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Spruce up your space for fall! 13 Home decor deals from Amazon Prime Day

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In the mood to spruce up your space for fall? Whether you’re shopping for a new coffee table, some wall art or anything in between, Amazon Prime Deal has plenty of home decor deals going on right now. Here are 13 the Shop TODAY editors are currently eyeing.

1. Salipt LED Flickering Flameless Candles Set of 10

Salipt LED Flickering Flameless Candles Set of 10

Salipt LED Flickering Flameless Candles Set of 10 (Amazon / Amazon)
Salipt LED Flickering Flameless Candles Set of 10 (Amazon / Amazon)

Salipt LED Flickering Flameless Candles Set of 10 $20.01 at Amazon

The easiest way to dress up any space is with some cozy lighting. This set of 10 LED flickering flameless candles are 23% off for Prime Day and come with a handy remote.

2. NICETOWN Blackout Curtain

NICETOWN Blackout Curtain

NICETOWN Black Shades (Amazon / Amazon)
NICETOWN Black Shades (Amazon / Amazon)

NICETOWN Blackout Curtain $27.97 at Amazon

Get some quality shut-eye with these topnotch blackout curtains that keep those harsh early morning rays at bay. This bedroom essential is available in 23 colors and multiple sizes with discounts starting at 20%.

3. Big Red Rooster 6 Sound White Noise Machine

Big Red Rooster 6 Sound White Noise Machine

Big Red Rooster 6 Sound White Noise Machine (Amazon / Amazon)
Big Red Rooster 6 Sound White Noise Machine (Amazon / Amazon)

Big Red Rooster 6 Sound White Noise Machine $14.99 at Amazon

Another great idea for shut-eye is this white noise machine, currently

All The Best Amazon Prime Day Throw Blanket Deals For Cozy Fall Decor

Whether you tend to run cold or just want to lend a cozy vibe to your home, throw blankets are a must. You can artfully toss one over a chaise to add texture or neatly tuck your new throw blanket into a basket for easy warmth when the temperature cools. Throw blankets can even spruce up a tired old couch at the flick of wrist. Now, Thanks to Amazon Prime Day, there’s a huge opportunity to snag one (or several) at a fraction of the usual price.

Prime Day, aka the Black Friday of October, is offering up the chance to score heavily discounted throws for your home both today and tomorrow with scores of limited-time home decor deals. Choose between buttery soft faux fur options, oversized sherpa-linked blankets, or a feather-light throws — or snatch them all up. Either way, the following Prime Day throw blanket deals are too good to miss.

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Sedona House Textured Throw Blanket Sharved Back Printing Sherpa Throw Blankets with Tassels (Light Tan)

NordECO HOME Flannel Throw Blanket – Soft Cozy Warm Blanket with Pompom Fringe for Couch Bed Sofa Chair, 50″ x 60″, Yellow

HORIMOTE HOME Luxury Plush Faux Fur Throw Blanket, Long Pile Black Throw Blanket

State Cashmere Reversible Throw Blanket 100% Cashmere Two Tone Double Side Oversized Travel Wrap • 60 X 50 inches

Exclusivo Mezcla Large Flannel Fleece Velvet Plush Throw Blanket – 50″ x 70″ (Grey)

Bourina Textured Solid Soft Sofa Throw Couch Cover Knitted Decorative Blanket, 50″ x 60″,Coral Pink

Fall Garden Cleanup in St. Johns, Arizona

 Chilies NOT going to ripen before frost

Chilies NOT going to ripen before frost.

I recently ran across a Facebook post that suggested people should leave leaves on the lawn all winter to increase fertility and reduce fall clean-up work.  I wasn’t surprised when multiple gardeners from all over the world jumped right in and said all the things I was thinking: Mow them first or they will created dead patches on the lawn, pick them up and compost them before adding them so bad critters don’t overwinter in them, they will rot and make a stinky mess…

…and then I remembered that we don’t have big deciduous leaves where I am. Nor do we get enough moisture in the winter to either rot or compost leaves, chopped or not. I don’t have much of a lawn, because it is too expensive and environmentally irresponsible to grow big swaths of grass in such an arid climate, using city water. But I do have fall clean-up chores and I do appreciate any way that I can reduce my fall gardening chores. 

This year, I have been very busy with my son and his family moving in with me, so I made a list of the absolute requirements for garden cleanup, and the rest is going to have to wait until it freezes, or whenever I get to it. My goals for this day included:




  • Get rid of all the fruiting plants that either have no fruits, or which fruits are too small and immature to mature before frost. 
  • Any garden bed that is empty, add compost or manure or both
  • Trim all the trees that had damage, and trim the locust trees for shape*
  • Harvest everything usable and process it
  • Mow ALL the weeds, lawn, orchard “grass”, between raised beds, and paths

It isn’t a huge list, I

White House, Democrats Both Support Coronavirus Stimulus Checks, Kudlow Expects Republicans To Fall In Line

KEY POINTS

  • House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said stimulus talks appear to be at a standstill
  • Larry Kudlow says talks are not dead 
  • Kudlow insisted the U.S. is in a V-shaped recovery but certain sectors still need help

White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow says he expects Republicans to fall in line if the White House reaches agreement with Democrats on the next round of coronavirus stimulus relief.

Negotiations appeared at a standstill after President Donald Trump agreed to boost the size of the package to $1.8 trillion – a move rejected by Democrats who called it inadequate and Republicans who said it was too expensive.

Kudlow told CNN’s “State of the Union” he talked with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin Saturday night and is convinced stimulus talks are not dead, noting Senate Republicans unanimously passed their own version of coronavirus relief – albeit a modest $500 billion measure – and “they will go along with it” once a deal is struck between Democrats and the White House.

House Democrats earlier passed a $2.2 trillion package, a slimmed down version of the more than $3 trillion measure they approved in May.

“We’re asking for targeted assistance,” said Kudlow, ticking off a list: enhanced unemployment benefits, aid to small businesses and direct stimulus checks to individuals.

“Those are things everybody absolutely wants,” Kudlow said.

Among the sticking points is the size of enhanced unemployment benefits. Democrats wants Americans who lost their jobs due to the pandemic to receive an extra $600 a week – the same amount that was approved as part of the CARES Act in March – while the White House has supported $400 a week.

Democrats also want funds for cash-strapped state and local governments, which bore the brunt of coronavirus costs, help for schools for COVID-19 testing and cleaning,

Gardening: Fall is the best time to work in the garden | Columnists

It is official, with the cooler weather and the shorter days, that fall is here.

And with the advent of fall, now is the best time to get started in the garden.

Whether starting from scratch or just fixing up and adding to a preexisting landscape, the cooler weather is the ideal time to begin.

Planting now as the weather cools down will allow trees and shrubs to establish before the heat of the summer.

Gardening can be daunting at first, but there are so many benefits from both the act of gardening and the garden itself, it can be truly rewarding.

There some steps to follow to ensure success and achieve the desired goals for the garden. And with these steps, the two most important are planning and soil preparation.

There are many different aspects to take into account in terms of starting a garden. You must recognize the amount of sun you have, the water flow and drainage of any area you are planting and the amount of area you must plant within.



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What to grow

The next thing to do is determine what you want from the garden itself.

Planting fruit and vegetables require plenty of sunlight and space.

Planting ornamentals will depend on the desired look and what you want to attract in terms of wildlife.

What you want from the garden is key to how you proceed. Once this has been determined, then begin mapping out and planning what areas you plan to plant and cultivate.



Gardening

A newly planted fig tree. Christopher Burtt/Provided 


There are many different types of gardens to choose from and many of these can be incorporated together.

Fruit and vegetable cultivation are one of the most rewarding aspects of gardening.

Planting trees such as loquats and figs provide easy