Interior Teased Before the Full Unveil

Despite the fact that its exterior design likely leaked earlier this year, we recently got our first teaser for the upcoming Acura MDX Prototype. It looks longer, leaner, and sharper than ever before. Now we’re being treated to a look at the MDX Prototype’s new interior, and the striking new design is clearly a shot at the big luxury brands.



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The most obvious changes are the brand new driver’s area, the addition of a fully digital driver’s display that the brand is calling the Acura Precision Cockpit, and a brand new central tunnel that contains a drive mode selector much like the one found in the NSX supercar. Another massive screen sits atop the dashboard, revealing a reworked infotainment system that’s more elegant than before.

Other photos reveal the new look to the seats. There’s now more detailing in the way of contrasting stitching and piping, as well as intricate quilting. It also looks like there are tiny holes for seat ventilation, too. The leather with the contrasting piping continues into the second (and perhaps even the third) row of the new MDX.

Lastly there’s a look at a brand new, 25-speaker ELS Studio 3D audio system. It features LED lights behind the speaker grilles, similar to the high-end systems from Mercedes-Benz and BMW. All in all, it looks like the MDX is going seriously upmarket, signaling Acura’s ambition to double down on both luxury and performance. The new MDX Prototype will be fully unveiled on October 14th, so stay tuned for everything you need to know about the next big SUV from Acura.

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Read the White House doctor’s full letter about Trump’s coronavirus diagnosis



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  • President Trump confirmed on Thursday that he and First Lady Melania Trump were infected with the novel coronavirus.
  • The White House physician issued a letter to confirm the COVID-19 diagnosis, and to say the president and his wife are “both well” and plan to remain at home within the White House during the convalescence.
  • Experts say that the president’s age and weight are risk factors for COVID-19 complications, even though Trump might not be experiencing any symptoms at the onset of the illness.

In an unexpected turn of events, President Trump late Thursday night confirmed that he and First Lady Melania Trump have tested positive for COVID-19. The news followed a previous update that said one of Trump’s closest aides, Hope Hicks, tested positive for coronavirus. The president issued an initial statement after Trump confirmed the positive diagnosis, without disclosing whether the president or his wife were displaying symptoms. “The president and first lady are both well at this time, and they plan to remain at home within the White House during their convalescence. Rest assured, I expect the president to continue carrying out his duties without disruption while recovering, and I will keep you updated on any future developments,” the statement read. Since then, White House physician Dr. Sean Conley released a full letter about Trump’s COVID-19 diagnosis, which you can read below.

The letter maintains the same tone, saying that the president and first lady are both well and will stay in quarantine during their recovery:

MEMORANDUM FOR: KAYLEIGH MCENANY, ASSISTANT TO THE PRESIDENT AND WHITE HOUSE PRESS SECRETARY

FROM: SEAN P. CONLEY, DO, FACEP, PHYSICIAN TO THE PRESIDENT, COMMANDER, U.S. NAVY

SUBJECT: President Donald J. Trump & First Lady Melania Trump’s COVID-19 Tests

I release the following information with the permission of President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump.

This evening I received confirmation that both President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump have tested positive for the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

The President and First Lady are both well at this time, and they plan to remain at home within the White House during their convalescence.

The White House medical team and I will maintain a vigilant watch, and I appreciate the support provided by some of our country’s greatest medical professionals and institutions.

Rest assured I expect the President to continue carrying out his duties without disruption while recovering, and I will keep you updated on any future developments.

Trump is the latest prominent political figure to have contracted the illness. UK prime minister Boris Johnson survived COVID, as did Brazil’s president Jair Bolsonaro.

Trump’s stance on COVID-19 will probably turn his coronavirus case into one of the most followed stories in the world. Trump has downplayed the virus for months, with Bob Woodward’s recent revelations showing that Trump knew well the risks of COVID-19, despite what he told the public. Trump maintained the virus will disappear suddenly in the early months of the pandemic. He advocated for

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Read the full letter from the White House physician on President Trump’s diagnosis

Dr. Sean Conley, the White House physician, said in a letter that he would keep a “vigilant watch” over President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump after they tested positive for the coronavirus.



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MEMORANDUM FOR: KAYLEIGH MCENANY, ASSISTANT TO THE PRESIDENT AND WHITE HOUSE PRESS SECRETARY

FROM: SEAN P. CONLEY, DO, FACEP, PHYSICIAN TO THE PRESIDENT, COMMANDER, U.S. NAVY

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SUBJECT: President Donald J. Trump & First Lady Melania Trump’s COVID-19 Tests

I release the following information with the permission of President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump.

This evening I received confirmation that both President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump have tested positive for the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

The President and First Lady are both well at this time, and they plan to remain at home within the White House during their convalescence.

The White House medical team and I will maintain a vigilant watch, and I appreciate the support provided by some of our country’s greatest medical professionals and institutions.

Rest assured I expect the President to continue carrying out his duties without disruption while recovering, and I will keep you updated on any future developments.

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Parents jumping on New World Little Garden bandwagon push full set price over $70

The New World Little Garden collection craze has taken root.

The supermarket chain began the six-week promotion on September 7, giving away vegetable, herb and flower seedling kits with every $40 spent – so you’d have to spend $960 over six weeks to collect them all.

The going rate for a full set of New World Little Garden seedlings at auction is currently about $70.

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The going rate for a full set of New World Little Garden seedlings at auction is currently about $70.

Kiwi parents committed to collecting the full catalogue have adopted a ‘work smarter not harder’ approach and founded numerous community Facebook groups to trade and on-sell excess seedlings of one type in exchange for the plants they don’t have.

Trade Me spokesperson Millie Silvester said the individual seedlings and sets are selling for “big bucks” online.

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“There is currently a full set of Little Garden seed pots onsite with a leading bid of $67.80,” she said. 138 people have saved the auction to their watchlist and it’s not due to close for another two days.

Just after New World launched Little Garden people began to search for the various seedlings in online marketplaces.

Last week, a full set of Little Garden seedlings sold for $72 after racking up almost 8,000 views. Interest in the promotion seems to be gaining momentum.

“In the last seven days we’ve seen 3,000 searches for Little Garden, that’s up 76 per cent on the week prior,” said Silvester.

“We typically see the number of listings for these items surge each time New World or Countdown release a new collectables range.”

New World’s Little Garden promotion is back, after a three-year break.

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New World’s Little Garden promotion is back, after a three-year break.

When the first round of the promotion was nearing its end in 2016, full sets of the seedling kits were fetching more than $200 on Trade Me. The top price achieved was $210.

For context, the same set of plants could be purchased for just over $40 from a garden centre.

There are currently over 110 listings for the branded seedlings on Trade Me and the forces of free market capitalism are on full display.

Individual plants are being listed between $1 and $8 and others have been grouped into sets of three or 10 for varying prices between $10 and $20.

“Pester power is alive and well and it looks like many parents are willing to take the shortcut to fill their kid’s (or their own) seedling set,” said Silvester.

Four-year-olds Rosemary Millar and Myla Olszewski pictured at Just Us Kids Preschool with their New World Little Garden pots in 2016.

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Four-year-olds Rosemary Millar and Myla Olszewski pictured at Just Us Kids Preschool with their New World Little Garden pots in 2016.

New World head of marketing and customer experience Pippa Prain said millions of the seedling kits have been given away and the promotion is “more popular

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She quit her job for full time rooftop kitchen gardening : The Tribune India

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Jalandhar, September 28

Till a few months back, Vandana Walia Bali, a former scribe, was working at a private firm but she finally chose to quit her job and take to what had been her passion over the years.

Residing at Ekta Vihar Phase-II in Mithapur, this ardent nature lover is now not just growing her own seasonal vegetables, but also maize, lemons, mausami, loquat, amla, guava, narangi, mangoes and medicinal plants such as tulsi, aloe vera, ashwagandha, moringa, kadi patta and stevia – all on her rooftop and through an organic mode.

“We all need safe and fresh vegetables to stay healthy and build immunity, especially in the ongoing pandemic situation. But most of us do not have space to grow them. I have myself experimented and found that rooftop kitchen gardening can be the best solution since it gives a lot of space and allows plants to trap more sunlight. So, I am spreading this message across to everyone in my circle by frequently posting pictures of my harvest on the social media,” she said.

She shares more advantages, “This is also the safest and the shortest food chain as we just have to pluck the vegetables and bring them to the kitchen ourselves. So no extra hands touch these vegetables and hence no chance of any contamination.”

Bali shared her experience, “I have been growing vegetables for almost a year now on my terrace. I use soilless medium which is highly nutritive for the plants and light in weight for my roof. The plantation is done in portable farming systems made of high density polymer which is UV protected. They have a proper drainage system fitted in them, a frame on which we can install a green net to keep our vegetables safe from too much heat during summers or frost in the winter. I use drip irrigation system to water the plants and save about 75 per cent of water. While I am saving on water, I am also sure that my vegetables are completely free from pesticides and are 100 per cent safe.”

Now an entrepreneur running franchise centre for Jaipur-based company ‘The Living Greens’, she added, “During Covid, my terrace garden became a boon for me. I could feed my family with these fresh and safe vegetables even when there were no vendors coming. I also did not need to wash my vegetables with soda etc and keep them untouched for a day or so.”

Attempting to do some eco-friendly things, she has also been trying to make use of household waste as planters. Besides using bottles for setting up vertical planters, she has also used worn out tyres, old shoes, broken cups, etc as planters and decorated various corners of her living area quite aesthetically.

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John Stamos shares rare behind-the-scenes ‘Full House’ footage from 1989

John Stamos is sharing rare throwback footage of the “Full House” cast to thank fans for registering to vote.

The 57-year-old actor, who played Uncle Jesse on the classic ABC sitcom and its Netflix revival “Fuller House,” shared home movie footage on Instagram over the weekend that captured the cast’s behind-the-scenes high jinks during their 1989 trip to Hawaii.

The video finds Stamos sharing hugs and kisses with tiny twins Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen. It also shows the show’s stars frolicking along a beach, with Candace Cameron Bure, Dave Coulier and Bob Saget hamming it up for laughs.

In one sweet scene, the whole gang sings “Happy Birthday” to Stamos on what would have been his 26th birthday.

“Thank you guys for showing up to vote through #goodtovote! We more than doubled our voter mark! So as promised, here is some unreleased OG footage from Full House when we shot the Hawaii episode,” Stamos wrote in the caption.

“You can see how much we loved each other off camera — that still exists today,” he added.

Earlier this month, Stamos posted an Instagram video of himself alongside his adorable 2-year-old son, Billy, that found him promising to share throwback footage of the show’s cast if 100 fans registered to vote through the non-partisan Head Count organization.

“I don’t normally pimp my kid out for anything,” Stamos joked before whispering to Billy, “Everybody’s gotta register to vote.”

Of course, it was Billy, with his wavy “pandemic hair,” who stole the show by mimicking his famous dad’s every word.

“You’re an upstagey little guy just like all of the other kids I used to work with,” Stamos teased.

Watch Stamos’ previously unseen footage in the video above!

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‘Full House’ cast sings about golden retrievers in music video for National Dog Week

Golden retrievers are amazing. Not only are they regularly one of the most popular dogs in America, they can give hugs, fetch Chick-fil-A and offer comfort to firefighters.

So it’s no surprise to us that the folks at “Full House” fully respect the lovable canines!

In honor of National Dog Week, “Full House” creator Jeff Franklin partnered with Petsmart Charities and the show’s stars to release the song “Gotta Love a Golden,” along with a sweet video designed to raise awareness about animal homelessness.

In the video, Franklin’s two goldens, Woody and Lola, are shown frolicking with their owner around the house and backyard. We also get to see cast members John Stamos, Bob Saget, Candace Cameron Bure, Jodie Sweetin, Andrea Barber and Dave Coulier crooning along (or playing bongos, in Stamos’ case) to the bouncy song, written by Franklin himself. (Franklin is the main singer but the full performance credit goes to the Full Dog-House.)

At the end of the video, Franklin sits with one pooch and gives a shoutout to all the dogs who don’t have loving homes, urging folks to donate at PetSmartCharities.org. You can buy the song at that link, and all proceeds will go to the charity.

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Longtime “Full House” fans know that golden retrievers were critical cast members on both the original series and the “Fuller House” reboot, which ended after five seasons in June.

“As the proud owner of two awesome golden retrievers, I know firsthand how important the consistent comfort and unconditional love that a pet can provide,” Franklin said in a statement. “My lifelong love affair with Goldens inspired me to make them the official Tanner family pets. Comet on ‘Full House’ and Cosmo on ‘Fuller House’ brought their warmth and humor to the set every day and found a home in the hearts of all those that watched.”

Woody and Lola, Jeff Franklin's dogs, are in the spotlight! (Jeff Franklin / YouTube)
Woody and Lola, Jeff Franklin’s dogs, are in the spotlight! (Jeff Franklin / YouTube)

And, he added, “Creating forever homes for our pets continues to be one of my life missions, making this partnership with Petsmart Charities a passion project for me.”

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Courtyard Lancaster Unveils Full Interior Renovation

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LANCASTER, Pa., Sep 24, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE via COMTEX) —
LANCASTER, Pa., Sept. 24, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — High Hotels Ltd, announced that it has completed a $3 million interior renovation of the Courtyard by Marriott located at 1931 Hospitality Drive in Lancaster, Pa. at Greenfield. Property updates include a complete redesign of the guestrooms, lobby, bistro, bar, indoor pool, and meeting space. The Courtyard Lancaster most recently made news when it became the first Marriott-branded hotel in the U.S. to become 100 percent solar powered.

As part of the renovation, the lobby now welcomes guests with a new, contemporary design throughout and features the popular media pods, communal tables and comfortable seating around a modern gas fireplace; all showcasing stylish new furnishings in rich navy and grays accented with warm wood tones. The hotel’s Bistro, bar and outdoor patio areas have also been redesigned and upgraded. Guests can still enjoy a convenient breakfast or a freshly brewed Starbucks (R) in a comfortable, safely spaced dining area. The outdoor space is designed for socializing, with cozy seating and a new fire pit.

Each of the hotel’s guestrooms has been given a dramatic makeover seen in the new plush bedding package, carpeting, furnishings, wall coverings, draperies and even an enhanced bathroom experience with new floor-to-ceiling showers. Guests can still expect Courtyard’s signature features such as the functional and moveable work desk on wheels, separate seating area, complimentary in-room high-speed Wi-Fi, new flat screen TV’s, microwave, mini-fridge and coffeemaker.

The fully redesigned meeting room can accommodate socially distanced meetings for up to 20 attendees with space for convenient breakouts and state-of-the-art audio-visual equipment. After a successful meeting, guests may choose to relax in the indoor pool or whirlpool spa, work out in the hotel’s on-site fitness room, opt for a Yoga class in the park, or perhaps enjoy a run along the paths of Greenfield that meander around art sculptures, duck ponds and fitness outlets.

The Courtyard by Marriott Lancaster has implemented a ‘Commitment to Clean’ Plan which is an enhanced sanitation and cleaning protocol that adheres to Pennsylvania state guidelines in accordance with Marriott International. View Courtyard Lancaster’s Commitment to Clean plan here.

To reserve a stay at the Courtyard by Marriott Lancaster visit, www.courtyardlancaster.com or call (717) 393-3600.

About High Hotels

High Hotels Ltd. develops, acquires, owns, and operates award-winning select-service and extended-stay hotels in the mid-Atlantic and Northeast regions. The family-owned company’s properties are franchised through Hilton Hotels Corporation and Marriott International, Inc., and currently serve Harrisburg-West (3), Lancaster (3), Allentown-Bethlehem, Reading, Wilkes-Barre, and York, Pa.; Ewing (2), and Mt. Laurel, N.J.; and, Middletown, N.Y. (2). An affiliate of High Real Estate Group LLC based in Lancaster, Pa., High Hotels is recognized as a leader and has received many awards for excellent customer service. In 2019 High Hotels is celebrating 30 years in business. More information is available at www.HighHotels.com or 717.293.4446.

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The Wayfair Sale Is Full of Kitchen and Dining Steals

This week’s big Wayfair sale, called Way Day might not be on your radar—after all, this big box retailer is best known for its discounted furniture, not its kitchen goods. But a poking around the sale proved that in addition to endless bed frames and sofas, there are some great finds for your kitchen and dining room here, too. While we could have just as easily focused on the dining room tables (glass! square! oval! wood!) we honed in on a few things that will upgrade your dining-from-home situation on the cheap: chic woven baskets, nice kitchen linens, and tidy little bar carts to keep that end-of-day drink feeling festive. Read on for some of our favorites.

Baskets In Every Possible Shape and Weave

A basket or two in your kitchen will help keep kitchen linens tidy. This one is big enough to hold throw blankets too—I’d keep it by the door to the backyard for easy access on chilly evenings…because I am fully committed to eating outdoors as long as possible this fall. Woven baskets are also great for bringing your plants indoors: just make sure you’ve got a saucer securely under your pot, and then place inside a roomy basket. 

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Pair of Handwoven Baskets

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Seagrass Baskets, Set of 3

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Woven Baskets With Handles, Set of 3

Bar Carts for Every Style of Home

Maybe the pandemic has made you into a great sourdough baker…maybe it’s just made you better at pouring cocktails. If you’re in the later camp, it might be time for a bar cart. Having a tidy place for booze (or booze-free drink additions, like bitters and fun seltzers) makes the evening drink a bit more celebratory. 

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Cotton and Linen Dishtowels, Napkins, and Pot Holders

A cotton towel is a true kitchen workhorse: use it for spills, to wrap up bread and baked goods, and as a napkin in a pinch. If you’re anything like me, though, all those coffee, red wine, and tomato sauce stains take a toll after a while. Luckily, there’s a big selection in the Wayfair sale—plus pot holders and aprons too. 

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Blue Patterned Dish Towels, Set of 5

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Orange Patterned Dish Towels, Set of 4

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Fair Trade 2-Piece Potholder and Oven Mitt Set

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