All posts by Tiana Allen

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Green-thumb advice for green homeowners

It’s no secret that when the weather gets warm, the bugs come out. 13 News Now shared nice plants you can plant around your home that repel insects. Get your green thumbs ready and plant some marigolds, lavender, lemongrass, garlic, rosemary, basil, catnip, petunias and mint. They all naturally keep bugs away — and are natural ingredients you can use to spice up your home cooking.

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Blogger: Parenting can be a struggle, but hold tight

Television, blogs, Pinterest or almost any other source of information can make parenting seem like a breeze for so many, but in all reality, it’s a struggle for more than a lot of people. After getting an email from a reader feeling like a failure at life, Busy Budgeter wants to remind parents that there is more to a “perfect” family than what you see. She also has some advice to remember whenever you’re feeling small and low.

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In tribute, veteran can recite the names of 2,000-plus fallen soldiers

Veteran and memory specialist Ron White has made it his mission to remember all who lost their lives fighting in Afghanistan. White, who also served there, memorized the 2,300 names and their ranks to pay his respects, as they were not able to return home from the war like he was. Watch his amazing memorization over at WAVY here.

Above: Volunteers placed American flags at graves at Hampton National Cemetery in Phoebus Friday to mark Memorial Day on Monday. Photo by Joe Fudge over at the Daily Press. See more photos here.

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Running routine leave you out of steam? These tips can help.

Virginia blogger, Deb Runs, wrote recently about running freakin’ 30-plus miles in just like 20 hours (she was running a relay, apparently, and is not crazy.) While that’s definitely in the extreme, she knows that recovering can be tough. She advises anyone who is recovering from a run or running routine to try the following to get back to 100 percent: Get a lot of sleep, stretch, keep moving, ease back into your workouts and down nutrients. Read more of her tips here.

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Yes, social media can help you grow. Here’s how.

It’s a common misconception that social media hinders personal growth, but, according to the blogger over at Making Mindfulness, it can actually be a tool to improve yourself. The former Richmond resident offers up five ways you can do just that. Among the highlights: Creating a positive newsfeed can make you feel better — especially since you can edit negativity that enters your life via the newsfeed — and you can learn things from others. Read the other tips here.

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EVMS graduate proved them all wrong

Kenita Jackson, a Norfolk native, graduated from Eastern Virginia Medical School recently What makes her graduation really special, WAVY reports, is that she had all of the odds stacked against her (she grew up in a violent neighborhood). With a lifetime of struggles and everyone telling her being a doctor isn’t for her, Jackson can proudly say that she’s a surgical assistant! Congratulations!

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‘Chewbacca’ makes Facebook history

If you haven’t seen the “Happy Chewbacca Mom” video yet, you’re missing out. Candace Payne, a mom from Texas, posted a live video on Facebook of her opening up, trying out and laughing hysterically at her new Chewbacca mask. She not only entertained millions with her laughter, but she also made Facebook history with more than 100 million views! You can watch the video here.

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Tidewater Comicon draws crowds in Virginia Beach

2016 seems to be the year of the superheroes … and villains. Movies such as “Deadpool,” “Suicide Squad,” “Batman VS. Superman,” “Captain America: Civil War” et all all have us feeling like we can do it all with the help of a supersuit. Fortunately for all the comic lovers, #HRVA hosted its annual Tidewater Comicon where many got to do just that — don the capes and masks of their favorite comic book characters. Check out WVEC’s video from the event here.

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#Getinvolved757: Donate blood

Come out to either Greenbrier Mall, Chesapeake Square Mall, Patrick Henry Mall or Pembroke Mall between May 27-30 to donate some blood. The American Red Cross and FOX43 are working together for the annual FOX43 Memorial Day Blood Drive and encourage everyone to make an appointment.

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Clean up your garage in 1-2-3

It’s pretty stereotypical that most garages are messy, but hey, it happens. Busy Budgeter shared three steps to clean up your vehicle’s home. First, you’ll want to figure out the use of your garage. Is it for a car? Tools? Trash storage? Then make sure you get the right type of storage for your garage that will suit all your needs. Lastly, store common items together. Read more here.

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#HRVA has a doggy daycare with a twist

Did you know that there’s a dog resort in Norfolk? Well, #HRVA, when you need to drop your pup off when you’re going on a vacay, make sure your dog feels like they’re on a vacay, too, with Jana Underwood at Happy Tails. Dogs are free to hang out with other pups, get grooming and even go swimming in an indoor pool! (And, speaking of which, check out 13 News Now’s adorable video of a wave of dogs hopping into the pool.)

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