Jessica Yonker

"Now you're just some flokati that I used to know."

Jessica Yonker is a writer for HGTV.com and a professional glitter handler in training. She loves decorating her friends' homes without their permission and practicing for her inevitable appearance on Chopped. Like her mother, she's obsessed with lamps, mirrors and microfiber throws. Unlike her mother, she has an unexplained aversion to chalkboard paint.

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We’ve been wishing, hoping and practically pleading with Mother Nature and now the day is here: it’s officially spring! And what better way to celebrate than by growing your own Easter basket grass?

Toss the fake, store-bought grass and try growing real grass in your Easter basket this spring. Get instructions from HGTV.com's blog, Design Happens.

If you start now, you’ll have a good-sized patch of grass within a few days. Kind of makes you wonder why you ever bothered with the fake stuff, right?

Get the full growing instructions>>

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The birds have returned to my neighborhood in full force. Even though they drive my dog (and my roommate) crazy, they’re a cheerful reminder that spring is finally almost here. To keep them around, I’m trying out this easy project by Susan Gibbs: fill an empty bird feeder with leftover pieces of yarn and your feathered friends will use the colorful scraps to build their nests.

Get more information and full instructions here >>

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With the holidays long gone and winter coming to a close, we thought our pie-eating days were over. And even though we quickly figured out National Pi Day celebrates the number 3.14 and not the baked good, we’ll take any excuse to dig into one of our favorite treats.

With sweet caramel, rich chocolate and a salty pretzel crust, this “Take the Day” pie is the perfect dessert for any occasion whether it’s Pi Day, Pie Day or even just plain-old Thursday.

Try this "Take the Day" pie in honor of National Pi Day, presented by Design Happens.

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As kids, Marianne and I would have made an odd St. Patrick’s Day duo. While you’d likely find her scrambling to find something green to avoid getting pinched, I spent many a March 17 outside searching for four-leaf clovers and chasing rainbows. That leprechaun’s pot of gold was as good as mine.

Four-leaf clovers proved hard to come by and I was only allowed to follow the rainbow to the end of the street, so as you can imagine I never found the gold. But that’s okay – this year I’m bringing that pesky leprechaun to me with this easy shamrock garden.

Get ready for St. Patrick's Day with a shamrock garden centerpiece.

Learn how to make your own leprechaun garden at HGTVGardens.com >>

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After spending early March enduring not only freezing temperatures but also out-of-the-ordinary snow, Knoxville finally saw its first bit of spring weather this weekend. While it’s still a little chilly out, the sunny skies were just what many of us needed to get started on outdoor projects.

The nice weather inspired me to pick up a couple of seed packets and give my poor roommates a break from all our spring cleaning duties. We started a couple of flowers and spring veggies, but I’m most excited for our soon-to-be kitchen herb garden.

Get advice on starting an indoor herb garden for your kitchen or windowsill from HGTV.com's blog, Design Happens.
Growing an herb garden indoors isn’t difficult as long as you know what to plant. Herbs like mint and oregano can tolerate low-light conditions and are easily grown from seed, but herbs like basil and thyme require more sunlight and care to thrive.

Ready to get growing? Get full planting instructions right here.

What are you itching to grow this spring? 

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You may already know this, but we’re in love with carrot this month. So in honor of Plant a Flower Day, we rounded up our favorite orange perennials that you can plant right now for vibrant summer blooms.

See our favorite orange flowers and get planting instructions from HGTV.com's blog, Design Happens. Blackberry Lily / Mum / Klondyke Azalea
Dwarf Red Hot Poker / Dahlia / Blanket Flower /Pansy / Juila Child Rose

Happy planting! Visit the links below to get more information on each of these lively varieties: 
Blackberry Lily
Mums
Klondyke Azalea
Red Hot Poker Lily
Dahlia
Blanket Flower
Pansy
Rose

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