DIY Blog Squad

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James True Value Hardware in La Habra, CA

Favorite True Value Product

I've been eyeing the RealComfort Adirondack Chairs. What a great way to add a pop of color (and a comfy place to sit) to a small outdoor space.

Best Quick Tip

When you kill a plant, don't give up or award yourself the title "black thumb." Even the most experienced gardeners kill plants from time to time! Instead, try and figure out what went wrong and try again.


I have been gardening in small spaces for as long as I can remember. In 2010, I became a certified master gardener in Orange County, CA, and in 2012, I became an author and published my first book, Small Space Container Gardening. I live in an urban Southern California condo that has a west-facing balcony, and an east-facing front porch; all-in-all my garden is about 50 square feet. I grow herbs, peaches, nectarines, figs, blueberries, flowers and succulents.

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Meet the DIY Blog Squad

We've teamed up with these True Value DIY Blog Squad members to share their home improvement know-how, creativity and experience through helpful DIY tutorials.

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    A House in the Hills

    Sarah is the blogger behind A House in the Hills, a lifestyle blog centered around her love of style, food, decor, travel and dogs.

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    A Night Owl

    A creative community featuring DIY/crafts, decor, recipes, family and more for women on the go; whether they are single, stay-at-home or working moms!

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    Between Naps on the Porch

    Passionate about all things DIY - from decorating to gardening.

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    Cleverly Inspired

    Be inspired to be clever. Cleverly Inspired shares daily doses of DIY, recipes and crafts all on a budget.

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    Design, Dining + Diapers

    Design, Dining and Diapers focuses primarily on design, DIY home decor, seasonal crafts, easy recipes and just being a mom.

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    In My Own Style

    Enthusiast for all things creative, colorful and DIY.

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    Monica Wants It

    Monica is a DIY blogger living in South Texas who loves to recreate high-end/upscale decor with the tiniest budget possible.

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    Use Energy-Efficient Light Bulbs

    Let's shed some light on the different styles of energy-efficient bulbs.

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  • Fire Prevention Tips

    Fire Prevention Tips

    Get some home fire prevention tips to give you and your family peace of mind.

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  • Ladder Safety Tips

    ladder safety Tips

    Before climbing a ladder, be sure you know how to properly use one.

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  • Halloween Safety Tips

    Halloween Safety Tips

    Here are some Halloween safety ideas to keep the entire family free of unwanted scares.

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    Follow Us On Pinterest

    ​Visit our Pinterest page for great do-it-yourself project advice and home inspiration.

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