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5 easy projects to get the whole family outside

Want to get the kids away from screens and outside for some fresh air? Many outdoor projects will not only lure your whole family outdoors once the jobs are completed, but the family may actually want to help you.Here are five ideas for outdoor projects everyone will love.1. Make a backyard movie theaterWho wouldnt love watching movies under the stars? Youll need a DVD projector and a large screen. You can use a large drop cloth or blackout cloth stretched... read more
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Don’t let summer pests bug you

Summer activities like hiking, camping, picnics and barbecues are all fun ways to enjoy the great outdoors. But spending more time outside can lead to mosquito and tick bites, and the potential for bringing these pests inside the home and putting families at risk for insect-borne diseases.According to the CDC, cases of disease pathogens transmitted by ticks, mosquitoes...
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Expert lawn-care tips for a weed-free yard

Whether it's splotched, patchy or completely covered, a lawn choked with weeds can be a homeowner's worst nightmare. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to transform an awful lawn into your dream lawn — thick, green and weed-free.What is a weed?Any plant that is unwanted is considered a weed. Many plants earn their weedy reputation because of...
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A guide to affordable home improvement

The holy grail of home improvement is a project that makes a big difference to the appearance or value of the home without breaking the bank. The key is to focus on low-cost, quality items that will give the most bang for your buck. Here are five to consider:New bathroom countertopBathroom remodels still provide some of the best...
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Splash into summer with 6 essential pool safety tips

Is there anything better than spending the sizzling dog days of summer splashing in a pool? Whether at your home, a friend's house or a community center, swimming is a wonderful way for families to bond and make the most of the hot weather, but it's important not to let the fun overshadow important water safety guidelines.Drowning is...
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