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Five ways to celebrate the return of the sun
(BPT) - With warm weather in sight, it's time to celebrate the return of sun, travel and outdoor parties. Whether taking a break from the workday to enjoy the park or hosting an event for friends, there are many ways to bask in the warmth. Lunch in the park The cold of winter has kept you and your coworkers eating lunch ...
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Composite or wood? Myth-busting facts to know before you decide on a deck
(BPT) - As temperatures warm across the country, many homeowners will begin thinking about home improvement. Adding a deck or replacing an old one is a popular project in spring and summer - one that provides outdoor entertaining space and enhances home value. If you're considering a deck project this season, will you ch...
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To-do list 2.0: How high-tech is making household chores easier than ever
(BPT) - Each week, the average person spends between 10 and 20 hours doing yard work and other tasks around the home, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. While necessary, these routine tasks don't exactly fit neatly into today's busy, on-the-go lifestyles, which is why technology is stepping in. Here are three h...
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Mowers, chain saws and high-ethanol gas: safety tips for consumers
(BPT) - With warm weather on the way, many Americans will be heading outdoors. Whether you're beautifying your landscape with a lawn mower and hedge trimmer or using a chain saw to clear space for that deck you've always dreamed of, it's important to take proper care when using outdoor power equipment. Safety measures he...
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Bringing life back into your yard and garden
(BPT) - Spring season is a time of regeneration and renewal as you prepare to bring life back to your lawn and garden. Taking the proper steps after seasonal changes or severe weather conditions can prove to be the difference between creating a breathtaking landscape or an outdoor space with unsightly mishaps. By followi...
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Science and technology giving outdoor power tools a Millennial twist
(BPT) - The modern world runs on batteries. Portable smartphones, tablets, computers, e-readers and more have revolutionized how everyone communicates. The same is becoming true for household chores. Today's line-up of innovative devices make maintaining a home's outdoor spaces easy, fast and fun while adding a dash of M...
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Easy tips and menu for outdoor entertaining
(BPT) - Whether you're celebrating a birthday, bridal shower, graduation or simply inviting friends over to revel in the good weather, the change in seasons offers a great excuse to enjoy a meal outdoors and spend time with family and friends. Here are a few tips to help you simplify, so you can make the most of your goo...
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10 reasons to love your lawn
(BPT) - As summer approaches and your thoughts turn to home improvement and the outdoors, you're probably considering a variety of ways to make your home more comfortable, more attractive and more environmentally sustainable - while hopefully increasing its value as well. One feature that can achieve all these goals is a...
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Time to try to DIY: Easy outdoor living projects that can be done in a few weekends
(BPT) - Spring is the perfect time to put your home's best face forward. The good news is you can refresh your outdoor living space with easy-to-tackle projects that can be done in a few weekends. Whether you're building a brand new deck from the bottom-up or updating your existing outdoor living space, the experts at Tr...
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Turn your 'victory garden' into a 'vitamin garden' with no-fail, high-nutrition veggies and herbs
By Evelyn Pimplaskar (BPT) - It's a well-known fact that few Americans actually get the recommended daily dose of vitamins. Many turn to over-the-counter supplements to fill in nutritional gaps. But wouldn't it be better - not to mention tastier - to get needed nutrients from what you eat? This season, why not turn your ...
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Deer dangers you don't know - and what to do about them
(BPT) - It's hard to live in suburbia these days and be unaware of the difficulties deer can cause homeowners. They lunch on your landscape and brazenly cross busy roads at the worst possible times. But did you know that deer can carry parasites that transmit debilitating diseases to people? Or that nationally, deer vers...
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Creating inviting outdoor spaces for entertaining
(BPT) - From barbecues and games of bocce to parties and candlelit dinners, your outdoor space can be a hub for entertaining friends and family. 'Try to create a living room for your outdoor space,' says Kate Anthony, owner of Kate & Company Design Studio and Interior Design instructor at The Art Institute of California ...
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7 simple spring cleaning steps pack a powerful punch against indoor allergens
Spring is in the air, and there's no better time to spruce up your home and get it ready for warm...
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Education insight: 5 tips for conquering college later in life
(BPT) - Today's college students are breaking the stereotypical mold. Older students are no longe...
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Picking the right camp for your kids
(BPT) - As the classic Gershwin song lyrics go, 'summertime and the livin' is easy' isn't always ...
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