7 Things You Must Know About Stupid Squirrels

Squirrels are the bane of human existence. Everyone accepts this. Yet many are unaware of crucial issues related to dealing with these insufferable fluff-rats that can hopefully one day lead to their total annihilation. Therefore, Grumpy answers seven critical questions that millions of squirrel-haters are asking today.

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DIY Pinecone Fire Starters

Here at Southern Living, we love a good DIY. Based in Atlanta, Georgia, the Craft Box Girls – led by craft guru Lynn Lilly – are creating fun, easy-to-make projects to spice up your entertaining, wedding planning, or holiday gifting. Check back every other Thursday for some DIY inspiration. Winter is officially here, and it’s time to take advantage of our cozy fireplaces. […]

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World’s Best Grilled Cheese (In My Humble Cheesy Opinion)

Who doesn’t love a great grilled cheese with toasty, buttery bread and oooey, gooey cheese, dripping and stretching as you take a bite? It is good anytime of year, but it’s especially terrific when it’s cold and rainy outside–like it is today. I grew up on grilled cheese, perhaps like many of you did: pan-fried in butter with one slice (two if […]

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Southern Living Enabled Me to Win Over My In-Laws

In 1977, I was a 21-year-old Hispanic woman newly married into a college-educated white family. With only a high school education, I sometimes found it a little painful—if not embarrassing. But my dear mother-in-law gave me a subscription to Southern Living, and my world changed. It was like a homemaking class came to my home every month. Through Southern Living, […]

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The Mason-Dixonary: Mash

Hearing a certain word can tell you quicker than a road map that you’ve crossed the Mason-Dixon Line. Some terms are particular to the South, while others are just embraced more fondly here. Check back each Wednesday for more words that give voice to the spirit and soul of our region.  

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Southern Living Helped Me Land My Dream Job

My life changed dramatically when I got married and began visiting my wife’s family in Durham, North Carolina, each spring. It was such a treat to leave New England’s snow and ice and be transported to a place where dogwoods bloom, birds chirp, and people feast on fried chicken. On one trip, I picked up a copy of Southern Living […]

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How to Bring the Outside In

Each week, we’re bringing you top tips, favorite products, and Q&A’s with the designers in our Coastal Living and Southern Living Designer Network. Hilton Head Island, SC designers Joni Vanderslice and Shelley Wilkins of J Banks Design share their top tips on how to bring the look of the natural environment inside your home. “At J Banks Design we are known […]

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Why Your Significant Other Really Wants to Travel this Valentine’s Day

Study after study tells us people are happier when they spend money on experiences rather than things, on living rather than having. One report in particular from Mintel found that in the coming five years, total spending in the U.S. will grow by nearly 22 percent with the greatest gains to be found in non-essentials like vacations and dining out. […]

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Southern Living is My Connection to My Mom

Earline Widmer, Judy’s mother, at work in her garden. My mother was a Southern belle from Alabama when she met my father, a self-assured gent from New Jersey, during WWII. When they settled in New Jersey, she talked a farmer into growing okra for her. (He didn’t have a clue what it was.) She’s no longer with us, but SL […]

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Southern Living Celebrated Our New Family

This photo of the Matthews family, just after adopting their boys, ran in SL in April 2007. When my husband and I married later in life, we learned that biological children were not in our future. So we ventured out into the beautiful world of adoption. As any proud Southern mama would do, the second I had pictures of my precious […]

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