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Mother’s Day is a special occasion to celebrate and show appreciation for the women who have nurtured us and helped shape who we are today. Here are some ideas to make the day extra special: Breakfast in Bed: Start the day off right by preparing a delicious breakfast in bed for your mom. You could make her favorite pancakes, omelet, or French toast. Spa Day: Treat your mom to a relaxing spa day. You can either book her an appointment at a local spa or create a spa experience at home by giving her a manicure, pedicure, or massage. Outdoor…

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A beautiful and healthy lawn demands thoughtful preparation every spring. To achieve a perfect green lawn, you have to invest some time and care. Follow the tips below and have the best looking lawn on the block. Lawn Equipment Spring is the perfect time to examine your lawn equipment to ensure it is in prime condition. Carefully check your hose to be sure it is free from leaks. You should also make sure it is not too weatherworn to be serviceable and has a length adequate for your space. See if your sprinklers function properly and give sufficient coverage to…

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April 22nd is Earth Day, a day where we recognize Mother Earth for all she has done for us! Here are several ways to celebrate Earth Day and show your support for environmental protection: Reduce, reuse, and recycle: One of the simplest ways to help the environment is to reduce waste by recycling and reusing items. Make sure to properly dispose of hazardous materials such as batteries, light bulbs, and electronics. Conserve energy: Reduce your energy usage by turning off lights and electronics when they are not in use. Use energy-efficient appliances and light bulbs. Plant trees: Planting trees can…

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Winter may be long and brutal, but it won’t last forever. Before you know it, spring will be here and you’ll be able to spend some quality time on your boat in the water. You’ve probably been dreaming of this since you put your boat away. To make the most out of your time and ensure that you are ready as soon as the weather warms up, it’s a good idea to get your boat ready in the spring. Below are the steps you’ll need to take to accomplish that goal. 1. Inspect and Wash Your Boat The first thing…

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When you’re eager to get back to the garden and begin planting, waiting for spring can feel endless. Luckily, there are several steps that can be taken during the colder months to prepare for spring. Not only will these tips keep gardeners busy while they wait for perfect planting weather but they will make gardening easier and more efficient while also providing a healthy foundation for plants. Clean and Repair Tools Cold weather is the perfect time to work on indoor tasks, and ensuring that gardening tools are in top shape is essential. Tools can be cleaned with soap or…

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When the weather begins to get warmer, people are anxious to go outside. Get your home ready for summer by completing some outdoor tasks. Make sure these items are on your spring outdoor “to-do” list. Clean Gutters During the fall and winter months, leaves and twigs collect in the gutters. If the gutter is clogged, it can overflow and cause problems for your home. Incidentally, it’s also a good time to check the drainage around your home. April showers bring May flowers; make sure the gutter and drainpipes are clear. Clean Around the AC Take a look at your air…

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The changing of the seasons brings warmer weather, outdoor fun, and a fresh, new spring wardrobe. Though shopping is a fun task for many, it’s hard if you’re on a tight budget. Instead of getting bummed out about not having the latest fashion trends, use these tips to update your closet without breaking the bank. Look Over Your Existing Wardrobe Check out the pieces you have in your closet and dresser. It’s unlikely that you will need to start from scratch to build your spring wardrobe. Look for classic pieces including jeans, a white blouse, a little black dress, a…

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If St. Patrick’s Day inspires feelings of hearth and home rather than leprechauns and green beer, you can celebrate tradition with warm, filling meals that harken back to Irish heritage. Soups and stews are certain to conjure up some nostalgia while soft, delicious cake is a perfect way to honor tradition regardless of your ancestry. This Irish Sláinte Stew offers a warm welcome to guests with your own way of toasting to the holiday – Sláinte is “cheers” in Gaelic. This hearty meal is perfect for a crowd with traditional stew meat slow-cooked in a Dutch oven with beef broth,…

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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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4 DIY projects with a touch of Irish flair Pairing Shepherd’s pie and potato soup with green pints and Irish delights are surefire signs of St. Patrick’s Day celebrations. Food and drink may be the stars of the show, but a little festive ambiance can transport guests from your dining room table to the streets of Dublin. A few seasonal touches are all it takes to complement a menu of corned beef and cabbage. Consider these DIY decorations for this year’s St. Patrick’s Day party. Set a St. Paddy’s Mood – Show off your holiday spirit for all to see…

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