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With minimal materials and a little time, you and your children can discover the joys of handmade crafts. Crafting expands your children’s creativity and inspires them to up-cycle things into beautiful works of art. Something as simple as a seashell can spark their imagination. A favorite past-time by the ocean is collecting seashells. Try these exciting craft ideas with them.  1. Create Holiday Ornaments Choose shells that are different sizes and shapes and are in good condition. Let your children paint them, or use spray adhesive to add glitter, beads, sequins, or anything that catches their eyes.  Use a low-temperature…

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When you want to invite family members and friends to your home during the warmer months, hosting a BBQ is a great way to spend time and create new memories together. If you want to plan the ultimate BBQ, here are a few essential tips to follow to make it a hit. Music Maestro Music is an important part of any type of gathering. It sets the mood and allows everyone to relax. Use a Bluetooth speaker, its portable and can be placed on the deck. Create a playlist with fun summer tunes, which can play on your tablet or…

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Part of the wonder of candles is the aroma that they give off when they are lit. Another component is the overall design of the candles that you display in your home. Some are only made of one color while others have layers of colors. For a fun candle that you can make on your own, consider DIY crayon candles. You can create colorful layers or mix the colors together for a tie-dye effect that is fun to look at in any room of your home. Supplies • Broken pieces of crayons • Paraffin wax • Clothespins • Different sizes…

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Spring is coming even though it may not feel like it yet in Long Island. Now is the time to get out your tools and get to growing seedlings indoors for the spring planting. Get your garden tools, seed collections, and green thumb ready. Follow these steps and get your garden abuzz by the time spring graces us with her presence. Where to Have the Garden? Choose an area or create boxes in order to grow. The area needs to be level, get at least six hours of sunlight per day, be near a water source, as well as drain…

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The holidays are coming up fast and if you’ve got a surplus of Mason jars around the house, you’re in luck. These containers aren’t just good for canning fruit and vegetables, they make an excellent base for tons of winter projects. From gift giving to holiday decor, here are ten great Mason jar Christmas crafts that are easy, elegant, and fun to make. Fun-size Gift Capsules Why mess around with messy paper filler and trying to fill an oversized basket? The standard Mason jar is a great size for making small gift packages. This is an easy project for little…

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Even if you don’t have a green thumb, you can have a spectacular garden that all your friends will envy. With just a few simple tips and tricks of the trade, you can have a thriving garden in no time. Here are a few expert tips to get you on the right track in creating a lovely garden. Gardening by Region and Zone One of the best ways to ensure that your garden is at its best is to plant by region. Planting by region help increase the survival rate of you plants and reduces landscape maintenance. Also, what thrives…

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Antique collecting can be a fun hobby or a serious business. Browsing an antique mall with a friend is a great way to spend time. At heart, antique collectors are treasure hunters, always searching for fabulous items others have overlooked or a specific antique missing from their collection. Understand the Language Before haggling with dealers, you need to understand the language. When you find yourself drawn to collect a particular item, such as porcelain dolls, Depression glass, antique coins or military memorabilia, you’ll discover many terms specific to that genre. Right now, it’s important to understand a few basic terms.…

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Buying used or second hand, sports gear can help you save a lot of money and stress. Not to mention, weights, baseball bats, and football pads are all durable enough to last for a number of users. However, not all items are as durable and flexible as others. It’s important to identify what you can and can’t purchase used or cheap. Follow our guide to learn more about buying second-hand sporting goods. Where to Buy Used Sports Equipment Yard Sales One of the easiest places to look for used sports equipment is yard sales. If you had a neighbor that…

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The next best thing to seeing a beautiful sunset is painting one, or better yet – photographing one. However, as simple a subject as a sunset might seem, many photographers come away with images that don’t really represent the sunset that they saw. To photograph the essence of a good sunset, there are a few photo techniques to keep in mind. From a standpoint of composition, sunsets with clouds in the sky often render much more dramatic images as compared to cloudless sunsets. Clouds tend to offer texture, shades of color and interesting design. When photographing a sunset, keep in…

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