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7 Things That Save My Camping Trips

August 19, 2016

Every summer, my husband and I pack our car, drive to a campsite, pitch our tent, and await nature-laden bliss. Instead of finding bliss, we’ve had our share of mishaps: one time, the “Most Anticipated Breakfast Ever” slid off our camp stove into the dirt; another time, an unexpected barrage of storms flattened our tent…

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How to Extend the Life of Your Lawn Mower

August 12, 2016

At this point in the summer, your hardworking lawn mower probably looks like a hot, dirty mess. What’s worse, all that excess gunk and debris can decrease your lawn mower’s life and performance (and increase your frustration). Here’s how to make sure your mower remains a clean, mean, reliable cutting machine. Aerate the Air Filter…

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Clean Your Home’s Exterior the Easy Way

July 25, 2016

Cleaning your home’s exterior doesn’t have to be a huge summer production. In fact, it can be drama-free. The following tricks help make the process easy, effective, and maybe even fun. Wash Outdoor Windows Do pollen and outdoor grime obstruct your view of the world? Summer’s the perfect time to let more sunlight in. Instead of…climbing…

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Summer’s Hottest Trend Is All About Stripes

July 22, 2016

From bold and blocked to natty and nautical, stripes are enjoying a fashion moment, and the home decor gurus are totally on board. Here’s how you can work the trend in a functionally stylish way. Block Shade In addition to its timeless good looks in several striped variations, this sturdy and sprawling patio umbrella also thwarts water…

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Don’t Let Bugs Ruin Another Outdoor Party

July 11, 2016

It happens time and time again: A whine echoes in your ear. You begin swatting at the air. Soon enough, you feel an itchy, swollen bump on your arm or ankle. Biting, stinging bugs are the ultimate summer buzzkill, enough to make you shift your outdoor dinner party inside. Don’t let the insects win! Here’s…

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How to Plan a Block Party Without Stressing Out

July 01, 2016

What time-honored summer tradition corrals a neighborhood better than a block party? You meet new neighbors, catch up with old ones, and just have fun. With our easy tips, you can plan a stress-free block party that goes off without a hitch. Do: Recruit neighbors with useful skills. You’ll need someone artistic to make up…

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