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Lambton House Project

We are a few weeks into building our house and so far it has gone smoothly.

Foundation…..check.

“You can’t build a great building on a weak foundation. You must have a solid foundation if you’re going to have a strong superstructure.” Gordon B. Hinckley

 

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The foundation is done. We even went a step further and added the Mar-Flex 5000 sealant on the entire foundation. This is an added layer of water proofing which means no damp and musty basement in the future for us!

 

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Hopefully this video downloaded. The subfloors are in and the grading is almost done. Today they were setting the footings for the front and side decks.

More updates to come!

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    Epcot Flower and Garden Festival

    For the second year in a row I was lucky enough to attend Disney’s Epcot Flower and Garden Festival on behalf of HGTV. It is a great escape from the long, cold New England winter and reminds me that spring is right around the corner. The festival showcases some amazing topiaries representing Disney’s favorite characters like this Fantasia Mickey topiary.

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    I loved being able to present each day in front of knowledgeable and enthusiastic crowds. I found out that everyone is excited for this winter to be over and to get their hands dirty again in their back yards! I presented on being sustainable in your own backyard. The topics included water conservation, native planting, upcycling and composting.

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    I met some interesting people who were HGTV.com contest winners (yes you can win if you go to hgtv.com and enter). Below are the Perraults from Massachusetts who happily left cold Boston for Disney.

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    The Bledsoes came from Knoxville, TN and work for Scripps Networks. (Scripps owns HGTV and DIY) He won a mustach contest for a free trip to the Flower and Garden Festival.  In case you couldn’t tell I had huge mustache envy.

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    I also got to meet super fans of all things HGTV, Lacey and Shirley. They came with hats, pictures and the latest HGTV magazine for me to sign.

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    It was an amazing time and I recommend getting down to the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival. It is filled with beautiful topiaries and flowers everywhere you look. Various hosts will be presenting every weekend through the beginning of May. Hopefully I will get the opportunity to attend again next year!

     

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      Tips and Ideas for Indoor Plants

      On Monday we went on the Today Show with Kathie Lee and Hoda to discuss indoor plants. Here are the points we talked about and some more that we didnt get a chance to get to.

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      My top trending indoor plants of 2014:

      The Fiddle Leaf Fig has large leaves with a beautiful, glossy finish that can act as natural shade by a window. The Ficus Amstel King has a woven trunk that adds color and texture with not only its leaves but ornamental trunk. The Schefflerar Amaze, also known as the Umbrella Tree, was shown on the show. All three bring color and life indoors all year round. These are all easy to care for as long as you provide them with a window for sunlight and water. The leaves will tell you when they need a drink as they begin drooping. If they are brown, they need water. If they are yellow, they have received too much water.

      Plants that purify the air:

      I have three on my list, but for the complete list according to NASA, head to: http://www.mnn.com/health/healthy-spaces/stories/best-air-filtering-houseplants-according-to-nasa. These plants will not only add life to your house, but filter the air from benzene, formaldehyde and trichloroethylene. It is recommended that you have one plant per 100 square feet of indoor space.

      In my house I have Devils Ivy (also known as Pothos) cascading down from the top of a kitchen cabinet, Snake Plant (mother in laws tongue) and a Peace Lilly. All of these plants are simpe to care for as they don’t require too much light or water to survive. Great for people who travel a lot like we do!

      Plants for people with a black thumb:

      If you think you have a black thumb, or are ready to start having indoor plants and need an easy starter plant, look no further. The easiest plant to have indoors is a Cactus. They come in all shapes, colors and sizes. I have one that is about 8 inches tall and another that is over 8 feet tall.  They only need to be watered about once a month but do require lots of sun. Succulents are another great starting plant. Peyton and I recently made a succulent terrarium that was really easy and looks beautiful. Succulents, much like cactus, come in all shapes, sizes and colors. Succulents only need to be watered once a month so be careful not to overwater. A terrarium can be created by layering rocks, charcoal, potting soil, succulents and topping with sand. The charcoal will help absorb any extra moisture in case you over water.

       

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      Plants that heal:

      I grew up with two brothers and a mom who believed in holistic medicine. Whenever any of us got a scrape or burn my mom went over to our huge aloe plant, cut off a piece, and applied it to our various wounds. Aloe should be a staple in every home. It is a useful plant that is made for indoors in most climates.

      In our kitchen window we have various herbs that I use for cooking and as home remedies.  Mint is not only great for drinks (I like to add it to my ice cube tray to flavor drinks in the summer) but also helps calm the stomach. Many people know parsley as a garnish that you have to take off your plate before you eat, but it is full of nutrients such as A, B-12, C and K and can really help boost your immune system. By having these plants growing in the kitchen I have found I use them more often and they add much needed life to the room, especially during a long winter like we are having.

       

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      So until Spring arrives concentrate all your pent up gardening indoors!

       

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        WATCH: Digging Bulbs with Al Roker & Stephanie Abrams

        WATCH:  Digging Bulbs with Al Roker & Stephanie Abrams

        Hello friends!

        We are lucky to get to have as much fun as we do on morning TV!  This week we joined our friends Al Roker and Stephanie Abrams on Wake Up with Al on the Weather Channel to teach them about planting bulbs for spring blooms.  CLICK HERE to watch that segment.

        Then things got a little DIRT-y – CLICK HERE to watch the dirt fight that happened on set!

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          WATCH: Fall Garden Color with Kathie Lee and Hoda

          WATCH: Fall Garden Color with Kathie Lee and Hoda

          Hello friends!

          In case you missed it, CLICK HERE to watch our segment on Today this week with Kathie Lee and Hoda!  We always have a great time with them!

          LAmbtons on TODAY Oct 2013

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            On TV This Week – Today Show & Wake Up with Al

            Hello friends!

            Peyton and I are heading down to New York City today for some TV appearance this week!

            Tune into the Today Show with Kathie Lee & Hoda tomorrow, Tues Oct 15, for a LIVE segment with Peyton and I!  We will be talking plants to put in the ground now for outdoor color this winter.  We’ll also be talking about which plants we bring indoors at our home during the cold months.

            Wednesday, tune in to Wake Up with Al on The Weather Channel for a LIVE segment with Al Roker and Stephanie Abrams.  We’ve got some dirt up our sleeves for this fall garden checklist segment!

            Lambtons with KLG and Hoda

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              Favorite New Products on Wake Up with Al!

              Hello friends!

              Peyton and I have been travelling the country all year attending home & garden shows.  We teamed up with our friend at Wake Up with Al on The Weather Channel to share the best new products that we’ve discovered!

              CLICK HERE to watch the segment!  Note:  A short interview with Stephanie Abrams will air before our segment.

              Here is a list of companies featured, and a few that didn’t make the final segment, but that we really love!

              LampsPlus.com

              TerraTrellis.com

              Whiteyboard.com

              OrtaKitchenGarden.com

              BlueLounge.com

              GProjectGear.com

              Bluntusa.com

               

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                DIY or Leave it to the Pros on Today with Kathie Lee and Hoda!

                Hello friends!

                We had a great time with our friends Kathie Lee and Hoda on the Today show last Friday. CLICK HERE  to watch the segment!

                Lambtons with KLG and Hoda

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                  Edible Garden Tips on Live from The Couch – CBS NY

                  Hello friends!

                  Peyton and I had a great time on The Couch on CBS in NYC this morning!  CLICK HERE to watch the segment and check out our tips!

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                    On TV This Week – Today Show, Wake Up with Al and Live from The Couch!

                    Hello friends!

                    Peyton and I have a busy week of TV appearances this week!  We hope that you will tune-in or watch online!  Here are the details to watch:

                    Live from The Couch on WNLY-TV / CBS NY

                    7am-8am ET on Wednesday, July 17!

                     

                    Wake Up with Al on The Weather Channel

                    6am-7am ET on Thursday, July 18!

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                    Today Show with Kathie Lee and Hoda on NBC

                    10am-11am ET/PT on Friday, July 19!

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