Nancy Mattia

Nancy is a freelance writer for MarthaStewart.com.
The matriarch should consider these rules of thumb when communicating with her future daughter-in-law.
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Healthy soil is the lifeblood of a healthy plant.
Experts weigh in on the updates that are worth it.
He's always been her right-hand man—and that shouldn't change on the big day.
There are simple—and incredibly important—ways you can support your son on one of the most defining days of his life.
Whether you've got one pot or a dozen, these design rules apply.
These common pests can wreak havoc on your favorite house plant's stems, leaves, and nodes—but never fear, our experts reveal how to get an infestation under control.  
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Think of pruning this billowy bloom as giving it an annual physical: It's essential to maintaining the good health of your hydrangeas.
Here are the best—and easiest ways—to get the job done.
These common pests can wreak havoc on your favorite house plant's stems, leaves, and nodes—but never fear, our experts reveal how to get an infestation under control.  
Think of pruning this billowy bloom as giving it an annual physical: It's essential to maintaining the good health of your hydrangeas.
Here are the best—and easiest ways—to get the job done.
You think it's a great idea, but they don't. While you definitely don't have to give up your plans of a far-flung wedding, there are reasonable concessions you can make to keep the peace.
In the unlikely event that this happens, follow our three pieces of advice.
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The odds of this happening are slim to none, but because an absentee bridesmaid can be cause for a variety of different reasons, it's important to be prepared.
There are things to consider with such sentimental pieces of jewelry.
According to veterinarians, the animal may be in extreme pain so don't dismiss this injury.
Build a home that Mountain, Eastern, and Western Bluebirds will enjoy.
Is your fridge making noise? Not keeping food cold? It may be wearing out.
Experts say to check if dishes don't come out clean, glasses are cloudy, or the door doesn't latch.
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These under-the-radar locales often turn out to be real treasure troves for collectibles. Uncover vintage rarities and one-of-a-kind finds in New York, Maine, Pennsylvania, and Kentucky.
If a condition runs in your family, this can be a sign that you are at increased risk.
Taking these proactive steps can help you avoid becoming a victim of fraud.
This is a rewarding hobby that gets you more in touch with nature.
Pick the right time for this sweet, memorable moment.
The first dance traditionally takes place immediately after the couple has been announced at the reception, but it's not your only option.
A pair can shield your vision, but only if they offer labeled UV protection.