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Squirrels may be the sneakiest garden thief around — they’re teeny, furry and almost too adorable to hate. If you’re under the impression that squirrels don’t have a devious side, it’s time to think again. Our friends at HGTVGardens have caught misbehaving squirrels in the act.

Misbehaving Squirrels

I can practically hear this squirrel saying, “You talkin’ to me?” For more laughs, check out this hilarious HGTVGardens gallery of squirrels behaving badly.

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Imagine your own urban retreat with front-door access to a city that’s rich with history and culture.  In just a few short weeks, HGTV launches its 4th annual HGTV Urban Oasis Giveaway!

One lucky winner will enjoy the finest in contemporary, livable design and lavish amenities, nestled in the heart of  Boston’s newest residential hot spot.

HGTV Urban Oasis Boston

City of Boston, home of HGTV Urban Oasis 2013

Designer, Lindsay Pumpa, says the luxury apartment’s “metropolitan city vibe” echoes a larger design trend taking shape in the city– a new take on Boston style.

The Urban Oasis Virtual Tour goes live on, August 13 at 9am EST. In the meantime, enjoy this sneak peek of the beautiful interior (that could be your own paradise).

VIDEO:  HGTV Urban Oasis Sneak Peek

And for a ground-level look at the design process, check out time-lapse photos from the Master Bedroom and Living Room renovations.

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In the dead heat of summer, nothing is more refreshing than an ice-cold cocktail. If you have a garden, why not use some of your produce to create a scrumptious cocktail? HGTVGardens has 17 delicious cocktail recipes — all using ingredients straight from your garden. (If you don’t have your own garden, just make a trip to a local farmer’s market!)

HGTVGardens Cilantro Mojito
HGTVGardens shows how to use even the most unique ingredients in your cocktails, such as the cilantro in this mojito. Head on over to HGTVGardens for more garden-fresh recipes.

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HGTV is partnering with Summit Entertainment, a LIONSGATE® company, to create an “Ender’s Game” exclusive fan experience as part of the studio’s highly anticipated film promotion at Comic-Con 2013 International in San Diego. The specially constructed exhibit, located at the Hilton Gaslamp district from July 18-21, will feature eight  unique rooms representing the most iconic environments of Ender’s world. The exhibit includes original film props and set pieces used in the movie, as well as HGTV’s “Journey Begins at Home” space – a futuristic interpretation of the Wiggins home living room.

During the four-day event, “Ender’s Game” fans can view exclusive film footage, interact with digital content, integrate photos of themselves into the highly anticipated Battle Room, and enter HGTV’s sweepstakes for the chance to win $10,000 for their own “out of this world” home makeover.

If you’re attending Comic-Con 2013 this year, be sure to experience HGTV’s “Journey Begins at Home” space at the “Ender’s Game” activation.  Share photos and tag #lovehome on Twitter & Instagram and be sure to follow us @HGTV for our live coverage at Comic-Con.

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With the allure of television, video games and other indoor activities, it’s important to find incentives to keep your children outdoors. What better incentive than a magical fairy garden ring?

Fairy Garden Ring

HGTVGardens shows how to make this garden ring with a few supplies and five short steps. The steps are so simple that your child can even join in on the fun. Be sure to visit HGTVGardens for more family-friendly garden crafts.

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If you’re looking for a fresh, unique craft, HGTVGardens has just the project for you — moss graffiti. Although graffiti is often considered a distasteful nuisance, HGTVGardens has proved that it can be quite lovely if done properly.

Moss Graffiti

With a few ingredients, a blender and a bit of patience, you can create a unique, natural art piece for your garden. Head on over to HGTVGardens for the full tutorial.

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Since its April premiere, more than 7.1 million viewers have tuned in to the hit new series, Flip Or Flop.

Flip or Flop features Tarek El Moussa, a self-proclaimed “driven real estate genius” who partners with his wife Christina, to flip new properties. HGTV cameras follow the novice flippers as they participate in everything from nail-biting purchases at auction to the management of frustrating renovations. The series also offers a close look into their personal lives as they put everything into their flipping venture, including the sanity of their family.

Flip or Flop

Tarek and Christina, husband and wife team from HGTV’s “Flip Or Flop.”

Check out the first season of Flip or Flop, Tuesdays 9/8c on HGTV. Visit our Program Guide for details.

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Today HGTV released its inaugural “HGTV HomePulse Survey, the first in a series whose goal is to monitor consumer perspectives on home-related topics. The survey of approximately 1,000 randomly selected adults reveals American homeowners’ true home-related obsessions.

Home Improvement Trumps Vacation and Gadgets

  • More than 81% of respondents believe that money spent on home improvement will show a good return.
  • 66% agree that now is a good time to invest in home improvement.
  • Americans love their homes! 61% would choose to spend on their homes rather than vacation or the latest electronics.

What Women and Men Want 

  • Both men and women agree on the need to expand square footage.
  • 31% of women vs. 17% of men would opt to update the decor.
  • 19% of men vs. 3% of women would choose technological enhancements.
  • 1 in 3 respondents overall said “a beautiful outdoor space” is extremely important.

Sending Out An SOS

  • Americans are passionate about home improvement, but in need of advice when working with professionals.
  • Only 1 out of 5 is confident that they are knowledgeable enough to keep a contractor honest. Of course, homeowners in need of a confidence boost can watch such HGTV programs as Property Brothers, Renovation Raiders and Love It or List It

HGTV hit series Property Brothers, Renovation Raiders, and Love It Or List It

Hope and the American Dream

  • 76% of all non-homeowners are optimistic that they will eventually own.
  • 64% of non-home owning Millennials believe they will own their own home by their 30s.

Now it’s your turn! Tell us, do you have home improvement spending at the top of your budget line? Would you choose a weekend of building that brand new deck or trying out a new wall color over a trip to the beach? Leave a comment and share your home improvement obsessions.

(Results from the “HGTV HomePulse Survey” will be released periodically with new findings culled by Vision Critical and Scripps Networks Interactive.)

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HGTV HOME presents a Facebook event with HSN. Flock to HSN’s Facebook page now and enter for your chance to win great prizes from HSN and HGTV HOME.

Flock to Unlock

The more fans who flock to the Facebook tab, the more prizes that become available. All you have to do is visit the Facebook page, enter a valid email address and share with friends. You get five additional entries for each of your friends who sign up!

As the Facebook community grows, prizes will be “unlocked.” Prizes will include: autographed photos of HGTV Host John Gidding, a 1:1 phone consultation with John, a live Facebook chat with John for your outdoor living questions and HSN gift cards ranging from $50-$1,000.

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