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The cooler winds of autumn are on their way. Now’s the time to get your yard ready for the colder weather ahead. Here’s a yard cleanup checklist for getting and keeping you yard ready for fall. Clean Out Plant Beds Pests love to hide in weeds and leaves caught up in flower beds. Start pulling weeds and raking leaves out of the bed. It will make the beds look better and make pests go find somewhere else to hide. Clear and Till the Vegetable Garden If you have a vegetable garden, fall is the time to get it ready for…

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Here are some of the best ways to take advantage of the autumn equinox. Pumpkin Spice Coffee Begin your morning by waking up early enough to have a cup of hot pumpkin spice coffee that you make at home or grab on your way to work. Don’t forget to have a pumpkin spice flavored doughnut with your tasty coffee, and savor the breakfast while enjoying the colorful leaves on the trees. Go for a Hike or Walk Dress in a light jacket (if needed) to enjoy the cool breezes of autumn while hiking in the woods or walking at a…

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Do you want the beauty of your flower beds to last well into the fall? The trick is to plant flowers that bloom late in the growing season and enjoy cooler weather. Here are some colorful additions to your flowerbed that display their most exceptional beauty in the autumn. Chrysanthemums Chrysanthemums, or ‘mums’ for short, come in gorgeous fall colors such as red, pink, peach, orange and yellow. Not only are mums colorful, but they also come in a wide variety of sizes, from tiny, two-inch mini-mums to huge plants that grow up to several feet across. Planting and caring…

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If you have ever experienced the frustration of removing your outdoor furniture from storage and finding it rusting or covered in mold and mildew, you know how disappointing this can be. Fortunately, you can make sure that this does not happen next season by following a few simple steps to protect your furniture through the winter months. 1. Give it a Good Cleaning This first step is, perhaps, one of the most important steps in getting your outdoor furniture ready for winter storage. Storing furniture with dirt, debris, or food stuck in the crevices can lead to the development of…

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Something magical happens when fall rolls around; a simple, rustic beauty comes from nature. People put out their festive decorations welcoming the harvest as tradition has done for millennia. Comfort foods warm you from the inside out. The kitchen is no longer sweltering from the summer heat and the oven chases the chills from the home. Pumpkin is just one staple scent and flavor of fall. You can satisfy your taste for seasonal pumpkin treats with this wide variety of shareable dessert ideas. Down East Maine Pumpkin Bread Spicy and moist, this delectable quick bread is quick and easy to…

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Because a game day tailgate party requires a lot of food and beverages, anyone who hosts this type of event should have solid preparation, cooking, setup, and serving strategies. If this process seems challenging to you, these game day tailgating tips can help. Prepare Food in Advance To stay on schedule, you’ll need to prepare the most time-consuming tailgate dishes in advance. Begin by making a list of foods, which include the ingredients that you’ll need for different dishes. If you’re going to serve people a few yards outside a stadium, review the club’s rules and regulations before creating a…

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Unfortunately most of us don’t have the privilege of living in an environment where we can keep our swimming pool open year-round. There are usually at least a few months when the pool will need to be closed and protected. If you live where the winters are mild, closing it will keep it clean and protect the equipment from a possible freeze. If your winters bring you freezing weather, closing your pool effectively is essential to protecting its equipment and piping. Closing your swimming pool is also a fairly simple process. Here’s an easy, 10-step guide and some helpful tips…

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As the fun summer heat starts to depart and the cool beauty of fall arrives, your wardrobe choices will inevitably change. Each season has its own colors and fashions that work best during that time of year, but transitioning between them can be the toughest part. You don’t want to suddenly ditch your summer clothes for fall fashions. Like the seasons slowly transition into each other, you must also slowly adopt your fall wardrobe over time. Here are some great ways to make your summer to fall fashion transition much smoother. Switch Up Your Sandals and Flip-Flops with Sneakers and…

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Host a garage sale for an easy way to declutter the home while racking up a nice wad of cash for your unwanted goods. People love garage sales. The thrill of the find is most exciting for shoppers. For many, garage sales are a part of their summer traditions. If it’s time to get in on the garage sale fun, use the tips below to simplify the entire process so you enjoy an easier, smoother sale and more profits. Plan Your Garage Sale Choose the date you’ll hold a garage sale. Weekends work best for garage sales. Determine the hours…

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With the temperamental weather out of the picture, the consistent glare of the hot sun makes summer the best season to do those home improvement projects you’ve been setting aside. Doing these upgrades and renovations are not ideal during the other seasons because the snow, sleet, and rain impede most, if not all, construction work. Home upgrades are best left for the hot months when work can flow smoothly with no interruptions. These home improvements can range from small repairs like patching your roof to large scale renovation projects that include overhauling your entire kitchen. All of these need time,…

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