You Need This: BrightNest, the App for your Outdoor Makeover

This post was written by guest contributor Jenny McCoy, an authority on baking and pastry who has created dessert menus for Tom Colicchio’s Craft and Emeril Lagasse’s New Orleans restaurants. Her cookbook, Jenny McCoy’s Desserts for Every Season, will be published this September by Rizzoli. Look for her posts all month on our blog.
(Source: Lonny)Thanks to a free app called BrightNest, I no longer need to fret about ways to ready my yard for a season of outdoor festivities. The mobile tool delivers quick and affordable tips right to my smartphone on how to tackle all those necessary home improvements I keep avoiding.

Did you know planting rosemary and sage in your yard will help keep mosquitoes at bay? They  make some seriously delicious cocktail garnishes too…

If I had known kitty litter could remove oil stains from my patio, I would have tackled the mess my boyfriend’s leaky 1973 BMW made last year.

Oh, and when I’m done with all the practical chores, I’m definitely going to get to work on my backyard bling.

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